Away From My Desk

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

I spent a lot of time away from my desk yesterday and it was awesome. Of course, I’m paying for it today (holy inbox explosion!), but it was totally worth it and a really good day.


Chrissy emailed me the other day to tell me about an amazing Groupon deal for Dancing Crow Yoga (10 classes for $49), so immediately hopped on it and bought one. Thanks, Chrissy!


I’ve been using YogaDownload to practice at home, but it’s just not the same as a class, so I was psyched about the 10 sessions coming to me and cashed one in yesterday. I also just really love Dancing Crow Yoga. They have the best instructors and classes.


My favorite class at Dancing Crow Yoga is Nikki’s Strengthen Your Asana. I planned to go yesterday morning, but, right before it started, I slipped into the Gentle Yoga class that was happening at the same time. Nikki’s class is sort of like a Power Yoga class with lots of strength and core work, but I felt like taking more of a low-key, flow-y, and stretchy class. The Gentle Yoga class was good, but a little too gentle for my liking. I liked that it focused on breath and breathing, but there were way too many resting breaks and not enough activity for me. Even still, it felt great to just “let go” and chill out for 75 minutes. It was exactly what I needed.


After yoga, I hit up Banana Republic and Kohl’s to look for a dress to wear to Mal’s sister’s wedding next weekend and something to wear to Jen’s rehearsal dinner the following week. Elizabeth‘s wedding is also coming up, so I shopped for that too. It’s wedding season, baby!



After shopping for wedding wear, I popped into Whole Foods to grab some groceries (since we can’t seem to go a whole week without a second shopping since we started eating more of a Paleo-esque diet). It was well past my usual lunchtime and I was hungry, so I succumbed to the Whole Foods salad and hot bars.

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I also succumbed to the Kombucha. I have no idea if it actually works, but it’s sure delicious!

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There was a package of Wholly Guacamole in the fridge that was on its last days, so I added some (with carrot and cucumber sticks) to lunch.

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After lunch, I took Murphy to the park. It was a beautiful day, and I was still wearing my workout gear, so I figured why not? A nice walk outside in the sunshine would be good for the both of us.


I switched things up by taking Murphy to a different park.


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Unfortunately, at this one, “all dogs must be leashed.” Wicked bummer for Murphy.


I kept him on leash, but let him “free” for a little while when we practiced poses for today’s pug photo shoot.


Work it, pug! Love your “Blue Steel”!


Clearly, “Le Tigre” is a totally different look.


Pug hug.

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After the park, I came home and snacked on some more guacamole and veggies. Awesome snack.


Be back soon with dinner!



  1. So many people think yoga is just being in a room with a bunch of people stretching, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a great way to keep your body and mind healthy. I recommend it all the time. A flexible body has a much greater chance of being at ease and stress-free. Great post!

  2. Have also been eating a Paleo-esqe diet after doing Whole30 last month – totally agree about needing additional groceries. Used to shop once for the week and now have found the need to shop twice to keep us in stock. Not really in the budget to do this…will have to find a happy medium.

  3. I live in Boulder where peeps are craaaaa-razy for their Kombucha. I remain unconvinced about any of the health claims, but the Gingerberry flavor is so good–you should try it next!

  4. I eat a paleo-ish diet, and I find that the key to skipping the second shopping trip is to buy a combination of whatever looks good and/or is on sale and longer lasting fruits and veggies. For instance I love eggplant (and it’s in season) but it needs to be used first. I buy it anyway, but I also buy cauliflower or broccoli. Hope that helps!

  5. I tried Kombucha once (same brand as the one you showed, but Cranberry), and it was too vinegary. Is there a particular flavor that isn’t so pungent?

    1. @Beks: I find the original flavor to be the most mild tasting. You could try that and mix it with a little bit of juice such as pomegranite or ginger, that will cut down the vinegar taste. I actually just started brewing my own kombucha at home and find that it’s much tastier than the store bought kind.

  6. Hi Tina! I love your blog especially now that I have switched to a paleo approach for eating! I am going to make those delicious pumpkin spice bars you tweeted this morning. Do you think I could switch out some of the almond flour for hazelnut flour?

  7. That would drive me crazy to have to go to the store twice a week! hah. I always buy tons of fruits & veggies each week, and they last us perfectly 🙂

    Love the practice photo shoot! Haha.

    Did you find some good dresses?? 🙂

  8. Tina, I Googled Kombucha to see what it is (I have seen it in Whole Foods/on other blogs, but I wasn’t sure what it was) and I found this and thought I should send it to you. Not sure if you take this medication, but its worth a mention:

    Some evidence from small case studies has shown kombucha to aggravate symptoms of ulcerative colitis in patients taking remicade, potentially causing life-threatening side effects, such as causing the appendix to burst.[

  9. Have you tried Wholly Guac’s spicy version yet? I love their 100 calorie packs, to much guac at once isn’t safe around me!

  10. Love the Wholly Guac…freezes well, I buy it at Costco. Murphy’s always a hit in my book and you did good on the wedding clothes, super cute. I may have to pick your brain about your P.T. certification (or just read your posts again). I am thinking of doing that too although I’d really like to do the nutrition one too or maybe even first.

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