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Episode #89: Food Tips for Anxiety Relief

Anxiety isn’t an all or nothing diagnosis or all in your head.

Anxiety results in part from turning up the thermostat of inflammation in your body. The hotter it gets, the more anxiety you feel. In this minisode, I’ll share:

  • Why anxiety is more likely to affect women
  • Three food tips you can implement to reduce your anxiety
  • A common vitamin deficiency that might require a special kind of vitamin to relieve your anxiety.

Important links from this episode:

You can link your 23andme genetic data to Genetic Genie to see if you have the MTHFR genetic mutation that inhibits B-12 absorption and can contribute to anxiety.

Dr. Kelly Brogan, an Insatiable friend and guest, wrote an in-depth piece on underlying root causes of B-12 deficiency if you want to explore this topic in more depth.

In September, I’ll be facilitating a group program around freeing yourself mentally from the food battle. The program will have some of my Truce with Food intellectual property. It will help you get unhooked from the anxious feelings that make you eat the very foods that continue the anxiety cycle going with my evidence-based methodology.

Opt-in to my list right below!

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Episode #88: Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America on How Activism Fortifies Your Health

Taking on the National Rifle Association or NRA, one of the most well-funded, intimidating and recently turned extreme lobby groups in America sounds stressful at the very least, and putting your life on the line at most. It would make me eat all the chocolate!

In this inspiring interview, Shannon shares:

  • How Sandy Hook changed the course of her life and how it’s the Moms leading the way with a new type of strength necessary for the world we live in today.
  • The organizational mindset for when the Moms lose legislative battles. This philosophy is necessary for any of us trying to do hard, life changing things.
  • How she found purpose, community and chutzpah in her activism, including the strength she gets from leaning into the horror of gun violence, and the health tools she uses so she doesn’t burn out and can continue to restore public and gun safety.

Before you learn more from this real life Wonder Woman in our episode, here’s more about Shannon:

Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Shannon started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence.

The online conversation turned into grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, with more than three million supporters.

In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Watts is an active board member of Emerge America, the nation’s leading organization for recruiting and training women to run for office.

She’s been featured in Vogue, NPR, All Things Considered and People magazine.

Vogue: “Outraged over gun violence? Here’s how to take action” by Patricia Garcia, June 2, 2017

NPR, All Things Considered: “Gun safety advocates prepare for uphill battle in Trump era” April 28, 2017

People: “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense founder Shannon Watts fights to keep the nation’s children safe” by KC Baker, December 30, 2016

To join the Moms (and Dads!), click here.

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Ted Superstar Dr. Terry Wahls shares her evidence-based nutrition protocol (that isn’t Paleo!)

If you want to be as healthy as possible or lose weight, you will have to opt-out of the “normal” matrix. This is why I’m sharing more about the cultural conditioning that prevents agency around everything from your depression to weight loss.

Agency is independent choice. If you don’t know your choices, you can’t have agency. It’s not just what you know that needs examining; it’s also an entire mindset around power that must go under the microscope.

Take Dr. Terry Wahls. I recently interviewed her on my Insatiable podcast. She is a Ted talk superstar (almost 3 million views) with her mind blowing story of reversing her Multiple Sclerosis with nutrition and natural lifestyle changes. She turned to food after conventional treatments, including chemotherapy, left her wheelchair bound.

In our interview, we discuss how she had to leave her vegetarian diet behind to heal and how as a conventionally trained doctor, she is bringing around the U.S. medical establishment to the powerful results from nutrition and lifestyle changes. I got her secrets to being a renegade!

We also discuss how Monsanto, one of the most powerful U.S. companies (power based on money and influence, not results), is a corporate Ted sponsor. I asked her if that’s why Ted has a warning label on her talk, which promotes organic vegetables and food?

Yes, we now have warning labels on people who encourage you to eat vegetables.

This warning label is a symptom of cultural norms that encourages us to take the choices offered by conventional diets and doctors who base their views on outdated science models that view the body as a machine. This mindset creates scientific beliefs like “eat less, move more” or that disease symptoms need to be suppressed not addressed.

It’s quite painful and difficult to be mainstream these days.

I’m beyond grateful for people like Dr. Wahls. We need conventional physicians, near the top of the medical pyramid, to plant the seeds of a new story about nutrition, healing and our individual capacities. She’s leading the way with her evidence-based protocol that is supporting people with MS, Lupus, Parkinson’s and many other autoimmune conditions.

And in this new story, you don’t need to wait for trickle-down enlightenment. In fact, in many ways our medical system is an obstacle, not the path. Dr. Wahls episode will put the wind at your back on your quest for results beyond what you can imagine right now. Remember, there’s a transcript too.

Be well,

Ali

P.S. Here’s one of Dr. Wahls long time followers review of her Insatiable episode:

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Episode #87: Documentary Review: What the Health?

Now on Netflix, What the Health is an inspiring documentary on the power of nutrition to reverse chronic disease. There are wonderful points this movie makes and some key points that would’ve made the documentary stronger. In today’s episode, I’ll share what I loved about this documentary, including more resources if you’re interested in the conflicts of Big Food and our health, how it missed the mark saying veganism is the answer and sugar isn’t a problem and tips to become a better consumer of health media so you can become empowered not overwhelmed when new nutrition studies and media come out.

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Personal update + Freedom From Nighttime Overeating

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I’ve last written.  There’s so much going on behind the scenes here that I’ll be able to share shortly!

I’ve been vocal here and on the podcast how the November 2016 election is changing me in deep, profound ways. I’m still working through accepting that my country is not the country I thought it was. 

How do I reconcile that being American birthed in me the values of equality and justice for all and yet I discovered they don’t truthfully exist here? 

It’s overwhelming, disorienting and soul shaping. I see sexism, classism and racism in places it was invisible to me before. This past election was a clear diagnosis of the degree inequality and injustice remains where I call home.

If you care about your health, weight and body agency, this is critical to acknowledge and understand.

Our culture is a corset that suffocates women and men from being fully self-expressed in order to control us to create wealth and power for a select few.

If you can’t see what you are bound up in, you think food is where you’re deprived and your weight is what restricts you from your most meaningful life. The truth? This constriction runs much deeper than what you can and can’t eat or your clothing choices.

While each client has their own success path, one common foundation is being willing to discover, own and express their truth. To do this, you have to unpack the cultural stories you took on about how to be “good” aside from food and without knowing it.

To support you in finding your own unique truth to break the mold, I’ll be unveiling a refined focus of my work. As much as I have put my work out into the world, I’ve discovered an intrinsic part of who I am was missing because “it’s not smart to mix business and politics.”

But silence is data. Not using our voice sends its own message.

My privilege (still) enables my silence. But I don’t want a safe life. I want a free one. For me. For you. For everyone.

Because there is no greater feeling in the world than true liberation. It’s why I don’t have to hold my clients accountable. When you give brave people the tools to free themselves, they want more.

And so do I.

I can’t wait to share more on how cultural conditioning influences your body, mindset tapes like “diet starts tomorrow” and overeating (power structures affect your cravings).

I’ll weave how this cultural conditioning leads to nighttime overeating in my Fall program, Freedom From Nighttime Overeating. We begin in September and the program will run for six weeks. Registration opens after Labor Day and those on my list will be the first to know. Space is limited so mark your calendars now if you want more freedom coming at ya!

Be well,

Ali

 

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