Mocktail Fruit Cubes for Summer Sugar Cravings

All summer long I can be found sipping cool drinks through my favorite glass straws…

But I have to be careful that I don’t slurp up too much sugar or caffeine. My body loves the first 5 minutes of a sugar or caffeine rush, but the rest of the day becomes a foggy blur. My work suffers and I retreat inward, ending up in a ball on the couch, when I could be out roller skating or meeting up with friends.

One simple strategy for my summer sweet cravings is iced fruit cubes.

Mocktail Iced Cubes

Added to any glass of water or iced mint tea, these cubes make every cup feel like a fancy mock-cocktail…you know, a mocktail.

These cubes helped me get through a summer rooftop party when I was taking a break from alcohol last week: just add a cube to a wine glass, sprinkle in sparkling water, and add a glass straw.

Mocktail Fruit Cubes For Summer Sugar Cravings

You’ll feel like a 50’s Hollywood movie star, enjoying bright, fruity flavors, and more importantly:

your body will thank you.

Directions to make these simple iced mocktail fruit cubes:

Gather blueberries, strawberries, chunks of watermelon or pineapple, fresh mint, basil, and other herbs.

Drop each kind of fruit or herb into its own ice cube pocket in an ice cube tray. (I love this oversized cube tray for a more dramatic effect.)

Fill with water and freeze! It’s that easy…

Mocktail Fruit Cubes

Remember…

Your cravings aren’t good or bad, they’re just information.

You can honor your body, rather than judge her, and give her healthy, delicious food that nourishes your life and your energy.

I hope you’ll keep coming back for more inspiration and recipes.

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Roast Pineapple with Cinnamon

I love sweet, and I love simple recipes. And I love avoiding added sugars without using up my willpower.

Roasted Cinnamon Pineapple

When I go to my favorite lunch spot, Hu Kitchen, in New York City, I always get a side of their roasted cinnamon pineapple to go with my grass fed meatloaf…

The simple, spicy sweetness is so satisfying I can easily walk past the display of chocolate bars and not bat an eye: once my tongue has had it’s fill of this sweet pineapple goodness, my sweet tooth is sated.

If you crave sweet: welcome to the club! Humans are born loving sweet things – in fact, it’s the only food preference we’re born with. Every other taste preference is learned. Sweet foods found in nature are safe to eat, and mother’s milk is sweet, which makes us want to nurse more and thrive.

So you can leave the shame about sweet cravings behind!

When you want something sweet, something that won’t hurt your body or destroy your healthy eating desires, roasted pineapple is a great choice.

Ingredients:

2 cups cubed pineapple

1-2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

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  1. preheat oven to 450.
  2. Toss pineapple with cinnamon and spread out on a lined baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 12-15 minutes, until pineapple begins to brown.
  4. Eat! Enjoy, share!

Benefits of Pineapple:

High in the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, which aids digestion of starches and proteins. Protects against foreign microbes, diseased cells and intestinal parasites. High in manganese, essential component of digestive enzymes.

Now, toss that pineapple with some cinnamon? You’ve got a powerhouse treat:

Benefits of Cinnamon:

Warming, supportive of lungs, kidney, heart, and uterus. Helps reduce intestinal gas and improves digestion. The aroma is calming…but Cinnabon knows that already.

 

Remember…

Your cravings aren’t good or bad, they’re just information.

You can honor your body, rather than judge her, and give her healthy, delicious food that nourishes your life and your energy.

I hope you’ll keep coming back for more inspiration and recipes.

Share this recipe on Pinterest or with a friend!

xo,

Alex

4 Genius Ways To Perfect Portions with Positive Psychology

Welcome to my big breakfast table…

Sit down and place your clean cloth napkin on your lap.

Smell the fresh food cooking, hear the bright classic rock drifting through the house…

 

My son will light a candle for us…

Yes, even at breakfast.

See the farmer’s market flowers from our walk Saturday…

 

Here’s your tea or water. Take a deep breath.

Smell the food, prepared with love.

Smile.

Savor the moment.

 

Hidden in this simple morning ritual are powerful positive psychology tools to eating perfect portions:

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Many of our food choices aren’t really conscious choices.

Hidden and unconscious factors that effect your brain have a big impact on what, and how much, we eat:

  • Stress.
  • Bad planning.
  • Optical illusions…

What? Optical illusions? I’ll get to that in a moment…

Most of us make about 200 food choices a day, and it’s not just what to have for breakfast:

Should I reward myself with a cookie for going to the gym?

Do I want an apple or blueberries?

Should I put mayo on that, or olive oil?

All those 200+ choices drain your brain of willpower, which is a finite resource.

 

Once you run out of your daily allowance of willpower, likely in the afternoon or evening, you’re more likely to eat more of the things that don’t help you with your energy and well-being.

You could use willpower to fight your old ways of eating, but that doesn’t really work. (Right? We’ve all tried it 1,000 times)

 

Luckily the worlds of Positive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience are helping us to trick our brains and bodies into eating better foods, and better portions.

