Are you in Balance? If not read this!

Are you in Balance? If not read this!

Let me start this blog with a little story. Once a long, long time ago, I joined a second-time Mom’s group when my second son was born. Unfortunately, I only keep in touch with two of these women now, but they have become two of my best friends and are still on my speed dial for all friendship emergencies, big or small. The other became my baby weight-loss accountability partner, weekly running partner and as we both grew our businesses, my business brainstorming partner. This is my good friend Dr. Sara Gottfried.

I remember Sara telling me years ago about this book that was in her head and in her heart – the one she was inspired to write to help women everywhere break free of the health care models and guidelines holding them back from feeling truly good, and often treating them as if they were imagining things instead.

Now this book is a reality and because I have such an in with the woman herself I get to tell you about it on release day!.  I admit, I’m a tad biased because I was an early reader, proofing this book from draft one on, but I KNOW it’s great and readable and informative. I KNOW you will learn things you didn’t know about how your body works and how to make it work better. (Men: this book is written for women, but to be honest, there’s a lot of great advice for you too – you just might feel a bit more embarrassed reading it in public. . . )

I know there is a lot of marketing hype out there. And I know there are a lot of marketing partnerships, people promoting products and people they don’t truly know or believe it. I’m always a little skeptical about what I read. I wouldn’t do that to you – even for a friend. I have read this book and it’s got a lot of great information about how our bodies really work, why hormones do what they do in our body, and innovative ways to make changes if yours are doing too much or too little and are slightly out of whack.

You don’t have to just believe biased me though – check out the full story below. Once you read it through, click here to grab a copy of her new book, The Hormone Cure (Simon & Schuster, 2013).

Ok now here’s the official promo text but I had to share the real scoop first:

I want to tell you a story about Julie.

Julie was a 49-year-old lawyer who woke up one morning, and realized something had changed. Similar to many of us, she noticed that she just wasn’t the same woman she used to be.

When she was younger, she used to train for 10K runs and go to African dance classes. Now, she felt tired and depleted, and unable to keep up with her standards.

When she was younger, she was happy and rarely stressed. Now, she almost always felt irritable—and she didn’t like the kind of person she was becoming.

Sex drive? Julie used to delight in carnal pleasures, but now she couldn’t be bothered. She rated her drive as a one on a 10-point scale. Her husband would never say it out loud, but I imagine he would have given her the same rating.

You see, as we get older, it’s natural that things slow down. We get more easily stressed. We become irritable. We simply become different people.

That’s what they tell us. So it must be true, right?

No. Dr Sara couldn’t accept that, just because there were a few more candles on our birthday cakes, we had to resign ourselves to a life of stress, sadness, and irritability.

Julie couldn’t accept it either, so she scheduled an appointment with her male gynecologist. His advice? Eat less and exercise more—the same advice you hear everyday.

But nothing changed. She still felt empty. She still felt stressed. So she decided to ask my friend, go-to- doc, and Harvard-educated integrative physician, Dr. Sara Gottfried, the same question. “Why do I feel like I’m a different person?”

Dr. Sara thought that there was something more sinister at work—some kind of problem that wouldn’t be solved by just diet and exercise. You see, Sara had experience with this exact issue in her decades of experience as a physician. She knew that sometimes, the true answer lies deeper than just diet and exercise.

Dr. Sara had a hunch—something was out of whack with Julie’s hormones. So she measured Julie’s levels. Sure enough, Julie was suffering from high cortisol. Cortisol, if you don’t know, is the stress hormone—and Julie had it in spades.

Julie followed Sara’s advice to the letter: she adjusted her diet (no gluten or sugar for one month) and changed her exercise routine to focus on lowering her cortisol level (rather than running, which raises cortisol, she started doing pilates and barre work). Additionally, she started taking the right supplements that improve hormonal balance: fish oil, phosphatidyl serine, and rhodiola.

