How to get your thoughts to change your body (and life)

Can you think your way thin?

Maybe.

Do your thoughts affect your body, how you eat, and your metabolism? YES. #HealthYeah.

What you think is as powerful as what you eat

What you think is as powerful as what you eat

 

Case in point: my flower pots.

Now, I know you’ve heard the sayings –

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“The only thing more dangerous than an idea is a belief.” – Sarah Vowell

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” – Peace Pilgrim

I’ve been reading E2by Pam Grout. It’s an entertaining book on energy experiments that “prove your thoughts create your reality.” Bold statement, right?

I decided to put one of Pam’s experiments to the test, and enrolled my 8 year old son, various friends, and my garden into the plan.

The experiment is based on old wisdom that our thoughts have energy and power, and the basic premise is this:

  • Give good energy, words and thoughts to something and it will bloom, heal, and grow in a positive way.
  • Give bad energy, words, and thoughts to something and it will suffer, wither, and mutate in a negative way.

I took two identical pots, filled them with soil from the same bag of dirt, planted 4 nasturtium seeds from the same packet, placed them next to each other, and began the experiment.

Every day as I watered my garden, I would count to 3, sprinkling each pot with the same amount of water. Then I would say loving things to the pot on the left, while saying mean, nasty things to the pot on the right.

Some days my son would come upstairs and “yell at the seeds” with me. He got a real kick out of it. When I had friends over, I would invite them to be nice to the left pot, and mean to the right pot, and we would kind of gang up on or befriend the germinating seeds.

The results were staggering:

The “happy pot” flourished, and 2 of the 4 nasturtium seeds germinated into flowering plants. Grass and edible Lamb’s Quarters, and edible weed, sprouted as well.

The “bad pot” floundered. None of the 4 nasturtium seeds sprouted, and only a few weeds took root.

I have to admit, it was hard to be mean to the “bad pot” – every day I walked away from the experiment feeling a little gross.

Being openly mean to anything living feels gross.

But we do that to our bodies every day, don’t we?

And the energetic affect on your body, metabolism, and ability to be truly healthy is staggering:

  • You can think yourself well: the placebo effect demonstrates how the power of positive thinking, hope, and nurturing care can cause healing. The “nocebo” effect demonstrates the physiological effects of negative belief, fear, anxiety, and what Martin Seligman terms “learned helplessness.”
  • You can either stress, or you can digest: when you are stuck in a stressful state of mind, your digestion (and metabolism) shut down or are impared
  • Negative thoughts and emotions trigger the amygdala in your brain to send out a red alert that activates a “fight-or-flight” stress response. When the nervous system is in “fight-or-flight,” the body’s self-repair mechanisms don’t function properly and the body is predisposed to illness. This can happen even just from thinking “people in my family get sick/cancer/arthritis, etc.”
  • Every time you think harsh, cruel, or negative thoughts about your body or your health, you’re potentially poisoning your body with stress hormones that deactivate your body’s natural self-repair mechanisms. You wouldn’t chug from a bottle with a skull and crossbones on it, but we are habituated to thinking terrible things about our bodies.

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.
~ Willie Nelson, my favorite outlaw cowboy singer

 

You Are The Artist Of Your Life, You Are The Gatekeeper Of Your Body

It’s up to you to think differently.

It’s within your power to grow a flourishing garden in your cells and your soul.

 

What thoughts do you choose to think about your body?

Your thoughts to yourself can heal…

…or your thoughts to yourself can damage.

Your thoughts to your body can uplift and re-energize…

…or your thoughts to your body can degrade and shame.

Your thoughts about yourself can transform your life, your relationship with food, and your future for the better…

…or your thoughts can turn it into (or keep it) a real shit show.

As you look towards the possibilities this new way of thinking has for you, including all the personal desires and cravings that call to you, I want to extend my hand and offer myself as a part of your circle of support.

To be totally honest, I’ve accomplished a lot in my life, in many realms, but NONE of it, have I done alone.

When I’m looking at making a big change, or taking on a new way of being, or when I want something that just feels beyond my ability to create, I will raise my hand, phone a friend, shout out loud “HELP!”

If you are in this space, with visions and hope for a future that glows with self-love, joy, freedom, peace and energy, then I welcome you to go. for. it. 

Feel into the image that you see and feel, and seek the support you need to make the transformation real.

If you have been wanting me on hand to support you in a one-on-one, personal way, here’s your opportunity:

As part of my mission to help women (and the men who love us) to live into our desires and natural state of health, I’m doing something different and offering a COMPLIMENTARY 30-minute 1-on-1 personalized Vitality Discovery Session with me.

Yes!

That’s 30 minutes of personalized, uninterrupted time with me without costing you a cent.

I will help you discover what difference you want to see in your life from dropping the extra pounds and feeling free with food.

AND what’s holding you back from getting what you want.

