The story of OLIVE OIL GROVE starts way back, to 1983 when Heather and I met at the age of twelve. On our first outing together (not sure we can call it a date at that age), and accompanied by two of Heather's six-foot-something tall brothers, we sat on a blanket and watched the sparkling sky on July 4, 1983. The explosions above, and within, were the beginning of a love story and partnership that continues today, 37+ years later.
From school yearbook to home portrait.
For twenty years, our family has owned and operated a small olive grove in southern Spain, called Los Duendes Grove. My brother, Dave (aka Grove Masta Dave), manages the few hundred olive trees. We could sell this wonderful olive oil in the US, at a much greater profit margin, but honestly, we would then NOT be selling absolutely the best olive oil from Spain. Oil from Los Duendes is very good, and our family has been making oil for decades, but not centuries. The enjoyment we get from the trees, the land, and the production process is priceless!
Our two children: Hudson and Ana at Los Duendes Grove in Spain
My journey to health - by Heather
In my early twenties, my mantra was that every day should be a party. I was carrying around extra weight and a lot of bad habits, including smoking. I didn’t exercise and ate whatever I wanted. Gratefully one day I didn’t feel well and had an epiphany: I realized the quality of my life and my health was in my hands and that I had the power to feel better in my own skin. It was like a switch went off. I started to take control of my life and health by eating better and exercising. I lost 30 pounds and quit smoking over the course of 6 months.
I changed every aspect of my life and the healthy empowered feeling that I had after this journey to health compelled me to want to share this gift with others. I went back to school in my late twenties to attain a degree in health and wellness. Eventually working to help people get healthier through national programs, health coaching, meditation training, and corporate wellness.
My passion for helping people didn’t stop with myself and my health career. Lucas and our children are my main target to provide every opportunity to lead the healthiest life possible. I keep things simple in the kitchen by purchasing good quality whole foods. Our olive oil is a perfect example of a simple and delicious kitchen staple that easily enhances the taste of anything you drizzle it on and boosts health. It is my firm belief if you have whole foods in the house, you will eat healthy, period. I am very proud that my two children, now teens, didn’t know about fast food until much later in life and have enjoyed eating healthy foods since they were babies, including brussel sprouts! The big secret to eating healthy is to have the healthy simple whole food options available.
I keep exercise simple as well, leading by example, I move everyday. My favorite activity is heading out for my daily walk. Walking outdoors and a daily morning meditation sets the tone for the day allowing me to show up for myself first and live a more present life.
Today, I still think everyday should be a party too but in a different way. I believe if we aren’t mindful of what we put in our bodies and how we move everyday we can’t possibly enjoy the celebration.
Eat well, keep moving and be mindful.