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Katie: Whats up and welcome to the “Wellness Mama Podcast.” I’m Katie from wellnessmama.com. And I’m right here at this time with somebody who I’m so impressed by on many ranges, particularly his time administration, and every thing he accomplishes. I believed I used to be busy, however I’m right here with Tony Kasandrinos, who’s the co-founder of Kasandrinos Olive Oil, which you’ve in all probability seen me prepare dinner with on Instagram.
He’s a local of New York, however he spent portion of his childhood in his father’s village in Greece. And on the age of 17, he joined the Marine Corps, and he has been serving on energetic responsibility since then, however he will get to retire quickly. He may very well be retired by the point this airs, and focus full time on Kasandrinos Olive Oil, which is my favourite for positive. Tony, welcome, and thanks for being right here.
Tony: Oh, thanks for having me. It’s a pleasure.
Katie: Properly, undoubtedly I wanna go deep on olive oil. However first, I simply have to speak about Greece as a result of I’ve but to get there. It’s high of my checklist of the subsequent locations I wish to go. And also you hear a lot about Greece. Having not been there, I learn concerning the Blue Zones, the food plan there, and the way it’s so wholesome. There’s clearly a lot in Greece as favor, and also you’ve really spent quite a lot of time there. So I’d love to simply hear about typically about Greece and among the stuff you assume we are able to all study from, whether or not it’s the tradition or the food plan, or something in Greece.
Tony: Oh, undoubtedly. I imply, we may discuss for hours about this, however I’ll attempt to make it quick. However it’s undoubtedly… I imply, I’ve managed to…I’ve been lucky sufficient by means of my navy profession, which has been 20-plus years now, to spend so much of my trip time in Greece. I often reserve it up for 2 years, and I’ll go for a month at a time.
However it’s a complete totally different world from what we’re actually used to in America, sadly. However it’s rather more laid again and relaxed. And the very first thing most individuals will discover is folks don’t actually work rather a lot there. It is perhaps or dangerous factor, but it surely’s rather a lot…you’ll discover quite a lot of shops are closed all through a lot of the day.
However individuals are actually centered on household and consuming, and consuming some extra, and going to the seaside. And nutritionally, it’s very totally different. You do have a number of totally different components of Greece. You may have Athens and Salonika, like the most important cities, after which you will have the remainder of the opposite international locations, the remainder of the nation, which is definitely very small. It’s land measurement, concerning the measurement of New Jersey.
So life in Athens could be very, very totally different versus life in most components of the nation. It’s like going again in time, rather a lot. You already know, once we return there, the overwhelming majority of our meals comes from the yard. It’s very vegetable-heavy, quite a lot of fruit. You do eat quite a lot of meat, too. However it’s typically coming from the yard or out of your fields, wherever that is perhaps. Tons of contemporary fish and seafood day by day so long as you reside across the coast, which is almost all of Greece.
So that you’re simply consuming rather a lot much less processed meals, and much more simply actual greens, fruit, cheese, dairy, and contemporary animals that had been in all probability both caught or killed inside a really quick time frame. However the largest distinction out of something, I might say, is certainly simply the approach to life, and the truth that folks stroll much more over there than we do right here.
Katie: Yeah. It looks as if that’s quite a lot of Europe or one thing I’ve seen each time I’m there, it’s a lot simpler to stroll than it’s to drive or take a practice quite a lot of occasions. And it’s simply a lot extra part of life the place, in fact, all of the statistics, we all know how a lot we’re sitting as Individuals on common. However I additionally thought that you simply introduced up the animal protein aspect and the dairy aspect as a result of I believe there’s a false impression on the subject of Blue Zones.
And also you typically hear like, “Oh, they’re all vegan.” And truly, they’re not, at the least from any of the analysis I’ve seen. I haven’t visited them, however you talked about that animal merchandise are part of the tradition in Greece, the place lifespan is healthier than it’s within the U.S. However I believe you’re proper, having that shut entry to your meals provide, and that native and contemporary facet is so necessary. And we undoubtedly don’t have that almost as sturdy in America.
