Childhood Outlook

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Reminiscing with my family last night got me thinking about my childhood. From the outside, growing up in a single-parent home with not a lot of money probably didn’t seem like an ideal situation. As my mom would say, “we didn’t have a pot to piss in,” but somehow, the three of us made it work. We’re all really laid-back (I’m the most high-strung if that says anything), so even though we lived through some tough times, we just went with the flow and made the best of the situation.

The other night when I had dinner at my sister’s house, she gave me a bunch of food that she didn’t like or wasn’t planning to eat: oat bran, raisins, and honey. Growing up, we were taught to never waste food, so this mindset still sticks with us today. Pretty much every time I see my sister (or my mom), we always have a big bag full of stuff to give to that person– usually, it’s food, but sometimes it’s clothing or other random items that we can’t bear to just toss in the trash. Over the years, we’ve saved quite a bit of money sharing between us!

I find it so interesting how one’s childhood shapes their habits and outlook on life. I always thought that I was my own independent person– someone who went off to college and developed her own ideas and ways to look at life. But, the older I get, the more I realize how much my childhood and my family influence who I am today. I love realizing that I say the same things as my mom or do things just like one of my aunts or uncles.

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Breakfast

After my dentist appointment (no cavities!), I was so ready for breakfast. Sitting in that dentist chair with an empty, grumbling stomach was not very fun. I needed food ASAP!

When I got home, I whipped up a quick bowl of Raspberry Pecan Mad Hectic Oatmeal. (LOVE this stuff!) I added a scoop of peanut butter to the mix.

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I enjoyed my oatmeal with a wonderful iced tea latte. This time, I tried Golden Moon’s Sugar Caramel Oolong, which had a nice, sweet caramel flavor to it. So delish!

If you’re interested in trying this flavor (or the Coconut Pouchong) for yourself, you can buy it here.

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Like last time, I brewed the tea the night before, let it sit in the fridge overnight, and then added ice and vanilla soy milk. (When I make tea for an iced tea latte, I double the amount of tea and use the same amount of water to make the brew stronger. The flavor holds up much better when mixed with ice and milk.)

So, what do you guys think of these Golden Moon teas? What else would you want to know about them? Which one is your favorite? Golden Moon is a fan of Carrots ‘N’ Cake and is willing to answer any questions. Just let me know!

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Question of the Day

How did your upbringing affect your outlook on life?

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75 Comments

  1. Both my parents were teachers, so there was never a lot of money to go around, especially in a family with 5 daughters! We were taught to save our allowance, and later when we worked summer jobs, to save a certain percentage of our earnings….I think that fact has made be a conscientious consumer and a wise saver!…..My dad also made us run starting at the age of 4. Throughout my childhood I hated it, but as an adult I continued to do it, to appreciate and reap its benefits, and well now I love it and it’s probably the only reason I’m not a fat slob, because I love to eat, eat, eat!

  2. Tina, I loved this post and always love reading about your close knit family. You’re a lucky duck 🙂

  3. It’s so nice to hear you recount stories about your family. This one in particular reminds me of mine. Even though I grew up in a two-parent household, money was definitely tight. I too have a “waste not, want not” attitude and absolutely hate to see anything go to waste. Unfortunately, this mind set is heavily related to the “clean plate club” mentality, which is not good for my waist line.

  4. I am very influenced by my childhood, we also didn’t have a ton of money and ate frugally and lots of casseroles. But because of that I am a really good grocery shopper and can always estimate within $1 what our bill will be and how much I saved with coupons. It is too bad they don’t have coupons for fruit and veggies!

  5. My family has always taught me to do the right thing for the right reasons not because of the threat of punishment. We were not every really punished, just explained why things were wrong to do.

  6. My upbringing soooooooooo influenced me…… my dad was self employed and some years we were really well off and other years we were very lean. To this day I do not waste things. I donate, swap, and shop coupons….we made awesome dresses and Halloween costumes some years and other years bought the finest. It is all in the perspective you have . Either way , my little sister and I were happy because we knew my folks ( and us ) were doing the very best we could. I think it is important for children to see that it is not money that makes you …..it is your attitude. AND family is worth way more than anything that cash can purchase.

    It is funny because looking back we were probably just middle class or maybe upper middle, but when I asked my sister what she thought of our childhood, she had the same response as I did…..that we always had the best of everything. Probably because my mom made us feel like our belongings were something special……even when they were a real bargain.

