Hey internets. I’m Kristina.
I LOVE food. Like really, really love it. I think about it when I wake up, think about it when I’m with it, and think about it when I lay down to sleep. If I could just float around in a tub of food all day, I probably would. But, as much as I love food, I want this site to be about a bit more than that. The last three years have been a whirlwind of emotions, learning experiences, and an ever evolving relationship with food, health, myself, and the world around me.
This page has been a long time in the making. Something I’ve talked to Gary (my super awesome husband) about for ages, something others have always encouraged me to do, something I’ve always wanted to do. Yet, something held me back. For the longest time I blamed it on not having a blog name picked out. How stupid? I think really, it’s because I’m an incredibly honest person, and with honesty comes vulnerability.
People always asked me to share my recipes, how I dropped the weight, the ‘fixes’. But, I can’t just give a few tips for what worked for me or give a recipe and call it a day. Because, what’s really worked, what’s made this life sustainable, has been an incredible journey in self discovery, self discipline, and more than anything, self love. I’ve learned to rid myself of guilt. To forgive. To understand. Deep down I knew making this page how I really wanted it to be, would force me to look at a lot of my own thoughts, behaviors, and crap with a giant mirror. And that idea was scary. But, I also know the importance of human connection. Of how sharing those experiences can promote healing, health, and positive behavior; both for the person sharing, and the one listening. And that’s what I want to do.
Dealing with various health issues and multiple food sensitivities, I eventually found my way to the Paleo lifestyle. I didn’t start on this journey following paleo, and I still don’t really identify as ‘paleo,’ but it’s something I’ve gravitated towards as it explained everything I was already doing and researching. And it allowed me to connect to others doing it too. There’s not really another short way to say 100% gluten free, mostly grain free, sorta legume free, no refined sugars, lots of healthy fats and grass fed proteins, sustainable….you get the point.
While I love cooking, great flavors, trying new foods, just eating in general; I really connect to the emotional component of food and health. Food as an expression of love, coping with food differences, chronic health problems, autoimmune conditions, and the social aspects of health and behavior, all just fascinate me. My graduate training & work is in rehabilitation & mental health counseling, so I’m naturally interested in the mind body approach side of things. I have a pretty good mental game, and it’s something I plan to talk about in the context of healthy living. I’m also interested in helping those with chronic health issues take charge of their lives. Not only is it an area I focus in professionally, I live it, myself, every day.
So, that’s what you can expect here. There will be plenty of food. Recipes, shopping guides, ingredients, cooking tips, kitchen hacks. And plenty of health stuffs. Resources and stories about food allergies, chronic illness with out the chronic or the ill, fitness, health vs. weight, nutrition, mental health, happiness, and just all around living, really living.
Because what is living, without food and sunshine?