Roast Pineapple with Cinnamon

I love sweet, and I love simple recipes. And I love avoiding added sugars without using up my willpower.

Roasted Cinnamon Pineapple

When I go to my favorite lunch spot, Hu Kitchen, in New York City, I always get a side of their roasted cinnamon pineapple to go with my grass fed meatloaf…

The simple, spicy sweetness is so satisfying I can easily walk past the display of chocolate bars and not bat an eye: once my tongue has had it’s fill of this sweet pineapple goodness, my sweet tooth is sated.

If you crave sweet: welcome to the club! Humans are born loving sweet things – in fact, it’s the only food preference we’re born with. Every other taste preference is learned. Sweet foods found in nature are safe to eat, and mother’s milk is sweet, which makes us want to nurse more and thrive.

So you can leave the shame about sweet cravings behind!

When you want something sweet, something that won’t hurt your body or destroy your healthy eating desires, roasted pineapple is a great choice.


2 cups cubed pineapple

1-2 teaspoons cinnamon



  1. preheat oven to 450.
  2. Toss pineapple with cinnamon and spread out on a lined baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 12-15 minutes, until pineapple begins to brown.
  4. Eat! Enjoy, share!

Benefits of Pineapple:

High in the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, which aids digestion of starches and proteins. Protects against foreign microbes, diseased cells and intestinal parasites. High in manganese, essential component of digestive enzymes.

Now, toss that pineapple with some cinnamon? You’ve got a powerhouse treat:

Benefits of Cinnamon:

Warming, supportive of lungs, kidney, heart, and uterus. Helps reduce intestinal gas and improves digestion. The aroma is calming…but Cinnabon knows that already.



Your cravings aren’t good or bad, they’re just information.

You can honor your body, rather than judge her, and give her healthy, delicious food that nourishes your life and your energy.

I hope you’ll keep coming back for more inspiration and recipes.

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95 Women’s Money with Farnoosh Torabi

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome to the Crave Cast! It’s summer 2016! We have a couple of important announcements. We are going to have our first west coast crave bear meet up! I will be in Portland, Oregon on August 14th and I will be doing a live in-person meet up. Where and what time I am not sure but I will keep you posted. Go over to my hangout Facebook page and join my Facebook group at and I will be listing exact times there or just listen to upcoming episodes.

Let’s talk about money! Money is stressful and it’s one of the most common stresses that Americans experience. I have my good friend Farnoosh Torabi on the show today. Farnoosh is one of America’s leading personal finance experts. She has her own great podcast called “So Money”. I actually appeared on it a while back and it was really fun. We met and had tea and had such a good time. Farnoosh is hooked on helping Americans live their richest, happiest lives! She has written for “O” the Oprah magazine and she is the host of a show that we will talk about more where she goes and interviews famous people and entrepreneurs and follows them around. It’s really cool! Her latest book is really interesting. It’s called “When She Makes More: The Truth about Navigating Love and Life for a New Generation of Women.” We are going to talk about money and our relationship with money in our relationships and how traditional gender roles can sometimes make money more complicated. Enjoy this episode and be sure to listen all the way to the end so you can learn how to enter in for next month’s swag bag!

Don’t forget about our Swag Bag Giveaway! Here is how you can enter in to win this $1000 swag bag:

  1. Go to iTunes put up a meaningful review about your thoughts about The Crave Cast, what you’ve learned, what you’ve loved, why people should tune in. or you can go to and leave a review.
  2. Once a month I will be picking one meaningful review, I’ll get in touch with you, will announce it here on the podcast and I will be sending you all of these incredible goodies. So be sure to enter the $1000 swag bag giveaway at!




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Show Notes:

  • How did the traditional gender roles affect her own marriage?
  • What is her book “When she Makes More” about?
  • How does stress about finances affect people’s health?
  • Who are the people that usually worry more about finances?
In all families 40% of women are the bread winners and that includes single moms.@farnoosh Click To Tweet
  • What kind of questions and responses does she get from her podcast?
  • What is “Follow the Leader”?
  • How did she prepare her life to be able to host a show?
  • Don’t assume that your partner will just know what you need!
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Twitter – @farnoosh

“When She Makes More” ~ Farnoosh Torabi

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4 Genius Ways To Perfect Portions with Positive Psychology

Welcome to my big breakfast table…

Sit down and place your clean cloth napkin on your lap.

Smell the fresh food cooking, hear the bright classic rock drifting through the house…


My son will light a candle for us…

Yes, even at breakfast.

See the farmer’s market flowers from our walk Saturday…


Here’s your tea or water. Take a deep breath.

Smell the food, prepared with love.


Savor the moment.


Hidden in this simple morning ritual are powerful positive psychology tools to eating perfect portions:


Many of our food choices aren’t really conscious choices.

Hidden and unconscious factors that effect your brain have a big impact on what, and how much, we eat:

  • Stress.
  • Bad planning.
  • Optical illusions…

What? Optical illusions? I’ll get to that in a moment…

Most of us make about 200 food choices a day, and it’s not just what to have for breakfast:

Should I reward myself with a cookie for going to the gym?

Do I want an apple or blueberries?

Should I put mayo on that, or olive oil?

All those 200+ choices drain your brain of willpower, which is a finite resource.


Once you run out of your daily allowance of willpower, likely in the afternoon or evening, you’re more likely to eat more of the things that don’t help you with your energy and well-being.

You could use willpower to fight your old ways of eating, but that doesn’t really work. (Right? We’ve all tried it 1,000 times)


Luckily the worlds of Positive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience are helping us to trick our brains and bodies into eating better foods, and better portions.

