3 Ways We’re Hurting Our Hormones + How To Fix It

Balance. If you’re like me, you strive for it daily. 

balance your hormones in 3 easy steps

If you were one of those carpenter levels, with the yellow liquid and floating bubble dancing between two lines, would you be straight and balanced or off-kilter and unsteady?

 

What I mean is, how are your hormones doing lately? 

I get questions about hormone health all the time, so I wanted to put together a quick resource to help you at home right away.

 

Made by our bodies and used in the right amounts, natural hormones tell our cells and tissues to act in specific ways, and guide our moods and behaviors.

 

In the right way, our hormones turn us on, keep the metabolic fires burning, and keep us in good humor.

 

In the wrong amounts, either produced naturally in uneven flashes by our glands, consumed in foods or through toxic exposure, disregulated hormones lead to fits of depression, bursts of anger and impatience, exhaustion, impaired sleep, weight irregularities, faulty menstrual cycles, and gut dis-eases.

 

Steady your hormones, fix your health, love your life.

It’s often as simple as that.

 

Yet today we are swimming in a soup of synthetic hormones that come into our bodies from air, land, sea, and late, setting our bodies and brains off balance.

 

In order to help you fix those powerful chemical messengers to begin feeling lighter, happier, better, I’ve put together a quick list of 3 simple ways you can take control of your hormonal fate:

 

1. Can do? Can DON’T! Avoid BPA-lined cans

 

Balance your hormones naturally: buy only BPA free cans!

I love timesaving tips as much as any home chef, but canned foods are hiding a dirty time-release bomb, BPA.

Foods in BPA lined cans absorb the chemical into beans, fruits and vegetables. BPA is a chemical used in plastics that mimics estrogen, and has been lined to breast and other cancers, reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty and heart disease.

 

Hormone Fixes: Avoid BPA by buying frozen veggies and fruits instead of canned. Some companies, like Eden Organics,  offer BPA-free cans that are safe to purchase, and put it on the label. Buy tomatoes and tomato sauces in glass jars instead of cans.  Avoid foods that come in plastic containers with #7 recycling label, and avoid handling grocery receipts with bare hands, as thermal paper is often coated with BPA.

 

2. Dental Damn – Danger On Your Toothbrush

 

We’ve been told to brush and floss 2-3 times a day, but no one said anything about the dangers of chronic exposure to the fluoride that’s supposed to keep our pearlies white.

According to a 2006 report by the National Research Council of the National Academies, fluoride is an endocrine disruptor, meaning that it upsets the glands that secrete hormones.

Even tiny amounts of fluoride can upset can affect your thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals, pancreas and pituitary glands. Toothpaste and fluoridated water are the two most common sources, but since fluoride stays in the water cycle, crops absorb it through watering.

The average American adults consumes 3-6mg of fluoride a day, which can be twice the amount that can cause thyroid disfunction. The average American child consumes 1.5 mg, which is nearly twice the amount that can cause thyroid problems.

 

Hormonal Fixes:

Since chronic exposure can have big, long-term effects on the intellectual, social, sexual and physical development of both adults and children, it’s a good time to switch to non-fluoride toothpaste! Brands like Tom’s of Maine offer fluoride-free versions. If you live in a county, city or town that fluoridates your water, you may want to invest in a fluoride filter for your drinking water.

 

3. Every Thyroid Out Of The Pool! Chlorine & Thyroid 

 

Since fluoride and chlorine are both chemically related to iodine and compete with how the body absorbs it, ingesting either can block iodine receptors in the thyroid gland.

We drink or shower in chlorinated water almost every day. Those small exposures can lead to big hormone problems over time.

 

Protect your thyroid with a good fluoride filter - I use this one!

Protect your thyroid with a good fluoride filter – I use this one!

 

Hormonal Fix: Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools, especially enclosed and indoors, as the chlorine vapors will be inhaled into your lungs as well. Get a chlorine filter for both your shower and your water faucets to avoid both physical contact and consuming the chemical.

 

 

These simple fixes will help your body balance your hormones effortlessly, and get you the happy mood, easy weight loss and long-term health you crave.

 

 

 

 

 

I want to hear from you!

How are your hormones now, and what are you inspired to do to feel better?

Leave a comment below about changes you plan on making, and any success story you can share about healing your hormones!

