For many years we have been led to believe that the best way to lose weight is just to 'eat less and exercise more'. However, for many women, this just does not work and, in fact, can actually restrict weight loss and facilitate weight gain. Worse than this is the damage it can do to women's hormonal health in the long term; creating thyroid issues, metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, heart conditions and menstrual disruption. Not to mention that it can affect mood and be a precursor for depression!
Registered dietician and trainer Kate Callaghan understands this all too well. For years she exercised for two hours a day and ate less than 1200 calories. She looked like a bundle of muscle with 13% body fat and a sixpack, but she lost her period, developed osteoporitic bones and discovered she was infertile. As a fitness professional, she was horrified by what she had done to herself. So she set about reconstructing her health, a process she explains in The Holistic Nutritionist for the benefit of other women. Kate writes: 'Are you a WO-MAN? Yes? Then you need this book!
Holistic Nutrition is written for women like me who find themselves up the hormonal creek without a paddle after years of over-exercising and under-eating, and being an absolute stress-head.
'I wrote this book for the women who might have been following a Paleo-style diet, which is working great for Joe-next-door, but it seemed to make them fatter and more tired. I wrote it for the women who have been told that they will be unable to fall pregnant naturally, will need fertility treatment and have been offered no alternatives. I wrote it for the women who need to lose weight and are advised, 'Just eat less and exercise more', even though they have been doing that to no avail for the past umpteen years. I wrote it for the women who are sick and tired of being told that their hormones-gone-bad symptoms are 'just-a-fact-of-being-a-lady-and-acceptit- or-take-a-pill'.
In a very down-to-earth and conversational manner, Kate completely dymystifies the science behind female hormones and how they are affected by diet, exercise and stress. She explains why low-carb diets do not help women achieve optimum health and can in fact cause serious health issues. Using her years of industry experience and training in dietetics, as well as the latest in scientific research, Kate outlines the ways in women can help nourish their bodies to not only look good, but feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. Kate covers vital points for women of all ages and lifestyles, from the athletes to the new mums, from the hard-charging cross-fitters to those just wanting to sleep better and have more energy.
About the Author
Kate Callaghan is an Australian holistic nutritionist and personal trainer with over fifteen years’ experience in the health and fitness industry. Having experienced hormonal chaos herself, Kate is passionate about helping other women find health and happiness, the natural way. Kate is the author of the popular blog ‘The Holistic Nutritionist’, and currently lives in Central Otago, New Zealand, with her husband and daughter.
"Hormone health and ditching diet and fitness fads is the (refreshing!) future of wellness. Kate is on the cutting edge of this, walking her talk." --Sarah Wilson, author, I Quit Sugar