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Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: Book Review

Hey, hey there. I can’t tell you how many of my friends in their 40’s are experiencing thyroid issues. Yes, it is a hormonal crazymaking thing. No it isn’t  just women. Yes, some people need surgery for it. No, not everyone needs surgery- the good news according to this book is that you can heal thy-self.

The book: The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, Hardcover 384 pages.
Author: Aviva Romm
Publisher: Expected publication: January 31, 2017 by HarperOne
Purchase: Amazon, available January 31, 2017, preorder: $17.77

I received this book from Edelweiss in return for honest feedback on the book. Affiliate links in this post.

Now- I must give you a caveat- I have a major problem with books that claim that real diseases can be cured and avoided with diet or self care alone. That seems to me a little patient-shaming ie. it puts the onus on the person with the problem- hey, you have cancer? You must have done something to get it- smoke? of course you have it. Do you eat terribly? Then of course you have diabetes- this kind of blaming thing drives me nuts. I think jumping on a bandwagon of self-cure is dangerous, so I am treading lightly here folks- That said… Let’s move on to my take on this book which outlines some helpful possibilities for hormonal imbalance relief.

Let me start with giving you some info. about the author:

Aviva Romm. She is an M.D. as in board certified family physician- so I like that- she is also an herbalist, midwife, and overall expert in lots of women’s health issues. Right away, I am interested in what she has to say, because she is so well versed and balanced in all areas of her practice- approaching cures from both a medical and also alternative point of view. I can get behind this. Plus she is really well known in her field, having been recognized by Yale earning its Internal Medicine Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Community Service. She was instrumental in creating Yale’s first integrative medicine curriculum and is now a member of the Yale Integrative Medicine Program’s Advisory Board- plus you may know her already from her work with Mark Hyman and Dr. Oz.  So okay-  she’s got the chops.

Her book, the Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, is

a “proven 4-week program to rescue your metabolism, hormones, mind & mood.”

It is outlined as follows:

Part 1: The S.O.S. principle or the root behind all your problems is Survival Overdrive Syndrome, or basically stress in all areas of our lives: environmental, physical, mental, and others.

Part 2: The Solution, outlined in phases:

Reboot Your diet- specific to thyroid issues, so it’s not all what you think!
Reframe How to start sleeping more and stop being so hard on yourself!
Repair Some strategies for getting back to balance.
Recharge What tests to get at the doctor & other questions you need answered.
Replenish A sustainable plan for moving forward.

Each of these topics is addressed in full, as in the underlying issues and how to change them. A full sample menu is provided with each phase, along with supplements recommended. She has medication recommendations for people who need a doctor’s care. After these are covered at length, then the rest of the book has some recipes to put into action, and a plan to work with an integrated physician (someone who combines medicine with alternative approaches).

She includes several inspiring quotes throughout the book, and introducing each chapter, but I just kind of love her introductory Epigraph: When sleeping women wake, mountains move.–Chinese ProverbWhen sleeping women wake, mountains move.

So true. I think empowering ourselves with all options to health is a smart one. We are our own best advocates kind of idea, yes?

My take:

I think I just may put into action this plan of hers. It was worth a read for sure, and I found it informative, and not too preachy.

I particularly found very informative that if you are training for a marathon, adrenal depletion often occurs from the incredible stress on your body. Restoring your body after an event, with a plan like this may be beneficial for these symptoms.

How do you know if you need this book? If you have more energy at night then in the morning, have headaches, rapid heart beat, breakouts of excema or psoriasis, have “foggy” brain, new onset of IBS, new anxiety or depression for no reason, can shake weight no matter the amount of exercise or diet restrictions. These are common adrenal fatigue symptoms. They may be symptoms of a more serious problem, but if you consult your doctor and check out as healthy…this book may offer you a lifeline. In that case, I would highly recommend it.

If you want to try to exhaust all possibilities to relieve symptoms of adrenal-like fatigue, slow metabolism, or otherwise, without medicine…If you have already seen a doctor, and you have borderline adrenal and hormonal imbalance that can possibly be helped with diet and lifestyle changes…If you are open to looking at all methods both medicinal and alternative to health…then this is a book for you. Got it? Great. I am not a doctor. This is just a book review! Aviva Romm also has some social to check out if you are interested: Facebook, Twitter, Website

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Go For a Run! My Running Wish-List for May

It has been ideal for running, as far as our weather here in New England: cool, low humidity, not too much wind. for me, this is the best type of weather…Except the pollen! Oh my word, friends. I haven’t laced up my new shoes in 3 weeks! Well, 2 weeks ago, I did do a 3 mile run, but then proceeded to get bogged down with allergies and a wicked bronchitis type of cold. It has been B.A.D.!

I always think a break from regular routine is good, so that I appreciate what I have missed during my lounge-time, but enough is enough! I am sick of being sick! I need NO allergies and my lungs to feel clear and light again! So my #1 Wish is for nice, pollen-free weather. Can we make this happen please?

