Why? Because she had a photo of her gorgeous little boy Jet with her, a photo that she keeps with her during every single talk she does.
Jac is well renowned for being a leading nutritionist, founder of The Brown Paper Bag wholefoods catering company, a sought-after speaker and talented health writer and presenter. Yet she’s the first to admit that her most important role is that of a Mum.
The life experience (and juggling headaches) that parenthood provides made Jac’s advice super interesting to me.
So when MC Laura Dundovic asked Jac what rules she lives her life by, I sat up and listened hard.
Here are her 9 Brown Paper Bag Rules of Life:
1. There are no rules
Rules, per se, can cause stress. So Jac prefers to have guidelines that can be smudged if necessary without causing major disruption or angst. So ignore the title of this blog post haha, these are now Jac’s life guidelines. Not rules 😉
2. Avoid foods that do not serve you
Jac is all about giving people an experience in food, health and wellness that makes them feel excited, empowered and happy. This means eating foods that make you feel good. While you’re eating it and afterwards.
If you make sure you’re fuelling your body with all the great healthy nutrition-dense food almost all the time, then it’s OK to go have the ice cream date. Life’s too short to not have the ice cream date 😉
4. Be gentle with yourself
Life’s hard. You will have good days and bad days. If you fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up. Be kind to yourself, accept it’s happened and then get back on track. Self-loathing will just end up in a vicious circle of mental torture that will get you absolutely nowhere positive at all.
5. Meditate every day
Take the time, even if it is just for a few minutes, to create internal stillness and silence by practicing meditation. Start small so it’s achievable, even if it’s a meditative walk. As you reap the benefits, you can deepen the practice with longer and more frequent meditations.
6. There is power in your breath
When used properly, the very simple act of more deep, mindful and meaningful breathing can de-stress us, provide important pauses, give us clarity and help us make better decisions.
7. Look after your gut health
As the rest of the world slowly cottons on, Jac has known for some time how important your gut health is. Not just for digestion, but for immunity, overall cardiovascular and physical health and, importantly, mental health. It all starts in the gut.
8. If it’s not a hell yeah, it’s a no
9. Be vulnerable
Vulnerabilty makes us human. It gives us courage. It allows us to connect with people. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and you’ll find something magical happens.
Thanks Jac, for sharing your wisdom with us and well done for an awesome talk. Oh, and high fives to Jet.