Hi. I’m Rachel Evans– 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.
I my psychology degree (BSc, hons, first class) at The University of Nottingham, with at year abroad at one of the top universities for psychology in Australia. From there I progressed to study my MSc in Health Psychology at the Institute of Work Health and Organisations at the University of Nottingham. I specialised in behaviour change interventions and understanding eating behaviour. I graduated with a distinction in 2013.
Next I held a research assistant position investigating motivation in the Physical Education and Sports Sciences Department at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Following my return to the UK I took some time away from academia and completed qualifications in Nutritional Therapy and Weight Loss Coaching from the Health Sciences Academy. I also worked with the health promotion team at the University of Nottingham on a project to understand the health behaviours of students.
In September 2015 I started my Psychology PhD at the University of Sheffield. I am currently studying the psychology of eating behaviour, which includes the influence of factors such as intentions, habits and self-control. In 2018 I will also complete my training to become a Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders and Obesity, with the National Center for Eating Disorders.
I have presented my research at national and international conferences, and published four journal papers with more to follow. I love reading the latest articles about the determinants of health behaviour, behaviour change interventions and nutrition. I follow an evidence based approach to working with clients, leading workshops and public speaking. I have completed the Health Bloggers Community x WellSpoken qualification to provide “consumers with the highest level of credible, authentic, evidence-based information on fitness, nutrition and wellbeing”.
I have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society and am a member of the Division of Health Psychology, which reflects my desire to represent the highest possible professional standards.
I started Healthy & Psyched in October 2015; I had spent countless hours reading other health, fitness and foodie blogs, and I was learning to love food again after a period restrictive eating. Healthy & Psyched began as a way for me to share my experiences and what I have learned about healthy living. It has now also turned into a wonderful way for me to connect with other people who are excited about healthy living, earn an income through sponsored posts/ collaborations and meet clients for my psychology practice.
This blog reflects my journey to finding balance with diet and exercise.