Jessica Espinoza is a wellness educator, fierce health freedom advocate, and founder of the extremely popular Delicious Obsessions website. Jessica’s mission is to change the world, one woman at a time, encouraging and inspiring them to step into their most vibrant life. She started DeliciousObsessions.com in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a robust community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living. For more personal information about Jessica, check out JessicaEspinoza.com where she offers coaching services and discusses the nitty-gritty health and mindset issues that so many women today face.
We were honored when Jessica agreed to participate in a Joovv AMA. So without further ado, here are her answers to your questions…
If I opened up your fridge right now, what would I see?
Well, at this specific moment, the fridge is pretty empty since I haven't gone grocery shopping in awhile. :) But, on a normal day, you'd see a lot of things. In the door you'd see different condiments, tamari, fish sauce, crushed garlic, almond milk, sparkling water, and some other odds and ends. In the main fridge, I try to keep a good amount of veggies on hand, along with a variety of protein sources.
I do a lot of batch cooking and batch prepping so that I always have something easy on hand for each meal. There will always be storage containers full of leftovers from the night (or nights) before that I will eat for breakfasts and lunches. And since I can't eat dairy (other than butter and ghee), I keep a little stockpile of nut milk cheeses for when I want that creamy sensation. And there will always be a gallon or so of herbal tea of some sort. I drink A LOT of herbal tea. You'd also see my hubby's half of the fridge which would have things like milk, eggs, bacon, sausages, cheese, juice, and the occasional box of pizza or takeout stuffed in there.
What is the most important piece of advice you could give someone that is working on healing their metabolism?
Patience and acceptance. Healing the metabolism, or the body in general, can be a slow process. We live in a culture that thrives on "quick fixes" and "magic pills", but when you take a holistic approach to health, you have to be willing to accept your body and life where they are right now and have the patience to just ride where the waves take you on your healing journey. There will always be new layers of the onion to peal back and you never know what you may uncover along the way that needs attention.
I always used to think that my own healing journey would be linear and that I'd reach that ultimate destination of "health" and be done with it all. Turns out that healing is truly a life-long journey that will take you over mountains and into valleys and through all kinds of twists and turns in between. Allowing yourself to enjoy the ride is going to be key to keeping your sanity and mental well-being while working to heal the body.
Your recipes are amazing! I've saved so many of them over the years. But if you were to pick a favorite for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - what would they be?
Thank you! And oh boy! That is downright impossible for me! If I had to pick favorites, I would say my Grain-Free Apple Muesli for breakfast because that always reminds me of being a child and my mom and I preparing that for breakfasts and snacks. It's a walk down memory lane every time I eat it.
For lunch, I would go with soup because I eat soup pretty much everyday for lunch. It's a great way to get a lot of nutrition into one meal. My all-time favorite soup has to be my Thai Chicken Coconut Soup. So many rich flavors that excite the taste buds!
For dinner, I would choose my Easiest Slow Cooker Beef. It's one of those recipes that I can toss in the slow cooker in the morning and let it go all day and have such a succulent dinner. Easy peasy and full of flavor.
What one product have you purchased recently that you absolutely love?
My near infrared sauna. I made my own version of a NIR sauna a couple years ago and it worked great, but it was still homemade and required me to set it up and take it down every time I wanted to use it. This winter, we invested in a professionally made sauna and I love it. It's a permanent fixture in our house now and is always ready to go when I am. The sessions make me feel so relaxed and refreshed. It's waaaaaaaaaaaaay better than my homemade version. :)
What is something you enjoy that most people would be surprised to learn?
I am a huge World War II history buff. I have been since I was a child and still enjoy reading books and watching documentaries or movies about that time in our history.
It's pretty well known that you're a fan of coconut oil. It's probably hard to narrow down, but what are the top 3 ways you recommend using it?
LOL! Yes, coconut oil and I are friends from way back. :) I think first, I would recommend using it in your cooking in place of rancid vegetable oils. Coconut oil is very heat-stable and works well for cooking almost everything. Second, I love using it as a makeup remover. Just a little coconut oil on a cotton ball will wipe off all of your makeup without toxic chemicals. And, it leaves your skin feeling so soft and smooth. Lastly, I love using it for seasoning my cast iron pans and wooden cutting boards. Much better than mineral oil for the wood and it works wonderfully on the cast iron.
Starting over at 18 knowing everything you know now, what would you do differently?
Wow! This is a great question. There's so much I would change, but at the same time wouldn't change. All of the experiences since age 18 have led me to where I am today and it's been an incredible journey. I've learned so many important lessons that have directed my life in ways that I never imagined. So, I really don't know if I would change much. I wouldn't be the person I am today if I did. If there was one thing that I would change though, I think it would be to really take time to learn who I was and what I truly wanted out of life - not what I thought people wanted for me out of life.
Have you ever used red light therapy? If so, what was your experience like?
I have used red light therapy and I find it very relaxing and rejuvenating.
What person(s) of influence are you closely following right now?
I'm in the process of changing direction a bit professionally so I am really tuned into the experts in my new field of study. I'm currently enrolled in an eating psychology coach certification program and am considering going back to college for my Human Nutrition (Dietetics) degree so that I can become a Registered Dietitian. There are so many influencers that I follow, but off the top of my head, Marc David, Emily Rosen, Linda Bacon, Sachin Patel, Evelyn Tribole, and Elyse Resch are at the top of my list right now.
If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?
“You Have to Make the Choice.”
This has been a really pivotal lesson in my own life, both personally and professionally. For so many years, I feel like I moved through life with the constant fear that the choice I'd make would be "wrong". I was constantly held back by analysis paralysis and missed out on a large chunk of my life from this fear (and I know I'm not alone).
Want better health? Make the choice to go in that direction.
Want a new career? Make the choice to chase after it.
Want better relationships? Make the choice to do the work to improve them.
Everything in life comes down to YOU making a choice. No one else is going to do it for you. Your dreams will not just magically appear. Success will not just show up on your doorstep one day. You have to always be willing to make a choice and run with it. Will your choices always be right? Probably not, but it doesn't matter. Because you made the choice to go after something you wanted.
Thanks again to Jessica Espinoza for being a part of the Joovv AMA family! Also, don't forget to check out Delicious Obsessions when you get a chance. We highly recommend it!