Years ago, at my heaviest weight, a ski trip with friends motivated me to do something about it. The vacation was a blast, but I quickly lost my “getaway glow” when I saw the photos from our trip. Looking at the physical proof, I was embarrassed by how much weight I had gained. Every photo was a “bad” photo of me. I was so depressed that I threw most of them away. I knew my…

Hi, friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I can’t believe it’s Thanksgiving week. Usually, I’m not one to rush the holiday season, but I am soooo ready for it this year. My schedule is already filling up with holiday parties and get-togethers, and I’m sure you’re in the same boat, so I wanted to share two of my go-to tips for staying consistent over the holidays. Ok, ok… I’m sure you’ve heard these…

Hey guys! Thanks for sending in all of your awesome macro questions. I have another one that I’m going to answer today: What do you do if you’re hungry while tracking macros?   I’ve received this question quite a bit over the years, and my number one answer is: If you’re hungry, eat more food! No seriously. I think what happens is that people think that they should set their macros and calories really low…

If you know me, you know that I’m not much of a light snacker. I’ll rarely grab a bag of chips or a granola bar by itself to hold me over. I like to feel FULL after I’ve eaten, so what I really prefer are “mini meals” as opposed to true snacks.  A lot of the time, I will actually snack on small portion of leftovers from lunch or dinner in order to get a…

A common challenge that our nutrition clients often encounter is how to track macros on the weekend. You want to loosen up the reigns on your tracking, but how much is too much. If you’re too loose with your diet, getting to your goals is going to take much longer. So then, how do you find the balance between how to during the week versus how to track macros on the weekend? Does this sound…

Hey guys! Ever wondered how to hit your protein goal on a vegetarian diet? Yes? No? Maybe?  Well, I wanted to talk a bit about how you can hit your protein goal when you’re a vegetarian. I get this question a lot, especially from prospective vegetarian nutrition clients who want to track macros. I feel like many people think that macros are just for people who eat meat, but they’re really not. The tips listed below…

Good morning and happy MONDAY to you! Since it’s the start of a new week, I wanted to share some #mondaymotivation related to food freedom and mindset and give you an awesome high-intensity kettlebell workout that you can do just about anywhere. It’s only two movements, but it’s definitely a challenge. I promise you’ll be a sweaty mess by the end! Ok, here I am in typical Tina mode juggling a smoothie, a bowl of…

Hi, friends! Over the years, I have created and published soooooo many recipes – yet it’s amazing that I make the same ones again and again.  I definitely have some tried-and-true favorites, and I know you guys love a lot of the same recipes. Great minds think alike, right? Personally, I think the key to recipes that stand the test of time is that they’re both super easy and (obviously) delicious. Many of my 3-ingredient dinners…

I am so excited to share these super helpful tips on how to include more protein in your diet from some amazing food and fitness influencers around the Internet. (There are even a couple of Registered Dietitians in the mix!) I’m always looking for new ideas to get a balance of various sources of protein into my diet, so I personally loved reading their ideas. Additionally, one of the most frequently asked questions that we receive…

Too much of a good thing can actually halt your progress physically. I remember the days when I exercised 6 or 7 days a week, and I would go ALL OUT during my workouts. I loved the feeling immediately after finishing a workout (I still do!), but, looking back, I now know I was most definitely overexercising. The photo below still makes me laugh. I was so pissed that my own husband “no-repped” me during…

Hi, guys! I receive a lot of questions from CNC readers about Designed to Fit Nutrition, a custom meal plan business that I started with my friend Kerrie a little over a year ago. It’s been a whirlwind experience so far, and, HOLY COW, do we have some exciting stuff on the agenda in the coming months. I can’t wait to share all of the awesome news with you guys! In the meantime, I wanted to…

Hi, guys! I recently had the opportunity to interview Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian, about optimal nutrition for marathon training, specifically what nutrients are important to fueling one’s body before and after workouts. I also asked her about her thoughts on protein powder and the best way to figure out how many calories I should consume after a long run. Her responses were really helpful, so I thought you guys might enjoy reading them too! 1. What are the key…

Remember when I asked you guys if you had questions for Lauren Antonucci from Team for Kids about marathon training and fueling? Well, I gathered up your questions, sent them to her, and she replied to them. Check out Lauren’s responses below. She provides a ton of great information! Thanks, Lauren! I think that I’m refueling wrong as I’m always STARVING after my long runs! What and when should I eat to keep this from happening?…

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