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With WomanCode, holistic health coach Alisa Vitti
shows women how to maintain health and vitality with a food-based
program to rebalance their hormones.

Alisa Vitti found herself
suffering through the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS),
and was able to heal herself through food and lifestyle changes.
Relieved and reborn, she made it her mission to empower other women to
be able to do the same.

Whether you are suffering from irregular
periods, fertility issues, depression, or lack of sex drive, Alisa Vitti
says that meds and anti-depressants aren’t the only solutions.
Groundbreaking and informative, WomanCode educates women about
hormone health in a way that’s relevant and easy to understand.
And the five-step protocol can markedly improve health and overall
quality of life.

Bestselling author and women’s health
expert Christiane Northrup, who has called WomanCode the
"Our Bodies, Ourselves" of this generation, provides an
insightful foreword.



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Reviews for WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source:

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May 23, 2018

Just an Ad for a Very Expensive Online Course
This book makes big promises but never actually provides the details needed to achieve your goals. Alisa’s approach is almost completely food-based. Great! I read through the whole book expecting to get to the part with menus, recipes, grocery lists, etc., but it never came. At the end of the book, she directs you to her NYC-based business website. It turns out that to get to the real details of the “Woman Code” you have to pay A LOT of money (i.e., thousands of dollars) to enroll in additional courses. The book provides very general information, but by the time I got all the way to the end, I couldn’t help but feel like I had been tricked.
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April 23, 2018

Don't waste your money.
Total waste of money on a book filled with self promotion. There are literally five pages in the book with actionable information and the rest just goes on and on about nothing. I found her food recommendations list on Pinterest - it's really that short. Everything else is much too vague (as it's clear she wants you to purchase and take part in her program for more customized information). If you're having period or hormonal problems and truly want an action plan, check out The Period Repair Manual. It's much more comprehensive and written by an actual naturopathic doctor, not just someone with an integrative nutrition degree. I really wanted to love this book but was sorely disappointed and frankly insulted that she included so little information (and so much self promotion) in a book that claims to provide a food-based program/protocol to rebalance hormones.
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March 18, 2017

Extremely repetitive life story?
I am 63 pages into this book and so far the author has literally shared the same ideas over and over again: you need this, I'm going to show you how to change your life with this, this really works.... I still have yet to learn a damn thing. I am going to finish reading, and just maybe I will return to update this review.
3

Jun 14, 2013

While this book was filled with silly shit like swearing an "Oath To Your Ovaries" (fuck off), I really did find a lot of helpful information between its Price-purple-rain colored covers. If you appreciate or can withstand the eccentric snatch-worship hippie shit (not that I don't worship at my own temple...I'm fucking awesome) it's got some cool science minded information about how your hormonal cycles affect you, what foods help to alleviate symptoms, cure hormone-related problems and have While this book was filled with silly shit like swearing an "Oath To Your Ovaries" (fuck off), I really did find a lot of helpful information between its Price-purple-rain colored covers. If you appreciate or can withstand the eccentric snatch-worship hippie shit (not that I don't worship at my own temple...I'm fucking awesome) it's got some cool science minded information about how your hormonal cycles affect you, what foods help to alleviate symptoms, cure hormone-related problems and have more sex (holla!)

It's got a yummy sounding 4-day detoxifying cleanse that involves...wait for it...EATING FOOD. That's right, contrary to what you'll be bracing yourself for after oathing to your ovaries, she never suggests insane fasting diets or a juicy road to starving yourself clean. In fact, I was really expecting some batshitty shit but she never really rockets into total loo-loo land.

Sure, you may find the idea of syncing your life with your menstrual cycle bizarre but not me. I will take any excuse to tell the world to fuck off while I am PMSing because my sacred bodytemple is simply crying out for rest. And Project Runway marathons. It's in a book, people. That shit is FACT.

Overall this is a quick, interesting and slightly insane read. ...more
3

August 16, 2017

I think this book has some good information, I just wish it was a little ...
I thought this book had some helpful information, but you need to weed through a lot of fluff to get there. There was nothing substantial being said until about page 75. The author spends a lot of time telling you what she is going to do to help you and why it is important, and it is often repetitive for each and every chapter. Also, a lot of information was missing. She gives a menu of foods to eat during different cycle phases, but never explains why each food is helpful. Overall, I think this book has some good information, I just wish it was a little more informative and to-the-point.
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May 14, 2016

It was painful to read this book
I agree with all 1-2 stars reviews. It was painful to read this book. I had an impression Alisa is starving, that's why she desperately needs to advertise her center in Manhattan, and she also needs to advertise herself and her book even though I already bought it!!!

