Claudia Curici Creative In My Kitchen

Welcome to my lectin-free, creative virtual kitchen

I think of the kitchen as the space where our health begins but also as a place for comfort, nurturing, connection and creativity. I want this virtual space to be an imaginary kitchen, where we cook and care for each other’s health, where we share, nurture and inspire each other for better health. A place where we are not afraid to experiment with food, where we can re-discover the joy of cooking and explore food beyond our traditional knowledge.

Each one of us has the power, the green life force energy, to heal from within once the external forces that prevent that natural ability are removed. Dr. Steven Gundry, The Plant Paradox

All the recipes on this website are following the Plant Paradox guidelines (outlined in The Plant Paradox book, by Dr. Steven Gundry) about what is considered healthy, but we are not here to say this is the best way of eating. It is my way of eating (and living) because I tested it when I was puzzled about my health and it worked perfectly for me. I also know that there are plenty of people out there who experienced the same benefits by eating and living this way, so I hope this is helping us to stay inspired and motivated.

A healthy, responsible and sustainable way of eating

Why Plant Paradox is a healthy, responsible and sustainable way of eating, in a nutshell:

  • it is a gluten-free, sugar-free, nightshade-free, legume-free, soy-free, lectin-free lifestyle, with the purpose of healing the gut and removing inflammatory triggers; once the gut is healed, some of the lectin food can be added back to the diet, cooked appropriately, in moderation, and tested
  • it is a lifestyle that prioritizes greens, cruciferous vegetables, healthy fats, and nutritionally dense food in general
  • it is a lifestyle that encourages us to reduce our consumption of animal protein
  • it is a lifestyle that encourages only consumption of local, organic, in-season, pasture-raised and wild food products

Everyone’s first reaction is to think this is a restrictive lifestyle. But I am here to prove otherwise. The food I cook and eat every day is delicious, diverse, and healthy. Any dish you can think of has a healthier, more nutritious alternative without sacrificing the taste, and the possibilities are endless if you are willing to un-learn what we have been taught (or not taught) about food and health. Let’s re-learn how to respect and love our bodies, brains, and souls by nourishing them.

Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Hippocrates

A little bit about the person behind this website

My name is Claudia Curici, and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and the founder of Creative in My Kitchen, a food and lifestyle blog where I write about my health journey and post original recipes that are always low-lectin, gluten-free, and sugar-free. I am the author of The Living Well Without Lectins Cookbook, a printed collection of 125 lectin-free delicious recipes informed by my love of healthy food and decades of traveling and living on different continents. 

I was born and raised in Romania, I have a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Communication and Public Relations and have worked in media, communication, and PR for over 15 years. I lived and worked for 8 years in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and 5 years in Dallas, Texas. My interests and passions are photography, healthy living, learning, traveling, and exploring new cultures. I believe FOOD IS MEDICINE.

After traveling and living around the world, I felt like my health was declining in my late 30s, especially after moving to the United States. While traditional medicine didn’t have an answer for me and dismissed my symptoms and weight gain as simply age-related hormonal fluctuations, I never stopped looking for answers. 

I first heard of lectins in July 2017 when I read an interview with Dr. Steven Gundry, the author of The Plant Paradox, about healthy foods that might make us sick. I started a lectin-free lifestyle, and since then, most of my symptoms have been resolved – and I lost the extra pounds I gained in my late 30s. 

On my blog, Creative in My Kitchen, and my cookbooks, I share my everyday experiments with food, my joy of cooking tasty, nutritious, and beautiful meals for myself and my family, and my health journey with others on the same path. 

I founded my blog while living in Dallas, Texas, and now I live and create from different places in Europe, including Romania and Denmark. 

Follow me on Instagram at @creativeinmykitchen for daily food inspiration. 

This website was born thanks to the small community formed around my Instagram account @creativeinmykitchen and I am beyond grateful for all the support, guidance, encouragement, and love I receive every day.

I hope this virtual kitchen will help us all take good care of our health and wellbeing.

My Latest Recipes