Tony: Yeah. And I’ve really talked to my dad, and my uncle, and quite a lot of my kinfolk about this. And issues have undoubtedly modified I believe within the final…even in Greece, within the final 50 to 100 years. They undoubtedly do eat quite a lot of meat there. However I might say, up till newer occasions they ate…it was extra periodic, like they wouldn’t eat meat day by day.
I’ve talked to my father about this rather a lot. So we’d have rooster often as soon as per week or twice per week. That they had quite a lot of seafood. And quite a lot of that is gonna depend upon in the event you’re on the coast or not, as a result of in the event you’re on the coast you’re gonna be having much more fish and seafood. Whereas in the event you’re up within the mountains, you’re very not often gonna have seafood.
In order that they undoubtedly do eat meat in most of Greece. That being stated, it’s not at all times a part of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s often solely at dinner, and it isn’t day by day. There are literally quite a lot of non-meat entrees which might be in… I believe they undoubtedly general in all probability eat much less meat all through the day, all day lengthy day by day. However that being stated, I believe, I solely say I believe, I’m fairly very assured that the standard of the meat and the freshness of the meat is certainly a lot greater than over right here within the States.
Katie: For positive. And I imply, there’s undoubtedly a notion that olives and olive oil are a really huge a part of the tradition as properly. And I imply, that’s clearly to be true from what I’ve talked to you about. However that additionally, to me, makes quite a lot of sense, as a result of we all know among the knowledge on how wholesome olive oil is. It’s one of many solely oils that I’ve by no means seen vilified, really.
Coconut oil was nice, after which it was dangerous, after which it was nice once more. Animal fat have had their ups and downs. However just about everybody appears to agree that olive oil is nice. And, is it consumed actually often in Greece? How a lot of is it part of a each day staple food plan?
Tony: Oh, yeah. So it’s every thing, to the purpose the place my most of my life, up till perhaps 10 years in the past, earlier than I began our firm is, you simply take it with no consideration as a result of it’s one thing that’s at all times there. I imply, it’s nearly like water. It’s simply, like, at all times…it’s at all times been a giant a part of our life. And rising up, you by no means actually give it some thought, however we do every thing with it from, folks use it for skincare, we used it to prepare dinner actually every thing.
There’s actually not quite a lot of Greek dishes that don’t have olive oil in them not directly, form, or type. And quite a lot of occasions, particularly being extra conscious of how a lot you’re consuming and whatnot, we’ll have a Greek salad and actually put a half a bottle of olive oil on this salad to the place it’s simply saturated in oil. However yeah, the typical Greek particular person, statistically, they eat about 26 liters of olive oil a 12 months, which, in the event you break it down, and also you’ve seen our normal 500-milliliter bottle, that’s primarily one bottle per week. In order that’s fairly a bit in comparison with what most individuals right here eat in. Me personally, I have a tendency to make use of much more bit in the summertime once we bought contemporary greens. However yeah, it’s much more than we’re consuming right here within the States, that’s for positive.
Katie: That’s fascinating. And primarily based on among the knowledge I’ve seen, all of the polyphenols in olive oil even have a bit of little bit of a sun-protective impact, each on the pores and skin and internally as a result of they’re anti-inflammatory and quite a lot of different mechanisms. In order that is smart that in the summertime, you’ll eat extra. And once more, having by no means been there, I do know Greece is a sunny local weather in order that… I ponder if that additionally comes into play with the well being advantages there.
