I had quite the adventure filming on the set of Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family show. I already knew the day was going to be quite the scorcher (it ended up being a roasting 95 degrees) so I made sure to travel with my magnesium-rich green juice I made the night before. While it may sound strange, my green beverage of choice sure helped beat back the heat wave, let me tell you! The set itself was far prettier than I expected, and based in a classic California cottage, which turned out to be naturally super cool on the inside (what a blessing).
Once I was set up in the green room I first chatted with the beautiful, charismatic (and of course) athletic Ashley Borden. Considered the “top body guru” by C Magazine, and a woman often featured in the likes of Vogue and Marie Claire, she’s incredibly popular with the best of the best (think: UFC Champion Matt Hughes and Ryan Gosling). We discussed Crossfit, hotel workouts (no slacking, even if it is vacation time!), swimming and traveling. As a bonus I found out she loves Greek food-especially fish and horiatiki! She clearly knows good eats when she tastes it, and is a great woman (and trainer!) all around. Mid-conversation Dean Sheremet arrived and decided to join us. That’s when the conversation shifted from workouts to food (he can “definitely” cook up any Greek dish. Maybe we’ll have a cook off?!)! In case you’re unfamiliar with the gentleman, he is a chef who is “never far from the kitchen”. He’s not kidding, he made his first cake by the age of 7, under the tutelage of his grandmother (a pastry chef in Detroit). While he did have a brief (and very successful) stint as an actor, dancer and song writer he decided to return to his culinary roots and ended up working in some of the hottest restaurants in America (Jean-Georges & Nobu). A real class act, and incredibly well rounded, he’s also a workout fanatic whose recent contribution to the food world is his new (space conscious) method of cooking hickory-smoked ribs in the oven! Consider it his gift to the Paleo community, a way to smoke/grill lean meats during even the coldest months. You can check out some of his other food world contributions in the likes of US Weekly, Foodily and The Daily Meal.
On the set I sat next to Joe Mason, an identity theft expert. What a fascinating story he had to share with his viewers! It was quite the eye opening experience. As the threat of identity theft has risen, Mason and his affiliate company’s “Identity Guard” program have “stayed ahead of the curve” and has protected thousands of customers from having their (very precious) credit ruined. Check him out here: http://www.identityguard.com/about-us/. After his enlightening segment, the gorgeous and talented Joyce Giraud discussed her new show Siberia, which airs Sunday, June 1st. Ms. Giraud is famous for having created the “Queen of the Universe” beauty pageant in 2012. Unlike the Miss America we’ve all grown up with, Queen of the Universe provides an opportunity for women from all over the world—whether they are single, married, divorced or with children—to represent their home nation in search for the “most beautiful woman in the universe”. It not only is wonderfully inclusive, and puts a precedent on beauty and brains, but it also contributed charitably to organizations that promote education for children in need and in third world countries. What a stellar program!
Finally, the hosts Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines arrived on the set. They greeted all of us warmly, as if we were in their literal home. Ms. Ferrare is incredibly talented, having been a model, actress, and jewelry designer. She even had a cooking segment that was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show! She’s lived quite the varied and exciting life, if only we could all be half as successful! She’s currently married to Anthony Thomopoulos, a Greek (he’s got my stamp of approval!), and says she feels totally connected to our culture. Heck, she might even be Greek! Mr. Steines is an American broadcast journalist and actor, and made his name on the show Entertainment Tonight from 2004 to 2012. He could easily pass for Greek, except for his huge distaste for sardines!
Once it was my turn to present, I focused on The Diet for a Lifetime. Basically, I extolled the virtues of all those foods found mostly in our southern Mediterranean heritage that have proven time and time again to be oh so good for us. While my specific twist on the Mediterranean method (mine is the “Paleo-Mediterranean Method—the best of both worlds!) has been 8 years in the making, the research backing the Mediterranean diet’s ability to combat the likes of: heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and other aging related diseases is overwhelming and reaches back through the years. There’s a reason our ancestors lived so well, and why the Ikarians and Cretans continue to do so—our food! It’s not just fuel—it’s the key to living long and well.
Being on set and getting to discuss what I’m passionate about (Greek food and good health—is there anything better than these two things!?) was an incredible experience. Everyone I met was warm and obviously talented, so I can readily say that the day was a success! Getting to spread my hard earned expertise to a variety of viewers means one thing: score 1 for Greek food and good health, 0 for processed junk and chronic ailments. I have to say, I like the look of that scoreboard!
Yours in Health,
Stella Metsovas B.S.