Just Another Manic Monday

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.


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 cow. Monday isn’t even close to over, but it’s already hit me like a ton of bricks. Blahhhh. Let’s hope this isn’t a sign for the rest of the week!

Once again, I just need to THANK YOU guys for all of your awesome responses on my recent CNC survey. The majority of you wanted more “day in the life” posts, so your wish is my command, and I’ll do my best to keep up with them. They’re actually my favorite kind of post to write, which, of course, is how this blog started nearly 10 years ago, but now I feel like alllllllll I do is sit at a computer and work. Boring. Ha! But, hey, maybe I can make it exciting, right? 😉

This morning kicked off with a big bowl of Chia-Flaxseed + Protein Overnight Oats with a big scoop of Trader Joe’s Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds. I’m still trucking along with the seed cycling-hormonal stuff, and I find this is recipe is the easiest way to get all of those flax and chia seeds into my diet!

And, of course the pug wasn’t far from the food action.

After breakfast, I got Qman and I ready for the day. On the way to school, he stopped to take some photos outside of our house. I love that he enjoys taking photos so much! 🙂

Check out my mums – isn’t it weird that one died, but the other one is totally fine?

After dropping Quinn at school, I drove home and immediately got to work. My hope was for a totally uninterrupted morning with no calls, meetings, or places I needed to be, but it was just the opposite with one million fires to put out, phone calls, emails that needed immediate attention… gahhhh. I know it’s all part of the job, but so much for “dominating” my to do list.

I did, however, squeeze in some recipe testing… caramel popcorn, rolled oats, peanut butter… hey, now!

Unfortunately, it was a total bomb, BUT the recipe definitely has potential. It tastes great; it just needs something more to hold it together.

I spent the rest of the afternoon glued to my laptop before my neck and shoulders started to bother me. Whomp whomp. It was definitely a sign that I needed to get up and move around, so I threw on my sneakers and headed out for a run.

I’m actually running the Tel Aviv Night Run at the end of the month, so I’m trying to keep my mileage up around 5-6 miles per run a couple of times a week. I’ll give you guys the full details about my trip to Israel soon, but, in the meantime, does anyone have advice for long flights? My flight from Newark to Tel Aviv is 10.5 hours! Beside sleep, what should I do/pack/download?

I hope you’re having a productive Monday so far!



  1. That sounds like an exciting trip!!! I usually try to find a book that I think will totally suck me in for long flights, I find that I lose track of time a little more with a good book than I do with a movie or podcast.

  2. So cool you are traveling soon!!! 10.5 is a pretty significant stretch. I honestly try to drink, bring a book, watch 1 movie and then take something to sleep for a bit. Usually when I travel in that direction it’s for work, so the sleeping is important. Also have really started to get into the proper gear to make the flight less painful – better neck pillow, compression socks, perfect weight wrap for flight, sleeping mask so I’m glowing upon landing, ha! But no joke sometimes im just so excited to have that much alone time without the kids, I have a hard time relaxing, bc I have such FOMO that there’s some “better” leisure activity I should be pursuing on the train (that magazine! ANOTHER movie! That show I never got around to watching!).

  3. Israel is amazing! I’m glad you will get to experience Tel-Aviv. Israeli’s are some of the friendliest people in the world. Enjoy the run there!
    If you haven’t booked your flight yet, book with El Al airlines (Israeli airlines)-they have nice services.

  4. Long flights are the worst! I don’t suggest taking any sort of meds or anything to help you sleep. I took a Benadryl when re-deploying from Kyrgyzstan to Alaska (then to Washington) and it just made me super jittery. On my two long flights from Seattle to Korea, I made sure I had access to whatever in-flight entertainment was available. There are usually a lot of good movies or series available on international flights, and that can help pass the time. Also, don’t look at a clock or watch. It’ll feel like the time is just dragging!

  5. best purchase for long flights , noise canceling headphones. not only are they great to block out others but they take out the plane noise.

  6. And never fails, days you’re ready to be productive and something throws off your plan. But I love to get in a good run to clear my mind and get back on track. Happy Monday!

  7. If you haven’t yet — read The Nightingale!!! I literally read it nonstop through a 12 hr flight and finished it by the end of the flight while totally weirding out the guy next to me since I was sobbing my heart out lolol… whatever gets us through right ??

  8. That’s a long flight! I’ve only had to suffer through short flights (less than 3 hours) but I swear by snacks! Can’t settle in and nap on an empty stomach!

  9. There was an interesting interview yesterday on NPR about sleep — sorry I don’t even know the name of the speaker or which show because I only caught a brief snippet while driving. However, the section I caught was where the interviewer was asking about different sleep aids (melatonin, sleep meds, etc.) and the guest talked about how melatonin can be useful in resetting your body clock when traveling across time zones. Thinking getting good sleep would be helpful and this NPR story might have useful info for you if you can track it down.

  10. That’s awesome that you are going to Tel Aviv, definitely one of my favorite places in Israel. When I went on my birthright trip I think I tried to sleep as much as I could on the flight. They also usually serve dinner when you first take off and then breakfast before you land which takes up some time. How long are you going to be there for?

  11. Eye mask, good pillow, comfy ear plugs and if you aren’t already in comfort I’d upgrade to that. Well worth the money. Also, I always have a bag that I can put my feet on. I find I’m way more comfortable.