Tony: Yeah. I are inclined to…what it truly is for me as a result of I eat Greek salads religiously, like, come round proper now, like Could, June-ish, by means of like September, which is, for anybody that doesn’t know, it’s primarily like tomatoes and cucumbers, and a few oregano, feta, and olive oil, peppers, and onions. However I undoubtedly in all probability one a day of a Greek salad. I believe it’s extra additionally as a result of I’m in Greece within the summertime. So we’re at all times undoubtedly consuming a ton of it over there. Yeah, it undoubtedly has quite a lot of nice advantages in additional methods than one, that’s for positive.
Katie: So inform me the story of the way it bought right here. How did it go from your loved ones farm in Greece to now this firm the place I can fortunately order it on-line and have it delivered to my home?
Tony: So, it began, I used to be a web… I imply, we’ve at all times had olive oil in our household. We’ve at all times had a bunch of olive orchards in Greece between my grandparents and my dad and mom, and aunts, and uncles, and cousins. So, like I advised you, it’s at all times been round.
We actually by no means retailed it right here within the States however we’d carry sufficient. We’d bottle our personal and produce it over right here, yearly, simply sufficient for all of our household, which is lots of people. So we’d really carry over fairly a number of pallets of oil for household and buddies.
I had gone again to… I used to be stationed in Philadelphia on the time, and I’d gone again to Rochester to go to my dad and introduced a case again with me. And it was like the subsequent night time, the CrossFit fitness center I used to be coaching on the time, we had a extremely tight-knit group. And that is sort of like when the entire Paleo world was beginning to come on. And we had been hauling meals.
So we used to do weekly gatherings the place we’d simply sort of prepare dinner at…we’d all carry meals into the fitness center and eat it. Most likely not essentially the most sanitary factor on this planet. However it was my buddy’s birthday. And my pal Erin who owned the fitness center, she had a giant bottle of a lesser grade Italian olive oil. I’m not gonna title the corporate, but it surely was on the desk there.
So I advised Aaron, I used to be like, “Let me carry a few of our stuff in.” So all people tried it, they usually beloved it. So it sort of like snowballed from there. All people was asking me, “Hey, can I get some extra? Can I get some extra?” And I made a number of extra journeys again to Rochester over the next months, and introduced tons…at this level I used to be like bringing instances with me.
And simply determined, hey, with the encouragement of considered one of my buddies, Diane. She was like, “You bought to show this right into a enterprise.” And some months later, I made the choice, “Okay, I’m gonna order a bunch. I’m gonna come out with our personal non-public label and see the way it goes.” I made a bit of web site and straight shipped, which bought very outdated very fast. However that’s just about the way it began.
After which it bought fairly overwhelming, very fast. Inside a number of months, I used to be getting extra orders than I may deal with on my own. And I used to be additionally on the point of doubtlessly deploy to Afghanistan. So I used to be like, “Okay, I bought to close this down for six months.” So I referred to as Effie, my sister and now enterprise accomplice, I used to be like, “Hey, you wanna do that with me?” She was working at JP Morgan on the time.
And I used to be like…on the finish of the day, I didn’t have the time actually to run a enterprise. I used to be very busy with the Marine Corps. And I used to be mainly coming dwelling from work with the Marine Corps within the night and dealing all night time lengthy. After which completely, your complete weekends, and I’m sitting there attempting to learn to construct an internet site and get all of the backend aspect of enterprise issues carried out, which bought very overwhelming.
So, introduced Effie on board, and he or she took over quite a lot of the logistics and monetary aspect of issues, which I don’t actually love doing. She’s higher at that than I’m. And I used to be capable of deal with rising the enterprise and doing the massive advertising and marketing aspect of issues. And right here we are actually, seven years later.
Katie: I adore it. And I really like household companies and having the ability to assist that as properly. Let’s discuss among the elements of olive oil, as a result of, like I stated, pure olive oil is one factor I’ve by no means heard vilified ever. It’s sort of universally agreed to be actually good for you except you had a real allergy. However there was all these things that got here out a number of years in the past about deception within the olive oil world, and the way issues are being marketed as pure olive oil that weren’t, and what these phrases really imply.
