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.
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."
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.
she adds: "Each of you must make a personal decision about
hormone therapy, after discussing it with your doctor."
below, is a special diet devised by Gillespie for Star readers.
It contains 1,500 calories divided into five meals a day.
eggs with 1 tsp. of cheese (feta, Swiss, provolone), chopped herbs
slice Canadian bacon (lean ham)
1 slice stone-ground whole-wheat bread with 1 tbsp. butter
Cold, chilled apple with string cheese
turkey breast sandwich - 6 inch
of soup with vegetables
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
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.
fruit salad on cottage cheese with silvered almonds
Bell grilled chicken burrito
cup black bean soup with hot sauce
salmon (500F for 12 to 14 minutes) seasoning of your choice. Steamed
fresh vegetables. Salad with full-fat dressing.
cup slow-cooking oatmeal prepared with 1/2 cup milk and sprinkled
with 1 tbsp. whey protein and 1 tsp. raisins
and yogurt parfait
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.
chilled apple slices in Swiss Miss Fat-Free Sugar-Free chocolate
mix. Handful of nuts.
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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