Nutritionist Jessica Sepel answered the most common questions customers ask – including whether she drinks alcohol, whether she believes in fasting, and how you can really heal your colon.
The Sydney expert has helped people with their health for the past decade and is a firm believer in what you build into your body.
While finding the right diet can be tough in 2020, Jessica acknowledged that there is no need to get bogged down by juice cleanses, collagen, supplements, and fasting – and with a little bit of information, you can know what's best for you is best.
What are the questions she is asked frequently?
Nutritionist Jessica Sepel (pictured) answered the most common questions customers ask – including whether she drinks alcohol
Jessica explained that healing your gut is possible, but you need to prioritize a diet high in whole foods (pictured) and low in processed foods, chewing gum, soda, and sugar
1. How can you heal your colon?
The nutritionist said she sees many people worrying about their gut microbiome, which is so easily damaged by eating the wrong foods (fried or processed foods are a common culprit) or drinking too much alcohol.
"Healing your bowels takes time and patience," wrote Jessica on her website.
The first step is to focus on a diet high in whole foods like leafy greens, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates, and to limit or cut all processed foods, sugars, and artificial sweeteners.
Jessica said you might as well ditch gluten for a while if you find bread and pasta triggers.
However, there are two things that you should definitely give up, which are chewing gum and soda.
Many chewing gums are made with artificial sweeteners, such as sorbitol and xylitol, which have been shown to cause diarrhea.
In addition, chewing gum causes more air to be swallowed, which can lead to excess gas.
"Taking a daily probiotic and reducing your stress levels can make a huge difference to your gut, as can adding some good-loving vitamins to your daily routine," said Jessica.
B and C vitamins, as well as zinc and magnesium, are the best ingredients to look out for when you're in the middle of taking supplements.
The nutritionist (pictured) isn't a fan of fasting because she said such a nutritional approach is unsustainable in the long run
2. What do you think about fasting?
While Jessica said she was aware that there was some "great research" behind the 5: 2 diet and fasting in general, in my own experience, fasting is never sustainable in the long run.
"Withdrawal and restriction from food in any form always seem to backfire, leading to overeating or promoting an unhealthy relationship with food," she said.
Instead, try to strike a balance and give yourself 80 percent of what is good for you and 20 percent of what you love.
For Jessica this means a day full of fruit, green leafy vegetable salads and miso salmon, but also that she can enjoy a glass of red wine or a square of dark chocolate in the evening.
Jessica said she allowed herself to drink alcohol, including gin (stock image) and wine, but she only drinks natural, preservative-free wine with no sulfates added
3. Do you drink alcohol?
Many assume that nutritionists and health professionals don't indulge in alcohol, but Jessica said it wasn't the truth.
Instead, she said it was all about moderation.
& # 39; I love wine! I drink natural, preservative-free wine with no added sulfates, ”Jessica said.
She also sticks to 2-3 drinks at a time so she knows that she will never wake up with a foggy head and be forced to eat unhealthy foods to satisfy a craving.
4. Do you prefer juicing or smoothies?
The nutritionist explained that while she doesn't make juicing or smoothies instead of food, she's a fan of both – and sometimes both on a daily basis.
Jessica said she often starts her mornings with a smoothie as she thinks it's a great way to get all of her macronutrients first.
She often has a vegetable juice, jam with foods like celery, lemon, cucumber, apple and spinach later in the day too.
Jessica (pictured) said she generally believes in the hype about supplemented collagen, especially the marine variety
5. What do you think about collagen?
Collagen has gotten a lot of press lately, and thousands of followers claim it makes them look and feel younger because of it.
Jessica said she generally believes in the hype about supplemented collagen, especially the marine variety.
"Sources of marine collagen are far better absorbed than other forms of collagen, especially hydrolyzed marine collagen, which is the cleanest and easiest to absorb collagen source we can enjoy," she said.
The reason hydrolyzed collagen works so well is because it went through a process called hydrolysis, which means it's easier for your body to absorb.
Jessica said she always choose marine collagen supplements over bovine collagen (extracted from beef processing).
This is because it is more ethical and sustainable.
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