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 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.
Why Plant Paradox is a healthy, responsible and sustainable way of eating, in a nutshell:
- it is a grain-free, sugar-free, nightshades 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 in an appropriate way, in moderation, and tested
- it is a lifestyle that prioritizes greens, cruciferous vegetables, healthy fats, 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, is diverse and is 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 together 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, I’m in my late 30s and have been living the Plant Paradox lifestyle since August 2017. I am also pain-free for the same amount of time and lighter with 20lbs / 9kg compared to when I started. I live in Dallas, Texas with my Danish husband, but I was born and raised in Romania and so far have lived and worked on four continents.
My main interests and passions are photography, healthy living, learning, traveling and exploring new cultures. I do photography and recipe creating as a job, I live as healthy as possible. I love traveling and cooking. I believe FOOD IS MEDICINE.
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.