35 Overcoming Family Trauma with Mariel Hemingway

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Do you know a young person who has experienced trauma in their life?

Do they need support?

Mariel Hemingway was born just months after her celebrated novelist grandfather Ernest Hemingway, tragically took his own life.

He left Mariel with not only a famous name, but also a family culture of addiction and mental illness. This podcast is about how Mariel overcame that legacy.

Mariel is an actress, model, documentary film maker and public speaker. She is now the author of Out Came The Sun and Invisible Girl.

I’m also excited to share with you my sponsor, Perfect Supplements. I use their Cordyceps, Natural Calm Magnesium and Rhodiola all the time – and am thrilled to partner with them to bring you the show.

As a special offer to my “clan of the crave bears” and listeners, Perfect Supplements is offering 10% off your order when you use the discount code CRAVE10 at check out! Click here to get your goodies!

I hope you enjoy this episode of The Crave Cast as much as I did. Now please welcome my next guest, Mariel Hemingway.

You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or TuneIn

“Nature is always there. It’s so embracive and I feel that.” (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • The benefits of nature as a healing tool
  • How to deal with overwhelm
  • Ways to help build strong, connected relationships
  • Are you the peacemaker?
  • How to be caretaker for family members with cancer
  • How to overcome trauma

“We make choices based on our lack of knowledge of other choices & things in ourselves that are unresolved.” (Click to Tweet)

  • Why we must be honest with our children about addiction
  • How to deal with control (OCD)
  • The benefits of setting boundaries
  • What is brain wave optimization?
  • How to have a balanced life
  • Why young people need to understand their not alone

“Life is all about re-inventing and re-understanding.” (Click to Tweet)

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Come Play With Alex! 1-week retreat in North Carolina!

WOMEN, FOOD & DESIRE WITH ALEX JAMIESON

This transformational workshop is led by bestselling author, functional nutrition coach, and chef, Alex Jamieson. Alex will guide you in discovering the true meanings of your food cravings, and teach you how understanding these cravings is the key to satisfying your deepest desires. Along with Alex, some of Asheville’s top teachers, natural healers, and conscious cooks will take you on excursions to explore, concoct, and connect with your body and how to meet your desires in a way that serves your well being. In this workshop you will learn about the core of your desires, detoxing your system, feeding your cravings, healing your relationship with food, and embracing your body.

If you love pleasure and food, you will gain life-long wisdom in this week-long retreat.

DATE: December 6-12, 2015. LOCATION: Asheville, NC.

FEE: See Early Bird Discounts & other details below. Register + learn more here: 

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LEARN:

Learn the real reasons behind all your cravings––for food, sleep, sex, movement, companionship and inspiration––and how to satiate your cravings in a loving, healthy way. Experience natural healing, emotional release, pure pleasure, and deep connection. Throughout the week, you will be learning about the following:

With Alex You’ll Learn:

To make peace with food & embrace your body
The importance of pleasure & how to prioritize it
How cleansing can connect you with your authentic self
What your cravings mean & creative recipes to satisfy them
The secrets to thriving relationships, vitality & positive aging
Heart habits & healing rituals to release the past & move forward
Transformational dietary changes & mindset tools to improve food habits

Hands-on Projects & Healing Practices:

The Conscious Kitchen: Active meditations for a healthier you
Nature Walks: Connecting with the beauty & stillness of nature’s wisdom
Herbs for Healthy Hormones: Making medicine for menstruation to menopause
Everyday Aphrodisiacs: Cacao concoctions, herbal teas & tonics for a sensual life
Emotional Freedom Technique: A.k.a “tapping” your way to food freedom & ease
“Combining humor and candor with a smart, science-based approach, Alexandra Jamieson helps you develop a healthier, sexier, more vital existence. With practical, easy-to-implement strategies, she shows you how to transcend obstacles and tap into your deepest purpose.” ~ JJ Virgin, nutrition & fitness expert and bestselling author

 

LOCATION
Asheville, North Carolina is based in a food-centric and ecologically lush bioregion. Surrounded by the oldest mountains on the planet, the hoppin’ downtown is full of local artisans, organic restaurants, farmer’s markets, street buskers, yoga studios, and independent everything. It’s the first Bee City, USA, the #1 Beer City in the country, andNational Geographic named it one of the best cities in the world, while Good Morning America recently featured Asheville as their top city to visit in 2015. There’s tons to do, so stay a couple extra days if you can.

Homewood-AshevilleThe workshop location for the morning portion of the workshop is at the beautiful Homewood stone castle in the historic neighborhood of Montford — a short five minute drive from the heart of downtown. The afternoon workshops will rotate between various homesteads, gardens, and woodlands — roughly within a 15-minute drive from downtown. Carpooling is encouraged and connections will be made for those without cars.

