Welcome to Strength and Sunshine!
Here on Strength and Sunshine celiac disease and food allergies don't get in the way of fun, healthy, and delicious food! You don't have to skip out on your old family favorite meals or your long-forgotten nostalgic childhood snacks, but free to eat unrestricted by using simple swaps and techniques to cook up (even better) recreations of those favorites! Here you'll learn to even expand your palate to experience the vast world of foods, flavors, and ingredients you never even knew existed!
So, who am I? I'm Rebecca and I’m so excited that you stumbled onto my little corner of the internet! On Strength and Sunshine, you’ll find the best gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes, helpful tips and advice for navigating celiac disease and food allergies, and coaching services, all with a side of fun and a little snarkiness!
Fast Facts About Me:
|I’m a 26 years old entrepreneur, founder, author, content creator & recipe developer at Strength and Sunshine (aka the "Jack of all Trades"), as well as a food, beverage, and restaurant creative consultant & marketing strategist.
I am a public health advocate and educator with a BS degree in Public Health from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
|I'm a born and raised Jersey girl, now living in Florida, the SUNSHINE capital.|
|I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 13+ years ago and living a strict gluten-free lifestyle just feels like the way it's always been!
But that’s not all! I also have a soy allergy and personally eat egg-free, dairy-free, and meat-free (exceptions are fish). So no...I’m not 100% "vegan", but the recipes and content you'll find on Strength and Sunshine is: gluten-free (always), top allergen-free, and plant-based).
|I started Strength and Sunshine on June 26th, 2013, because I loved reading blogs and knew I had to create my own space to share my gluten-free and allergy-free recipes, knowledge, and overall passion for health, wellness, cooking, and baking!|
|Some of my favorite things are waking up at 4:00 AM, fitness getting nerdy with the intricacies of SEO and digital marketing, cast iron skillets, getting lost in a good book (a real physical book!), potatoes, pancakes, cereal, grocery shopping, listening to podcasts, politics, and the Hallmark channel during the holidays (if you know, you know!).|
|When I’m not experimenting in the kitchen, you can find me staying active through my immense love of yoga, strength training and weight lifting, and cycling. (I have to give a shout-out to running too!)
I am a RYT Yoga Instructor and teach private one-on-one sessions to new and advanced yogis! I'm also a NASM-CPT providing all of your fitness and personal training needs! NASM-CNC certified nutrition coach to help you achieve your nutrition and diet goals and needs! I'm a certified Orangetheory Fitness trainer as well; I'm always here to keep you motivated!
|I’m not a big traveler and I've never left the East Coast, but I have dreams of traveling to India, Iceland, Italy, Morocco, Australia, and California one day!|
|I'm extremely frugal. You know, one of those people who squeeze out every last drop of toothpaste and thoroughly enjoys finding ways of using and eating every part of a food. I'm a huge "stop food waste" advocate!|
|I’m a hardcore introvert, but I oddly love public speaking, presenting to crowds, and performing (see #10 below)!|
|I grew up as a competitive/professional dancer and nationally ranked and awarded baton twirler. Lipstick, flashy jeweled costumes, and adrenaline were my life for 15 years! It was school, eat, dance, and repeat!|
There’s so much more to share, but that’s why I’m excited you’re here! It’s time to follow along and become a part of the Strength and Sunshine family! This is your safe space for the best gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, peanut-free, sesame-free, and vegan recipes, and learning about how to live and maintain a happy, healthy, EASY life, no matter what you and your family's dietary restrictions are!
|Let's be friends! Connect with me via email: "hello(at)strengthandsunshine(dot)com". You can also sign up for my newsletter (which is currently on hold...) Never hesitate to reach out and contact me. I love answering your questions and connecting with you! You can also find the personalized services I offer on my coaching page!
If you're a new or fellow blogger and you're looking to get some help in the blogging, digital marketing, ads, and SEO space, feel free to reach out via email "hello(at)strengthandsunshine(dot)com"!