What does it take to be a health blogger? In this article we introduce you to the winner of That Protein & HBC Awards: Health Blogger of the year 2016, Rachel Evans from Healthy & Psyched

I’m Rachel, a health blogger and PhD student. On my blog you’ll find delicious plant-based recipes, lifestyle tips and reviews. I hope you’ll be inspired to try new things and improve your life.

If you read the article I wrote for fellow health blogger Suncana (Here), you’ll already know what I do in a typical day when I’m working on my PhD from my office at university (yes I have an office – I was super excited to get my name on the door!). But I’ve been working from home a lot recently.

Here’s what I get up to in a typical day when I’m working on my PhD from home.

6.20-6.40am – Wake up
I’m an early bird and usually wake up before my 6.30am alarm… but at least once a week I hit snooze! Before breakfast I try and walk for 20 minutes to an hour because I’ll probably be sat down for the rest of the day! I like getting active and also having time to think on my walk.

7.20am- Breakfast time!
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This is my favourite time of the day. Usually, I have porridge or a smoothie packed with fruit and vegetables. For example, a chocolate smoothie bowl with hidden spinach and avocado. I like to add toppings to make my breakfast pretty for an Instagram picture (don’t judge me!). But I also love that they provide extra nutrients as well as interesting textures and flavour combinations.

8.30am- Time to start work
At the moment I’m drafting a journal paper, so I spend the morning reading new articles and writing notes. It’s pretty slow going to properly read and digest the information. And quite often I get frustrated because I feel like I’m not getting anywhere and still have a mountain of papers to read. I’ve got to admit I usually have a few too many social media breaks and cups of tea!

 12pm- Lunch time
I usually make a salad, a quick stir fry with lots of veggies and edamame beans (for protein) or stick a jacket potato in the oven. I eat lunch in front of the TV – it’s a bad habit but I want to catch up on shows that I missed and it helps me to mentally switch off. Sometimes I’ll also test recipes if there’s something savoury or a dessert I’m working on!

1pm- Let’s get back to business
The afternoon is pretty much the same as the morning and I try and stay focused. I usually have a tea break around 2.30pm and try and work through to 5pm. But if I’m not motivated I will stop early and do some work for my blog. Or if I’m really unmotivated I will spend an hour or so on other people’s blogs. I do feel bad, but some days I’ll be more productive and work through to 7pm or later, so I know it will balance out over the week.

5pm – Workout
I usually exercise about 5-6 days a week, simply because I enjoy it. When I’m at home I do a no-equipment HIIT workout from YouTube or make something up as I go along. Including the warm up and cool down/ stretches, my workout is usually around 45-50 minutes.

6pm – Dinner time
If I’m lazy dinner is a pimped up protein shake or zoats with protein powder. Otherwise baked tofu, sweet potato and vegetables or a lentil curry are some of my favourite dinners.

7pm – Relaxing or blogging
My evenings are typically spent relaxing with my boyfriend or friends. And I try and work on my blog at some point every day. I usually only write a blog post 2-3 times a week, but there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes in terms of researching for posts and emailing companies. And I like to be active in replying to comments on social media, which takes time as well.

10.30pm – Get ready for bed
Since starting my plant-based diet in January I’ve found that I need to sleep less than before. I typically get to sleep at around 12 – 12.30am, but I try to switch off my laptop a few hours earlier. To help me feel sleepy I drink chamomile tea, do some colouring and occasionally try meditation.

I’d love to know how this compares to your day! Especially if you’re studying full time as well as blogging.