Asheville skyline

To learn more + register, go to: http://ashevillage.org/women-food-desire-with-alexandra-jamieson/

 
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34 Body Scan Meditation for Stress – What our Bodies are Really Saying

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Are you struggling with digestion or stress?

Well you’re not alone.

Today I’m going to walk you through a technique which I usually teach in my Cravings Cleanse. I’ve created this so you can tune in to your body, feel relaxed and make the best decisions around food.

I’m also excited to share with you my sponsor, Perfect Supplements. I use their Cordyceps, Natural Calm Magnesium and Rhodiola all the time – and am thrilled to partner with them to bring you the show.

As a special offer to my “clan of the crave bears” and listeners, Perfect Supplements is offering 10% off your order when you use the discount code CRAVE10 at check out! Click here to get your goodies!

If you’re finding it hard to make the best decisions for your body then you’re going to love this episode.

So let’s snap out of this stressful relationship we have with our bodies, and start listening to what it’s really asking us for.

You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or TuneIn

“You can either be stressed or you can digest.” (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • What is the purpose of a body scan?
  • Health tips on how we can produce our best creative work
  • The benefits of knowing what works for your body
  • Meditation can be done before each meal or bed

“If you hear what your bodies telling you, you have to follow through on it.” (Click to Tweet)

1 Minute Body Scan Meditation For Stress:

    1. Get comfortable, grounded and tune into your body
    2. Soften the parts of your body in contact with your surroundings
    3. Set an intention
    4. Agree to meet whatever you find with friendliness
    5. Imagine your taking a tour of your body
    6. Move down your body and notice awareness
    7. Breath, relax and release whenever you find tension
    8. After you scan your entire body find one more part to relax
    9. Connect the entire body together
    10. Feel your skin around your whole body
    11. Become aware of your wholeness in your body
    12. Breath in, then slowly gently sigh and release
    13. Ask your body what choice does it want you to make now

“It’s a very radical concept, to meet your body with radical self acceptance.” (Click to Tweet)

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Rituals are my spiritual alarm clocks – how to be YOU more

I do this not asking for help thing.

One part of me thinks that if I do it all by myself I’ll really be worthy of what I achieve.

 

Another part feels shame when I ask for help – as if I’m a stupid dumb-dumb who can’t get her act together and just do it on my own.

 

I’m getting WAY better at asking.

Losing my mom, a dear best friend, and turning 40 did something to me this last year.

 

But some days it’s still hard…

Women from my last cleanse shared their thoughts on why it’s hard to ask for help:

 

“I do have a hard time asking for help. For me it’s more about not wanting to be burden…which is kind of ridiculous because I am quick to help others.”

“When I feel unworthy of someone’s time or attention it’s hard to ask for help.”

“I grew up in a home where my mom didn’t really voice her needs or expectations and then she would act passive aggressively to get you do what she needed, or she should play the role of sacrificial martyr…so I have had to unlearn these patterns.”

“I feel like I should have already been capable of doing it on my own. Asking for help feels vulnerable, and I was abused as a child….I grew up never wanting to feel vulnerable like that again.”

 

Asking for help makes us feel very vulnerable.

YET, it’s really the only way we can end the shame we feel, end the overworked, disconnected, lonely vibe we’re suffering with…

 

What if we flipped “the shame of asking” into a ritual of sharing?

 

This is a new thing in human history, this shame in asking for help.

 

For most of our history, we have relied on each other, coming together in groups,

+ meeting in ritual to honor, thank, ask, and give to each other, our higher power, or ourselves.

 

Ritual: a mindful, regular series of actions taken by a person or group of people.

 

I’ve started thinking of rituals as my spiritual alarm clocks.

Rituals are spiritual alarm clocks

They help in bonding us with our loved ones or community…

Rituals help in focusing our thoughts…

They help in grieving so we don’t do it all alone…

They help in celebrating so we don’t do THAT all alone…

They help us forgiv (yourself or another)…

Rituals help us relieve stress…

Rituals help us recommit to our health…

Rituals help in connecting with other people when it’s scary to ask for intimate support…

 

Rituals help us be who we want to be.

They pop up in every culture on earth, in every home.

Call them “heart habits” if you will.

 

Reminders to get up, get focused, get my attention back from the distractions, and keep being more of who I want to be, ever day.

 

One of my recent Cravings Cleanse members, Kate, created this Ritual list, that she offered to share with you:

 

Rituals That heal

Here are some of the rituals that we focus on in my Cravings Cleanse + Mindset Makeover:

  1. Daily emails from me that help you think + act in your own best interests
  2. 8 oz. of warm water with lemon when you get up to start your digestion
  3. Weekly live calls with me + the group to learn, share, and celebrate
  4. Daily green + clean protein smoothies that taste great + heal digestion
  5. A whole module on rituals + habits, and how to create your best days

 

Rituals could be called habits with soul.

(A la Danielle Laporte’s “desires are goals with soul.”)

