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    April 22, 2013

    Tears filled my eyes when our plane touched down at Logan airport yesterday afternoon. Last week was a roller coaster ride of emotions for me, and being so far away from family and friends made it even harder. I’m glad my city is safe, and I am so happy to be home.

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    I’m also glad to be reunited with my favorite furry friend. I missed his pug face.

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    Breakfast

    I woke up craving comfort food this morning, so I whipped up a batch of Banana Breakfast Quinoa, which was so, so delicious—warm, gooey, and sweet with chewy and crunchy bites mixed in. Mmm! Loved it.

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    Banana Breakfast Quinoa

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
    • 1/2 cup almond milk
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 large banana, mashed
    • 1.5 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1/4 cup raisins
    • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp sea salt

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a medium pot on the stovetop.
    2. Bring to a boil, covered, then reduce the heat to simmer until liquid has cooked off (approximately 10-15 minutes). Stir occasionally.
    3. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

    Makes 1-2 servings

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    Health News & Views

    When I first tried to lose weight, I made a lot of mistakes. One of which was not eating enough during the day. I thought if I kept my breakfast and lunch calories in check, the pounds would come right off. Unfortunately, this strategy didn’t work because I’d end up starving by the end of the day and then overeat at dinner and snack late into the evening.

    When I started to add more calories to my daytime meals, I was able to better balance my food choices, so I wasn’t hungry all of the time. But, I didn’t just add any old ingredients to my meals. I made sure they were high in nutrients and volume. By filling up on high-volume foods (ones with few calories per bite), I was able to increase my portion size while cutting calories at the same time. This little (or should I say “big”?) trick was key to me losing 20 pounds and keeping it off. With that said, here are 4 ways to eat more to weigh less!

    4 Ways to Eat More to Weigh Less

    Giveaway Winners

    Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaways on CNC last week! Here are your winners:

    Favorite Foods Giveaway:

    ann

    I would definitely go with the coffee-I love coffee and since you rave about it, I would love to try it.

    Thanks! Hope you are having a great time.

    Reebok Sublite Giveaway

    Noelle

    Gravel/Black/Hint Mint/Watery Blue/White/Prospect Purple is my fav! bright but won’t get dirty easily

    Jenna

    These look awesome and I love all of the fun color combinations! If I were to win these, I would totally choose the Tin Grey with the green and coral contrast!

    Congrats, ladies! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

    Question of the Day

    What’s your favorite thing about being home?

    P.S. I plan to have a couple of posts about our adventures in Ireland on CNC later this week. It won’t be a full recap because I wasn’t really in blogger mode last week, but I’ll definitely share some highlights with you guys!

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    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } April 22, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Walking through the front door and having my kitty come running up is definitely a great feeling! I always miss being in my own bed, and having my normal routine back as well!

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    mary @ minutes per mile April 22, 2013 at 8:08 am

    My OWN bed! I think most people would agree there’s nothing better than sleeping in your own cozy bed.

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    Kait - @runkaitrun April 22, 2013 at 8:16 am

    glad your back, and glad your city is safe :) was praying for you guys!

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    Ali @ Peaches and Football April 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I second sleeping in my own bed! Vacations are great for excitement and adventure but by the time they are winding down I actually enjoy the idea of getting back into the home routine. It’s comforting. And yes, I really, really, really like sleeping with my own pillows. If it’s a road trip, I always bring them along. :)

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    Elizabeth @ Positive Change April 22, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Glad you are back and safe! I love the routine of home. I know that might sound weird! I also love my bed!

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    anne April 22, 2013 at 8:36 am

    So glad you’re home safely and with your family!

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    Danica @ It's Progression April 22, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Glad you’re home safely! I can only imagine the range of emotions you felt this past week being away…

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    Victoria @ Reluctantly Skinny April 22, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Glad you’re home safe. Even though vacation is obviously so much fun, I always love coming home to my own bed and oddly enough a washing machine!!

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    Shel@PeachyPalate April 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Glad your home safe and sound and hope you had a blast here in Ireland; I know it must have been difficult with all the upheavel at home and I hope all your friends and family are safe and sound.

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness April 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I’m glad your home safe. My favorite part about coming home is seeing my dog and showering in my shower.

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    BeepieRuns April 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

    We were in Boston, I just moments before having crossed the finish line and my husband and two of my children right there as well. It was very scary and very chaotic. Needless to say, we were THRILLED to be home and snuggling up with our pup and baby sister. So glad that you and yours were safe and that you’re home now!

