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.

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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!

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.

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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:

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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:

pay what you can bundle

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

Click here to pay $5:
Click here to pay $20:
Click here to pay $50:
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

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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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You can Subscribe to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or TuneIn

“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.

How to get your thoughts to change your body (and life)

Can you think your way thin?

Maybe.

Do your thoughts affect your body, how you eat, and your metabolism? YES. #HealthYeah.

What you think is as powerful as what you eat

What you think is as powerful as what you eat

 

Case in point: my flower pots.

Now, I know you’ve heard the sayings –

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“The only thing more dangerous than an idea is a belief.” – Sarah Vowell

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” – Peace Pilgrim

I’ve been reading E2by Pam Grout. It’s an entertaining book on energy experiments that “prove your thoughts create your reality.” Bold statement, right?

I decided to put one of Pam’s experiments to the test, and enrolled my 8 year old son, various friends, and my garden into the plan.

The experiment is based on old wisdom that our thoughts have energy and power, and the basic premise is this:

  • Give good energy, words and thoughts to something and it will bloom, heal, and grow in a positive way.
  • Give bad energy, words, and thoughts to something and it will suffer, wither, and mutate in a negative way.

I took two identical pots, filled them with soil from the same bag of dirt, planted 4 nasturtium seeds from the same packet, placed them next to each other, and began the experiment.

Every day as I watered my garden, I would count to 3, sprinkling each pot with the same amount of water. Then I would say loving things to the pot on the left, while saying mean, nasty things to the pot on the right.

Some days my son would come upstairs and “yell at the seeds” with me. He got a real kick out of it. When I had friends over, I would invite them to be nice to the left pot, and mean to the right pot, and we would kind of gang up on or befriend the germinating seeds.

The results were staggering:

The “happy pot” flourished, and 2 of the 4 nasturtium seeds germinated into flowering plants. Grass and edible Lamb’s Quarters, and edible weed, sprouted as well.

The “bad pot” floundered. None of the 4 nasturtium seeds sprouted, and only a few weeds took root.

I have to admit, it was hard to be mean to the “bad pot” – every day I walked away from the experiment feeling a little gross.

Being openly mean to anything living feels gross.

But we do that to our bodies every day, don’t we?

And the energetic affect on your body, metabolism, and ability to be truly healthy is staggering:

  • You can think yourself well: the placebo effect demonstrates how the power of positive thinking, hope, and nurturing care can cause healing. The “nocebo” effect demonstrates the physiological effects of negative belief, fear, anxiety, and what Martin Seligman terms “learned helplessness.”
  • You can either stress, or you can digest: when you are stuck in a stressful state of mind, your digestion (and metabolism) shut down or are impared
  • Negative thoughts and emotions trigger the amygdala in your brain to send out a red alert that activates a “fight-or-flight” stress response. When the nervous system is in “fight-or-flight,” the body’s self-repair mechanisms don’t function properly and the body is predisposed to illness. This can happen even just from thinking “people in my family get sick/cancer/arthritis, etc.”
  • Every time you think harsh, cruel, or negative thoughts about your body or your health, you’re potentially poisoning your body with stress hormones that deactivate your body’s natural self-repair mechanisms. You wouldn’t chug from a bottle with a skull and crossbones on it, but we are habituated to thinking terrible things about our bodies.

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.
~ Willie Nelson, my favorite outlaw cowboy singer

 

You Are The Artist Of Your Life, You Are The Gatekeeper Of Your Body

It’s up to you to think differently.

It’s within your power to grow a flourishing garden in your cells and your soul.

 

What thoughts do you choose to think about your body?

Your thoughts to yourself can heal…

…or your thoughts to yourself can damage.

Your thoughts to your body can uplift and re-energize…

…or your thoughts to your body can degrade and shame.

Your thoughts about yourself can transform your life, your relationship with food, and your future for the better…

…or your thoughts can turn it into (or keep it) a real shit show.

As you look towards the possibilities this new way of thinking has for you, including all the personal desires and cravings that call to you, I want to extend my hand and offer myself as a part of your circle of support.

To be totally honest, I’ve accomplished a lot in my life, in many realms, but NONE of it, have I done alone.

When I’m looking at making a big change, or taking on a new way of being, or when I want something that just feels beyond my ability to create, I will raise my hand, phone a friend, shout out loud “HELP!”

If you are in this space, with visions and hope for a future that glows with self-love, joy, freedom, peace and energy, then I welcome you to go. for. it. 

Feel into the image that you see and feel, and seek the support you need to make the transformation real.

If you have been wanting me on hand to support you in a one-on-one, personal way, here’s your opportunity:

As part of my mission to help women (and the men who love us) to live into our desires and natural state of health, I’m doing something different and offering a COMPLIMENTARY 30-minute 1-on-1 personalized Vitality Discovery Session with me.

