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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.

Check out this cool product: Stainless Steel Drinking Straws from cheftools.com. I had no clue these even existed! A reader recently suggest these to me as a more environmentally-friendly option to my daily iced coffee habit. Who knew they made stainless steal straw? Neat, right?


I also tried a new flavor of coffee this morning: Java Jampit Estate. Mmmm! 😀


The nice people at CoffeeBeanDirect sent me a few samples to try. I like this flavor a lot! It’s heavy bodied and sort of intense! Perfect for a morning cup! 😀


Breakfast was a double-batch of banana oats (for Mal and me) made with vanilla soy milk and topped with peanut butter and almond slices.


I know that I had made the “switch” to hot coffee for the season, but I really wanted to try the stainless steal straws this morning! 😉

The stainless steal straws didn’t make my iced coffee taste differently, but it did seem colder! To clean them, you just throw ’em in the dishwasher. So cool!


Photo on America Society for Nutrition

Emily, a student blogger, recently contacted me about using one of my photos from the Farmer’s Market at Harvard for her post on the American Society for Nutrition’s blog. The post is about locavores and lists ways to use local produce. Be sure to check it out!

Healthworks How-To: Learn to Blog!

Guess who is giving this how-to-blog seminar? Yep, that’s right. Yours truly! :mrgreen:

It’s still a week away, but I am so, so, so nervous! I am terrible at speaking in front of large groups, but I love blogging so much, I couldn’t turn down this opportunity. Plus, maybe it will help me get over my public speaking fear.

Learn to Blog

September 28th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Back Bay Healthworks Café

Join Healthworks as we welcome Tina, from the Carrots ‘N’ Cake blog for a special how-to-blog seminar.  Tina will run through the basics of blogging such as, finding ideas and a theme, the structure of posts, the importance of pictures, and more!  Healthworks staff will also be on hand to discuss an exciting new blogging program for Healthworks through which writers receive HW club cash for blog entries.  This is an event that you do not want to miss!  The session is limited to the first 20 women who show up. Light appetizers will be served. Sign up HERE.

Question of the Day

What’s your Monday Mini Goal for the week?

Mine to to get all of our boxes unpacked before I leave for San Fran on Friday morning.



  1. Hi Tina! I’m actually attending that event at healthworks on Monday! I think you’re going to be great! I am so excited! Also have fun in SF! I’m originally from the bay area but been living in Boston for 2 years now. Have fun and make sure you get to eat good california burritos! Have fun!

  2. Stainless steel strawz???? Soooo weird! I too wonder if they’d taste funny…

    My monday mini goal is to just get through the week with as little procrastination as possible, get work done, work out, exercise, and eat healthy!

  3. I have never seen these straws and have never heard of them. Pretty cool! Don’t think they sell them here in Europe though…

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  4. Tina- could you record your talk and post it on your blog so the rest of us who don’t live in Boston can still hear it? I’d love to learn more about blogging from you! My mini-goal this week is to finish writing a talk that I’m giving next week in Detroit- I actually love public speaking! Just envision all of your supportive blog readers in your audience at healthworks when you give your seminar!

  5. Good luck on the seminar! You will be great. My mini goals are to not stress this week, get my projects done at work, and have a FABULOUS time at BlogherFood! Can’t wait to meet you!

  6. Uhh my mini goal is to make it to Friday alive 🙂

    So cool about that workshop! I think I might have to do a social-media seminar at work and I’m NERVOUS because just because I know more about SM than most of the people I work with, I’m by NO means an expert!

  7. keep us posted on the straws, especially how you clean them. i can imagine that being a challenge if you use for a smoothie.

  8. That’s a really really cool thing 🙂 I never thought about all those wasted straws being thrown away. I hate the plastic type straws that come in refillable cups – I feel like they give the drink a really weird taste. But these don’t at all? Interesting! Were they pricy?

  9. Hi I love to read your blog everyday its great! But I have noticed you eat peanut butter on alot of your meals. I just wandered if its because you love it so much or is it some sort of diet thing? I was just wondering as I love peanut butter too but don’t eat much as its quite fatty. You be great to here back thanks Tamzin x

  10. I just signed up for your seminar. I am psyched to learn some blogging tips and tricks. I’m sure you’ll do great. Plus i’ve always been interested in joining Healthworks so I’m going to see if I can take a tour and get membership info.

  11. …. and on another note…. try reusable GLASS straws… do not be afraid, they are made of the very strongest glass with special annealing methods!
    (http://glassdharma.com/) They keep beverages tasting pure and you can see how clean they are! You gotta check them out b/c they are even guaranteed against breakage!!… and they are GLASS! make sure to check thier bog to see what it is all about

  12. I’ve seen glass straws before, but never stainless steel before. Interesting. If I used straws in any sort of frequency, I would totally seek them out.

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