Healthy Spots in the USA and Mexico + How I Stay Healthy Overseas


I just came back from a 3 week trip to the USA and Mexico and wanted to share a few of my favourite healthy spots with you.


  • Juice Generation – delicious smoothies and acai bowls
  • Organic Avenue – tonics and juices
  • The Butcher’s Daughter – divine kale salad and kale chips
  • Hu Kitchen
  • Whole Foods
  • Pure Food and Wine
  • LifeThyme – health food store
  • Juice Press – amazing almond smoothie



  • Cafe Gratitude
  • Lemonade
  • M Café
  • Earth Café – smoothies
  • Soul Cycle – most invigorating cycle class you will ever do!
  • Equinox – fabulous gym classes


San Diego

  • Whole Foods
  • Jimbo’s Naturally – health food store
  • Natural
  • Urban Plates – delicious salads


Mexico – Cabo

  • The One and Only Hotel – amazing quinoa salad, fish ceviche and grilled octopus salad
  • The Office – delicious grilled prawns and fish tacos


Mexico – Tulum

  • Maya Tulum – healthy food, green juices and great yoga classes
  • Be Tulum – delicious spinach and goats cheese salad with seeds
  • Las Ranitas Hotel – the best homemade guacamole
  • Yoga Shala- for daily yoga classes


Here are a few health tips that I stuck by on my travels:

  • 2L filtered water daily
  • I started each day with lemon water and some fresh fruit on an empty stomach
  • I took a probiotic morning and night keep the good bacteria my system
  • I avoided caffeine as I wanted my body to truly rest – caffeine promotes adrenaline, which can create a stress response in the body. My sleep was amazing! Good to take a break from caffeine if you are a daily caffeine consumer.
  • Breakfast in hotels would be a nut, seed and fruit bowl or an omelet with veggies and fresh herbs. When bread options were presented: I would choose the rye bread option.
  • I snacked on raw nuts and seeds in the afternoon + herbal tea
  • When ordering cocktails I always requested to the waiter to please not add any sugar. I stuck to gin or vodka based cocktails with fresh lime and soda. And I love a good glass or two of red wine. Remember this is on special occasions.
  • I avoided starchy foods at night – I asked for extra vegetable instead.
  • I always chose to enjoy a large salad at each meal
  • I avoided the bread baskets at restaurants
  • Lay in the sun for 20-30 minutes daily for Vitamin D
  • I did 20 deep belly breathes on the plane every few hours
  • I loaded up on Vitamin C when I felt the sniffles were coming on. I took 3-4g/day to keep my immune system strong.
  • Digestive enzymes with each meal to aid digestion
  • Yoga and stretching every morning





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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.

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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.

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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

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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!


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– 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.