Use these 4 science based strategies to make healthy eating easy:

  1. Use Optical Illusions to Help You Eat Less: Sitting at a larger table (as opposed to your desk or a small table) performs some optical illusion magic to help you naturally eat smaller portions. [Cornell University Food & Brand Lab]
  2. Relax Before You Eat: STOP Working Through Lunch: Stressed out people make worse food choices. Do a round of deep breathing to help calm your body and brain (my favorite is below) [Harvard Study]
  3. Get Happy: People who practice gratitude before meals make better choices and tend to eat less. [University of Texas Study]
  4. Pre-Game Your Lunch: Making a lunch the night before helps you make better choices as you won’t be rushed. []


Here are 5 ways to integrate these science-based eating strategies into your life so that you make better choices and naturally eat the right amount for your body:

  • Eat at a table, not your desk.
  • Eat at a table, not a TV tray binge watching Orange Is The New Black.
  • Do a round of deep breathing (4-7-8 breathing is my favorite – here’s a quick video I use with my son to teach him) before you eat, or even before you choose what to eat.
  • Write down, think about, or tell your lunch friend 3 things that you’re grateful for this week before you eat. Then have them share! (For super gold star bonus effect: make sure you include how you had a part in that thing happening)
  • Make your lunch the night before, packed and ready to go in the morning.

It’s not just what we eat, it’s how we eat.

I hope you’ll enjoy these simple, science-based tricks to easily make healthy eating more joyful.



Try just one of these strategies for the next week and share how it work for you!
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94 Miki Agrawal: Menstruation Shame Slayer & World Changer

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome back my Clan of the Crave Bears! This is the place where we have a non-judgmental space to find out what our cravings really mean. So last week, I mentioned that I was taking a Summer hiatus. Well, a dear friend of mine talked me out of my hiatus! We have too much momentum going to take the Summer off! So I’m looking forward to spending my Summer right here with you!

Now today I am the Shame Slayer and we are talking about menstruation, and I encourage you to continue to play this episode even if your children or husband are in the room. It’s a very natural part of life and it played a part in all of us being here. So, let’s get rid of the shame surrounding menstruation and just talk about it openly and honestly.

Today’s guest is Miki Agarwal. Miki Agrawal is a force of nature. She was named 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the World Technology Awards and her Company THINX was named Time Magazine’s “25 Best New Inventions of 2015″. Miki was also the recipient of the TriBeCa Film Festival’s “Disruptive Innovation Award” and was named one of the “Top 20 Millenials on a Mission” by Forbes.

She is the CEO and Co-Founder of THINX, a high-tech, beautiful underwear solution for women to wear during their periods. She teamed up with AFRIpads in Uganda to fund a pack of reusable cloth pads for every underwear sold to get millions of girls back in school. To date, Miki and THINX have helped over 30,000 girls go back to school.

This girl has it going on! Thinx are “period proof panties”. You won’t believe how many girls miss school each year due to menstruation. This is an important product and can truly make a difference in the lives of girls. It’s time to end our body shaming around our periods.

Don’t forget about our Swag Bag Giveaway! Here is how you can enter in to win this $1000 swag bag:

  1. Go to iTunes put up a meaningful review about your thoughts about The Crave Cast, what you’ve learned, what you’ve loved, why people should tune in. or you can go to and leave a review.
  2. Once a month I will be picking one meaningful review, I’ll get in touch with you, will announce it here on the podcast and I will be sending you all of these incredible goodies. So be sure to enter the $1000 swag bag giveaway at!


You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or TuneIn
100 million girls miss a week of school when they have their periods. Click To Tweet

Show Notes:

  • What Thinx are and how they work
  • The technology behind Thinx
  • How Thinx are sexy and beautiful, feel like normal underwear, but still functional
  • The give-back component of Thinx and how women in 3rd world countries benefit
A productive woman in a developing community gives 90% of her income to her community and family. Click To Tweet
  • How women in 3rd world countries are dealing with periods without proper supplies
  • Where to find the 13 minute introduction video about Thinx
  • Why men have no idea what a period is and how it works
  • Why Nepalese men blamed menstruating women for a devastating earthquake
The shame and taboo surrounding menstruation is completely misplaced. Click To Tweet
  • How Miki came to be able to freely discuss menstruation, when she was raised with shame around it
  • Why schools should teach both boys and girls about menstruation together
  • The need for the curriculum for educating on menstruation that Miki is creating
50% of hospital beds in Africa can be eliminated by proper hygiene. Click To Tweet
  • Why the hygiene market is ripe for disruption and the medical problem it can solve
  • Why HelloTushy can solve many of the hygiene issues we experience today



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Ginger Carrot Soup: All Day Energy Diet Cookbook Offer

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It’s filled with 67 recipes that are especially created for those of us who desperately need more energy – and easy, yummy food choices.


Here’s my featured Ginger Carrot Soup recipe:


1 cup diced yellow onion

1 clove garlic, minced

4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock

1 1/2 pounds carrots, chopped

2 tsp freshly grated ginger root

1 tbsp fresh cilantro leave, optional garnish


  1. Saute the onion and garlic in 1/4 cup of the stock over medium heat until the onions are translucent. Add the carrots and ginger. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the rest of the stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into a blender and puree, being careful to cover tightly with a lid and a clean kitchen towel to prevent hot liquid from leaking out. Return to pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Garnish with optional cilantro and enjoy!
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