Guts & Glory 15 How to not accidentally kill people with Kirsten Shockey

We wouldn’t eat something that tasted like pond scum, would we?

Let’s be realistic—you’re only going to eat it regularly if you like it!

That’s the beauty of fermented veggies. . . they’re delicious! Personally I’m beside myself with all the crafty chefs who are making things like smoky kabocha squash kraut and kraut with leeks and cracked black pepper.

When I first discovered that sauerkraut was addictive and healthy, I knew I was onto something. Just how healthy are we talking? A 16 oz. jar of raw sauerkraut is equal to 8 jars of probiotic supplements! The 13 strains of probiotics that live in raw kraut are so powerful that just a shot of brine a week could totally change you.

So why isn’t everyone everywhere making this stuff all the time?

Most people who have never fermented before are afraid they might kill someone!

On today’s podcast I interviewed Kirsten Shockey, a leader in the healthy food with flavor movement. We talked about common mistakes of making fermented veggies, something we call “Gateway Kraut”, and whether it’s okay to eat fermented foods with mold growing on it.

Making fermented vegetables used to be about survival over the long, hard winters. Now, we’re in a crazy exciting renaissance with fermented foods because of the health benefits, but it’s also about much more than that. . . like tastebud delight!

Kirsten has put together an award-winning book called Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes. One of the coolest things is that her book contains Brassica-Free Recipes! Yay!

This book is a must-have for your fermentation resource library. It has fresh recipes, gorgeous photos of her exotic fermented creations, and endless inspiration. It’s one of the best books on this subject.

Another cool part of Fermented Vegetables is how she connects the larger fermented food community by featuring great companies around the country. (There’s even a drawing of me in her book!)

What I love about Kirsten is that she is a culinary genius, always pushing the flavor of something that hasn’t been done yet. You’ll especially love her experimental style and tips on how to ferment the things you get in your CSA box!

Check out Kirsten’s website here at and be sure to visit her excellent blog.

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

I want to know: What’s your current favorite fermented food?

Guts & Glory 14: JJ Virgin coaches me on my sugar addiction!

Confession time, people. I’ve been a lifelong sugar addict. Recently I went on a 40 day no-sugar, no-alcohol diet to reset my body and re-train my taste buds.

This extended “self-discovery session”—as I so lovingly call it—brought up questions about everything. Like whether coconut sugar is a good thing. Or if Paleo was helpful or if I was in danger of overdoing it.

You might have heard me talk about mountain biking lately (just a little…). Since I’ve become more serious about athletic performance, I’ve been especially interested in researching the best practices to keep up with the pack of badass bikers I’ve met.

I learned that I was eating in way that burned sugar rather than fat and making it so I had to eat every couple of hours. (I told myself it was just my increased metabolism, but that turned out to be false.)

What I learned inspired me to go on my 40 day, 40 night journey into the land of no sugar.

I already eat cleaner than most of the people I know, but I still craved sweet things, especially when stressed. And even though my version of a candy bar consists of me making walnut maple ice cream, it’s still that addiction to all things saccharine that I wanted to curb.

In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t mess around. When I want to get the answer to something, I go to the very best. This week I brought in the sugar expert: JJ Virgin, who has 25 years of experience and is the author of NY Times Bestseller The Virgin Diet.

I asked JJ what I should do with my addiction to sugar and she told me exactly what to do. We took a tour of my pantry where my boyfriend keeps food that will make you FREAK when you see them. . .

JJ also gave me one of the most insightful break-downs of the Paleo diet, gluten-free diet, eating vegan, and who should not overdo it on these diets.

She explained why women really can’t eat like men. We also discussed a diet for athletes that is more sustainable than Paleo.

Sugar is a tricky addition. It’s the number one recreational drug of choice, and since it’s food (or sometimes just something edible masquerading as “food”) we really can’t live without if we ever want to go out to a restaurant again.

There are so many foods that we think are good (case in point—that bran muffin that is really a cupcake, sugar wise).

JJ is so brilliant. She’s been my mentor for years and I learned so much just from talking with her. So I hope you’ll be as excited as me for her LIVECAST COMING UP!
On Thursday, May 7th, JJ is hosting a special LIVE one-day-only COOK-A-THON.

She’s invited five famous health experts into the kitchen with her. You may recognize them from Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Dr. Phil, PBS, The TODAY Show, Rachael Ray, The Discovery Channel, Huffington Post, Access Hollywood, Prevention, Marie Claire, Fitness Magazine and on NY Times Bestseller lists. Sign on up over here.

