3 Ways To Turn Your Cravings Into Your Spiritual To-Do List

What if your cravings were your allies, instead of something to war against?

What if the messages from your body, for food, sleep, sexual intimacy, movement, and inspiration, were showing you the happiest, healthiest path forward in your unique life?

Women, Food And Desire helps you uncover the wisdom in your body's messages

Women, Food And Desire helps you uncover the wisdom in your body’s messages

After working for over 12 years with nutrition clients around the globe, I’ve seen that the best way to help people create a diet and lifestyle that gets them the energy and body they desire is to listen to their body and cravings.

 

Cravings come from four root sources: bacterial, nutritional, emotional, and physical. Bacterial imbalance in the digestive system can cause raging sugar cravings to feed the yeasts and fungi that need carbohydrates to survive. Mineral and vitamin deficiencies lead the body to crave foods that provide a burst of energy, or a reliable hit of missing nutrients. Emotional cravings for joy, connection, and calm can result in yearnings for sugar and fat to help calm the physical manifestations of fear, anger, and anxiety. As human-animals, we forget that our bodies are designed to thrive with consistent, enlivening movement. And we are built to seek physical pleasure. But our sedentary, physically disconnected lifestyle keeps us from touching each other, or finding joy in moving our bodies.

 

We have been enculturated or “brainwashed” out of connection with our body, and feel ashamed of our desires and cravings. The overlap between sensual pleasures from food and companionship get us twisted into knots and we replace food for real intimacy.

 

After my divorce, I finally began listening to my own body’s cravings for meat, after being a strict vegan for over ten years, and my cravings for physical connection and intimacy with a lover. Rather than judging myself for breaking dietary and cultural rules about what is appropriate for a young mother and health coach to eat and experience, I listened to my body and gave “her” what she was asking for: men, and meat.

 

As I’ve coached hundreds of women in the last few years to start listening to their own bodies, I’ve seen joyous results in healing and lives transformed: and end to physical pain and a lifetime of body shame, new career possibilities followed, and marriages transformed.

 

Our bodies speak our truth to us, in subtle, and not-so subtle ways, every moment. Our minds are filled with other people’s agendas, religious rules, and media-induced judgments about how we should look, love, and live. We need to begin listening to the wisdom that emanates from our own bodies. Your body does not lie. It is incapable of invention. Be willing to listen in, and discover what your cravings really mean.

Top 3 Ways To Turn Your Cravings Into Your To-Do List

  1. Next time you have a food craving, stop and close your eyes: what is your body wanting right now, besides food? Are you tired? Stressed? Frustrated? Angry? What is your desired state of being? What can you do besides eat to feel rested, relaxed, or hopeful? Do that now.
  2. When choosing your next meal, take into account how you want to feel over the next twelve hours. If you need to be focused, try eating lean protein and cooked greens. If you need to be creative and outgoing, what foods will help you get into that headspace? If you want to feel calm, and relaxed, perhaps it’s best to avoid the sugary cupcake and instead try chamomile tea with a baked apple and cinnamon. The key here is to eat foods that will help you feel how you want to feel, in a healthy way.
  3. Write down the top 10 things you desire for your life in 2015. Now circle the three most frightening or challenging and take action on the one that you know would get you closer to creating your big life’s vision.

Sweet Potato Pudding – gluten-free pudding recipe, dairy-free pudding recipe, vegan pudding recipe

Sweet Potato Pudding

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Yield: 1 serving

  • 2 Red Garnet sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch pink Himalayan salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Wrap potatoes in foil and cook for 60 minutes. Remove from oven to cool.

2. Peel skins with a pairing knife and place flesh in a food processor. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, pink Himalayan salt and vanilla extract. Process for 10 seconds, scrape sides and process 10 more seconds.

3. Enjoy!

Eggless Nog Smoothie: Sweet Potato Smoothie | Eggless EggNog Recipe

Eggnog is one of my favorite holiday treats – but now that I know I’m egg-sensitive, I had to put on my thinking-chef’s hat

and get creative in the kitchen -

which I love doing!

eggless nog smoothie

I used some leftover, naturally sweet garnet yams as the base. This thickened the smoothie, and added great fiber.

I’ve been feeling very “featherweight” lately, which is one of my cravings types (I’m a dual type, also Fire Brand, or Pitta)

and wanted to add some spices that would help me feel warm and comfy.

Earth Mama/Papa types can add some ginger to this recipe to help them feel more energized and uplifted!

Don’t know your cravings type? Take the free quiz here and get your type and report! 

Eggless Nog Smoothie Recipe:

12 ounces unsweetened almond or coconut milk
½ cup water
1 cup cooked sweet potato (peeled)
2-3 pitted Medjool dates (the big juicy ones) cut in half
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp fresh nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in the blender.

Blend, pour, sip and smile!

Saying ‘no’ – on boundaries and cravings

 

 

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The body sets boundaries for us all the time, but how well do we listen and head the body’s message? 

Saying ‘no’ is as important as saying ‘yes!’

Saying no to other people’s to-dos, and saying yes to more quality sleep.

Saying no to the diet industrial complex, its rules and size requirements, and saying yes to deep, true healing.

Saying no to the fast food lifestyle, and instead embracing real food.

Saying no to a life of punishment, deprivation, and lack-luster experiences, and saying YES to pleasure, fun, and play!

