It’s All About Attitude

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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Look what arrived at my house this afternoon!!

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OpenSky sent me some Get Well flowers, which instantly brightened up my day. Thank you, OpenSky!

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I can’t even explain how much these flowers cheered me up. I still feel pretty crappy (haha), so I haven’t left the couch much since Thursday. (My DVR is now empty.) This beautiful bouquet of flowers put the biggest smile on my face, which encouraged me to put an end to my little pity party. I got off the couch, took a shower, put on ”˜real’ clothes (not sweats), and then decided to get the hell out of the house. Mal and I took Murphy for a walk around the neighborhood.

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Getting out of the house was just what I needed. The fresh air and light exercise made me feel better (at least for a little while).

After our walk, I snacked on a bag of Cheddar Popchips and an Arnold Palmer, which I drank out of my new Lagunitas mason jar that my sister bought me for my birthday. I’ve been obsessed with these things ever since the post-race brunch at Whym. Best present ever!

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The rest of my eats for the day were pretty colorless.


Breakfast was half of a toasted bagel with melted butter and a banana on the side. No iced coffee.

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A couple of hours later, I ate the other half of the bagel with melted butter. I’m trying to eat small meals and snacks more frequently (instead of large meals) to help with digestion.

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Lunch was also colorless, but tasty. I had white rice with chicken and grated Parmesan sprinkled on top.

Who knew white rice tasted so delicious? I guess I forgot how much I like it. I actually don’t think I’ve eaten plain rice (other than in sushi) since high school.

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I thought it would suck eating these types of foods, but my body actually craves them. All I want to eat lately are bagels, Ramen Noodles, and Popchips. It’s also sort of crazy that even the thought of some of my favorite foods, specially iced coffee and beer, gross me out. Mal cracked a beer last night and the smell alone made my stomach turn. And then this morning, he shared a sip of his iced coffee with me and it tasted awful (the horror!). Maybe my body really is telling me something.



  1. I can totally relate to those meals! Listen to your body — eventually you’ll get a taste for other things, too. 🙂

    Glad you were able to get out a bit and enjoy the day. Hang in there. Thinking of you.

  2. It’s so sweet of Open Sky to send you those flowers. Your meals seem good and very pale 🙂
    At least your body is telling you something needs to be done for your diet. Way to go Tina!

  3. “but my body actually craves them. All I want to eat lately are bagels, Ramen Noodles, and Popchips. It’s also sort of crazy that even the thought of some of my favorite foods, specially iced coffee and beer, gross me out.”–

    When I am at the height of food allergy and/or gut-related major issues, I am the same exact way. And when I was horrifically morning/allday sick in pregnancy, all I wanted was white carbs. I thought I’d miss veggies…nope 🙂

    Feel better and enjoy your lovely flowers!

  4. I wasn’t well for a few weeks last month and I was craving the same stuff! I think white rice is my favorite food. When I worked in a Chinese restaurant I would eat a bowl of it every night.

  5. I hope you’re doing ok and I’m sending you some good vibes. I know it’s hard to express it to others when it comes to your health or you want to be able to tell others ‘I’m ok’ even if it’s only a wish. I was diagnosed with arthritis right after college and the toll it took financially and physically (not walking correctly for abt a year) were nothing compared to not being able to participate in activities you wanted, when you wanted, like ‘normal.’ Glad you have a strong support system from friends, family and the blog community.

  6. I’m so glad you’re eating and getting the rest you need. It’s amazing what a difference the fresh air can make. You’re doing all the right things. You’re going to be better soon and I can’t wait. Thinking of you…

  7. Your body tells you what it wants – you just have to listen!

    Those flowers are beautiful. When my husband’s grandmother passed away in April, it hit me very hard. I went back to work and the reps from a vendor I was working with sent me flowers to cheer me up. I was so incredibly touched by their gesture. Sometimes, it’s the little things that pop up that can make things bearable.

  8. Oh, no, you poor thing!

    I know it’s not the same, but I just got my wisdom teeth out on Thursday and the thought of any food that could get into the holes is making me avoid many favorite foods, even if the doctor gave me the go-ahead! Someone mentioned rice and I said no so vehemently they asked if I was allergic!

    Feel better, and enjoy the foods that make you feel good!

