69 Curb Your Cravings: J.J. Virgin

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast

Hello my clan of the crave bears! Big news on the home front, I got married! Yep I did! My fiancé and I decided to tie the knot in December. We are still officially getting married wedding style in May. So I’m married and it’s 2016. Welcome to the New Year!

We are going to be talking about cravings, all those things you want and desire and challenges with the cravings, desires and wants. Today our guest is my dear friend JJ Virgin about her new paperback coming out about sugar, diet and about how people can make the diet stick and how we have been getting it wrong.  JJ is a celebrity nutritionist, fitness expert and a little bit of a celebrity herself! She invented the “Virgin Diet” which will be talked about in this broadcast. After you get done listening check out these some sweet bonuses!

Also, just wanted to give everybody a heads up we begin again with the cravings cleanse on January 27th at 9 pm Eastern. Eight weeks of live coaching, group support and accountability. You can go to www.cravingscleanse.com to check out the program and sign up. Can’t wait to see you there!

 

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“If there was a drug that did the things that sugar does it would be outlawed” – JJ Virgin (Click to Tweet)

 

Show Notes:

  • The reason behind eating unhealthy food
  • Food intolerance
  • The reactions that your body can have from eating foods that you have an intolerance to
  • Why artificial sugar is the devil!

“Food is information.”- JJ Virgin (Click to Tweet)

 

  • What makes you crave more sweets
  • The 7 foods of food intolerance
  • What is the Virgin diet?
  • Why you should not eat every 2 to 3 hours
  • Turn snacking into a mini meal instead
  • The difference between a sugar burning and a fat burner
  • Learn why and how to swap food

 

“People who drink one diet soda a day have a 33 percent higher chance of getting diabetes”- JJ Virgin (Click to Tweet)

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Get a copy of “The Virgin Diet” and get your bonuses from JJ here!

Connect with J.J:

 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Come and join! www.cravingscleanse.com

Visit www.cravecastpod.com

Connect with me on Instagram

 

 
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68 Pleasure at Any Size: Woman On Fire with Amy Jo Goddard

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Well crave bears, it’s here: the final episode of 2015! To help us all relax and enjoy the last bits of this year, I’ve created a new challenge, 7 Days of Playful Pleasure, where we’ll focus on one thing you can do every day to feel grounded, whole, and joyful in your body and your life. This is about ending the year feeling GOOD! If you aren’t ready for the challenge but want to join this great community, you can also join the Facebook group! Experience over 1,500 women hanging out, supporting each other, asking questions, and getting inspiration on how to come to terms with and have a better relationship with desire, their bodies, pleasure, food, and cravings.

Now, on today’s show, where I’m talking to Amy Jo Goddard, author of Woman on Fire, one of the books on my top ten books for mind and body healing this year. Now, you may have noticed over the last few months that I’ve been talking to more sexual health experts. That’s because I believe that a lot of our frustrations with our bodies and weight and body image are connected to our sexuality. More and more I think we need to look to sexual expression and pleasure to get in the right metabolic state so we can feel good in and about our bodies even before we lose a single pound.

So today I’m talking to Amy about sexuality, sexual health, and the connection between that and food, nutrition, and cravings. Amy is a renowned sexual empowerment expert, speaker, and coauthor of the popular Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men. She has dedicated her life to sexuality education and empowerment. Her workshops, sessions, and speaking engagements have helped thousands of people discover their sexuality and deepen their relationships and fulfillment.

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“When we have those empowered experiences where we feel a sense of sexual agency, that affects everything.” -Amy Jo Goddard (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • How she became a sex educator
  • How her work work as a feminist activist fueled her work
  • Why it’s so hard for people to get the sex education they need
  • The effect of the media on our ideas of sexuality
  • The relationship between an empowered sexual experience and the health of the human body
  • How important it is to understand this complex part of ourselves
  • The value of writing down your sexual history
  • Why you should share your sexual story

“If we are at war with this vehicle of pleasure, then of course it’s no wonder we’re not having as much pleasure as we want.” -Amy Jo Goddard (Click to Tweet)

  • Why body acceptance is an important part of sexual pleasure
  • Why you have to stay curious about your body
  • How much energy women spend fighting against their own bodies
  • Why she’s on a strict media diet
  • Why people feel like they need permission
  • The different kinds of confidence
  • How she encourages people to connect with the lover inside themselves
  • Why she craves downtime and quiet

