Lots to Celebrate

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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.

Hi, guys! Long time, no see!

Yesterday was absolutely INSANE! 😯 It was my first day back to my full-time job in a whole week and it was my second-to-last day and I needed to train a temp. I also had 2 calls at lunchtime and then I went to a fashion show immediately after work. Needless to say, it was crazy day!

So, I have lots to tell you guys! All good news! :mrgreen:

First, I won a Bertolli Sauce Sponsorship to the Foodbuzz Festival, which means that they will cover my travel and hotel expenses!!! I still can’t believe it!

My winning menu item:

Mini Five Cheese Sauce Sandwiches

Sliced ciabatta bread with fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, green bell pepper, minced garlic, and Bertolli Five Cheese sauce.

The Foodbuzz community will vote on their favorite dishes starting tomorrow through November 1. The top 3 will get to demo their item live at the Foodbuzz Tasting Pavilion on November 7 in San Francisco.

Many thanks to Bertolli Sauce for the honor! I’m so excited! πŸ˜€

Exciting thing #2…

Carrots ‘N’ Cake finally made it into a magazine!!!

Of course, it was cool to have my photo in Shape and my name in Health, but I was so bummed after my contribution was cut from the recent blogger piece in Self magazine. I really wanted my blog mentioned!

But, CNC’s shout-out in Health magazine as an inspiring weight-loss blog totally made up for it!!! I had a smile on my face from ear to ear when I saw it! :mrgreen:

It’s the November issue– the one with Jillian Michaels on the cover– page 146. Be sure to check it out!


And if life couldn’t get any better…

Yesterday, I found out that I received a partial scholarship to attend the Institute for Integrated Nutrition!!!

I’ve heard such great things about this program and I’ve been wanting to do it for ages! Now that I have a little more free time, I can finally devote myself to learning about one of my passions.

I chose to do the distance program instead of traveling to NYC– just to make life a little easier– so I start later this month!

Ahhhhh! So excited! You’ll be hearing LOTS more about it!

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And finally…

It’s my last day at Harvard!!!


Even though I’m excited to start the next phase of my life, I’m also sad to leave such a wonderful place. My bosses treated me so well and I loved working for them. They’re both such amazing people– I’m bummed that I won’t see them so often anymore.

But, I’m off to live my dream!


I just ate breakfast (toast with peanut butter and banana) and now I need to get ready for my last day of work!


Fashion show recap coming later this morning!



  1. Congrats on the magazine, that’s great! So many exciting things are going on in your life right now, and it has been really fun to read about everything. πŸ™‚ The IIN program sounds really interesting too.

  2. Tina,
    Congratulations!!! This keep getting more and more exciting for you. It’s awesome! I love your blog and it’s great to read about all of your successes. You totally deserve them!


    I think I’ll be making a gourmet sandwich like that when I get home from work today… and that’s awesome that you’re in those magazines AND about the IIN! I’m so happy for you Tina. Your life is so full of adventure.

  4. Where to even begin? All I can say is congrats Tina – your hard work and dedication is paying off! Not only are you totally deserving of all these wonderful things, but you are inspiring others to pursue their dreams too πŸ˜€

  5. Congrats on the foodbuzz scholarship. I was bummed not to get it, but also happy to see that you and Shannon from Tri To Cook both got one. Nice to see that people I respect won. I’ll have to live vicariously through you.

  6. Congrats on everything Tina! I was so excited to see you post about the IN program. It is something I looked into a few years back, but couldn’t do it. Now that they have a distance learning program, it might be possible :)! Thanks for the info! You’re a total inspiration for living out your passion and dreams!

  7. What a great post! You have so much going on in your life right now and it’s all because YOU made it happen. It’s very inspirational. You’re following your passions and it’s fun to be “along for the ride” with you!

  8. Tina, BIG CONGRATS to you for everything! I am so happy for you and wish you all of the best on these endeavors. Of course, I will be reading along!
    Enjoy your last day of work. I’m sure its bittersweet, but you have so much to look forward to!

  9. so glad you’re going to be doing IIN this year! Me, too – I’m pretty stoked about it πŸ™‚ You’ve got so many great things going on – you deserve it!

  10. Oh my gosh Tina congratulations!!!
    To get the sponsorships and scholarships, do you enter in contests or something? I’d love to check that out!

  11. Tina,
    Such great news! I am so excited that you are attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as I would love to do that program. One of my good friends traveled back and forth from Nashville and complete the program last year. I would love to have her knowledge. Plus, they teach you a lot of marketing/business principals. Good stuff.

    I’m glad you made it home safe and sound, and I’m sure Murphy was super happy to see his mama. πŸ™‚

  12. Tina,
    I signed up for the IIN Distance Learning program this week too!!
    I learned about it because you mentioned IIN in your FAQ page where you made reference to it and the Nutrition and Wellness Consultant course.
    You can get a CEU certification from SUNY Purchase for the IIN Distance Learning, which provides higher accolades since a University backs up the program. It does cost about $400 to get the cert, but I think it’s well worth it. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the program. Congrats!!

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