49 The Caltons – The Powers of Micronutrients

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

We all have cravings. We all know what we could do to make our bodies feel a little bit better. So why is it so hard for us to give ourselves the things we know our bodies want and need?

Today, I’m talking to the Caltons about cravings and nutrition. The Caltons are experts in micronutrient deficiencies, and authors of the new book The Micronutrient Miracle.

It’s all about the basics, crave bears. It’s about getting those nutrients you may be missing that are contributing to your cravings. It’s about being clear and focused so we can lead healthy, happy lives.

Let’s figure our what our bodies need, and give it to them! Let’s feel good so we can show up every day. Sound good?

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Your body naturally wants brightly colored foods.”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • What are the basic components of food
  • Defining micronutrients
  • How sufficient micronutrients can help prevent disease
  • The difference between cravings and hunger
  • What is hidden hunger
  • What causes sweet cravings
  • How sugar depletes your micronutrients
  • Why sugar blocks vitamin C

As soon as you become deficient in calcium, it signals a salt craving.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • The importance of trying different foods and preparations
  • How color influences our craving
  • What causes salt cravings
  • How zinc deficiencies affect your tastebuds
  • Why you need fat
  • How soy starves your hormones
  • How to look for micronutrient-rich foods
  • What lifestyle habits can be depleting your micronutrients

If you don’t realize your ‘hunger’ is coming from micronutrient deficiencies, you may start to think you have poor discipline.”  (Click to Tweet)

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A lot of micronutrients require fat for proper absorption.”  (Click to Tweet)

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48 Dr. Anna Cabeca – The Power of Functional Medicine

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Hello my crave bears. How are you doing this week?

I get so many questions about hormonal cravings all the time! Are they menstrual? Are they menopausal menopausal? What we do know is that hormones definitely affect how we feel and crave, and it’s so awesome that we have the opportunity to learn more about the connection between the two.

So this week, I chatted with expert Dr. Anna Cabeca. She is a certified gynecologist, Obstetrician, anti-aging specialist, and is certified in regenerative and functional medicine. What a pro, right?

If you’ve heard the term functional medicine but aren’t really sure what the heck it means, listen in for a peek inside this patient-centered method. Who knows, it could be a perfect fit for you!

We know that us crave bears are complex creatures – we’re human! We want to feel good, we want to like food, and we of course want to like our bodies. If you’re feeling like you want more support, please head over to my Facebook group and join the conversation!

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Within our body, we really have the power to restore balance.”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • What functional medicine is
  • The value of different approaches to health
  • What happens to female patients in mainstream medicine
  • What are estrogen dominant symptoms
  • How hormones are interconnected with neurotransmitters
  • The downsides of going on chemical birth control in your teens
  • The power of stopping dairy
  • Why healthy skin starts from the inside

We really do have to get off those Franken-foods.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • How hormones affect attraction and pheromones
  • Why you should wait to be intimate with your partner
  • How oxytocin affects your appetite
  • The power of spending time with people you love
  • How a hug can rock your world
  • The many uses of Maca
  • Why sleep is so crucial
  • Why we want biodiversity

We are a growing country of loneliness, and we need more oxytocin.”  (Click to Tweet)

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Contributing in some way is so therapeutic, it’s stronger than anything I can write on a prescription pad.”  (Click to Tweet)

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47 Sorry, I’m Not Sorry!

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Let’s be honest. We women apologize for everything! Why do we do that?

We deserve to take up space and breathe this air and eat food that doesn’t make us ill, right? That’s what I’m talking about today with Susan, a reader and listener from Phoenix.

By saying sorry, by not speaking up and asking for what we need, we are creating problems for ourselves, with our health, diet, and self esteem. More and more women are standing up and saying, “I am here!”

It’s time that we all get comfortable asking for what we need, don’t you think, my crave bears? We can ask gracefully, simply, and until we get it.

