Clean, beautiful, simple: Soma Water Pitcher Give Away! #20til40

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You’ve heard it before, but maybe you don’t do enough of it: drink water. Today’s #20til40 give away will inspire you to drink more, in style! My friends at Soma Water Filters are giving away one beautiful glass carafe, what I call “the better Britta.” give-away-a-thon_soma This streamlined water filter delivers crisp, clean water, minimalist good looks, and a subscription service that means you never have to deal with stickers or timers again—the company delivers new filters to your door every two months. An organic filter made of silk + food-based plastic means you’ll never have those pesky black flecks again (or the guilt of throwing away a bulky landfill filter). Plus, the glass carafe is non-toxic glass, and so stylish it’s a lovely addition to your table.

I’ve put together over $1000 in prizes and am giving away 20 days of goodies!

Books, juices, my favorite healthy products, jewelry, and more are just a tiny way for me to say thank you for being a part of my online tribe – my “Clan of the Crave Bears!”

Enter to win this Soma Water Filter below! xo, Alex

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P.S. If you’re ready to just buy a soma and get some pretty water for your home, order one here:

Love Your Skin: Win $155 Gift Basket From CVSkinlabs #20til40

You deserve to love the skin you’re in…and your skin needs daily love with products that heal + protect, without harsh or toxic chemicals.

I’m proud to share today’s give-away from my dear friend, Britta Aragon, founder of CVSkinlabs!

Her products are clean, lovely, and originally formulated to help cancer patients heal their sensitive skin through their treatments. Britta gifted me some of her lotions for my dear mother, who passed away 14 months ago from liver cancer.

It’s friends like this that have made my 40 years on earth so beautiful!

 

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Celebrating my #20til40 birthday with 20 days of give aways – CVSkinlabs basket of heaven!

 

And today I want to share Britta’s gorgeous gift basket with you!

Just enter below, and you could win this lovely $155 basket of love!

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Win Women, Food, And Desire + Cool British Magnet! #20til40

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Did you know Women, Food, And Desire hit #1 on Amazon in Popular Psychology/Sexuality, #2 in Health, and was named one of 5 books to Love Yourself Well by fitbottomedgirls.com, as well as the top winter non-fiction book by goop.com!?

Woohoo!

That’s one of the reasons why I’m celebrating with my #20til40 give-away-a-thon, giving away 20 days of my favorite products and goodies that keep me happy and well.

Today’s give away? A signed copy of my book, Women, Food, and Desire, and 2 awesome fridge magnets with the British version of the cover + my favorite theme for the kitchen:

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Enter to win below!

And come back every day through 3/27 to win over $1000 in prizes! xo Alex

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Giving Away the Big O Pack from Babeland.com! #20til40

Win an Orgasm In A Box From Babeland.com + Alexandra Jamieson!

I believe that in order to be truly healthy, you need to connect to your physical desires, and indulge in your capacity for physical pleasure.

Case in point: masturbation!

A common, natural, and normal part of the human experience, masturbation brings a boat load of health benefits, and I recommend it to my clients regularly because it:

  • can relieve stress better than ice cream
  • balance your hormones cheaper than drugs
  • increase your self-confidence and body image more than any women’s magazine
  • can relieve muscle cramps and tension better than Midol
  • heal and relax bloating, stomach pain, and digestive issues as much as raw sauerkraut

To celebrate my upcoming 40th birthday in 20 days, I’ve partnered with Babeland.com to give away their awesome Orgasm In A Box!

Win an Orgasm In A Box From Babeland.com + Alexandra Jamieson!

Win an Orgasm In A Box From Babeland.com + Alexandra Jamieson!

Filled with non-toxic toys, lube and more goodies, when you win this fun-filled prize plan on a delicious night in without your old boyfriends, Ben & Jerry!

To enter, just follow the directions below and take as many actions as you want to enter as many times as you can:

 
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Keep coming back every day until my big day, 3/27, for more give aways and prizes!

xo,

Alex

Guest Post: Dr. Anna + Happier Hormones

Struggling to Connect With Loved Ones? These 2 Hormones Might By Why + How To Fix Them

My dear friend, hormone expert, and amazing mom Anna Cabeca is guest starring on my blog today! She’s a hormone and anti-aging specialist. One of her specialties is helping women and men balance their hormones so they can feel better, look younger, and even lose weight.

I wanted to share her passion and insights into hormonal balancing, our desires for connection, and how to feel great in our own skin again.

At the end of this post you’ll see an offer for Dr. Anna’s Might Maca greens -

I personally use Mighty Maca (especially the cute little travel pouches) when I travel, and when I need a hormonal energy boost, to feel happy in my body, and when I know I need to lower my stress hormones.

