It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

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.

Jeez, Louise! It’s raining cats and dogs tonight!

Mal took Murphy for a walk this evening and came inside totally drenched! Look at his jacket! Thank goodness for husbands!


[rewind to this afternoon]


After work, I snacked on a Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar, which was tasty, but not super chocolaty. 😕

(I haven’t updated this blog post in ages, but if you want to see how I rank other Larabara flavors, check out this post.)


A little while later, I munched on a few Uncle Jerry’s Extra Dark pretzels. Love these!

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When Mal got home from work, we headed over to the gym for Body Pump. (I think Mal is already hooked! 😉 )

As always, tonight’s class was awesome! There were a lot more 72 tracks thrown into the mix, so I was happy. I’m LOVIN’ the Kelly Clarkson-squat track! It lasts for-ever, so you get a good burn by the end. 😉

I also went up to 23 pounds on the tricep track, which is a 5 pound increase from the beginning of the month. Yay! I’m getting stronger!


For dinner, Mal whipped-up a wonderful tuna salad with celery, black olives, red onion, chives, and lemon juice. While he put together the tuna salad, I prepared a bunch of salads: one for me, one for Mal, and one for my lunch tomorrow.


I always make my lunch salad when I make my dinner salad. It saves me so much time in the morning. Might as well chop the veggies once, right?


I topped my salad with Mal’s tuna surprise and some black-eyed peas.


In the mix:

  • Arugula
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Red bell pepper
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Black olives
  • Tuna salad


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It was a great salad! It had lots of delicious flavors!


For “dessert,” I enjoyed a piece of whole wheat bread with Barney Butter and cinnamon on top. It totally satisfied my sweet tooth.


After dinner, our friend, Andy, came over to see our new place. (For the person who asked if he is single, he is! ;-)) Not surprisingly, the guys broke out the Bourbon County beer. So much for saving it until this weekend!


Again, I wasn’t planning to drink tonight, but there was no way I was going to turn down a pint of Bourbon County. It’s an amazing beer!

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The guys went out to a bar, but I stayed home in my PJs. This grandma can’t hang at Thirsty Thursday anymore. 😕

Nighttime Snacking

I’ve received quite a few questions about how to deal with nighttime snacking from the Ask Me Anything form, so I decided to respond in a blog post.

I used to be a big nighttime snacker, but over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks that have helped me avoid it. The most effective strategy for me is to eat a really satisfying dinner— one with whole grains, protein, and healthy fats.

Here are some other tricks that work for me:

  • Close the kitchen: If I am especially snacky, I will put a chair in the doorway of my kitchen to signal that it is “closed” for the night. Seeing a physical barrier to the food helps deter my snacking.
  • Invest in some mouthwash and floss: To prevent nighttime snacking, I will floss, brush, and mouthwash my teeth right after eating dinner/dessert. The process and super minty flavor usually curb my appetite. Plus, I don’t want to re-clean my teeth, so I don’t usually snack anymore.
  • Sip herbal tea: A hot mug of tea with a squirt of agave nectar or honey usually quells my cravings.
  • Have a snack (with protein and carbs): When all else fails, eat something! But, make sure it’s a snack that fills you up. My recent favorites are sliced banana + walnuts + agave nectar, a Sandwich Thin + nut butter, and Greek yogurt + cereal.



  1. I just noticed that the Bourbon County Stout is from Goose Island in Chicago. I live right by there…I’m going to pick some up tonight!!!

  2. @Amy: I actually haven’t been adding agave nectar to my coffee lately– the vanilla soy milk seems to sweeten it up for me. But, if I do, it’s probably about a teaspoon or less.

  3. Great tips, Tina! I struggle with night time snacking off and on. Great job at Body Pump, I have been a few times and would like to start going regularly to increase my strength 🙂

  4. Tina- i have just started to count calories – and i noticed that i consume wayyy too many. i have salads usually at work, but it seems my portions are more than what you have usually. i am following the “serving size” on the containers, but yours seem less than that- are there other rules you follow to give yourself what you need to not be hungry? or does the small salad usually do it for you?

  5. I’m definitely going to be on the look-out for Bourbon County beer. It looks super dark, but not all “dark” beers taste dark. To what is the taste comparable?

    I don’t know if this would help anyone with night snacking, but when I get a case of the munchies just before bed, I think about the delicious breakfast waiting for me the next day and how I will enjoy it more if I’m hungry for it. 🙂

  6. Goose Island is right down the block from us! The bourbon county is great! Have you ever tried the matilda? Its very hoppie, and belgian style, its my personal favorite.

  7. Good tips on evening snacking. I can be so bad on some days, and other days I’m fine with staying out of the kitchen. I like the idea of a closed kitchen! I figure so long as I clean it up completely and turn out the lights, I’m less likely to wander in for treats.


  8. so i tried bourbon county this weekend at grafton st. in harvard square. OMG. i commend you for drinking and loving that beer! the first sip was kind of tasty and then as i continued it grew more and more painful. it is a really powerful brew thats for sure! WOW knocked my socks off

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