59 Nicole Jardim – How to Fix Your Period

Nicole Jardim on The Cravings Whisperer with Alexandra Jamieson

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Alright ladies. I know it’s hard being a woman sometimes, and I want to help make it easier. So today we’re talking about periods! Because, let’s be honest, periods are a big part of what make us ladies.

To help us tackle this topic, I’m talking to certified health coach Nicole Jardim, creator of Fix Your Period, a series of programs designed to help women reclaim their hormonal health in a fun way. I know, fun AND hormones! Yay!

Nicole is really addressing the root causes of what’s going on in your body and your mind during your cycle. Listen in to hear us talk about the pill, headaches, PMS, genetically modified foods, plus my new lightning round of questions!

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“You don’t actually need all of this intervention, you actually just need to learn about how your body functions.”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • What started her on the path of periods
  • What birth control pills actually do
  • Why younger and younger girls are being put on the pill
  • Why some women experience hair loss
  • The role that food and sugar play in our hormones
  • The effects of genetically modified foods and pesticides

“We are not meant to feel all of these symptoms during the time of the month when we have our periods.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • The estrogenic nature of soy
  • What a normal period should look like
  • How cravings vary from woman to woman
  • How the pill can change your attraction and sex drive
  • Why it’s important for women to understand their bodies
  • Why we need to get in tune with our body’s wisdom

“You may be struggling with a hormone imbalance but there really is hope and there are answers.”  (Click to Tweet)

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“Women need to know that their bodies are not broken. We’re not inherently broken!”  (Click to Tweet)



58 The Power of the List

The Power of the List on The Cravings Whisperer with Alexandra Jamieson

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Alright, crave bears, time for a concussion update: I have post-concussive syndrome. What does it mean? It means even though I’m three weeks past my concussion, I’m still feeling the symptoms. Turns out it’s not uncommon, and it can last for weeks or months and occasionally even years. So I’ve been taking it super easy and eating a very non-inflammatory diet.

As I’m living with this, I’ve created this list on a sticky note of things that I wanted to do every day to help me stay on track and feel better. Things like taking a shower, drinking my glass of water, and going on nature walks.

All of this has me thinking about the value of creating lists. They can be so helpful – they offer a great reminder of things that we want to do, and they provide that satisfying feeling of checking something off. So this week I’m talking about why I think we should all make and use lists more often to help us tackle our goals.

Also, the Cravings Cleanse is starting soon! This will be my last live Cravings Cleanse, so I really hope you’ll join me. We start on October 14th – next week! I’m so excited.

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“What’s missing from diet books and eating programs is a simple checklist system that helps you take care of your emotional and physical needs.”  (Click to Tweet)

The Power of the List on The Cravings Whisperer with Alexandra Jamieson

Show Notes:

  • How lists are helping me through my recovery
  • How lists can be helpful for kids
  • The power of the list and completing a task
  • Why you have to put yourself on the list
  • What’s missing from diet books and eating programs
  • How cravings get us off track
  • The importance of planning and preparing
  • What are characteristics of bad checklists

“When we plan out what we know we need and check them off and ritualize habits, we succeed.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • Why checklists should be precise
  • Why checklists should be to the point
  • Why you have to give yourself reminders
  • The value of finding a community to help you with your list
  • Why you should have a bucket life instead of a bucket list
  • Why it’s important to create a consistent practice
  • The importance of having the right attitude

“I believe you need to have your big, motivating desire in mind.”  (Click to Tweet)

The Power of the List on The Cravings Whisperer with Alexandra Jamieson

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“Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving his or her goal.”  (Click to Tweet)

57 Sara Avent Stover – Embracing Your Feminine Spiritual Awakening

Sara Avent Stover on The Cravings Whisperer with Alexandra Jamieson

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Alright, crave bears I’ll admit: I am a bonified hippie born to hippie parents. And yet there are some aspects of the new age hippie culture that always felt a little icky to me, like female empowerment, divine feminine, and sister circles.

