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4 new ways to use Pumpkin Spice + never step foot in Starbucks again…

I love pumpkin season!


While Starbucks rolls out their super-sugary Pumpkin Spice Latte, I’ve gotten inspired to create a whole bunch of new ways to enjoy this warming, cozy spice blend…without the sugar hangover.

I decided to make my own blend of Pumpkin Spice from scratch because I don’t have any room in my spice cabinet for one more bottle:


I am also enjoying way more anti-inflammatory foods as I continue to recover from my concussion over a month ago.

Cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and cloves are all anti-inflammatory, which makes this recipe great for pain relief, PMS, and any other inflammatory conditions!

(NOTE: just because a Pumpkin Spice Latte also has these great spices in it, does NOT mean it’s an anti-inflammatory food. In fact, the high sugar content makes it one of the most inflammatory beverages you can drink. If you’re trying to cool pain, headaches, or other inflammatory skin or join issues, stay off the sugar.)

Here’s my Homemade Pumpkin Spice Recipe, which I use so often now I just keep it in a little bowl on my counter for handy sprinkling:

⅓ cup ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon freshly ground nutmeg (tastes so much sweeter, and makes the kitchen smell great when you grate it on a microplane)

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1-½ teaspoons ground allspice



Now I have my homemade spice blend, and enjoy the flavors all day long, so I can get my spice on without spending $5 at Starbucks…or drinking a candy bar’s worth of sugar.

Sprinkle on Honey Crisp Apple slices. I like my apples cold, and keep them in the refrigerator until I slice them and sprinkle with apple pie spice.

Home Made Pumpkin Spice Recipe


Whisk into Coconut Milk with Stevia. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1 teaspoon spice mix, 2 drops liquid stevia. Heat and serve.



Sprinkle on Oatmeal. You could use simple cinnamon, but why not jazz it up a bit?



Mix into Teeccino, a great caffeine-free herbal coffee. Since my concussion last month, I’ve been avoiding caffeine to give my brain a break for some much needed healing. The anti-inflammatory spices and caffeine break are just what the doctor ordered.


Enjoy the beautiful, spicy flavors, and curl up with a great book…and of course, a kitten:

Clementine, AKA "Tiny"

Clementine, AKA “Tiny”

Is self-love the missing ingredient in your weight loss plan? 5 Reasons To Masturbate

If you’ve tried every diet, cleanse, detox, and fast, and you’re still having trouble feeling good in your body, it’s time to really get serious:

It’s time to add self-pleasure (AKA masturbation) to your gym + juicing schedule.

Well, not JUST masturbation, but anything that brings you sincere physical pleasure that also balances your hormones. And arousal and orgasm are most easily achieved through masturbation, especially if you’re single, or in a sexless relationship.
5 reasons masturbation is a MUST for balancing hormones (and dropping a few pounds):

1. According to the 2009 University of Michigan study[i], orgasm help the body release oxytocin, the “love + bonding” hormone, which in turn lowers cortisol,
the main stress hormone chronically elevated in many women (like me!) and lead to stress eating, and weight loss resistance.

2. Higher levels of oxytocin makes us happy, which keeps those emotionally-triggered food cravings for sugars, cheese, and other “happy foods” at bay. This surge also raises levels of a substance called CCK, which helps control your appetite. Just start! Even if you’re not an expert, your own digits are ready to help you begin at home. Oxytocin levels are usually increased simply through the physical stimulation of the clitoris, vagina, cervix, and breasts. So even if you don’t reach climax, you’ll still be releasing these powerful neurotransmitters. Women who enjoy more sexual stimulation have more balanced estrogen and testosterone. These hormones add fire to sexual desire,  improve mood and memory and can even help prevent abdominal fat.

3. In my book, Women, Food, And Desire, I tell the story of a client who wasn’t dating, and wasn’t masturbating. She had also been suffering tummy trouble for years, and worked a very stressful job. Bloating, gas, and the dreaded “muffin top” that wouldn’t budge. I took her to Babeland, a clean, well-lit place for sex toys, and we talked with a knowledgeable staff member who helped her pick out her first non-toxic vibrator. After a couple of weeks of self-exploration, she noticed a major difference in her digestion! And she certainly had a nice spring in her step!

4. Daydream, girl! Another study[ii] reveals that sexy daydreams release testosterone in women – which means, when you read erotic fiction, or watch any kind of porn that excites you, your body will begin anticipating encounter, which naturally raises your libido. has some great options for the desire seeker.

5. Orgasms help us sleep, which may be the best reason of all to masturbate. Oxytocin, that wonderful love drug, creates an overall feeling of relaxation and even sleepiness. Vasopressin and melatonin, two other neurotransmitters associated with sleep, are also released during orgasm.

Masturbation happens in most relationships, so if you’re not talking about it with your partner, bring it up. Share this information with them!

If you’re single, and not masturbating regularly, start including self-pleasure in  your life, consistently.

The psychological and emotional benefits are so helpful for what ails us:

Wouldn’t it be nice to feel relaxed, satisfied, and good without needing a cupcake?

For more great insights on the benefits, myths, and latest science around masturbation, check out the latest Crave Cast podcast episodes!

I’ll be interviewing some of the top experts on female desire, sexual health and more!

Go here to subscribe to the Crave Cast: 

Happy May!




[i] J Sex Med. 2009 Mar;6(3):739-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2008.01123.x. Epub 2008 Dec 5.

[ii] Horm Behav. 2011 May;59(5):754-64. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2010.12.005. Epub 2010 Dec 24.


