An Australian Nutritionist Shares Her Awe-Inspiring Night-Time Routine
Health blogger, lifestyle coach, best-selling author, nutritionist—Jessica Sepel wears many hats in the wellness world. Never one to sit still for long, she's just launched her second book, Living the Healthy Life ($40), and The Program by JSHealth ($149), an online program designed to share the secrets to healing the body, eating with balance, moving with intention, and cooking intuitively. Basically, it's your road map to a diet-free life. (Sounds freeing, no?) To celebrate, we quizzed Sepel on her entire night-time routine from dinner to pyjamas. You might be surprised to learn that Sepel indulges in a not-quite-healthy before-bed habit we also enjoy. Keep reading for more.
"By setting yourself up with a night-time routine you are taking the focus away from food and doing something else that is satisfying to your body. At this time of the day all the body wants is to prepare for rest and repair—sleep. And we often do the opposite. We allow ourselves to be tired but wired. Adrenaline kicks in. We get a second wave of energy to eat, stay up, and attend to work commitments. We basically do the reverse of what our bodies are craving. If you can set yourself up with a healthy routine, you can change your body, your sleep and your entire life. Mine looks a little like this."
"This is the time I log off and complete my working hours, either seeing clients or on the blog or my email."
"Next, I prepare a wholesome dinner. It does not need to be fancy, I keep it simple. A lean protein, a green salad and some roasted or steamed veg is all you really need. There are so many delicious recipes you can try on my blog."
"I really savour whatever delicious meal I've made, eating it slowly and mindfully, and enjoying this time with family."
"Phone off! I switch on my alarm clock for the next day. At this time my email is of, and my computer is shut down. My body gets excited to slow down. It's a challenge, but I commit to it because the benefits are incredible."
"At this time people can be heading towards the fridge or pantry for comfort. Not because they're actually hungry... Sometimes it helps to remember that you have an entire day of food coming tomorrow. Your body really wants to digest the dinner you've just eaten with ease, which is why a night-time ritual is so important."
"I run a bath with relaxing essential oils like lavender and Epsom salts, and switch on some Cafe Del Mar relaxation music. I also light a candle—I find it brings out my feminine energy. I love Byredo's Bibliothèque ($88)."
"Next, I jump into my PJs and wash my face. I’m very no-fuss when it comes to my nighttime skincare routine. If I’ve worn makeup that day I'll use Trilogy’s Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm ($39), then apply a light, natural moisturiser. I do legs up against the wall for 10 minutes while deep belly breathing. This is incredible for the nervous system and puts me to sleep fast!"
"I make myself a delicious herbal tea, usually a healthy chai latte with Bengal spice tea or Rooibos chai steeped in almond milk with cinnamon and stevia. Yum!"
"I either read or watch my fave TV show. I'll admit watching TV isn't great during this time but I find it very relaxing! I usually do more deep belly breaths while I watch or read."
"It's snooze time! I go to sleep, ready for eight hours of incredible rest and repair!"
"I know some women finish work later than 5 p.m. or are busy caring for their family. In this case I'd suggest adding in rituals whenever you can. If you are a busy mum some of the above may seem completely unrealistic, but if you can implement just one or two things you will notice a huge improvement."