What’s your relationship with stress? It turns out, the way you think about stress can really determine the effect it has on you. In her Ted Talk, health psychologist and author, Dr. Kelly McGonigal, cites an eight-year longitudinal research study. The research shows that people who perceive stress as harmful, tend to live shorter lives on average as compared to their peers, no matter how much stress they actually experience. Those who did not perceive stress as harmful, lived longer, even if they had experienced more stress. The study proved that people die from the belief that stress is bad for you. So when you’re stressed, recognize the feeling you’re experiencing as a way of your body showing you that you really care about something. Your body is simply energized and is preparing you to face the task at hand. This shift in mindset isn’t just a nice thing to do - it's literally a major factor in our longevity. So when I’m anxious thinking about my children’s nutrition and health, I know it’s because I love them more than anything and my body is reminding me how important they are. And when my heart races as I’m getting ready to pitch a new investor, that’s because I really care about building Kosterina into a household name that can touch as many people as possible. We’ve all experienced stress, especially in the last few months - but it's in our ability to change our mind about stress. Watch Kelly McGonigal’s Ted Talk and please let us know if this mindset shift is helpful for you! Also, if you enjoy our newsletter, please share it with a friend!
Peace, love & EVOO, Katerina
Olive Oil Sommelier Katerina Mountanos, is the Founder & CEO of Kosterina Olive Oil, which produces 100% organic, extra virgin olive oil from Greece sold directly to consumers online. Katerina is an ecommerce expert and has built beauty, home and wellness businesses for Amazon, Jet, and Walmart. She founded beauty services company, Manicube, which was sold to The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden in 2015. Katerina is very passionate about olive oil, the Mediterranean diet and eating for health and longevity.
I’ve come to the realization that we all need to take our individual health into our own hands. I love the way that Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. and renowned integrative specialist, describes our medical system today: The Western medical system is like a plumber - it does a great job at finding a problem and fixing it immediately, but not getting to the root cause.
This week, we're wrapping up our ongoing series called: Ancient Ingredients, Modern Superpowers by diving into one of our favorite Greek superfoods out there:Grapes. Read on to discover the extraordinary powers of the superfoods of Greece & the Mediterranean for health, happiness and longevity.
This week, we're back to our ongoing series called: Ancient Ingredients, Modern Superpowers and we'll be diving into an everyday fruit that doubles as a major Greek superfood: Lemons. Read on to discover the extraordinary powers of the superfoods of Greece & the Mediterranean for health, happiness and longevity.