After her battle with and triumph over eating disorders, holistic health coach, passionate health advocate Stef Jung is an inspiration. She knows the value of the right mindset when it comes to serious lifestyle change and has even started her own blog Wholesome Stef. Here she speaks with us about true health and what it means to her to be one of The CE Women.
What does being one of “The CE Women” mean to you?
A CE Woman is someone who wakes up with intention and determination, that works out because she loves to feel strong and fit, that constantly pushes herself out of her comfort zone and strives to be the best version of herself every day. It’s a beautifully inspiring and motivating movement, and I’m proud to be a part of it. Do I need to say more?
What does being ‘truly healthy’ mean to you?
For me, being truly healthy isn’t just about what I eat and how much I train. It’s about so much more than that. You can eat all the kale in the world and live from juice cleanse to juice cleanse, but if you are not nourishing your soul on a deeper level, your body and mind don’t thrive. I think that being truly healthy means nourishing your body with whole foods, exercising because you love your body (not because you hate it!) and living a life that fulfils you and makes you happy.
What do you love about The Body Guide & Handbook?
I love the fact that The Body Guide & Handbook promotes a sustainable healthy lifestyle that is not just about how you look, but about how you feel. I want women to work out and eat healthy because they love themselves, not because they are punishing themselves, and that’s exactly what you guys promote as well. Just flipping through the first few pages of the book you get a good sense of how important self empowerment, positive affirmations and a healthy mindset are to #theCElife!
The CE loves to celebrate inspirational women. Who inspires you, and why?
Ohhh, so many people. In fact, one of the reasons I moved to Sydney is because there is such a huge health and fitness scene filled to the rim with inspirational souls that are truly walking the talk when it comes to their health and inspiring others along the way. Melissa Ambrosini for helping women combat their inner mean girl, Lorna Jane Clarkson for motivating women to move-nourish-believe everyday and all the beautiful health coaches out there that are teaching women and young girls to rekindle their relationship with food and their body.
What’s the best piece of advice you would give to women today?
To become your own best friend. So many of us live in war with ourselves, fighting that inner mean girl that constantly tells us we are not good enough, not smart enough, not skinny enough. But it doesn’t have to be like that. If we all just spend a bit of time soul searching and learn to accept us for who we are, with all our flaws, we would make life so much easier for ourselves. The saying “You are who you think you are” is just so damn true and I think we can all learn to be more loving and caring towards ourselves. It’s just not worth it to miss out on all the amazing things in life over wanting to be “perfect”. So, look at that girl you see in the mirror every morning and say “I love you!”.
Why is your health a priority for you?
Because I believe in the saying “You are what you eat”. I also think that most people don’t even know how amazing their body is designed to feel, because they’ve been conditioned by society to eat unhealthy, drink, smoke and party every weekend. I personally notice that the moment I sway away from my usual eating habits and exercise routine, I become more cranky, less energized and foggy-minded. I’m just not my best self.
And because I thrive to be the best version of myself every day, my health inevitably is a priority.
What makes you feel confident?
Hitting a PB at the gym. Wearing gym clothes. Switching it up for a nice dress and heels every now and then. Surrounding myself with like-minded people. Being in nature. Being able to share my story with an eating disorder and helping other girls struggling with the same.
What’s your favourite quote, and why?
“You are under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago”
The quote is a reminder that even if you had a crappy start to the day, it doesn’t have to ruin the rest of their day. Become aware of your feelings, work through them and pick yourself back up. It’s all about the mindset!
Is there a greater cause that you want to use your online influence for? If so, what is it?
I started out on my personal holistic living journey as a way of healing myself from an eating disorder. I am now at a point of my life where I want to help other young girls and women with their struggles with emotional eating/eating disorders and have recently started health coaching to do exactly that. In a nutshell: I want to keep growing the #wholesometribe and inspire people through the blog and my health coaching business to live their life to the fullest and to be healthy, happy and confident with themselves!
A workout gives you so much more than physical benefits. What do your workouts do for you?
Exercising is a way of stress relief for me.
Having ‘strength’ can mean so many things…what does it mean to you?
Strength is physical, surely, but it’s also a mental thing. I really noticed that when running my first marathon last year! I knew that physically I could do it, but would I be able to pull through mentally and keep pushing through the pain till the very end? The awesome thing is that the two go hand in hand, and as you build your physical strength you also build your mental strength, and vice versa. What a beautiful cycle…
To learn more about Stef’s story and stay up to date on her latest blog posts, head to: www.wholesomestef.com