94 Miki Agrawal: Menstruation Shame Slayer & World Changer


The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome back my Clan of the Crave Bears! This is the place where we have a non-judgmental space to find out what our cravings really mean. So last week, I mentioned that I was taking a Summer hiatus. Well, a dear friend of mine talked me out of my hiatus! We have too much momentum going to take the Summer off! So I’m looking forward to spending my Summer right here with you!

Now today I am the Shame Slayer and we are talking about menstruation, and I encourage you to continue to play this episode even if your children or husband are in the room. It’s a very natural part of life and it played a part in all of us being here. So, let’s get rid of the shame surrounding menstruation and just talk about it openly and honestly.

Today’s guest is Miki Agarwal. Miki Agrawal is a force of nature. She was named 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the World Technology Awards and her Company THINX was named Time Magazine’s “25 Best New Inventions of 2015″. Miki was also the recipient of the TriBeCa Film Festival’s “Disruptive Innovation Award” and was named one of the “Top 20 Millenials on a Mission” by Forbes.

She is the CEO and Co-Founder of THINX, a high-tech, beautiful underwear solution for women to wear during their periods. She teamed up with AFRIpads in Uganda to fund a pack of reusable cloth pads for every underwear sold to get millions of girls back in school. To date, Miki and THINX have helped over 30,000 girls go back to school.

This girl has it going on! Thinx are “period proof panties”. You won’t believe how many girls miss school each year due to menstruation. This is an important product and can truly make a difference in the lives of girls. It’s time to end our body shaming around our periods.

Don’t forget about our Swag Bag Giveaway! Here is how you can enter in to win this $1000 swag bag:

  1. Go to iTunes put up a meaningful review about your thoughts about The Crave Cast, what you’ve learned, what you’ve loved, why people should tune in. or you can go to bit.ly/cravecast and leave a review.
  2. Once a month I will be picking one meaningful review, I’ll get in touch with you, will announce it here on the podcast and I will be sending you all of these incredible goodies. So be sure to enter the $1000 swag bag giveaway at bit.ly/cravecast!


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Show Notes:

  • What Thinx are and how they work
  • The technology behind Thinx
  • How Thinx are sexy and beautiful, feel like normal underwear, but still functional
  • The give-back component of Thinx and how women in 3rd world countries benefit
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  • How women in 3rd world countries are dealing with periods without proper supplies
  • Where to find the 13 minute introduction video about Thinx
  • Why men have no idea what a period is and how it works
  • Why Nepalese men blamed menstruating women for a devastating earthquake
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  • How Miki came to be able to freely discuss menstruation, when she was raised with shame around it
  • Why schools should teach both boys and girls about menstruation together
  • The need for the curriculum for educating on menstruation that Miki is creating
50% of hospital beds in Africa can be eliminated by proper hygiene. Click To Tweet
  • Why the hygiene market is ripe for disruption and the medical problem it can solve
  • Why HelloTushy can solve many of the hygiene issues we experience today





93 Healing Depression + Anxiety with Dr. Kelly Brogan


I grew up pretty happy-go-lucky.


I love my family, and felt strong and healthy, surrounded by those smart, funny, caring people. We played outside a lot, had enough of the basics, and every few year our cats had kittens…this was the 80’s so fixing your pets wasn’t so popular in rural Oregon.

On the back porch with my big brother Brendan

On the back porch with my big brother Brendan


Every vacation and holiday was spent bundled in the car driving to celebrate with aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Games, laughter, and witty verbal acrobatics were served alongside massive meals.


Yet my family, like most, had a dark side.

Depression, anxiety, addiction, and self-medication litter the family tree like plastic bags stuck in its branches.


My mother’s sister and father both committed suicide, using prescription medications, within a few years of each other when I was very young. It devastated the family, especially my mom.


Other family members have struggled with drug addiction, depression, and anxiety over the years, but I thought I’d dodged the bullet.


Along with my dad’s blonde hair, I thought I’d inherited his family’s calm, steady strength. Then I hit my first health crisis at the age of 25.


