Hi, I’m Rachel. Welcome to my blog! I am a 23 year old “Healthy Chick” living in the lovely city of Boston. I hold an extreme passion for health, researching the newest trends and best fitness tips daily. I’m obsessed with studying food, living by the Italian’s mantra: enjoy what you eat, every last bite, but also be aware of what you’re putting inside your mouth. After all, food should be something to savor, not fear and that’s exactly why I chose to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
No, I’m not a doctor, nutritionist or personal trainer. I don’t have any notable certifications or trophies hanging on my walls. However, I do have a sincere love for what I do, and believe I can offer you fresh, new insights you can’t get from magazines or diet books. I don’t write just to hop on the “blogging bandwagon.” I write because I care about what I do and want to share what I have to say (and trust me that’s a lot) with all of my lovely readers!
My newest project: I’m working to make my “Healthy Chicks” blog into a book incorporating older posts with new, fun tips and ideas. So get on board and start reading! Send any suggestions/ ideas to my email @ firstname.lastname@example.org!
Q & A
Q: Why did you start Healthy Chicks?
A: Growing up, I struggled to find a balance between healthy eating, exercise and getting the most out of life. I battled dieting, body image issues, weight loss struggles, relationship woes and more. Then I realized other woman (of all ages) go through the same exact thing, so I thought why not create a forum for everyone to relate to one another.
Q: What does healthy mean to you?
A: The reason my posts aren’t all about fitness, dieting and nutrition is because healthy is much more than that. Sure it’s important to exercise and maintain a nutritious diet, but being healthy isn’t all about food and fitness. That’s why you’ll never see me posting pictures or counting calories of every single thing I put into my mouth. And that’s why many of my posts are about happiness, well being and lifestyle choices, because I feel being healthy is extremely diverse with many little components to it. Sure, you can be a size 2, run every day, and eat 100% perfectly, but that doesn’t make you healthy. Being healthy is a lifestyle to me.
Q: How do you eat so well? You must have such good willpower!
A: It’s funny because my friends in college used to joke about this all of the time. “You have such great willpower with food. How come you can’t do that with men?” While I used to laugh about it, the reason is because I actually enjoy eating healthy. And I definitely don’t deprive myself either. You won’t see me eating a plain old iceberg salad with no dressing because it’s “healthy,” but I do love salads when they are dressed up with grilled chicken, arugula, fancy fruits, nuts and decadent fresh dressings like sesame ginger. I also don’t like fried, fatty foods because it hurts my stomach, and it’s easy for me to turn down a slice of pizza because I have a sensitivity to wheat. Therefore, when people tell me I have such great “willpower” I laugh because it’s not willpower; it’s just a smart choice for my body. I eat what makes my body feel good, with the occasional splurge. So no, you won’t find me pigging out on hot dogs but I’ll lick a decadent plate of risotto with seafood clean in a hot second! I love all sorts of food, and never get bored with experimenting new things.
Q: What’s are your favorite indulgences?
A: Well, I could eat a container of peanut butter by the spoon in one sitting. No, I am not joking. I also love dark chocolate, sweet potato fries, nachos, margaritas and Mexican Food. However, I eat things in moderation. But, don’t tempt me with the peanut butter…I really will finish it!
Q: What do you do for exercise?
A: Well, I try to create a balance between cardio and strength training. Yes, weights aren’t scary and won’t make you “big”…I highly recommend lifting and experimenting with weights to all women. Right now, I run almost every day for cardio (and just ran my first 10 K), and do yoga a few times a weekend On Demand (I know, I’m classy). I also do weighted lunges, squats, push ups, sit ups, step ups, dumbbell swings, overhead presses & other variations to stay toned. Little hint: I do these all from home with my own weights. You really don’t need a gym to stay fit, although it does help for some!