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    Chewy paleo gingerbread cookies

    November first officially marks the start of Holiday season (at least for me). Fall/Holiday seasonal flavors have got to be my absolute favorite.. gingerbread, pumpkin, apple cinnamon, peppermint mocha, ANYTHING like that I am all about it. ALLLLL about it. So,  expect me to be making all things holiday/fall themed. I will never get tired of these flavahhhs. Sorry!! Let’s start with my first (of many) creation(s). These ooooey gooey, soft, pillow like, grain free chocolate chip gingerbread cookies. They are like the holidays in cookie form. The warm spices just bring so much comfort. They are subtly sweet with lots of spice and *in my opinion* just perfect for this time of year.…

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    I’m Allie.

      I’m Allie. I’m 22 years old What do you see when you look at me? I probably look pretty “normal”. You probably notice that I have long dark hair. I’m short. Smiling. You’ll see me laughing or goofing off when I’m with my friends. You see my Instagram posts and stories and you probably assume that my life is all rainbows and butterflies and happiness. What don’t you see?   You don’t see that I have scars on my wrists and on the sides of my stomach from lonely nights spent crying out of self hatred. You don’t see the overwhelming anxiety that I feel every time I step…

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    Expo East Favorites!

    Hi guys! As many of you know, I was lucky enough to attend Expo East in Baltimore this month with a few of my friends that I’ve met through Instagram. In case you are unfamiliar with what it is – basically, it’s a huge natural products expo where companies set up booths and show case their products. There are two every year – one on the east coast and one on the west. Think healthy foods, supplements, skin care, etc. Instagrammers and other attendees get to walk around, talk with the companies, and sample lots of goods! Basically like Disney World on steroids for a foodie like myself. We  found SO…

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    Structuring those “not so busy” days

    If you’re like me, you ALWAYS want to be doing something and feeling productive.. even when you have absolutely nothing to do. I’m not someone who can just sit around and do nothing. I mean, I can hardly sit through a whole movie! Honestly, a lot of this has to do with depression and anxiety. If I just let myself sit and do nothing for too long.. I get deeper into my depression and my anxiety skyrockets. So, I’ve found that for me, I need to keep myself busy busy busy, or at least keep my mind busy. I guess it’s kind of a blessing in disguise – it keeps me busy,…

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    Lost in this big old world

    Lately, I’ve been feeling kind of lost in life and extremely overwhelmed. I can’t stop thinking about the future. Will I be successful? Will I make enough income and have a steady job? Be able to live comfortably? What am I going to do with my life? What do I want to do with my life? Seeing as I have yet to declare my major, questions like these just keep creeping up. I know that I want to so something with nutrition, but I’m not exactly sure what it is that I want to do. I had a mini break down today after meeting with an advisor to schedule summer courses. I…

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    The Healthiest YOU

    Sometimes I feel bad that I don’t spend hours in the gym Sometimes I feel bad when my meal isn’t chalk full of veggies Sometimes I feel bad that I eat dessert after dinner Or that I don’t always get 10,000 steps a day in Or that someone else’s breakfast is the size of one of my snacks Or that I’m not the thinnest person around It’s easy to fall into these comparisons. We see people running 10 miles then finishing with leg day and eating 3 meals full of all veggies with no snacking in between. We see people who never enjoy a little sugar or never take a…

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    Fitness doesn’t have to be complicated

    I hardly ever sweat. No matter what. You and I could do the same exact workout at the same exact intensity and you may be covered in sweat while I am not sweating at all. I’m always cold, and I know that about myself. No matter what, I’m cold. That’s another nasty side effect of eating disorders – a chill through your bones that seems to never go away. Anyways, this week, I’ve been forcing myself to workout out when I really did not want to. I’m such an advocate for listening to your body and resting when you need to or want to, but I haven’t been taking my own…

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    NEDA week 2017

    Happy NEDA week friends! NEDA stands for National Eating Disorder Awareness in case you didn’t know Every single year, I let NEDA week go by without saying much as far as raising awareness for the disease. Well, not this year. This year I spoke up about anorexia on my personal instagram/facebook, but I wanted to say a little more. There is so much stigmatism around anorexia. Anorexia is more than “I don’t want to eat because I’ll get fat” Every single day for years of my life, I’ve fought a mental battle. Every single morning, the disordered and obsessive thoughts are there… the second I wake up.  Sometimes it’s like a conversation in…

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