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February 15 2017

#Friends, #Running, #Peanut Butter and @Healthywaysfordays

When we found Rachel Wolfson, founder of @healthywaysfordays, we knew we found a true She’s Fit To Lead inspiration.  This is food porn that your body and soul will thank you for.  As Rachel says, “I’ve never met a problem that could not be solved by friends, running or generous spoonfuls of peanut butter.”  Neither have we.  Read on:

Tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Rachel and I am a freshman at the University of Georgia. I ran track and cross country all four years of high school and ran my first half marathon in March of 2016. I love going on hikes and adventures with my friends and spending time with my family. I am really into photography and I love music.

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How did you start healthywaysfordays?

I started healthywaysfordays when I was a freshman in high school as a way to follow healthy food accounts so that it would be separate from my personal account. At the time I was trying to lose weight and start eating healthy food and it was during this time I started actually paying attention to what and how much I was eating. I originally made it on private and blocked everyone I knew from my actual life so that they wouldn’t know I had one. I never posted on there, but eventually I started using it to take pictures of my food, and slowly started to gain a following, but not intentionally.

What would you say your mission is?

I would say that my mission is to show people that healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle isn’t hard and is actually worthwhile. I know that it is so easy to just pick the easy options and skip your workout, but at the end of the day, it’s creating a healthy lifestyle. As a college student, I see how convenient unhealthy food is. There are vending machines everywhere, there are cookies and cakes by the exits of all the dining halls, there are restaurants of all varieties that will deliver food to the dorms 24/7, and there are honestly not enough hours in the day to balance school, sleep, and a social life, let alone fitness. I think that by having a regular fitness schedule, I keep my life together because everything else just seems to fall into place.

What is your goal for healthywaysfordays?

My goal for healthywaysfordays is to help people of different varieties. I know that when I was really struggling with Orthorexia and finding things that were healthy to eat I depended on accounts for ideas. I want people to see the reality of what it is like to live a healthy lifestyle- that it’s okay to not have abs, its okay to not workout when you’re tired, and that it is okay to treat yourself on occasion. I want people to see that there is a balance that can be achieved, and that letting go of food fears and calorie restricting is 100% worth it.

For us social media food addicts, what is it like to have so many followers? How did you do it? And how do you keep them engaged?

I honestly never expected to gain as many followers as I have throughout the years of having this account. I never intended to grow my account, like I said my account was just for me and I thought I would always be afraid of food for my entire life. It’s kind of weird to have as many followers as I do, I remember wondering what it would be like- but it is actually kind of normal. You get questions, comments, and likes, but it isn’t overwhelming by any means. I used to reply to all of my comments, but as I grew busier in my outside life, I found it difficult to respond to everyone, but I do genuinely read everything that people say. I also answer all of the questions people ask. I gained followers by following similar accounts, tagging my pictures, and commenting on other accounts’ photos. I post at least once a day, sometimes multiple times per day, but lately I’ve been posting more inspirational quotes and things to inspire people in and out of their fitness life.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you can share with us?

My favorite recipe would have to be my overnight oatmeal. It seriously never gets old, takes maybe 3 minutes to prepare and is filling. I combine ½ cup of rolled oats, ½ cup of any almond milk, and cinnamon to taste in a microwavable bowl. I let this sit in the fridge overnight. Then in the morning, I microwave the oats for 1 minute, then I stir it, add in ½ tbs of peanut butter (you can honestly add in any amount of peanut butter that you want), and then I microwave it again for 30 seconds. After microwaving it for the second time, I add in sliced banana and then its finished (and sooo good).

Do you have favorite on the go snack for when you are in rush?

When I am in a rush I honestly take a Square Bar with me. They have become such a staple in my diet and I don’t know what I would do without them.

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What makes you feel confident?

I feel confident after a workout. I know its weird because I am all sweaty and probably smell terrible, but there is something about pushing through a really difficult workout that makes me feel powerful, like I could do anything.

How do you motivate others?

I motivate others honestly by just being myself. I am an extremely dedicated person by nature and some people aren’t, so when they see me either eating super healthy in the dining hall or going out for a run/to the gym in between classes, they always tell me how motivating it is, because they wish that they found the time and energy to do it.

Do you have a favorite quote or go to saying?

I loooove quotes and inspirational sayings, I actually have a ton of books just full of quotes, but my favorite one right now is: “I have what I have and I am happy, I’ve lost what I’ve lost and I am still happy” (Rupi Kaur).

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