Step away from the chunky monkey! Stop emotional eating in 5 minutes: Free guided meditation here

You want it all.

You want it all. The energy, the joy, and the passion for life – every day.

Instead of feeling tired, unsatisfied, and hating your body…

you’d like some ease, some peace with food, and WAY more fun.

“I want to feel confident and not stress about my food choices anymore.”

“I’d love more energy to play with my (grand)kids.”

“I’d like to crave healthy foods that will help me drop the baby weight instead of craving the junk that keeps it on.”

“I’m sick of this – I want to finally make my needs a priority.”

“I need help getting control of my sugar cravings.”

These are all exact quotes.
These are the reasons why women are joining the Reboot this month.

Yes, they want to drop the pounds. But they also know that their desires for a happy life are more than just about some numbers on a scale.

It’s about what you can create in your life. How well, happy and confident you can feel in your body.

On your last day, when you look back on your life, will you think:

“I let my weight and health get in the way of what I really wanted…

– energy and stamina to play with my grand kids
– creating a business I loved
– writing that book
– moving to that place
– starting my career over in my middle age
– leaving that relationship that wasn’t the right fit
– going after that relationship that might have been
– getting out of bed with a smile on my face more
– living the life I know I wanted

This is why I created the Rapid Refresh & Reboot 5-week tele-course.

This simple, guided immersion into vitality has lead over 100 women to a life of ease and a body they loved living in.

Every Tuesday at 9pm Eastern we’ll all call into one tele-conference line. I’ll give you a few insights about how your cravings for sugar and other sabotaging junk food can transform, how to easily change your food and lifestyle habits, and give you step-by-step Action Steps every week to make a fulfilling diet of healthy delicious food a reality for you.

How will we do this?

I’ve created simple diagrams and strategies I call my Cravings Cure Curriculum. These simple steps will help you track the triggers that keep you going back for the exact foods that keep the extra weight on, keep your brain tired, and your mood ping-ponging around.

Then, I’ll show you how to easily swap out the old habits for new ones – in a way that tricks the brain and body into doing exactly what you should do, without trying to force your willpower into overdrive.

This training is also important in creating an exercise habit and finally sticking to it.

You can also use this to simple habit transformation to end destructive actions like smoking or nail biting.

If you’re ready to jump in with me and the other members who are already gearing up for the first class on 2/26 at 9pm ET, click here to sign up:

If you have questions, write me with whatever else you need to know:

Talk soon,

P.S. Everyone who joins gets the opportunity to speak with me in a private coaching call during the 5-week course – a value of $189. Click here to join now:


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Sugar Free till Thanksgiving!

I’m doing it.
I’m going sugar-free until Thanksgiving.
My body tells me every once in a while that it needs a break from the sweetness I’ve been enjoying.
Now it’s that time again!

Day 1 was fine:
Minor sweet cravings after lunch were easily handled with herbal tea “latte” made at home with unsweetened Almond Breeze Coconut-Almond milk.

Day 2 was annoying:
Got my period.
Just the time I allow myself to normally indulge in extra chocolate.

Day 3 was a little more inconvenient:
I got a cold!
My son is almost 6 years old and I get a few colds a year from just being a parent.
So normally I would have some raw honey in a cup of ginger tea, but instead I’m enjoying Yogi Tea blends that have some stevia leaf in them.

I stopped by one of my favorite local cafe’s, Sun in Bloom here in Brooklyn, and met up with Chef Aimee Follette to get inspired by her sugar-free journey. Here’s what Aimee and I share about going sugar free:

Where is my life? Maybe at the bottom of this ice cream pint…

I’ve been talking with a lot of you over the last three weeks –

those of you who took me up on my offer for a free 25-minute chat –

and here is what I heard over and over and OVER again:


I’m stuck

I’m constantly thinking about my weight and food

I don’t know what’s right for me

There is too much information out there – what should I try first?

I just want my life and my food to be easy

I want to be better organized

I crave sugar – every day

I want to fit into my clothes again

I want to start living again


You just want to feel good, have enough energy to live your life, and not be obsessed with your body anymore.

But it isn’t just your food that’s holding you stuck in place – it’s also the way you think about food and

who you are being when you eat.


Imagine living your life, free from the stresses of food, enjoying your body, and using all that mental energy

to go after your passions, have adventures with your family, and get that thing you’ve always wanted…

You’ve been seeking a way out of the crushing, swirling thoughts and self-doubt, and looking at the bottom

of the chip bag or ice cream pint for an answer and comfort.

It’s not down there.


Believe, me – I looked.


My weight and my health were in a dangerous place 12 years ago – and it was a sane, food-based, detox program that

got me back on track …within a few days.


