Olena’s Story Olena’s Story
June 17, 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!
  • Nutritional information with every recipe as a guideline – I don’t count calories.
  • Many video recipes on our Youtube channel – Thanks to my husband, Alex.

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!

Stay in Touch

I reply to every single comment on the blog. Or send me an email. You gotta be nice though. I delete and do not engage with negative comments. Namaste.

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

Olena Osipov

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    1. Welcome, Marsha. It is not that much to learn. You will do great! Please don’t be shy to leave me a comment with a star review once you make any recipe. Have a great week!

  1. OMG Olena! I am in love with your blog. I am from Russia living in USA for 13 years. I started healthy eating journey recently and found your web site with Costco food recommendation. I got so much valuable information just reading the list. I love your writing style, your humor and honesty. Thank you so much! I want to try every single recipe from you. Спасибо, что я вас нашла 😇🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    1. Hi Yulia! Welcome and I am happy you found me.:) Please don’t be shy to leave me a comment with a star review once you make any recipe. I appreciate it a lot! Have a great week!

  2. Olena I’m so glad I found your page, I was looking for a lentil soup instant pot recipe and yours was very good! I added kale instead of spinach because I love it. My husband and I went to Ukraine 20 years ago tomorrow, we left 9/11/1999 to adopt 2 little girls. They were 8 and 15 months old, now 20 and 21! What a blessing. I remember the kindness we found as we stayed in host apartments and the food was so delicious! We had amazing fruit and vegetables at every meal. I’ve never had grapes or melons as good since! We stayed in Kiev a couple of days, then went to Zaporizhzhia where the orphanage was located. Such wonderful memories of our trip. I look forward to following your recipes.

    1. I had goosebumps reading your story. I remember Ukrainian orphanages from documentaries and overall our quality of life back then…You saved 2 souls. Blessings to your family and so happy you found my website! Kids are a blessing, for sure. You found yours in Ukraine. Ah, so sweet.

  3. Loved the black bean brownies, which worked out well for brunch with 2 friends. Both asked for the recipe, so I forwarded them your link. One does not eat eggs, so I like that you had the substitutions. Also learned the difference between cocoa and cocao. 😎

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