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Hi, 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.

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Wow, I am totally blown away by the comments and emails that I’ve received from you guys. Thank you so much for your support and well wishes. I actually got a little choked up reading them today. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. It really does make things less scary. Again, thank you.


I tried to keep lunch bland and easy on the intestines by eating chicken and rice soup with some Popchips and plenty of water. This meal mostly kept my insides happy.

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Just a little while ago, I snacked on a Raw Revolution Bar, which was very tasty. Hopefully, it doesn’t upset my stomach!

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Even though I’m dealing with some health issues right now, I plan to keep CNC as ”˜normal’ as possible. I’ll probably talk about my health here and there, but I don’t want it to be the main focus of my blog. You’ll also probably see some changes in the foods that I eat, but, hopefully, things will be back to normal soon. (I’m taking four different drugs! I better start to feel well soon!)

Three Questions Thursday

Here’s the next installment of  Three Questions Thursday! Keep those questions coming!

You said you gained ten pounds training for your marathon in January, and I wondered how that happened. I’ve lost weight running, and your comment made me wonder if I’m doing something wrong. Was it muscle you gained? Any clarification you can provide would be most grateful. 

Basically, I consumed more calories than I burned, so I put on weight. Here are a few posts about my marathon weight gain:

Could you maybe make a post about fitting in fitness/workouts for people who have a job where they are not their own boss? I find it very difficult to sometimes relate to your posts because you work from home, and can do things whenever you want. I feel as though if I had a more flexible schedule, it would be a breeze to run every day. But when I have to be in an office at a certain time, for an amount of time that I don’t get to choose for myself”¦ it becomes difficult to take your advice on exercising.

My two biggest tips for fitting exercise into your day:

  • Become a morning exerciser. For me, getting my workout done in the morning sets a healthy tone, so I make healthier decisions all day long. Plus, there are fewer obstacles to prevent me from working out. I mean, there isn’t much going on at 5:00 AM, so it’s easier to stick with my exercise routine.
  • Schedule your workouts into your week. Every Sunday night (when I worked full-time and now), I plan my workouts for the upcoming week. Whether it’s a group exercise class, easy run, or day off, they all get put into my calendar, which helps me find time for exercise (even if it’s just 20 minutes) and keeps me accountable. Once my workouts are scheduled for the week, I plan everything else (errands, social events, etc.) around them. Planning out my workouts also helps get me into the right state of mind. For instance, if I know I only have 45 minutes for a workout, I mentally prepare myself to boogie, so I can get changed into workout clothes, break a sweat, and get back to my life.

Before I worked from home, I used to write about this topic all of time on CNC, so here are a few more helpful posts:

How did you go from working full-time to blogging? Do you have any tips for those of us who work full-time, but have a blog too?

In October 2009, I quit my fancy-schmancy, full-time job at Harvard to blog for a living, but resigning from my job didn’t happen overnight. It took months and months of planning and calculated decisions, which I explain in this post. Basically, I made a list of what was important to me and then came up with game plan to achieve my goal. It wasn’t easy (there was plenty of stress and crying involved), but, eventually, it worked out. As for tips, check out this post: Blogging Tips for the 9-to-5.

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