Yes, I’m Still a Healthy Living Blogger

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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Good morning, friends!

I started my day with a random, but delicious breakfast: an egg, a banana, a Dr. Praeger’s Sweet Potato Pancake, and a glass of iced coffee mixed with Ensure, soy milk, and vanilla protein powder.

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Now that I can pretty much eat normally again (I’m still avoiding gluten, but not 100%), I’m really trying to put some thought into what I consume. I’m focusing on the overall nutrition of my food as opposed to calories or fat. Colitis was such a wake up call with regard to how I treat and fuel my body. I never want to be that sick again.

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Last week, when I told you guys about my recent colitis diagnosis and flare-up, someone asked me whether I still considered myself a healthy living blogger. My response was short and simple: Yes, I’m still a healthy living blogger. See what else I had to say about the subject: How Colitis Is Changing My Definition of Healthy Living

Question of the Day

If a blogger has a chronic condition or illness, do you still consider them a “healthy living” blogger? Why or why not?



  1. Of course I still consider them to be a healthy living blogger. Living a healthy life differs from person to person and if someone is ill then their healthy lifestyle will cater to that part of thier life. That does not mean they are trying to live as healthy as possible!

  2. Is that even a real question?? Um, duh. Millions of people have chronic illnesses and can live healthy lives. Your decisions define you, not your diagnosis.

  3. I’m surprised someone would ask you that. Your status as a healthy living blogger is certainly not in question to me, and I wouldn’t have even thought questioning it. I hope you feel better, even if you have had to give up some yummy fruits n’ veg. Bagels aren’t all bad. 🙂

  4. I agree with Heather, If you’re persuing a healthy lifestyle, blogging about it, and “living the dream” then I still consider you a healthy living blogger! You’re amazing Tina, the end 🙂

  5. Of course I consider someone with an illness or condition a healthy living blogger! Like many things in life “healthy” is a relative term and no condition or lifestyle defines it. I find your posts just as fascinating and even more inspiring than before.

  6. Yes, of course! You had no control over your diagnosis, & now you’re sharing with us how you’re continuing to live healthfully!

  7. yes yes yes they/you would still be a healthy living blogger! You are changing your eating habits in order to keep your body/mind healthy. I believe that being healthy is different for everyone. For some people that may mean eating lots of fruits and veggies and for others it may be finally nixing fast food, and trying to become more active. Healthy is a state of mind and feeling good about yourself.

  8. I don’t really see what difference it makes! Sure, your food choices may be restricted by your condition but you’re still following a healthy lifestyle and everybody can benefit from reading about that. It hadn’t occured to me to view your blog any differently to be honest!

  9. I totally think that the label “healthy living” blogger is not just one thing. There’s not one way to be healthy, and if you’re doing what feels good for your body, then that’s healthy for you!

    I’ll still be reading, and I’m sure there are many others out there struggling with colitis or any other health issue who can learn from you 🙂

  10. I am a bit surprised that someone would ask that. Especially since this happened to you overnight AND has not changed you as a person or a blogger. With that in mind, what is a healthy living blogger anyway? I think you embody healthy living by being active, happy and indulging every now and then!

  11. Definitely! Even more so than before, bc you have to pay more attention to what you put in your body and how you treat it. Glad you’re feeling better!
    In fact, how you live is how I aspire to live… i don’t have an illness or anything but definitely have some really bad habits that, IMO, are worse. You’re inspirational 🙂

  12. What the heck. Why would someone even question that? I’m so happy to see how much BETTER you are doing… even as compared to last week! A-mazing.

  13. I definitely think so! “Healthy” is a term that is defined by a person’s life. What is healthy for one person might not be healthy for another. Being healthy is all about treating our bodies in a way that makes them perform their best. To me, a chronic condition just means that a particular person just has to develop a different process by which they keep their body at its healthiest. 😀

  14. Girl I feel your pain. I read the Health article and it really inspired me. I have IBS and it’s not nearly as bad as Colitis, but I need to make a drastic overhaul of my diet. I’ve had it for years and I’m still working on it. It’s tough to give up fave foods, but it’s worth it for my health. Hope you continue to get better.

  15. yes, of course! Nobody is 100% healthy. Everybody has something going on. My goodness I have allergies.. does that make me unhealthy? mm I don’t think so.

  16. If anyone says they don’t, I would punch them. Not really but I would be pretty upset. Healthy living is different for everyone and I think it’s even more inspiring that you strive to be healthy even with a chronic illness! Many people would use that as an excuse to just give up.

  17. I just read the question. haha. I left a comment before about the Health article. YES you are still a healthy living blogger. We all have obstacles to our health. You are doing a great job!

  18. Oh my goodness, yes! Healthy living is a choice that we all make despite whatever circumstances we have. How we tailor it may be different, but it should be based on what works for us as individuals, while generally seeking the same goals: fit, healthy, consicentious, active, and happy!

