My Journey

Let me formally introduce myself. I’m Caitlin Grater, Certified Health Coach, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, dancer, singer, and ponderer of deep thoughts. I lived in New York City for many years, and am currently based in Pittsburgh, PA.

I am a graduate of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, The Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences and New York University. I have been working as a health coach since 2006 and medical massage therapist since 2008.  Until health and wellness became my primary career focus, I was a professional dancer in New York City, doing the thing that most dancers in NYC do- working as a fitness instructor and a 9-5 non-profit worker.

I am many things, but one of the defining elements of my character is my love for health.  Healthy food, a healthy planet, a healthy way of thinking, all things healthy.  I am also a mom.  What I have learned about healthy living over the years has not only resolved many of my own chronic health woes, but paid off for my kids. I am always in the kitchen, inventing healthy meals and teaching my kids about the microbiome!

I wasn’t always this healthy.  In fact, I was a pretty average eater until my mid-twenties when a few strange things began happening to my body.  Mostly in the form of severe eczema.  A dermatologist who looked at my hands at the time and said, “You have eczema.  It’s normal.”  At that moment, something clicked.  I did not think this was normal.  I thought something was wrong with me.  Why would my body turn on me, if all was well inside?  A volcano doesn’t just show up on the surface of the Earth one day.  She prescribed a steroid cream and sent me on my way.

Well, after a throat infection and a round of very strong antibiotics that brought on new and worsening symptoms, I entered operation “Fix Gut.”  I investigated appropriate vitamins and supplements that might help me heal and made a couple of radical changes to my diet. I am happy to report that I have held my eczema at bay since 2008.  My rabbit hole didn’t just involve food theories, but a deep exploration of every system of the body, especially digestion and endocrine.  I completed a health coaching program at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition at beginning of all of this that stressed the notion that each body is an individual that needs a specifically tailored diet and way of eating.  Aside from a few obvious ground rules (We need vegetables and clean water)  There is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition, or exercise for that matter.

I became the healthiest I have ever been by the time I turned 30, and my food as medicine “tricks” have prevented many a colds and illnesses from manifesting over the years.  Our nutritious ways really keep our kids’ health in check, too.  Our pediatrician fully approves, as the kids are never in her office!  I truly believe that how we treat our bodies on the inside is how our body will act on the outside.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that true health isn’t solely hinged on eating habits, though. Our thought habits, sleeping patterns, personal relationships, career satisfaction, and sense of purpose in the world all come together to make the symphony of health fully work. Positive changes in one of these areas can affect growth in the others. Learning the meaning of health is a life long process. It changes with the seasons of the years and of our lives. It is my mission to help bring awareness to your body from a variety of angles so that you can stay in the boat when life’s water gets choppy.

I’d love to help you, too! If you are interested in working with me, please click here: Work With Me!

Disclaimer:

I am not a medical doctor. Any foods, supplements, and exercises I discuss are not to be considered medical advice, and you should discuss any medical concerns with a trusted healthcare provider. 

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