Women have so much to juggle these days trying to give equal attention to family, work, friends, and (if we’re lucky) a little “me” time. I have recently read some books that make it clear that in order to find balance on the outside; we need to start by taking care of our insides.
In Dr. Sara Gottfried’s book “The Hormone Cure,” she talks about the complex dance of hormones in women’s bodies that can easily get out of whack with today’s lifestyle, and how that can affect everything else. It is especially geared towards women between the ages of 35 and 60, when profound changes can take place.
I liked that she took a holistic approach in her advice for how you can get to your optimum healthy place, starting with diet, exercise, and mindfulness activities, but also gives advice on the best supplements and prescriptions when those are needed.
The tone of the book is friendly and conversational. She gives you extensive information on the science and studies to explain and back up her research, if you are the type of person who wants that, but she also gives you permission to just skip ahead to the recommendation on how to fix what ails you, if you are the type to zone out during the facts and figures.
Another book I would recommend in the same vein is “Master Your Metabolism” by Jillian Michaels. It is more of a diet book, but she also gives extensive information on the importance of hormonal balance in looking and feeling your best, and how to get there. She also has a more tough love approach, if you get your motivation that way.
And if you need a real kick in the pants to get yourself on track, I would recommend “This Is Why You’re Fat” by Jackie Warner. I think by the title alone, you can tell what you are in for.