Recently, I had the pleasure of talking to Sara Gottfried, a Harvard-educated physician, wife, mom, and author of the New York Times best-selling book, “The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality With The Gottfried Protocol.“
If you click the play button on the video at the top of the page, you’ll be able to hear the entire podcast. But if you’re short on time – or if reading’s more your thing – I have an excerpt of our conversation here.
In the first installment (there was so much exciting information, I couldn’t fit it all into a single blog post – there will be another coming next week!) … Dr. Sara and I talk about hormones and the role they play in your health. It’s very personal to her …
Dr. Steve: How did you get interested in the role of hormones in weight loss?
Dr. Sara: I was a train wreck in my 30s. I was fat, frazzled and frumpy. Like many working moms, I was burning the candle at both ends. I was about 25 pounds overweight, so I went to my doctor and said, “I’ve got PMS, a spare tire around my waist, I don’t want to have sex with my husband, and I just feel crazy-pants, like all the time. Help me!”
I still remember shivering in one of those pathetic paper gowns. He said to me, “Well Sara, the math on this is really simple. You need to exercise more and eat less.” And then he offered me an antidepressant and a birth control pill.
Dr. Steve: Did you listen to his advice?
Dr. Sara: That was a defining moment for me. I was a stress case, but I wasn’t depressed. And I didn’t think taking a birth control pill was going to solve my problems. I also suspected that exercising more and eating less was not the answer. I was already a runner, logging 4 to 5 miles at a time, 4 times a week.
I had a hunch my problem was hormonal. And indeed my cortisol was 3 times what it should have been. It took me about a month to fix it. And that just changed everything.
Going through medical training, I was always taught that advances in medicine are the big technologies, some new laser or some new big surgical advance. But after 20-plus years of practice, I now believe that the most powerful reset you can have for your body is to change the way that you eat, move, think and supplement.
Dr. Steve: Amen, and very well said. We talk a lot about cortisol here at RealDose, so I’d like to talk about that for a bit.
Dr. Sara: In my 30s, cortisol was the dark lord of my life. Not only did it give me a muffin top and make my PMS worse, it robbed me of thyroid hormones, so I was losing hair and gaining weight. I was moody; it was making me feel less resourceful. And it was making me feel more triggered in my marriage.
Dr. Steve: Wow. For this to be happening in your 30s is crazy.
Dr. Sara: It is crazy. And not only that, I also had issues with blood sugar. I’d have crashes where I would start to get jittery and irritable and start to snap at my husband.
So I had to look at what was going on with cortisol, what was going on with insulin. I also had an issue with leptin resistance. When I took those on and stabilized my blood sugar, it made all the difference.
Dr. Steve: So what DID you do?
To find out what Sara did to balance her hormones and stabilize her blood sugar (not to mention, take off the weight), look for my next blog post next week. If you can’t wait that long, you can go here to see the entire podcast.