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A guide to conquering burnout and increasing your energy from a leading medical doctor and nutrition expert   EXHAUSTION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE YOUR NEW NORMAL Does it feel like your life is too busy, your days are too short, and you're feeling overworked, overstressed, and overtired?   Chances are you’ve asked your doctor for help, only to be told that it’s because of your age A guide to conquering burnout and increasing your energy from a leading medical doctor and nutrition expert   EXHAUSTION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE YOUR NEW NORMAL Does it feel like your life is too busy, your days are too short, and you're feeling overworked, overstressed, and overtired?   Chances are you’ve asked your doctor for help, only to be told that it’s because of your age, or your workload, or, worse, that it’s just “normal.”            If so, you’re not alone. Women of all ages are suffering from an epidemic of fatigue and burnout. But exhaustion doesn’t have to be your new normal.  Inspired by her personal wellness journey, integrative medical doctor Amy Shah has created this program so that you can regain your energy and reclaim your life. The key is tapping into the powerful energy trifecta: the complex relationship between your gut, your immune system, and your hormones.  Drawing on the latest science and her work helping thousands of clients, Dr. Shah explains how to transform your life by changing:   What You Eat: Increase your vegetable intake and sip Dr. Shah’s hormone-balance tea to tamp down inflammation and heal your gut, without giving up your wine and chocolate! When You Eat: Changing when you eat and practicing intermittent fasting – the right way – will help you feel energized all day long. How you manage stress:  Simple, stress-busting exercises and herbs like Ashwagandha and Amla berry help calm the Adrenal system and ease anxiety. In just two weeks, you’ll feel your energy surge. In three months, you’ll feel like a whole new person. It’s time to regain the energy you’ve lost, so you can get back to the life you want to live.   


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A guide to conquering burnout and increasing your energy from a leading medical doctor and nutrition expert   EXHAUSTION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE YOUR NEW NORMAL Does it feel like your life is too busy, your days are too short, and you're feeling overworked, overstressed, and overtired?   Chances are you’ve asked your doctor for help, only to be told that it’s because of your age A guide to conquering burnout and increasing your energy from a leading medical doctor and nutrition expert   EXHAUSTION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE YOUR NEW NORMAL Does it feel like your life is too busy, your days are too short, and you're feeling overworked, overstressed, and overtired?   Chances are you’ve asked your doctor for help, only to be told that it’s because of your age, or your workload, or, worse, that it’s just “normal.”            If so, you’re not alone. Women of all ages are suffering from an epidemic of fatigue and burnout. But exhaustion doesn’t have to be your new normal.  Inspired by her personal wellness journey, integrative medical doctor Amy Shah has created this program so that you can regain your energy and reclaim your life. The key is tapping into the powerful energy trifecta: the complex relationship between your gut, your immune system, and your hormones.  Drawing on the latest science and her work helping thousands of clients, Dr. Shah explains how to transform your life by changing:   What You Eat: Increase your vegetable intake and sip Dr. Shah’s hormone-balance tea to tamp down inflammation and heal your gut, without giving up your wine and chocolate! When You Eat: Changing when you eat and practicing intermittent fasting – the right way – will help you feel energized all day long. How you manage stress:  Simple, stress-busting exercises and herbs like Ashwagandha and Amla berry help calm the Adrenal system and ease anxiety. In just two weeks, you’ll feel your energy surge. In three months, you’ll feel like a whole new person. It’s time to regain the energy you’ve lost, so you can get back to the life you want to live.   

