Lose Weight By Accident: Your New “Eat This Not That” List

By Sarah Jenks

You know how people are always giving you lists on “Eat THIS! Not That!” Eat vanilla yogurt with almonds instead of ice cream with hot fudge! Or a turkey sandwich instead of a hamburger! The issue with this is that yogurt and lame sandwiches leave you completely unsatisfied, and you’re likely to eat through your entire kitchen until you finally just eat the damn ice cream.

It’s all about self-love at Spa Week this week so instead of replacing your french fries with carrots, I want you to replace them with a back massage. Most times when we’re craving unhealthy food it’s because we’re craving love, pleasure and excitement. So instead of eating your emotions, go out and get what you’re really craving.

Instead of a brownie… take a bath.

Instead of ice cream… call a friend.

Instead of a sleeve of oreos… watch a movie.

Instead of frappacino… get a back massage.

Instead of chocolate… get your nails done.

Instead of a glass of wine… have a dance party!

Most women are completely deprived of self-love, so we use food to fill the void. I bet if you commit to a self-love diet this week, you’ll feel fuller and more satisfied than ever before.

PS. If you believe that you couldn’t possible find the time, money or energy to give yourself more lovin’, click here. And if you think you’re unlovable… then you really have to check this out.

Sarah Jenks, founder of theBreathtakingBride.com, helps women fall in love with their bodies and lose weight through exploring the emotional reasons of why we eat. Sarah believes that you can talk about the benefits of broccoli until you are blue in the face, but real change won’t happen until we pull back the veil of fad diets and calorie counting to reveal the true cause of our over eating. Feeling lost about weight loss? Visit her website to download her free guide: “What to do if you feel fat, hopeless and ready to give up.”



Lose Weight By Accident: Eat By Numbers

By Jamie Dougherty – Part #2 of the JamieLiving 5-Part Holiday Survival Guide

Staving off unhelpful holiday pounds ultimately comes down to one thing: listening to your body. Easier said that done, right? We’ve all had the body conversation that goes something like this: “I know I don’t need that extra cookie but I want one!” and then you quickly stuff another cookie down your unsuspecting gullet before anyone see. Believe me, I’ve been there and done that! However, the issue with ignoring your already full tummy is it will immediately spite you with a severe stomach ache and uncomfortably snug jeans. NO fun!

So how do you actually listen to your body and then follow through with what it’s telling you?

Part 2: Eat by numbers!

Think about your hunger on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 is you are starving and about to eat your arm and 10 is you are so full it hurts to breathe. (Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m taking about.) Along this scale you want to eat at a 3 and stop at a 7. A 3 is where you are definitely hungry but could wait another 20 minutes to eat. The situation isn’t dire but will be soon. After enjoying your meal, stop eating at 7. 7 is where you are full, completely satisfied and comfortable. You could eat more but if you did you would certainly need to unbutton your pants. There you have it, the second part of your JamieLiving Holiday Survival Guide! Who knew a 3 and a 7 could save your lovely waistline?

In the comments let me know how eating by numbers has helped you during the holidays. Come on ladies, sharing is caring! (And it feels good too.)

Jamie G. Dougherty, founder of JamieLiving.com, gives women the secrets to feel amazing in their bodies and create the balance they crave between their busy schedules and eating well. Jamie believes that though kale and brown rice are good foods to put on your plate, until we truly learn HOW to eat rather than just WHAT to eat we will continue to be carb-craving, super-frazzled, stress-out ladies. If you ever feel hungry, stuck and unsatisfied with your food be sure to visit Jamie’s website to get her FREE 5-Step Guide to Fabulous. Seriously ladies, get ready for Jamie to rock your world!

Your Tummy is Talking to You, Literally.

Have you ever found yourself sitting at work, and all you can think about is one particular food, like cake? What about waking up in the morning craving a beer? Have you ever wondered why you crave your guilty pleasures? So often we confuse the messages our bodies are trying to tell us, like when you feel hunger pangs, more than half the time your body isn’t really starving, it’s actually thirsty. Your body is always sending your brain messages about what it needs to run properly.

If you are craving one of these guilty pleasures, your body is really telling you that you’re deficient in a certain vitamin or mineral. See below for what your body is really craving and what good-for-you foods have it…


Is your sweet tooth screaming for a fix? Your body is telling you it needs Carbon. Swap chocolate for fresh fruits like strawberries, pineapple and pears.


If you’re craving chocolate, your body really needs Magnesium. Grab a handful of raw nuts and seeds or try a salad with legumes (like beans) or a cup of fresh fruit.

Fatty, Oily Foods

Seriously longing for some greasy goodness? Your body is tell you to up the Calcium. Try mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese or sesame seeds. And no, deep friend pickles does not count as a legume.


Bagels, Wonder Bread, pasta, muffins… if you can’t keep your paws away from the carbs, your body wants Nitrogen, found in high protein foods like fish, meat, nuts and beans.


Whether you’re a smoker or not, if you suddenly have the urge to light up, your body is trying to tell you you’re low on Silicon, found in nuts, seeds or in Tyrosine, which means you need to up the Vitamin C by eating orange, green and red fruits/vegetables.


Craving a Cosmo? Yearning for a Yuengling? It might be because you’re low on Potassium. Try sun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens or a banana for a boost of K to curb your urge.

For more information on what your body is trying to tell you through your cravings visit: www.naturopathyworks.com