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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.

Let’s start off with a funny pug picture because the rest of this post isn’t going to be funny at all.

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Clearly, Murphy is comfortable.

Ok, so it’s time for me to fess up about what’s been going on with me lately. I’ve actually sort of been dreading writing this post because I didn’t want to admit that I’m sick again. Yep, that’s right. The colitis is back. FML.

Since my first episode more than seven months ago, I haven’t had a single GI issue, and I’ve felt perfectly healthy. I thought what happened over the summer was a one-time deal since colitis can be caused by a variety of illnesses and infections, and my doctor said he didn’t know whether it would come back or not. Of course, I hoped and prayed it would never return, but after a few weeks on wonky digestive issues, I’m now involved in a full on colitis flare, and it’s not fun.

Initially, I ignored the warning signs. I mean, there was no way it was happening again. Not to me! It was a fluke the first time. But, as soon as things progressed to scary (read: bloody), I called my doctor. We tried to nip it in the bud with a low-dose of steroids, which, at first, made me feel quite a bit better, so I thought I conquered a potential flare and continued on with my typical lifestyle, which included drinking beer and iced coffee, running 8 miles, and busting out Burpees. But, I’m pretty sure these things didn’t help my situation since I woke on Saturday morning feeling like death. My symptoms went from bearable to full-on flare. Somehow, I managed to make it through a run and brunch with friends, but as soon as I got home, I spent the rest of the day and evening trying not to die hunched over the toilet. Same with yesterday. And today. It sucks. A lot.

I’m honestly not even sure what to think about this whole thing. For once in my life, I was being totally optimistic about what happened to me this summer, and I really didn’t think it would come back. Now, colitis is something I probably have to deal with for the rest of my life. I know there’s worse things that can happen, but I’m pissed. I thought I was doing everything right with regard to my health, and now this bullshit happens. Why me? I’m healthy! I’m sorry to be such a downer. I’m just trying to wrap my brain around it.

Thankfully, my doctor’s nurse worked her magic to get me on his schedule for tomorrow morning, so, hopefully, we can deal with this flare quickly, and it’s over and done with as soon as possible. I hate feeling so helpless with regard to my health. I just want to be healthy and get on with my life.


A blog friend of mine said coconut water has been helpful for her digestive issues, so I drank a Vita Coco mid-morning. I figured it couldn’t hurt, and I was really thirsty. It tasted so good going down.

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Today’s lunch was eaten in two parts: chicken with rice and roasted broccoli.

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And a smoothie made with banana, blueberries, coconut milk, ground flaxseed meal and ice.

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Blah. Sorry for such a bummer post. I promise to be more cheerful tomorrow. I think once I meet with my doctor and get some more answers, I’ll feel better about things.



  1. So sorry to hear about your issues. I haven’t read all of the previous comments, but I was wondering if you’ve considered seeing a naturopath or holistic doctor? I know they are not cheap, but it may be something to consider. The best of luck to you!

  2. You poor thing. I have suffered from IBS since college and have thankfully recently found some relief from diet and taking a low dose SSRI. It sounds like you are working with a good doctor and I can’t recommend highly enough finding a gastroenterologist that really listens to all of your concerns. I know how easy it is to get sick of being sick, worrying about what you can and can’t do because you don’t know what your body might do. Take care.

  3. Sorry to hear that these troubles are back – but glad to hear that you will be seeing the doctor soon and hopefully getting some answers! Take care of yourself and let us know how you are doing (and what’s helping, please). I don’t have colitis, but I do have lots of digestive problems, and I can a) understand what you are going through and b) would like to know if there’s something working that can help one of us out there with similar issues! Feel better soon. 🙂

  4. Hi Tina – I’m so sorry that you’re going through this again. Reading your post broke my heart. I’ve been there before, and I will be thinking of you and hoping you can get through this as quickly as possible!! Hang in there.

  5. It can be really frustrating for healthy people to deal with such issues. I have been fighting my own battle with Celiac disease and knee issues… and I can’t help but think “how could this happen to me?”. I mean, I eat healthier than everyone I know, and I exercise regularly… but sometimes we just get stuck with crappy lots in life.

    I try to just continually remind myself that it could be so much worse. I could be paralyzed instead of just having knee problems. I could have cancer instead of Celiac disease. It is all just how you perceive things.

    I know first hand, though, that digestive issues are REALLY the pits. I hope you get better soon!

  6. If you need to write a bummer post, you go right on ahead because that really does suck. I hope you can work it out and at least make things easier going forward!

  7. Hi Tina–I am SO sorry that you’re not feeling well. 🙁 I hope you start healing soon. Sending you good vibes from Chicago.

  8. I will keep you and your health (Mal & Murphy too) in my prayers. You weren’t a downer at all. That is one of the many reasons I continue to follow your blog, you are real and it shows 🙂

  9. Tina I’m so sorry to hear about the return of GI problems, I really do know what you’re going through with recurrent GI problems myself.

    My advice to you is trial and error: have you tried cutting out foods and re-entering them back into your diet on the chance that maybe you have developed a food allergy or intolerance?

    After reading I really have gotten to thinking about alternative/natural remedies that may help to regulate digestion. Happy to report after two weeks of taking a shot of ACV everyday my digestive system is okay (knock on wood)

    I’m not sure of your plans but my advice don’t give up, go to different doctors, look for different possible solutions. What works for one may not work for another and maybe a different set of eyes will give an answer. I don’t think anyone should have to just “live” with pain and a constant fear of eating food/working out because of what the consequences may be.

