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!}

We caught up with our winner of the That Protein & HBC Awards: Best Free From & Illness Recovery Blog, Ceri Jones from Natural Kitchen Adventures

I’m a British trained natural chef, working as a cookery teacher, yoga retreat and supper club chef, recipe developer and blogger

.  I took my 6-month / 450-hour natural chef training in San Francisco in 2013, though have blogged since 2011!  I am inspired by flavour and cooking with the seasons!

I don’t really have a typical day, as the nature of being freelance means my diary is always changing.

I spend half the week at home planning for events, so this is a typical home day. A yoga retreat or teaching day is very different!

I either get up early and go to a yoga class or have a good lie in (and go later in the day) if I’m at the end of a busy chef period.  For breakfast, I either have eggs and veg, or my current summer favourite of soaked oats with fruit and yoghurt.

I usually accompany this with a mini cafetiere of black coffee and I drink this over the course of an hour whilst going through emails and catching up on social media.CauliflowerBLACK6-HERO-682x1024

I then plan the rest of my day, and this could be anything from researching and compiling recipes for an event, planning and shopping for a blog post (or event), or spending some time on one of my freelance jobs for the College of Naturopathic Medicine (I am course director of their natural chef diploma).

I try and use lunchtime to test recipes for one of my courses, events or for my blog, If I’m happy with it I always make sure to photograph it as I never know when I might make use of that.

After lunch, I try and head out for a short walk to get some fresh air and then the afternoon is much the same as the morning.  I might head to a yoga class later in the day if I missed it in the morning, and at the moment I’m trying to force myself to the gym or out for a run as I’m training for a half marathon – I have run a marathon before but it seems so much harder now!

“I’m terrible at turning off my phone off in the evenings!”

I have dinner out with friends a few times a week and if it’s just me at home I’ll throw something together from the contents of my fridge. It’s not always that exciting because I’ve used up my creative spark elsewhere, but as nourishing as I can manage. I make sure to have leafy greens, some wholegrains or root veg and then some protein in the form of fish, meat or pulses. I almost always need to have a bit of chocolate every day too – 70% of course.

I make sure to have leafy greens, some wholegrains or root veg and then some protein in the form of fish, meat or pulses. I almost always need to have a bit of chocolate every day too – 70% of course.

I relax by watching Eastenders or cooking shows (my guilty pleasure!) lighting a few candles and having a herbal tea. I usually fall into bed around 10.30pm.  I often put my radio on sleep for around 10-20 minutes whilst I drift off.

I often put my radio on sleep for around 10-20 minutes whilst I drift off.

The mantra I live by:

Be gentle with yourself, you are doing the best you can.