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A Day In My Life

This post is being made by request, although the questions were actually “what do you eat in a day?”, how do you eat/prep healthy meals on a workday?”. I decided to show my whole routine so people whose typical day mirrors mine can learn new tricks and get a fresh perspective of managing their time to live a holistic life.

On most weekdays, I wake up by 5:00 am, and I write a motivational quote or Bible verse for the week that pops up when my alarm rings, to keep me motivated. My verse for the week is Romans 8 vs 28.

I say a short prayer, drink warm lime water and start cooking.

I have my bathe by 5:50 am, and breakfast by 6:15 am. To keep me energised for the day, I make sure to have a healthy breakfast of carbs, protein, fat, and veggies. This morning I’m having eba (garri) with oha soup, and beef as my main protein. The oha soup is a leftover so I just made the eba while my lunch was cooking.

After eating, I brush/style my hair and apply lipgloss before leaving the house. On most days, I hardly make up because I barely have time to. I leave the house between 6:30 am to 6:40 am and get to work by 7:50 am (sometimes like today, minutes after 8:00 am 😑). It is between this period I check my phone, WhatsApp first.

The other blue bag is my lunch box

Because I work in a hospital, I sometimes change into a scrub depending on what is happening in the hospital. Today, we have a minor procedure, so I changed into one.

I work till 10:30 am and pause to have snack time. One day, I was with a patient and used 30 mins into my snack time, I was sad. Days like that happen but rarely do. Depending on how hungry I am, I sometimes have my snack by 10:00 am. So between 10:00 am to 11:00 am can be snack time.

I quickly check my phone before going back to work and keep working till its 1:00 pm – lunchtime! I use a stainless steel flask to keep my food warm and it is a healthier option than plastic. I precook the beans the night before and complete it the morning to save time.

Beans, yam and plantain porridge

My job is a bit demanding as I work and learn at the same time but it gives me time to catch my breath in between tasks. I close by 4 pm, change back and usually out before 4:30 pm.

A screenshot from a video I took, traffic on my way home.

Luckily for me, the traffic is minimal today, so I get home by 6:05 pm. I wash my hands, peel and start boiling potatoes for dinner before bathing. Afterward, I apply turmeric and aloe vera to my face and neck. I’m trying to care for my skin with this hectic lifestyle, so I maximize every opportunity I have. My hair is even in African threading, got to keep it moisturised and protected. 😉

It is late, I’m tired and want a filling but light dinner that is easy and quick to prepare. I’m usually done eating by 7:00 pm.

On the rare days I get home by or after 7:00 pm especially during rainy season, I get home, eat a veggie salad or take oats, then bathe and skip face masks. For those who are not familiar, I have different hairstyles because I wore a wig to work.

It is 8:50 pm and my main phone is off. I like getting off social media minutes before sleeping. I do last minute prep for the next day. I read my Bible plan, pray and sleep by 9:30 pm.


  1. I arrange and iron my clothes for the week on Sundays
  2. I eat leftovers, like the soup for breakfast, and fish sauce for dinner are leftovers from previously cooked food. It is not easy to prep different foods in a day as a busy person.
  3. En route work and going back home is the time I maximise for online activity. The time after dinner and before sleeping is for reading, catching up.
  4. Not all days, are like this. Some days are better and some worse. I try to plan or visualize my food beforehand to avoid resorting to junk. There are healthy roadside snacks, think boiled corn, pear and carrots or cucumber.
  5. Planning your week – goals, food, outfits, to do lists; saves you from a lot of stress and anxiety prone situation.

That is all! Please let me know if this post was helpful or if you have times yourself in the comment section.


I'm OnyinyeOlufunmi, a visual artist, writer and psychologist from Lagos, Nigeria.

2 thoughts on “A Day In My Life

  1. Wow! Seems like a well structured lifestyle. I didn’t have that option when I lived in Lagos. I wake up by 4:30am, leave the house by 5:30am and I don’t get back in till around 10:00pm (sometimes later). This left me very little time for anything else

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    1. That was how it was for me before, so I looked for a job that is closer to home that gave me more time at the price of a lesser pay. Over time, the lack of rest and stress can push you past your breaking point.

      Even at that, I still recommend healthier food choices to give the body less to worry about.


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