What I Ate Wednesday {Colonoscopy Edition}

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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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I survived! I made it through 24 hours of a liquid (+ Jello) diet. It definitely wasn’t fun, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. (Well, now that it’s over, of course.)

I woke up craving peanut butter and banana like I normally do, but I wasn’t super hungry, so mango Jello ended up being a great way to start the day (as good as Jello for breakfast can be, I suppose). I ate a couple of servings and went on with my morning. So far, so good.

mango Jello

Around 11:00 is when I really started to get hungry””you know what I’m talking about… a crazy, relentless growling stomach. Ugh, it was awful. I finished off the rest of the Jello and drank some Gatorade.


Eh, it sort of did the trick.


All I could think about was food, so I took Murphy to the p-a-r-k as a way to distract myself.


Watching a happy pug run around the park definitely made things easier for a bit.


Murphy and Tina at the park



On the drive home, I popped into Marylou’s for a decaf Milk Way iced coffee, black (no milk).


I wasn’t sure if I’d like it without milk and sugar, but it was actually pretty tasty.


When I got home from the dog park, all I wanted to do was eat lunch. I ended up drinking a big mug full of chicken broth and finishing off my Marylou’s coffee, which warded off my hunger for a little bit. I was still hungry, but not dying like I was before.

pacific chicken broth

Then, it was time to drink the “stuff.” It came with a bunch of different flavor packets, so I added one (orange) to make it taste better and then put it in the fridge since I heard drinking it cold was a little easier. Maybe I’m weird, but drinking it wasn’t all that bad. Of course, it was a lot of liquid to consume and, uh, what it did to my insides wasn’t fun (hey, it wasn’t worse than a flare!), but the whole experience wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be. Not eating was definitely the hardest part for me!


When dinnertime rolled around, I did my best to avoid the kitchen and tried not to think about food when Mal was eating his dinner. I drank more chicken stock, ate Jello (lemon flavor this time), watched a movie, and then went to bed early. I survived. Hopefully, the hardest part is over!


My colonoscopy is schedule for bright and early this morning. Wish me luck!

Health News & Views

Carrot cake is one of my absolute favorite desserts in life (I named my blog Carrots ”˜N’ Cake after all!), but it’s also quite an indulgent treat, and a good piece of carrot cake doesn’t skimp on calories or fat, if you know what I mean.


I would probably eat carrot cake everyday if I could, but I also want to be able to fit into my jeans, so I created a lighter, portion-friendly version of my favorite dessert. They’re soft and fluffy with tons of raisins, walnuts, and shredded coconut mixed in just like a real piece of carrot cake, but for a fraction of the calories. And they are gluten free, but I swear you wouldn’t know if I didn’t tell you!

Try This Recipe for Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Cookies

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Trying to teach my 2-year-old to eat his vegetables when I’m not crazy about them myself is not easy”¦Hoping maybe a cookbook such as this could help us both to learn to love them!

Congrats, Sue and Beth! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

Questions of the Day

Do you like Jello?

What did you eat yesterday? Please tell me it was more delicious than what I ate!

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