There will be raffles (ooh!)
There will be gifts! (ahh!)

And low-sugar recipes to lose weight faster. And latest health strategies and techniques.
AND!!!! You’ll be able to ask these big-hit health experts your questions about all of it.

Everyone who reserves their spot will get immediate access to gifts worth $27, at no cost!

Liked what you saw in my pantry raid? [Sign up] and you’ll get JJ’s “Pantry Raid Video” where she takes you by the hand and shows you EXACTLY what you MUST clear our of your kitchen if you want to lose weight faster, and how to restock them with healthier substitutes.

You’ll also get a downloadable list of “What to Toss and What to Restock” to make everything, plus JJ’s “Shopping Essentials List”.

Do this. Do this now. Sign up here for the LIVE one-day-only COOK-A-THON on Thursday, May 7th and hang out with these experts:

  • Dr. Alan Christianson, Naturopathic Physician and bestselling author of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease, Healing Hashimoto’s and The Adrenal Reset Diet.
  • Dr. Sara Gottfried, Harvard/MIT-trained hormone expert and New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet.
  • Chalene Johnson, Fitness celebrity, lifestyle expert, and New York Times bestselling author.
  • Dr. Steven Masley, Physician, Award-Winning Patient Educator, and author of The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up and Ten Years Younger.
  • Cynthia Pasquella, Transformational Nutritionist® and bestselling author of The Hungry Hottie Cookbook and PINK Method.

People who follow JJ learn how to eat so they stay full throughout the day. The bonus? Most people lose 10 pounds just in the first few weeks. It’s a great thing to experience.

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

I want to know: What’s your gateway food?

Guts & Glory 13: What’s up with Leaky Gut? with Steven Wright

If you’ve been eating super clean, making your own fermented foods, following special diets like the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or a gluten free diet, and taking supplements, but still have stayed stuck, I want you to know about something that could really help.

The gut lining is fragile! There is only one layer of cells in the gut wall (as opposed to seven layers in your skin). If you’re prone to autoimmune sensitivities, this causes the gut cells to be broken down and food particles, toxins, even nutrients, and probiotics to slip through.

The result? Leaky Gut Syndrome. Your immune system tries to help you by attacking those things that aren’t supposed to be floating freely in your body. This causes joint pain, anxiety, depression, migraines, chemical sensitivities, acne, rashes. . . too many things to name, all caused by a constant state of inflammation. No good.

Those of you who’ve done the Gut Rebuilding Program know that we address Leaky Gut Syndrome, but on this week’s podcast I sat down with Steven Wright and we go deep. We even talk about how you can save $30,000 in doctor bills and some great tips on how to get the most out of your doctor’s visit. . .

Addressing Leaky Gut could be more useful than a gluten-free diet, which really isn’t the grand solution to digestive problems.

Steve’s superpower is that he talks about this complicated condition in a way that anyone can understand, and he’s hell bent on raising awareness of Leaky Gut Syndrome for doctors and patients alike. So much so that he’s doing a free class that’s highly worthwhile. I’m always impressed with Steve’s ability to break it down while making me laugh.

Leaky Gut is one of the least talked about conditions—truly unfortunate because of how helpful been the information has been to so many people. Steve is turning this around with a free class called “How to Heal A Leaky Gut”.

If you’re curious whether or not you have leaky gut and how to heal it, head over here and sign up for the call on Thursday May 8th at 9:00PM EST. There’s going to be Q&A time and he’ll be pulling two people from the audience to get in the hot seat and present their case reviews.

To put together the information for the call, Steve brought together 17 scientists, as “nerdy as possible”, and made them divulge the science behind Leaky Gut. He took their brains and his knack for clarity and fun to bring it to the masses.

In the podcast we talked about creating an intelligent patient population that can actually change the way doctors understand this health crisis. That’s empowerment from the ground up! On his website there’s tons of free content. If you read it you’ll know more than 99% of practitioners about leaky gut.

Sign up for the live call here (I’m not missing this call!).

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

I want to know: Have you tried eating gluten free but still have digestive issues?

Guts & Glory 12: My story about an IUD gone horribly wrong with Jessica Drummond

The 20,000 foot view of what I do is to teach people how to be in touch with their bodies.

But recently I had an experience that tested my own abilities to trust myself.

It totally took me down for a month. I have an extremely high tolerance for pain and I ended up taking not one—but two!—Advil, which I never do.

