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10 Anti-Stress Foods For The Holidays (or anytime you feel cray)

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming!

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For some that brings excitement – for others, panic! Those easy celebrations we dream of may feel out of reach, so I wanted to put together a survival list for your next grocery store trip.

With emotions higher than normal, and possible family minefields to negotiate, I want you to have this handy list of 10 foods you can eat that truly help your body and brain feel focused, calmer, and more resilient.

We have to honor how we feel physically, support our bodies so we can move through our emotions in a healthy way, instead of stuffing them down with handfuls of green and red M&Ms.

These 10 foods are good to help calm anxiety, uncertainty, and stress.

  1. Water: stay hydrated. Your brain works better and your nervous system is more calm when you’re hydrated. Anxiety may be a result of your mother-in-law’s visit, and dehydration. Take a break outside and drink a big glass, then go back inside refreshed.
  1. Chamomile Tea: calming for muscle spasms and the entire nervous system, drink all day and before bed.
  1. Sweet Potatoes: the sweet, dense flavor and texture are calming for upset stomach without the blood-sugar destroying effects of refined sweeteners. Roast up a dozen and store the extra in the fridge. Use leftovers for my favorite easy holiday recipe: Sweet Potato Pudding!
  1. Coconut Butter: Like peanut butter, but from coconuts. Sweet, high in healthy fats that are soothing and satiating for the stomach and fuel for the brain, coconut butter and oil are helpful for thyroid and overall hormone production. And let’s be honest: the holidays can be a bit of a hormone roller coaster with the family and the travel and the election! 🙂
  1. Kale, Bok Choy, Collards – ok, any leafy greens: Leafy greens are rich in folate, which helps your body produce mood-regulating neurotransmitters, including serotonin and dopamine. Also a good fiber source, which can help keep our digestive system, rocked by stressed, on track.
  1. Pumpkin Seeds: a good source of tryptophan, an amino acid (protein building block) that your body converts into serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which helps promote happiness and relaxation.
  1. Raw Sauerkraut: The secret to improving your mood is to support your gut. Your digestive system houses and produces most of your serotonin (see above), and unhealthy gut flora (produced by stress and too much sugar) can have a detrimental impact your brain health, leading to issues like anxiety and depression. Beneficial bacteria found in naturally fermented foods like sauerkraut have a direct effect on brain chemistry, transmitting mood- and behavior-regulating signals to your brain via your vagus nerve.
  1. Wild Salmon (Omega-3 fats ETP and DHA): Found in wild caught salmon, sardines, and anchovies, or supplement form, such as krill oil, the animal-based fats play a big role in your emotional well-being. One study in Brain Behavior and Immunity showed a dramatic 20 percent reduction in anxiety among medical students taking omega-3.
  1. Dark Chocolate: Ok, who was I kidding with all the greens and salmon. Chocolate is a proven mood elevator. (But still, eat your greens!) There’s a chemical reason for our love of the dark stuff: it’s called anandamide, a neurotransmitter produced in the brain that temporarily blocks feelings of pain and depression. It’s a derivative of the Sanskrit word “bliss,” and one of the great things about chocolate is that it not only produces this compound, it also contains other chemicals that prolong the “feel-good” aspects of anandamide. Choose an 85% chocolate and kick up your feet with a cup of unsweetened chamomile tea.
  1. Sunshine: SO, it’s not really a food but hear me out. Sunshine both in your eyes and on your skin helps your body produce serotonin, that neurotransmitter associated with a good mood. Low levels of Vitamin D, also boosted by sun exposure, is associated with anxiety. Get outside and try not to wear sunglasses – get the sunlight in your eyes, without directly looking at the sun, for maximum benefit. Oh, and no sun screen. Just for the next few days. Really. It inhibits your ability to produce Vitamin D through your skin, and the few extra wrinkles will be worth it.

SPECIAL INVITATION! 

Join me Thursday night for a special no-cost webinar to support your Holiday mindset and plans!

Holiday Prep: Calm, Joyous, Healthy, Grateful!

