My name is Jessica Sepel.
My expertise is in: Nutrition. Specifically, helping people give up the toxic cycle of dieting and live a happy, healthy and sustainable lifestyle—for life.
I stay physically healthy with: Balanced nutrition, moderate indulgence, mindful exercise, adequate rest and plenty of stress-reducing practices. I also practice gratitude, positive affirmations, visualizations and self-love.
I keep my emotions balanced with: Walks in nature, quality time with my family and loved ones, self-care, hot Epsom salt baths and deep belly breathing.
I’m intellectually stimulated by: Podcasts, all day, every day! Especially NPR’s How I Built This podcast.
I was recently transformed by: A yoga retreat in Formentera, Spain. My sisters, mum and I went there to enjoy some rest and rejuvenation before my sister’s wedding. It was an absolute treat and one of the best yoga experiences I have ever had. As a family, it was just so special to connect in that kind of environment. Yoga truly helps you to relate to yourself and others in such a beautiful and wholesome way. We also just took the JSHealth team for a healthy week in Bali—was fab!
In the last six months, the ritual that has become so important for me is: Entering, what I like to call, the “JSHealth stress-free zone.” Each day, I take 20 minutes to calm my mind and body. I’ll put my legs up against the wall, do a few yoga poses or make a tea and curl up with a book. I avoid looking at my phone and checking social media during this time. It helps me get centered and more mindful.
Here’s how you can do it too: Set aside 10 or 20 minutes of alone time. The time you pick will be dependent on your schedule and responsibilities. It might be early in the morning before the kids are awake, after work or right before bed. Try to pencil in some time to simply be. This helps to calm the nervous system and helps us become more mindful. You might like to use this time for journaling, visualizations, deep belly breathing, meditating or anything that nourishes your soul.
It helps me live my process because: Over the years, I’ve learned that one of the most important relationships you’ll ever have is the one with yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup, and you can’t show up as your most vibrant self if you’re depleted.