I am: Caitlin. I’m from: New Jersey/Virginia with a healthy dose of San Diego. Plus a year in Peru, and a year in Japan under my belt. I love things like vegetables, Harry Potter, weird clinical facts, running in the woods, Japan, Paleo desserts, and most combinations of bread-like foods and cheese (quesadillas, grilled cheese, pizza, mac & cheese), though they’re pretty rare around here. I currently live: in Baltimore. I’m currently working: at an Integrative Health Clinic. I’m currently: a licensed dietitian/nutritionist (LDN/CNS). You can find my private practice here: Caitlin Self Nutrition. You can also find my adventures traveling from 2012-2014 here: Running the World / Travel.
Why start a food blog when there are so many other food blogs already killin’ it? Good question, I should probably re-evaluate how I spend my *free* time. In fact, I’m been blogging here at Frugal Nutrition since 2012! I started things up while we lived in Peru, and have continued it in San Diego, Japan, and now Baltimore!
I do think this blog is a little unique because the recipes are always pretty simple and the price is always pretty low. Not every recipe is perfectly cheap, not every recipe is 100% original, but I do what I can so we can all put something relatively nutritious on our tables, no matter what. Also, I’m long-winded, super cheap, and I really love food. Food blog celebrity in the making.
We eat a lot of vegetables, and make a lot of things from scratch, and take the occasional touristy cooking class. Mostly, we eat real food. I went through a stage of OMGGMO (<– bet you didn’t know that was a palindrome) and OMG HFCS and OMG plastic and OMG white flour – they’re all scary things, I get it. Luckily, we have pretty decent guts over here so as long as we’re doing normal stuff 85% of the time, I can have a drink and Annie’s (GF) Mac & Cheese a few times a month without ill effects. Overall balance is the name of the game. Things that go in the 15% category for me include: sugar, gluten, dairy, alcohol, caffeine.
I’m going to be really earnest here for a second: In addition to waving my freak flag for all the Internet to see, my passion/mission is to fight hunger in our communities, and my final goal of this site is to create a section of recipes that fit in a food stamp/SNAP EBT budget, or at least help people who are overwhelmed by all the expensive health claims. You don’t have to eat kale, quinoa, chia seeds, or organic pig’s blood to be healthy. Get involved in your community if you can, donate an awesome cookbook to somebody who needs it, and contact me if you have ideas for collaboration.
Inspiring People, Sites, and Blogs I Love:
- Leanne Brown – Author of Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day
- 100 Days of Real Food (Lisa & Jason Leake) – Also see 100 Days on a Budget
- Budget Bytes Great recipes w/ price breakdowns.
- Michael Pollan – Author of In Defense of Food and all around food journalist/activist/badass.
- Pinch of Yum (Lindsay & Bjork Ostrom) – Lindsay writes a fun blog with fun recipes and fun stories and mostly real food.
- Shira & Yoav Potash – Food Stamped – It’s a documentary, and you should watch it.
- Nom Nom Paleo (Michelle Tam) – All of her recipes are perfect.
- The Kitchn – Hello useful tips & ideas.
- Two Peas and Their Pod – Healthy-ish recipes that come out perfectly every time!
Also see: Southeast Asia backpacking trip of 2012. It was great, I highly recommend it. Don’t drink the water. Or the ice cubes.
Guest Bloggers: At this time, I do not allow guests to post on my blog.
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