No Prescription Required… Menopause Friendly Foods Can Help You Feel Fabulous

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: July 12, 2011

eat to defeat menopause“Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” – Hippocrates

Understanding this thing called menopause is rather difficult for some of us. Especially when you have your personal summers all year long. . Yes, it’s hot (and not in the Paris Hilton sense of the word). Stay cool, breathe deeply and slowly, exercise regularly, avoid personal triggers—sounds easy, right? It’s all excellent advice, but sometimes it’s just one piece of the puzzle. Another often forgotten piece is diet and nutrition.

I have teamed up with Dr. Mache Seibel to unveil the often ignored aspects of managing menopause symptoms through food in our new cookbook, Eat to Defeat Menopause. Combining easy to understand health information with delicious and healthy recipes, the book illustrates how foods can truly transform your menopause. This book offers a wealth of information and the latest news about menopause to help you take better care of yourself now and in the future.

What most people don’t know is that what you eat and drink can affect menopausal symptoms. Certain foods contain phytoestrogens, which may help reduce hot flashes. These include foods such as edamame, tofu, and soy yogurt or milk, and even flaxseeds, sesame seeds, garlic , hummus and others.

There are special nutritional needs of women in their menopausal years. Some of the physical changes that occur are oftentimes inevitable. However, some of these changes may be due to bad habits that may not only make menopausal symptoms worse, but they may also rob women of good health at menopause and beyond. Eat to Defeat Menopause covers these bad habits and proposes a sure-fired way to extinguish the flames of hot flashes and other menopause annoyances. So, if you’re sick of munching bland celery sticks for breakfast, pick up your own copy of Eat to Defeat Menopause and learn how to “let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food”.

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Every four minutes an American woman enters menopause, and with an ever-increasing life expectancy rate, that woman can spend as much as one third of her life going through “the change.” However, despite the inevitability and importance of menopause in a woman’s life, the discussion of this challenging transitional period is often riddled with myths, uncertainties, and trepidation.

In Eat to Defeat Menopause: The Essential Nutrition Guide for a Healthy Midlife—with 130 Recipes, Karen Giblin and Mache Seibel, MD, two of the nation’s top menopause experts, break down the most important, need-to-know facts about menopause, offer tips and advice for combating its symptoms, and provide healthy and enticing recipes (like Maine Wild Blueberry Granola French Toast, Caribbean-Style Black Bean and Rice Salad, Lobster and Duck Chow Mein, and Chocolate Mousse Pie) guaranteed to satisfy every craving (or mood swing).

Combining the latest research on menopause, traditions from their Italian and Jewish families, and recipes from chefs across the United States, Giblin and Seibel show that making simple changes to one’s lifestyle can, in many cases, be just as effective as combating menopausal symptoms with the latest drugs and surgeries. Some of these simple changes can include:

  • Eating foods that contain phytoestrogens, such as soy and garlic, to combat hot flashes and insomnia
  • Stabilizing mood swings by eating omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B
  • Cooking with avocados, chocolate, asparagus, or chile peppers to improve a decreased sex drive
  • Reducing alcohol intake to ward off headaches, hot flashes, insomnia, and mood swings

Whether readers are personally experiencing the “change” or just want to arm themselves with information and healthful eating habits for the road ahead, Eat to Defeat Menopause provides an easy and delicious guide for achieving a healthy (and hot-flash-free) midlife.

Karen Giblin is the founder of the Red Hot Mamas, the largest menopause education and management program in the United States and Canada.

Mache Seibel, MD, is the director of the Complicated Menopause Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is the founder of HealthRock, a health education program that uses music to make learning a fun experience.

July 15, 2011 $19.00 Paperback Original Health/ Diet 237 Pages ISBN: 978-0-7382-1509-9

Now available on AMAZON. Or, order a copy from your local bookstore.