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Meet Christina

CC WHITEHello readers! If you’ve gotten this far, that means you care at least a little so thank you for visiting! I am Christina, half of the brains behind this operation. I wanted to take a little time to tell you about myself and why I am passionate about this blog.

I was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in a family with two sisters. Growing up in a die hard Wildcat family, I decided to make the family proud by going to the University of Arizona for college where I got a degree in Marketing. I had, what I believe to be, one of the greatest college experiences. I was in a sorority, had (and still have) the most amazing friends and received a great education (had to throw that last one in there for the parents).

While at the U of A, it was during my sophomore year that I got pneumonia. After being treated for it, I still wasn’t feeling much better. My pneumonia was gone but I still felt terrible – I had headaches all the time, I was nauseous more often than not and I had stomach cramps that never seemed to go away. After getting lots of tests done, including celiac and other allergy tests, my doctors couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong. I was scheduled three months out to get an endoscopy to hopefully offer more insight into what was going on. During that time, my mom had heard from a friend of hers about a food sensitivity test (different from the food allergy tests I had already received). At this point, I was willing to do anything to make myself feel better. I ordered the food sensitivity panel, went to a lab to get my blood drawn where they shipped the samples off to the lab that would do the full analysis. I got my results back and after determining that I had extremely high food sensitivities to wheat, gluten, barley, malt, rye and yeast (both bakers and brewers), I immediately changed my diet. I did extensive research to determine what ingredients to look for on nutrition labels that contained those foods. Within four days of eliminating those foods out of my diet, I felt a million times better.

It was at that point that I never stopped looking at nutrition labels and really examined what I was putting into my body. It’s truly amazing how foods can affect how you feel – both physically and mentally. Ever since, I have had a passion for baking and cooking with clean ingredients that I don’t have sensitivities to but that also provide amazing health benefits.

 

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