Food Should Make You Healthy

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.

Yesterday, just a few hours after publishing my “Project Get Better” post, I received an email inviting me to a Whole9 Nutrition Seminar, which is happening in Boston this weekend. The invite was from a Twitter friend, who also works for Eventbrite (Whole9 is using Eventbrite to sell tickets to their workshops), so she offered me two free tickets. Perfect timing, right? With all of these changes I’m currently making to my diet, I immediately took her up on her offer. This workshop is exactly what I need to help me on my journey to better health.


It seems like a bunch of you guys already know about the Whole9 and Whole30 Program (a number of you recommended it to me), but just in case you don’t, here are a few links with more info: Whole9, Whole30 Program, and Whole9 Nutrition Seminar.


I’m really looking forward to this seminar, and I’ll be sure to report back once I attend. I can’t wait to learn more about how food can make me healthy.

If you’re in the area and want to attend the Whole9 Nutrition Seminar, ticket are still on sale through Eventbrite.


Mid-morning, I grabbed a handful of cherries to snack on. I was still hungry just a little while later, so I made an early lunch. I ate breakfast around 7:00, so it wasn’t all that surprising that my stomach started to grumble around 11:00. Plus, early lunches just rule.

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Today’s lunch was a turkey burger with sautéed mixed greens and zucchini. I just threw everything in the same pan with a little olive oil, pepper, and garlic salt. I added a few marinated artichoke hearts to the dish for a little extra flavor. Simple, delicious, nutritious, and satisfying.

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A few hours later, I snacked on a Paleo Zucchini Almond Butter Muffin.

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And then a plum.

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I’m off to walk the pug and then start making dinner. Enjoy the evening, friends!

Question of the Day

Have you ever attended a seminar/workshop or read a book that really changed your thinking about healthy living/food/fitness? What was it? How did your thinking change?

P.S. THANK YOU for all of your support over the past couple of days. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. You guys are the best!



  1. No but I’ve started reading the China Study…mind blowing!!! If I ever needed anything to confound my desire to follow a plant based diet this book has the facts and figures to do it. Food can definitely change your life; it’s changed mine! 🙂

  2. i’ve never been lucky enough to go to a seminar, but after recently going all plant-based, i read skinny bitch. it’s a light, easy read but still informative. i’m also chipping away at why we get fat, and in defense of food. anything by michael pollan is life changing!

  3. So jealous you are going to this! I can’t wait to hear your recap! If it wasn’t the weekend of HLS I would be there in a heartbeat! I love whole9 nutrition! They have an amazing site and I cannot wait to pick up their book! I’ve always been tempted to do the whole 30 challenge but have yet to try it!

  4. What’s interesting about studying at IIN, is that we learn about a ton of different dietary theories. And while sometimes it seems confusing and contradictory, the main idea is still that everyone needs to find what works for them. So, I guess I’ve been impacted by that. I’ve begun to learn that just because someone else eliminates something from their diet, or eats a lot of a certain type of food, doesn’t mean I need to. And for a while, I don’t know that I was really listening to my body as I made changes based upon what I saw others do. Now that I’m being more mindful of my own needs, I’ve noticed lots of positive changes.

  5. With your change in diet (Paleo rocks, welcome to the club!), what are you planning on doing about protein shakes? I know you drink them once a day when you work out, but are you going to change the type you use?

    1. I plan to still drink them, but not for awhile since my colon needs to heal. They never upset my stomach before, but we’ll see. I really want to drink them again!

  6. The Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford really made me think about what and when I should eat and was useful when deciding how I should eat to beat IBS. Through analysing my food patterns and triggers over a few years I have an idea about what to avoid now, but it sometimes still flares up for no conceivable reason. Good luck with your new way of eating !

  7. I haven’t ever had that “ah-ha” moment with food. I was raised in a house that treated food as fuel where nothing was off limits but healthy options were always available. My parents were a little hippie-ish and served us lots of random food and a lot of fish. I ate a lot of fresh fish growing up…including shark and alligator. What can I say? We were exposed to a lot. So as an adult I have always just followed in the steps of where I came from.

  8. I’ve read “It Starts With Food” and it has been a real eye-opener. I especially love how Melissa & Dallas outline the science behind the “reset”. I’m on day 14 (August was an official Whole30 kickoff) and I can’t even begin to describe how great I feel and how much it has improved my Crossfit performance. You’ll love it and it’s totally doable!

