Murphy Digs to China & My VSL#3 Experiment

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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I’m off to Annapolis for ZOOMA this morning. I’ll be away for approximately 30 hours, so I packed light and threw together everything in about 10 minutes, which is definitely a PR for me. Usually, it takes me days to pack for a trip.


Included in my packing was all of my drugs and probiotics. I’m starting Uceris tomorrow, and I’ve been taking a ridiculous amount of VSL#3 for the past two weeks. I found a study online where 77% of patients, who took 8 packets (not the pills – they’re just easier to travel with, which is why they are in my photo below) of VSL#3 (= 3,600 billion bacteria) daily for 6 weeks, went into remission. In two weeks, I haven’t seen any improvement, but I’m planning to truck along until the 6 week mark to see what happens. I hope it works. Otherwise, it was a really expensive experiment!

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Last night’s dinner was one of my favorites ever: Chicken Bacon Alfredo from PaleOMG. I de-paleo-fy it by adding about 1/3 cup of grated Parmesan to the sauce, but it’s still incredible without the cheese. The bacon, herbs, and spices give it so much flavor. Love. It.


For the Murphy-lovers, here’s a video of him from last night. On occasion, right before bed, a screw gets loose in his brain and he either “elephant butts” around the bedroom or tries to dig to China through our bed. It’s almost like he’s trying to get out his last bit of pug energy before he goes to bed. He’s such a weirdo.

Question of the Day

What’s the weirdest thing your dog (or cat) does?

Do you think Murphy is trying to dig to China or is he doing something else? His digging is sort of rhymic, isn’t it?

P.S. Here’s another testimony to “everyone can do CrossFit:” 7 am Indestri group doing partner Tire Flips. Awesome!



  1. Ha! My dog does that when he thinks something is under a blanket, his bed, or the couch. Usually it’s a bone or toy he’s after. When he tries to explore under the couch he gets on his side with his paws going up and down and you can see half of his body.

  2. You probably have, but have you ever tried Kefir? It has tons of probiotics and you can get it plain and unsweetened. It’s thinner than yogurt, and I enjoy it. I add it to protein shakes or make a “pudding” with chia seeds and fruit. Just a thought!

  3. We had one pug for the longest time and he did the exact same thing every single night before he went to bed. This past weekend we just rescued a brother and sister pug pair and in just one week they do the same thing too! Must be a pug thing for sure!

  4. also just read this online: kefir probiotics in it number in the trillions, and it has the ability to actually colonize the gi tract.

    1. I’ve only been taking the packets. They have 450 billion bacteria per packet versus 112.5 billion in one of the pills. I just bought the pills because I’m traveling so much in the coming weeks, and they’re a lot easier to deal with.

  5. I just read a study today that Dr. Andrew Weil wrote about probiotics and IBS! I know you don’t have IBS, but it seems like probiotics are great for any GI issue. Hope they work for you!

  6. My cat is a munchkin, so everything he does is extra goofy and adorable. My favorite is he stands on his hind legs to peer at things, similar to a meerkat.

  7. My heart seriously can’t take any more Murphy-isms. He is just the best pug on the PLANET! I’m officially obsessed and in love with your dog. Cutest video EVA!!!

  8. Hahaha my dog likes to burrow under blankets and pillows. He also likes to rearrange his bed…usually by moving it across the room. He is a nut lol.

  9. I had a pug/cocker spaniel (weird mix huh?!) growing up. She would get on top of a basketball, which barely fit under her and she would growl, moan, and howl as if she were stuck and needed help…. but if she rolled off she would get mad at the ball and chase it and barking at it all crazy and then do it all over again! She was a nut 🙂 but it was hysterical to watch!

  10. Our pomeranian, Aubrey, does the same exact thing. She even gets angry and starts growling at the blanket, rug, her puppy bed, or whatever poor object she is taking out her frustration on. We laugh so hard whenever she acts all crazy.

  11. One our pugs digs every night too! I love the alternating side sweep. I would love to know the objective…

  12. I have a little rat terrier and he digs ever night to fluff up his pillow he sleeps on. And he twirls in circles. He is my favorite weirdo.

  13. Dogs do that bizarre digging thing because in the wild, their ancestors would make “beds” this way out of piles of leaves or a patch of grass. This is the way dogs naturally make themselves comfy before sleeping in their bed. Of course, modern sheets don’t make it really productive but I guess old habits die hard? Sometimes, my dog does this with a crumpled up blanket and actually succeeds in creating a his very own comfy bed. So cute! But of course, his favorite sleeping spot is curled up under the sheets next to me. 🙂

  14. LOL! My pug does the same thing….right before he lays down to go to sleep at night. It’s like he is making his bed or something! Haha!!!! Murphy is so cute!!!

  15. The chicken bacon alfredo looks delicious! I used to (still am) obsessed with the fettuchini alfredo at Cheesecake factory but 1. its SO unhealthy and 2. the creaminess doesnt really settle well in my stomach.
    This looks like a great alternative! Can’t wait to try it!!!

    My chocolate lab, Mulder, does some ridiculous stuff too!The best is when he makes his “old man, grunting and gruffing” noises as he curls up to go to sleep.
    Dogs make everything better.

  16. Murphy looks like he’s clearing crumbs away and saying…! He is adorable, thanks for sharing!

  17. I think I’m the only person that had a complete fail with the bacon alfredo from Juli. I don’t know what I did wrong but the whole thing had to go into the garbage. 🙁 Yours looks so good!

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  19. That dish always looks so amazing!!

    Do you use all spaghetti squash in the recipe or add a delicata squash like Juli??

  20. my maltese loves to try to dig to China as well… I got her a bathmat that we call her “portal to china” because all she does is dig dig dig on that mat. At least she’s learned to not do it on the furniture… silly dogs!

  21. Hi Tina, I was just wondering if you ever posted an update about your experience with vsl#3. Did you think it affected your UC symptoms at all? I apologize if you have already addressed this, but I tried searching and couldn’t find any kind of update.

    1. Unfortunately, I don’t think it did anything for me. I think if I was in remission, it might have kept me well, but it didn’t help get me out of a flare.

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