CNC Turns Five

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.

Happy National Carrot Cake Day!!!


National Carrot Cake Day is also the day that I published my very first post on Carrots ”˜N’ Cake. Crazy coincidence, right? Every year since then, I’ve celebrated both of these special occasions on February 3rd:

I still can’t believe a little online journal to keep me motivated to get in shape for my wedding day would turn into what it is today. I thank my lucky stars every single day for the opportunities that CNC has afforded me. Here are some of the best from the past year:

Lunch with Ellie Krieger

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Hi, guys! I just got back from having lunch with Ellie Krieger. No big deal. Lunch This afternoon, Kris, Karen, and I met Ellie at Cookshop for lunch. (Kris and Karen are the PR folks from the California Grapes Commission.) Cookshop was a great spot for lunch.

Mohegan Sun WineFest ’12

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Wow! What an event! I’ve attended all sorts of wine tastings over the years, but nothing like Mohegan’s Sun WineFest! Featuring beer, wine, specialty spirits and delectable dishes this weekend extravaganza has something for everyone. Wine and beer enthusiasts can select from over 1,000 brands or enjoy tastings of specialty sponsor spirits. Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Bob Harper Interview: All About CrossFit

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Do you remember when I had the opportunity to interview Bob Harper and, to my surprise (and delight), more than half of his responses were about CrossFit? Well, apparently, for the past several months, Bob Harper has been training at BRICK CrossFit in Los Angeles, where he has been rockin’ the WODs and absolutely loving it.

Reach the Beach Relay


If you missed my previous Reach the Beach posts, here they are: Last-Minute Relay Preparations New Balance Factory Tour & Team Dinner Reach the Beach Relay: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM Reach the Beach Relay: 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM Reach the Beach Relay: 1:00 AM-11:30 AM Ok, so where did we leave off?

Fitness Blogger Meet & Tweet

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What a cool event! Fitness did an awesome job with the Blogger Meet & Tweet! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to attend. The event was held at the Metropolitan Suite in the Chelsea/Flatiron area of New York City. Theodora got her tweet on! Ahhh! Speaker badge! So cool! Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Reebok Blogger Event

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Here’s part one of my recap of the Rebook Blogger Event just in case you missed it! Ok, where did we leave off? After CrossFit, we all headed back to Reebok Headquarters to learn about some of the sneakers on the market right now as well as some of the new ones, which will debut in July.

“The Skinny Rules” Launch Party with Bob Harper

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Good times in New York City! I can’t believe my trip is already over and I’m back on the Bolt Bus to Boston. I think I may have spent almost as much time on the bus as I did in the Big Apple!

BlogHer Food ’12

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Yesterday was all about eating, drinking, and being merry””which I guess is the main point of BlogHer Food, right? Well, I’m glad I enjoyed my time to the fullest! After the morning session, Monica and I visited Pike’s Place Public Market, which was just a few blocks from the hotel.

2012 CrossFit Games


Ahhhhhh! The CrossFit Games are absolutely amazing! I keep referring to them as “CrossFit Christmas” because they’re so fun! Again, a huge THANK YOU to GNC and Reebok for making this trip happen for me. I am forever grateful! On Friday, Heather, Kelly, and I arrived at the Games around 10:30 AM. Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Reebok Fit Hub Store Opening in New York City

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What a cool event! Thank you so much for inviting me, Reebok and Fitfluential! Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Reebok‘s new Fit Hub concept store in New York City. The Fit Hub was designed to inspire people to move, train, get fit and have fun while doing it.

2012 Healthy Living Summit Cocktail Party


When I last left you, I was on my way back to Boston via Bolt Bus. Theodora, Ashley, and I arrived at South Station just before 3:00 PM and then hopped in a cab to the Hyatt Regency Cambridge for the 2012 Healthy Living Summit.

Whole9 Recap


The Whole9 Seminar was awesome. It was exactly what I expected and really helped me connected the dots with regard to my health and ulcerative colitis. The ”˜9′ in Whole9 comes from these 9 factors, which Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, the creators, believe are all important for optimal health.

Getting After It (Canton Road Race Recap)


This race recap can be summarized in five words: get after it and holy crap. On Saturday morning, I ran the 8th Annual Canton Road Race at Reebok Corporate Headquarters. When I arrived, I found Elizabeth and then the other Fitfluential ambassadors (Sarah, Robin, Katie, Mattie, and Kelly), who were also running the race.

Fitbloggin’ Adventures


Hello! I’m having a blast at Fitbloggin’! My morning started bright and early with a 4-mile run along the water with Monica and Lindsay. The inner harbor was gorgeous at this hour of the day. After our run, Lindsay and I said goodbye to Monica and then got ourselves all set up to sample the aminos.

