Your cravings MATTER

Your body is talking to you…you1
Are you listening?

It’s telling you your truth.
Do you hear it?

Maybe, but you may not understand the message at first.
You think you’re addicted to sugar.
Or coffee.
Or fat, or salt or any of the other foods you think you can’t stop eating.
You think you’re weak and lack the willpower to ignore the cravings.

I’m telling you to listen to them.
Have you ever just sat down, and felt into those cravings?

Try it.
I promise you’ll be ok.
Feeling a craving, feeling a hurt, or feeling any emotion won’t really hurt you.

Let the uncomfortable feelings and emotions well up in you.
When you just sit with them and watch, feel and listen to those cravings,
without judging them as bad, you will start to dissolve them.

Sit with it.
Maybe you’re at your desk or on the couch late at night.
Feel them.
Your body – is it really asking for the food, the sugar, the whatever?

What is your body really asking for?
What is the true message beneath the craving?

Because there is a bigger, deeper, golden message there.
Your body is your GPS.
It has always been telling you what you need.
Messages telling you to love someone.
Hints that you should do move now.
Pains that tell you you’re doing things to yourself that you just know aren’t serving you anymore.

Those pains and hints are like a blueprint from your body, your real self.

Your body doesn’t lie.
It’s always telling you the truth.

Can you listen?
Or are you afraid of what you may hear?
Worried that the truth is so big, so profound, will require you to make such great changes in your life that everything you thought you knew about what you wanted is wrong?

I’m here to tell you it’s ok.
It’s safe to hear the messages.
It’s safe to listen to your body, no matter what she (or he) may be telling you.

Not only is it safe, because you will always be ok, as long as you really listen to her,
you’ll actually gain clarity and insights about your life that you had only dreamed of.

I believe your cravings are your most profound guide in life.
But they’re scary because we’ve either:

a. never been taught to tune into the messages, feelings or frequencies that our physical self is speaking, or
b.you have been told, from an early age, that your body is WRONG, not good enough, wants the wrong things, should be ignored, is too something or not enough.

I call bullshit.
Your body is magical.
It is a miracle.
Your body is YOU and your are GOOD.

And until you start listening into the cravings for the bigger, grander, message you won’t have the life and body you really want.
The life and body you deserve.

A life of healthy movement and easy freedom.
A happy body filled with energy.
A body that looks and feels good, every day, because you love it, listen to it and treat it so well, that you just can’t NOT take care of her.

Because she is YOU.

So I offer you this:
permission.
An agreement between us do do something. Just to listen.

(I know I sometimes need permission from someone who cares to do what I need to do)

I’m here offering you permission to listen to your gut, listen to your body, and head the call.

What do you hear?
What is your body sharing with you?
What does she say?
Can you just hear it, feel it, see it?

Just listen.
You don’t need to do anything.
Just hear it.

What do you hear?
Whatever you hear, whatever truth your body reveals, just listen.
Write it down, share it, keep it safe in your heart, declare it or write it in the sand.
It doesn’t matter.
Just hear it.

This is your first step.

What do you hear?

Super Size Me didn't focus on the health of the workers

McDonald’s Workers Protesting in NYC: #Fastfoodglobal

When Morgan and I made Super Size Me, we focused on the health effects of the food on the consumer.

One major area we didn’t focus on was the health of the workers.

Today in my adopted home town of New York City, and around the world, McDonald’s and other fast food workers are out in the streets protesting for higher wages.

Super Size Me didn't focus on the health of the workers

Super Size Me didn’t focus on the health of the workers

On January 1st, 2014, the minimum wage in NYC rose $0.75 from $7.25 per hour to $8.00 per hour. In 2015, the minimum wage will raise another $0.75 to $8.75 per hour. Finally, in 2016, the minimum wage will increase to $9.00 per hour.

Many workers hold down two jobs, working well-over full time, in order to get close to the poverty line of $23,850 for a family of 4.

How are workers supposed to take care of their families on this much money, especially in one of the most expensive cities on earth? How are they to afford healthy food for their kids?

In Boston, one McDonald’s has locked its doors and closed down due to the numbers of people protesting outside. Thousands have walked off the job in Manhattan alone.

If you’re out there and pass by a group of picketing fast food workers today, give them a cheer or honk of support! Everyone deserves a living wage, especially here in the United States.

And skip the drive-thru. Eat some apple slices and peanut butter.

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What you told me… the survey results are in!

The survey results are in!
Thank you to the 1200+ people who shared your questions and comments with me about the Super Size Me series.

I’ve put together a short video sharing the results so you can see what you and my growing online tribe
want MORE of, need inspiration about, and crave more education around…

Click below to watch!

