It was in Ballard Canyon that Stella Metsovas, CCN, drafted the “Living Wild” chapter of her first book, Wild Mediterranean: The Age-old Science-new Plan for a Healthy Gut, With Food You Can Trust (Pam Krauss Books/Avery, imprint of Penguin Random House, 2017). “I’ve been inspired by the area because if I take a nap under a tree, I think I’m in the Mediterranean,” she says.
Metsovas’s many childhood trips to Greece gave her firsthand knowledge of the plant-based Mediterranean lifestyle and how it offers simplicity—simple foods and a simple lifestyle.
“The magic truly is in simplicity,” says Metsovas, who has spent 10-plus years in private practice as a clinical nutritionist, “and, the magic bullet of health is your digestive tract.”
“Ultimately, I created the Wild Mediterranean program because I wanted to protect people from the inaccuracies that are so pervasive in the health and diet world and give my clients the tools for long-term success. I was tired of seeing my clients, who after months of hard work on calorie-centric diets or juice cleanses, would end up at their starting weight, if not heavier,” writes Metsovas.
Through pre-tox and detox protocols, delicious plant-based recipes and lifestyle suggestions, Metsovas takes readers on a Mediterranean journey of foods and lifestyle that are vital to creating and maintaining a healthy gut microbiome.
A healthy gut means healthy life is Metsovas’ motto.
This story was originally published in the 2018 summer issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.