  7. I definitely feel like I am also picking out things about my upbringing that are showing themselves now. My mother came from a wealthy liberal family outside of nyc and my dad was a poor sailors son in southampton, england. It is funny because my mother is the more frugal one and my father is more of a spender but cheap in some ways. I tend to choose quality over quantity so I prefer one nice designer bag over 5 cheaper bags. I also like to work really hard for things myself and build my own career like my dad without any help along the way, even though I know they have connections that would help. I love how they raised me to eat…I always choose wholesome fresh ingredients over anything processed because I was never allowed sugary cereals or packaged cookies, they were baked.

  8. I was also raised not to waste any food, so it always pains me when I go out to eat with friends and they leave so much on their plate without taking it home!! We are so fortunate to have so much choice over what and how much we eat. It’s not fair to squander our resources when we could be using them so much more efficiently!

  9. I had a great upbringing. I watched my parents re-start their lives in a new country to give us a better future. There were many ups and downs, but we always had lots of love and food 🙂

    Now that I am raising my own children I see how much of what I learned in my upbringing I am applying when I am raising them.

  10. My upbringing taught me alot about how I will and won’t treat my kids. Things I will and won’t say to build them up or tear them down. I am thankful for the adult I am and I know I wouldn’t be here without my upbringing and all the circumstances surrounding it. But it is truly by God’s grace and protection that I am where I am.
    We didn’t have a pot to piss in eaither, so I am EXTREMELY frugal and don’t like to waiste anything. In fact, my jeans today, they have a hole in the crotch. A small one, but these are “7’s.” I paid good money for them 8 years ago and dang it, I am going to wear them until the hole grows and my butt hangs out. Maybe I take the frugalness too far? 🙂

  11. My family definitely influenced my outlook on food. Although some of the habits were unhealthy a few healthy ones did influence me as well, like eating together as a family. I think saying “not having a pot to piss in” is such a New England thing to say. I occasionally say it in random conversations in Iowa and people look at me like Im nuts!

  12. Growing up with 10 brothers and sisters had a huge impact on who I am and how I deal. I feel like I have a little piece of each of them in me. My parents did their best to make sure we were all our own people but spending so much time with family and having so many role models its impossible not to be a blend of each other. Some of the traits that I am proud of and that I feel are directly a result of my family are the ability to observe and really understand how others feel (from my siblings), to be grateful for all I have (from my mom), my work ethic (my dad), my ability to take the good with the bad (my entire family). The fact that we grew up not wanting for anything but still not being spoiled obviously had a huge impact as well. If I went into everything this comment is going to be a novella so lets just say my family has made me into the person I am today and I couldn’t be happier.

  13. Christine, I also used to say “We might be poor but we are HAPPY!!” Funny that it took you 30 years to realize that I was always right!

  14. Oh my goodness how does growing up not influence someones life. It is all about what you are taught, what you get used to and what you see modeled. It’s hard to get rid of what is etched in our minds from such a young age!
    Katherine

  15. Loved reading your story. I also grew up in a household where money was tight (non-existent sometimes) and that definitely affects who I am today. I also have a weird thing about not wasting food or anything for that matter. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  16. My upbringing has definitely had an effect – my mum brought me up to “get on with things” rather than moping around when things are tough, so I tend to let myself cry for a bit when something happens and then I tell myself to “buck up”! I think it’s been one of the most valuable skills she’s taught me!

  17. The way I live my life is a HUGE testament to my parents and my upbringing. They taught us to eat healthy and exercise and I live by that now!

  18. Growing up with 10 brothers and sisters had a huge impact on who I am and how I deal. I feel like I have a little piece of each of them in me. My parents did their best to make sure we were all our own people but spending so much time with family and having so many role models its impossible not to be a blend of each other. Some of the traits that I am proud of and that I feel are directly a result of my family are the ability to observe and really understand how others feel (from my siblings), to be grateful for all I have (from my mom), my work ethic (my dad), my ability to take the good with the bad (my entire family). The fact that we grew up not wanting for anything but still not being spoiled obviously had a huge impact as well. If I went into everything this comment is going to be a novella so lets just say my family has made me into the person I am today and I couldn’t be happier.

  19. I think that’s so fabulous and practicle that you and your mom and sister share so much stuff. Me and my mom do the same thing. Your sister probably knew you would make use of the oat bran, raisins, and honey.

  20. My upbringing has definitely had an effect – my mum brought me up to “get on with things” rather than moping around when things are tough, so I tend to let myself cry for a bit when something happens and then I tell myself to “buck up”! I think it’s been one of the most valuable skills she’s taught me!

  21. I think that’s so fabulous and practicle that you and your mom and sister share so much stuff. Me and my mom do the same thing. Your sister probably knew you would make use of the oat bran, raisins, and honey.

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