Have a BURNING question about food, your body, nutrition or dieting?
Write me by April 1st at office@alexandrajamieson.com with your questions!

I’ll be holding a LIVE Q&A call on Sunday, April 6th at 4pm ET, 1pm PT
so we can get your Q’s A’d!

xo,
Alex

What I NEVER do & what I ALWAYS do

The snow is melting here in Brooklyn, but I made sure to fill up the birdfeeder today. Those little birdies need some human support in the winter, and they even eat some of the same stuff I do! You know, millet, seeds, etc.

 

I eat a lot more variety than that, of course, and I’m not into eating bugs.

 

I focus my meals around those same whole, natural foods that a lot of other animals enjoy, and I’ve learned a lot from watching them eat over the years, like…

 

Animals don’t count calories.

You know what I’m saying?

 

We humans are the only creatures who are confused about what to eat. Animals don’t look to experts, and they don’t measure anything. They just eat when they’re hungry, stop when they’re full, and eat what’s in season and appropriate for their bodies.

 

The birds make it all seem so easy.

 

But I believe it can be easy.

I believe food is one of the best parts about being human,

and that when we listen to our bodies, I mean really listen,

food and health make sense.

 

So I NEVER count calories.

First of all, it makes me crazy. Secondly, it doesn’t work.

I tell my clients to stop counting calories, and instead coach them in how to feel what kind and how much food they need.

 

That really works!

And it’s such a revelation for the people who get it, that it fixes their

relationship with food.

 

I recently met up with Jonathan Bailor, a total science and food geek, and author of the Calorie Myth. Jonathan and I talked about cravings, calories, and how we can all eat easier and better.

 

I hope you’ll listen in – these free classes are amazing resources for transforming your health and life.

What you need to know:
Dates: Febraury 3 – 6, 2014
Price: FREE
Where: Sign up online for free at http://www.entheos.com/The-Calorie-Myth/Alex-Jamieson

 

What I ALWAYS DO – No GMOs

I haven’t counted a calorie in decades, but I do look at ingredient labels.

Why?

Not for grams and carbs, but for genetically modified organisms.

Yup, I don’t eat GMOs.

 

It’s alarming how GMO’s are in EVERYTHING!  Even health food stores and “natural foods.”

 

In getting my clients well, I often help them remove inflammatory foods from their diets to reduce pain, digestive disorders, allergies, and move the needle on weight loss resistance.

 

Most people are not aware of the severe impact GMO can have on the brain and digestive system, especially for children.

 

 And one of the strongest voices speaking out against GMO foods, and FOR GMO labeling, is my dear friend Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. IRT has created a profound video that I’d like you to watch, all about what you can do to help this growing movement:

Help Get GMO Labeling:

Watch the video here:

 

Want to avoid buying GMOs?

Click here for IRT’s free GMO Free Shopping Guide

 

So, now you know.

What I never do? Count calories.

What I always do? Eat GMO-free food.

 

Simple, easy, healthy, sane.

 

Xo,

Alex

Baking as Healing: Sweet Potato Bread

Baking is one of those healing practices I love.

From start to finish, the process feels like a ritual dance:

walking to the book shelf and choosing a cookbook…

sitting on the couch with tea, and leafing through the pages…

choosing a recipe…

placing the ingredients on the counter…

mindfully following the recipe…

smelling the transformation happening in the oven…

remembering baking projects from times before…

My wonderful mom, Annabeth, passed away this last Sunday. She was 65. She taught me to garden, cook, sew, make friends anywhere, and how to turn every aspect of life into a living art project. 

Diagnosed with inoperable liver and gallbladder cancer, Mom moved back to my home town of Portland, Oregon in June where she could get the best alternative treatments and be surrounded by old friends and family.

I was lucky enough to spend most of the summer in Oregon with her, and we cooked a bit together.  

Her naturopath had recommended a sugar-free diet, high in protein, and plant-based. Not 100% plant based, but based mainly on plants. Mom and I talked a lot about what foods she could enjoy, and how to make green smoothies in her Vitamix my brother had purchased for her.

I went home again over Thanksgiving, and while Mom’s energy was low, she requested favorite foods: including sweet potatoes. A friend had created something using raw sweet potatoes blended with eggs and little else, and I recreated the recipe in my grandmother’s kitchen for the holiday feast.

Mom loved it, and ate a second helping, which made my heart glow. I mean, feeding the people I love when they’re sick and need nourishment is one of my most basic joys in life. 

Last night my son and I baked the favorite that his “Nanabeth” loved: Sweet Potato Bread.

A good source of magnesium, Vitamin D and C, iron and potassium, sweet potatoes, especially the darker Garnet or Jewel “yams” (we tend to call yams sweet potatoes in the US), sweet potatoes are are high in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids, which is the precursor to vitamin A in your body.  Carotenoids help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer.