And I do know that you simply guys go above and past on the subject of transparency and testing. However are you able to stroll us by means of what are among the issues we really simply have to be privy to typically on the subject of olive oil and the potential for deception within the business?
Tony: Okay. So let me begin off actually fast on that. The entire thing took place when UC Davis got here out with a report saying, you recognize, the overwhelming majority of olive oil just isn’t additional virgin olive oil. There’s a number of totally different causes for that, for my part. And I can solely actually converse for our firm and what we do, after which buddies of mine who additionally do olive oil.
I might enterprise to say the overwhelming majority of olive oil just isn’t pretend or adulterated. I believe they’re undoubtedly…it has occurred prior to now. The most important downside I see in America is that we’re consuming older olive oil, and that’s simply the entire distribution course of. And quite a lot of different elements that go into that so far as sitting on a retailer shelf for X quantity of days, sitting below the sunshine, and it oxidizing.
However on the core of it, if all of us get a pure, first pressed, chilly pressed additional virgin olive oil, it’s gonna be totally different relying on a number of issues like the place it got here from, what sort of olives had been used, the climate or that season. I imply, there’s quite a lot of totally different inputs that go into how the olive oil will come out.
However when it really makes it right here to the States, that timeframe and the way lengthy that took, and another issues that some huge, large olive oil firms will do. And quite a lot of occasions they’ll combine final 12 months’s olive oil with this 12 months’s olive oil. And that doesn’t essentially make it dangerous. However it’s prefer it’s not as prime quality as a result of that’s actually one of many largest misconceptions with olive oil.
And a few folks, they simply don’t know as a result of they sort of assume it goes hand in hand with wine, and it like will get higher over time, the place olive oil is the alternative. It’s really a contemporary fruit juice primarily, and also you wanna eat it as quick as attainable. It is going to keep good for a number of years. It simply begins degrading over time. And that’s considered one of our huge issues. And sort of why we’ve actually been in opposition to promoting it within the shops, is we solely present or provide this 12 months’s present harvest of olive oil. And, typically, if you promote it at shops you sort of lose the management of that.
Katie: That makes excellent sense, that you simply wanna defend, and that’s why you additionally, such as you stated, you’ll need darkish bottles, otherwise you guys additionally promoting steel. That additionally helps maintain it?
Tony: Yeah. So, we really are glass bottles, and it is a lot that goes into the pricing of olive oil. Generally you’ll go and see actually cheaper olive oil at Walmart or whatnot. And there’s quite a lot of elements that go into the fee. And that really is considered one of them, is the packaging, and even the glass.
You’ll be able to have…there’s totally different grades of glass and totally different quantity of sunshine they permit in. And our glass, it’s really in all probability about quadruple the value of some glass bottles as a result of we use actually darkish, pharmaceutical grade glass for our smaller bottles. And even with that, we nonetheless advocate folks maintain them of their kitchen cabinets as a substitute of on their kitchen counter.
Though we love our bottle and the design of it, it’s like put it away. However then we additionally do have the BPA-free cans that we now have our bigger parts in, and that clearly permits no gentle to return by means of. As a result of we really…so we do…simply to go on this. So we do a chemical evaluation on each lot of olive oil. And we do two of them in Greece after which one right here within the States.
And we’ve really examined our olive oil initially, after which we examined it after six months, and we did two totally different bottles. One we left on the counter within the mainly simply regular daylight, after which one we had within the cabinet. And the one which was left on the counter was really severely degraded in comparison with the one which was contained in the darkish.
Katie: That’s fascinating. I hope I’m going to say it proper, however oleic acid, what that’s, and what we have to learn about that or what proportion is sweet to search for in that?
Tony: Okay. Nice query. It’s just about it’s a monounsaturated fatty acid. The factor is, identical to with all of your elements of the olive oil, relying on the precise harvest, what sort of olives are used, it’s gonna fluctuate. It’s typically between 50%, 55%, and even upwards of 80% of the olive oil.
