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Christina Kostara was born in Athens Greece and she literally grew up around food. Her father owned a famous destination restaurant of the 1980’s at the corner of Alexandras and Kifissias Avenue in Athens, that ran for 20 years, while her mother and grandmother got her into cooking, teaching her culinary skills, but more importantly they taught her the value of good food- not just food! Back then, she was inspired not just from her family but also the whole concept of home cooking, as well as the smells, tastes, and colors of Mediterranean cooking. All this made her value the importance of seasonal food, pure healthy ingredients, nutritious meals, and real taste.

Food, physical activity and health is in Christina’s DNA, carried down to her young son who exhibits the exact same preferences. He’s living proof of the saying “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, the apple symbolism not being random at all: As a parent, Christina loves teaching him about food in every way, as she believes that a healthy attitude to food is more likely to develop in children when they’re young and impressionable.

Christina is Nutritionist – Dietitian BSc (Alexander Technological and Educational Institute, Thessaloniki, GR) with an M.Sc (Medical Science), and a merit in Human Nutrition Awarded with Specialization in Clinical Nutrition by the University of Glasgow that consistently holds a place at the top of the world university rankings and with a long tradition of excellence in Nutrition. She’s been professionally active since 2000 and she provides extensive, in-depth knowledge and expertise in both her practices, clinical (inpatient and outpatient services) and private, setting the tone of nutritional care and services in health, disease and recovery. Christina has significant know-how of European food regulations, and a vast experience in research, food and nutrition consultation services.

Since 2003, she has been the Chief Nutritionist-Dietitian at the Nutrition Support and Dietetics Department of IASO General, Maternity and Gynecology Clinic (Scientific Advisor Dr Maria Skouroliakou). Moreover, since 2014, she offers her dietary services at the Children & Adolescent Obesity Department of IASO Children’s Hospital, as well as being in charge of Food Control for the Meal Preparation of the hospital’s kitchen, in collaboration with Mr. Nikolaos Vamvakaris, Chief of Quality Control of IASO Group of Hospitals.

In the past, she has collaborated with the leading Breast Surgeon, Dr. Grigorios Xepapadakis and his team, in the provision of personalized nutritional care for women with breast cancer. Her expertise had led her to serve as a member of the Scientific Board of Approvals Notifications (Food supplements, Foodstuffs for Particular Nutritional Nutritional Uses, PARNUTs) of the Greek National Organization for Medicines (EOF), from 2011 until 2014.

Christina is a strong advocator of good food, food naturalness, eating and living in a healthy pattern and in mindfulness that safeguards our overall health, happiness and general well-being, while at the same time preserving the health of our beautiful planet.

When she was younger, she used to be a track and field athlete, and nowadays she never misses a chance to exercise. She doesn’t believe in “diets” and “bad foods”, but in the connection between eating well, sanity and balance (the Ancient Greek saying “Metron Ariston”), being physically active, and living at your highest level of health and performance in body and mind and the feeling of overall wellness. Food is your most valuable ally in your quest for health and well-being. It is the basic source of health and vitality since it provides you with the nutrients your body needs, and healthy foods can provide added health benefits in multiple areas such as growth, weight control, gut health, protection, skin health and beauty, healthy ageing, fertility, mental health, performance etc. The values of eating goes beyond being the source of nourishment for our body. Eating has the power to satisfy the harmony of the senses that foods promote, especially the taste sensation which offers pleasure and the feeling of fullness or the feeling of being charged with energy.
Good health through foods and good taste can go hand in hand!

Christina’s important contribution to the science of Nutrition has reached many audiences, in many ways. She is an active, competent and responsive nutritionist-dietitian and a food and nutrition expert. She participates as Guest Speaker in conventions, and she really is distinct for a wide range of integrated and interlinked food, nutrition, dietetic, and consulting services in a broad spectrum of fields. She never stops investing in innovation and conducting systematic scientific research, discovering new tastes, foods, meals, dietary plans, which procure proven health benefits, far beyond the provision of nutrients.

It’s important to understand that good food and general eating well is life and it can change YOU in ways that you couldn’t even imagine, as long as you work with somebody like Christina. Passion, hard work, creativity, innovation, customer focus, and social responsibility are her main values and visions of life, which will really benefit your way of life.

So, if you want a high quality personalized integrated nutrition care, advisory and support that will lead you to taste a more vibrant life, or if you are a company in quest of high quality innovative nutrition advisory services and insights that reflect your business missions and needs, or you just want to book Christina for events or speeches, then you can meet Christina at her office and witness, firsthand, your perception of eating change FOR GOOD.

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