Yoga with Martha Stewart at Grand Central Station

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Rise and shine, it’s time for yoga with Martha Stewart! My day started bright and early at Theodora‘s apartment. We were both invited to a yoga event with Martha Stewart this morning, so I spent the night on her couch (Theodora‘s not Martha’s) last night.

Hotel Marlowe with Murphy


On Saturday, Mal, Murphy, and I spent a lovely evening at Hotel Marlowe. The folks from Kimpton Hotels invited the three of us for a complimentary stay. I love hotels, so when Kimpton invited me along with Murphy, I was all about it. I love doing fun things with the pug!

Meredith Test Kitchen & The Ultimate Potato Recipe Contest

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I hope you guys are enjoying my posts about my trip to judge The Ultimate Potato Recipe Contest with Better Homes & Gardens in partnership with the U.S. Potato Board. It was such a cool experience!

Reebok Blogger Event: CrossFit WOD


Well, hello! Long time, no talk. I had quite the whirlwind weekend, which was packed full of fitness, fun, and friends, so I didn’t have a chance to blog. Sorry about that. Let’s rewind to Friday morning!

Mohegan Sun Girls’ Weekend


Ok, where did we leave off? Biking adventures, right? After our biking tour of Mystic, we headed back to Mohegan Sun for an afternoon at Elemis Spa. Each of us were provided with a spa service to review, so I chose a deep tissue massage.


It was quite the year, wasn’t it?!?

And, of course, CNC wouldn’t be what it is today without each and every one of you. Thank you for reading, commenting, and supporting me and this blog. I can’t explain how much it means to me.

Carrots ”˜N’ Cake Anniversary Giveaway

To show my appreciation, I’m hosting a special blog birthday giveaway with 5 of my favorite things””I’m almost positive you’ve seen them on CNC in the past!


BIC Bands, including 3 headbands (one is sparkly) + 3 sparkly hair ties/bracelets, which are a new product from the company.

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A jar of Super Chunky Teddie Peanut Butter and a pound of Marylou’s Peanut Butter Wonderful Coffee.

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A signed copy of my book.

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And a copy of Practical Paleo!

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One lucky CNC reader will win all of these items!

To enter: Just leave a comment on this post about what you enjoy most about CNC. Earn extra entries by tweeting about this giveaway or pinning something from CNC to Pinterest. If you leave a comment, tweet, and pin something, you’ll get three entries. Just be sure to leave a second and/or third comment with your tweet and/or pin. I’ll randomly pick a winner on Tuesday morning. Good luck!



  1. I enjoy the frequency and variety of your posts. I love to cook, eat, and exercise so the balance of interests along with new ideas motivates me.

  2. I enjoy your genuineness coming through all the variety of posts that you share. Whether it’s exercise, food, fun or just life, you write with your heart!

  3. I love that you make exercise and eating healthfully seem like so much fun – it’s really inspiring! plus, LOVE your recipes

  4. I love the variety and the frequency of your posts. Also I enjoy how you incorporate your husband and dog and talk alot about your everyday activities! Congrats on 5 years!

  5. I love reading your blog. I like to see what workouts you are doing, what you are eating and of course the adventures of Murphy 🙂

  6. Love your blog, Tina! You provide daily inspiration and motivation, I can’t help but want to live a healthier life when I read your blog ~ thank you!!

  7. I love reading all of the fun sports you try – you are very inspirational and have given me confidence to try new sports – even if they are outside of my comfort zone. And I always love reading anything to do with Murphy!

  8. I started reading your blog two years ago when I thought it was healthy to be a perfectionist about everything you put into your body. You have taught me that through incorporating exercise and practicing moderation, being healthy does not call for limitations. I have loved seeing your transition into more strength based workouts and how they have been paying off! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  9. I love your blog. I’ve learned so many ways to stay active and healthy by taking tips from you. I’ve been doing Paleo for about a month now thanks to you introducing me to it and I love it! Thanks for everything that you do!

  10. Happy Blog Anniversary!! I’ve been following for the past month and you have motivated me to try paleo and crossfit and so many other things! Love your writing!

  11. I love how motivating your blog is AND that you enjoy all food – I hate diets that cut out entire food groups or have “bad” foods!

  12. I enjoy your motivation for being healthy but realistic.. Oh who am I kidding, i totally comeback everyday for Murphy :)!!!

  13. I enjoy the variety, the happiness, the fun, and the fact that you are healthy, but still like beer and wine! I am trying to find a way to be fit, but still enjoy some drinks. 🙂

  14. I like the most about CNC is how you make healthy lifestyle seem so easy and entertaining! Reading this blog inspires me to make my own lifestyle changes and when my knees get better, I’ll probably start Crossfit as well.

  15. I enjoy seeing the workouts that you post on CNC, particularly ones without any equipment-so easy to complete when I am traveling!

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