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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.


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You guys knew I couldn’t stay away for a whole week, didn’t you? I had a feeling I’d be back before my week-long “hiatus” was over, but I didn’t think it would be this soon! Oh well, I missed you guys and blogging is what a love to do. For me, it’s a hobby, part-time job, and a creative outlet all in one. I missed it and now I am back. How have you been? What did I miss?


This morning, I had a wonderful workout at Healthworks: 45 minutes of Body Defined, followed by 15 minutes of Power Abs, which had my abs screaming for mercy! It’s going to hurt to laugh tomorrow! You know that feeling, right?


I’m blogging from Starbucks this morning. I love their free Wi-Fi! It takes 5 minutes to set up and then you just log-in when you want to use it again. Piece of cake.

This morning’s breakfast included a number of my favorite foods: Barney Butter X 2

Fresh strawberries

Iced soy misto (aka iced coffee with a lot of soy milk) and a bottle of water, which I feel bad about buying. I was parched after the gym, and I promise to reuse and recycle it. At least I bought it from a brand with a wonderful social mission: Ethos Water! 😉

All together…

And check out what came in the mail for me yesterday: Bethenny Frankel’s Naturally Thin! I’ve been wanting to read this since the day it was released to the public. I’m only about 25-30 pages into the book, but I LOVE it already! Bethenny and I share many of the same ideas about how to eat and balance one’s food choices. Some of what she says in her book is almost word-for-word what I’ve said on Carrots ‘N’ Cake! And her recipe for Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies is weirdly similar to mine! What can I say, great minds think alike! :mrgreen: Has anyone read this book? Opinions?

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  1. haha! LOVE the title! 🙂 It IS hard to stay away. Glad you are back- I enjoy your posts!

    Hobbies: running, cooking, baking, blogging, reading, and scrapbooking! 🙂 Does shopping count too?

  2. I have to read that book, I haven’t gotten a chance to pick it up yet.
    Hobbies? running/walking, cooking, blogging, reading blogs, reading books

  3. YAY!!! Welcome back! As much as I loved your posts while you were on a hiatus, I’m so happy you’re back 🙂

    Hobbies: blogging, relaxing (does that count?!), and my sport!

  4. LOVE the title 🙂

    I’m glad to see you back! I haven’t read that book yet; it sounds really interesting, but I have heard that her menu suggestions are really light on the food. Have you gotten to that part yet?

    Hobbies: blogging, reading, hiking, running, shopping, singing, eating?

  5. I read the book as soon as it came out! I love Bethenny and I love the general themes of the book, but I think Bethenny is fooling herself. She talks about how she is no longer obsessive about food — uh, don’t you think peeling an ENGLISH MUFFIN is a bit obsessive? Or trying to always remember to only take 2 bites of something delicious?

    Part 1 was fantastic, but part 2 was ridiculous. Look at her 3 week eating plan — she ate about 700 calories a day sometimes!

    That said, some of the main themes have really helped me with my attitude about food!

  6. hehe, it’s so hard to stay away 🙂 i hate how i feel like i have to “catch up” on everyone’s lives if i can’t check for a few days tho… too much time!!

  7. Welcome back! I am eating one of those Barney packets as we speak! Delicious! I just started part 2 of Naturally Thin today! I am trying to practice stopping when I am full but if something is good, I will not be taking just a few bites!

  8. I’ve heard that book is great- she is my fave NY “housewife”, haha she is hardly a housewife 😀 My hobbies= reading, swimming, blogging and craft-ing!

  9. Tina, haha, its like you never left! I’ve wanted to read that book for a while too and also find out if she’s related to my husband (who has the same last name) 😉 Have a great day!

  10. Hmm, based on previous comments I don’t think I’ll be picking up that book – I’m WAY too much a foodie to just take “one bite of something delicious.” Maybe I’ll skim it in Barnes and Noble before buying it.

    Hobbies include: interior decorating (I’m constantly trying to redesign my apartment), walking around/shopping in Boston, traveling, cooking/baking, running/working out, and food writing. Unfortunately the MBA program is taking up all of my time for hobbies – one more year left!

  11. Yay!! So glad you are back!!

    I have also heard that the book feels very disordered but have not read it myself. I will look forward to your full review.

