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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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The Healing Power of Nature

The Healing Power of Nature

April 26, 2020

Most of us have spent long stretches of time inside over the past few weeks. But, we know how important time in nature is for our health and longevity. Modern science has proven we intuitively knew: fresh air, time in nature or "forest-bathing" can literally shift our perspective.
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From Darkness To Light

From Darkness To Light

April 17, 2020

This weekend, we are going to be celebrating Greek Easter, which is the most culturally significant holiday for our community. (And yes, it typically falls one week after Catholic Easter, super confusing, I know). As my family and I prepare for this holiday, I wanted to share some reflections about our traditions and how they relate to wellness. 
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Don't Be Afraid To Cook With EVOO

Don't Be Afraid To Cook With EVOO

April 07, 2020

As we settle into this new way of living, I know a lot of us are turning to cooking more meals at home. It's a wonderful way to connect with our families, share our love and eat delicious food. But, one of the questions that always comes up is: What oil should I use to cook with?
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Crying On The Spin Bike

Crying On The Spin Bike

April 06, 2020

We're in the thick of uncertainty during this global pandemic and one thing we can do to spur positive change during this time is to create healthy habits. Although working out is not always at the top of my list, lately, I've been finding that creating time and space to move my body has been extremely helpful for my overall mental well-being. 
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The GOOD News About Coronavirus

The GOOD News About Coronavirus

March 27, 2020

How are you doing? I've cut myself off from watching CNN because my cortisol levels go through the roof. In the name of mental well-being and stress-reduction, I'd like to share some good news about the Coronavirus that you may not be hearing about if you're watching the news. I recently tuned in to The James Altucher Show, featuring Futurist (and fellow Greek) Peter Diamandis, who gave me some new perspective on the chaos that's shaping our world.
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Calling All Friends

Calling All Friends

March 22, 2020

I hope that you're staying safe and calm during this unprecedented, scary time. I am praying for the health of our communities here in New York, throughout the US, in Greece, and around the entire world. 
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Our Go-To Coronavirus Resources

Our Go-To Coronavirus Resources

March 16, 2020

COVID-19, the Coronavirus, has taken our world by storm over the past few weeks - and it can feel like a scary time. 
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