One Day at a Time

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.

Since my Colitis diagnosis, I’m taking life one day at a time, and today I felt upbeat, strong, and almost like my old self again. (You hear that Colitis?! You can’t keep me down!) All I can do is take good care of myself and hope for many more good days like today.

I’m planning to run the Harvard Pilgrim 10K on Monday, so I headed out for a longer run this afternoon to see how my stomach/intestines held up.

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(Umm, those shorts that I’m wearing are not flattering. It looks like I have a wenis! What’s up with that?!)

The first three miles of the run went really well. I felt good, no issues. But, as soon as I hit 3.5 miles, I felt some not-so-awesome-intestinal uneasiness, so I slowed my pace. Thankfully, the feeling went away, and I finished 4.25 miles in 36:47 (8:39 pace). Let’s hope my stomach holds up for 6.2 miles on Monday!

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After my run, I stretched and then did some single leg squats followed by a quickie 10-minute strength training workout with a set of 10-pound dumbbells. I did two sets of 15 reps for each exercise.

  • Biceps curl
  • Overhead triceps extension
  • Shoulder press
  • Hammer curl
  • Lateral raise


I was pretty hungry after my workout, so I refueled with a protein shake made with vanilla protein powder, almond milk, half of a coffee latte Ensure, water, and ice. It hit the spot.

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Mal and I nixed our trip to Whole Foods this afternoon because neither of us were in the mood to shop, so I just winged it for dinner. I made gluten-free pasta with TJ’s turkey meatballs, edamame, TJ’s bruschetta, and a big, ol’ helping of nutritional yeast on top (because I am obsessed). This meal was super tasty and super filling. Win.

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Relaxing with M & m tonight. Fun day tomorrow!



  1. Tina, do you feel like going gluten-free has helped considerably?
    I’ve been having some stomach issues myself, though I have never been known for having an iron stomach… Also, celiac disease runs in my fam.
    I hope that you are feeling well today–enjoy the BBQ!! Also, there definitely ARE some good gluten-free beers out there, from what my uncle has told me (the one with celiac). I am doing social media/marketing for a W. Mass. brewery now, and they carry bottles of New Grist, which you might want to check out it. I also found this link to a list of other GF beers!

  2. Hey there…I posted something for you a while ago because I too have suffered with all similiar problems you discuss…I even switched to the gluten free stuff, but was becoming so frustrated with feeling a bit better, but then never really getting back to 100 percent. I am a nurse and was extremely frustrated that I couldn’t find anyone to help with my problems…It was to a point where I couldn’t go out with friends to dinner because the stomach pain was so bad….and then I would worry from the minute I woke up about what to put in my mouth for fear I would only be in pain again….Long story short, but could give you more details if needed….I ended up doing my own research and started a probiotic…the one specific to gut (because of the bacteria it contains) is Align….you can get a month’s supply and I swear to you it will change your life….you have to take if for a month, and things might get worse before they get better…but they will get better….I started it two years ago and I take it every day…my mom suffers with colitis and has been on every diet and drug under the sun…I convinced her to try it….it changed her too….Now, the only time I will get the stomach troubles (as I call them) is around my monthly cycle….other than that it changed me….all of the processed stuff we have put in our bodies for years breaks down the bacteria needed in your gut…and causes so much inflammation…hence problems with irritable bowel, colitis, and other stuff….give it a try…you might even be able to go back to eating regular food again…I still watch the processes stuff and eat as organic and clean as possible…but the Align has changed my life….I have told so many people about it that I feel I should get a little profit from the company! :)…..please let me know if you have any success with it…and anyone else out there that suffers, try it….take it every day….at least for a month…it took that long for me to notice a difference…I actually didn’t see true results until probably the second month…but I swear by it….and this is after many days and nights in pain and crying….Good Luck! Mary Ellen

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