The Break, The Crack, The Questions

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 think I’m feeling better this afternoon. I’m far from well, but things aren’t getting worse for once! Hey, I’ll take it.


Lunch was sliced turkey on a toasted gluten-free bagel with sweet potato wedges on the side. This lunch tasted great and didn’t give me any issues. Awesome.

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A little while later, I snacked on a NRG Bar, which was made with all sorts of whole grains, which didn’t seem to upset my stomach””no major issues at least! Maybe things really are getting better? I dunno, but it tasted pretty amazing, especially compared to all of the bland foods I’ve been eating lately. Spoke too soon. My intenstines are not happy about this bar (or possibly something else I ate). Meh.

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The Break

Attention Back on My Feet supporters! Tomorrow night, Back on My Feet’s Founder and CEO, Anne Mahlum, is hosting a documentary about youth homelessness on MTV that airs at 8PM (EST).


Anne will provide a first-hand look into the harsh reality endured by young homeless men and women in “The Break,” a 90-minute inspirational documentary.

The Crack Heard ”˜Round the World

Attention cheese lovers! There’s a fun event coming to Whole Foods on March 10th!


Breaking into a wheel of our 24-month aged Parmigiano Reggiano is like “cracking open happiness.” There is a centuries-old art to opening the cheese wheels by using official tools (five different types of knives) so the internal crystalline structure and crumbly texture is left intact.

To honor this tradition and celebration of this beloved cheese ”” on Saturday March 10, 2012 at 3pm EST ”” wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano will be simultaneously cracked and sampled at Whole Foods Markets across the US, Canada and the UK. Shoppers are encouraged to stop by their local store to enjoy samples and pairing ideas.

I’m a big dork and want to see this happen. I love cheese! And breaking things.

Three Questions Thursday

I almost forgot, but here’s the next edition of Three Questions Thursday!

How do you make your sweet potato wedges?

They’re super easy to make! Just preheat the oven to 400*F, cut your sweet potatoes into wedges, toss with olive oil and sea salt, spread on a baking sheet, and cook for 40-45 minutes. I usually toss them around every 10 minutes or so just to prevent them from sticking to the pan. After 40-45 minutes, turn up the oven to broil and cook for another 5-7 minutes until the outsides are crispy.

I love your blog and have been a reader for a couple years now! I have run 2 half marathons and did my first full in November. The thing is, after that race, I lost all motivation. College started up again, my friends were around, and I got into a serious relationship and even started an internship! With all that I can’t seem to find my love for running again. I can’t seem to find that “spark” to get the ball rolling again. Any advice? What do you do when you’re in a rut?

Oh, yes, I know the feeling all too well, especially after getting burnt out on running after the New York City Marathon this past fall. For me, the best way to jump-start my motivation is finding a new way to exercise. Before I found CrossFit, I tried TRX, SurfSET Fitness, and bought a one-month membership to a new gym as a way to mix it up. All of these things (plus CrossFit, of course) helped me get myself out of an exercise rut.

Fitness motivation is actually one of my favorite topics to write about, so check out the following posts for some more ideas!

For breakfast I usually eat one cup of Kashi cereal with blueberries or raspberries and milk and a banana with peanut butter. I try to make myself wait until lunch to eat again, but I’m always starving. What can I do to not feel famished just a few hours after breakfast?

It sounds like you’re starting the day off with a healthy meal, but it seems like you might need some additional protein and fat to keep you full for longer. Some of my favorites are foods with staying power are Greek yogurt, eggs, nut butters, nuts, and smoothies with protein powder. You could also add a mid-morning snack to your day, especially if you’re starving at lunchtime. I find snacks that include lean protein, healthy fats, and fiber keep me full the longest. For some ideas, here’s a big list of my favorite snacks.



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