What’s That, Mom?

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.

We still haven’t built our new Ikea table for our dining area yet, so I’ve been using the stairs to the loft to take photos of my meals. Murphy didn’t understand what the heck I was doing this morning! (He’s so adorable! 😀 )


For breakfast, I had a half of a Joseph’s pita stuffed with peanut butter and banana slices. I actually wasn’t that hungry this morning after stuffing myself with pumpkin risotto last night. 😕


My curious puppy loves peanut butter!


I also had a glass of the most delicious French press iced coffee. I made hot coffee in a French press yesterday morning, but I only drank a mug full, so I decided to chill the rest in the refrigerator. The flavor is so bold and intense, it works great as iced coffee.

I threw in a kiwi for later just in case I get hungry mid-morning. I’m not sure how a light-ish breakfast will go over with my stomach! It likes BIG breakfasts!


Feel Great Weight

New FGW post on Health: Want to Drop a Dress Size? Clean Up Your Kitchen.

Even though I had the Move from Hell last weekend, it was nice to be able to turn over a new leaf and set up my kitchen in an aesthetically pleasing and organized way.

New Read: Insatiable

The nice PR people at Peguin recently sent me novel, called Insatiable: A Young Mother’s Struggle with Anorexia. I started reading it on Monday during my commute and it’s been a great read so far. It’s very real and raw.


At twenty-four, Erica Rivera appeared to have it all: a B.A., two daughters, a successful husband, a house in the suburbs-and a great body. But under the surface, Erica was struggling with an addiction. She developed a self- destructive obsession with dieting, bingeing, purging, exercising, and, ultimately, anorexia. It wasn’t until her very young daughters began to imitate her actions that she decided to get help-and to trace her disordered eating and body-image patterns across three generations of women in her family.

Insatiable is the raw, candid, and ultimately uplifting story of one woman’s plunge into the depths of addiction and her fragile fight to climb back out. Getting to the root of her own problems helped her show her own daughters where happiness truly lies: in loving oneself. Though her road to recovery has not been easy, Erica Rivera is reassuring in her honesty-and inspirational in her triumph.

Question of the Day

What are you reading right now?

I’m always looking for new reads! And I’m sure other readers will appreciate the recommendations. Please share! 😀

I’m off to physical therapy this morning. Session #4. I don’t want to jinx it, but my hip is getting better! Wahoo! Let’s hope the progress keeps up!

Have a great Hump Day! 😎



  1. Aww, Murphy’s a cutie! I miss when my little Harry was that young. He’s so old now (13), but I still love him!

    Right now I’m reading a cookbook, “Almost Meatless”. Love it so far! Can’t wait to incorporate some recipes into my rotation.

  2. I just asked that question on my blog last night 🙂 I am reading J.M. Coetzee’s “Disgrace” for class. I should also be reading Julia Child’s “My Life in France” for bookclub, but I’m behind.

  3. I am reading Sarah’s Key- it is 2 stories, one of a Jewish Girl in Paris in 1942 and the other a Woman in Paris in the early 2000 who finds out about this little girl and tries to find her. I started it on Sunday and am already 60% finished with it (according to the Kindle). This is a very powerful story!

  4. I always forget what books I want to read when I get recommendations, but I found a great website called goodreads.com, where I can find all the books I’ve read and want to read and keep them organized! You find your friends and get to see what they are reading and read their book reviews and see what they are reading. It’s great! When I finish a book I know exactly what my next book to read is, instead of standing at the library trying to remember what I wanted to read!

  5. I just finished ‘Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table’ by Ruth Reichl. Ruth is the Editor in Chief of Gourmet magazine, and was a restaurant/food critic before that. ‘Tender at the Bone’ is a memoir describing Ruth’s childhood through early adulthood, and her love of food. Any foodie would enjoy this book. I’m getting ready to start her other memoir ‘Comfort Me With Apples: More Adventures from the Table’.

    Another foodie book I’m dying to read is ‘A Homemade Life’ by Molly Wizenberg. She is the author of the blog ‘Orangette’ and has a monthly column in Bon Appetit. I adore her. Her writing style is so charming.

    And lastly, my non-food book recco’s are: Middlesex and Kite Runner. Both are excellent!!!

  6. I was never a pug fan before Murphy, but you (and he) have TOTALLy converted me!!!! Man, that dog is ADORABLE!!! What is his temperament like – hyper? Calm? A bit of both? 🙂

  7. Please read “The Gargoyle” by Andrew Davidson. One of the best books I have ever read.
    I am now reading “Yesterday’s Weather,” a collection of short stories by Anne Enright and it is very, very good (and I’m usually not a short story person).

  8. GAH, Murphy is just so cute!!!!

    That book looks great, I look forward to a full review, it looks like something I would like.

    Currently, I am reading text books, boooo! But, over the summer I read a lot, I would totally recommend Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah…so good, I lent it to a few friends and they all loved it too!

  9. I can’t even look at Murphy, he is far too cute! I want a pup so much!
    Loving your breakfast – pita and banana and nut butter is so satisfying first thing!
    I am reading The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien – it’s a series of short stories all interlinked about the Vietnam War and it is compelling, amazing writing. I highly, highly recommend it. Tim O’Brien has an incredible voice.
    Have a great day!

  10. My book club is meeting tonight to discuss the book “the memory keepers daughter” a really good read though slightly disturbing! We also LOVED “devil in the white city” based on a true story about the chicago worlds fair at the turn of the century. They even have walking tours now based on the book in Chicago!

