88 Magical Menopause? Dr. Anna Cabeca Explains

Welcome back my Clan of the Crave Bears! I’m getting married next week! Yes, I am. We just wanted something low-key and stress-free, so we are getting married at the park a couple blocks from home and then walking to our favorite neighborhood restaurant for our favorite meal – brunch! It’s an exciting time and we just really want it to be a special time with our family and friends.

This past weekend I went to a couple of seminars for my own benefit and wow, was it intense! I had a family constellations workshop, with really allowed me to connect with my family lineage and work through emotions and habits, and it was very nice. Then it was off to a Tantric Yoga class, which was definitely more intense, but a great way to spend a Sunday.

I wanted to talk with you about two things today, I’ve  got a great interview with my dear friend: Dr. Anna Cabeca coming up, ah, Dr. Anna is an amazing hormone expert, I’m so thrilled to have her on the show, but she’s also kinda on my board of advisors, I meet with her and also a couple of other women, and couple times a month we do a Skype date and we talk about our businesses and how we can support each other, and I’m always learning so much from her, so be sure to stay tuned through the end, cause we’re gonna be talking about menopause and hormones and even if you’re not in menopause or pre or peri-menopause, what you can be doing now, so that your hormones are balanced, so that you feel good, so that you can get rid of your brain fog, huge, huge topic so stay through to the end with my interview with Dr. Anna Cabeca.

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Now the kits are only $10 bucks but they’re shipped to you free and you get a $10 off coupon for a future purchase.  Just try it out, if you like the products, and purchase a full-size product in the future, you’re kit is essentially free. Now on top of that, if you get a sample kit, you’ll also get their skin detox guide which is a great bundle of stuff worth $25 bucks, it’s an e-book which shows you how to get bright glowing skin and improve the health and beauty, not just of your skin but your mind and this guide includes  a 21-day plan with delicious food recipes totally Alex approved, exercises that boost your mood, affirmations to increase your confidence and a complete skin care regime.  So one more thing, if you’re one of the first 100 to get this kit through the link that I’m going to give you second, you’ll get a free travel size, NUROLLI orange toning mist from Amerie as well, I love this stuff, I use it all the time.

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Today’s guest is Dr. Cabeca, who frequently lectures nationally and internationally regarding restorative health and women’s health issues. She is a consultant and trainer for other physicians in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Functional Medicine Principles.

She believes that the advantages of creating health and hormone balance are that we not only improve our own health but also improve the health of our generations to follow.

She is the co-creator of the Sexy Younger You Tele summit and the creator of the highly acclaimed virtual transformational programs: WomensRestorativeHealth.com and SexualCPR.com.

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Hormonal imbalance drains our energy, we start to crave food like sugar and caffeine. Click To Tweet

Show Notes:

  • Menopause technically defined  as the point in time a year after your menopausal period. It should really be redefined, according to Dr. Cabeca.
  • There are 3 stages in menopause – perimenopause, pre-menopause, and menopause.
  • Hormonal shifts changes from mid-30s onward. Symptoms can include premenstrual syndrome, hair loss, uterine fibroids, hot flashes, sleeplessness, breast cysts, night sweats,  waking up in the middle of the night, and brain fog.
  • Brain fog is a huge problem with the perimenopause. Dr. Cabeca discusses what it is and what causes it.
  • We have so many endocrine disruptors that cause hormone imbalances. We see huge fluctuations in our hormones.
  • These symptoms serve to bring the hormonal imbalance to our attention.
  • Dr. Cabeca discusses the historical perspective of the endocrine system shift in women.
  • Our body hasn’t changed even if our environment is changing.
  • There are treatments that target menopausal symptoms.
  • Women can restore mental clarity, appreciation for life, and achieve a higher level of spirituality.
  • Alkaline body state  can be achieved by going outdoors.
  • Alkalinity will prevent diseases from occurring.
  • Acidity in the body can disrupt hormonal balance.
  • Brain fog can precipitate dementia.
  • Progesterone treatment can cure progesterone deficiency conditions such as vaginal dryness, traumatic injuries.
  • The Mighty Maca solution of Dr. Cabeca for hormonal balance, hormonal protection, and strength (You can get Dr. Ann’s own mixture at  bit.ly/macaenergygreen)
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87 Give Yoga a Chance……or Maybe a Second Chance with Kathryn Budig

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome to episode 87. Just had my Mothers’ Day celebration!   It’s May in New York City! I was teaching at a retreat from Friday and Saturday and came back early morning to be with family. Cooked pancakes with the kids and had breakfast, played video games together. Went out to get my acupuncture – one of my favorite and absolutely necessary healthcare habits. I go at least once a week, pay $30. Then woke up from my needle nap to have tea with a dear girlfriend. We had some nice iced beverage. I bought healthy snacks and stuffed them in my bag and then went to  the movie theater to meet my kid.  I usually take my organic popcorn. If the theater had healthy snacks, I’d buy them.  We went and saw The Avengers, Captain America, Captain Marvel. I’m a big Marvel comics fan.  It was fun! I had some alone time, some friend time, and some kid time.

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Today’s guest is Kathryn Budig. She’s a yoga teacher, food blogger, author of the book “Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga” and  Aim True. Kathryn grew up as a tomboy and played lots of sports; including kickboxing. She has been teaching yoga and writing about yoga for a decade now. She writes regularly for publications including The Huffington Post and Yahoo! Shine. In 2004, she began her yoga teacher training with YogaWorks.One of Kathryn’s current gigs is teaching yoga online at YogaGlo. She also teaches classes and retreats and workshops worldwide. You can connect with her on Facebook.



