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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm embarrassed to say, as an educated woman who is health and fitness savvy, I really didn't understand much about the endocrine system, how it works, nor the impact that nutrition has on its various processes. This book isn't just about "eating healthy." This is understanding the entire engine that drives feminine functionality. At first I thought the title was more of a catch phrase. Now, having read the book, I really get that there is a "code" that is very much like an operating system, one that we can influence and regulate and work with to become our best selves. What an eye-opener. I'm eating kale. I'm using aloe vera on my face. Super drop dead simple things to incorporate. It's all working. The changes the author promises offer real results. I'm shocked - and I wasn't even a skeptic, but so much of the nutrition information out there is conflicting or really complex to execute. Whether you're looking to lose weight, improve your libido, trying to get pregnant, or dealing with hormonal changes, no matter the age, this information should be required reading for every woman to understand her body and to help her become her best Self. It is also the perfect time to be having these conversations. As more and more women are deciding whether or not to "lean in" it is becoming evermore important to identify with our bodies so that we are clear about the choices we make. Incredibly important information and perfect timing. This is the beginning of a movement that shifts the focus from trying to compete with men, to owning ourselves as whole women. I'd buy one for myself, my mom, my grandmother, my daughters, my sisters.... you get the picture. I think this is the tip of the iceberg on this topic. This will be a long term reference manual and a practical "doable" blueprint for many lifestyle changes for me.
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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I think Woman Code is a fantastic book for all women to read, especially those in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Vitti does a great job of explaining how our bodies are supposed to function, the interplay between hormones and her message is extremely empowering. The idea that our hormone function is basically a system and we can knock over the dominoes, but we can also get it realigned and back into balance. Hormones have always been this black box and something that people feel are a puzzle and untouchable, but Woman Code gives you the tools to unlock it and figure it out. I also love the "every meal, every day" concept. It's a life-long effort and it takes real attention and work to make it happen, but it is possible. There just aren't any quick fixes. All good stuff! The reason I don't give this book 5 starts (and I wavered between 3 or 4) is because some of it reads like a blog post/promotional material. As soon as you pick up the book, you know that Vitti runs a successful business in NYC. You're likely to check out her website and know that she has distance products as well for those who are not local to NYC. If you're at all interested in her products, you'll know where to go, but she seems to chime in constantly about her clients, her business, her facebook page, where you can find more, etc etc. In my view, the beauty of writing a book is offering a low-cost product and getting information out to the masses. Undoubtedly, those who want more support know where to go, but when I buy a book I don't want it to be blatant promotional material for a practice. That's the aspect that feels a bit amateur to me here. But, overall, it's a great tool and something all women should read, whether or not they have known hormonal imbalance.
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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There are some good points in the book and it is definitely worth a read for every woman. However i have to agree with other reviews that there is far too much promotion. It would be fine if it were just a paragraph at the end of the book, so that people have the option to take things further and pay for this if they so wish. But unfortunately it gets pretty irritating as there's probably a whole page dedicated to this in each chapter if not more.

I would've liked a bit more detail into the nutritional areas. It's great to have a chart of which foods will be helpful for different parts of your cycle, however it would have been interesting to see specifically why these foods are good.

It may just be me with my interest in nutrition, and maybe this would be too much info for some, maybe a little overwhelming. However in my experience if you understand the details of how food works and why it is good for you, you're much more likely to stick to eating it and enjoy it as well.

It's a shame i feel if you're paying for a book it should have gone into a little more depth in each area. She could easily have done this if she scrapped the pages of constant promotion throughout. Too much money for what you get unfortunately.

I admire Alisa's intentions and knowledge, but the book could definitely be improved to be better value for money.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I got this book because I was desperate to get my PMS under control. My mood swings were off the charts -- crying, yelling & damaging to my relationships. I am 41 and done with having kids, and found that my cycle was changing and I just felt "different."

I saw results within the first two weeks with this book. I have been following many of Alisa's recommendations for over three months now have seen a 180 degree change. I bought a few of the recommended teas and supplements, but mostly I've been adjusting my diet. I already ate fairly healthy (mostly vegan); this book recommends specific foods on specific days of your cycle.

I rarely write reviews on Amazon but am doing so for WomanCode because I am so thankful for its existence and believe in its message. It has really changed my life!

Unlike some other reviewers, I did not in any way find it to be too self-promotional. Her anecdotes provided credibility and it made me feel that I wasn't alone with my struggles.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This book is an excellent read for the young ladies who struggle with managing the complexities of symptoms associated with all the weeks of a monthly cycle and who may be unaware of the many natural foods and homeopathic solutions. It does not specifically focus on peri menopausal or menopausal symptoms.
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36 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
About a year after moving to New York City, I started having two periods per month, sometimes menstruating for 14 days at a time. They were incredibly painful, my emotions were all over the place, and my skin was breaking out like never before. I often experienced bleeding during sexual contact, and was consumed with worry about my health. I consulted several doctors, and each one gave the same answer — “I don’t know what to do about this.” I was confused, frustrated, and scared when an enlightened friend referred me to FLO Living.

In my consultation with Alisa, I knew I was in the right place when she said, “Don’t worry — I know what’s going on here.” Feeling heard, acknowledged, and loved in that call was my first step towards healing.