Along with near-constant migraine headaches, digestive troubles, painful periods, and a 20 pound weight gain, I felt depressed, foggy, and disconnected from the vitality of my youth.


Coke, vanilla lattes, Peanut M&Ms, and Ben & Jerry’s Super Fudge Chunk were my cravings of choice, the sugar and caffeine pulling me through long days at an office job I hated.


If you’ve ever suffered through chronic depression, or even a short window of the blues, you know the pain, frustration, hopelessness, and fear that walks with it, hand in hand. Dreams seem impossible, or are just forgotten. Love and joy feel too far away, like distant, grey memories.


And because the body feels so bad, it often craves quick-fix bandaids like sugar, sex, coffee, smoking, gambling, or shopping.


Food, especially sugar and caffeine, became my main source of energy and pleasure. But what I didn’t see then was that those cravings were a red flag that something was wrong.


The first doctor I visited for the near-daily migraines handed me two prescriptions after a few minutes in his office: Prozac and painkillers.


The fear and pain of my family’s history with addiction and suicide came rushing back as I left his office, popping another handful of Advil. I knew I didn’t want to start taking those drugs, even if they meant temporary relief.


I had seen, first hand, the possible future that comes with becoming dependant on these drugs.


I knew there had to be another way.

And I found it…



What I discovered was a growing world of authentic healing, alternative doctors, and functional nutrition that not only healed my depression, brain fog, headaches, and weight gain, it became my passion.

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I studied at the world-famous Natural Gourmet Institute, to learn how to cook healing foods. I dove into deeper emotional education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. And I’ve gone further into the brain science with a 6-month Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, the founder of the CAPP program was a past Crave Cast guest – listen to our interview here:)…


In order to get out from under the cloud of exhaustion, brain fog, depression, and physical pain of the migraines, I had to learn what my body and brain really needed, what my cravings were really asking for, and heal my sugar and caffeine addictions.


I’m NOT anti-sugar, nor do I believe any food is evil… (except high-fructose corn syrup – we should all avoid that 100%)


Now I have a very different relationship with sugar and caffeine. I sometimes enjoy them, but mostly avoid them. I feel when it’s ok to have those foods when I’m craving them – especially if I want to enjoy a celebration with my family or friends or have a seasonal treat.


And, most importantly, I feel when my body is really craving some deeper kind of healing. I feel like I want sugar, when what “she” really needs is a friend to connect with. You may crave caffeine when what your body really needs is a new sleep hygiene strategy and more soothing, joyful movement. I know when my bacterial balance is off, because I’m also having bloating, a zit or two, and brain fog.


The beauty is, science confirms everything it took me years to put together on my own: what you eat can cause or heal your depression. I detailed a lot of the journey in my latest book, Women, Food, And Desire, but there’s more science just coming out.


Today on the podcast, I interview Kelly Brogan, MD, author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. Kelly studied cognitive neuroscience at MIT before receiving her MD from Weill Cornell Medical College. Board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, she is one of the only doctors in the nation with these qualifications.

82 percent of what we are calling medication effect is entirely placebo. Click To TweetThis book and her recommendations (which line up perfectly with my Cravings Cleanse + Mindset Makeover program) have truly changed people’s lives: her readers are healing their depression, anxiety, and the vague family of mood symptoms that so many of us suffer from.


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Links and Resources Mentioned:

A Mind of your Own – Kelly Brogan

Anatomy of an Epidemic – Robert Whitaker



92 The New Fitness with Erin Stutland and Shrink Session

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The Cravings Whisperer Podcast

Welcome back my Clan of the Crave Bears! It’s episode 92, and it’s the second in a 2 part series for Fitness Week! I had some really good feedback on episode 91 from my Facebook group. By the way, if you aren’t in our Facebook group, you can head over to bit.ly/wfdgroup and join us! There are about 1500 of us in the group, so there’s always lots of great conversations in there.

