Hi, I’m Natalie! I’m a 33-year-old big kid who believes we should put ‘healthy before selfie’.

I’m a freelance health, fitness and positivity journalist/blogger with a passion for spreading positivity…and doing handstands.

I started my blog after being diagnosed with gluten intolerance in 2012 because I wanted to help anyone else in a similar situation and over the years my blog has grown to become about generally living a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to be both healthy and happy! I disagree with strict diets which mean you have to starve yourself of anything you actually enjoy, and prefer to have everything in moderation…including moderation itself.

I’m passionate about encouraging people to create a life they truly love while looking after their health, both physical and mental. 

If you’d like to work with me, please check out my freelance page or send an email to happyhealthynat1@gmail.com.

When I’m not writing, I’ll usually be in the gym or in the sea. I’ve recently taken up calisthenics and gymnastics so I can finally get over my fear of handstands, and I spend a lot of time doing them. Possibly too much time!

I’m also determined to get better at surfing…even though the average toddler would probably pick it up quicker than I have.

As a single mum, I totally understand that not everyone has time for the gym and that not everyone even likes the gym.

So I write about staying healthy and active by doing things you actually enjoy! Who says the gym is the only acceptable form of exercise!?

Almost twenty years ago I was diagnosed with ME/CFS and a rare blood condition called Neutropenia, and it hit me hard. My GP told me I had to stop dancing (which was my life at the time) and I spent the best part of two years in bed. For years after that, on and off, I kept getting ill and having to spend months at a time laid up. It was upsetting and infuriating, but I found a way to get my life back and I couldn’t be happier that I am fit and healthy again!

After initially feeling like my life as I knew it was over and I would be bedridden forever, I now live a ‘normal’ life doing the things I love, and it’s all because I learnt to listen to my body.

So I completely understand that everyone is in a different place on their health and fitness journey because I had to start by finding the energy to even hold my head up from the pillow!

After graduating with a journalism degree in 2015, I wanted to create a career writing about something I love! So I qualified as a personal trainer and decided to become a freelance health, fitness and positivity journalist.

My work has been published in various newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Guardian, Women’s Fitness and MTV Fitness. I’m also a member of The Body Coach blogging team, which still makes me feel super proud whenever I say it!

If you’d like to see my work, take a look at my online portfolio, my LinkedIn profile or go to my freelance page.

Aside from freelance writing, my blog has given me some other inrcedible opportunities, including doing a guest chef demo at the Allergy & Free From Show (twice)!


What means the most to me are the lovely comments and messages I get from you guys though. It’s so great knowing that my random ramblings and silly videos are making a difference in your lives!

It feels incredible to be doing something I love every day, and I hope my positive approach to life gives you the motivation to create a life you truly love. It will be hard work, sure. But believe me, it will be worth it!

You can keep up to date with my latest posts on FacebookInstagram or Twitter. Or if you’d like to get in touch please send an email to happyhealthynat1@gmail.com.

Natalie xx