  12. I recently bought a stainless steel water bottle and I am not kidding you water tastes SO much better than other type of bottles.It tastes cleaner somehow,stays cold longer and is easy to rinse out.
    Hope you might invest in one!I enjoy it at work and yoga!
    I am serious when I say water tastes better in it….let me know what you think! 🙂

  13. I read her book and I really liked it! She has some great idea such as treating your body like checkbook..balance it 🙂

    The only thing I wasn’t too keen on was the fact that she is a sporadic eating. I couldn’t really relate to that. Other than that…so interesting!

  14. I have not read the book, but if another poster is correct and she writes that she eats like 700 cals a day sometime, peels an English muffin, and only takes 2 bites of something delish, why the HELL would you want to read this book OR recommend it? She obvi has an eating disorder- when I watch the show, she looks so bony!!!

  15. I just finished Naturally Thin. I thought it started out good, but then it got a bit psycho about eating so little. I kept thinking “But what if I’m HUNGRY!?” I owe KERF a review of it when exams are over.

  16. Just finished reading Naturally Thin yesterday. I love Bethenny’s approach to healthy eating. She has a lot of great ideas I agree with. However, as far as the book goes, I found it a little redundant. I think it could have been cut down to half the pages.

  17. Tried Barney Butter for my first time this morning in my oatmeal…AMAZING! I also just bought Naturally Thin, looking forward to reading it!

  18. I read Naturally Thin a few weeks ago. I loved it’s basic principles, but I have the same comment as Dori does. I think that Bethenny just obsesses about different things, but she still obsesses. I think it’s insane to hollow out an english muffin or only eat the icing off of a small cupcake…are you kidding me?
    However, I love her advice of balance. This is key for me and I’ve actually used a lot of her rules and they seem to be working out just fine.

  19. Yay, you’re back! I enjoyed your posts while you were away – very creative and fun.

    Everyone is reading that book, and I feel like I should too! Maybe this summer when classes are over..

    My hobbies? Writing, running and bookmaking. I really like to read but rarely have the time. I also just enjoy sitting outside, people watching, hiking and taking in fresh air as much as possible!

    (I REALLY REALLY want that flogg! If I don’t win – I’m buying one!)

  20. glad you are back- I rarely comment but have missed reading your posts! (obviously lurking on blogs is one of my hobbies 😛 ) I like reading, dancing, TV (sitcoms- love Scrubs!) and blogging of course 🙂

  21. i missed you so much, but i really knowed that you couldn,t stay a whole week without us….
    thank you and welcome

  22. yeah! thanks for returning to writing! thou understand your need to stay away… have been reading your blog for almost a month and am enjoying it, thanks for all the great oats ideas and other meals… pls keep writing 😛

  23. Tina, I got this book from the library and liked it a lot too! I like her overall message about eating what you want, just not all at once. However…after reading a couple days of her normal “eats” I can’t help but feel that she eats too little! I couldn’t exist for long on a cupcake for a “snack.”…or skipping b-fast every other day. That being said, her oatmeal, banana, choc. chip cookies are FAB! They really are so good. Enjoy the read:>

  24. Hahaha oh Teen! You’re silly. I liked the book. As long as you can be flexible in applying her rules to your own life, you’re safe!

  25. i havent read the book yet because i have been getting such mixed reviews! i can’t wait to hear your final thoughts…it’s been getting some love, but then i also heard she recommends skipping meals when you aren’t too hungry, and some other weird tips that don’t seem very healthy or “natural” LOL

  26. Running is and hopefully always will be hobby #1 for me! I also love to hit the gym for cross training and strength training, I love to read, and I’ve spent the last couple winters learning how to ski (and I LOVE it!).

    I’m curious about the book. Bethanny is my favorite on the show but I’ve heard that her sample meal plan makes her sound like an alcoholic anorexic. And while I appreciate a good drink now and then, I appreciate good food a whole lot more!

  27. I am so glad you are back, although I don’t think you REALLY took a break 🙂
    After reading the other comments about the book, I would say to take Bethany’s advice with a grain of salt.
    My hobbies include reading, scrapbooking, horseback riding, walking, reading blogs, and being with family!

  28. i actually just finished that book today. bethenny is my favorite housewife and i had heard great things about the book so i was looking forward to it, but it disappointed me. she has some great ideas and i do like a lot of her “rules”, but it made me feel like i’m never allowed to eat all of something. and i agree about balancing your eats, but what if you do want to eat ice cream twice or three times in a day? she also stressed the fact that she never measures or anything, but in many of her sample eats she wrote she had “one teaspoon” of something.
    obviously i had some mixed emotions about this book lol. bethenny seems contradicting or confused, but it wasn’t a terrible book.

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