Interview: Vogue’s Wellness Expert Jessica Sepel

Wellness WednesdayAt Visual Therapy, we’re all about Mind, Body, and Soul. As we work with clients to line up their optimal wardrobes and help them be the best version of themselves, we’re huge believers that it’s not the dress, but what’s in the dress that matters. And even though clothes can help you feel like a movie star, there’s something that needs to be taken care of first on a deeper level. That’s why we decided to expand “Wellness Wednesdays”: our weekly series where we will interview experts to bring you tips for a healthy, whole and fulfilled life. 

Today we’re featuring a wellness expert from Sydney Jessica Sepel – Vogue Australia’s go-to nutritionist, author (she just released her book The Clean Life and we’re loving it!), and an all-around amazing, driven and gorgeous lady, who we had the pleasure of meeting while she was in New York. 

Jessica Sepel

Jessica Sepel

You’re glowing! What are your top 5 health tips? 

1. Rest, rest rest! That is my number one health tip – people are always on the go. We all need to slow down and make proper rest a priority.

2. Cut back on stress. It’s my belief that stress is what sabotages our health. Take 10-15 minutes every day that are just for you and allow you to meditate, breathe deeply, take a bath, read, or simply rest (there it is again!)

3. Cutting back on sugar is my ultimate suggestion to improving diet – and overall quality of life.

4. Practice gratitude. I write in a gratitude journal every day. As corny as it might sound, it keeps me grounded and stress-free. You can’t feel stressed when you feel grateful.

5. Make the commitment to love yourself. When you do this, healthy living is easy. You respect your body, what you do to it, what you put in to it. There becomes no other way.

Jessica Sepel Meditation

What is your food philosophy? Good health starts in the kitchen. I believe in fueling and nourishing my body with real, whole foods. That means clean, unprocessed foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.

10511129_590399624409017_118612010965409080_nYou shared a really interesting tip on reducing your workouts to lose weight and feel better in Vogue Australia. Tell us more!  I’ve said it before, but I firmly believe that we need to exercise more rest. When my body feels tired, I listen to it and I rest. This is better for my body than a hard workout. I believe we all need more rest in our lives. I tend to listen to my body rather than plot out a rigorous workout plan. In general, I practice Yoga two times per week. I also love to get Pilates and weight training into my weekly schedule. Bone and muscle strength is so important for weight maintenance and general well-being. I love brisk walking, and when I have the time, I love a good HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout.

What inspired you to become a nutritionist? Like so many young women, I spent my teenage years and early 20s struggling with negative body image. I was fascinated by food and nutrition, but tortured myself to the point that food was the enemy. It took time, but I realized that hating my body was impacting every aspect of my life. From that point on, I committed to understanding nutrition and how my body works. It shifted my mentality. I now view food as a source of nourishment. I ate in a way to heal my mind and body, and I want to help others do the same. Now, when I witness the incredible shifts my clients go through, it gives me the biggest thrill.

Is there anything you are completely strict about when it comes to your lifestyle? 8 hours of sleep. I truly believe that to function optimally and to be my best self, I need a solid night of rest. This meant creating an evening routine to relax and prepare myself for bed – often tea, reading a good book, taking a bath – and definitely switching off my phone. It’s not always easy, but my body thanks me for it the next day!

Tell us about your book, The Clean Life. How did you decide to write a book, and who should read it?  Between readers and clients, I’m asked time and time again how I found acceptance and balance in my own life. It wasn’t easy! I learned and experimented a lot while I was in school, and The Clean Life draws on my nutritional and wellness studies as well as my own experiences. It’s for people who are seeking nutritional advice and hundreds of yummy recipes, yes, but it goes deeper than that. I want to help people who are struggling to find peace in their bodies. I want people to uncover the peace and wholeness that comes with healthy living. We’re all in this together!

The Clean Life

You just spent a few weeks in USA. What were your most memorable experiences and places?  I absolutely love traveling to the United States! Some of my top restaurants are there – the options, variety and food preparation are like nothing you can find elsewhere in the world. One of my favorite cities is New York – where else can you find an organic green juice and acai bowl for breakfast at Juice Generation, get in a Soul Cycle session, eat a fresh, healthy lunch al fresco, explore farmers markets and LifeThyme (my favorite health food store), walk to an amazing Strala yoga class or Intensati session at Equinox, and then spend the evening over an impeccably prepared vegan dinner at Pure Food and Wine? It is truly a wonderland for health and wellness – the other side of such a busy city!

RELATED: Why less exercise can actually improve your well-being on Vogue.com.au

Favorite healthy snack? I just love smoothies. I never get tired of my Power Protein smoothie topped with homemade granola  – I could sip one all day, every day!

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Words to live by? We are nothing without our health. Healthy living itself keeps me motivated, energized, and gives me a feeling that I can do anything and everything.

What’s next for Jessica Sepel? I am thrilled to have released my first full-length eBook, The Clean Life! I’ve been working on it for over a year and I am bursting with excitement about sharing it with the world. My hope is that it will be the first of many books to come as I gain further knowledge and insight working with clients in my nutrition practice. I want to reach people on a global scale – knowledge is power, and it’s the only way we can strengthen our collective wellness.

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