About Rachel

Hi. I’m Rachel– the blogger behind Healthy & Psyched.

I want to make health and well-being accessible to everyone, from health-nuts to people who are curious or even intimidated by plant-based living, healthy ingredient swaps, workouts or anything else related to physical or mental health.

Here are a few things you might like to know about me. If I’ve missed anything you want to ask then leave a comment below or message me and I’ll try and answer for you. (Last updated 19/07/2017).

 

Why did you decide to start a blog?
After spending countless hours reading health & fitness, foodie and lifestyles blogs I decided it was time to start my own. I love eating well, exercising, visiting new places and seeing new things!

Everyday I learn new information which helps me to make healthier choices and I want to share that with you. I want to use this blog to connect with others who share my excitement healthy living or who are trying to make positive changes in their life.

Why is your blog called Healthy & Psyched?
Because I blog about health and am studying a Psychology PhD! I have studied a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Health Psychology- both at the University of Nottingham. I had a year studing abroad at the University of Queensland, Australia and working in Singapore studying motivation for 8 months! I am now a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and studying a PhD in behaviour change psychology and healthy eating at the University of Sheffield.

How do you know about nutrition?
In 2014 I studied a Nutritional Therapist diploma, followed in 2015 by an Advanced Clinical Weight Loss diploma. I also read papers from nutrition journals as part of my PhD and research for blog posts.

Do you follow a special diet?
I don’t follow a diet plan but I am eating plant-based meals at present. I do tag a lot of my posts on social media as vegan, but I don’t want to label myself.

I try to eat whole, unprocessed foods because it makes me feel at my best. I love fruit and vegetables so it’s no problem for me to eat plenty of those. However, I’ve got a sweet tooth and love chocolate, so I am always making healthier versions of my favourite treats. For example, these delicious brownies.

I will admit that I went through a phase of being super strict with my diet before I started Healthy & Psyched but I am a lot more flexible with eating junk food now. When I’m cooking for myself I always choose whole grains, healthy cooking methods (e.g. baking) and eat lots of fresh produce. However, if I go out and fancy some sweet potato fries or to get a large portion of dessert then that’s exactly what I’m going to get.

What’s your exercise routine?

I always try and do over 10,000 steps per day. I have found a route to and from work which is 3,000 steps, then I usually walk to the shop or take a walk in the evening.

I am currently aim to exercise in the gym 4 times per week for 45 -60 minutes each session. My workouts are currently based on the Body Boss Guide, although I don’t follow it strictly. I really enjoy circuit training with body weight or light weights and take inspiration from Kayla Itsines bikini body guide, Way of Gray and The Body Coach workout guide.

What’s your favourite fruit or vegetable?
That’s a toughie…. I love everything (apart from peppers- they make me ill). My ultimate favourites are bananas, figs, blueberries, persimmon, avocado, tenderstem broccoli, sweetcorn, courgette and sugar snap peas… not at the same time obviously… It really depends what is in season.

Can I work with you?
I love to collaborate with bloggers and companies on recipes, reviews, articles and more!
A few of you have asked, but I am not currently giving nutritional advice or creating eating plans (because I am not insured to do so). If you would like to work 1-2-1 with me to change your unhealthy habits then please visit my business website re:Wellbeing.com.

Got another question?
Leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you

15 Comments

  1. March 7, 2016 / 9:49 am

    Hi Rachel, I was just directed to your blog via an email from Trib3 and I really liked what I saw! It looks like we’ve got a really similar background; I’ve recently finished my PhD at Uni of Nottingham after doing a BSc in Psychology at Sheff Uni and MSc in sport & ex psych at Sheff Hallam! I’m interested to hear more about your PhD if you wouldn’t mind sharing? Thanks!

    • March 8, 2016 / 5:03 pm

      Hi Helen,
      Sounds like we’ve done a reversal of degree locations! Congratulations on finishing your PhD. In in my first year and it still seems a bit overwhelming!

      My project is testing a theory of health behaviour. It proposes that our behaviour is influenced by intentions, self-control and another factor that includes things like habits and cues in the environment. I want to see these variable predict behaviour and if they do I will design an intervention based on changing the variables to hopefully change behaviour.
      Hope that makes sense- I tried to explain it at an intermediate level because you have a psychology background as well 🙂

  2. March 12, 2016 / 2:52 am

    Hey Rachel, I enjoy your blog (and that amazing convo we had about corn!). I like that your blog is themed (something I’m lacking atm haha), and how you explore different aspects of a healthy lifestyle in your posts. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award 🙂 Click on the following link to accept and participate, and I look forward to seeing how your blogging adventure unfolds.

    https://nostalgiclemon.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/the-versatile-blogger-award-7-random-things-about-me/

    • March 12, 2016 / 12:47 pm

      Hi Madhurima,
      Thanks for the lovely feedback. I think a good tip for finding your ‘theme’ is to blog about what you enjoy. My boyfriend has to keep reminding me of that when I get worried over things I think I ‘should’ be doing for my blog. Your perfect audience will find you if you keep doing what you love.

      Thanks for the nomination- how exciting! I accept and will aim to get the post up next week!

  3. February 1, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Beautiful blog, Rachel, lots of great information! Thank you.

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 2, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      Hi 🙂 Thank you so much

  4. February 8, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Just thought I’d say that I really do love reading and looking through your recipes and reviews, as well as your instagram! I love the design of the website too. 🙂

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 8, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      AWWWWW. Thank you so much 🙂 I recognise you from instagram!! It’s always hard to know who on instagram just mindlessly likes photos and who reads my blog as well.

      • February 8, 2017 / 8:20 pm

        No worries!☺️ yes I know what you mean! I’m trying to be more active with blogging myself, wish me luck !

  5. April 1, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    Hi Rachel , I love your blog, very inspirational. Just wondering if you would share where you did your nutrition course as I’m think of something along those lines. It seems to be a minefield to find the right accredited course, especially as I’m looking for a distance learning option. 🙂

  6. April 11, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Ooooh these look and sound fab! Great recipe 🙂

  7. ThatgirlSue
    May 30, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Awesome tips here thanks for sharing they help loads!

  8. June 10, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Hi Rachel,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. I try to stay updated as you keep adding new posts.
    Can’t wait to read more!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      June 11, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Thankyou so much for your comment 😀