All Of That “Diet” Stuff

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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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Greetings from the Bolt Bus! I’m blogging on my way down to New York City right now. Hooray for in-bus WiFi!


I started my morning with my usual two-ingredient pancake, but this time I added an extra egg for some staying power. I topped my pancake with blueberries and a scoop of sunflower butter.

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I later went back for a second and third scoop of sunflower butter””might as well finish off the jar!

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The pug, of course, waited patiently by my side to lick the jar. At least he has manners, right?

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After breakfast, I gathered my things, said goodbye to Murphy (and his sweet pug face), and then walked the mile to the commuter rail station to catch the train to Boston.

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Commuter rail station —>;

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Train ride —>; South Station —>; Bolt Bus.

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I don’t arrive in New York City until mid-afternoon, so I packed a lunch to take with me on the bus.

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What I packed: a spaghetti squash-egg-coconut flour pancake on top of steamed spinach with leftover sautéed zucchini and mushrooms.

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I also packed a sliced banana with honey pecan pie coconut butter and blueberries.

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Omg, flavored coconut butter. Love.

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Ok, so let’s talk about this “diet” stuff”¦

Let me start off by saying that one of the reasons I enjoy blogging so much is because I learn so much from you guys, my wonderful readers. When I blogged about Project Get Better a few weeks ago, I received so many supportive emails, comments, and tweets from all of you, which made me feel so loved””in fact, reading a number of your emails even got me a little choked up. It means so much to me to know that there are people out there (even perfect strangers) who care about me and who are routing for me to get better, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. Seriously. I appreciate it so much.

Included in all of your emails, comments, and tweets were a bunch of helpful resource recommendations (i.e. books, blogs, websites, podcasts, studies) to help me find out more about Ulcerative Colitis (UC), Paleo, and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). (Again, THANK YOU!) One of the resources that an overwhelming number of you suggested was the book Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. Several of you also mentioned there was a section in the book devoted specifically to autoimmune diseases, which ultimately sold me, so I ordered the book from Amazon (on my iPhone from bed) last week. (Amazon makes it way too easy to order stuff!)

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I received Practical Paleo in the mail yesterday afternoon and immediately cracked it open to see what it was all about””and I’m really loving it so far, especially the autoimmune section, which gives nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, very much like what I learned at the Whole30 seminar. I’ll talk more about the book in the future, but I just wanted to let you guys know how much I appreciate the recommendation and that I’m learning a lot and getting some great ideas from it already, which brings me to all of this “diet” stuff on CNC.

So, I have to admit, I really don’t like that I put a label on my current diet. Obviously, I think Paleo and SCD are beneficial to my health, and I know it would be easier to say “I’m eating Paleo” or “I’m following the SCD diet,” but I’m just not a fan of defining the way I eat. Instead of putting a label on it, I’m simply eating with my health in mind. Of course, this is personal and specific to my condition, so I’m playing around with how certain foods make me feel, how they affect my symptoms, and, basically, just doing what’s best for me. Even if it looks like Paleo or SCD or GAPS or some weirdo combination of them all, my main goal is to eat healthy and pick foods that will hopefully heal my body. At the end of the day, I just want to be well.

I’m sorry I’ve been all over the place with regard to my diet and what I’ve been saying about it on CNC. Ulcerative Colitis is a strange and unusual disease, and it doesn’t make much sense to doctors and researchers, and it definitely doesn’t make much sense to me, so I’m doing my best to wrap my brain around it all. The disease affects everyone differently”” and diet, drugs, lifestyle, and everything else add another (confusing) piece to the puzzle. I also keep learning more and more about UC as well as the immune system, inflammation, anti-nutrients, leaky gut, probiotics, etc., so my thinking continues to change and evolve, which is why I’ve been a confusing mess on here lately. I hope you guys understand. Thank for you bearing with me as I try to figure it all out.

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