 

See, we are our habits:

40% of what you do today is what you did yesterday, including what you eat, do, and think.

 

So what if your habits became “heart habits” or rituals?

 

What if you didn’t try to do it alone, and instead joined a group of people who are actively creating rituals in their own lives?

 

I invite you to join us in the journey, The Cravings Cleanse + Mindset Makeover.

We start on 4/16, but we are already sharing on our private Facebook group, and I can tell this is going to be extraordinary.

 

Join this group of ritual seekers, start asking for (and receiving) the help you need, and leave your shame at the door.

 

 

Xo,

Alex

 

P.S. In my positive psychology training, and in my culinary school chef training, and in my health counselor training, I got really into the small, daily actions that have the biggest impact. That’s what the Cravings Cleanse + Mindset Makeover is. A powerful set of rituals that have big impact on your life. If you’re ready, go here to join us:

 
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7 STEPS TO GROW YOUR HOPE

Hope.

It’s a powerful ingredient in a healthy life, but what if you’re all out of it?

What if you think you used up your last bit of hope for that boiling pot of traumathat’s been bubbling on your back burner for years?

I’ve felt pretty hopeless at times in my life:

- when my mom got so depressed when I was a kid because her sister and dad had both committed suicide within a couple years of each other, and I couldn’t do anything to make her happy…

- when I discovered my ex-husband’s infidelities and looked at our tiny son, not knowing what to do next…

- when I realized my vegan diet wasn’t healthy for me anymore, and I simply had to eat meat again, (which felt great) and then tell the world about it (which felt awful)

Feeling hopeless is, well, just horrible.

Like “nothing I do will ever be enough”, like “my efforts don’t make any difference”, and that (this is where my hopeless mind spirals always take me) “I’ll end up alone, dying, living under a bridge.”

Uninspired, alienated, forsaken, powerless, limited, oppressed, helpless. Yuck.

I’ve been there, and I know you have, too – because it’s normal, human, and super common. AND, most of us get out of the hellish hole of hopelessness at some point.

But there are times when you feel stuck + hopeless about one thing and struggle with it for years. It could be:

your weight
your relationship status
your career trajectory
or your purpose in this life…

Whatever your situation is, positive psychology and years of coaching people through health and life challenges have shown me that there are measurable steps to growing hope.

Why am I telling you about hope?

People who are “highly hopeful” are healthier + do better in life:
  • hope + optimism is correlated with less anxiety + less depression (read: less sugar + alcohol cravings)
  • high hope is linked with physical well-being (read: more movement + joy)
  • higher self esteem (read: better boundaries + higher confidence)
  • hope is one of the best predictors of overcoming challenges (read: more likely to stick with health goals)
3 Powers you need to grow hope, even if you think it’s hopeless:

What Power = define the hope (the desire, goal, change, thing or state of being that you crave)
Willpower = action or personal agency (your belief in your ability and tenacity, your drive)
Way Power = pathways to hope (possible routes to achieving/creating that thing, desire, goal)

But how can you increase the what, will, and way to feel more hopeful?


7 STEPS TO GROW YOUR HOPE

DO frame your hope in positive language
(get clear on what you DO want, which is a stronger pull than the wimpy push of what you DON’T want)

DO tell yourself you have chosen a good desire + it’s your job to follow through,
don’t allow yourself to be thrown off by roadblocks and challenges
(working with a coach like me is best for this – don’t do it alone + be left alone with your b*tch brain!)

DO learn to talk to yourself in a positive voice
(This is really the purpose of the Mindset Makeover skills in my Cravings Cleanse)

DO look back at previous successes in life goals
(remember that you’ve been through rough times in the past + list 3 ways you got out of them)

DO be able to laugh at yourself
(even when your mind says you’re “failing” or get worried things will never change

DO enjoy the process of getting to your goals
(not just focusing on final attainment of them vs. constantly thinking about how you’re doing ie. weighing yourself ever day to evaluate if you’re “good enough”)

DO recognize that you already have hope in you NOW!
(you’re here reading this, which tells me you’re actively looking for help + inspiration)


Sometimes kicking hopelessness to the curb requires self-love, grit, humor, and a bit of seething anger.

Well, in my experience, it always does.

Every time I’ve reached the point where my lack of hope was just too freakin’ annoying and insufferable to bear, I’ve made a declaration, a decision, and took action.

It wasn’t always the most graceful action, but in my experience, any action is better than sitting in that murky puddle of pity party tears I’d squeezed out.

And so at last, sweet one, I want you to share what your hopes are –

What are your hopes for the future?
What excites you about this desire?
Xo,
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P.S. And if this bit of writing inspired you, lit a fire inside you, or got you to smile just a little bit, maybe you’re ready to join my Cravings Cleanse + Mindset Makeover.

We start 4/16 – and there is a phenomenal group of ladies just like you ready to get started…xo
 
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