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Your body is so wise, but doesn’t necessarily see very far into the future.”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • How migraines affect your life
  • Why you should explore eliminating toxic foods
  • Why it’s hard to give up your cravings
  • How your social life affects your cravings
  • The power of life stressors on our impulses
  • How to deal with one time events that involve toxic foods

It’s hard to pull apart which food might be causing headaches to come back and the pounds to stay on.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • Why you shouldn’t be scared to do a cleanse again
  • The importance of asking the questions when you’re eating out
  • People in the service industry want to make sure you are having a good time
  • Why women have to stop saying sorry!
  • How to ask for what you need
  • Why we need to ask for what will sustain us

It’s their job to serve you food that’s not only tasty, but that’s safe for you.”  (Click to Tweet)

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You deserve to be well, and to be treated with respect by yourself and others.”  (Click to Tweet)



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46 How to Stop Shoulding on Ourselves

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

You know what I’ve realized recently? Peace, love, and understanding seems in short supply these days. Even when it comes to ourselves!

So this week, I want to get you to stop thinking about what you “should” be doing, and what you are doing. I was lucky enough to do some coaching with Rachael for this week’s episode. Rachael has this same problem: her inner critic is constantly “shoulding” all over her!

Here’s a taste of what it’s like when I coach one on one. I have some spots available, so head over to this page on my website to apply. I want to talk about your deepest desires and challenges and help you move forward.

Don’t forget, I also have a free, private Facebook group! Anyone can join and share their struggles or support, and I’m on there all the time talking with folks.

Alright Crave Bears – get ready for a tough but productive episode!

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What if weight loss was a result of confidence?”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • How your opinion of your body impacts your daily life
  • What it feels like to have confidence
  • What gets in the way of doing fun things for yourself everyday
  • How caring for others shouldn’t get in the way of you caring for yourself
  • Why not being yourself is exhausting
  • Why we can see the beauty and brilliance in our friends and not in ourselves
  • The value of identifying your inner critic
  • How to be in better communication with your inner critic

How often to you find yourself listening to and honoring your truth?”  (Click to Tweet)

  • How to balance that identification of your critic by also finding the part of you that feels rooted, strong, and bold
  • Why you should allow the strong parts of you to help the weaker parts
  • Why you have to acknowledge and accept both the critical and strong parts of yourself
  • The sensitivity and emotions of humans, and women especially
  • The challenge of managing our own emotions when we’re responsible for someone else
  • Why you have to take the time to shift your attention towards yourself
  • You have the ability to be both critical and supportive of yourself
  • Why we should be hanging out with people who make us laugh

Just know that your critic is a part of you; It’s a part of all of us.”  (Click to Tweet)

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Humor is the most amazing healing agent.”  (Click to Tweet)

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11 Ways To Stop Obsessing

It’s 2am and you’re up thinking…
ruminating and thinking and obsessing like a record that’s stuck and keeps repeating the same lyrics over and over again…”I’m a loser. What if it doesn’t work out? I f’d up. I f’d up.”
Obsessing, also called “ruminating,” is over-thinking, repeating unanswerable questions, retracing past mistakes, and it’s dangerous…
11 ways to stop obsessing
I was on the phone with my client Amy, and she shared with me that she had been up all night obsessively worrying about a financial issue. Other times, she admitted, she got stuck in thought loops about weight loss and how her body “should just be different.”
In the past, Amy had used food and “midnight snacking” to help calm these obsessive thoughts. But this time, she did her best to get back to bed, and felt really good about herself for not engaging in the binge eating she used to.
Binge eating is often just a tool some of us use to drown out the obsessive thoughts, an action we can take that distracts us.

But we don’t really need the food. Our bodies may crave food because “she” knows the anxiety from the obsessions will go away if we eat…and overeat…

What we really need, and what I shared with Amy, is ways to stop obsessing.
Rather than thinking of happy, positive events over and over again, which lead us to well-being, self love, and confidence, we humans tend to conjure up more and more negative thoughts in a cycle of self-loathing and anxiety.
Research shows that obsessive thoughts and rumination are associated with binge-eating, binge-drinking, anxiety, depression, and more.
Obsessing and ruminating are the path to feeling helpless and worthless.
It paralyzes your problem solving skills so you only focus on the bad, and never have the confidence, clarity or creativity to think up new solutions.

