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Episode 4: Carb Phobia, Stress, & Food As Medicine with Cristina Curp

podcast Mar 26, 2020

Cristina Curp (, Instagram (@thecastawaykitchen)


Cristina Curp is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and former restaurant chef with a BA in Anthropology. Her love of food, and particularly using real food to heal inspired her popular food blog and wellness site, Author of Made Whole and Made Simple cookbooks, co-host of Body Wise Podcast and food as medicine advocate. She is a Miami native with Cuban roots who is currently living in Virginia, or wherever her husband's Navy career takes them.

Cristina is relentless in her mission to spread the food as medicine message, she has witnessed the power of it with her own family, her readers and her nutritional therapy clients. Empowering people to heal from the inside out is her life's work! With a mix of grit, sass and a lot of love, she continues to do just that through her books, her social media platform and her nutritional coaching as well.

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In this episode we talk about autoimmune diseases, food as medicine, carb phobia, stress, and the importance of resistance training, especially for women.

“It’s the first time in history that people are actually nutrient deficient and overweight at the same time...think about how that doesn’t make any sense.” Cristina Curp

Episode Top Takeaways:

  • Use food as medicine to combat autoimmune and inflammatory issues.
  • You can enjoy life more when you’re metabolically flexible.
  • Chronic stress and cortisol exhaustion could be ‘killin your fat loss.
  • Weight training is one of the best ways to improve overall health and it’s never too late to start!

Show Notes:

  • [0:30] Background on Cristina Curp
  • [3:00] Cristina Curp new keto/low carb recipe book “Made Whole Made Simple
  • [3:20] Autoimmune disease, how they manifest in people, and root causes
  • [5:50] “It’s like our modern day plague, autoimmune diseases.” So prevalent in modern America.
  • [7:10] Using food as medicine to heal the body of inflammation
  • [9:15] “It’s the first time in history that people are actually nutrient deficient but also overweight at the same time.” Cristina Curp
  • [10:56] Metabolic flexibility, keto, low-carb, and how it can help you enjoy life!
  • [14:47] Cristina’s journey through the Paleo diet, Keto diet, Metabolic Flexibility, and ‘Carb Phobia’
  • [21:10] Importance of incorporating carb ups for hormonal and emotional health
  • [22:20] Chronic cortisol exhaustion. A strict Keto diet is a stressor on the body
  • [26:40] Keto in relation to exercise, lifting, recovery, and stress management
  • [31:00] Rachel talks about her experience with resistance training
  • [34:04] Benefits for women doing weight training, great body composition results
  • [35:15] Cristina’s advice for women that want to start lifting weights
  • [36:25] Rachel’s mom starts lifting at 60, it’s never too late!
  • [41:15] Wrap up, parting questions. For nutrition, metabolic flexibility, and low-carb recipes read “Made Whole Made Simple” and check out Cristina’s new Podcast Body Wise

Listen to the full episode HERE. 


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Rachel Gregory (@rachelgregory.cns) is a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Author of the best-selling book, 21-Day Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Challenge. She received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology from James Madison University and Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Miami.

Rachel helps her clients transform their lives by starting with the physical (body), realizing the power of the mental (mindset), and ultimately gaining massive confidence that bleeds into every aspect of their lives (family, relationships, work, etc.).


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