Carb Load

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’m pretty sure carb-loading before a race involves beer, right? Yep, I think it does.

After wandering around the city for hours and hours, I met Theodora for a couple of beers at The Ginger Man, a laid-back beer bar featuring 66 taps and over 120 bottled beers.

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The Ginger Man was totally my type of bar, and hanging out there was just how I wanted to spend my Saturday afternoon: good friend + good beer. Theodora and I spent a solid three hours chatting away and sipping beer.

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My beer of choice was a Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale, which was “a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.” I love barleywines, so this beer ruled.

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After an impromptu Saturday afternoon happy hour, I said goodbye to Theodora and then met Caitlin and her mom for dinner at Bar Basque.

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For my entrée, I ordered the Oxtail in Crispy Bread Ravioli, which was served in a red wine reduction with an herb salad on top. It was tasty, but not at all what I expected. When I read ”˜ravioli’ on the menu, I thought pasta raviolis, which this dish was not. Oh, well. I still ate it.

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Along with my entrée, I also shared a bunch of side dishes with the table: roasted veggies and grilled potatoes.

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For dessert, we each enjoyed a mini salted caramel ice cream cone. It was the perfect ending to the meal.

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I just laid out all of my stuff for tomorrow’s half marathon. I feel so unprepared”” and nervous!

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Wish me luck!!!



  1. a solid three hours chatting away and sipping beer = PERFECT!

    Oxtail ravioli. I have been eating a plant based diet pretty much my whole life…I may be the only person who read the post and need to google what oxtail is…. LOL

    You will ROCK your race!!

  2. Mini desserts are so lovely for those of us who *need* a sweet treat but have wasted too much space on main meals 😉 I wish somewhere in Canberra served little ice cream cones!

  3. Gingerman is just a couple blocks from my work, we take clients there all the time. Good choice! I will have to try that barley wine next time I am there!

  4. i love the ginger man! we try to go there for happy hour all the time but it’s usually so crowded. apparently they are one of the only bars to serve Cask Beer (?), it’s some british favourite. Good luck on your race!

  5. My daughter finished her first 10k with me yesterday. It was such a blast…and I thought of you when we finished and sat down to share an elephant ear. (That healthy balance thing) Good luck today!

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