But over the years, I’ve come to term with these nouveau new age beliefs, and I was lucky enough to start following Sara Avent Stover. She made me feel like I had a community in my spirituality with nature, and gave me a language for those beliefs. She seeks to present this new model of beliefs that reflects the power and the wisdom that’s really unique to our feminine path.

Sara’s first book, The Way of the Happy Woman, came out in 2011, but today I’m excited to talk about her new book, The Book of SHE. This book celebrates all that it means to be a woman, and talks about embracing our full feminine spiritual awakening.

Trust me, Sara is an empowering woman, and I think you’ll like what she has to say.

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“Cycles of feminine empowerment, they move through these rhythms of darkness of light.”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • The events that led her to write her new book
  • What happened when she received a visit from Mary Magdalene
  • Why she sees divine communication as something to relate to and not as an enemy
  • Why it’s important to understand the difference between the feminine and the masculine
  • Why we need to reclaim the diving feminine and masculine
  • What is the archetype of the father’s daughter
  • Why the little girl within us struggles with growing up
  • Why you have to be in dialogue with various parts of yourself

“We all have little girls within us who are longing to be loved and to be approved of and to get it right.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • How the feminine shero’s journey is different from the hero’s journey
  • Why the differences between men and women are valuable
  • How women are impacted differently by events in our lives
  • What happens when the stereotypical masculine pathway doesn’t bring us what we want
  • Why we have to be able to look inwards
  • What feminine empowerment means to her
  • Why you have to leave your normal life

“Feminine power is love. Love is the strongest force in the universe.”  (Click to Tweet)

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“At some point or other every woman is called on her heroine’s journey.”  (Click to Tweet)


56 Breaking Up Is Hard On Your Body – Conscious Uncoupling with Katherine Woodward Thomas

Katherine Woodward Thomas on The Cravings Whisperer with Alexandra Jamieson

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Breaking up is hard to do, isn’t it crave bears? Our relationships with other people matter. The people in your life influence how you speak, how you eat, how you act, and how you treat yourself! And ending a relationship can be really hard. I know my divorce was really hard on my psyche.

Today I’m talking with Katherine Woodward Thomas, author of one of my favorite books, Calling in “The One”. Her new book, Conscious Uncoupling, is all about how to live happily even after. I wish I had had this book during my divorce – it would have made my own untangling so much easier!

Our relationship status and the joy or sadness in our relationship can have a huge impact on our health and well being, our stress levels, and our emotional eating. This episode is perfect to listen to if you are going through a breakup or have ever been through a breakup (which is most of us!).

I also want you to know about the upcoming Cravings Cleanse! This will be the last time I am coaching this program live (but don’t worry, it will still be available). Join me as we heal your body with food while healing your relationship with food in this 8-week program!

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“I am pro-marriage, not pro-misery.” – Katherine Woodward Thomas  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • How conscious uncoupling came into her life
  • Why you should rethink the goals of your relationship
  • What is the “happily ever after” myth
  • Why we have to uplevel our goals of love
  • What is affect labeling
  • How humans soothe each other
  • How identifying your emotions can help deal with them
  • What rage is really saying
  • How to start taking a stand

“The feelings that come up during a break up are so big, they can really overwhelm us.” – Katherine Woodward Thomas (Click to Tweet)

  • Why you have to let go of being a victim
  • What is a source fracture story
  • Why we have a learning curve in love
  • What is a love alchemist
  • The importance of self forgiveness
  • What is forgiveness
  • How your friends can support you
  • Why you have to adjust your expectations

“Hatred is not the opposite of love, it’s just the negative flip side of the same coin.” – Katherine Woodward Thomas (Click to Tweet)

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“I have the power to generate cohesion and greater levels of care and decency.” – Katherine Woodward Thomas (Click to Tweet)


We think about food all the time, but don’t really take the time to eat

Taking the time to really eat: Cravings Cleanse + Mindset Makeover

Last week I was talking with a client I’ll call Jen.

Jen wants to get rid of her bloating, which bothers her daily, and has a bigger life’s craving to feel confident and comfortable in her body.

