This gorgeous gal is more than just a talented wholefoods cook – Nadia Felsch is a true inspiration to the wellness community with her simple health philosophy: eat well, look good and feel great. That sounds like an ideal way to live, doesn’t it? I’m thrilled to have Nadia here sharing some of her wisdom as she celebrates a beautiful website makeover and her upcoming eBook Wholebody Wholefoods.
NAME: Nadia Felsch
OCCUPATION: Author, speaker & wholefoods cook
Tell us a little about who you are, what you do and how you got here:
I’m devoted and quite literally obsessed with inspiring and empowering women on their own health journey. Showing how you can eat well, look good and feel great without stress, without labels and without extreme measures.
Food and fitness feel like second nature to me and they always have. It’s where I come alive and it’s where I feel 100% myself immersed in. Sharing my knowledge and expertise in a field that causes so much anxiety to people is such a reward because their journeys’ can very easily turn from anxious to the best thing ever.
Through my blog and eBooks, I share openly the invaluable experience and lessons that I’ve learned on the way to optimal health and wellbeing; from anxious, stressed-out and unhealthy to glowing, fit and grateful.
The focus of what I do is on keeping it simple and relatable for my audience, I’ve been where they are and I know all about the struggle to both feel and look great.
What does “health” mean to you?
Radiance and vitality – to shine from within and wakeup with energy that lasts all day.
What brings balance to your life?
Movement. Each day I carve out time to move my body and treat it as sacred; allowing myself to calm the mind, feel renewed energy, enjoy myself and be in the moment. It’s in physical challenge (of any degree) that I feel most connected to, and grateful for the body that I inhabit, able to achieve amazing things with the vehicle that carries me each day.
Can you share your food philosophy?
It’s all about simplicity and eating as close to nature as possible. When you nourish your body with delicious wholefoods, you ‘look good and feel great!’
I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, two autoimmune system diseases and genetic insulin resistance, all for which I don’t take any medication because I’ve made food my medicine!
Rather than eating things from packets or cans, I make my food from scratch and keep it simple. I also feel strongly about listening to your body’s instincts and what it needs/wants. After years of dysfunctional eating and deprivation I have found that eating real food without rules and restrictions is the way to optimal health for me. What this looks like is a 90/10 split – where 90% of the time I enjoy whole and clean foods and 10% of the time I enjoy the foods that don’t best serve me though life would be pretty boring without!
What is your favourite way to stay active?
With a competitive sporting background, movement has always been a huge part of my life and I like to try my hand at lots of things.
However the activity that always feels the best to me is a circuit-style strength workout where I combine minimal rest with functional strength work, the kind of movements that actually assist in day-to-day life.
The options are so varied, challenging and fun! Think ropes, monkey bars, weights and balance work all rolled into one!
How do you silence that inner critic?
By reminding myself of my journey so far. Whether that’s in business or my own health journey, where I’ve come from and the challenges I’ve faced along the way are such an incredible reminder of my capabilities and strength. This trip down memory lane is powerful enough to silence the inner critic within me and show me the opportunities that lay ahead.
Who is your greatest health inspiration?
My incredible Mum. At 65, she looks like a woman in her early fifties and has the energy and vitality of a 30-something! Still running her own successful Personal Training business, Mum has taught me so much about real food, the importance of staying active throughout your life, challenging yourself and balance. What’s life without a glass of red wine here and there?
Where is your favourite place on earth?
Italy has an incredibly special place in my heart and has since before I had even visited the country.
My husband and I were married in Positano, on Italy’s Amalfi Coast in July 2014 and when deciding how to celebrate our love, we both knew that Italy was the only option for us!
The food, the history, the beauty and the quality that Italians possess in spades – knowing how to live are all such captivating qualities and a joy to experience.
What quote best sums up your wellness philosophy?
“The groundwork of all happiness is health.” James Leigh Hunt
What is your favourite healthy snack?
Dukkah Rolled Eggs – 2 semi-hard boiled eggs rolled in dukkah spices
Easy to prepare in advance, simple and inexpensive, keeping hunger pangs at bay with a fantastic dose of quality protein and saturated fats.
What is next on the cards for you? Your goals and aspirations?
My new site! A destination for all things food, health and wellbeing and a project that I’ve poured all of my love into over the past few months.
I’m also working towards the release of more eBooks in the next 6-12 months – think delicious raw desserts, refreshing smoothies and juices as well as recreated classic dishes.
There’s currently some exciting collaboration plans in the works with some wonderfully talented people in the health & wellbeing industry so stay tuned!
Please share the recipe you make when someone needs convincing that healthy food tastes amazing:
This dish is the epitome of fresh and simple food and my signature salad. It takes minutes, offers nourishment to your body, looks impressive to guests and works as either a main meal or side accompaniment.
I love it so much it was served at my wedding!
Connect with Nadia!
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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