Olena’s Story Olena’s Story
December 30, 2019
by Olena

Olena’s Story


And welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I’m a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog.

I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. Many recipes are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. On that below.

olena osipov in her studio

In 2012 I ended up at home with 2 small kids, unemployed and a wee bit chubby. I started this blog thanks to Alex’s mad web design skills and in hopes to be able to work from home. Fast forward to 2019, I never could have imagined iFOODreal would grow into a business it is today! More on that below.

My food philosophy in short is – I don’t believe in diets (including Whole30 and Paleo – yes, those are diets!). That’s me, yay, and I’m brave enough to say it because that’s how I feel and because I tried them.

Diets ruin healthy relationship with food because they are unsustainable in long-term and short-term is not the solution. But you decide for yourself.

Nor do I think we were born to eat. This website reflects my healthy relationship with food to which took a while to arrive via diets.

healthy turkey burger

What You Will Find Here

  • Easy healthy recipes with simple ingredients.
  • I share mostly dinners because “What’s for Dinner?” is never going away.
  • I recently got obsessed with zero pre-cooking healthy freezer meals.
  • I do quite like my Instant Pot. Honestly – obsessed! See next bullet point…
  • Instant Pot video recipes on our Youtube channel – Thanks to my husband, Alex. And me. 🙂
  • Nutritional information with every recipe as a guideline – I don’t count calories.

More importantly, I want to be upfront about my understanding of “family friendly” recipes. My kids eat almost everything thanks to my authority as a parent. Raised in Europe, I do believe that North American diet is out of control, especially kids’. Mainly thanks to adults. What every kid eats is completely up to his/her parent – 5 ways to make kids eat healthy.

So, there is that. Can we be friends?

olena osipov and her family

A Little More About Us

In my “previous life” I received a Business degree, had a short career in accounting, and then a bit longer career in real estate.

In “a life even before that” I was raised by a single mom and grandma in Kiev, Ukraine until I came to Canada at the age of 19. We had little (very little) but we ate way healthier than majority of North America eats now with access to real food. That’s why I’m so passionate about reducing food waste and eliminating food snobbism as a whole.

That’s why I believe anyone can eat healthy! I believe anyone can find money for a bag of potatoes, a head of cabbage and chicken soup bones. I believe anyone can learn to cook, even the ones who don’t like it. Cooking is a life skill, not a choice. Eating healthy is all about choices. Anyone makes that decision every day with every $ they spent.

Our Home and Business

In 2018 we took a leap of faith, sold our Vancouver suburban home and purchased an oceanfront fixer-upper on Vancouver Island.

It is a true diamond in the rough and needs about 2 years of “polishing” a.k.a patience and money. But it’s OK. My over an acre backyard backs onto Pacific ocean.

It is a dream!

ifoodreal studio

Above the garage we just finished iFOODreal studio. It is my office and that’s where I test and cook recipes for the blog. From here we will be giving a breath of fresh air into our Youtube channel => Subscribe. You can read all about our renovation process and virtually visit the studio here.

Studio was one of the main reasons why we moved from mainland to the island. To be able to have a separate space for our business. To have that line between life and work. Balance. And it has been one of the best decisions ever! Tearful, sweaty and painful but it is worth 100% to follow your dreams. Life is truly short and I know I’m too young to say that. But remember, I’m from Ukraine.:)

You can listen to my full interview on Dreaming Big with Bjork Ostrom of Food Blogger Pro.

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It is always exciting to see my recipes featured by other publications.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Comments and Stay in Touch

I reply to every single comment on the blog. Or send me an email. You gotta be nice though. 🙂

I delete without reading and do not engage with negative, rude and inappropriate comments. We have a software installed that automatically detects and deletes negativity. You will be wasting your time if you are planning to unload your bad day or life on me. Life is too short and that is why I live on the island. 🙂

I welcome constructive criticism. Before you leave a comment, please re-read it and if it sounds like something you would be OK to hear, then hit “Post Comment”. I am a human just like you.

Also, I currently don’t work with brands but thank you for thinking of me.:)


Olena Osipov

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  1. I just received an Instant Pot for Christmas and have been looking at many different recipes using it. I purchased a set of accessories to use in the pot and wondered just what could be made in the “egg bites” container. Your blog came up and your recipes sounded so good that I watched the entire video! Thank you for making your recipes available to many of us “oldies, but goodies” folks! I have used a manual pressure cooker since I was old enough to learn how to use it as a teen. I am now in my 70’s and have already learned just how terrific the new electronic version is! I’ll be trying the breakfast ideas starting tomorrow morning.

    1. You are very welcome, Carol. I have many more ideas coming out for those moulds next month. Stay tuned on YouTube.:) And please let me know which recipe you try. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your story!
    My husband and I are also immigrants from Italy. We also love real food! Your recipes are fabulous!
    My good friends, Leon and Colleen live in Victoria too!
    It is beautiful, to say the least!
    He just phoned to tell me you all had snow.
    Living in Woodbridge, it’s above Toronto, it had been
    very mild ( +15 ) and then very cold, like today (-15C).
    Such is life in Ontario.
    Keep well and stay warm!
    Luisa from Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

    1. Awe. Yes, it is currently snowing right now which is a novelty on Vancouver island. Kids are happy. We had extreme wind storm yesterday with minor beach damages like firepit, lot of new logs and loss of power, so quiet snowy day is a welcome change today. 🙂 Neighbour’s boat got untied and hammered on the rocks though. So snow is good haha.

  3. Your site is so exciting to me. I struggle with weight, sugar, etc. and am trying to get off of it. Your recipes look delicious and I love your story. Just so I understand, is this a free website to the reader? Or is there a membership involved? Thanks so much for your wonderful ideas!

    1. Hi Karin. And welcome! ifoodreal.com is absolutely free for you to use on your healthy journey. You just have to bare with ads and sometimes we make commission through amazon links. Please enjoy!

  4. Thanq Olena

    Your “Lettuce Salad” was a real eye-opener for me 🙂

    I “Localised / Indianised” it a bit (with whatever I have), as I am a “family man (1 wife, 2 daughters) living as a bachelor by circumstances”, and…due to binge eating rcntly I had put on weight (and was feeling mighty guilty about it 😉 )

    Also, I was really HAPPY, and impressed, reading ur life’s journey in brief. It is a real motivator, and an inspiring story

    If u ever come to India, and to Bengaluru, I wd love to be ur host

    U my reach me on +919620693859


    K “Vijay” Gupta

    1. Hi Mira. Not without but you can replace it with yogurt that is not non-fat. Or other fruit puree. Like if you have frozen mango, can thaw it and blend.

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