Cristina Curp: Founder, The Castaway Kitchen

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Bio:

Cristina Curp is the creative mind behind The Castaway Kitchen, a blog dedicated to delicious foods and healing diets. In the last few years through self-experimentation and dedication Cristina has healed her body from leaky gut and lost over 60 pounds- putting her autoimmune disease in remission too. Using her restaurant chef skills and love for food she now creates recipes to help others find health and happiness through keto, paleo and AIP lifestyles! Her mission is to spread the word that food is thy medicine and it should taste damn good. As a military spouse and mom on the move, staying healthy is a must. From Hawaii to Washington DC, you can find her in the kitchen, on a hike with her dog, Bruce or sipping bulletproof coffee. Keep your eyes peeled for new and exciting things from her.

What do I do best?

I feel like I should say cooking, since it is what I do for a living and it’s also my passion, and it comes realllyyy easy to me- to create recipes. However, I think there are a lot of talented chefs in the world and many who are far more talented than me. I would say my one super power is that I make people feel comfortable. I am an open book, warm and constantly over sharing, it’s very disarming, and folks tend to feel like my bff after knowing me a short time.

What makes me the best version of myself?

Self-love baby! This is something that was missing from my life for a long time. I hated the way I looked, I hated my actions and the way I felt. It was such a vicious cycle of shame and punishment. When I changed my diet and then my lifestyle, as I incorporated exercise into my life and then alone time, self-care and more I finally learned to love my self. When you live everyday with integrity, sure of yourself and proud of your actions, it’s absolutely liberating!

What are my aspirations?

My personal aspirations include being able to do pull ups and living closer to my family. Ideally I would love some sort of farm or large piece of land where my mom, sisters and I would all have houses and tend to the land together.

Business aspiration include writing a NY Times Best Selling Cookbook, which may be close, my book publishes this August and I poured my heart and soul into it. I’m really trying to manifests its success!

My Biggest Success?

Not giving up. For the first time in my life I haven’t given up on my goals or dreams. It’s all intertwined. My journey to health, putting my auto immune disease in remission and getting fit to growing my blog and writing the book. However, it hasn’t been easy- the road to health and wellness and the road success has been wrought with stalls and setbacks. No matter how long the stall or how grand the setback I have maintained my commitment to doing the damn thing. My conviction continues to be steadfast and this change in me is my greatest success.

My Most Challenging Moment?

My marriage nearly ended last year. I had changed, from party gal to mom to health nut and my husband hadn’t gotten the memo. As our son got older and didn’t need as much from me he assumed I would resume our normal shenanigans. Instead of partying everyngiht I wanted to go to bed early to hit the gym in the morning. We were growing apart, and in one awful night, he was wasted and we had a huge fight, I thought, oh my gosh, he’s never going to change and we’re going to get a divorce. I gave him an ultimatum.  I went to my mother’s house for a week and I questioned everything. I cried, so, much.  In that moment, I didn’t see how we could ever move forward. I was committed to leading a healthy life not just for me but our son and I was not going to waiver.

Justin has been sober 13 months today. He’s taken up cycling and is excelling in all aspect of his life. Not to mention he is an amazing father and husband. We’re happier, stronger and healthier as a family now than ever before.

My Motto?

Jump first, ask questions later. It might seem, wreck less, but as a work at home mom and self-made entrepreneur who has grown a business on limited resources I have had to take a lot of risks. The “fake it till you make it” mentality isn’t about pretending to know what you don’t but it embodies learning on the job, being flexibly and putting yourself out there!

My Favorite People/Role Models?

My mother is my role model. A savvy business woman with unwavering integrity. She’s also a wizard in the kitchen and taught me everything. My other role models include Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, Oprah and Elizabeth Warren.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

Home. Being a military spouse means I move around a lot. Currently beautiful Hawaii. While I LOVE the travel and adventure, nothing beats being home with my family. My big, fun, warm Cuban family, we’re better together and sharing my life with them is my happy place.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

My Vitamix. I call it my bae. I use it every day and I think everyone needs a high powered blender. It’s a must in paleo-keto cooking.

I also am obsessed with nutritional yeast, I used Bragg’s brand and use it to add cheesy flavor to my dishes. Bonafide Provisions bone broth, Whole Foods brand frozen riced cauliflower and Primal Kitchen mayo are other must haves in my kitchen.

Also my Dankskin black legging workout short things, best ever!

My Current Passions?

Spreading the word! Food is medicine. Reversing my awful, autoimmune skin condition (Hidradeitis Suppurativa) with diet, riding my body of inflammation and excess body fat, all while eating delicious, nourishing foods… it has changed my life, and changed me in every way possible. So many people suffer every day from chronic illness not knowing what they’re eating is contributing to their demise.

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