My work with Alisa was nothing short of a miracle. I started feeling better after the very first session, and began to create a new dialogue with my body. She is a wise and empathetic listener, and I felt wrapped in love and healing energy after every session. She introduced me to new, delicious foods and powerful supplements that helped my body return to its natural balance. We also addressed the ways in which my work and relationships were affecting my health. Most importantly, though, she gave me a true peace of mind, and helped me get rid of my own judgment and shame about the messages my body was sending me. Alisa created a safe space and guided me gently into embracing and nurturing my feminine energy. By the end of my program, I felt juicy, healthy, alive, and more comfortable with my sexuality and my body than ever before. Through FLO Living, I now have one normal period per month, without use of any drugs! I don’t experience the pain or emotional turbulence that I did before, and have learned how to create healthy boundaries in my life to keep stress levels down. My skin is clear and gorgeous, and I enjoy nurturing myself with whole, fresh foods (and the occasional cupcake of course…).

I am SO excited that Alisa's life-changing, and indeed life-saving, work is now available in this wonderful book.

I would recommend FLO Living to any woman, whether she is struggling with her health or simply wishes to live her best life. It is the best thing I have ever done for my health.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
My cousin was treated by the author with great success, so I thought that this book would have been filled with truthful information. While I found the info on adrenal fatigue and the blood sugar/hormonal connection valuable, the diet portion didn't go so well for me. My hair started to fall out, and I felt cold and miserable when I followed her instructions to a T.

Later on I switched to what I was eating to a more animal protein based diet (Dr. Weston A Price), avoiding all whole grains, and my hairline is so friggin thick and luscious. Plus my skin is more clear when I eat more animal protein -- I found her anecdote on animal protein causing cystic breakouts to be wrong. I feel amazing and my periods are effortless now. So, this book isn't a one-size fits all protocol.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I suffer from endometriosis that seems to get worse and worse every year. I'm in my 20s and want to start a family with my husband within the next year, so every day I live in horrible pain is a day I wonder if I will even be able to have children. After numerous visits to different doctors (who want only to put me on several different birth control pills that all make me have panic attacks), I've been trying to treat things naturally myself. I eliminated caffeine and wheat, ate mostly vegan with tons of fresh veggies, and took about every supplement ever recommended, and still it just seemed to get worse every day.

I found FLO Living last fall after a friend with PCOS recommended it to me, but didn't want to commit to signing up with the program and paying the money without knowing if it will actually work for me. So when the book came out this spring, I immediately bought it and gave it a shot.

WOW. It's only been three weeks, and I can feel the difference already. I thought I had tried everything as far as diets and supplements, but as the book points out, you can't just throw healthy foods and supplements randomly at your body and expect it to get better. As a nurse, I thought I had a pretty complete understanding of my body. Wrong. This book taught me the daily and monthly cyclical nature of my body. Not just what to eat, but when, how, and how much makes just as much difference.

I will agree with another reviewer that there is some heavy self-promotion to join the official program (which is moderately expensive)throughout the book. But then again not everything you need to know to take care of your body for the rest of your life can be fit into a book. If I continue to improve, I do intend to join the online program and take it to the next level.

I have bounds more energy, my face has cleared up, and this month I have had significantly less cramps/pain. I've never once had to take a pain pill since I started, or had sudden stabbing pains that come out of nowhere. I have not had my period yet, which for me will be the real test. But compared to what my life was like, I am SO THANKFUL to have found FLO Living and this book!!

UPDATE: When my period came, I was in severe pain for one day. ONE DAY! This may not sound like a positive to most. But after being used to having cramps for the entire second half of my cycle only to be followed by pain on my period so horrible it felt like I was being eviscerated, this was a huge victory for me. I hope it will just continue to get better in the future! If you're on the fence on whether or not to try the program, JUST DO IT! Healthy food and positive affirmations will certainly never harm you!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this book and am excited to start the cleanse soon. I never knew my body and how it functions until I read this book. I have turned friends and family onto the book. BIG problem I have is the constant Floliving endorsements interspersed with quality info. I get that she can't say everything in a book, I get it's a tough time in business and a girl's gotta eat..believe me I get it. I just think that it takes away from the information and I found myself getting tired of her constantly selling her business. Add to that the prices on her website are out of reach for many many women including myself so one feels left out. Other than that the book is a goldmine of information and the cross training food with your cycle was not only inspired but absolutely makes sense! Buy it! Read it and follow it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I am not an endless diet fad jumper or organic 'nut'. But after reading this book on a recommendation from an acquaintance, and after feeling just tired all the time and half the woman I used to be (at the ripe old age of 36) but still trudging on (poor me), I did the 4 day cleanse. After day 2 with a slight headache, I thought, I don't think I can do this. But on day 3 and hereafter, I am a new, energized, happy girl, 7 lbs down, and feel good all the time. Never hungry, enjoying new foods, not even craving junk! What a transformation! Now to add the exercise!! Woohoo!! I also changed most of my household items for chemical free organic stuff. I'll NOT go back. I can't afford it. I owe it to me and my family! OK, now I sound like a nut. But really it's worth the effort. My antidepressant never did this for me.
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