Probably 5% of the book has important information, but I honestly cannot count how many times she repeated "pcos, infertility, low libido" phrase. It's on every other page! PCOS, infertility, libido. One more time, in case you already forgot. PCOS, infertility, libido.

From the first chapter I had a feeling I was watching one of these TV shows, where a host tells you "Do you want to be healthy?" - "Yeas we want!" - "Do you want to improve your fertility?!" - "Yes we want" - "Soon I'm gonna tell you how to improve your libido!!!!" - "In the previous chapter you've read that using my protocol you can improve your fertility, get rid of PCOS and improve your libido!!!!" - "Yeaaaah!"....
I mean it, it was very annoying.

I found this book to be a good start for further research. For example the author claims we shouldn't use toothpaste with sls in it (and if you proceed to her site and open market section, you'll find there Tom's of main, a toothpaste with sls!). She explains well why we need to stabilize blood sugar level, and I would say it works. Also she gives lists of food you should eat during different phases of your cycle, but she gives no explanation on why I should eat celery for example, or lamb instead of beef. I understand why I should consume more fibers or reduce dairy, but why celery and strawberries? I would expect to have this info in the book.
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February 1, 2018

Booooring, where are the cliffnotes
She spends so much time talking about herself. I skipped to page 20something she's still talking about herself. She keeps mentioning how she's going to help you and then start on her autobiography 🤔 This is just a money maker for the author.
5

May 26, 2017

EVERY woman should read this book - Life Changing!
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!
I had PCOS for 6 years. When I was 19 the doctor told me I'd never be able to have kids naturally, and I was on birth control for the next 4 years, until I got so sick of their side effects (depression, anxiety, more) that I quit. I hated my broken body, felt worthless and lost all hope of ever having a family or normal life. After almost 2 years of no periods and trying every diet and program out there to heal PCOS, I found Alisa's TED talks and quickly ordered her book. Within a month of doing the diet and cutting the chemicals out of my life, my period actually came back!!
4 months of healthy periods later, my husband and I conceived a healthy baby, a miracle! My hormones balanced and got normal periods after breastfeeding, and now we're expecting our second!
You really have so much control over your own health. It comes down to how you're nourishing your body from the inside out. The book outlines a simple, practical way to clean up your diet/lifestyle, and allow your hormones to heal themselves naturally. Every woman should have access to this information and the empowerment it brings. To be able to heal yourself naturally (and not be dependent on the damaging drugs that only mask the problem) is so freeing, and I wish I had access to this information years ago.
5

February 19, 2017

LOVE
love the information in this book. I use it as my bible. I have lost so much weight, acne has cleared, digestion has improve greatly, I am now ovulating, and stress free all because of this book. Do yourself some good and BUY!
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Dec 27, 2015

A LOT of self-promotion, branding and pep-talks. In between all the rah rah being a woman is so awesome, and your "Flo" is awesome too, there is some pretty good advice.

My advice? Get it from the library.
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Jun 14, 2013

I really despise the name of the book, because it's actually about your endocrine system and bringing it into balance. Super interesting (and not as condescending as the name suggests) so far.

Now that I'm done...I liked it! The author shares her system for working with your cycle to bring your endocrine system (adrenals, blood sugar, fertility - it's all related) into balance. She's got good info on managing your blood sugar, your stress, and then syncing up your life to your natural cycle via I really despise the name of the book, because it's actually about your endocrine system and bringing it into balance. Super interesting (and not as condescending as the name suggests) so far.