 

 

How To End Stomach Bloat For Good

Tired of the gurgle and bloat?
The constipation followed by diarrhea?
The muffin top?

Join the club! Tummy troubles are at the top of my list, too – at least they were until I got a handle on
healing my gut and understanding which foods helped me feel good…

and which ones made me dig out the stretchy yoga pants.

Watch my video below to learn my top tips on ending stomach bloat —

and let me know in the comments if you discovered a new trick to try,

or share it with a friend who needs some support for their gut!

xo,
Alex

Miracles making eating easier now: My interview with Gabrielle Bernstein

I often get asked questions about staying in the moment, and how to shift old habits of thought, especially when it comes to food.

It’s such a pleasure to share with you a new book that has really inspired me.

Below is my interview with my friend and New York Times Best Seller, Gabrielle Bernstein, author of Miracles Now:

Gabby, tell us about your new book, Miracles Now.

 

I love this book and I’m so psyched to share it with you. Miracles Now helps readers lessen stress and find peace—FAST! I handpicked 108 techniques to combat our most common problems—from addiction and anxiety to burnout and resentment. The exercises are inspired by some of my greatest spiritual teachings. Throughout the book, I offer up spirit-based principles, meditations and practical tools to help readers bust through blocks to live with more ease. I break down each technique Spirit Junkie style—with meditations, assessment questions and step-by-step guidance—while incorporating lessons from the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga. This book is meant for the busy, stressed person who simply wants to feel better fast.

 

How can meditation help with food cravings and obsessive compulsive eating habits?

 

To quote my doctor and friend, Dr. Frank Lipman, “Sugar is like crack.” I couldn’t agree more. Sugar is a drug that keeps us wanting more to the point of addiction. When we’re addicted there is an imbalance in the pineal gland (also called the the third eye). The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. When the pineal gland is imbalanced, bad habits turn into addictions. The imbalance in the pineal gland affects the pituitary gland, which regulates the rest of the glandular system. When the pituitary gland is affected the entire body and mind go out of balance.

 

A major tool in my process of healing my addiction to sugar has been the Kundalini meditation for healing addiction. Follow this video for guidance:

 

 

Lesson 39 is called “Just show up” – how does that work for someone who is trying to stick with an eating plan?
I think it’s important to keep it in the day. Each day make the decision to just show up and stay on path with your plan. One day at a time you will create new patterns and move into a new way of being. Showing up is 90% of the work.

 

How is Miracles Now different from all of your other books?

 

Each of my books has a unique format but a shared intention, which is to offer readers tools for releasing all the blocks to their true happiness and peace. Miracles Now shares that core intention through 108 short exercises that can be done anywhere, any time. This book is less self-reflective and more action oriented. I want it to put people into practice immediately so they can experience Miracles Now!

 

What made you write this book.

 

I write my books based on what I feel my readers need. I realized that so many people have packed schedules and lots to do, but they want to carve out a little time each day to create positive change and find peace in ways that are easy to follow and put into practice. In addition, I continuously witnessed my audience members and social media followers ask me for more practical tools to release their stress and boost their moods. People want to get to work and they want to feel better fast. This book is my response to that call.

 

The higher purpose of this book is to contribute to a greater global change. I believe that when more and more people begin to feel better, the positive collective energy supports the energy of the world. I believe that it is our collective energy that can save the world. This is the higher purpose for Miracles Now. I reinforce the book’s mission in its introduction, excerpted below:

 

{Excerpt from the introduction}

 

Right now we’re in a special and powerful position, because the world is having a spiritual awakening. When energy speeds up there is no space for playing small, and nothing can remain hidden. At some point all lies are brought to the surface and truth comes forth no matter how hard we try to hide it. Cynics are filling the yoga studios and the spiritual choir is growing larger. There is a massive call for more lightworkers, and now is our time to rise up and bring more positivity to the world. When the masses begin to vibrate with an energy of love, the world will no longer be a container for war, violence and lies.

 

 

There are great Kundalini meditations throughout the book. Can you tell us more about them?

 

For this book I chose twelve of the most powerful Kundalini meditations for shifting your mood, changing your energy and reducing stress. I was mindful to include meditations that are easy for newcomers as I expect many of my readers may be new to meditation. A great meditation for beginners is what I’ve nicknamed Peace Is in Your Pulse. It improves your concentration and brings calm to even the most scattered mind.

