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The Olive Oil Hunter News #104

A Special Wellness Summit Just for Women: The Most Powerful Ways to Balance Hormonal Swings that Threaten Well-being

To bring you the latest health and wellness discoveries each week in The Olive Oil Hunter Newsletter, we review dozens of studies. I’m constantly floored by how much research includes only men as participants—half the population is often left without health information specific to them. That’s why I’m particularly pleased to tell you about the Hormone Relief Summit designed by my friend and women’s wellness expert Mariza Snyder, DC. It was created primarily for women in the perimenopausal and menopausal stages of life, years during which hormones can go haywire, with many unpleasant side effects that women are often told to basically grin and bear. Dr. Mariza went through these changes herself and, faced with few alternatives besides a prescription that might not even help, decided to find her own solutions. 

In the decade-plus since, hundreds of thousands of women have read Dr. Mariza’s books, like The Essential Oils Hormone Solution, The Essential Oils Menopause Solution, and The DASH Diet Cookbook: Quick and Delicious Recipes for Losing Weight, Preventing Diabetes, and Lowering Blood Pressure—she’s penned eight bestsellers in all! Now she’s distilling all of her insights for other women.

Now, It’s Personal: The Ultimate Healthy Aging & Longevity Summit

The Hormone Relief Summit, which runs from September 26 through 30, checks off all the boxes: wellness programs, exercise smarts, and ideas for emotional fitness. You’ll find out how to tamp down hormone chaos, hot flashes, and energy crashes, not to mention ridding yourself of extra pounds that just won’t budge. 


Feeling exhausted all day and not sleeping well at night doesn’t have to be your new normal. Nor does downing coffee or energy drinks or craving sugar 24/7. If these situations sound all too familiar, the perimenopause and menopause Hormone Relief Summit is for you. Forty leading women’s health experts will share the most up-to-date insights plus their secrets and solutions for both the common and uncommon hormone-related problems plaguing so many women. You’ll find out about:

  • The latest science behind natural, effective, and safe approaches, like superfoods, supplements, and lifestyle habits.
  • Which supposed “health” foods could actually be causing more fatigue, inflammation, and rapid weight gain.
  • Preventing worsening symptoms, complications, and diseases using the most cutting-edge natural medicine—no-nonsense solutions for deep, restful sleep, anxiousness, mood swings, fatigue, hot flashes, low libido, brain fog, vaginal dryness, digestive distress, and more.
  • Why environmental toxins, stress, and the pandemic clash with women’s hormones … and how to remove stressors from your life without quitting your job and moving to a remote island!


Day 1—September 26
Hormone Fundamentals

Day 2—September 27
Optimizing Your Hormones to Work for You

Day 3—September 28
Harness More Energy and Vitality

Day 4—September 29
The Impact of Toxins and Food on Hormones

Day 5—September 30
End Hot Flashes, Insomnia, Stubborn Weight, and More


Here are just a few of the experts you’ll hear from and the topics they’ll address:

JJ Virgin, board-certified nutrition specialist, board-certified in holistic nutrition, certified exercise physiologist and four-time New York Times best-selling author whose books include Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience.

Seminar topic: “Remove These Foods for Lasting Energy and Focus”

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, DC, board-certified in family medicine with insightful knowledge into vitamin and mineral metabolism, chronic disease prevention and management, and the physiological effects of diet composition, all of which led her to create programs designed to eliminate unwanted body fat and build muscle. 

Seminar topic: “Optimizing Muscle Mass in Perimenopause and Menopause to Activate a Sluggish Metabolism”

Dr. Mindy Pelz, DC, trained in exercise physiology and nutrition and the author of The Menopause Reset: Get Rid of Your Symptoms and Feel Like Your Younger Self Again.

Seminar topic: “The Smart Way to Use Fasting to Ease Menopause Symptoms”

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, DC, with certifications in acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine, and HeartMath and a certified living foods chef, instructor, and coach focused on using palate-pleasing whole fresh food as medicine.

Seminar topic: “Jumpstart Your Energy and Shrink Your Waist by Optimizing Your Blood Sugar”

Wendy Myers, FDN-P, NC, CHHC, functional diagnostic nutritionist, certified holistic health coach, and bestselling author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue.  

Seminar topic: “The Truth Behind How Your Environment Could Be Destroying Your Hormones”


If you’re experiencing mood swings, weight gain, and a lack of vitality and interest in the world around you, it’s time to take back your life with a holistic approach at the Hormone Relief Summit.

As with so many other aspects of health, eating the right foods is key, and just for signing up for the free five-day online program, you’ll get “Dr. Mariza’s Top 14 Hormone-Balancing Recipes Guide”—delicious recipes to reclaim energy, sleep, focus, and metabolism.

