Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

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.

Hi, friends.

So, things went okay with my test this morning. It was quick and mostly painless (thank goodness). My doctor confirmed it’s colitis, and, unfortunately, it’s quite a bit worse than it was last time, so he’s putting me on a new drug (I’m up to five now) and a higher dose of steroids to kick its ass. Let’s hope this more aggressive treatment does the trick. I’m sick of being sick!

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Even in an unpleasant situation like one, there is always something good to be found. This time, it was free socks. I took a pair of these home with me the last time I had this procedure, and they’re surprisingly cozy and comfortable. I actually wear them around the house quite a bit.

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And the best part about these socks is they have little pug paws on the bottom of them. How cute.

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It’s the silver lining, people. You see it, right?


By the time I got home from my tests, it was nearly lunchtime, and I hadn’t eaten since dinner last night, so I immediately toasted a gluten-free bagel. I added peanut butter and banana slices and chowed it right down. When I’m really hungry, food just tastes so amazing. I can’t remember the last time I was that hungry.

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New Balance Discount Code

Some of guys had trouble with the New Balance discount code, and I’m so sorry for the confusion. I worked things out with New Balance and the new code below should work for 15% off and free shipping at shopnewbalance.com (even on clearance stuff). If you have any trouble, please let me know. The code is NBRTB127DB3CE, and it’s valid from now until March 10, 2012. Happy shopping!

Quaker Whole Hearts Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday’s giveaway to win a box of Quaker Whole Hearts cereal. I love that you guys love cereal so much! Here are your winners:

  1. Erica D: Frosted shredded wheats are my favorite!
  2. Jordan: I love Golden Grahams”¦yum. But for healthy cereal, I usually go with Kashi Go Lean Crunch.
  3. Mitra: I love peanut butter Puffins! So good.
  4. erika: I personally love Kashi go lean and good ol’ fashioned OATMEAL. Of course, if I want a true sugar cereal, I go for lucky charms or honey nut cheerios – yummmmm
  5. Amy: My favorite cereal is Quaker Oatmeal Squares. They are addictive!

Congrats, winners! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize!

P.S. Remember when I met Chef Richard Blais a couple of weeks ago? Check out his delicious recipe for Spicy Bouilliablais. It’s on my to-make list as soon as I’m feeling better!



  1. OMG! I love my hospital socks too!! 🙂 I don’t have pug prints… but blue fuzzy. Yeah, it’s all about the silver lining. Thoughts of wellness headed your way. 🙂

  2. hey–the code worked last night. I can’t remember which one I ended up using, but new shoes are on their way!

  3. Sad that I “won” but have never received my “prize” – also disappointed that my earlier comment about this was deleted. 🙁

    1. @erika: I heard back from the Quaker folks this afternoon. Apparently, they needed to order the product from their warehouse, which took some additional time. The boxes were shipped out last Friday, so you should be receiving it soon. Sorry for the confusion!

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