About Cait’s Plate

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 healthy, 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 healthy 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 healthy is to shy away from too many ingredients.  I’m a strong believer that the more colorful your dish is, the better it will taste.

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 healthy, 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 😀

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Comments

  1. The Healthy Apple says:

    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

  2. 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/

    • 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!

  3. 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!

  4. This is such a great philosophy!

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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

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

  10. I agree with everyone else!! I also look forward to following your blog, Cait! 🙂

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

    ps you have a killer job 😉

  12. 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!!)

  13. Candice says:

    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 🙂

  14. 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 🙂

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

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

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

  20. 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

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

  22. 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?

    • 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 🙂

  23. Hi cait! I like your blog. Will be back here again. 🙂

  24. Cait-
    Just found your blog…nicely done (and the pancakes look great!). I traveled to Italy this summer and it seems to me they’ve taken your food philosophy to heart…maybe we can do the same thing in the US as well.
    Best,
    JRP

  25. I just started in the blogging world. I LOVE this!! Exactly how I live my life, you can indulge and still be healthy too :). Hopefully soon I will get the hang of all the blog stuff lol…keep up the excellent posts!!

  26. Hey Cait!
    Fantastic blog! Gorgeous pics and delicious ideas! I completely agree with your food philosophy! Everything in moderation and adding in the good, crowding out the bad are my key beliefs! Keep up the good work!
    -Angie
    Lei On The Water Holistic Health
    http://leionthewater.com/

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