Yes!

That’s 30 minutes of personalized, uninterrupted time with me without costing you a cent.

I will help you discover what difference you want to see in your life from dropping the extra pounds and feeling free with food.

AND what’s holding you back from getting what you want.

We’ll intentionally approach these topics with love, kindness, and compassion – those good thoughts that helped my garden flourish! Let’s skip the extra shame and frustration, shall we? 🙂

Then, we’ll make a plan to get you what you want, in a new, honorable, unique way. Joy, play, fun, pleasure, and a soulful plan of action.

I know you could spend 30 minutes doing something else – email, laundry, chores, drinking wine and eating chocolate…anything.

Yet, I believe that when you and I spend time in this conversation, we can weave magic and a new way of living in and loving your body.

I have space for 10 Vitality Discovery Sessions, and if you feel called, I hope you’ll take me up on this very special invitation.

Click here to answer a few simple questions. If it feels like a good fit someone on my team will be in touch in 48 hours after the submission deadline to set up your free session. The deadline is Monday, July 20th.

xo,

Alex

P.S. Though I am a big lover and student of digital learning (video learning, etc,) I’ve personally received many of the biggest breakthroughs of my life through one-on-one conversations. That’s one of the reasons I love working with women (and a few cool dudes) on such an intimate basis. When you are deeply seen and heard, held and understood, and then expertly guided, lives can and do transform, and quickly. Click here to take me up on this FREE offer.

3 Ways Dessert Destroys Your Desire: [sugar + hormones]

3 ways sugar kills libido

Did you know what you eat has a huge effect on your libido? That red velvet cupcake is more dangerous than the Red Room of Pain…

3 ways sugar kills libido

According to the most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM-5, 2013), the American Psychiatric Association’s classification and diagnostic tool, lack of desire (classified as HSDD or hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or female sexual interest/arousal disorder) and the related anxiety it causes, is the most common of women’s sexual complaints.

This can include a lack of sexual desire that causes distress, disinterest, and inability to achieve orgasm when orgasm was once easy. And orgasm, when accessible, is one of the best healing tools a woman, and a couple, can use to boost her vitality and health.

We want our desire back, and contrary to popular belief, a female viagra is not the answer.

In my book Women, Food, And Desire, I detail how the wrong diet can obliterate a woman’s libido. And how a trip to the health food store and Babeland.com can reignite and heal your hormones, vitality, and mood.

You may think this epidemic is effecting older women, on the verge of middle age, but the evidence shows young women are just as susceptible to this crippling lack of desire. A broad study of 31,000 U.S. females 18 and older published in 2008 in Obstetrics and Gynecology magazine, found that about 43 percent of women reported sexual problems. This lack of desire causes distress, and anxiety, as well as being linked with depression.

If you’re like me, you’ve noticed that as you grow through the years, your body changes – and so does your desire for the physical pleasures in life! (I know – duh! But really, our hormones really shift as we age, and what we eat is a major part of that.)

Sugar is one of the top foods that effects our libido, both emotionally and physically.

Funny thing is (and by funny, I mean cruel), the more out of whack our hormones get, the more we rely on sugar as our main source of physical pleasure…

…when what our mammal bodies really need (and crave) is sensual pleasure.

Here’s how sugar wrecks our hormones, and below you’ll find my top resources to help you quit your groove-killing candy habit:

3 Ways Dessert Destroys Your Desire (AKA messing up your hormones)

1. Sugar kills testosterone: 
Insulin resistance, caused by a diet high in refined carbohydrates, including white flour, sugar, and alcohol, drives down testosterone in both men and women. Both sex drive and function (think erectile disfunction, which also effects the clitoris, not just the penis) take a hit when blood sugar levels are high.

2. Sugar saps your energy:
High-glycemic carbohydrates spike your blood sugar, leading to insulin over-production to pull your blood sugar back down. The roller coaster of low then high then low blood sugar results in fatigue, which is one reason why a big pasta dinner with wine knocks you out of the mood. High sugar consumption also leads to decreased orexin, a neurotransmitter that regulates arousal and wakefulness, which leads to fatigue, which leads to snoring, rather than snogging.

3. Sugar = stress:
Sugar is the most inflammatory food around, which leads to physical stress in every aspect of your body and mind. High insulin levels will elevate cortisol, a main stress hormone. Chronic high cortisol leads to muscle break down, fat storage, and squashed libido. Not a sweet picture, right?
If one of your big desires in life is to feel juicy, sexy, and alive, then it’s time to cut the sugar, sweet one.

Use some of my sugar-free recipes (and more recipes here!) to help you on a two-week sugar-free experiment!