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The Olive Oil Hunter News #103

Pork Tenderloin with Tomato and Onion Salad Recipe, Spotlight on Pork Tenderloin, Meat Safety, Rethinking Moderate Drinking and Trading the Chair for Fresh Air

Labor Day is the perfect occasion to think about how much time you spend sitting while you’re at work and how this can affect your health—new research shows that we should all be moving more! As you gather with family and friends, talk about ways you can encourage each other to be healthier. This week’s celebratory recipe features pork tenderloin, a very lean cut, and two of the healthiest veggies—a great break from traditional burgers and dogs.

Pork Tenderloin with Tomato and Onion Salad

  • Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Tomatoes Pork Tenderloin with Tomato and Onion Salad

    If you’re firing up the grill this weekend, this simple but colorful dish makes an impressive centerpiece. For a crowd, simply double or triple the recipe. In addition to the tomato and onion salad, make a tasty side dish by first grilling up seasonal vegetables—brush them with olive oil and cook for two minutes per side or until tender. Note: You can enjoy this pork dish any time of year by cooking it in a large cast-iron skillet on your stovetop.


    • 2 cups red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly slivered lengthwise
    • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar, or to taste 
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
    • Coarse salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for coating the pork 
    • 2 pork tenderloins, about 1 pound each


    Step 1

    Place the tomatoes and onions in a medium-sized bowl. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the garlic, vinegar, parsley, cumin, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the olive oil and shake vigorously until emulsified. Pour over the tomato-onion mixture and toss to combine. Set aside to marinate while grilling the pork. 

    Step 2

    Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Lightly coat the pork with olive oil and season it generously with salt and pepper. Grill the pork until nicely browned on the outside, turning as needed, and cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F—it will be slightly pink in the center. Let rest for three minutes, then slice crosswise on a diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Shingle on a platter.

    Step 3

    Stir the tomato-onion salad once more, taste for seasoning, and then spoon it around the pork. 

    Yields 4 servings

Healthy Ingredient Spotlight: Perfectly Petite Pork Tenderloin

Healthy Ingredient Spotlight

Perfectly Petite Pork 

Pork tenderloin is a choice, lean, and elegant cut, with a shape similar to that of a filet mignon, but with a smaller circumference and length. With so little fat, it’s best quickly cooked over fairly high heat, which is why a hot grill is a great option. Since a tenderloin weighs only about a pound, estimate one for every two or three people.

To prep it, use a boning knife to remove any strips of silver skin. Olive oil enhances pork’s delicate taste. To infuse it with even more flavor, marinate it in the oil, some wine vinegar, and the herbs used in the tomato salad—or any favorites you have on hand—for an hour before cooking. 

Healthy Kitchen Nugget: Meat Safety: Temperature is Everything

Healthy Kitchen Nugget

Meat Safety: Temperature is Everything

The directions concerning the internal temperature and resting time for the pork tenderloin come from important changes the USDA made in May 2020. It lowered the recommended safe cooking temperature for whole cuts of pork from 160ºF to 145ºF as measured with a food thermometer, and added in the three-minute rest time before carving or eating it. This translates to pork that is both safe and juicy. 

Rest time is technically the amount of time a food remains at its final temperature after it has been removed from a grill, oven, or other heat source. During those three minutes, the food’s temperature remains constant or continues to rise, which destroys harmful bacteria. Adding this rest time enabled USDA internal temperature guidelines to be lowered from 160ºF, which tended to dry out the meat. To check for doneness, always place your food thermometer in the thickest part of a food. Start checking toward the end of the anticipated cooking, but before you expect it to be done. Always wash your food thermometer with hot soapy water before and after each use.

For Your Best Health: Rethinking Moderate Drinking

For Your Best Health

Rethinking Moderate Drinking

Long-standing consumption caps on alcoholic beverages have suggested one or less per day for women and two or less per day for men. But a new study of nearly 21,000 people published in the journalPLOS suggests that drinking at the high end of that safe range is linked to brain changes and cognitive decline from iron accumulation in the brain, which has itself been linked with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and is a potential mechanism for alcohol-related cognitive decline.

Dr. Anya Topiwala of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, along with colleagues, explored relationships between alcohol consumption and brain iron levels. Study participants, whose mean age was 55 and who represented both sexes nearly equally, reported their own alcohol consumption, and their brains were scanned using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Almost 7,000 participants also had their livers imaged using MRI technology to assess levels of systemic iron. All completed a series of simple tests to assess their cognitive and motor functions.

Although 2.7 percent of participants classified themselves as nondrinkers, average intake was around 18 units per week, which translates to about seven and a half cans of beer or six large glasses of wine. The research team found that alcohol consumption above seven units per week was associated with markers of higher iron in the basal ganglia, a group of brain regions associated with control of motor movements, procedural learning, eye movement, cognition, emotion, and more. Iron accumulation in some brain regions was associated with worse cognitive function.