I asked her to describe how she eats, and when she eats.
Here’s what her meal plan looks like, which is just like so many women I work with:

Wake up as late as possible, then eat in 5 minutes or on the way to work.
Eat lunch at her desk, then snack throughout the afternoon.
Get home starving, then quickly eat in order to get on with other things…

“So,” I asked, “would I be right in saying that you only spend about 30 minutes actually eating every day?”

“Yes,” that sounds about right,” said Jen.

See, we spend so much time worrying and obsessing about food, and our bodies, but we don’t really take time to enjoy eating.

When we eat too quickly, on the run, at our desks, in the car, or secretly, with the lights off, we are in a state of panic, stress, and unease.

Here’s what I know to be true: you can either be stressed, or you can digest.

When you eat slowly, with ease, enjoying your food, taking breaths, chewing completely, savoring, your body can digest. Your body has time to tell you when it’s full. Your stomach can handle the food coming its way.

We are in such a state or rush and panic, with almost every single meal,
that we neither notice how our body feels, nor do we have a chance to digest.

This leads to stomach pain, bloating, poor digestion, leaky gut, and overeating.

I gave Jen an assignment: spend 15-20 minutes eating each meal, and don’t do it alone.

Food should be one of the best things about being alive, and enjoyed with other people. Set the table. Light a candle. Invite a friend to lunch, go to a park or cafe for breakfast, eat outside as often as possible. Take a real lunch break. (It is the law, after all!)

Taking the time to really eat: Cravings Cleanse + Mindset Makeover

This is the first step in changing your digestion and the impact your digestive health has on your cravings, even before you change what you eat.

She’s on it, and looking forward to feeling different with food, and enjoying it with others.

Eating real meals, like a person who cares enough about her body and her life to take the time, is the first step in transforming your relationship with food, your energy, and digestion.

I told Jen about the positive psychology technique, savoring. It’s the first lesson I teach in the Cravings Cleanse + Mindset Makeover. Savoring is a way of fully feeling, noticing, and loving, food, your body, each moment, and your live.

It’s a powerful tool, that allows you to actually be in the moment, appreciate your body, slow down, and enjoy your life…and only one of the mindset tools I’ll share with you in the Cravings Cleanse, which starts 10/7.

Click here to join us: http://alexandrajamieson.com/cravings-cleanse/

Jen is on her way to a new way of eating, and I want that for you.
See, it doesn’t matter what you eat, if you’re always eating in a state of stress, your body and relationship with her, and food, won’t change.

Registration is now open for the next Cravings Cleanse + Mindset Makeover. We start 10/7, but you’ll get access to the bonus videos, recordings, meditations, and more this week.


55 Heart Habits

Heart Habits on The Cravings Whisperer with Alexandra Jamieson

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

I’ve been getting some questions from you crave bears about habits. Questions like how to make them, how to break them, and how to keep the good ones around.

Well I’ve got some news for you. It’s not about breaking bad habits. It’s about transforming them. Habits are all about the trigger, the action, and the reward. So let’s change the action, shall we?

Today I’m talking about little steps to begin to create new, healthy habits that can start small, but ripple out to have a big effect on your life.

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We like to think about how things can bring us more joy, how can they help me feel more love and feel more loved.”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • How habits are a system
  • What is a heart habit
  • Why transformation does not happen overnight
  • Why you can’t do too much too fast or too soon
  • Why humans are habitual creatures
  • The three-step process of habits
  • Why your brain likes habits
  • How to transform your action

Developing healthy habits is a process, it’s a daily practice.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • How to create a reminder for your new habit
  • Why you should make your habits easy to start
  • The importance of rewarding yourself for good habits
  • How I created lots of healthy habits by transforming one bad habit
  • What is mindful eating vs. soulful eating
  • What if we chose meals based on how we want to feel in the future
  • How is your soul asking you to eat
  • The impact heart habits can have on your life

We’re not breaking a habit, we’re transforming it – we’re going to change your action.”  (Click to Tweet)

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Every time you assign positivity to an action, that’s what really helps transform habits.”  (Click to Tweet)



Better than popcorn: simple roasted Brussels Sprouts [cravings cleanse approved!]

