99 Life + Spirituality for Healing

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-Monica Kenton-Jamie-Martin-Ep99

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome back my Clan of the Crave Bears! We have two great and interesting interviews for you today ,but first I want to make sure you know that we are having a picnic. That’s right! We are having our very first Crave Bear Picnic: August 14th in my hometown Portland, Oregon. So let’s have a picnic! On August 14th at Arbor Lodge Park in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Come out 5 to 7pm pacific time. I would love to see you and meet you. Bring something to share, bring yourself, your family. I’m going to bring my family and it’s going to be super fun.

This week we are starting something new on the Crave Cast. A lot of you, including me, have a spiritual bent. Many of us are curious about spirit, we pray, we meditate, we connect to the earth, we have our own version of connection with something bigger.

So I decided to have my dear friend Monica Kenton on the show. I call Monica when I need a little spiritual re-tuning. I asked Monica if she would be part of an experiment and be our spiritual guide. Help us bring more spiritual energy into our lives whether its God, the Universe, Spirit or whatever you call it. Monica agreed to come on the show once a month to tell us her perspective and help guide us a little bit. She is a wonderful spiritual mentor and trained in several different modalities from ancient wisdom, modern day spiritual practices, trained as a shaman and she is very socially conscience. She really wants to help people make a life they love while making a difference to the planet. Monica is going to tell us what’s happening right now and what are the energies of August and what actions can we take from this spiritual guidance to really awesome results. Be sure to listen all the way through!

After Monica, I am going to be interviewing Jamie Martin, the head editor at Experience Life Magazine. I was so honored to be on the cover of Experience Life Magazine a couple of months ago. I’m having her on the show to talk about as an experienced publisher what inspires her and what is she looking for next in terms of trends in this healthy living world.

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-Monica Kenton-Jamie-Martin-Ep99

 

 

 

You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or TuneIn
The true power of manifestation, it’s the power of the web of life! Click To Tweet

Show Notes:

  • How did Monica become a spiritual mentor?
  • What exactly does she do?
  • What is the energy like coming up?
  • How can we get over the “I’m not good enough”?
  • What advice does she have for people going into august?
  • How did Jamie get into Experience Life Magazine?
  • Why this magazine?
  • What kind of feedback does she get from readers?
  • What inspires her?
  • The 80/20 rule
A healthy libido is essential to overall good health! Click To Tweet

Resources:

www.monicakenton.com

www.facebook.com/monicakentonfans

www.experiencelife.com

97 The Girlfriend Manifesto with Ayesha Meriweather

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-Ayeshia-Merriweather-Ep97-2

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

In the last week or two, it feels like the world is on fire. Videos of people being shot and killed, snipers killing policeman and women in the line of duty. Rage and hope filling the streets, tears, anger, and sadness. It feels like a lot! I was in Arizona to see a doctor and because I was in a car I was listening to the news a lot. I was feeling sad and angry and feeling really lost. It was Sunday night after I got back to the city that I was able to talk to people I was close to, people that I love. I think that was the only thing I knew how to do. I am so pleased and heartened and hopeful to have Ayesha Meriweather on the show this week and to talk about how we are really feeling and honoring the anger and really listening to each other.

Sometimes I think that’s all that we can really do to heal is really listen. That’s listening to our bodies, listening to ourselves, honoring what we see, not judging it or making it bad. Just listen! We just need to listen to each other. Sometimes that’s hard to do because we want to have the answers. Ayesha and I talk about that in this interview. We want to have it figured out and have the answers but we don’t always have that. We are not always perfect in how we say things but your intention matters!

I hope you enjoy this interview with Ayesha Meriweather. She is one the co-founders and creators of The Girlfriend Manifesto. She has been creating safe, empowering spaces for women online and in person at retreats with Girlfriend Weekends. Ayesha is very passionate about helping women heal in their own lives and with each other. Enjoy!

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!

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-Ayeshia-Merriweather-Ep97-2

You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or TuneIn
For me, transparency is a huge way to feel more empowered. Click To Tweet

Show Notes:

  • What is The Girlfriend Manifesto?
  • What are women desiring?
  • How does she support women?
  • What is imposter syndrome?
  • What is an apothecary?
  • “The highlight reel” compared to “behind the scenes”
  • What social issues she is passionate about
For women it’s so much easier to feel like an imposter and to feel like we should know how to do something before… Click To Tweet

Resources:

www.thegirlfriendmanifesto.com

www.instagram.com/thegirlfriendmanifesto

It holds you more accountable to be a part of the solution rather than shielding yourself from the pain and… Click To Tweet

96 Orange Is The New Black Star, Alysia Reiner on Women in Hollywood

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-Alysia Reiner-Ep96

Welcome back to the Crave Cast! We are talking about women in Hollywood and the roles of women on the big screen. The way that women are represented in Hollywood in our hyper-social media culture shapes how women are represented in society. Quite frankly, right now women are not represented well in these areas. There is gender pay inequality which came out as a result of a hack of Sony. It was leaked that Jennifer Lawrence made much less than her male co-stars in the same film. She made public statements about this and has learned to be a tougher negotiator on her own behalf.