30 review for I'm So Effing Tired: A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy, and Reclaim Your Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This is a great book whose title called to me because I am, in fact, so effing tired. I really appreciated that this book was written by a doctor with a traditional Western medical practice who is also open to some functional medicine and traditional Chinese medicine ideas into her practice. Dr. Shah focused on how hormones can contribute to problems of fatigue, which was an issue I'd considered but none of my doctors (either traditional docs or naturopaths) had really addressed with me. I reall This is a great book whose title called to me because I am, in fact, so effing tired. I really appreciated that this book was written by a doctor with a traditional Western medical practice who is also open to some functional medicine and traditional Chinese medicine ideas into her practice. Dr. Shah focused on how hormones can contribute to problems of fatigue, which was an issue I'd considered but none of my doctors (either traditional docs or naturopaths) had really addressed with me. I really appreciated all the specific dietary information and advice, even though it is of course not easy to hear. (Sugar is the root of nutritional evil. I know it, I've heard it, but still I struggle with giving it up!) Because this book was written by an MD, it has a lot less "woo" than some of the books on this topics I've read and is very science-based. Dr. Shah intersperses her advice with stories of patients from her own practice and with her own story, which I found compelling. (I always find doctors who have personal experience with these things to be the most empathic and sometimes the most motivated to help.) There is also a lot of great information about intermittent fasting and how to safely and properly use fasting to benefit your health. She also provides some great recipes and ingredients and hormone balancing foods to break your fast like chai lattes and almond-vanilla chia seed pudding, which sound like they will help a lot with steering away from sugar. An extremely informative book and I have begun to try some of the intermittent fasting already. Thanks to Dr. Shah, NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt press for the advance copy. 4.5 stars!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    This book has some good advice but it is also advice you'll find in most of the self-help health books out right now. Basically, your lack of energy comes down to: eating too much sugar, not getting enough sleep, exercising too much (that's a relatively rare one and one that's kind of nice to hear), having too much stress, not eating enough fiber, eating too much junk, having a toxic environment, not taking care of your gut health, etc. The answer is in getting enough sleep, eating TONS of fiber This book has some good advice but it is also advice you'll find in most of the self-help health books out right now. Basically, your lack of energy comes down to: eating too much sugar, not getting enough sleep, exercising too much (that's a relatively rare one and one that's kind of nice to hear), having too much stress, not eating enough fiber, eating too much junk, having a toxic environment, not taking care of your gut health, etc. The answer is in getting enough sleep, eating TONS of fiber and vegetables, cutting out sugar, etc. She provides a WTF plan (I forget what this stands for? something with whole foods?) that is plant-based for the most part. I appreciate that Shah is a medical doctor, a mother, and someone who's worked with thousands of patients doing exactly this. I liked all the case histories of tired women who couldn't lose weight or feel better and how they turned things around. I also really appreciated the fact that she stressed again and again that overdoing "good" things was just as bad for you -- running marathons and exercising nonstop without rest days, sacrificing sleep, etc. There is a big focus on stress management and self care. I got very sick with covid last spring/summer and learned the hard way that my lifestyle was far more deadly than I thought, even though I ate all natural and organic, cooked from scratch, avoided chemicals, was a relatively healthy weight, etc. I was chronically sleep deprived, stressed, fueled by coffee and "healthy" carbs, and my immune system absolutely failed me. I used serious changes like prioritizing healthy sleep, meditation, sunlight, tons of water, breathing exercises, gentle exercise, laughter and self care to help heal my blood pressure, heart, lungs, kidneys, muscles, joints, nerves and mental health (going keto also helped me personally), so I know firsthand that this stuff matters. I've read it lots of other places in the past few years, but that's not to say it's not well said here. One note-- modern health books either promote plant-based (vegan or vegan-like) or very-low-carb (keto or keto-like) diets as a modern lifesaver. I've used both plans in my life to regain my health and both were very helpful for me. This one is the plant-based route, but it has lots of good information no matter how you eat. There's also quite a lot of very specific information about tests to run, supplements that can help, little things that make a difference, the truth about "adrenal fatigue" and more. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carla (happiestwhenreading)

    For years, I’ve tried to figure out what the heck is going on with my body. I’ve tried nearly everything and spent countless dollars with medical doctors, natural paths – I’ve even had surgery! All in an effort to figure out why my energy levels are so low. I won’t say this book introduced any new groundbreaking information, but I didn’t know much about Intermittent Fasting (IF) and I was curious. I think I want to give her WTF plan a try (laid out in the book), and I’m going to focus on followin For years, I’ve tried to figure out what the heck is going on with my body. I’ve tried nearly everything and spent countless dollars with medical doctors, natural paths – I’ve even had surgery! All in an effort to figure out why my energy levels are so low. I won’t say this book introduced any new groundbreaking information, but I didn’t know much about Intermittent Fasting (IF) and I was curious. I think I want to give her WTF plan a try (laid out in the book), and I’m going to focus on following the guidelines of an anti-inflammation diet. This book gave me the confidence to give it a try!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Tobias Christian Fischer

    Life is simple: Eat healthy, eat healthy, and eat healthy. Sleep enough. Exercise. Seems obvious, or?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    I didn't think I needed this book, but it was excellent - a doctor & friend's guide to a better lifestyle. After reading the introduction, I was immediately pulled in - doctor Amy Shah writes with such a funny and raw voice that it doesn't really feel like you're just reading a doctor's advice, but also a good friend's. Throughout the book, I definitely had a feeling that she 'gets' it, and this is so important when it comes to learning something that would stick with you. She also includes very I didn't think I needed this book, but it was excellent - a doctor & friend's guide to a better lifestyle. After reading the introduction, I was immediately pulled in - doctor Amy Shah writes with such a funny and raw voice that it doesn't really feel like you're just reading a doctor's advice, but also a good friend's. Throughout the book, I definitely had a feeling that she 'gets' it, and this is so important when it comes to learning something that would stick with you. She also includes very personal anecdotes, such as her dad's growing up in Western India, which makes it even more fun and friendly. Even though I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to learning about nutrition, I'm not so good with implementing what I learn. Even though I already knew a lot of what Amy is whiting about (only as far as nutrition is concerned), I felt it was very helpful in convincing me to actually do what I know is right for my body. Most important thing - Amy doesn't advocate for any kind of diet, but a whole, plant-based nutrition with plenty of exercise and healthy lifestyle. She is very understanding of people choosing to eat meat, but prompts you to choose it wisely, and really think about it due to the hormones it contains. You will learn so much about hormones from this book that you won't be able to keep it to yourself. Ultimately, I think it' a very useful book, especially for readers who haven't studied the science of hormones and nutrition. I personally would have liked more depth and detail, especially when it comes to scientific evidence. The information included in this book is not really new, but Amy Shah puts everything together brilliantly - and there's a lot of value in her work. *Thank you to the Publisher for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsay

