27 Carin Rockind – Uncovering your Passions & Strengths To Discover Your Life Purpose

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

When is it right to openly talk about sex and aging?

As you probably already know, these are two of my favorite discussion points.

My guest today is Carin Rockind. She is a positive psychology expert, motivational speaker and coach. Also known as The Purpose Girl, she has inspired thousands to transform their lives. On today’s episode we explore her simple, yet powerful philosophy. We delve into the juicy details on how she uses this philosophy to help people identify their unique purpose.

Also, I’m so excited to share with you my sponsor, Perfect Supplements. I use their Cordyceps and Natural Calm Magnesium 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!

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“Resiliency is bouncing back from trauma and the ability to persevere.”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • Carin’s personal story and how she found purpose and happiness
  • How trauma shapes purpose
  • Why Carin developed shingles in her early 30′s
  • Books young girls shouldn’t be reading
  • Exploring shame around love, abuse and bi-sexuality
  • Mutual wishes for a safe, shame-free environment for children
  • How schools set us up to be in a war with ourselves
  • Resiliency and post traumatic growth
  • Carin’s belief in SISU (FYI: it’s from Finland)
  • How we can all learn resiliency and PTG
  • How intestinal fortitude and your gut work together
  • Carin Rockind’s “Aha!” moment happening right on this VERY EPISODE!
  • Resiliency skills and why we need them
  • The importance of getting in touch with YOUR little girl

“If you sweep something under the rug eventually the shit is going to start stinking.” (Click to Tweet)

  • How a inner healing became a resiliency skill
  • We learn a great exercise to get over trials and traumas
  • The power of PTG
  • Exploring your heroine/hero story
  • The beauty of being 40… (yup, I get to join next month!)
  • The special gift my mom taught me about aging
  • Why we should celebrate aging
  • The negative images that lead us to ‘the midlife crisis’
  • The difference between men and women turning 40
  • Why women ask themselves, “have I mattered enough”
  • Shocking stats on women in their 40′s & 50′s suffering from depression and suicide
  • Join Carin’s program #ThisIs40
  • It’s time to say this is not my mothers 40, this is not the over the hill 40
  • Sending love to Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton
  • The question we need to ask to find our purpose
  • Neutrality, plastic surgery and self love
  • How our feelings about ourselves create healthy positive aging
  • The benefits of being raw and authentic
  • The importance of building a supportive community

“Being able to find your core wisdom in every trauma & trial is the truth of your purpose.” (Click to Tweet)

Links Mentioned:

 Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | YouTube | PurposeGirl

“Were each here to shine our light on others, so that others shine.” (Click to Tweet)

 
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How to cut root vegetables without cutting off a finger. Roasted Root Vegetable Recipe!

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables. Having fun with root vegetables! Kids enjoy playing with food – so do I!

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How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables. How to cut a parsnip. Cut into even sized chunks for even baking.

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables. Cut up a turnip without cutting off a finger. Cut off the top and root end for two flat ends, then cut in half.

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables without losing a finger. Always cut a flat edge so the round vegetables have a flat side to rest on so they don’t wobble around.

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How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables without losing a finger. Always cut a flat edge so the round vegetables have a flat side to rest on so they don’t wobble around.

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How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables without losing a finger. Always cut a flat edge so the round vegetables have a flat side to rest on so they don’t wobble around.

 

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How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables without losing a finger. Always cut a flat edge so the round vegetables have a flat side to rest on so they don’t wobble around.

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables without losing a finger. Always cut a flat edge so the round vegetables have a flat side to rest on so they don't wobble around. Toss with 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil or bacon drippings, and a pinch of salt. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.

How to cut up and cook turnips + how to cut up and cook root vegetables without losing a finger. Always cut a flat edge so the round vegetables have a flat side to rest on so they don’t wobble around. Toss with 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil or bacon drippings, and a pinch of salt. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.

