103 Unlatched Breastfeeding with Jennifer Grayson

Jennifer Grayson on #CraveCast

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Today on the Crave Cast I am interviewing Jennifer Grayson. She is an author of a new book called: Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of Controversy. Breastfeeding is certainly a controversy here in the United States. We have an incredibly large international diverse population but her book and the topic it covers is so interesting. Her book really dives into the history of breastfeeding and the trouble that women in America of having with it and the different topics around it.

Jennifer is an environmental journalist, Huffington Post columnist and her work has appeared in several publications. After having her own children, her lifetime commitment to restore the vanishing connection to the natural world led her to her research for Unlatched. Be sure to stay tuned until the end and share this podcast with anyone you know who is pregnant, wants to become pregnant or is having problems with breastfeeding.

Jennifer Grayson on #CraveCast

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Show Notes:

  • How much controversy is there around breastfeeding?
  • Why are we afraid of boobs?
  • Modern society vs not
  • What are the rates of breastfeeding in America now?
  • What has she learned through the process of writing this book?
  • What can be done to support pro-breastfeeding?
  • Are all hospitals baby friendly?
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Resources:

www.jennifergrayson.com
Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of Controversy

Jennifer’s Facebook

Manifesto of the Shameless Woman

Manifesto Of The Shameless Woman

Let’s manifest ourselves a shame-free life.

Manifesto:

A public declaration of intentions.

A document that says “this is what I believe.”

 

This manifesto is for us.

All of us women who see the culture as unhealthy, yet feel hopeful.

All of us women who pray to feel 100% worthy, yet nag ourselves to death.

All of us women who are ready to stop giving a rat’s ass about other people’s rules.

 

This is our manifesto:

Manifesto Of The Shameless Woman

 

I love my body to my own benefit.

All desires are inherently good + divine.

I assume the permission.

I give myself the green light.

My cravings are my soul’s to do list.

What I DO want is more powerful than what I DON’T.

I feed my body real food. I feed my life real moments.

I declare my body/fridge/life a shame-free zone.

My body is a miracle built to heal + enjoy pleasure.

 

 

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xo,

 

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Why I sold my Oscar dress…

Why I Sold My Oscar Dress

“You’ve got to get rid of it. It’s a miracle you even remarried.”

My friend Hope, a brilliant life-coach and stylist, was helping me cleanse my closet of every piece of clothing which no longer served me and the life I crave.

Once we were done, and more than ½ the items I’d had hanging in the closet were in bags to be donated, Hope asked…

“So is that it? Anything else?”

With a big sigh, I crouched down, slid out a huge Chanel box, and lifted up the heavy, full-length beaded gown.

“Wow! What’s that!?” Hope exclaimed.

It was my Oscar dress.

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Back in 2004, the documentary I co-created and co-starred in, Super Size Me, was nominated for an Academy Award. To get ready for the big event, I appeared on a makeover show called “How Do I Look?” and was given a gorgeous beaded gown. The host, Finola Hughes, co-star of the cult hit and personal favorite Staying Alive, called me “red carpet radiant.” I thought I had hit the big time!

We didn’t win that night, but Morgan and I went on to premiere the film in over 20 countries, got married, had a beautiful little boy together, and then, separated and finally divorced. What a roller coaster ride…and through it all, I kept that dress.

I didn’t keep much from our marriage besides the kid, the memories, my engagement ring (which was stolen in a burglary 5 years ago), and that dress.

As I held the dress up for Hope to see, I realized how heavy it was: physically and emotionally.

“Why are you holding onto this dress, Alex?” asked Hope.

A dozen reasons jumped to mind, but none of them felt good enough:

  • It was a hand-beaded designer dress! I only wore it once and it was worth at least $1000.
  • I should save it for another amazing event some day
  • I should save it for my daughter (BTW, I’ve happily decided not to have more kids)
  • It was a huge moment in my life – how can I give this dress away??
  • It looked amazing on me!

But something deeper was hidden in the folds of the tissue-wrapped silk and beading:

I was holding onto an unexamined belief that

I’ll never make anything that great again…

that the best contribution of my life was behind me…

that this dress is the best I’ll ever be.

Then I decided that these ideas were bullshit and it was time to say goodbye.

I asked my friend Kate Northrup, author of Money: A Love Story, who also teaches Feng Shui for Financial Freedom, what she thought of keeping this dress, under my bed no less?

Kate wrote back:

“Anything that’s no longer a reflection of who you are and who you want to be in the future needs to be released ASAP. This includes old clothes, furniture, and anything else that’s not up to par with your current reality and your desired future.”

Hope and I talked about all of this, sitting on the bed together, touching and admiring the craftsmanship of the dress.

A few weeks ago another group of girlfriends gasped when I told them the dress was still under my bed. “It’s a miracle you even remarried! Talk about bad relationship mojo!” They were right. But I just wasn’t ready.

Now I am.

“It’s time.” I said, finally.

I’d wasted endless, worrying energy thinking about the dress and what to do with it. Ultimately, I’d done nothing, feeling lame for being lazy and indecisive.

It had all gone on too long, and it was time.

Why I Sold Me Oscar Dress

This Monday evening, I walked the heavy Chanel box to a resale shop in SoHo, filled out the consignment form, and walked out. I left the store feeling strange: light, yet a bit sad. A little empty.

I had scheduled a date with a good friend, and we met for a glass of wine to celebrate our lives. She toasted the dress, and we plotted our future triumphs.

The dress was beautiful.

It will be beautiful on another woman.

I hope it brings her incredible good fortune, whoever she is.

The dress itself, truthfully, means nothing. But it held an energy – a broken promise – and regret within its threads.

Moving forward often requires letting go of the things to which we cling. The heavy, the outdated, the old.

An entire identity – beliefs, myths, and unspoken agreements – attached like white cat hairs on black velvet.

That dress was a constant reminder of a younger woman’s dreams. Some became a reality, and some were shattered.

Now it’s time for a more mature woman’s dreams to take flight and come true. A dream dressed in fine new cloth and new energy.

Join me in saying goodbye to the one thing that’s keeping you tied to the past in a way that no longer serves you.

Maybe it’s a dress in your own closet (or under your bed!) Maybe it’s a way of eating, a way of being with people, a town or home you live in, or a job or relationship you’re still in after too many years.

Say goodbye.

Toast your glass high to the dress.

Let it go.

Let’s fly forward together.

Let’s create the life we crave.

xo,

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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.

Share this recipe on Pinterest or with a friend!

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…
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meals that help you look and feel awesome – without needing to be a professional
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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

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