Temporary Office

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.

Welcome to my temporary office! My laptop and phone are set up at the dining room table and my various supplies are scattered in the area outside of my actual office. It’s a total mess, but it works!

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Although, some tasks require a little more effort than usual!

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This morning, I used a roller to paint the majority of the accent wall in my office. What do you think of the color?!?

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I planned to use an “edger” to finish the trim, but, unfortunately, I forgot to wash it after I used it for the light blue paint, so I couldn’t finish the accent wall this morning. Bummer.

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I washed the pad for the “edger,” so now I’m just waiting for it to fully dry so I can paint with it again. Maybe tonight?

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My plan is to have all of the painting finished by tomorrow night, so, hopefully, my office will be back together by the end of the week. It’s so close to done! I can’t wait to see the final product!


On my trip to New York City last week, the ladies from California Grapes raved about a bulgur salad with grapes and kale that they really love, so I decided to make it for lunch today. It’s delicious, nutritious, and rumor has it that it’ll stay fresh for several days in the refrigerator. I made a big batch and plan to eat it throughout the week with meals and as a snack.

Bulgur Salad with Grapes and Kale

Serves 6-8


  • 1 cup bulgur
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup pecan halves, toasted and roughly chopped*
  • 2 cups halves green and red seedless California grapes
  • 2 cups packed finely silvered kale or Swiss chard leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • Pinch cayenne
  • Black pepper


  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Stir in the bulgur and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and remove from heat. Cover and let stand 20 minutes or until most of the water has been absorbed. Drain well and press to extract any excess water.
  3. Let cool and stir in the remaining ingredients. Season well with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve room temperature or chilled.

* I didn’t have pecans so I used whole almonds.

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Lunch also included scrambled eggs with nutritional yeast and truffle salt mixed in. So good!

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A couple of hours later, I made a warm, gooey afternoon snack. I sliced up a banana, added a massive scoop of almond butter, and nuked the whole thing in the microwave for 20 seconds. Mmm!

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Snack #2

Mal just came home from school and surprised me with a soy misto from Starbucks, so it’s my second snack of the afternoon!

Weekly Workouts

Here are this week’s workouts!

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: CrossFit
  • Tuesday: CrossFit
  • Wednesday: CFE Long Intervals + CrossFit
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: CFE Short Intervals + CrossFit
  • Saturday: CrossFit

So, I went to the CrossFit Endurance (CFE) website to check out the next few workouts for my half marathon training plan, and CFE is TOTALLY different now. GAH! I’m going to chat with my CrossFit coach tonight to see what I should do about my training, so this week’s workouts will probably change a little bit.

Off to walk the pug and then CrossFit! Enjoy the night, friends!




  1. That is so sweet of Mal!

    How in the world do you handle caffeine in the afternoons, though? I have to quit caffeine by 11ish or I’ll be up all night, which is too bad because I *love* coffee.

  2. my home office is pretty much always my kitchen. after spending an entire day at work in an office, i definitely dont want to be in my own when i get home.
    that bulgar salad looks really good. i love adding fruit to things like that to give a good variety of flavors.
    enjoy your evening 🙂

  3. I’m a HUGE kale fan, so will try this for sure. I make massaged kale salad with a bit of olive oil and apple cider vinegar, then I sprinkle nutritional yeast, grapes and feta on top. I should toss some bulgar in next time to get some grains in. Thanks for the inspiration. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday.

  4. The salad looks delish, although I would probably use quinoa since it is considered a complete protein.

    The office is looking great so far. I have an office, but no desk, so I am still resorting to my ‘perch’ in the kitchen. 🙂

  5. I just have to say how impressed I am that you’re able to spend the day painting, and not be annoyed by it. I HATE painting. With a passion. I don’t really understand why (probably because it never turns out perfectly!). Love the color!

  6. That salad looks delicious! I’ve got all the ingredients so I might have to whip up a batch tonight.

    P.S. I tried running @ 9.2 mph after seeing your post last week. Holy cow! I didn’t know my legs could move that fast! Wowza!

  7. Mmmm, I love me some bulgur but for some reason I always forget about that lovely little grain. I definitely need to make it more often. Your dish looks so tasty! Thanks for the snack idea too. That was one of my suggestions in your previous post. I love bananas with peanut butter (you’d have to be completely crazy not to) but I’ve never thought to warm them up first. Totally genius! I will be trying that very very soon. Perhaps within the next 5 minutes. Better go 🙂

  8. I use CrossFit endurance and I am also getting used to the new format. I looked through it for a while yesterday and found a great suggestion for those of us who need to plan our weeks – use the archive to check last weeks workouts and use those for this week. You will just be a week behind, but still getting the great benefits of CFE!

  9. I love the color! Do you mind sharing the color name and brand of paint? We just purchased a new house and I am always looking for inspiration:)

  10. The office colour looks great! I’m getting ready to paint my bedroom and was just wondering if you like the paint edger? Do you still need to tape or is it it quicker/easier than traditional tape and brush?

  11. I just had a soy misto! Do you add the nutritional yeast before or after your eggs are cooked? I just bought some yeast, and I have not used it yet. I love your wall color! Also, I saw that you want to complete the nutrition certification with NASM. I am thinking about doing that after I finish my wellness coach training. So much to do and so little time!

  12. I am very interested to see your cross fit endurance meshes with the half marathon training. They really have fundamentally different aims it seems like.

    I get the sense crossfit is better on the body vs the repetitive training for the half-marathon. How are you feeling as you go through it?

    Jason on our site makes a very strict paleo claim that marathoning and endurance cardio is very bad for the heart and women’s bodies and gives references to support this.


    Really not sure if I agree, but would appreciate your take on this!

  13. Awe, yeah for surprise snacks from husbands. I think those are great!

    Good luck figuring out your training… I am sure your crossfit coach can help!

  14. An accent wall is fun! I painted my own room when my parents first split and had 3 walls electric blue and 1 wall bumble bee yellow! Don’t ask haha, I wouldn’t chose those colors again, but I would paint an accent wall 😛

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