Evolution of Medicine: Join me & Deepak Chopra 9/8-9/12

Getting healthy feels like finding a needle in a haystack these days…

Evolving medicine means that we are trying new things all the time. I’m cool with always learning (I’m a “life long learner” and could go to school for the rest of my life! AKA “nutrition nerd!”), but…

If you aren’t constantly educating yourself about the evolution of medicine, how can find the answers for your own desires and cravings for good health?

And there are so many who come to this site looking for simple answers that move the needle – for your own health and that of your family.

The Evolution of Medicine Summit will show you the future of healthcare.

Plus, it’s online and free from September 8-15, 2014.

Click here and listen to some of the top experts and find that new nugget of nutrition news to move you forward:  https://ji177.isrefer.com/go/emreg/deliciousalex/

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Here are a few of the other awesome presenters:

  • Deepak Chopra, MD, Best Selling Author; Ayurvedic and Mind/Body Medicine, The Evolution of Consciousness
  • Mark Hyman, MD, Multiple Best Selling Author, Chairman of IFM, Evolution of Medical Paradigm
  • Food Babe aka Vani Hari, Activist Blogger; Digital Innovator, Activism: Empowered Medical Evolution
  • Joe Cross aka Joe The JuicerThe Great Health Outsourcing Experiment

This Evolution of Medicine Summit will give  you with the insights you need to:
Understand what causes disease and how to disease-proof yourself
Elevate you and your family towards better health
Make the most out of the next generation of health technology

I love this series, and know that there are at least a few interviews that will help you find your way through the world’s overwhelming amount of health information.

So here’s what I suggest – pick 2 interviews. 

Sign up for free today, then look at the list of experts. 

And just choose TWO interviews to listen in on – choose the two that pull you and interest you the most.

You’ll pick the right ones, you’ll get 1 or 2 golden nuggets of info, and can put them into action.

Another cool thing about this series is that it includes some great free gifts as soon as you register:

 

  • “Are we Deluded by Disease?” a presentation by Jeffrey Bland, PhD
  • “Delivering Evolved Medicine,” a presentation by Tom Blue, CSO of AAPP
  • “The Four Causes of Chronic Disease,” 4 audio recordings brought to you by Revive Primary Care

I hope you’ll take the time for yourself to listen in and discover your next healthy step.

I’ll see you at the Summit!

xo,

Alex

 

Recover from burn out: East Meets West series (listen in)

If you’re here, you want to feel good. Not just good – GREAT.

And all the time, not just once in a while. Yet, how to get that great feeling?

You’re juggling a lot: your career, family, friends, and the dog. Who has time to be healthy?

Amidst it all you’re feeling tired, burnt out, and unhappy with your body. As each day passes, there is a long list of excuses of why there “isn’t enough time”.

Rather than wait for the perfect time to open up in your hectic schedule, it’s time for you to find out how to live healthy today! You’ve already put your needs aside and it’s finally time to take care of YOU.

Sometimes you just need that ONE thing – one new piece of information, or one new person, to help you break out of your old habits and start anew.

You deserve a new energy to get the self-care, time and rejuvenation you desire.

Imagine…

- Feeling vibrant
- Feeling excited to start you day
- Working efficiently and getting stuff done because you are eating healthy and have energy to get through your day
- Having time to exercise and still spend time with your family and kids
- Not having to take another miserable sick day from work

I want to introduce you to my friend, Susan Shah.

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Susan is a holistic nutrition and lifestyle coach. Previously a Wall Street professional, she was burnt out and understands first hand the difficulty of building a career while desiring self care and balance. Today Susan helps her clients achieve work-life balance and optimal health.

Join her FREE online series, EAST MEETS WEST FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH: Traditional Health Solutions For Your Busy Life where you will learn how to live your healthiest life. Learn traditional health secrets that will give you the lasting health results you’ve been want to integrate into your life without wasting another moment learning about the latest health fads.

Click HERE to get the series for free & listen in:

 

Here’s what you’ll find in the series:

- Hear from top experts in the field of nutrition, fitness, digestion, natural healing, and personal growth who will teach you to achieve your best health no matter how busy you are
- Actionable tips you can implement today so you feel in control and happy
- Easy steps to break through the fear that is holding you back
- Learn how to balance your career and life and still be happy juggling it all

I’m honored to be a part of this series – and hope that you find the inspiration and information you want (AKA crave) to make the rest of 2014 ROCK.