Now I want to guide you through my proprietary 5-week program so that you can learn:


which foods give you energy,

what your food cravings really mean, and how to deal with them

how to improve your sleep so you feel rested and alert

how to start loving your body and feeling good in your own skin

and even, finally, lose the weight in a sane way – by actually having some fun!


If you’re ready to join me, and the women who have already signed up, go here and register.


If you’re not sure, reserve your seat here for my free introductory call, this Thursday night at 9pm ET,

where I’ll share my best tools and strategies for feeling good and enjoying your summer, fast.


If you’ve got questions, write to me:


Here to support and cheerlead for Team You!



Dairy-Free Pesto: Cashews & Miso are Cheesy!

Lactose-intolerant pesto lovers rejoice!

I’ve created a new dairy-free pesto recipe that you’ll love – even my 5 year old ate it, and that’s says a lot.

By the way, this is a great example of the kind of recipe included in my upcoming 5-Week Rapid Reboot & Refresh group program, starting July 12th. To learn more click here:

dairy free pesto recipe ingredients | cashew pesto recipe

dairy free pesto recipe ingredients | cashew pesto recipe


1 cup cashews (soaked in cool water for 6+ hours, drained and rinsed)

1 cup basil leaves

2 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup chickpea miso paste

2-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

dairy free pesto recipe ingredients | cashew pesto recipe

Dairy-free Cashew Peso Recipe


1. Combine everything except the olive oil in a food processor and pulse 5-10 times to break down the cashews.

2. Process the mixture while drizzling in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. You’ll need to stop and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula once or twice. Add more olive oil to get the taste and smooth texture you desire.

3. Serve over gluten-free, whole grain or regular pasta, mix with cooked grains or use as a dip for steamed or raw veggies!

Cashew Pesto | Dairy Free Pesto Recipe

Cashew Pesto | Dairy Free Pesto Recipe


How To FEEL Like You Got More Sleep: Exclusive Video

Do you feel like you need 2 hours more sleep than you’re getting?

If you’re tired and not rested your mind isn’t sharp, your temper is short, and your food cravings are harder to resist.

There are ways you can feel like you got 2 more hours of sleep, even if you don’t call in sick to work.

No, I didn’t figure out how to fold space and time, I just have some really handy tricks that I’ve used personally, and offered to my clients who tell me that they’re really experiencing better, more restful sleep.

Tip #1: Stretch and Relax

Do 5-10 minutes of relaxing yoga before hitting the sheets. Your body will release tension that
may be keeping you up at night, your breathing will fall into a more relaxing pattern, and your mind will quiet down.
*Don’t know what yoga moves to try? Watch this exclusive video I created to help move you to lullaby land. This is also a great routine to try if you have insomnia in the middle of the night:

Tip #2: Shut OFF The Screens
Constant exposure to TV and computer screens (Yes, iPad users, I mean you too!) can
upset our natural circadian rhythms, keep our brain running long after it’s tired and ready to power down for the night, and upsets our natural production of melatonin.
Try this: After dinner, shut off the screens. No TV, no computer, no iPad. Just books, human interaction, or take a well-deserved shower or bath to relax into sleep mode.

Tip #3: Cut the Caffeine

Yes. Cutting out your morning caffeine routine can help your body get into a more natural energy cycle throughout the day, leading to a healthier, more restful sleep.
Caffeine has a half-life of 6 hours, so that afternoon coffee or tea can actually be messing with your nighttime sleep schedule.

If a great night’s sleep is tough to get for you because you work after dinner, the kids keep you running until well after dark, or you just can stop your mind from churning, then join my Reboot & Refresh Tele-course. My members consistently report that they sleep better, feel more energized, and just feel more refreshed than before.

If you have any questions about the program, go here or email me at

Weeding & Detoxing: My 2 Favorite Pastimes

This weekend was awesome – I got down and dirty in my backyard. Hauling, trimming, raking, digging, weeding. Now my garden looks fresh, healthy, and flourishing. Dead-heading the flowers reminded me that pruning is good for people, not just daisies.

See, when I was 25 years old, I got sick.


Weeding & Detoxing - My 2 Favorite Pastimes

Weeding & Detoxing - My 2 Favorite Pastimes

Not just a cold or flu, or even a string of colds and flu.


Here I was in the “prime of my life” but I felt exhausted every day, was putting on pounds like never before, had migraine headaches several times a week, feeling depressed, and couldn’t stop slurping up caffeine and grabbing chocolate throughout the day.


Getting sick was one of the best things that ever happened to me, because it was a huge wake up call.


I can’t stand not feeling well. And to feel that bad for weeks and months was just more than I could take. I went to a doctor who asked me about my symptoms. When I explained how I was feeling, I was given two prescriptions: one pain medication for my headaches and one anti-depressant.


