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The Hormone Diet

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Level of Effort: Medium to High continued...

Cooking and shopping: The plan calls for eating organic foods as much as possible. The recipes and 1-week sample menu are fairly basic, so if you’re not comfortable cooking the foods in the diet plan, your options may be limited.

Packaged foods or meals: Not required, though Turner recommends certain brands of supplements.

In-person meetings: No.

Exercise: Turner recommends getting roughly 30 minutes of exercise 6 days a week in a mix of strength training, cardio, interval training, and yoga.

Does It Allow for Dietary Restrictions or Preferences?

Vegetarians and vegans: The diet includes protein sources that would work for you.

Gluten-free: You give up gluten for the first 2 weeks of this diet. After that, gluten isn't completely off-limits. Turner does advise readers to avoid some processed carbs, like white flour and white rice, and to steer clear of any foods that they felt they had a bad reaction to after the detox phase.

What Else You Should Know

Cost: Eating organic will probably add to your grocery bill. Beyond your food shopping and supplements, the hormone tests Turner recommends may not be covered by your insurance.

Support: None, though Turner runs a Toronto clinic that offers health assessments, nutrition and exercise coaching, and other health and wellness services.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on December 10, 2013
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