How are you doing? I've cut myself off from watching CNN because my cortisol levels go through the roof. In the name of mental well-being and stress-reduction, I'd like to share some goodnews about the Coronavirus that you may not be hearing about if you're watching the news. I recently tuned in to The James Altucher Show, featuring Futurist (and fellow Greek) Peter Diamandis, who gave me some new perspective on the chaos that's shaping our world.
I recommend listening to the podcast episode in full, and checking out Peter's work - but here are a few pieces of good news that I want to call out:
1. Peter says this is a "practice" pandemic: "The reality is," Peter shares, "is that things could be much worse. The virus could take longer to infect people, or have a higher rate of mortality..." And we're essentially gaining some critical knowledge on how to address these types of challenges in the future. 2. Once this exponential rate of infection hits a peak, it stabilizes: And, China is already there. While living in the peak like many of us are right now can feel scary, other countries like China and South Korea haven't developed a new case in days. 3. Our brains are naturally meant to hold onto bad news. And the media's job is to literally keep our eyeballs on their screens or papers - so it's normal for us to feel like the news is worse than it is.
I know that this global health crisis is a scary time for many of us, but it's important to reduce panic for our own immunity. Stress and worry are large contributors to weakened immune systems, so let's try to seek out good news where we can.
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Peace, love & EVOO, Katerina
P.S. If you are a health care worker putting yourself at risk every day for the greater good, please reach out to me. I’d be happy to send you a free Kosterina bottle as a small tiny thank you for all that you're doing in this time of need.
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.
It's no surprise that many of us are feeling more stressed than ever. We're living through a global pandemic that has completely shifted our version of "normal" - and we're not sure when (or if) things will be going back. But, even though there are many aspects of our lives that feel out of control - there's one part of our well-being we can influence: our gut health.
For a long time, it seemed like everyone was going gluten-free. About five years ago, the world began talking about gluten in a serious way. Menus of major restaurants changed to accommodate this new societal shift, there were articles and books written about the impact of gluten - and it seemed like everyone was substituting their regular meals for gluten-free ones.
The more I dive deeper into learning about our food system, unfortunately, the more that I feel this problem is too big for any one person to solve. When I read about the intertwined issues with industrial farms, our food systems and the subsequent health crises going on in America, I want to give up. The problem seems just too complicated to make the massive change it needs.