Our relationships with our bodies and exercise kept coming up in conversations in the group. The all or nothing thinking or perfectionism keeps many people from even attempting to exercise. You feel like if it can’t be perfect, then why even attempt it. Lack of time and motivation were also factors in exercise. Many people mentioned that they are too tired to exercise, but feel like they wouldn’t be as tired if they had the energy to exercise. It’s a vicious cycle – a catch 22! Don’t even get me started on the Biggest Loser – please stop watching it! It is toxic. Extreme exercise and extreme dieting – it’s a shame based TV show.

It’s time to stop looking to extreme dieting and extreme behavior as a way to control our weight. We need better options. Today’s guest is Erin Studland. She is a dear friend and she is a dancer, an actor, etc and she was able to use dance as an access point for spirituality. She created a powerful style of movement called Shrink Session. It’s such a fun workout. She uses the positive psychology of language and movement and it’s really fun.

Join us for an entire week of Shrink Session workouts. You can access all the details at bit.ly/shrinkalex

Don’t forget about our Swag Bag Giveaway! Here is how you can enter in to win this $1000 swag bag:

  1. Go to iTunes put up a meaningful review about your thoughts about The Crave Cast, what you’ve learned, what you’ve loved, why people should tune in. or you can go to bit.ly/cravecast and leave a review.
  2. Once a month I will be picking one meaningful review, I’ll get in touch with you, will announce it here on the podcast and I will be sending you all of these incredible goodies. So be sure to enter the $1000 swag bag giveaway at bit.ly/cravecast!

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Show Notes:

  • Learn how Erin got into the fitness industry
  • Why she ended up seeing a therapist
  • The example of the power of a positive attitude in her life
  • What exactly shrink sessions
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  • How she uses the mind to train the body and the body to train the mind
  • Why self-esteem evaporates when you need it most
  • How self-compassion may be a better coping mechanism
  • We all experience the same inner pains, even though we think we are alone and suffer in silence
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  • Short workouts can be impactful and provides a great brain and body break
  • Learn about the Shrink Session 5 Day Challenge – Say It, Sweat It, Get It
  • Shrink session is a fun session of movement, with zero judgment.
  • Why her program isn’t about selling results
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91 The dangerous true lives of fitness + magazine cover models

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The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome back my Clan of the Crave Bears! Happy June! I’ve now been married for 2 and a half weeks and all is well.

BUT…it’s summer time around the corner! I am seeing a lot of people having stress and anxiety about summer dress and swimsuit season. A couple of times a year, I spend a little bit of time talking about fitness. Body confidence and fitness are so critically important to women.

Today we have 2 former fitness models on the show today. They were competitive bodybuilders and they have stories that will open your eyes. It’s both tragic and inspiring.

Go to bit.ly/wfdgroup and join out Women, Food and Desire Facebook Group. Come on and join us. We have been talking about fitness and exercise and the challenges we face to do it. We have so many pressures and obstacles to staying fit.

Today we have Maddy and Danny on the show. Maddy Moon is a coach and also a podcaster. Growing up she felt pressure to have the perfect body, which lead to her extreme approach to eating and fitness. Her experience being a fitness competition model actually destroyed her relationship with her body. You won’t believe all of the damage that was done to her body, mind and soul by her foray into the world of fitness modeling.

Danny Johnson of No Excuses Fitness is the second guest today. She’s been an acrobat, a trainer, and a pro fitness model. Her story of going from pro to broke to well and whole is truly inspiring.


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Show Notes:

  • When Maddy’s body image issues began
  • How she became an unhealthy vegan
  • How her internal standards were a symptom of an eating disorder
  • How she got introduced to the world of bodybuilding
  • Why page 57 became her life plan
  • How her mindset changed when she felt like she had a higher purpose – self-righteousness
  • Why her intuition caused her to think something was wrong
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  • How not having her period was a sense of pride for her
  • When you put your body above everything else, the first thing you lose is your sex drive
  • Why she had an identity crisis due to the desire for perfection
  • Why the 2nd show she did made her completely disillusioned with body building
  • What caused her to move to another state to flee her toxic environment
  • How women can have a better relationship with their bodies
  • Why it’s important to be aware of food triggers
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  • Why you have to guard your influences so they don’t take you down the wrong path
  • The life changing moment that caused her to regain her intuition
  • How Danny got into fitness modeling
  • The job she was working that cause her to stay in great shape
  • How she went from athlete to entertainer
  • How other women in her industry treated her
  • How extreme food and exercise impacted her health and libido
  • How long Danny went without having a period
  • Why as a sexy model, she didn’t want anyone to touch her
  • Why you can’t win in the fitness model industry
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  • How she dieted so much that she was gaining weight
  • Why she quit the fitness model job
  • How her physical and emotional health affected her finances
  • Why gratitude made a dramatic shift in her situation
  • Why she purged her social media based on what it triggered inside her
  • How her mantra helped her and what it is