  9. i absolutely love your attitude toward this stage in your life. your diet looks that you are focusing on what you CAN eat instead of dwelling on what you can’t.. kudos to you! i have a lot of stomach issues and can’t eat a lot of foods and i hate it when people are always like “omggggg you can’t eat xyzzzzz how do you surviveeeeee?!” um, seriously?! it’s a bit dramatic!

    are those turkey burgers homemade or packaged? if homemade, would you mind sharing the recipe? thanks, tina!

  10. How cool! I’d love to attend that event! I have really seen a difference in my body since I started eating mostly REAL food. I used to have crazy stomach issues that I still have to watch out for, but since really watching what I put in my body, things are SO much better.

  11. First and foremost, The Abs Diet by David Zinczenko helped me lose 30lbs and look at food in a whole new light. Your book, Carrots-n-Cake inspired me to lget even more involved in fitness and made me realize I wasn’t the only one who craved a whole box of cereal and muffins of all kinds and hated herself when she gave in to cravings. Your book is on a shelf in my kitchen right next to The Abs Diet book. I tell everyone to read it. The pages are a mess from all the recipes I made every week. My favorite being the oatmeal pancake. It is a Saturday morning staple in my house. Thank you!

  12. I read It Starts with Food last week after reading another blogger’s experience with it. I’m definitely intrigued with the idea of trying it as I am dealing with reflux and IBS and other symptoms with no real diagnosis. I want my life back and I want to do what I can to help that happen! I’m excited to hear what you come back from the workshop having learned.

  13. Good luck with the changes! I hope they put you on the right, healthy track!
    I read Forks Over Knives and Engine 2 Diet. I ate a vegan/plant-strong diet for about 7 months and it was difficult. It just wasn’t for me! Sometimes I just need to eat turkey, dairy, etc. After incorporating balance back into my diet, I feel so much better!!

  14. Those programs look very interesting. I have recently begun reading more about the Paleo lifestyle and am getting ready to make that change. I can’t wait to find out more about these programs.

    Those muffins look great! I am so bummed that I am out of almond flour 🙁

  15. There’s always someone selling a new mousetrap, and always someone willing to buy it….choose your cheese carefully.

  16. I’ve definitely considered looking into the whole9 & whole30 programs. I’ll be interested to hear what you think after the seminar!

  17. Can’t wait to hear about the seminar. The website and book are very intriguing and I am so excited for you! I think it is awesome that you are doing what you need to do to help and to heal your body.

  18. I was so excited to see this post! Ironically today is DAY 1 of my Whole30. And i’ve also decided to blog about it. The book is amazing so far, I hope you read it!

  19. I haven’t been to a session like this but listening to the Paleo Podcasts, opening myself up to the alternative that maybe grains are contributing to me feeling like crap, and being willing to experiment with myself and see how I come out feeling have definitely helped. The “It Start With Food” book from the people you’re going to listen to is easy to read and insightful so I think you’re in for a treat! Enjoy and take notes, please ;)!

  20. I have a hard time believing that giving up grains and dairy and going for a paleo diet is good for the average person. I DO agree that cutting sugars and processed foods is a good idea for everyone, but personally, I would never do the whole30.
    HOWEVER, I realize that you are not the average person, and that your struggles with UC are extremely difficult, and I really hope that you can benefit from this program! Perhaps starting with the paleo diet and figuring out what you can work back into your everyday life will be just what you need. I wish you luck! It looks like it will be difficult…
    Have fun at the conference !

  21. I am currently participating in the Whole30 challenge. I HIGHLY recommend reading Melissa and Dallas’ book It Starts With Food. I am unable to attend the seminar this week but I am sending my other coach and a few clients! Enjoy!! I love everything about Whole30

  22. I can’t wait to hear about the seminar, that looks like something I could really find useful! And I’d have to say the only food book I read was yours and that really helped me to start getting off calorie counting and to look at food as nutrition not just calories!

  23. i’m definitely a fan of Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. When I was recovering from my ED I basically had to learn how to listen to my body signals – something I probably hadn’t done since I was a kid. It taught me to relax and listen to my body instead of trying to control my intake – it knows what it’s doing.

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