The Healed Life: Renée Leonard-Stainton

Healthy Q&A's
Renee Leonard-Stainton

This week’s inspirational person is…

Renee Leonard-Stainton

NAME: Renée Leonard-Stainton

AGE: 29

OCCUPATION: Naturopath/Nutritionist/Writer

Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here.

I’m a Naturopath and health writer from Auckland, but living in Sydney. I see clients for health consultations internationally via Skype and from three clinic locations in both Sydney and Auckland. I founded the Renée Naturally website and blog, a community space where I share natural health and eco-living info along with posts from my amazing contributors and industry professionals. I also write for various international magazines and publications and regularly speak on the radio sharing wellness advice.

I embarked on a career in the wellness industry after battling with ill health for over a decade in my teens. After many disheartening attempts to regain my health, I discovered the power of natural medicine and decided that I wanted to be able to help others in a way that others had helped me.

I absolutely love the industry and get a huge buzz out of helping others on their wellness journey.

What does ‘health’ mean to you?

‘Health’ means not only being free of any disease, but more importantly feeling vibrant, energetic, happy, positive and motivated. Health can only be achieved by looking after all elements of our being, so it means being in tune with both your physical and emotional wellbeing. Feeling great in both of these areas requires mindful attention, but the reward of all of the above definitely pays off. After personally suffering ill-health for so long, health ultimately equates to happiness for me.

Share your dietary philosophy/secrets…

Balance!  Knowing how debilitating ill-health can be means I’m always motivated to stay fit and healthy. Having had it taken away means I now see it as such a blessing. It made me realise how important it is to live life fully and without reservation, so I make sure I don’t restrict myself too much by prescribing to any one way of being.  My philosophy is simply to eat for both enjoyment and nutrition. I eat wholesome, unprocessed foods, experiment with a lot of vegetarian and raw alternatives, try to eat organic whenever possible, but also love an indulgent treat every now and then.

How do you manage to stay so fit and healthy?

When it comes to fitness, I love anything that takes me outdoors and also any type of yoga takes me directly to my ‘zen’ place!

I wrote the bit below for my website, as it sums my approach to health and fitness pretty well…

Nanna’s buttery shortbread.
Almond butter bliss balls.
Downward dog.
Cat cuddles on the couch.
Partying ’til dawn.
Dusk walk n’ talks.
Mineral make-up.
Bright red poison lips.
Belly breathing with intent.
Laughing ’til I can’t breathe.
Life is all about balance.

What brings balance to your life?

Taking time out with my family and friends, especially now I have a 7 month old baby boy, Arlo. Being with him is so grounding and always brings me straight back to what life is all about.

Your favourite healthy recreational activity?

I love yoga and also diving…although since moving to Sydney I’ve been a bit scared to do it for fear of sharks. I need to harden up again!

Who is your greatest health inspiration?

My Poppa. He is 85 and still body-boards, skis, swims, exercises daily and lives his life to the fullest.

Where is your favourite place on earth?

If I ever need to restore balance, a trip to Sandy Bay, a beach I spent every Summer at growing up in Northland, New Zealand is sure to do the trick. Pure bliss.

What is your favourite healthy meal/snack?

I’m going through a big frozen banana phase at the moment…they’re so versatile!

What is your favourite healthy neighborhood restaurant?

Earth to Table Café in Bondi…their raw caramel and chocolate slice is out of this world amazing!

What is next on the cards for you? Goals and aspirations…

I want to continue inspiring like-minded people via the Renée Naturally blog and facebook page. I’d love to extend this to my first book on living naturally which will include original whole foods recipes.

Please share one of your favourite healthy recipe…

 Chili Prawn Linguine




Serves 6

  • 500g gluten-free linguine or spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 8-10 anchovies
  • 400g raw prawns
  • 2 medium chilies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 4 large vine-ripened tomatoes, deseeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup of chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup of chopped mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup of chopped rocket
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
  1.       Cook the linguine in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (approx 8 minutes)
  2.        Drain and set aside in a covered bowl to keep heat in
  3.        Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a frypan
  4.        Cook the garlic and anchovies at a medium heat for 3 minutes, or until the garlic softens and begins to turn brown
  5.        Turn the heat on full and add the prawns, chilli, herbs and zest. Stir until the prawns turn pink
  6.        Add the drained linguine and rocket, and then toss the remaining olive oil and lemon juice through

Connect with Renée:










Swisse Skincare




Gaia Retreat & Spa


The Healthy Life


JSHealth Vegan Meal Plan


JSHealth Travel Plan




14 Day Slim Down Plan - 2 weeks to a leaner you!


The JSHealth Shopping List - Stock up on these foods for a healthier household


Nutrition 101 - A step by step nutrition guide to optimal health


Emotional Eating Guide - Learn how to rebuild your relationship with food and your body


The Clean Life - An Expert Guide To Health From The Inside Out


Restart Plan - Cleanse your system in 2 - 4 weeks & reveal a slimmer, healthier you


JSHealth Partners


Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My  copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time.  My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.

With kindest regards Samantha

I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.

When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.

I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.


Hey Jessica!
I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again

- Jacinta

I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!


Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.

– Sophie

Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!


I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).

– Helene

I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud

Michelle Curtis

My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.