A few months ago, when I decided to sit and write my first ever online program, I had to think very carefully about how it would work and how I could create something that would give my community a physical and emotional transformation after completing the 8 weeks.
I studied health and nutrition for 5 years and have also had experience in my own clinic as a nutritionist. I’ve seen what works. So, I felt the need to think about all the most important nutritional principles that I had learned during university and throughout clinical practice. I had to put my head down and think hard about the challenges people are facing with their health, and how I could find an easy and practical way to help them overcome these issues and feel their best again. This is easier said than done.
But I also felt I needed to actually try the program for myself. Because, at the end of the day, we are all facing very similar struggles with health: stress, poor digestion, sleep issues, weight issues, hormonal issues (thyroid health!), disordered eating, fad dieting. We are also all struggling to make health a way of life, not a short-term phase. I needed to go through these 8 weeks personally to fully feel exactly what my community would be feeling whilst following it themselves. I feel very connected to the issues women, in particular, are facing and I am so eager to help us women find a solution – but a balanced solution.
Of course, over the last few years, I have felt better than ever. My health has transformed since I gave up dieting and became a wholefood eater. My skin has cleared, my hair is thicker, my sleep is better, my energy is better than ever, my weight does not yo-yo anymore and I have a very peaceful relationship with food (90% of the time).
So, I developed an 8-week program that I myself would want to be on – what I would personally find manageable and easy to follow. It includes the power principle that I have been learning over the last few years. I also had to dig deep and remember what worked for my patients in my clinic. And I also had to think carefully about what my online community (you guys) have loved about JSHealth and what you have found works for you – from your emails and comments on Facebook, Instagram and blog posts.
Then I decided to follow The JSHealth Program myself.
As mentioned, I am already in very good health. So, I really didn’t expect to see such a difference or too much of an improvement. The only issue I have faced is my struggle with Hashimoto’s (a thyroid condition), which I thankfully no longer have (my doctors initially thought this was a temporary viral thyroiditis). I speak about this candidly in my second book, where I’ve also placed the thyroid protocol that I used in my second book. I also seem to have broken sleep at night and some days my energy can crash (this is quite normal, though). But other than that – I am in good health, thankfully.
But… the 8 weeks transformed me more than I had expected.
And I feel so good about myself. And to me, that’s all that matters.
Come with me on this 8-week journey, start now.
I am here with you holding your hand through this journey. You are not alone x Jess.
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
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.
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).
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
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.
I want to empower you to make good choices, every day. I want you to enhance your understanding of health and nutrition. I'm committed to making sure you live the best life. Because you deserve it. Are you ready to start feeling great?
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