How to Enjoy Stress

Good Beautiful Day to You! If no one has told you today that they love you, let me be the first! I Love you, you are precious, there is none other than you that has your, thoughts and ideas and unique ability to express them. Let’s not let that goldmine of hope buried in your soul, escape the daylight! Let’s share it with each other 🙂

Today, real quick I want to talk about enjoying stress, sounds ludicrous (thank God for spell check!) But there really is a way to enjoy stress and I’ll share with you a few ways here. I’ve been seeing a lot of stress around us with all the Covid 19 area that we’re experiencing and it’s easy to swim in a sea of stress instead of relaxing on the beach, that’s for sure. mountain road

I think back of a time when I experienced a sudden onset of stress. Many of you may know that Miriam and I are teaching chefs and travel the country doing live events. To be able to do that we need to pull a trailer behind us (thank God Miriam is a great trailer driver!) and we take the trailer everywhere. Well, one such trip we were in the mountains of Vermont. We had a destination, we had a map an address and had spoken to the person earlier that we were going to see. They said it would take no time to get there and that the directions we had were perfect.  So off we went…

Well the direction giver had no idea we had a trailer, and why should we volunteer? Needless to say, the road went almost straight up, okay not exactly but it was enough that I had to lean forward in my seat to not freak out😉  AND the road got narrower and narrower….curiouser and curiouser…the boulders got closer and closer to the car and we weaved through the road, which turned into a path. Many times Miriam had to back up and reposition the car to keep from scratching the car and getting the trailer stuck on a rock or tree limb. I was hanging my head out the window as we moved inch by inch sometimes as close as a 1/2 inch from the rocks, I held my breath (like that helped!) Hearts pounding and palms sweating we continued to move forward.


WHY would we keep going on a path that was so difficult? BECAUSE it would have been worse to try and turn around! We had to keep going forward. Here’s the thing. We knew that eventually, we would get there. Because everyone else had made it through safely. We had someone on the other end waiting for us that had made it through, so we personally knew it was possible.

So, what did we do? We focused on the very present precious moment. We focused all our energy and creativity on maneuvering through the twists and turns as they presented themselves. We kept breathing and stayed right where we were, slowly, and let me tell you it was slow….We kept moving forward. Eventually, we started laughing at the craziness of the situation as oncoming cars started waving and encouraging us that we were doing a great job! Even a couple nice locals jumped out of their trucks and covered our blind spots so people wouldn’t come around too fast.

You see, no matter what that road threw at us, we were taken care of. No matter how many branches I had to reach out and hold away from the windshield and no matter how many times Miriam had to tweak her steering around the boulders… we made it…alive! The best part is the person waiting on the other side was super impressed we got through there with a trailer!!!! LOL Then they told us of a little longer way to go down but much easier… with a trailer🤣

What I see now is how important it was to let that stress help us focus on the task at hand and in the background rest on the fact that it is possible to get through, lots of other people get through here every day and their truck didn’t end up in the tree! So today as you encounter your own boulder in the road, remember, there is always a way to get around it, over it, or squeeze next to it…you might have to hold your breath. But you’ll make it through… we always do! And shuckydern, it’s gonna make a great story later! Do you have a boulder story? Share it in the comments

Take good care,

Kristi Linebaugh

Miriam Vigoa

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Symptoms of Diabetes, Is Your Child at Risk?


Seems like a crazy question, are you or your child at risk for diabetes? Why are we talking about diabetes, don’t we make olive oil? We do make seasoned olive oils, but our real passion is using those oils to help people live healthier lives. And diabetes prevention and care is one of those passions. One of our main questions we ask our students, “Do you get overwhelmed with all the confusing labels and weird names for ingredients?”

You’re not alone. We travel the U.S doing cooking classes and always hear the same concerns, “What is all the junk in the food?” If you can’t pronounce it you probably shouldn’t eat it! Well the AMA is trying to make life a little easier when it comes to our health and sugar.

outline of spoon and fork with sugar

The American Medical Association has adopted a policy to make consumers more aware of sugars that are being added to food by manufacturers and are urging the FDA to make the “front of pack warning labels” a priority for foods with high levels of added sugars.

The American Medical Association is also seeking the FDA put limits on the amount of added sugars that would be allowed in food that makes health claims or is promoting their food as having nutritional benefits.

This is great news for everyone who is fighting to not become a diabetic or who are already struggling with their blood sugar. November is National Diabetes Awareness month, most people have no idea how much of an epidemic diabetes is in the U.S

According to the CDC, “More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population –have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.”