    “Bottom line: Our chemistry and biology impact our moods, thoughts, and emotions, which in turn all play a major role in influencing our stress, energy levels, and overall physical health.” While I found the overall premise of the book interesting, I caution the reader to do your own research. Several of the topics discussed in the book remain unfounded by rigorous scientific research. The author mentions several times, “the research remains up in the air.” So please, do your research, consult yo “Bottom line: Our chemistry and biology impact our moods, thoughts, and emotions, which in turn all play a major role in influencing our stress, energy levels, and overall physical health.” While I found the overall premise of the book interesting, I caution the reader to do your own research. Several of the topics discussed in the book remain unfounded by rigorous scientific research. The author mentions several times, “the research remains up in the air.” So please, do your research, consult your own medical professional. That being said, the topics of gut health and hormones interconnectedness with mood and affect are fascinating and this book has sparked an interest in a topic that I will continue to research. A substantial portion of the book discusses intermittent fasting, power foods, and various recipes to reduce sugar and increase consumption of foods that aid in anti-inflammation. Sincere thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin for access to an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I have lived with Type 1 Diabetes for over 30 years, so I have read just about every book about health under the sun. Or at least try to. This one was fantastic. I honestly thought it would be the same ol same ol for me, but this doctor's writing makes even information I might have known new and interesting. However, it’s great for anyone who has no knowledge of nutrition as well as those who have some. She also talks about intermittent fasting, a hot topic, and shares her own ways for circadian I have lived with Type 1 Diabetes for over 30 years, so I have read just about every book about health under the sun. Or at least try to. This one was fantastic. I honestly thought it would be the same ol same ol for me, but this doctor's writing makes even information I might have known new and interesting. However, it’s great for anyone who has no knowledge of nutrition as well as those who have some. She also talks about intermittent fasting, a hot topic, and shares her own ways for circadian fasting, as well as a nutrition plan and recipes for healthy, plant-based eating. She talks about gut health, a great reminder of how important that is to keep our energy levels up. She also briefly touches upon mental health and the energy tolls negative metal energy can wreak. A definite keeper for me, and a book I highly recommend for anyone who wants to feel better, increase their energy, and expand their knowledge about health.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ryan |

    Although this one doesn't come out until March next year, you can pre-order it now and I would HIGHLY recommend it! It's the wellness book I've been waiting for... The one that finally gets that Hormones, Gut Health and Inflammation make up the energy WTF (what the eff) trifecta. Amy talks about how they all effect each other and by balancing them you can find your way back to more energy. After this year we could all use some body balancing!! Exhaustion doesn't have to be your new normal! If you Although this one doesn't come out until March next year, you can pre-order it now and I would HIGHLY recommend it! It's the wellness book I've been waiting for... The one that finally gets that Hormones, Gut Health and Inflammation make up the energy WTF (what the eff) trifecta. Amy talks about how they all effect each other and by balancing them you can find your way back to more energy. After this year we could all use some body balancing!! Exhaustion doesn't have to be your new normal! If you picked up this book odds are you have been asking yourself the same question... Why am I so effing tired??? Dr. Shaw has created this program so you can regain your energy and your life! With chapters called "How did our Hormones Get So Effed Up?" And "Inflammation is an Energy Leech" Shaw's humorous and informative approach brings new ways to increase your energy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bagus