“If you stay in isolation with your story, with the thing that’s bringing you shame, that’s how shame grows and keeps proliferating.” -Amy Jo Goddard (Click to Tweet)

Links Mentioned:

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“As soon as you think you know everything about your partner and you stop being curious and you stop asking questions, the relationship is over.” -Amy Jo Goddard (Click to Tweet)

 
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Take Care of YOU First: Real Talk From Hollywood Mom, Jada

As a mother, entrepreneur, (new) wife, and woman-with-her-own-dreams, I often struggle with keeping all the plates spinning…and the thing that normally drops in the day-to-day is my own self-care.

I struggle with being happy when things (and myself) aren’t perfect.

Here’s a recent stream of thought that drove me crazy:

“I should get on that school fundraiser email…I didn’t follow up with that client!…I haven’t been to my trainer in 2 weeks…Those presents need to be wrapped…I haven’t saved enough in my IRA this year…I had some dairy yesterday!…I should take my friend out for her birthday this week…I’m a terrible friend!…I’m the worst at sales…I need to redo my website…”

It’s insane, isn’t it??

Today’s modern woman, and not a few cool dudes, are held back from giving ourselves what we really need by guilt. We love the idea of nourishing our lives and bodies with daily baths and pleasure playdates with our friends, but something keeps us from following through on a regular basis.

It isn’t just that we feel guilty taking care of ourselves:

we feel, deep down, that setting aside time to meet our own needs – even having needs – is a sign of weakness or failure. We see it as a sign of imperfection in a world that demands nothing less than perfection.

Admitting that you need to work on something is acknowledging a failure and that is really, really hard to do.

Today, I want you to watch Jada Pinkett Smith, the actress, singer, and mother, on how she views this mess we are in. Her thoughts really inspired me, and I hope they inspire you, too:

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67 Women’s Sexual Health: She Comes First

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Today’s show deals with some rather explicit material, but for good reason! I’m talking to sex therapist Ian Kerner, author of She Comes First, a New York Times best seller. Ian and I are discussing some of the most common yet hard to talk about problems that women have when it comes to sex, namely getting your partner to focus on YOU.

Now, you may be wondering why I talk about sex so much on a podcast about women’s health and cravings. I do it because sex has so much to do with these subjects! A lot of women feel nervous about sex, like sex is dangerous. It’s hard to grow up with a healthy sense of sexual self in this culture, and I want to do what I can to break down the barriers around it. Because when sex is dangerous, food becomes our safe sex, and we just can’t win.

My goal is to make it safe for women to explore their sexuality. We have to reclaim our bodies for ourselves, to own our curiosity about sex, and learn how to have those challenging conversations about what we want. Food and sex should be two of the best things about being a human! But they’ve both been branded as dangerous for women. Well we want both.

If you want to have one of your questions answered on the show, head over to the blog and you’ll see a little microphone that says “Send Voicemail.” Just click it, leave your message, and I might use your voice and question on an upcoming episode of the Crave Cast!

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“Oral sex or manual stimulation of the clitoris is a much shorter and easier path to orgasm than intercourse.”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • What is intercourse discourse
  • Why he used to feel like a sexual cripple
  • How She Comes First is a manifest for lovemaking
  • The vulnerability of receiving cunnilingus
  • Where did the “ick factor” surrounding female genitalia come from
  • The importance of communication around sex
  • The clitoris has 18 parts!
  • Why you should google image search the entire clitoral system
  • What are coreplay and outercourse
  • Methods that can be used as foreplay

“It really comes back to the fact that men and women, partners, don’t really communicate too well about sex.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • The value of finding an erotic vocabulary to use with your partner
  • The importance of context in sex
  • Why arousal is more important than desire when it comes to sex
  • Why you have to think about the order of sexual activities
  • Why he’s a little skeptical of kegel exercises
  • Why you should be practicing masturbation
  • Why women should stop faking orgasms!
  • How to deal with kids asking questions about sex
  • How to give your partner She Comes First

“As humans, we have so much capacity to take in erotic stimulation.”  (Click to Tweet)

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“Sex really doesn’t begin with desire, it begins with arousal.”  (Click to Tweet)

 
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5 Ways to Master Your Inner Critic [AKA “Bitch Brain”]

Your brain can cause your body’s cravings. 
The four root causes of cravings are bacterial, nutritional, emotional, and physical. (But most experts and diet books don’t talk about the emotions of food, do they?)

