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Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Consulting

Healthy Habits, Healthy Life

healthy lifestyle habits

Creating better nutrition and lifestyle habits can:

  1. -improve energy, mind, and mood.
  2. -improve athletic performance
  3. -promote healing.
  4. -help discover root causes of illness and disease.
  5. -improve dental health.
  6. -balance blood glucose levels.
  7. -encourage better sleep.
  8. -help manage weight without feeling deprived.
  9. -foster joint mobility and decrease pain.
  10. -make hair, skin, and nails look their best.
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func·tion·al

1. relating to the way in which something works or operates.

Functional Nutrition is a holistic personalized approach to health and healing with an emphasis on both food and lifestyle.

As a functional nutrition specialist, I guide people toward food and lifestyle choices that nourish the body to help it work and operate efficiently. I do not diagnose, prescribe, or treat—instead I educate. Food affects the body at a cellular level. It can provide nourishment and improve health or it can deplete nutrients and cause disease.

Kristen Gostomski, B. S. Sports & Health Science, INHC, HSSCS

Functional Movement Specialist, Youth Sports Performance Coach and Consultant, Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Consultant, Writer, Researcher, and Mother of Two.

My Personal Story

My journey toward functional nutrition began in college when I started experiencing severe stomach pain—so severe that it landed me in the emergency room at the local hospital. The doctors ran a plethora of tests and eventually told me that they couldn’t find the cause of my pain. Through college and into my late-twenties, I struggled on and off with mild to severe stomach pain. Worse than the pain was not knowing the cause. I never again talked to a doctor about the pain I was experiencing because I didn’t want to go through more uncomfortable testing in vain.

Fast forward a few years later to the birth of my 2 children, 2 years apart. As babies, they both suffered from colic, diarrhea, and reflux. No doctor ever gave us an explanation, other than, “some babies just go through this.” When my boys were school age, their stomach problems continued.

We began seeing a new pediatrician who recommended we attempt to find the root cause of their digestive distress by slowly eliminating certain foods. After several weeks of experimenting, they both experienced relief with the elimination of gluten, dairy and soy.

As for convenience, more than anything, I decided to remove these things from my diet as well. Just days later, the bloating and stomach pain I had experienced for more than a decade started to get better—dramatically better.

I immediately began researching the link between food and digestive health. The amount of evidence I found linking diet to almost every known mental and physical disease is staggering.

I was happy that my kids and I were finally feeling better. I was also infuriated at the idea that we could have, with little effort, felt better long before.”

That was my “aha”moment.

Since then, I have been researching, experimenting, and experiencing functional nutrition. I’ve researched over fifty diet philosophies, read over one hundred nutrition books, and analyzed hundreds of nutrition studies. Today, I’m a certified health and nutrition coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I do nutrition consulting with youth athletes and coaches as well as general population.

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Kristen offers private and small group nutrition consulting for adults, and kids ages 11 and up.

Inquire by emailing kristen@youthsportstrainer.com

Try Some of Kristen's Recipes!

Gluten and Grain Free Banana Bread

By Kristen Gostomski | May 13, 2020

Gluten and Grain Free Sweet Potato Bread

By Kristen Gostomski | May 10, 2020

Guacamole (onion and garlic free)

By Kristen Gostomski | May 8, 2020

Dark Chocolate Fudge

By Kristen Gostomski | May 8, 2020

BLT Salad with Cashew Herb Dressing

By Kristen Gostomski | May 5, 2020

Cashew Herb Dressing

By Kristen Gostomski | May 5, 2020

Allergy Friendly Ginger Cookies

By Kristen Gostomski | May 4, 2020

Flax Egg Replacement

By Kristen Gostomski | May 4, 2020

Orange Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

By Kristen Gostomski | May 4, 2020

Chicken Satay with Spicy Almond Sauce

By Kristen Gostomski | May 4, 2020

Slow Roasted Bacon

By Kristen Gostomski | May 1, 2020

Chia Egg Replacement

By Kristen Gostomski | May 1, 2020

Allergy Friendly Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

By Kristen Gostomski | May 1, 2020

Mango Blender Ice Cream

By Kristen Gostomski | May 1, 2020

Cashew Sour Cream

By Kristen Gostomski | March 5, 2020

Vegan Dark Chocolate Brownies

By Kristen Gostomski | May 5, 2019

Cashew Cream

By Kristen Gostomski | May 5, 2019

Strawberry Blender Ice Cream

By Kristen Gostomski | March 14, 2019

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar

By Kristen Gostomski | January 24, 2019

Peach Vanilla Smoothie

By Kristen Gostomski | October 21, 2018

Key Lime Pie Smoothie

By Kristen Gostomski | October 18, 2018

Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

By Kristen Gostomski | October 17, 2018

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

By Kristen Gostomski | October 10, 2018

Homemade Almond Milk

By Kristen Gostomski | October 6, 2018

Orange Vanilla Smoothie

By Kristen Gostomski | October 6, 2018

Chocolate Pistachio Energy Bar

By Kristen Gostomski | October 4, 2018

Real Whipped Cream

By Kristen Gostomski | May 5, 2018