The Clean Slate Club, Retox/Detox, and starting over

I celebrated the HECK out of my 40th birthday up until Friday!

Thanks to all of you who emailed or posted birthday wishes.
It really felt good (and honestly, a little vulnerable) to be so loved + celebrated.

I had a roller skating birthday party with girlfriends, just like when I was 12…
had champagne, pizza, fresh fries, three kinds of cake (all gluten-free, of course)…
long days, late nights, and lots of laughter with friends.

And no birthday is complete without a gluten-free Minecraft cake topped with action figures!

birthday

But today…
I’m ready for a clean slate.

A clean slate with food.

In my Positive Psychology certification, I’ve studied the “fresh start effect.”
These are timely landmarks we use to make a change in our lives or behavior.

Turning 30, 40, or 50, or better (yes, I just got 2 emails from 80-year-young women who loved Women, Food, And Desire)…
the change of seasons (yes, it’s actually spring)…
New Year’s Day…

It’s a symbolic, energetic new beginning.
A break with the past, a declaration that the old way is over.

I’ve mastered the art of giving myself a clean slate, a fresh start:

I live my life by a diet of my own creation – I call it “detox/retox.”

I eat good, fresh food that helps me stay healthy, feel the energy I crave, and stay well…
80% of the time.

20% of the time I party down shamelessly with great chocolate, popcorn, artisinal cheese, and the occasional Bloody Mary.

I don’t feel guilty when I indulge for a night, a weekend, or even a few weeks.
Because I know that I will hear my body’s message to get back to a clean slate…

That shameless part?
HUGE.

When you make yourself bad for “eating wrong” or “falling off the food wagon,”
you can’t really grow, because you always think of yourself as damaged.

Eating well + loving life is the goal.
That means feeling really good, and enjoying foods that help you live a life
and savor the flavors life has to offer.

Your body is wise, designed to feel + seek pleasure, and you deserve to feel great.

But that’s not how we feel, is it?

Most of us were members of the “clean plate club” as kids -
we were forced to eat our whole meal even if we felt full.

That led most of us to mistrust our bodies, not recognize hunger, and put our
body’s needs and desires second, after someone else’s expectations of us.

Time to join the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the time, feeling great means eating foods that rebuild your digestive system, which in turn create happy neurotransmitters, which in turn build a positive mood, confidence, and resilience to create, do, and stand for your desires in life.

Sometimes great means clinking a wine glass (or three) with your dearest friends,
celebrating each other and marking a great milestone.

Most of the time, we need to eat from a clean slate, while holding the frame
that “perfect” isn’t the goal, that we each have permission to be human.

I think it’s time to give yourself a clean slate.
To start fresh and begin anew with your body and food.

Imagine your life is a white board, covered with the mean thoughts, words,
and past “mistakes” you’ve made with food, dieting, and your body.

You can start fresh + wipe that slate clean, and start over.

But I can only hand you the eraser…
YOU have to do the work of getting clean.
I can even stand next to you, encouraging you as you wipe your body, slate, and habitual thoughts clean -
I can even hand you a nice fresh pen to rewrite your story.
But you still need to show up and do the work.

Are you ready for a clean slate?
If you are, join me and a growing community of women just like you in my “clean slate club” -

The Cravings Cleanse + Mindset Makeover.

This 8-week live coaching and online cleanse is the best program I’ve ever created to help you clean up your eating habits,
while transforming how you talk to yourself in your head, and how you think about food, pleasure, and more.

Filled with simple to follow food-based cleanse, you will finally feel in your own body what foods are right or wrong for you.
And you’ll get positive psychology tools to help you feel hopeful, strong, and oriented to grow.

And you’ll get your clean slate.
And feel like you truly deserve it.
‘Cause you do.

xo,
Alex

p.s. you can have a clean slate, a fresh start, any time you want. But doing it with a group of people, and a coach,
are the best ways I know to really make it happen for you. Come with us: http://alexandrajamieson.com/cravings-cleanse/

 
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32 Five Ways to Eat and Date

 

Our conversation today is all about food and sex.

Welcome to my adults only episode of The Crave Cast. 5 Ways To

Why is it that we can talk about food all the time (we love to taste, lick, suck and bite) but we don’t talk about how incredibly sexual it is.

What would you say, that eating is the most intimate thing we do with other people?

Well it is!

Do you experience shame, guilt and fear when it comes to your food cravings or your sexual desires?

Well the good news is, you’re only human!

I’m also excited to share with you my sponsor, Perfect Supplements. I use their Cordyceps, Natural Calm Magnesium and Rhodiola all the time – and am thrilled to partner with them to bring you the show.

As a special offer to my “clan of the crave bears” and listeners, Perfect Supplements is offering 10% off your order when you use the discount code CRAVE10 at check out! Click here to get your goodies!

Now let’s explore how to reconnect with our bodies, food and our sexual desires.