I doubted myself for a month, only to discover that I’d known all along that something wasn’t right. I even had a moment when I was straight up mad at all my doctors, nurses, and even my friends who told me that what I was feeling was normal.

This was one of those “teaching moments” that I would rather have not had to learn, but having gone through it anyway, I wanted to share it because it ties into a bigger conversation about a subject that’s often glossed over: Pelvic health.

Some of you are wondering what the heck that even means.

So I brought in the expert. On this week’s interview I spoke to Jessica Drummond, Founder and CEO of the Integrative Pelvic Health Institute. We talk about how nutrition and coaching can relieve the pelvic and sexual pain that many women are told is normal. And you know I always bring it back to fermented foods. . .

Read on to get access to the newest Guts & Glory podcast with Jessica Drummond and hear my story about an IUD gone horribly wrong. . .

Most women don’t have a grasp of what’s going on in their pelvis—and we’re happy to keep it that way until there’s a problem. But understanding cycles and hormonal flows help with much more than just predicting when you might cry for what seems like no reason.

It’s important to understand what could be causing problems like period cramps, painful pregnancies, or sexual pain. Painful sex 10 weeks after giving birth? What about after 10 months? This pain freaks us out, but when we normalize it, our relationships—both sexual and non—and work suffer. Ever been too flattened with cramps to function?

There’s also real advantages to knowing about female hormones and cycles.

One part of my conversation with Jessica fascinated me, especially when it came to being an athlete and maximizing my performance depending on where I was in my menstrual cycle.

This meant that I could ride my bike harder on certain days. (Good to know—I’m always trying to outpace my boyfriend!)

For the bikers, runners, and other highly physical people, it’s incredibly useful to know what foods to eat when, depending on where you are in your cycle. There are also certain days when you can maximize weight loss depending on progesterone levels. This is fascinating information for female athletes and it’s not widely known.

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

Check out Jessica Drummond here: http://www.SummerBock/WHNC/

I want to know: Has anyone ever told you your pain is in your head?

Kimchi Recipe!

Making probiotic rich kimchi at home is easy.


A photo posted by Summer Bock (@fermentationist) on

• cabbage
• daikon root
• onion
• carrot (x3)
• ginger (1 large toe)
• garlic (3 cloves)
• turmeric root (small toe)
• red chili flakes (1.5 T)
• sea salt (2-3 T)

1. Shred cabbage and place in a big bowl. Sprinkle 2-3 T salt over the cabbage.

2. Place onion, ginger, turmeric, garlic, & red chili flakes in food processor and blend until smooth.

3. Chop carrots and daikon into large chunks and add to the food processor. Pulse until piece are about the size of peas.

4. Pour mixture onto cabbage and mix together.

5. Taste it to see if it is as salty as a Lays potato chip. Add more salt if needed.

6. Pack down into jars with airlocks and let it sit in a cupboard or on the counter out of direct sunlight for 2-4 weeks depending on how sour you like it.

7.Enjoy the probiotic benefits, the immune boosting qualities, and the digestive improvement of eating kimchi. So freaking good for you!!!

A few supplies that can increase the success of your experiment, click these links to check it out:

Airlock lids (fits any wide mouth mason jar)

Glass weights (make sure your veggies are below the brine)


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Guts & Glory 11: The Crusade to Change Health Care with Andrea Nakayama

The way I see it, all health and wellness practitioners are coaches: doctors, naturopaths, RNs, nutritionists, what have you—right down to those who, like me, actually call themselves coaches. This is because we must know how to:

#1 Understand where a client is at, and

#2 Be able to talk to them so that they stick around long enough for us to help them.

On one extreme you are a doctor – you spend less time in this space and more time treating the issues at hand. On the other extreme you are a health coach – spending most of the time working through changing habits and patterns so your client can stick to the healing plan.

Not only must we possess the skills and know how, but also have ample sleuthing abilities.

We must know the right questions to ask so that we can understand where the patient is coming from so we can guide them—realistically—for where they are. Otherwise, the patient moves on to another practitioner, looking for a quick fix (when there is none) because they haven’t found someone who knows how to BE with them.

You might suspect that more empathy is needed, but it’s actually detachment that’s called for.

I interviewed Andrea Nakayama, Certified Nutritionist and Holistic Health Coach, and founder of HNL, a Functional Medicine training series for practitioners, about what’s missing from the conversations between clients and those who aim to help them.