Have you ever heard of phosphatidyl serine? I hadn’t. Neither had Julie.

But when Sara and Julie met one month later, Julie was a completely different person. Her energy had returned. She had lost 12 pounds. Her sex-drive had returned—much to the surprise of her (very gracious) husband. He said that he had his wife back, and nicknamed Sara “Dr. Hotfried.”

The surprising thing is that most women never stop to think about their hormones. They just resign themselves to a life of stress and lowered sex-drive.

You might not have the exact same problems as Julie used to have (and Dr. Sara), but I’m willing to bet that you rarely consider if your hormones are in balance. I’ve become good friends with Sara and I’ve seen her replicate her results with dozens of clients, women and men from all age groups.

My Dashboard, My Self

Pilots rely on their flight deck to monitor speed, elevation, fuel usage and pressure. You’ve got a flight deck too: Dr. Sara calls it your neuro-hormonal dashboard. Learn how to get your own dashboard in place and hummin’ inside of an hour in our hormone-balancing interview. Not for women only– this is an important conversation for women and the men who love them.

Grab A Book (or 7) and  Get The Advice You Need:

Dr. Sara has an audacious goal to balance the hormones of 1 million women this year, but she needs your help. She wants women everywhere (and the men who try to dodge the hormonal bullets of the women they love – girlfriends, wife, sisters, mom, favorite aunties)  to balance their hormones and meet their full potential. It’s up to you to re-set the way you eat, sleep, move & think, but she’s made it my mission to help. She’s including some major needle-moving extras along with the book that will really jump start your neuro-hormonal dashboard.

I know you’re excited to get your hands on her book (and I’m so excited for you to read it!)—but don’t you think your friends and colleagues would like it too? It’s rare I meet a woman who isn’t interested in getting back to the young, sexy, energetic lady they used to be. So help us spread the word, and balance a few extra hormones on the way.

Buy a single copy? Improve your life, hormones and all.

Buy seven copies? Improve your life, and the lives of those around you. And, you’ll get some special bonuses for yourself as well.

Buy 1 Book  ($17)


Get the life-changing book, The Hormone Cure for $17. And, just because you’re one of my fans, you’ll get the following bonuses that are worth a total of $39, free :

* Dr. Sara’s Blacklist: 10 Foods That Hijack Your Hormones ($10 Value)

* “Expert interviews” with Danielle Laporte on Desire, Gabby Bernstein on Spirit, and Cynthia Pasquella on Transformational Nutrition ($29 Value)

* Want a Harvard doc on speed dial? Get your spot in Dr. Sara’s Invitation-Only webinar on 3/25/13 at noon PST. Ask any question you want – open to men and women (Value priceless)

Buy 7 Books


Buy 7 books for $119, and get everything from the 1-book package, and the following bonuses for a total value of $288

* Get Vital Stay Vital Membership: 1 month ($97 Value)

* Gottfried Protocol JumpStart Sheets ($10) – the baby steps to balance your hormones!

* Dr. Sara’s Playlist — her top hormone-balancing songs and visualizations ($29)

* Dr. Sara’s 7 Proven Potions for Ageless Skin (digital version, $10)

* Heal Your Emotional Eating + Sugar Cravings” 20-part video training with Tricia Nelson ($127)

* Streaming video by Dr. Pedram Shojai, MD on “Vitality” ($15)

Bundle up before supplies are gone!

For just the next day, if you click the link above, you can get the physical book, delivered to your work or home, together with an immediate download of several amazing and new bonuses that Dr. Sara created just for you.

P.S. Yes I know I have a lot of guys who are reading this.  So here’s the deal – you can either grab one for a special woman in your life and look super considerate, or perhaps like you are hinting that they have issues.  I’d weigh that closely.  Maybe you should just forward this blog post to women you know and say casually, “Just in case you know anyone who might be interested. . . click here for a great book!”

PPS. If you just want to just test the waters, here’s a link to get the first two chapters for free!

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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