A Healthy Gut Is Everything

A Healthy Gut Is Everything

July 24, 2020

It's no surprise that many of us are feeling more stressed than ever. We're living through a global pandemic that has completely shifted our version of "normal" - and we're not sure when (or if) things will be going back. But, even though there are many aspects of our lives that feel out of control - there's one part of our well-being we can influence: our gut health. 
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Why Go Gluten-Free?

Why Go Gluten-Free?

July 17, 2020

For a long time, it seemed like everyone was going gluten-free. About five years ago, the world began talking about gluten in a serious way. Menus of major restaurants changed to accommodate this new societal shift, there were articles and books written about the impact of gluten - and it seemed like everyone was substituting their regular meals for gluten-free ones.
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How one woman drove massive change

How one woman drove massive change

July 10, 2020

The more I dive deeper into learning about our food system, unfortunately, the more that I feel this problem is too big for any one person to solve. When I read about the intertwined issues with industrial farms, our food systems and the subsequent health crises going on in America, I want to give up. The problem seems just too complicated to make the massive change it needs. 
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Gardening for beginners, the new way

Gardening for beginners, the new way

July 03, 2020

As the weather gets warmer here in New York, it's been fascinating to watch the growth of my little office garden filled with plants and herbs. While it's quite different than the gardening of my childhood where I'd watch my grandparents tend to their figs and grapes each day - my tiny Aerogarden on my office windowsill does the trick. 
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Our Son's Baptism

Our Son's Baptism

June 26, 2020

The ancient Greeks loved olive oil. Homer called it “liquid gold” and Hippocrates, widely regarded as the Father of Medicine, called it “the great healer”. It’s been used for thousands of years as a delicious food, as healing medicine and as cosmetics for skin and hair. 
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Exercise is a Keystone Habit

Exercise is a Keystone Habit

June 19, 2020

The past three months have been a whirlwind of change. But change also incites new habits. And, those habits are powerful and can lead to long-term, healthy outcomes.
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Parenthood is not created equal

Parenthood is not created equal

June 12, 2020

We have a problem of systemic racism in America. For me, it has been watching this crisis through the lens of parenthood that has struck me the most. I don’t think I fully realized the burden that my fellow parents need to bear when they are parenting Black children.
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Why we make bad food decisions – hint, it’s not about willpower

Why we make bad food decisions – hint, it’s not about willpower

May 29, 2020

The question I’m pondering this week is around willpower. Although there is a lot of confusing nutrition information out there, generally we know that we need to avoid refined sugars, toxic oils and processed foods. But despite being armed with all the latest research and knowledge, why is it still so hard to make the right food choices sometimes?
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Smiling Behind the Mask

Smiling Behind the Mask

May 22, 2020

How are you doing? I’m feeling a little burst of positivity this week as things are slowly starting to feel a bit more normal. We have seen a few more friends and family members (from afar) and the local Starbucks in my town re-opened this week (major development). And generally, I’m a little less nervous about going to the pharmacy and the supermarket. But as I've been moving about in public a bit more I've had a lot more interactions with strangers while wearing a mask. And, it's made me think about how we treat each other in this new world. 
 
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J. Lo says consistency is the key

J. Lo says consistency is the key

May 15, 2020

So they say that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. And they’re right. Ninety percent of our focus really should be on food for optimal health. But what about a good diet with nightly Almond Butter & Vanilla dark chocolate bars? Or the occasional 3 serving bag of Dang rice crisps? (So good, btw). Can I out-exercise that? If food is most important to maintaining a healthy weight, do we really need to workout at all? If so, how long do we need to work out for? And what’s the best type of workout? So many questions.
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Fixing our Food System

Fixing our Food System

May 08, 2020

In the Kosterina household, we are disciples of revolutionary functional medicine doctor, Dr. Mark Hyman. I've spoken about Dr. Hyman's work here before, but I am deep into his latest book (like, with underlining and highlighting and everything).
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Text your Mom

Text your Mom

May 01, 2020

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and while we might not be planning for the fancy eggs benedict brunch out this year – maybe we can change things up to thank mom on a deeper level.
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