I’m thrilled to introduce you to a huge wellness and foodie inspiration here in Sydney. I have been following Lee Holmes of Supercharged Food for a while now, and her work never ceases to impress me. Want to know who created the famous spinach bread? This is the lady!
Lee is talented in so many areas, and she’s recently culminated some of that knowledge in her latest eBook, Heal Your Gut. I had the opportunity to read this incredible 120 page guide to good gut health and was floored – there is always something new to learn about our bodies. I love that the book is bright, easy to follow – and it’s packed with superfood recipes to help heal and nourish. The Healing Manifesto is brilliant – it takes into account not only the physical but emotional factors that help heal (and trust) our guts.
NAME: Lee Holmes
OCCUPATION: Author of Supercharged Food, Holistic Health Coach, Whole-Food Chef, Yoga Teacher
LOCATION: Watsons Bay
Tell us a little about who you are, what you do and how you got here:
I am an author of five books including Supercharged Food and Eat Yourself Beautiful, I work as a Holistic Health Coach, Whole Food Chef, and I am also a yoga teacher. I studied nutrition twenty eight years ago but so much has changed since then. After a personal health struggle I decided to investigate using food as medicine and healed my autoimmune disease (Fibromyalgia) after changing my diet and my lifestyle.
What does “health” mean to you?
It means not being too hard on yourself or being very restrictive with your diet. Good health is all about balance, making choices with the options that you are given and working within your budget and your lifestyle.
What brings balance to your life?
I love teaching yoga and taking my dog Cashew for a walk around Watsons Bay. I listen to my body and give it what it needs.
Can you share your food philosophy?
There are a lot of fad and crash diets being promoted that result in yo-yo eating habits and just end up making things worse for your body in the long run. Supercharged Food is about making realistic and small changes every day. My website www.superchargedfood.com encourages S.O.L.E food; sustainable, organic, local and ethical. It features delicious anti-inflammatory recipes, information, news, reviews and menu planning ideas to make it easy for people to enjoy a satisfying, wholesome and nourishing diet.
What is your favourite way to stay active?
Yoga, walking and swimming.
How do you silence that inner critic?
I meditate and cuddle my dog and appreciate how lucky I am to be given the opportunity to write books and inspire people to cook more healthily.
Who is your greatest health inspiration?
I love Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from River Cottage. He seems really down to earth and I love the way he describes food.
Where is your favourite place on earth?
I’ve travelled extensively but there is nothing quite like the magic of Watsons Bay.
What quote best sums up your wellness philosophy?
“Our bodies are our gardens—our wills are our gardeners.“ -Shakespeare
What is your favourite healthy snack?
Sardines with Celtic sea salt
What is next on the cards for you? Your goals and aspirations?
I am continuing to work with clients across the world. I have a new book coming out at the end of the year called Supercharged Vegetarian, Eat Clean and Green. (I’m not a vegetarian, I am a flexitarian, but I do encourage people to eat more greens.) I am also embarking on a national library tour and working on my fifth book which focusses on eating right for your shape using Ayurvedic principals.
Please share the recipe you make when someone needs convincing that healthy food tastes amazing:
Superfood Soup – this recipe is from my new eBook entitled Heal Your Gut
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
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.
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).
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
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.
I want to empower you to make good choices, every day. I want you to enhance your understanding of health and nutrition. I'm committed to making sure you live the best life. Because you deserve it. Are you ready to start feeling great?
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