Dr. Anna Cabeca's Might Maca

Dr. Anna Cabeca’s Might Maca

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Alex & Dr. Anna Cabeca

Here’s why, in Dr. Anna’s own words: 

Do you feel stressed, tired, lonely and disconnected from your relationships with others and even yourself?

Do you prefer to stay home rather than socialize?

Do you walk by people you know and not say hi because you don’t want to interact?

Are you missing the warmth of love and connection? Do you just not have the energy to connect?

What if I told you that feeling this way may not be your fault. Why? The answer is in your biology and your biology to a large extent drives your behavior. It’s very possible that two of the most important hormones in your body – cortisol and oxytocin – are waging war on each other and wreaking havoc on your life.


Allow me to explain how it all works:

Cortisol – one of your life-saving hormones – is an immediate responder in times of danger and stress. It’s our body’s natural anti-inflammatory. A perfect example of someone who runs on excess cortisol is a person who takes a vacation and immediately gets a cold. That happens because cortisol was naturally suppressing inflammation and inflammation makes you sick. Take that stress away, cortisol goes down…and boom any underlying inflammation flares up.

Sickness is just the beginning of the excess cortisol hit list. Chronic high cortisol can also lead to rapid aging, loneliness and depression.

Oxytocin is the powerful hormone of love bonding and connection. It’s the hormone we release in abundance during childbirth that overflows as we look into the eyes of our newborn. It’s also released in abundance with orgasm, laughter, play, hugging and giving. It’s the twinkle in your eyes and the smile on your face hormone! Yes! The peace, love and granola anti-aging hormone!

Cortisol and oxytocin oppose each other. They are the two boxers in a ring or two kids on a seesaw. When one goes up the other is forced to go down. The key is in balancing the two. I’ve helped thousands of women do just that and begin to live happy, full lives.

How did I learn how to create this balance?

This is where it gets personal. I struggled significantly myself and when nothing in my MD toolbox fixed the problem, I sought out another solution to save myself AND my family.

You see, several years ago, my family and I were traumatized when my son passed away in a tragic accident. We all experienced PTSD and I became clinically depressed, stressed to the max, sleepless, inflamed, infertile and hormonally imbalanced to say the least.

(To hear more about my journey and lessons, listen to my webinar here:)

I needed to find a way to live again for my family and myself. So I left my medical practice and we traveled the world… it was our healing journey. I came back pregnant, ready to make a new start. My children were best friends and healthiest ever. That was incredible. However, despite my enormous progress, I was still disconnected from myself and from my husband… and my marriage ended.

That loss allowed me to make a transformative discovery. I now recognize that chronic stress and PTSD trigger the cortisol-oxytocin disconnect and it may cause us to unconsciously walk away from things and people we love. Simply put, you may be walking away because cortisol won.

That discovery has since allowed me to help thousands of clients struggling with a similar disconnect BEFORE it’s too late. The key is an understanding the beauty in life is when oxytocin wins and that’s what I teach you to do.

I teach you how to put Oxytocin in the winner’s circle.

One winning set-up is to fuel your body with the nutrition it needs to thrive.
The green drink I created from my healing journey around the globe allows you to begin that process.

It’s called Mighty Maca and it’s specifically designed to support the adrenals, balance hormones and decrease inflammation.

I like to think of it as pure love in a delicious green drink – go oxytocin!

Mighty Maca is my gift to you today. I welcome you to give it a try here and I look forward to hearing how it fuels you.

Try Mighty Maca today:

To your health,
Dr. Anna Cabeca

 

P.S. From Alex: If you choose to buy any of Dr. Anna’s products, I will receive an “affiliate commission” which means she shares some of her earnings with me. Which is so cool! I love her product, and I only share products that I use and adore. I’m thrilled to share her with you, and use the few sheckles that come my way to keep on blogging, sharing, and creating great things for you. xo, Alex

#20DaysTil40! Celebrate Alex’s 40th Birthday with 20 Days of Healthy Prizes!

 

I’m turning 40 on 3/27, and I am SO excited to celebrate the 40 blessed, wild, crazy, heart-filling and gut-wrenching years I’ve been honored to be alive.

I usually don’t get all that excited about birthdays, but this one feels BIG!

20 Days of Prizes To Celebrate Alex's 40th Birthday!

There is good science that points to an energy + momentum when we reach a decade birthday. My intention is for 40 to be vibrant, soul-deep, fun, and meaningful.

To really celebrate, I want to give away as much as I get from all of you – so I’ve put together over $1000 in prizes and am giving away 20 days of goodies!