    Actually, I’m not an avid fan of ‘self-help’ books since I often think that it tastes like some form of manipulation to my mind. And I’m not akin to the fact that my mind is being manipulated by some books to serve the need for modern industrial society to keep itself going. But let’s face it, many of us feel tired somehow of this endless pursuit of a modern way of life and cannot see what it means to us. Some of us find solace in spiritual pursuits, through work, or even a social institution li Actually, I’m not an avid fan of ‘self-help’ books since I often think that it tastes like some form of manipulation to my mind. And I’m not akin to the fact that my mind is being manipulated by some books to serve the need for modern industrial society to keep itself going. But let’s face it, many of us feel tired somehow of this endless pursuit of a modern way of life and cannot see what it means to us. Some of us find solace in spiritual pursuits, through work, or even a social institution like family to keep our mind sane amidst all adversities. And I won’t object that ‘self-help’ books might be needed to keep our minds in check, to stay balanced without neglecting the essential parts of what constitutes our daily motion. “I’m so effing tired,” the title of this book is self-evident in itself, and I’m sure many of us feel the same way about our daily lives. And through this highly personal book, Amy Shah describes that she and many of her patients felt this inexplicable tiredness, despite the fact that conventional medical tests count their states of the body as in a perfectly healthy condition. As a practising doctor, the author seeks to answer through the latest findings that perfectly match some neglected habits that our ancestors used to do, but we no longer practice now due to the fast-paced modern lifestyle. The author describes some common symptoms that occur frequently: * Fatigue (checked) * Sleep disruption (checked) * Cravings for both sweet and salty foods (checked) * Excessive need for stimulants such as caffeine (checked) * Vague but persistent digestive problems (checked) And that was how I finally decide to give some benefits of the doubt to this book. There is this concept called the energy trifecta, that keeps our energy balance in check. A good starting point, don’t you think? The energy trifecta includes our hormones, immune system, and gut health. The three of them are interrelated, as they influence each other as the key to boost our energy. Based on these three factors, the author develops a plan that she calls WTF plan that she describes as to why the eff was I so tired? — a very catchy name in itself. The explanations aren’t boring, as Amy Shah is keen to use very informal phrases to keep us relaxed throughout this book without compromising important medical terms. The WTF plan follows through these three questions to change our habits and in turn transform our lives: * What you eat * When you eat * How you manage stress I got sceptical at first, especially with regards to the author’s claim that the plan is proven effective and will show recognisable effects within 2 weeks of practice. And it’s been barely a week since I began to digest (no puns intended) the contents of this book and incorporate WTF plan into my daily life. But it goes without saying that a simple tweak of the three questions in the WTF plan indeed has changed my life for the better for all it’s worth! I totally recommend it for anyone who seeks ways to keep their well-being checked through simple and scalable changes. And basically after the halfway part of this book, the author’s tone changes from being authoritative about the energy trifecta into guiding us through various cooking recipes related to the WTF plan. Honestly, I did not see that much point in incorporating various recipes as the main contents in this book, as it is less relevant to the topic itself since people could tweak their habits and diets according to their personal schedules, geographical regions where they live, and preferences. However, I see it as part of good faith in providing some good examples for the readers to kickstart their own WTF plan. Many of the information provided in this book is more intended towards women audiences as the author disclaimed in the introduction since most of her patients are women. Therefore, we will see contextual analysis such as the effects of some modern products to mimic estrogen that causes hormonal imbalance in women, to note some part of it. Compared to it, there’s not much comparable information on men’s counterpart, although I understand that this book is more intended towards providing general remarks rather than giving extensive knowledge on the issue. Thanks NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing the electronic Advance Readers Copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe Jane

    This review was originally posted on my blog: www.iamphoebejane.com. As a writer, I spend my days spinning tales of fantasy, horror, and all things supernatural. However, as a reader, I have to admit, my guilty pleasure is self help books. I love reading books that offer insight on self improvement. Books that encourage the reader to overcome adversity, break out of molds, and strike out for unusual dreams may all seem cliche. However, I am always looking for ways to better myself as a person. Th This review was originally posted on my blog: www.iamphoebejane.com. As a writer, I spend my days spinning tales of fantasy, horror, and all things supernatural. However, as a reader, I have to admit, my guilty pleasure is self help books. I love reading books that offer insight on self improvement. Books that encourage the reader to overcome adversity, break out of molds, and strike out for unusual dreams may all seem cliche. However, I am always looking for ways to better myself as a person. This is why I was eager to get a sneak peek at I’m So effing Tired by Amy Shah, MD. The start of this book was completely relatable. Women who feel run down, stressed and feel a physical manifestation of their anxiety and stress? It was like looking into a mirror as I checked each and everyone of those boxes. Yet, this book turned out to be more science and medicine than I expected. There were several concepts that were described in great details such as the master glands, cortisol imbalance, and synthetic estrogen. I have no doubt of Dr. Shah’s intelligence, but there were many times when I felt as if she was talking so far above me, the text only increased my stress levels. Filled with anecdotal evidence of the benefits of high fiber, fresh vegetable diet, coupled with intermittent fasting and regular exercise, this book read as a reminder that health can be traced to eating, habits, and workouts. These are all tools in my wellness arsenal but I still find myself so elfin tired and this book did not help. This ARC was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Lewis

