The Best Day Yet

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.

My 31st year of life hasn’t gotten off to the greatest start, but today was the best day yet. Here’s why:

I took a 75-minute yoga class. It was a Level 1/Foundations class, and we did a ton of hamstring and hip-opening poses. It felt amazing to get moving again. I needed it.

Well, hello, yoga mat! There you are in the truck of my car. Long time, no see!

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I created a new gluten-free pizza recipe. I mixed mashed sweet potato with nutritional yeast and Garlic Gold, and then spread it on a Glutino Frozen Pizza Crust and topped it with a few pieces of sliced deli ham. I then cooked the pizza in the oven for about 10 minutes, and it turned out great! Fast, simple, delicious, and nutritious.

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I visited AllCanEat and enjoyed a gluten-free Cookie Friday treat. AllCanEat is a gluten-free and allergenic-free bakery and café in Randolph, Massachusetts.

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AllCanEat sells bakery items, including cakes, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and breads, but also has a small freezer section with frozen dinner-type offerings (pizzas with Daiya cheese, for instance). AllCanEat also serves breakfast and lunch, including French toast, pancakes, sandwiches, and burgers among other fare.

The staff at AllCanEat is super, duper nice and very committed to bringing the great taste and freshness of a regular bakery to those of us who can’t eat flour, eggs and/or dairy. Some of the baked goods are even free of gluten, dairy, AND egg.

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Everything in the display case was gluten-free! Heaven!

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There were plenty of samples to try too!

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The folks at AllCanEat toasted up a few samples of their freshly baked bread, which tasted just as good as regular bread– even Mal really liked it. I ended up buying a loaf of multigrain to take home as well as some English muffins.

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As a Cookie Friday goodie, Mal and I shared a warm Sugar Donut Muffin, which was excellent. It tasted just like a sugared apple cider donut.

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And here are some more reasons why today was the best day yet:

I ran two miles at the gym. Yes, for real! I ran two miles on the treadmill and then walked another two without a single bathroom emergency. I’m starting to think Monday’s 10K might be doable after all!

I’m now in love with AllCanEat’s gluten-free English muffins. They’re a cross between a flaky biscuit, a crumpet, and an English muffin. I don’t know how else to describe them, but they are really tasty. For dinner, I toasted one and made it into an egg white sandwich with nutritional yeast and Garlic Gold. (I mixed the nutritional yeast into the liquid egg whites and then cooked it using the patty method.)

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It’s movie night at the Haupert’s house. I’m wearing my “movie suit,” and Mal and I plan to watch True Grit in a little bit.

I feel so much better. Things aren’t completely back to normal yet, but today is the first day in awhile that I’ve felt like my old self.



  1. WOW! yoga AND 4 miles! That is a crazy recovery today! You are awesome. I’m so glad.

    By the way, I am moving to Cambridge in September, and I am really excited to be part of the New England blogging community!

  2. That is great to hear! So, I am confused, but maybe I didn’t read all your recent posts thoroughly enough, but did you determine that you have a gluten sensitivity? Or is it just a process of eliminating the likely suspects?

  3. Tina, having dealt with Stress Related IBS in the past, i am so glad you are able to be positive! Out tummy is affected SO MUCH by stress that it can be a vicious cycle when its tummy problems that are causing the stress.

    Big prayers for you, lady!

  4. YAY! Tina, I’m so happy you’re feeling better and had such a good day. Happy Friday and enjoy your time with M&M! 🙂 I’m off to watch a movie with my Kevin James. 🙂

  5. Do you have a Sprinkles Cupcakes near you? If you do, they have thee best gluten free cupcakes ever!! You might even be able to order. Red velvet is a whopping 10!

    My son also loves Annie’s Gluten Free Mac n’ CHeese. Tastes really yummy.

  6. I’m so glad you are taking the bull by the horns and learning to get back into your life again. A diagnosis of ANY kind is a HUGE blow, and learning how to get around it is a challenge. Kudos to you for not allowing it to get you down for too long. I’m sure there are going to be good days and bad days, just remember how you felt today!

  7. I’m so glad you’re feeling better Tina! Hopefully now you can enjoy your holiday weekend 🙂

    That bakery looks amazing, I wish I could take my coeliac boyfriend there – I’ve never seen anything like it here in Ireland.

    I have to ask what your ‘movie suit’ is?!

  8. Just wondering, Tina, do you attribute feeling better to removing gluten and dairy or do you think it is something else? I just noticed the two seem to correlate as far as reading your blog but you hadn’t really directly said. (If you don’t mind sharing, of course, being a health coach I am always curious about these things :D)

  9. So glad you are feeling back to normal! You’ve had a rough time with everything, so it’s nice to see that you’re able to resume some of your favorite activities again. And that bakery? Awesomeness! 😀

  10. So glad you’re feeling better, Tina! Isn’t that first day back to feeling like yourself the best? It really makes you appreciate even the most basic things. Keep it up!

  11. I’m so glad you feel better, but I just wanted to say that gluten-free is not always the best choice: less gluten = a lot of more sugar and sky-high GI for the foods that look so healthy and alluring.
    If you’re trying to avoid gluten, watch for low GI alternatives

  12. I am so happy that you are feeling better!! =] Good things happen to those who wait, and everything seems to be working in that way for you.
    That gluten free bakery sounds like heaven, and with the picture of all the baked goods, I’m dying to get me a piece of ANYTHING! Take care, and have an awesome weekend!

  13. U look so beautiful Tina!

    Glad it was a good day for you, I feel any day you wake up and get another day to live on this beautiful earth, is a great day! xoxo

  14. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Going gluten free in December (due to Celiac) was the best decision I could have made. I would highly suggest getting tested for it since you have been having gastro issues. It is often overlooked or misdiagnosed as something else–and I think can be very related to colitis. I say this because of the genetic link. Since my diagnosis, my daughter, sister and nephew have all been diagnosed b/c I insisted we do the tests. There’s a big genetic connection, and none of my family was having typical gastro symptoms.

    It feels super restrictive at first, but it’s so worth it to have restored health.

    okay, longest comment ever. I love your blog and hope you are on the mend!

  15. GREAT NEWS!!! ps. I bought a bag of nutritional yeast a month ago and haven’t cracked it open because I was a little intimidated. Now I’m excited, thanks for trying it out for me 🙂 your pizza looks delicious, how creative to use sweet potato!

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