 

Sit in Easy Pose (comfortably cross-legged on the floor) with a slight neck lock, which means your chin slightly down and your neck is straight.

 

Lightly close your eyes and focus on the space between your eyebrows (the third-eye point).

 

The mantra is Sat Nam (which means “truth identified”).

 

The hand position (mudra) is simple. Place the four fingers of your right hand on your left wrist and feel your pulse. The fingers are in a straight line, lightly pressed on the wrist so you can feel your pulse in each fingertip.

 

On each beat of your pulse, mentally hear the sound of Sat Nam.

 

This meditation is suggested for 11 minutes, but you can experience great benefits in just one minute. Practice it daily to develop your intuition and calm your mind.

 

 

Who is this book for?

 

This book is for anyone who wants to create positive change in their life. If you’re stressed out, anxious, fearful, stuck or simply ready to play bigger in your life, this book is for you.

 

If you have the slightest willingness to feel better, this book is for you.

 

It doesn’t matter where you are on your spiritual path. You can be a dedicated yogi with a 20-year practice, a hardcore cynic who thinks this stuff is woo-woo, or anywhere in between: No matter what, you’ll benefit a lot from these teachings. What’s most exciting about the book is that you can simply use one of the exercises on a daily basis and it WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I say that with conviction.

 

How can readers use the book?

 

This book is fun and interactive. You can read it from start to finish and soak up the concepts, but there are other ways to approach it. I feel that book can also act like a tarot deck. You can set an intention for yourself and then open the book to any page. Mark my words: You will ALWAYS get the guidance you need most in that moment.

 

I think the best way to use this book is to surrender to the exercises. Let your intuition guide you through each page. When you land on exercise that excites you, DO IT. Practice it for 40 days and master it. Then share it! These tools are meant to be shared. The last lesson in the book is that you are the guru. Miracles Now  empowers you with life-changing tools that you can share with the world. When these tools become yours, they are yours to share.

 

 

What are the spiritual teachings that influenced the lessons in the book?

 

As a student and teacher of  A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation, it has become my mission to translate these life-changing spiritual truths for all seekers. A Course in Miracles is a metaphysical self-taught curriculum based on the principle that when we choose love over fear we experience miraculous change. The Course emphasizes the practice of turning our fears over to the care of our inner guide and places strong emphasis on forgiveness. The Course teaches us that through the experience of forgiveness we will know true peace.

 

Kundalini is the yoga of awareness, which focuses on enhancing one’s intuition and strengthening the energy field. Kundalini aims to draw forth the creative potential of an individual to have strong values, be truthful and focus on compassion and consciousness.

 

It is a great honor to share the principles of both A Course in Miracles and Kundalini throughout this book. These tools helps the reader release everything that blocks their connection to their inner power. When you practice these techniques, fear melts away, inspiration springs up, and a sense of peace sets in. Most importantly, you build a relationship to the power within you — and this power connection is essential. The power I speak of is your connection to love. The more we tune into our own frequency of love, the more love will spread. When love is the trend there is no room for violence and war. Trust me when I say: Your practice is crucial in the awakening of the world. Each person’s energy matters.

 

 

In the book you use social media in a really cool way. Can you share about this?

 

I love this part! I boiled down each lesson into a 140-character description — or Miracle Message — which can be tweeted, pinned on Pinterest, posted on Facebook, or shared on Instagram. Each Miracle Message ends with the hashtag #MiraclesNow so readers can connect, share miracles and spread inspiration. And e-book readers can share right from their devices.

 

Share with us your journey and how it led to where you are now

 

In my early twenties I ran a nightlife PR firm in NYC. On the outside everything looked great, but on the inside I was a mess. I was seeking happiness, security and self-worth outside of myself. I regularly stayed up till 5 or 6 a.m. partying, and thanks to cocaine I weighed about 98 pounds. My friends had tried an intervention, but it didn’t work. Then, one night, I finally let it go. I wrote in my journal, “I need help. God, Universe, whoever is out there … I surrender.” The next morning, October 2, 2005, I woke up to a loud inner voice that said, “Get clean and you’ll have everything you want.” I knew I had no other choice than to listen.

 

I am happy it happened the way it did. I found God in my own way. I got clean. My conscious surrender was when I asked for help in my journal. I received an answer right away, and I have been sober since that day. I was desperately looking for happiness, and I was seeking everything good—peace and happiness—outside of myself.