Now that I'm done...I liked it! The author shares her system for working with your cycle to bring your endocrine system (adrenals, blood sugar, fertility - it's all related) into balance. She's got good info on managing your blood sugar, your stress, and then syncing up your life to your natural cycle via exercise and nutrition....which sounds cheesy when I write it, but it makes a lot of sense (you have different levels of energy at different stages in your cycle, you crave and need different food, etc) ...more
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January 7, 2018

This book is a very long add aimed at getting you to subscribe to her expensive consulting services.
I thought buying the book was enough. Nope. You have to buy the book then waste your time reading it to find out that what you really need to do is go to the website and subscribe to get the information you need. There were literally 2 pages of useful info. I do have to credit the writer there. No one else is talking about the 4 hormonal phases of the menstrual cycle. This info was actually really good. But do yourself a favor and google it.
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Aug 19, 2016

I was really excited to read this book, but it ended up being a huge disappointment. I felt like Alisa spent too much time talking about less important matters and not enough time touching on the aspects that I was truly interested in. For example, she spend page after page talking about how important it is to eat the proper way for balanced blood sugar levels but then spends only 3 pages giving the actual information on how to eat this way. I, for one, do not need more motivation to eat the I was really excited to read this book, but it ended up being a huge disappointment. I felt like Alisa spent too much time talking about less important matters and not enough time touching on the aspects that I was truly interested in. For example, she spend page after page talking about how important it is to eat the proper way for balanced blood sugar levels but then spends only 3 pages giving the actual information on how to eat this way. I, for one, do not need more motivation to eat the right way but like to have much more specific information on why I need to eat a specific way. For example, she says to avoid tuna but then doesn't ever say why. That was the kind of information I was looking for. I was excited to change some of my habits and create better health, but Alisa simply did not motivate me. I could see how meeting with her 1:1 in person through her consultation practice could be beneficial, but without a 1:1 consultation, the information was way too broad for me. ...more
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Jan 31, 2017

This book contains:

35% promises of big revelations that will be soon revealed (and never really will), "success stories" and advertising for online courses;

25% strict 'advice' about how to live your life which I feel can be triggering and/or discouraging for people with ED/self-acceptance issues, as well as impossible to reach if you're a human being;

20% information about the menstrual cycle and related biological changes and effects (the endocrine system);

20% woo-woo rambling about energies and This book contains:

35% promises of big revelations that will be soon revealed (and never really will), "success stories" and advertising for online courses;

25% strict 'advice' about how to live your life which I feel can be triggering and/or discouraging for people with ED/self-acceptance issues, as well as impossible to reach if you're a human being;

20% information about the menstrual cycle and related biological changes and effects (the endocrine system);

20% woo-woo rambling about energies and presumptions about the reader's experiences.

A disappointment, particularly when it promotes a miraculous cure for everything when the main idea is really quite simple: eat more vegetables, consume less meat, prioritise sleep, reduce stress. ...more
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August 6, 2018

Not really convinced....
I've visited Alissa's website many times before and I also have read some of her blog posts, same as instagram posts and I use her app My Flo. So far I've always liked the info she gives and the first time I heard the concept "cycle syncing" was kind of revealing for me, I think it's so smart and important every woman knows that. The book disappointed me though, she's very repetitive and she's just pushing you to go to her center and purchase more things. The idea of healing through food is great, but I think the info in the book is vague and incomplete.
In my opinion, this book could be tremendously helpful for someone who suffers from PCOS, infertility or other conditions and doesn't't have a healthy lifestyle, but if you don't (like my case) this type of info can even have some negative effect if you buy EVERYTHING she says. It's great to know about your different phases and have tips on how to navigate them. Great. Every woman, healthy or not should know that. But I think she kind of conditions you to believe that if you do not follow her protocol the exact way she says (because honestly, It's kind of impossible to live like that unless you sacrifice all your social life, work, etc) you'll get imbalanced and sick as a consequence.
The reason why I've followed Alissa's info is because sometimes I break out, but her info and tips didn't't do anything for me. Actually taking her advice on using chlorella tablets and Vitamin B to fight acne just made me break out more. Later I found out that when you suffer from acne, iodine (chlorella, spirulina, seaweed) and biotin (Vitamin B complex) can really mess up with you and made it worse. I stopped taking them 2 weeks ago and my skin is almost clear.
So, bottom line: it's great to have access to more alternative info on how to take care of your body that's different from the traditional western point of view (I'm not a fan of gynecologists approach either and I stay away from medicines as much as I can) but everything is a balance and you can't be too fanatic believing ONLY food can heal you and ONLY her protocol (which can be very rigid, I mean she says that you shouldn't even drink green tea because of it's small amount of caffeine) is going to save you.
If you want to read an AMAZING women's health book, read Women's Bodies Women's Wisdom. That resonated with me way more.
5

