The Friday 5

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Hi, 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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Hi friends and happy Friday!

In today’s episode of the Friday 5, I’m sharing everything from running sneakers to favorite TV shows, a new supplement I’m taking, and more! It’s quite the mix! 🙂

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

1. Brooks Revel 3

You all know how much I love my Brooks sneakers, especially for Orangetheory workouts. They’re lightweight, yet supportive, and just an all around comfortable running shoe that I can wear for strength workouts, too. They recently launched a bright floral design that I’m obsessed with. It would be adorable for spring!

2. Inositol Powder

After the candida diet that I did, I found myself slowly slipping back into old habits and becoming a sugar monster. The functional dietitian that I’m working with recommended this supplement, and it definitely seems to be helping to take the edge off. I still have cravings from time-to-time, but they’re so much more manageable now. I’m also prioritizing protein and fiber in my diet, so that’s helping a lot too!

Inositol is a component of the B-complex family. Myo-inositol is the primary form of inositol found in the central nervous system. It plays an important role in cell membrane formation and serves as part of the phosphatidylinositol second messenger system, supporting serotonin, norepinenephrine and cholinergic receptor function. As a result, inositol may support healthy mood, emotional wellness and behavior, and help lessen occasional nervous tension. Research also suggests that myo-inositol may help to support healthy ovulatory activity, ovarian function, and reproductive system function.

Of course, talk to your doctor before trying inositol.

3. TV Shows

What are we watching lately? When I’m watching TV with Mal, it’s either The Outsider on HBO and MINDHUNTER on Netflix. If we’re watching TV as a family, Ellen’s Game of Games on Hulu is hilarious, or Dancing with the Birds on Netflix was SO GOOD… fascinating and hilarious. Birds are crazy-interesting.

If you have favorite shows that you’re loving right now, please send them my way. We’re always looking for new series to binge watch! 🙂

4. Kids Knives

One of the things we’ve been doing to help with our little picky eater is to get him involved in the kitchen – cooking! While Quinn doesn’t always eat what he makes, he’s been really enjoying the cooking aspect. The other night, he made an entire pork tenderloin – with our assistance, of course. I bought this set of kids knives that not only do the job, but are much safer, too. They are a big hit – highly recommend!

5. Why We Can’t Sleep (book)

This is what I’ve been reading before bed – ironic, no? It’s so interesting! It takes a look at why Generation X women feel miserable when they “seem to have it all.” I definitely recommend for any moms/women in general who are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

When Ada Calhoun found herself in the throes of a midlife crisis, she thought that she had no right to complain. She was married with children and a good career. So why did she feel miserable? And why did it seem that other Generation X women were miserable, too?

In Why We Can’t Sleep, Calhoun opens up the cultural and political contexts of Gen X’s predicament and offers solutions for how to pull oneself out of the abyss―and keep the next generation of women from falling in. The result is reassuring, empowering, and essential reading for all middle-aged women, and anyone who hopes to understand them.

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