We’ll intentionally approach these topics with love, kindness, and compassion – those good thoughts that helped my garden flourish! Let’s skip the extra shame and frustration, shall we? :)

Then, we’ll make a plan to get you what you want, in a new, honorable, unique way. Joy, play, fun, pleasure, and a soulful plan of action.

I know you could spend 30 minutes doing something else – email, laundry, chores, drinking wine and eating chocolate…anything.

Yet, I believe that when you and I spend time in this conversation, we can weave magic and a new way of living in and loving your body.

I have space for 10 Vitality Discovery Sessions, and if you feel called, I hope you’ll take me up on this very special invitation.

Click here to answer a few simple questions. If it feels like a good fit someone on my team will be in touch in 48 hours after the submission deadline to set up your free session. The deadline is Monday, July 20th.

xo,

Alex

P.S. Though I am a big lover and student of digital learning (video learning, etc,) I’ve personally received many of the biggest breakthroughs of my life through one-on-one conversations. That’s one of the reasons I love working with women (and a few cool dudes) on such an intimate basis. When you are deeply seen and heard, held and understood, and then expertly guided, lives can and do transform, and quickly. Click here to take me up on this FREE offer.

 
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45 Dr. Tami – How to Take Back Control of Your Hormones

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Are you tired but having trouble sleeping through the night? Does stress get to you more than it used to? Are you having trouble keeping your muscle tone? Are your cravings through the roof?

Have you thought about getting your hormones checked? After a super stressful year, that’s what I did, and let me tell you, my hormones were a mess! Once I started taking hormone supplements everything turned around.

On this week’s episode, I talked to Dr. Tami, a hormone EXPERT! Her book The Hormone Secret really helped me understand the relationship between my adrenals and testosterone, and how to get my whole body balanced and back on track.

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You can do it too! Listen in to learn more about the effects hormone imbalance can have on your body, and pick up a copy of Dr. Tami’s book to start learning all about how to get yourself back on track. Plus, if you send a picture of your receipt or book to bookbonus@drtami.com, you can score some great bonus materials.

Today’s sponsor is Audible.com®, who has more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free audiobook of your choice here.

So my crave bears, let’s take back our hormones!

You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or TuneIn

Who aspires to be fine? To wake up in the morning and say, “I can’t wait to be fine”?”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • How women are hijacked by our hormones
  • Why connecting with other people is so important
  • What are the symptoms of hormone problems
  • Why women should start getting their hormone levels checked in their late 20s
  • Why your adrenal glands are so important
  • The importance of cleaning out the inflammation caused by stress
  • Why you should prioritize your health
  • How testosterone affects women
  • The importance of testosterone in fitness, energy, libido, and mood

Your adrenal glands can either deal with and produce the hormones that stress your life or bless your life.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • What supplements boost testosterone levels
  • The interaction of daydreams or fantasies and testosterone levels
  • Why women should exercise “softer”
  • Why we should all stand in a superman pose more often
  • The danger of cravings
  • How dangerous is sugar?
  • What your body and adrenals need during that afternoon lull
  • Why we have become fat in our low fat, non fat lifestyle
  • The range of reaction time to hormone adjustment

Within 2 hours of eating sugar, your testosterone levels drop by almost 40%!”  (Click to Tweet)

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Summer Soup + Salvation

avocado zucchini soup

Here’s what I love about nature and life:

We really do have access to what we need when we need it. And Life really is out to help us.

Case in point: summer cooling foods.

In the hot summer months, nature grows foods like cucumber, zucchini, and watermelon which are naturally cooling.

In the cold of winter, seasonal veggies include warming pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and other root vegetables.

Usually, what we’re looking for is right in front of us, and Life (AKA God/Universe) has our back.

I’m a big believer in pronoia. Pronoia is the antidote for paranoia. It’s the belief that the Universe is out to help you, and that life is fundamentally loving and friendly.

So rather than worry, rail and complain against the summer heat, limiting beliefs, economic fears, political upheavals, and an endless stream of Kardashian-inspired pop culture crap, I choose to look at what is going well and what resources are immediately available to me.

So healthy foods that help you feel the way you want to feel are a lot like life choices – the small choices have the big, long-term impact:

  • I’d rather watch inspiring movies like Advanced Style and Happy than shame-inducing reality TV…
  • I’d rather eat a sweet, cooling snack like sliced jicama than get an iced Frapa-crappa-cccino.
  • I spend my time with friends who lift me up rather than drag me down or degrade me.
  • I can give myself the pleasure and play my body craves, rather than try to shop/buy my way to joy.
  • And this summer, I’ll eat the cooling, seasonal foods that are easy to prepare, taste good, and help me feel great.

It’s a good recipe for life, and a good recipe for soup.

