My Prize

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.

Greetings from New York City!

I arrived at Penn Station just before 1:00 PM, and then I hoofed it about a mile (luggage and all) to my hotel. From door-to-door, the trip was quick and painless.

So, I bet you’re wondering what I’m doing in NYC for the next few days? Remember that behind-the-scenes Food Network video that I filmed at Rialto with Jody Adams? It was part of the California Grapes video challenge, which I won thanks to you guys (you’re the best!) and all of your votes, so my prize for winning is this trip to New York City. Very exciting! It includes a tour of the Food Network, lunch with Ellie Krieger (!!!), and an “influencer” dinner tomorrow night with some pretty fancy people. (I hope I can reign in my awkwardness!) 

Obviously, I’m super excited to be here, but, man, it was hard saying goodbye to a sad pug face this morning!

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Please note the uncurled pug tail in the above photo. I guess Murphy didn’t want to say goodbye either.


This morning’s breakfast was a whole wheat wrap with sunflower butter, sliced banana, shredded carrot, raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon inside. It was an awesome mix of ingredients, and I got a serving of fruit and veggies with breakfast!

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After breakfast, I took Murphy for a long-ish morning walk and then returned home to see a car waiting outside my house to take me to the train station. It was 10 minutes early, so I gave Murphy a quick hug and kiss, packed up my things, and hopped in the car. About 45 minutes later, I was at South Station. Easy-peasy.

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I had about 20 minutes to kill before my train departed, so I grabbed a skim milk latte, which, as soon as I tasted it, wished was made with soy milk. I definitely prefer the creaminess of soy milk over non-fat milk when it comes to lattes. Oh, well, I drank it anyway.

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I packed lunch at home to take with me on the train: roasted broccoli + two slices of leftover pizza. I also brought a bottle of water, so I didn’t spend a single cent on the train!

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I just checked into my hotel room, and I have about six hours of free time until dinner with the PR folks from California Grapes, so I’m going to hit the gym and then meet up with a friend for Happy Hour.



  1. This is barely related to your post, but I am so excited to take a train ride from Portland to Seattle next year. I want to start traveling by train. My trips are usually long though. Train rides seem to easy compared to flying.

  2. Enjoy New York! Weather should be a-ok here this weekend 🙂 If you get a chance, this new place opened up called Victory Garden in the village – looks so great!

  3. Have fun in New York! At first I thought your breakfast was just going to be the usual nut butter and banana, but I’m really intrigued by the addition of carrots, raisins and walnuts. Hmmm…may try that out.

  4. That’s so awesome! You’re just across the Hudson (I live and work in NJ).

    Ellie Krieger is the sweetest! I designed the covers of her last two cookbooks and have worked with her on the photoshoots. She is absolutely beautiful in person and a lot of fun! I’m sure you’ll have a great time. Her recipes are my favorite, since she ‘healthifies’ them but doesn’t sacrifice the taste.

    Do you have any restaurants lined up for the weekend?

  5. Such an amazing trip! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Ellie Krieger. Her cookbook is one of my favorites! Your breakfast is so creative, I never would think to add carrots or mix carrots and cinnamon. I guess it makes sense though because they combine together so great in carrot cake!

  6. Have fun, you are so luck to win a trip to NYC! Its on my list of places to visit before I go see my family again in Australia for a year or two (because how could I leave the USA without seeing NYC!)

  7. Welcome to my city!!

    I’m super jealous that you get a food network tour! Can’t wait to hear all about it. Let me know if you need any suggestions for things while you’re here 🙂

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