USE CODE: SUBSCRIBE FOR 15% OFF YOUR FIRST SUBSCRIPTION SHIPMENT | FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $50

by Katerina Mountanos June 05, 2018 0 Comments

This week I watched one of those terrifying food documentaries on Netflix that overwhelm you by discussing how broken and criminal our food industry is in this country. This one was called The Magic Pill and focused on nutritional ketosis and its benefits. I must admit, despite reading a lot on this topic as of late, there was still a lot in there that was new and eye opening.
 
There has been some controversy over this documentary because of some claims that it makes that nutritional ketosis can help cure serious disease. I won’t address that here but there are 2 interesting elements that I took away from it:
 

1) The food advice was very consistent with what I’ve been reading lately. The writers and producers recommend the following:

 Eat whole foods
Eliminate processed foods
Eliminate vegetable oils
Eliminate grains and legumes
Embrace healthy fats – olive oil, avocado, coconut oil, animal fats, eggs
Avoid dairy but if you must – eat full fat, organic
Select naturally raised animals, pastured animals, wild caught sustainable seafood, eat nose to tail, bone broths, organ meats, fermented foods
Fast intermittently

 
Besides the organ meats (wholly unappetizing to me) and fermented foods (am just not there yet), this advice is what I have been focusing on and working into my diet. And it feels great.
 

2) The most impactful scenes for me were those where a team of food experts went into people’s homes and cleaned out their pantries to rid them of foods that were processed, high in sugar or contained trans fats. In some cases, they literally threw away everything in the pantry – cereal, ketchup, oatmeal, pasta, crackers, chips, sodas, etc - and made me realize how EDUCATION is really the most important piece of making health change in this country. We will do our part at Kosterina to spread knowledge on what’s healthy and what we should and should not be eating for optimal health! 

It turns out there is no magic pill but the way I see it, if we can educate ourselves on a few small changes we can make to our daily routines to reduce our risk of disease and overall improve our longevity, that could be magical.
Katerina Mountanos
Katerina Mountanos

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.



Also in Once Upon An Olive Tree

Why we make bad food decisions – hint, it’s not about willpower
Why we make bad food decisions – hint, it’s not about willpower

by Kosterina Admin May 29, 2020 0 Comments

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?
Read More
Smiling Behind the Mask
Smiling Behind the Mask

by Katerina Mountanos May 22, 2020 0 Comments

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. 
 
Read More
J. Lo says consistency is the key
J. Lo says consistency is the key

by Katerina Mountanos May 15, 2020 0 Comments

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.
Read More