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.
The Transformation of Carrots 'N' Cake
I’m a 40-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, and the ‘true life’ of tackling a chronic illness (ulcerative colitis) head first.
My journey with a chronic illness and working closely with female nutrition clients inspired me to become a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P) in 2019. I knew when dealing with my own health issues and helping other women improve their body composition goals, there was always more to the story than simply eating well and exercise. Stress, gut health, and hormones were often key players, so now I use functional testing and a whole health approach to help my clients (and myself).
Nowadays, my focus has moved from blogging daily to group and one-on-one coaching as well as creating fitness and nutrition programs for the CNC community. I still publish new content here on the blog, but I’m much more active on Instagram with regular posts in my Feed and frequent videos and Stories. Feel free to find me @carrotsncake and say hi! If you’re interested in working together, you can read about my coaching options here.
Certifications & Experience
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certificate in Exercise Nutrition
Nutritional Coaching Institute Hormone Specialist certification
Nutritional Coaching Institute Gut Health Master Class
SCW Nutrition, Hormones, and Metabolism Certification
Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Certification
NASM Personal Trainer Certification