Books, juices, my favorite healthy products, jewelry, grocery delivery services, and more are just a tiny way for me to say thank you for being a part of my online tribe – my “Clan of the Crave Bears!”

Enter Below & Come Back Daily to My Blog To Enter Again!

xo, Alex

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Join me in celebrating this 40th turn around the sun with my partners CVSkinLabsSoma Water Filters, Perfect Supplements, Fomentek, Topricin, Rock That Gem, Suja Juices, Instacart,and more!

 

Top Reviews for Women, Food, And Desire! Goop, FitBottomedGirls.com, Bustle.com!

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FitBottomedGirls.com named Women, Food, And Desire 1 of 5 books to Love Yourself Healthy – see the full list here:

http://fitbottomedgirls.com/2015/02/5-books-to-love-yourself-healthy/
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Goop.com, otherwise known as Gwenyth Paltrow’s health and lifestyle website, named Women, Food, And Desire their top non-fiction winter read for 2015!

See the whole thing here: http://goop.com/late-winter-reading/

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Bustle.com names Women, Food, And Desire 1 of 12 books to help you get through your divorce easier:

See the whole list here: http://www.bustle.com/articles/61076-12-books-to-read-thatll-make-your-divorce-a-little-bit-easier

 Get your copy of Women, Food, And Desire here! xo, Alex

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Healing Rituals: Tea Rituals | How to create healing rituals

I’ve learned that  you can learn to be happier just like you can learn to play ukulele or teach yourself Spanish.

One daily aspect of consciously learning happiness is to create healing + grounding rituals.

Rituals are any symbolic behaviors we perform before, during, and after meaningful event.

And they’re really everywhere in human culture:

 

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Healing Rituals – Tea As Ritual

  • Rituals are used by athletes, before and during games and contests, and studies show it helps to maintain or increase focus and performance
  • Rituals are used before meaningful events like weddings or ceremonies, and are used to help focus the energy and attention of large groups of people
  • Rituals are used to mark the passing of a loved one with funerals, and help people manage their grief and release the pain of loss

Our personal rituals matter much more than we realize. Recent studies have proved that our actions and thoughts are 40% habit – that means almost ½ of what we do and think is repetitive and happens without us thinking about it.

Sometimes life feels like a runaway train—it can seem like we don’t get to choose what’s going on in our daily lives.

When that happens, we can remind ourselves that we have the power to choose the way we live our lives, and the “personal brand” that we put on things.

I’ve been drinking tea since I was a kid with my mom, but now I set aside a little time and attention to make tea a ritual for rest, remembering good times, introspection, and creation.

One way to do this is through creating rituals in our lives that support and nourish us. Rituals and nurturing routines provide us with structure that grounds us and connects us to others.

They can connect us to the energy of the earth and seasons, our past, family, and community as well as help us to create the kind of environment where we’ll function best.

They also create a sense of predictability that can help us feel safe, and reduce the stress of uncertainty.
Rituals are rhythmic; they put us in sync with nature in a nurturing way.

They help us cope with the shifts and transitions we face daily, weekly, seasonally, and throughout our lives.

By creating structure in the form of a daily or weekly ritual, our minds can relax, and this frees up a lot of energy so that we can create the life we desire.

And they work.

Rituals help us manifest what we truly crave in life, by placing our energy where we want it most. CLICK TO TWEET + SHARE THIS!

Here’s what scientists are finding about our use of ritual:
performing rituals with the intention of producing a specific result appears to be enough for that result to come true.

  • One of my intentions was to bring more awareness to our family meals even at the end of hectic days. We set the table with cloth napkins and light a candle with every meal we eat at home. I’m teaching my 8-year old son how to light a candle, and how to set the table, so we has a ritual with calm, loving eating as well.
  • Another intention was to feel in control of my finances, so my partner and I created monthly “money dates.” You could call them cash rituals.
  • I also wanted to wake up my body after a long, cold winter, and created a morning yoga ritual – every morning, for 10 minutes, I stretch and then make my tea.
  • Music is a big deal in my family of musicians, and I want to pass that love of music to my son. Now when I give him a bath, I bring in my ukulele and we sing together as I learn a new song. (AND we put our instruments up on the wall in the living room, so we see them and take them down more frequently – a great way to trigger yourself into doing your rituals!
Ritualize your creativity by putting your art in full view.

Ritualize your creativity by putting your art in full view.

If you’re here you’re interested in healing and growing. That’s what my “clan of the crave bears” is all about. Healing the body, healing relationships, and growing a crave-worthy life.

