Explore the world of health & wellness and aim to inspire others through the Mediterranean lifestyle.
How wellness has changed
Over the past year and a half my wellness routine has changed for the better. And based on recent market research, my own experience is not unique. It seems that many people have given their exercise, meals, mental health and other well-being practices a massive rehaul as our lives have shifted to be more centered at home.
Intermittent Fasting: New trend or ancient practice?
A dive into a fascinating topic that has been part of the human practice since hunter-gatherer days and its impact is proven by modern science: Intermittent Fasting.
The Best Greek Restaurants in NYC
Dear Kosterina Family, As the creator of a Greek food brand, I’m constantly asked about my favorite Greek restaurant...
My Trip to Greece
This past week, I got to visit my favorite place in the world. Going back to Greece after so much time felt like a dream. And especially after the difficulties we've all experienced over the past 18 months, it felt even more surreal, mostly because it felt almost like any other idyllic summer on the Greek islands
My 28 Days Wearing Levels, a Continuous Glucose Monitor
I learned about what daily practices helped and what foods to avoid in order to stay in a healthy metabolic range for me.
Why to Give up Meat (even just for a bit...)
How many of you have fostered a habit of deprivation-indulgence? For me, a little bit of bingeing is often followed by some self-imposed strict rules. How do we break this cycle? I believe the answer is a sustainable healthy lifestyle that includes real food, lots of movement and includes healthy indulgences from time to time.
Let Food Be Thy Medicine
If you've been following along during our olive oil week, I'm sure you have discovered why olives are at the center of everything we do and how they truly are an ancient ingredient with modern superpowers.
Olive Oil 101
Today we celebrate all olives because... it's National Olive Day! At Kosterina, the olive is at the center of everything we do. As we celebrate this ancient ingredient all week long, we'll be diving into the history of olives, how EVOO is made and what makes it truly "extra virgin", and, of course, the incredible health benefits and uses for EVOO (pro tip: it's the best moisturizer).
Katerina's Greece Travel Guide
As we officially kick off summer this weekend and begin to look ahead to a very different next few months, I'm excited to share my Greece travel guide with you. Growing up having spent all my summers in this beautiful country, there are so many places that hold a special place in my heart - and still so many more I'm excited to visit. If you're planning to travel overseas this summer (Greece is now open to vaccinated travelers!) - or even if you have your eyes set on a European summer sometime in the future - bookmark this note as a planning guide.
The Craziest Questions We've Received about EVOO
Growing up in a Greek family, we used olive oil on everything. It was sprinkled everywhere - from our salads to our hair (think of it like a healthier version of Windex from My Big Fat Greek Wedding). But, since launching Kosterina we've received a ton of questions about how to use EVOO in your everyday life.
Is Olive Oil Good For My Dog?
Every once in a while, we get an interesting inbound question about olive oil and its uses. “Is olive oil good for my dog?” definitely falls into that category! As the resident dog mom on the team, I dug into the research on the topic and was pleasantly surprised to learn that yes, olive oil is good for your dog!
Science Has Spoken: Here’s Why You Should Cook With EVOO
Authentic EVOO is a must for making delicious, heart-healthy meals. Here’s what you need to know about this most essential of oils.
My Mother's Table
Some of my favorite moments in life are the times after a meal where conversations continue and a second drink is served. I often feel a ping of disappointment in that moment where someone gets up and starts to pick up the dishes. I try not to be that person.
From Fasting to Feasting
Today in the Greek Orthodox religion, we are celebrating one of the most important and exciting holidays of the year: Easter. After 40 days of fasting, today we feast.
Stuff We're Into
Mother's Day Gift Guide: Show your Mom some love
It's hard to believe we are already talking about May! Mother's Day is right around the corner, falling on May 9th this year. While moms deserve to be celebrated everyday, Mother's Day is a special reminder to show a little extra appreciation to the ones we wouldn't be here without.
The Power of Functional Medicine
If you've been part of the Kosterina family for a while, you've probably heard me talk about how life-changing it is to start seeing a functional medicine doctor. Our current medical system isn't set up for long-term, preventative care, and it wasn't until I started seeing a functional medicine doctor that I finally felt like I addressed the root cause of issues I could never get to the bottom of.
Reading and Listening
Book Report: The Pegan Diet, Part 2
In last week's newsletter, we talked about a new book by one of our favorite functional medicine doctors, Dr. Mark Hyman, that's all about the ideal healthy lifestyle: The Pegan Diet.
Reading and Listening
Book Report: The Pegan Diet
Have you ever heard of the Pegan Diet? If you haven't, don't feel like you're out of the loop. The term ‘pegan’ was coined by Dr. Mark Hyman, a well-known functional medicine doctor, who is a favorite in the Kosterina household.
Better-For-You Baking Swaps
We all know sugar is the enemy. But is there any way baking be good for your health?
Here's To Women
This week, in the Kosterina household we celebrated International Women's Day. As a female founder and a mom to two beautiful little girls (and one sweet boy!), it's a day that holds a special place in my heart.
Reading and Listening
10 Wellness Podcasts for Ongoing Inspiration
I have an insatiable appetite for podcasts. I know many of us still may not be doing much commuting but I find podcasts liven up down time spent brushing teeth, getting dressed, driving or going on walks.