Women’s magazines + the Diet Industrial Complex

Women’s magazines are a big part of what I’m calling the “diet industrial complex,” the overlap of media, food, and health experts that have set us up to be totally body and food obsessed, while disconnecting us from the connection to our bodies. 

When you are raised in this culture, you have little chance of listening to your body and trusting “her.”

womans worldThe covers feature extreme diets to lose weight quickly, right next to food porn images of unhealthy meals. 


What we see with our eyes effects our health as much as what we eat. Be wary of what media you consume. CLICK TO TWEET! 


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The HOT and FUN interview on cravings, Women Food And Desire, and the connection between food cravings and sexual desire

My Interview with @SexWithEmily on “Men & Meatballs” (AKA Women, Food, And Desire)

The HOT and FUN interview on cravings, Women Food And Desire, and the connection between food cravings and sexual desire

The HOT and FUN interview on cravings, Women Food And Desire, and the connection between food cravings and sexual desire

 

My favorite interview yet! Click here to listen in: 

“Are your issues with self-esteem and body-image weighing down your sex drive?”

In this show, Emily addresses some of these key sex-killing issues, and shares tips to help you get your sex life right back where you want it. Special guest Alex Jamieson, author of the book Women, Food and Desire, stops by the studio to weigh in on the curious relationship between body image, diet and desire, for both men and women.

Following a tough divorce, and a dramatic break up with the vegan lifestyle, Alex recounts her own struggles with self-confidence, and shares how a mix of diet change and dating helped her get her mojo back. 18 months and 100 first dates later, she shares her tip for rediscovering your desire: Try on different men (and different foods) to see what feels best!

Get the interview here on iTunes: http://ow.ly/HsrPO

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below on what you think of the show!

xo,

Alex

Walking to Heal. My emotional + physical cravings story.

This weekend I went for a “hike” the Santa Monica mountains.

You could call it a soul stroll.

Walking to Heal.

I’ve lived in New York City for 15 years and love my city. But nature is my spiritual practice.

It’s where I feel connected, supported, and most alive.

Walking along the rainy path, no other humans around, smelling the intoxicating dampness of Eucalyptus leaves, feeling the gravity of the earth, hearing the birds talk to each other, watching the mist rise and melt away from the hills, tears began streaming down my cheeks.

Walking, quietly, no distractions, and just being.

How often do we get to do that?

 

We humans are physical and emotional creatures. We are built this way.

Sadly, most of us grow up to think our bodies, our physical desires, and our emotions are “wrong,” or out of whack, or just, “too much.”

 

We all need time to move, and feel. When we allow emotions to move through us, especially as we move our bodies, a healing release can rise up and allow us to love ourselves.

 

On this walk, I got a bone-deep feeling that I’m enough. Just enough. That nature is perfect, and allows for the ebb and flow of our energy and emotions.

 

I got that we all need time to heal, that we all deserve whatever cravings are coming up for us.

 

Cravings for time, quiet, food, physical enjoyment, contemplation, rest. It’s all inherently good. And so are we.

I came upon this path marker:

Resting To Heal.

 

The trails were mostly closed to allow for nature to do her work of healing the ground, and I marveled at the wisdom of Mother Nature and the parks employees.

She needs quiet rest to heal. It’s winter here in the USA, after all. This time of year has us all turning inward, feeling into our roots, and nature mirrors that need in us.

Sometimes we all need quiet rest, closing down, and stillness to allow the miracle of nature to do her work.

 Your human body is so wise, so capable. You deserve quiet rest, and if you crave it, I encourage you to take the time for yourself. Healing is sometimes dynamic and fast, but often it’s quiet and slow. Click to Tweet This: 

You deserve it, that quiet, contemplative time alone, if you want it. Either in a church or on a nature trail.

There is healing there for you, and it’s valid to want it.

I want to hear from you in the comments below – are you a “spiritual mover” like me? Do you consider yourself divinely connected and directed? How do you honor that?