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    Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin April 22, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Really glad you’re back and safe. Such a scary week. My favorite thing about being home is definitely my bed and my puppies!

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    M. Love April 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Glad you are home and safe. I’m sure it was hard to be away during such a crazy time. Being home always brings a feeling of security.

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl April 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

    My favorite things about being home are my dog, my bed and all of my comfort things that we often take for granted when we’re home everyday. Glad your home, safe and sound!!

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    Sharon April 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I also love coming home to the fur baby:)

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    Alyssa (road to rd) April 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Glad you’re home safe! My favorite part about being home is my food! I like knowing there are healthy options around all the time.

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    De @ Cooking for the Other Half April 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Glad you made it home safely — this has been such a scary week here in Boston.

    Aaand that breakfast quinoa looks awesome. Absolutely awesome!!!

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    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

    That breakfast sounds amazing, I love using quinoa for breakfast every once in a while. There’s a place here in Chicago called Protein Bar that has quinoa bowls for breakfast, they’re so good!

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    Heidi April 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Yes, I love my own bed. I also love my own bathroom. I know that sounds weird, but I just find comfort in it, haha.

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    Amelia April 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

    So glad you’re home safe and sound! Missed you and can’t wait to see and read about Ireland. Thought about you and your family last week.

    I’m always amazed at how happy I am to lay down in my own bed after being away. My bed knows me and I know my bed. Ha! Sweet sleep. ;)

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    sara @ fitcupcaker April 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I always miss my puppies so much when Im gone, I just love em when I get back! Quinoa for breakfast sounds great too.

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness April 22, 2013 at 10:52 am

    YUM that banana quinoa looks so good! I always miss my bed when I’m away, so my favorite part about being home is sleeping in my own bed:)

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    Lauren April 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I bet it was hard being away from Boston last week. What a scary week it was here. We lived a few blocks away from the shoot out in Watertown, but moved 2 miles down the road to West Newton a few years ago. Way too close to home.

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    Chelsea April 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I always end up missing my puppy, my bed, and, for some reason, my shower! SO glad you’re home safe, Tina, and I can’t wait to hear all about Ireland :)

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    Melanie @ Beautifully Nutty April 22, 2013 at 11:46 am

    So happy you are home safe.
    That breakfast quinoa looks AMAZING—just pinned it to try later! Thank you!

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    Morgan@Healthy Food Newsletter April 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Yum the breakfast quinoa sounds amazing I’ll have to try that soon! And I always miss my dog the most when I’m not home, I always have horrible separation anxiety and wonder how he is doing and if he enjoyed his walk that day (not creepy!).

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    Sara Flynn April 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I hear you. On Sunday I drove by the Watertown police station and tears came like waoh. There were signs out front saying “Proud day to be a Watertown resident” with teddy bears and flags.. I am so proud of Boston!

    That Banana Breakfast Quinoa looks so good! I need to try this. :)

    My favorite part about being home getting time to do those nagging tasks you always have wanted to get done. Even though they are nagging, it feels so so good to have them done!

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    Alison April 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Tina,

    Do you board Murphy when you travel? I am a local with pup and we are looking into boarding options for our lil guy for our upcoming vacation…

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    Tina April 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    No, he stays with a friend or my sister. Sorry I’m not more help!

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    Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom April 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    @Alison: When we go out of town, we board our dachshund with PetSmart in their PetHotel (but this in IL)… they have lots of different options! You can even get a “personal room” with a tv and everything. He seems to do well there, especially since he gets separation anxiety, and we pay for unlimited play so he can just run around and hopefully be too tired to care that he’s not with his family.

    I don’t know if you have anything like that in your area?!

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    Karey @ Nutty About Health April 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Welcome back!! Best part of returning home are always the furry faces waiting for me. :)

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    Maureen April 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    2 things I look forward to about coming home – my own bed & my own shower!

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    Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom April 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    When I go back to Chicago, I love family and good pizza.

    When I get back to my home in FL, I love having access to my own kitchen and my own bed.

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    Jelena@FabLifePhD April 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    My two favorites at home are hot shower and PJs!

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    Kalee April 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I’m glad you are back and had a great time on your trip. I love being home to my own bed and shower. I also really like getting back into a food routine.

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    Peggy April 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Glad you had a great time in Ireland, and good to know you are home safe and sound! This quinoa looks like such a tasty meal!

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    Aurielle @ Will2Wellness April 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Welcome back! One thing I love about going back to my hometown is the slowness of a small town. Being in the DC Metro area definitely makes “slow” a very welcoming feature!

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