Friday Five + The Doctor I’ll Never See Again

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.

Hello, hello! Happy FriYAY!!

So, I had a bunch of (random) life updates that I wanted to shareboth good and badso I figured I’d put them all together in a blog post. Sound okay to you? Well, here we go!

1. I saw an osteopath doctor about my nagging hip pain, and I have ZERO plans to see her again. Some doctors… I swear, they don’t think before they speak. Or maybe they’re just jerks deep down? I dunno. [insert eyeroll emoji] Ok, so I had an appointment with an osteopath. We start talking about my health history… Ulcerative Colitis… yada yada. We eventually chat about diets, and she asks me why I stopped trying different ones. I told her they never really worked for me, and I eventually got so sick, I didn’t have any other choice besides IV drugs (first Remicade, now Entyvio), which eventually put me into remission. Her response: “An infusion sounds like the easy way out.” Um, yea. It was an “EASY” five years of bleeding my guts out with no relief. I’m sure you can imagine what I wanted to say to her, but I’m too nice and just kind of smiled. What an a-hole.

Ok, well, onto more positive news…

2. We hired—not one—but TWO new coaches to join our team at Designed to Fit Nutrition, so now we’re a team of five. The meal plans keep rolling in, and we’re excited to continue to grow our business. Local readers: If you’re interested in learning more about DTFN, we’ll be at Whole Foods Hingham on Wednesday night!


3. My Bang Bang Buffalo Cauliflower was recently included in this round-up on 18 Healthy Ways to Spice Up Your Cooking with Sriracha. Just wanted to share the link in case you’re looking to add a little kick to your meals!

4. Oh, so I actually have some more bad news. Marylou’s has turned into the worst iced coffee ever. It’s literally THE WORST. It’s basically coffee-flavored water now. I have no idea what happened, but the last few times I bought iced coffee from there—even their cold brew—I was disappointed. After my most recent experience, I’m officially done with Marylous. I apologize to anyone who was hoping to try it someday because of my reviews. Things have definitely changed over the years. Trust me, save your money.


And, ok, let’s finish on some happy news!

5. Brooks has created the most amazing crops ever. Like EVER. Their Ghost Crops are phenomenal. They’re a totally different fabric from anything I’ve ever worn. They’re super lightweight with tons of stretch, but they hug you in all the right places. They’re so darn comfortable, it almost feels like you aren’t wearing crops at all! The best part about the Ghost Crops though is that they DON’T SHOW SWEAT. That’s right, people. And you guys know how sweaty I get during workouts. I’m disgusting and these crops don’t show a single drop of sweat. They are the best everrrrrrrr!


Question of the Day

Your turn! Share something that’s bugging you and then something AWESOME in your life right now! 



  1. I agree about Marylou’s!! I visited one location about four years ago while I was living in Connecticut and it was so good so this year I bought 2 pounds of flavored coffee over the holidays and had it shipped to me in Minnesota and it was NOT what I remember. Wah wah!! I want to find some Pecan Sticky Bun coffee because that sounds bomb! On the upside, it’s going to be SIXTY degrees AND sunny tomorrow!! 😀

  2. OMG I went through 3 years of seeing doctors about my missing periods and chronic stress and none of them seemed really interested in helping me. Finally I found a functional doctor who was amazing! She’s the one that told me I should go back to school fo rnutrition. Don’t give up! The right doctor for you is out there.

  3. I heard from a friend a few months ago that Mary Lou’s changed the brand of coffee they use recently, probably because of cost and trying to save money, it will catch up with them because people are noticing no not happy.

    PS I made your bang bang buffalo cauliflower this week and it was awesome!

  4. So sad about Marylous! I look forward to getting an iced coffee whenever I visit my parents in Scituate, and lately it hasn’t been nearly as good a season it was. 🙁

  5. I’m sorry you had a not so great doc appointment – docs can be so insensitive. Hang in there. Hope your weekend looks up and that you have some TERRIFIC iced coffee! xoxo

  6. Last time I was in Boston, I actually had planned to visit Marylous. I’m glad you’ve given us a heads up!

    Also, sorry about jerk doctors! What a jerk!!!!

  7. As a medical professional, I just want to clarify that an osteopath is not a medical doctor and can actually only be called a doctor if they have a medical degree or a PhD associated with their qualification in osteopathy.