If you are a health coach who wants to know how to be successful this conversation is going to be super interesting to you.

Andrea is completely inspiring. In the video she shares her personal story about what brought her to the health field, as well her mission to revolutionize the way we do health care.

Andrea looks through the lens of Functional Medicine to see the whole picture of what’s going on with a person. It’s her framework for looking at how everything comes together—whether they have GI, immune, hormonal, structural issues, etc.

Functional Medicine asks how someone’s fertility issues might be related to their diet and immune system. It’s seeing the body’s issues as part of interrelated web, rather than just one isolated area where the symptoms are showing.

Andrea also understanding that you need to be both of service and to lead those who come to you for help. Sometimes that means getting out of the way. That person in front of you has so much to tell you. So how do we let them do that?

“The first way we do this is by honoring the individual in every case and seeing them for who they are. When we don’t do this, it’s a violation of the individual,” she says.

When she put it that way, it made me stop in my tracks. I asked her to back up and delve into that concept.

One thing that happens in many practices is this scenario: A person comes in and says “Oh, I tried that and can’t do it”. There’s then no protocol or structure for which to think appropriately about what skills to employ to help that person. Lack of structure makes it nearly impossible for practitioners to do their job well. After witnessing this and wincing, Andrea created her Holistic Nutrition Lab to help practitioners move beyond feeling stuck with clients who have complex nutritional concerns and ongoing issues.

She also has tips on what NOT to do and when it’s appropriate to tell a client that you can’t work with them.

Andrea is giving away a free ebook on the foundations of functional nutritional. You can download it here:
It also includes her entire client intake form, plus the top 5 questions to she asks in every initial session.

For the practitioner: Watching this episode and learning more from Andrea is a must. Her programs and tools will help you learn how to better serve your clients on all levels. She is a big fan of collaboration and creating a wellness team to really help clients/patients who need support from all angles.

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

I want to know: Have you ever told a client that you couldn’t work with them?

Guts & Glory #10 – The Hormone Secret with Dr. Tami Meraglia

My work centers around digestive health, but there’s another angle that may need your attention just as much—and for some people this will actually work better than improving your gut health.


Hormones. Too much or too little could be slowing you down with an extra fifteen pounds of fat, exhaustion upon waking up, having less patience, less spontaneous laughter, or simply being allergic to everything.


The good news is that with the right information and tools, you can craft a new life and a new, energized body. Without drugs. Just with the food you eat and possibly some supplements.

In this week’s podcast I spoke with Dr. Tami Meraglia, author of The Hormone Secret. She revealed what the hormone secret is! For some women, this may be the LAST thing they thought they needed.


Because gut and hormone imbalance both are related to what you eat, it can be tricky to tell what the real culprit is, but Dr. Tami laid it all out for me. And by the way, this is one of the things I really appreciate about her and her new book is that she doesn’t pull punches and she doesn’t hold back.

She even answered my question about how coffee affects your hormone levels and whether or not you have to sacrifice everything you love and that’s good in the world in order to have stable moods and strong bones. (Because, hello! There’s a reason you’re not living in a cave where there’s no red wine.)

Those of you who can’t stand to be deprived of the food that satisfies you will LOVE her take on eating well. Seriously. Her approach makes so much sense.

So what is the hormone secret? (SPOILER ALERT!)


Dr. Tami found that most women over 40 are deficient in this hormone that determines everything from your energy levels to your skin elasticity.

And yes, sex drive, too.

Watch the video to learn more – but you can also check out her book, The Hormone Secret here. Right now, she’s sending out copies for free (you pay shipping and handing).

For the Practitioners:

This book is an essential in your wellness resource library for its elegant program layout, hormone test result analysis, and herbal recommendations specific for hormone regulation. The information presented in this book will keep you up to date on the current hormone trends AND discusses the gut as part of how you naturally regulate them, which is why I thought this would be a great recommendation for my audience (that’s you!) in particular.

Get your own copy of Dr. Tami’s book, The Hormone Secret.
Transcript GG – Dr. Tami 2015

Have you ever suspected you had a hormone imbalance? What were your symptoms?

Guts & Glory #9 Are your comfort foods making you uncomfortable? with Tom Malterre

Give me my grilled cheese sandwich or give me death!

Sound dramatic? Or perhaps you can relate just a little too much…

For a lot of people, this IS the reality they’re looking at. They’re dealing with the kind of fatigue where you don’t have the will to get off the couch. Yeah, they’re still breathing, but can you really call this living?

