Monday In Meals + My Philosophy On Tracking Macros

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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Good morning! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

Since it’s Tuesday, it’s time for another edition of Monday In Meals where I share what I ate throughout the day on Monday. I love sharing my eats, especially at the beginning of the week, because it’s motivation for me to stay on track and it often sets the tone for the days following. With that, here’s a recap of my meals and snacks yesterday!

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with shredded hash browns (365 brand), baby spinach, and Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend, which is PHENOMENAL and, if y ou don’t live near a Trader Joe’s, you can Amazon Prime it right to your front door!
  • Snack: Half of a waffle with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter + red grapes
  • Lunch: Trader Joe’s Giant Bake Beans in Tomato Sauce (liked, didn’t love) mixed with shredded chicken, cauliflower rice, and broccoli + a Beauty Burst
  • Pre-workout Snack: Brownie Crunch Think Thin Bar <— I freakin’ love this bar! It’s tasty and a legit snack… not the usual bar that leaves you hungry 30 seconds later!
  • Workout: Treadmill workout on CNC Instagram
  • Post-workout Snack: Handful of Royal Raisins
  • Dinner: Crazy-Easy Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Potatoes & Royal Raisins (recipe on CNC tomorrow)
  • Dessert: Banana chocolate protein muffin with chocolate chips <— I actually tried some coffee flour from Trader Joe’s in this recipe, but it didn’t turn out quite right. It was edible for sure, but I think I used too much coffee flour (a little goes a long way). I definitely want to try again soon though!

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And… I “hit my macros” yesterday, which is a big deal for me! Haha! Truthfully, I don’t hit them on the dot all that much—maybe a few times per week. I enjoy tracking macros because it makes me think twice about how I fuel my body, but I’m not obsessed with the numbers, which is why I love our plans at Designed to Fit Nutrition so much.

At DTFN, we’re only semi-obsessed with the numbers. Yes, they’re important to achieving our clients’ goals, but we’re all about teaching them healthy habits and lifestyle changes that work for them for the long-term. The macros are just part of the equation! Plus, if we help them to lose weight on one of our plans, we want them to KEEP IT OFF.

Our DTFN plans (DTFN + Premium options) do all of the work for you, so you don’t have to think about the numbers. We tell you exactly what to eat and then give you easy recipes and shopping lists, so all you have to do is prep the food and eat it. We have so many clients that love this style of meal plan and they’ve achieved GREAT results! On the flip side, we have a number of clients, who want more flexibility in their diets, which we totally get. Personally, my diet is much more dialed in when I can piece together a day that works for me and my lifestyle (i.e. happy hour, Donut Friday).

Our Macros + Meals Plan (8- and 12-week options) is perfect for someone who already has a good handle on their diet and already counts macronutrients (via tracking app, like MyFitnessPal), but is looking for meal/snack ideas and accountability to reach their goals. Each week, you receive up to six new, macro-friendly recipes to use as the foundation of your meal plan. With your personalized macronutrient calculations in mind, which we calculate for you, you (the client) creates a day of eating (via tracking app) to fit your personal needs and food preferences. This plan includes one-on-one coaching, a supportive client Facebook group, and weekly check-ins to keep you motivated on track. It’s a pretty awesome plan, and I love that it came from client feedback! 🙂 Related: Speaking of client feedback, we recently brought back our Foundations plan, which is a one-time macronutrient calculation!

Question of the Day

Do you count macros?

What’s your food philosophy? 

P.S. One of my favorite ways to boost my breakfast is adding a hearty serving of nutritious (and delicious) veggies, so I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to contribute to this piece for NBC News: 5 Delicious Ways to Eat More Veggies at Breakfast!



  1. My nutrition plans are macro based too! I truly believe in the beauty of macro counting to reach your goals, however for everyday life, I don’t count them. If I ever have a goal to work on, then I always go to macro counting to do that! Love being able to eat ALL foods, as it should be!

  2. Very curious what your macro goals for yourself are? I’ve been tracking macros (also not obsessively) for the past couple of months and it definitely does help me be more mindful of what I’m putting in my body.

  3. I track my macros using my Fitnesspal. I like that it helps me stay accountable and gives me an idea of what I’m eating. I’m not obsessed with it, I get as close as I can, some days I nail it, others days I don’t but it’s a good range. I find it interesting and even a bit confusing that there is so much information out there about macro counting. For example you can do 40% P 30% C 30% F or 40% C 30% P 30%F. I was doing 40% protein because of a strength training program I am currently doing but I changed it to 30% P because I wasn’t happy with the bloat I was having. Anyway, I look at our bodies as a science experiment and enjoy trying different methods to see what works best for me.

    BTW: I bought the coffee flour at TJ’s this weekend but have no idea what I’m going to use it for yet. I hear it is a bit bitter…

  4. Love these posts! Flexibility is the key to any good nutrition plan for sure! I bought the coffee flour…. visions of coffee brownies float in my head… but I haven’t done anything with it yet…

  5. Congrats on the NBC News article! I found it pretty informative… I’m a newbie to macros/etc. and didn’t realize that your muscles can only process 25g of protein at a time – that’s really interesting/helpful to hear about… I am not the best about “spacing things out” throughout the day, although I’m trying to be better… case in point: water. I just guzzle a bottle at three different times of day just to get my servings in, rather than spacing out my water consumption which is likely more healthy/effective. Same approach with the other macros I’m trying to track to 🙂

    My food philosophy is the “80/20 rule” – if I can truthfully say I’ve eaten a healthy, balanced diet 80% of each week, I consider myself “on track”.

  6. I don’t really understand why the average person would need to count macros. I don’t track anything because I think it’s unnecessary! If you’re eating balanced meals, everything should work out. No need to obsess:)

    1. @boston runner girl: Most people don’t realize how much sugar they consume and the wrong kinds of fat, eat way to many carbs, and not nearly enough protein. It’s not an obsession it’s a tool to understand food and make better choices. Also, as you age the sugar and fat intake affect hormone balance.

      1. @Sue: Yes I understand that in the short-term, for some people, it could be beneficial. I don’t see it feasible as a permanent lifestyle choice to count macros. Educating people on what good food choices are seems like a more reasonable solution than getting into the nitty gritty macros. If you understand that fat from an egg is better fat than fat from a burger, it would be a common sense choice as to which one to eat without delving into macros.

  7. Hi Tina, I have a question about the Couples Plan, I hope it’s okay that I am posting it here. Is the Couples Plan 8 or 12 weeks? Thanks.

  8. I used to be obsessive with tracking macros, to the point it was a bit unhealthy. Now I just strive for a healthy balance of good for you food and snacks! And wine!

  9. I like your philosophy! I loosely track macros because I have the tendency to undereat. It works for me so I do it. I know some people think it’s obsessive but for me it is helpful

  10. Ketosis and carb cycling are both huge now. Does the DTFN plans do any type of macro cycling or do the macros remain pretty consistent?

  11. I don’t count my macros but I sometimes track what I eat using Cronometer. My focus is actually on micronutrients since you can be hitting all of your macros and still be deficient in micronutrients. Because of this I focus on whole plant-based foods and eat in abundance!

  12. I do count macros- it’s changed the way I look at food and has really helped improve my energy levels! Was wondering- do you use an app to track you macros? If so, what do you suggest? Thx!

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