At Whole Health Hacks, we love getting insight into how people manage their food and fitness routines while on the go, and Nora from A Clean Bake sure has some experience doing just that! Since reading the inspiring interview at Primal Palate with Nora, I’ve wanted to sit down and pick her brain on all things baking and blogging. A superwoman in the kitchen and IRL, Nora runs the amazing gluten free food blog, A Clean Bake, manages a full time work schedule, recently completed her MBA, and has enviable food photography skills. And, she does it all with ease and grace.
In the midst of her packed schedule, Nora shared her thoughts with us about her journey into food blogging, tips for eating healthy on the go, and what’s upcoming for the site in the next few months.
How did you get your start in blogging? And food photography?
Some of the things that I like to do to relax and make sure I stay on track are:
- Try to move as much as possible, instead of “exercising”. So, rather than sitting at a desk for 8-10 hours without moving, and then going to the gym and doing a really hard core workout, I try to incorporate walking as much as possible into my day: to and from the train to work, to my coworkers’ desks (instead of IMing them), and I also save up errands that I could have run over the weekend to instead do at work during my lunch hour, which forces me to get out of the office for 20-30 minutes of walking (almost) every day.
- I also put movement on my work calendar so that I know that I will have time for it – i.e. my day won’t become a block of meetings – and there is also a built in reminder to get up!
- I watch TV in the evenings, which is not original, I know, but it is the alternative to working on the computer until midnight (which is what I used to do). I am not great at it, but I also try not to look at multiple screens at once, which means if I am watching TV, I try to avoid having the laptop open or my phone nearby. This way the show really helps me relax.
- I have instituted a bedtime and stick to it as religiously as I can. Yes, that means sometimes being a party pooper, but it also means I get decent sleep (I am a terrible insomniac), feel better throughout the day, mentally and physically, and am giving my body the recovery time and energy it needs to heal.