The one option to actually get an correct quantity is with a chemical evaluation the place it actually breaks down all of the acid compounds as lengthy, in addition to the polyphenols. So, it really is one thing that does fluctuate 12 months to 12 months or harvest to reap. We really do publish all of our chemical evaluation on our web site and tie them with rather a lot quantity.
After which each bottle and may will include its particular lot quantity, simply to, you recognize… As a result of we actually wish to be as clear as attainable so folks can see, “Okay, this was the acidity degree of this olive oil this 12 months. And it’ll fluctuate by tenths of proportion factors year-to-year.” However it’s undoubtedly one of many necessary compounds of olive oil.
Katie: Acquired it. And what about sort of give us a primer on the totally different lessons of olive oil as properly? I believe most individuals are fairly accustomed to additional virgin olive oil as a result of we hear that rather a lot. However what do all the differing types really imply and what’s the distinction?
Tony: Okay. So, truthfully, additional virgin olive oils and virgin olive oil’s in all probability the one two I might be consuming, however it’s gonna…the precise acidity degree is what’s gonna break down. The additional virgin is 0.Eight and under acidity degree, the place an additional virgin is greater than that. Now the true necessary factor for folks to know is, additional virgin olive oils, to be thought-about additional virgin olive oil, 0.Eight or under, there’s really fairly a distinction between a 0.7 and a 0.2. So you actually wanna discover the bottom attainable content material that you will discover. After which above that, you will have your virgin olive oil. That’s really a lot lighter.
Loads of occasions you’ll see your gentle olive oil, and it doesn’t actually have quite a lot of style to it. It’s rather a lot blander, which there’s undoubtedly some makes use of for it. I imply, in the event you wanna make a mayo and it’s not as sturdy, that’s in all probability what you’ll wanna use after that. After which past that, you actually…you will have like your refined olive oil and your pomace olive oil, which is just about your lowest grade of olive oil.
It’s often the oil that has been pressed after the preliminary press of the olives, so it’s a decrease grade. It’s often used for skincare merchandise or, actually, not one thing you’d actually wanna eat. After which past that, you will have a number of different downgraded ranges of the olive oil, however that’s just about used for lamp oil. However on the finish of the day, actually, all you’re actually have to be involved with as a client for meals, although, is the additional virgin and precise virgin oil. And truthfully, I’d keep on with the additional virgin.
Katie: Acquired it. That is smart. And also you guys even have shirts, once I see you at conferences, that’s say that I adore it.
Tony: That’s simply dialog failure.
Katie: And to circle again to what you stated, I’ve written a observe earlier. And simply to reiterate, so that you stated that in Greece, the typical particular person consumes 26 liters per 12 months, which is actually a bottle per week, which is wonderful as a result of, I imply, I believe it’s been largely debunked by now. However the concept consuming fats makes you fats as a result of that’s a considerable quantity of energy from fats. And but Greece has a lot decrease weight problems charges and coronary heart illness charges, like really spectacular coronary heart illness charges, are nice. And so they eat quite a lot of olive oil, which speaks, once more, to the protecting results there.
Are you able to simply delve a bit of bit extra into the advantages of olive oil, even at that degree of consumption? As a result of actually the information I’ve seen, there doesn’t appear to be actually an higher restrict the place it isn’t useful. However what do you see as among the largest advantages?
Tony: I imply, on the finish of the day, we are able to at all times discover research in science that say fats is wholesome, fats just isn’t wholesome. The identical factor with you may just about do something with that one on the subject of carbs or whatnot. However the consumption of the olive oil in Greece is… I imply, and once more, I’m not a scientist, I’m going by off of what I do know, and what I’ve seen, and the way lengthy my relations, on common, I’d say that proper across the 100-year mark, all my dad’s aunts, and uncles, and my grandparents, they’re all nonetheless alive and kicking, they usually stay off these things. And so they have been consuming it their whole lives, they usually eat it in very massive portions.
