Tell us a bit about you and your journey…
Jessica is a passionate foodie and qualified, practicing Nutritionist with a Bachelor Health Science (Nutrition), with ten years of clinical experience. Jess is the founder and business owner of the successful Jessica Cox Nutritionist Clinic based in Brisbane, Australia. The Jessica Cox Nutritionist Clinic (JCNC) treats all facets of health conditions, though specialises with ongoing digestive issues and food intolerances.
Jess is also the creator of the Jessica Cox website and blog, which is an expression of everything she loves rolled into one, including her passion for creating recipes that catering for food intolerances. Jess is available for consultations at her clinic based in Brisbane, along with Skype and Phone consultations for national and international clients.
- Q. You are a firm believer in the concept that a ‘combination of balanced nutrition and dietary education is the key to outstanding health.’ How do you believe PranaON can help in achieving this state of wellness?
First off, its important to realise that not one product or ingredient on its own is going to help someone gain a state of wellness as such, no matter how healthy it is. It’s the combination and diversity of ingredients that will achieve this level of wellness. Using a plant based protein powder provides sustaining amino acids that can are important for providing enough protein in meals and post work out snacks, when other high protein sources are not present. When plant based proteins are used in unison with an abundance of other wholefood ingredients they can help those with dairy sensitivities or dietary restrictions meet their protein intake.
- Q. As I am sure you are aware, for many the hardest part of the journey to wellness is starting. What is the key piece of advice you would give to anyone commencing their transformation?
Take one step at a time. Make changes that push you a little out of your comfort zone, yet are realistic as far as maintaining them. Become comfortable with this change as it is integrated into your lifestyle, then, set yourself another step that challenges you further. When we try to take on too much at once it can become overwhelming leading to feeling defeated.
- Q. What kind of experiences and feedback have you received from clients who you have recommended our product too?
Generally the most common feedback is in regards to texture. The texture is a lot nicer than some other plant based protein powders.
- Q. You are a very busy and in demand woman, how do you manage to keep your health in tip top condition, whilst dealing with the stresses of day-to-day life?
I aim to keep my life as balanced as possible, in saying this I am by no means perfect! I eat really well, consuming a macronutrient balanced dietary intake full of wholefoods. I eat regularly to keep my energy up and my blood sugar levels regular. I drink plenty of water, herbal teas and all sorts of alternative almond milk latte drinks that I am addicted too! I exercise 5-6 days a week to keep up my fitness and get endorphins pumping. Exercise is also my ‘me time’. It allows me to switch off and just be in the ‘now’ of the moment. I take a few key vitamins that work specifically for me, and due to my work I know the best things to do/eat/drink/take if I feel a niggling cold or flu may be trying to get its claws into me. Tricks of the trade!
- Q. What does a typical day in the life of Jessica Cox look like?
From Monday to Friday I’m generally up at 6am and out of the house by 630am if heading to the gym, or down to the local foreshore for a walk or some HIIT. I love to work out in the morning as it gets my blood pumping and it gets me really motivated and in a positive head space for the day ahead.
Generally I am at the JCN clinic by 9am and we have a busy day of seeing clients for all sorts of nutritional treatments (digestive health, weight issues, hormonal concerns, fatigue etc), along with running the content on the blog and the social media sites. We all aim to really stay on top of our nutrition and energy through the day by taking regular visits to the kitchen for nourishing foods and lots of cups of green tea! I really try to enforce a ‘get outside and have your lunch break in the sun’ policy too. The day ends around 6pm and then I head either home to make dinner and relax with some very important down time (currently involving Orange Is The New Black), or I may fit in a yoga session or a gym session if I have not been able to fit it in earlier in the day.
Weekends are very active as we are renovating our home. I am up early and generally either quite physically active with the house, or if not I will get another HIIT session in and a walk perhaps. Weekends are also fundamentally a time that I value to get in a bit more sleep and have ‘me time’, as I spend so much time with people during the week. Me time allows me to recharge.
- Q. What is your favourite way to indulge not just your taste buds, but your mind, body and spirit?
I’m more of an introvert at heart than an extrovert, so I tend to recharge by being on my own more than being around others. I really feel my mind, body and spirit is rebooted by spending time by myself in nature, whether that be a walk on the foreshore listening to an inspiring podcast, or swimming at the ocean. For me the most indulgent space to be is somewhere visually spectacular where I can really soak up the environment. For instance, rocky cliff tops overlooking an ocean such as those in Cinque Terre are very much an ultimate indulgence for me.
- Q. How do you believe food and nutrition impacts the results one see's in their body when trying to gain muscle/definition or lose weight?
Food and nutrition is so vitally important when it comes to muscle gain, muscle definition and weight loss. We work with clients on a daily basis with this at the JCN clinic. Many clients come in disillusioned because they are flogging themselves at the gym and not seeing the results. When we get their nutrition right all of the pieces fall into place and the results come. It’s like having the right petrol in the car.
- Q. Do you have a favourite PranaON recipe that you would like to share with the tribe?
One of my favourite recipes using plant based protein powder is this Post Workout Protein Pancake.