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I am officially on stay-cation (a vacation where I do not go anywhere!).  I’m sure I will get called into work for a few hours, but I’m pretty much free for the next 5.5 days! Yay!


On to the BIG announcement!  The winner of the Healthy Living Summit Golden Ticket giveaway is….

Julie said
I have the following as my screen saver at work. I’m not sure who said it originally, but I think it’s really helpful when trying to make a change and to realize you don’t have to do everything all at once:
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

July 21, 2009 6:30 PM


Congrats, Julie!  See you in BOSTON!


Onto afternoon eats….  I finished off my can of dates.


And had two Wasa crackers with PB and milk


And had a bowl of Raisin Bran at some point, but my camera ate my picture!


Before leaving for my night shift, I slammed a two portion of Amazing Grass Wheatgrass.  James likes to listen to me shake it.  🙂


I didn’t eat dinner until 10:30 — but it was a GREAT meal!


I made baked eggplant "parmesan" with polenta and pasta sauce.  I coated the eggplant in egg white and then dipped each piece in a homemade bread crumb mix (one piece of toast + curry powder + flax all mixed up in the food processor).


The baked polenta and sauce served as a great pasta substitute!


Operation Beautiful – A Note Found!


I think it’s SO weird/cool when readers of Healthy Tipping Point FIND Operation Beautiful notes — I think this is the third time it’s happened!  Seriously, I don’t have THAT many readers; what are the odds? 🙂


Did YOU post this note in Riverdale, New Jersey? 


Christina wrote me to say, "Today I was at Borders in Riverdale, NJ looking for a self help book that my therapist (who I had just started seeing today) recommended.  Imagine my surprise when I found a post-it stuck to the inside cover of the book Binge No More that said "NEVER forget how amazing you are!" I was so overwhelmed with emotion that I started to cry on the spot. I realized just how much I’ve taken myself for granted over the years. Whoever wrote that note–thank you. You’ve helped me!"



  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health July 21, 2009, 8:06 pm

    OMG Your dinner looks amazing!!!! I have half an eggplant to use up, I just might have to copy you 🙂 Yay for stay-cation. Going somewhere is exhausting anyways, staying at home isn't.

  • Tanzy A. July 21, 2009, 8:09 pm

    I'm a longtime reader (first time commenter), but I just wanted to say I actually found an operation beautiful note in a borders in nyc (near penn station) last week. I took a picture to send to you, but my phone at it. :[

  • Mandy July 21, 2009, 8:12 pm

    Woohoo! Vacation time! Enjoy yourself!

    Did I see you say you're coming to TN? What part?

  • roseyrebecca July 21, 2009, 8:14 pm

    Your dinner looks great!! I keep expecting to find an Operation Beautiful note in the gigantic mall near my hometown (Palisades Mall) I'm sure I will find some eventually!!

    Your dog is so cute!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 21, 2009, 8:15 pm

    tanzy – ohmigod really? awesome!

    mandy – powell!

  • Andrea of Care to Eat July 21, 2009, 8:17 pm

    Wow – that OB testimonial was really powerful! I'm tearing up!

  • Christina! July 21, 2009, 8:18 pm

    Woohoo for vacations! Enjoy your time off 🙂

  • Emily July 21, 2009, 8:23 pm

    I'm saving up to buy some of that wheat grass (yes saving…i'm a college kid haha). But is there anywhere I can purchase that handy shaker you have? i tried looking on the amazing grass website but i just can't seem to find it. 🙁 I need something to hold my future Green Monsters in!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 21, 2009, 8:24 pm

    emily – i THINK you get the shaker when you make a purchase, but i will email my amazing grass contact and double check. i'll post it up on the blog when i hear back!

  • Emily July 21, 2009, 8:31 pm

    wahooooo! thanks so much! i figure it will be a good purchase to make sure i get all my veggies in after all that dining hall food 😉

  • MarathonVal July 21, 2009, 8:39 pm

    Awww, that was one of the best OB postings I've read yet. I love how many people you are touching!