For other people, the food they’re eating is literally going to be the death of them—after years of foods that leave them malnourished with a weakened immune system, life-threatening diseases can set in.

There’s a way to understand what foods are good for you and which ones zap you, but be warned: it’s a controversial method. It causes grown men and women to kick and scream. But it’s free and ties into a bigger picture that has more to do than just the food you eat.

Eating the wrong foods causes a host of unexplained symptoms like brain fog, painful joint issues, depression, migraines, erratic BMs, chronic sinus infections, skin disorders, stomach upsets, and more.

These health problems aren’t normal. This is worth repeating, so I repeat—they’re not normal! They’re symptoms that something’s up. But many of them are avoidable, and I want to tell you about the best way to find out what’s behind that awful mood and itchy skin.

I interviewed Tom Malterre, author, faculty member of the Autism Research Institute, and Advanced Functional Medicine practitioner, to understand food allergies, why overall human health is in decline and what we can do about it. His understanding of the situation is the most sensible and hopeful one I’ve heard.

In the podcast we talk frankly about our experience doing the elimination diet. The first time I did an elimination diet I couldn’t believe how incredible I felt. For the first time in years I felt the brain fog lift. (Golden rays of light and non-denominal angels singing. . .you betcha.)

I came away with more power, self-esteem, and being closer to my family than ever. Funny how ditching the cheddar can have such an effect.

I also understood for the very first time what my superpower foods are and what my kryptonite foods are. Knowledge is powerful. So is fear of change. But when I learned what it was like to feel like a human rather than a human-like lump, I had to figure it out.

In our conversation, Tom talks about the science behind why Grandma’s mac and cheese has such a tight hold on so many people. Inspired by his five (five!) children, he understands that being healthy is more than just about us.

Tom has a brand new book, The Elimination Diet, out March 31st, that’s stunning in its clarity, practical tips, and guidance to feel great again. (Warning: your couch might miss you!)

For the practitioners: This is important because the elimination diet is likely the most reliable way to test for food intolerances. More data from lab tests is always helpful, but the food allergy portions of these tests can conflict with each other. I also recommend partnering up with Tom Malterre and sending your clients/patients to go through his elimination diet program so they can work with an expert on getting to the bottom of their intolerances while still getting support from you!!!

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

I want to know: Do you know what foods suck your energy and which ones shock you with how good you feel after eating them? Comment below!

Going Without Sugar

I’m on DAY 36 of no alcohol, sugar (fruit is ok), caffeine, or chocolate. I can’t say I feel fantastic by any stretch of the imagination. But I do feel something. I feel different. I feel more calm, more clear, more inspired, more creative, more sure of myself, less indecisive, and overall more in touch with the constant ups and downs of my energy levels, my moods, and my thoughts.

Something that surprised me about this is how on Saturday (a month into this decision) I was too tired to do much, really. All I did all day was read a book, run, get a massage, and take a nap. That’s it.

And it was super hard!

I am full of ‘go energy’. I am addicted to adrenaline. I like to do (almost) everything fast.

Over the last few weeks I’ve really struggled with these feelings of being unmotivated and tired in certain moments.

In fact, on Saturday, I had a moment where all I wanted to do was smoke pot to take the edge off. When the idea popped into my brain, it sounded like the best idea on the PLANET!

But I realized quickly that I didn’t want a part of it. I’m not eating and drinking these specific items because I want to confront my addictions and unravel them once and for all.

I am interested in what happens when I have to experience what this moment has to offer without trying to take control of it by making myself feel a certain way.

I am not thinking about food nearly as much, I get full quickly, and am eating 2 good meals a day and a snack. I spend more of my time feeling ‘hungry’ but not really wanting to do anything about it.

My biggest addiction of all is to adrenaline.

I’m comfortable having a healthy relationship with that through skiing, mountain biking, and other outdoor adventures. In this arena, it teaches me to control the adrenaline.

I’m addicted to adrenaline in a lot of ways, but I have found a bigger reason to stop drinking coffee which has more to do with deeper happiness, joy, connection to my partner, and better capacity to handle fear and stress. My sweetie has been a powerful motivator in this one as he doesn’t drink any caffeine and sleeps like a log each night. He’s also pointed out how I can get mean when I’m hopped up on coffee and chocolate. That was motivating.