 

For the past eight years I’ve been on a powerful journey inward, expanding my intuition and shifting my perceptions of the world. Through my own personal journey I have been guided to teach others to do the same.

 

 

Order Gabby’s new book, Miracles Now TODAY, and get these three gifts from Gabby:

 

-       Her ½ day workshop on Manifesting Miracles

-       Her lecture on Living a Miraculous Life

-       The audiobook intro to the book!

 

Click here for the gifts: www.gabbyb.tv/miracles

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

#FixFood: It’s Time to Fix the Toxic Food Culture We Live In

Here’s the deal –

If we can’t all access healthy, clean food, then all of this talk about fixing food isn’t going to help as many people as it could.

As part 3 of our #FixFood mission, we have to increase the awareness and access that people have.

 

For starters, people who need good nutrition the most (like the working poor) don’t currently have access to it.

We can quickly help people learn how to grow a little bit of their own food – which connects them to themselves, and helps them feel empowered.

When people have access to really high quality food, it helps them feel better, do more, earn more, lift their family out of poverty, get off of diabetes meds, and stop using the Emergency Room as their form of primary care.

 

We can make food labels better.

There’s a huge growing movement in the U.S. that the rest of the world is begging us to lead the charge on: to label genetically modified foods.

So many people want laws in this area, but they don’t know what to DO about it.

 

Now, let’s talk about our kids.

Our kids are getting sicker and sicker, younger and younger, with diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And it has a lot to do with how kids are fed in this country.

We live in a hyper advertising and food marketing culture. Kids are bombarded with messages about unhealthy food all day long.

It’s up to us – the adults and parents – to become aware of it and talk to our kids about it, so the messaging they get is balanced (or maybe even has more good messaging than junk food messaging).

Another aspect is the lunch programs in our schools. We can talk to our kids about healthy foods all we like, but if they’re fed junk at school, what happens to the kids whose parents aren’t talking to them about healthy foods? What about the families who rely on the lunch programs to keep their children fed?

We can help fix that. But we have get the education into the schools. And we have to empower the kids.

This is the part of the Super Size Me 10 Year Anniversary series that has me the most excited.

I’m bringing in people who are on the ground, fixing the food culture we live in, so they can talk about how YOU can help make a difference.

And, as a very special guest, we’re highlighting Dr. Oz’s Healthcorps – an amazing program that goes into schools and teaches kids about cooking and nutrition (something that’s sorely lacking schools nowadays).

We are designating Dr. Oz’s Healthcorps as our charity of choice for the entire telesummit. 75% of the profits will be donated to them in order to help this growing movement to help our KIDS fix food.

To learn more about the Super Size Me 10 Year Anniversary telesummit, click here.

And if you’re fired up about fixing the food culture we live in, help spread the word! Feel free to copy/paste this note into facebook and Twitter:

Help fix the food culture in your schools and community. Get in on the #FixFood mission: http://tinyurl.com/supersizefixfood

xo,

Alex

#FixFood: Turn that Unhealthy Relationship Around

We’re all intelligent, functioning human beings here.

We all know things we could be doing differently to eat better.

But we still have these sabotaging food habits and emotional eating issues where food is like our substitution for intimacy. Food helps us feel calm. It’s one of our favorite soothers.

It’s just that most of us have a relationship with our food that gives the phrase “unhealthy relationship” a totally new meaning.

But when you FIX your relationship with food, it becomes an easy, delicious way to nourish yourself, rather than being a life raft that you cling you to every day just to get through.

You feel lighter.

You like yourself better.

You feel stronger, more confident, more at ease.

You’re more peaceful in your life.

And happier. So much happier.

… Basically, all the good stuff!

Which is why fixing your relationship with food is one of the main topics in my #FixFood mission.

At the Super Size Me 10 Year Anniversary series (March 10 – 14), I’m going to interview 30+ of the hottest experts in health and nutrition.

And we’re going to get into your relationship with food!

I have so many knowledgeable and caring experts lined up: bestselling authors, neuroscientists, food psychologists, and more.

Here’s just a glimpse of what we have lined up for you. . .

Pedram Shojai will tell you how to fix your relationship with food, one bite at a time.

