Real Talk: When I Talk About Health Confusion, Dieting, Bingeing & Emotional Eating – It’s From Personal Experience

Health & Lifestyle, Real Talk

It wasn’t long ago that I was totally disconnected from my own body.


At about age 14, I discovered diets. And for the following few years, diets and weight obsession controlled my life. I became a chronic fad dieter, and within a short period of time, I was verging on a serious eating disorder.


I was buried in low self-esteem. I lost too much weight, too quickly and then my weight would yo-yo for years. Since I could never maintain the ‘perfect’ diet or ‘ideal’ weight, I was caught in a toxic cycle. It was stressful and exhausting. Food governed my life in an unhealthy way. I had developed a restrictive mentality toward food.  I was immersed in a tormenting cycle of bingeing and then restricting with food – it starting taking over my life.


I thought that being thin would make me more lovable.  Looking back, it had the opposite effect: it didn’t make me feel any more loved by others, and I certainly didn’t love myself. I focused my uncertainty and self-hate on my body, and in turn, my body became my biggest burden. I used food to reward and punish myself. I constantly compared myself to others. I obsessed over food and my body suffered as a result.


On the outside, I ‘had it all’, but I just couldn’t see it. I was distracted by the endless and futile pursuit to be perfect.


Fast forward a few years, and I’m a completely different person inside and out. I have taken control of my life and of my thoughts. I now take a gentler approach to nutrition, health and wellbeing. It’s as simple as this: I listen to my body and give it exactly what it needs. I eat a wholefood diet that consists of balance in every sense and I am so gentle and kind with myself. I don’t do extremes. Deprivation and restriction are not a part of my vocab – and I’ve never felt better.


This approach is the result of studying nutrition for five years: I completed a Bachelor of Health, and then two years of Nutritional Medicine. I’d always wanted to be a nutritionist, and I remember sitting in my nutrition lecture absolutely blown away by what I was learning. I am still blown away. I began experimenting and shifting my mindset, and slowly, I started healing my relationship with my body.


Now, I’m here to help you do the same.


My online program and book contain all the principles I used to heal my body, forever.


Are you ready to change your life? Sign up for my program today!


Let’s begin.

Jess xo




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Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My  copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time.  My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.

With kindest regards Samantha

I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.

When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.

I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.


Hey Jessica!
I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again

- Jacinta

I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!


Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.

– Sophie

Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!


I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).

– Helene

I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud

Michelle Curtis

My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.