And most of that’s mainly as a result of that’s all they’ve. Even coconut oil, good luck looking for coconut oil in southern Greece, or just about wherever in Greece, or actually, some other sources of fats. I imply, you’ll get butter right here and there, however not likely almost to the quantity that we use right here within the States.
And on the finish of the day, the olive oil outdoors of animal fats is mainly your solely supply of fats over there. They’re actually not consuming too many different oils, that’s for positive, and never quite a lot of different issues aside from oil, or olive oil and a few dairy right here and there.
Katie: Yeah. I believe that ratio might be necessary as a result of the most recent analysis I’ve seen, at the least, just isn’t that any explicit…not that saturated fats is inherently dangerous in any respect. However it does appear to depend upon that ratio of monounsaturated fat that you simply’re additionally getting, issues like inexperienced greens and all the elements in that that you simply’re getting, it’s not simply sort of in a vacuum.
One other query I get rather a lot on the subject of olive oil, and it appears semi-controversial, I’m hoping you will have a powerful opinion on is, what about cooking with olive oil? As a result of there was all this type of information whereas again that you simply shouldn’t warmth it at a sure level the place it’s harmful if you warmth it. However each time I’ve been in Europe, all people cooks with olive oil. So what’s your tackle that?
Tony: So, once more, you will have conflicting science and stories. And I’ve seen like a lot conflicting info on this, as a result of it’s issues I’m excited by, clearly, it’s in my world. I can say, I personally don’t actually prepare dinner with it a ton. However I’ll inform you in southern Europe, like Greece, Italy, Spain, and all of the islands across the Mediterranean, all people cooks with it, they usually prepare dinner nearly every thing in it.
We really, surprisingly, eat quite a lot of fries in Greece. However fries are cooked in Greece, or with oil in Greece. Any types of meats, in the event you’re cooking any seafood, I imply, it’s all cooked in olive oil. I personally actually don’t prepare dinner with all of it that a lot simply because, really, I actually like cooking my meats in ghee. However I do use it chilly, it’s clearly my staple on the subject of greens.
And I do put it over sure meats after I’ve cooked it. However truthfully, I get this query on a regular basis from my prospects. I’m like, it’s a private alternative. It’s like speaking about faith or politics. All I can say is the those that stay rather a lot more healthy and longer than we do in America undoubtedly use olive oil to prepare dinner with.
Katie: Yeah, it’s true. And I believe I’ve undoubtedly heard folks sort of stress about ought to we prepare dinner with olive oil and never prepare dinner with it. However there’s nonetheless different points of food plan that might…perhaps do away with the sugar, there’s quite a lot of different dietary issues we may change in America that may make an even bigger impression than if there may be any potential hazard of cooking with olive oil.
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Katie: And I wanna be certain that we reserve a while now to speak about as a result of clearly, I really like your olive oil. It’ll be linked within the present notes or it’s simply at kasandrinos.com. However I additionally wanna hear from you selfishly the way you handle your time and your stress. As a result of, like I stated, I really feel like I’m comparatively busy and I’ve a number of full-time jobs, however I’m not energetic responsibility navy and an entrepreneur on the identical time. So, sort of stroll me by means of, how do you handle work-life stability?
Tony: Properly, the one most necessary facet, I believe, and I do know as a polar reverse with you is I don’t have youngsters. As a result of I do know that’s undoubtedly provides to it. As a result of my sister Effie, who’s my enterprise accomplice, she has three little ones which might be one, three, and 5, and that undoubtedly provides to rather a lot much less of your time. So I’ve that going for me on the subject of my time administration.
However the Marine Corps does personal me for majority of the day. I’m typically leaving for work at 6:00 within the morning, and I get dwelling round 4:30 or 5:00. And that’s with none type of deployments occurring or whatnot. I typically get up between 4:00 and 4:15 day by day. However the primary factor, and I realized this again once I was a recruiter, is basically to…I actually account for nearly each minute that I’m awake.