    On a lighter note, I don't know HOW you drink 2 servings of wheatgrass straight. Do you use a chaser or something!?!??! I can usually only do it if I follow it up with a huge glass of ice water and then a meal of something tasty to cover up the flavor.

    It is good for me and it makes me feel good, but I'm not a fan of the flavor straight-up!

  • Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write July 21, 2009, 8:49 pm

    Oh wow. I love that she found that note in a book. How wonderful. I love that story.

    Enjoy your staycation.

  • ChickPea July 21, 2009, 9:31 pm

    Love the sounds of that breading mixture!

  • Laura July 21, 2009, 10:11 pm

    Stay-cation…I like that.:)

  • Angharad July 21, 2009, 11:32 pm

    Your dinner looks SO GOOD! Wow. I need to get some eggplant in my life pronto.
    Enjoy your stay-cay!

  • theskinnyplate July 22, 2009, 12:38 am

    Your "breading" looks great. Gotta try that out sometime. Love the veggie dinner. I crave veggies for dinner all the time now since I started blogging. I love the good influences I get from blogging.

  • Anonymous July 22, 2009, 2:17 am

    Caitlin, have you tried medjool dates? They absolutely blow those canned dates out of the water. SO good. They're huge and so much tastier — I tried them (saw them on fitnessista's blog) and can't go back.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 22, 2009, 3:03 am

    anon – oh yes! oh nuts sent me a free trial of medjool dates a few months back and they blew my mind!! but they dont sell them at the local grocery store so i'm safe LOL

  • Mica July 22, 2009, 3:46 am

    Enjoy your staycation! You've earned it. And make sure to MAKE TIME FOR SLEEP. 😉

  • Eve July 22, 2009, 3:50 am

    You are really making a difference in people's lives with Operation Beautiful – kudos to you.

    Enjoy your staycation!

  • Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) July 22, 2009, 4:05 am

    That is so amazing about the Operation Beautiful note! It seriously is moving.

    Also, your baked eggplant looks SO GOOD!!! What a clever idea!

  • Lexie July 22, 2009, 4:13 am

    I hope you get lots of good relaxing in our your stay-cation!

    That is so awesome someone found the note inside of the book! Anyone could have bought that book, but for it to be one of your readers is crazy! I haven't posted a note yet, but today I will for sure 🙂

  • Lauren July 22, 2009, 4:16 am

    I came so close to making eggplant parm last night too, but then I opted for some gnocchi last minute. After seeing your dinner, I'm kinda wishing I went with the eggplant. Oh well, maybe next time. 🙂

    That is so wonderful that you are on a stay-cation. Good for you! Take a few days for just yourself, you definitely deserve it, I dont think I've ever seen a more devoted worker. Take care hun!

  • Peanut Butter Swirl July 22, 2009, 4:47 am

    yayy for basically being on vacation 🙂
    enjoy it – you totally deserve it 🙂

  • Kimberly July 22, 2009, 4:55 am

    I'm sure it wasn't meant to be part of operation beautiful (or maybe it was), but the other day while I was driving around town, I noticed that someone had spray painted a large "YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL" across a brick wall. 🙂 So much better than normal graffiti!

  • redhead75 July 22, 2009, 5:37 am

    I'm going on a vacation from Indiana to Alabama to Florida and back. I can't wait to put my post its everywhere 🙂

    Oh goodness, I want to eat my computer screen!

  • whitsgettingfit July 22, 2009, 5:44 am

    Enjoy that vacation! Lord knows you deserve it!

  • seesaraheat July 22, 2009, 5:52 am

    James is so cute! Enjoy your staycation, that dinner looks amazing 🙂

  • Cait (Cait's Plate) July 22, 2009, 6:41 am

    Wow – that dinner definitely does look worth waiting for! How did you manage to gear up and make that at 10:30pm!? Anytime past 9pm and it's cereal all the way for me! haha.

  • Elina July 22, 2009, 11:30 am

    I love how much that note touched Christina. I hope that every note touches someone like that. Awesome!
    Your dinner looks great, btw. Enjoy your staycation 🙂

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