Connect with Maddie and Danny:

www.maddymoon.com – 10 proven steps for ending any food obsession

www.thesweatybetties.com – Danny’s website


90 Bone Broth Demystified + Osteopenia Healing with Justin Mares


The Cravings Whisperer Podcast

Welcome back my Clan of the Crave Bears! I got married a week ago and am starting to get photos back from the wedding. I’m not really into the staged photos, so ours were more about moments that were happening. I am loving the photos and you can check them out on Instagram @DeliciousAlex.

In other news, I had my first bone density scan a little while ago. My results came in a little low. I have several of the risk factors for osteoporosis and osteopenia. I have low thyroid function, which is under control now, but the risk factors are still there. Use of some steroids and also gut issues that affect the absorption of minerals can also increase the risk for this. I just want to be able to be active for as long as I possibly can.

Inactivity can increase your risk. Staying active can actually strengthen your bones. Diet is an important factor in bone development. Green veggies, nuts and seeds are all great sources of calcium. You need to have a high alkaline diet in order to make the best use of calcium in your diet. The Standard American Diet is highly acidic. Cutting out soda is one of the best things you can do to reduce your acidity. An acidic environment will draw out calcium from your bones to balance the acidity, thus weakening your bones.

Skip the alcohol, caffeine and sodas! When you get clear on the damage you are doing to your bones, the sacrifice is worth it. Everything we do in the Cravings Cleanse gets you towards a more alkaline environment in your body.

Today’s guest is Justin Mares. He is here to talk to us about an ancient food – bone broth (or stock). It’s full of nutrients and minerals that really give your body what it needs to improve your health. Bone broth gives your body these things in a form it can immediately use. It’s great for joint health and it may give you the same ingredients in pricey supplements. It reduces inflammation in the respiratory system and improves digestion. Chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul.


Store both broth (or stock) aren’t completely real. They have artificial ingredients, high salt content and MSG. Get organic or grass fed bones, put it in a pot with water and cover and simmer for 2-3 days. Then drink it. It’s easy to digest and is so good for you! The minerals and electrolytes it provides are easily absorbed by your body. Bone broth is a great resource for collagen. It helps form and seals the tissue of your intestines, which helps repair your gut. If you have IBS, this is a great food for you!

My favorite company Kettle and Fire have produced the first grass fed, organic bone broth and why theirs is different than what is on the market.


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Show Notes:

  • Why bone broth is the hottest thing right now!
  • The movement around bringing back ancestral foods into our diets
  • Why stock on the shelves of store contains no actual bones
  • How long cooking times plays into the effectiveness of bone broth
  • Why bone broth needs really long cooking times
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  • Why using grass fed bones is important to Justin
  • The ratio of bones to water that goes into the recipes for the broth
  • Why they specifically choose mineral/marrow-rich bones for the broth
  • The 2 health areas that bone broth can address
  • True bone broth creates a gelatinous substance when chilled
  • How bone broth can improve your digestion and why
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  • How glutamine will help improve leaky gut
  • Gluten free gravy can be made with bone broth
  • You can find frozen bone broth in stores, and it contains no bone broth.
  • Why Justin has the only shelf-stable bone broth that is real bone broth
  • The frozen bone broths are stock plus apple cider vinegar
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89 Should You Get Plastic Surgery? with Dr. Anthony Youn


The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome, my Clan of the Crave Bears! Today we are talking about confidence, putting our best face forward, and the pressure on women to look as young as possible. Dr. Anthony Youn is our guest today, and I’ll be honest, I have struggled with whether to bring you this show or not. Do I really want to encourage plastic surgery? Dr. Youn is a leading plastic surgeon, and I happened to read his book and I agreed with about 98% of the book. It’s called The Age Fix and it is really good. He talks about how to feed yourself so that your skin looks and feels great. He shares so many non-surgery options and I completely agree with that.