    "I'm So Effing Tired" by Amy Shah is one of the first self help books I've read. I really liked the format and how in depth Shah gets into the science behind why we need to make certain changes. It did get slightly repetitive and I did find myself saying "Ok, I want to actually see the plan now!" Though intermittent fasting is not new, I appreciate Shah's approach of doing what's best for you. There are levels of the plan from beginner to advanced and two weeks worth of recipes are included. It "I'm So Effing Tired" by Amy Shah is one of the first self help books I've read. I really liked the format and how in depth Shah gets into the science behind why we need to make certain changes. It did get slightly repetitive and I did find myself saying "Ok, I want to actually see the plan now!" Though intermittent fasting is not new, I appreciate Shah's approach of doing what's best for you. There are levels of the plan from beginner to advanced and two weeks worth of recipes are included. It is described as a reset, but one that Shah suggests you continue for several years to see optimal results. I am excited to try some of the recipes even though I am not at a point in my life where fasting is ideal (Shah mentions several reasons why you might not be a good candidate for fasting). I also appreciated that Shah mentioned several non-food related ways to destress and focus on a whole life change, not just a quick fix diet. In fact, she explicitly says this is not a program designed for losing weight. As I was reading I was concerned about how those with disordered eating could be affected by this plan, but Shah also addresses that saying not to do IF if you struggle with an eating disorder. Overall, I appreciated the book and will take parts of it to implement into my own life.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pearly Williams

    This easy-to-understand and well-written book is highly recommended if you would like a better understanding of your hormones, gut health, and inflammation. Amy explains how they all affect each other and by finding the right balance you can find your way back to more energy. Loaded with lots of scientific and medical evidence, there were several useful concepts that were well described in detail, such as cortisol imbalance and its effects, a synthetic estrogen, and master glands. Amy also talks This easy-to-understand and well-written book is highly recommended if you would like a better understanding of your hormones, gut health, and inflammation. Amy explains how they all affect each other and by finding the right balance you can find your way back to more energy. Loaded with lots of scientific and medical evidence, there were several useful concepts that were well described in detail, such as cortisol imbalance and its effects, a synthetic estrogen, and master glands. Amy also talks about intermittent fasting and her approach of doing what's best for you is really helpful. She also talks about the benefits of high fiber, fresh vegetables coupled with regular exercise. There are levels of the plan from beginner to advanced and two weeks' worth of easy-to-follow recipes included. It is described as a reset, but it has to be followed over a reasonable length of time in order to to see optimal results. Overall, I appreciated the book and will take parts of it to implement into my own life I would like to thank Amy Shah and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. Summary: Recommended for anyone tired of being exhausted and wish to kick start a healthy lifestyle. Well written, with lots of useful information, laid out in an easy-reference format.

  13. 5 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    Nothing completely groundbreaking - a lot of information here I'd heard about before but she does a REALLY good job tailoring her advice to how it will specifically help women to increase energy, feel better and less tired. She really stresses the importance of what and when you eat (ie more vegetables and less sugar, nothing three hours before sleep or immediately after waking), getting as much sleep as possible (less than 6 hours is not enough - something I'm totally guilty of) and advocates f Nothing completely groundbreaking - a lot of information here I'd heard about before but she does a REALLY good job tailoring her advice to how it will specifically help women to increase energy, feel better and less tired. She really stresses the importance of what and when you eat (ie more vegetables and less sugar, nothing three hours before sleep or immediately after waking), getting as much sleep as possible (less than 6 hours is not enough - something I'm totally guilty of) and advocates for Intermittent fasting (something that works better for some women more than others depending on how it's done). Lots of self-care tips and LOTS of information on how hormone levels can effect women's overall health/energy levels/degree of fatigue. Filled with examples from actual women that are encouraging (women who exercise too much or too hard or have trouble losing weight, etc). Definitely a book worth taking a read through, she offers a flexible plan that anyone can adapt to what works best for them. I recommend it for anyone feeling the effects of stress, burnout or overall fatigue - easy changes to make include getting outside more, taking more time away from devices and aiming for 12,000 steps a day. Other great books to help with burnout include Can't even by Anne Helen Petersen or Burnout by Emily & Amelia Nagoski.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marie Aitchison

