Georgia Bellas is one of I Quit Sugar’s in-house nutritionists and is our Food + Recipes Manager. If Georgia isn’t talking about food as medicine, no doubt you’ll find her talking about her Greek heritage and her memories of sitting around the dinner table with freshly cooked Spanakopita and an abundance of grilled meats.
Tell us about what you do and why?
Growing up in a Greek family meant that food was a major part of my upbringing. In Greek households, food is a celebration of family, love and culture and this saw me develop a passion for cooking from a very young age. This passion then turned into an interest in nutrition after I took an elective in my first year of uni. I went on to complete a degree in Nutrition & Exercise Science from the University of Queensland and after a stint of travelling, made the move to London where I worked as a nutritionist for two years.
Why are you such a firm believer in the IQS philosophy?
I grew up across the road from my Greek grandparents who, for the most part, raised my sister and I whilst our parents worked full-time. My papou (grandfather) had an enormous vegetable garden and would show me how to pick cucumbers, eggplants, spinach, silverbeet (the list goes on). Everything he cooked came out of that garden, and while most kids were having Weetbix for breakfast, I was having boiled greens on toast with lemon and olive oil. At IQS, JERFing (Just Eat Real Food) and eating like our grandparents used to is at the centre of what we believe in, which is why I knew IQS was the perfect place for me to teach others just how easy it is to eat well.
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking us?
My famous Spanakopita! It’s a recipe that has been passed down in my family and doesn’t really have any exact measurements. When my yiayia (grandmother) taught me how to make it, she showed me how the pastry dough was meant to look and feel, and how the filling should hold when it bakes. It definitely taught me a lot about how I can use my senses to guide my cooking, to the point where I still don’t own my own measuring cups or spoons at home!
Tell us your number one health tip in under 25 words.
If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it… except for quinoa.