I am: Caitlin Self
I’m from: Virginia/ New Jersey with a healthy dose of San Diego. Plus a year in Peru, and a year in Japan under my belt.
I currently live: in Baltimore.
I love: vegetables, Harry Potter, weird clinical facts, running in the woods, Japan, The Office, Hamilton, The Great British Bake Off, Paleo desserts, and most combinations of bread-like foods and cheese (quesadillas, grilled cheese, pizza, mac & cheese).
I’m currently working: as a nutritionist at a Mental Health Practice and an Acupuncturist’s Office in Baltimore City, as an Educator for Justice Recovery Advocates, and a TA for Maryland University of Integrative Health.
My credentials: a licensed dietitian/nutritionist (LDN) and Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), MS in Human Clinical Nutrition. I used to be a cook in a professional kitchen (1 year), an ESL/EFL English Teacher (3 years) and a preschool teacher / childcare director (2 years).
- I specialize in: mental health, gut health, pediatric nutrition, women’s health.
- 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.
- I purchased this domain name in 2012 when Zac and I were traveling the world and I got the idea to start a food blog.
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 officially started things up while we lived in Peru in 2013, 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 health over here so as long as we’re doing normal stuff 85% of the time. 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.
- Romper – Is it Okay for Kids to Graze All Day?
- Parade – Home Quarantine Checklist
- The Zoe Report – The Best & Worst Sugar Substitutes According to Nutritionists
- The Zoe Report – 10 Foods to Reduce Bloating
- The Zoe Report – Does Food Affect Your Mental Health? Experts Share What to Eat and Not Eat to Feel Better Inside Out
- Eat This Not That – Best Whole30 Condiments
- Reader’s Digest – 6 Foods and Supplements that Promotes Joint Health
- Olive Oil Times – Following a Mediterranean Diet can Help Beat Depression
- The Zoe Report – Is Health Chocolate A Thing? Nutritionists Sound Off on Everyone’s Favorite Treat
- Celebrity Parenting – The Power of Pumpkin Seeds
- The Healthy – Worst Diabetes Foods
- The Every Mom – Healthy Toddler Snacks
- Fupping – 19 Informative Books About Nutrition
- People Health News – What is Protein? The Complete Guide on the Essential Nutrient
- The Healthy Work Podcast with Nutrition with Danielle – Tips & Tools to Grow & Monetize Your Food Blog
My Most Popular Recipes!
I am asked this question quite a lot. Here are the most popular posts on my blog:
- Easy Ground Pork Stir Fry
- Orange Ground Chicken Rice Bowls
- Mushroom Melt (Garlic Butter Mushroom Grilled Cheese)
- 10 Easy Weeknight Recipes (Thanks to Trader Joe’s)
- Italian Sausage Seasoning
- Homemade Cassava Flour Tortillas
Inspiring People, Sites, and Blogs I Love:
Budget / Frugal Recipes and Ideas
- Leanne Brown – Author of Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day
- Budget Bytes – Great recipes w/ price breakdowns. Mostly real food.
- Shira & Yoav Potash – Food Stamped – It’s a documentary about how hard it is to eat well on a food-stamp budget.
- Forks Over Knives – Vegan site, but with truly plant-based (not soy based!) recipes, and mostly real food. (There’s a little bit of propaganda, but the recipes are good.)
Real Food / Realistic Food
- 100 Days of Real Food (Lisa & Jason Leake) – Also see 100 Days on a Budget
- Michael Pollan – Author of In Defense of Food and food journalist.
- Pinch of Yum (Lindsay & Bjork Ostrom) – Lindsay writes a fun blog with fun recipes and fun stories and mostly real food.
- The Kitchn – Hello useful tips & ideas.
- Domesticate Me – Serena Wolf is a chef and the author of Dude Diet, also she has a great IG all about anxiety (and skincare)
- Two Peas and Their Pod – Healthy-ish recipes that come out perfectly every time!
Dietary Restrictions / Paleo / Gluten Free
- Nom Nom Paleo (Michelle Tam) – All of her recipes are perfect.
- The Defined Dish – Alex makes mostly Whole30-approved fare to manage her anxiety.
- Tastes Lovely – some of my favorite easy recipes come from Natalie!
- No Crumbs Left – Terri is such a gem and her mostly Paleo recipes are great for entertaining!
Do You Accept Guest Blogs and Articles?
At this time, I do not allow guests to post on my blog and I do not accept sponsored articles. I do not expect to allow guest posting any time in the near future.
I am accepting sponsors for 2020 – 2021! Please contact me directly if you would like to work together for sponsored work on my blog or social channels.
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