JSHealth Mornings: Before and After

before and after

A few years ago, I don’t know that I could have called myself a morning person. But once I started paying closer attention to my body’s needs and my overall health, an incredible thing happened: my mornings and attitude toward the day completely transformed!

Here is a snap of what my mornings looked like before I started healing my body:

  • Wake up tired and immediately check my (multiple) inboxes. Face glued to phone. I would always feel pangs of anxiety in my stomach while doing this.
  • I felt utterly exhausted. Exercise was the last thing I felt like doing – but I would still push my body and attempt a hard, badass exercise routine like running for an hour or going to the gym to take a class I hated.
  • I would make myself a low calorie, fad diet breakfast – usually egg whites and black coffee with artificial sweetener. Or maybe some low calorie sweetened yoghurt if I was feeling adventurous. How boring and sad.
  • I would have silent thoughts like “this is too hard.” “I have no passion.” “Jess, you’re not good at anything.” “Why do you always get picked on?” “When will it be my turn?” “You should be better at life.”

And here is a snap of how I start my day now. This is a typical morning in the life of JSHealth:

6:30am: Upon waking, I make a conscious effort to not look at my phone or email until AFTER my morning routine is complete.

6:35am: I meditate for ten minutes. This usually involves me saying thanks and manifesting a good life. I’ll share more about this in a future blog post, because it’s really done incredible things!

6:45am: I prepare and drink a cup of warm lemon water – a typical nutritionist!

7:00am: Time to get moving! I’ve found I love to work out before my day begins as I don’t enjoy exercising in the afternoon as much. It’s such a great time to get out in the fresh air and clear your mind. And you can’t beat the extra hit of endorphins! I usually take a walk outside, go to yoga or Pilates, or take a barre class because these are activities I really enjoy – but I also embrace 2 to 3 days of rest each week.

7:30am: Coffee break! Typically I have 1 coffee a day that I savor and just adore. I normally have a piccolo with full cream milk. If I’m taking a brief break from dairy, I will have an almond milk piccolo.

8:00am: Breakfast time. I usually prepare a healthy breakfast at home – either eggs with avocado, a protein smoothie, or on a cold day, I love a bowl of porridge topped with homemade granola and Greek yoghurt. When I’m feeling creative, I’ll work on a new breakfast recipe! I’ve put all of my favourite recipes in my new book, The Healthy Life.

9:00am: With my morning routine complete, I then switch on and begin working with the JSHealth team. This is also when I start responding to texts and emails. Taking that time in the morning is such a gift. It allows me to fully focus on my work and responsibilities because I’ve taken care of myself too.

I realize that everyone has a different routine and schedule, but my point is that making yourself a priority makes an incredible difference in the way you greet the rest of the day. Find what energizes you!




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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.

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

- Jacinta

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!


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).

– 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.