Fitness fanatics who live Stateside will no doubt have heard of SoulCycle. Here in London, Psycle is its equivalent (well, actually, we’re biased so we think it’s better!) – and spearheading the spinning phenomenon this side of the pond is its inspiring and endlessly energetic CEO Rhian Stephenson, AKA ‘the spinning goddess’ to her string of devoted clients. (Fact: her classes get booked up in approximately three minutes flat when spots open up every Monday online – this editor knows only too well!)
But not only do we love Rhian’s motivating, fun, and highly effective full-body workouts on a bike – plus, of course, the amazing soundtracks that really set Psycle apart – her genuine enthusiasm for happy and healthy living is truly infectious. Ahead, the trained naturopath, nutritionist, and herbalist shares her favorite summer smoothie recipe, the trick to staying motivated, and her guilty pleasure.
I love breakfast…
Especially in the summer months. Every morning I wake up, have some water with lemon, and make a superfood smoothie. I am slightly obsessed with summer smoothies – using frozen fruit makes it feel like an indulgence because it makes the consistency like frozen yogurt! Right now my favourite recipe is:
1 frozen banana
1/2 small lemon (peeled)
2 handfuls of spinach
1 tsp spirulina
4 tbsp hemp seeds
unsweetened almond milk.
The biggest food-related myth is…
Cut out carbs. Unrefined, whole carbohydrates give you essential vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Eating the right kind of carbohydrates and at the right times, along with a balanced and varied diet, is in my opinion the most healthful, sustainable way to eat.
My biggest guilty pleasure is…
Baking. I love cooking and coming up with healthier versions of the usual treats. I used to teach cooking workshops and my favorite one was raw desserts: they are absolutely divine – totally satisfying and always feel like a massive indulgence without the crash from refined or unhealthy ingredients.
The key to staying motivated is…
To set some big, year-long goals but then split them up into smaller, achievable steps. Sometimes having a big goal too far in the future seems overwhelming and it’s hard to see a way to get there. If you break it down into steps then all of a sudden it seems within reach – and you can take pride in checking off the milestones as you pass them. I love team environments, so I also find it motivating to set goals with friends or my team at work. Showing up for other people is sometimes easier than doing it for yourself, and it’s always so rewarding to push yourself with a friend.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is…
From my father, who always said to never be afraid of failure. If you fail, it usually means you’ve pushed yourself and done your very best, which is always awesome. Pick yourself up, don’t dwell, learn from it, and reset your goals. Some of the most successful people have failed over and over again.
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