Change of Life, Change of Diet
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Menopause is a time of big changes in your life. WebMD's "Recipe Doctor," Elaine Magee, RD, says you should include how and what you eat in those changes. She's written about it in her new book, The Change of Life Diet and Cookbook . Elaine joined us on June 30, 2004, to share her tips on cooking, eating, and enjoying yourself on your journey from pre- to post-menopause.
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Welcome back to WebMD Live, Elaine. Please explain the basic premise of The Change of Life Diet and Cookbook .
When some of the studies came out showing the benefits of showing the risks outweigh benefits for many women with hormone replacement therapy, it behooved me to write a book helping women get through this time in their life without hormone replacement therapy (HRT). I wanted women to have some options to HRT. I wanted to have some options to HRT as well.
I had already written a book called Eat Well for Healthy Menopause quite a few years ago, but I wanted this book to focus on the specific symptoms and how to eat your way around them, and I wanted this book to have a sense of humor, because at this point in many women's lives that's what they need. So I literally took the top seven symptoms of menopause and I researched each one individually to come up with some practical food or diet-related steps that women could take to ease that particular symptom.
The other thing we did in the book was I looked at the two things that they could say was definitely beneficial to HRT, which was basically decreasing osteoporosis risk and decreasing colon cancer risk. We know HRT has those benefits for women.
So I looked at those two things as well and helped women reduce their risk through diet and lifestyle changes. So those are the other two chapters of the book besides the seven symptoms. My favorite chapter is "Aphrodisiac for Menopausal Women Only."
I love the chapter "I'm Not Moody -- I'm Cranky All the Time!" I think it's exciting. What I like most about this book is that it's organized by symptom, so that you can literally just turn to the chapters that are your priority at that time. Let's start with "Is It Me, or Is It Hot in Here?"
Are there certain kinds of food that can cut down the hot flashes?
With diet and hot flashes it's a bit of trial and error. Something may work for some women, so either you have to throw them all up in the air and see what helps you.
Now, the foods to lose for hot flashes would be the hot and spicy type foods, foods with caffeine as beverages, and alcohol.
Hot Flash Mochaccino
Can you substitute soy milk in recipes that call for milk to get soy into your diet?
That works most of the time. There are certain things it may not work as well in where it has to do with the milk protein. Pudding is an example. You can get away with using half milk and half soy milk and it will still mostly gel, but if you use all soy milk it won't gel. So in certain cases you may run into trouble, but in most recipes it works. Making oatmeal you can use soy milk instead of milk, and in muffin or bread recipes.
Choose a good tasting one, though. Some brands taste better than others. My personal favorite is Silk brand, made in Colorado.