Healthy living is all about making small changes gradually. It takes time. You cannot expect to do everything perfectly from the beginning.
At first I made changes in my diet and lifestyle – slowly but surely. There are so many stages to a healthy life. My advice is to start small with just a few small changes.
I have immersed myself in a healthy life for quite a while now to the point where my eating choices and lifestyle are really well taken care of. I prioritise healthy living because of how well it makes me feel.
So the last year or so I have been making changes to my household and kitchen – going almost 100% chemical free with all my products. I have started educating myself on the benefits of using chemical free household products, skin care and cookware.
As a nutritionist, I know that I absorb things in my environment that can absolutely impact my health. I learnt during my days at Uni how various chemicals are known as endocrine disrupters – in other words they can affect our hormones and they are overall not so good for us – especially long term.
So I swapped out all of my non-stick frying pans for Neoflam healthy ceramic coated cookware.
Whilst non-stick coatings in cookware have been developed over the past 50 years, studies are emerging that show that substances released when some non-stick coatings are heated (PTFE & PFOA) can be harmful to human health and the environment. In fact, according to some recent research, aluminium, stainless steam and non-stick coatings that contain these chemcals have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and various cancers. In the kitchen it’s therefore safer and healthier to use non-stick cookware and pans with no trace of PTFE and PFOA, and instead – choose non-stick ceramic coating cooking equipment.
I’m currently using all Neoflam cookware for my kitchen creations!
Neoflam’s ceramic Ecolon coating is PTFE and PFOA free and can withstand high temperatures, even on a gas stove. Ceramic coated pans are also more economical – I’ve noticed my food is cooking faster and need less oil. They’re so easy to clean too (they need less detergent because of the ceramic coating on the surface) AND can be used as serving/tableware or for fridge storage. Plus I love all the difference colours and designs – the light blue in the Retro set is my current fave.
Finally, they’re good for the environment! Neoflam reduces CO2 emissions with environmentally friendly production – offering an eco-friendly safe sustainable method of production. This is so important in our day and age of environmental sustainability.
I will keep you updated on my household swaps! Hope you’ll join me in making these changes to live a healthier life.
P.s. I’m now using chemical free cleaning products from iHerb too! Click here to find out more.
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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