103 Unlatched Breastfeeding with Jennifer Grayson

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Today on the Crave Cast I am interviewing Jennifer Grayson. She is an author of a new book called: Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of Controversy. Breastfeeding is certainly a controversy here in the United States. We have an incredibly large international diverse population but her book and the topic it covers is so interesting. Her book really dives into the history of breastfeeding and the trouble that women in America of having with it and the different topics around it.

Jennifer is an environmental journalist, Huffington Post columnist and her work has appeared in several publications. After having her own children, her lifetime commitment to restore the vanishing connection to the natural world led her to her research for Unlatched. Be sure to stay tuned until the end and share this podcast with anyone you know who is pregnant, wants to become pregnant or is having problems with breastfeeding.

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Show Notes:

  • How much controversy is there around breastfeeding?
  • Why are we afraid of boobs?
  • Modern society vs not
  • What are the rates of breastfeeding in America now?
  • What has she learned through the process of writing this book?
  • What can be done to support pro-breastfeeding?
  • Are all hospitals baby friendly?
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Resources:

www.jennifergrayson.com
Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of Controversy

Jennifer’s Facebook

 
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Manifesto of the Shameless Woman

Let’s manifest ourselves a shame-free life.

Manifesto:

A public declaration of intentions.

A document that says “this is what I believe.”

 

This manifesto is for us.

All of us women who see the culture as unhealthy, yet feel hopeful.

All of us women who pray to feel 100% worthy, yet nag ourselves to death.

All of us women who are ready to stop giving a rat’s ass about other people’s rules.

 

This is our manifesto:

Manifesto Of The Shameless Woman

 

I love my body to my own benefit.

All desires are inherently good + divine.

I assume the permission.

I give myself the green light.

My cravings are my soul’s to do list.

What I DO want is more powerful than what I DON’T.

I feed my body real food. I feed my life real moments.

I declare my body/fridge/life a shame-free zone.

My body is a miracle built to heal + enjoy pleasure.

 

 

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102 Bread, Wine, and Chocolate with Simran Sethi

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome back Crave Bears! In today’s interview, I will interview food educator, eco-hero, and journalist, Simran Sethi on her book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods we Love. She reveals what we are losing and how we are losing it and how to rescue the foods that we crave. It’s an amazing book and a great introduction to all of the forces that come together to bring us this incredible cornucopia earth has to offer. Stay tuned until the end to dive into this book with me and Simran!

Also, this month’s swag bag is a $1700 swag bag! Our guest today is adding something juicy this month to the swag bag. Go over to iTunes and leave a review about the show!

 

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Show Notes:

  • How was Simran inspired to write her book?
  • Why is it a problem that our food is 30 percent the same stuff?
  • Why are we headed towards the sixth mass extinction?
  • How is the suicide rate within the farmer population?
  • Why is it important to let people know about the food crisis?
90% of our milk on the shelves comes from one breed of cow! Click To Tweet

Resources:

Seeds of Change

www.localharvest.org

Bread, Wine, Chocolate

 

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101 Feel Worthy with Nancy Levin

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome back my Clan of the Crave Bears! Welcome to episode 101! A couple of announcements, last week we had a great interview with Dan Harris author of 10 Percent Happier where we talked about meditation for skeptics. We announced a 14-day meditation challenge! You can join us every day. It’s 5 minutes or less a day and we are right in the middle of it but you can join now! Go to the app store and download Dan Harris’s 10 Percent Happier meditation app. It’s free and for the first 7 days, you get quick little video lessons about the basics of meditation. Join us on facebook at bit.ly/wfdgroup with daily hits from me and tips, our meditation journey. We made it a 14-day challenge because the science shows that if you meditate every day for 14 days you start seeing a benefit from meditating.

Next big announcement, we are having our first live meetup! Come join me and other Crave Bears at our Crave Bear Picnic! I’ll be in my hometown, Portland, Oregon on August 14th from 5 to 7 pm. Come join me at the Arbor Lodge park in the picnic area!

Also, this month’s swag bag is a $1700 swag bag! Our guest today is adding something juicy this month to the swag bag. Go over to iTunes and leave a review about the show and we will tell you more about what that means in today’s episode! So make sure to listen all the way to the end of the episode.

Today we are talking about self-worth. This is one the biggest causes for food cravings and emotional eating. Just not feeling worthy. Today our guest, Nancy Levin will be talking about money, finances and the stress that women experience around these topics which then leads them to use food to calm us down. We will be specifically talking about how food and craving relate to our “money story”. We will be talking about Nancy’s new book: Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth. She is also the bestselling author of Jump…And Your Life will appear and Writing for my Life…Reclaiming the Lost Pieces of Me. She is a master integrative coach and the creator of the Jump coaching and Worthy coaching programs. She works with clients privately and in groups to design lives in alignment with their truths and desires. You can visit her online at www.nancylevin.com .

