Friday Morning Iced Coffee Date (11/11)

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.

Good morning and very HAPPY Friday to you!

What a week. So much happened! Both good and bad. The bad is probably obvious, but the GOOD is that Designed to Fit Nutrition is quickly growing and we’re going along for the ride. It sure is exciting, but, whoa, start-up life is crazy and nerve-wracking, too. We’re definitely in for an adventure! It’s been a week, and I am soooo ready for my PJs, couch, and a big ol’ glass of wine. I’m also really looking forward to our coffee date this morning. I feel like we haven’t chatted in ages!

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Speaking of wine… I recently discovered Mussel Bay, which is an affordable ($10) and very tasty New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. I bought it at a local store, but, apparently, Wegmans sells it! Keep a look out for it Marlborough lovers!

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Speaking of wine….

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Oooh, so true, right? Gatorade is permanently ruined for me. Every time I drink it, it reminds me of college. And hangovers. Ha!

I’m totally in love with these ripped, black skinny jeans, and I need them in my life. I’m also 8,000% obsessed with this ‘Frosty’ Asymmetrical Zip Pullover. I saw it on Juli Bauer’s Instagram feed, liked it, and immediately sent the info to Mal. Hint hint. #christmasiscoming


I did the workout below at CrossFit earlier this week, and it totally crushed me. It took me 11 minutes, and I was almost the last person in class to finish. I was feeling kinda blah about my performance until it hit me: When the heck did I start doing 95-pound Front Squats in a workout!?! That’s some heavy stuff! When I realized how far I’ve come in my CrossFit journey, it actually made me feel pretty good about myself. 🙂

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Remember when I had cellulitis in my knee and then broke out in a horrible rash ALL OVER MY BODY from the antibiotics I was prescribed? Well, after that whole ridiculous ordeal, my GI doctor recommended that I have an allergy test for penicillin. As a kid, I broke out in a terrible rash, so I haven’t taken it since. Well, apparently, if you’re not exposed to penicillin for 5+ years, you likely won’t have a reaction to it. Who knew? So, in a lot of cases, especially for adults, they’ve often outgrown their penicillin allergy. My doctor thought this was probably the case for me, so I went into MGH a couple of weeks ago for testing. Verdict: NOT allergic to penicillin! 🙂

If you’re a fan of Thanksgiving turkey stuffing, you NEED to try these kettle chips from Trader Joe’s. They sound kind of weird, but I promise they are delicious!

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Speaking of delicious…

I am totally, 100% in love with the organic cold brew coffee from Bramo. You guys know I won’t steer you wrong when it comes to cold brew– definitely keep a look out for this one! Why it’s so amazing: It’s just strong/flavorful/awesome cold brew. No funny stuff added. Even the flavored ones are just cold brew + organic whole bean vanilla or organic raw cocoa nibs. I’m a huge fan, and Bramo is most definitely my go-to, ready-to-drink cold brew nowadays! FYI: Right now, Bramo is mostly sold locally (Whole Foods in South Weymouth has it), but, hopefully, they’ll expand their distribution soon!

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A little more info about what’s happening in DTFN world: We’re hiring staff, including an RD or two, we’re investing in software, so we can build meal plans more efficiently, and we’re gearing up for the New Year because we know it’s going to be busy! Hooray for New Years resolutions and getting healthy!! We’re so pumped! Speaking of which, we now offer GIFT CARDS, so you can literally purchase the gift of health for someone special in your life (or add a custom meal plan on your own wish list)!

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Questions of the Day

Ever started your own company or worked for a start-up? Any advice/tips? 

Turkey stuffing potato chips… want to try them? Yay or nay? 




  1. Amazing and exciting update on the business! I started my own company and I did it all, which was crazy but fun. My advice is to enjoy the ride- just like cross fit, you’ll wake up one day wondering how you got there. Work hard, set some boundaries and do your paperwork 🙂

  2. Yes to both! Life can get crazy, and it never stops, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The most rewarding ‘thing’ you’ll do (save for maybe parenting, but def professionally). I definitely have, uh, Type A tendencies lol and oftentimes I’ll feel overwhelmed by all of the to-do’s, but I have to remind myself that while we can do everything, we cannot do everything all, all at once. Focus is finite and so we must focus on the ONE task at hand and nothing, but that. Divided attention is not focused attention, but we must trust that we have it within us to figure it all out. Excited for y’all!

  3. I love the part about your WOD the other day (of coursed the DTFN stuff is SUPER exciting too!). I’ll go through this sometimes, where I’m practically the last one to finish a WOD and I get upset. Then I remind myself that I Rx’d it and that that’s a feat in and of itself. Then I have nights like last night where I went Rx in a deadlift/DU WOD (215 lbs!!) and blazed through it! I was stoked with my performance! That’s why I love CrossFit. You’re always challenged and always learning something about yourself.

    1. @Valerie: +1 I’m often one of the last people to finish the workout at my gym, but I often Rx (because it wouldn’t make sense for me to scale) and I’ve come so far! It’s easy to get frustrated, but I know I need to take a step back and be proud of how far I’ve come!

  4. Hey Tina!
    I’ve read your blog for years- I’m so excited for you and your new business! It sounds like something that totally fits all of your passions. I’m in my dietetic internship at UNH in New Hampshire now and plan to graduate and pass my RD exam in June! A program such as yours is something I can totally see myself working at as an RD. Integrating exercise and nutrition plans that actually sound appetizing-? Yes please!!

    Best of luck to you both,
    Holley Mihok

  5. I’m a therapist and started a private practice with a friend a few years ago. Number one piece of advice is to set work/life boundaries! It’s so tempting when starting a business to hustle, take everything, never say no, and let it consume you. Don’t be afraid to set limits.
    Also, thank you for acknowledging the bad. Seriously.

  6. That is so cool you guys thought of something you were so passionate about and went for it! I see so many programs out there with too low of calories or macros resulting in fast change that damages the metabolism. Since I’m a long time reader I know that won’t be the case in your meal plans and that is very exciting!

  7. Wow I cannot wait to try those potato chips! I haven’t been to TJ’s in 3 weeks so I need to stock up on all their new goodies. I also need to find that cold brew too because I’m basically addicted to it lol. Have a great weekend 🙂

  8. Tina!

    I’m and RD and have been dedicated to your blog for years now! Are you still looking to hire? Where do I sign up?! 😀

  9. So happy and excited for you guys for expanding DTFN! I had commented previously about specific dietary restrictions and you mentioned DTFN couldn’t accomodate because you’re not RD’s so maybe now I can sign up! Either way big congrats!

  10. I guess I missed the “obvious” bad? I hope it gets better soon! Sounds like you’ve got a lot of good going on.

  11. I am a family medicine physician that has a big focus and study in nutrition I also love your blog! Would love to help out with your program! Please email if you think I’m could potentially help out!

  12. I work at a start up that is officially now in our “teenage years”. My best advice is to always behave like a duck… calm on the surface but paddling like hell underneath!! Seriously though, the hectic pace is really one of the most fun parts of a start-up.. you have to remind yourself that it’s more fun than a boring/predictable job. and be grateful for the crazy!
    Also.. always remember that you’re capable of anything. It’s easy to doubt yourself and women tend to do it more often than men – so keep on keeping on!!

  13. Good luck with the start up!! It’s amazing and overwhelming all at once, but you’ll learn so much about yourself and business.

    Yes, sad week last week indeed. Still trying to recover 🙁

  14. I own a business, and the biggest tip that I have is to hire a lawyer to look over all your contracts and other legal paperwork. Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but you want to make sure all your ducks are in a row in case something happens.

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