This is NOT the answer, I thought. I never filled those prescriptions.


So, What Are You Eating?


Instead, I reached out and looked for a more holistically minded doctor. I knew my mom had some food allergies, and I wanted to find out if I had any sensitivities.


Sitting on the examination table in this new doctor’s office, I was surprised to see posters with vegetables, pamphlets talking about vitamins and supplements, and a diagram of the human body with energy meridians and acupuncture points all over it.


When my doctor finally arrived and sat down across from me, one of his first questions wasn’t “why are you here today?” or “what are your symptoms?” – instead he asked, “what is your daily diet like?”


That one question blew the case wide open! I started to detail my diet at the time:


Breakfast: cereal with milk and coffee or a pastry with a latte on the way to work


Lunch: pizza and soda, subway sandwich and soda, or hamburger with fries and…you guessed it, soda


Snacks: salted nuts, chocolate, another latte, crackers and cheese, maybe an orange


Dinner: pasta with meat and cheese, Chinese take-out, soup and garlic bread, turkey sandwich with potato chips…you get the picture.


Nary a fresh fruit, rarely green vegetables, and often soda and caffeine throughout the day. Oh and sugar – lots of sugar.


This doctor didn’t recommend any painkillers or anti-depressants.


Instead he talked with me about how my diet was causing my discomfort, as well as my weight gain and lack of energy. He gave me a sample list of menus for the week, and suggested some books to read. He also told me that my sugar intake was feeding yeast in my body called candida albicans.


And he told me I should go off sugar and caffeine to help my body recover, balance and start to heal. He said, “Alex, you need a detox.”


I had about 5 minutes of freaking out and then something clicked – I had been feeling so bad over the last few months, even giving up sugar wouldn’t be so bad if it helped alleviate some of the pain and suffering.


The diet he recommended was wheat free, sugar free, caffeine free and excluded all animal products except a few eggs a week and some salmon.


I began to read everything I could and learned that a vegan diet, totally free of animal products, was an additional way I could improve my health.


I jumped in with both feet. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I started eating tofu for the first time, learned to enjoy stevia in my herbal tea, and only ate a small piece of chocolate a couple of times that first week. The first few days were really tough.


But about 7-10 days later, I remember waking up and feeling – AWAKE! It was amazing. I actually got out of bed and felt rested – and it was the best feeling ever. It was so easy to continue on this new eating plan because I felt so much better. I had energy to start going to the gym 5 days a week.


It was freeing and enlivening to take out the foods that were hurting my body. And I began to learn how to cook foods that would actually help me feel better and heal! Vegetables and whole grains were a revelation.


I also had the energy and clarity to look at the rest of my life and realized that my diet wasn’t the only thing that needed detoxing. I was unhappy with my career path, so I found a new job and went back to school. I wasn’t connected or passionate in my intimate relationship, so my sweet boyfriend and I went our separate ways.


Once I started pruning the dispassionate things from my life, my energy and life opened up even more and things really took off! My new career of healthy chef and holistic health counselor was fun, soul-filling, and interesting. I started dating new people and found deeper, more intimate relationships.


Detoxing and Weeding – My 2 Favorite Pastimes

Trimming Damaged Flowers Allows For New Growth & A Healthy System

Trimming Damaged Flowers Allows For New Growth & A Healthy System

Looking back it all makes sense.


See, I grew up in my parents’ garden. We had weekly chores that included raking, stacking wood, and cutting the lawn. Weeding and pruning were my favorite chores.


I love looking at a plant and finding what doesn’t need to be there, removing injured or dying flowers, branches and leaves, and cutting away the dead wood.


Taking away the useless, even harmful parts of a bush or tree help it grow stronger, create more blooms and leaves, and result in a more vibrant plant.


That’s what detox is like for people, too.


I love looking at someone’s diet and lifestyle, getting into the details about how they feel and what foods they choose. Finding and cutting away the harmful, useless aspects of a persons diet and life empower them to grow stronger, feel energized and create a new, powerful way of being.


Getting Clear, Without Judgment


My career is filled with opportunities to help people – teaching, writing, sharing healing recipes, information and products. I get to explore new and old methods of detoxing all the time – and the results are glorious. My clients all come from different places and backgrounds, but they all have two things in common – a desire to feel healthy and a “knowing” that choosing different foods can help them feel whole.


Clearing away the “dead wood” of my diet was the first step towards growth and healing. Once the no-longer-passionate lifestyle fell away, I found that my energy and life totally opened up and amazing things became possible.


I’ve since published 3 books, and traveled the world premiering Super Size Me with my son’s father, Morgan Spurlock. I live in New York City and have incredible friends and colleagues that continually inspire me.


