Green Light

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

Iโ€™m the owner of Carrots โ€˜Nโ€™ 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 canโ€™t lose weight no matter what they do.

I hope this morning’s post started your day off on the right foot! ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved reading everyone’s responses, and I’ve been smiling all day long, which is a pretty good way to start the work week after a 3-day weekend! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I should have also added ‘farmers’ markets‘ to my list of things I love. The Copley Square Farmers’ Market was in full swing this morning, and seeing it for the first time this year also put a big smile on my face! :mrgreen:


For the locals, the Copley Farmers’ Market is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm until November 23.


Hooray for summer! ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Green Light

So, I bet you’re wondering what my post title is all about. Well, I received the GREEN LIGHT to RUN again! WAHOO!!!!! :mrgreen:

As you know, I’ve been working the folks at OMBE to help me accomplish one of ulitmateย life goals, which is running a marathon. (Hopefully, Boston 2011!!) Now that I’ve tried a number of OMBE’s services, we’re narrowed down my treatment plan to include mostly chiropracty and massage.

So, this morning, I met with Eric, and after chatting for a bit and checking my hip/lower back alignment, he gave me the green light to run 2.5 – 3 miles, twice a week (at least to start). If things go well, I will be able to increase my milage, but, of course, we’ll have to wait and see how my body response. Even still, I am so happy to run again! ๐Ÿ˜€

Eric gave me some advice for easing my body back into running:

  • Before running, I should warm-up by walking for 5-10 minutes.
  • Once my body is warm, I should stretch for another 5-10 minutes and then start my run.
  • After running, I should be stretching for at least 15-20 minutes.

To be honest, I was really surprised by how much stretching I should be doing– even just for short run. I’m a bad girl and rarely stretch before or after running, so no wonder I got injured! I’m determined to run a marathon, so hopefully, lots of stretching is a step in the right direction for me.


After my appointment (and a quick 35-minute workout at Healthworks), I snacked on a pear while riding home on the T.



A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the USA Dry Peas, Lentils & Chickpeas Council, who challenged me to blog about 7 recipes, made primarily with dry peas, lentils, or chickpeas, over the next 2 weeks. I love a challenge, and I’m always looking for ways to include more protein and fiber into my diet, so I jumped at the chance to participate. Plus, the USA Dry Pea, Lentil & Chickpeas Council provided me with supplies to take on the challenge, so I had nothing to lose!

My first recipe is a Pesto-Chickpea Mash that I spread on a piece of Eziekel bread and added a couple of slices of tomato to create a delicious sandwich for lunch.


Pesto-Chickpea Mash

Makes 1 serving


  • 1/4 cup canned chickpeas, drained
  • 1/3 of a ripe avocado
  • 2 tsp store-bought pesto (or homemade)
  • salt + pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Use a fork to mash all of the ingredients together.
  • Spread on a piece of toast, crackers, pita, etc.
  • Eat and enjoy!


On the side, I had a small salad.



After lunch, I made myself a piece of Ezekiel bread with peanut butter and caramel sauce. Mmm! I’m debating making another one of these babies. One just wasn’t enough! ๐Ÿ˜‰


So, I’m off to a fun event tonight! I can’t give you all of the details just yet, but I can tell you that I am equally excited and nervous about it. I promise to fill you in soon. Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S. Do you want to know how I really save money on groceries each week? Check out this post!



  1. hey Tina! I have a quick question about the mypressi twist! i bought it from your shop and absolutely love it- thank u so much for the recommendation ๐Ÿ™‚ i want to know where is the best (cheapest) place to buy the replacement cartridges? thanks so much.

  2. Yeah! I’m so happy for you! It sucks so bad to be restricted from what you love the most; I had to take a YEAR off from horseback riding after I hurt myself. But in a way, its a good thing: it really does make you realize just how much you LOVE it, right?

  3. Congratulations! And I’m really excited about the challenge, too, as I’m moving out for the first time and embarking on the student-poverty lifestyle that will involve lots of legumes! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Do you get paid by chickpea etc Council,or just get free supplies(pretty nice of you to promote like that for them for 2 weeks for that only!I think they should pay you too)
    Congrats about the green light to run-happy trails!

  5. Thanks for sharing your running tips! Honestly, that probably why I’m injured too ๐Ÿ™ When all we want to do is run, why does it feel like it’s a stretching marathon??

  6. Good news on the green light. I know, it’s crazy how much time you really need to stress. It’s not like we’re all not pressed for time already! I like the lentil recipe, I’ve never tried them but have wanted to for a while now. And pairing it with pesto (one of my favs) how can it not be good.

  7. YAAAAAY! That’s awesome! I know how much you love running so this must be great news for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your lunch looks deeeelicious by the way. ๐Ÿ˜€


  8. Congrats on getting the green light! I relate to your frustration with not being able to reach your goal as soon as you want. I want to compete in a figure contest, but have fibromyalgia and it keeps me from being able to lift the heavy weights I need to put on muscle. I’m working with a trainer though and she’s helping me build the muscle slowly…but I want it now! Slow and steady wins the race though right? We’ll both reach our goals eventually!

  9. I am so happy about the amount of stretching your therapist said you should be doing! Stretching is by far one of the most important parts of a workout and NO ONE does it! You will feel so much better after doing it though! Have a great run!

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