Neuroscientist and author Darya Rose will share new discoveries in neuroscience about how cravings are created – and she’ll give you 3 basic rules to eat for sane weight loss. (Sounds good to me!)

Trudy Scott will talk about how balancing your brain chemistry with real foods can heal emotional eating, and Robb Wolf will help you break free from dietary dogma so you can discover your perfect food style.

They are all ready to help you understand and unwire your emotional relationships with food – so I hope you’ll join us for this virtual event. (Grab your free ticket here.)

And don’t be shy! Follow me on Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest to get all of the #FixFood updates – and jump into the conversation!

xo,

Alex

6-pack Abs? Who Cares – 7 Tips to Get Rid Of A Bloated Stomach

Do you ever have those days where you open the closet, and nothing feels good on you? Maybe you spend 45 minutes just searching through your clothes, just trying to find an outfit that will hide your bloated belly!

 

If you’re like 91% of women, dealing with bloat and other digestive issues is something that you struggle with daily. My friend Nadya Andreeva, certified wellness coach and author, struggled with feeling bloated for years — even looking 5 months pregnant at times. After years of research and testing, Nadya has created a manual for defeating bloating and healing your belly for good — her new book, Happy Belly: A woman’s guide to feeling vibrant, light, and balanced. http://www.spinachandyoga.com/happybelly/

 

What most women don’t know is that the real cause of bloating is too much fermentation in the digestive tract. Some common triggers include: stress, a food sensitivity, a lack of enzymes, uncoordinated peristalsis, or eating too much fiber (yeah – who thought that could be the problem?).

By just adding a few small shifts to your meal habits, you can keep your belly happy! Here are some tips from Nadya’s book to help you beat the bloat:

 

  1. Allow your previous meal to digest before eating the next meal. Wait at least three hours between meals.
  2. Chew well and don’t talk while chewing. If you’re eating with others, put down your fork between bites and let the flavor and the experience of food be your only focus. Don’t eat and speak at the same time. Better yet, meet friends for walks or for a tea and keep social eating to minimum until your gut is healthy and strong.
  3. Be careful with your fiber. Coarse or poorly chewed fiber will delay passage through the digestive system and slow the rate at which the food is digested and absorbed. So if you don’t chew a slice of bread or a piece of potato properly, you’re leaving a lot more work for your stomach and it will take longer.
  4. Eat fruit at least 30 minutes before meals. Don’t eat fruits after a meal. This habit is gas-forming and leads to bloating.
  5. Don’t drink anything cold while eating. Ideally, limit cold foods as well. Fruits should be room temperature (not straight from the fridge). If you can’t live without your ice cream, have some ginger tea afterward.
  6. Chew on fennel seeds or sip a hot fennel and ginger tea. Prepare fennel tea by crushing one teaspoon of fennel seeds and adding it to one cup of water in a pot. Bring the water to a boil, cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and strain. A traditional dose of fennel tea is about two to three cups daily. If you’re at a restaurant or don’t have fennel seeds, opt for a mint tea. It’s also soothing to the digestive tract. Another tip: carry tea bags in your purse so you’ll always have the kind you like handy.
  7. Go for a brisk walk. Aim for 30 minutes of walking. I also like to add a few jumping jacks or twists. This helps to increase blood circulation and to release gas.

 

Nadya is hosting a special 2-day online event!

When you order Happy Belly between today and March 21, you’ll get amazing bonuses and prizes, like Nadya’s favorite recipes, shopping lists, MP3 meditations, special online courses from guest experts, tools for self-care, and more!

 

These special gifts are available only for 2 days! Get Happy Belly today to receive all these bonuses and start having optimal digestive health, glowing skin, and freedom from food fear! Get your copy of Happy Belly here. http://www.spinachandyoga.com/happybelly/

Let me know here in the comments below which tip you can use to heal your tummy today! OR what tummy trouble you’re having that you wish you had more support in healing! 

Here’s to a happy belly! 

Alex

#FixFood: How to Fix Food at Home More Easily

You’re busy. I know you are.

So am I. And so is just about everyone else you’ll run into today.

It’s no wonder that one of the first (and most frequent) bumps in the road to transforming your health is trying to cook healthy food at home.

Know what I mean? Sometimes it’s just too easy to grab a pre-packaged meal. It feels much more convenient to eat out for lunch. . . and dinner. . . and lunch again.

