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photograph - STAR magazine, pg. 28
caption: DIET DIVAS Cher, Roma Downey and Cybill Shepherd are some of the stars following Dr. Gillespie's eating plan
 

The Menopause Diet - as it appeared in STAR

Last week Star reported on the terror in Hollywood over the controversy surrounding HRT - hormone replacement therapy - for menopausal women.

A government study shows that HRT, which is taken by millions of women, could expose hem to higher risks of heart disease, cancer and other deadly ailments.

Now, just for Star readers, Dr. Larrian Gillespie - a top medical expert on menopause and hormone replacement therapy whose diet is followed by celebrities like Cher, Cybill Shepherd and Roma Downey, offers our female readers a safe, sensible way of dealing with menopausal symptoms.

"I've devised a special menopause diet just for Star readers," says Gillespie, author of the best-selling Menopause Diet Book. "Weight gain is a very harmful aspect of menopause, because it makes us candidates for heart disease, high blood pressure and other serious illnesses.

"When our ovaries are kicking out the last eggs in their stockpile, enzymes in our bodies, which are dependent on estrogen, begin to falter. "Cholesterol levels start to climb, and the ration of 'good' versus 'bad' lipids in our blood takes a nosedive, increasing our risk of heart disease and strokes. "As if this weren't enough, calcium begins t sneak out of our bones, leaving them vulnerable to everyday stresses. Gallbladders go on strike, refusing to empty completely, spewing gallstones in their wake.

"The hormonal teeter-totter that's going on inside our bodies throws off our ability t burn calories and with that comes the inevitable weigh gain that middle-age women dread."

The doctor says that by allowing the menopause diet to act as a foundation for health and by lowering the dose of hormones we take, we can protect ourselves against serious disease and the ravages of menopause.

But she adds: "Each of you must make a personal decision about hormone therapy, after discussing it with your doctor."

Here, below, is a special diet devised by Gillespie for Star readers. It contains 1,500 calories divided into five meals a day.


THREE-DAY MENU PLAN

Day One
Breakfast
Scrambled eggs with 1 tsp. of cheese (feta, Swiss, provolone), chopped herbs
1 slice Canadian bacon (lean ham)
1 slice stone-ground whole-wheat bread with 1 tbsp. butter

Midmorning
Cold, chilled apple with string cheese

Lunch
Subway turkey breast sandwich - 6 inch

Midafternoon
Cup of soup with vegetables

Dinner
Ginger shrimp in cabbage, Napa cabbage: Combine 6 oz. cooked shrimp with unlimited bean sprouts, pickled ginger slices and water chestnuts and 1 to 2 tbsp. Teriyaki sauce; serve rolled in steamed cabbage leaves. Baked asparagus: In baking dish, mist unlimited asparagus with olive oil cooking spray; bake covered, at 400F, 10 minutes.

Day Two
Breakfast
Chocolate peanut butter shake in blender - Combine 1 cup milk, 1 packet Swiss Miss Fat-free Sugar-free chocolate mix, 2 tsp. peanut butter and 3 ice cubes. Blend until smooth.

Midmorning
Fresh fruit salad on cottage cheese with silvered almonds

Lunch
Taco Bell grilled chicken burrito

Midafternoon
1 cup black bean soup with hot sauce

Dinner
Roast salmon (500F for 12 to 14 minutes) seasoning of your choice. Steamed fresh vegetables. Salad with full-fat dressing.

Day Three
Breakfast
1/3 cup slow-cooking oatmeal prepared with 1/2 cup milk and sprinkled with 1 tbsp. whey protein and 1 tsp. raisins

Midmorning
Cantaloupe and yogurt parfait

Lunch
Chicken and mandarin salad - Top unlimited amount of Romaine lettuce and diced red onion with 6 oz. rotisserie chicken and 1/2 can drained Mandarin oranges (reserve liquid). For dressing, combine reserved liquid with rice wine vinegar to taste.

Midafternoon
Dip chilled apple slices in Swiss Miss Fat-Free Sugar-Free chocolate mix. Handful of nuts.

Dinner
Lemon grilled chicken - In resealable plastic bag, combine 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. each thyme, lemon peel and pressed garlic. Add two chicken breast halves, refrigerate 1 to 8 hours. Grill or broil until cooked through. Unlimited baby green beans with 1 tbsp. unsalted butter. 1 grilled, boiled or baked red potato drizzled with 1 tsp. olive oil. Dove dark chocolate bar.

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