About me

Hi, there! It’s so good to see you here!

I am Helen, the creator of Healthy Bits and Bites.

I live in beautiful Greece with my husband and our two daughters. My husband was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, which makes us a bilingual family. Even though we’ve never been to Canada as a family, we luckily enjoy the best of both worlds and our family traditions have a little bit of both cultures.

 

My identity

My name in Greek is Eleni and I also respond to Elle which is a nickname many of my internet friends call me by.

I am currently studying for my Associate’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I’ve also finished courses on Food Safety, Macronutrients and Overnutrition and Children’s Nutrition.

Above everything else in my life I’m a mom, and a proud one! But I also try my best to be a cook, a baker, a cake decorator, a party planner, a food photographer, a web designer and of course a blogger. Successfully or not, I can never be sure. But what I do know for sure is that I do everything with love and a passion for perfection.

 

My healthy eating

My interest in healthy eating and nutrition started many years ago and has been growing ever since. In 2011, having reached a high, unhealthy weight and flirting with obesity, I decided that I had to change habits and change them for good. My reasons were simple. I didn’t want to be a bad example for my children and I wanted to lead a healthy life with them and for them. I started reading a lot about nutrition and I soon found out that all my favorite foods could be made healthier. I lost almost 55 pounds (25 kilos). And except for some seasonal ups and downs, I have maintained a healthy weight ever since.
It was a journey of self-discovery. So many misconceptions about weight, health and eating habits had to be identified and deleted or replaced by a more balanced way of thinking. Weight loss is a change that really starts from within. If you’re struggling with it, you can read some of my own thinking strategies on the Weight Loss page.

 

My cooking

Cooking runs in the family! My mom and both my grandmothers had a reputation for creating miracles in their kitchens. Mom still holds the title of the most talented cook in the family and her Greek phyllo pies are to die for. And, of course, she’s the one who passed the cooking bug to me.
Having learned so much about proper nutrition, I developed a passion for healthy cooking. I love experimenting and creating easy, simple recipes – and a few more complicated ones – with healthy ingredients. Occasionally, a “sinful temptation” like a dessert or a not-so-healthy dish bolsters my beliefs for balance and moderation. You can discover all my recipes on the Healthy bites page and many healthy cooking tips on the Healthy bits page.

 

My healthy living

As our ancestors wisely believed, A healthy mind in a healthy body. The latter requires exercise among other things. I fell in love with exercise the moment I realized what it can do for my body. It made me feel strong and healthy again and it brought back huge amounts of energy that parenthood had taken away. I’d always loved exercise. But it was the first time I realized the quality it can add to our lives. Instead of… shouting it out from the rooftops, I became an exercise-motivator for my family and friends. You can find some of this contagious energy on the Fitness page.

 

My blogging and work background

I’ve worked as a proofreader for a publishing company in the past and also as an English language teacher. My first-ever time blogging was on sparkpeople.com, where I shared my weight loss journey and the truths I was discovering about it. In 2014, I started a blog with some recipes and healthy tips written in Greek. But many of my friends on sparkpeople complained about not being able to read my recipes.
And that’s how Healthy Bits and Bites was born!

 

I never get tired of discovering new facts about nutrition. I take new courses all the time and never stop learning. It’s one of my favorite things! Here’s a few more:

Trees, mountains and the smell of rain.
Apples, cinnamon and the colors of Fall.
Books, movies and family nights in front of the fireplace.
Joyful faces, smiling eyes and spontaneous hugs.

 

Do you think we have a little something in common?

Let’s get connected! Follow Healthy Bits and Bites on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram and get new recipes, tips and ideas for healthy living every day. I’d love to read your comments! And if you make one of my recipes and would like to share a photo, don’t forget to hashtag it #healthybitsandbites. I can’t wait to see your own cooking miracles!

Helen