If you need help overcoming post-childbirth and peri-menopausal weight challenges, Jasmin Dhillon has the sustainable solution for you.
We love entrepreneurs and small business owners at Honeycombers, which is why we’ve created Launchpad, a comprehensive digital networking platform (with IRL benefits, too) that encourages connection, business support and community. It’s a privilege and pleasure to learn from so many talented and inspiring folks, so we’ve decided to share the love by interviewing some of the lovely Launchpad members. Looking for inspiration? Check out how Jasmin Dhillon, the founder of Eat With Jasmin, gets it done like a boss.
What is your backstory and why did you decide to launch your business?
My journey has been defined by a lifelong struggle with weight issues. Even though I wasn’t obese, the constant comparisons with my petite mother and sister led me down a path of serial dieting and fad diets. None of these approaches had lasting results. I attributed my weight challenges to genetics and an underactive thyroid.
However, everything changed after the birth of my twins at the age of 36, when I entered perimenopause. This transition felt like a leap forward of a decade in my life, prompting me to recognise the importance of becoming a healthy and resilient role model for my children.
My transformation began when I immersed myself in research and applied my findings to my own life. I decided to break free from the cycle of diets and calorie counting. Instead, I focused on foods that genuinely nourished my body, disregarding the conventional calorie restrictions. The results were astounding. I shed 30 kg and achieved a level of health and strength I’d never experienced before.
What has been your biggest challenge so far and how did you overcome it?
For me, it was coming to terms with the changes happening to my body, hormones and mind earlier than I anticipated. The realisation that menopause was looming before 40 was a tough pill to swallow. But despite these changes, I decided I wasn’t going to use this as another excuse.
It was like a switch had flipped in my mind and I was determined to put my health first. It was no longer just about losing weight. I focused on aligning my goals to my identity and this changed not only my behaviour but my mindset too.
I use similar techniques with my clients. In addition to eating well and exercising, it’s important to balance the mind and body connection.
How do you stay motivated and energised?
It’s a common misconception that a healthy lifestyle requires constant motivation. In reality, the key lies more in cultivating good habits. It’s true, I did need that initial burst of motivation to kickstart those habits. But once they became ingrained in my routine, the need for constant motivation faded, allowing me to redirect my energy elsewhere. The hardest part of my day involves getting my kids ready for school, which requires a good cup of coffee to get me going.
How do you keep stress levels low?
Stress – it’s something we all face. Juggling kids, traffic, running a business… it’s a lot. How do I manage? After dropping the kids at school, I blast music and sing full pelt (luckily there’s no one in the car with me; that would be stressful for the passenger). When travelling with the kids, audiobooks provide calm amidst the chaos. Regular workouts help redirect those cortisol levels. And when it’s time to unwind, there’s nothing like a cup of Yorkshire Gold tea and a bit of chocolate.
Favourite place to work?
I wish I had an exciting answer for this, but I like working from home in my office. It’s nothing special but I have a comfy seat, a big screen and my coffee machine.
Can you share a work mantra that you use?
My mantra is simple: “Just get shit done.” It might sound straightforward, but it’s a constant reminder to dive in, stay focused, and tackle tasks with purpose and efficiency.
One thing you can keep talking about for hours?
I can go on and on about food and hormones! Together and separately. It’s not just about feeding the body; it’s this intricate balance that shapes our whole existence.
Your go-to self-care activity?
It’s all about taking time out when life gets intense. It’s about acknowledging the need for a pause and granting myself that space to rejuvenate – whether that means going out for a cup of coffee or taking a walk. It’s my way of recharging.
One piece of advice to your younger self?
Looking back, I’d say prioritise protein, embrace strength training, and make sleep a priority. It’s the same golden advice I stand by today – for myself and all my clients.
Get in touch with Jasmin Dhillon online.
Launchpad is a comprehensive digital networking platform (with IRL benefits, too) that encourages connection, business support and community. It is designed to make the entrepreneurial journey not only easier, and more successful, but also a whole lot more fun. We offer almost daily activities for members to connect, along with weekly masterclasses, member networking roulette, small-business mentoring and media profiles on Honeycombers. Check it out and join us!