The Hormone Diet
A 3-step plan to renew, replenish and restore your health.
When we normally think of hormones, we think of women, their menstrual cycle, their moods and chocolate cravings.
But in the book, The Hormone Diet by Natasha Turner, MD, the comprehensive topic of hormones is applied to both women and men of all ages and in all stages of their lives.
With an endorsement by Christiane Northrup, MD, The Hormone Diet is a three-step program to help you lose weight, gain strength and live younger longer.
The three steps of The Hormone Diet are:
- Renew and Revitalize
- Replenish Your Body and Balance Your Hormones
- Restore Strength, Vigor and Balance
The plan takes six weeks to complete although many of the principles including the nutrition and exercise plan, can be carried out for as long as you like.
As new research shows how balancing your hormone levels can help lead to a more efficient metabolism, weight loss, improved reactions to stress, better sleeping patterns and overall more vibrant sense of wellness, this book provides you with the understanding of why your past behaviors may have hindered your health and how you can now implement the strategies and practices to feel better than you ever felt.
In The Hormone Diet, Turner explains the symptoms of hormone imbalance and hormone balance as well as how to eat, sleep and exercise in a way that boosts fat-burning hormones. She also discusses how traditional ways of diet and exercise actually perpetuate weight gain or decreased energy levels and she shows you how to change them so that you can influence your hormones to improve your health.
Recipes, a guide to supplements, exercises, skin-care tips, detox guidelines, non-toxic household products, shopping lists and food lists are also provided.
- Written by a medical doctor and endorsed by other medical peers
- Applicable to both men and women
- Promotes a diet that is free of additives and preservatives and refined products
- Addresses other lifestyle behaviors like stress reduction
- Offers a complete and holistic guide to weight loss and wellness
- Medical information is communicated in an accessible and easy-to-understand form
- Even though it is also targeted towards men, the hormone focus might dissuade some men from following the program
The Hormone Diet outlines a three-step plan to balance your hormones, lose weight and healthy up your eating habits so that you look and feel younger.
The three steps include a strong nutrition component and introduce you to the concepts and information in a clear and progressive way. Before you begin with step one, you are encouraged to complete a body assessment, which measures your weight and other key measurements as a way to track your progress as well as taking a pH and blood glucose test.
In Step 1, which is a two-week detox program, you are instructed to avoid dairy, gluten-containing grains, corn, oils, alcohol, caffeine, peanuts and peanut-containing products, sugar and artificial products and sweeteners, citrus fruit and red meat.
You instead eat a diet that consists of gluten-free grains, all vegetables except corn, all fruits except citrus fruits, nuts and seeds, fish and organic meat, goat cheese, certain oils like extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, flaxseed and canola oil, eggs, milk, and soy products.
In Step 2, you keep with the nutrition plan outlined in step 1 but also avoid white sugar, processed meats, and excess saturated fats.
In Step 3, you start to incorporate more mood-boosting foods to your diet as well as keeping with the clean-eating rules outlined in the first two steps.
Herbal, colon-cleansing and probiotic supplements are also encouraged with instructions provided on how to make and take them.
A sample day on The Hormone Diet might look like this:
- Breakfast: Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie or Super Energy Smoothie
- Lunch: Antioxidant Chicken Salad or Warm Black Bean and Turkey Salad
- Snack: Berry-Apple Ricotta Cheese or Almond Butter Protein Bar Dinner: Zesty Chicken Salad or Mediterranean Tilapia
Recipes are included for the sample menu plans.EXERCISE
Exercise is a strong focus of Step 3 of The Hormone Diet but rather than having you hit the gym every day, Dr. Turner lays out a do-able and realistic fitness program that includes both cardiovascular training and strength-training.
The plan requires that you exercise six days a week, alternating between resistance-training, cardio and yoga.
Three days a week you will complete a strength training routine, which is outlined for you. These sessions take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete.
Once a week, you will do an interval-based cardio session for 20 to 30 minutes. You can add a second session if you want.
Once or twice a week, you will do yoga for 30 to 90 minutes.
On your rest day, you are encouraged to participate in a fun activity like bike riding, hiking or swimming.CONCLUSION
The Hormone Diet is a comprehensive wellness plan that is designed to restore your hormonal imbalances so that you can lose weight, look and feel better.
In three steps, over the course of six weeks, Dr. Turner guides you along a series of strategies that include diet, exercise, stress reduction, sleep tips and other lifestyle behaviors and actions that are intended to bring harmony to your life, one hormone at a time.
If you are looking for a complete and thorough wellness plan that leads you towards a more holistic and more simplified lifestyle, then The Hormone Diet might just hold the solution to help you renew, restore and replenish your health.Common Misspellings
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