Book Review: Eat to Defeat Menopause

by Holly Osterman on March 17, 2012

While many of us face a number of challenges while going through menopause, the most frustrating is probably weight gain. Your eating habits haven’t changed, but those pounds continue to creep on. And that’s the problem. Our eating habits do have to change, from the amount of calories we consume to the types of foods we include in our diet.

Karen Giblin, founder of Red Hot Mamas, and Dr. Mache Seibel have written a guide and cookbook specifically for this stage of our lives—the perimenopause and menopause years.  The authors sum it up perfectly. “Eating well and exercising take some time and effort, and many women are at a loss as to where to begin.” Eat to Defeat Menopause delivers that starting point. And a lot more.

The first part of the book consists of five easy-to-read chapters covering a variety of useful topics, including:

  • A detailed background on perimenopause and menopause. Learn more about hormones, estrogen, and perimenopause symptoms. And get Red Hot Tips on how to avoid hot flashes.
  • Your “healthy weight.” Everybody’s different, but you can find your ideal weight using the book’s Body Mass Index chart. Karen and Dr. Seibel also offer explanations for our slowing metabolism and why exercise is so very important at this point in our lives.
  • Dietary strategies for menopause symptoms. Let’s face it. It’s easy to eat the wrong foods and then complain about how crummy we feel. Or why we’re having so many hot flashes. With a little discipline and self-control, Eat to Defeat Menopause shows how you can manage your symptoms with the right diet.
  • Understanding soy foods. You’ve probably heard that soy is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, but have no idea why. The authors unravel the mystery of soy, detail the specific forms, and help you incorporate each into your diet.
  • More helpful foods and other guidelines. When was the last time you had your cholesterol checked or actually read a food label? Chapter Five helps you understand the types of food you should be eating and how to “eat to defeat menopause.”

And last, but not least, Eat to Defeat Menopause features over 130 healthy and delicious recipes “to help you feel your best Red Hot Mama self.” For those of us who love to eat and those who love to cook, you won’t be disappointed. Besides the test kitchen, the recipes have been gathered from chefs and restaurants all over the country and include everything from appetizers to entrees and (thankfully) desserts.

So if you’re looking for inspiration in the kitchen—or need to make some healthy lifestyle changes—pick up a copy of Eat to Defeat Menopause.

You can find Karen Giblin and learn more about the Red Hot Mamas, the nation’s largest menopause education program, at their website, Red Hot And for more information on Dr. Mache Seibel, author and creator of HealthRock, check out

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