Olympic Games - Atlanta 1996
Hi! I’m Kris. Founder of GOODONYA (AKA all things organic and delicious) and this is my dream come true. Creating a restaurant and products that make you feelGOOD.
It’s been quite a journey, we are 18 years into this madness and 2019 is a particularly special chapter. But let’s back it up a bit..... What if I told you I had a Coca-Cola tattoo?
As the founder of GOODONYA, that might seem a bit odd, but it’s part of the reason we do what we do.
My former life was spent as an Olympic athlete. Coke is the largest Olympic sponsor in the world and as a young athlete I was enamored with them. When I opened my first restaurant 18 years ago, we sold Coca-Cola products exclusively. (Now we serve herbal soda made from mushrooms - true story). Our food was always local, fresh and healthy······ but over the years we have drastically redefined what that means for us.
The menu at our Eatery is the result of a lifetime of learning. I created the menu around all my favorite things but in GOOD for you, real food versions. Ironically, athletes can eat almost anything they want. Why? Because when you are young, fit and an Olympian, you will burn it off! I ate lots and lots of processed carbs, fast food and a ridiculous amount of sugar, mostly in the form of sports drinks. High intensity exercise, processed food and sugar are a dangerous combination for the immune system.
In 2007, it all came crashing down in the form of an autoimmune disorder. Talk about a wake-up call! So, I went back to school for holistic nutrition and learned that 80% of my immune system is IN my digestive tract. Yikes! It’s not a hard line to draw that food is a major contributor to our overall health and as a food maker it was time to step up my game.
GOODONYA Organic Eatery is in Encinitas California and we absolutely love living and working in this town. A typical day at the Eatery consists of amazingly delicious, organic food, coffee and even biodynamic wine! We are supported by a kick-ass community of active, life-loving people and good times. And if you need a vacation, (who doesn’t), Encinitas is your place! Come visit us!
So what’s this special chapter all about? Giving you some of the favorite things we make to take with you – home or on the go! Our team LOVES to travel and explore this incredible world and we want our favorite things with us. Sacrificing our health so we can travel is not an option. Be prepared to see some epic products become available that will fuel your health and overall feeling of GOODness. First product out of the gate? It is one of our favorites – GOODONYA Hydrate. And we have more coming down the pike – so be sure to connect with us via our newsletter or social media.
Thank you for trusting us with your most prized possession – your health.