I’ve just wrapped up working with Carly on her gorgeous new website over at CarlyMorganGross.com! While I was working away I couldn’t help be transfixed not only by her natural beauty but also her amazing spirit, which shines through every bit of writing on her website. This girl knows her stuff. And I was just amazing that so much of her writing mirrored my way of thinking.
I especially love that Carly is sharing her journey from super strict raw foodie to intuitive eating, which I believe is incredibly important and a journey I am making myself (from Gerson therapy/strict vegan). We need more people like Carly in the world encouraging others to figure out what works best for them, not pushing a specific diet!
Enjoy this girls wisdom…
What was the catalyst that started you on your health and wellness journey?
The no energy, losing all my hair, can’t-digest-a-single-food, no-libido stage in my college years.. Basically everything went BLAH and I learned that it was up to me to do everything to heal this so I could wake up excited and alive!
Your #1 tip for healing disease?
Well, it depends what dis-ease we are talking here, first of all. And then, wow I have so much I could say. Mentally, looking into your belief systems and learning to uncover your blocks to love. Environmentally, get to a place where you can spend a core amount of time with The Earth. We underestimate the importance of laying on the ground, or with a tree, and leaving society behind. Definitely a part of my healing journey. Physically, detox. Cleansing the body physically was so important on my journey and for anyone who has symptoms or an illness, its a way to slow down, remove toxins, let go of hardened foods and toxic substances on the abdominal wall, and flush the lymphatic system so that the bod can function normally again! (I studied advanced detoxification so this is a main passion of mine, although not necessary or helpful for everyone.)
What does a soul-tingling day in your life look like?
Oh, being with the elements. Bare feet. Bare body. Running through the woods or on the beach. Picking fresh fruits and leaves and herbs. Dancing. Writing. Reading. Watching the sunrise and set. Cuddling. Getting on the yoga mat. Letting good music fill my ears. Being with a loving friend. Wow, yes. Amazing. All I need.
If you were Marty McFly and could go back in time 3 years, what would you tell yourself?
You are perfect just the way you are. It’s okay to be different. Own your authenticity. Always speak your truth. Trust your intuition. Trust your heart.
What’s your favourite…
Forks Over Knives
I have so many…
Honestly, this year, “Not That Kind of Girl” by Lena Dunham
Raw- zucchini. Cooked- eggplant.
So many on this front too!
Pretty sure I gotta give it to my girl, Tara.
Smoothies or juices?
If I do a juice, I want it to be SUPER medicinal, like tons of turmeric, ginger, parsley, cilantro, lemon- in a pretty small amount (not a huge glass) and take a shot of it! Although a nice green juice on a hot day is pretty rad.
With my schedule though, and how much time I like to spend in the kitchen, smoothies work better for me. I also like fiber 😉
What’s your latest food obsession?
Lately, for breakfast I have been making the most magical bowls that basically consist of blueberries, strawberries, fresh dragonfruit, almond milk, chia seeds, sprouted buckwheat cereal, cacao nibs, bee pollen, and maybe some goji berry powder in there too. This one. The whole thing becomes pick and I can’t help but smile every time I eat it.
What’s your favourite quick snack?
Share with us your best natural beauty tip:
Drinking fresh aloe juice hydrates the skin from the inside out. I love that.
On the outside, I like to shower, dry skin brush, and then cover my skin with coconut oil and essential oils. My favorite essential oil right now is ylang-ylang. It makes me feel all sensual and feminine and beautiful. I put it on myself before bed. Going to sleep like this first flushes the lymphatic system and then hydrates the skin. Feels silky and soft and so good!
Can you share your favourite recipe with us?
Here’s a recipe from one of the free ebooks on my blog.
It’s called the “not-so-tuna” salad. It’s basically a super fresh quinoa salad that ended up tasting very similar to the tuna fish salads I used to eat when I was younger.
Everyone will like this one!
PS- if you enter your email at the top of carlymorgangross.com you’ll get the free ebook with the rest of my favorite recipes!
- ½ cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 cup water or broth
- 3 ribs celery
- 1 red pepper
- ½ avocado
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- ¼ cup sauerkraut (or more!)
- sprinkle of crushed red chili flakes, salt, and pepper!
- ½ cup tahini
- 1 tablespoon olive or macadamia nut oil
- Juice from 1 and ½ lemons
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ¾-1 cup water
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon cumin powder
- ⅛ teaspoon both salt and pepper
- Rinse the quinoa with running water and use your hands to really clean.
- Add rinsed quinoa and water or broth to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. DO NOT LIFT THE LID! This will ruin the quinoa’s consistency. After 15 minutes, take it off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
- Meanwhile, slice celery ribs in half, and then chop small. Chop pepper small. Dice avocado. Add these ingredients plus dill and sauerkraut to a bowl. !
- Make dressing by mixing the last 8 ingredients in a bowl. Mix first 4 first, and then add water in to desired consistency.
- When quinoa is done, add to vegetable bowl. Season with crushed red chili flakes, salt, and pepper and a dollop of dressing at the end.