But if you’ve been hanging out with me for any amount of time, then you know that I’m a total supporter of fixing your own food at home – from scratch. It’s honestly the best way to make sure that you consistently feed yourself nourishing foods that help your body to thrive.

So – how can we fix foods at home more easily?

We get help from the experts.

I’m bringing together over 30 of the biggest stars and leaders in health and nutrition – and I’m getting them to spill all their best tips, strategies, and secrets.

It all goes down at the Super Size Me 10 Year Anniversary series (March 10-14).

We’ll have some of the hottest, most inspiring chefs and food educators coming on as experts. And I mean experts at meal planning, detoxing with food, fixing incredible plant-based meals for families, and more.

They will teach you in a SIMPLE way how to #FixFood at home so that you. . .

Save money

Save time

Spend MORE time with your family

Feel like food at home is easy – not a burden

Your cooking process can become a well-oiled machine.

And you’re not only saving money and time in the short term, but in the long term, your health improves so much faster when you fix food at home. (And you’ll spend less money on your own healthcare in the next few years and throughout your life.)

Here’s a quick teaser of some of the experts and topics:

  • Joe Cross (from the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and founder of Reboot Your Life) will share with us what time of day to fix food, and how to create a life that makes healthy eating easy.
  • John Robbins (international bestselling author) will give you tips on how to buy organic food cheaply, and fermentationist Summer Bock will tell you how to make probiotics at home.
  • Phil Lempert (The Supermarket Guru®) talks about what you really need to know about food packaging (and problems with gluten-free labeling you may not know about).
  • Anna Lappe teaches you how to shop so your kids enjoy healthy food – and not badger you for junk food (hallelujah!).
  • And the “mother” of meal planning, Leanne Ely, will be sharing some her best tips with you!

If you want in on these interviews, grab your free ticket for the Super Size Me 10 Year Anniversary series here.

And help us spread the word! Feel free to copy/paste this note into Facebook and Twitter:

Fixing food at home? Make it easy on yourself! http://tinyurl.com/supersizefixfood #FixFood

xo,

Alex

This is Near and Dear to My Heart

I’m a mother.

I know that I don’t just set an example for my son.

I set the first example.

I set the example that will influence his life in ways neither of us can predict.

What I say and do now will color what he says and does, even when he’s too old to remember the conversations we have, or can’t quite recall the details of how I react to life’s ups and downs.

As his mother, I choose what I teach him about his relationship with food, with his own body. I can have a chat with him about the commercials that make sugary cereals look like the ultimate life experience. I can show him the fun in choosing delicious foods, the joy in preparing them from scratch, and the pleasure in taking the time to savor what he creates.

But I also know that there’s a world out there that isn’t on the same page. That doesn’t have the same values. That hasn’t learned what I’d like for him to learn.

I don’t say that in an “us against the world” tone. I say that with the understanding that the things I teach my son are the very things that the rest of the world is hungry for, as well.

10 years ago, with the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me, I saw just how much people wanted to know more about food and health. Once they were aware, they wanted more.

But the knowledge alone isn’t enough.

I realized that, although Super Size Me shone a light on a very important issue, we still hadn’t given people the tools to be able to make real changes.

I’ve dedicated the last decade to helping people make changes in their own lives. Now I want to make that mission even bigger.

I’m on a mission to #FixFood.

In celebration of Super Size Me‘s 10-year anniversary, I’m bringing together 30+ of the hottest leaders in health and nutrition (including some of the old voices that helped to shape our documentary in the first place).


Join us for the Super Size Me 10-Year #FixFood Series (your ticket is free)

On this telesummit, we’ll be covering 3 main aspects of the #FixFood movement:

 

  • Fixing more of our own food at home (and how to make it fast, simple & fun).

 

  • Fixing your relationship with food and emotional eating (so you can experience true wellness).

 

  • Fixing the food culture we all live in (because this movement needs to go into our schools and communities).

 

I’d like to make one thing clear–

This is NOT your typical telesummit.

This event is about real change – and how you can make it happen in your own life and the world around you.

I’m bringing on experts who are on the ground, already working in our communities and in the school systems (like Michelle Bouchard of Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps). With other experts like JJ Virgin, John Robbins, Kris Carr, Joel Harper, Dr. Mark Hyman, Leanne Ely, Cynthia Pasquella, and so many more, we’ll cover a huge range of topics.