He became interested in plastic surgery because he had an overgrowth of his chin, and he actually had plastic surgery to correct it as a young man. His experience with plastic surgery has shaped his career. I think you will enjoy this episode. I will say that he did make a comment about antibiotics in the episode and I probably wouldn’t take antibiotics. But that’s the only thing I didn’t agree with him.

I also got married last weekend! We had about 120 people there in the park to bless us for our wedding. It was such a lovely time! There are so many psychological benefits of witnessing the rites of passage and the blessing of each other. You actually release oxytocin and this is a very healthy thing for each of us. It creates a community when you bring people together around a rite of passage event! I was in awe and cried the entire time. It was beautiful. I was thrilled to be able to introduce my friends to each other! Seeing them appreciate each other was good for my soul.

Since we are talking about skin today, I wanted to remind you that I have a special deal for you with AnnMarie Gianni Skin Care – my favorite skincare products. This offer expires June 7th. The products are luxurious and safe and simply yummy! It’s endorsed by health experts and I think you will love their products. Cruelty-free, organic, non-GMO – you can’t get more safe and ethical than these products.

Here’s the deal:

  • Get a sample kit depending on your skin type – $10 – shipped for free
  • You get a coupon for $10 off on a future purchase
  • You get their skin detox guide – an ebook showing you how to take care of your skin (It’s a 21-day plan with exercises and recipes)
  • If you are one of the first 100, you also get a free travel size Neroli Hydrating Mist


Next week, we are talking about bone health and how to strengthen your marrow! Don’t miss it!

Dr. Youn is an MD, and a board certified plastic surgeon. He has been rated as one of the top plastic surgeons in the country. He’s regularly on TV, and also has written several books. He has such great recommendations that we all can use. Surprisingly, his recommendations are not all about surgery!


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Show Notes:

  • What happens to our skin as we age
  • How frequently our skin cells “turn over”
  • Can the collagen in your Bullet Proof coffee improve your skin?
  • Myth or fact? How your Mother ages is how you will age
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  • How you eat and how you live determines how your skin ages (smoking, eating healthy, etc)
  • Why Dr. Youn will not perform plastic surgery on smokers
  • Why body modification techniques may not be properly regulated in your state
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  • Does an expensive product mean it’s a better product; is it actually better for my skin?
  • The 4 things everyone should do for your skin EVERYDAY
  • Why your Vitamin C may be worthless
  • Why Skin Deep can help you make good choices for your beauty products
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  • Heard of a “lunch time facial”? Dr. Youn explains
  • Why your dermatologist may not mention food to you at all
  • Why acne is considered an inflammatory condition
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  • The impact of dairy on your breakouts
  • Why calcium is important for your skin
  • The bad foods you should not consume if you want good skin
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  • The good foods you should eat to improve your skin
  • The food to eliminate to get rid of your puffy eyes
  • Flavoring food with herbs can give you extra anti-oxidants and can actually be good for you.
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  • Why avoiding processed foods can help your skins
  • The best way to get the Vitamin C that your body needs
  • Do you eat oranges from a can? Stop it!
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  • Why vitamin C won’t necessarily make you look younger
  • Can Zinc improve the aging effects on your skin?
  • The science behind what Retinol can do for your skin
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  • What causes cellulite?
  • Some non-invasive fixes for cellulite
  • How do aging actresses (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, for example) look so good? Is it surgery or products?
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  • Why you should be happy with who you are. Period.
  • Don’t miss Dr. Youn answers to the Lightning Round questions!




