Book Review: Living the Healthy Life by Jess Sepel

If you follow me on social media, or via my blog, you might not have any idea that I have an area of my life that causes me much frustration, an area of my life that I hide away, an area of my life that I don’t want to expose, an area of my life that makes me feel like a failure….

There are certain things we just don’t talk about do we?? Not with our friends, our partners and, heaven forbid, on social media!!!

What am I referring to?

Well, my weight of course!

It’s the dark little secret that stresses me out and leaves me sad. It’s the one area of my life that I can’t seem to get right, however hard I try.

Now I realise I’m not alone when it comes to this topic. I mean the weight loss industry isn’t an “industry” for nothing! People are paying millions to find out the secret to losing weight (and keeping it off) It’s just not not many of us have found it, right? We just keeping thinking that the next diet, or fad, or exercise regime will be the magic cure. But it never is!!!

My weight wasn’t always a problem. If you knew me in high school you would remember a pretty skinny girl… (where is she??) The problem kicked in when I spent 2 years living in the UK and got a good dose of the “Heathrow Injection”, this was followed 4 short months later by a 9 month pregnancy when I figured I could enjoy anything and everything with a pretty damn good excuse = growing a human! Except after birthing a baby there’s literally NO TIME for you. No time to plan healthy meals, no time to exercise, no time to lose weight. As time went on, and I survived those baby days by eating my way through every mom’s group and 1st birthday party I just didn’t return to my pre-baby weight. It wasn’t happening… Who does it happen to?? Seriously? Is there ANYONE that happens to?

Anyway it’s been 11 years guys. 11 whole years since I was a size 10. Now I fluctuate between a 12 and a 14. A 14. What the actual!! I know I’m not majorly overweight or obese and some of you might be shouting at the screen round about now telling me to stop whining and you’d give anything to be a size 14. I’m sorry! The truth is that I have never been a size 14 and I don’t think I should be. It’s not who I am.

The reality is that I love my food. I can’t diet. I can’t say no. I can’t eat in moderation. I am a weakling when it comes to food. I love it all.

So what do I do???

After watching 2 very interesting documentaries on Netflix I realised that I needed to start making some small changes. I need to start eating for me health. And by doing that I will be able to take charge of my weight issue once and for all!

The problem is where to start!

How on earth do you kickstart a healthy weight-loss eating plan, without a plan?

Enter this beautiful new book in my life…. Living the Healthy Life

Living the Healthy Life - Jess Sepel

Written by Jess Sepel, a clinical nutritionist and health blogger, she is fast becoming one of Australia’s most sought out wellness and lifestyle advocates.

“People are really starting to embrace the healthy life. They’re excited about health, and that makes me smile. They’re realising that healthy food can be delicious” – Jess Sepel

Since the launch of her first book, The Healthy Life, Jess realised that people are also feeling overwhelmed – the health world can be information overload and people are confused. This new books is the key to help individuals to tune into their own bodies and figure out what their body needs.

Living the Healthy Life - Jess Sepel

Living the Healthy Life covers issues that are affecting so many women today which prevent them from living a healthy life at their optimum weight: sky-high stress levels, food addiction, emotional eating and uncontrollable sugar cravings. (THIS is my problem!)

It’s about finding out what’s ‘broken’ – whether it’s your relationship with food, weight gain, immunity, or your mind and fixing that first!

This is an 8 week plan for letting go of unhealthy eating habits and all about finding balance in food, weight and life.

I love the fact that this book is not only about food but it’s also about the benefits of sleeping more, nourishing your cleansing functions and optimising your thyroid function. (As a hypo-thyroid sufferer this is a very useful chapter for me!)

Living the Healthy Life - Jess Sepel

Living the Healthy Life - Jess Sepel

Plus there are meal plans tailored to balance your hormones, increasing energy levels and nutritional advice for vegans, including helpful tips for eating out and snacks on-the-go plus over 200 recipes that prove healthy eating can be delicious.

The book contains Jessica’s holistic 8-week plan to healing your life and relationship with food including tips on:

  • balancing hormones
  • dealing with anxiety
  • optimising sleep
  • healing your liver

The recipes cover everything from healthy snacks and breakfast treats to mouth-watering mains and even sweet treats without the cheat.

I’m just starting this healthy eating, weight loss journey and I’m not sure where it will lead but I’m hopeful. I know the answer is to do things slowly and to focus on health first, enjoying the weight loss as a secondary benefit. Having already identified what a few of my own health issues are – sugar cravings, under-active thyroid – I feel I’m in a good place to implement some of Jess’s suggestions and go from there. Wish me luck!!

Living the Healthy Life - Jess Sepel

Buy Living the Healthy Life by Jess Sepel online via Loot or in store at any good bookshop. It currently retails for approximately R350.

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 6 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

4 Comments
  1. Funny, I can totally relate to this – you may not be overweight compared to most but it’s how you feel about yourself and where you know you are comfortable at….I also think it’s harder to diet when you never had to before…at school I was so skinny and never had to watch what I ate…and I LOVE food… so it’s harder to start watching what you eat after 20 years! Also – I don’t love exercise – I would much rather lie on my bed reading a book! So exercising is always a head decision rather than a heart one! The struggle is certainly real!
    Definitely keen for this book – thanks!

    1. Ah Cath! (maybe it’s our name??) I’m totally with you. I’ve never had to diet before. I LOVE food and I HATE exercise. It’s tough man!!! Fortunately I’ve recently found a class I’m actually enjoying (gasp!) and trying to get into a routine of going 2 x a week. Unfortunately my discipline when it comes to food is non-existent so that is going to be really hard. Fortunately Jess’s book makes healthy food taste amazing so I’m hopeful I’ll be able to satisfy my desires for deliciousness by using some of her recipes! Thanks for sharing your own struggle. Makes me feel better 😉

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