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Show Notes:

  • What made Nancy want to write “Worthy”?
  • What did she do at Hay House?
  • Why is it so hard to delegate?
  • What is the difference between self-worth and net worth?
  • When do we start to set our beliefs?
  • Self-esteem vs. self-worth
  • Let’s talk commitments!
  • How can boundaries affect net worth?
  • What is “the cycle”?
  • Why is action so important?
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Resources:

www.nancylevin.com

Hay House/Balboa Press http://www.hayhouse.com

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Why I sold my Oscar dress…

“You’ve got to get rid of it. It’s a miracle you even remarried.”

My friend Hope, a brilliant life-coach and stylist, was helping me cleanse my closet of every piece of clothing which no longer served me and the life I crave.

Once we were done, and more than ½ the items I’d had hanging in the closet were in bags to be donated, Hope asked…

“So is that it? Anything else?”

With a big sigh, I crouched down, slid out a huge Chanel box, and lifted up the heavy, full-length beaded gown.

“Wow! What’s that!?” Hope exclaimed.

It was my Oscar dress.

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Back in 2004, the documentary I co-created and co-starred in, Super Size Me, was nominated for an Academy Award. To get ready for the big event, I appeared on a makeover show called “How Do I Look?” and was given a gorgeous beaded gown. The host, Finola Hughes, co-star of the cult hit and personal favorite Staying Alive, called me “red carpet radiant.” I thought I had hit the big time!

We didn’t win that night, but Morgan and I went on to premiere the film in over 20 countries, got married, had a beautiful little boy together, and then, separated and finally divorced. What a roller coaster ride…and through it all, I kept that dress.

I didn’t keep much from our marriage besides the kid, the memories, my engagement ring (which was stolen in a burglary 5 years ago), and that dress.

As I held the dress up for Hope to see, I realized how heavy it was: physically and emotionally.

“Why are you holding onto this dress, Alex?” asked Hope.

A dozen reasons jumped to mind, but none of them felt good enough:

  • It was a hand-beaded designer dress! I only wore it once and it was worth at least $1000.
  • I should save it for another amazing event some day
  • I should save it for my daughter (BTW, I’ve happily decided not to have more kids)
  • It was a huge moment in my life – how can I give this dress away??
  • It looked amazing on me!

But something deeper was hidden in the folds of the tissue-wrapped silk and beading:

I was holding onto an unexamined belief that

I’ll never make anything that great again…

that the best contribution of my life was behind me…

that this dress is the best I’ll ever be.

Then I decided that these ideas were bullshit and it was time to say goodbye.

I asked my friend Kate Northrup, author of Money: A Love Story, who also teaches Feng Shui for Financial Freedom, what she thought of keeping this dress, under my bed no less?

Kate wrote back:

“Anything that’s no longer a reflection of who you are and who you want to be in the future needs to be released ASAP. This includes old clothes, furniture, and anything else that’s not up to par with your current reality and your desired future.”

Hope and I talked about all of this, sitting on the bed together, touching and admiring the craftsmanship of the dress.

A few weeks ago another group of girlfriends gasped when I told them the dress was still under my bed. “It’s a miracle you even remarried! Talk about bad relationship mojo!” They were right. But I just wasn’t ready.

Now I am.

“It’s time.” I said, finally.

I’d wasted endless, worrying energy thinking about the dress and what to do with it. Ultimately, I’d done nothing, feeling lame for being lazy and indecisive.

It had all gone on too long, and it was time.

Why I Sold Me Oscar Dress

This Monday evening, I walked the heavy Chanel box to a resale shop in SoHo, filled out the consignment form, and walked out. I left the store feeling strange: light, yet a bit sad. A little empty.

I had scheduled a date with a good friend, and we met for a glass of wine to celebrate our lives. She toasted the dress, and we plotted our future triumphs.

The dress was beautiful.

It will be beautiful on another woman.

I hope it brings her incredible good fortune, whoever she is.

The dress itself, truthfully, means nothing. But it held an energy – a broken promise – and regret within its threads.

Moving forward often requires letting go of the things to which we cling. The heavy, the outdated, the old.

An entire identity – beliefs, myths, and unspoken agreements – attached like white cat hairs on black velvet.

That dress was a constant reminder of a younger woman’s dreams. Some became a reality, and some were shattered.

Now it’s time for a more mature woman’s dreams to take flight and come true. A dream dressed in fine new cloth and new energy.

Join me in saying goodbye to the one thing that’s keeping you tied to the past in a way that no longer serves you.

Maybe it’s a dress in your own closet (or under your bed!) Maybe it’s a way of eating, a way of being with people, a town or home you live in, or a job or relationship you’re still in after too many years.

Say goodbye.

Toast your glass high to the dress.

Let it go.

Let’s fly forward together.

Let’s create the life we crave.

xo,

alexsign

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