I'm a 38 year-old wife and mom, residing on the South Shore of Massachusetts with my husband, Mal, our son, Quinn, and our adorable pug, Murphy.
Carrots 'N' Cake is where I share my love of food, staying fit, and living a healthy life. While I try to pack the most nutrients possible into each meal, I have a number of favorite foods that are not necessarily 'healthy,' but are still delicious and fun to eat (hello, cake). If eaten in moderation, I believe that the 'bad' foods can be part of a well-balanced diet and so Carrots 'N' Cake was born!
Back in 2008, I was recently engaged and wanted to 'shape up' for my wedding day, but I've never been a proponent of crash diets or unsustainable weight loss. I wanted a true lifestyle change, something I could continue long after the wedding was over. I had a binder (old school, I know) of recipes and workouts, but I needed a better way to keep myself organized.
I had started reading a couple of healthy living blogs and my interest was piqued, so I thought – what the heck, why not start one of my own? Plus, my then-fiancé Mal was totally absorbed in Fantasy Football (ha!), and I wanted to have my own hobby. So, on February 3rd, 2008, also National Carrot Cake Day (and quite the coincidence), Carrots 'N' Cake was born!
What initially began as a personal blog to hold myself accountable as my wedding day approached morphed into CNC at present— a go-to resource for all things healthy living, from my love of delicious food (and wine), to fun workouts, quick beauty and fashion tips, daily #momlife shenanigans, and the 'true life' of tackling a chronic illness (ulcerative colitis) head first.
After my son was born, I quickly realized that I didn't have the same amount of time (or energy!) to devote to my usual healthy habits. But I firmly believe that if there's a will, there's a way, and I've learned how to achieve a healthier lifestyle as a new mom. Often times, it involves quick workouts and easy nutritious meals, but we make it work. As for fitness, I'm an avid CrossFitter and runner. I've completed 3 marathons and more than a dozen half marathons. I also take spinning, barre, and yoga classes, from time-to-time. I'm pretty much game for any fitness activity!
Nowadays, I enjoy sharing these simple yet effective and efficient workouts and recipes with my readers. I also share all sorts of (random) updates from my life, so there's always something new on CNC. Be sure to check back frequently to see what's happening!
Nutritional Coaching Institute Hormone Specialist certification
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certificate in Exercise Nutrition
Level 1 CrossFit trainer certification
NASM personal trainer certification
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