Sign up here for free: 

xo,

Alex

This raw soup is my best trick for quitting sugar…

Yes, I do an “extreme” raw vegetable cleanse sometimes…

In fact, I do it once a month lately.

Why? I love how it feels. 

I avoid any foods that may have crept back into my diet that can clog up my works (better known as the Toxic 6: gluten, dairy, corn, soy, sugar and caffeine) and enjoy a 3-day fest of non-starchy vegetables.

It resets my metabolism, calms my cravings for sugar, and flattens my belly…

So I offered the plan to the people in my Cravings Cleanse group, and they dove in.

Here’s my favorite, rich, satisfying avocado soup:

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Raw Pro 3-Day Kick Start: Avocado Soup (image by Sarah Hammond)

 

Here’s how you can make this delicious, filling Avocado Soup:

This soup is filled with alkaline ingredients, and the fat from the avocado is very satisfying and helps your body burn fat rather than sugars from carbs, the best way to lose weight while balancing your mood. 

1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1 lemon, rind and seeds removed
3-4 romaine lettuce leaves, washed

1 cup cucumber (peeled if very thick skin)

1 stalk celery

1⁄4 cup flat leaf parsley leaves
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt

2-3 cups water

  1. Put all in blender and blend until smooth
  2. Extra stores well in an airtight container for later in the day. 
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Jen’s survival kit

I saw one of my oldest friends last week, and she totally inspired me, as only a good friend can.

 

I was on my way to Palm Springs for a health conference, and Jen was driving there from her home in L.A. to bury her grandfather.

 

She was tired and feeling the stress of how her family was grieving.  See, Jen had been going out to visit her grandfather, who lived a couple hours from her home, for months.

 

She knew he was fading, but she also knew that his mind was mostly gone, he rarely recognized her, and that she had spent a lot of quality time with him recently to say goodbye.

 

But now she was on vacation, worn out from her high-pressure job producing commercials for television, and she felt she was supposed to end her break early to rush to her grandfather’s side.

 

Yet, she didn’t.

She knew he wasn’t really there anymore, and that there were tons of cousins, children, and other care givers around him.

 

Jen was tired and didn’t see the point in upending her break with her daughter and husband to go see a man who wouldn’t know she was there.

 

“Yes,” she told me, “I love my grandfather! But I’ve said my goodbyes and need to take care of my kid and myself. My mom is there with her dad, and she told me not to wear myself out – she understood. But I feel this pressure to drop my life, show up and grieve in a certain way, when really I just need to take care of me.”

 

Sweetheart, I told her, the living can really mess up a decent death.

Sometimes people think they need to look like the people in movies do – all rushing home for a dramatic end-of-life moment.

 

Not that she needed it, but since my mom died eight months ago, I gave her my older-friend-whose-mom-just-died-permission to do exactly what felt right for her:

 

“If you feel complete with Grandpa, don’t let the rest of the family guilt you into doing something that may make you feel even worse”, I said.

I hadn’t been there when  my mom died. My brother and I had been on the phone, him at Mom’s bedside, and we talked about what we thought would happen. She went so fast, after slipping into a morphine aided sleep, that we were all surprised when the cancer took her life.

Yet, how it all happened was perfect. The final conversation we all had, my brother and I were joking on speaker phone, laughing at silly memories, and Mom piped in, with her clearest voice I’d heard in days, “you two are so silly!”

That was the perfect goodbye. She knew we had each other, and that she had given us everything she could in this life.

 

I mentioned that I was coming to Palm Springs this weekend and would love to see her.

 

It had been a tough week for her, and Jen just wanted to say goodbye to her grandfather without having to upend her life. Her mom had arranged for a small, private service at the funeral home before his body was sent to Oregon, where he would be buried.

 

So Jen drove to Palm Springs and picked me up at the airport when I flew in from New York.

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We went out for Mexican food, reminisced and made each other laugh so hard I almost peed my pants. Sharing a hotel room, we told stories, asked each other advice, and went for a dip in the hot tub late that night.

 

The next morning, as we shared a plate of almost-ripe hotel fruit on the soon-to-be-blistering desert patio, Jen told me more about why life had been so exhausting and challenging lately.

 

Being in show business may seem glamorous from the outside, but Jen knows first hand what a grind it can be to organize, budget, and shoot a multi-million dollar commercial.

