You may have already heard of my good friend, Harvard-educated doc, and bestselling author Dr. Sara Gottfried MD. If you haven’t, she is about to change your life. Dr. Sara is an expert who understands that hormonal imbalances are behind your belly fat and low energy. She has a brand new book that can reset your metabolism, rebuild your confidence, and end your emotional roller coaster ride in just three weeks—yes, 21 days.
This is a really good book and explains all the bioidentical hormones in detail. It was definitely worth reading. The only thing I didn't like was that she seemed to endorse the bioidentical pellets and she didn't like the creams. The pellets are very expensive and out of reach for some women. I have tried the pellets and I prefer the creams so I was a little discouraged when she said they don't work really well and the creams turn into estrone. My doctor disagrees with this and she also uses the creams.
Sara Gottfried, MD is the New York Times bestselling author of the new book, Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years. Her previous New York Times bestsellers are The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet. After graduating from Harvard Medical School and MIT, Dr. Gottfried completed her residency at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a board-certified gynecologist who teaches natural hormone balancing in her novel online programs so that women can lose weight, detoxify, and slow down aging. Dr. Gottfried lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two daughters.
Not everyone has lingering hormone issues after giving birth, but a large number of women do. For nearly a year, you are pregnant and your hormones are in suspended animation They don’t go through their normal rise and fall. After pregnancy our hormones rush out, and it’s like pulling out a plug. There’s nothing gentle about it, and it feels very abrupt. In some women, that crash in certain hormones (particularly progesterone, which drops after you give birth, sometimes causing dreadful PMS) leads to depression. It takes the body a while to “remember” and kind of grease the gears to return to its cycle.
I am starting to think it is a completely individual process, not all of our body chemistries are the same. I have to figure out a way to eat, which works best for my body. Another reason, I gave this 2 stars is it has made it clear--hidden sugar, basically processed food is my issue. I am finding through the elimination diet portion that weight started coming off when I omitted food with sugar in it (I already got rid of sweets last August). So, thank you for that! I already cook a lot, so now it will be for almost every meal as a lot of convenience food is chock full of sugar and other things, I would prefer not to ingest.

I’m a board-certified gynecologist who practices functional medicine for women but I’m also a regular gal – busy working mom, constant chauffeur for my daughters, devoted wife, and spiritual seeker. I help women balance their hormones naturally, starting with their fork. I know that good food needs to be easy and convenient, or it’s unlikely to happen. Making wise food choices used to be a daily challenge for me, but it gets easier with practice and viewing food preparation as a sadhana or spiritual practice.
Sara Gottfried, MD is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet. After graduating from Harvard Medical School and MIT, Dr. Gottfried completed her residency at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a board-certified gynecologist who teaches natural hormone balancing in her novel online programs so that women can lose weight, detoxify, and slow down aging. Dr. Gottfried lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two daughters.
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I'm reading this book not just for myself, but for others I love. It's so sad to me that we have been trained to believe that a pill is the answer for things, when these pills do nothing to repair the root problem: they simply turn off the body's "warning light." I should've gone to medical school. I should become a yoga instructor. I want the world to be a healthier and happier, more mindful place. ((Sigh)) I will share what I've learned with everyone who wants to hear it or doesn't read it for ...more
I’m an author, speaker, and teacher. I work from home on my treadmill desk. I’ve just submitted my third book to my publisher and logged 2,500 miles while writing it. After I take my kids to school, I head home, lace up my running shoes, and walk while writing. My mind is clearest from about 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and I need these large chunks of time to write my best. Occasionally, I’ll shoot video or teach online or travel, but mostly you’ll find me walking 2-3 miles per hour in my home gym before and after lunch, until it’s time to pick up the kids from school.

Earlier this year in January (2012) I suffered from incurable, painful headaches and no pill could cure them or make them feel better. I had a horrible headache every single day in January. I also began to have intense hot flashes and could not sleep at all. I was physically exhausted and miserable because I was in so much pain. I knew my problem was hormonal and so I did what every American does with a computer, I googled it.
I feel the diet is also very misleading. Dr. Gottfried gives you 7 resets that are supposed to last for 3 days each, but that's not exactly true. Reset 1 is meatless (estrogen reset); Reset 2 is sugar free (insulin); Reset 3 is fruitless (leptin); Reset 4 is caffeine free (cortisol); Reset 5 is Grain Free (thyroid); Reset 6 is dairy free (growth hormone); Reset 7 is toxin free (testosterone). The truth is you are eliminating red meat, alcohol, sugar, fruit, caffeine, grains, dairy and toxins for the entire 21 days. Take a look at the menu she gives you on day 1, the meatless menu:
Randi Epstein has written a fun, fast-paced medical detective story about the discovery of hormones and what they do in the body. We learn how these chemical signals regulate growth, weight, gender and sexuality, even the bonding of mother and infant. We learn what happens when there is too much of them – think of the fat lady and giant that were once paraded around at the Circus – or too little – the salt craving and exhaustion of Addison’s Disease that afflicted John F Kennedy.
In personalized lifestyle medicine, sometimes one person’s superfood is another person’s poison. Such is the case with oxalates, which are found in high concentrations in many presumed health foods. Once I started testing, I realized that many of my patients were experiencing the downstream consequences of excess oxalate intake, usually in the form of green smoothies … [Read More...]

This section is organized as a chart, showing 40 different hormone lab tests and their corresponding “normal” and “optimal” results for women. It’s a great resource for at-a-glance comparisons after you’ve had your levels tested. Readers can easily check their results against the data anytime, and the best part is that it’s all in one place—no more hunting down the info for each test separately.


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