Inbox Explosion + Easy Avocado Egg Salad

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.

Holy moly! My inbox exploded today! So many emails, not enough time!

I reply to every reader email that I receive in my inbox, so it might take me a little while to respond, but, I assure you, you’ll eventually get a reply from me. Obviously, I love hearing from you guys, so keep those emails coming!

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With that said, I’m going to start replying to reader emails in blog posts again, like I did with Three Questions Thursday. You guys seemed to find this blog feature helpful, so I decided to bring it back. Here are a few reader questions with my replies!

I am starting early in 2012 to accomplish my goal of a running a half marathon. I just signed up for my first one, for late April. Now I am trying to figure out what training plan to follow. There are so many different ones online, and then some that you have to pay for. What would you suggest for training for my first one? Is it worth paying for one or do you have a plan you would recommend?

I love SmartCoach from Runner’s World for training plans. It’s totally customizable, so you can select your distance training goal, average weekly mileage, intensity level, plan length, and even the day of the week you want to do your long run. And, the best part, it’s FREE!

In one of your previous posts, you mentioned 2 NASM CPT apps that you used.  I was just wondering if you would recommend one over the other if you had to choose between them? I am planning to take the exam in March but I’d rather not buy 2 apps.

I mentioned the NASM Personal Trainer and NASM Exam Prep apps in one of my previous posts. Both are good, but if you just want to purchase one, I’d go with the NASM Exam Prep app because the questions are much more challenging and varied, which will better prepare you for the exam. The NASM Personal Trainer app was developed by NASM, but I found the questions to be pretty easy and not entirely representative of what I saw on the actual test.

I notice that you like your coffee (me too!) and that you use soymilk in your coffee and iced coffees. I’m just wondering, what do you sweeten it with? Stevia, Agave, Truvia, sugar? I have to sweeten mine and just always trying to figure out the best way health and calorie wise.

I actually don’t sweeten my coffee. I just add soy milk to it. Occasionally, however, I’ll buy the vanilla-flavored soy milk, which adds a good amount of sweetness.


My Overnight Oats in Jar didn’t satisfy me for long because my stomach started to grumble only a couple of hours later, so I nuked some frozen edamame in the microwave for a mid-morning snack.

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A little while later, I threw together a quick lunch: avocado egg salad made with two hard-boiled eggs, 1/4 cup mashed avocado, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper on a toasted whole wheat English muffin.

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Yum! It tasted so delicious””even better than regular old egg salad made with mayo. Plus, of course, adding avocado was a much more nutritious way to eat it!

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My egg-avocado sandwich held off my hunger for quite awhile, but I grabbed a banana to eat as an afternoon snack. Sometimes, I just need a little something to hold me over until dinnertime.

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I’m off to cook dinner and then relax.

Enjoy the night, friends!



  1. I’ve used . Free programs as well and offers programs for novice to advanced runners! Good luck!

  2. I actually forgot to pick up some mayo at the store the other day to make some chicken or egg salad. But, I DO have an avocado. I think I might try that out. Perfect timing! btw- that picture of Murphy is so adorable. Love it.

  3. Haha! So glad I didn’t send you an email too. 😉 Based on the earlier post, I had a feeling that your inbox might get a little backed up.

    LOVE LOVE avocado instead of mayo in my egg salad. Dill is also a nice addition when I have some handy. Your way of eating is very similar to mine in that I like eating tiny meals with lots of snacks sprinkled throughout the day. Keeps the metabolism going and prevents me from feeling STUFFED.

  4. Your avo-egg sandwich just gave me some ideas…thank you! I have lots of ripe avos (all at once!) to use.

    And inbox explosion? I think most everyone can relate…we all get so many emails and I know you probably get even one or two more 🙂

  5. aw, you posted my email question about NASM apps…. that makes me smile 🙂 i love reading healthy living blogs but thought it was a stretch to send you an email with a personal question! however, i was impressed by how quickly you responded to me and am glad you thought the question was relevant enough to share with the rest of the wonderful blog world! thanks again!

  6. In reference to the overexcercising issue, Tina, you seem like a pretty reasonable person. Your blog has changed over the past couple of years. If you look back at the posts before you started competitive running and then this whole crossfit/paleo phase, you will notice not subtle, but very obvious changes. You can even notice it on the, excuse me, but pinched look on your face. You seemed much happier back then and made other readers happy as well. However, the damage is not as great as hungryrunnergirl, who unfortunately is in great denial about her habits. She needs to sit down with a psychiatrist and not her husband, who feeds her ego about running, just because he needs a running buddy.

    That is my opinion. You bloggers really need to be careful and take responsibility for what your viewers are reading. Kath from Kath eats for example, lays out a balanced picture of health. I always thought you did too, and I know you can.

      1. @Tina: Haters gonna hate. 😉 (OK. That was maybe a little inappropriate).
        From my perspective people change, evolve, grow as we get older. I’ve been reading for years and think of your blog as a friend (Is that creepy? I hope that doesn’t sound creepy!) and I’ve enjoyed seeing you GROW because frankly, reading about people growing/changing is more interesting! If my best girlfriends were the same exact people they were 5 or 10 years ago I would be WORRIED. Life’s a journey and each experience gives us fresh perspectives. It’s been great to read about your journey Tina. 😀

  7. We should all be so lucky to be as popular as you are. I know it probably seems like a burden sometimes, but you should be proud of yourself knowing that so many people are reaching out to you from all over the world with questions and comments. Pretty awesome! Another thing that’s awesome is egg salad with avocado mashed in. Why the heck have I never thought of this before? I love both of those things, so obviously, why not put them together. Totally ups the yum factor for egg salad! Have a great night Tina!

  8. I just have to tell you how much I love your blog, with all the food pictures and workout posts. I must try making that egg salad. Keep blogging!

  9. Yum, I’m gonna have to try mixing avocado + egg…sounds really good and like it’d be a great satisfying veg meal.

    Also, I have no idea why, but that first picture of Murphy scared the sh*t out of my cat sitting right in front of the screen. He almost took out my right eye trying to scram as fast as kittenly possible. Ha! What a wuss.

  10. How did you find a decently priced crossfit gym? I’ve always been interested in it but I live in the DC metro area which runs at least 125/month per person on the cheapest end without a special (cheaper exists if you want uncertified or a dump). I did a groupon once and loved it… I just don’t have at least $110/month when I get $19/month with my gym that has one near myself in Reston VA and my BF in Rockville MD. Since you are very thrifty and :TradingupDowntown” how do you work this? Yes, I understand WOD but if you’ve never seen it then where do you start?

    1. @Ashley: I’m not trolling, I seriously just am curious because I’m bitter that I can’t find an afordable crossfit gym in Northern Va/DC/MD :-/

  11. I always use Greek yogurt to replace mayo in tuna/egg salad – I’ve never tried avocado but I bet it would taste so creamy and amazing! I definitely need to try that next time.

    I’m glad you brought back Three Questions Thursdays – I always enjoy reading your answers! 🙂

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