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I’ve been hearing from so many new readers who just read Women, Food, And Desire, and wanted to share what they’re saying and seeing:

“If there is a women and food book out there, I’ve read it. I totally appreciate Alexandra’s approach to food. She just gets it on so many levels. The book is upbeat and positive. It is the first time I’ve read one of these books and actually FELT GOOD ABOUT MYSELF. Seriously. I am having fun shopping and cooking without all of the stress and pressure. I feel good, and I am making better choices because of it. I love love love all the supplemental materials that come with the book. I bought the eBook so I’ve been clicking away. It is one of those books you’ll read and want to give to all of your friends. Thank you Alexandra for writing this book. What a great way to start the off the new year.” ~ A, on Amazon

 

“I thought I wanted a hot fudge, caramel sundae on way home from a meeting….got in drive through line only to realize I didn’t have my wallet. Drove straight home and drank some warm tea instead! Guess what, I didn’t REALLY need a sundae and thank goodness did not eat one!” ~ S.A., Women, Food, And Desire Facebook Group

 

“This book has me seeing myself and habits with new eyes and I sense a real transformation on the horizon that has moved me to tears. Alexandra does what few people can: she actually shows you how to get to the root of your self-care challenges and transform them. Not through some weird, complicated diet, but through simple, wise and practical steps that speak to your soul’s deepest yearning. For real! Get this book. It’s about so much more than food. It’s for your entire life.” ~ Karin Witzig Rozell, Amazon.com review

To order your copy, go here: http://alexandrajamieson.com/wfdorderbonus/

Email us your receipt and we’ll send you access to 8 incredible bonus resources.

xo,

Alex

 

Are you listening? They’re talking to you…

We all have cravings.

Every single one of us longs to connect with the people and things that will make us feel whole, alive, loved, and satisfied.

I’d say, in fact, that this whole human experience of ours is essentially built on a bedrock of craving. It’s human nature, after all, to yearn, to long, to want, to desire.

So I ask you, with genuine curiosity, genuine interest:

What do you most crave?

Your cravings are the most powerful way your body speaks to you. What have you heard lately? Listen in… (Click to Tweet this)

I’m certain that it’s not really that peanut butter cup you’ve got tucked away in the glove compartment of your car, or the triple venti latte with a shot of syrup that you rely on every afternoon to get you through another stressful day on the job.

I bet it’s not that glass of wine you automatically reach for to help you relax at the end of a long, hard day. Nor is it the cookies, cakes, and other goodies you spend a lot of time daydreaming (and beating yourself up) about.

It’s not the impulse to run away from your partner, or to yell at your kids, or to impetuously quit the job that is wrong for you—though we’ve all certainly had these moments, too.

Women, Food, And Desire by Alexandra Jamieson

What I want to know is what lies underneath all of these itchy, uncomfortable feelings?

What incredibly important and vital needs of yours are going unmet, unacknowledged, unfed?

What are you not getting from your food, your environment, your life, that makes you think you have no option but to overeat, overwork, act out, isolate, or overspend?

In other words, what do you most desire?

What will make you feel most passionately alive? These are, I believe, the most important questions we can ask ourselves, and the answers are to be found in our cravings.

Whatever you need, it’s rarely something that money can buy, but it is—and will continue to be—profoundly influenced by what you put into your mouth, what you do with your days, and what you either say or leave unsaid.

If you’ve come to the point where what you’re feeding yourself or telling yourself is filling, but not fulfilling, well, that means that the message buried beneath that craving just hasn’t gotten through to you yet.

What most of my clients want is to feel radiantly alive and well.

They want to wake up each day and step into their lives from a deeply authentic and honest place and know that the actions they take, the decisions they make, will truly reflect their most heartfelt values.

They want to really believe, way down in their deepest soul, that they are valuable and worthwhile and that their choices matter. That they are loved and seen.

The key to achieving this profound level of comfort with the self is simple: learn to listen to your cravings.

Listen to them, and learn to honor them.

This is as true for stay-at-home-moms, the retired accountant with grandkids, the start-up entrepreneur, and the high level executive. (and I’ve worked with all of you)

This is easy, but it is the hardest thing you will ever learn to do, because it takes putting yourself first in ways that are radically new, even frightening, for most of us.

But it’s time.

It is time to stop mindlessly trying to get our cravings to stop bugging us. The irony here is that they will only loosen their grip on us when we commit to stop, listen, and learn from them.

Only when you do this, when you learn to stop reacting and get quiet and really listen, will your cravings become what they truly are: your greatest guide.

In my book, Women, Food, And Desire, I share how to listen to your cravings. Through stories from my own life, and stories from my clients, you can make peace with your body and your heart so you can truly, finally be at ease in the world.

Because, in the end, that’s what we really crave: to belong, to be loved, to be well, especially within ourselves. We all want to know, really feel, that we are perfect human beings, with no limitations on how we get to look, whom we get to love, what kind of contributions we’ll decide to make in our lives.

We’ve lost enough time battling our bodies, giving in to the societal pressure that says we have to look or be or eat “just so,” and we’ve done this by hiding our truth from ourselves and everyone else
around us.

We’ve been cowering in shame long enough.

It’s time. It’s time for us all to lay down our weapons of self-destruction.