    Are you f*cking tired even after getting 8 hours of sleep? SAME Are you drinking cup after cup of coffee trying to get your energy up? SAME In I’m So Effing Tired: A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy and Reclaim Your Life, Amy Shah, MD discusses how to fix energy issues through lifestyle and diet changes that she has found and proven to work for her patients. Amy is a “double-board-certified Doctor of Medicine who studied at Cornell, Albert Einstein, Harvard, and Columbia.” She is als Are you f*cking tired even after getting 8 hours of sleep? SAME Are you drinking cup after cup of coffee trying to get your energy up? SAME In I’m So Effing Tired: A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy and Reclaim Your Life, Amy Shah, MD discusses how to fix energy issues through lifestyle and diet changes that she has found and proven to work for her patients. Amy is a “double-board-certified Doctor of Medicine who studied at Cornell, Albert Einstein, Harvard, and Columbia.” She is also a Mother of two and knows how much high energy is crucial in parenting. Dr. Shah has discovered a connection between hormones, the immune system, and gut health. She discusses how to balance the three together along with a food plan that lowers inflammation in the body. The entire description sounds brilliant and the info is presented in an enjoyably readable way. I am continuing to read this one, and learning so much! My science minded brain is whirling with information and I am very excited to put her plan into effect and turn into the Energy Bunny. 🥁 🐰 Thank you @netgalley for providing me this ARC to review. It’s a great lifestyle and health read, and is out on the shelves TODAY!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    This is the perfect title. It completely encapsulates how we all feel. We don't talk about the real fatigue and burnout epidemic much, especially how it directly relates to our nutrition, lifestyle, habits, and mindset. The author starts in such an open way, telling us about her car accident and how it made her stop, think, and re-shift priorities. Then, of course, there is a bunch of excellent advice in this book on changing the habits causing chronic fatigue. The author talks about the effects This is the perfect title. It completely encapsulates how we all feel. We don't talk about the real fatigue and burnout epidemic much, especially how it directly relates to our nutrition, lifestyle, habits, and mindset. The author starts in such an open way, telling us about her car accident and how it made her stop, think, and re-shift priorities. Then, of course, there is a bunch of excellent advice in this book on changing the habits causing chronic fatigue. The author talks about the effects of overactive cortisol and how it makes you feel like you're under the gun all the time. Fixing fatigue is not about doing less; it's actually about doing more of the things that recharge us. The book focuses on what we need to do to improve women's health by creating a mind/body connection and understanding how focusing on nutrition, lifestyle, and self-care can give us an energy boost and affect our moods. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/dr-...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Miss B

    Highly informative book about hormones and the effects of imbalance, something rarely discussed when visiting a GP in my experience. I found the sections detailing the hormonal system most interesting, and something different to other gut health books. The reason I gave this 3* is because at times the book goes a little too far in term of cutting things out, in my opinion (such as gluten/grains and dairy) - she does say that if you handle dairy well then to include it but from reading other book Highly informative book about hormones and the effects of imbalance, something rarely discussed when visiting a GP in my experience. I found the sections detailing the hormonal system most interesting, and something different to other gut health books. The reason I gave this 3* is because at times the book goes a little too far in term of cutting things out, in my opinion (such as gluten/grains and dairy) - she does say that if you handle dairy well then to include it but from reading other books I would be cautious of cutting out major food groups, seems there is conflicting evidence here. However, the messaging on plant diversity and increasing fibre is consistent with other professionals in the field. I’ve definitely incorporated the circadian fasting following the book, and am more mindful of my hormones. I was already on a predominately plant based diet, and have chosen not to follow the food plan.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maneki Neko

    The title and cover of this book caught my eye, and while I don't usually read self help titles, I decided to give this one a try. While I can see how others would appreciate this book, it really read like GOOP/wellness/pseudoscience more than anything else to me. It's not preachy, but it reeks of privilege. Do you have a problem like asthma, depression, fatigue, acne, mystery rashes, IBS, food intolerances, etc, etc, etc? Stop eating sugar. Don't eat carbs! Clear everything out of your makeup c The title and cover of this book caught my eye, and while I don't usually read self help titles, I decided to give this one a try. While I can see how others would appreciate this book, it really read like GOOP/wellness/pseudoscience more than anything else to me. It's not preachy, but it reeks of privilege. Do you have a problem like asthma, depression, fatigue, acne, mystery rashes, IBS, food intolerances, etc, etc, etc? Stop eating sugar. Don't eat carbs! Clear everything out of your makeup cabinet right now, just throw it all away, there could be *parabens* in there! Do not use plastics! You must start eating only organic food! I guess this might work, but it's highly unrealistic, and in the end, just not evidential enough for me (besides the author's long list of anecdotal evidence from her own practice and life) to plan my life around. The writing was approachable, and if I were desperate, I'd probably buy into it too.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    First, let me make it clear that I do not view self-help health books as gospel. I read with the reminder that the authors of these books have their own interests in people following the guidlines/diets they talk about. Dr. Shah is no exception to this. In the book she states supplements are not the answer to this issue, beware people who claim they are, you don't need supplements. Lo and behold, guess what she sells on her website. Yup, supplements that help if "you suffer from low energy, chro First, let me make it clear that I do not view self-help health books as gospel. I read with the reminder that the authors of these books have their own interests in people following the guidlines/diets they talk about. Dr. Shah is no exception to this. In the book she states supplements are not the answer to this issue, beware people who claim they are, you don't need supplements. Lo and behold, guess what she sells on her website. Yup, supplements that help if "you suffer from low energy, chronic brain fog, or out-of-control hormones, Balance + Restore is designed to bring you back to optimal health." The book itself is easy to read and does have a lot of good information. This is information I made note of and will be discussing with my doctor. Some of the recipes included are tasty and all are healthy. The beginning of the book is a good primer on biology and topics such as hormones. Good info just take it all in with a questioning eye.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Bruning

