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Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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.

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Oh, running. How I missed you so! πŸ˜€

After breakfast, I hit the pavement for a glorious 3-mile run while rocking out to Lady Gaga, Pink, Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, and Britney. (My workout music alternates between classic rock and pop. Today was definitely a pop day!) I finished my run in 25:42 (8:35 pace), which wasn’t too shabby considering that I haven’t run in more than a month. My hip didn’t hurt (yay!), but my lungs were burning by the end. I guess they forgot what running was all about! There’s only room for improvement, right? πŸ˜‰

When I got home, I kept Eric’s advice in mind and stretched for a whopping 18 minutes, which is a new record for me. I can honestly say, I’ve never even stretched for 10 minutes after a run, so 18 is something to feel good about! πŸ˜€

I was able to prolong my stretching time by making it an event. It would have been easy to do a few stretches outside of my apartment, jump in the shower, and call it a day, but instead, I turned on Ellen, rolled out my yoga mat, grabbed my Tune Up balls, and got to work. I also put myself in the right mindset to stretch. Before I started, I told myself that I would stretch for at least 15 minutes and reminded myself of my ultimate goal. Both of these things prevented me from rushing through it.

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So, let me tell you about these Yoga Tune Up balls, which are part of my new treatment plan. They’re rubber balls that I use for self-massage trigger point therapy.

Trigger point what?! Ok, let me explain:

Trigger points are areas of hyper irritation in a muscle. Trigger points occur because the muscle has been injured in some way and an area of the muscle is contracted. This contracted area restricts blood flow. The restriction of blood flow causes the muscle to become nutrient starved and have a build-up of waste products. This can cause pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the muscle. (Source)

Doesn’t sound good, right? πŸ˜•

In an ideal world, we’d all visit massage therapists and chiropractors to alleviate this type of pain, but many of us can’t afford that kind of treatment. Depending on the area of the pain, self-massage trigger point therapy can really help. Rolling these Tune Up balls over knots and tight muscles allows me to massage deeply to lessen tension and pain in my legs and back.

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These balls are super easy to use, but because they closely resemble Murphy’s favorite kind of toy, it’s sometimes difficult to get the job done!

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Look at that pug talon! πŸ˜†

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Ok, let’s get serious!

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During my post-run stretching session, I massaged the front of my hip to loosen tight muscles.

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Not surprisingly, I had some help.

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Then, I rolled the IT bands on both of my legs. It hurt so good! πŸ˜€

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Of course, I received more help from the pug.

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This dog is sneaky.

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Look at that eye! He knows he’s being bad.

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Lunch

Before heading to NuVal, I packed a nutritious lunch to take with me. I had a salad with chickpeas, black beans, avocado, and pasta. I also brought along a juicy plum. Simple, yet satisfying.

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TofuXpress Giveaway

My new toy was such a hit last week, I asked the nice people at Nasoya if they’d be willing to giveaway a TofuXpress to one lucky CNC reader. Lucky for you, they agreed! :mrgreen:

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To enter: Leave a comment on this post about your favorite way to eat tofu. I will randomly select a winner tomorrow morning.

Good luck! :mrgreen:

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631 Comments

  1. What a great giveaway! My favorite way to eat tofu would have to be baked and added to a salad – delicious:)

  2. I love to bake tofu marinated in maple syrup! Add a little salt for a sweet/salty combo, it’s divine!

  3. My favorite way to eat Tofu is to stirfry it with lots of fresh veggies – yuuuum…..Love the idea of the tofu press to keep from having to buy pre-done tofu….so many more options….

  4. I love tofu stir fry. I am still intimidated to make it at home though, so I would love the press to get me started!

  5. My Favorite way this week, is marinate tofu “feta” from Skinny Bitch. Great addition to my lunch time salad.

  6. I love to cut 1/4″ slabs and fry in a little olive oil. Then drizzle with soy sauce, sesame oil, chopped green onion, red pepper flakes and toasted sesame seeds. SO GOOD!

  7. I love grilling my tofu! I’ve always wanted something like this, I’ve been a vegetarian for 13 years and tofu is a staple in my diet!!

  8. I love crispy pan fried tofu! So tasty!! Having this press will make it even better πŸ™‚

  9. I have a tofu xpress that totally changed my life (and cost a pretty penny) – but I need to say you pretty much have sold me on that yoga ball. Thanks so much for sharing!! Sometimes the foam roller just doesn’t get the spot!

  10. ahh i NEED a tofu press! i love using tofu in stir fry but the tofu always seems to crumble, i think the press would help keep it together better!

  11. i love to just brush some bbq sauce on it and put it on my little george foreman grill until it gets a little crispy. so good.

  12. hmmm..I made “Sloppy TOES” –sloppy joes made with tofu instead of meat! SO good, and I’m even a meat lover too.

  13. My fave tofu dish requires 3 ingredients: soft tofu, oyster sauce (more viscous type of soy sauce with a sweet taste), and dried pork floss. The latter two can be found in Asian supermarkets if you have one around. Simply place the whole tofu on a plate, drizzle with the oyster sauce, and top with dried pork floss. I grew up eating this dish in Taiwan, and it’s perfect for hot summer weathers! You can also add spring onions. It looks something like this: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_wjO9ZSr8ZTA/SWEBJmBILaI/AAAAAAAAA3k/z7p23GNrLpA/s800/DSC05409.JPG

  14. I would love this tofu press! My favorite way to eat tofu is in vegetable tofu curry or grilled on top of salads. yum!

  15. What a fun giveaway!! Marinated tofu and veggie sandwiches are one of my favorites!!! Or in a stir fry!

  16. On the grill! I press it, brush it with lime olive oil, then marinade it in teryaki. Mjor yumminess!

  17. I love using silikin tofu in my banana cream pie. I always feel like my tofu is too wet/greasy when I make it. I’m hoping this would solve that!

  18. Sounds like a great run! I had to start journaling my stretches with my workouts because I would always slack on that part. Now I keep myself accountable.

    As for my favorite tofu recipe….I like it in soup! No special recipe though.

  19. My absolute favorite way to eat tofu is not the healthiest–I like to melt chocolate chips and blend the melted chips in a food processor with my tofu. It makes a great pudding, mousse, or topping for brownies πŸ™‚

  20. I love your tofu press. Where has it been all of my adult life?!?

    My favorite way to eat tofu is plain and simple. My Japanese friend showed me to eat it cold with soy sauce drizzled on top. When I’ve had a long day at work and can’t be bothered to cook, I just eat my tofu and soy sauce.

  21. I NEED that press. I love tofu many ways, but my favorite is probably marinated in balsamic vinegar, baked and tossed into a salad. I am hopeful!

  22. My favorite way to eat tofu is to make a tofu scramble with sauteed onions, garlic, bell peppers, red pepper flakes, tumeric, cumin and curry powder…yum!! That tofu press would be a great gadget to have around!!

  23. I love tofu scrambled in place of eggs, with some tomato salsa, a little cheese and some fresh herbs – yum!

  24. My favorite way is baked with a little sea salt. I like when it gets crunchy on the outside but still soft on the inside- perfect for dipping!

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