While my diet and lifestyle aren’t always as “perfect” as they were in the beginning, I now recognize the signs faster that my body and energy are off balance. One chocolate dessert and one glass of wine usually make for a pretty groggy, impatient mommy in the morning.


Looking at your own diet and lifestyle, ask yourself: what is my body truly needing right now? Does this serve my life? What can I remove to help my body thrive and heal? Are there different choices I could be making that will energize me, help me succeed and live with delicious vitality?

Save the date!

On Wednesday, September 7th at 9pm EST, I will be hosting a 30-minute
live Q&A to answer your questions about being your healthiest and best self.
Call: 712-432-0111
Access Code: 669392 followed by the # button
I will also review the benefits of my 8-week Delicious Detox Tele-Course.

Have questions for me? I want to get to know you!
Respond to this email and let me know what’s on your mind and holding you back.
Take care,

To join my 8 Week Delicious Detox Tele-Course, beginning 9/20, go here to sign up and learn more:


Live Q&A with me Tonight!

Save the date!

Wednesday, September 7th at 9pm EST, I’m hosting a 30-minute
live Q&A to answer your questions about being your healthiest and best self.
Call: 712-432-0111
Access Code: 669392 followed by the # button
I will also review the benefits of my 8-week Delicious Detox Tele-Course.

Have questions for me? I want to get to know you!
Respond to this email and let me know what’s on your mind and holding you back.
Take care,


Carrot Cupcakes

This recipe first appeared in Vegan Cooking For Dummies – enjoy with a homemade icing of coconut butter mixed with a little brown rice syrup!

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15–20 min, plus cooling
Yield: 12 cupcakes

1 cup whole-wheat, whole-spelt, or barley flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup grapeseed, canola, or coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup brown rice syrup, real maple syrup, or agave nectar
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup plain, unsweetened rice, oat, almond, hemp, or soy milk

Easy Icing:

1 cup coconut butter, warmed over low heat until it’s easily spreadable

1/2 cup brown rice syrup

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the muffin tins with cupcake liners.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir well to combine.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the vanilla extract, brown rice syrup, carrot, applesauce, milk, and oil. Whisk well to thoroughly combine.
4. Pour half of the flour mixture into the carrot mixture and stir well to combine. Scrape the remaining flour into the carrot mixture and stir well.
5. Spoon into the cupcake liners, leaving about @@bf1/2 inch of space at the top of each. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
6. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before icing.

To make the icing, combine the coconut butter and brown rice syrup and stir well to combine. Spread over the cooled cupcakes.


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!

Top 3 Questions about Delicious Detox With Alex: 7 hot spots open!

So I have 7 of my top-tier All Access Platinum memberships left for the 9/20

Delicious Detox start date. This level of membership is awesome –

I’m giving you way more value than ever before.

I want to answer some of the questions I’ve been getting from all you folks who are interested in joining my Delicious Detox, starting 9/20.

The top questions from you, my dear ones?

1. Am I going to have time for this?

Here is a direct quote from an email I go this weekend:

“I want to break free from the ‘all or nothing mentality,’ as I feel it is holding me back from
making progress and achieving my goals. I need to figure out how to stop using food for
comfort, and as a coping ‘mechanism’ for dealing with stress.”
This lady is so cool – so open and honest! Putting it all out there –
and this is what my program is about. Getting real and honest.
Yes, you will have time. Each week we will dedicate 1 hour on the phone together for our classes.
Then you’ll be given 3-5 steps to take each week to make the detox magic happen –
and it won’t be a lot of time consuming stuff!
It’s mostly powerful tweaks to what you’re already doing.
You won’t be spending 2 hours a day on new skills – you’ll be making small,
meaningful changes throughout the week with support and a
place for feedback and inspiration – me and the other members!

2. I’m so tired already, how will I have the energy to make the changes you’re going to ask of me?

I get it – you’re tired when you wake up, tired and wired at the end of your day, and barely holding it together to get your basic chores and work done.

I’ve seen it over and over – my Detox members start feeling better energy in the first week and start accomplishing more.

One past member actually said:

“It’s like I found more time in my day! I have more time and energy to spend with my family and have

found more time open up for myself – it’s amazing!”

3. What if I can’t make a call? I want to make sure I get my money’s worth…

Every call will be recorded and available for download right the same day. If you need to miss a call (or two) you’ll be able to listen to the call or even download the slides from the presentation so you won’t miss a thing! Plus you’ll have the members-only community which will keep you tied into our energy and inspiration. You’ll be getting emails and tips from me every day, so you won’t miss out on a thing!

Ready to sign up? Just click here and we’ll get started!


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