Although drinking was self-reported and could be underestimated, this was considered the only feasible method to establish such a large cohort’s intake. Another limitation of the work is that MRI-derived measures are indirect representations of brain iron, and could conflate other brain changes observed with alcohol consumption with changes in iron levels. However, the findings certainly justify taking a careful look at how much you’re drinking on a weekly basis and considering whether cutting back should be part of your brain health strategy.

Fitness Flash: The Dangers of Too Much Sitting

Fitness Flash

Trade the Chair for Fresh Air

New research done at Simon Fraser University in Canada and published in the journal JAMA Cardiology adds to what we know about the dangers of too much sitting. The international study surveyed more than 100,000 people in 21 countries over an average of 11 years and found that those who sat for six to eight hours a day had a 12–13 percent increased risk for early death and heart disease; for people who sat for more than eight hours daily, the increased risk went up to 20 percent. Those who sat the most and were the least active had the highest risk—up to 50 percent—while those who sat the most but were also the most active had a risk of about 17 percent.

“The overarching message here is to minimize how much you sit,” says study co-leader Scott Lear, PhD, professor and Pfizer/Heart & Stroke Foundation chair in cardiovascular prevention research at Simon Fraser.“If you must sit, getting in more exercise during other times of the day will offset that risk.” Less sitting and more activity is a low-cost intervention that can have enormous benefits, he explains, adding that we all need to better assess our lifestyle and take health seriously. “Our study found that a combination of sitting and inactivity accounted for 8.8 percent of all deaths, which is close to the contribution of smoking. It’s a global problem that has a remarkably simple fix. Scheduling time to get out of that chair is a great start.”

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The Olive Oil Hunter News #102

Are you neglecting your bone health? The Answer to Stronger Bones is the Stronger Bones Masterclass™ Webinar!

Did you know that men as well as women can get osteoporosis, or bone thinning? Or that almost everyone will experience some bone loss with age? Bone health is one aspect of health that we neglect until something happens. That “something” happened to my friend Kevin Ellis when he was barely in his 30s: an osteoporosis diagnosis after a series of debilitating health issues. He was shocked, as you can imagine, but he had a baby daughter to think about, and so he set out to find a solution: how to develop stronger bones.

It took Kevin years of trial and error, research, and mistakes, but he finally discovered why common approaches to osteoporosis aren’t helpful and, instead, what did work. Since then, he’s dedicated his life to sharing this information. 

Now known as Bone Coach™, Kevin is a certified health coach, popular podcaster, and bone health advocate with clients and followers spanning over 1500 cities around the world. To continue helping others, he’s put all the secrets for building strong bones in one place: his Stronger Bones Masterclass™, a free webinar you can access right now. You don’t have to wait for an accident or scary bone scan results to start taking action.

Now, It’s Personal: The Ultimate Healthy Aging & Longevity Summit


If you already have osteoporosis or its precursor, osteopenia, Kevin’s unique 3-step process will help keep worries about fractures from slowing you down or living the active life you want.

Here are just some of the things you’ll learn at the Stronger Bones Masterclass™:

  • The one thing bone density scans miss that doctors don’t seem to be concerned about
  • 5 action steps to boost bone health without leaving home
  • Why natural and conventional approaches often fail even the most committed strong bone seekers
  • The #1 mistake many people make with osteopenia and osteoporosis (it can cause lengthy setbacks)
  • The unexpected connection between water and low bone density
  • The surprising reason why many people don’t have a shot at better bone density (and how to avoid being one of them)
  • The 4 “internal disruptors” that prevent salads, smoothies, and supplements from making any impact on bone health
  • Why a faulty “bone plan” now can lead to debilitating fractures and even loss of independence later in life


When I first met Kevin, I was shocked to learn just how many people are at risk for fractures from weak bones. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), “Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density (osteopenia), placing them at increased risk…54 million Americans, half of all adults age 50 and older, are at risk of breaking a bone and should be concerned about bone health. One in two women and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. For women, the incidence is greater than that of heart attack, stroke, and breast cancer combined.” 

Like other serious threats to good health, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol,osteoporosis is often called a “silent disease” because, as the NOF explains it, “you cannot feel your bones getting weaker.” 

Just as you exercise and follow a healthy diet for better heart health, you’ll also want to make lifestyle changes for better bone health. Kevin’s free Stronger Bones Masterclass™ will help you do just that. What’s more, you can access it on your own schedule. And when you register, you’ll be sent Kevin’s free Bone Healthy Recipes Guide as a bonus—together, they’ll put you on the path to healthier bones in no time.

