Meet My Mentor, Layla

Inspiration, Lifestyle

For those of you who follow my blog, you will have noticed I speak about this lady very often, Layla!! She is very close to my heart and I am so excited to be introducing you to her. She has a light that surrounds her and anyone who meets her feels very grateful to be in her presence. I do!

Layla and I recently got back from Bali together as some of you know. Our dream is to work together and help mothers and families embrace healthy living.

We first met in January 2012 while studying nutrition. Her passion to work with children and families to improve their health immediately drew me to her as I share the same passion. I could see there was something very special and unique about Layla.

I now call Layla a second mother, a best friend and my go to health person, especially when it comes to my nutrition questions. Her nutritional knowledge is outstanding and I am so grateful to be able to learn from her. Layla is of Middle Eastern decent and was brought up making all of her own foods from scratch. Her health philosophy is simple and it works! Just stick to whole-foods. Eat real food. Organic where possible. She challenges all modern day food processes and gets saddened by how little access we have to real food these days.

If you just take one glance at her, you just know she has gotten it right. She is almost 40 years old and a mother of two and let me tell you, she looks 19!!!

She is a prime example of a someone who really walks her talk! She lives and breathes what she preaches. She exudes health and vitality and she will tell you, “Food heals all”.

Each week Layla will share with us her top nutrition tips. Next week she will share, ‘ The Importance of Water’.

Some of Layla’s Nutrition Principals:

Breathe- Take a few deep belly breathes throughout the day (especially in time of stress)

Drink– Spring or filtered water. I start my day with 2 glasses of water to rehydrate my body. After long hours of sleep the body gets dehydrated.

Eat– Whole foods. What mother nature has to offer. eat foods as close their natural state before they become highly processed. Buy local and organic produce where possible.

Sleep– 8 hours a night. Go to bed before 10pm. Turn off all bright lights, computers, phones before bed. These lights disturb our pineal gland- where melatonin is made. Turn on a salt lam, slow down, read and take a few deep breathes prior to bed time. Sleep is so important and needed for the body to regenerate and give you energy for the next day.

Think– Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Try it and watch the changes that will occur in your life. It is magical. What you think, you will get.

And  don’t forget to smile!!




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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.