When I first went through perimenopause, I had no idea how much diet and nutrition affected my menopausal symptoms. Through trial and error (lots of error), the original Menopause Goddesses learned new ways of eating and nourishing ourselves.

You don’t have to fumble around, wondering like we did. Experts Hillary Wright and Elizabeth Ward have a new book out called The Menopause Diet Plan, A Natural Guide to Managing Hormones, Health, and Happiness. Not only are the authors registered dietitians, but they are menopausal women. Women sharing wisdom, with the science to back it up.

Rodale Press sent me a copy to review – I only wish it had been available when I was going through my menopause transition.

This book offers us a guide to what to eat, when to eat it, and why. With meal plans. And recipes. Brain fog a problem? Midlife weight gain? You’ll find tips to help with both of these. Both maladies plagued our goddess group. It’s a great idea to implement these suggestions early, either to prevent or lessen the severity of these all too common problems.

The focus of this dietary guide is on more than menopause. The authors offer healthy food ideas to decrease the risk of those conditions that may accompany aging, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer. They discuss essential nutritional needs for midlife women and address when and which supplements might be needed.

Okay, spoiler alert: my favorite recipes so far: Grilled Chicken With Walnut Pesto Sauce and Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter “Ice Cream” (hint: the “ice cream: is non-dairy).

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