sarah gottfried adrenal fatigue hormone imbalance

How do you know if a wellness pro is the real deal? They answer our “Living Well…” questionnaire like this. From collagen in her smoothies to essential oil hydrosols, “chi” running to forgiveness mantras, we’re loving everything Dr. Sara Gottfried has to say about her daily rituals. We’ve so happy to bring Dr. Sara and her wealth of wellness knowledge to Chalkboard readers. If you haven’t spent much time learning about your hormones, start now. It’s an easy to neglect area of knowledge that will blow your mind once you start learning.

Find Dr. Sara’s first few pieces here and consider getting a full education through her latest book, The Hormone Reset Diet.

The first thing i do when i wake up...

Visualization or yin yoga for 30 minutes.

Breakfast ideas you rely on:

Start your day with a protein shake (recipe below) because protein calms your adrenal glands.

Tea i love for health boost:

Genmaicha. Green tea contains L-theanine which is energizing without being overstimulating.

My daily supplements:

Branch chain amino acids after barre class or burst training with weights, Dr. Sara’s high potency multivitamin, betaine HCL digestive enzymes (essential after 40), B complex  – plus fiber, fiber, fiber (I get 50-75 grams per day.)

Always in my medical cabinet:

5-HTP to help me sleep occasionally, Slow Flow with the herbs yarrow and shepherd’s button to slow down my menstrual flow (it’s been overzealous recently)Ivy Calm for when I have a cough.

I fit in fitness by…

Going to barre class at 8:30 am. Otherwise my inner saboteur talks me out of it. I signup for class in advance and never cancel. Those online schedulers are like an accountability partner!

Tips for staying hydrated:

Drink one large cup of hot water with lemon and cayenne first thing in the morning. I sip on green tea until about 10 a.m., then chocolate tea or filtered water with hydrosols.

Best snacks on the go:

I don’t snack because it can cause leptin resistance (leptin is the hunger hormone), but I keep a Dr. Sara fiber bar in my purse for when I’m running late.

To fight bloat:

Combo of taurine and B6, a natural diuretic.

Reading labels, i always avoid:

Endocrine disruptors like BPA and phthalates. And never lead in lipstick.

Once per week for my health:

Om (orgasmic meditation).

To balance myself on frazzled afternoons:

I call a girlfriend, head out the door for a chi run, practice Inner Balance (an app for the iphone).

Crazy health idea that actually works:

I’m a biohacker and constantly experimenting. My latest is a collagen latte for breakfast as part of intermittent mini-fasting. I make a cup of decaf coffee and add 2 teaspoons of collagen then whip in the blender. Tastes just like a latte and has 16 grams of protein, so I’m not hungry until 11 a.m.


Date night, hot detox bath with epsom salt, chi running with my BFF Jo every Sunday.

My dinner staples:

If traveling, a ginormous salad with salmon or chicken. If not, Alaskan sockeye salmon (I’m from Alaska) with greens.


Besides my new book, The Hormone Reset Diet? I love Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl and Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. I have Amy’s “apology letter from the brain” and “apology letter from the heart” on my iPhone to remind me to be heartful.

My current mantra:

“I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you” from the ancient ho’oponopono mantra of Hawaii. Forgiveness lowers cortisol.

My go-to smoothie:

See the recipe below!

Dr. Sara’s Protein Sprouted Smoothie


8 oz full-fat organic unsweetened coconut milk
2 scoops of Dr. Sara’s chocolate shake powder
½ cup kale, spinach and/or broccoli sprouts
5 ice cubes
1 Tbsp cacao nibs for topping (optional)


Whip in a Blendtec, Vitamix or NutriBullet.

Top with cacao nibs, if desired. Enjoy!

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  1. I love her! Also so inspired to try her coffee collagen latte… nothing like drinking your way to wrinkle-free skin 😉

    Lauren Felts CN | 03.16.2015 | Reply
  2. What is “chi” running?

    Marisa | 03.16.2015 | Reply
  3. Where is Sara’s recipe for collagen lattes? The smoothie sounds delicious!

    Suzanne Johnston | 03.16.2015 | Reply
    • Hi Suzanne – sorry for leaving that out! I make one cup of drip Bulletproof decaf coffee and pour it into a blender with 2 tablespoons of Bulletproof collagen. Whip for 5 seconds, and drink. It may sound like a Bulletproof ad, but I haven’t found any other manufacturers who make coffee beans that are so low in mold (mycotoxins). Another collagen option is Great Lakes. Thanks for reading!

      Dr. Sara Gottfried MD | 03.19.2015 | Reply
  4. So pleased to see my “Bestie” on-line doctor, Dr. Sara, as your Monthly Editor. How Fabulous!
    Also, cool to learn Dr. Sara’s an Alaskan girl, too. ☺️

    MorningJoy | 03.16.2015 | Reply
  5. So much insightful info in this post. Ty and three cheers for high nutrition!

    Robin Roberge | 03.17.2015 | Reply
  6. Please explain what Chi running is. And where on earth does when get collagen to put in a smoothie? C’mon, people- not nice to be so mysterious to your faithful readers! It’s like reading a recipe with ingredients you can’t fine anywhere….

    Susan Iseman | 03.19.2015 | Reply
  7. What is chocolate tea?

    Flavia | 03.20.2015 | Reply
  8. In the protein sprouted smoothie recipe “½ cup kale, spinach and/or broccoli sprouts” are the kale and spinach full leaf or are they both sprouts as well? That was a little unclear. The way it’s written it looks like kale (leaf), or spinach (leaf) or broccoli sprouts.

    Donna | 05.09.2016 | Reply
  9. what is orgasmic meditation???

    MARY ANN GALLEGOS | 06.16.2016 | Reply
  10. What are the benefits of Branched Chain Amino Acids? Do they help with building muscle? My menopausal body needs all the help it can get. Thanks.

    Tina | 08.30.2016 | Reply
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  12. Wondering your thoughts on intermittent fasting and hormones – have read it’s not recommended if you have thyroid issues.

    Kellie | 08.30.2016 | Reply
  13. Thank you so much for sharing this! Its fantastic! I wanted to ask what kind of collagen do you use? Could you recommend any ?

    Anna | 03.13.2017 | Reply
  14. I like Great Lakes! It dissolves perfectly in my morning coffee and doesn’t change the taste. What are the ingredients in your smoothie powder as I have food allergies.

    Vicki | 04.28.2017 | Reply
  15. Are there any collagen products for vegans?

    Viola | 05.16.2017 | Reply

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