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Hi, and welcome to Fueling For Soul

I’m Carly, and I’m also currently attending Arizona State University as Nutrition Dietetics major. But aside from that I’m a canyoneering enthusiast, dog lover, nerd, homebody, and old soul. I am super passionate about health and living optimally in the body you’re in.

I started my recovery journey August 2017 and am so excited to have this small piece of the internet in order to connect and (hopefully) inspire others throughout their journeys. Even if you’re not struggling with an eating disorder, I will be sharing my knowledge + adventure with a lot of tips about nutrition, wellness, and mental happiness along the way. You can read about my struggle with anorexia and bulimia here.

 

oh gee thats me in case you didn’t know^

 

I feel as though so MANY PEOPLE have wrong assumptions about what healthy means. As a Nutrition major, I have seen and experienced some crazy things. Is healthy eating only kale salads and doing juice cleanses? Does living a healthy lifestyle only include being in bed by 9pm and up at 4am to hit the gym?  Nope. Not even close.

I started this blog in 2018 to prove that being heathy means so much more than numbers, the scale, and clean eating. Society is so quick to idolize the extreme aspects of health and wellness that sometimes we forget that our bodies can function optimally… wait for it … when we don’t neglect ourselves along the way (crazy right?). Disordered eating and extreme exercise can quickly spiral out of control- trust me, I’ve been there.

This is why it is so freaking crucial to focus on what your body really TRULY wants and not kill yourself trying to fit into some unrealistic definition of “fitness” or “health”. There is not one mold or definition of health, rather, it will look completely different for everybody. Sometimes the body wants some veggies but sometimes the body also wants a cheesecake and a morning spent sleeping in, yah feel?

I’ll be writing along the way about my travels and finally being able to grant myself full permission to enjoy, well, life. When I was deeply rooted within anorexia and bulimia, time spent at the gym or isolating myself took me away from everything I loved. Waking up day to day was a struggle because I feared any break in routine and suffered from feeling crazy around certain foods. I now maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight effortlessly by listening to my body.

Okay okay, enough about that. I got a whole blog for ranting about the experience of healing disordered eating behaviors and what intuitive living can look like (for me!! mine is not the one, perfect definition of health and wellness).

I’m sure you’re all dying to hear about me.

Wait. Say what?

You mean you’re not? Um, well okay I already wrote this next section so you might just have to deal.

 

Image of Carly and her dog at Gold Mountain Trail in Arizona

A few alright facts about me:

  1. I most definitely like say like way too much.
  2. I used to train horses for competitions across the United States.
  3. My favorite food is a Brussel sprout. They’re like, little ice cubes of lettuce (see there I go saying like again).
  4. I used to be a Geology major and I tend to collect rocks in my spare time. It’s a real ‘gneiss’ hobby.
  5. My favorite color is yellow but I keep it on the down-low since pretty much everyone and their moms hate the color yellow.
  6. I’m an old soul and really enjoy classic rock.
  7. When I was little I watched the movie Madagascar so many times I broke the DVD.
  8. I absolutely love to read (yes I have read the first Harry Potter book probably 7 times).
  9. Sometimes I’m so awkward it’s ridiculous but the people who know me just learn to deal with it.
  10. I can play the piano, trumpet, and currently attempting to learn the guitar.
  11. I have a horse named Petey and he is a total drama queen.
  12. People tend to call me Carl more often than not.
  13. I really really really love orcas and desire to save them from Seaworld in case I ever need them as my allies in a future world war.

Four Weekly Obsessions {Norwegian Crispbread + a New Fish}

Four Weekly Obsessions {Norwegian Crispbread + a New Fish}

Hello friends,

I have been brainstorming ideas for a routine weekly post and decided upon doing something new.

These posts will be for my little weekly obsessions.

Sometimes there are things that spontaneously pop out to surprise me and I felt like I needed to share these with you all. Have you ever put your phone on shuffle and a song plays that makes you so overwhelmingly happy and you wish you could tell the world about its greatness? For me, that’s what this post is for. I know not everyone likes the same things but these are weekly obsessions that clicked with me.

You never know when you’ll stumble along and find new obsessions, big or small.

I will include 4 things that certainly made my week better: a good food, listen, mental health hack, and read.

Stephen King once said that all of us come equipped with filters in our minds, made with different meshes and sizes. What slips through my mind might catch in yours and vice versa. Shift through the ‘sludge’ of these posts, if you will, and just maybe some of it will get stuck your ol’ mind-filter as it did mine.

1. Norwegian Crispbread

I have been stunned. I have been blown away. I have magically transported back to the land of the Vikings. And lemme tell you, the Vikings were the kind of people to mix bark and hay in with their food for the benefits of insoluble fiber. So these people don’t mess around when it comes to snacks with sustenance.

Trader Joe’s done diddly done it again with their Norwegian Crispbread, made with sunflower seeds, flax, oat flakes, and all that good stuff. It’s basically a cracker loaded with fiber, protein, and healthy fats. I top mine with a thick slice of cheese and a sliver of pastrami for a snack that is surprisingly dense and filling.

Image of Norwegian Crispbread

2. The Show // Lenka 

I remember listening to Lenka a longggg time ago. Her song, The Show, came on the other morning and I still think its the most adorable thing.

“I’m just a little bit caught in the middle

Life is a maze and love is a riddle

I don’t know where to go I can’t do it alone I’ve tried

And I don’t know why”

I don’t know guys, but this song came out in 2009 and I’m here in 2018 still rocking out.

3. Buy a Fish (or just take care of something else that’s alive other than yourself, gosh darn-it)

I am going to preface this by saying that a fish might not be the cheapest things on the planet, but I feel as though some of us might still have an old tank sitting out in our garage from when we won a goldfish at our school carnival. Only for it to die three days later, amirite?

I listened this podcast about taking care of houseplants on The Chasing Joy Podcast (ep. 72) a month or so ago, but I’m slowly realizing how I can incorporate the learnings into my own life. Maria Failla talks about her perspective on caring for plants and the lessons we can learn from observing and helping them grow.

Lately, I’ve felt like I’ve been on a messy path towards healing. For a lot of us it can be quite difficult to allow space to grow and work through negative self-talk in a happy way. Buying a beta taught me how much care and nurturing even the littlest of things need to thrive. Caring for this little guy has somehow given me a small boost of confidence, I guess from having to be responsible for something other than myself? Having a fish is a small, but powerful way we can practice self-care.

Image of beta fish

Fish are also plain gorgeous to look at, so go and rescue one for your desk!

Side note: I don’t have any ideas on names for the little bugger. So, if you guys have any fish names, hit me up!

4. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

This book is by Chip and Dan Heath. Switch was required reading for a Nutrition Communication class I am currently taking and originally was like, “ugh this doesn’t sound exciting at all”.

It is a struggle for me, personally, to read business books and I felt as though this would be another dry and repetitive read.

image of switch book

WRONG. This book actually sort’ve consumed my life and I ripped right through it. I quote this book in almost all my classes and it has given me a new look on human behavior. It breaks down the process of change and gives numerous intriguing examples along the way.

A favorite example of mine discussed a famous New York Times article, “What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage“. Being able to train your husband like Shamu? I suppose if humans are able to successfully train killer whales- the oceans top predator- anything is trainable.

The central lesson is that change is deeply rooted in human psychology. The Heath’s compare the human mind to both an animal mind (the elephant) and a logical mind (the rider).

Honestly guys, you gotta read it.

That’s how the cookie crumbles my friends. Have a lovely Monday

xx