 
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26 Summer Bock – The Untold Story of Gut Health and Self Worth

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

How would if feel to be free from your health woes and liberate yourself from mood-swings due to digestive issues?

That’s what we’re talking about on today’s episode of The Crave Cast. We’re going to dive deep into my favorite topic: The Four Root Causes of Cravings.

On this week’s episode we have Summer Bock on the show. Summer holds degrees & certifications from Columbia University, The Evergreen State College, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The New Mexico College of Natural Healing. She is a sought after fermentationist, a skilled herbalist and is the creator of the highly successful Gut Rebuilding Program.

In this episode we learn how to achieve a deeper level of healing. How to focus on the revolutionizing our individual health.

Also, I’m so excited to share with you my sponsor, Perfect Supplements. I use their Cordyceps and Natural Calm Magnesium 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!

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“The main thing to notice is that you have 3-5 pounds of bacteria living in & on you.” (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • About the strong effect of bacteria in our daily lives
  • The strange connection between rhino, bird and human bacteria
  • What it means that every human has 10 bacterial cells to each human cell
  • How to listen to our guts to eat the best food possible
  • The unbalanced bacteria
  • What role the liver and the lymph system play in thriving health
  • How to acknowledge and manage anxiety
  • The benefits of what Summer does.. Yes! No More Meds!
  • What is bitters?
  • Summer’s personal goal for the future
  • Join the front against the dietary industrial complex

“The truth is you really need to be listening to your gut & body.” (Click to Tweet)

  • Foods that create bacterial balance
  • About the effect of stress on important body bacteria
  • Common symptoms of a gut imbalance
  • What is… The Golden Doodle?!
  • About the connection between skin and liver
  • Summer’s favorite probiotic
  • Tips on making a wild ferment
  • Summer helps me with a personal question.. and it involves poop!
  • The effects of physical movement on bowl movements
  • The importance of meditation and conscious relaxation without the woo woo!
  • How emotional thoughts stem from self worth
  • Tips for managing habit creation
  • Why we need to be calm, happy and joyful for our bacteria to live with us in harmony

“Every meal changes the ratios of these different communities of bacteria.” (Click to Tweet)

Links Mentioned:

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“Our goal is to get the right bacteria in.” (Click to Tweet)

 
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How to snack for a body you love

The big problem I have with extreme diets and detoxes is the purposeful calorie restriction.

Here’s my stake in the sand, my rage against what I call the Diet Industrial Complex:

Calories. Don’t. Matter.

 

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When you’re trying to cleanse your body of built up toxins and inflammation, and to really heal your digestion, hormones, and mood, counting calories is a false promise.

It’s all about the types of food you put in your body, avoiding foods like gluten, dairy, sugar, corn, soy, and caffeine for a while, and adding foods and supplements to heal your body.

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Counting calories makes you crazy and fills your head with useless numbers.

Counting calories (or points for the “weight watchers rejects” who have finally escaped) focuses on the wrong thing:

Counting calories makes you stop listening to your body, and that keeps the horrible cycle of dieting and body-shame in place. CLICK TO TWEET THIS

paleo wraps

What you see here is a sample of the snacks that I enjoy, and that are Cravings Cleanse approved. My rules for snacks while on the cleanse are:

  • Toxic 6 free (gluten, dairy, corn, soy, sugar, and caffeine)
  • I eat when I’m truly hungry
  • I eat slowly, with love, appreciation, and away from my computer
  • Snacks have to be yummy!

egg and avo

Whether hard boiled eggs, avocados filled with extra virgin olive oil, fruit, chopped veggies, or coconut wraps filled with apple slices and almond butter, my snacks are healthy, yummy, and cleanse approved.

banana almond butter

avocado

I will not choose a snack based on how many calories are on the label.

And that’s how I’ve been coaching my clients to eat for over 13 years.

Because counting calories will not tell you how a food makes you feel, and that’s the most important thing you can learn now.

Counting calories will not help you heal your body, or fix your relationship with your body.