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

Join online: https://zoom.us/j/631330220?pwd=jjLrHZZH57f2bbOKt%2FKesA%3D%3D

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Or Telephone:

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This is a no-cost gathering, and I won’t be selling anything – this is just a chance for me to help you with your emotional, nutritional, and mindset goals.

Put the date in your calendar!

Xo,

Alex

Sources:

http://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/causes/water-dehydration

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/01/050104112140.htm

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/281438.php

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/kc/serotonin-facts-232248

What Self-Care for Feminine Introverts Needs To Be

Do you ghost at parties, leaving with no goodbye once you hit your limit for chit-chat, feeling drained?

Do you escape to your hotel room after giving a presentation or lecture at a conference to watch TV while everyone else networks at the bar?

Do you love your kids – yet crave a hidden corner with a book when the rest of the family gathers for a game or karaoke?

Me too. Welcome to introvert-land.

Introverts, long mislabeled as “too shy” or “too quiet” or even “rude party-poopers,” feel drained by overstimulation or being around people for too long. While far from being misanthropes – we love people – we feel pulled to an inner world of quiet and solitary rejuvenation.

The requirement for introverts is simple: spaciousness. Quiet, alone time spent doing whatever fills you up.

But what if you’re a woman and an introvert?

In my experience helping introverted women feel good in their own skin and create lives filled with vitality, the “quest for quiet” is an even bigger challenge.

Because we’re trained to take care of others first (heck we are masters at this!), experts at putting the energetic needs of others over our own, and trained to ignore our inner needs so much that we often can’t even connect to the voice inside telling us “enough is enough.”

Yet, it’s the single most important task we introverted women can accomplish.

A recent example from my own life:

When my husband’s family demanded we all meet up for Thanksgiving in an all-inclusive resort in Mexico, we two introverts balked. While it felt like a step above a cruise, where you’re trapped with 5,000 people you don’t know in a floating amusement park/mall, the idea of being “trapped” in a hotel with no escape still set off our introvert alarms.

For extroverts, being with loads of happy vacationers with all-you-can-eat and drink access seems like a holiday dream. The women in the family gathered to drink, gossip and dine together for every minute of the day.

Because I’ve gotten super clear on my needs for down-time, rest, and quiet, I made spacious time alone on my ocean-view veranda a priority, even when I got the side-eye and non-supportive comments from the family.

Even during vacations with my son, I make it clear to him that “Mommy needs quiet time.” Because I return to him refreshed, calm, and happy, he doesn’t worry that I don’t want to be around him. He accepts my needs. How great is that?

Here’s the truth, women:

Feminine introverts need quiet, freedom, and spaciousness to truly feel rested. Especially when you’re a mom, caregiver, service provider, and/or coach.

My idea of an ideal introvert-centric vacation is either:

a solo camping trip for bird watching in the Joshua Tree desert (like I did in February), or

a quiet long weekend at a wifi-free cabin in the woods with a bicycle and no one else near, except the diner in town, two miles away.

In the last year, I’ve taken two solo vacations. No husband. No child. No work.

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98 What Boundaries?? with Christine Hassler

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome back! We are almost at episode 100! So amazing. It has been a big week for the female body. Jennifer Aniston, the popular actress put out an incredibly popular post in Huffington Post last week and spoke out against the appearance based celebrity gossip culture. She was fed up! I agree with her 100 percent.

We get to determine our happily ever after for ourselves. I don’t know why it’s still controversial that women get to choose what the deal with my body is, whether I want to get married, have children or whether or not I say I’m beautiful. Maybe put an end to the obsessed diet and shame body culture that we live in. We have to talk about this! We should talk about the celebrity obsession and the impact that social media has on our body image and our ability to connect with ourselves and other people.

I will be interviewing my good friend Christine Hassler. She is a wonderful coach. She uses life coaching techniques and spirituality but she started out as a Hollywood agent at the age of 25. She went through her own healing journeys and ended up writing a couple of books. I have to say that we have only hung out only a few times in person but kept up with each other virtually. She is just a really supportive person. When I went through my concussion she called me and offered help and suggestions.