I’ve a each day Outlook scheduler that I’ve. And it begins at 4:00 within the morning and it often ends at 9:00 at night time. And the day earlier than, I at all times undergo and I schedule, “Okay, that is what I’m gonna be doing from… ” Even within the morning when it’s between 4:00 a.m. and 6 a.m, after which I’ve my work time scheduled, after which I’ll have my lunchtime scheduled.
After which even once I get dwelling, I’m both going to the fitness center between this time of this time, and I’m gonna have…you recognize, I’m gonna eat dinner at 6:00 p.m. After which I’m gonna work on Kasandrinos from 7:00 to eight:30. After which I’m going mattress. I’m like, I often go to mattress round, between 8:00 and 9:00 each night time. However the largest factor is basically to maximise each minute.
We solely get so many minutes and hours in a day. And I believe quite a lot of it’s typically, particularly these days with social media and the information on the web 24/7, I believe quite a lot of time is wasted, simply to sort of doing issues that aren’t actually productive. So, largest factor is simply to essentially break down your day and account on your minutes and what you’re doing and if you’re doing them.
Katie: Yeah, I completely agree. You’re proper, the child factor is totally different. And lots of people listening are mothers and so I simply wanna provide…like converse to that for a minute. As a result of youngsters are a special ball recreation, they usually do take fairly a little bit of time and power. But in addition, we perform a little bit extra flexibility typically then being energetic responsibility navy, and I simply have quite a lot of respect for every thing you’ve completed whereas juggling that too.
And I share your deal with maximizing the hours that you’ve and the minutes that you’ve. And I do an analogous factor in my very own lifetime of managing very rigorously my time through the day. And for me, the largest profit I’ve discovered from that is also that it frees you up mentally. As a result of that was one thing I spotted early on in motherhood was that I used to be stressed on a regular basis as a result of I used to be attempting to handle in my head all the issues that needed to occur in a given day and all of the appointments, and who wanted what, and the meal planning, and every thing.
And so I simply had all these open loops continuously. And if you plan these issues, and every thing has a spot at a time and a schedule, then you may at the least let go of the psychological stress of that as a result of you recognize issues are gonna occur when alleged to occur. And it appears like that’s what you do in addition to simply by having that plan, you’re in a position to remove among the stress.
Are there some other stress administration suggestions that you’d provide? As a result of I believe you’re proper, motherhood could be a anxious endeavor as properly. However I might guess, being deployed might be at the least as anxious in all probability or rather more so. So, how have you ever managed to handle your stress all through all of that?
Tony: I believe quite a lot of it, at first, will come out together with your outlook on life and other people. I at all times try to stay as a lot of a stress-free life as attainable. In mainly each facet of life, whether or not its funds, or minimalism, or relationships, I try to undoubtedly maintain stress out. However one factor that undoubtedly helps is I’m going outdoors day by day.
And I gained’t even hearken to music. I typically will go outdoors, even when it’s for 20 minutes or 30 minutes, and go for a stroll or go within the woods, or I occur to stay close to actually cool forest now. However I undoubtedly discover that that helps huge. And I believe it’s one thing the place most individuals are severely missing today, is definitely getting outdoors and being in nature, and unplugging from all of the telephone screens, and displays, and TVs, and simply busyness of on a regular basis life. So, that’s undoubtedly my primary factor.
Katie: Yeah, that’s superior. And I really like that as a result of it’s one thing anyone can do and it’s not costly. It doesn’t value something. It’s not like some loopy biohacking machine that nobody can really afford. It’s like go in nature, which is sort of like its personal vitamin, I believe. And, yeah, that’s such an amazing tip.
