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 having fun, enjoying food, doing exercise that makes you smile and making being healthy relatively painless – 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 – a place to be healthy but have fun doing it.
So what does being healthy mean? Well to me 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.
Now I admit, it’s not always easy – some days I have to drag myself out for my run and sulk most of the way round and on every holiday I eat all the burritos and then have to spend two months trying to rectify the damage. But that’s the kind of normality that I’m trying to talk about on here.
The way I see it, being healthy can fit very nicely into a normal life – it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Healthy can also be fun and enjoyable. As such….If I mention an event, it’ll be one that’s got a bit more to it than just trying to go your fastest – because who doesn’t want to do a run where you cuddle a Polar Bear or high-five Mickey Mouse at the end; if I mention a juice it’ll be a slightly strange one – like sweetcorn, sprouts or parsnips – because that intrigues me.
I’m obsessed with what’s new and so, if you want to find out the latest ideas in healthy eating and fitness, you’re at the right place. There’s a spa section because anywhere where you get to wear fluffy robes, be pampered AND give your body a healthy reset while you’re doing it works for me. Oh, and I like anything a bit strange – you’ll just have to indulge me there.
If you’re new to this being healthy lark and finding your feet around the gym or the health store/kitchen you’ll also find advice to help. This is a place to find Gymspiration not Gym-timidation – and ways to eat healthily without feeling deprived or being perfect all the time, after all, one of my favourite health ‘rules’ is that if 80 percent of your meals are good, the other 20 really don’t matter.
So that’s it, that’s the aim of NYNHB…..If it all sounds good to you, welcome – now let’s go have some fun.
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 on this blog.
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’m also a member of the Fitness Writers Association, The Guild of Health Writers and the Medical Journalists 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 magazines including Red, Stylist, Stella, Slimming World, Glamour, Best, Woman’s Own and Good Health in Australia.
You might also remember me from such book titles as 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.
The Business Bit
If you’re interested in getting in touch regarding products to review, sponsored posts, guest posts or for any other reason, please email me at healthehelen (at) gmail (dot) com.
I do take sponsored posts – but only for products I truly believe in. These will be clearly marked. Products being reviewed are often sent by PR companies – being sent products does not influence my opinion in any way. I’m a journalist, I am sent products every single day – the ones that appear on here are the ones I truly think fit the NYNHB remit
Not Your Normal Health Blog is also a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk. Again, I won’t just feature book, or any other product, because of this – if I feature a book it’s because I liked a tip, recipe or other piece of advice within it.
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