Back Pain? Neck Pain? Win My Favorite Tool (Delicious Detox Members Get One!)

My favorite back, neck and shoulder pain tool is the Fomentek bag.
It looks like a huge ziplock bag, but it’s actually an industrial strength
hot/cold water bag that can sooth large areas of your body.

Check out my video review of how it works, like it on YouTube and leave a comment, share it on FB or Twitter (with #deliciousdetox) and you could win one of your very own, compliments of Delicious Detox & Fomentek:

When you sign up for the Go for the Gold or All-Access Platinum memberships in my Delicious Detox program, you’ll receive your very own Fomentek bag!

Past clients have used it at work to keep them comfortable in too-cold offices,
over their belly during PMS cramps or digestive upset, and even
over arthritic knees while flying, traveling and working.
These bags are just the coolest thing since sliced bread!

Little Known Ways To Cure Pain & Carpal Tunnel

Watch my quick video (less than 3 minutes) here that shows you how to effectively and cheaply handle your carpal tunnel pain without drugs.


Here’s a familiar story, from a woman afflicted with carpal tunnel pain:


“I first went to the doctor because my wrists hurt and I couldn’t get through a day of computer work at my office. She immediately offered me prescription painkillers, which I declined. Instead, I took her suggestion to try daily doses of ibuprofin.

What I didn’t know was that I was endangering my liver and stomach. One month later, I was back at the doctor with stomach pain that came on after every meal. Then she recommended another prescription to protect my stomach lining.

If you have to take a pill to counteract another pill, and my wrists are still bothering me, why not just cut them out altogether?”


Sometimes modern medicine relies too heavily on medications and extreme measures to problems that have simple, and safer, options.


Watch my quick video (less than 3 minutes) here that shows you how to effectively and cheaply handle your carpal tunnel pain without drugs.


Love these tips and suggestions? Please share the resource with your friends, co-workers and loved-ones!


May = National Masturbation Month & Our Bodies, Ourselves Turns 40!

May is Rockin’!

Masturbation has been marked a taboo act by most religions and our Puritanical culture, but it’s still the second most common sexual act amongst humans. Heck, other animals enjoy self-pleasuring too! I’ve seen my cat and my friends’ dogs get down with no shame whatsoever, so maybe we can take a hint from Fluffy and Fido and celebrate that May is National Masturbation Month.

Masturbation is so perfectly natural, yet so maligned. I’m happy to report that masturbation can actually be considered part of your health care regime:

Women report a decrease in menstrual cramps and bloating when masturbating, can increase their resistance to yeast infection, and build their pelvic floor muscles which can improve orgasms. For men, masturbation has been documented to improve their immune system and makes for a healthier prostate. Masturbation is also a great form of stress relief, releases endorphins, and burns calories (see my FitBit video here).

How did this fantastic holiday get started?

Back in 1994, the U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders caused a public furor when endorsed masturbation as a safe way to discourage early sexual activity. In response to an audience member’s question about masturbation at the United Nations’ World AIDS Day, Elders said “I think it is something that is part of human sexuality and a part of something that perhaps should be taught.”

For that simple statement, the torches were lit and Elders was forced to resign. So much for the first black woman Surgeon General…

The good folks at Good Vibrations, a sex-positive and female oriented sex store in San Francisco, (and, by the way, the place where I bought my first vibrator) decided to get a public debate going about the positive aspects of masturbation for men and women. Hence, National Masturbation Month was born.

(If you’re looking for a good hands-on experience to find your own sex toys in a non-creepy environment and don’t live in San Francisco, you can also visit Toys in Babeland in New York City and Seattle, or go to their website here.)

This May is also the 40th anniversary of the publication of Our Bodies, Ourselves, the seminal reference book on healthy sexuality for women.

Our Bodies Ourselves - National Masturbation Month

This book was devoured by young women (and probably a lot of young men, too!) the world over who were hungry for straight talk and information about their bodies, hormones, emotions, and sexuality. If you haven’t read the book, or you know a woman who is exploring her own sexuality, pick up a copy here!

I’ll be attending a special party next week hosted by Belisa Vranich, nationally recognized “sexpert” and psychologist, to celebrate the authors and publication of Our Bodies, Ourselves here in New York City. I’ll be sure to post some photos!

Finally, if you’re curious about discovering true physical intimacy with others or yourself, you simply MUST listen to this week’s podcast from Ariel & Shya Kane titled “Let’s Get Physical!”

being here with ariel & shya kane: let's get physical

The Kane’s wonderful internet radio show Being Here will “support you in dissolving those old limiting ideas and inhibitions so that you can be free and natural with yourself and/or your partner.”

FDA may ban Vicoden, Percocet while reducing allowable Tylenol doses

The FDA is considering sweeping changes to allowable Tylenol doses, as well as possibly banning Vicoden and Percocet. According to The Associated Press:

“The Food and Drug Administration assembled 37 experts to recommend ways to reduce deadly overdoses with acetaminophen, which is the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S. and sends 56,000 people to the emergency room annually. About 200 die each year.”

Read the full article here:

Alex Comments:

While access to relief-giving medicine is important, the fact that many medicines do more harm than good is unavoidable. Much pain in the body is caused by an unhealthy diet full of refined sugars, preservatives, chemicals, dairy and meat. Cleaning up your diet will automatically reduce a lot of discomfort including headaches, relief from arthritis and joint pain. 

A wonderful book to read on natural pain reduction techniques and a revolutionary dietary program is Dr. Neal Barnard’s Foods That Fight Pain.

Here’s to your health,


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