It’s time for us to become the exquisite caretakers of our own deepest desires.

In order to do this, we need to understand the four root causes of cravings, respect, and embrace our cravings.

What are your cravings trying to tell you? What can you learn from them?

How will you honor them?

I want to hear from you:

In the comments below – share your cravings, and what they mean to you.

Women, Food, And Desire - available in the UK, from Little Brown

Women, Food, And Desire – UK Edition!

Women, Food, And Desire - available in the UK, from Little Brown

Women, Food, And Desire – available in the UK, from Little Brown

For UK readers (including Australia!) Women, Food, And Desire is ready for pre-order now!

Get your copy here: 

 

 

Warming Foods For Winter Weight Loss

Support your body this chilly season!

Instead of cooling your metabolism with summer fruits and berries, focus on naturally warming, seasonal foods, and your wellness and energy goals will be easier to reach.

Be sure you know your Cravings Type before you start adding these foods – Featherweight (AKA Vata) types will do better with some of these foods than Firebrands or Earth Mamas. Take the quiz and get your type here: www.cravingsquiz.com 


Anise
Basil
Bay leaf
Bitter orange
Black beas
Blackberry
Brussels sprouts
Butter, salted
Caraway
Cadamom
Carob
Cashew
Chestnut
Chile pepper
Cinnamon
Citrus peel
Clove
Coconut
Collards
Date
Dill
Fat and oil
Fennel
Fenugreek
Garlic
Garlic chive
Ginger
Kale
Mace
Miso
Molasses
Mustard greens
Nutmeg
Oats
Onion
Parsley
Parsnip
Pcan
Pine nut
Quinoa
Raspberry
Rosemary
Scallion
Squash, winter
Star anise
Tarragon
Thyme
Turmeric
Vinegar, unpasteurized
Walnut

This list of warming winter foods for cravings is awesome! Click to tweet!

Cravings and Women, Food & Desire Are Making Headlines!

Hot on the publication of Women, Food & Desire, I’m thrilled to share that this conversation about listening to our bodies, ending the restrictive dieting madness, and a return to self-love is making headlines.

Check out January 2015′s issue of Health Magazine – where cravings and WFD made the cover – where this topic should be!

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Weight Watchers Survivors - Women Food And Desire

Weight Watchers Survivors & The Diet Industrial Complex

Many women come to me and call themselves “weight watchers rejects.”

I call them weight watchers survivors.

 

Weight Watchers Survivors - Women Food And Desire

Our current “diet industrial complex” is full of programs that DON’T teach us to listen to and have compassion for our bodies.

Those programs are based on deprivation, shame-inducing public weigh-ins, pointless point counting, and don’t do nearly enough to address the plague of weight-loss resistance, gut disorders, and hormonal imbalances caused by food sensitivities.

We need a new way to heal and get right with our bodies.

A way of eating for self-love, that helps us listen to our true cravings for freedom, ease, and engagement.

The 4 root causes of cravings, bacterial, nutritional, emotional, and physical, are real and valuable healing paths to walk down.

Healing begins with quiet listening to your cravings and asking “what am I really wanting right now?”

Join us – go to www.WomenFoodAndDesire.com and order this ground breaking book today.

We are curious, supportive, and DONE with the old body-shaming way of doing health.

#healthyeah #health #food #foodporn #Foodasmedicine #instagram #inspiration #iintakeover #cooking #cookbook #weightwatchers

Life before Death. Strength and Courage. Finding Meaning.

Resilience, Rethinking your thinking traps, meaning, Post Traumatic Growth

Resilience, Rethinking your thinking traps, meaning, Post Traumatic Growth

I believe in life before death. 

In my past, I forgot to appreciate what was true and real, and forgot to enjoy the moment, enjoy what I had.

I see in my clients, who I now think the Universe brings to me to mirror my own journey, the same struggles:

We work too much, eat too much, diet too much, deprive ourselves of fun too much, drink too much, shop too much, try to please others too much. And still there’s this hunger inside us that goes unfed.

How are you living your life today, now, in this moment?
What do you desire, crave, yearn for that you could have NOW?

What are you putting off, sweetie pie?
Why wait? 


Life is for YOU. Today. Now.

 

My mission is to help people (mainly women, but yes, some awesome dudes, as well) accept and love themselves back to health. To help people focus and build on their strengths as a way to heal and find meaning in life. To help us all learn skilled resilience.

To turn away from what I call the “Diet Industrial Complex” which has us hating our bodies, ignoring our desires, and shaming each other.

Join me – www.WomenFoodAndDesire.com