Chia Seeds for Morning Sickness

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Hi, friends!

Thanks for all of your awesome comments on my What to Pack In Your Hospital Bag post. You guys are so smart, and I definitely got a lot of great ideas. Now, I am really itching to pack my bag and meet this baby already!

A little recap from yesterday…


I started my day with a delicious bagel breakfast and a big glass of green juice. I topped my bagel with Chive & Onion Cream Cheese from The Laughing Cow on one half and plain cream cheese and strawberry jelly on the other half. Delicious and carb-tastic!

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After breakfast, I spent a few hours working on blog/freelance stuff and then hit the road to drive to my 36-week appointment. It takes me about an hour to get to my doctor’s office, so I stopped to get a little treat from Marylou’s for the car ride: White Chocolate Chip iced coffee! Mmm… heavenly.


The navigation system in my car randomly wanted to be updated yesterday morning, so I picked “female Samantha” as its her voice. I’ll probably call her “Sam” from now on. Every car needs a good name, right?

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Everything went well at my doctor’s appointment. I gained 5 pounds in the last 2 weeks, which actually sort of surprised my doc, but she didn’t seem too concerned. I mentioned that I had been snacking a lot lately and she replied: “Just make sure your snacks are healthy. Any weight you gain from this point on is weight that you’ll just have to lose.” I think it was her nice way of saying that I should lay off the Ben & Jerry’s, Loaded Oatmeal Cookies, and Coconut Banana Bread! Haha!

When I got home, I received the warmest pug welcome from Murphy. When Mal and I have been away from home, the pug always grabs “Bear” in his mouth and parades him happily around the house while wagging his tail/butt. It’s adorable and one of my favorite things about coming home!

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Bear has definitely seen better days. (His nose is long gone!) He’s actually one of Murphy’s oldest toys (he came from the swag at BlogHer back in 2010), but, surprisingly, he’s still kicking. Usually, Murphy destroys his stuffed toys (aka rips them apart and tries to eat the insides out of them), but he just loves Bear to death.

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After saying hello to Murphy and Bear, I dug into my lunch, which was a big salad from Whole Foods with a little bit of everything in the mix.

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After lunch, I whipped up a batch of Almond Joy Chia Pudding (recipe coming soon) for later tonight. I recently noticed that eating some Pumpkin Coconut Chia Pudding in the evening after dinner has really helped with my morning sickness. I guess the chia seeds fill up my stomach and keep me satisfied, so I don’t get that hungry/nausea feeling like I normally do. I can’t believe it took me 9 months to figure this out! Haha!



A little while after lunch, I snacked on an apple and shared some of it with my favorite dog friend. He loves apples too!

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Questions of the Day

Does your car have a name?

How does your dog welcome you home?



  1. my dogs 11 and he has a toy we call the original monkey because it was his 1st monkey toy, so he usually has that or one of his hedgehogs his other favorite toys. Being part lab he always has something in his month and likes to steal and gather all the socks in the house lol. luckily the only thing he really gets naughty about chewing is tennis balls. I always get a kick when he barks but refuses to put his toy down so its a muffled bark funniest thing! I have not named my current car even though I did my old one I should I got it 2 years ago this summer she needs a name lol!

  2. OMG Pugs are the best, we have two Murphy and Bosco and they always bring us “Babies” when we get home. It’s so cute!

  3. My dog greets me at the back door. For some reason he won’t go past the door way so he has to wait until I walk through the laundry room before he can greet me properly

  4. my first car was named “Buzzy” because I used to buzz around town in my Honda Civic with all my friends! Oh how i LOVED THAT CAR! Unfortunately it got totaled on the mass pike last summer (in traffic, no less). His nickname came to me quickly, but my new car has been more difficult – maybe because its a boring chevy cruze….but I did accidentally nickname her Shelly the Chevy last week – we will see if it sticks

  5. my car has a name! Alice.

    and my dog always has to greet my husband (usually never me) with something when he walks through the door. either a toy or a chew-stick…but something. I think it’s the cutest!

  6. ok i realize that this is totally absurd, but maybe it’ll make you laugh..
    my car is a gold highlander, so a while ago i looked up scottish baby names to find juuust the right one: Angus Duncan
    “Angus” meaning “one strength” (since this car has always been a champ)
    “Duncan” meaning “brown warrior” (because, yes)

  7. OH MY Gosh, my pug, Max, always brings his teddybear along the walks and the minute I walk in, he goes and get him to dance around me with it. wish I could add a picture to show you.

  8. I love the pictures of Bear! My dog loves to rip up her toys and do “surgery” on them and then leave their insides all over the house.

    My first car (the first one I actually bought) was EllieFins as she was a Hyundai Elantra and had an antenna that looked like fin. My current car (also an Elantra – different model year and style) is Elliefins 2.0.

    My dog cries so loud when I pull into the driveway and when I’m putting my key in the lock. Then of course the greeting and running around a woofing.

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