Homeostasis is another word for body balance. It is the state that your body seeks to achieve at every moment of every day. When your body is out of balance it will show through in many ways, such as: weight gain, nutritional deficiencies, fertility issues, UTI’s, asthma, digestive malfunction, high cortisol levels (stress), mood disorders, fatigue and blood sugar conditions (insulin resistance). Long term, this will manifest into chronic disease and hormonal imbalance.
It is hard to maintain this balance nowadays as chemicals, food additives, radiation and electromagnetic frequencies constantly bombard our bodies. Most of us have an accumulation of toxic build up in our bodies without even knowing it. Toxic build up will stop our bodies from achieving a state of optimal health.
Certain superfoods have been discovered to help us find that balance and bring to our lives the energy, vibrancy and motivation that we so need and deserve. Superfoods are very high in antioxidants which help our bodies fight infection and slows down the ageing process! They help us live a long and healthy life!
What are antioxidants? Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals in foods that help to counter the detrimental effects of oxygen free radicals that cause disease in our bodies.
Superfoods will also help you control your weight by aiding the release of toxic build up and restoring our bodies pH levels, which in turn balances our hormones resulting in optimal metabolic performance.
Also, according to Bruce Ames, professor of biochemistry at the University of California said, ” a lack of antioxidants is the main underlying mechanism of ageing.”
Here is a list of my favorite superfoods that I use daily. They are full of antioxidants; vitamins and minerals that will help you restore your vitality!
Note: Adding these foods to a smoothie/juice/yoghurt/oatmeal is a great way for them to be easily absorbed.
Goji Berries – contains essential fatty acids and B vitamins, essential for energy and stress release. A powerful antioxidant to help combat premature ageing and improve eyesight (high n vitamin A). Also very good for improving circulation and boosting your immune system.
How to use? Add 1 tbsp into smoothies or sprinkle on yoghurt.
Chia Seeds – high in omega-3 fats, B12, protein, calcium, potassium and iron. Great antioxidant!
How to use? Sprinkle on oats/cereals/add to smoothie or try the delicious chia breakfast cocktail by the wonderful, Melissa Ambrosini here.
Cacao Powder – the food that’s been called “Food of the Gods” – chocolate alternative. Cacao contains theobromine, a mild stimulant that can help enhance fat burning. It also increases pleasure and relaxation by boosting the feel goodbrain chemical (serotonin). Studies suggest that it can lower cholesterol and help to control blood sugar levels (diabetics take note!).
How to use? Add 1 tbs into warm porridge – better that chocolate pudding I swear! Or make as hot chocolate with boiling water/milk. Try a delicious homemade nutella by the wonderful Claire Obeid from The Wellness Project here.
Stevia – your new best friend! The alternative to artificial sweetener! Stevia is totally natural, contains no calories and will not spike blood sugars – helping you control cravings and your weight.
How to use? I use stevia to sweeten my tea, yoghurt, oatmeal and smoothies!
Kale – the queen of greens! Powerful antioxidant – helps us fight infection and a great detoxifier for your liver! Also high in iron, vitamin K, C and calcium.
How to use? Chop into your daily salad or try my kale chips here.
Oat Bran – A cholesterol-lowering agent as well an amazing source of fiber.
How to use? Boil 1/3 cup oat bran in water/almond milk. Add nuts, berries and sprinkle with stevia and cinnamon.
Apple Cider Vinegar – promotes digestion and cellular cleansing in our bodies. It is also a great digestive tract cleanser and restores alkaline levels, therefore restoring hormonal balance.
How to use? Add 1 tbsp into warm water every morning or use as salad dressing.
Bee Pollen – studies show that it can restore balance to our endocrine system (our hormones). Great for PMS and menstrual irregularity. Very high in protein and also contains natural Phenylalaninewhich acts as an appetite suppressant and Lecithinthat helps flush fat from the body. Extremely good for detoxification and cleansing.
How to use? Add 1 tsp into your smoothie/juice.
Cinnamon – My favorite!!! This healthy spice is from the brown bark of the cinnamon tree. A daily dose of cinnamon has been found to stabilize blood sugar levels which will help you control cravings and sudden hunger (slows down digestion). Studies also show it can lower LDL (bad cholesterol).
How to use? Sprinkle on anything! I add cinnamon to my daily smoothie and yoghurt or another great option is to sprinkle some onto grilled pumpkin.
C Coconut Water – Packed with electrolytes so it naturally hydrates. Balances pH in our bodies, clearing skin and detoxifying. Studies show that it can enhance weight loss by keeping the metabolism rate of the body at an optimal level. Very low in calories too!
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!
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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
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