So, my husband, Kosta (who put the “Kos" in Kosterina), likes to say that with wellness knowledge, he’s often a year ahead of me. He certainly is an early adopter and I’ll often dismiss his wellness practices as ridiculous, unnecessary or extreme, only to come around to the idea months later after learning more.
One of these such practices is cold therapy. I am a person who takes long steamy showers at the absolute hottest temperature I can handle. At the beach, it’s very baby steps into the ocean so I can get used to cold water very slowly. I don’t ski because I don’t like to pay money to be cold. I drink my water at room temperature (not from the fridge) and I drink hot coffee even in the summer. So last year when we were designing our new home, and my husband wanted to install a mini cold plunge pool, I wanted nothing to do with it. But I’ve now learned that cold temperatures are actually really important for our longevity and overall health.
I've recently started following the work of Wim Hof, and after seeing him on the Goop Lab Nextflix series this week, I was reminded of the power of two of his practices: cold therapy + breathwork. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Wim Hof is otherwise known as The Iceman - he's a Dutch World Record Breaker who has developed a breathing and mindset technique to withstand freezing temperatures. And, it's been proven that his methods have long-term health effects for us regular people, too.
So, whether you're interested in becoming an extreme athlete or simply want to lessen your anxiety, I'd recommend checking out his work- or simply taking a 5-minute cold shower each morning. (Do as I say, not as I do!) Simply by exposing our bodies to cold temperatures, we could increase focus, improve sleep and reduce stress. Stay tuned for some cold plunge photos on our Instagram.
Are you doing any of these things already? Share with us at @kosterina on Instagram!
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.
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.
So they say that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. And they’re right. Ninety percent of our focus really should be on food for optimal health. But what about a good diet with nightly Almond Butter & Vanilla dark chocolate bars? Or the occasional 3 serving bag of Dang rice crisps? (So good, btw). Can I out-exercise that? If food is most important to maintaining a healthy weight, do we really need to workout at all? If so, how long do we need to work out for? And what’s the best type of workout? So many questions.
In the Kosterina household, we are disciples of revolutionary functional medicine doctor, Dr. Mark Hyman.I've spoken about Dr. Hyman's work here before, but I am deep into his latest book (like, with underlining and highlighting and everything).