    A “self-help” book based on evidence and science always piques my interest more than one based solely off of the experience of the author. I really enjoyed the first third of the book the most, with the review of the body’s intricate hormonal pathways. The actual plan that she has formulated is definitely doable, and easy to alter for different lifestyles and schedules. I became more conscious of what I am putting into and on my body, along with how much (or little) I move throughout the day. Th A “self-help” book based on evidence and science always piques my interest more than one based solely off of the experience of the author. I really enjoyed the first third of the book the most, with the review of the body’s intricate hormonal pathways. The actual plan that she has formulated is definitely doable, and easy to alter for different lifestyles and schedules. I became more conscious of what I am putting into and on my body, along with how much (or little) I move throughout the day. This book is clearly tailored more to a vegetarian lifestyle, with recipes and detailed meal plans included. While reading, I’ve worked to time my meals better, increase my vegetable intake, and seriously cut back on sugar and caffeine. I have to say, I’m noticeably less effing tired than I was 2 weeks ago.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    OMG, this book screamed my name across the bookstore. My eating & stress levels have been out of whack during the pandemic, which I think is causing me to feel pretty crappy. Needless to say this book is perfect timing for me. A lot of the content was pretty science focused, yet easy to understand. My big takeaways were IF (Intermittent Fasting) and more calming workouts. Stop eating after a certain time so your stomach can take a break. She compares your stomach working to constantly hosting a OMG, this book screamed my name across the bookstore. My eating & stress levels have been out of whack during the pandemic, which I think is causing me to feel pretty crappy. Needless to say this book is perfect timing for me. A lot of the content was pretty science focused, yet easy to understand. My big takeaways were IF (Intermittent Fasting) and more calming workouts. Stop eating after a certain time so your stomach can take a break. She compares your stomach working to constantly hosting a dinner party. If you are eating late at night there is no time for rest and clean up. Also, she writes about how strenuous exercise is not always best and can cause more stress. Switch things up with Yoga and hikes! Feeling better already after just a couple of days of fasting from 8pm - 8am.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Verity Ashton