  19. I’m angered someone would even ask you that. Healthy folks are real people, too! It’s all about balance and how you fit healthy living into your life, “warts” and all. Plus, it helps those going through the same thing and showing them you can live a full healthy life when you have an illness that might become an obstacle. I mean, seriously – did this person think you were going to let it all go to tell with your diagnosis? I just found out I have to stop running due to knee issues…does this mean I can’t call myself a runner anymore? So sick of people putting negative energy out there!

  20. What? It’s ridiculous that someone would accuse you of not being a ‘healthy living’ blogger because you have a digestive disorder. What a load of…anyway, ‘healthy living’ is what makes YOU feel your best. The notion that everyone has to eat a salad the size of their face for every meal to be ‘healthy’ is warped anyway. Sure, if you can handle the fibre then it’s great, but if you can’t…yeah, been there myself and it isn’t pretty.

    Keep blogging the way you want to no matter what. I hope that person sorts out their issues soon.


  21. Of course I would still consider them a healthy living blogger! It’s not like they got the condition and then said “Oh f*ck it, I’m gonig to eat at McDonald’s every day now.” 🙂
    Sometimes you get what you get…it’s how you deal with it that matters.

  22. Health means different things to different people, and you’ve always preached that the things you blog about work for you and might not necessarily work for other people. So of course I still consider you a health blogger, but more importantly, I read to hear your stories and experiences, regardless if they’re directly applicable to me.

  23. OK, so I realize I might get some backlash here, but I’m not a regular reader and I think one of the last times I visited you were eating Kraft Macaroni and cheese and Edy’s ice cream. So yes, while I do agree that healthy living is what makes you feel best (as Jessica said above,) I have to admit, I read that statement and wondered about the fact that you consider yourself a healthy living blogger. I think CnC is more about finding balance more than anything.

    (And yes, I do realize that as a non-regular reader, I might simply have caught an off days and don’t see what you normally eat on a day to day basis.)

      1. @Tina: Wow – I hope that’s not what she’s saying. Food is fuel most of the time, but every once in a while it can be pure fun! (I’m thinking of my vacation in three weeks when I can do my 1x a year fluffernutter, pier fries, fried dough…not all the same day of course!)

        To my mind, healthy living is a combination of mind/body/spirit. It’s having a shine about you that others can see. And Tina – you’ve got it.

  24. Definitely. No questions asked! What’s healthy for you may be different than what is healthy for me or somebody else. As long as you are living YOUR healthy lifestyle, then that’s all that really counts 🙂

  25. Absolutely they are still considered a healthy living blogger! Eating well and exercising are only parts of being healthy … part of it is also knowing your abilities and limitations and doing what you can within them. And it also means giving your emotions a chance to do what they will.

  26. Well life would be boring without dessert, so I guess no, I am not saying that you can’t post pics of unhealthy food once in a while. I think what I was trying to say is that when I think of your blog, I think YOU and a mix of pugs, running, cookie Fridays and iced coffee. And as I said before, finding balance. So sure, that can be categorized as healthy living! (I’m not a blogger but I think if I was I would find it difficult to stick with one subject and not post on a variety of topics.)

    Also, I admit I do have a personal pet peeve with bloggers who for example, have the word ”˜nutrition’ as part of their blog and then post recipes for cheesecake and steak. I would consider them to be food bloggers more than anything (certainly not healthy living.) You are not one of those and I apologize if I somehow projected that onto you.

    Finally, if nothing else, now I’m more interested in reading your book!

  27. definitely! i think reading about your struggles to find balance and better health through your prognosis even better proves your status as a healthy living blogger! its all about overcoming the challenges of everyday life, even your health, and i think you do an excellent job.

  28. Ofcourse they are still a healthy living blogger!! Knowing your body isn’t functioning the same and bringing attention to it, may be helping others realize they need a check-up as well because they have simliar symptoms. Bringing attention to a health problem will help yourself and others in the longrun.

  29. If someone strives to live a healthy lifestyle (and blogs about it), then yes, they are STILL a healthy living blogger despite any physical or health limitations. To think otherwise would be the same thing as saying that someone who lost a leg but runs, is not a runner. It’s preposterous.

    I’m thrilled that so much more is known about Ulcerative Colitis and IBD now. Fifteen years ago, my mom, who has ALWAYS advocated healthy living — running marathons, teaching fitness classes, eating granola, yogurt, fruit and add-ons LONG BEFORE it was mainstream — was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.