    Goodluck! Hope you’re feeling better!

  10. Aw Tina I’m so sorry. Don’t apologize to us, one of the reasons I like your blog is because you say things like ‘this is bullshit’. In some moments there just isn’t a positive spin and doesn’t need to be. I’m so sorry you’re feeling so bad. Hopefully at least crossfit let’s you stay closer to bathrooms than marathon training?

  11. Hi Tina,
    I love your blog. Just writing to give some encouragment with the illness. Just remember none of us get out of life unscathed. You are a very healthy person, despite colitis, and all those great choices you make everyday are helping. I am really sorry that you are feeling poorly. I hope this flare ends soon. Strength! May the flares become a strict rarity.

  12. I am an RN, a runner, swimmer and I have had Ulcerative Colitis for over 7 years now. It is not fun. There is hope though I have trained for and completed several marathons. When I have a flare I have to completely cut out all vegetables :-(, eat gentle foods. I even had to give up coffee for 6 months. I still can’t chug it like I would love to but have been able to gradually add it back in. Fiber filled foods and coffee exacerbate the colitis and make it worse once you can get it calmed down again then you can add those things back. I know what you mean though, it is rough you try to do everything right and it just happens anyway sometimes.

  13. I’m wondering about Lisa Bailey’s comment just above–she had to give up coffee for 6 months. I know you love coffee, but it makes me wonder if you might have a sensitivity or even a food allergy to something you are eating or drinking. Just a thought….. I love to read your blog and I’m 60 years old! Hope you feel better!

  14. I can relate to this so much Tina. I know exactly what you are going through having UC myself. Each flare is rough but now the doctors should have a little more guidance as to how to treat it better. Hang in there girl”¦if you need anything!! 🙂

  15. I hope you feel better. I never comment but I was told I had IBS my whole life. I was miserable bc I couldn’t pinpoint anything specific I was eating. It got to a point where I couldn’t eat any vegetables or fruit with skins without doubling over in pain. After lots of expensive tests and meds I went to a naturopath and did some alternative tests. I found out I am intolerant of gluten dairy and coffee. Many reg doctors dont buy into the food intolerances but it worked for me. It’s been almost a year and I feel amazing. I hope you find something that works for you.

  16. I hope you feel better soon! Just thought I’d mention something that might help you relax..Lavender essential oil has done wonders for me 🙂 I have a really hard time relaxing and this stuff seems to do the trick! I just put a few drops in some lotion and rub it around my neck!

  17. Tina, it broke my heart to read your post. My heart goes out to you! You’re such a strong person, and I know you can get through this again! Hope you feel better super soon!

  18. I am so sorry! I read your blog every day and though I’ve never commented, your stories make me smile all the time. I hope you get a handle on your pin soon and are able to get back to your favorite activities!

  19. I’m with you on the digestive issues Tina. I just got diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last fall and it has been flare up after flare up. I figured since I was healthy and even though that AND colitis runs in my family I might have missed the bullet…but nope. I feel your pain, but we just have to stay calm and get through the flare ups…which usually entails no exercise to help the body heal and the blandest foods possible. 😐 Feel better.

  20. I’m really sorry to hear that you feel terrible…and I know this might be awful to hear, but you should think about stopping drinking coffee and beer. They are GI irritants, so if you really want to nip this in the bud, you should probably quit

  21. You don’t have to accept colitis as part of your life forever. I’ve cured myself of colitis, IBS, and food sensitivities with diet changes. It sounds a little “woo woo” but my life is 100x better now. It’s worth the hard work to truly heal and not just manage or mask symptoms. Steroids destroyed my health.

  22. My husband has ulcerative colitis as well. He got his diagnosis when he was a preteen though. Imagine going through high school with that… oi! He gets an infusion of remicade every two months for it and hasn’t had a flare up for a few years. He tried controlling it with is diet (although I truly doubt he tried that hard… might need some wife-magic on that one) but he didn’t have much luck. His dad has it too and was sick of taking medicine, so he just stopped. He has been lucky thus far. Maybe quitting gluten and most grains is in the cards for you? Probiotics to line your digestive tract with lots of good bacteria too. Maybe even cut down on dairy? Best of luck to you!

  23. Hey Tina,
    It’s okay about your bummer post, it’s kind of a relief because anyone would feel exactly the dame way- helpless, pissed, frustrated, angry, just plain OVER it. So I feel ya. Your brutal honesty is really comforting to hear, it makes me feel like hey even the most positive people get struck with reality every now and then and hey we’re all vulnerable so let’s just roll with the punches. We’re here for you (via the internet) 😀

  24. Hi Tina! Keep the faith!! I know someone who struggles with the same issues and she’s one of the fittest, strongest, most badass people I know. You will figure out what’s right for your body!

  25. “Why me?” Tina, I can’t help but comment here. I have a chronic lung disease that has hospitalized me for days at a time. Never once have I asked, “Why me?” It’s frustrating, sure, but I recognize that it could be a lot worse. I could have a disease like Cystic Fibrosis, but I don’t, and I am grateful. I am grateful even when I’m not able to run on days when my lungs aren’t cooperating. It sucks that you’re in pain, but it could be a lot worse. Get over it and get over yourself.

    1. @Suzie: I don’t think Tina should have to silence her pain just because there are worse conditions out there. It could always be worse, obviously, but no one is equipped to deal with pain and pass it off carelessly as not severe enough to warrant concern when she is spending days at a time unable to continue her daily life the way she used to live it. Pain is subjective, and sensitivity is key.

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