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The Olive Oil Hunter News #101

Olive Oil Chiffon Cake Recipe, Using Olive Oil in Lieu of Butter or Oil, and The Therapeutic Properties Of Olive Oil

As your Olive Oil Hunter, it’s only natural that I love to share new research on the benefits of olive oil. What gets me so excited is that you get all the health boosts from its polyphenols and other compounds while, at the same time, enhancing your cooking with its deep flavors. Unlike guidelines that call for following a restrictive diet or eating foods that are good for you but that you don’t really enjoy, extra virgin olive oil is more of a healthy lifestyle choice. Yet even the most long-standing members of the Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club may be surprised by just how delicious olive oil can be in sweets—as you’re about to find out!

Olive Oil Chiffon Cake

  • Olive Oil Chiffon Cake Olive Oil Chiffon Cake

    What sets chiffon cake apart from other yellow cakes is its versatility—use it for classic layer cake recipes, for ice cream cakes, and even for a breakfast cake. Because it’s made with oil, not butter, chiffon cake stays moist in the fridge or freezer. Extra virgin olive oil adds a subtle yet rich flavor—you’ll never call chiffon cake bland again! What’s more, it’s wonderful for getting all the benefits of olive oil in a sweet way. This recipe yields two 9-inch rounds. I love to cut a wedge from one layer and top it with yogurt and fruit for breakfast or a snack. You can also cut each layer in two horizontally to build a four-layer cake with your favorite filling.


    • 5 large eggs
    • 1 cup sugar, divided
    • 1/2 + 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/3 cup water, room temperature
    • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
    • 1/2 + 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 + 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar


    Step 1

    Separate the whites from the yolks when the eggs are cold and then leave them on the counter for about 30 minutes to come to room temperature (the whites will whip much better than when cold). Center one of the racks in the middle of your oven and preheat it to 325°F. Line two 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper and set aside. 

    Step 2

    In a large bowl, whisk the yolks and 1/2 cup sugar for about 2 minutes until fully blended and light in color. Whisk in the olive oil, vanilla, and water. Whisk the flour and baking powder in a small bowl and then whisk this into the yolk mixture until it’s fully incorporated.

    Step 3

    In a standing mixer or large bowl, beat egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar on low speed for about 30 seconds and then gradually increase the speed to high. Continue beating for 8–10 minutes until you get a glossy meringue with firm peaks.

    Step 4

    Fold about a cup of the meringue into the yolk mixture to lighten it and then gently fold in the rest in three batches, just until there are barely any streaks of meringue visible. Divide the batter between the two pans and gently smooth the surfaces with an offset spatula. Bake the cakes on the same rack for 15 minutes and then reverse their positions and continue baking until the tops are golden brown and spring back when lightly pressed with a fingertip—about 15 minutes more, depending on your oven.

    Step 5

    When done, invert the pans onto two wire racks to cool for about an hour. Turn them right side up and run an offset spatula around the sides of the cakes to loosen them, then invert them again, take off the pans, and remove the parchment. If you aren’t using the layers right away, you can stack them with a piece of parchment paper between them and store them in a covered cake holder for up to three days on the counter.

    Yields two 9-inch cake layers

Healthy Kitchen Nugget: No-mess Marinating

Healthy Kitchen Nugget

The Great Olive Oil Swap

Whether you’re making a dish that’s sweet or savory, olive oil adds another layer of flavor that butter doesn’t always impart and that’s certainly missing with other plant-based oils. When you’re using olive oil in place of a vegetable oil, use the same amount called for in the recipe. When you’re using it in place of butter, use 75 percent of the amount of butter, so 3 tablespoons of olive oil for 4 tablespoons of butter.  

For Your Best Health: Eye Health

For Your Best Health

Olive Oil as Therapy

In a special issue of the journal Nutrients devoted solely to research on olive oil, a team of scientists from Spain wrote a comprehensive report on the benefits of extra virgin olive oil. What was especially interesting was the role it might one day play in clinical nutrition—when doctors use nutrition to treat or manage health conditions, sometimes with supplemental feedings through an IV or even a feeding tube to correct deficiencies. Extra virgin olive oil is being looked at for this because of its many therapeutic properties. 

Most of us tend to think of the benefits of olive oil as preventive, but there’s also the possibility that it can be healing, thanks to components like oleic acid, hydroxytyrosol, and oleuropein. While the researchers point out that focused studies are needed to “chisel specific recommendations for its therapeutic use through different formulations in other specific diseases and clinical populations,” they list these top benefits of olive oil on its own or as part of the Mediterranean diet:

  1. Supports cardiovascular function and health
  2. Supports lipoprotein metabolism, which could positively influence cholesterol levels
  3. Affects carbohydrate metabolism, helping protect against metabolic syndrome (a precursor of diabetes)
  4. Protects against neurodegenerative diseases
  5. Lowers cancer risk
  6. Supports healthy gut microbiota 

From “Therapeutic Properties and Use of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Clinical Nutrition: A Narrative Review and Literature Update,” Nutrients2022 (14).

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