I’m so excited that Healthy & Psyched has reached it’s third birthday*! In this post I want to share with you 3 things that I’ve learnt as a blogger and do a little round up of popular posts and recipes.


RACHEL healthy and psyched 3 years balloons


*Well almost 3 years- I’m not exactly sure when I wrote my first blog post; I set up my instagram and blog around the time that I started my PhD 3 years ago. But I moved from .wordpress.com to a self-hosted blog and deleted some of the original posts (they made me cringe), so I don’t know the exact date.

3 things I’ve learnt from 3 years as a blogger

    1. Ask for what you want – opportunities do sometimes fall into your lap, but more often than not I’ve asked for them. For example, speaking at Food Matters Live (and some other events), working on a recipe series with That Protein and asking people to vote for me in the Health Bloggers Community Bake Off. I used to think that if I’d had to ask for something, that wasn’t as good as if I had been offered it. But that’s a ridiculous way to think and it limited my opportunities. Brands/ PR agents aren’t always going to know about your blog and your unique skills, so why not speak up and tell them. More than likely they will be pleased that you did if you’re a good fit for the opportunity.
    2. Genuine interactions are so much more important that instagram likes – I’ve always stressed the importance of making friends in the blogging world and being grateful for anyone who reads and comments on my blog. This year I haven’t been as consistent with making content for instagram/facebook/my blog because I’m finishing my PhD and working with more 1-1 clients on their relationship with food (see why I didn’t blog for 90 days). That’s meant that the number of likes on my photos has gone waaaaay down. I was upset at first, but then I decided to put my focus back on taking the time to read more captions when I’m on instagram and find out what my friends are doing, rather than just scrolling and liking photos. I’ve also made a point to meet my blogging friends in person more often and to run workshops to connect with people, rather than giving advice through my phone screen!
      3. Don’t say yes to everything – I have a hard time saying no when a brand I like contacts me and offers me a great opportunity. Then I get stressed out  about trying to juggle content creation around eating like a normal person (i.e. not having a smoothie for breakfast and lunch because I need to take photos of them!) and everything else that’s going on at the moment (inc. moving house, finishing my thesis and creating a course). I have to remind myself that there will always be other opportunities and that I need to give myself enough time to chill out in an evening.

Some other useful things I’ve learnt

  • How to use basic hmtl code to keep my blog looking tidy
  • How to set-up a mailing list to keep everyone updated on new content
  • You don’t need to do everything perfectly (see this blog post)
  • Be clear on your vision for your blog and work with people who share that vision

Top 3 most viewed posts

  1. Low cost acai smoothie bowl – this one gets soooo much traffic from pinterest so I don’t see it ever falling from the top spot. I decided to use Tailwind to schedule posts on pinterest and it seems to have been effective at increasing re-pins and traffic to my blog. If you’ve never tried it before you can use my referral link to get $15 credit if you upgrade to plus.
  2. Quick and easy banana porridge with warm berries
  3. Avocado banana icecream

My favourite 3 new recipes

  1. Apple & carrot spelt pancakes
  2. 3 health vegan waffle recipes
  3. Halloween monster toast

HEALTHY VEGAN WAFFLE RECIPE - deep flavour of almond butter

Top 3 new features

  1. 10 vegan and gluten free pancake recipes you need to try this pancake day Metro
  2. 10 healthy and delicious breakfast recipes to start the day well Elle (online)
  3. 8 Low-sugar granola recipes so you can still parfait every day Greatist

Top 3 new guest recipe posts

    1. Vegan spices pecan crunch chocolates Romy London UK
    2. Healthy vegan gingerbread men cookies Vegan Chickpea
    3. 8 Christmas pudding energy balls That Protein

Top 3 new guest posts

    1. Lessons from running my own business Health Bloggers Community Magazine
    2. How staying active can boost your mental health this Christmas Boom Boom Athletica
    3. How to make an instagram worthy smoothie bowl Press London


Thankyou so much for supporting Healthy & Psyched.

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  1. Micaela Levachyov

    Congratulations on your three year anniversary! What had been your favourite thing about blogging?

  2. Michelle Twin Mum

    Happy bloggerversary. Isn’t it just amazing how much you learn in a small amount of time on this crazy journey we call blogging? Mich x

  3. Sarah Bailey

    What an awesome way to celebrate your blogaversary! I am loving the look back on your top posts and what some great things you have learnt as well.

  4. Jenny Kearney

    Happy blog anniversary! You’ve created some great content since you started your blog.

  5. Elizabeth

    Happy blogaversary! You’ve done so incredibly well in your three years of blogging. Keep up the great work!

  6. rhianwestbury

    Congrats on 3 years, I do agree that you don’t want to be saying yes to everything. You have to think about authenticity x

  7. Louise Joy

    I agree with all of these points but I especially agree about not saying yes to everything. I used to do this for sponsored posts and not only did my DA suffer because of it, when I look back it’s so clear that the content does not suit my blog at all and is so out of place. I consider these things a lot more carefully now x

  8. glamglitzgloss

    What a lovely way to look back over your blogging years, happy blog birthday. It’s amazing the things that you suddenly learn just because of starting a blog like html, and I definitely agreed with not saying yes to everything

  9. lukeosaurusandme

    Happy blogiversary! What a great post – perfectbto celebratebyou three years of blogging.

  10. Laura

    Oooh I just realised that today is my 6 month blogaversary. Happy 3 yrs blogging and thank you for your tips and round up. Loved this post.

  11. Jen

    Congratulations on your three years! It’s a great achievement! I’ve just passed one year and I’m still learning so much!


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