    1. @Victoria:

      Actually, in the United States, they are a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. They attend a four year medical school, learning everything that an allopathic medical student does plus osteopathic manipulative medicine, and are most definitely doctors. Possibly you’re from another country where ‘osteopaths’ are practitioners of osteopathic manipulation, but not physicians?

  8. your bang bang cauliflower looks delicious!!!! congrats on your feature, that’s huge!

    and i’m totally with you on the coffee-flavored water iced coffee thing. it’s SO frustrating. i feel like most dunkin donuts iced coffee is the same way – the only saving grace is asking for half the ice!

  9. Hey Tina, re: nagging hip pain – I hear ya! I’m a runner and over did it last year with 4 marathons. By the 4th I thought my hip was broke, arthritis, stress fracture you name it. I got it x-rayed. Doc told me there is nothing wrong just very inflammed. I need to build strength and STRETCH. PT said my hamstrings were ridiculously tight. I’ve been working on stretching my hamstrings more and foam rolling and it seems to help. Might be something to think about!

  10. Some doctors truly amaze me! I visited marylous a few times, my husband grew up in Plymouth and raved about it but I was not impressed when we went! I was so bummed out, I love a good iced coffee!

  11. I’m sorry your visit to the doctor was awful! A former friend of mine is in a similar field and I could see her being just as judgmental during the visit. You agonized over the choices to go on Remicade and Entyvio, both physically and mentally, so, that lady can suck it! I hope you find out what’s going on with your hip!

    What’s bugging me right now…one of the schools I see a client of mine at. It’s frustrating for so many reasons and I spend 15 hours a week there. Something awesome in my life right now…my birthday is on Sunday and my sister is coming down to celebrate! Treat Yo Self 2017!

  12. I have a lot of hip and back pain myself. Had xrays and everything looked good. I second the writer who said tight muscles. I was told to get regular deep messages, foam roll and stretch. It does help if I do it regularly.

    That coffee looks watered down in the picture!

  13. I agree with you on Mary Lous, except for me it’s been hit or miss. My husband used to live in Quincy, so I’d stop by whenever I visited him because I love all of the flavors they offer. We recently tried it again on the way home from a road trip (we live in CT now) and one was amazing and the other was watery/way too sweet. It’s a shame because it used to be really great.

    Sorry to hear about your doctor experience. I really think that clinicians need more training in patient interactions (ie, bedside manner) including how to phrase bad news, not be judgemental, etc. From what I understand, there is not much formalized training in those areas, and I think it’s an important reminder that patients are people first and patients second!

  14. As a dietetic intern and “RD2Be” I am very excited to see that you’ve added some registered dietitians to your Designed to Fit Nutrition team!

    What an inconsiderate thing for that osteopath to say! That must have been so frustrating for you- I would have had a hard time listening to anything she had to say for the rest of the appointment. Also, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one thinking that about Marylou’s lately, I’ve stopped going as often!

  15. Egads that doc! Keep trying though. A couple of my favorite docs of all time were D.O.’s. One practiced pretty much traditional western Medicine with a hint of osteopathy. And dogs! Yep, part of his practice was working with people who were afraid of doctors so he had therapy dogs (and sometimes puppies) available for your appointments. I wasn’t afraid of doctors but I always asked for puppies anyway

  16. Ughhh I agree about Marylou’s too. I usually get their white chocolate chip but I started switching it up since I noticed it wasn’t the same as it used to be. Unfortunately their other flavors havent been much better. I heard that they switched their coffee beans which is pretty obvious. I’m sad 🙁

  17. Ohhhhhhh that dr!!!! Im fuming….just because you have a degree does not mean you know how empathize with your patients!!
    Ok so I am so intrigued about these workout crops not showing sweat!!! Srsly no sweat marks in the thighs or butt area? Because I am so paranoid about that…it is so embarrassing lol

  18. Bugging me: some family members trying to get attention by forming a pity party around themselves. It annoys me!

    Awesome: husband’s bball team won their in-season championship game and they get a banner in the gym! So proud of him.

  19. That doctor sounds like the WORST! I’ve definitely had some bad experiences with doctors too..I think being brilliant at science / ambitious enough to go to medical school doesn’t always come with good people skills unfortunately. I’ve started always using ZocDoc and reading tons of reviews before I choose a doctor and have found some wonderful ones that way! It makes such a difference.

  20. Have you tried acupuncture for your hip? I had a nagging hip pain problem that the physical therapist couldn’t do anything for. I started seeing an acupuncturist and a couple of sessions later I was pain free. Highly recommended!

