Nobody’s perfect. It’s truly something I have learned to accept in my health journey. We all have our healthy habits – our greens with every meal, ritual 8 hours of sleep or daily practice of yoga. But we also have our unhealthy habits – maybe it’s hard to switch off before bed, you spend too much time on social media or check your phone too often! That’s life!
At JSHealth we know how important balance is and thought we’d tell you some of our own healthy (and unhealthy!) habits. I would absolutely love you guys to take on the challenge and come up with your own lists – it can be so helpful to work out your personal strengths and things you could improve on!
Jess’s Healthy Habits
I always ensure that I have green with every meal, some of my absolute favorites are broccoli and brussels! You guys know I love my morning piccolo ritual but I never have more than 1 coffee a day to ensure I get a full 8 hours of restorative sleep. I also switch off from social media at 6pm and get into my SFZ! This always helps for a peaceful sleep. Finally, yoga has become a daily practice for me, if I don’t get to a class I will practice at home. This really, really helps with my anxiety and stress.
… and Unhealthy Habits
I am guilty – as so many of us are!! – of checking my emails some mornings. My usual rule is no phone/emails/social media until after my morning routine. Sometimes I’m on my social media more often than I should be! I also love eating in restaurants on weekends – they aren’t as clean as I would make at home but I do believe this is all part of a balanced lifestyle. I also love a glass or two of champagne on the weekends with my girls… balance! I still sometimes feel guilty/anxious around food during travel. My old demons seem to pop up, however I now have the tools in my box to deal with them properly.
Olivia’s Healthy Habits
I drink a lot of water/tea to keep hydrated and try to workout at least 3 times a week – I go with friends and I find it keeps me motivated and means I can’t make an excuse with myself not to show up! I’m also really careful with what I put on my skin – I try not to wear too much make up and use a pure Rosehip Oil (Trilogy is great) as a moisturizer and eye makeup remover.
… and Unhealthy Habits
I’m guilty of eating out a little too often and I’m also on my phone a lot.. between 6-7 hours a day, which probably isn’t the best! I find it quite hard to switch off from work because I love what I do, but on Sunday’s I’ve started turning my phone off and having some down time. I’ve actually found it clears my thoughts and gets me inspired!
Sarah’s Healthy Habits
I try (emphasis on try) to meditate for 15 minutes every morning – I like the Headspace app for a bit more guidance. I’m also a big fan of mindful indulgence – I call it my ‘Treat yo’ self’ philosophy. I also make sure to move my body every day – whether it’s yoga, pilates, or a run (who am I kidding…) / walk down to the beach. Also, daily appreciation of nature… So important for health; mental, physical and spiritual! And finally, maybe embarrassingly but unashamedly, tongue scraping. Sounds gross, but once you start, you won’t stop. Cleans toxins and bacteria from the tongue and promotes overall digestive health!
… and Unhealthy Habits
Checking my phone all the way up until bed – need to learn something from Jess and incorporate a little more SFZ into my life! I’m also a keen (verging on obsessive) Pinterest-er, especially at university. It’s such a time sink, but also such a guilty pleasure. I compare myself to others a little too much. I’m often time poor and forget to prioritize self-care and TLC as a result. And finally, I watch Downton Abbey way too much. Probably more embarrassing than tongue scraping and it ages me 20 years with every episode. But I can’t stop.
Isabella’s Healthy Habits
I always make sure my daily food intake consists of 70-80% veggies! I also wake up to my morning tonic – lemon juice, ACV, and cayenne pepper, gets my metabolism firing! I’m a big believer in sweating daily – go for a long run or walk, get to a barre or pilates class, or going for a hike on weekends is a favourite! I have a diligent skin routine – face and body and I never skip this! And lastly, daily gratitude for everything – This is a super important one for me, I do this when I am walking or running and when I get into bed at night. I really notice changes!
… and Unhealthy Habits
I am guilty of spending too much time on social media – anyone close to me can vouch for this. Also, chocolate almonds and Messina are my ultimate indulgence! Body shaming/comparing myself to others – constantly working on kicking this out of my life. I’ll also sometimes breach my 1 coffee/day – I’m blaming this one on uni. And I still haven’t yet made the switch to 100% natural skin care products – I’m almost there!
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.
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