Use these 4 science based strategies to make healthy eating easy:

  1. Use Optical Illusions to Help You Eat Less: Sitting at a larger table (as opposed to your desk or a small table) performs some optical illusion magic to help you naturally eat smaller portions. [Cornell University Food & Brand Lab]
  2. Relax Before You Eat: STOP Working Through Lunch: Stressed out people make worse food choices. Do a round of deep breathing to help calm your body and brain (my favorite is below) [Harvard Study]
  3. Get Happy: People who practice gratitude before meals make better choices and tend to eat less. [University of Texas Study]
  4. Pre-Game Your Lunch: Making a lunch the night before helps you make better choices as you won’t be rushed. [SheKnows.com]

 

Here are 5 ways to integrate these science-based eating strategies into your life so that you make better choices and naturally eat the right amount for your body:

  • Eat at a table, not your desk.
  • Eat at a table, not a TV tray binge watching Orange Is The New Black.
  • Do a round of deep breathing (4-7-8 breathing is my favorite – here’s a quick video I use with my son to teach him) before you eat, or even before you choose what to eat.
  • Write down, think about, or tell your lunch friend 3 things that you’re grateful for this week before you eat. Then have them share! (For super gold star bonus effect: make sure you include how you had a part in that thing happening)
  • Make your lunch the night before, packed and ready to go in the morning.

It’s not just what we eat, it’s how we eat.

I hope you’ll enjoy these simple, science-based tricks to easily make healthy eating more joyful.

xo,

Alex

Try just one of these strategies for the next week and share how it work for you!
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Ginger Carrot Soup: All Day Energy Diet Cookbook Offer

I want you to get this new cookbook! (It’s only available FREE until midnight Friday, June 17th, 2016 – you just cover shipping of about $10)

It’s filled with 67 recipes that are especially created for those of us who desperately need more energy – and easy, yummy food choices.

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Here’s my featured Ginger Carrot Soup recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup diced yellow onion

1 clove garlic, minced

4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock

1 1/2 pounds carrots, chopped

2 tsp freshly grated ginger root

1 tbsp fresh cilantro leave, optional garnish

Directions:

  1. Saute the onion and garlic in 1/4 cup of the stock over medium heat until the onions are translucent. Add the carrots and ginger. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the rest of the stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into a blender and puree, being careful to cover tightly with a lid and a clean kitchen towel to prevent hot liquid from leaking out. Return to pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Garnish with optional cilantro and enjoy!
I know life is busy…
Your inbox is probably inundated with emails…
And you were probably buried with to-do’s.
Yet, if you want to make sure you’ve got the newest and tastiest gourmet-like
meals that help you look and feel awesome – without needing to be a professional
chef to make them…
Then check this out now to get the All Day Energy Diet Cookbook – it’s no cost to you until Midnight ET tonight, June 17th!

Shining Love in the Face of Hate

I don’t usually post about mass shootings. Words and reports are already everywhere, what could I have to say that isn’t being said a million ways?

But our human community is hurting so very much. 50 people dead in Orlando this week because of hate. Hundreds more lives destroyed in the face of death and loss. My heart is breaking for the family of those killed because of hate.

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It’s so easy to meet hate with hate. I feel it in me now. Hate, anger, and a desire for vengeance.

This mass shooting in Orlando comes on the heals of a young man receiving only 6 months after raping a young woman…. More anger. More hate.

While a young Dutch woman sits in jail in Qatar because she was raped… More anger. More hate.

But I know, because history tells us so clearly, that acting out in a hateful way in the face of hate leads to more damage, more violence.

So today we try to dig deep and shine LOVE in the face of hate. Try and reach across the aisle and meet our enemy with love and fierce compassion even when the hate burns so bright.

How can we transform the world into a safer, more loving place with more hate? It won’t work.

Love. Love for self. Love for others. Fierce, burning, unrelenting love.

It’s the only way forward. Today I will shine my love in the face of hate.

Sending my love out to you and yours,

Alex

Getting out of 3rd gear (or how I eat for energy)

My least favorite state of being is exhausted, wiped out, tired…running in third gear.

It feels like a low-grade depression, live isn’t fun, and sugar and caffeine cravings rear up as my body’s not-really-helpful quick-fix bandaid.

Readers ask me all the time how they can improve their energy when they’re stuck in a cycle of coffee addiction, bad sleep, and long days.

A life filled with balanced energy begins with the fuel you use, sweet ones: what you eat.

It’s true: no amount of high-energy exercise, meditation, or even caffeine can replace the foundation of good food that’s necessary for true, lasting energy.

(It’s hard to believe, but I LIVED on double shot, skinny vanilla lattes and chocolate croissants in my mid-20s…that lead to worsening energy AND a major health crisis! )

Today I want to share a beautiful book, filled with recipes that will help you easily reach and maintain the levels of energy you desire.

My friend Yuri Elkaim’s All-Day Energy Diet Community Cookbook is out, and he’s offering the book for shipping and handling only (about $10) – but only until the first 30,000 copies are available:

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With 67 energizing (and Cravings Cleanse approved!) recipes, colorful pictures, and easy-to-cook-from design, I know you’ll be inspired to cook more.