  21. Such a bummer about Marylou’s! I’ve only had it once – years ago – but it was so good!

    Some doctors are just awful. My favorite is “oh, well this will only get better if you quit crossfit and take up yoga” lolz.

    Hope your hip feels better!

  22. Yuck about the doctor! I had a doc issue 3 years ago – had to see 5 different doctors (the last doctor I cried to him and was willing to pay out of network!) before my primary finally had time to see me to diagnose some kind of bite on my leg that kept growing in diameter and I was 4 months pregnant! It took 6 doctors (my primary had to bring in another doctor from Mass General!) before I got a cream that cleared it up and even then they couldnt’ determine if it was a tick or spider bite, yikes! Finding a great doctor these days is like finding a diamond in the rough sometimes!

    Awesome: Enjoying the huge box of chocolates I received for valentines day 🙂

  23. Sorry to hear that about Marylou’s! I’ve been craving it down here in GA (moved from south shore 2 years ago) now that the weather is warming. I was even on their website yesterday contemplating an online order. It’s probably not as bad if I brew it myself.

  24. I’m so sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience with the osteopathic physician. I work for an osteopathic medical school and we emphasize on having good bedside manner. We tell the students “treat every patient like they were your mother or grandmother”. Some doctors just don’t get it! I hope you find a remedy for your hip pain soon!

  25. Not cool about the osteopath! It seems like you tried everything you could before going on the infusion. I take a biologic for arthritis and it was a huge and sad decision for me but was clearly necessary and changed my life; I refuse to look back. Some people just can’t understand if they haven’t been there. But of course a doctor should get it!!

  26. Infusions as the easy way out? Obviously this osteopath has no idea what it takes to do infusions. My husband takes Remicade for his Crohn’s and we give up half a day off together (we only get one together every week) every 2 months so he can sit still for 3 hours. Then he spends the next few days feeling like he has a cold coming on and having to sleep a lot. It sucks. His Crohn’s symptoms are so much better and he’s been able to maintain a healthy weight and eat more than cereal and bread for the first time in months. Yeah, fuck off lady.

  27. Our bedroom was supposed to be finished being painted today but instead they need to finish Monday so we are stuck sleeping in the living room through the weekend with the baby in the dining room! Ugh!!!!!! (So darn tired!) ok… something good… going to Drybar this weekend and a date night with my hubby for the first time leaving our baby with a sitter!

  28. Wow $120 for those pants?!?! I would love to splurge b/c of the design but man, that is kind of out of my budget. Maybe they might be on sale some time!!

    I think I am finally going to pull the trigger and get a designed to fit nutrition plan. I might go with the $89 one to get a jump start on my weight loss.
    Sorry to hear about your iced coffee place. Hope you find someplace new.

  29. Ugh jerky doctors are the absolute worst. I’m sorry you had that experience and I hope you find a better one soon!

    Also, I need to try that cauliflower recipe! I’ve been meaning to for a long time; I don’t know what is holding me back! This weekend fasho 8-).

  30. I don’t remember what is wrong with your hip but have you heard of osteogenic loading exercises? I was having hip pain and restricted range of motion. I started doing osteogenic loading once a week for my bone density and within a few weeks my hip was better. Some people use it for various back or joint pain.

    No pain now and my range of motion is back.

  31. Tina, I so agree with you about Mary Lou’ ice coffee. In the pasrt every time I was on the south Shore it was my go to coffee. The last two times it was down right awful. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was.

    When you mentioned crop, I sared thinking garden and vegetables. Nope. Great looking leggings.

  32. I’m still learning from you, as I’m making my way to the top as well. I definitely enjoy reading everything that is written on your site.Keep the stories coming. I enjoyed it!

  33. I am so sensitive when it comes to doctors. I have has so many gastroenterologists who simply would not listen to my concerns because while they couldn’t see the problem they just thought it wasn’t a problem. BUT my problem was there and while the cause was NOT from my intestines I just wish they would have tried to get me the help I needed. I was fortunate to have a family that fought alongside me to get me the care I needed.
    Also – you should hit up starbucks, I can always trust that I am going to get GOOD coffee. On Friday I went in and ordered a Venti iced coffee and they gave me a Trenta one for free! You better believe I drank it all!

  34. oh nooo thats so weird about the iced coffee! What a bummer. I’m currently annoyed that my paycheck is late 🙁 but I’m going out to enjoy a birthday dinner for my friend tonight so excited about that !

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