“Be present and taste everything, it’s all delicious.” (Click to Tweet)

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“We walk along the dual razors edges of dieting and dating.” (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • My disconnected libido and relationship
  • Being in a war with my body and suddenly craving 2 taboo things
  • Do you suffer from orthorexia?
  • Preparing to continue to fail
  • Eat and date – the sexual power behind food
  • No judgement = an enjoyable experience
  • How my body came back from the brink of hormonal failure

“Something changed and I suddenly wanted both – Men and Meatballs.” (Click to Tweet)

5 lessons I learnt about Respectful Eating and Dating:

    1. Experiment to find what feels good to you
    2. Always stand up for what’s right for your own body
    3. Ask for help – if friends don’t support you then it’s time to cleanse your friends!
    4. Remember that procrastination stems from our desire for perfection – Just do whatever it is you actually want
    5. In being confident you will find the perfect diet and person

“I had to start listening to my body and give her what she was asking for.” (Click to Tweet)

Links Mentioned:

“You have to collect the dots so you can begin to connect the dots.” (Click to Tweet)

 
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Thrive On A Budget: Win Groceries from @DeliciousAlex + Thrive Markets

I love food – especially when it’s healthy, tastes good, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Shopping, cooking, touching and smelling the ingredients…it’s a pleasure for me, connects me with my food, and is part of the experience of eating…99% of the time.

Then there are times when I’m running late, need to pick my kid up from school, the weather is terrible, or I’d just rather work on my podcast, not run to the market.

That’s why I love Thrive Market – and why you will be SO excited to learn about this.
(I’m calling Thrive “healthy, cheap Amazon” in my head, but don’t tell Amazon I said that!)

Yes, I order my groceries online. A lot.

Thrive Markets is GENIUS – you can order organic packaged foods from organic healthy snacks, organic oils, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo ingredients, as well as baby products, and supplements…get this…

at 30-50% off what I would pay at Whole Foods!

It’s a great way to save time, and honestly money – if my time is worth over $100 an hour, and it will take me 1+ hour to grocery shop, or even an extra $20 to get a taxi back home to save time (I’m a New Yorker – and haven’t owned a car in 18 years)…I’d just rather hop online, choose the organic, healthy ingredients I want, and have it shipped to my door.

Seriously – Thrive is a brilliant way for anyone, single or loaded with children, to save time and money.

Enter to win 2 months of Thrive Market membership here + 20% off – as long as you live in the U.S. (sorry overseas, honeys!)

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Scones + Sisterhood: Gluten-free scones

 

Scones + Sisterhood: Gluten-Free SisterHoodDay Cranberry Scones

Scones + Sisterhood: Gluten-Free SisterHoodDay Cranberry Scones

Last weekend I celebrated the first Sisterhood Day with 9 amazing friends.

We shared stories, challenges, desires, and scones.

I hope you’ll share these with your lady loves, too.

Ingredients:

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour (I get it here for cheap!)

2 Tablespoons Organic Sugar

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

8 Tbsp Unsalted Butter or Coconut Oil, frozen and shredded with a cheese grater

1/2 cup mildly sweetened dried cranberries

¼ cup almond milk

¼ cup orange juice

2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest

1 large egg or Flax Egg  (1 heaping Tablespoons ground flax seed whisked with 4 Tablespoons hot water)

 

Directions:

1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter or coconut oil into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir cranberries

3. In a small bowl, whisk orange juice, almond milk, zest, and flax egg until smooth.

4. Using a fork, stir orange juice mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

5. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick.

6. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8-12 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes.

7. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 8-12

 

 
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Kale yeah! Keep your kale close, win this golden kale necklace

#kaleyeah! Win this gold kale necklace from @rockthatgem!

#kaleyeah! Win this gold kale necklace from @rockthatgem!

Do you have positive triggers?

As I come a few days shy of earning my certification in Positive Psychology, I’m so grateful for having learned so many science-based interventions to help people (myself and my family included) feel more positive emotions.

Positive emotions help us enjoy our lives more, look for possibilities, and even improve your immune system.

One way to invoke positive emotions is to have positive triggers in your life: things that remind you of your intention to be happy, or things that bring a smile to your face…and heart.

This kale necklace from my dear friend Molly Clarke, creator of Rock That Gem, is one of my favorite, fashionable positive triggers.

When I wear this necklace, I feel like healthy eating is hot, sexy, and fun, not a chore.

I called up Molly and she said “Sure! I’ll give away a kale necklace for your birthday celebration, Alex!” Thanks Molly!

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So what are your positive triggers? What makes you smile + laugh? What puts you in a creative mood? What triggers your excitement, gratitude, and hope? For some of us it’s looking at pictures of a favorite vacation or loved one. Some of us have a favorite song. Others go for a quick walk, or smell a favorite essential oil. Some watch funny cat videos on YouTube. Others remind themselves of their goals.  

 
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