Not Your Normal Health Blog was born in a pub…which pretty much sums up everything it’s about really. It was also born while I was in floods of tears – which is definitely not what it’s about. You see Not Your Normal Health Blog (or NYNHB as I call it) is all about improving your life, feeling happier, feeling fitter, feeling healthier and getting all the advice you need to feel more informed about what you’re doing to stay well – and a fit of sobbing really doesn’t match that…but let me explain.
A few years ago I started a blog called Health–e-Helen on which I would happily cover anything that interested me, inspired me or made me happy about fitness, healthy eating and weight loss. I pootled along quite happily for years in my little healthy bubble – but then I started investigating what other health bloggers were doing – and woah, it wasn’t anything like me….I suddenly started to question what I was doing and feel like I wasn’t dedicated enough to the ‘healthy cause’ to write this stuff.
I tried to be like them; I made a few smoothies (my pictures made them look like mud), I went to one trendy porridge cafe everyone was talking about but I was too scared to go in as everyone inside looked like a model! I wasn’t quite sure what to do about this. Then everything came to a head when I went to test a new exercise class. There was a fitness clothing range there and they asked everyone, but me, if they would like to wear their clothes for the class. Yeah, thanks for reminding me I don’t have washboard abs!
At this point I went to the pub….and decided to quit blogging. This made me really sad, as I loved what I was writing about – hence the tears. At one point as I sniffed and ranted I wailed ….’ but I’m not your normal health blog…’ and the light bulb went on. A few months later NYNHB was born – it’s been through a few incarnations since then, but eventually I settled on doing what I’m good at – research and finding advice that helps people.
What’s On the Blog?
There’s a few main sections…
How To Guides: This is where you’ll find advice that helps you solve some common wellness problems like poor sleep or low energy. If you’re new to this being healthy lark you’ll also find advice to help you find your feet around the gym or the health store/kitchen.
Calorie Counters: I eat out a lot and it used to drive me mad when I couldn’t quickly find out how many calories were in dishes in some common restaurants – and so I started this section on the blog. Not only does it show you where to find those calories, it also pinpoints the healthiest choices to order for those days when you don’t want to test your willpower.
Is it Healthy? Have you ever wondered if a food deserves it’s healthy reputation – or, if something you have as a treat is really as bad as you think it might be? This is where you find out. We look in depth at the good, bad and ugly nutrition facts about some common foods.
What the Heck Is? I’m obsessed with what’s new and unusual foods, exercises and treatments and if you also want to find out about interesting ideas in healthy eating and fitness, this is the section for you.
When Can You? Exercise is generally very good for you – but, there are a few times when you might need to take a break from it. This section helps you find out how long you need to avoid working out for – and why.
Should You Try It? This is the review section where we try out or analyse different products or experiences to see if they’re worth you trying too.
The Recipe Section: Okay, this is left over from one of the blog’s past incarnations, but they’re so yummy I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of them!
There’s also a few other posts hiding here and there so, you might be surprised what you find it you look hard enough!
So that’s it, that’s the aim of NYNHB…..If it all sounds good to you, welcome.
Who Am I?
That’s me….below running round Disneyland wearing a tiara….you could just stop there really as that’s all you need to know, but if you want to know about my background in relation to this healthy stuff….
My full name is Helen Foster. I’m a health journalist and author – and have been for over a decade. This means I get to try all sorts of products/tips that claim to improve my life, weight, mood, fitness. Sometimes I do this so you don’t have to – the day an editor asked me to drink my own urine comes to mind here. I have also been hooked up to a drip, worked out while having electric shocks and eaten spiders in the aid of research.
Having to research features also means I also interview experts day in day out and pick up nuggets of health info to fascinate/bore people with at parties – and now I can do the same to you online. I’m not a nutritionist or a personal trainer, so if I do give advice, it’s backed up by common sense, an expert or a lot of research. I’ve also been a member of the Fitness Writers Association, The Guild of Health Writers and the Medical Journalist’s Association and have won a couple of writing awards – one for my journalism, and one for this blog.
In life, I run slowly (but steadily – I’ve done over 25 half marathons and a couple of full ones), I eat fast (and steadily). I’m based in Sydney again now which makes me very happy. I waffle…..a lot.
If you’re interested in finding other things I’ve written, I work for publications including Women’s Health in both the UK and Australia, Body & Soul at the Sunday Telegraph in Australia, Good Health at the Daily Mail, Top Sante and Sainsbury’s Magazine.
I’ve also written 16 books – some of which you’ll find in The Bookstore They include the The High Fat Diet, The Easy GI Diet, Dejunk Your Life, The Weekend Off Diet and Eat 5. My first e-book Gym-spiration: 52 Ways To Wake Up Your Workout aims to help bored exercisers worldwide. You can also see more at my amazon author page.
So what does being healthy mean to me?
Well it means eating your vegetables (even the evil ones like carrots) because this world’s amazing and, personally, I want to be blatting around it having fun for as long as I possibly can – and if eating well increases the chances of doing that then bring on the salad.
I exercise partly because it chills me out – but also because when I’m at karaoke I want to be able to sing Mr Brightside and jump and down without getting out of breath and I need to be fit to do that.
It’s not all about green juices and $200 leggings – although I do admit that the Lululemon Sports Bra I tested was a thing of beauty!
The Business Bit
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