Robyn Conley Downs - Real Food Whole Life

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Hi, I’m Robyn Conley Downs

Welcome to Real Food Whole Life! Here you’ll find smart, realistic solutions for simple, healthy, happy habits, recipes & mindful living. I invite you to take a look around, and check out the resourcesrecipes, and routines that will help you create joyful, sustainable change in your life. Not sure where to start? I recommend starting here.

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Robyn’s Official Bio

Robyn Conley Downs is on a mission to make it easy to create happy, healthy habits – designed with your real life in mind. She’s is the best-selling author of The Feel Good Effect, the host of The Feel Good Effect Podcast, and the creator + Editor in Chief of Real Food Whole Life. With a background in behavior change, psychology, and mindfulness, Robyn and her partner Dr. Andrew Downs have created a fresh approach to habit design that works like magic – all based on the question, “What about actually feeling good?”

After having received a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in behavior change and 4 years of public policy & health change at the doctoral level, Robyn found popular habit advice was missing four key ingredients when creating joyful, sustainable change. Habits need to be doable, enjoyable, systematic, and based on a life that feels true to you. The Feel Good Effect and Real Food Whole Life incorporate all of this, so you can clear your plate of all the “shoulds” and finally start feeling good.

  • BS, Political Science and Education, University of Oregon
  • MEd, Education emphasis in Behavior Change, Central Washington University
  • 4 years, Public Affairs and Policy PhD program, Portland State University
  • Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hours)
  • 20 years spent researching and studying habits and mindfulness
  • Author, The Feel Good Effect
  • Host, The Feel Good Effect Podcast, with over 1.5M downloads
  • Co-Director, Feel Good Effect Coaching Certification
  • Editor in Chief and recipe developer for Real Food Whole Life


  • Married to her “one and only” Dr. Andrew Downs for 19 years
  • Mom to the girl with strawberry blonde hair who goes by Elle
  • Thriving as an anxious introvert
  • Frequent spiller of drinks, making parties particularly awkward


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