You’ll walk away with the tools you need in order to need to lose those extra pounds, or discover the joy in cooking and savoring a healthy meal, or know precisely how to educate your own children about nutrition – despite the messages that surround them.

With the #FixFood movement, we can set an example for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

I truly hope you’ll join us.

>> Check out the details + save your free spot here.

xo,

Alex

P.S. The Super Size Me 10-Year Fix Food Series goes live (online), March 10 – 14, but you can get your free ticket now. Take a look at the experts, and learn more about the #FixFood movement here.

 

How To Eat Meat Again After Being Vegan: Reader Question

Since “coming out” as no longer vegan last year, I’ve received many emails from other long-time vegans and vegetarians, mostly women, seeking guidance on how to healthfully introduce meat back to their diet.

 How to add meat back to your diet after being vegan

Some have been vegan for a few years. Others were vegetarian or vegan for decades, like me. Most of these people express shame and hope in their emails:

They’re ashamed that they’re “turning their backs” on their ideals or the animals.

 

They’re hopeful that the craved-for animal products, usually after decades of eating a 100% plant-based diet, will heal their health concerns.

 

Recently another woman, who told me she was vegan for many years, wrote:

 

“ I’d like to share with you.  My boyfriend & I have been raw vegan and  then vegan for years. It’s been along time since I’ve had meat.

I’ve realized it’s very hard to get what I need naturally from a vegan diet. I still need meat to be healthy, but how do I start eating it again? All I want is too be healthy. 

I’m glad you came out. Because there are plenty a vegans that need help. 
I’m scared and need the advice. 
Thanks, T”

 

I wrote back:

 

“Hi T,

 

I’m glad you’re finding what you need.

 

And I know how hard this decision must have been for you. But you’re listening to your body, and that’s a great thing. You’re not a bad person for needing meat. You’re just one of the humans who does. As much as compassion for animals played a part in your decision to stop eating meat all those years ago, try to have compassion for yourself. We are human-animals, and some of us need to eat other animals to regain or maintain our health. 

 

Here are my top recommendations to help you introduce meat back into your diet.

 

First, start slow:

 

Try bone broths, like an organic chicken stock, or eggs first, as these tend to be the easiest to digest.

If it has been a long time since eating animal protein, you’ll want to try one thing at a time to test your digestion. Start in small amounts, and without anything starchy. Your digestion will work better if you use the principles of “food combining” where you avoid pairing protein rich foods with starches, breads, even whole grains. 

If you have a craving for a specific food, like meat or fish, try that first. 

 

Next, be sure to get the highest quality - grass fed, wild caught, organic. 

 

Conventionally raised animals are fed antibiotics, GMO corn or soy, and growth hormones. The last thing you want is harmful residue showing up in your food!

When buying eggs, that means organic, vegetarian fed, with outside access. Chickens like to eat bugs, and the farmer’s market may have the best quality in your area.  

Like Michael Pollen said, “You are what you eat ate.”

 

Keep tuning into your body as you re-introduce animal products.

 

How is your energy?

How is your elimination?

How is your skin?

What’s happening with your cravings? 

How is your menstrual cycle?

 

Tracking all of these things will tell you how your food is nourishing your body.

 

If you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough of certain minerals or nutrients, get a blood test. 

Check your iron levels and B12, especially. If you’ve been vegan for years you may be deficient in something. Even if you’ve been eating the Standard American Diet (read: unhealthy and highly processed) you may be deficient and need supplements.)

 

Finally, bring some gratitude to your meal.

When I first started eating animal protein again, I was still emotional and unsure. 

But I knew that if I brought that stress to the meal, the food would never feel good.

 

So I thought about the circle of life, felt true, deep gratitude to the animals and farmers that raised them, and kept tuning in to the voice inside me that said “you need this.” 

 

When I sat down to eat, I prepared a beautiful table, lit a candle of gratitude, and set the intention to enjoy my meal.

 

The energy that you bring to your meal matters. 

Know that you’re eating what’s right for you, and that you are a part of this organic, ever-changing world.

 

Some day you will be gone, and your body will nourish the earth.”

 

Have you had the same experience of adding meat back to your diet?  What did you learn? Is there anything I missed in this description above? What would help you more? 

Share your comments and suggestions below!