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Rachel Grunwell is the director of Inspired Health. She’s a qualified coach who helps clients to lose weight, get fit and feel happier. She’s also a qualified yoga and mindfulness teacher.

She’s an award-winning writer with 20 years’ journalism experience. These days, she’s the wellness columnist for Good magazine, and also Indulge magazine (which goes on the Herald on-line weekly).

Brands call her one of NZ’s top wellness influencers. She collaborates with businesses to “inspire” Kiwis to live healthy and happy. 

Rachel speaks at lots of events (on lifestyle topics from mindfulness, wellness, to sustainability or sharing tips on how to be healthier and happier). She co-leads the Mindful Moments retreat at Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa, where she helps clients to get that healthy kick-start to their life too.

When it comes to crushing goals, Rachel knows a thing or two about how to do it. She has run 21 marathons (sometimes while guiding disabled athletes) and also conquered a 100km hilly cycle race alongside TV3’s Mike McRoberts. Yes, they did stop for a coffee half-way!

Current collaborations include: Polynesian Spa. She co-leads health retreats here (leading yoga, mindfulness & wellness workshops). She creates healthy recipes for the cafe and is the face of the brand in a series of videos. She’s an ambassador for Pureology  (a vegan and sustainable haircare brand) and the Rotorua Marathon’s ambassador. She is an ambassador for the Achilles charity where she helps guide disabled athletes through marathons as well as being a spokesperson for the charity. 

Collaborations: John West (promoting the Auckland Marathon 12km event). Les Mills wellness hub content creator. Cigna insurance (for three years and up until March 2018)Fresh Start (My Food Bag’s healthy meals), Nespresso (promoting recycling & sustainability & speaking on a panel alongside celebrity chef Josh Emett), working on social media for Rotorua, Wellington & Christchurch Marathons. Lululemon (leading two Mind over Miles speaking events & leading some yoga sessions).  SKINS (compression brand promo). Cigna Round the Bays ambassador. . Just to name some…  

InspiredHealth’s mission: Inspiring Kiwis to live “well”.

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Gluten-Free Protein Pikelets


June 6th, 2015

  By Rachel Grunwell Sometimes I’m just after a sweet-as treat – especially if I’ve done a big, long training run. These are gluten-free and yuuuuuumy! Here’s the recipe: 1/2…

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Guiding amazing blind runner Hannah…


May 15th, 2015

  By Rachel Grunwell TV1 presenter Greg Boyed and I co-guided blind Invercargill runner Hannah Pascoe through the Rotorua Marathon.  It was a tough, but amazing race. I loved it…

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Banana Goji Berry Smoothie Goodness


May 9th, 2015

  By Rachel Grunwell Ooooooh I’m loving this smoothie making bizzo – lots of fun and a great way to get some goodness into the kids. For this easy recipe…

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The Bachelor’s 5-Step Health Plan


April 28th, 2015

  By Rachel Grunwell – The Bachelor, Arthur Green, shares some health tips:  Art’s 5-Step Health Plan 1. Prepare – Have a plan with your exercise and food. . .and…

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Blackcurrant & Blueberry Chia Crumble


March 29th, 2015

By Rachel Grunwell This crumble is super easy thanks to a bottle of the Blackcurrant and Apple Chia. I just poured a couple of cups of frozen blueberries into a…

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Fresh Almond Milk & Chocolate Almond Milk


January 28th, 2015

By Rachel Grunwell  Fresh home-made almond milk is so easy to make. It’s creamy, dreamy, nutty, milky, quite thick and kind of buttery-like to taste. I love it just as it…