  11. Wow, that book sounds awesome. I’m so getting it once I’m finished with “Ofiicial book club selection”, a memoir by Kathy Griffin. I love her, she is so funn!! The book is really good too.

  12. Aw Murphy is such a cutie!

    I’m rereading “Lolita” right now. I love Nabokov and think he did absolutely amazing things with and to the English language.

  13. I’d love to see some reading suggestions! Maybe in different categories (fiction, cookbooks, health + fitness, other nonfiction?)

    I’m currently reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma (I know, I know, everyone in the world read it months ago) and The Golden Compass.

    – Jul

  14. What a cutie! My pup loves peanut butter too. He sits like a good boy whenever I pull out the jar from the fridge, hoping I will reward his good behavior with a lick from the spoon! I am reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma and Kaplan’s GRE Premier Program 2009 Edition “Powerful, Practical Tools to Help You Score Higher” bleh!

  15. You puppy is adoreable. We have a kitty that I love but we have been thinking bout getting a puppy and that picture makes me want one so bad! That book sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing. I’m not big into reading but at work i like to listen to auido books, i’ll have to look into that one. thanks!

  16. Love the Murphy cutness! I am currently reading a book called I am Hutterite with my book club. It is a Canadian novel about a women and how her parents left the colony when she was a child. Later in life she refinds her heritage. It is pretty interesting. I am also going to be reading The Book of Negroes as well we chose to books this time since the first one is an easy read.

  17. I am looking for a good book myself so I’m a lot of the suggestions and heading to the library today. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz are a series of cute books about a crazy family who run a private investigating company. A few years ago I read a book called Freddy and Frederika (I forgot the author) which was a parady of England’s Charles and Diana.It’s a long book but very entertaining.

  18. Love that puppy…so adorable that he actually looks perplexed :-).

    Just started reading Omnivore’s Dilemma, which is interesting so far. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while now. I just finished Dreaming in Hindi, which was also a pretty good read, but boring at times….

  19. Aww look at Murphy’s Eyes…awww. Our doggies love PB too. We use it to hid their pills on a cracker when they have to take medicine and they are none the wiser. 🙂

    I’m currently reading a book by Joyce Meyer called Never Give Up. But I’m looking for some Fiction to read. That synopsis sounds great. Let us know when it comes out.

  20. That book sounds very interesting. I struggled with anorexia in my teen years and now have a teenage daughter. I am always very cautious of what I do with my diet and any comments I make about my body. I am happy to say my daughter is extremely self confident and proud of her body. I have taught her that beauty comes from with in. Eating healthy and getting enough activity is what is important. Not how much you weigh or the size of your clothes.

    I just finished “The Shack” and am now reading “The Time Traveler’s Wife”.

  21. I’ve never heard of that book but it sounds really really interesting. could you possibly do a review when you finish it? 🙂

    MURPHY IS SOOOOOOOOOOO CUUUUTTEE ahhhh its almost painful lol


  22. OMG Murphy is adorable. Just finished reading, Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult. Now onto Love the one your with by Emily Giffin

  23. I see a lot of people making PB sandwiches with Pita. It’s something I never thought of before. Not sure why, but I am going to have to try this awesome creation!

  24. Oh you ask great questions! I’m reading The Time Traveler’s Wife (thought I was the last one to read it, guess not though) but I don’t do nearly as much reading (well, book reading…I do plenty of blog reading!) as I’d like to.

  25. I’m reading “Dear Vodka it’s me Chelsea” and “Lies at the Alter” by the lady who is often on oprah counseling people about their relationships. The two are a good balance. Oh and I’m also reading “Julie and Julia.”

  26. Great question! I love seeing what everyone is reading because I’ve read/want to read lots of the titles so its great. I’m currently reading The 19th Wife which is a ficton book that deals with polygamy in both the past and present. Its really quite fascinating. I

  27. murphy is adorable!!! and that pumpkin risotto looks amazing 🙂

    i had a book to recommend, but can’t think of the name of it… i’ll let you know if it comes to me!

  28. Yay!! So excited that physical therapy is working out for you this time around (knock on wood!). I’m a geek and very proud of my profession. 😉

    Over the last few months, I have been re-reading the Harry Potter series, and am currently half-way through the Half Blood Prince. After I finish the series, I am dying to read American Wife. I’ve heard from quite a few people that it’s a great book.

  29. I am reading Julie and Julia! It is hilarious! 🙂 I don’t really like French food (but that’s probably because I never really gave it a fair try) but this book is making me want to eat it! 🙂

  30. My reading is showing up here — Disgrace is next, and I love Lisa Lutz”s Spellmen books. Most recent book I loved: Housekeeping, by Maryilynne Robinson

  31. i must recommend the twilight series- too good
    i am reading skinny bitch- love it
    storitelling too
    of course i hate reading my textbooks

  32. Murphy is so adorable.

    I’m always reading something. Right now I’m reading “Before You Know Kindness” by Chris Bohjalian. It is really good so far but I just started it so I can’t really give a review.

    I just finished an amazing book by Danny Evans called “Rage Against the Meshugenah: Why it Takes Balls to Go Nuts.” I know it may be hard to imagine a book about depression being funny but this was. You can check out all my recent reads on my Shelfari bookshelf at: http://www.shelfari.com/o1518127382/shelf#firstBook=0&list=4&sort=custom

    I’m glad to hear your hip is feeling better.

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