Choosing wholesome foods, and listening to how your body feels when you eat them, while removing the ingredients that cause us to feel sluggish, bloated, foggy, and in pain, is the only way to really create a new way of eating and living.

And helping you feel well in your body is my main mission.

Join the Cravings Cleanse – we begin 2/12. 

xo,

Alex

 
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Chocolate IS love…Raw Cacao Valentines Recipes

Chocolate is Love.

At least that’s what our brains think.

See, when we eat chocolate, a whole cascade of happy chemicals and hormones get triggered, making us feel a bit high, happy, relaxed and excited all at the same time.

Kinda like love.

Raw Cacao Truffle Recipe

Cacao contains a delicious mix of natural chemicals that make us feel darned close to giddy in love:

Phenylethylamine is often called the “love drug,” that has heightening physiological effects… fatty acids called cannabinoids (yes, relatives of those found in pot), make you feel relaxed and intoxicated, and all of this leads to a release of the pleasure-producing hormones dopamine and serotonin.

Top it all off with a dose of sugar normally found in our cocoa treats, and you’ve got a world-class super drug.

With all of these happy high chemicals coming in legal, cheap, bite-sized nuggets, it’s amazing we aren’t all on the streets collecting pop bottles and turning tricks to get another fix! (Too much? Ok, maybe just collecting pop bottles…)

Luckily, the amounts of these mind-altering chemicals found in chocolate are relatively small compared with other drugs like marijuana, ecstasy, and morphine.

Our modern brains are used to the amounts and effects of the pleasure-inducing chemicals released by our coffee, tea, cocoa, and energy drinks, and we can only produce so much dopamine.

When we eat a ton of chocolate and release a bunch of dopamine, our bodies immediately seek balance by shutting down the hormone production. This leads to desensitization to both dopamine and chocolate’s effects over time.

Which makes me think we should all be living slightly cleaner lives with less caffeine, sugar and other “happy drugs” so that we can really enjoy the effects of chocolate more!

Cacao pod, Costa Rica, Alex Jamieson, raw cacao recipes

Cacao pod

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CACAO

Cacao flowers, Costa Rica, Alex Jamieson, raw cacao recipes

Cacao flowers, Costa Rica

Humans weren’t the first culinary smarties to figure out that cacao seeds were edible.

We learned it from watching monkeys.

Found in pods growing in South American rain forests, cacao seeds are covered with a slimy, slightly-sweet gel, sort of like leechee fruit.

Monkeys and people cracked open the pods, sucked on the fruit and spat out the seeds.

 

The raw seeds inside were bitter and pretty gross, so few animals or humans ate them, even though they were high in fat.

Carrying these seeds along their migrations caused the cacao trees to spread throughout South America and Central America.

But what happened next in chocolate’s history took a stroke of luck: someone realized that when you fermented and then roasted those seeds before eating them, the bitter flavor diminished and the ambrosia-like aroma of chocolate began to tickle their noses.

Once fermented and roasted, those bitter cacao beans begin to smell like melting chocolate. Grind the seeds, add some sugar, cinnamon, and chili pepper, and you’ve got a Water of the Gods, or cacao agua.

I’ve visited a rainforest cacao plantation in Costa Rica and watched the traditional methods for making cacao agua, as well as tasting the fruits, and learning about the lifecycle of this magical food.

Raw Cacao Fruit, Costa Rica, Alex Jamieson, raw cacao recipes

Raw Cacao Fruit

 

Until you can get yourself down to Central America to experience this for yourself, I’ve created a few healthy, delicious cacao (raw cocoa bean) recipes to enjoy with your Valentine, or any time!

Date Night: Cacao Nibs in Dates

Date Night: Raw Cacao and Medjool Dates, Raw Cacao Recipe, Alex Jamieson

Date Night: Raw Cacao, Almond Butter and Medjool Dates

4 Medjool dates, pitted and halved

1 tablespoon cacao nibs

1 tablespoon almond butter

Directions:

Scoop ½ teaspoon into each half of the pitted dates. Sprinkle with cacao nibs and gently press in with your finger so the nibs stick. Serve to your loved one on Date Night!