You should know that Yuri is one of the most respected health experts in my field: he consistently offers deep, useful inspiration for eating and moving in ways that truly heal our bodies. I’ve had a great time hanging out with him in the past, and his energy is always the best in the room, even without caffeine!

This cookbook brings together 67 of Yuri’s best recipes along with delicious, “brush your teeth” simple recipes from many other leaders in the food and nutrition industry like JJ Virgin, Ben Greenfield, Tana Amen, myself, and many others…

Hence the name “community cookbook”.

The best part is that Yuri’s tasty recipes will help you drop bloat, pounds, feel great, and give you more energy, all while enjoying GOOD food.

 

I think you’ll really enjoy this cookbook, and believe in the project enough to put my name, face, and recipes inside!

But you should hurry because once the limited number of FREE copies are gone, it will only be available for $21 on Amazon.

 

Get a FREE copy the All-Day Energy Diet Community Cookbook here

Happy cooking!

xo,

Alex

Pay What You Can Weekend! A Bundle Of Joy…and Health!

I’ve been hearing from a lot of you that you’d like a simple, inexpensive way to get moving in your health and self-love goals.

I want everyone to get as much inspiration, good resources, and great recipes to help you move forward, no matter what your current financial situation.

So this weekend, for 72-hours, I’ve put together a bundle of popular, helpful resources from my paid programs and you… pay what you can.
It’s that simple!

For the next 3 days, until 11:59pm ET on Sunday night,
I’m offering over $160 in e-books, recipes and cookbooks,
guided meditations and workbooks for $5, $20, $50, or $100..

You pay what you can – just pick your price, what feels good to you, you get it all.
Here’s a look at all the great stuff you’ll get:

pay what you can bundle

Just click the price you CAN pay below,
and you’ll get instant access to your products:

Click here to pay $5:
Click here to pay $20:
Click here to pay $50:
Click here to pay $100 for $160 worth of goodies:

 

(This is the first time we’ve done something like this, so we’ll see how it goes –
It may be the only time we ever offer it, depending on how it’s received!)

Sending tons of love and healthy vibes your way!
Xo,
Alex

68 Pleasure at Any Size: Woman On Fire with Amy Jo Goddard

Amy Jo Goddard on The Cravings Whisperer with Alexandra Jamieson

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Well crave bears, it’s here: the final episode of 2015! To help us all relax and enjoy the last bits of this year, I’ve created a new challenge, 7 Days of Playful Pleasure, where we’ll focus on one thing you can do every day to feel grounded, whole, and joyful in your body and your life. This is about ending the year feeling GOOD! If you aren’t ready for the challenge but want to join this great community, you can also join the Facebook group! Experience over 1,500 women hanging out, supporting each other, asking questions, and getting inspiration on how to come to terms with and have a better relationship with desire, their bodies, pleasure, food, and cravings.

Now, on today’s show, where I’m talking to Amy Jo Goddard, author of Woman on Fire, one of the books on my top ten books for mind and body healing this year. Now, you may have noticed over the last few months that I’ve been talking to more sexual health experts. That’s because I believe that a lot of our frustrations with our bodies and weight and body image are connected to our sexuality. More and more I think we need to look to sexual expression and pleasure to get in the right metabolic state so we can feel good in and about our bodies even before we lose a single pound.

So today I’m talking to Amy about sexuality, sexual health, and the connection between that and food, nutrition, and cravings. Amy is a renowned sexual empowerment expert, speaker, and coauthor of the popular Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men. She has dedicated her life to sexuality education and empowerment. Her workshops, sessions, and speaking engagements have helped thousands of people discover their sexuality and deepen their relationships and fulfillment.

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“When we have those empowered experiences where we feel a sense of sexual agency, that affects everything.” -Amy Jo Goddard (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • How she became a sex educator
  • How her work work as a feminist activist fueled her work
  • Why it’s so hard for people to get the sex education they need
  • The effect of the media on our ideas of sexuality
  • The relationship between an empowered sexual experience and the health of the human body
  • How important it is to understand this complex part of ourselves
  • The value of writing down your sexual history
  • Why you should share your sexual story

“If we are at war with this vehicle of pleasure, then of course it’s no wonder we’re not having as much pleasure as we want.” -Amy Jo Goddard (Click to Tweet)

  • Why body acceptance is an important part of sexual pleasure
  • Why you have to stay curious about your body
  • How much energy women spend fighting against their own bodies
  • Why she’s on a strict media diet
  • Why people feel like they need permission
  • The different kinds of confidence
  • How she encourages people to connect with the lover inside themselves
  • Why she craves downtime and quiet

“If you stay in isolation with your story, with the thing that’s bringing you shame, that’s how shame grows and keeps proliferating.” -Amy Jo Goddard (Click to Tweet)

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“As soon as you think you know everything about your partner and you stop being curious and you stop asking questions, the relationship is over.” -Amy Jo Goddard (Click to Tweet)

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