Welcome to RaystheBeet! My name is Hannah Johnsen soon to be Hannah Raycraft (hence the “rays” pun on raise). Nick Raycraft and I are getting married this May, in a small town near Holland MI.
I graduated last May from Hope College with a degree in Exercise Science and Psychology. Originally, I wanted to pursue a career in physical therapy, but after shadowing some PT’s decided I couldn’t see myself in that field anymore. Since graduating I have sort of been in the middle of an identity crisis – I am so passionate about health, wellness, exercise and nutrition, but do I not directly know how to channel that into a career without further education, which costs money I can’t afford right now.
This place I am currently in is what lead me to start RaystheBeet. One of my favorite things to do is make and create meals. For me cooking is for more than to feel full, I love creating meals that are both nutrient dense and clean. I believe a healthy diet and exercise can dramatically improve your quality of life and make you feel better. I have discovered this to be true in my own life.
My recipes are mostly plant based and all contain simple ingredients. I am not vegan but I try to eat a mostly plant based diet. However, because I am marrying a man who I eat and cook with who happens to LOVE meat, I can not completely eliminate animal products from my diet. I am also lactose intolerant so that eliminates all dairy from my diet, however occasionally I will eat goat cheese because I have found it upsets my stomach less, and I love the way it tastes.
At the end of the day what I believe really matters is moderation and listening to our bodies to tell us what we need. The important thing is to get to a place where you are in-tune enough with your body to hear the right cravings. I believe this can be done by choosing a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise. I’m so excited to include you in this journey!!