As you may or may not have heard - there have been some exciting things going on in the Kosterina home. We were lucky enough to grow our family in more ways than one this year: I gave birth to a happy, healthy little boy, Tommy, this summer; our best-selling EVOO is finally back in stock; and we have some very exciting new Kosterina projects that we can't wait to share with you! Stay tuned on our Instagram @kosterinaoliveoil for a sneak peek.
We’re also reviving our Weekly Wellness Roundup – for wellness news from around the web. In this newsletter we’ll also share what we’re reading, what we’re listening to, what we’re eating, products and experiences we love and new things we’re trying all in the name of health and high performance – from nutrition, beauty and fitness to mindfulness, sleep and longevity.
And P.S. My favorite quote right now is from Dr. Steve Gundry: "The main purpose of food is to get olive oil into your mouth." Dr. Gundry is medical researcher, heart surgeon + best-selling author whose research states that not all plant foods are good for us. Read more about his theory here.
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.
We have a problem of systemic racism in America. For me, it has been watching this crisis through the lens of parenthood that has struck me the most. I don’t think I fully realized the burden that my fellow parents need to bear when they are parenting Black children.
The question I’m pondering this week is around willpower. Although there is a lot of confusing nutrition information out there, generally we know that we need to avoid refined sugars, toxic oils and processed foods. But despite being armed with all the latest research and knowledge, why is it still so hard to make the right food choices sometimes?
How are you doing? I’m feeling a little burst of positivity this week as things are slowly starting to feel a bit more normal. We have seen a few more friends and family members (from afar) and the local Starbucks in my town re-opened this week (major development). And generally, I’m a little less nervous about going to the pharmacy and the supermarket. But as I've been moving about in public a bit more I've had a lot more interactions with strangers while wearing a mask. And, it's made me think about how we treat each other in this new world.