About Cait’s Plate

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My Mission

I’ve wanted to start a balanced lifestyle blog for so long now to share my passion for health and wellness.  It’s such a part of my day to day life and something that I’m constantly absorbing as much information on as possible.  It makes me so sad to see so many people jumping on and off fad diets only to ‘fail’ the next day and “give up” – your health should never be something you want to “give up” on. Plain and simple.  You only get this one body and you really should treat it like your temple.  Feed it and nourish it and love it and it will give you all that you need in return.  And the best part about getting healthy is – there’s nothing you “can’t” do or “can’t” have.  You can do it all so long as you find a healthy balance.  If you eat a cookie for breakfast one day – eat a healthy salad for lunch.  If you skip exercise one day, add a lunchtime walk in the next day to make up for it.  For every action there’s always a counter-action.  I hope to inspire people that feel like a healthy lifestyle is hopeless or boring and show them that it can b e fun and delicious!  It’s all about focusing on what you can ADD to your life rather than what you feel like you’re giving up.

About My Passion for Health

I first became heavily interested in health and wellness in college.  I began running more and more distance (I was a sprinter in high school so I was NOT familiar with distance!) and to offset what that was doing to my body, I took up Iyengar yoga.  I went religiously 5 days a week, determined to find my flexibility from my childhood gymnast days and sure enough – about 3 months in I began noticing how much further I was able to go into poses.  Not to mention how incredibly helpful it was in aiding my muscles to recover from my long runs. The change was so slow and gradual, but as I began noticing how much better I felt, my interest in food and nutrition, and the connection that can have to how you feel, also became stronger.

I’ve always loved food.  Coming from a large family of Greeks, I think I would have been quickly disowned had I not.  Everything that we do revolves around food: from cooking to baking and most importantly, eating.  As a result, most of my favorite memories are ones that have something to do with food.  I think that connection really enabled me to embrace food as a good thing and something that can be enjoyed – not feared.

The more that I learned about nutrition, the more interested I became in the idea that YOU have the power to change yourself.  What you put into your body effects how you feel, think AND look – a concept that I’m so enamored by.  You actually have the power to change your body’s ability to fight disease and improve your health – all while actually enjoying the ride.  What could be better than that?

Food Philosophy

I truly believe in eating whole foods as much as possible.  That’s not to say that there’s no room for other types of food – believe me, I’m all for indulging when the mood strikes. I just think that it’s a shame how much we’ve come to rely on processed foods, especially when we have a plethora of delicious whole foods at our disposal. I grew up eating family dinners every night. My plate almost always consisted of the same thing: a protein, a vegetable and a carbohydrate.

People seem to shy away from eating healthfully because they either feel it’s too hard or that it’s tasteless – but I promise you, eating well does not have to be bland or difficult!  If you work with fresh, whole ingredients you’ll soon find that you have endless possibilities for meals.  Take a salad for instance – there are an infinite number of combinations that you could make by just adding different fresh or dried fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, lean protein and dressings.  The biggest mistake people can make when trying to eat well is to shy away from too many ingredients.  I’m a strong believer that the more colorful and flavorful your dish is, the better it will taste.  And that goes for indulgences too!  The more goodness you can pack into one bite, the more satisfied you’ll feel in fewer bites!

Most importantly though is making sure you take pleasure in what you eat at every meal and snack. Eat what you crave and stop when you’re full.  Food is meant to be enjoyed, not feared.  Think of how much your social life revolves around it – whether we like it or not, food is something that unites us and brings us together and SHOULD be a positive thing in your life.  There is a way to find the balance that’s right for you so that you’re not ever over OR under-indulging.  If 80% of the time you’re focusing on whole foods and creating well-rounded meals for yourself, then there’s absolutely NO reason in the world that you should not enjoy yourself to the fullest the other 20%.

