This month’s blog of the month is Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen, written by Nadia who’s aim is to share healthy, yet simple recipes using everyday ingredients that are easy to find.
Over to Nadia…
What inspired you to start your blog?
From a very young age, I have suffered with eczema, IBS and anxiety, never thinking diet and lifestyle had anything to do with any of my symptoms.
In 2008, I had a bad eczema flare-up that covered the entirety of my face, which left me feeling depressed and had a massive impact on my self-confidence. After numerous visits to GPs and dermatologists, the only solution I was offered time and time again was steroid creams. A couple of years later I came across the long-term effects of using steroid creams and decided I need to find another solution. I looked into finding a ‘cure’ and that’s when I started learning about the link between diet and lifestyle on chronic conditions.
The idea of blogging began as a way to motivate myself to eat better and share my newfound love for healthy and nutritious food.
Has your content changed much since you started? If so, how?
Most of my content is recipe-based, and the types of recipes I post now have changed a lot since I started blogging.
I used to share a lot of dairy-heavy desserts and whey protein recipes. I’ve since learned that dairy can have a negative impact on people with allergies and auto-immune conditions so all my recipes are now dairy-free.
My cooking and baking skills have also improved dramatically since I started blogging.
What have your learned since starting your blog?
I’ve gained many valuable skills, mainly self-taught like photography, photo editing, video production skills and video editing as well as social media marketing. These are skills I would have never gained if it wasn’t for blogging, as my background is in accounting and finance.
What has surprised you about blogging?
How much work is involved! Only people who own an active blog will truly appreciate just how much time, effort and dedication goes into maintaining one. Also, the fact that you can make a living out of blogging was also a surprise because I started blogging as a hobby and never imagined it would one day become my full-time source of income. Having said that, it has taken me three years to get to where I am today and it wasn’t an easy ride.
How do you balance blogging and real life?
I don’t think I do! I feel like my life revolves around my blog at the moment, as it’s a passion of mine and I really enjoy what I am doing. From recipe development, filming, editing, client work, to interacting on social media and responding to emails. When I’m not doing all those things, I’m thinking about recipe ideas and how to improve my blog.
I do try to take an hour out in the evenings to relax with my husband so I guess that’s my down time.
What’s the best thing about writing your blog? And the worst?
The best thing about working on my blog is that it allows me be creative! I was brought up in a third world country and in an environment that didn’t encourage creativity. In fact, doing anything creative was considered a waste of time.
Blogging, creating recipes and producing videos has been such an amazing creative outlet for me.
However, one of the challenges is having to constantly work on driving web traffic to my blog and keep up with social media engagement, but it’s all part of the fun.
What advice would you give someone starting a foodie blog now?
Find your style and find your niche.
There are many food blogs out there so it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd and be noticed. Creating your own style of recipes / images / styles of writing will help you make an impact.
Also, never stop learning. There are lots of learning resources and communities available online that can help you get started and help you grow.
Blogging has changed my life as it has allowed me to connect and work with some amazing brands.
I love creating recipe videos for clients as it allows me to unleash my creativity and express myself through my work.
I’ve also been featured in magazines like Vegan Food and Living magazine, Vegan Living magazine and Superfood magazine, which is amazing!
My healthy caramel slices
And which are your personal favourites?
One of my favourites is my ‘healthified’ kleicha (date cookies). They were my favourite cookies growing up and I was so pleased when I was able to come up with a healthier vegan and gluten-free version.
How does it feel to be chosen as Foodies100 blog of the month?
I feel extremely honoured to be recognised by Foodies100.
This is another example of what I love about blogging; being acknowledged and appreciated for something that I love doing and that I’m extremely passionate about.
Thanks again for choosing me as your blogger of the month.