Here’s my post on the top 41 secret sugar names to help you avoid sweeteners in your food.

Balance your hormones, honey. Get your groove back!

May is the 20th Anniversary of National Masturbation Month!

Join me as I interview the top experts on women’s sexual health, on the Crave Cast, every Friday.

Go here to hear the shows!

xo,

Alex

Sober, With The Lights On [Love Yourself]

May is National Masturbation Month: It's time to get clear + sober about our physical cravings! http://bit.ly/lovesoberpleasure

It’s time to turn on the lights + get clear, sweet ones.
It’s time to love yourself well.

May is National Masturbation Month: It's time to get clear + sober about our physical cravings! http://bit.ly/lovesoberpleasure

May is National Masturbation Month: It’s time to get clear + sober about our physical cravings! http://bit.ly/lovesoberpleasure

I’m going to talk about some stuff that’s even more taboo
than your weight, and is as crucial to your health, life satisfaction + happiness:

Our sensuality…or how we give ourselves the healing power of physical pleasure.
And masturbation.

Even typing that made my stomach drop.

I admit it: I still feel a bit nervous writing about sexual health + sexuality.

Then why for heaven’s sake am I doing it?

Because I know how important it is that we women
finally feel good in our bodies.

And because May is the 20th Anniversary of National Masturbation Month.

And I know how hard it is for ALL of us to talk about it…
and that it’s a secret piece of our health that has a huge impact
on how we feel IN + ABOUT our bodies.

How we feel about sex, food, and our physical need for pleasure is all tied together…
and there is too much shame around all of these.

I want all of us here in my tribe, my “clan of the crave bears,”
to love + feel confident in her (or his) own skin.

But most of us feel embarrassed by our bodies,
what we eat, and our sensual desires + needs.

They’re “touchy” subjects. (ok, enough joking – maybe)

We know that both can be wonderful (or so we’ve heard),
but we feel so awkward with them, that we try to get
through them quickly + without awareness.

See, I believe we keep ourselves in the dark + hide from
our food habits + sexual desires.

We’ve been fooled into thinking that if we don’t look at
our cravings + desires for both food + sex,
our problems with them will just go away.

But it’s a lie.
The less we pay attention,
the more we judge ourselves,
and the more we do both (food + physical pleasure) unconsciously.

Of this I’m certain: our unaware, rushed, judgmental way of
eating + treating our bodies is killing us.

We eat standing up, face in the fridge, quickly devouring dessert
as if we could erase the fact of what we’re eating…

And many of our sexual experiences are done with the lights off
(literally + figuratively), after a few drinks, as if the veil of alcohol +
darkness could make our embarrassment go away:

embarrassment of our bodies
embarrassment of our desires
hatred of our bodies
hatred of our cravings

It’s time to get clear + turn the lights on.
It’s time to talk about our desires + cravings.
It’s time to ask the questions + find the answers we need…

So that we can finally love our bodies, our lives + fully come alive.

Now is the perfect time to do this:

May is the 20th anniversary of National Masturbation Month, and I’ll be interviewing several top experts in women’s health + sexuality on my Crave Cast podcast about:

– the physical + psychological benefits of masturbation
– why so many of us (women especially) have a negative association with it
– how we can begin to practice specific techniques to help us:
– like + get to know our bodies better
– balance our hormones
– reduce our food cravings
– reduce + eliminate annoying urinary incontenence

4 things I’ve discovered in my research + heard from my clients about the benefits of masturbation + self-pleasure:

1. the more familiar we are with what makes our own bodies feel good, the better we are at asking our partner for what we want, or the better boundaries we have with creating and maintaining relationships;

2. the better we are at asking our partners for what we want, the more we get clear on what we want in life;
3. the more clear we can be about what we want in life, and the more confidence we have about being able to create it ourselves, the more help we ask for + receive;
4. The more help we ask for in life, the more productive we are, the more supportive we feel, the happier we are, the less stressed out we feel, and the more creative we can be.

Too many of the “health + happiness” experts avoid the topic of sex,
as if it had nothing to do with our vitality, emotional food cravings, and hormone balancing.

They’re missing a huge key aspect of health + aliveness.

Why? Because it’s hard to talk about. It scares people.
But this silence is hurting all of us.

In my book, Women, Food, And Desire, I wrote about food, sex, health, and cravings.

Many readers told me it was the first time they had connected these ideas before,
and that it changed how they eat and live their lives.

I’ll be writing about these delicate, yet important, topics all month,
and will post expert interviews every Friday on my Crave Cast podcast.

I hope you’ll listen, read, and share this with a friend as a way to move women’s health,
and this important conversation further.

xo,

Alex

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