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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 5 edition (March 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140194289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401942892
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If you're tired of the same old diet books that promise transformation and give you disappointment, then do something new and nourishing for yourself. Learn from a woman who has dedicated her life to providing the kind of holistic care women need to get to the root of why they can't create the balanced, healthy body they long for. The Core Balance Diet takes you through the process Marcelle has used with hundreds of patients—a process that works. I highly recommend it!”

– Cheryl Richardson, author of The Art of Extreme Self Care, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace, Life Makeovers, and Take Time for Your Life

The Core Balance Diet is full of practical and accurate information that can help women regain metabolic balance so they can lose weight and gain vitality.”

– Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of The Secret Pleasures of Menopause, The Wisdom of Menopause, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, and Mother-Daughter Wisdom

 “Marcelle Pick is on the forefront of a revolution in women’s health and weight loss. The Core Balance Diet is brilliant - it gives women all the tools they need to change their lives forever.”

Frank Lipman, M.D., author of Spent and Total Renewal

“In The Core Balance Diet, Marcelle Pick has created a sensible program for women to finally reach and maintain their optimal weight. She takes a holistic look at our lives and lifestyle to get us the best results. Ultimately, what’s best for our weight is best for our overall well-being. This book will be a boon to many. I’m thrilled that it’s available!”

– Liz Lipski, Ph.D., CCN, CHN, Director of Doctoral Studies, Hawthorn University and author of Digestive Wellness and Digestive Wellness for Children
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Marcelle Pick, MSN, OB/GYN NP, co-founded Women to Women with a vision to change women's health care. The clinic pioneered the combination of alternative and conventional medicine, using a holistic approach that not only treats illness but also helps women make life choices to prevent disease. Women to Women continues seeing thousands of women from around the world each year. Pick earned a B.S. in nursing and a B.A. in psychology from the University of New Hampshire and an M.S. in nursing from Boston College-Harvard Medical School.

More About the Author

Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN and Pediatric NP grew up in Australia, surrounded by aboriginal cave drawings, healthy home-cooked meals, sunshine and beautiful crystal water. It was there that she gained an appreciation for the healing power of nature, whole foods, and positive thinking.

After earning a BS in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire School of Nursing, a BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and her MS in Nursing from Boston College-Harvard Medical School, Marcelle went on to co-found the world renowned Women to Women Clinic in Yarmouth, Maine with a vision to change the way in which women's health care is delivered. In her practice, Marcelle undertakes an integrative approach that not only treats illness, but also helps women make choices to prevent disease. She has successfully worked with thousands of women to help them create wellness in their lives.

In 2001, Marcelle co-founded Women to Women's Personal Program, exclusively available at This site is dedicated to helping women navigate their most common health concerns. This multimedia collection of information contains information to give women well researched information so that they are able to make informed decisions about their health - and in some instances transform their lives.

Marcelle is a prolific writer and passionate advocate for women's health. She is a regular contributor to Women to and The Huffington Post, and makes frequent media appearances to encourage women to take control of their diet and lifestyle which have included the Dr. Oz show and Martha Stewart's Whole Living.

Marcelle has just written her third book, "Is It Me or My Hormones?" which is scheduled for publication in early 2013. Her two previous best selling books, "The Core Balance Diet" and "Are You Tired and Wired" are popular throughout the world. Women everywhere love Marcelle's balanced approach to health care. Several themes run throughout all of Marcelle's written work including the importance of a healthy diet, a healthy lifestyle and looking at the impact of emotions on physical health.

Marcelle currently lives in southern Maine, enjoying time with her children, boating on the beautiful ocean and her newfound love of ballroom dance.

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I found the book to be very information with great explanations.
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This book leads you down the path to a healthful way of living.

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168 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Susan Schenck TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Core Balance Diet is a must-read for women who have, well...gotten off balance (which would include probably 85-95% of American women). And Marcelle (with Genevieve) include six common ways that we have lost our balance: digestive, hormonal, adrenal, neurotransmitter, inflammatory, and detoxification. Which of us has not experienced imbalance in one of those areas, let alone two or three?

Marcelle challenges the woman who thinks she would be too overwhelmed to make some dietary and lifestyle changes: "If you could help your partner to lose weight, or help protect your child's health, by changing what he or she ate for a month, wouldn't you try and do it? Now, aren't you worth that same amount of attention?" And she is only asking you to try her program for a month! After that, she assures you, you'll be free from your food addictions and hooked on your feeling great!

Balance, as you might suppose, also entails eating approximately a 30/30/40 ratio of healthy fats, protein and complex carbs (though not as strict as the Zone Diet). But it includes much, much more than that.

The book begins with an explanation of how imbalances lead to weight gain and aging and provides a layman's easy-to-read explanation of the systems.

Marcelle provides a Core Balance quiz for you to determine which of your systems are weakest. This is followed by a chapter on each system.
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151 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Linda B. on April 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I opened the Core Balance Diet expecting to fail, to not follow the plan, to not see results. I was willing to give it 30 days, which in the whole scheme of things was small in comparison to the years I neglected my health.

I was very impressed with the recipes in the book. Not only were they easy to prepare, but they were downright delicious! I had my favorites, which I made on more than one occasion. After a few weeks on the plan, I had a feel for what was 'allowed' and was able to make some minor adjustments without affecting the plan.

I have a hard time planning meals and eating early, so I decided I would double up on the recipes and freeze individual portions to take to work - this one choice is why I was able to stick to the meal plans so closely for the 30 days!

I only had a few issues overall. I was very fatigued the first few weeks, but it got better as the month wore on. Marcelle explained in the book that this was from the body releasing the toxins I had stored in my fat cells, so I wasn't concerned. My energy did start to come back. The only other issue I had was that I was so 'satisfied' all the time that I had a hard time fitting in the snacks between meals!

Not only did my digestive system balance out and act 'normal' for the first time in decades, but I lost 15 pounds over the course of the month. I am 5' 9" tall, and started the program approximately 60 pounds over weight, for those who might wonder.

The biggest news, is that I tried going back to my old eating habits, and my body very clearly told me it didn't like my 'old ways'! I have decided to stick with the healty lifestyle ongoing.

Thank you Marcelle!!!
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Tourville on April 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book really clicked for me (and like most, I've read many, many diet books). The premise of The Core Balance Diet is that successful weight loss happens only when key imbalances in the body are corrected (named in the book as digestive sensitivities, hormonal, neurotransmitter, adrenal imbalances, inflammation, and detoxification issues). Excess weight - especially weight carried around the middle or stubborn to lose pounds - is a key sign that the body is experiencing an underlying problem. As Pick writes in the opening chapter, "Extra weight is not a sin, it's a symptom--a sign of a core imbalance, an injury that must be healed before the body will feel safe enough to let go of its reserves." The first few chapters go on to describe in detail the physiology and mind-body connection behind weight gain, weight loss, and "toxic weight", pounds the body throws on from too much stress and eating too much processed food. The second part prescribes a 14-day detox period and offers menus, lists of foods to avoid, exercise recs, and encouragement for what these diet and lifestyle changes will bring the body. After following the 14-day detox, readers then take a series of quizzes to see what their core imbalance(s) might be. Separate chapters for each imbalance follow - all come with structured menu plans, exercise tips, etc. The last few chapters focus heavily on emotional healing and state of mind - these chapters alone would make a very powerful book. The resources section includes more recipes than you'll ever need to successfully follow the Core Balance eating plan.Read more ›
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