Jan 02, 2014

This book is really excellent! It has been a life saver for me this year and I'm so glad I decided to follow much of the advice as a new year's resolution. Vitti also has brilliant videos on Youtube. Some of the best advice is to eat plenty of fruit and veg. It's a given but your 5 a day is not enough. You need to vary them a lot more and rotate them so instead of having a large serving of broccoli with your dinner, make that broccoli, cabbage, asparagus and green beans.
Also, not eating when This book is really excellent! It has been a life saver for me this year and I'm so glad I decided to follow much of the advice as a new year's resolution. Vitti also has brilliant videos on Youtube. Some of the best advice is to eat plenty of fruit and veg. It's a given but your 5 a day is not enough. You need to vary them a lot more and rotate them so instead of having a large serving of broccoli with your dinner, make that broccoli, cabbage, asparagus and green beans.
Also, not eating when you're hungry is just as bad as eating sugary snacks. Your blood sugar level drops and because I like to wait for the lunch time rush to calm, it was one of my big mistakes so now I carry around some nuts to snack on when I get hungry.
Finally, Vitti strongly recommends switching to paraben free and organic cosmetics. I have done this and although it was a huge commitment and an investment of money and time researching, I have not looked back. It has actually been very enjoyable experimenting with new products from health food stores and researching them online. To date, I particularly like the brand Neal's Yard. Their skin care range is excellent as is their make up. Beautiful blushers and bronzers and Kielh's do a lovely BB cream. With the benefits of eating lots of fruit and veg, you will no longer need as much make up as you thought you needed before. This is definitely a life changing book. ...more
3

November 15, 2018

There are better books on this topic
I agree with what a lot of other people have said. This book does have a lot of fluff. She talks a lot about how she's going to tell you what you should be eating, but doesn't really tell you until the middle of the book. And even that information is unorganized. After you read the book, you will wonder what was important and what wasn't.
A lot of the ideas weren't realistic such as: eating according to your menstrual cycle stages. Who has time for that?
And there's no way to know if it works. A lot of the book doesn't mention medical studies. This lady seemed very keen
on selling her products to you. There also weren't many diagrams of important body parts she was discussing. I would rate this book a C+. It wasn't a complete waste of time, but there are other books that are a lot better. I would recommend two other books called:Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Toni Weschler and the Period Repair Manual:by Lara Briden. But if you only can buy one, it would be Taking Charge of Your Fertility. But I think they are both different enough, if you have money for both, id buy both. I have read and highlighted all books.
3

July 18, 2017

Hurry up and wait.
Super excited about the promise of this book. Has taken way too many pages to get to the meat of it.
3

February 13, 2017

Just eh
Kind of in the middle of whether this book was helpful or not. I wish she got rid of the fluff and went straight to the point.
2

June 7, 2017

I was skipping whole pages of fluff
This book was painful to read. I had to search for actual substance and flip through painful fluff and promotion. Badly needed an editor
1

November 16, 2018

Like watching an infommercial - UGH
I cringed all the way through this book. It's so schmaltzy that it's almost unbearable to read. I kept waiting for the author to get to the point and the meat of the information, and she simply never did. It really is one long pitch for her website and online materials. Save your money - if you want to spend it on her materials, just skip straight to the website instead.
3

August 17, 2016

We have three copies of the book.
My wife has this book on her Kindle, she has a paperback copy and an audiobook and has yet to finish one. She keeps trying to get into it but I swear the first two chapters could be cut. It's a bunch of fluff. I know, I got to listen to it in the car. Even my wife asked me "Did she say anything there?" The book always seems like it will get to some point in those first two chapters but the wheels keep spinning but you aren't going nowhere. When the book does get somewhere you need a medical book to keep up. Its not clarified and is rough. So now my wife is researching everything and we are talking full medical books, cards, constantly on the computer trying to fully comprehend what was said, what it means and if it applies to her.
1

