A Day in the body of Laura Bell – Food Blogger and Content Editor

Laura Bell

Ah…… (that was an informative ah not a scary movie ah…) Yet another Healthy Blogger Community friend. Laura Bell. Her days are ever changing between her 2 jobs but she manages to throw in some healthy hacks to boot. Food Blogging and Content Editing keeps Laura Bell busy busy.

Laura Bell…. the intro…..

Laura Bell is a 23 year old travel writer, food blogger and content editor. She works part-time as the Destinations Editor of London-based magazine, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Abroad, and part-time as the Creative Editor for the Health Bloggers Community and the HBC Magazine.

When she’s not writing her next article or blog post…. you’ll find her in the kitchen with a spoon in a jar of peanut butter…. developing recipes or styling her food. She loves to keep fit by… running outside in the sun, fitting in a quick HIIT workout or practicing yoga in her living room.

Now for her day….

MY TYPICAL THURSDAY:

As I work two different jobs, my days vary quite wildly. I must admit that I love the variety – life is constantly changing and having two different work routines means I never get bored! Here’s what a typical Thursday working from home is like:

I like Thursdays as they’re a lie in (normally I get up at 6:45am)! So I wake up at 7:30am and have a big cup of lemon water. This is my favourite way to start the day as I find that it completely cleanses my digestive system and leaves my body feeling energised.

I then have a quick yoga stretch.

I like to do a few sun salutations, stretch out my body and energise myself with a few strengthening standing poses. I find that this moving meditation really centres my focus and sets me up for the day ahead. I then have my breakfast which is usually a big bowl of oats or a smoothie – they are my go-to breakfasts! I love to have a big warming bowl of porridge on a cold morning, but equally I love to sneak in two or three portions of veg in a nourishing smoothie!

Typically in my smoothie I have a handful of spinach and kale, half an avocado, a banana, some cucumber and a few blueberries blitzed with almond milk.

I then get ready for work and start the day… fitting in some quick Instagramming. That way I can share my breakfast creation with the wonderful community that surround me on social media!

9am: As I work from home on a Thursday and Friday, I skype my boss, Fab. We discuss updates, changes, plans and goals regarding the Health Bloggers Community. This lays everything out and helps me visualise a plan of what needs doing that day. I love that my work is so flexible and I can frame my day as I see best. For example, I feel much more creative and proactive in the morning. So I like to write any articles or blog posts then. After our Skype conversation, I reply to all my emails and start researching interesting health and wellness topics and trends for the blog and the magazine.

Usually, I break to make a mug of peppermint tea at around 11am and have a quick stretch – I hate sitting still for too long!

1pm: Lunch time!

On my lunch break I tend to squeeze in a quick 20 minute HIIT or ab workout, before making myself a quinoa or rice salad for lunch.

I also like to throw open the back doors, go outside and let some fresh air into the room. Staying in one room too long makes me feel claustrophobic. Plus, I love being outdoors when the weather is nice!

2pm: Back to work after my break. I check in with my emails, tasks for the day and what’s happening in the community. This is when I enjoy taking the time to keep up to date with the latest creations from the community’s food bloggers, and reading about the hottest fitness trends and health advice. I spend a lot of my time researching and getting in touch with people. Usually people I think our community would love to read about in the HBC magazine.

3:30pm: I tend to have a quick five minute break from my computer screen (usually accompanied by some dates stuffed with nut butter!). Also I get some fresh air in the garden or walk around the house.

Having a break makes me so much more productive. I’m totally rubbish at focussing on one thing for ages; I definitely work best in short bursts.

5pm: I tidy up any loose ends and then close my laptop. After being on the computer all day I love nothing more than to switch it off and enjoy my evening catching up with my boyfriend and relaxing. I also like to chat to my dad on the phone after work; I live a few hours away from him so I don’t get to see him as much as I’d like and I miss him terribly!

7pm: We eat dinner between 7 and 8pm as my boyfriend and I usually work in London and don’t get home until 7pm! For dinner I like to make a hearty and nourishing vegan meal.  Butternut squash Thai curry, vegan pesto pasta or veggie bean chilli with homemade guacamole are among my favourites!

8pm: Attempt meditation. Lately I’ve been really getting into the meditation app, headspace – I know that meditation is so nourishing for the soul, but I’m really rubbish at sitting still and clearing my mind!

Recently I’ve been making more of an effort to incorporate it into my routine. I’ve definitely noticed the benefits. Deeper sleep, more patience and an ability to focus on one thing rather than jumping erratically between lots of things at once.

9:30pm: I’m a bit of a grandma and like to be in bed early. Reading my book for an hour before I go to sleep. At the minute I’m reading the second book in the Game of Thrones series – I’m totally hooked! However I usually like to read, and re-read classics rather than modern fantasy fiction. I find there’s so much that can be learned from books. I always aim to get into bed between 9-10… however it doesn’t always happen that way! While I’m lying in bed I like to take some time to think about what I’m grateful for. There’s always something to be thankful for and I’m a firm believer in appreciating the good in life.

10:30pm: sleep time!

Rubbish? What a cute word eh? Can you tell this girl is from the UK? Bah I am so in love with so many aspects of her day. How about that she takes more than one movement break throughout the day. (Hello Katy Bowman fans…. are you taking notes??)  Can you try that out for yourself? Set a timer and head out for a walk or a sweat every few hours to keep the creativity flowing. I just did a Facebook live vid a few weeks ago. The video talks about the importance of sweating and movement to help you dust off some mind cobwebs. Check it out! While you’re at it… maybe you know someone who could use a friendly reminder of the healthy things they should include in their day, share Laura Bell ‘s day with them to inspire them. Then tell us what you are going to implement from her day or go find another day in the A Day in the body series that resonates with you!

Just in love with this girls vibe? Who wouldn’t be…. right? She juggles 2 very different jobs yet still finds ways to keep herself super dee duper on top of her health game … (Although I guess being the editor at Healthy Blogger Community ya kinda have to 😉 ) Connect with her on her blog, instagram or tweet at this girl!

Be sure to come back next Sunday. Your weekly does of inspiration from the A Day in the body Series. We have a brand new Health and Fit Pro sharing their daily hacks.

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August 28, 2016
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