Best Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe


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At night I often crave crunchy and fatty foods…

What gives?!

I already ate dinner, and I’m not starving…unless I’m really up way too late, and should have been in bed by now.

There are 3 possible reasons we crave salty, crunchy fatty foods, and I can help you figure it out, and eat to avoid them with this simple roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe.


  1. You might not be eating enough mineral-rich foods. Salty cravings often indicate a lack of trace elements and minerals in your diet, which the body tries to get through eating more salt.
  2. You might not be eating enough healthy fats, which your body actually needs to feed your brain, and build enough hormones for mood balancing
  3. We often crave crunchy foods as a way to release pent up aggression, anger, and frustration. When we are suffering from “good girl syndrome,” or trying to be nice and pleasant all the time, we don’t have a way to let our true emotions out. Crunching and destroying something like potato chips and roasted nuts is an easy, tasty way to get that static out of your system…


But all those salty, crunchy, fatty foods aren’t necessarily your friend at 11 o’clock at night. They cause nighttime digestive upset, and stop us from feeling our best.

Try this for 1 week:

Include healthy, crunchy, fatty, lightly salted foods with your dinner every night.

This roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe is easy, tasty, and gives you the satisfaction you’re looking for:


2-3 cups baby sprouts, or large sprouts trimmed of tough outer leaves

2-3 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 400F.

Toss the sprouts, oil, and salt, and spread evenly on a lined cookie sheet.

Roast in oven for 10 minutes, turn the cookie sheet so the sprouts cook evenly, and cook for another 2-5 minutes until sprouts begin to brown slightly.


This natural crunch, with mineral rich sea salt and sprouts, will give your body and taste the sensation you desire.

Get lots more recipes, support, and coaching to transform your cravings in my 8-week Cravings Cleanse + Mindset Makeover. We start 10/7/15!

xo, Alex

54 Meditation & Body Love

Meditation & Body Love on The Cravings Whisperer with Alexandra Jamieson

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Let’s talk about meditation, my crave bears. I know a lot of ladies are intimidated by it, they struggle with it, but are very curious and think it could be a good habit to start.

Today I’m talking with Kayce Neil all about meditation. Kayce just went on a rapasana retreat, and whoa does it sound fascinating!

Not only can meditation be a wonderful tool to help us deal with anxiety and stress, but it can also help us deal with any issues we have with body image.

Listen in to find out more about meditation, about the various kinds, and how to get started.

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I love the idea that I’m given a mantra, because that helped me focus my mind and bring me back to the tension.”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • Why some of us are scared of meditation
  • How Casey learned about visualization in sports
  • When she first sat down to meditate
  • What is transcendental meditation (TM)
  • How her life changed once she started doing TM
  • How meditation helped reduce her anxiety and fear
  • The difference between mindfulness and meditation
  • Why we should act instead of react
  • How meditation can be used to treat trauma
  • What is grounding

We are not yet in a culture where our emotions are embraced for what they simply are.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • The value of being in the present moment
  • How we define trauma
  • What is a just world view
  • The unique traumas that women and men experience
  • What is a Rapasana
  • Why Rapasana involves silence
  • What came up for her during her ten days of silence
  • How body image played a role in her meditation
  • How letting go of judgments can help achieve freedom
  • The danger of being bombarded by the media’s version of perfection
  • Why meditation can simultaneously be awesome and horrifying

When we can learn to let go of those judgments, there’s so much freedom in our heads.”  (Click to Tweet)

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Any of our feelings, any of our emotions, any of our thoughts are right. They are our truth.”  (Click to Tweet)

Want to eat less sugar? Science says: make life sweeter [Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Biscuit Recipe]

Gluten-free sweet potato biscuits

Gluten-free sweet potato biscuits

This weekend was so sweet…

…I met a new ginger kitten our family will (finger’s crossed) adopt next weekend…

(pictures to come!!)