I seek adrenaline through exercise and adventure with the recognition that I’m addicted. My intention is to expand my capacity to handle adrenaline without getting overwhelmed (and having a meltdown). I don’t know if this ever happens to you, but when I get a big adrenaline rush after flying down a steep ski hill or flying over jumps on single track mountain biking trails sometimes I just need a minute to calm down afterwards. I’ve experienced this mountain biking where I hit a wall of fear and can’t calm down. I get off my bike because I can’t get my mind centered, which means I’m not focused, which means I am not making the best decisions, which means I will probably get hurt. If I keep pushing myself internally or someone is pushing me to go harder externally when the adrenaline is pumping out of control, I can lose my temper pretty quickly. Or if I fall, the adrenaline just comes.

I keep practicing as a way to develop my skills in this area. Adrenaline is a part of life. I can’t get rid of it. I have to become friends with it. I picture myself being calm, cool, and collected no matter how fast my heart is beating. This is part of my practice when I challenge myself with skiing and mountain biking.

People keep asking if I feel amazing now that I’m not eating sugar, caffeine, alcohol, or chocolate???

I just feel more myself.

I get tired at some point every day. And I take a nap instead of eating or drinking something. In fact, I get so tired that sleep feels like the only option.

I wake up from my naps completely clear-headed and rested. Sometimes I even jump up and go run.

I wake up most mornings totally energized, but some days I just want to stay in bed.

Sometimes I get tired because I realize I’m hungry. I eat and it refreshes me. I don’t feel hunger as much. I might get more tired, on edge, or unfocused. I’m learning that usually means I need to refuel. But I don’t have that gnawing hunger in my stomach at all anymore.

This all feels good. This is what I think it is supposed to feel like. This is what is should have felt like my entire life.

I’m no longer pulled to make tea with sweetener in it. All the little things I was eating or drinking when I was procrastinating have stopped. Instead, I procrastinate with something that will actually refuel me. And I’m able to enjoy the break. Whether it is watching Downton Abbey, Scandal, or Nashville or reading a book during my break, I get refueled on many levels.

My bandwidth has also increased. I listen to more podcasts, read more, and study more.

I don’t get overwhelmed as easily.

So those are the perks.

Curious about the downsides?

Not drinking with others. When I hang out with people while they are drinking I actually have more fun sober than not. So that’s good. But I have this HUGE, I mean HUGE internal pull to break open a bottle of wine with friends and get really really drunk. Or make gin martinis until dawn. Laugh our asses off and wake up with new memories of an amazing time where we bonded a little bit deeper.

I miss going to my favorite coffee shop because the magic is gone when the coffee isn’t flowing through my veins. The people just seems a little less interesting.

I miss having a reason to go into a cute cafe just to buy something.

I miss chocolate.

Although the crazy thing about chocolate is that my right toe, which has taken over 4 years to heal has magically stopped hurting. I’ve gone without the other things before for extended periods of time so I know it is the chocolate. THAT is something I haven’t gone without since I started eating it when David Wolfe told me to. I think chocolate creates a lot of inflammation in my body.

That’s the long answer for ya.

Hope you enjoy my thoughts and internal workings on the subject.

Please comment and tell me what came to you while reading this in the comments below. Thanks!

Guts & Glory: Women, Food, & Desire with Alex Jamieson

Alex is one of my favorite people. So I’m definitely biased. I remember when I was attending The Institute for Integrative Nutrition live in NYC at the Lincoln Center in 2006 when Joshua Rosenthal showed us the clip of Super Size Me where Alex pops her head into the shot and is thanked for her detox diet that brought Mr. Spurlock back to health.

I thought in my head, “I want to be like her.” She became the epitome of a successful health coach. She was the reason that Morgan Spurlock was even able to make that movie. She was his contingency plan in case things went south. And they did. And she saved him.

I met her in a closed door business mastermind. I told her she was my health coach hero (which was slightly embarrassing). But she was sweet. I liked her immediately. And have ever since. 

We’ve become great friends.

But the reason I want you to know her is because she is a very smart women who has recently written (yet another) book. She articulately explains the source of cravings from the standpoint of desire. 

She talks about sex, chocolate, and your soul’s to-do list.

Watch the podcast to hear her say it for herself.


Summer interviews Alex Jamieson!

During the episode, she offers you a cookbook and some other cool stuff. You can go get that HERE.

You can purchase her book HERE. It’s a must-read for wellness practitioners and people who want to do better for their body. It’s got all the info you need to unravel cravings without going to therapy or sugarholics anonymous.