JESSICA SEPEL

CLINICAL NUTRITIONIST | BEST-SELLING HEALTH AUTHOR

MY STORY

Do you feel anxious and confused about food?
Do you beat yourself up whenever you indulge?
Do you diet constantly?

Do you want to learn how to nourish and appreciate your body?
Do you love the idea of living a healthy, balanced life – with no diets, and zero guilt?

You’re in the right place. If you want to stop obsessing over food, and never, ever say “the diet starts on Monday” again, I can help.

Why? Because I’ve been there. When I talk about health confusion, dieting, bingeing and emotional eating, it’s from personal experience.

Just a few years ago, I felt totally disconnected from my own body, and alone in my thoughts.

At age 14, I discovered diets. And in the years to follow, I was a chronic fad dieter who was obsessed with weight – to the point where I was verging on a serious eating disorder. This way of thinking was my ‘normal’, and I couldn’t see past it.

During that time, my self-esteem was shot. I lost too much weight, too quickly, and then that number on the scale would yo-yo. Up, down, up down. Since I could never maintain the ‘perfect’ diet or ‘ideal’ weight – which I now know don’t exist – I was caught in a toxic cycle. Food governed my life in an unhealthy way, and I tormented myself by bingeing and then restricting myself with food.

I thought that being thin would make me more lovable. Looking back, it had the opposite effect: it didn’t make me feel any more loved by others, and I definitely didn’t love myself.

I used food to reward and punish myself.
I always compared myself to others.
I channelled all that self-hate into my body, and my body became my biggest burden.

It was time-consuming, stressful, and incredibly exhausting.

On the outside, I ‘had it all’ – but the sad thing was, the amazing things about my life didn’t matter, because I was distracted by the endless and futile pursuit to be perfect.

Then, something clicked. I realised hating on my body was affecting everything, so I committed to understanding what nutrition was all about. When I learnt how the body actually works, my mentality changed.

Fast forward to now, and I’m a completely different person. I’ve taken control of my life, my eating habits, and my thoughts. I studied nutrition for five years: I completed a Bachelor of Health Science, and then two years of Nutritional Medicine.

I remember sitting in my nutrition lectures being absolutely blown away by what I was learning. That feeling hasn’t changed. I began experimenting with wholefoods, and shifting my mindset to be more positive. And slowly, I started healing my relationship with my body.

I freed myself from the all-consuming obsession with food, and found balance.

Today, I have a gentle approach to nutrition, health and wellbeing. It’s as simple as this: I listen to my body and give it exactly what it needs. I enjoy a wholefood, balanced diet, and I’m kind to myself.

Now, I’m here to help you do the same.

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