Eating well does not and should not mean overhauling the entire way you eat, but rather slowly beginning to make healthier choices that you can maintain in the long run.  Once you begin to feel the effects of doing that – TRUST ME, you won’t want to go back.  I have yet to meet someone who literally does not enjoy ONE healthy food.  Even if you only have one, start with that and go from there.

Remember – EVERYTHING in moderation. It’s truly the golden key to health and happiness.  I hope this blog is able to show and encourage you to be as passionate about your health as I am.  Feel free to ask questions at anytime – I will always do my best to answer them honestly.  Now kick back and enjoy :-D

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The Healthy Apple July 30, 2009

Cait,

I love your blog! It’s amazing…I live in Manhattan and since you work in Manhattan and live in Hoboken, I thought we could get together….
It’d be fun to get together and meet up, if you’d like…
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Have a great day.

Best,

Amie
The Healthy Apple
http://www.thehealthyapple.wordpress.com
thehealthyapple@gmail.com

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Lauren August 3, 2009

Cait-
I love reading your blog, and I find it very motivating. I think it’s fun, and I love your take on food and wellness. I couldn’t agree more. I look forward to reading more in the future!!!

Lauren
http://laurensgourmet.wordpress.com/

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caitsplate August 3, 2009

Lauren – You’re so sweet! Thank you so much! I’m glad that you enjoy reading it as I definitely enjoy writing it :) Your blog is awesome as well!

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Meg August 28, 2009

Hi Cait, just came across your blog and I definitely agree with your food philosphy! I can’t tell you how much I stress the fact that “everything is ok in moderation” – especially to a lot of my friends!
Looking forward to reading more!

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caitsplate August 28, 2009

Meg – Yay! I’m so glad you like it and that you agree :) I preach it all the time so it’s good to know others do as well!

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Liz September 27, 2009

This is such a great philosophy!

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lisaou11 October 6, 2009

love it! And esp love this statement about exercise and a healthy balance…

“For every action there’s always a counter-action.”

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jessica (hungryforbalance.wordpress.com) October 28, 2009

I’m so glad you mentioned the social aspect of food/ eating. It’s such and important component of our social lives, holidays and celebrations. Love the blog!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com November 9, 2009

Hello! What a great blog!

I look forward to reading more wonderful posts :)

I have added you to my “daily” read list ;)

Have a great Sunday Night!

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caitsplate November 9, 2009

Kris – Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like it!

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Deborah Chud, MD November 19, 2009

Cait,
If you’re making gravy for Thanksgiving and want to make it healthier without losing any flavor, I have a great technique for degreasing pan drippings at http://www.adoctorskitchen.com/archives/degreasing-liquids . I use a chicken in the video, but it applies to all roasted meats and poultry. You get rid of the fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and alot of calories, while you keep all of the flavor from the actual turkey juices. I think it’s right up your alley.
Have a great holiday.
Deborah Chud

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Katie November 19, 2009

I stumbled upon your blog and glad I did!!! I love it!!!! I will keep reading for sure!!!! xoxo

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caitsplate November 21, 2009

Katie – I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for visiting :)

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Abby January 15, 2010

I agree with everyone else!! I also look forward to following your blog, Cait! :)

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dorothy February 12, 2010

i really love your whole food philosophy and you phrased all your ideas perfectly!!

ps you have a killer job ;)

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M.E. March 28, 2010

Cait-

I’ve been a lurker since the very beginning and wanted to ask you a few questions about your job and how you got in to the industry. I am a 21 year old about to graduate in May with a degree from Marketing and Management from University of Virginia. I am passionate about health and fitness and was hoping you could offer some advice. I’d love it if you could shoot me an email if you have a minute between all your working, blogging, exercising…and eating of course!!)

