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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402778244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402778247
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

TINA HAUPERT publishes on Carrots 'N' Cake on a daily basis, and also writes another blog called Trading Up Downtown for a nutritional rating company called NuVal. Additionally, she writes a weekly feature for Health.com as part of their Feel Great Weight program. She lives in BOSTON, MASSACHUSSETTS with her husband, Mal, and her pug, Murphy.

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She shares her stories, struggles and triumphs honestly, which is very inspiring.
Melissa G.
I was really disappointed with this book and the worst part is that I knew I would be when I picked it up.
Leftovers4Lunch
I didn't find the book particularly informative and it seemed quite repetitive as well.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Book Addict TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Carrots 'N' Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a Time aims show readers how to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight with a lifestyle of balance rather than extremism. I love the notion of this and feel that far too many diet books fall in the camp of preaching unrealistic, unsustainable diets that focus on weight loss over health so I was looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, the execution for me was sorely lacking.

In the book Haupert, author of the healthy living blog Carrots N' Cake tries to show us what a balanced lifestyle looks like using a day in the life approach, similar to the style she takes on her blog. Unfortunately, this approach was not at all successful for me. It meant that the book didn't really flow at all and often seemed to be dragging on without purpose. And without the abundance of photos on her blog and the interaction from readers, the writing fell flat. Her description was often bland and generic, failing to bring the story to life. Many of the anecdotes in the book failed to make a point and almost felt like they had been included for filler to stretch out page count. There were many times when reading this book when I wondered why she was telling me a particular story. Even odder it included some 'behind the scenes' content of her blog. To me this just felt unnecessary for something billed as a book about healthy living. It seemed like the kind of content that might be interesting to a hardcore fan, but has little appeal for anyone else.

I'd be willing to overlook the blandness of the narrative if the tips were good, but I often felt they reflected the fact that Haupert is not credentialed.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Winston on December 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I wish I could return e-books because this was maybe the worst $8 I've ever spent. The author repeats herself throughout the book, trying to stretch out the page count and the information she gives is obvious to those of us with basic education and logical reasoning skills. She also heavily censors criticism on her blog, which makes me uncomfortable. Writers should understand the importance of freedom of expression more than anyone. Please don't support this woman with your time or your money.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By kj on November 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I found nothing interesting or helpful from this book. The recipes feel like repeats from any common fitness magazine. And even those typcally include some nutritional stats (which these do not). And while I understand that writing a book like this will have a lot of stuff about the author, I thought she simply came off as self centered and un-relatable.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By rosaliedraws on June 5, 2012
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I read this book while sitting in BN because I was initially drawn to the cover art and cute title. However, once I started reading it was clear this is just another fluff diet book. There is no worthwhile advice and no creative recipe ideas. Basic gist: eat "bad" foods in moderation, and exercise. Great, thanks for the tip. The poor writing actually made me cringe. Does this author have any qualifications to be writing a health book? The publishing house should be embarrassed. Needless to say, I did not buy this.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Leftovers4Lunch on November 22, 2011
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I was really disappointed with this book and the worst part is that I knew I would be when I picked it up. Actually no, before that. I knew I would be disappointed when I heard she was writing it. I feel bad but I really tried to be supportive of a fellow blogger. She really just isn't a writer. It wasn't witty or funny, there wasn't eloquent narrative, it is exactly like her blog which I have read off and on for the past couple years and lately, mostly off. And picking up this book reminded me why. I have outgrown that style of blog and apparently books of the same caliber. There is nothing new or exciting, it's just a recount of her life and how she lost and manages her weight. The sheer number of "I" and "me" in the first few chapters is a good indicator of her style of writing. I only completely read the first third of the book then skimmed the rest. The recipes looked fine but I didn't feel the urge to try any of them. I know that she has received glowing reviews from other bloggers out there but I have a feeling they are more "star struck" than actually critquing the work.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By SA on November 22, 2011
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If I could give this zero stars, I would. I used to read the author's blog before I realized that it was just an eating disorder disguised as healthy living. Ms. Haupert frequently restricts her calorie intake to an extreme level to be able to binge at night on bar food and beer. Her recipes are just knockoffs of other people's recipes (and are not even credited properly) and her "workouts" as she calls them are nothing more than a gigantic waste of time and will foster no results for anyone. She is not licensed as a personal trainer and does not have any training or certifications in nutrition, yet gives endless advice to her clueless readers. Her book is basically just a sequence of her blog posts that come off as self entitled and whiny. Do not waste your money buying this book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By griffin on May 6, 2012
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I generally like to read things of this nature. I am studying to be a dietician and it interests me to know what people are reading and I am always looking to learn new things. I have a problem with the fact that she is calling this healthy living. Sure its a way to have desserts and not gain weight but all she is doing is displacing the nutrients that she could be getting from healthier foods. She purposefully skimps on calories that she should be coming from a nutrient dense source just so she can indulge on a huge treat. In several cases she binge eats on the treats that she decides to indulge on, then makes up for it the next day by hardly eating anything and exercising. This certainly is one way to have treats without gaining weight, but it is FAR from healthy. Self control, exercise and eating healthy is good. Controlling what your eating only so that you can eat a treat later without feeling guilty, binge eating and making your body suffer for it and telling people this is healthy living is bad. She constantly says don't stress about it, in fact this is one of the major themes of the book but she seems to stress a lot about her diet and balancing out every single calorie to make sure she doesn't gain. It all seems very obsessive and it's horrible that she is advocating this lifestyle. I feel like one should not take her advise, as it will eventually drive you mad; she clearly has a sickness and the wrong idea about healthy living. There are some good recipes and that is the only reason I would have kept this book. I'm glad I returned it, she almost got into my head but then I realized that what she is advising is actually crazy. This is the kind of book that makes people over think something that should be quite simple. Eat whole foods with a balanced diet, and exercise for your health, not to make up for something bad you ate.
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