This is the call. Will you answer it?


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When we respect our cravings, real transformation is possible.

WFD image 1   We need to start listening to our bodies, rather than the “diet industrial complex.” We’ve handed over our power to heal and our deep inner knowing to outside “experts” and “gurus” for far too long. We stopped listening to and trusting our cravings and bodies so long ago, that we’ve been at war with ourselves. This war is killing us. We diet too much, eat too much, work too hard, worry too much, schedule too much, play too little, drink too much, shop too much, and touch too little. And there’s this big, gaping hole inside of us that will never be filled will the food, “success,” to-do lists, or new shoes. It’s time to listen to our bodies, and follow our cravings, to the life we truly desire.

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xo, Alex

Top 50 Mindful Eating Sites of 2014

 

 

Cool news! We’ve been chosen as one of the top Mindful Eating Sites of 2014!

The top blogs were chosen based on a number of criteria including:

  • sharing research-based, practical information on nutritious eating
  • tips for ending emotional eating
  • advocating approaches other than fad dieting
  • sound psychological strategies for ending mindless eating and developing a better relationship with food

These sites were chosen by www.eatingmindfully.com, a website that has provided information on mindful eating since 2001 by Dr. Susan Albers, psychologist and author of six books on mindful eating including the books, Eating Mindfully, EatQ and 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, an early pioneer in the field of mindful eating.

It’s an honor to be featured amongst some of my favorite sites, including Summer Tomato, Geneen Roth, and Dr. Frank Lipman.

Check out the other sites and get some powerful inspiration! 

xo,

Alex

BIG news: UK version of Women, Food & Desire is available for pre-order!

So excited about this cover!

The UK version of Women, Food and Desire is available for pre-order!

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Can’t wait to get my hands on this version of my book-baby…

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Pretty Holiday Hummus: Beet It Up with Beet Hummus

Holiday food should be pretty. So this dish rocks.

Especially if you’ve discovered that you have to cut out a ton of foods to get or stay healthy.

We just discovered that our family has to avoid gluten + eggs + soy (me and the boy), whey from milk (me), and corn (the kid).

So, yeah. That’s a lot of ingredients we’ll be avoiding!

BUT, I always loved a good challenge, especially in the kitchen.

AND, one way to ensure optimism + resilience is to look at the cupboard as half full, and expect the best, rather than getting depressed + overwhelmed by saying goodbye to certain ingredients.

I’m putting on my big girl panties, looking on the bright side, and putting all my energy into making delicious, nourishing foods that everyone can enjoy at the table.

One of the first places to start is with super easy, super tasty, no-fail recipes:

…like hummus.

Ok, so most hummus is already gluten-dairy-soy-corn-free, but when I saw a picture of this gorgeous dip, I couldn’t resist making it in hopes of livening up the impending Christmas table.

Ruby Red Beet Hummus

  • medium beet (1 cooked a whole bunch at once to have for later)
  • 15-ounce BPA-FREE can (1 3/4 cup) of garbanzao beans, drained
  • clove garlic
  • 1 tiny pinch cayenne
  • dash paprika
  • 2tablespoons lemon juice
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

How to make the best hummus ever:

First, roast the beets: Preheat oven to 400F. Clean, scrub, and cut off the stems and root end. Loosely wrap individually in foil, place on a roasting pan. Roast for 50-60 min. They’re ready when a knife can be easily inserted.

(might as well wrap a head of garlic and roast that, too – I mean, who can ever get enough roasted garlic?)

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While you’re waiting, take a nap or watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

beets now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the beets are done, slip the outer peel off. Your hands will get red, but you’ll look pretty bad a$$.

Combine all ingredients into a food processor. Add water or additional olive oil until desired consistency. You want this to be creamy + smooth.

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Add salt and pepper, about 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
Serve with gluten-free crackers, yo! Or just eat it with a spoon, like I did.

This is a great cooling recipe for Firebrand cravings types if you add a 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, a traditional hummus ingredient (AKA Pitta in Ayurveda). The cooked beet is good for Featherweight cravings types, and this recipe is great for Earth Mamas, but go light on the added drizzle of olive oil.

Don’t know your Cravings Type? Take my quiz and get your free Cravings Type Report here:

Happy Holidays, all! Eat to be happy + healthy…xo, Alex

My 25 top tools for vitality & cravings

This is the conversation too few of us are having -

What do you want? What do you crave?

I am on a mission – to help us all understand our cravings, where they come from, what they’re truly asking us to do, and to turn them (and our bodies) into our best allies…

To get the body, energy, and life we really desire.

I’ve overcome my own food addictions and the weight and health problems these habits caused, and learned something life-altering: when we listen to our cravings, they will lead us onto the path of deep healing.

I’ve dedicated my life to helping other women learn to listen to the wisdom of their cravings and make food their greatest ally as they step into their lives with authentic passion.

Next week, I’m bringing together 25 of my friends, most admired experts, and favorite coaches in the Women, Food, and Desire Tele-Summit.

I’ll interview over 20 cutting edge experts in eating psychology, cravings, embodiment, weight, health, and nutrition.

Women, Food, & Desire is a revolutionary FREE online event from November 3-7 , 2014!  

Sign up to join us and get access to these juicy conversations – I know I can’t wait to listen to the other experts!