Gnawin’ Forever

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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You guys know that I receive a ton of PR pitches on a daily basis, but did you know that Murphy gets them, too? About once a week, I receive an email pitch for a dog-related product. Most of them are for dog food and treats, so, of course, if Murphy had his way, he’d try them all!

Recently, Murphy received an email about Gnawin’ Forever, a “revolutionary chew toy for dogs that provides hours of long lasting chewing fun, but is also a delicious bacon flavored treat.” Long lasting chewing fun? A delicious bacon flavored treat? It sounded great to Murphy! A few days later, I received the Gnawin’ Forever chew toy and refills in the mail (from the company for free), so today was the day to see what the pug thought of it.

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The Gnawin’ Forever toy is made of two parts: a reusable outside housing unit and the chew itself, which are sold in refill packs. The chew goes in the housing unit and can be replaced as needed.

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Initial pug impressions:

Oooh, yea, that looks like a great dog toy.

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It smells delicious, too. Is that bacon?

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Gimme a little lick.

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After Murphy closely examined the Gnawin’ Forever toy, I gave it to him to chew. He attempted to gnaw on it, but then just sat there and looked at it on the floor. I thought maybe he didn’t like it, but then it occured to me what was going on.

What’s up with this toy? My adorable squished pug face can’t get to that delicious bacon treat to chew it. Help!

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Apparently, for a short-muzzled dog, the housing unit gets in the way of the chew toy, so I gave just the chew part to Murphy.

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He was PSYCHED and happily ran around the house with it in his mouth.


When Murphy gets a treat that he really likes, he runs all over the house and whimpers with delight before finding a place to enjoy it.

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Murphy loved the Gnawin’ Forever toy and chewed it for a solid 45 minutes straight before taking a break to drink some water. He’s a big fan of his new toy.

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If you have a special dog friend in your life, CLICK OVER TO THIS POST and leave a comment for a chance to win a Gnawin’ Forever chew toy!


Today’s lunch was a good one: Chopped Kale Salad with Chicken and Truffle Oil. Sounds fancy, right? It actually seemed like I was eating a salad from a nice restaurant.

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In the mix: chopped kale, tomatoes, celery, green bell pepper, roasted broccoli, chunked chicken breast, truffle oil, truffle salt, and balsamic vinegar.

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Lunch concluded with a container of Liberté Méditerranée Apple Crumble Yogurt.

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Have you guys ever tried this stuff? Holy crap, it’s delicious. It has fruit on the bottom (apples, cinnamon, sugar, and raisins) to stir into the yogurt, so it tastes just like apple crisp mixed with creamy yogurt. Nutritionally, it doesn’t do too well (270 calories, 8g saturated fat, and 23g of sugar), but as a dessert, it’s a pretty good option. I will definitely buy this yogurt again.


I haven’t eaten my afternoon snack yet, but on the agenda are some Cocoa Roast Almonds (< — wicked good!) and a banana, which I’ll probably eat with some peanut butter.

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Speaking of bananas, here’s a fun fact from my new desk calendar that my friends at Dole sent me:

Banana Diet

Made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight? In the Japanese Banana Diet, you eat two bananas for breakfast followed by a sensible lunch and dinner. Bananas contain resistant starch, a fiber whose digestive by-products block conversion of some carbohydrates into fuel, forcing your body to rely on fat stores instead.

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P.S. I’m hosting a giveaway on Trading Up Downtown for an at-home workout that seems a lot like CrossFit!



  1. I haven’t tried that yogurt! When you described it my mouth started watering though…so you know what I added to my grocery list. 🙂 I like to mix less nutritionally awesome yogurts with plain stuff so that I can have a big bowl without feeling like I’m on a sugar rush!

  2. How do I make time- well I tell myself that nothing is as important as my health and it’s true. If you are sick and tired you can’t do as much. And I believe we make time for what is important to us. People who say they don’t have 20 minutes to work out or an extra 10 minutes in the morning to juice usually find the time to stand in line at McDonalds for junk food. It’s all about choices.

  3. Product question – I’ve noticed a lot more product feedback and promotion on your blog in the last year. Do you have a post somewhere that explains your policy around indicating when something has been given to you for free to try and when you bought something yourself to try? Seems a lot of bloggers have a disclaimer around this kind of stuff but I didn’t seen anything in your FAQs either.

  4. I feel like that “banana diet” is basically just product placement by Dole. I mean, if you eat 200 calories of anything relatively healthy in the morning…followed by a sensible lunch and dinner…you are bound to lose weight. Common sense, no?

    I typically love reading your blog, but these kinds of “fad” nutrition ideas are a bit frustrating to see here (especially when the “science'” behind them is mixed information, at best).

  5. I am totally addicted to those Emerald Nut on the go canisters — specifically the dark choc/pb ones !! hehehe

  6. Also, I could so use this for one of my dogs who will destroy and eat through EVERY toy haha even the so called indestructible ones.

  7. I want to like kale, but I don’t see how anyone can eat it raw! It has such a strong bitter taste to me. Do you put something on it before serving so it tastes better?

  8. I love Murphy! What a cutie! I own two rescued pugs, Chester and Bugsy (from Inland Northwest Pug Rescue). I’m trying to get Chester to run a 5K with me — I know he can; he’s faster than I am and probably in better shape, however he goes on strike unless we are running to Bakery By The Lake here in my town. I took him trail running once and had to carry him most of they way while he grunted with every one of my footsteps as though I was torturing him (I now have fantastic lats and deltoids from that).

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