What does it take to be a health blogger?

Do you have to constantly have a green smoothie in hand, workout five times a week, sprinkle spirulina on everything, and never let a deep-fried chip touch your lips?

No, of course not.

Even we love a bar of dairy milk chocolate and glass (or three!) of wine.

Here to show that being healthy isn’t prescriptive is our team of balanced and beautiful health bloggers, who have kindly agreed to share with us their typical day. {HINT: they’re not balancing bowls of nice cream on their feet whilst doing headstands!}

Ashley from Ashfab Nutrition shares with us her typical day

Meet Ashley

I’m the founder of Ashfab Nutrition; an online wellness destination for natural health info, recipes, videos, product reviews, lifestyle tips, interviews with fabulous females and articles.  I’m also a certified Nutritionist and health coach and the soon to be author of Feed Yourself Fabulous.

My typical day

No one day is ever the same, this week I am filming 2 D.I.Y natural skin care segments for my youtube channel, featuring another wellness blogger on my blog, writing an article for the Health Bloggers Community magazine on how to be positive, preparing for a talk on a radio show in LA next week, hosting a cooking demo/ class for 40 people for an Italian food brand, working on my book, recipe developing and continuing to create content to inspire organic healthy living for my social media platforms.

Morning routine: I wake up around 7am, listen to a guided mediation by Deepak Chopra and orphan (I have a library and switch between them), shower/ do my skincare routine, head to the kitchen, feed our dog, make my elixir of life wellness drink to sip ( lemon, turmeric, cayenne pepper, raw maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, grated ginger and warm water), then prepare a home-made smoothie in the Vitamix. Next, I take our dog for a walk and grab an almond flat white from an Italian cafe (they do the best coffee!).

Afterwards, I’ll go home. I write out my goals/tasks, mantra and gratitude list for the day then I start to work. I set up my base at a local health cafe like C press or Squirrel. Work involves going through admin/ emails, organising content I’ll be posting that week, preparing for a talk, setting up meetings, assessing clients, marketing my online nutrition course for natural beauty solutions, etc.

For breakfast I usually have a home-made smoothie. On weekends I’ll have a lie in and have my smoothie, make pancakes, or go and brunch somewhere in Chelsea or Notting Hill.

Lunch: Lunch varies, I love going out for lunch as I do work from home and cook often. It’s a nice way to get out and enjoy the fun options London has. Currently, I am loving vegan summer rolls and organic pho – it’s filling, nourishing, beautifying and energising. Other times it’s a salmon sushi box from a sushi shop, or I will prepares something at home like a beauty bowl made with gluten-free oats, almond milk, avocado, berries, nuts, seeds and maple syrup. Once the weather warms up, I love making fresh salads with seasonal ingredients.

Dinner: I cook at least four times a week and it always varies depending on my mood. Monday could be a hearty gluten-free primavera pasta, and taco Tuesdays are a tradition. Other meals include salmon and sautéed seasonal greens, grilled chicken with roasted veg/ pine nuts, or sumptuous home made soup. I also have a large cold pressed juice in the afternoon for added nutrition in my diet.

Evening routine: a night routine is so important for me! I will run a hot bath filled with epsom salts, drops of geranium and lavender essential oils. I then take Magnesium Citrate 400mg, and use some lavender oils on my palms and pillow. I also do a bit of journaling/ inspiration/ idea thinking, then read at least for 30 minutes — something inspirational, motivating, and educating. I save the thrillers and Juicy Jackies for holidays!

Movement: I do at least 5 yoga sessions a week with some pilates reformer. Once it warms up, I will continue my tennis practice that I picked up again last summer after 25 years LOL. If I’m at the beach, I love paddle boarding.

The mantra I live by

I attract everything I want, easily and freely. I focus on positivity, success, and abundance. Everything I do is filled with blessings.

The one thing I can’t live without…

My Vitamix! I got it in 2012 and have used it every single day ever since — it’s the Ferrari of blenders! It’s easy to use and clean, and still works as well as the the first day. Considering I am also a juice junkie, I finally invested in the Kuving slow juicer, which is amazing!  These two are absolute staples in my house — I wanted to be able to make raw, fresh, organic and seasonal juices in my home that are not heated or  full of fructose.