 

She has produced a few Super Bowl ads, and has worked one-on-one with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Handling major egos, huge budgets, endless details, and constant changes is a big job, but Jen has a secret weapon:

 

Her sense of humor.

 

One of the things I’ve always loved about Jen is how freakin’ hilarious she is – I mean, she cracks me up! Together we can be raunchy, non-politically correct, and downright lewd in the best possible way.

 

And you know what I like about funny people? How smart they are.

 

So Jen is smart, funny, generous and a hard worker.

 

She works in a job that demands tons of energy, detail oriented mental focus, the skills of a trained diplomat, hours of commuting in L.A. traffic, and she has a family that wants her time and attention too.

 

Oh, and did I mention she’s a total knock-out?

 

Ok, this might feel a bit like a love letter right now, but when you have a friend that make you feel super cool because they’re amazing and they like YOU, it’s pretty fun to share that.

 

And I learned something new from Jen this weekend.

 

I asked how she managed to handle the crazy hours, big jobs, traffic and normal marriage stuff with such grace.

 

And she turned right around and gave me some of the credit.

 

“Alex,” she said. “I’ve been in your cleanse programs and when we talk you always ask how I’m doing. Working with you helped me figure out I was celiac and that the gluten I was eating was destroying my mood and energy.”

 

Looking up from our almost-tasty fruit, Jen said “I used to have pretty bad habits at work, and now I know exactly how to set up my shoots so that the catering truck and editing rooms have what I need to eat to stay healthy! I keep the right foods around because you taught me that I had to prepare to succeed.”

 

Wow… that felt pretty awesome.

 

She went on to tell me how the confidence she feels in knowing her body so well allows her to speak out and ask for what she needs – she doesn’t let her energy, willpower and patience get depleted like she used to.

 

Instead, she made sure she had hard-boiled eggs, veggies, waters, and other snacks on hand for a busy afternoon.

 

She called it her survival kit.

 

Jen knows her body so well, she takes better care of herself, even when it might not be what other people think she should do…

 

Even when she gets nasty comments from her extended family because they think she should act differently, Jen stands her ground and preserves her energy…

 

Even when people at work make fun of her for ordering sautéed spinach when everyone else is eating hot dogs, Jen does what’s right for her…

 

When she orders green protein smoothies (atta girl!) for the entire office for breakfast so that she doesn’t stick out as the weirdo who won’t eat the pastries, Jen is preserving her willpower for the rest of the day.

 

When I think about all the little ways that Jen preserves her energy, strength, spirit, and beautiful soul through her tiny habits, I realize that Jen isn’t just in survival mode…

 

Jen is thriving.

CRAVE WORTHY LIFE CHALLENGE

 

  1. What are the two biggest pain points in your day? When do you get triggered to crave something you know isn’t good for you? Write that down…
  2. What would you like to feel instead of that pain? I call this your Big MODE (big motivating desire –the way you WANT to feel)
  3. What else can you do in that moment to achieve your Big MODE?
  4. Write down at least 2 other things you can do to prepare so that when those pain points arise, you have your survival kit of ideas and healthy food ready (or should we call it a thrive kit?)

  

Creating a life worth craving begins with this kind of awareness.

And it takes guts.

It’s time to be brave and strong and do what’s true for you, sweetheart.

 

It’s time to thrive, not just survive.

 

Xo,

Alex

8 Ways to be the BEST Partner When Your Love is on a Cleanse…(or Diet, or Detox)

This guest post was written by Bob Gower, my amazing partner in life.

But MAN, I wish I’d known all this back when I helped create Super Size Me!!

I’m always amazed at how good he is at anticipating my needs and moods when I’m doing a cleanse or detox, which I realize comes from his many years of self-experiment! 

Having a support person you can call on to help you through any food change, including the Cravings Cleanse, is one of the best ways to succeed – and I hope you’ll share this with anyone close to you as your begin your next cleanse. 

Bob has mastered the art of supporting me through dietary changes, and has some words of wisdom to share with anyone who is partnered up with someone who wants to begin their own cleanse journey.

Within the first year of knowing, and loving, Alex she supported me in changing my diet, writing a book, and recovering from major surgery. And I supported her in a few things as well like launching a website, being a mom, and redefining her business.

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What I’ve learned from being with her is that while relationships may start with passion and friendship, they grow, and are sustained by, mutual support. We love each other by helping each other be the best we can be.

