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!}

Winner of the That Protein & HBC Awards: Health Blogger of the year 2016, Rachel Evans from Healthy & Psyched

Meet Rachel

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.

My typical day

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.