By: Red Hot Mamas
Published: May 26, 2010
Let’s face it: Our metabolism at menopause is not what it used to be! Many women in their forties and fifties find themselves putting on the 10 extra unwanted pounds and find it really difficult to shed them. Of course, everyone wants to live long and be strong but unfortunately not everyone knows how to do it. Where do you start? Launch your new wellness journey with Eat to Defeat Menopause,a must-read for all women who want to maximize their lives at menopause.
From the Red Hot Mamas advisory board, Karen Giblin and Mache Seibel, MD team up to offer you a guide to make healthy food decisions that can affect the symptoms of menopause as well as different aspects of health. Some physical changes of menopause are inevitable but the truth is — weight gain during menopause is mostly related to aging and lifestyle. In order to lose or maintain weight, we have to first think healthy so we can then act healthy.
Here is some food for thought: There are at least 100,000 substances in foods that have powerful anticancer, anti-heart disease and anti aging properties. These substances are mostly found in fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, soy products and some fish. Set up a strategy to get the most from your calories by eating delicious and nutritious food so you eat healthy and don’t gain weight. Eat to Defeat Menopause uncovers the keys to approaching nutrition so you can eat healthy and be healthy!
It’s not a diet book and it’s not an exercise book. In fact, there are a few recipes that contain a little more fat or calories because everyone likes a special treat sometimes (Dewberry’s Triple Chocolate Brownies). Instead of taking these delicious foods away from you, Eat to Defeat Menopause reveals how you can eat them and keep your eating experience healthy for the day.
Knowing which foods to eat is just as important as knowing which foods to avoid. During menopause, women have special nutritional needs and require fewer calories than they were when they were younger. Fewer calories can be consumed by controlling your portions. Don’t know how big a 3oz. piece of meat is? Eat to Defeat Menopause lays it all out in the Red Hot Tips section in a way that is easy to understand. Think of a 3oz. portion of meat to be about the size and thickness of a deck of cards.
Forget about trying to pioneer your menopause weight loss program on your own. Obsessing over calorie counting doesn’t do anything besides make you and your loved ones crazy. Instead, train yourself and your body to choose the right foods in the right amounts. Differentiate between diet factoids and fictionoids.
Here’s an excerpt from page six:
Fictionoid: Skipping meals will help me lose weight.
Factoid: Skipping meals can make us ravenously hungry. That makes us more likely to snack or eat more calories when we eat next. If you do need to snack, grab a piece of fruit or 6 to 8 almonds or walnuts.
Thinking healthy doesn’t include skipping meals, a secret diet or spending long hours at the gym. Simplify your eating and exercise habits so you don’t have to worry about weight gain or being unhealthy any longer. Take control of your diet, your exercise and your portions and you will take control of your health, happiness and your menopause symptoms. Purchase your own copy of Eat to Defeat Menopause from The Red Hot Mamas Boutique.
This article originally appeared in the March 2010, vol. 70 issue of The Menopause Minute.
Hear the authors talking about menopause and cooking and eating. Our Karen Giblin and medical expert on www.redhotmamas.org, Dr. Mache Seibel, talk about menopause transition and their reason for writing their cookbook.The book is amazing with Karen’s and Dr. Seibel’s recipe along with countless other great chefs. Click hereto listen.