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