I should add here that this does not mean we point out where people fall short, or define what “best” means for our partner. Rather we let them define their own vision and then do what we can to help them get it.

And, if you’re like me, you fall short over and over again. You get caught up in the day to day of your life, your needs, your stresses and forget to take your partners stresses and ambitions seriously enough. This is natural and human—and it’s something to work on.

What I’ve learned from my own dietary experiments and those of my partner is that while they can have a hugely transformative effect on your life these changes can take a toll on our lives. In fact I’m sure that one of the most challenging things anyone can do is make a change to what they eat and how they eat.

Eating is primal and deeply related to our survival. And changes or limitations can show up unconsciously or consciously as a profound threat. So it’s during these times of change that support from a partner can go a very long way to helping us reach our goals.

If you have a partner who is doing a cleanse, trying to lose weight, break an addiction—or perhaps all three at once—you can be their biggest cheerleader, support, and ultimately, their hero.

1. Get Empathetic

The first step to helping is to understand what they are doing and why. Get curious about her goals for the cleanse and also what the program entails. What foods will she be avoiding and for how long.

Understanding her plan is a good first step, but to really help you’ll want to go even deeper. Ask her about her intentions for the cleanse and what she hopes to get out of it. Ask her about her concerns and what scares her.

And also ask about her desires. If this were to be the amazing experience she hopes it will be what will change and what she’ll experience.

2. Ask “what do you need from me?”

Look at your calendars and the events you have planned. Dinner with friends, parties, family visits and ask how you can support her. Also ask what foods you can keep out of the house to help avoid temptation.

While you might consider joining her on some of the cleanse this isn’t really necessary. But it can be incredibly helpful for you to consume forbidden foods when she’s not around and to keep them out of the house altogether.

3. Outsource to save her/his/your energy & moods

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Cleanses and diets usually mean less energy. Her brain will likely have less glucose to work with and it’s glucose that helps us make decisions, do housework, and yes even regulate our emotions.

Help her conserve energy by offloading some tedious tasks like cleaning house, shopping, and some child care. Take over for her when you can and even get some outside, temporary help if you can afford it. Services like Taskrabbit, Handybook, Fancyhands, and Instacart* are great for times like these.

(*note from Alex: I’ve used all of these services myself to help me stick with my healthy eating goals by saving time, getting what I need to keep a wide variety of healthy food on hand, and save precious energy and willpower)

Also consider taking over some decisions—only with her blessing of course—since choice is not always a plus when you’re feeling depleted. “Hey honey tonight I’m going to handle dinner, we’ll watch a movie, then I’ll put the kids to bed.” These words can sound like heaven when you’re tired and worn out.

4. Know her self-worth is wrapped up in succeeding.

We don’t do cleanses unless we want to change something about ourselves. This often means something about how we look—weight, skin etc—and how we feel—energy, mood and more.

A big part of these changes is often how attractive we feel to our partner. But here’s the cruel irony: in order to feel and look better over the long term we have to go through times when we feel less energetic and less attractive. Things often get worse before they get better.

So keep in mind that 1) she wants to look and feel good for you and 2) while she’s on the cleanse she may actually feel like she’s looking and feeling worse than usual. And this means her self-worth may feel challenged.

A few words from you can go a long way at times like these. Express your love and attraction more than you usually do. And don’t forget the physical expressions of love and desire like flowers, back rubs, and kisses.

5. Know that mindset is half the battle

Change is hard but remember that this program she’s on is temporary and trust that things are going to get to a better place. And remind her of this, too.

But also know that her changes will lead to deeper and more permanent changes for her, you and your family if you have one. Be willing to step into that new life with her and also willing to look at and deal with your own fears of change.

Are you afraid she might want to take away your pie or beer? Talk about how her changes might lead to your own changes and what this means for you.

6. Love her up

I kind of covered this in the section on self-worth but it deserves it’s own section. When she’s struggling with one aspect of her body like diet it’s incredibly helpful for her to feel positive things deeply. If she’s complaining or feeling lousy don’t try to talk her out of it. Love her out of it.

Try things like extra physical contact like hand holding, foot massage, and even more special kinds of touch *wink wink nudge nudge*.

Treat it like valentines day (sans chocolate) and treat her to massages and bath time. She may be experiencing a lot of physical and emotional discomfort – step up and help provide the pleasure she can experience in her body and life.

