Real Talk: Is Bingeing The Next Epidemic?

Lifestyle, Real Talk

Bingeing: it’s a dirty word for many people. Binge eating can be truly scary experience, and I believe it has become an epidemic.


For those who binge, food takes over. They eat more than they know they should. They eat until they feel sickly fill. And they think they can’t control it.

There are several reasons behind bingeing: stress, anger and even happiness. Dieting and deprivation. And in my opinion, it’s the result of having a complicated relationship with food as well as not feeling good enough. To combat bingeing, you have to build up your self-esteem. My book and program go into detail on how to overcome binge eating and emotional eating – links

Along with the emotional factor, bingeing can stem from physical needs. To keep your hunger and appetite in check, you need to ensure you’re eating enough of the right macronutrients at breakfast and lunch, as well as protein-rich snacks. When you skip meals, or eat non-nutritious meals, you’re likely to overeat later on in the day (such as when you get home from work). This is because your body is crying out for food, and you’re physically unsatisfied.


Here’s what a typical binge looks like:

You fear or deny yourself certain foods.

One day, you crack.

You eat as much as you possibly can until you feel ill. You literally can’t stop.

The guilt and self-loathing kick in.

Then you repeat out of anger at yourself.

It’s a horrible, vicious cycle.


How do you break the cycle?


  • It starts with forgiving yourself. You fell off the wagon, but you’re only human. It’s time to get up and remind yourself that we all fall sometimes. What matters is that you’re strong enough to learn from this experience, and strong enough to turn away from extreme or restrictive dieting.
  • Let go of the “I blew it” mentality. It happened, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the day or week is a write-off. I see this all the time: clients have high standards when it comes to their eating, so when they eat something that doesn’t align with their ‘perfect’ diet plan, they punish themselves with a binge. It’s really important to stop classifying food as good/bad, so that in turn, you can stop describing your eating as perfect/imperfect.
  • Remove the pressure to eat perfectly and be a perfect human in general. I have an entire page dedicated to relieving pressure in my book, Living The Healthy Life, and in my 8 week online program I teach you how to overcome bingeing and form a healthy relationship with food and your body.


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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.