I’ve been going though a lot of medical crap lately and the latest addition of my sudden food allergies/sensitivities has been driving me off the wall. A friend of mine said that my hormones are completely out of whack and that I need to find a progressive doctor who thinks outside the box. He also said that I might even be able to do some reading and figure some stuff out on my own. So I did a quick research on-line and this one book kept popping up. But it had a bubble gum pink background and a pretty doctor holding a yoga mat on the cover. I took it as a little frou-frou and one of those “fad-type” books.
The next day I went to Barnes and Nobles and that book was front and center. I looked into the book a little more as well as the surrounding books options . The frou-frou book actually sounded like it was the best fit for my needs. I bought the book, The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD. What an enlightening and potentially life changing book!!!! There’s a questionnaire towards the beginning (that can also be found on-line at Sara Gottfried Hormone Quiz ) which you can cater the rest of your reading based on your symptoms.
I have to admit that I haven’t even finished the book, but I am already so excited that I can’t help but to share it with everyone!
There are certain things that you might not realize are connected to your hormones. I occasionally get very dizzy and faint while working out. I’ve talked to my doctors about it and it always ends with a “hmm…. you have low blood pressure… try adding salt to your diet it might help.” As I’m reading this book, I cam across a passage of EXACTLY what I go through!
As far as weight, I wouldn’t call myself fat but I am not where I want to be. I would like to be 12lbs lighter and 2 sizes smaller. I work out like a fiend and although I am not crazy obsessed with every single calorie that I put in my mouth, I don’t eat horribly. I’m tired of people telling me, you just need to eat better. I don’t eat fried foods and I already have cut out dairy. I don’t eat cake and pizza every night for dinner, and I don’t over eat. Sometimes I get super crazy, intense cravings sometimes where I will NOT be satisfied until I get exactly what I want. I also can gain 8 pounds in 3 days if I’m put in a stressful situation without changing my diet or exercise routine. Let me repeat that – EIGHT pounds in THREE days?!!?! That is NOT normal!!! What makes it worse is that that weight sticks and does not come off as easily as it came on. All doctors want to do is pump me full of pills, and my family just wants me to “eat better”. No one wants to tell me why my body is reacting this way, or why I have developed an allergy to dairy (different than lactose intolerance, I am allergic to whey and casein which is in EVERYTHING, and also means no food cooked with butter), and have a sensitivity to garlic and onions.
So far this book has addressed ALL of my issues plus some unsuspecting ones that I didn’t realize were connected. I still have a whole lot of book to finish, and there are also a bunch of things that don’t apply to me (the book guides you on what pages/chapters to read based on your quiz results) and you can streamline your reading. I’m feeling optimistic for the first time in a very long, and I’m recommending this book to all my female family and friends because I truly believe that book can shed light to an area of medicine that most mainstream doctors poo-poo or overlook.