This may be as simple as taking over the child care for an afternoon and giving her the opportunity to do nice things for herself like a bath, pedicure, or even a nap.

7. Intend support

This last one can be the most challenging. She’s changing and feeling down but let’s face it — your life isn’t easy either and you still have the same demands from job, and family. It’s not always easy to not want to lean on her the way you’re used to and the way you have a right too. Good couples support each other after all.

She may also have mood swings and be a bit harder to be around at times during a cleanse. Do your best not to fight and not to nag. And if she is being especially difficult you might ask gently if she needs to eat something (from Alex’s Cleanse approved list of course) since cleanse foods tend to burn a lot faster than “regular” food and she’ll be depleted faster than she anticipated.

8. Celebrate Success

And lastly when the cleanse finally finishes both of you should do something nice like a meal out together to mark the end and celebrate. Choose a place that has a lot of healthy, cleanse-approved options, and perhaps a great wine list if that’s one of the things she’s looking forward to adding back first.

You are a part of each other’s success — and when Mama’s happy, everyone is happy! As a couple, you deserve to feel good as individuals and together.

If this inspired you to support your partner even more, wonderful! If it even inspired you to do the cleanse together — even better! But do talk before hand about the possible challenges you may face when you’re both feeling your way through the cleanse.

But hear me now: you can do this. Both of you, no matter who is on the cleanse. If she (or he) wants to join the Cravings Cleanse, know that it will be good for both of you.

And no matter what, it will be one of the best things you both do for each other, and yourselves.

Respectfully,

Bob Gower, Author & Consultant

Alex’s main squeeze

 

Creamy Avocado Soup - Cravings Cleanse

Soup For Fatty Dairy Lovers: Creamy dairy-free Avocado Soup Recipe

I was feeling a bit under the weather this weekend.

Last week I went to a memorial service for a dear friend. It was so beautiful to see all of our shared friends, but while at the party I ate a ton of soy and refined flour - foods I haven’t eaten much of in the last six months.

The next day, I woke up feeling puffy and tired. And that lasted for three days!

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On Sunday I remembered this amazing soup I once ate, filled with green vegetables, which was blended, cooling, and alkalinizing.

Yet the lemon and avocado blended together to taste rich and fatty, zingy and tasty, like a dairy-filled soup would. Dairy is an acidic food, and makes inflammation worse for most people.

 

The celery, cucumber, lemon, parsley, and Romaine were all anti-inflammatory and when blended together, the mild flavors soothed my body and energy.

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So I got the ingredients together and tried my hand at recreating this soup, to see if I could calm this puffy inflammation I was feeling.

I blended the ingredients together until the veggies were smooth and creamy, added a pinch of salt, and tasted. It was heavenly.

I ate the entire recipe in a few hours – about 6 cups worth.

Ingredients: 

1 lemon, rind removed

1.5 cups cucumber

1 stalk celery

6 leaves Romaine lettuce

1 avocado

1/4 cup fresh parsley

1.5-2 cups water

1/2 tsp sea salt

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The next day, I woke up feeling refreshed, calm, and my eyes were no longer puffy, and my skin was clear.

This is just the kind of easy recipe I love to share – food that heals and tastes good.

It’s the kind of recipe I’ll be sharing in my Cravings Cleanse, which kicks off next week with a free 3-video series all about cravings, how to change your food habits to grow your energy, and how you can turn willpower into wellpower.

I hope you like the recipe, and I hope you’ll watch the videos when they go live next week!

xo,

Alex

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An open breakup letter to Dairy

My good friend Jeannine wrote a post on Facebook this week:

“what is the meaning behind craving savory creamy flavors and textures ALL THE TIME? What do I REALLY need? 
Alexandra Jamieson, you are the cravings whisperer! You must know.”

I totally feel her pain. Dairy has been a huge craving of mine, and I didn’t feel like taking the old “just avoid it and you’ll feel better” line.

Dairy is a more emotional craving than most – so I decided to answer her in a more emotional way:

With a break-up letter:

Dear DAIRY,

I love you. I crave you.

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You’re creamy, fatty, and often sweet or salty, which just makes me love you more. When you’re mixed with salty niblets like pretzels in a sweet ice cream, or mixed with chocolate in a salted caramel, my brain lights up with extra dopamine, because it loves texture, contrasting flavors, and the heady combinations.

