Cristina Curp: Heal Your Autoimmune Disease with the Paleo Diet - Ep 144 Open Sky Fitness Rob Dionne

Cristina Curp: Heal Your Autoimmune Disease with the Paleo Diet – Ep 144

The Power of Paleo to Heal Your Body


“You can start small. Just eliminate one thing at a time or try baby steps. Two steps forward is better than nothing when you’re changing your health.” – Cristina Curp of Castaway Kitchen


On this week’s episode, Rob had a wonderful interview with Cristina Curp of Castaway Kitchen. They discussed how Cristina discovered she had an autoimmune disease and how not only she, but her entire family has turned towards eating healthy foods including Paleo based recipes.

On this episode, you’ll also learn:


Cristina Curp: Heal Your Autoimmune Disease with the Paleo Diet - Ep 144 Open Sky Fitness Rob Dionne


Cristina Curp: Heal Your Autoimmune Disease with the Paleo Diet - Ep 144 Open Sky Fitness Rob Dionne


Cristina Curp: Heal Your Autoimmune Disease with the Paleo Diet - Ep 144 Open Sky Fitness Rob Dionne

Healing Cristina’s Hidradenitis Suppurativa with Paleo

For years, Cristina had Hidradenitis Suppurativa [HS] which is a chronic autoimmune disease which is incurable, extremely painful, skin disease. After years of seeking help from dermatologists, she decided that this was just the way her body was and she would always be like this.

Then, Cristina began to take out certain foods from her diet and noticed an extreme change. By leaving out night shades and gluten to follow a Whole 30 and Paleo based diet, she was able to heal her skin and leaky gut.


Chewy Choco Cookies by The Castaway Kitchen


Autoimmune Disease and Nightshade Foods

What are nightshade foods? They belong to a particular food group family and include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Tomatillos
  • Eggplant
  • White Potatoes (not Sweet Potatoes)
  • Goji Berries
  • Tobacco
  • Peppers (bell peppers, chili peppers, paprika, tamales, tomatillos, pimentos, cayenne, etc)

Cristina Curp: Heal Your Autoimmune Disease with the Paleo Diet - Ep 144 Open Sky Fitness Rob Dionne

Fast Twitch vs Slow Twitch Muscles

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What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

2:30  Fast twitch vs slow twitch: Does it influence the way we train and our performance?

8:00  How to know if you have more fast twitch or slow twitch muscles.

13:00  How to train your muscles for max results

14:40  Rob and Devon’s workout tips to strengthen muscles, build your muscle mass with hypertrophy, or improve your endurance.

21:15  Introduction to Cristina Curp of Castaway Kitchen

24:00  Cristina’s story and why she began to follow Whole 30 and Paleo diets

27:10  Cristina explains what the Whole 30 program is all about and how it’s helped her improve her autoimmune disease and overall health.

29:30  Cristina discovering her main triggers for her autoimmune disease: nightshade foods

32:00  How Cristina handles avoiding nightshade foods around her family

33:00  How bread can affect autoimmune diseases

34:40  How parents can transition into being healthy around their families

37:00  Cristina and her family’s favorite Paleo recipes

38:40  What’s in Bob’s Red Mill ingredients that make it so safe for Paleo baking.

43:00  How Cristina transitioned from eating her favorite foods as a child to cooking Paleo friendly recipes. What happens when her entire family gets together to eat?

44:30  How Cristina’s entire family transitioned to eating healthier foods.

47:00  How Cristina’s husband has changed because of Paleo recipes.

51:00  The affect some foods can have on Cristina’s mind and body. Why she follows a low-carb diet.

59:15  Cristina’s favorite meal to cook: crispy ground beef with garlic, lemon peel, turmeric root, and lots of herbs

1:02:45  Cristina’s favorite Paleo ingredients or meals to cook for her family

1:05:10  About Cristina’s books: 30 Minute Clean Eats on a Budget, The Autoimmune Protocol Instant Pot Cookbook, 35 Paleo Low-Carb Recipes

1:10:00  Closing comments with Rob and Devon

1:11:55  Open Sky Fitness Closing


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