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Code Red: Know Your Flow, Unlock Your Monthly Super Powers and Create a Bloody Amazing Life. Period.

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  44 reviews
There’s a code.
A lady code.
It’s ancient, it’s deeply spiritual and more than that, it’s powerful. Fiercely powerful.
So powerful that it’s barely been spoken about in over 2,000 years.
Your menstrual cycle.
Yep, your period is way more than PMS, carb cravings and lady rage, your menstrual cycle/period/ragtime/ – insert whatever you call your ’time of the month’ here – is
Paperback, First, 219 pages
Published April 13th 2015 by SHE Press UK (first published April 9th 2015)
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Feb 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read about a third of this book before I gave up. This is a godawful read which contains zero factual information. It isn't a spiritual 'crone woman' or a cheeky feminist shoutout book, either. It tries to be everything at the same time, but the outcome is pure drivel. Granted, if you were raised in a repressed family which considers having a body sinful, this might be a revelation to you. Otherwise, I got sick of the author piping her own products and services from page one onwards, and the a ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
This type of book needs to be written by a medical professional. It's terrible. In it you will find great nuggets of advice like don't wear any pads or tampons for the day, just go around with a towel. There's barely anything scientifically backed in this book, and instead is packed with pseudoscience and utter bollocks like the cycles of the moon and how they sync with periods. Wtf? Then there's stuff about chakras and crystals. To presumably boost the book's word count there's a whole chapter ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, but there were a few important things that deterred me from enjoying it. The message of connecting to your period as a way of self-care and empowerment is great. Unfortunately, there is a pile of misinformation/incomplete information (ie: cramping is caused by spiritual/mental/emotional/chakra blockages - no mention that cramping is caused by contractions of the uterus to shed the lining). Additionally, there is a lot of repetition - I feel as if she could have ...more
Jessica Wilkins
Mar 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oh brother. I tried. I really tried. I thought I was reading a book about .. well.. I'm not quite sure what I thought I was reading a book about but something along the lines of what times of the month I should devote to manual labour and when it's okay to just binge watch The Affair. This book was not that! If you're into smearing your menstrual blood onto rocks and then burying them in your garden or forgoing any type of sanitary protection and sitting on a towel so that you can become one wit ...more
Ana Pousa
No. I do agree women should learn more about their cycles and be more in tune with them, but this book almost reads like an infomercial at times, there's so much advertising for free downloadables and oracle cards. I do not understand the necessity to call energy female or male, it just seems to perpetuate gender stereotypes. It is also fairly judgemental of women who take the pill or choose to wear tampons. But the cherry on top of this cake? Yoni steaming. Just no. Women, stop doing weird stuf ...more

I read this after it was recommended to me. I have endometriosis, so a friend thought I might find this useful and interesting.

Sadly, she could not have been more wrong. Firstly the style of writing aggravated me no end; the author is trying too hard to write it as though she’s constantly speaks like a intellectually-challenged millennial. Constantly using the word “mumma” really got on my nerves too.

As for the content, where do I start? As I said, I have endometriosis (diagn
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that before I read this, I never gave my cycle much thought beyond mild annoyance. It's an inconvenience that usually arrives as soon as you have plans... Lisa Lister, where have you been all my life? I know the moon has a 28 day cycle and that we as women are connected to it, but the fact that we are also changing just like the moon every one of those days feels like a revelation!! Every woman should read this and every man who wants to understand women should read it too!! B ...more
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly life-changing and important work here. Lisa Lister is full of wisdom, sass, and love, and I am so grateful to her for helping me begin to realize how to work with my cycle rather than against it. It's been an intensely healing journey!
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have to be honest, I just couldn't get beyond the poor spelling and grammar and clear lack of editing. The book is fine but more of a stream-of-consciousness series of ideas about what menstruation is rather than anything new or factual, which is how it seems to be badged.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lisa is aspirational, for sure. She's done a great job getting in tune with her cycle, and ritualizing and honoring it. And I love how the Viking partners with her. It's a beautiful accomplishment.

This book is bonkers.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book that every woman should read. It gives a clear explanation of what women's cycles are like during each of the four weeks. It helps clarify our super powers during each week and also things to be aware of. I'd read a similar book by another author in the past, but just couldn't get into the cold, technical descriptions. Lisa injects such personality into her writing, and she approaches the subject in such a warm way that you can't help but get excited about your feminine ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read-books
This book should be required reading for every woman. As a society we have gotten away from a lot of the traditions of the past and this book helps us understand as women what our bodies really do for us and how we can be the best we can be.

