In the Name of Science – Volume II

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


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 can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

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It seemed like a lot of you guys liked my original “In the Name of Science: 4 Days of Meals & Snacks,” so I decided to write another one. My participation in the ulcerative colitis study actually ended last week (it was just a 6-week study), so I won’t need to track my food intake anymore, but I still thought you guys might want to see what I ate in my final week. Spoiler: I ate a lot of eggs, cereal, and soup. I was kind of lazy with my diet, but, hey, it happens to the best of us. And I’m back on track this week and that’s the best I can do, right? (FYI: I’m not sure when the results of the study will be available, but I will definitely share them on CNC!)

what a runner crossfit mom ibd fighter eats


B: 1/8 of Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake (I gave the study RD the recipe, so she could figure out the exact breakdown of ingredients)

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L: Kale Caesar Salad + 1/8 of Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake with 1 tbsp of ketchup



S: Iced grande soy latte from Starbucks + 1 cup red grapes

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D: 2 cups spaghetti squash with 1/2 cup white beans, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 1 tbsp butter

S: 3/4 cup Golden Grahams + 1 fun size package of peanut M&Ms (mixed together = yum!)

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S: 5 ounces Sauvignon Blanc + 1 rice cake with 1/2 tbsp Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter with Flax and Chia Seeds (it’s just so-so, Teddie is WAY better!) + 1/2 tbsp Trader Joe’s strawberry preserves

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1/4 cup crockpot banana oatmeal with 1 tbsp hemp seeds, 1/2 tsp chia seeds, and 1 tbsp Teddie peanut butter + 2 scrambled eggs with 1/4 cup diced peppers and onions + 16 ounces decaf iced coffee with 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk



S: 1 scoop SFH vanilla recovery with 1/2 cup decaf iced coffee, 1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk, and water

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L: Blu-Rugula Salad

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L: 1 rice cake with 1 tbsp Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter with Flax and Chia Seeds


S: Coffee with 1/2 scoop of SFH coconut Fuel + 1 fun size package of peanut M&Ms


D: 2 cups of Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup + 1 slice of Dave’s Killer Bread Powerseed with 1 slice Trader Joe’s cheddar cheese


S: 3/4 cup Reese’s Puffs with 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk



B: 1/8 of Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake with 1 tbsp of ketchup + 16 ounces decaf iced with 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk


B2: 1/4 cup crockpot banana oatmeal with 1 tbsp hemp seeds, 1/2 tsp chia seeds, and 1 tbsp sunflower butter + 8 ounces decaf iced coffee with 1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk


L: 2 cups spaghetti squash with 1/2 cup roasted sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup white beans, and 2 tbsp pesto

SAMSUNG CSCS: 1 Peanut Butter Mighty Muffin with 2 tbsp Reese’s Puffs


D: 2 cups Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup + 1 slice of Dave’s Killer Bread Powerseed with 1 slice Trader Joe’s cheddar cheese

S: 2 Medjool dates with 1 tbsp Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter with Flax and Chia Seeds

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B: 2 eggs + 1 egg white with 1/2 cup roasted sweet potatoes and 1/2 avocado + 16 ounces iced coffee with 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk


W: CrossFit

S: 1/8 Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake + 1/2 cup roasted sweet potatoes with 1 tbsp ketchup


S: 1 rice cake with 1 tbsp sunflower butter and half of a banana


S: 4 Chocolate Coconut Balls


Chocolate Coconut Balls


Directions: Combine above ingredients, except shredded coconut, in a food processor. Roll batter into balls and then roll them in shredded coconut. Enjoy immediately! Store in the refrigerator.

Makes 8 balls

D: 2 cups Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup + 1 slice of Dave’s Killer Bread Powerseed with 1 slice Trader Joe’s cheddar cheese

S: 1.5 cups Golden Grahams


Louis Kemp Giveaway

Thank to everyone who entered the Louis Kemp giveaway last week. Here’s the winner:


I voted! Peanut butter with everything! 🙂

Congrats, Kendra! Please email me at with your full name and mailing address to claim your new Sur La Table set, sushi kit, and Louis Kemp products!

Question of the Day

When you’re feeling lazy with your diet, what foods do you typically eat?

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  1. You now gave me a HUGE craving for American cereal! 😀 I love that sweet sugary goodness… I remember eating bowls of Honey Comb after school every day. Healthiest kid ever 😀

  2. I hate to get all science-y on you but have you ever done an anti-inflammatory diet? I notice you eat a bit of ketchup. Ketchup contains MSG and others additives that have been shown to cause inflammation. Was just wondering if you ever tried eliminating foods like that and if so, what was the result?

