As the cold weather sets in, I like to change my pace and allocate time for restoration. In Chinese medicine, autumn and winter are considered the yin times of the year, which is something that I keep in mind. To help cultivate more yin in my life, I like to create my own at-home health retreat. This means relaxing more, stressing less and taking some down time to really care for myself. Here, I’ve outlined my five-step plan to boost your energy levels, naturally.
Enjoy a high-quality protein, fat and slow-releasing carb at each meal to stabilise your blood sugars and maintain stable energy levels throughout the day. Also, try to enjoy regular meals and snacks made with nutrient-dense foods such as dark, leafy greens; legumes, nuts, chicken and meat.
When that cold chill sets in, your body drops in temperature and craves more warming, cooked foods. Tune into your digestion and ask yourself what you truly want to eat. I prefer to eat warming meals during the colder months. I crave warm oats and cooked eggs with greens, plus homemade soups, roasted veggies and cleansing curries.
Gone are the ways of punishing fitness regimes. Now, it’s all about exercise that truly makes you feel good. It might be walking or bike riding, yoga or Pilates. Find what works for you and move your body because you love and respect it.
It’s important to get nutrients through a balanced diet, but I also believe in the therapeutic benefits of supplements. It’s a topic that I’m incredibly passionate about, which is why I created JSHealth Vitamins. There are a number of formulas that help to boost energy, skin, digestion, detoxification, energy and even metabolism.
I love getting into the JSHealth stress-free zone (SFZ), which is 20 to 30 minutes of solitude each day. Some things I love to do in ‘me time’ include taking a bath with Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oils, curl up on the couch with tea and a good book, or simply light some candles and meditate for 10 minutes.
Yes, it’s essential to get enough rest! I’ve said it over and over, but a rested body is a healthy body. Schedule a regular bedtime (between 9.30-10pm) and try to stick to it. Also, try waking at the same time each morning. This helps to create a regular routine throughout the week. And if you need more rest on the weekend, go right ahead! Zero guilt.
Jessica Sepel is a clinical nutritionist, best-selling author, international health blogger and the beloved voice behind JSHealth and @jshealth. She is passionate about helping people overcome fad dieting and disordered eating, having gone through her own struggles with food. Her philosophy is focused around balance, rest and building a healthy relationship with food. She recently launched the JSHealth App, which features a world-first nutrition clinic, hundreds of healthy recipes, a daily meal planner, health guides, body love support and much more.