Goddess Truffles

Goddess Truffles: Raw Cacao Recipe, Alex Jamieson

Goddess Truffles: Raw Cacao Recipe

 

Whether you’re serving them to a Goddess, or you ARE a goddess, these raw cacao truffles are super easy, delicious, and won’t tax your culinary skills. In short, you can show off in the kitchen without trying too hard.

 Raw Cacao Goddess Truffles: Raw Cacao Truffles Recipes

2 cups raw nuts (I used 1 cup each almonds and cashews)

½ cup pitted Medjool dates

pinch sea salt

4 tablespoons raw cacao powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon honey

optional: coconut flour, cacao powder, cinnamon for rolling truffles

Directions:

Combine all (except optional coconut flour, etc) in a food processor. Pulse until the nuts are well ground and mixed with the dates.

Using a tablespoon or a small ice cream scooper, scoop the mixture into your hand and form into truffle balls.

You can now roll in coconut flour or other decorations, or eat raw.

Goddess Truffles: Raw Cacao Recipe, Alex Jamieson, Valentine's Day Recipe, Vegan Valentine

Goddess Truffles: Raw Cacao Recipe

Serve as is, or crumbled on banana slices.

WHY I USE RAW CACAO

As you may have noticed, these recipes call for raw cacao, which is different from baking chocolate, chocolate chips, and all products made with dutched or processed chocolate. The health benefits of raw cacao are pretty awesome, and you can make a lot of easy treats with it.

And for me, healthy + delicious = perfect.

Why Raw Cacao is the best Chocolate

Why Raw Cacao is the best Chocolate

 

BUT, you have to buy the right kind of cacao to get the most benefits and avoid the toxins found in conventional cacao production. Certified Organic Raw Cacao is an excellent source of antioxidants. It it’s NOT Certified Organic Raw Cacao, then you are also eating a lot of chemicals from irradiation and spraying of chemicals which are standard practice in growing cacao beans.

All of my recipes use organic raw cacao powder and raw cacao nibs.

If you’re wondering, here are some health benefits of raw cacao:

Magnesium: Cacao beans are a great source of this mineral (270 milligrams per 100 grams), which is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies, including muscle and nerve function, and is a muscle relaxant associated with feelings of calmness.

Sulphur: Cacao is also high in sulfur, which helps grow strong nails and hair.

Fiber: A chocolate bar doesn’t offer any fiber, but if you eat raw cacao, you’ll get 9 grams per ounce!

Iron: An ounce of the raw cacao beans or nibs (crushed beans) contains six per cent of your recommended daily iron intake.

Antioxidants: Raw cocoa powder tops the antioxidant list with almost four times the amount of antioxidants as Goji Berries. But be careful! You may be sensitive to the caffeine effects on your nervous system, so take it easy on this stimulant.

 

Here are 2 compounds in cacao that you might want to be careful of:

Theobromine: which makes up 1-2% of the cacao bean and, like caffeine, is a nervous system stimulant that dilates the blood vessels — much like caffeine. This is what makes chocolate unsafe for dogs, and causes uncomfortable sensations for sensitive humans.

Phenylethylamine (PEA): While our bodies also produce PEA (an adrenal-related chemical) when we’re excited, it causes our pulse to quicken. While this makes some of us feel alert and excited, it can have an uncomfortable effect on people who are sensitive and wanting to lower their heart rate.

With all this in mind, choose the healthiest chocolate for you and your loved ones, and enjoy the natural high of the food of the gods.

These and other Toxic 6-Free chocolate delights are all Cravings Cleanse approved!

Join me for an 8-week exploration & healing journey to get your cravings, taste-buds, hormones, and waistline back in alignment.

Click here to register – we start 2/12: 

Xo,

Alex

 
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