Hello. My name is Olena.
I’m a mom, feeding my family delicious Clean Eating recipes. It is not weird, people. It is real food. The way humans are supposed to eat. I promise my recipes look and taste delicious! Many taste testers have left positive reviews.
So, this blog. Where do I begin?! I started iFOODreal in 2012 after being fired from a job I hated. Yep, good girls get fired too. I gained a passion for fitness and clean eating after having my 2nd child in 2011. “Why not turn my passion into business?!” said my husband. At the end of the day this is America, right?! If Mr. Trump can be a president why can’t I be a successful food blogger?!
I have never been interested in fitness until after I had my second child. I had to do something as I was devastated with the way my body looked. My body really changed after kids. I’ve always been on a smaller side but carrying a 10 lb child last time was really hard on my body. I have gained 60 lbs with every pregnancy and trust me I wasn’t eating fast food. It’s just the way my body is. Well, fine, I did like cheesecake ice cream a bit too much.
I want you to know that the belly in black above is 3 days postpartum. There is no baby inside there. Yes, it was that bad!
How long did it take me to lose the “baby weight”? About 2 years by eating healthy and working out with Beachbody’s in-home DVDs Turbofire and Chalean Extreme. These 2 programs are put together by Chalene Johnson. I absolutely love her and she changed my outlook on fitness and health forever.
I have bought gym membership a couple of times and have never been successful at using it. I find it much easier and cheaper to do a 30 minute workout at home, especially with little kids. I just don’t have extra 1-2 hours a day to go to the gym and frankly I do not enjoy it. I’d rather go for a run or work out at home. I used to workout 5 times a week while trying to lose weight. Once I reached my goal, I went down to 2-3 times a week.
OK, look. Here is the deal. Clean eating is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. I don’t believe in any diets as they don’t work. In fact, I eat clean about 80%. Every Monday I post what I ate on a weekend. Hope it helps to see I’m not perfect.
Nobody is perfect! Nobody and nothing! We try to eat organic as much as we can. Our diet is mainly plant-based with meat and fish more as a condiment. Kids enjoy organic treats and we enjoy “grape juice”. We support local organic farmers. We refuse to be a science experiment of Monsanto and their cancer causing pesticide, Round Up (glyphosate).
Meet Alex. He is the greatest guy on Earth who can’t cook. Marriage is a compromise, isn’t it?! 15 years and counting. And yes, I was 20.
We have two boys, 10 and 6. They eat 90% of what we eat. Older one is a better eater than a little one.
We are not hippies or rich. We are not weird. We eat normal food, the way humans are supposed to eat. We don’t want to live until 120, we just want to live a happy and healthy life! This year has marked 4 years since we started our Clean Eating journey. And we never looked and felt happier and healthier.
I believe that you can be whatever you want to be in life. Habits are easy to change. Anyone can do it – no excuses! Remember 80% of how you look is your diet, 10% is genes and only 10% is exercise. You can run like a bunny on a treadmill every day but if you don’t eat right you won’t see changes!
If I inspired you even a tiny bit, feel free to leave a comment.:)