What I’m Loving Lately XXXV

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Hello and happy Friday! Here we go with another edition of What I’m Loving Lately!

Roo Moccasins – We are loving these Roo Moccasins from Soft Star Shoes. The company recently offered to send Quinn a pair and we already want to order more! Of course, they are adorable, but what’s really fun about them is that you can DESIGN them online. It was neat picking out the colors and style accents for Quinn’s pair. I also love that these moccasins are easy to put on his tiny baby feet. Quinn has a few pairs of shoes, but we can never get them on quite right (or it takes us forever). These ones just slip on and they are great for walking, standing, and keeping his feet warm.

Soft Star Shoes

12 All-Natural Beauty Products You Need to Shop at Whole Foods – Some of these sound really great. I’m definitely going to look for a few of them the next time I’m at Whole Foods!

A Guide to Hashtags, Every Day of the Week – This was really interesting! I didn’t realize there are so many trending topics that pop up week after week. Very cool.

Single Serving Chocolate Brownie – I love this recipe. I use all-purpose flour, and it turns out great!

19 Things Only South Shore Massachusetts Natives Can Understand – We’re still new to the South Shore, but I could relate to a lot of these. We have so much love for the South Shore. We’re never leaving.

Revolution Health Radio podcast about Low-Dose Naltrexone – Chris Kresser (my boyfriend – although, he doesn’t know it) talks about Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) (originally used as a drug for heroin withdrawal) as a treatment for autoimmune disease– primarily cancer, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, and autism. There’s not a lot of research out there about LDN and all of it is based on short-term use, but what exists is very promising. One Crohn’s study had over a 70% remission rate (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). This is incredible. And there are very few documented side effects””just vivid dreams reported by some patients. Of course, I immediately asked my doctor about LDN as a treatment option, and he said he doesn’t use it because there’s not a lot of research. Meh. Even still, I wanted to put this on people’s radar!


Healthy DIY Starbucks Hacks – Healthy homemade versions of your favorite Starbucks drinks. Sign me up!

20 Homemade and Healthy Energy Bars – Who doesn’t love a good homemade energy bar, right?

How Does Thinking Affect Performance – Laura from 50 by 25 talks about how cognitive tasks may affect running. Very interesting!

Des Linden: My 15 Fave Things About Running Boston And Why – She also offers her top tips for someone running their first Boston.

If You Add Drunk People to Fitness Quotes, Things Get Hilarious – This was pretty funny!

Finally! An Understandable Guide to Common Wine Terms – Oaked? Minerality? Jammy? This was very helpful!

I Give Up on Having It All – Great post. I feel like I could have written it myself.

45 Dinners – All Under 500 Calories – Lots of healthy and delicious meals in here!

Marathon Map Print Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered to win a Marathon Map Print! Here is your winner:

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Boston, of course! It will always be my fav marathon! Good luck Monday :)

Congrats, Meghan! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com to claim your prize!

Reminder: You can get 15% off your order with code CAKE this week! FYI: Marathon Map Prints can be pre-ordered now and stats sent in after the race.

Question of the Day

What are you loving lately?

P.S. Just wanted to share a wonderful event with you guys!

The Inspiration Celebration honors the Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County’s inspiring partners and founders with a night of cocktails, music, food & fun at the Microsoft N.E.R.D center in Cambridge. This year’s honoree’s include Eugene Brune, original founder of our Somerville club, along with Mark Johnson of Modell’s Sporting Goods and Rick Wallwork of Boston Cares. Come celebrate the BGCMC’s past as we look towards our future on April 29th! For event & ticket info: https://www.facebook.com/bgcmiddlesex.



  1. Love the hashtags, I had no idea so many trending topics existed every day. I’m loving bright sprig colors and watching my tulips bloom!

  2. I’m into Whole30 lately! Its a “short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.” I’ve started it and so far so good! Its opened my eyes to how many things actually have sugar in it!

  3. I’m loving Audible. Absolutely loving it. I’ve got a long commute, so listening to books in the car is really helping my book goal quota. I set a goal of 26 books to read this year, and I honestly think I’ll hit it, and more. With my credit for next month, I’m thinking of getting a non-fiction book like the Mindy Kaling memoir or It Starts With Food. 🙂 Right now, I’m listening to the first book of the Game of Thrones series, and I can easily get addicted. 🙂

  4. I’m loving the earlier sunrises so that it’s light for my 6am workout! Makes it so much easier to get out of bed! I am also loving the awesome marathon chat that’s going on for London and Boston!

  5. Call me crazy, but I’ve been loving early workouts this week. I’ve been waking up early and running or going to a class before work. Having it out of the way is amazing, and seeing the sunrise every morning is amazing!

  6. Do the Roo moccasins stay on Quinn’s feet well? My baby is younger than Quinn, but refuses to keep socks on his feet. I thought maybe I should try a soft shoe instead…

  7. Tina
    Wanted to let you know I take Low Dose Naltrexone for my Hashimotos Thyroiditis (an autoimmune disease). Ive been on it for almost 4 years and have been able to significantly reduce my thyroid medication, my goiter disappeared
    (no endocrinologists- even the best in NH- where I live-could figure out why I had it even after being medicated)and I lost weight easily (finally) because of it. It has been a LIFESAVER. It is a total game changer and I highly recommend finding someone who can prescribe it to you. The main side effects have to do with your body getting used to the new level of endophins floating around. The whole premise is that people with autoimmune diseases actually have endorphin insufficiency. LDN blocks endorphins for a bit and your body is signaled to produce more. This help your body heal itself from your autoimmune disease and stops you from getting any other autoimmune disease. Which my doctor was concerned about- apparently they can come in 3’s! ugh! no thanks!

    1. @Tracy M: Tracy, I’m in NH, too, and trying desperately to find a doctor who will prescribe LDN. Most docs don’t even know about it. Can you please tell me which doctors prescribe it?
      Thanks so much.

  8. I’m also on Low Dose Naltrexone as part of my recovery from overtraining, under fueling and it has helped with my thyroid issues as well as MSH production. I have to take it in combination with other drugs for off-label use but it has been a life changer for me.

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