If you haven't heard, we have some really exciting news here atKosterina: you can now find us in over 350 Whole Foods Market stores across the country. This is huge for us because this partnership is so aligned with our mission. We want everyone to get a taste of the benefits of authentic extra virgin olive oil.
The poet, W.H. Auden coined the term ‘Topophilia’ (which is Greek for “love of place”) to describe the way people experience a strong sense of place and how it drives their sense of identity and an underlying sense of belonging. It turns out we do form deep connections with places.
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.
As the weather gets warmer here in New York, it's been fascinating to watch the growth of my little office garden filled with plants and herbs. While it's quite different than the gardening of my childhood where I'd watch my grandparents tend to their figs and grapes each day - my tiny Aerogarden on my office windowsill does the trick.
The ancient Greeks loved olive oil. Homer called it “liquid gold” and Hippocrates, widely regarded as the Father of Medicine, called it “the great healer”. It’s been used for thousands of years as a delicious food, as healing medicine and as cosmetics for skin and hair.
We have a problem of systemic racism in America. For me, it has been watching this crisis through the lens of parenthood that has struck me the most. I don’t think I fully realized the burden that my fellow parents need to bear when they are parenting Black children.
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?
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.