Christina Constantinou MA, RDN, LD
Christina Constantinou is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for supporting others in taking control of their health and nutrition goals. Christina grew up in the NYC/NJ area, studied at Rutgers University, then relocated to St Louis to pursue her Master’s degree in Health Communication. Christina began her career as a Registered Dietitian in St Louis, practicing as a Clinical Dietitian at St Louis University Hospital, and recently relocated back to NYC where she spends her days practicing as a Clinical Dietitian at Jamaica Hospital, helping individuals learn to manage their medical conditions including Diabetes, Hypertension and Heart Disease, weight management, GI disorders, oncology conditions, etc., and evenings working with clients at Nutrition Energy. As a former competitive dancer, Christina understands the crucial connection between proper nutrition and optimal performance. She has great interest in helping fellow dancers and athletes navigate their relationship with food.
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
- Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Rutgers University
- Master of Arts in Health Communication from Fontbonne University
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
- Licensed Dietitian in Missouri (LD)
- Active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
*Christina is also fluent in Greek
Christina grew up competitively dancing from age 6 to 21. As a young dancer, Christina first handedly observed a culture of disordered eating, and the severe impact it had on many of her teammates. Compared to many of the girls on her dance team, Christina’s relationship with food was fairly unique. Christina’s upbringing in a Greek immigrant household celebrated food, while in the dance world it seemed as though food was feared. Christina feels fortunate that from a young age she experienced the positive roles food can play in terms of bringing people together, and bringing joy, through spending most of her childhood at her father’s restaurant in Queens.
Time spent with family often revolved around the meals they made together, which is an integral part of Greek culture. Living in Greece for 3 years during high school, Christina had the opportunity to live the true Mediterranean lifestyle. A culture that celebrates life, food and emphasizes enjoying the moment. During her time abroad, she did exactly that - traveling and connecting with people around the globe. Christina is always smiling; whether she is testing out new ideas in the kitchen, spending time with friends, or working out, she finds joy in the simple pleasures of life, and she loves to help others do the same.
Christina knows there is no one size-fits-all approach when it comes to nutrition and health and believes that a healthy lifestyle starts with a strong foundation of nutrition, incorporating mindful movement and listening to your body. She helps her clients learn to tune in to both physiological needs (hunger and satiety) as well as into their emotional needs. Christina knows all too well how much of life is missed when you are not living in accordance to your true authentic self and aims to alleviate some of the stress that accompanies managing nutrition related diseases or trying to adopt a healthier or more balanced lifestyle.