Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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. My mom had to have surgery back in January and she got those same socks! I’m always so jealous of them! Glad you were able to find a little positive in all the negative 🙂 Hang in there Tina!

  2. Ooo socks are a good silver lining. Hope the new meds help you feel better so you can jump back into it!! Your card from Crossfit was so cute!! I know you must be dying to get back!

      1. @Tina: Yep! Although I usually try to be seen at the Norwell branch since it’s closer. It’s always weird to see such familiar places on your blog, and I’m surprised I’ve never seen you at Derby St since I’m there a few times a week!

  3. Aww hang in there Tina! At least the good news is that the test went well and your doctor has prescribed some medication for you that should hopefully solve the problem. Your socks are adorable. Keep your chin up!

          1. @Tina: nope, didn’t work either. Should I try calling the 800 # or do you think they’ll work it out?

        1. @Amy:
          Darn! Neither worked for me either 🙁

          So sorry you’re feeling so crummy! Fingers crossed the new meds will help ASAP 🙂

          1. @H: @H: @H: I kind of blog-stalked the other members of team off balance hoping they got the same promo stuff and they did, and i got one of the codes to work! NBRTB127DB3CE

          2. @H: nope, NBRTB127DB3CE doesn’t work for me, either. Are they one-time use codes? Is there a minimum? I’m trying to get the NB 630 running shoes that are marked at 67.99. I’ll call on Monday if it still doesn’t work.

            Hope you’re feeling better! Get well, get well soon, we want you to get well!

  4. I always keep hospital socks! I have about 5 pairs now after MRIs and hip surgery. I have blue and tan pairs. At least hospitals send us home with little gifts…

  5. Hey Tina!
    My fiance was actually diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis right after Christmas so I know ALL about what you are going through and how hard it can be. Hang in there; its nice to see you have found a positive aspect in it all. I wish you the best and hope whatever meds the doc gave you work; take care of yourself!

  6. Peanut butter on a bagel was my breakfast this korjintoo! Thanks for the NB discount, I’ve been wanting a pair of their NB lightweight sneakers so maybe I’ll splurge now.

  7. take care! I try to keep track of the little pleasures when I’m feeling crappy too! sometimes I have to keep on repeating them to myself, but I try.(i’ve been struggling with ear + balance issues the last few weeks that prevent me from being a 100%)

  8. I hope your new meds kick in and do the trick! Hope you feel better and glad you are having a good outlook on things.

    I got blue fuzzy looking socks from when I had surgery last year.. best part of my gallbladder being removed.. oh and no more pain 🙂

    I had peanut butter and sliced banana on a toasted whole wheat english muffin this morning… YUM!

  9. Tina, you truly are an inspiration. You stay positive and look for something good in the situation. Socks, especially in rainy Virginia (where i live) are fun and cozy. Have a great week-end. I will continue to pray for you and your health.

  10. So sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling well. I’ve read that a lot of large intestine issues are linked to wheat/gluten sensitivities. Have you talked to your doctor about that possibility? If not, it might be worth the conversation. They’re so quick to prescribe meds for things that can be solved by dietary changes. More chia and fish oil could help combat the inflammation, too. Feel better soon!

    1. @Andrea (@FrSeed2Stomach): Ah I just went back and read the rest of your colitis posts and noticed that you’ve gone gluten free. Wheat Belly is a great book if you’re trying to learn more about how your body responds to wheat. It was really interesting and while I don’t think everyone needs to go wheat free, it was very helpful for me to understand more about how our bodies respond to (all kinds of) processed grains. Good luck kicking this colitis in the butt 😉

  11. I totally know what you mean by being sick of being sick. I had a nasty toe infection on both of my big toes for an entire year and it was horrible. I ended up pulling both of them out 🙁 But, it’s great that you are being positive! Good luck!

  12. Thinkin of you, Tina… I’m in the second day of what I think is a stomach virus, and I can’t help but think of how much it would SUCK if I had to deal with the all the time. I hope that you find a plan that helps you effectively manage this thing… and in the meantime, keep finding those silver linings!!

  13. I had my colonoscopy 6 years ago and got the same socks I loved them! I was diagnosed with colitis them. I am curious what drugs did your doc put you on other then steroids? I just went through a really bad flare, landed me in the hospital, i know what your going through its rough 🙁 hang in there staying positive is sometimes the best drug for me!

  14. Tina, what about a juice fast? A total cleanse juice fast? Maybe that would give your colon a chance to heal itself? I know this suggestion might seem trite, but I really believe in stuff like this. Sincere best, healthy wishes to you!

  15. Hope you feel better. I have Celiac disease so I can sympathize with how you feel and all of those tests. What type of GF bagels do you eat?

  16. Sorry that your colitis has gotten worse. My aunt has had it for 7-8 years now and suffers through flareups, but she doesn’t take the steroids and she doesn’t avoid foods like she is supposed to. I have many of the symptoms of it, but haven’t been tested yet. I think I’m afraid to know because it’s such a grim diagnosis knowing there isn’t a cure. Some says a GAPS or a Specific Carb diet helps. And of course, Paleo advocates swear by that, too. I hope you find what helps you! Take a strong probiotic, one that is alive and refrigerated. Un-refrigerated ones are typically useless as they lose effectiveness from exposure to air and light.

    Cute socks. 🙂

  17. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with colitis again! But I love that you are finding the silver lining. Someone once told me it takes just as much energy to be negative as it does to be positive, it was my choice. So now I always try to find the silver lining, too. Keep up the positive thinking! Fingers crossed you feel much better soon.

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