About Me

Hello! I’m Cristina Maria Curp, Cuban-American, mother, military spouse, food lover and dreamer. I created this blog to share my passion of food as medicine. About to turn thirty, with a baby to care for I found my self at rock bottom. Emotionally and physically.

I was severely overweight, riddled with inflammation, pain, and fatigue. Something needed to change. So I looked at my food choices. As a lifelong binge eater, I was ready to stop the vicious cycle of guilt and self-harm. That is to say… I get it. I’ve been there. I had my day one.

I wasn’t perfect about this healthy lifestyle from day one, and I still am not. But I strive every day to feel better and be better.

A mama with a history of obesity, autoimmune disease, and a whole lotta emotional baggage. If I can turn this my hot mess express around, so can you.

I KNOW, I know in my bones that real food is the key to health, and a healthy, thriving life is the key to happiness. Here at The Castaway Kitchen, our mission is to spread the word that food does heal. That you can embrace the dietary and lifestyle changes that will change your life.

I want you to feel empowered and inspired to heal! By creating delicious resources, sharing information, and my own story, my goal is to help YOU find the nutritional path that is right for you. We’re all so unique and while I do share what has worked for me, it might not be what works for you, but I will help get you there!

Start here: FOOD AS MEDICINE  

My Book: Made Whole 

10 Fun Facts About me:

  1. Left-handed middle child
  2. Married to a sailor. We have two babies, a little boy, and our schnauzer.
  3.  Made in Miami, with Cuban parts (first generation American).
  4. Bilingual (hablo Español)
  5. I’m a big girl! 5’9 and toting size 11 feet!
  6. I’ve lived in Miami, San Diego, Hawaii and now Virginia
  7. Sociology and Anthropology Major with a background in market research
  8. 6 years commercial kitchen experience, 3 as executive chef
  9. I’m hilarious
  10. I’m also loud and I talk with my hands

7 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Christina,
    I absolutely love your book MadeWhole!! Finally easy recipes that are full of flavor and color!! Your recipes make me excited about cooking and food again!! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!!
    I have a quick question about the classes you are taking on nutrition. I was wondering how you choose the school you are attending and how you made your choice?
    Thanks for any insights you may have, I am considering the program myself.
    You rock!!!

  2. I love that you are hilarious!! I found you through your avocado brownie recipe and I can’t wait to try it. I love that the part where you said Avocado Brownies bitch! I fell out my chair laughing cause I think toddlers are terrorists too and sometimes you do want to cuss and fuss!

  3. I just heard you on the podcast with Leanne Vogel. I CANT NOT believe you said you have Hidradenitis! You give me faith that I can be healed. I have had such a hard time sticking to Keto but you have given me renewed faith!

    1. Breanna! You can do this! Look into dairy and nightshade free. They tend to be a common trigger for this with HS although we are all different 🙂

  4. I have been on Keto for 3 mo with very little weight loss. (<8's) I follow it to a T. I also have the auto-immune disorder, Hashimoto's. Will the AIP plan give me better results? I'm frustrated that there is very little info out there for weight loss plans if you have AI disorders or Low Functioning thyroid.

    1. The reason there is very little info on that is that weight gain is a symptoms of the autoimmune disease, so essentially you need to heal to lose weight. Hang in there! You might need to try AIP for hashi’s. I can’t promise weightloss results but you might feel a lot better 🙂

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