Reports show that in 2014, 85% of films had no female directors, 80% of films had no female writers, 78% had no female editors and 92% had no female cinematographer. How can this be? What this means that virtually all of our movie consumption is from the male perspective, from the male point of view, and women are not adequately represented in viewpoint, or in content in the majority the films we watch today.

We want to create a world that is more equal, and we need more women’s voices telling those stories. Women make up only 13% of screenwriters in UK films and only 8% of directors in the UK. So the situation isn’t unique to American culture. It took Pixar 15 years to create a female lead in one of their films. There is only 1 female role for every 3 roles in family films. So yo can see how prevalent the issue is and we need women to be represented in a more balanced way in our popular culture. Women only make up 5% of characters in political power. What does this tell little girls about their future?

Geena Davis is a powerful Hollywood activist on a quest to improve the representation of women on our screens. Today’s interview is with Alysia Reiner. She’s an actress and has the role of Fig in OITNB. She’s also filming Better Things right now, and she plays DA Parks in How to Get Away with Murder. She’s everywhere right now! She’s a producer for Equity, a film that is the first female Wall Street film starring Alysia Reiner. She loves the role of a change maker and she’s committed to helping women have equal representation in film, politics, business and the home. You are going to love this interview with Alysia Reiner.

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!

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-Alysia Reiner-Ep96

You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or TuneIn
Every woman who watches media, sees herself as a minority. Every man sees himself as the… Click To Tweet

Show Notes:

  • Alysia shares her path to acting and where she is now
  • How she became aware of women’s roles in films and how she knew she had to change it
  • How every woman who watches media sees herself as a minority & that effect on us
Seeing the world through my eyes as the Mother of a daughter has changed my view of the world. Click To Tweet
  • The impact on our health and well-being when we don’t see women represented in media
  • Why she wants her child to feel free to be absolutely comfortable with herself
  • How Meryl Streep was a role model for her as she grew up
  • What it’s like to be on a hit show that is female-dominated
How you language to your children on a daily basis determines how they view themselves. Click To Tweet
  • The new film that is due out any day now and where you can see it
  • Why you shouldn’t be surprised if you get a gift of The 4 Agreements from Alysia
It’s outrageously empowering to be a part of a hit show that is female dominated! Click To Tweet

Resources:

Watch the trailer for Equity:

Check out Equity the Film on Facebook

 

Food and sex are 2 of the best things about being human; we have to remove the shame around them! Click To Tweet

95 Women’s Money with Farnoosh Torabi

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-FarnooshTorabi-Ep95

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome to the Crave Cast! It’s summer 2016! We have a couple of important announcements. We are going to have our first west coast crave bear meet up! I will be in Portland, Oregon on August 14th and I will be doing a live in-person meet up. Where and what time I am not sure but I will keep you posted. Go over to my hangout Facebook page and join my Facebook group at bit.ly/wfdgroup and I will be listing exact times there or just listen to upcoming episodes.

Let’s talk about money! Money is stressful and it’s one of the most common stresses that Americans experience. I have my good friend Farnoosh Torabi on the show today. Farnoosh is one of America’s leading personal finance experts. She has her own great podcast called “So Money”. I actually appeared on it a while back and it was really fun. We met and had tea and had such a good time. Farnoosh is hooked on helping Americans live their richest, happiest lives! She has written for “O” the Oprah magazine and she is the host of a show that we will talk about more where she goes and interviews famous people and entrepreneurs and follows them around. It’s really cool! Her latest book is really interesting. It’s called “When She Makes More: The Truth about Navigating Love and Life for a New Generation of Women.” We are going to talk about money and our relationship with money in our relationships and how traditional gender roles can sometimes make money more complicated. Enjoy this episode and be sure to listen all the way to the end so you can learn how to enter in for next month’s swag bag!

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!