I also baked several muffins from the same batch, and tucked them into my son’s backpack for naturally sweet, high-protein snacks after school.

So this is a great kid recipe, too! 

The “bread” comes out as more of a bread pudding texture, but if you let it cool long enough, you can slice it, move it to a plate, and eat it with a fork. 

  • 4 cups raw, chopped sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • 3 eggs
  1. Combine all in a heavy duty blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add any additional water as needed to get a pourable mix, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  3. Bake in coconut oiled bread pans or muffin tins at 400 F for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Serve to someone you love – include yourself in that. 
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xo, Alex

Client Review: Winter Cleanse with Alex

Don’t start another one-size-fits-all diet plan this January 1st…
Join up for my Winter Cleanse and find out what works for your unique body!

Watch my past group program member, Galit, share what she gained…and lost…in my program:

25 pounds! That’s so awesome.
AND her friends are asking her what she’s doing differently because her skin looks so great.
Galit’s energy is up, and she’s cooking more, and more easily, for and with her family.

I’d call that a win-win-win!
If you want the same results, support, and accountability to make 2014 the year you get food right,
Go here to join the Winter Cleanse, starting January 1st.

xo,
Alex

 

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Getting clear on your desires for 2014

It’s getting close again…

The end of the year.

And it’s time to look back, take stock, and celebrate!

2013 was filled to the brim with awesome-sauce for me…and some really tough stuff, too. You probably feel the same. And while I love to plan, plot, and vision, I feel the need to do things differently as 2014 gets closer…

Instead of committing to a long list of “to-dos” for 2014, I’m getting cozy with the idea of how I want to feel. What physical and emotional experiences do I want to feel in my life, my body, my business, my relationships?

 

Doesn’t that sound more fun, more real, and more authentic than a bunch of goals?

 

I’ve been tuning in to how my body talks to me about what I should feed it, how I should move it, when she needs rest, and more…you know, listening to my cravings and asking what they really mean.

 

Sometimes she asks for sleep, sometimes, water, greens, bread, and sometimes meat. Sometimes she asks for some juicy one-one time with my man.

 

And the more I listen to my cravings, the more I give my body what she truly wants, the better I feel, the bigger my capacity for living gets, and the more fun I have.

 

I didn’t get here on my own. I’ve been reading and listening to other experts who study desire, cravings, neuroscience, visioning, and more to learn more about my experience of my body and my truth.

 

One of those experts is Danielle LaPorte. Her book The Desire Map has been revolutionary for me, as it takes a new approach to identifying, connecting with and launching your desires.

 

The Desire Map is a two-part book: the first part teaches Danielle’s message of desire’s true divine nature, and convinces the reader that giving your desires their due is a grand idea. The second part is a juicy workbook that asks you the questions you didn’t know you needed to ask, but are so glad to answer.

 

After reading and writing about my core desired feelings, as Danielle has defined these basic desires, I feel deeply tapped into my self. My truth. I feel present and clear.

 

And I think that’s what a coach and guide really needs to feel – clear, present, focused and authentic.

 

Not only that, a coach and writer needs to understand their desires in order to help others learn to listen to their bodies.

 

What do you need? What do you want? What really lights you up?

 

Can you imagine what the world would be like if every person you knew was in touch with their feelings and desires? And held their desires as good and their bodies wise?

 

Here’s a look at my own desires:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do they resonate with you? Do you want to explore your own cravings? What are you doing to create more of those feelings in your life today?

If this resonated with you, and you’re looking for a new way to get in touch with your desires and love them as your best guides, go order your copy of Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map. 

xo,

Alex

 

Do you act how you want to feel?

I hope your autumn is cozy and bright. The last two months have been incredible. I’ve been writing my next book, preparing for my first TedX talk, and have partnered with three amazing organizations for my big spring program (more on that later).

 

While this is all going on, I’ve been working with my fabulous team to get ready for the 28-Day Enlighten Challenge, which starts Friday, November 29th – if you haven’t joined yet, you can sign up here for free:

 

I’ve been working hard to get my message about using our cravings to create the body and life we want, so I’m not telling you all this to brag…

 

I just want you to ask yourself: are you acting the way you want to feel?

 

See, I want to feel light, energized, connected, and like my work matters – every day. And my work, play and relationships are all geared toward helping me stay in that zone.

