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Christina Kostara was born in Athens, Greece and she literally grew up around food. Her father owned a renowed destination restaurant of the 1980’s at the corner of Alexandras and Kifissias Avenue in downtown Athens, while her mother and grandmother introduced her to the art of cooking, teaching her not only culinary skills, but more significantly instilling in her the importance and value of good food- not just any food! She was further inspired by the overall concept of home cooking, as well as the smells, tastes, textures 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 genes, carried down to her young son who exhibits the same preferences. He’s living proof of the saying “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. As a parent, Christina loves teaching him about food, as she believes that a lifelong healthy attitude to food is more likely to develop in children when they’re young and impressionable.

Christina is a Nutritionist – Dietitian with a BSc from the Alexander Technological and Educational Institute, in Thessaloniki, Greece and an M.Sc (Medical Science) with merit in Human Nutrition Awarded with Specialization in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Glasgow (consistently at the top of the world university rankings and with a long tradition of excellence in Nutrition). She has 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, focusing on nutritional care and services in health, disease and recovery. Christina has significant know-how of European Union law on food informations to consumers, and a vast experience in research, food and nutrition consultation services.

Since 2003, she has been Head Dietitian at the “Nutrition Support & Dietetics” Department of IASO General, Maternity and Gynecology Clinic (Scientific Advisor Dr. Maria Skouroliakou). Additionaly, since 2014, she offers her nutrition services at IASO Children’s Hospital (including “Children and Adolescent Obesity” Department). She is member of the Catering Comittee of IASO (Mr. Nikolaos Vamvakaris is the Chief of Quality Control of IASO Group of Hospitals)

In the past, she has collaborated with leading Breast Surgeon, Dr. Grigorios Xepapadakis and his team, in the provision of personalized nutritional care for women with breast cancer. She also served as a member of the Scientific Board of Approvals (Product Assessment Division: Foods Intented for Particular Nutritional Uses and Food Supplements) of the National Organization for Medicines (EOF), from 2011 until 2014.

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

When she was younger, she was a track and field athlete; nowadays, she never misses a chance to exercise. She doesn’t believe in “diets” and “forbidden foods”, but in the connection between eating well, sanity and balance (the ancient Greek doctrines “μέτρον ἂριστον”), being physically active, living at your optimal level of health and performance in body and mind and the feeling of overall wellness. You can thrive through good food. Food is the basic source of health and vitality since it provides the nutrients our body needs, and certain foods can provide specific health benefits in multiple areas such as growth, weight control, gut health, immunity effectiveness, skin health and beauty, healthy ageing, fertility, cognitive performance and mental health, athletic performance etc. The values of eating go beyond being the source of nourishment for our body. Eating involves our entire life, encompassing social and spiritual components and 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 is an active, competent and responsive nutritionist-dietitian and a food and nutrition expert. She participates often as Guest Speaker at events, conferences and seminars, and is recognized for offering 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, dishes, dietary plans, which procure proven health benefits, far beyond the provision of nutrients.

It’s important to understand that good food and eating well can change YOU in ways that you couldn’t ever imagine when you work with somebody like Christina. Passion, hard work, creativity, innovation, social responsibility and client focus are her main values, all of which can change your life.

So, if you are seeking high quality, personalized integrated nutrition care 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, work with Christina and witness, firsthand, your perception of eating change FOR GOOD.

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