Today she supports individuals all over the world discover life’s big questions. We are going to talk about imposter syndrome, how our bodies change, how we age, how it’s so unfair we feel like we need to look our best all the time, dealing with perfection and what are boundaries. I really want to hear from you and what you think about this body shaming culture we live in, how does it affect our relationship with food and ourselves. You can connect with me on twitter, Instagram, snapchat or with me and over 1600 other women on Facebook. I have a free Facebook group: bit.ly/wfdgroup.

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!

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Show Notes:

  • How long has she been a coach?
  • What are boundaries?
  • What is the difference between a barrier and a boundary?
  • Why do women experience imposter syndrome?
  • How to deal with aging?
  • What is Tantra?
  • How can Tantra help with healing?
  • What is she most passionate about?
  • What is her blog?
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Resources:

20 Something 20 Everything

20 Something Manifesto

Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life

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Ginger Carrot Soup: All Day Energy Diet Cookbook Offer

I want you to get this new cookbook! (It’s only available FREE until midnight Friday, June 17th, 2016 – you just cover shipping of about $10)

It’s filled with 67 recipes that are especially created for those of us who desperately need more energy – and easy, yummy food choices.

Here’s my featured Ginger Carrot Soup recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup diced yellow onion

1 clove garlic, minced

4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock

1 1/2 pounds carrots, chopped

2 tsp freshly grated ginger root

1 tbsp fresh cilantro leave, optional garnish

Directions:

  1. Saute the onion and garlic in 1/4 cup of the stock over medium heat until the onions are translucent. Add the carrots and ginger. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the rest of the stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into a blender and puree, being careful to cover tightly with a lid and a clean kitchen towel to prevent hot liquid from leaking out. Return to pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Garnish with optional cilantro and enjoy!
I know life is busy…
Your inbox is probably inundated with emails…
And you were probably buried with to-do’s.
Yet, if you want to make sure you’ve got the newest and tastiest gourmet-like
meals that help you look and feel awesome – without needing to be a professional
chef to make them…
Then check this out now to get the All Day Energy Diet Cookbook – it’s no cost to you until Midnight ET tonight, June 17th!
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Shining Love in the Face of Hate

I don’t usually post about mass shootings. Words and reports are already everywhere, what could I have to say that isn’t being said a million ways?

But our human community is hurting so very much. 50 people dead in Orlando this week because of hate. Hundreds more lives destroyed in the face of death and loss. My heart is breaking for the family of those killed because of hate.

It’s so easy to meet hate with hate. I feel it in me now. Hate, anger, and a desire for vengeance.

This mass shooting in Orlando comes on the heals of a young man receiving only 6 months after raping a young woman…. More anger. More hate.

While a young Dutch woman sits in jail in Qatar because she was raped… More anger. More hate.

But I know, because history tells us so clearly, that acting out in a hateful way in the face of hate leads to more damage, more violence.

So today we try to dig deep and shine LOVE in the face of hate. Try and reach across the aisle and meet our enemy with love and fierce compassion even when the hate burns so bright.

How can we transform the world into a safer, more loving place with more hate? It won’t work.

Love. Love for self. Love for others. Fierce, burning, unrelenting love.

It’s the only way forward. Today I will shine my love in the face of hate.

Sending my love out to you and yours,

Alex

Getting out of 3rd gear (or how I eat for energy)

My least favorite state of being is exhausted, wiped out, tired…running in third gear.

It feels like a low-grade depression, live isn’t fun, and sugar and caffeine cravings rear up as my body’s not-really-helpful quick-fix bandaid.

Readers ask me all the time how they can improve their energy when they’re stuck in a cycle of coffee addiction, bad sleep, and long days.

A life filled with balanced energy begins with the fuel you use, sweet ones: what you eat.

It’s true: no amount of high-energy exercise, meditation, or even caffeine can replace the foundation of good food that’s necessary for true, lasting energy.

(It’s hard to believe, but I LIVED on double shot, skinny vanilla lattes and chocolate croissants in my mid-20s…that lead to worsening energy AND a major health crisis! )

Today I want to share a beautiful book, filled with recipes that will help you easily reach and maintain the levels of energy you desire.

