Rob, our founder, grew up alpine ski racing and had the awesome opportunity to travel the world following this passion. And wherever his skis took him, you can bet that he was sampling the wares of the local bakeries. Yet Rob was unaware that this second, rather carb-heavy passion of his would come back to bite him.
In his mid-20s, Rob began an 8-year health struggle, experiencing worsening discomfort and pain each day until being diagnosed with an intolerance to gluten. Having never known this was a thing, Rob was crushed to discover 90% of everything he ate – including his beloved pastries – was affected.
Rob’s path to gluten-free culinary paradise was far from smooth, and his grocery bills increased significantly – but he eventually found his new way. Then, after Rob and his wife Kylie, had their daughter (our app shares her nickname!), they experienced a new wave of diet eliminations as Kylie was affected by a rare vasculitis disease called Bachets, brought on after childbirth.
What followed was years of food elimination as Rob and his family tried to stick to certain diets confirmed by the careful reading of product packaging when food shopping. And after searching for an easier approach, Rob decided to create his own.
In Tinga, Rob and his team created an easier way to support shopping for individuals and families with special dietary needs. And his family will be the first to say it really works!
“Our bodies go through changes every number of years, changes that require supporting shifts and
realignments in our diet and lifestyle. Tinga is a recognition of those pivotal moments in life
when our bodies undergo a significant change that affects how we eat.”
The Tale of Tinga
“We used to call our daughter ‘Tinga’ after ‘Tinga Tales’, a cartoon that she loved. She
represents to us that pivotal moment in which you must change something about your way of being
for the sake of your health. Whether it’s having a child, a health-scare or reaching a milestone
age, Tinga is a solution to making that transition easier for all.”
- Rob & Kylie