Dole’s Healthly Lifestyle Blogger Summit

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.

3 planes

14.5 hours

3,205 miles

And I’m finally here!

What an insane day of travel. I’ll spare you the details, but let you know that American Airlines has a lot of broken planes. I’m glad I’m not flying them home!

All of that travel was well worth it though. I arrived safe and sound at the gorgeous Four Seasons in Westlake, California for Dole’s Healthly Lifestyle Blogger Summit. I’m spending the next two days listening to wellness-related presentations, nutrition discussions, and participating in spa (!!!) and fitness activities. Obviously, I am psyched to be here.

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I’m also psyched about my hotel room at the Four Seasons. It’s beautiful””and you know how much I love hotels.

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TV in the bathroom? I’m pretty sure that means it’s fancy.

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Because of my crazy travel adventures, I missed the first 1.5 hours of the Summit’s kick-off event, a cocktail hour followed by a “Healthy Chef’s Challenge,” which was basically an Iron Chef-esque competition to introduce attendees to one another and challenge them to re-create a Thanksgiving meal with a healthy twist.

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Groups were formed and then divided into teams where they prepare healthy entrees using a variety of Dole products and then presented their dishes to a panel of judges.

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I arrived almost at the end of the competition, so I just watched and drank a glass of wine, which I really needed at that point in the day.

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Group pic!

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After the cooking competition, we sat down for dinner.

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We started with a thick asparagus soup, which I absolutely loved. (I’m working on getting the recipe for it, so don’t you worry!) I’m not generally a huge fan of soup because it doesn’t normally fill me up, but this one was very satisfying””heavy, but not gross heavy, ya know?

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The main course was the most amazing buffet””yams with bananas, farro spinach salad, grilled scallops, mint roasted Brussels sprouts, sliced turkey, and spinach salad with figs and goat cheese. So delicious, so nutritious.

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For dessert, we enjoyed a slice of pumpkin pie with a ginger snap crust and some berry crisp””also delicious.

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After eating all of that food and experiencing some serious jet lag, I was so ready for bed. I snapped a quick photo with Monica, went straight to my hotel room, and face-planted in my bed. I slept great last night.

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Busy day ahead! Stay tuned!

Be Thankful Challenge

I’m grateful for blogging and everything that it has afforded me. Who knew a little hobby would become such a huge part of my life?



  1. You’re around the corner from where I grew up! I lived in Simi Valley, CA before I moved to Boston. I’m so jealous! Santa Ana winds/ fire season/ windy Octobers are my absolute favorite! If you have time, hit up Zuma Beach, you wont be sorry.

  2. TV in the bathroom, how luxerious! I remember thinking it was so strange when I moved and there was a phone jack in the bathroom:) I feel you on the long day of travel. Its not that you are phsyically doing much, but its so exhausting all the same. And you always seem to land in the furtherest terminal from the baggage claim.

  3. Oh man, what a long day of travel. I bet you were ready for that glass of wine. 🙂

    Hope you end up getting the soup recipe. I love asparagus!

  4. This sounds like so much fun! Your hotel room looks very yellow – in a good way – very Dole-esque!!! Can’t wait to hear more about the event!

  5. What a day! Traveling from Boston to California on a good day makes me tired – you must have been a mess. At least after all that you made it in time to enjoy the dinner 🙂
    I think that tub looks even better then the TV! Hotels with big beds and deep tubs are the best.

  6. We had the same thing happen with us when flying back from CA this summer and every single excuse was a “broken plane.” It makes me wonder if these airlines are really having malfunctions or if they are just not filling seats. Hmmm”¦.
    Regardless, glad you made it there safely!

  7. sounds like a miserable day of travel. but at least youre staying at the 4 seasons and not motel 6. ive stayed there once and it is gorgeous, one of the nicest hotels ive ever been to. and some scenes of the biggest loser were filmed there a couple seasons ago!

  8. what a fun and DELICIOUS time Tina! 😀 Yea, who knew you’d be blessed beyond your own understanding through a hobby? 😉 And I love how more and more places are starting to offer other alternatives like Stevia.

  9. Great room… mostly I’ve always wanted to have a gift bag waiting for me when I checked in or in my room. Apparently I don’t attend the right events or have the right friends! 🙂

    I hope the summit is productive and fun, though you’re having spa activities so how can it not be? Have fun!

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