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-FarnooshTorabi-Ep95

 

 

You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or TuneIn
One in five women is the bread winner in their marriage. @Farnoosh Click To Tweet

Show Notes:

  • How did the traditional gender roles affect her own marriage?
  • What is her book “When she Makes More” about?
  • How does stress about finances affect people’s health?
  • Who are the people that usually worry more about finances?
In all families 40% of women are the bread winners and that includes single moms.@farnoosh Click To Tweet
  • What kind of questions and responses does she get from her podcast?
  • What is “Follow the Leader”?
  • How did she prepare her life to be able to host a show?
  • Don’t assume that your partner will just know what you need!
Maybe not everybody can be an entrepreneur but entrepreneurs come from anywhere. @Farnoosh Click To Tweet

Resources:

Twitter – @farnoosh

www.somoneypodcast.com

www.followtheleader.cnbc.com

“When She Makes More” ~ Farnoosh Torabi

94 Miki Agrawal: Menstruation Shame Slayer & World Changer

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-MikiAgrawal-Ep94

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!

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-MikiAgrawal-Ep94

You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or TuneIn
100 million girls miss a week of school when they have their periods. Click To Tweet

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
A productive woman in a developing community gives 90% of her income to her community and family. Click To Tweet
  • 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
The shame and taboo surrounding menstruation is completely misplaced. Click To Tweet
  • 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

Resources:

www.shethinx.com

www.hellotushy.com

 

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…

IMG_1594

 

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.

Acting out in a hateful way leads to more hate and more violence. Click To Tweet

 

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.

 

Calling depression a disease is really no different than calling a fever a disease. Click To Tweet

Links and Resources Mentioned:

A Mind of your Own – Kelly Brogan

Anatomy of an Epidemic – Robert Whitaker

www.Ewg.org

www.ewg.org/skindeep

92 The New Fitness with Erin Stutland and Shrink Session

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-Erin Stutland-Ep92

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!

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-Erin Stutland-Ep92

You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or TuneIn
When you are lifted up, anything is possible! Click To Tweet

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
In the world of medicine there is often a disconnect between physical and emotional health. Click To Tweet
  • 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
Shrink Session uses the mind to train the body and the body to train the mind. Click To Tweet
  • 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
There is a difference between self-esteem and self-compassion. Click To Tweet

 

 

91 The dangerous true lives of fitness + magazine cover models

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-Fitness Models-Ep91

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.

 

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-Fitness Models-Ep91

You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or TuneIn
The women put up on a pedestal for beauty and fitness are also competitive in a dog-eat-dog way. Click To Tweet

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
I was so obsessed with my body that I didn’t have time for anything else. A fitness model's… Click To Tweet
  • 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
We have a cycle of feeling that we are never enough. It's not true. Click To Tweet
  • 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
Click To Tweet
  • 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

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-CastJustinMares-Ep90

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.

SONY DSC

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.

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-CastJustinMares-Ep90

You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or TuneIn
Bone both has amino acids that you can’t get in cut meat and vegetables. Click To Tweet

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
In America, we are over-fed and under-nourished. Click To Tweet
  • 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
You need to include bone broth in your diet to maintain your body throughout your life. Click To Tweet
  • 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
Amino acids in bone broth will help improve your digestion. Click To Tweet

Resources:

Get 15% off your first order, just for being a Crave Cast listener! Order here: http://bit.ly/cravebonebroth

89 Should You Get Plastic Surgery? with Dr. Anthony Youn

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-DrAnthonyYoun-Ep89

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

bit.ly/cravesafeskin

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!

Alexandra-Jamieson-Featured-Art-The-Crave-Cast-DrAnthonyYoun-Ep89

You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or TuneIn
Collagen is one of the main building blocks of the skin! @ Click To Tweet

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
There are simple things everyone can do to look 10 years younger. Click To Tweet
  • 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
Smoking #cigarettes is extremely harmful for your #skin. Click To Tweet
  • 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
Attacking my vanity is the best way to get my attention and cause me to change. Click To Tweet
  • 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
What ages you on the inside is also unhealthy for your skin. Click To Tweet
  • 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
Getting protein from non-animal sources is always good for your skin. Click To Tweet
  • 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.
It’s not fair to put yourself up next to the standards of beauty that Hollywood… Click To Tweet
  • 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!
The marketing for a product may get ahead of the results it produces. Click To Tweet
  • 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
Women are our own worst enemies when it comes to beauty standards Click To Tweet
  • 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?
Procedures for removing cellulite can be very invasive. Click To Tweet
  • Why you should be happy with who you are. Period.
  • Don’t miss Dr. Youn answers to the Lightning Round questions!

Resources:

 

 

Get Access to This Video Series


We respect your privacy. We will NEVER sell, rent or share your email address.

×
Join us for a 14-day adventure to change everything about how you feel in, and about, your body...


We respect your privacy. We will NEVER sell, rent or share your email address.

×
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit!



×

The next Cravings Cleanse & Mindset Makeover starts September 2016.

Get on the waiting list here and be the first to get exclusive access:



We respect your privacy. We will NEVER sell, rent or share your email address.

×