88 Magical Menopause? Dr. Anna Cabeca Explains

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Welcome back my Clan of the Crave Bears! I’m getting married next week! Yes, I am. We just wanted something low-key and stress-free, so we are getting married at the park a couple blocks from home and then walking to our favorite neighborhood restaurant for our favorite meal – brunch! It’s an exciting time and we just really want it to be a special time with our family and friends.

This past weekend I went to a couple of seminars for my own benefit and wow, was it intense! I had a family constellations workshop, with really allowed me to connect with my family lineage and work through emotions and habits, and it was very nice. Then it was off to a Tantric Yoga class, which was definitely more intense, but a great way to spend a Sunday.

I wanted to talk with you about two things today, I’ve  got a great interview with my dear friend: Dr. Anna Cabeca coming up, ah, Dr. Anna is an amazing hormone expert, I’m so thrilled to have her on the show, but she’s also kinda on my board of advisors, I meet with her and also a couple of other women, and couple times a month we do a Skype date and we talk about our businesses and how we can support each other, and I’m always learning so much from her, so be sure to stay tuned through the end, cause we’re gonna be talking about menopause and hormones and even if you’re not in menopause or pre or peri-menopause, what you can be doing now, so that your hormones are balanced, so that you feel good, so that you can get rid of your brain fog, huge, huge topic so stay through to the end with my interview with Dr. Anna Cabeca.

How we face the world and how we feel about our face and the health of our skin is such a huge part of our lives, but we don’t always think about it and I wanted to share one of my absolute favorites, I use this stuff every day, several times a day and I have been for years now, and I have a say, when I go get a facial every once in a while or if I have to go get professional make-up done, you know for a photo shoot or being on TV,  they may say this to everyone but all of the make-up artists they always or the facialists, they say  Wow your skin looks great, how old are you?

You really can change your skin in just a week or two and I know because I started using these products and they are awesome! I love the way my skin feels, I love the way it looks. I think you will love their stuff just as much as I do, so this is a great time to try them out. It’s you know,  in honor of Mother’s Mama Mojo Month right? All month long on my blog here on the podcast, talking about things that mamas and those who love their mamas — things that we want for our self, for our health. So we can talk, we’ll talk about menopause and hormones later on with Dr. Anna, and now all about skin. So Ann Marie and Kevin, the founders of  Ann Marie Gianni  skincare have put together three different sample kits depending on your skin type that you can get now and try out and it’s a great low-risk chance to see if they work for you.

Now the kits are only $10 bucks but they’re shipped to you free and you get a $10 off coupon for a future purchase.  Just try it out, if you like the products, and purchase a full-size product in the future, you’re kit is essentially free. Now on top of that, if you get a sample kit, you’ll also get their skin detox guide which is a great bundle of stuff worth $25 bucks, it’s an e-book which shows you how to get bright glowing skin and improve the health and beauty, not just of your skin but your mind and this guide includes  a 21-day plan with delicious food recipes totally Alex approved, exercises that boost your mood, affirmations to increase your confidence and a complete skin care regime.  So one more thing, if you’re one of the first 100 to get this kit through the link that I’m going to give you second, you’ll get a free travel size, NUROLLI orange toning mist from Amerie as well, I love this stuff, I use it all the time.

So go to:  bit.ly/cravesafeskin and you will get your kit and you will get the $10 coupon, and you’ll also get their skin detox guide and if you’re one of the first 100 you also get the free travel size ____  toning mist…awesome!

Today’s guest is Dr. Anna Cabeca, who frequently lectures nationally and internationally regarding restorative health and women’s health issues. She is a consultant and trainer for other physicians in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Functional Medicine Principles.

She believes that the advantages of creating health and hormone balance are that we not only improve our own health but also improve the health of our generations to follow.

She is the co-creator of the Sexy Younger You Tele summit and the creator of the highly acclaimed virtual transformational programs: WomensRestorativeHealth.com and SexualCPR.com.

