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.
Personally, I didn't fervently jumped on this diet change. But, in recent years I've learned more about the impact of gluten on our minds and behavior - not only what it does to our physical bodies. And, the research is pretty eye-opening.
I recently heard Dr. O'Bryan speak about the effects of gluten, especially for children, on The Better Behavior Show (I highly recommend - listen here). Interestingly, research shows that 80% of the population in our modern world is impacted by gluten, even if they don't present with GI issues. The way that we have processed gluten in our modern farming system has gone from a once-safe crop into one that is highly inflammatory across many aspects of our bodies. According to renowned neurologist, Dr. Pearlmutter, gluten is the cornerstone of many degenerative conditions, such as dementia, ADHD, chronic headaches, anxiety and more - because of it's inflammatory effects.
So, what's the bottom line? Becoming more aware of the impacts of gluten - and adding a higher percentage of healthy fats into our diets instead - is directly linked to longer, healthier lives.
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.
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.