Blogger Spotlight: Tina Haupert from Carrots ‘N’ Cake

by in Blogger Spotlight, September 21, 2012
Tina is a cookbook author, full time writer and blogger, and is certified as a personal trainer. With a passion for fitness and food, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a top priority. Tina is not a fan of dieting, so her weight loss tips encourage permanent lifestyle changes, as opposed to depriving yourself. Through Carrots ‘n Cake, the title of both her book and blog, she encourages a balance of “eating your carrots and savoring your cupcakes, too!” 

Describe what a normal day of eating is for you.

A normal day of eating for me involves lots of whole foods. I eat a Paleo-esque diet, but I’m not super strict about it and allow for splurges every now and then. For breakfast, I usually eat a two-ingredient pancake with almond or sunflower butter. Lunch is a salad with chicken or Curry Tuna Cakes or Spaghetti Squash Pancakes. Dinner is usually meat and veggies. Some of my favorite dinner recipes are Gingery Broccoli and Beef and Dry Rub Steak with Avocado SalsaSweet Potato Wedges are also a weekly staple in my lunches and dinners. For snacks, I like sliced banana with nut butter and protein shakes made with coconut milk and vanilla-flavored egg protein.

Tell us a little about your weight loss journey. What was the most difficult part, and how did you overcome it?

I’ve written about my weight loss story on my site.  The most difficult part was getting started, but, once I had a plan, it made it so much easier to stick to my new healthy habits.

What form of exercise do you recommend most to people just getting started?

CrossFit! A lot of people might be surprised to hear this, but CrossFit is scale-able to any skill level and there’s a modification for every exercise, so it’s a great way to get in shape and lose weight (quickly) even for beginners.

What’s your favorite song to work out to?

Anything by David Guetta.

We love the name of your blog. Is cake your favorite sweet treat?

Yep! Cake is my favorite food. I never turn down an opportunity to enjoy a piece!

Do you have a favorite recipe?  If so, please share!

Right now, I’m loving this recipe for Pad Thai from Well Fed. It’s made with spaghetti squash instead of noodles, and it’s absolutely delicious!

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Comments (1,150)

  1. Layla says:

    Very disappointing spotlight. I was a fan of Tina's blog for quite a while, but in the past 6 months, it's taken a definite turn for the worse. Disordered or non-disordered eating behaviors aside, the blog itself has become incredibly boring. Poor, uninspired writing, uncreative topics, posts that directly contradict each other in terms of tone and message; it's a mess. I honestly can't fathom how anyone finds her blog interesting or worthwhile. She *herself* seems bored writing it. That's a telltale sign that maybe she's not well-suited to this business.

    • Jess says:

      Funny you mention the change in her blog over the past 6 months – – – I too have noticed a change and for me, it's been a change for the better. I think some people here are jealous of her success. By success I mean her success with her health. She's found a way to live with fewer issues from UC. My sister has UC and has spent months (yes, months) in the hospital – with nowhere to turn but to meds. Meds that leave her suffering from major side effects. This site is a game changer for people who have little hope that they will lead "normal" lives and will forever be on medication. People, like my sister – who at 28 feels that her body is working against her – and is willing to try ANYTHING to take back control!

      Changing her food to one like Tina’s diet has really helped her heal. Before people blast Tina for her weight loss – know that my sister went from 5’8” 130lbs to 98lbs. while under her doctor’s direct care – while in the hospital!

      The comments on this forum read like a bullying site. It’s so sad to hear so many people knock her down. It’s hurtful – to everyone! : (

      Keep up the great blog Tina. You have helped me and my sister on a path of health by introducing us to paleo and we are grateful for your insight. Sorry about all the negativity on this site – you don't deserve it!

      • Melissa says:

        Her blog is a "game changer"? She's not a registered dietician nor is she an MD or any sort or nutritionist. This is a girl who simply got hung up in the cross fit world & needed a way to go Paleo without looking like she was taking on a "diet" (which her entire blog existence has always been about NOT doing). It's not really all that hard to see.

      • Jenny says:

        TINA IS ON MEDS!!!!!! She is no different.

        I have UC, if I ate and exercised like Tina, I would be 10 times worse – for sure. Raw veggies and Crossfit do not make for a healthy colon. Not a good example, sorry. Not a good example at all.

        Some people cannot manage their IBD no matter what they do and it is not their fault. For some, it does not matter what you eat, you can still not manage it. Stop with the ignorant statements, PLEASE. A sample size of one really isn't too representative of everyone on the planet earth who sufferes from IBD.

  2. Liz says:

    Get real Food Network. Tina can't cook for herself, overexercises, and has an eating disorder.

  3. Alex says:

    Also, she is not a cookbook author. She wrote a book about how she doesn't diet and included a recipe about how to make iced coffee. Everyone has gotten so casual with credentials, it's disgusting! You know, if you lie on a resume, YOU DON'T GET A JOB. Not only that, it undermines the efforts of people who have actually worked to obtain their credentials.

  4. Sissy says:

    ugh. her recipes consist of "oatmeal minus the oats" how in the world is this consider cooking? Not to mention it all looks nasty. There are got to be a better blogger to feature.

  5. mbuffardi1 says:

    Our Blogger Spotlight column highlights bloggers who share creative recipes made with real ingredients. The hope is that our readers are inspired by these bloggers to eat real food, be active and maybe even write about it. If you have suggestions for bloggers you’d like to see featured on our blog, let us know via email ( or in the comments. But please try to keep the comments in this space constructive.
    Thank you, Michelle (Healthy Eats' editor)

  6. Kim says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I think the comments are providing constructive criticism. I personally don't think that bloggers that portray unhealthy lifestyles should be propagated or "featured." There is such a thing as undereating (even real food) and over-exercising to a point that is not healthy. Over-exercises cannot, and should not be commended simply because they are "active."

    In a world so focused on obesity, we can sometimes forget that a percentage of the population suffers form the other extreme. There are PLENTY of bloggers who maintain a healthy lifestyle and balance, and those should be the ones you feature. I'm sure readers can suggest bloggers they would like to see, but since this is your publication, isn't it the responsibility of your team to identify the right people to represent?


  7. actorsdiet says:

    love tina's blog – she inspired me to start my own!

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