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Show Notes:

  • Menopause technically defined  as the point in time a year after your menopausal period. It should really be redefined, according to Dr. Cabeca.
  • There are 3 stages in menopause – perimenopause, pre-menopause, and menopause.
  • Hormonal shifts changes from mid-30s onward. Symptoms can include premenstrual syndrome, hair loss, uterine fibroids, hot flashes, sleeplessness, breast cysts, night sweats,  waking up in the middle of the night, and brain fog.
  • Brain fog is a huge problem with the perimenopause. Dr. Cabeca discusses what it is and what causes it.
  • We have so many endocrine disruptors that cause hormone imbalances. We see huge fluctuations in our hormones.
  • These symptoms serve to bring the hormonal imbalance to our attention.
  • Dr. Cabeca discusses the historical perspective of the endocrine system shift in women.
  • Our body hasn’t changed even if our environment is changing.
  • There are treatments that target menopausal symptoms.
  • Women can restore mental clarity, appreciation for life, and achieve a higher level of spirituality.
  • Alkaline body state  can be achieved by going outdoors.
  • Alkalinity will prevent diseases from occurring.
  • Acidity in the body can disrupt hormonal balance.
  • Brain fog can precipitate dementia.
  • Progesterone treatment can cure progesterone deficiency conditions such as vaginal dryness, traumatic injuries.
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87 Give Yoga a Chance……or Maybe a Second Chance with Kathryn Budig


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Welcome to episode 87. Just had my Mothers’ Day celebration!   It’s May in New York City! I was teaching at a retreat from Friday and Saturday and came back early morning to be with family. Cooked pancakes with the kids and had breakfast, played video games together. Went out to get my acupuncture – one of my favorite and absolutely necessary healthcare habits. I go at least once a week, pay $30. Then woke up from my needle nap to have tea with a dear girlfriend. We had some nice iced beverage. I bought healthy snacks and stuffed them in my bag and then went to  the movie theater to meet my kid.  I usually take my organic popcorn. If the theater had healthy snacks, I’d buy them.  We went and saw The Avengers, Captain America, Captain Marvel. I’m a big Marvel comics fan.  It was fun! I had some alone time, some friend time, and some kid time.

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Today’s guest is Kathryn Budig. She’s a yoga teacher, food blogger, author of the book “Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga” and  Aim True. Kathryn grew up as a tomboy and played lots of sports; including kickboxing. She has been teaching yoga and writing about yoga for a decade now. She writes regularly for publications including The Huffington Post and Yahoo! Shine. In 2004, she began her yoga teacher training with YogaWorks.One of Kathryn’s current gigs is teaching yoga online at YogaGlo. She also teaches classes and retreats and workshops worldwide. You can connect with her on Facebook.



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Do you watch the Biggest Loser? Maybe it’s time to stop. The numbers don’t lie: most contestants struggle big time after the extreme weight loss, and science shows us why.

Show Notes:

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  • Weight loss programs don’t  address the emotional aspect of cravings
  • Repeated dieting is all about calorie restriction
  • You should not diet; dieting is stressful which acts on our bodies to increase fat cells
  • Adolescent dieters binge later on after dieting.
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  • Don’t rely on other people’s rules, rather listen to your our own body’s messages
  • Mindful eating – paying attention to your own signals, only  eating as much as your body needs . Focus on the root cause of craving –emotional, physical reality.
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  • There are people who think about food all the time, obsessed with food, but no time to be mindful
  • People who eat when they’re hungry –Enjoy and savor your food, worry less,
  • Invite people to drop the story of comparison
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  • If planning to practice yoga, keep looking until you find the yoga teacher you resonate with, someone you’re excited about.
  • Yoga is for everyone. It’s so rich and so…
  • Women can be so quick to judge others, especially fellow women.
  • Give your emotions a reason to live
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  • I have encountered my pride and anger, sometimes even on the yoga mat
  • Give people the option to enjoy,  love your food –this is the ultimate gesture of love
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86 Menu And Mindset Makeovers with Leanne Ely and Amy Smith

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The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome! It’s Mama Mojo Month! It’s May, so we are focused on Mamas and all the things that we can do to take care of them. From menu’s and cooking strategies, we have it all for Moms. So on the home front, I took a solo vacation last weekend. I went to Sag Harbor and have a wonderful weekend. My husband, Bob was so supportive of me taking this time to recharge. Did I mention that Dirty Dancing is the best movie ever! It was awesome all over again. So it was a great weekend, and I feel great after taking a little time for myself!

