It’s been awhile since I first mentioned The Hormone Diet in “Are We All Just Hormonal?“. But after 10 weeks and completing the 3rd step in Dr. Natasha Turner’s health program, the time has come to review my results and the diet itself!
Down to the nitty gritty and what we all want to hear about…
This is very personal information but for you, dear Readers, I’m willing to share almost anything. One of the best aspects of Dr. Turner’s book is that she encourages us to assess our health before her program and after. So here they are for your review:
Start date: cut off point for inflammation; low serotonin; low GABA; low dopamine; excess progesterone; cut off point for excess testosterone; low thyroid; and cut off point for low acetylcholine.
End of 10 weeks: I’m pleased to report that ALL my hormone levels are balanced!
Start date: 135.7 End of 6 weeks: 127.0 End of 10 weeks: 131.2
Start date: 29″ End of 6 weeks: 26″ End of 10 weeks: 27″
Start date: 40″ End of 6 weeks: 36.5″ End of 10 weeks: 38″
Waist-to-hip ratio (ideal is <0.9 for men; <0.8 for women)
Start date: 0.73 End of 6 weeks: 0.71 End of 10 weeks: 0.71
Body fat percentage
Start date: 27.1 End of 6 weeks: 26.0 End of 10 weeks: 24.3
Body pH (ideal is 7.2 to 7.4)
Start date: 6.45 End of 6 weeks: 6.75 End of 10 weeks: 6.85
Dr. Turner suggests to also measure blood pressure, resting heart rate and a blood test from your doctor. However, I was too excited to start the diet and so failed to measure these health components at the beginning, so I felt no need to record them after 6 and 10 weeks.
The results speak for themselves: The Hormone Diet is practically miraculous! Thank you Dr. Turner!
As you can see, I went up slightly in weight and inches in the last 4 weeks. This is most likely due to several factors which add lean muscle mass:
- After the anti-inflammatory detox (2 weeks) and the reintroduction phase (2 weeks), I started eating dairy and animal protein again in order to follow Dr. Turner’s Glyci-Med Dietary Approach to eating (a combination of the low-glycemic and Mediterranean diets).
- While on the anti-inflammatory detox and reintroduction phase, I stopped working out and concentrated only on walking, yoga and Pilates. Once the 4 weeks were up, I started pumping iron again, starting with once a week and working my way to 3 times a week. I used Doc Turner’s exercise program at the back of the book.
What I really love about Dr. Turner’s program is all the wonderful recipes she includes in her book and extra recipes she offers on her website. Many of them are versatile for both the anti-inflammatory detox and the Glyci-Med approach. Out of dozens that my hubby and I tried, there were only 2 that we weren’t so hot on.
There is only one thing I should mention that may have affected these results. In order to cure my food addictions (carbs, sugar and caffeine which I had slowly been redeveloping since March) so that I could take on Dr. Turner’s program, I chose to do the USANA Reset Program and started taking their nutritional supplements a week before I began The Hormone Diet.
I’m unsure how doing the USANA Reset and taking their nutritional supplements affected my results from The Hormone Diet but I do know that USANA helped me take on the challenge of the anti-inflammatory detox!
So what do you think of these results, Readers? Are you ready to rebalance your hormones or what? If you found this post helpful, share it with your friends on your favourite social networking site.