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Do you watch the Biggest Loser? Maybe it’s time to stop. The numbers don’t lie: most contestants struggle big time after the extreme weight loss, and science shows us why.

Show Notes:

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  • Weight loss programs don’t  address the emotional aspect of cravings
  • Repeated dieting is all about calorie restriction
  • You should not diet; dieting is stressful which acts on our bodies to increase fat cells
  • Adolescent dieters binge later on after dieting.
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  • Don’t rely on other people’s rules, rather listen to your our own body’s messages
  • Mindful eating – paying attention to your own signals, only  eating as much as your body needs . Focus on the root cause of craving –emotional, physical reality.
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  • There are people who think about food all the time, obsessed with food, but no time to be mindful
  • People who eat when they’re hungry –Enjoy and savor your food, worry less,
  • Invite people to drop the story of comparison
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  • If planning to practice yoga, keep looking until you find the yoga teacher you resonate with, someone you’re excited about.
  • Yoga is for everyone. It’s so rich and so…
  • Women can be so quick to judge others, especially fellow women.
  • Give your emotions a reason to live
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  • I have encountered my pride and anger, sometimes even on the yoga mat
  • Give people the option to enjoy,  love your food –this is the ultimate gesture of love
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86 Menu And Mindset Makeovers with Leanne Ely and Amy Smith

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome! It’s Mama Mojo Month! It’s May, so we are focused on Mamas and all the things that we can do to take care of them. From menu’s and cooking strategies, we have it all for Moms. So on the home front, I took a solo vacation last weekend. I went to Sag Harbor and have a wonderful weekend. My husband, Bob was so supportive of me taking this time to recharge. Did I mention that Dirty Dancing is the best movie ever! It was awesome all over again. So it was a great weekend, and I feel great after taking a little time for myself!

We have 2 guests on today’s show. Amy Smith, author of Stand Up for Yourself Without Being a Dick! And we have LeAnne Ely to give us some tips on cooking and making wonderful, healthy food for nourishing your body and soul.

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“All of the “truths” you have made up in your own mind aren’t exactly true.” Amy Smith (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • How Amy began a Life Coach
  • What Amy’s strength as a coach is and how she found her voice
  • Why we feel like it is ok to be stuck in a place of only caring for other’s needs
  • How we have made selfish a bad word and why that needs to change

“We take emotional responses and interpret them based on faulty reasoning.” Amy Smith (Click to Tweet)

    • Some emotional needs behind our cravings
    • How to stand up for yourself without being a dick
    • How LeAnne got her start in menu planning
    • Where LeAnne found her passion for cooking
    • How LeAnne’s own health crises increased her desire for cooking
    • Why she wrote the book, Part-Time Paleo

“You are responsible for your intention, not your reception.” Amy Smith (Click to Tweet)

    • How to transform what you cook into foods that will heal your body
    • What is the Free 5 day cooking challenge
    • Leanne’s favorite crave-worthy snack

“Cooking is a very dear form of self-care.” Leanne Ely (Click to Tweet)


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85 Journal Your Journey with Katie Dalebout

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome my Clan of the Crave Bears! I know your life is incredibly busy, so it means so much that you are spending this time with me.

Today we are going to be talking about Katie Dalebout’s new book, Let It Out – A Journal Through Journaling. One of the things we have talked so much about is a gratitude practice. Having a gratitude practice is a strength and it allows you to open up your mind to hope, positive thoughts, and learning.

Although I believe in a gratitude practice and I even have a gratitude jar in my kitchen, I know that there can be a downside to gratitude. Negativity bias is something we will talk about and how it can actually benefit us in some ways, but it can also rule us. A gratitude practice can counteract your negativity bias.

Gratitude is not a panacea – it’s not a cure all. We don’t want to overdose on gratitude. Writing down 10 gratitudes a day might make you feel like you failed if you can’t come up with 10. There is no such thing as “more is better” in the gratitude department. So, set realistic goals for your gratitude.

You may not realize that you can also fail to recognize your own role in your success. Thanking everyone else, while downplaying your own contribution isn’t great for your self-esteem. So pick one day and time each week that you will journal your gratitude. Write down 3 things you are grateful for, AND write down YOUR contribution to that success. It isn’t luck, and it isn’t being in the right place at the right time. Recognize your own awesomeness!

Katie Dalebout is an author, coach and podcaster and she has a lot of insight into self-acceptance and journaling.  I’m so excited to have her on the show today. I had to reach out to her when my family was having some difficult times these last few weeks with Bob’s back surgery, and she gave me some journaling advice. I have to say that it has helped!

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“By journaling I can see things on a page and sort through the messages.” Katie Dalebout (Click to Tweet)


Show Notes:

  • How Katie began journaling
  • Journaling can help you sort out your own messages from societies messages
  • The self-awareness that Katie found through journaling
  • How journaling can help with your meditation practice
  • How you can heal your thoughts by facing your thoughts
  • How expressive writing can be useful to us

“When you ask a good question, your intuition will give a good answer.” Katie Dalebout (Click to Tweet)

  • Why we have so much resistance to facing our feelings
  • How you can write to the higher part of yourself, your intuition
  • Ways to learn from your journaling
  • Journaling helps the things you are ready to let go of
  • How to buy a journal – what kind, what brand, etc.
  •  can see emotion when you write our something on paper

“When you are honest with yourself, you can be honest with others.” Katie Dalebout (Click to Tweet)

  • You may only want to write pretty things in a pretty journal
  • A yellow legal pad will give you the ability to be as raw and real as you need to be
  • Should you keep your old journals?

“Journaling is a conversation with your higher self.” Alexandra Jamieson (Click to Tweet)


Katie’s Book – Let It Out: A Journal Through Journeying

Katie’s Website

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