    1. That’s basically the diet I try to stick to (minus last week), and it seems to help! The ketchup from Trader Joe’s doesn’t have MSG in it, and it’s really tasty!

  3. I love your posts. It’s so great to see how you eat healthy but still allow yourself treats. Also, just wondering why you use soy milk but still eat cheese. Is it for health reasons or due to IBS?

  4. When I’m feeling lazy with my diet (aka lazy in general) I am really bad about actually preparing meals. I live alone so the accountability is low. I end up snacking on a variety of healthy (ish) things like nuts, trail mix, fruit, carrots and hummus, Pretzel Crisps, Lara bars…..and the list goes on. And I wonder why I never get full….

    I did recently receive a Crock Pot as a gift and I am excited to let different recipes bake while I am at work all day and be ready to eat when I get home!

  5. Really interesting to see what you can eat and still maintain a largely anti-inflammatory approach. And YES I totally agree re: Teddie >TJ’s pb. I don’t even like to eat the latter. Pretty sure I caught on to Teddie from reading your blog!

  6. After seeing the Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup on your IG I decided to make it yesterday. Holy yum!! It will definitely be added to our rotation 🙂

  7. Oh my gosh..I haven’t had golden grahams in FOREVER but they used to be my favorite cereal! We also used to make a treat with them and marshmallows that was fantastic. I think I’m going to have to make those tonight..

  8. Tina,
    I am going to search your blog more as I am new to it but my daughter was just diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and she is only 12 🙁 I am interested in any tips you may have or do you have any resources to refer me to? My daughter’s GI would like her to stay on a regular diet for now but she is having stomachaches etc and I would like to get her diet sorted out early so we can find something that works and stick with it. I appreciate any info you can provide.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter. My best advice is to find a GI doctor that you both really like and respect. Right now, I’m eating a mostly anti-inflammatory diet, paying close attention to omega-3s and omega-6s, and it seems to be helping. I’m on Remicade, so it’s tough to know for sure, but things have settled down quite a bit since the holidays and my recent flare. A lot of UC patients have also had success with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, so that’s something to look into too. (Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me.) If you ever want to chat on the phone, just let me know. I don’t have all the answers, but I’m more than happy to lend an ear.

    2. @KimW: KimW the most anti-inflammatory properties have omega-3s, good sources of omega-3s is tran, fish like salmon and linseed oil. Your daughter should observe after which meals she feels unwell and limit those products in the diet. You can also make flaxseed tea. I hope that you will find the best way of nutrition for your daughter.

  9. When I don’t feel like cooking, I always revert to eggs or smoothies. Quick and easy! Unfortunately, when I get lazy with my diet I almost always revert to prepackaged stuff, which isn’t great.

  10. omg those peanut M&Ms! <3 Do you find you are more conscious of portions when you have to track everything and write it down? I definitely do- I think it's such a helpful way to be aware of how MUCH I'm munching on my favorite snacks 🙂

  11. You still got loads of veggies and healthy items in! I was expecting to say eggs and cereal for every single meal! It’s been an I don’t feel like cooking week so far for me which means tons of eggs, tuna, yogurt and cottage cheese. Oh and last night I bought a rotisserie chicken. It’s been one of those crazy weeks, we all have them!

  12. I first read that last snack as fifteen cups of golden grahams instead of 1.5 and was like “wow- she’s exaggerating but probably killed the box!”-LOL.

    When I’m feeling lazy with my diet I tend to eat a lot of toast and protein bars.

    1. That’s exactly what I thought too, lol!! I love your foodie posts….I’ve been on a new way of eating and feel amazing and proud of myself for doing some major changes!

  13. My lazy go-to is always tomato soup (pre-made from the grocery store) and a baked potato. It’s warm, comforting and easy.

  14. Hi Tina! When I try to click on the cheesy tater tot recipe it sends me to a video link…not sure if anyone else had this problem? it must be with the website the recipe is on? Is there a way you could post the recipe on here? Interested in trying it!

  15. Hah, when I get lazy about cooking, it’s usually a night of cereal. That doesn’t always go over well with the hubs because an hour later he’s complaining that he’s still hungry. So sometimes we’ll get something from Costco’s pickup window like pizza or bbq sandwich.
    I had been craving Golden Grahams after seeing it on your blog and finally found it at Target (not sure why the major grocery stores aren’t carrying it). Feels so therapeutic!

  16. When I’m being lazy with cooking, I tend to eat a lot of almonds, peanut butter, hard boiled or scrambled eggs, cheese and protein bars. I’m trying to be better about this because I end up eating way too much dairy & not enough produce!

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