And dairy, my dreamy love, there’s nothing wrong with you. You were my first food, perfect in nutrients, bonding me with my mother. My brain and body are built to crave you, otherwise I wouldn’t have thrived as a baby.

But sweetie, I don’t know if we are right for each other anymore. I think I need some time alone. A couple of weeks without you, so I can feel what my life, energy, and body are like without you.

See, I’m wondering if when I eat you, I’m also taking synthetic growth hormones that may have been fed to the cow, thereby upsetting my own hormones. Even if you’re organic, I know that I’m still taking in extra hormones, and that could be enough to set me off kilter.

I think I’ve become allergic or sensitive to you in my adult years. You didn’t used to bother me as a kid, but now that I think about it – I did get a ton of acne growing up, and I did eat a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches. Could it have been you all along?

And what about your lactose? Is this really hurting me, more than helping me?

I thought you were helping me – giving me what I needed to grow healthy, strong bones! But now I hear that this was a lie all along: that many people and animals (traditional Asian cultures and most large mammals like elephants) don’t eat any dairy and have no problem growing strong bones…nor do they have any problems with osteoporosis, so what gives!?

It turns out your naturally acidic nature might be part of the week bone epidemic, rather than a solution. I feel so betrayed…

I think it’s time to try my life without you…for a little while.

I’ll get my calcium from the natural sources that other animals get it from: greens, like broccoli and bok choy, salmon, sardines, nuts and seeds…they don’t need you, and perhaps I don’t either.

Then, after a couple of weeks off, let’s have a date. A steamy, indulgent date. Full-fat, yogurty creamy goodness, buttery and milky. Then I’ll leave you alone for a few more days to feel into how my body, mood and digestive system react to you.

It’s nothing against you, and I hope we can stay friends. But I need to get clear if this relationship is really working for me or not.

I’ve loved you my whole life, and I’ll always love you. But that doesn’t mean we’re supposed to live together or see each other every day. We may see each other after this experiment, flirt and spend a fabulous night together every once in a while. And I’ll not feel guilty or punish myself for tasting your deeply pleasurable goodness. But what I’m open to discovering is that you may not be the one for me.

Not every day. Or maybe you are. I know you’ll wait for me, and that you won’t hold it against me, no matter what I discover. I know you just want what’s best for me.

And I’ll always love you.
No matter what.

Xo,
Me

Eat THIS when you crave THAT – Cravings Swap chart!

What is your body really craving?

Is it the sugar, or is your very wise body, really asking for something different? 

Don’t you sometimes wish you knew what to eat to give your body what it REALLY needed? 

In my work around cravings, I’ve discovered that there are three root causes to what our body asks for:

Nutritional
Physical
Emotional

Some of the foods your body craves are its best guess at how to get more of the nutrients or minerals it needs!

I’m creating an extensive chart filled with the nutritional needs your body asks for, so you can start eating more of the nutrient rich foods to get what you need!

And hey – a little bit of chocolate here and there won’t hurt.

Just be sure you’re getting enough of the minerals you also need, so you don’t find yourself face-down in a pint of double-chocolate brownie ice cream, when what your body needs is just a little magnesium!

The full Nutritional Cravings Swap chart will be available to everyone who signs up for my upcoming Cravings Cleanse 8-week program, so keep an eye out for my 3-part video series on how you can begin turning your body into your ally, and follow your cravings to the body and life you truly desire.

Click here to get your 3 top cravings swaps chart! 

And let me know in the comments below what was helpful, and what you’re going to try!

 

 

How To "Fix" Your Cravings?

How do you manage cravings?

I was recently asked where cravings come from, and how to “fix” them.

I thought it was interesting to be asked to fix something that I don’t think is broken.

See, I don’t think cravings are bad or that they make you wrong for having them.

Rather, cravings are messages from your body about your true needs. We can learn to listen to our cravings and give our bodies exactly what we really need to be happy and have the life of our dreams…bold statement, right?

