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Imbibe Woman: Jessica Hoskins of Sage and Folk

March 23, 2020 4 min read

Imbibe Woman: Jessica Hoskins of Sage and Folk

A mover, a maker and first and foremost, a mama - Jessica Hoskins of Sage and Folk is doing it all with grace (and a bit of a daily juggle!). A clinical nutritionist and herbalist since 2011, Jessica provides her services through her thriving online practice (perfect for maintaining your health during Social Distancing) , as well as through consultations at the beautiful Parkes Ave Dispensary in Byron Bay.

Dedicated to providing a heart-centred, nurturing and non-judgmental space to allow every client to realise their true health potential, Jessica treats any and every health concern that she can.

Since becoming a mother however, she’s developed a special interest in women and children’s health - particularly the effects of nutrition and lifestyle choices on people at all stages of life.

With a true desire to not just make, but to make better with her choices, her practices and her parenting, Jessica is an Imbibe Woman through and through.

 

1. Who are you?

I'm Jessica Hoskins, a Mama, clinical nutritionist and herbalist.

I run an online practice, and I also consult from Parkes Ave Dispensary in beautiful Byron Bay. My clinical focus is on women’s health (especially prenatal, postpartum and the years after)and children's health. Although I live in Byron, life with two kids and a business can be very busy. I’ve had my share of burnout so I’m drawn to supporting Mums and helping them nourish, replenish and thrive even in the throes of motherhood. I’ve expanded this into online programs and e-guides that help women look after their own health and wellbeing while also keeping their families healthy.

 

2. What is one of the most defining moments in your life and how did it shape you?

The births of my children are at the top of that list! Becoming a mother has completely changed the way I live my life and has also forged the direction of my work as a practitioner. It presents one lesson after another and has taught me to be in the moment more often. It has also taught me to honour my own wellbeing and prioritise it. I certainly have a profound respect and clinical interest for the female mind and body.

3. What makes you feel most beautiful?

A clean, freshly moisturised, sun kissed face after a day of surfing.

4. What is something you’re curious about right now?

How our future and our children’s future will look. Although I try to stay in the present, I also believe that we have to take the future of the earth seriously and make conscious steps towards improving it.

5. When are you your most confident and happy self?

In the kitchen, cooking food for my loved ones and when I’m in the company of genuine, salt of the earth people.

6. What advice would you give your 18 year old self?

Change is inevitable but enjoy the ride!

 

7. What is your best tip for making the world a more beautiful place?

Take every opportunity to be kind.

8. What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

Rising Strong by Brene Brown is full of fantastic advice and insightfulness.

9. How do you balance work, health and wellness with the demands of being a modern woman?

In reality, I have never been able to achieve balance. Trying to achieve the perfect balance is just setting myself up for failure and guilt. I have accepted there is always something a little off balance - and that is ok! For me, it is more about being able to reassess, prioritise, and ride the ebbs and flows as needed.

In saying that, being prepared is the best way to avoid getting overwhelmed - I put everything in my calendar, this really helps me assess my week or day ahead. I am also an advocate of meal prep (I do two hours every Sunday) and flexible meal planning. This really takes the pressure off weeknights, saves so much time and means that we are eating plenty of nutritious food.

10. What is a topic that matters to you and what would you like people to know or do about it?

I want all women to know it is ok to prioritise your wellbeing and take care of yourself. I do believe that as women many of us take on external pressures and even feel guilt in putting ourselves first. As a Mum and business owner, my life gets busy! So I understand how easy it is to get so focused on caring for others that your own wellbeing starts to fall by the wayside. 

Self-care does not mean that you have to be going on health retreats and getting daily massages (although that is great for you if you can!). It means allowing the support of those around you and even seeking the guidance of a healthcare professional. Self-care, on the deepest level, is about allowing yourself the space to nourish your mind and body. It could be as simple as stopping to take some deep breaths, making sure you actually have lunch, or even just going to bed early. Getting to know your body and having awareness of its individual needs is by far the most profound act of self-care.