What Makes Me So Special?

Hey there! Thanks for checkin’ me out!

I am a Masters Candidate at NYU for Clinical Nutrition and am also a Certified Holistic Health Counselor.  As a student of nutrition, health, and wellness, I am committed to inspiring people to live their best, most fulfilling lives possible. I believe in incorporating many approaches of nutrition and wellness, both mainstream and holistic/integrative. I must admit it has been a bit challenging being a student who gravitates towards  holisitic nutritional theories and diets while the core curriculum in grad school is clinical in nature, teaching us about the USDA pyramid and food science.  So here I am, straddling both sides of the fence.

However, what I do know for sure is this: There is no perfect diet, no bad food, and no one right way of eating. And there is ALWAYS room for chocolate.

In addition to my studies, I’ve made a major dent in the diet industry reading out there. Atkins, Southbeach, Raw Food, Blood Type Diet, Ayurvedic Diet, detoxes, raw food, macrobiotics, calorie restriction, juicing, and  emotional eating workbooks, just to name a few. I’ve read it, studied it, and have taken each for a test drive.  I even lost 25 pounds in college through proper diet and exercise and have kept the weight off (that is what prompted my interest in nutrition and health). I’m proud of that accomplishment! Do you know how difficult it is to turn down pizza at 4am in college? Right, I didn’t think so.

Most recently, I have discovered Intuitive Eating and for the first time in many, many years, I am enjoying life while NOT on some sort of diet. Learning to enjoy food again, give myself permission to eat what I want, eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full, banishing the food police–these principles are ones that I now live by.  It’s been hard work, and still a work in progress (and will continue to be), but I’m way, way happier.

I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with my writer husband, who has a good sense of humor in his role as my human guinea pig. I test out everything I learn on him.  We love eating out, cooking, riding our bikes around the neighborhood, and exclaiming “That’s what she said!” way too often.  We  are the proud parents of  our dog, Gola.

Please feel free to contact me at amanda@cakeandcarrots.com to offer feedback and ask questions you’d like to see answered on cake & carrots.  Thanks for reading!

20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alina Yurkovsky  |  May 26, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Yay! I love this blog already! Thank you Amanda….This is a necessary one….Big Kiss, A.

  • 2. Brooke Goldfarb  |  May 26, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Cute name! Congrats!

  • 3. Larie  |  May 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Fantastic! I’m bookmarking your blog as my go-to for nutrition advice. I’m loving it already! Also, congrats on the launch of your new blog. I look forward to more fun & enlightening posts.

    • 4. Abbs  |  May 26, 2009 at 8:18 pm

      You are in muy favorites…how fitting!

  • 5. Annie  |  May 26, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Congratulations Amanda! I look forward to reading this blog on a regular basis and will share it with others who I know will be interested in reading it.
    Good Luck! Annie C.

  • 6. Renea  |  June 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    This is great Amanda! Love it! Don’t be stuck…enjoy! Food is to be eaten! Love ya!

  • 7. Meet A Member: Amanda Goldfarb « Upper Meadows Farm  |  June 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    […] on her Masters in Nutrition from New York University. I love her stance on eating well from the About Me section of her blog, “There is no perfect diet, no bad food, and no one right way of eating. […]

  • 8. Shankar Desai  |  June 26, 2009 at 2:42 pm


    My girlfriend and I used to live in Park Slope and do exactly what you and your hubby do (I also used to be a writer!).

    Anyway, both of us are super in the holistic healing as well — me probably more from a psychological/spiritual side and my gf from the food/body side, but we overlap tremendously.

    Anyway, very cool what you are doing. Want to guest write for us some time at the naked apartments blog? We offer inventive ways of making city living, well, more livable.

    It’s crazy to think so many people from Scarsdale are doing so many interesting things!

  • 9. Patranila  |  August 11, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Hey Amanda!

    I had no idea you had a nutrition blog. Congratulations, it looks amazing so far! Trying to kick the sugar habit myself so I’m very interested in your take on it all. I’m adding you to my Google Reader right now.

    • 10. Amanda  |  August 11, 2009 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks so much, Patranila! Much appreciated, and glad to have you as a reader. Feel free to ask any health/wellness/nutrition questions you may have!

  • 11. Kristen @ Simply Savor  |  October 12, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    just came across your blog and love it! I’m a Dietetics major right now so it’s great to connect with other nutrition students. look forward to reading more from you!

    • 12. Amanda  |  October 12, 2009 at 7:51 pm

      Hey Kristen,
      Welcome, and thanks for your kind words! It’s always great to meet another student…and you can totally understand the stress I’ve been experiencing lately! I absolutely ADORE your blog…I’ve bookmarked it! I’ve just started adding more greek yogurt to my diet on the quest for more protein. Have you ever tried Siggi’s yogurt? Absolutely divine!

  • 13. Elizabeth McGann  |  October 22, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Hey Amanda,

    Love your blog! We’re facebook friends and I just started IIN.

    Totally excited.

    Let’s stay in touch.

    I’m launching a web show – Well-Being Ninja.TV this spring. It will be my take on health and wellness.

    Stay tuned.


    elizabeth mcgann

  • 14. Deanna  |  March 4, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I LOVE the new logo, and I love reading your blog, you are amazing Ms. Amanda. Keep doing what you’re doing!

    D 🙂

  • 15. Christie {Honoring Health}  |  May 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Hey there!

    I just found your blog today while looking for other intuitive eating blogs! I am actually in school to become a certified holistic health counselor so I thought it was such a small world that you already are one! Stop by my blog sometime, I look forward to reading more of yours!

  • 16. steven albert  |  September 1, 2010 at 12:46 am

    This site gives me so much needed information on eating wisely and dealing with my hunger pains.

    Thank you

  • 17. Laura Reyes  |  September 28, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Amanda, This is the first time I’ve read your blog though I knew you had one… I had just come from the store where I bought some green chard (they have kale only on Fridays). I cooked it up with a little olive oil and then squeezed lemon on it. It was wonderful. While I was eating I checked my email and opened up your Mom’s newsletter. Well, one thing led to another and on to your site I went. It was meant to be because I have had a rough week (I lost my beloved cat, Checkers) and my immune system is not what it should be. I have always known that greens are the absolute best food but I do stumble about what to do with them. Needless to say, I will be purchasing the book.

    Good Job!

    • 18. Amanda  |  September 29, 2010 at 12:43 am

      Laura, thank you for your kind words! I am so sorry to hear about Checkers. Bright, beautiful leafy greens are incredibly detoxifying…and will help you process these feelings you are experiencing. They lighten us up (think of them as trees reaching towards the sun). I so appreciate you stopping by…and hope to “see” you often!

  • 19. Kim  |  October 20, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Amanda,
    Your passion shines through. I think educating women about the health benefits of choosing natural personal care products would fit into your wellness philosophy. Let’s keep all women away from yucky chemicals because true beauty really does come from inside.

    • 20. Amanda  |  October 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm

      Thank you, Kim….Very much appreciated! Let’s allow our inside beauty to radiate outwards!


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