How

First, let me just say that we all have cravings – cravings make us human! Without cravings, desire, wants, and needs, we wouldn’t eat enough to thrive as babies, we wouldn’t feel the passions that carry on our genetic DNA, and we wouldn’t feel the inspiration to create great works of art.
So, I believe that cravings are divine!
That being said, our modern food landscape has changed so drastically in the last 80 years, that we now have cheap and easy access to highly addictive foods that our bodies naturally crave.
Until recently, fat, salt and sugar weren’t easy to come by, but they are very important to the health of our brains and bodies, so the way our bodies evolved was to make us happy when we eat those foods!
Our brains actually light up when we eat sugar, fat and salt – a release of dopamine, a pleasure chemical, follows every bite of fatty, salty or sugary foods. So we keep eating them, especially when we feel stressed or otherwise unwell.
So cravings for food are not “wrong” and don’t make you bad, or “weak-willed.”
You are simply responding to a positive feedback loop.
I believe our cravings for foods are rooted in three areas: nutritional, physical, and emotional imbalances.
Basically, a craving is a request from your body to balance something.
In that way, and so many others, our bodies are so brilliant!
Our bodies are either craving missing nutrients like minerals, which can cause salt cravings, or our blood sugar (AKA “brain sugar”) is low, and our brain needs glucose to operate, so it craves sugar.
Physical imbalances can be a need for better sleep or more exercise. We feel tired, so we hear the craving for energy and hear “caffeine!” In reality we need to move and rest more.
Then there is the world of emotional imbalances, which almost always overlap with the nutritional and physical needs. Stress, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, and anger set off a stream of chemical reactions in the body, like a release of adrenaline or coritsol. Over time, this makes our bodies uncomfortable, and we crave something to calm us down and feel “good” again.
Our bodies, in their wisdom, know that sugar or fat or salt will make us feel physically better, release the happy hormones in our brain, so we eat something that isn’t necessarily best for us long-term.
In order to manage our cravings, and have them work for us as our best allies, we need to take in the whole picture of our cravings and lifestyle so we can give our bodies what they truly need: real nutrition, rest, movement, physical fun, and joy.
Alex's Hot Pink Skates - the power of play

Why I believe in play – come camping with me?

I believe in the power of play…

I believe that in order to fall in love with our bodies, we need to enjoy living in them –

and the best way to enjoy your body is to play!

(hence my new pink roller skates!) pink skates

Whatever way you have fun in your body, whether it’s skating, hiking with your dog, or going to yoga with your best friend – when you have fun in your body, when you PLAY, your body responds.

It heals, relaxes, and major shifts are possible.

When we are at play, exercise moves from drudgery to heavenly. Competition moves from frustrating to fulfillment. When we play, we feel, act and look younger and more alive.

So play has become a very important part of my life.

And one of my favorite ways to have fun – since I was a kid – is to go to camp!

Getting out of your normal surroundings, playing with other “kids” of all ages, learning new skills, bonfires – what’s not to love?!

This September I’ll be featured at 2 camps, just for adults, and I’d like to tell you a little bit about them so you can join in if you’re game…

The first is Soul Camp:

soul camp alex

September 4th-7th Honesdale, Pennsylvania

(2.5 hours from NYC)

http://soulcamp2014.com/

Created as an adult camp for the soul, I’ll be speaking on Following Your Cravings to the Life and Body You’ll love at this fun-filled sleep away camp for the soul.

Check out the amazing list of over 35 “camp staffers” who will lead workshops on everything from yoga, meditation, astrology & angel card readings, boating at the waterfront, nature walks, Buti aerobics classes, breath work, intenSati, organic farming, arts & crafts and soo much more!

I am beyond thrilled and honored to be a part of this years Soul Camp Staff – if you have been waiting for the opportunity to see, hear and try out all of your favorite mind/body/spirit instructors & classes in one place at one time – this one’s for you.

OR ~ Come with me to the Good Life Camp!

Good Life Camp

glp camp

September 11th-14th Rock Hill, NY (90 minutes from NYC)

The brain child of my friend and mentor, Jonathan Fields, Good Life Camp is a weekend for the aligned entrepreneur who wants to build a life, not just make a living.

I’ve been reading and talking with Jonathan for a few years now, and love the teachers, guides and coaches he brings together for those of us who run our own show – or who dream to start their own business.

Because one of Jonathan’s foundations is health and vitality I know that if you’re reading this and crave your own business as a way to express yourself in the world, then you may want to join me.

AND I’ve been offered a special discount to share with you, my peeps – so if you decide to sign up, use the code: FF10 and get 10% off camp!

That’s enough savings to buy all the organic chocolate for s’mores you can stomach!

Learn more about Good Life Camp here: http://bit.ly/goodcampalex