Luminary Profile: Jessica Ainscough
Jessica Ainscough was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer at 22. She took her health into her hands, made some radical lifestyle changes, and today she is thriving. We are so inspired by Jessica & we think you will be, too.
If you could share a piece of wisdom or comfort with a younger version of yourself, what would it be?
You are good enough just as you are. You don’t need any titles or any external gratification in order to be special.
What is the simplest change you’ve made in your life that has had the biggest positive impact?
The most positive impact on my life occurred when I made the decision to take responsibility for my health, and become an active participant in my healing. When I decided to step away from the fear-based conventional medicine system, stopped out-sourcing my recovery, and took the empowered stance of realising that if I created my condition, I can most definitely reverse it.
What foods & practices are essential to your wellbeing?
Ooh so many! Daily mindfulness meditation, regular yoga, green drinks, huge fresh salads, being near the ocean, reading inspiring books, spending time with my dog and boyfriend, dreaming and plotting for my future.
Soaking in the bath and listening to a guided meditation, reading a fiction book or watching mindless trashy TV, walking along the beach, spending time with my boyfriend without my phone or computer.
What are you passionate about sharing with the world?
My main message is that our health and happiness is no one’s responsibility but our own. We can take control of our health simply by changing what we eat, what we drink, and how we think – all of this will ultimately determine how our lives will play out. Illness and disease does not have to be a curse. It’s not your body’s way of punishing you – it’s your body’s way of talking to you! Instead of suppressing it and silencing it with drugs, listen to its whispers and figure out how to live in a way that will allow your body to reward you with a lifetime of abundant health and happiness.
Jess Ainscough is a writer, holistic health coach, and the creator of the health and wellness website, The Wellness Warrior. Via her e-books, daily blog posts, and videos, Jess’ goal is to empower people to take control of their health and show that the quality of our lives is directly linked to how we treat our body and mind. Her transformation from champagne-guzzling, Lean Cuisine-loving magazine writer to all-out nutrition nerd was made after she was diagnosed with a rare, “incurable” cancer back in 2008. Deciding she wasn’t having a bar of that “incurable” nonsense, Jess took responsibility for her condition and healed herself with two years of Gerson Therapy. Along the way, Jess developed a obsession with passing on all of her newly learnt wellness wisdom to anyone who was parked in front of her for long enough to listen.
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