Today I want to talk about one of the most common forms of emotional craving:
the frustration and fear caused by the inner critic.

I’ve been interviewing health coaches who want to grow their business as they heal their own health concerns, and I’m hearing a lot of “bitch brain” issues. This is a term I created while writing Women, Food, and Desire, and it struck a chord with many readers…

5 ways to handle your


Bitch Brain is a way I describe your inner critic – the voice that stops you from taking risks, speaking your truth, and gets in the way of your desires.

Women often grapple with self-confidence and doubt because we are connected to our life’s desires, and expose ourselves to the fear and failure of going after what we truly want.

Here’s how the Bitch Brain, or inner critic, or “BB” for short, messes with your life:

…you want to create your own business, but the bitch brain (AKA inner critic) tells us we don’t have enough experience…and eat more sugar to handle the frustration induced exhaustion.

…you dream about helping others with your health coaching knowledge, but the inner critic says “you still have your own health problems, how could you help someone else?”…and you end up overeating at night to try and silence the discomfort.

…you have an old voice from your mother that repeats about how a nice girl should act, and it keeps you from daring to ask for more or demand justice…and you drink a few glasses of wine every night to try and relax.

…you know you have a purpose in life, and have tried lots of educational programs or read all the self-help books, but your inner critic tells you “why bother?” so often you feel totally bummed out and confused about what to do next…so you keep eating the foods that keep your energy low and mind fuzzy because, again, “why bother?”

The inner critic can be deadly.
It can rob you of your vitality and resilience.

And the bitch brain can be handled. But only with love and awareness.

Here are 5 things you must know to handle the inner critic:

 

  1. The inner critic is not you. It is thoughts about you, but it is not who you actually are. You may have internalized other people’s voices from such a young age that it’s hard to tell the difference between them and you.
  2. See it and say it. To separate yourself from your bitch brain, you must become aware of it and label what you hear. It’s pretty simple. Say to yourself, or declare to a trusted friend, “I hear my inner critic right now and it’s saying ____.” When you say it out loud and label it,  you can start to see the repetitive, inaccurate nature of the criticism.
  3. Identify a good reason for the criticism. When you start to hear the critic, bitching away again, step back and ask it, “What are you trying to protect me from right now? What are you afraid might happen if I do this thing I want to do?” The answer is usually the same: fear of failure, losing love or respect, fear of attack or embarrassment. Once you see the reasons for the critic acting up, you can say, with genuine care, “Thank you for trying to protect me. I hear you.” We must love our inner critic otherwise we get stuck in a war with ourselves, which never ends well. Calming the voice with love is super important because…
  4. The Bitch Brain is hurting your body. When the inner critic causes a release of stress hormones in the body, we end up in a state of health disarray. Stress keeps weight on, especially around the middle belly, causes adrenal exhaustion, sleep trouble, and ages you faster. In the face of all that, #5 is even more important!
  5. Laugh it off. Survivors in life-threatening situations all have one thing in common: a sense of humor. Humor is a good strategy to help you find what is ridiculous. Your inner critic might say “Don’t offer your health coaching services! They might find out you eat chocolate every night and then you’ll be called a liar and end up penniless and alone under a bridge!” Really, BB? If people find out I eat chocolate I’ll end up alone, penniless and under a bridge? Chill out!”

 

Give your BB some space to be heard.

Spend 10 minutes writing out your thoughts to these questions and see how much more calm you feel:

 

What does your BB/inner critic say when you want to speak up about an injustice or problem at work or in the home?

What does your BB/inner critic say about a career choice you dream about making?

What does our BB/inner critic say when you want to dress up? When you pass by a mirror? When you want to try a new class? When you want to travel? When you want to ask for a date? For sex? For a vacation? For time alone? For time together?

Use the 5 insights to help you calm your BB.
Know that you are wired for the inner critic, that you’re not crazy, wrong, or bad…that your very human brain is trying to keep you safe.

Then thank it, and keep moving forward.
Xo,
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