What I’m Loving Lately 104

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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Happy, happy, HAPPY FRIDAY to you!

I’m so, so, so glad the weekend is just about here. We have a fun one planned – starting today with an Easter egg hunt planned by the high school in our town. I told Quinn about it yesterday, and he is so pumped for it! 🙂 On Saturday, we plan to do our usual “CrossFit followed by Coffee Shack” morning adventure and then Mal and I are meeting up with some friends for an adults-only double-date. For Easter Sunday, we’re heading to my Grammie’s house for a family celebration, and, of course, bringing Quinn’s (second) lamb cake for everyone to enjoy. Bring on the weekend! 🙂

So, it’s Friday and you know what that means! It’s time for the next edition of What I’m Loving Lately.

“i work hard so my dog doesn’t have to” pajama set – Clearly, I need this in my life. Murphy has it really good!

Organic Milk: Healthfood Trojan Horse – This is super interesting. Mal actually came home from a school field trip to Hornstra Farms and told me that we need to stop giving Quinn organic milk. Organic milk? Apparently, 80% of organic milk sold in the US is ultra-pasteurized, which basically kills all of the good stuff in it. Thankfully, the one in our fridge (from Trader Joe’s) is only pasteurized. Just a heads up to check your organic milk!

Athleta Funnel Neck Sweatshirt – I bought this sweatshirt back in the fall and have worn it a ton since then… and it’s on sale right now! And comes in other colors! 🙂

Another favorite Athleta find…

Camo Contender Leggings – Lovvvveeee these! I wore them for the fashion show last week, and I so want them in my life! FYI: They also come in petite and plus sizes!

Hummingbird Glass Straws – I recently blogged about these straws, but the more I learn about plastic, the more I’m I’m playing to where it shows up in my life, including my morning iced coffee. I love the glass ones (instead of metal) because you can see if they’re clean inside. They’re made from Pyrex, so they’re super durable and dishwasher-safe.

Nutri-Vet Hip & Joint Soft Chews – One of the employees at the store where we buy Murphy’s dog food recommended these soft chews for “senior” dogs. Murphy loves them because he thinks they’re treats!

Women’s Leith Dolman Sleeve Cardigan – Loving this short sleeve cardigan! It instantly adds some style to an outfit. I wore this for drinks and apps with one of my old DTFN clients the other day! 🙂

You Can Watch ‘Jaws’ While Floating In Open Water This Summer – This is such a fun idea, but YIKES!

Question of the Day

Are you brave enough to float in open water while watching Jaws?

I’m not.



  1. UHT milk does not equal organic milk. UHT milk is milk pasteurized at ullra high temperatures. Just because milk is organic and just because milk is pasteurized does not mean it is UHT milk. You need to do your research before putting out such broad statements.

  2. Hey there, I just had to leave a comment about the pasteurized milk. Milk is pasteurized to kill HARMFUL bacteria, parasites, and viruses that can all be found in raw milk. Not to say that you will definitely get sick from raw milk, but it is a real risk, especially for young children, pregnant moms, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Pasteurization is kind of like vaccination- some people *may* have a negative reaction to it, but it is a NEED for public health. Also, the source that you linked to does not seem to be very credible. I realize you can’t always find a meta-analysis on everything but you have to be wary of info like this that isn’t backed by research. I just don’t want people reading your post to assume they have to stop consuming all pasteurized dairy products! I am a dietitian and we learn a lot about these types of topics so it bothers me to read something like this that may unnecessarily scare people.

    1. Totally! I understand the importance of pasteurization, but isn’t there a difference between pasteurized and ultrapasterized? I just didn’t realize there was a difference when it came to organic milk – I thought they were all the same!

    2. @Kacie:

      vaccinations are a huge joke and herd immunity is fake- most vaccines wear off in 3-20 years depending meaning most us adults aren’t protected from anything. Diseases plummeted naturally because of indoor plumbing, sanitation, antibiotics and we don’t live super close with farm animals anymore. Diseases like scarlett and typhoid fever declined naturally with no vaccine. Other diseases were already on steep decline before vaccines ever came into the picture. Raw milk is very nutritious if it comes from a reputable farm. I buy it all the time. The reason we have to pasteurize milk now is because there are huge farms full of infected cows. There is always risk in consuming anything. Also not sure how being a dietician makes you an expert on any of these topics.

      1. You’re right that some of these diseases are no longer an issue with improved public health practices, but diseases like the flu, measles, hep B, rotavirus, and pertussis have not been eradicated and can kill young kids, the elderly, and the immunocompromised easily, even with the most sophisticated of ICU resources. Herd immunity does help protect these vulnerable populations.

  3. Tina, I would really appreciate your words of wisdom today. I’m going through a life crisis and my heart is absolutely shattered and I cannot stop ruminating and crying. What do you do when these circumstances to cheer you up? Besides family and pets of course because those are out of the question for me. Is it retail therapy? Is it food? Is it to take a travel trip impromptu?

    1. I’m sorry you’re having a tough day. Family and pets definitely help as well as a good workout and a tasty iced coffee! I hope you’re feeling like yourself again soon! 🙂

  4. Your statement about milk really worries me. Pasteurization makes milk safer, and drinking non-pasteurized milk seems like rolling the dice. As many people do just fine without drinking milk at all, it seems there are better things to worry about than nutrients lost during the pasteurization process.

    1. That’s not what I’m saying. I’m talking about pasteurized versus ultra-pasteurized milk. I don’t think people realize that some organic milk is ultra-pasteurized.

  5. If you’re making claims about health-related topics, it’s imperative to provide evidence supporting the claims.

    Did you read the article you linked to?

    First she claims that there is a link between ultra-pasteurized milk and allergy … because her son spit up when she was drinking it, and she’s SURE he was developing a milk allergy. Wait. What?

    Secondly, she claims that “nearly all Westerners” suffer from “leaky gut syndrome” – which is not actually a thing. I’d encourage you to talk to your gastroenterologist about this.

    Third, her post is sponsored. RED FLAG ALERT!

    It’s so easy to spread fear-based pseudoscience in the internet-age, and it can be SO dangerous. It’s imperative to do some additional research before spreading this type of article!

    1. @Lauren: Agreed. The author’s bio at the bottom also says she has a Master’s degree from UPenn but a closer look at her bio page shows her bachelor’s is in economics and the Masters degree is in Government administration/public financial management, which means she does not have the educational background to speak on these topics and may even have financial interest in promoting this information.

  6. Hi Tina! I just wanted to let you know that it’s extremely difficult to read your blog because I am inundated by pop-up ad after pop-up ad. The ads take up the entire screen (covering up the blog post I’m trying to read). Half the time the ads are for YOUR videos or e-mail subscription. I’ve read this blog for a long time, but the ads are out of control and very distracting.

  7. Thank you for the heads up on the Organic Milk! I give my three year old organic milk but I’ll have to see if it is ultra pasteurized, I don’t want him to lose out on the good stuff!

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