Avocado Zucchini Soup:

1 pound zucchini (about 2 medium) roughly chopped

1 avocado, peeled and pitted

1 cup peeled and chopped cucumber

1/2 small yellow onion

1 cup unsweetened almond milk or organic buttermilk

1/2 cup packed basil leaves

1 clove garlic, peeled

1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Combine all in a blender and blend until smooth!

Top with optional drizzle of olive oil, basil leaves, or edible flowers like nasturtiums.

 
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44 Twenty Questions to Reframe Your Negative Thinking

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Do you have negative thoughts plaguing you and your health?

Do you have emotional obstacles that keep you from your highest goals and continue to send you into a downward spiral?

Well… Never fear, The Crave Cast is here!

Today I share with you a series of questions I recently used with a client who was dealing with this situation. I teach you how to get unstuck from negative thought loops and how to stay on track with your healthy eating.

Also, I’m excited to share today’s sponsor Audible.com®, who has more than 180,000 audio books and spoken-word audio products. Get a free audio book of your choice here.

Now let’s get out of our negative thinking and get back into action!

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

“Look for your strengths, stop focusing on all your weaknesses.” (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  1. What’s the evidence: Are you confusing fact with a story?
  2. Am I jumping to conclusions: Are you basing things on poor evidence?
  3. What are the alternate possibilities: Remember there’s more way than one!
  4. What’s the effects in my body of thinking this way: Who are you being?
  5. What are the good and bad things about thinking this way: Do the disadvantages outweigh the advantages?
  6. Am I asking questions to which there are no answers: Skip the questions that have no answers
  7. What thinking errors am I making: Am I applying black and white thinking to myself?
  8. Am I using an ultimatum or extreme words: Cut out the exaggeration
  9. Am I condemning myself on the basis of a single event: It’s not fair to judge yourself
  10. Am I concentrating on my weaknesses and forgetting about my strengths: Keep a balanced view of yourself!
  11. Are you blaming yourself for something that is not your fault: Start controlling your eating to support a good mood
  12. Am I taking things personal that have nothing to do with me: Is it directed at you or is this indicative to someone else’s personality?
  13. Am I expecting myself to be perfect: Learn from your mistakes
  14. Am I using a double standard: Be kind to others and help them find a solution
  15. Do I only pay attention to the negative: Remember the good things!
  16. Am I catastrophizing: Overestimating the chances of disaster does not serve you
  17. Am I exaggerating the importance of these events: Will I remember this next week?
  18. Am I stressed out about the way things should be instead of excepting and dealing with them as they are: What good can you focus on to make things/yourself feel better
  19. Am I assuming I can do nothing to change my situation: Be brave, try something different and work out some attainable step by step solutions
  20. Am I predicting the future instead of trying: Change is not impossible and remember that practise makes perfect

“It is better to focus on what you have done, not what you have failed at.” (Click to Tweet)

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43 How to Overcome Self Sabotaging Habits For a Happy, Healthy Body

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Do you keep making health goals that you just can’t seem to keep? Do you have desires that you, or someone else in your life keep sabotaging?

Well today’s episode is all about self sabotage and getting clear on what’s really going on in our mind, body and soul. We explore why we do what we do and continue to self sabotage our diet, weight loss and exercise.

This is my first coaching podcast with a member of my past Rapid, Refresh & Reboot program.  I talk with Toni about what’s going on in her life, where the sabotage was coming from and how she can feel good in her body.

I’ve also created a special 9 page report on how to get clear on your fears and the sabotage in your life. Get your free copy of my Playbook here.

Today’s sponsor is Audible.com®, who has more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free audiobook of your choice here.

So my clan of the brave bears, it’s time to get clear about your fear and just do it anyway. Bring on the change and get comfortable, being uncomfortable!

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

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Show Notes:

  • Where does self sabotage come from
  • What are the emotions we deal with around sabotage
  • Why we let fear destroy our desires
  • How to understand the Saboteur
  • The 2 different kinds of sabotage
  • The struggle between fear and success
  • Why we desire acceptance
  • The good and bad reasons to getting what you want
  • The importance of feeling congruent and aligned on the inside and outside
  • What we think and feel about ourselves changes how others interact with us
  • How to develop resilience and shift your mindset

“It’s about feeling good in your own skin.” (Click to Tweet)

  • What are mirror neurones?
  • Why to develop an awareness practise
  • How our emotions show up on our waistline…. just like chocolate cake!
  • What is a functional strategy?
  • The value in letting go of the story…. Hint: You’ll still be safe!
  • How to embrace possibilities and the feeling of being safe in the world
  • Tools to make conscious, positive choices
  • Why it’s so difficult to acknowledge and savour the good
  • How the psychological impact of long term unemployment effected Toni
  • The hard fact: Be stressed OR digest and loose weight
  • How to tackle stress reduction = a relaxation routine
  • The benefits of planning and keeping an appointment with ourselves

“Even if I know it and don’t have to go show it, I know I feel good, sexy and feminine about myself.” (Click to Tweet)

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