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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.

EXCITING NEWS!!! My book signing is Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 PM at the Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner! Ahhhh! I cannot wait!

If you live locally, I hope you consider coming. I’d really love to meet you and sign your copy of my book!


If you can’t attend my book signing, you can win a signed copy of my book! Details here!


Thanks to Anne, I enjoyed a very delicious breakfast this morning!

Last night, I planned to make her 5-Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars, but, unfortunately, I didn’t have all of the ingredients that the recipe called for, so I made my own version using mostly rolled oats and cereal.

Here are the approximate measurements:

  • 1.75 cups rolled oats
  • 1.5 cup crisp puffed brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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Mmm! Fannetastic bars! Thanks for the inspiration, Anne!

Breakfast also included a smoothie made with frozen banana, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, ground flaxseed meal, honey, and cinnamon.

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Before breakfast, I woke up bright and early to meet my Back on My Feet team for an early morning workout. We had a small group today, but it was nice to see everyone and get our blood flowing. I also got to hear all about the 5K that some of the members ran on Saturday.


This past Saturday, five residents from Father Bill’s Place participated in the Feed the Need 5K to benefit the awareness of local hunger in the community.

The entry fee for the race was a donation of canned or boxed goods (roughly 25 items) for each participant, which BOMF gladly provided for the residents. One resident actually donated his own goods before he even knew BOMF was going to help. It was nice to hear that he wanted to help people in the similar situation as him.

Question of the Day

Do you volunteer? How has it changed you?

P.S. I’m hosting a giveaway on Trading Up Downtown to win a 6″ Cereamic Chef Knife!



  1. Tina- I grew up in Boston (California girl now) but I used to go the BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH every weekend with my mom! We would go to the Coffee Exchange (starbucks predecessor), the coolidge (where my brother created the intro animation –, and JP licks (still my favorite).
    What a wonderful and exciting place to be for your first book signing. So many memories of mine are there, and I wish I could come down and support you. Good luck!

  2. Congratulations on the book! I was wondering if the book was going to be available in any Canadian bookstores. I live near Toronto and while I could certainly order the book online from the States if it is available at a Canadian retailer I would prefer to purchase it there.

  3. I volunteer at my yoga studio (4 hours/week) in exchange for free unlimited yoga. It’s a great idea for those of us who can’t afford to pay for expensive classes. And it’s definitely Zen. Not the same as volunteering for the good of the community tho….
    Congratulations and thanks for the link to the bars. I may have to try them.

  4. I used to be heavily involved with volunteering for and training service dogs. It was a blast! I love volunteering. I definitely feel that the volunteer gets more out of the experience than whatever it is they’re giving. 😀

    HAVE FUN at the book signing! That is so exciting. 😀

  5. I volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and it has definitely been life changing. I’m pretty sure I’ve learned more from my little sis than she has learned from me. PS, congrats on the book!

  6. I volunteered for a summer program called Camp Hot Shots as a Student Nurse. It was a camp for children with Diabetes. I would really like to get more involved with my local humane society also! 🙂

  7. congrats on the signing! too bad I live in Texas…boooo 🙁

    as far as volunteering, one of my favorite organizations I work with is the Humane Society…I LOVE getting to spend time with the animals we help get adopted!!

    puppies warm my heart 🙂

  8. Have saved the date! My daugther has a favorite restaurant in the area so we will make it an event with a book signing and a dinner.

  9. Congratulations on the book signing. Exciting!
    I volunteer in my daughter & sons class a few times a month. I love it!!

  10. A big passion of mine is volunteering – I’m actually running the Boston Marathon next week for a charity (Housing Families)! I did the Team In Training 20-mile run a couple weeks ago to prep for the marathon, and after reading your blog for so long was so happy that I’d be donating time (and money) to TNT after your terrific experience with them.

    I’ve wanted to run with BOMF ever since they’ve opened the Boston chapter – but going to school (in Wellesley) makes it hard to get to their runs since I don’t have a car. It definitely sounds like a rewarding experience and I’d love to run with them someday!

  11. I love the idea behind Back on My Feet. I think I read about it a year or so ago in a Runner’s World (or a similar version of the program). I’m a mentee for Big Brother’s Big Sisters and I see my 7 yr old youth about every other week. It’s a great opportunity for me to be a kid again and be a role model to someone who needs a little stability in her life.

  12. Aw, that brought a tear to my eye that the one resident donated his own canned goods. The people with the least are usually the first to give the most, inspires me to do more.

  13. Last year, I volunteered at the lollipop run for Girls on the Run. It was GREAT to cheer on young girls in their first 5k with their buddies. I had such a fun time being goofy and cheering on the girls with pompoms.

  14. I was hoping you would have a book signing! I will save the date in my calendar 🙂 I love to volunteer. It’s definitely a passion of mines. I’ve been volunteering for the past 2 years with an organization called Boston Cares. I love it!

  15. I LOVE you blog and have been following for awhile now! your one of the few blogs i look at everyday and you were one of the people who inspired me to start my own blog. I live just north of Boston and can’t wait for you book signing!

  16. Those look YUMMY! Can you please come to Canada (preferably southern Ontario) for a book signing? And I do volunteer….at my church…I like to be a part of something bigger than myself that’s helping others.

  17. I belonged to service clubs in high school but mostly did it to beef up my resume for college. Once in college, I volunteered with my sorority and got involved with student trade associations. Volunteering taught me things I didn’t learn in the classroom and gave me leadership experience. I ran for executive boards and next thing you know, was actually making a difference in organizations and on campus. I volunteer interned for large events, which helped me land my current job: managing a volunteer program for a big company!

    Volunteering for organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, The MS Society, Girls on the Run, environmental and conservation organizations, city leadership programs, parks and speaking to students at my alma mater has pushed me outside of my comfort zone. It’s helped me through tough times by reminding me how much I have to be thankful for. It’s allowed me to connect with people I never would have met, to make a difference in someone else’s life and to give back to a world that has already given me so much.

  18. I will totally be there.. Any locals bloggies (writers or readers) want to head up and go together? Tina, can you make a quick shout out and see if anyone is interested??

  19. I just ordered your book and cannot wait to get my hands on it! I’m fairly new to CNC but have loved reading your posts and following your adventures everyday. I’m running my first 1/2 on Memorial Day Weekend so all of your tips have been extremely helpful. Looking forward to coming to the signing in Brookline 🙂 Thanks for the fun reads everyday

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