How I Stopped Drinking Wine for 30 Days

I love wine! We all know I love wine, for Pete’s sake. Wine has been present in my life every weekend for years. You know how people can’t live without sugar, I can’t live without wine. I, myself, can’t believe I am writing about how I stopped drinking wine for a month, or the fact that I’m doing it (it is merely Day 10 without wine as I’m writing this paragraph), or that I actually did it. So if you have recovered from the shock of this turn…
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A Fight That Is Worth Fighting

An email in response to my yesterday’s emotions I received this morning. I cried again. That 1 person exists! Oh! Sweet Olena! As one who grew up surrounded by a huge family yet feeling removed and alone, even in crowded situations, I was labeled a “loner”. Couldn’t have been farther from the truth but it carried the truth, I longed to be part of groups, in school, as a young mom, as an older mom too! There had to be something about my introverted and extreme shyness that…
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Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017

Originally published Feb 7, 2017 and updated April 25, 2017 Last Friday, before we got snowed in, I went to Costco with my friend, Katie. As I started to stroll the aisles running like a madwoman with a shopping cart, I’ve got this immediate urge to take a photo of every item I was buying and share with you. I had a feeling NOW is the time to share my healthy Costco shopping list of 2017. Sounds dramatic but isn’t anything to do with Costco is dramatic?! This is…
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Costco in Mexico: Healthy Shopping

Renting a condo versus staying at an all-inclusive resort means we have to do our own cooking. I’m still deciding how I feel about it because the last thing I want to do on vacation is to cook. But this time I had no choice because we came down to Mexico for a month versus traditional week or two at the resort, it was my sacrifice. We have a van that we rent from our condo’s owners, so we can go out. It is definitely a must with…
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5 Ways to Make Kids Eat Healthy

I realized the irony of the shirt and look later. Honestly, he likes green smoothies.:) I have been wanting to write this post forever but honestly was a bit scared my Eastern European practices will be criticized by North American moms. I’m fully aware I’m different to many Canadian moms (“hi”, hockey and school moms) and you have to play by the rules of majority if you want to fit in. The thing is that I stopped caring if I fit in and I kinda feel great about…
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Organic Food Haul $102.05

After a Costco grocery haul last week, yesterday I went to a local health food store to stock up on “rare” items. When I initially looked at this photo and saw $102.05 in the title, I was like “Whoa, health food stores are expensive!”. And they are, and that is why I visit them once in a blue moon to buy specialty items. I would like to clarify, I do not go to health food store to buy teff flour or tapioca starch, but rather too buy non-GMO corn…
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How I Stopped Being Afraid to Eat

I just want to let you know that posting myself in a swimsuit as a main shot of the post is completely outside of my comfort zone. But I need to make a point, so I will do it for you. And who knows, maybe Alex will get a promotion. And I need to buy a new bottom piece before March, that doesn’t look like a Speedo. It took me almost 6 years and many diets to develop a healthy relationship with food. It was not about an eating…
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What Is Clean Eating

Sigh. Getting my shield and armour out and diving into this controversial topic of What Is Clean Eating. But for REALZ because I hate BS. You know that. Running a clean eating food blog for 4 years now, I think I’m a bit overdue with clearly explaining what do I preach in my temple. I explain a bit here but I feel like a bigger statement should take place now and put an end to media’s BS. Clean Eating’s False Bad Rep Clean eating was the fastest growing…
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Wednesday Three

Quote of the Day: If Mr.Trump can be a president, why can’t you be healthy!? No, seriously?! Think about it. Your health is totally up to you. I am starting new series of links I come across on Internet that I think would be useful for your health. I don’t read a ton because I simply don’t have time, so if I read something it means it is really useful. Stuff worth 20 minutes of my time. No, seriously. Think of what Trump has achieved (politics aside) and Trump…
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Reader’s Survey☕

Oh, hey, hey, hey. I need your help. Pretty, pretty, pretty please. Just 10 questions. 5 minutes. And you are done! The reason for this survey is simple – I would love to make iFOODreal better for you and me (like could it get any better?!). Food blogging world is such a dynamic place and I feel like honestly I have fallen a bit behind. Kids, more kids, and more kids. I used to learn so much and I loved it. And now I feel like kids get priority and…
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