Welcome to Smart Healthy Start! My name is Ieva and I`m the recipe developer, food photographer and blogger for Smart Healthy Start. I`m so grateful for you to be on this site and hope it inspires you to make
a change and live a passionate life.
I was born in Latvia but currently reside in New York City with my husband Amin (who is the official recipe tester), our son Zakaria and our little Yorkie puppy – Justin (who loooves being in food photos). I have lived in Switzerland, Dubai and Hong Kong prior moving to N Y C but there is nothing like the Big Apple out there!
This blog was created to share my passion for cooking, healthy lifestyle and inspire you to make healthier choices and live a balanced life. I started this journey when I was diagnosed with depression, consumed processed foods and was a total sugar junkie. One day at a time, I learned to understand how food can affect our overall health and well-being and in 2015 Smart Healthy Start was born.
In September of 2016 our son Zakaria was born and since then I have posted lots of information hoping to help other women to prepare for their pregnancy, support them on a motherhood journey and just be real about the daily strugles as a mother.
I`m a certified Holistic Health Coach from Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) which is the largest nutrition school in the world and I’m a member of the International Association for Health Coaches (IAHC). Through this training I learned the importance of food, its healing properties and endless benefits.
I believe in finding a balance through food and exercise with room for indulgence and celebration. I hope that this blog inspires you to live a richer and fuller life without deprivation or guilt. Enjoy and hope to talk to you soon!