Writer Jess Ainscough swapped her glamorous magazine job for green juice and meditation after being diagnosed with cancer at 22. Fast forward six years and Jess (aka The Wellness Warrior) is now a health coach, speaker and Australia’s most successful wellness blogger. Her wellness website www.jessainscough.com has literally been viewed by millions of people. Jess also recently released her first book, Make Peace With Your Plate: Change Your Life One Meal At A Time (Hay House; $17.95).
Very gently, these days. I used to have a hard-core morning routine that began at 5.30am to be able to fit in everything from oil pulling, mountain climbing, meditating, juicing and coffee enemas. These days, I’m listening to my body more and responding by easing into my day. I’ve finally admitted to myself that I don’t like exercising first thing, so that’s now moved to the afternoon. I wake up at 7am and dry body brush before jumping in the shower. Then I have a morning ritual of massaging my body with a mixture of cold-pressed massage oil and an essential oil. Then I say good morning to my puppy dogs before heading into my meditation room to meditate for 20-30 minutes.
It means freedom. Having a healthy body, mind, and soul means I’m able to live my life on my terms. After being diagnosed with cancer and going through a treatment program that restricted my lifestyle so much, I’m now relishing in having the freedom to do whatever makes my soul happy. I’ve come to the realisation that joy is such an integral part of wellness.
First and foremost, with a lot of loving self-talk. Then, I make sure that the food I’m putting in my body is of the highest quality. Eating organic wholefoods is a priority for me. I eat mostly plants, with some eggs from my own backyard chickens and a little wild-caught fish every now and then.
I can cook, but my boyfriend does most of it in our home. He’s incredible in the kitchen! When I have to cook though, my specialty is usually something like a kelp noodle pad thai or a spicy stir fry with quinoa. I love spicy foods, so I cook with a lot of fresh chilli, garlic, ginger and turmeric.
Drinking lemon juice in warm water is the best start to the day ever. It gently wakes up your system and helps to cleanse the liver.
I’m going through a phase at the moment where hard-core exercise just doesn’t light me up. My daily movement involves jumping on my mini-trampoline and walking on the beach.
Ooh I love raw desserts in all their forms: raw chocolate, raw cheesecake, raw carrot cake. They’re all amazing! I eat dessert every single day. The best part is that because it’s always healthy, I never feel guilty.
Meditation is the best thing I do for myself on a daily basis. I meditate for 20 minutes twice a day, but even dropping into stillness for five or 10 minutes daily will produce radical shifts in your mindset and overall outlook on life. It’s incredibly simple, yet incredibly powerful.
I hang out in nature or play with my dogs. Some of my best ideas come to me when I’m out walking on the beach or lying in the sun. Nature brings us into the present moment and out of our heads.
I love Lorna Jane everything! Her crop tops and her tights are amazing!
“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.” – Wilfred Peterson
My family (blood, fur and chosen), alone time and green juice!