I Went From Dieter to Mindful Eater – Here’s How


What’s the difference between a dieter and a mindful eater?


Dieting requires willpower, and is characterised by restriction and deprivation. Dieters are always looking for a quick fix, and food is the enemy. They count calories (numbers!) and succumb to societal pressure to look perfect. But guess what? Perfection doesn’t exist. It’s unrealistic.


On the other hand, mindful eaters see food as nourishment. They’re flexible with food and trust that their body can convert it into fuel. They eat nutrient-dense, REAL food until they’re satisfied, and then they stop. From personal/clinical experience, these are usually those people who are naturally thin, who manage their weight effortlessly. They don’t even think about dieting or bingeing, because they know neither option is worth the fall-out. How good does that sound?


Healthy living is meant to be simple, not complicated. Food is here to take care of our bodies’ needs. Too many people view food as ‘good’ or ‘bad, asking: “will this make me thin or fat?” This has caused us to have a complex relationship with food. This is not healthy and creates so much stress within the body. I’m passionate about putting an end to this extreme and obsessive mentality around food and weight. Help me to spread the message. 


So, how did I ditch that diet mentality?


Firstly, I tuned into my body for the first time in a long time and figured out which foods worked for me. Key word: me. (We’ll go into this later on).

I said no to diets. I’d had enough. I vowed to never give into them again. I told myself I’d rather be a couple of kilos overweight than to suffer through one more diet. Life is too short.

I became an intuitive eater – someone who listened to the signals her body was giving her, then responded to them.

I immersed myself in studying and understanding the powerful healing nature of food.

I began eating mindfully and with gratitude.

I also realised that today’s health and fitness standards are just that – standardised. They assume we are all the same. They don’t reflect who we are: beautiful, unique and worthy individuals, both physically and emotionally.

I finally realised that no one diet fits all.

It was then, and only then, that everything changed.

When I let go of the guilt, pressure and emotions surrounding food, my weight balanced out. My body healed. It wasn’t easy, but it was something I had to go through.

Here’s my advice to you: the sooner you start, the better you’ll feel. It may not be easy at first, but it’s worth it.

I’m so, so tired of diets. And being tempted by them, too.

Let’s strive to be strong and healthy, not skinny and miserable.


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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.