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Preview: Women’s Health: Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good

Women’s health is complicated, largely because of incessantly fluctuating hormones. Although these hormones, as well as many other factors, define a woman’s health, much women’s health advice centers mainly on reproductive issues. On the other hand, Women’s Health from Traditional Cooking School discusses many more aspects, providing Healthy recipes, tips and info so you can look good, feel good and do good.

Although this is a large course, with 18 lessons, dozens of videos, and a 376 page course book, I thought I could go through it in a short time, apply some of it, and write an objective and informed review in time for Mother’s Day. After all, I’ve been interested in general health issues and women’s health issues for decades, so I thought there wouldn’t be all that much for me to learn.

I was wrong. After reading the course book, I have not just a few, but over a hundred action items, from recipes to try and books to read to new approaches to research and consider! There’s no way I can write a thorough, personalized review at this point.

So far all I can say is that this is a thorough course. What it teaches agrees with what I’ve learned elsewhere, and it’s full of concepts that tie those isolated practices together. It gives reasons, cautions, and explanations. It is both practical and spiritual, focusing on equipping women to be healthy so that they can serve God better.

When you take your health in hand, you begin to look better and feel better—from the inside out—and then you do more good in your life and in your family’s life…all for God’s glory. (6)

In Women’s Health, ten authors discuss nutrition; herbs and essential oils; healthy habits; what every woman needs to know; balancing hormones; PMS and dysmenorrhea; weight loss and insulin resistance; adrenal and thyroid health; natural remedies; infertility, PCOS, and endometriosis; sexual health; natural pregnancy and birth choices; pregnancy nutrition; natural remedies for pregnancy difficulties; the joy of breastfeeding; nutrition and exercise when breastfeeding; natural remedies for postpartum; menopause and beyond.

That’s a full list, and each of the topics is discussed carefully. Probably no one will agree with everything in Women’s Health, want to try all of it, or even want to know all of it. But it’s always good to know what’s out there, and I love it that in this course concepts and recommendations are filtered through the eyes of other Christian women, some of them health professionals. I love it that the express goal is to help us strengthen our bodies so that we can serve God better.

One can read the course book in a relatively short time, but to watch the videos, try the ideas, and actually build its practices into your life will take time, several months at minimum. The pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum chapters can, obviously, be applied over the course of a year, and the whole book is helpful from puberty to menopause and beyond. As such it is a long-term kind of course, but even just applying what would be helpful at the moment requires sourcing supplies (there is a very helpful list of resources), learning new ideas, practicing new techniques, and developing new habits. This book could change your life for the better, but lasting change is never quick.

Who would this course be for?

  • Women’s Health is a treasure for any woman, young or old, who wishes to understand her body more thoroughly, to care for it better, or to get well. The course is from a Christian point of view, unlike most women’s health resources. It also is based on the idea that natural food, practices, and approaches are preferable to our society’s conventional ones.
  • I suspect this course would not be ideal for women who are not interested in natural health, do not want to take charge of their own health, or have no time to invest in their health (although that in itself is a bit of a danger sign.)
  • Even though the information in this course is thorough, well-explained, and valuable, I am still deciding whether or not it would be suitable for my teen girls since it is obviously written for married women. At minimum it will be helpful for me to pass on useful health tips, and it could perhaps be a significant section of a high school health course.

As I said, I had planned to write a thorough, personal review for Mother’s Day, describing what our family tried. That is not going to happen. However, this outline and summary may help you decide whether or not this course would be a good fit for you or a good gift for a loved one for Mother’s Day. If you are interested in increasing your own health or that of loved ones in a natural way, I highly recommend Women’s Health.

You can buy lifetime access to the ebook or the entire course. Alternatively, you can invest in a few months of Traditional Cooking School, download the Women’s Health ebook as you go through the course, and explore the other products as well, but if you choose this route, make sure you do it when you have spare time to devote to learning! I also recommend Fundamentals 1 and Fundamentals 2 and you may wish to begin with them, depending on your family’s current health situation.

I hope to provide a follow-up article later on in the year to share how we have been using this course in our family.

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Disclosure:  I have received a free membership to Traditional Cooking School in order to review several of the courses.

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