A Very Special (Pug) Visit

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Yesterday afternoon, Murphy and I had a very special visit to make at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As you probably know, the MIT community has been through quite a lot lately, so when I received a request from Dog B.O.N.E.S. about visiting the campus, Murphy and I immediately jumped at the chance to make some people a little happier with his adorable pug face.

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On my drive to Cambridge, I saw this sign on Route 93. It made me happy and sad at the same time. Imagine if everyone just stopped hurting people. The world would definitely be a better place.

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When we arrived at MIT, Murphy immediately got to work doing his pug therapy thing.

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The students loved him, especially the “pug people,” who are a different breed themselves. (The “pug people” know what I’m talking about! Haha!)

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We had about 15 therapy dogs show up at MIT, so we spread out in front of the student center, so people could come pet them.

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Murphy lasted a little over an hour””letting people pet and cuddle him””before he started to get tired, and I decided to take him home. (There are a few telltale signs that signal he’s had enough therapy time.)

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The pug was pooped on the ride home. He eventually fell asleep and started snoring!



When I got home from MIT, I was starving, so I broke out some dried apricots and almonds to snack on. The combination (2 almonds + 1 dried apricot) was so delicious””it took some serious willpower to pull myself away!



A little while later, I started to cook dinner, which was chicken stir fry with white rice. In the mix: chicken, soy sauce, broccoli, carrots, onions, and peppers.


After dinner, I enjoyed some Nikki’s vanilla cake batter coconut butter straight from the jar. I also needed some serious willpower to pull myself away from this stuff. Holy yum!


Health News & Views

If you’re a Paleo diet devotee, then you will love this recipe for chocolate chip cookies! They’re soft and chewy just like a regular chocolate chip cookie, but gluten- and grain-free. I promise you won’t even notice a difference. They’re that delicious!

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