Friday Friend <3 Carly Gross0
Get ready to salivate over this little munchkins website. I recently came across this little darling a while ago when a friend emailed me and said “you would love this girl check her out”. So I did! And yes she’s amaze balls.
Name: Carly Morgan Gross
Age: 21 years old
Where do you live? Gainesville, Florida USA
I’d say my occupation right now is a student…of life. I’m finishing up my Health Education studies at The University of Florida, but on the side, I’m studying holistic nutrition, reiki, crystals, and aromatherapy on my own. I’m also a part-time blogger.
Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self.
I am a lover of all things health and fitness. I see the beauty in every situation, every being, and every message. I am deeply compassionate and I care about the wellbeing of myself, my circle, your circle, and the planet.
Why is fueling your body with beautiful food and thoughts important to you?
I believe in a healthy mind, body, and spirit: Making the right food choices take my body and mind to a higher frequency level, ensuring that my spirit follows along the same path. When you are on the level of vibrancy, vibrancy is all that can exist in your physical realm!
What does self-love mean to you?
To me, self-love is total acceptance of the now; whatever that may be. The media is jam-packing us into thinking that we’re not good enough- how to get perfect hair, 5 foods that will make you lose weight, and such, are popular magazine and commercial articles in today’s society. Girls are constantly being told that they aren’t skinny enough, pretty enough, or knowledgeable enough. I believe that this type of thinking is the stem of all disease in the first place. Maybe we can prevent disease before it starts: by altering our minds when we are young, and continuing that practice throughout life. My self-love is nourished by bright and beautiful foods, mirror affirmations, self-massaging and using aromatherapy oils, and just totally accepting the now as it is.
Tell us why you started your blog and what it means to you?
A couple years ago I went through a major change in my health: I had digestive issues, parasites, yeast, anemia, among others. I started searching everywhere: from website to website, book to book, doctor to doctor on how to heal holistically. Although I have been on this (yes I’ll say..) amazing holistic lifestyle path for so long- it taught me an even bigger message about food and about life: relaxation, love, appreciation, and gratitude~~these are what truly heal the body. (YES I LOVE HER!)
Now, I have SO much knowledge on healing the body through natural means. I am still a huge fan of healing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with food, and my blog displays that, but it also shows my love of love.
I am a self-taught holistic health chef- and my love for food, and the art of, is a huge passion of mine. Putting food onto a plate is to me like putting a paintbrush is onto a canvas. My love for healthy food and sharing recipes is what brought my blog into existence.
Your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?
1. Appreciate what you already have! Each morning, repeat this mantra: “I give thanks for all of the things in my life that have opened my eyes and brought to this physical world everything that is real for me. I will create more of these blessings today.”
2. Meditate. Connecting with yourself and your breath is one of the most powerful and healing modalities that you can do. It seems subtle, but your body will thank you!
3. Write! Document things in your life that you would like to get rid of: attitudes or beliefs about yourself, destructive behaviors, it could be anything. Write these things down, and then tear it, burn it, or throw it away. Just like that, those things are gone. Now get out a new paper, write the things you want to create in your life, and hang that baby up on your wall! Read that list every day.
4. Eat plants. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with vegetables…there is so much dietary confusion out there today. One thing they all have in common: vegetables. Enough said.
5. Believe in yourself. Whatever you want to create, whoever you want to be, wherever you want to go: you can do these things. It all starts with a belief. I believe in you. <3
What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations?
I want to inspire people (girls in particular) to love themselves- and this all starts with the plate. Having a fresh, gorgeous plate of food to eat actually creates the right type of neurotransmitters in the brain for mood elevation, and you just downright feel sexier when you eat sexy lookin food!! Mostly, I will be a healer working with people energetically, emotionally, and physically. I will be a holistic nutritionist, but I want people to leave my office (one day) feeling more at ease, secure, and well. (So many times I have actually left nutritionists offices in tears) I’d like to eventually have a sort of catering business and home apothecary. My journey has led me to read, seek, and gain everything there is to know about digestion: I know it can be such a traumatic thing in a persons life, as it has for mine, so I will help people heal their gut. There are so many things that I am passionate about, and I can’t wait to pursue them and see where it all leads me.
Your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?
“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.”
“Don’t ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs, is people who have come alive.”
What are your favourite recipes?
Oh, I have so many! There are a bunch located on my blog that you can check out, but here’s one that hasn’t made it there yet for a minty fresh green smoothie. I eat this almost every day…!!
What you need:
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 zucchini
- 1 cucumber
- 1 cup nut milk
- 1 tbsp liquid chlorophyll
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1/2 tbsp bee pollen
- Stevia to taste
I make this almost every day! You can totally add in some vanilla or chocolate protein powder if you’d like.
Top it with your favorite crunchy goodness! Mine has toasted pumpkin seeds, sprouted buckwheat groats, and raw dark chocolate!
Where can we find you?
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