Running Faves May 2016 | Hardly A GoddessMy #2 Wish is that I hope my mojo hasn’t fallen off too far from the wagon! I want to try out these new shoes some more and have an excuse to buy some cute running gear, which is my Wish #3!

Here’s my running-wear wish-list to feel that motivation to get out there soon:

Running Faves May 2016 | Hardly A Goddess

And for shopping, these are, clockwise from top-left corner:

  1. Oiselle: Birds of a Feather Tank, look at how pretty, and long- key for a long-torso gal!
  2. ThugLife: “World’s Okayest Runner”, because it makes me smile, and maybe it’s true~
  3. Flip Belt: Original Belt, man, I need something to bring all my junk!
  4. Victoria’s Secret: Incredible Sport Bra, High impact and comes in tons of fun colors!
  5. Oiselle: Distance Shorts, 2 zip pockets and an internal pocket for a key (or Advil!)
  6. Lululemon: What the Sport? Tee, lots of colors and flares to not cling at the bottom.
  7. R-Gear: Handheld 10oz. water bottle, I need this!

Do you have a wish list of running gear, too? I actually have a longer list, but these are some of my right-this-minute wants and sort-of needs! The sneaks were the only real need, but the bra is super important, I must say! Have a great day, and I hope you get to enjoy a run or exercise today! I am still in my PJs. That would be a good start. Get dressed. Hmmm. Wish me luck!

Linking with Tuesdays on the Run 

Race Training…Again! Getting Back in the Saddle After Taking Time Off

I keep in touch with so many of you by sharing what is going on in my life, here on the blog, so if I don’t share something on HAG, people get like, “I didn’t know you were doing that?! Why didn’t you tell me?!”

So I am telling you. I am doing a marathon in October, a half-marathon in August and a bunch of little races in between, to gear up.

This has been the process that I do:

  • Take the winter off.
  • Feel like my body has a break from all the pounding of the pavement.
  • Mentally recharge, and put energy into other interests: food and books.
  • Get antsy to run when it gets a little warmer out.
  • Plan the big race.
  • Sort of plan, but usually sign up last minute for the little ones.
  • Reign-in on the winter-eating-plan (
  • Start a running plan.

Doesn’t that sound official? Haha! Sorry-It’s been a while since I have posted about running here on the blog, so I am out of practice. Actually, I have been running a bit here and there all winter, since it has been so mild, but I have been enjoying weight training, band workouts, PIYO, and walking. When I run and am not training for races, I don’t wear a watch and just try to enjoy myself without thinking about pace, or distance. I love getting back to that, but I lose motivation if I stay doing this for too long.  So a race is exactly what I need now to get my exercise mojo going!

*This is not a beginner plan. The long runs are long. So this plan won’t start for me until May 30th. Up to then, my weekly mileage goes up every week until I can build up my running wherewithall. It starts at 12 miles per week total, and gradually increases until 22 miles per week, and then I start!

Here’s Part 1 of the training plan:

Marathon Training week 1-9 | Hardly A Goddess

You can access the full marathon (as opposed to just HALF of a) training plan .pdf HERE in Google Docs. And then make any changes you want to it! You’re welcome!

I created it from looking at several plans, mostly these:

Jeff Galloway’s Plan– 30weeks
Hall Higdon’s Novice Plan (mixed with Novice 2, and Intermediate 1)- 18weeks
Hal Higdon’s Marathon 3 Plan– Run only 3 days a week (injury prevention)- 24 weeks
Runner’s World Half- Plan– double it for 24 weeks

Here’s how I tailor it to my needs:

  1. My previous experience with plans like these I listed above.
  2. Most importantly, my own personal schedule. I am not ever able to do a long run on a Saturday, as my kids have sports all year long, on that day. I bump it to Sunday, and then use Monday to do a rest day. It is just how I need to make it work for me.
  3. For the off-days, I will still do some weights in the 1st half of the schedule, definitely stay with the PIYO workouts (BeachBody), and the band workouts (LesMills, BodyVive). These have been awesome for both flexibility and strengthening my core, and hips…both need extra help to prevent injury, in my own experience.
  4. It is always open to change. I have learned that no one running plan is “the one” for me. I cross-out, write over, make changes as I go. Except with #5.
  5. Always stick to the plan as far as mileage. Always do the entire long run. Walk if you need to. Just don’t skimp, because the training is for your mental and physical readiness. You need to know how far you can take it to be ready to go the full 26.2 baby!

The second half of the plan, after my half-marathon, I back off on the weights a bit, and I switch to a 3 day a week plan, using that middle day for spin. This is a totally new approach for me this year, but my goal is to keep from injuring myself…I am no spring-chicken after all, my friends!

What are you doing for races this year? Do you take time off? How do you motivate to move?

*Please take this and all exercise, fitness, and health advice under care of a professional- Of which, I am not one. See full disclosure page if needed.

I am adding this to the Wild Workout Wednesday link up with AnneMarie from Fit Foodie Mama,  Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus to bring you workout ideas, motivation, inspiration and recipes to try.