About SHSH

Welcome! My name is Emily and I’m the fitness instructor, recipe developer and photographer behind Stay Healthy, Stay Happy. I currently live in Boston, MA, where I teach yoga, Zumba and boxing. You can also catch me for a how-to food demo from time to time.mary polleys photography


My fitness journey started at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009 when I was a sophomore. At that time, I started noticing changes in my moods and my body — most notably, I was anxious throughout the day and wasn’t sleeping well at night.

After being fairly active in high school through dance, I struggled to find ways to move at UMass. There weren’t many group fitness options and cardio equipment was limited. Lucky for me, the school’s new Campus Recreation Center was about to open and they were looking for instructors. I secured an audition and landed the gig.

I began teaching fitness classes part-time in 2009 . First came Zumba Fitness, and then in 2013 I received my 200-hour vinyasa yoga certification at Inner Strength Studios. You can find me teaching at EveryBodyFights by George Foreman III, DanceFIT Studio, the Oak Square YMCA and other pop-up locations around Boston.


My relationship with food has evolved over time. One major roadblock I’ve encountered is being diagnosed with hypoglycemia (the reason you’ll always find raisins in my purse). The diagnosis motivated me to seek out which wholesome, non-artificial foods I could consume to help regulate my blood sugar and avoid the doctors recommendations of candies, granola bars, glucose tabs and packets of sugar.

I’ve experimented with vegetarianism, veganism, being dairy-free, being gluten-free, not drinking alcohol, etc. What I have discovered along the way is that I feel best when I am eating clean — i.e. embracing foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats (hello, avocado). Eating clean also means cutting back on refined grains, added sugars, salt and unhealthy fats.

I don’t count calories and I don’t look at the scale regularly. I found that those habits quickly turn me into an obsessive control freak.


Stay Healthy, Stay Happy is your hub for mindful, simple wellness.  You’ll find workouts, motivational posts and a lot of recipes. Each recipe is easy-to-follow, quick-to-prepare and, of course, as healthy — and clean — as possible. Bonus: there are never long, complicated ingredient lists.

Healthy eating is easier than you think. I’m here to show you that.

Photo: Mary Polleys


7 thoughts on “About SHSH

  1. toriteachesfitness says:

    Yollet sounds so fun :) I just did about a months worth of Pure Barre classes and loved those, so I imagine your fusion class would be no different. Bummer that I’m not in the Boston area!!

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