…we hosted 3 other families for brunch, our favorite meal to prepare and share…

(brand new Sweet Potato Biscuit Recipe below)

make life sweeter - healthy brunch recipes

…my son and I went roller skating in the park…

…and I discovered this awesome science story on NPR, which proves that the happier you are, the sweeter foods taste.

Here’s the basic science:

When you’re happy because something good happens, food with a slightly sour or bitter flavor taste better.

When you’re unhappy, “healthier” foods (maybe slightly bitter greens, other healthy vegetables, milder tasting foods) are more unappealing, as sweeter, fattier foods remain pleasurable.

Your taste buds and tongue contain a high number of serotonin receptors. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, “is linked with happiness and mood.”

So when we feel stressed or disappointed and crave ice cream, don’t blame your willpower, your neurotransmitters and taste buds are partially to blame as well.

This is why brunch is a happy tradition in our home.

Every month we invite as many people as can fit in our Brooklyn apartment, cook up a storm, and enjoy a 3+ hour meal with good friends, conversation, and good food.

The sweetness of the meal is in the people, not just in the food.

Making every meal, not just big brunches or holiday dinners, sweet is a high priority for me.

I would rather get up early so that breakfast can be relaxed, sitting at the table with my family,

than rushed and eaten on the run.

It just doesn’t feel good.

Life can be stressful enough – make each meal sweeter:

  • fresh flowers
  • real cloth napkins
  • candles lit, even at breakfast
  • nice music
  • cleaned off table
  • no computer or cell phone present

When you take the time to make each meal an experience, a joyful occasion, it tastes better.

Some of my clients or Cravings Cleanse + Mindset Makeover (Next CCMM starts 10/7/15!!) members struggle with taking the time to eat their meals in a calm, pretty way. But it’s worth it. Your digestion, metabolism, and yes, your taste buds change when you are in a relaxed, joyful state of being.

Gluten-free Sweet Potato Biscuits

Makes 12-14


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (for a gorgeous golden color!)
  • 2 tablespoons natural cane sugar (original recipe called for 4!! So not necessary with sweet potatoes…)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter or frozen coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cooked, peeled, mashed sweet potato, cooled

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Biscuits


  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine milk, apple cider, and apple cider vinegar; set aside.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cayenne, turmeric, sugar, and salt. Whisk until blended and set aside.
  5. Cut in butter or coconut oil until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  6. In a separate mixing bowl combine egg, milk mixture, and sweet potato, stirring well until mixed. Add this to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not over mix, or you’ll lose the nice fluffy texture.
  7. Scoop 1/4 cups of dough onto the prepared pan, about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
  9. Serve warm with honey. MMMMMmmmm….

53 End the Late Night Eating

End the Late Night Eating on The Cravings Whisperer with Alexandra Jamieson

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

We’ve reason to celebrate, crave bears. Crave Cast is almost 1 year old!

Can you believe it? I’ve so enjoyed this year of talking to experts to share their knowledge with you, and I’ve loved talking to YOU!

This week I asked put some feelers out on social media for a couple questions to discuss and I got some great ones about late night cravings and about feeling free.

Listen in for some tips to end late night eating, and to help you feel free with your body and yourself.

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Are you going to feel physically better later if you eat this now?”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • Where those late night cravings come from
  • Why you have to check in on what and when you’ve eaten
  • Why you should choose healthy foods for a snack
  • How to analyze whether your cravings are real
  • What else you can do for your wellbeing other than eating or drinking
  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid of physical pleasure
  • The reality of the craving for freedom
  • What happens when women feel free in our bodies
  • What are the two body myths keeping us from freedom

There are ways of living that help you feel your body, appreciate her, and trust her.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • Why we shouldn’t think of it as “getting your body back”
  • How the myth of the lost body is keeping us stuck
  • What are heart habits
  • Why we have to reframe the stigma around sex and losing your virginity
  • How society uses weight and sexual status to brand us
  • How food became our safe sex
  • Why we have to become aware of these myths
  • How we can truly be free

When we stop judging and defining ourselves by our food and by our pleasures, we can truly be free.”  (Click to Tweet)

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When we feel free in ourselves, we can change the world.”  (Click to Tweet)



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