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Candice May 4, 2010

I love your site. I’m a health nut and love seeing what are other good ideas for healthy meals. I love your blog! I’m a college student and it can be difficult to eat healthy in the dinning hall! Keep up the good work. I have your page bookmarked now :)

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caitsplate May 4, 2010

Aw thanks Candice! I’m so glad to hear it :)

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Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 22, 2011

This is a really great about section… Everything you’re saying resonates with me and I desperately want to shout things like this to my calorie counting friends who calculate everything… who give up drinking tea with honey so that they can drink coffee and no-calorie-what-is-this-stuff coffee creamer because of the calories. Who eat Lean Cuisines every day. Ahh the screwed perception of health :( Love your about :)

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Cait's Plate June 22, 2011

Hahah I know – I couldn’t agree more! Thanks so much for reading and for your comment! :)

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thecookieboss June 30, 2011

Awesome blog! I totally agree with you about how to get proper nutrition. Believe it or not (based on my blog) I always try to make the majority of my food healthy and wholesome.

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Cait's Plate June 30, 2011

haha – i believe it! plus there’s always room for dessert! :)

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notsodomesticated July 4, 2011

I completely agree with your philosophy! Everything in moderation. Feed your body the nutrients it needs, but also enjoy your food and don’t be afraid to treat yourself! I have the same mindset, and it’s always worked for me! I just ate nothing but unhealthy foods for the last 3 days in Chicago and enjoyed every minute… but now the next few days, I know that I need to eat a little lighter. It’s all a balancing act.

Have a great day!

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Cait's Plate July 5, 2011

It’s the only way to go! :)

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ally@girlVfood July 11, 2011

THank you so much for the comment on my blog! Your blog is adorable, well-written, and fun. Definitely adding you to my ‘read!’ list!

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Cait's Plate July 11, 2011

Aw thank you – right back at you!

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Amy @ Nutrition by Nature July 12, 2011

Well said! Your blog (and pictures) are awesome.

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Cait's Plate July 13, 2011

Thank you!

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thehealthyapron July 13, 2011

Thanks for stopping by my blog! LOve your food philosophy!

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Cait's Plate July 13, 2011

Thanks!

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Emmy July 15, 2011

What a beautiful blog!! Thanks so much for stopping by mine!! :) – What work do you do in NY?? (if that isnt too personal…!?) SO glad its finally the weekend! xox

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Cait's Plate July 15, 2011

Haha not too personal at all! I’m in marketing for a publishing house :)

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Cheryl August 25, 2011

So happy to find your blog today! Made my afternoon!

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Cait's Plate August 25, 2011

Oh that comment just made my afternoon!! I’m so happy you like it!

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krystal September 5, 2011

Hi Cait =) I recently started reading your blog and I’ve quickly become a regular reader. I love your beautiful pictures that really capture the deliciousness that I can only imagine fill your meals! I noticed that you’re in great shape and have a very slim frame. Do people ever tell you that you look too thin? The reason I ask is because people are constantly telling me this and I have a body shape very similar to you because I too eat healthy and exercise. If so, how do you deal with it?

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Cait's Plate September 6, 2011

I’m so glad that you love the blog! Thank you so much for reading :) I think everyone has their opinions of whether someone is too thin, too heavy, etc. I’ve gotten all different kinds of opinions but I don’t worry about it so long as I know I’m happy, healthy and within a normal weight range (which I most certainly am). I just try to let every one else be entitled to their opinions and know that at the end of the day, I’m happy so long as I’m healthy :)

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krystal September 8, 2011

You’re right. Everyone will always have their own opinion! Thanks Cait!

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Cait's Plate September 8, 2011

You’re more than welcome!!

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Crissy September 9, 2011

Hi cait! I like your blog. Will be back here again. :)

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Cait's Plate September 9, 2011

So glad you like it! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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Courtney December 25, 2011

Just found your blog, love your philosophy on food and healthy living! Will definitely be back :)

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Cait December 25, 2011

Oh I’m so glad to hear it! You have no idea how happy that makes me to hear :)

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Jane December 28, 2011

I REALLY adore your perspective on eating and wellness. I would love to chat if possible. I know you are not a professional, no problem! I just have an interest in this stuff also and would love to gather experiences and thoughts and insights. Thanks! (p.s..what line of work are you in?).