So this week, focus on creating a ritual to heal an area of your life, or intentionally place your positive energy in a direction or on a project you want to create:

HOW TO CREATE RITUALS FOR A CRAVE-WORTHY LIFE:

Get specific about your intention + the actions the ritual will embody:

  • Why – you intention for the ritual (loving – no voodoo, framed in the positive)
  • When – at what time are you going to do the activity? Morning? After dinner? Spring or Winter? Sundays?
  • Where – is it portable or does it depend on a place?

Examples of Healing Rituals

  • Walking Ritual: at your favorite time of day, dawn, dusk, or after lunch – not for “exercise” but for feeling your body in nature
  • Learning Ritual: memorize a poem, playing a song, or some other new skill once a week or every evening
  • Friend Ritual: thursday night dinner with a friend, Sunday tea with a friend at a bookstore cafe
  • Gratitude Writing Ritual: For 1 week, write down 3 things that you’re grateful for at the end of dinner.

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IDEAS FOR NEW FOOD RITUALS:

  • setting the table with napkins, forks, lit candles, flowers
  • Simply lighting a candle before you eat anything, and sitting down to acknowledge your desire to digest and enjoy
  • 5 deep breaths before you begin eating
  • 8-12 ounces warm lemon water upon waking to wake up your liver and hydrate your brain
  • saying a gratitude out loud at the end of the meal: that was delicious! I feel perfectly full and satisfied!

As you build rituals into your life, you build a lifestyle that supports your healthiest self.

I want to hear your favorite rituals!

In the comments below, share your favorite ritual, or tell us what you’re going to try first!

xo,

Alex

 

How to cut root vegetables without cutting off a finger. Roasted Root Vegetable Recipe!

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables. Having fun with root vegetables! Kids enjoy playing with food – so do I!

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How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables. How to cut a parsnip. Cut into even sized chunks for even baking.

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables. Cut up a turnip without cutting off a finger. Cut off the top and root end for two flat ends, then cut in half.

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables without losing a finger. Always cut a flat edge so the round vegetables have a flat side to rest on so they don’t wobble around.

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How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables without losing a finger. Always cut a flat edge so the round vegetables have a flat side to rest on so they don’t wobble around.

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How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables without losing a finger. Always cut a flat edge so the round vegetables have a flat side to rest on so they don’t wobble around.

 

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How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables without losing a finger. Always cut a flat edge so the round vegetables have a flat side to rest on so they don’t wobble around.

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables without losing a finger. Always cut a flat edge so the round vegetables have a flat side to rest on so they don't wobble around. Toss with 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil or bacon drippings, and a pinch of salt. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables without losing a finger. Always cut a flat edge so the round vegetables have a flat side to rest on so they don’t wobble around. Toss with 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil or bacon drippings, and a pinch of salt. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.

How to snack for a body you love

The big problem I have with extreme diets and detoxes is the purposeful calorie restriction.

Here’s my stake in the sand, my rage against what I call the Diet Industrial Complex:

Calories. Don’t. Matter.

 

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When you’re trying to cleanse your body of built up toxins and inflammation, and to really heal your digestion, hormones, and mood, counting calories is a false promise.

It’s all about the types of food you put in your body, avoiding foods like gluten, dairy, sugar, corn, soy, and caffeine for a while, and adding foods and supplements to heal your body.

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Counting calories makes you crazy and fills your head with useless numbers.

Counting calories (or points for the “weight watchers rejects” who have finally escaped) focuses on the wrong thing:

Counting calories makes you stop listening to your body, and that keeps the horrible cycle of dieting and body-shame in place. CLICK TO TWEET THIS

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What you see here is a sample of the snacks that I enjoy, and that are Cravings Cleanse approved. My rules for snacks while on the cleanse are:

  • Toxic 6 free (gluten, dairy, corn, soy, sugar, and caffeine)
  • I eat when I’m truly hungry
  • I eat slowly, with love, appreciation, and away from my computer
  • Snacks have to be yummy!

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Whether hard boiled eggs, avocados filled with extra virgin olive oil, fruit, chopped veggies, or coconut wraps filled with apple slices and almond butter, my snacks are healthy, yummy, and cleanse approved.

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I will not choose a snack based on how many calories are on the label.

And that’s how I’ve been coaching my clients to eat for over 13 years.

Because counting calories will not tell you how a food makes you feel, and that’s the most important thing you can learn now.

Counting calories will not help you heal your body, or fix your relationship with your body.

Choosing wholesome foods, and listening to how your body feels when you eat them, while removing the ingredients that cause us to feel sluggish, bloated, foggy, and in pain, is the only way to really create a new way of eating and living.

And helping you feel well in your body is my main mission.

Join the Cravings Cleanse – we begin 2/12. 

xo,

Alex