My name is Cristina Clarimon-Alinder and I am at the helm of NectarNC. The idea behind Nectar grew out of necessity as much as out of a long standing passion for food and nutrition.
I was born with Celiac Disease. At the time, it was poorly understood and seldom diagnosed. Even though I was the typical celiac baby failing to thrive, it took many months to get a proper diagnosis. It finally came courtesy of a gifted pediatrician well ahead of his time. He recognized the symptoms as those of a clear case of pediatric Celiac Disease. Soon after that, I began to improve on a gluten free diet that he recommended.
Whether by design or by omission, that diet was abandoned as the original gastrointestinal problems disappeared. Back then, the disease was not recognized as a genetic disorder, but rather a transitory allergy that most children would “outgrow” sooner or later. By the time I was three years old, gluten had made its way back onto my daily menu and from then on nobody made a connection between my ailing health and Celiac Disease. It was so overlooked, so pushed aside, that I never even knew of my diagnosis until decades later.
Unfortunately, with the reintroduction of gluten, many of my original symptoms lingered to a less perceptible degree: eczema, poor digestion, blepharitis, fatigue, irritability, sleep problems…They were my companions through adolescence and beyond, transforming and compounding with newer symptoms as I grew older. As a Celiac patient, I was flying under the radar and I was being treated for each one of my health complaints separately.
The appearance a few years later of a serious thyroid condition called Grave’s Disease, frequent among celiac patients, spurred my interest in natural healing and holistic nutrition. The surgery required me to lose the entirety of my thyroid gland and to take medication for life. I wanted to know what I could do to speed up my recovery and minimize the drug’s side effects. I no longer wanted to simply manage my symptoms. I wanted to heal.
That was when my learning began and it still continues today. Nectar is, in fact, the latest incarnation of my interest in nutritional healing.
I hope you’ll find that NectarNC is a valuable resource for those searching for information about holistic nutrition and food ecology. From organic gardening to delicious recipes designed to improve your well being, everything factors into creating a healthier, whole person.
NectarNC features information that can help you make better food choices for yourself and your loved ones. Join us and share your own experiences with organic food, clean eating, backyard gardening, sustainable living or healing through diet.
NectarNC is intended to be a shared space to educate and entice you to lead a healthier, kinder, more balanced life.