We Chat Organic With Jessica Sepel
As a qualified nutritionist, Jessica Sepel is a wealth of knowledge on all things food but it's her venture into the wellness space as an author and health blogger that has allowed her to share her personal health journey.
This Sydney beauty has quickly become an icon in the wellness scene which has grown into a massive following on her JS Health Facebook and Instagram where she features daily food inspiration and health mantras. After overcoming years of struggle in her relationship with food and body image, it's become her passion to help others on their health journey. She promotes a message of the enjoyment of food through her nourishing and delicious recipes to educate people on how great healthy food can be.
To celebrate her passion further, Jessica has teamed up with five:am, the Aussie organic yogurt company, to promote Organic Awareness Month. "Organic Awareness Month is about become aware of what it means to choose organic, and how we can do this in a way that isn’t actually going to become expensive or unattainable," said Jessica. "I’ve teamed up with five:am to create 30 different ways we can shop local, support our local Australian farmers and make decisions that are in the best interests of our environment."
As part of the initiative she visited an organic dairy farm that supplies the milk to five:am as part of the Organic Dairy Farmer's co-ooperative, a group dedicated to ensuring the best environment for the animals, the environment and the farmers too. "Choosing organic produce where and when you can means that you’re making a decision that helps support the soil, animal, plants, people and the environment we live in on a day-to-day basis," she said. "The more chemicals we spray on our soil, the more chemicals that can end up in our food and water supply, and potentially in our bodies."
But if you're skeptical the term "organic" is just the latest trend, Jessica insists that it's more about "going back to basics". Like the push towards a diet based on wholefoods (food that comes from its natural environment), buying organic leads to greater sustainability influences. "I think organic is important as it’s in the best interests of the animals and the environment around us, that we have a responsibility to look after for the future," she said.
As a wellness advocate, Jessica still believes in the mantra "breakfast is the most important meal of the day", as it's an important step to get right when starting your day. "Ensuring you have a protein-rich breakfast will boost your metabolism and give you the energy to keep you going throughout the day!" she said.
So, what's her quick go-to breakfast? "For a perfect breakfast on a busy morning, I just added 1/2 banana sliced, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 200 grams of five:am Greek style yoghurt and 1/3 cup of five:am Apple Crumble Granola," she said. "It's one of my go-to breakfasts because the Greek style yoghurt provides probiotics and protein to keep me full through the morning. I love that the granola offers the crunch factor and this took one minute to whip up."
But if you're thinking buying organic can become expensive, you're not alone. The Dirty Dozen is a list of fruits and vegetables that have the highest levels of pesticides according to the Environmental Working Group. This makes buying organic a little more achievable when you don't have to buy everything with that label, however meat and dairy are also good products to consider too.
To ensure your buying Australian Certified Organic products simply look out for the logo.
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