Thursday, February 1, 2018

10 Years of Carrots ‘N’ Cake + Giveaway

Good morning!

So, there’s a lot to celebrate: Tomorrow (February 3rd) is National Carrot Cake Day as well as the day that I started Carrot ‘N’ Cake TEN (yes, a whole decade) years ago. (I figured I should publish this post a day early since not everyone reads on the weekend.) I didn’t even realize the coincidence until a couple of years after I wrote my first blog post, but I feel like it was definitely meant to be!

First and foremost, I want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOUTHANK YOUUUUU from the bottom of my heart for reading this blog and following my life journey. I started CNC as a hobby blog. I was 27 years old, and it was a way to keep me accountable as I shaped up for my wedding day. Nowadays, CNC is my full-time job and our family’s main source of income. It’s no longer a hobby, but I love it just as much as I did when I first started it. Today, I’m 37 years old, married with a child (and pug), and run two additional businesses that have been heavily supported by CNC readers. All this to say once again: THANK YOU for your support. This blog wouldn’t be what it is today without you, and I can’t even begin to explain how much each of your comments, questions, messages, likes, and emails mean to me. THANK YOU for being part of one of my life’s greatest adventures!

Speaking of adventures, CNC has awarded me so many incredible opportunities over the years. Since we’re celebrating 10 years today, I wanted to reminisce about some of amazing things I’ve done because of this blog. (I still think it’s crazy that a little online journal turned into what it did!) If you’re a new reader or someone who has followed since the beginning, I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane!

In no particular order:

1.  Spending a week in Israel as part of a fitness tour +  traveling to so many other amazing places, including Cabo San Lucas (twice), Stowe Mountain Lodge, Twin Farms, Oahu, Hawaii, and so many more. The amount of travel I’ve done over the past decade has been what I’m most thankful for – besides you guys, obviously!

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2. Running the Boston Marathon

3. Visiting the White House to hear Michelle Obama speak

4. Spectating the 2012 and 2013 CrossFit Games

5. Becoming a published author

6. Appearing on The Dr. Oz Show with the Cookie Monster as well as meeting and even interviewing a ton of other celebrities, including Tiffani Thiessen, Vanessa Lachey, Kelli RipaMonica Porter, Ally Reisman, Christmas Abbot, Jenny Simpson, Dara Torres, Martha Stewart (well, we got to do yoga together), Rich Froning + lots of CrossFit athletes, Bob Harper, Ellie Krieger, Ted Allen, Giada DeLaurentiis, Rocco Dispirito, Marisa Tomei, and more!

7. Creating and hosting the Healthy Living Summit

8. Participating in Reach the Beach with some of my favorite blog friends

9. Being a weekly contributor to Health Magazine for nearly 6 years

10. Working with so many wonderful brands, including Stitch Fix, who kindly offered to give away a $200 gift card to help celebrate CNC’s big day. Here’s your chance to enter to win!


To enterSign up for Stitch Fix, if you haven’t already, and fill out and/or update your Stitch Fix style profile (which is free!). Both existing and new Stitch Fix customers have a chance to win. Then, just leave a comment on this blog post. I will randomly pick a winner next week. Good luck!


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Primal Challenge Point: Stop Feeding the Sugar Cycle

Inline_Food_Nutrition_Live-Awesome-645x445-01It’s impossible to talk about using food as a drug without looking at the genuine neurological and hormonal impacts it has on the body. The fact is, certain foods affect us more like drugs than others.

With actual drug use, we’re not operating with innate satiation signaling. But with food, our bodies have a built-in system for telling us when to eat, how much to eat and when to stop.

In our paleolithic ancestors’ time, it worked great. Today, we’ve become our own saboteurs. We’ve known for years that sugary and processed foods (those that strategically combine sugar, salt and certain fats into a triple crown disaster) are intentionally designed to override our inherent satiation signals and hyper-trip our reward systems.

Unfortunately, our own body composition can work against us—leading us deeper into a cul-de-sac of poor eating choices and behaviors. Leptin is one key hormonal player in our satiety signaling. When we’re obese, we lose leptin sensitivity, and we’re drawn to eat despite being functionally full. This is where we get into trouble and the gate is open to food dependence—a phenomenon that looks strikingly similar to chemical drug dependence in neurological scans.

The physiology here could easily be its own post, and I’ve written about these issues in the past. Suffice it here to say that it’s time to kick sugar/high carb (same deal) and processed foods to the curb. You’ll be forever waging an uphill battle with these food products. Food chemists have you by the tail. Get the monkey off your back by going cold turkey or by gradually replacing these choices with healthier ones that won’t hijack your physiology.

— From “How To Stop Using Food Like a Drug”

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Girlfriends Guide To TV

If you chuckle at this pillow, then we are on the same page!

If not: go watch Stranger Things! We are not quite finished with season two, but it’s been a really good one! I think I like it more than season one.

Another great show we’re in the middle of is This Is Us! Everyone was talking about it, and we finally started. It’s been great. We paused when we caught up to season two so more episodes could accumulate. I prefer to watch TV on demand instead of one week at a time. My favorite character by far is Randall. (And I was so happy he won a Golden Globe!!) I think his character’s story is wonderful, Steling Brown’s acting is flawless, and Randall makes me laugh out loud with his corny jokes all the time. He and Beth are a couple I’d want to befriend in real life. I love their girls too! Kevin is… just a mess. Kate’s story is great, and I love where it has gone. (Chrissy Metz is also a fabulous actress.)

The third and final show I’ve been into this year: Girlfriends Guide To Divorce! Have you heard of it? It’s a total mash-up of Sex and the City and Big Little Lies. Without giving too much away, I can relate to so many things in this series, and it’s fun to watch too! There are three seasons on Netflix – run, don’t walk, home to start it this evening! (I didn’t even know there was a season 4 until just now because only the first 3 are on Netflix, but how exciting!)

Does anyone want pancakes for breakfast?

I did!

Sherry on Young House Love’s podcast recently recommended the show The Sinner on USA about a woman who murders a stranger on a beach. They said it’s really good, so I’m putting that on my list. What other shows are you guys into?!

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