16 Terri Cole – Creating Gratitude, Boundaries and Confidence

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Do you ever feel fearful?

Do you wish you could kick the feeling?

Today we explore fear and provide tools to free ourselves from it. The solution is all about drawing firm emotional boundaries and we bring the expert.

Terri Cole is a transformational coach, psychotherapist and advisor to celebrities. She is world class in defining and extinguishing fear. She is also a close friend of mine.

In this episode we explore the commonality of these feelings and offer a toolkit to conquer fear, speak authentically and feel confident.

Especially during the holiday season.

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“We live in a society that has the disease to please.”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • Why we regress so much over the holiday season
  • Understanding the ‘holiday pre-game’
  • How Terri empowers her clients
  • The importance of drawing boundaries and ways to help you draw your own boundaries
  • How Terri differentiated her tribe
  • The first step to feeling confident
  • Questions to discover if you have the ‘disease to please’
  • How to avoid being provoked into old behavior
  • The most important person align
  • How Terri invites her clients to start moving into their higher self, behaviorally and energetically

“There’s always a way to draw a boundary with your heart in the right place.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • How to learn to trust yourself and just freak’n say it!
  • If we have good boundaries we attract the right people
  • Resilience and how it helped Terri’s own health journey
  • What Terri discovered as her most important feeling
  • The real meaning behind true self care
  • Plugging deep into gratitude
  • Terri’s confidence ideas to kick those nasty comfort food cravings
  • A kick ass analogy for the holiday season
  • Join and tag on instagram and twitter “Everything’s better with my holiday sweater

“You have to decide in your own mind what is worth it.”  (Click to Tweet)

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“Part of resiliency is hope. People who are resilient lean heavily on hope.” (Click to Tweet)

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15 Supplements to Heal a Leaky Gut and Decrease Sugar Cravings

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Do you trust your gut?

The underlying meaning of this question means so much more than most people acknowledge.

In this episode you will discover the secret connection between our gut and our brain.

We learn about the science of neuro-gastroenterology and how our stomach is our second brain, leading the way for our emotional decisions. Emotional decisions both healthy and not.

So let’s dig deep into what alternative medicine has long suspected and what western medicine is finally confirming…

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“Our stomach is every bit as influential on our life as the head above our shoulders.”  (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • The power of the stomach and intestines
  • Did you know that your stomach sends out distress signals?
  • The importance of the vegas nerve
  • Scientific evidence is forthcoming. Say what! We’ve been mislead again?
  • Why the rampant problem of ‘leaky gut’ also known as increased intestinal permeability
  • The four root causes of cravings and leaky gut
  • What common components in your diet are damaging your intestinal lining
  • Explore phytates and lectins with me
  • How to sprout your own grains at home

“Your gut is the seat of your health.”  (Click to Tweet)

  • Why I recommend that everyone checks to see if A1 casein is in your dairy
  • How bad bacteria creates toxins which eat healthy cells
  • The importance of restricting screen time and spending quality time in nature, meditating, etc.
  • What natural resources help reduce inflammation in your body
  • How to get more good probiotics
  • Why we should be getting 30g of fibre per day
  • Leaky gut symptoms
  • The importance of reading ingredients. Question: Why do we need red dye no.40 in our fibre? Well we don’t!
  • The benefits of a healthier gut

“We come into contact with tens of thousands of toxins every year, but the worst offender of leaky gut is antibiotics, pesticides & painkillers.” (Click to Tweet)

Four main Causes of Leaky Gut:

  1. Poor diet
  2. Chronic stress
  3. Toxic overload
  4. Bacterial imbalance

“Our food cravings start on a bacterial level. They move to nutritional, emotional then physical & all of these relate to leaky gut.”  (Click to Tweet)

Four ways to Help heal Leaky Gut:

  1. Get rid of the toxic 6: Gluten, Corn, Soy, Dairy, Sugar, Caffeine
  2. Add more healing foods
  3. Use specific healing supplements
  4. Rebalance your body with probiotics

“One of the biggest warning signs that you may have leaky gut is that your having a bunch of food sensitivities.”  (Click to Tweet)

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“Their are also foods that we can focus on and include everyday that will help us begin to heal our gut.”  (Click to Tweet)

The moral of the story is trust your gut.

Love your gut.

Heal your gut and you will find yourself having an easier time with your cravings.

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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?)

roasted beets









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

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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.

beet hummus









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.

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

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14 Emiliya Zhivotovskaya – Savoring and Positive Psychology

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Do you ever feel depressed or stuck?

I do.

It’s time to stop eating those chocolate chip cookies and start looking at how we can feel better and more positive.

I’ve found a friend in Positive Psychology.

Meet Emiliya Zhivotovskaya.

She is a leading voice in the world of positive psychology and the science of flourishing. A sought after speaker, educator, facilitator, coach and received her masters in applied positive psychology at UPenn.

Learn all about Emiliya’s journey and her exploration into The Flourishing Centre.

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“Very happy people have authentic quality relationships in their lives.” (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • Emiliya Zhivotovskaya’s story – from an immigrant kid to Positive Psychology
  • Natural resilience and how it impacted her journey
  • Stress and disease
  • An insight into Emiliya’s own struggles and issues
  • The benefits of positive psychology
  • How Emiliya’s mindset shifted her process
  • The relation between adversity and triggers (food cravings)
  • Recent studies involving comfort food
  • The three words that describe Positive Psychology
  • What research shows about connection and being human

“In positive psychology we use, ‘Permission to be human. Permission to be who we are.’” (Click to Tweet)

  • Really? Can we really get rid of self perfection and comparing ourselves to everyone else?
  • The meaning of, ‘Permission to be animal. Permission to be human.’
  • Why we crave sugar
  • What is VOJ?
  • How laughing is beneficial
  • The difference between mindfulness and savoring
  • Did you know that digestion starts from the eyes, not the mouth?
  • How to go about increasing your happiness
  • Giving permission to savor and feel good
  • How Emiliya’s bulimia forced her into mind body disconnect

“Mindfulness is really at the root of it all.” (Click to Tweet)

Links Mentioned:

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“People start doubting their doubts and judging their judgements.” (Click to Tweet)


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