Everyone wants a manual for how women work, read this book and you can create your own manual that is specific to you that you can share with those in your life.
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown
A fantastic book for all women

I wish I'd been given this when I was 10. It explains what women go through each month and why, helping you to go with the flow. Very empowering.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m a nerd for the kind of information in this book. It’s super hippie and DEFINITELY not for everyone. But if you’re into the divine feminine, getting spiritual about periods, etc. this book has some interesting content.

That being said, I did find the writing kind of annoying. I don’t mind a colloquial tone, but after a while, it got stale. I also didn’t get as much information as I had hoped. The book gave a nice overview of the different phases of a cycle, but I didn’t learn much I didn’t alr
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life. Sure, SO many people say this. But I’m being honest, this book truly changed my life for the better. It made me realise the power and potent energy we carry as women, how truly amazing we are and what we have to through! We are stronggg!

I learnt so much from this book too, the way Lisa writes is funny and honest and so inspiring. It’s knowledgeable and interesting - never boring like most self help/informative books in my opinion.

I’ve learnt to love myself through thi
Grace Quantock
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this book very useful in helping me to understand my menstrual cycle in an inclusive, engaging way. As I live with multiple illnesses, being in touch with my chronically ill body can be difficult. However this book was inviting, friendly & gently delivered.
It helped shape my new relationship with my body. However it is written within a paradigm that occasionally conflates sex and gender. I’d prefer it to be more overtly and consciously inclusive of trans and non-binary folx. I understand
Tanya Salgado
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I've read Lisa Lister's "Witch" and "Love Your Lady Landscape." I enjoyed this book just as much as the last two. There is great insight in her book about how to harness the pros and cons that come with each phase of the month for women. It is also a great thing to read and realize that women are completely cyclical and that is totally O.K., if not awesome.
Like both the other two titles, there are certainly many things in it that I just don't align with, but that is fine. She even says to keep
Sue Blanch
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lisa’s tell-it-how-it-is style is witty and will enthuse you. She includes real-life advice on how to get the most out of each phase of your cycle, sexuality through the cycle, self-care rituals, helpful herbs, food advice, yoga postures and other women’s stories to demonstrate that this stuff really works. There’s also a fabulous chapter giving guidance for men on how women change through their cycle and how to deal with this. A great choice if menstrual cycle awareness is new to you and for wo ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can honestly say that this book really changed the way I view my cycle. It truly peaked my interest into understanding and learning more about my cycle instead of dreading that time as an “inconvenience”. You can tell that the author is very passionate about her work with menstruation and women’s health. Her passion about it was contagious and made me want to learn more about my body!
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read for every person in your life

If you want to know about some tiny inconsistencies and what the women in your life (or yourself) go through during their cycle as well as ways to help them, this book is for you. Some of the verbiage feels trendy\ obnoxious, but the information is fantastic and presented in a digestible manner.
Laura Tyhacz
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informative and inspirational

Thanks, Lisa for this great book. I have been studying women's mysteries for a while and this book synthesized so much important knowledge and made it accessible for me, and I finally started a moon diary which I know will change my life.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lots of helpful and very very practical tips for women on menstruation. Must read for all ladies. If only I read this a few years before. Understand the feminine nature and embrace it. You are beautiful the way you are.
Robert Burttram
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Lister is amazing!

Awesome book, eye opening and important info for every menstruating woman. Learn the different phases of your cycle and what your cycle powers are for each phase, also learn to chart your cycle. I’m a woman posting under my hubbys acct.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I’m not one to ever finish a book, especially in this department—self help and what not. But having suffered from pmdd most of my life, I’m looking at heavy duty medication or surgery. I think this book is the key to saving my sanity!!!
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I really liked the information this book had on the monthly cycle of a woman and what types of things will ease us during those times
Priscila Morais dos Santos
The author has some strange tips and am extremely naturalistic relationship with menstruation. I found this book way too hippie for me.
Sarah Feinman
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
Must read for every woman.

Wow! I gained soooooo much insight from this! Its a quick read but also a tool that I will be coming back to four times a month-if not more!!!!!
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
A little hippy for me but some interesting takeaways.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating read and made a lot of sense in regards to my behaviours along with my cycle. I will be referring back to it as I start to record my cycles moving forward.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book so much! Really made me think about my monthly cycle and shall be charting it from this month! A interesting and thought provoking read!
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Crowned ‘the defender of female awesomeness’ by Cooler magazine, Lisa Lister – writer, plus-size yoga teacher, feminista + menstrual maven – is dedicated to helping women to crack their lady code – an ancient code connected directly to mumma nature, the moon and your menstrual cycle – that once cracked, gives you insta-access to monthly super powers that can be used to create a business and life y ...more

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