My friend Yuri Elkaim’s All-Day Energy Diet Community Cookbook is out, and he’s offering the book for shipping and handling only (about $10) – but only until the first 30,000 copies are available:

With 67 energizing (and Cravings Cleanse approved!) recipes, colorful pictures, and easy-to-cook-from design, I know you’ll be inspired to cook more.

You should know that Yuri is one of the most respected health experts in my field: he consistently offers deep, useful inspiration for eating and moving in ways that truly heal our bodies. I’ve had a great time hanging out with him in the past, and his energy is always the best in the room, even without caffeine!

This cookbook brings together 67 of Yuri’s best recipes along with delicious, “brush your teeth” simple recipes from many other leaders in the food and nutrition industry like JJ Virgin, Ben Greenfield, Tana Amen, myself, and many others…

Hence the name “community cookbook”.

The best part is that Yuri’s tasty recipes will help you drop bloat, pounds, feel great, and give you more energy, all while enjoying GOOD food.

 

I think you’ll really enjoy this cookbook, and believe in the project enough to put my name, face, and recipes inside!

But you should hurry because once the limited number of FREE copies are gone, it will only be available for $21 on Amazon.

 

Get a FREE copy the All-Day Energy Diet Community Cookbook here

Happy cooking!

xo,

Alex

Pay What You Can Weekend! A Bundle Of Joy…and Health!

I’ve been hearing from a lot of you that you’d like a simple, inexpensive way to get moving in your health and self-love goals.

I want everyone to get as much inspiration, good resources, and great recipes to help you move forward, no matter what your current financial situation.

So this weekend, for 72-hours, I’ve put together a bundle of popular, helpful resources from my paid programs and you… pay what you can.
It’s that simple!

For the next 3 days, until 11:59pm ET on Sunday night,
I’m offering over $160 in e-books, recipes and cookbooks,
guided meditations and workbooks for $5, $20, $50, or $100..

You pay what you can – just pick your price, what feels good to you, you get it all.
Here’s a look at all the great stuff you’ll get:

Just click the price you CAN pay below,
and you’ll get instant access to your products:

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Click here to pay $100 for $160 worth of goodies:

 

(This is the first time we’ve done something like this, so we’ll see how it goes –
It may be the only time we ever offer it, depending on how it’s received!)

Sending tons of love and healthy vibes your way!
Xo,
Alex

81 Embracing Your Gifts + Transforming Your Life with Carrie Ann Moss

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome back to The Crave Cast! We have a very special interview with Hollywood actress, star of the big screen: Carrie Ann Moss! Carrie is not only an actress but she is also a yoga and meditation instructor. She has created annapurnaliving.com which is beautiful website and community she has created an online space where women, mothers, wives, artists, young women, elders can form a true women’s circle. She is really supportive of women embracing their gifts to transform our lives. She has an upcoming mother course which is at annapurnaliving/mother-ecourse. Please enjoy this homey interview with Carrie Ann Moss!

I want to announce our March Swag Bag winner! Our big winner is Lauren Kepler! Lauren left a great review of the show. Be sure to go onto iTunes and leave a review for a chance at next month’s swag bag!

So 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!

The next installment of my 8-week flagship course: The Cravings Cleanse opens this week for registration. Join me and a growing group of awesome people who want to look good and feel good in and about their bodies. Go to cravingscleanse.com today! Check out the incredible bonuses.

 

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“I have to do yoga that works for me. If that means I have to pause it to be a Mom, so be it.” – Carrie Ann Moss (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

    • Let’s talk Trinity!
    • How did Carrie get into Yoga?
    • What’s the differences in yoga?
    • About “Mother”
    • More about annapurnaliving.com

“In a moment we can shift!” – Carrie Ann Moss (Click to Tweet)

Links Mentioned:

Check out Carrie Ann’s website: www.annapurnaliving.com

Don’t forget: www.cravingscleanse.com – The next installment of my 8-week flagship course: The Cravings Cleanse opens this week for registration. Join me and a growing group of awesome people who want to look good and feel good in and about their bodies. Go to cravingscleanse.com today! Check out the incredible bonuses.

Why should you listen to the Crave Cast Podcast?

Dr. Mark Hyman thinks you should!

Mark Hyman Crave Cast Review from Alex Jamieson on Vimeo.

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