Glorious Morning

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.


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It’s been a glorious morning here in Boston. After my day off, my to do’s done, and an early bedtime last night, I woke up feeling refreshed and renewed. 😀 It’s amazing what a single day off can do for one’s mind, body, and soul. Mr. Mal, on the other hand, is staying home sick today with a horrible cold. 🙁 Hopefully, a day off will do him some good, too! 

Yoga Challenge: Day 12

As part of my glorious morning, I tried a DVD that I borrowed from Harvard’s Center for Wellness, called Essential Flow Yoga For Every Body, for my yoga practice today. The DVD offers five different routines, appropriate for beginner, intermediate and advanced yogies. Today, I tried the 20-minute “Good Morning” session, which utilized a chair for the poses. I thought the chair was a little weird, but I decided to give it a chance. After about 6-7 minutes, I gave up on the chair and turned off the DVD.

In my opinion, the picture on the cover of this yoga DVD was very misleading. First, the picture is a healthy female instructor, but the session was instructed by a skinny, lanky guy. Second, the cover picture is taken on a beautiful beach, so I thought this DVD would be filmed on a tranquil beach somewhere in the world. But, it’s actually filmed in a small, dark, empty room… with a chair. Eh, I wasn’t a fan of this DVD. 😐

Instead, I did a 20-minute Power Yoga #2 session from YogaDownload, which was much better! The session started off slow with breathing exercises and child’s pose, and then moved into more physical poses, which was perfect for an early morning practice. My balance first thing in the morning definitely needs some work though! 


Stovetop oats are the BEST! I still can’t believe I went so long without them!!! 

With the help of canned pumpkin and hemp milk, today’s oats were light and fluffy, slightly sweet and de-lic-ious! 

In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup dry oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat berries
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup vanilla hemp milk
  • 1/2 tbsp hemp protein
  • Raisins
  • 2 spoonfuls of Teddie super chunky peanut butter 

Free Workout Music

I saw this in Fitness Magazine the other day and just had to share! 

At you can get great workout mixes without paying a penny. It’s totally legit because founder Deekron, aka the Fitness DJ, is the owner of music label RockitWave8 and has made arrangements with indie artists and other labels. The 60-minute podcasts of mostly 140-to-180-beats per minute songs (ideal for running) play in one continuous loop and are refreshed every two weeks, so you’ll never get bored. 

I downloaded the “”Fitness Magazine Half-Marathon Mix” (68 minutes @ 168 BPM) and “Downtown Soul” (55 minutes @ 150 BPM) mixes– I haven’t listened to them all the way through yet, but I like what I’ve heard so far… especially for free! They’re the perfect length for long runs, too! (Hello, half marathon training!) 

Quaker All Natural Gift Bag Giveaway

Reminder: The All Natural Gift Bag Giveaway ends tonight! Be sure to enter! 😀

Question of the Day

What is your secret snack of shame? 

I will eat Barney Butter straight from the jar with a spoon! 



  1. hmm id have to say dark chocolate covered pretzels.. yummm!

    your oatmeal looks really good today.. stove top oats are seriously the best!

    question: do you prefer canned pumpkin in your oats over bananas? just curious..

    have a great day!! 🙂

  2. Secret snack of shame? Sprinkles cupcakes!!! I think one cupcake is just under 500 calories, but they are sooo good!

    I’ve always wondered what wheat berries taste like…

  3. I loved yoga today! I almost didn’t go, but I’m so glad that I did. We did headstands and a type of L-shaped hand stand with our feet on the wall (not sure of the name?). Yay for yoga!

  4. Since I started the yoga challenge, I have been doing more yoga with the 2- and 3-year-olds that I teach, and they are loving it! I’ve taught them “turtle,” tree, cobra, cat curls, downward dog, chair, and have started taking them through sun salutes. I’m amazed at how well they focus when we do yoga! I haven’t pushed them past five minutes or so, but it’s been fun. This is a little selfish of me, but hearing their little voices say “namaste!” is so cute!!!

  5. I have a weakness for the vending machine at work – which, of course, has nothing GOOD in it! Ugh. I’ve been packing gala apples and peanut butter to get me through the night. It’s hard when I’m up at 6am and work until at least midnight, most nights.

    AND – I wanted to thank you for turning me on to wheat berries. I have a huge tub of prepared berries in the ‘fridge and added them to my oatmeal this morning. Yummy. I also added them to my taco salad last night on a whim and it was great! A new favorite – I love finding new healthy options I can love without guilt. 🙂

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