Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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 am so cool. Actually, if you knew me in real life, you’d know that I’m rather awkward and pretty goofy. Mal actually thinks it’s one of my most “endearing” qualities, but he married me, so he says nice things like this. He knows the truth deep down. Anyway, here’s a story that exemplifies just how “cool” I am.

Yesterday, when Mal and I were grocery shopping, we split up in the produce section to divide and conquer our shopping list. On my list was sweet potatoes, onion, mango, and bananas. I found the first three items and then went over to the bananas to pick out a bunch.

I’m actually a little picky when it comes to bananas. I don’t like them under-ripe because I usually want to eat one the next day, but I don’t like them too ripe because I want them to last the whole week. And, then there’s the whole how-many-bananas-should-I-buy issue. It’s not like it takes me five minutes to pick out bananas, but I put some thought into my purchase.

Well, in typical Tina fashion, I was closely examining the bananas when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw someone standing next to me. I thought it was Mal, so when I finally selected the perfect bunch of bananas, I turned to him, held up the bananas, and enthusiastically said: “BANANAS!” like I had accomplished some great task. Well, unfortunately, this person was a complete stranger. Not Mal at all.

In reply, the random banana guy didn’t say a word to me. He actually didn’t even smile. I’m pretty sure he thought I was bananas. He just looked at me for a second and then picked out his own bunch. I thought the whole situation was pretty hilarious (and a little embarrassing), so I just smiled and then went to find Mal to tell him the story. Knowing me (and my supreme awkwardness), he found it absolutely hysterical and immediately started cracking up. Just another reason why I love my husband. He laughs at with me.

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Strangely, I didn’t wake up starving like I normally do this morning, so I poured myself a glass of iced coffee with soy milk and got to work.

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About an hour later, my stomach started to grumble, so I made myself the most filling breakfast ever. Check out this mix of goodies:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 cup hemp milk
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • 2 scoops of almond butter

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My goodness, it was a satisfying breakfast. I almost didn’t finish it (something that never happens with breakfast), but it tasted so delicious, I killed that last few bites.

Question of the Day

Have you ever embarrassingly mistaken someone you didn’t know for someone you did? Please share your story!

P.S. I’m hosting a giveaway on Trading Up Downtown to win two jars of Barney Butter!



  1. One day when my sister and I were in high school we were standing in the check out lane of the grocery store talking. The man in front of us was wearing a pair of those cheap wind-breaker pants with the pocket linings that flip out of the pocket when you wash them. My sister absentmindedly, as we were talking, reached over and tucked the man’s pocket lining back into the pocket. I didn’t even realize what she had done until the man turned around horrified. She was mortified (it was a knee jerk reaction!) and immediately apologized. We were a little worried he was going to report her to the police!!

  2. I loved this story! When I was in the grocery store last year a stranger came up to me and started taking all the candy out of my cart saying “you really shouldn’t buy this crap!” I was pretty shocked and was going to tell him off when he realized I wasn’t his wife. To his credit we did look a lot alike, and were both wearing similar outfits. I thought it was hilarious and they did too.

  3. I’m always goofing around with my little bro. It back fired a few years ago when I put on a hoodie and with the hood up over my head and face burst into his room pretending to be a boxer, bouncing on my tip toes and punching the air. When I didn’t hear a response I took the hood down to see a new friend my brother had just invited over. I’d never met him and the poor guy looked a little worried.

  4. Loved your banana story! I know I’ve done that before…thinking I was talking to my son but instead it was someone else. And picking out bananas is no easy task.

  5. I love this post! You’re so funny!
    And I looove bananas. I’m the same way when I pick them out. There has to be enough green on the end to assure be it will last the week, but at least one that has enough yellow to be ripe inside.

  6. I had a similar experience in college. I saw a guy walking to class that I thought was my friend (I ‘could tell’ by his signature Red Sox cap). I went up and jumped on his back to realize it wasn’t my friend. We both laughed pretty hard and I apologized!

  7. I literally do the EXACT same thing when choosing bananas each week…so happy someone else puts some thought into it 🙂

  8. that is a yummy quinoa breakfast 🙂 though i have to argue that the actual most filling breakfast ever is the stove top oatmeal with wheat berries from your book. now that, i can hardly finish sometimes!

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