    To that point, she spent 3 weeks in the hospital, in massive pain and on massive doses of steroids and pain killers, to ultimately have most of her intestines surgically removed. I believe that because she all of the foods that she loved and was told by her drs to continue to eat because they were healthy (even in the hospital), were ultimately making her flare-ups that much worse. It took years after that of avoiding those foods that she later found out were compounding the problems. But now she can eat everything she loves, including popcorn, strawberries and coffee without issue (and knows when to take a break)

    I’ve recommended it before, and I will recommend it again, read Colitiscope. It’s a wonderfully helpful and informative while taking a rather humorous (which is helpful) approach to the problems that come up. I’ve included the information link below.

    Colitiscope: Living With Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
    by Andrew Tubesing

  30. Of course I still consider you a healthy living blogger!!! Your illness does NOT define you 🙂 You are still striving to lead a fit and healthful life in the best possible way you can and you’re still, as always doing a great job and are incredibly inspiring! And, Just out of curiosity, how are those sweet potato pancakes??? I am always tempted to buy them when I see them but have yet to take the plunge!

  31. I think some of the best healthy living bloggers are those who have struggled or are struggling with an illness or a condition. Not only do they challenge any stereotype that they can’t remain healthy when faced with adversity, but they remind us that each one of us is vunerable. And if anything – you are sharing your path back to being healthy.

  32. Just joining the chorus to give an emphatic “yes!!” You are still striving to live a healthy life – and you do that no matter what cards life hands you. Your illness does not define you, and the fact that you are committed to achieving that healthy balance without letting your diagnosis bring you down is so admirable. Plus, even if some of your food choices change, your blog is still the same – a reflection of who you are.

    Anyway, I know so many have already said this so basically – I’m happy that you are still defining yourself as a healthy living blogger.

    And a belated congrats on the 10K!!! 🙂

  33. glad you’re feeling better, Tina!
    Good luck starting training for the NYCM. It’s such an amazing race and the city can’t wait to have you here in November.

  34. I’m shocked that someone even asked you that. Just because a person has a chronic condition doesn’t mean that all of a sudden they can’t live a healthy lifestyle. Loved your post over at Health-you said it perfectly!

  35. I would hope so! I have Colitis and I still consider myself a 100% Healthy Food Blogger. It’s not about what you CAN’T control, it’s about what you CAN. I think having Colitis makes me even more healthier and aware of my nutrition than before.

  36. I guess maybe I dont get it but what does one have to do with the other. Is one so perfectly made that one doesnt ever get sick and then can continue being a healthy living blogger? No, we all get sick and no one is perfectly made. I think that it is brilliant for a person who has a healthy living style, gets ill, and continues with being healthy in their living style. This to me is healthy living ~ getting through the bumps in the road and not letting it derail you.

    Keep up the fantastic job:)

  37. I don’t see why that person wouldn’t be considered a healthy living blogger? It’s not like anyone actively seeks out a chronic illness, so whoever asked you that question makes no sense!

  38. You are definitely still a healthy living blogger and so are people who have other conditions or illnesses!!! Now that you’ve gone through this experience, you can educate the rest of us on colitis and what healthy strategies you took to deal with it. You’ve now got even more to share with us about being healthy!

    Congrats on the finish at the race and I’m glad to hear you’re doing better!!

  39. If anything, when a blogger has a chronic condition or illness and is brave enough to tell his or her readers and be honest about it, I consider them even more of a healthy living blogger. As someone with a serious health condition, I know how easy it is to let all those crappy feelings take over and rule your life, but you have overcome those feelings (hello 10k!!) shown them whose boss 😀 It takes a strong person to go through an illness or live with a health condition and still make taking care of their body and soul a priority. They represent the epitome of healthy living-staying on track even when life throws you a curve ball.

  40. I’m not a blogger – just an avid reader of them – and have struggled with several gastrointestinal disorders and diseases my entire life (I’m 21 now). Being healthy, to me, is about having a proper balance of everything in your life: eating, drinking, sleeping, exercising, having fun, working, etc. You, somehow, manage to do all these in a day – far better than I can say I ever have.

    Having a “clean bill of health” does not and should not divide “healthy” from “unhealthy” individuals. I have learned through so many years of struggling with various pills, procedures, puzzled doctors, and being different from my peers does not mean I am unhealthy. It just means I’m different, and there should not be anything stopping me from being different AND healthy.
    You, Tina, are different, unique, healthy, smart, and overall fantastic. Take that person’s 2-D translation of the word “healthy living” and show the world just how many dimensions it actually has with your new obstacles.

  41. First, I don’t think having an illness means that you are no longer living healthily. Maybe she asked that because she thinks that it would be hard to relate her diet to yours now that you have special dietary needs.

    I think the overarching problem is that we all have different opinions on what is healthy living. I think balanced living is more your motto, but that is just because my personal opinion is that a diet lower in sugar and alcohol is nutritionally better for long term health. Of course indulging every once in a while is normal and needed for mental sanity.

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