About the Bean




Hello blog readers!

My name is Carina, and I have Celiac disease.

I became gluten free in 2009, after years of health struggles and various diagnosis. Since going gluten free, I have been on a mission to find, create and eat delicious gluten free food. I like to prove to all those people who feel sorry for me and my restricted diet, that food can be beautiful, delicious and healthy. Who wants to eat a lousy takeout burrito, when you could eat a freshly shredded beef taco?

You can read my {almost} full story of how it was concluded I have Celiac disease, long before it became a popular diagnosis, here.

In addition to being GF, I now also avoid dairy, soy, corn and I try really hard to not eat sugar, but ya know how that goes.

Along with being a Celiac, I also suffer from this, this, and this.
I am kind of a mess. But I love me anyway.

Speaking of burritos, I am completely obsessed with Chipotle burrito bowls. I could eat one topped with guacamole and pico every day of my life, for every meal.
I am also morbidly addicted to potatoes. Potato chips, mashed, baked, red, yellow, new-doesn't matter, I love them all.
and Pesto. I love pesto more than the air I breath.

I started this blog, at the prompting of family members to share my allergy friendly food creations. As a young child, I was dubbed carina-beana which is where the name of this blog came from. You can read about that here.

In addition to food finds and recipes, my beagle/dog Penelope "the Pennster" Sue is a frequent visitor, and I like to take a lot of pictures of myself, and other things too. I live in a beautiful California town, which has been dubbed by thee Oprah as the happiest place on earth, where I go on adventures of the non-edible variety (and the edible too). I also have the best job on the planet, which is being an aunt to several little whipper snappers, who occasionally make some fun visits over here at cbc.

I have worked in the medical field for a few years where, in addition to my own life experiences, have gained quite the medical knowledge. But even though I have very strong thoughts and opinions, they are just that; and in no way should be considered medical advice. Using said info to talk to your own doctor would be a pretty bomb-diggity thing to do though, so go for it.

So ladies and gents, lets be friends shall we?

Go ahead and grab my button, subscribe via email, and follow me on pinterest/instagram/bloglovin. You can send me an email at carinabeancreates@yahoo dot com, or leave me a comment for any questions or thoughts. I will be so happy to hear from you, a response will be given right away.

We will all have ourselves some fun, I promise. Plus there will be food.

Thanks! Love you all, kiss-kiss!

P.S. Someday I will get around to writing a proper introduction to all that is me, but for now writing a whole deal about myself doesn't seem like a good time. I would much rather talk about what I'm eating for dinner.


Heres my button, consider it a little gift from me to you-just 'cause I love you:

Carina-Bean is Gluten Free!