9th March 2016
Guest blogger Christine interviews graze nutritionist Jess about her philosophy, what her average day is like, and how she got to where she is now…
From a young age, I’ve always been into food and exercise. My mum is a Nutritional Therapist and my dad is an osteopath so I grew up with green juices and after school smoothies being the total norm and loved spending time with my mum in the kitchen. Going on to study nutrition was a natural progression as I knew I wanted my work to be centred around helping people with their health. I wanted my work to be my passion!
I graduated in 2010 as a Nutritional Therapist and have since been working full time helping people achieve their individual health goals since then with the launch of my business Jessipes.co.uk. My main aim is to make healthy eating fun and delicious, with a side effect of improved health and weight loss (where weight loss is due).
I have a clinic in the City and Mayfair where I see private clients for one-to-one nutrition support, but I primarily work via my online private clinic as this enables me to help clients globally. I run group cooking workshops, nutrition talks and workshops to businesses in London as part of my workplace health programme. The workplace health programme helps to educate and inspire workplaces to look after their employees by providing practical suggestions that people can implement right away to improve their day to day health.
My philosophy is simple. Enjoy your individual journey and stick to whole, low human intervened foods, as nature gets it oh-so-right!
For healthy living to be sustainable and maintainable, my experience has taught me that everyone’s nutrition and health-style needs to be as enjoyable as possible, otherwise willpower reserves dwindle. We all have a unique set of nutritional needs and our own taste buds, so what might be amazing for one person might make someone else feel lethargic – so discover what your likes are and what makes you feel great and know that your body will tell you when you are on the right path. You will have a natural healthy glow about you and you will feel and look amazing, from the inside out.
As well as food playing a really important role in our day to day energy, I also believe that great relationships, sound sleep and plenty of “me-time” are important for a healthy mindset and overall life balance and enjoyment – especially amongst the fast pace of everyday life.
Get the body moving daily, either on a walk where you have a digital detox or at a dance or kick boxing class. Whatever you enjoy, do more of it – your body and mind will reap the benefits!
There is no typical day in the life of me ever, and that includes when I’m at graze HQ! I work with lots of different teams but mainly the taste experts. I have a 9:30am debrief with Ellie, the chief taste expert, and we map out my projects for the day. That will usually include reviewing ingredients and health claims we can make on certain snacks, to make sure everything is up to scratch.
A lot of my time is also spent writing nutrition related articles for the graze website and blog. I also help the guys in customer service with any nutrition related questions from our grazers. My own clinic work comes in handy here as I’m able to understand the most common health concerns and the knowledge gaps out there.
I love nuts as they keep my energy levels up and you can do so many inventive things with them. I usually whizz them into energy balls with some cacao and dates or maple syrup.