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Cait December 29, 2011

Of course!! Feel free to email me anytime – I’m always game to talk nutrition and health :) I’m at caitsplate@gmail.com. As for work, I’m in marketing!

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Katie @ Ohshineon January 3, 2012

Cait, I absolutely adore your blog and your entire philosophy on eating and healthy living. I especially value your opinion on how food plays an important role in bringing people together. I come from an Italian family and my fondest memories have been around a table full of bright and traditional italian meals (and hefty desserts!) I think it’s so important to help people understand that food is delicious and healthy – it is something to be valued and sought after, not haunting and anxiety-producing. I’m bookmarking your site because I have a feeling I’ll be wandering back here on a pretty regular basis.

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Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life January 23, 2012

I just recently found your blog and I am really enjoying reading it! Your pictures are beautiful, your recipes look great and I agree with your healthy living philosophy 100%! I am definitely looking forward to following your posts!!

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Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 3, 2012

Hi Cait! Just read all about your philosophy and totally agree! I have been on a journey of health and nutrition ever since I learned about my first son’s multiple food allergies , eczema and asthma. With many foods eliminated from his diet, it has been a challenge. Thankfully, I love food and love to cook! We eat and live a healthier life…I am so thankful! I even took up running! I look forward to reading your blog!

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Vered @ EatNowTalkLater April 10, 2012

Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award – http://eatnowtalklater.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/blog-awards/

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Cait April 10, 2012

Aw, thank you!

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elise April 10, 2012

i dont know how but i only JUST found your blog…anyway, im excited to read on. your passion and attitude about health is right in line with mine. :)

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Cait April 10, 2012

I’m so glad you found it!! I remember thinking the same thing when I stumbled upon your blog for the first time! :)

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Willow @ My Own Trail April 13, 2012

Wow! I just discovered your blog. I have no idea how it took so long. I am an avid “healthy living” blog reader, so you think I would have stumbled across it by now. It just shows how many great blogs there are out there.

I had to comment because everything you said in this section resonates so much with me. I firmly believe in the 80/20 rule when it comes to food and life choices. Once I began living a balanced, healthy life with some fun indulgences mixed in, my relationship with food and myself completely changed. I am so much happier and healthier as a result, and I don’t feel the constant need to “diet” like I did in my earlier years.

I’m looking forward to reading through your blog some more!

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Cait April 13, 2012

I’m so glad you discovered it and that we share a similar view on healthy living! :) I hope you enjoy the more you read!

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Nadiya May 2, 2012

Totally agree with your philosophy. Ooh I love Greek food <3 Do you have any good greek recipes :P

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Cait May 2, 2012

I definitely do!! I’ll share some soon!

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Molly July 9, 2013

I absolutely love your food philosophy. You are so right, there is no reason that you can’t fit in flavour to your palette. Nutritious eating doesn’t have to be tasteless or boring and cookies can definitely migrate into my diet on occasion!

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Cait July 9, 2013

Absolutely! There is always room for cookies :)

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Lauren Paradis September 21, 2013

I agree with everything you said and I couldn’t have said it any better myself, food should be enjoyed and everything in moderation!

I get sad when people think they have to starve themselves to be happy/thin.. that isn’t the answer at all! Or when people live off processed food! You are what you eat… and who wants to be something quick, cheap and easy! Blah! Cooking, creating, and eating HOMEMADE food is SO MUCH more enjoyable. But hey that is my opinion. ;)

I LOVE the way you think and live. I am so glad I found your blog. <3

Much love xoxo

LP

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Cait September 22, 2013

I’m so happy to hear you like the blog and yes, it seems we DEFINITELY share the same philosophy! I totally agree, I love and enjoy the whole process of cooking and creating in the kitchen!

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Arlene Mitchell January 11, 2014

I would like to receive notice of new posts by email. Thanks!

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