Like our counterparts in Greece, we spent much of August unplugging, enjoying time with family and soaking up the Mediterranean sun. But now, we're back and ready for some EVOO!
During my time in Greece, the lifestyle I was experiencing reminded me of the Blue Zones -- 5 areas of the world that have a higher than average population of centenarians (people who live to be over 100). The island of Ikaria, Greece is one of them and its inhabitants' longevity is attributed to a plant-based diet, adequate sleep, strong personal relationships and yes, even EVOO. If you're as fascinated as I am by this concept, you can explore Dan Buettner's work -- he discovered the Blue Zones. He wrote an article titled "The Island Where People Forget to Die" in the NY Times Magazine in 2012, wrote a book called Blue Zones and more recently appeared on the MindBodyGreen podcast to talk about his newest book, The Blue Zones of Happiness. It's worth a listen!
For those of you who are new here, we will be sharing weekly insights into living a more wholesome, healthy life. Whether that's our experience testing a plant-based diet, or experimenting with bulletproof coffee - you'll always hear our real, raw thoughts on living a healthier life.
Oh, and we'll always share a few pieces of bite-sized wellness news and EVOO-based recipes for your repertoire.
We're so happy that you're 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.
This time of year, there's always a lot of pressure to implement quick-fixes around our health to reach certain goals. But, my purpose in starting Kosterina was always to help more people create accessible, healthy habits for themselves and their families over the long-term.
We've been spending more time at home than ever this year because of the pandemic, and because of that many of us have been engaging in old pastimes like playing board games or even making crafts. But, none of those activities beat how much we've been experimenting with cooking at home over the past 8 months.