December 10, 2018

Less than a dozen helpful pages
I heard the author on a podcast, and I thought her book might have something to say. However it's near worthless if you're trying to be educated. If you're looking for more modern indoctrination of food & health trends, then you're going to love this book. I can't believe I've wasted time and money on a back that has less than a dozen pages worth of helpful and slightly insightful information. I kept hoping it'd get better or get serious, but the first 4 chapters (alone) are spent on telling that there's so much to tell you and how much you'll learn, but of course, it doesn't deliver after chapters & chapters of hype and her own story, which never gets related to actual substance. I wish I'd read the bad reviews first.
3

Nov 30, 2016

Well. I heard about this book from listening to The Lively Show podcast. As a sufferer of PCOS, I thought this might be helpful, but much of the diet kind of stuff is what you can read on any uber-healthy trendy blog--wheat, dairy, and sugar are out; vegetables and lean protein are basically the only things that are in. I can't subscribe to such a restrictive diet.

I DID like the in-depth explanation of different phases within the menstrual cycle, along with her tips on how to maximize your Well. I heard about this book from listening to The Lively Show podcast. As a sufferer of PCOS, I thought this might be helpful, but much of the diet kind of stuff is what you can read on any uber-healthy trendy blog--wheat, dairy, and sugar are out; vegetables and lean protein are basically the only things that are in. I can't subscribe to such a restrictive diet.

I DID like the in-depth explanation of different phases within the menstrual cycle, along with her tips on how to maximize your natural ebb and flow of energy and hormones during those phases. I've implemented what I could, and I have to say (skeptical though I was), it really has made a difference in how well I ride through my cycle. It seems odd to think I needed someone to explain to me that when I am feeling fragile, I should be gentle and nurturing to myself--and while my energy and spirits are high, I should use that time to be social and get things done and enjoy being out in the world. Following this has really helped me balance my introvert/extrovert qualities as well. I feel like my needs are being met better, because they are being met at the appropriate time. I feel empowered treating myself this way.

So why just 3 stars? Well, informed as Vitti seems to be, I am turned off by any writer taking a hippie-dippie approach to health. I like natural, I like healthy, I like incorporating mental & psychological health into the overall picture of a person's general wellness. What I strongly dislike is anecdotal proof and phrases like, "If THIS is true, it stands to reason that this other thing is true." There's nothing wrong with studies and applying the scientific method to holistic-style medicine. Give me studies, research, science, etc.

The other big turn off for me was Vitti's suggestion that a woman structure her work life around her cycle. I just can't imagine telling a client, "Oh, I'm sorry, I can't actually deliver this for you for another three weeks, because that's when I'm at the optimal point of my menstrual cycle to deliver the best results for you." I'm not saying this is a bad idea, necessarily, just laughably impractical. Unless a woman works in an office of mostly women who also happen to believe in structuring their work around their cycles, this simply won't fly. ...more
4

Jun 05, 2018

Having been raised in Texas—where our women’s health education consisted of a five-minute anatomy video, a stick of deodorant, and a maxi-pad—I possess a shockingly limited knowledge of the functions of my own body and hormones. In addition to strengthening my mind-body connection, this book has been influential in informing me of those seemingly mysterious hormonal processes that should have been taught to me long ago. It has taught me, too, that what happens in my body doesn’t have to be a Having been raised in Texas—where our women’s health education consisted of a five-minute anatomy video, a stick of deodorant, and a maxi-pad—I possess a shockingly limited knowledge of the functions of my own body and hormones. In addition to strengthening my mind-body connection, this book has been influential in informing me of those seemingly mysterious hormonal processes that should have been taught to me long ago. It has taught me, too, that what happens in my body doesn’t have to be a source of shame but of strength and even pride.

Vitti’s basic premise is that as women, what we feed our bodies dictates our physical, mental, and emotional states. The information Vitti provides is thorough and well-researched, and she does a good job of explaining the complicated, ever-shifting cocktail of hormones in a woman’s body. Her mission is to provide a more holistic and essentially feminine view of healthcare that is available to all women. Vitti writes with a great deal of heart: she obviously cares very deeply about helping all women to become more in tune with their bodies.

That being said, Vitti leaves no space for trans or non-binary folks, and when she talks about relationships it is always between a feminine woman and a masculine man. I happen to fall on the feminine side of the binary, so I was able to benefit from the information she provided. Nevertheless, Vitti could have made more of an effort to widen her definition of “all women,” especially since this text was published in 2013—it is evident she was writing to a specifically cisgender, heterosexual audience. ...more

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