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Janella is a role model for health

Janella Purcell at home in Binna Burra.
Janella Purcell at home in Binna Burra.

Janella Purcell is bursting with good health and vitality.


In her 40s, she is testament to the fact that eating good, healthy, nutritious food is not only good for your physical body, but also for your mind and spirit.


A naturopath and nutritionist as well as a self-taught chef, Janella, from Binna Burra, has carved a successful TV career which has included being The Biggest Loser’s in-house chef and presenting a food segment on The Morning Show with Kerri-Anne Kennelly.


For the past four years Janella has been the ‘good chef’ on the show, Good Chef Bad Chef, which airs on the Lifestyle Channel and is now gracing screens daily with a new series on Channel 10.


Good Chef Bad Chef pits two views against each other – Janella with her natural and nutritious recipes, and Adrian Richardson who loves full-flavoured meat dishes.


The first two series of the show was seen in more than 20 countries.


Janella said she hoped to show viewers that good, healthy food could be full of flavour and not boring.


“Eating good food, especially organic food, has incredible health benefits and helps prevent disease, as well as helping the environment,” she said.


“If you eat well you are going to feel happier than someone who misses meals or who eats the wrong sorts of foods.


“You would think that by now everyone should know the benefits of healthy food, but lots of people don’t know how to cook, how to shop for healthy food and instead take the easier option of buying a takeaway or a microwave meal.”


A vegetarian herself (she eats fish), Janella said she was not against people eating red meat or chicken, but they should choose organic where possible.


“We have the best food in this area, what with the Byron and Bangalow Farmers Markets and fantastic seafood shops, so there’s no need not to eat well,” she said.


“People should eat more legumes, including sprouts, lentils and chickpeas, nuts and seeds, including the fantastic quinoa, which is a seed from a herb in South America and very easy to digest.


“Of course, good eating should also go hand-in-hand with exercise.”


Janella said working on Good Chef Bad Chef was always a lot of fun, but also hard work.


The series is shot in Melbourne, with filming for the fourth series to start later this year.


Meanwhile, Janella is busy with her naturopath business in Sydney (she consults one week a month); an organic cafe in Surry Hills (run by a friend); developing a TV show in India which will feature the best detox camps in Asia; and further developing her website which has an online store for groceries.


She is also working on her own TV series and a new book – her third. For more information on Janella, including recipes, go to www.janellapurcell.com


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