9.4% is almost 10% of the Population of America! I had no idea but back when this study was done 2015, who knows what the stats are now. But back then Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S

diabetes testing equipment

1 in 4 adults living with diabetes doesn’t even know they have it. “Diabetes is a serious disease that can often be managed through physical activity, diet, and the appropriate use of insulin and other medications to control blood sugar levels. People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet, or legs.” -ADA

It’s so important the entire family is watching their sugar intake as we are seeing an extreme onset of adult diabetes now occurring in children. According to Mayo Clinic, it is important to manage your child’s diabetes as left untreated will have lasting health effects or possibly end up being life-threatening.

Do you or your child have the symptoms of diabetes? According to the American Diabetes Association, some symptoms may be mild at first and can go undetected.

Diabetes Symptoms

“The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Weight loss in Children is less common for (type2)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing complications of diabetes.

little kid dressed like a doctor

Please help spread the word as diabetes caught early enough is reversible and small changes in your diet and exercise have seen the reverse of diabetes. Even losing 10-15 lbs if you are 200 lbs could reverse diabetes. Get tested today.

If going to your doctor is inconvenient I have used a company called Life Line screenings they come to communities across the U.S and offer glucose testing right on site, a simple finger prick and you got your facts.

Let’s all help each other live longer healthier lives. One day at a time, One bite at a time

Take good care,

Kristi Linebaugh

p.s Whenever you’re ready, here’s another way we can help you. We are an approved vendor for the American Diabetes Association for our seasoned olive oils Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil. We have zero sugar and the sodium is almost classified salt-free. We are having our holiday shipping revving up if you would like to try some of our seasonings or give some away to a friend who is struggling with their sugar.

You can grab a 4 pack and get Free Shipping on or for larger orders Get 10.00 Flat Rate shipping on 6 bottles or Free Shipping on a case of

Check out the American Diabetes Association Food Tips

3 Easy Things to Take to a Picnic

What can I take to a get together that’s easy to make? A quick recipe is less stressful and usually more delicious than a super time-consuming recipe? I mean if you’re too tired to enjoy the party than slaving over the oven for 6 hours wasn’t worth it 😉

Try out an easy recipe that can be used in multiple ways. These garlicky tomatoes can be served as an appetizer or save some for yourself and in the morning scramble your eggs and top with the goat cheese and the tomatoes… oh yeah!

marinated tomatoes

Marinated Garlicky Tomatoes OMG

So make the tomatoes and serve them on a baguette with either hummus for the dairy free or cream cheese and feta mixed with Canary Island Olive Oil

Next, let’s make an easy pasta salad, everybody loves a great pasta dish. If you can’t have wheat there are all kinds of wheat-free pasta out there nowadays.  Or use those great spiralizers for zucchini and make a salad with only veggies. I love that!

Or go old school for the days you just want to grab a knife and get to work! No extra equipment needed.

sliced zucchini

I love sauteeing the zucchini and carrots after I’ve cut them like this it’s great for a quick take on pasta. Or make a great shaved zucchini salad and use Splash but don’t slice them thin just use the veggie peeler to make long thin slices.


As a main entree, a chicken salad with just chopped chicken and avocado and maybe some olives would be easy to add to the get-together.

chicken and feta on greens If you want more involved here is a traditional chicken salad with mayo and avocado

Till next time, Take good care and stay well. We would love to stay connected via Social Media we can connect on

Miriam and Kristi


Here’s another way we can help you whenever you’re ready.

Grab a couple bottles of Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil on our Etsy site and save 5.00 when you use the code LOVE2SHOP


How to Clean Car Seats when going around the World in 80 days

Summer time is travel time whether you go to Legoland in Winter Haven or or Gatorland you will have food land in your car! Miriam and I are on the road this summer traveling to promote the seasoned olive oils she created, Canary Island Garlic and Herb Olive Oil. From South Carolina to Michigan to Wisconsin and beyond!! We will be in the car quite a bit and it’s always funny when we are eating in the car and one of us drops a crumb, the other one, points, usually with mouth full, and says ooh ooh,  crumb!!.
So a quick quick  tidbit on an article I just found to clean your car without chemicals. Hope it helps. And leave us a comment on other tips you need to keep your life smoothly splashing along.
Kristi and Miriam
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Watch “The Caltons save you from a mealtime nutritional massacre” on YouTube

This is a great video featuring Rich Food Poor Food authors Dr. Jayson and Mira Calton, they featured our Canary Island Garlic and Herb Olive Oil on FOX NEWS. Check it out 🙂