The Healed Life: Ashley Koff

Healthy Q&A's


This week’s inspirational person is…

Ashley Koff!

Meet Ashley…

Age:  39

Occupation:  Registered Dietitian

Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here:

I try to be an enable of healthier lives by empowering people through education to achieve their personal health goals. I arrived here on a road that included working in grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, global advertising agency with a global food company client, non-profit public education work and then integrative medicine work. All of this has taught me that despite good nutrition being a very simple thing, we’ve made it a complicated mess for most, and it’s time to change that!

What does ‘health’ mean to you?

A dynamic state where your body is working efficiently and effectively to support itself well.

How do you manage to stay so fit and healthy, please share with us your dietary philosophy/secrets:

I laugh…a lot… and I consume copious amounts of organic vegetables. I walk my talk – I am a Qualitarian and it’s what I want everyone to be because at the end of the day the body works best when it recognizes what it’s getting – and those are the “better” quality choices. There is no room for perfection in nutrition or health, but there’s always a better and a less good choice. Be a Qualitarian – choose better quality…oh and the other thing, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t! That’s SO not helpful or healthful

What brings balance to your life?

I have recognized the cues (most of the time) when I go a little too far one way, so I bring myself back at those times with different things – it could be needing to work less and even party it up a little or it could be saying no and getting to bed earlier. Or it could be an infrared sauna and an organic greens juice

Your favorite healthy recreational activity?

All recreational activities are healthy…and my favorite is when I do something that makes me smile or laugh in that moment. It typically includes my dog, Rerun.


Who is your greatest health inspiration?

So I don’t believe in “-est’s” …it’s kind of like perfect – no room for that. But I have a few clients that inspire me weekly, I am grateful for the life and health insights that doctors like Dr Weil, Dr Soram Khalsa, Dr Oz have given me; I am totally in awe of several professional athletes, and I have great admiration for several spirit leaders. I get inspiration everyday, everywhere…

Where is your favorite place on earth?

When I am in my happy space – laughing and present – it’s not a location, it’s a state but it’s often enabled by locations like nature – woods, rivers, mountains, beaches

What is your favorite healthy meal/snack?

Oh there is no way I can pick a favorite child…but I am known to have a cruciferous crush.

What is your favorite healthy neighborhood restaurant?

Depends on where I am but in Venice I love Axe, Shima, Oscar’s, Akasha, Café Gratitude…uh oh, I could go on and on…we are a food town

What is next on the cards for you?

I discover that daily now that I have the cool John Holland tarot card app – my favorite holiday gift to myself ($9.99).

Please share with us one of your favorite healthy recipes:

 Hemp Pesto

hemp pesto


  • 3 tbsp brazil nuts
  • 3 tbsp Hemp hearts
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup Hemp oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste


Mix all the ingredients in a food processor.

Keeps up to 5 days in the fridge.  Serve crackers, pita chips, for a delicious and healthy appetizer.

Connect with Ashley:







Luk Beautifood


Birkenhead House, Hermanus


PURE Papaya Care


The Healthy Life


JSHealth Vegan Meal Plan


JSHealth Travel Plan




14 Day Slim Down Plan - 2 weeks to a leaner you!


The JSHealth Shopping List - Stock up on these foods for a healthier household


Nutrition 101 - A step by step nutrition guide to optimal health


Emotional Eating Guide - Learn how to rebuild your relationship with food and your body


The Clean Life - An Expert Guide To Health From The Inside Out


Restart Plan - Cleanse your system in 2 - 4 weeks & reveal a slimmer, healthier you


JSHealth Partners


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.