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.

Happy Friday the 13th!

Have you ever heard of friggatriskaidekaphobia, the fear of Friday the 13th? Well, I think I have it! GAH!!

Ok, I’m not afraid of the number 13, but I irrationally don’t like it, even though I love all other odd numbers, especially the numbers 5 and 19. I know my dislike for 13 makes no sense, but it’s just an unlucky number for me.

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Did you happen to see the fun food fact on my Dole calendar today?

At a time when professional athletes are getting booed for steroid use, spinach is in the news for its steroid-like ability to bulk up muscles. Lab tissue culture and animal studies showed that a plant steroid extracted from spinach increased muscle growth by 20%, and also enhanced rats’ front limb strength by 10%.

Neat, right? Apparently, Popeye was onto something!


I switched up a my dinner plans last night to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day. I mean, how could I not?!

On the menu: a grilled cheese sandwich made with cheddar.

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And grilled asparagus on the side.

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This morning, I woke up really hungry for breakfast, so I whipped up a big batch of “Oatmeal” Minus the Oats. I used hemp milk instead of almond milk and added shredded coconut and peanut butter to the mix. Tasty and filling.

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Hydoxatone Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the Hydoxatone giveaway! Here’s your winner:


I’d love to try the microdermabrasion kit! I’ve tried microderm at the derm’s office but it’s too expensive to maintain. I’d love to give this a try!

Congrats, Dina! Please email me at with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

Question of the Day

Are you superstitious or “particular” about certain numbers (or am I just a weirdo)?

P.S. Need a little pick-me-up this morning? Check out this heart-warming video about Caine’s Arcade. Elizabeth shared it on Twitter yesterday, and it put the biggest smile on my face. It’s an adorable story.



  1. I try not to be superstitious but I definitely think bad things do happen in 3’s. I have always thought that and my theory has yet to be proven wrong.

  2. I’m not superstitious of numbers, but I do have my favorite numbers! 13 is actually lucky for me, as my fiance and I met on the 13th (4 years ago today actually!). I love doing clock math (well, if the time is, for example, 5:41, I like that because 5 minus 4 is 1…I’m weird :)).

  3. I’m a little superstitious about numbers. I don’t ever REALLY think something bad will happen on Friday the 13th, but it’s sometimes in the back of my mind. I do always make a wish if I happen to look at the clock at 11:11!

  4. My parents got married on October 13, which just seemed like an “off” day to me. October I associate with Halloween, & 13, of course, is usually considered an unlucky number!

    I’m not necessarily superstitious about numbers, but I do prefer even numbers or numbers with 5 in them! haha My husband & I just looked at a house & I automatically liked it because the address was 30 N. 25th Street… number perfection.

  5. I want that calendar!
    I forgot that it was Friday the 13th.
    And I’m only superstitious with mentioning something when something is going on(i.e. perfect game-don’t announce that!).

  6. I set my alarm with times that end with an odd number, usualy a 3 or 7 (4:43, 6:07). BUT I set my temerpature only with EVEN numbers (68 degrees, 72, 74,…) I don’t know if that makes me suprstitious. I don’t think anything bad about 13, just know for some people it’s unlucky, I guess. 🙂

  7. My daughter is on bus #13 it breaks down constantly. I gave the transportation department unsolicited advice “change the dang bus number”.

  8. Today is my 30th birthday and it’s on a Friday the 13th, which is super fun! I have always liked the number 13.

  9. I am not superstitious, and I like to pretend that I’m immune, my mom was born on Friday the 13th. I usually end up having good days when this specific day rolls around!

  10. I don’t tend to be super superstitious but there are definitely things that get to me! I didn’t even realize it was Friday the 13th until I read a couple blogs…so I think I should be more scared about how out of it I am than anything else! Haha

  11. Random comment un post related – do you mind me asking what plugin you use for you social media bookmarks and the end of your post? I’m using sexy bookmarks but they don’t have pininterest!

  12. I was married on August 13th, so it is now my lucky number! We celebrate every 13th with a bite of cake together; it has been a fun treat!

  13. i dont really have a phobia about numbers…phobias about other things but i didnt realize it was friday the 13th until i got to work this morning and had to write a check! oops!
    i celebrated grilled cheeses yesterday too but a little differently. my husband and i went to dinner where we are very good friends with the chef. he made a special boursin cheese hummus featuring basil from his garden that was out of this world! with grilled pita wedges it was kind of like a grilled cheese?! regardless, it was DELICIOUS 🙂

  14. Roasted/grilled asparagus is my favorite! I like to add toasted almonds and fresh lemon to mine. Also, just looking at the OMTA makes me miss it. I had it for breakfast everyday last week, but decided to switch it up this week.

  15. All growing up, 13 has been a lucky number for me and my family. My 13th, 18th and 30th birthdays were all on Friday the 13th’s.

  16. I don’t really get what the big deal is about Caine’s arcade. yes, it’s cute. But he’s just a kid with an imagination. Do we really live in a world where that’s unsual? That’s sad.

  17. One Type-A habit I have developed in terms of running: I like running complete miles. That is, I’ll run 7 miles instead of 6.85 even if it means taking an extra jog around the block! I just like the completeness of it all. The worst is when I hit 6.1, though…that means almost another mile tacked on! But I guess it makes you stronger in the end.

  18. I love Friday the 13th and the number 13 in general. I was born on Friday the 13th and it is usually a pretty lucky day for me. 🙂

  19. I don’t have a phobia about numbers, but I do love odd numbers and hate even numbers. My favorite numbers are 7 and 17, and I have an irrational hatred of the number 16, my due date with my daughter was November 18, and I was terrified she would be born on the 16th. (she came early on the 9th, good girl!)

  20. Wow, it’s Friday the 13?! Didn’t even notice that until your post. I generally like even numbers, though funny enough my favorite numbers are 5, and 25.

  21. I wouldn’t call mine a fear or superstition but I’m quite “particular” about numbers. I only like odds, but not 3 or 5. And I have a bit of a soft spot for 4 even though it’s even. Every alarm, timer, volume, temperature I set has to end in 1, 7 or 9. It’s a bit of a problem. Lucky for me, July 9th was a Saturday in the year 2011 so I could have the perfect wedding date…7.9.11!

  22. I can’t say I’m superstitous. I do make a wish if I look at the clock and see 11:11.

    I had asaparagus last night for dinner, too. We wrapped skinny strips of crescent rolls around each one and added a dash of parmesean. Really, really good!

  23. I’m not super cautious or anxious on Friday the 13th, but I am a wee bit happier when it is over. I know in some cultures consider it lucky, but still. On a sidenote I thought your grilled cheese sandwich was an over-easy egg and cheese sandwich at first. It made me very hungry. Then I realized it was a regular grilled cheese and I was still very hungry. 😉

  24. I realized it was Friday the 13th when I paid my bill at the salon today… I immediately attributed my bad morning to the day! I also don’t just say “knock on wood” I feel I MUST find wood to knock while I say it, so yep – right there with you. I have been adding spinach in my smoothies all week and am really stoked about the little fact – awesome!!!

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