And to echo that, I believe typically we wanna do all these sophisticated issues to be wholesome. And among the most necessary issues are sleep, and time open air, and simply hydration, issues which might be largely fully free. And there’s some actually cool research, I’m positive you’ve seen them as properly, about spending time outdoors, particularly within the morning, has so many advantages for circadian rhythm and for sleep, and for melatonin, and for lots of points of well being and hormones.
And so, clearly, that makes complete sense why it might be not simply anecdotal, however a really statistically again stress aid. And most of us, statistically aren’t doing that. We’re spending manner an excessive amount of time inside in chairs. So that you’re sort of tackling two issues without delay by strolling and being outdoors, which I really like.
So simply on sensible degree, let folks know the place you guys can be found. As a result of I do know you will have your individual web site. Are you guys obtainable wherever else that individuals would possibly store?
Tony: Yeah. We’re on two locations proper now. And that’s kasandrinos.com and we’re on Amazon. So these are two locations. We spoke a bit of bit earlier about why, I imply, we actually like to manage, to have the standard management of how lengthy our oil is definitely in our success heart. We really ship our oil to Amazon on a just about a bi-weekly foundation simply to make sure it’s not hanging round there too lengthy.
And that we could go into shops sooner or later. It’s one thing we’ve sort of been hesitant on doing. However proper now we’re at these two locations. And we simply bought authorized for walmart.com so we is perhaps on there, right here very shortly.
Katie: Superior. Properly, and like I stated, earlier than we hit document. I’m so excited to see what the subsequent couple of years appears to be like like for you guys if you even have quite a lot of hours per week to dedicate to this, and to all of the issues that you simply guys are doing. You are also engaged on some associated merchandise like balsamic vinegars, is that proper?
Tony: Sure. We really introduced over a number of vinegars from Greece. And we even have fairly a number of issues in retailer for the long run. Simply once more, we don’t have quite a lot of time proper now. However the one we got here out with final 12 months, which we actually love, and we’re gonna be selling much more closely is our little journey packets which might be little single serving sizes of olive oil. However we even have a line of spices that might be popping out within the subsequent six months, in addition to some skincare merchandise. So undoubtedly issues popping out.
Katie: I adore it. And I’ll be certain that like hyperlinks to the prevailing merchandise are within the present notes. And undoubtedly encourage folks to observe you guys on Instagram too, to maintain up with new merchandise and the visits to Greece as a result of these are tremendous enjoyable to observe. And the journey packets, I’m glad you talked about these, as a result of I maintain a ton of these in inventory at my home on a regular basis for 2 causes.
One is that, at eating places, I don’t belief essentially their olive oil that it’s really olive oil, and it doesn’t style nearly as good. So I carry these in my purse once I eat wherever and use it as salad dressing. But in addition, I take advantage of them on the seaside or the pool as primarily like very low SPF oil on my pores and skin. And so they’re the proper measurement for that. So I really like that you simply guys have these little ones. They’re nice to journey with.
Or one other tip I discovered with these single serve ones, I don’t really know what the mechanism is, however I do know that primarily taking a shot of olive oil helps with complications. So at any time when I’m touring and I get a headache, I’ll actually simply shoot a packet of olive oil, and my headache nearly at all times goes away. So I don’t know if it’s the antioxidants or what it’s however I’ve by no means had that fail. So one other tip for anyone listening.
Properly, Tony, I’m so appreciative of your time. I do know that you simply’re really on lunch break proper now from being energetic responsibility navy. So I’m honored that you’re actually skipping lunch to speak to me. And I’m so grateful for clearly your olive oil, which I really like, but in addition on your service and all that you’ve carried out for all of us within the final many years. And so simply thanks. I’m so grateful for you and for you sharing at this time.
Tony: Thanks for having me, tremendously admire it.
Katie: And due to all of you for listening and sharing your most beneficial asset of your time with each of us at this time. We’re so grateful that you simply did. And I hope that you’ll be part of me once more on the subsequent episode of the “Wellness Mama Podcast.”
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