Here are 11 ways to stop obsessing, and get out of ruminating: 

  1. See it. Just the fact that you’ve realized you’re ruminating (and that it isn’t helping) is the first step. As my G.I. Joe cartoon used to say every Saturday morning, “knowing is half the battle!”
  2. Laugh about it! Find something funny about the situation. Humor can help you see an issue from a new perspective so you can move on. Imagine you’re in a screwball comedy and this situation is happening to Maya Rudolph or Mae
  3. Be your friend. What would you say to a dear friend facing the same situation? This can help you treat yourself more compassionately. If you have done something wrong, or made a mistake, forgive yourself as you would with a friend, with the same heart and love.
  4. Reality check. Focus only on things you have control over. Life is so big and complex, there will always be things we have uncertainty around. Try to take a “pronoia” stance – the idea that the world is on your side and the Universe has your back – the opposite of “paranoia.”
  5. Accept your sadness or fear. We all have sadness, fear, or anger. If you can accept that this is a part of living, and that it won’t last forever (neither life nor the current emotion), and stop trying to make things different, can you just settle into the emotion and feel it fully? Feelings often dissolve if we allow ourselves to fully feel them.
  6. Stop it! Ever just say that out loud to yourself? Parent yourself as if you were a kid about to do something really harmful. Stop it, kid! Sometimes we just need a wake up call to jolt us out of a daze.
  7. Get here now. As the Dali Llama said, “There are only two times you can’t do anything: the past and the future.” Center yourself in the hear and how, and focus on one action you can take for your well-being, rather than trying to answer unanswerable questions like “why did that happen?”
  8. Get distracted. I know, it’s totally different from #7, but getting distracted can get you off a train of thought at this station, right now! When you engage in activities that fill your mind with other thoughts, preferably positive ones, the obsessive thoughts will fade. What’s something fun, relaxing, pleasurable, or useful you could do right now? What’s an awesome funny movie you could watch to start laughing? Do you have a creative outlet? Have you given yourself pleasure via movement, masturbation, or play lately?
  9. See your thoughts for what they are: just thoughts. And you are not your thoughts! Thank goddess – I can’t tell you how many times my brain has conjured up terrible images of what could happen to my kid on the way home from school. Examine your thoughts with curiosity and without judgment – what can you learn from this and what is just an emotion?
  10. One last time, with feeling. Tell yourself “ok, self: I’ll let you think about this one more time but this time we are coming up with a plan about what to do next!” Hear the plan, then take action. None of this is helpful if you don’t act.
  11. Worry time. Make a plan to obsess for 15 minutes at a specific time in the next 24-hours. You’ve set aside some time for it, and you don’t have to be stuck in these thoughts right now if you booked a spot to dive back into the pit.
As you look towards the possibilities this new way of thinking has for you, including all the personal desires and cravings that call to you, I want to extend my hand and offer myself as a part of your circle of support.

 When I’m looking at making a big change, or taking on a new way of being, or when I want something that just feels beyond my ability to create, I will raise my hand, phone a friend, shout out loud “HELP!”

If you are in this space, with visions and hope for a future that glows with self-love, joy, freedom, peace and energy, then I welcome you to go. for. it.

Feel into the image that you see and feel, and seek the support you need to make the transformation real.

If you have been wanting me on hand to support you in a one-on-one, personal way, here’s your opportunity:

As part of my mission to help women (and the men who love us) to live into our desires and natural state of health, I’m doing something different and offering a COMPLIMENTARY 30-minute 1-on-1 personalized Vitality Discovery Session with me.

That’s 30 minutes of personalized, uninterrupted time with me without costing you a cent.

I will help you discover what difference you want to see in your life from dropping the extra pounds and feeling free with food.
AND what’s holding you back from getting what you want.

We’ll intentionally approach these topics with love, kindness, and compassion – those good thoughts that helped my garden flourish! Let’s skip the extra shame and frustration, shall we? :)

Then, we’ll make a plan to get you what you want, in a new, honorable, unique way. Joy, play, fun, pleasure, and a soulful plan of action.

I know you could spend 30 minutes doing something else – email, laundry, chores, drinking wine and eating chocolate…anything.
Yet, I believe that when you and I spend time in this conversation, we can weave magic and a new way of living in and loving your body.

I have space for 10 Vitality Discovery Sessions, and if you feel called, I hope you’ll take me up on this very special invitation.

Click here to answer a few simple questions. If it feels like a good fit, someone on my team will be in touch in 48 hours after the submission deadline to set up your free session. The deadline is Monday, July 20th.
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