We have 2 guests on today’s show. Amy Smith, author of Stand Up for Yourself Without Being a Dick! And we have LeAnne Ely to give us some tips on cooking and making wonderful, healthy food for nourishing your body and soul.

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“All of the “truths” you have made up in your own mind aren’t exactly true.” Amy Smith (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • How Amy began a Life Coach
  • What Amy’s strength as a coach is and how she found her voice
  • Why we feel like it is ok to be stuck in a place of only caring for other’s needs
  • How we have made selfish a bad word and why that needs to change

“We take emotional responses and interpret them based on faulty reasoning.” Amy Smith (Click to Tweet)

    • Some emotional needs behind our cravings
    • How to stand up for yourself without being a dick
    • How LeAnne got her start in menu planning
    • Where LeAnne found her passion for cooking
    • How LeAnne’s own health crises increased her desire for cooking
    • Why she wrote the book, Part-Time Paleo

“You are responsible for your intention, not your reception.” Amy Smith (Click to Tweet)

    • How to transform what you cook into foods that will heal your body
    • What is the Free 5 day cooking challenge
    • Leanne’s favorite crave-worthy snack

“Cooking is a very dear form of self-care.” Leanne Ely (Click to Tweet)


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85 Journal Your Journey with Katie Dalebout

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The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome my Clan of the Crave Bears! I know your life is incredibly busy, so it means so much that you are spending this time with me.

Today we are going to be talking about Katie Dalebout’s new book, Let It Out – A Journal Through Journaling. One of the things we have talked so much about is a gratitude practice. Having a gratitude practice is a strength and it allows you to open up your mind to hope, positive thoughts, and learning.

Although I believe in a gratitude practice and I even have a gratitude jar in my kitchen, I know that there can be a downside to gratitude. Negativity bias is something we will talk about and how it can actually benefit us in some ways, but it can also rule us. A gratitude practice can counteract your negativity bias.

Gratitude is not a panacea – it’s not a cure all. We don’t want to overdose on gratitude. Writing down 10 gratitudes a day might make you feel like you failed if you can’t come up with 10. There is no such thing as “more is better” in the gratitude department. So, set realistic goals for your gratitude.

You may not realize that you can also fail to recognize your own role in your success. Thanking everyone else, while downplaying your own contribution isn’t great for your self-esteem. So pick one day and time each week that you will journal your gratitude. Write down 3 things you are grateful for, AND write down YOUR contribution to that success. It isn’t luck, and it isn’t being in the right place at the right time. Recognize your own awesomeness!

Katie Dalebout is an author, coach and podcaster and she has a lot of insight into self-acceptance and journaling.  I’m so excited to have her on the show today. I had to reach out to her when my family was having some difficult times these last few weeks with Bob’s back surgery, and she gave me some journaling advice. I have to say that it has helped!

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“By journaling I can see things on a page and sort through the messages.” Katie Dalebout (Click to Tweet)


Show Notes:

  • How Katie began journaling
  • Journaling can help you sort out your own messages from societies messages
  • The self-awareness that Katie found through journaling
  • How journaling can help with your meditation practice
  • How you can heal your thoughts by facing your thoughts
  • How expressive writing can be useful to us

“When you ask a good question, your intuition will give a good answer.” Katie Dalebout (Click to Tweet)

  • Why we have so much resistance to facing our feelings
  • How you can write to the higher part of yourself, your intuition
  • Ways to learn from your journaling
  • Journaling helps the things you are ready to let go of
  • How to buy a journal – what kind, what brand, etc.
  •  can see emotion when you write our something on paper

“When you are honest with yourself, you can be honest with others.” Katie Dalebout (Click to Tweet)

  • You may only want to write pretty things in a pretty journal
  • A yellow legal pad will give you the ability to be as raw and real as you need to be
  • Should you keep your old journals?

“Journaling is a conversation with your higher self.” Alexandra Jamieson (Click to Tweet)


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