Eats and Happenings {Thursday}

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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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Good morning! Happy Friday!

Just wanted to share some eats and happenings from yesterday! I feel like I don’t do too many of these kinds of posts anymore, and I want to bring them back a little more often. I personally love blogger’s day-in-the-life posts””I guess I’m just nosy and like seeing what they’re up to””so I hope you guys also enjoy reading them!


I started my day with an oldie, but goodie breakfast: whole wheat toast with nut butter and banana slices. I had peanut butter on one half and almond butter on the other. Delish. Simple. Satisfying. The perfect breakfast, right?

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After breakfast, I worked, worked, worked and then headed to Flywheel for a spinning class with Kerrie. We heard the first class was free, so we drove into Boston to see what it was all about.

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Flywheel was awesome, and I got such a great workout! They have this system where you can compete against other riders in class, which I didn’t sign up for this time, but I really wish I had. I love stuff like that. Kerrie signed up, and it was neat to watch where she fell in the rankings. She said it definitely made her work harder. I also worked harder because I kept comparing the stats on my bike to those on the TV screen. Flywheel also shares your workout stats via email after your workout, which I thought was really cool too. I love being able to see specific numbers and results!

As far as how Flywheel compares to SoulCycle, they’re actually pretty different. I felt like Flywheel was a straight-forward and challenging spinning class while SoulCycle was like a party on a spin bike. I definitely worked harder at Flywheel and got a better workout, but the SoulCycle class was insanely fun. I still can’t get over the energy and how quickly the class flew by! Both Flywheel and SoulCycle are awesome workouts, but it just depends on your personality and mood for which one will be a better fit for you.

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After Flywheel, Kerrie and I stopped by Whole Foods to grab lunch. I went with a big salad.

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And a mango-grapefruit Hint water.

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A couple of hours later, I started to get a little snack-y, so I ate a bunch of Chocolate Chex, which are sooooo addictive. I don’t know what they put in this cereal, but once you start, it’s hard to stop!

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Clearly, the pug was interested in what I was munching on. He’s so pushy sometimes.

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After that, I (finally) took a shower and then headed out to take Murphy for his afternoon walk. While we walked, I listened to an episode of The Paleo View from February about The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne, which is all about how to reverse autoimmune diseases and heal your body. (She also has a cookbook with recipes specific to the autoimmune protocol diet, which I wish I knew about this summer when I did the Repairvite diet and was totally miserable.) The podcast included four different women””some of them with multiple autoimmune diseases””chatting about their experience with the book. Hearing their stories definitely made me want to check it out. I figured I’d pass along this info for those of you struggling with autoimmune diseases. The Paleo Approach and cookbook have both received great reviews!

Random side note that has nothing to do with autoimmune diseases: Remember how I was all about the Maternity Full Panel Skinny Jeans from Old Navy and waited until they went on sale to buy them? Well, I finally bought them and hate them. They do not stay up! I wore them on my walk with Murphy yesterday and had to stop every five minutes to pull them up. So annoying. I am so not a fan. However, I LOVE the demi-panel style of the Old Navy maternity jeans and really wished I bought two pairs of them. Blah. Live and learn!

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When Murphy and I got home from our walk, Mal was finally home from school. He had already made up his mind about dinner (ordering Lime Leaf), so I was on board too. It definitely sounded better than what we had originally meal planned.

Please note the bugged-out pug eyeball in the photo below. Weirdest dog ever.

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Questions of the Day

Day-in-the-life blog posts? Yay or nay?

Have you ever tried Flywheel? If so, what’d you think?

Are you competitive? With yourself? Others?

Do you listen to podcasts? Which one is your favorite?

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