 

You may be close to how you want to feel, or you may be a mile off. Wherever you are now, I want you to have the basic recipe for creating a live, and body, that feels amazing and true for you:

 

1.   Ask your body what you really want: In every cleanse or detox program I teach, the question of cravings comes up. People want to know why they always reach for sugar or fatty snacks, when they’re trying so hard to “eat right.” So I always ask this: how does your body feel now, and how do you want to feel? After a minute, they always say “I’m tired,” or “I’m thirsty,” or “I’m so stressed out at work right now.” See, we’ve gotten into the habit of using food to solve our problems, but it doesn’t really give our body what she’s asking for. So I want you to write down how you want to feel from the moment you wake up, through your day, to the moment you close your eyes at night. This might take some time, but it really helps you see what you need.

 

2.   Get your girls in on it: I used to try to do everything myself. I had a “I can do it!” or even more accurate, “I should do this on my own” kind of attitude. But then I had a kid…and a divorce… and a business to run. I realized my DIY habits didn’t have to mean “Do It Alone” and I started asking for help.

 And the more I asked my friends to help out, join in,  or just come along, the more fun I had and the more my life opened up. And the more I felt supported, the more strong and energized I felt.

 So look at where you’re turning down help. I’m sure there is some place in your life where someone has offered their energy or time, and you’ve said no. Can you invite that person back in? And make it fun to do it together? I’ll bet you can think of at least one…

 

3.   Keep it simple: You can’t think your way into feeling good, you have to feel your way into it. Start with what you’re doing right now. Sit up straight. Stretch your neck and back for 1 minute. Take 10 deep breaths.

Most of the women I work with are so stressed and multi-tasking, they can’t feel calm even when it’s time to go to bed. By keeping it simple through the day, your life will feel more manageable and less overwhelming. This will help you eat exactly what and how much is right for you to feel lighter.  

 

4.   See the small gifts & give them to yourself daily: Keeping it simple is making life feel lighter already, and you’ll have space to look around and see how your life is set up to support you…or not.

 

When you manage one thing at a time, you have energy to make your life an art project that feels like a dream to live inside of. So do something small every day that feels like a gift to yourself. I like to take a walk around the block and get a cup of tea at my favorite café, sit and enjoy a beautiful piece of fruit, listen to a favorite song, snag a nap when I need one.

 

These small things have helped me create a life, and a body, that I love. But you may not know where to start – like, which small thing should you do first? What’s really going to help you feel light?

 

I’ve made this easy for ya…

 

My 28-Day Enlighten Challenge is going to help you make the kind of life, body and energy you want. Small gifts, tiny changes, daily.

 

You’ll be happily surprised with how easy and good you feel when we get started. And the first day is Friday, November 29th, so it’s time to sign up!

 

Go here to sign up for the free Enlighten Challenge:

In the comments below I want to know, how do you want to feel and what can you do now to feel that way?

Can’t wait to hear from you on the blog, and play with you in the challenge starting next Friday! 

Xo, 

Alex

Do you really want to know what’s wrong? Functional Medicine has the answers

 

When I first got sick at the age of 25, the first doctor I went to gave me pain killers and antidepressants. After being in his office for 5 minutes, I had two powerful prescriptions for drugs that might help the symptoms I was suffering, but wouldn’t solve the root of the problem.

 

So I found another doctor who would help me heal my body. That doctor had a different approach, called functional medicine.

 

What a difference! The second doctor spent an hour with me talking about my diet, family history, lifestyle, and more. By the time I was diagnosed with food-based illnesses, I knew that this doctor had taken the time to understand all of the factors that were causing my illness.

 

Here’s why you should know about functional medicine (FM):

 

  • FM tries to heal the root causes of disease rather than just treating symptoms
  • FM brings the patient and practitioner into partnership, rather than a “top-down” doctor-tells-patient-what-to-do model.
  • FM treats the whole person and body as a system, rather than looking at one organ 
  • FM doctors spend more time with patients listening to stories, and looking at lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that can play a part in illness

 

 

The old system isn’t working. Most modern medicine is structured in an acute-care model to fix trauma and short-term illnesses. If I break my arm, I’ll go to the emergency room.

 

But we are facing more complex problems than a broken arm. Obesity, heart disease and many cancers need a holistic approach. Most doctors are now specialists with a focus on their particular sliver of medicine. Most of us need doctors with a broader understanding of the complex interactions of genetics, lifestyle and environmental toxicity to help us truly heal.

 

By integrating the best, proven practices from both modern “Western” medicine and “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, Functional Medicine doctors will treat the whole person with nutrition, exercise, drugs, botanical medicines, supplements, detoxification programs, and stress-management techniques.

 

In short, you get more tools to truly heal from a FM doctor, and you get a partner.

 

To help you find a Functional Medicine doctor who can work with you, check out Revive Primary Care. This new service will pair you with a proven practitioner in your area so you can begin truly healing your chronic illness.

 

I’m honored to support Revive Primary Care’s mission to help grow the awareness of FM, as well as help more people get the care that will truly heal their lives.