    The great title lured me in to read this book. The author has a really great writing style, she's informative and comes across like a very kind doctor/confidant and friend. Her central premise that our hormones, gut and immune system isn't quite as revelatory as she thinks though, and the over used analogy between the body and a highway started to grate after a while. Whilst her advice is solid (eat better, exercise better, don't get too stressed and sleep) it isn't really new information that t The great title lured me in to read this book. The author has a really great writing style, she's informative and comes across like a very kind doctor/confidant and friend. Her central premise that our hormones, gut and immune system isn't quite as revelatory as she thinks though, and the over used analogy between the body and a highway started to grate after a while. Whilst her advice is solid (eat better, exercise better, don't get too stressed and sleep) it isn't really new information that these things will make us feel less tired. The case-studies somehow lack depth and seemed to be ticking off a broad spectrum of kinds of women, rather than relating to actual people. All in all, I liked the book, but would have preferred more depth of science and nuance to the book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    I received a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. This book wasn't for me, but I thought the premise would be a little different. This is very much a self help book that focuses on food, sleep, and other factors. There's some information about mental help, but the book is mostly about the physical symptoms and diseases that can cause fatigue. There's information on hormonal imbalances and other illnesses. The author really emphasizes that food and ex I received a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. This book wasn't for me, but I thought the premise would be a little different. This is very much a self help book that focuses on food, sleep, and other factors. There's some information about mental help, but the book is mostly about the physical symptoms and diseases that can cause fatigue. There's information on hormonal imbalances and other illnesses. The author really emphasizes that food and exercise are important, and they are, but sometimes changing your lifestyle just isn't enough. There are also recipes included in the book which I thought was an interesting touch. I can see how it could help some people.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    There was a lot of info in this book that I found applicable, and it made sense. I really appreciated that Dr. Shah first of all is a doctor but more that she had the same issues herself and noticed them in her patients, and then she took the time to figure out what to do for improvement. It is not a diet book, but rather a lifestyle change of what, when, and how you eat in order so that the systems in your body can work together in the optimal way they were intended to. The book got fairly deta There was a lot of info in this book that I found applicable, and it made sense. I really appreciated that Dr. Shah first of all is a doctor but more that she had the same issues herself and noticed them in her patients, and then she took the time to figure out what to do for improvement. It is not a diet book, but rather a lifestyle change of what, when, and how you eat in order so that the systems in your body can work together in the optimal way they were intended to. The book got fairly detailed in information on how the body functions and works together, but Dr. Shah's writing style made the information approachable. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I really enjoyed this book. It was very well researched and the author explained complex things in a simple way that anyone could understand. The advice was very helpful and well organized in the book. As a bonus, there are recipes in the book. Haven’t tried any yet, so I can’t vouch for them. The only negative I have to say about the book, is that a lot of the advice is extremely difficult to implement for most people. It would have been helpful for her to share example schedules for people who I really enjoyed this book. It was very well researched and the author explained complex things in a simple way that anyone could understand. The advice was very helpful and well organized in the book. As a bonus, there are recipes in the book. Haven’t tried any yet, so I can’t vouch for them. The only negative I have to say about the book, is that a lot of the advice is extremely difficult to implement for most people. It would have been helpful for her to share example schedules for people who are busy stay at home moms with school drop offs, busy people in their careers, etc. We really only saw the perfect solution, which isn’t very applicable to most people.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This book was interesting—the author breaks down how hormones, gut health, nutrition and lifestyle contribute to exhaustion. This would be great for someone new to studying nutrition. I appreciate her emphasis on yoga, Ayurveda, and a vegetarian diet. Basically, it all comes down to eating a ton of veggies within a 12-16 hour window, getting enough sleep, connecting with nature, and doing gentle exercise. Stuff we all know we should be doing! *I am not tired all the time, but I do love a good nut This book was interesting—the author breaks down how hormones, gut health, nutrition and lifestyle contribute to exhaustion. This would be great for someone new to studying nutrition. I appreciate her emphasis on yoga, Ayurveda, and a vegetarian diet. Basically, it all comes down to eating a ton of veggies within a 12-16 hour window, getting enough sleep, connecting with nature, and doing gentle exercise. Stuff we all know we should be doing! *I am not tired all the time, but I do love a good nutrition book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julia Hall

    Thank you Amy Shah, MD and NetGalley for this eARC. This book is a tool for anyone with hormone issues, autoimmune diseases and leaky gut. As someone who battles Hashimotos, adrenal fatigue, insulin resistance and some other fun autoimmune stuff she is 100% starting with diet. A lot of these practices I have tried and honestly find the most success when I just eat clean. I can’t wait to try several recipes for this book. Thanks again!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dax

    This was informative and written in a way that made me more receptive than usual. While much of what Dr. Shah wrote makes me feel like my world is falling apart, maybe it might help my body from actually falling apart. I listened to the audiobook version of this and now have the physical copy on order too. Gotta dig deep into the meat it (of which she doesn't want you to have - ish). This felt very nonjudgmental and I look forward to looking at it even closer. This was informative and written in a way that made me more receptive than usual. While much of what Dr. Shah wrote makes me feel like my world is falling apart, maybe it might help my body from actually falling apart. I listened to the audiobook version of this and now have the physical copy on order too. Gotta dig deep into the meat it (of which she doesn't want you to have - ish). This felt very nonjudgmental and I look forward to looking at it even closer.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    I'm So Effing Tired... I can relate to many of the personal patient stories Dr. Shaw shares, but I feel like I learned nothing from this book other than eat 8 servings of vegetables a day! It was repetitive information, but well researched and detailed in explanation. I enjoyed the recipe section and feel this should have been expanded into a cookbook format with just an introduction which includes the rest of the book condensed into a few pages. I'm So Effing Tired... I can relate to many of the personal patient stories Dr. Shaw shares, but I feel like I learned nothing from this book other than eat 8 servings of vegetables a day! It was repetitive information, but well researched and detailed in explanation. I enjoyed the recipe section and feel this should have been expanded into a cookbook format with just an introduction which includes the rest of the book condensed into a few pages.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Feeney

    I originally started reading this with a group because we thought it was a parenting book. We were pleasantly suprised that the book had so much useful information on health and how your diet, your hormones and your gut affect your energy levels. I’ve made some changes in my diet and although it takes time, I can already tell a difference. This isn’t your typical health book. The author relates to you through stories of herself and clients, which I really liked a lot

  30. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I received an ARC via a giveaway compliments of the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. That has no bearing on my opinions. This is a book best read in small timeframes as the science can be a bit overwhelming. I freely admit I scanned those sections. She offered some good relatable advice and provided several recipes.

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