  12. Sounds like an amazing trip! My longest flight was 18 hours to Bali and I travel fairly frequently to Cyprus which is a 10 hour flight from the East Coast. My biggest advice is to wear comfortable shoes that are slip on and don’t take up much space. As soon as I get on the plane I take off the shoes and put on warm socks that I packed in my bag and make the shoes take up as little space as I can under my seat. I find I can relax and move around in my seat much better without shoes on! Then when I need to get up and move around I can just slide on the shoes. Also, never hesitate to get up and move around…walk the aisle, stretch in the back by the bathroom etc… Drink plenty of water, have moisturizer and chap stick easily accessible and try not to worry about how much you are/aren’t sleeping. Set your watch ahead to Tel Aviv time as soon as you get on the plane and then try not to look at it and count how long you have before the flight is over!

    The “download” feature from Netflix is great for flights- I like downloading an entire season of a show and alternating between watching an episode and doing something else like reading. My last long flight I watched Cheer Squad…totally cheesy but it made the flight go by so fast!

    Have fun!!

  13. I’d rather read than watch movies/shows on a flight, but that’s just me. Although I did watch Gone with the Wind on a looong flight to Australia…. Very exciting trip – can’t wait to hear about it!

  14. Thanks for sharing the recipe bomb! One of the things I’ve always liked about your blog is that you share failures as well as successes. And, you reminded me that I have a recipe rolling around in my head for protein popcorn balls. (Yes, I’m a dork like that.)

  15. I used to work for an Israeli company so I’ve done that flight and the nonstop from SFO enough times. I always bring a variety of things to do, book, Netflix downloads, I usually also bring a few coloring sheets with a 12 pack of color pencils! On long flights I tend to just get antsy. I usually can’t sleep (even with sleeping pills) so I just keep busy and coloring is a low energy way to do that. I also highly recommend icy hot patches for long flights. I flew to Barcelona a few hours after 17.1 this year for work and was terrified my back was going to totally lock up. I wore a patch there and on my knees and honestly never felt better after 14 hours of travel! Have fun! There are some awesome boxes in Israel (my office was in nearby Herzliya so I’ve been to Crossfit Herzilya and they were so fun!).

  16. Whaaaaat, that’s so awesome that you’re going to Israel! My whole family is from there and we go once or twice a year. The flights. . . are just brutal. There’s really no way around it. But you’ll get through.

    Is your flight an overnight flight? If so, I try to just think of it as a long night’s sleep. . .definitely bring an eye mask and maybe ear plugs too, wear comfortable clothes, and try to get as cozy as you can. (And maybe something to make you sleep. I recently started taking ativan for flying because, despite all those long flights, I’m still terrified. Dramamine or Benadryl could help too.) If it’s not an overnight flight, you can catch up on alllllllll the movies! I once watched Spiderman three and a half times on the flight home so, you know. . .

    People say you should get up and walk around the plane as much as possible, which is probably true. I’m too scared to even go to the bathroom haha. Also, they’ll serve food, but it can be nice to have snacks. Definitely buy a big bottle of water after you go through security and bring it on the plane with you so you can have as much water as you want right away.

    (Actually, in Israel, when you head back, because checking for liquids is not part of their security profile, they check for and confiscate bottles as you’re boarding the plane back to the US–so you can’t bring anything on. I usually pack an empty bottle and head straight for the plane kitchen and ask if they don’t mind filling it up–they’ve always been nice about it.)

    On the bright side, all domestic flights will seem SO SHORT in comparison. I always laugh when people tell me about their long flights to the west coast . . . 😉 AND the Tel Aviv beaches are worth it–make sure you get to check them out!

    Sorry for the essay–I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to hear more.

    1. @YL: Oh, and I definitely second all the chapstick/moisturizer comments. A mini toothbrush and toothpaste might be nice if you’re up for brushing your teeth in the plane bathroom. Wipes to “wash” your face before you land. And I always bring anti-bacterial wipes to wipe down the seat/arm-rests/tray table/TV etc. (Also. . . my face always breaks out a little on these flights. ALWAYS. I don’t know how to make it not happen. But I’m super acne-prone so it might just be me.)

      1. @YL: Ok, I promise this is the last one for now (haha) but while you’re there try the chocolates and ice cream and cheeses and vegetables. Everything is SO good (and so much better than here.) “White cheese” (g’vinah levanah) is a common breakfast food (on bread, with salad) that’s somewhere between plain greek yogurt and sour cream. It’s the best. Annnnnnd Yotvata chocolate milk in a bag 😉

  17. That sounds like SUCH an incredible opportunity, Tina! I’ve been on several long flights, and other than sleeping, I recommend a good book and definitely some podcasts. I’ve been soaking up Run, Selfie, Repeat lately. Maybe give an audiobook or two a shot? Or movies! I can’t wait to follow along with this! Also I am 110 percent jealous of your workout attire. I’m glad I got that off my chest.

  18. This is more just a fun comment since I NEVER travel so don’t really have any good tips for you…but…I watch Modern Family and last season the 2 dads were taking a trip and as soon as they got seated they took their sleeping aid. Plane had an issue and they needed to move to a different plane and there was some comical problems for them since they couldn’t stay awake.
    :o) …moral of the story…wait until plane takes off before taking those meds!

  19. I took a 10 hour flight recently. I could have used a better neck pillow (not a cheap one). I brought lots of food in my knapsack carry on: trail mix, protein bars, reusable water bottle, wipes, kleenex, headphones, book and toothbrush! It’s a long time to not brush your teeth. LOL Socks are good too – you don’t want to walk to the bathroom in bare feet.

  20. Hey, how long is the night run? I love the idea for a night run! Nike used to organise Women Run The Night 10km runs throughout Europe – it was a pretty cool event, I was lucky enough to take part in it two years in a row in Berlin.
    As far as the long flight goes, I must agree with some of the other comments – a good book, interesting magazines and definately take a very comfortable neck pillow.

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