Why and How I Cut Back on Coffee & Dairy

I have been holding off to write this post for a few reasons. I substantially cut back on coffee and dairy in May and just wanted to make sure my experiment was successful. Secondly, I needed to make sure I could do this. Read on and you will understand why the selfie above. Coffee I have never been a coffee drinker until my 2nd child was born. With an active 4 year old I needed more energy after sleepless nights with the baby. Everyone around was drinking coffee so…
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17 Farmers Market Must Buys in June

To All Farmers Market Newbies May through November you sure will find me at the farmers market every Saturday. Farmers’ market is an affordable way to eat pesticide free and organic (mostly uncertified) produce. Despite growing up in Ukraine on seasonal produce, eating clean since 2011 and blogging about health for almost 4 years, I discovered farmers market (5 minute drive from my house) only last year…Huh?! I guess it was only when we decided to eat mostly organic (after all research I have done since my mom had a…
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Slimdown for Summer Honest Fridge

OK, my friends. So, I have been a really good girl these past 3 weeks – I cut out wine, added sugar (including maple syrup and honey) and bready carbs from my diet. You are probably tired of hearing it from me – my jeans suffocate me. So, something has got to give. And it is not my jeans. It has to be the food. Since I can’t duct tape my mouth, I better learn to control my hands that move food into that same mouth. So, I thought…
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Do We Really Need That Much Protein?!

Join iFOODreal Facebook Group – Clean Eating Recipes, Affordable Organic Food Finds, News about GMOs – Anyone is welcome to post! Would you be surprised if I said we eat too much protein?! That is considering TV, magazines and billboards are screaming at us we need more protein. Do we, really?! Any conversation with a mom about nutrition I hear her kids need to eat more protein. I’m not a doctor or nutritionist but here is my point and why I stopped loading up myself and my family on protein. But…
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120 Affordable Clean Eating Organic Food Items

I thought I would share my Organic Ingredients Shopping List because everyone is curious what I buy. Besides eating clean and real food, we eat 90 – 95 % organic. Majority of people think eating organic is expensive. We are a family of 4, not rich and we can afford it. Truth is once we ditched all processed foods, gazillion of toxic cleaning supplies, paper towels, tissues, picker-uppers and 150th napkin invention for every move you make, we suddenly had so much money left to spend on real…
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14 Facts I Didn’t Know About GMOs and GMO OMG Film

I am not against a certain industry or corporation – I want to know what is in our food and if it is healthy. Because GMOs have been proven to be harmful for our health and ecosystem, and even worse – the long-term effects are somewhat unknown, I’m choosing to stay away from GMOs. My common sense tells me if something is unknown – stay away. Makes sense, right?! We put on seatbelt while driving and buy life/home/auto insurance because we want to protect what matters to us most. And yet we…
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4 Tasty Plant Based Clean Protein Powders

A few months ago I thought I’m done with protein powder – it prevents me from losing belly fat. Just a guess based on nothing. After speaking with a holistic nutritionist, it became clear I need to eat less meat/animal protein and make our diet more plant-based. Regardless whether this switch will make me fat or not (which nothing even close like that has happened or I doubt ever will). A norm is about 2 lbs of meat per week/person. So, plant based clean protein powder is back in…
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How to Make Lemon Water

I recently started drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning. I have been buying a bag of organic lemons for Alex for a few years now and wouldn’t join the club because I was too much of a coffee addict – I had to have a cup as soon as my eyes have opened. There was no way I would drink a glass of lemon water before caffeinating my blood stream. Since I quit coffee back in August, which felt similar to quitting smoking a few…
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Welcome to My Clean Fridge

I don’t know if I have ever shared the contents of my fridge with you, guys.:) Since I started Insanity, btw I’m finishing week 5 out of 9 (it will be a separate post soon because this craziness in my life deserves a whole chapter in a book of my life), I get asked a lot what I eat. Well, it’s the recipes you see here. I also try to post my snacks and recipe testings on Instagram. But then there is also food. Just food that I…
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Surviving All Inclusive Buffets Without Breaking the Scale

Last month I went on a vacation to all inclusive resort in Mexico for a week. I worked out every day, ate healthy, soaked up lots of sun and came home skinny and happy. Not only didn’t I gain any weight, I also got a flatter stomach. How? By eating healthy foods and treats in moderation, by working out on a regular basis. I just want to share with you what worked for me and show what you can eat on a vacation without coming home and bringing…
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