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Hi, 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 finally caved in and went grocery shopping. Not having some key necessities in the house was starting to drive me a little nuts. People, I need my iced coffee (with soy milk)!!!

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Honestly, the items that I purchased this morning are all necessities in our house. Mal and I both get cranky when we run out of them. More me than him, but still…


For lunch, I whipped up a romaine salad with tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, flaxseed oil, and falafel on top. On the side, I had a Dr. Praeger’s Sweet Potato Pancake.

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After lunch, I enjoyed two of these babies:

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Best treat eva.


After lunch, I turned on Ellen and did my scheduled workout for the day. I started with some tube walking and then moved onto knee circles (backwards and forwards), ankle alphabet, and single leg squats. I finished the workout with some core work:


If you’re wondering about any of the mentioned exercises, you can find them on


Have you guys seen the USDA’s new MyPlate recommendations yet?


Last week, the USDA launched MyPlate, which shows how much of your plate should be devoted to vegetables, fruits, grains, and proteins. It replaces MyPyramid, which depicted the food groups as different-colored bands in a pyramid. Many people viewed it as difficult to understand and put into practice. MyPlate’s visual representation is supposed to make this easier.

Key messages from each MyPlate food group:

  • Grains group — Make at least half of your grains whole grains.
  • Vegetable group — Vary your veggies.
  • Fruit group — Focus on fruits.
  • Dairy group — Get your calcium-rich foods.
  • Protein foods group — Go lean with protein.
  • The dairy group used to be called the milk group, and protein foods group is the new name for the meat and beans group.

MyPlate’s three central messages:

  • Balancing calories — Enjoy your foods, but eat less. Avoid oversized portions.
  • Foods to increase — Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Eat more whole grains. Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk.
  • Foods to reduce — Compare sodium in foods such as soup, bread and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower amounts of sodium. Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

What are your thoughts on the USDA’s MyPlate?

Lots of phone calls today! See ya!

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