FAQs: Miscellaneous

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.

Where did you get your metal straws?

You can get the stainless steel straws here! They are awesome!!

I’m visiting Boston soon. Where should I stay and what should I do?

Check out my Boston page for ideas!

What restaurants do you recommend in Boston?

Boston has so many wonderful restaurants! Check out my Restaurant Reviews for some ideas. They’re organized by neighborhood, so it should help with your planning. If you have specific questions about any of these restaurants, please let me know!

What do you buy at the grocery store? Will you share your shopping list?

I blog about my weekly grocery cart each week on Trading Up Downtown. You can see exactly what I buy!

Where do you get your coupons?

Lots of different places! I always have my eyes open for them. Check out this post for more ideas.

Where did you get your meal planning pad of paper?

Here’s where you can find it: http://www.lobotome.com/pages/feed-me-note-pad.html

How come you picked NASM over other personal trainer certifications?

Here’s why I chose the NASM certification!

Did you need any sort of background related to the field going into the program?

Nope, you just need to make sure that you have a current CPR and AED certification before you take the exam.

How long does your certification last before you have to renew it?

Two years. During that time I must complete 2.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits).

Do you think the Live Workshop helped you pass the exam?

Yes and no. I found the Live Workshop to be really helpful, but its purpose wasn’t exam-prep per se. The goal of the workshop was to teach participants how to train clients, so, obviously, this was helpful for the exam, but it wasn’t a review of the test materials. Going to the workshop actually motivated me to buckle down with my studying because it made me realize how much I didn’t know!

How much studying did you do for the certification?

I gave myself a solid three months to study for it. I started by reading 1-2 chapters each week, taking notes, and making flashcards. The month before the exam, I studied a lot more and started to test myself almost every night before bed (using one of my test prep apps on my iPhone). Doing this really helped me focus on what I needed to know for test day.

How are you planning to use your certification?

My main reason for getting my certification was to expand my own personal fitness knowledge and use it to benefit CNC. Now, I’m also considering privately training friends, family, and some local readers.

In one of your previous posts, you mentioned 2 NASM CPT apps that you used.  I was just wondering if you would recommend one over the other if you had to choose between them? I am planning to take the exam in March but I’d rather not buy 2 apps.

I mentioned the NASM Personal Trainer and NASM Exam Prep apps in one of my previous posts. Both are good, but if you just want to purchase one, I’d go with the NASM Exam Prep app because the questions are much more challenging and varied, which will better prepare you for the exam. The NASM Personal Trainer app was developed by NASM, but I found the questions to be pretty easy and not entirely representative of what I saw on the actual test.

How long did it take for you to become certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant through the AFPA? Do you recommend the course? Is it a reputable nutrition certification?

The AFPA course took just 3 months to complete. As far as recommending the certification, AFPA was a very interesting home-study course. I learned a ton from it, and it was awesome to build that type of nutrition base knowledge, especially for my blog. It was a lot like a college course with what information it covered and how much work it required.

As far as the certification being reputable, I’m not too sure. I’ve randomly searched the web for opinions about certifications like the AFPA one, and unfortunately, they are not as respected as some of the other credentials/degrees out there, particularly the Registered Dietitian and related nutrition degrees. However, if you want this type of information for personal knowledge, I think it would be great.

Also, if you’re interested in a more “serious” certification in nutrition, I recommend that you check out the Integrated Institute of Nutrition in New York City. It comes highly recommended by a number of successful nutritionists, foodies, wellness counselors, etc., who have graduated from the program. (Check out the “success stories” on the website.) Personally, I’d like to do this program someday- I just need to see where nutrition (and the blog) fits into my life before I make the investment. (It’s a pricey program!)

Do you have any suggestions for being less shy at blogger meet-ups?

Check out this post for how I deal with my shyness and social ackwardness.

Where did you get your shaker with the green top?

Amazing Grass sent it to me a couple of years ago.

I’m staying at a hotel this weekend. Do you have any tips for what I should eat at the continental breakfast?

Check out my tips for navigating the continental breakfast!



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