  9. I love the pretty flowers!

    It is so true that our bodies always tell us what we need….so listen even if it seems weird (and kinda said to say good-bye to certain foods for awhile!) I know that when I have stomach issues, it is usually b/c of processed foods, too much sugar, or ‘just crap’ food. I try to listen up too 🙂

  10. Those flowers are beautiful! Definetely listen to your body, and what it wants. Sometimes when one of my family members don’t have an appetite, I usually make a rice porridge called “juk” in korean. In chinese, I believe it’s called congee. It’s really easy to make, and easy to digest. Try not to eat so much ramen noodles… Especially if it has MSG… You’ll be better in no time. I know it! =] xoxo

  11. Getting up and moving around always makes me feel better! It was so sweet of Open Sky to send you flowers! They’re beautiful.

    I had a thought today while I was running. Apparently, I think of others during my run because today the thought was about you! I know lately you have run a lot of races – do you think the inflammation has anything to do with training hard/running?

  12. I think it’s pretty amazing what your body can tell you, if you’re just open to listening to it. Go with whatever feels best, Tina, and you’ll be good. Hope you’re feeling much better!

  13. Glad you are starting to feel better and the flowers cheered you up. Hang in there and stay positive!

    Funny, I always know when I’m sick when I crave chicken noodle soup. I never crave it otherwise. Our bodies totally know what’s up, which is why we should always pay attention to them!

  14. Maybe you should become a tea drinker…so much better for you. I love my coffee too, but always feel so much better when I do tea instead. Glad you got out and got some fresh air. Always helps. Love the flowers. They are beautiful! Good thoughts to you!

  15. I’m so sorry you are having health problems. I know how hard it can be.

    The last time I was super sick, I wasn’t hungry and all and craved applesauce and grape juice. Instead of forcing my body to eat because that is what I thought I should do, I just went with it. I ate soft foods and felt ok. Then when my stomach was feeling better, I became really hungry. I knew then my body was on the right track to becoming healthy.

  16. Going through my own bit of tummy trouble right now. I always believe in following your cravings. All I want lately is bananas, soymilk, and brown rice. Sigh. This too shall pass.

    Beautiful flowers!:)

  17. You really do have a great attitude going through all of this.

    I don’t have digestion trouble per se, but I do have a sensitive stomach. I have found the same as you – if I eat smaller meals more frequently then my stomach is a happy camper.

  18. I hope you feel better. When I feel like crap or am sick, all I want are carbs and yogurt. The thought of greens makes me feel sick (the horror as I love salads!)

    Unfortunately, fruits and veggies make me bloated, gassy, etc. But I have learned to just live with it.

  19. Hopefully every day will get a little better. Keeping an open mind and a positive attitude (like you did today) definitely will help!

  20. Those flowers are very pretty! Very summery-looking. Your body really does know what’s best most of the time (unless mine is telling me I need half a carton of ice cream). I remember before I got pregnant I swore I would still drink coffee. Every other rule I would abide by. Then, when I actually was pregnant, the smell of coffee would make me nauseus! And it was probably for the best. Feel better soon!

  21. It’s so funny how most of us who suffer from GI issues crave similiar foods. And it’s always carbs.

    When I was going through my c. dif infection, all I ate was toast and butter, animal crackers, and strawberry Pop Tarts (frosted!). My stomach didn’t want anything else. Even now, when my IBS flares up, it’s the same story. Any type of bread item!

    Just listen to your body. Even though the food choices are not ideal, at least you have an appetite and can feed your body.

    I’m glad you got outside and enjoyed your day. 🙂 Hang in there!

  22. You are doing everything right. In fact, I want to try really eating this way for a few days and see how I do. You inspired me.

  23. Rice with butter was one of the things I craved when my stomach was doing weird things recently. And crackers with cheese.

    One of my friends has ulcerative colitis. When she first had it, but didn’t know what it was, she went to the dr. because she had lost a ton of weight and was having horrible bowel issues. He said “well, at least you are nice and slim now.” Needless to say she found another doctor…

  24. Getting out of the house for even a bit def helps me get out of a crappy mood so glad it worked for you too! Quick question: does peanut butter affect you or can u still enjoy it??

  25. I am really sorry to read about your health challenge! About the white rice, if you havent already thought about it cook it in chicken broth. It gives it such a yummy flavor. I use to do this with white rice before I made the change to brown rice years ago. Now I do it with brown rice. Keep on doing such a great job of taking care of yourself:)

  26. It’s interesting the way our bodies crave things like that. For example, when I broke my ankle a couple of years ago, I craved ice cream the whole time – calcium needed? 😉

  27. Those flowers are beautiful! Flowers always make me feel better 🙂 I even buy them for myself when I’m sick or feeling down. Glad you got out of the house and that you have Mal and Murphy to keep you in good spirits!

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