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The Happy Menopause

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This is a well-written book on such a vital subject that has gone too unrecognized until recently.  I recommend it for any women struggling to adjust to midlife changes and hoping to improve their health and wellbeing.
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Wow, this book contains a lot of information. The author has obviously gone to a lot of trouble and has tried to cover just about every question someone might ask about Menopause. I would have loved it if the information had been evidence based and with references. Some information is not supported by the evidence.  I also think it would benefit from a "putting it all together" section where an example meal plan is included for each of the issues discussed.
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The Happy Menopause by Jackie Lynch is an interesting and informative book. 

The guide takes you though the symptoms of the menopause and what nutrition you should have to make them less of an issue for you. It tells you why you need the types of food too and is explained in a well informed and researched way.

Definitely a book you will go back to time and again during this phase of your lives. 

Thanks to Netgalley and Watkins Publishing for the ARC. My review is my own opinion.
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I am reaching the menopause so this book is a god send for me.  Loads of informative information to help manage and control your symptoms without needing to resort to medication.  Loads of nutritional information.  A go to resource book for all women.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the arc in return for an honest review
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As someone who is currently experiencing menopausal symptoms I was keen to read this book and sped through it in one sitting.
The book is set out in sections and has an excellent description of the hormonal stages and changes in women's bodies.. There is a detailed breakdown of all the different symptoms, including some that I think are often overlooked, followed by diet, supplement and self care suggestions for each symptom. The book ends with a good summary of various nutrients, their role and where to find them in our diets. 
Throughout the book Lynch emphasises the importance of  blood sugar levels and also how to ensure that  we have adequate protein, exercise and good sleep. 

As someone who has done a fair amount of reading and research into the best diet and supplements to support me through the menopause I didn't find anything new or revelatory in Jackie Lynch's book. However, I did find it to be an excellent, clear and well set out guide with a holistic outlook, on navigating this very challenging time in our lives. I would recommend it to anyone, whatever their previous knowledge. It certainly inspired me to revisit and integrate much of my existing knowledge. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital ARC
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I was reluctant to read this book, expecting yet another treatise on why I should adopt a vegan diet. But that’s not the case. This is an overview of menopause and how food -and other lifestyle- choices can influence how the body feels. The changes can be great or small, but one is not expected to throw out the contents of fridge and pantry and start over. Although not categorized as such by the author, there are options for vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore preferences.

This book starts with an overview of the hormonal changes that take place during a woman’s monthly cycle, how those shift over the years, and the impacts they can have.  

Then, for those in a hurry, Chapter Two is titled “If you only do one thing...” It outlines the most crucial dietary decision, its role in the body’s ability to perform hormonal functions, and the impact on overall well-being. Rather than throw an arbitrary diet at the reader, the author recognizes that by this phase of life, eating habits and preferences are usually well-established, so she starts with suggested small changes to common meal options. (This may be my favorite thing about this book!)

The third chapter goes into menopausal symptoms and how to manage them. For each of many common symptoms there is a description, a simple scientific explanation of why they occur, how nutrition and other lifestyle choices can help, and foods to avoid. The author provides a number of food alternatives for each nutrition suggestion, and, taking it a step beyond just suggesting what to eat, there are ideas of how to incorporate these foods into your existing diet as well as some suggested recipes. 

The final chapter looks at nutrients - what they are, what we need, which foods provide them, and signs of deficiency.  

I devoured this book in one sitting and have plans to reread again and again, incorporating new/different/more foods over the weeks, and keeping a food diary (as the author recommends) to track my progress.  Highly recommended!
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A wonderful resource for women of a certain age. :) As I am headed for this journey within a few more years, I thought this book was full of great information and helpful tips and advice. I will be keeping it around to reference when really needed. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.
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This was a very informative read, I loved the fact it used nutrition to help control symptoms and gave you meal ideas that you can make at home and not rely on hrt! I thought the information on vitamins was really handy to know.
I found the book easy to read and understand. 
I will certainly be following the advice given in this book
Thank you netgalley.
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The Happy menopause is written by nutritionist and author Jackie Lynch. There is a clear introduction about what to expect from this self-help menopause book which focuses primarily on nutrition and lifestyle. 

Each chapter deals with an ailment of menopause and covers the symptoms, why it happens, ideal nutrition, what to avoid, and lifestyle tips.

I found chapter 2 particularly interesting about the effect that low blood sugar and stress has on the body in relation to the menopause. 

I know that it's important to get magnesium into the body but I found it very useful to know that it can be achieved by having a bath with 2/3 handfuls of Epsom salts in the water as your skin absorbs the magnesium in the salts. 

At the end of the book, there is an in depth guide to nutrients and micronutrients which is useful for anyone whether you are menopausal or not.

The book is a 2-3 hour read and a useful resource to refer back to if needed.

(I presume this is an unedited version for review on Netgalley?  There was quite a lot of editing needed at the start of the book and I found it very hard to differentiate between the chapters/sections as the titles were not even in bold or a larger font.  I would have no hesitation in giving this a higher score once it has been properly formatted)
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I've always had trouble with my periods and have longed for the day of the menopause just to get rid. and now I am at the age where my body is changing I thought I would look up the whole process of menopause and see what I can do to help myself.

This is from an American author but is full of facts, advice and guidance for diets and also health. Very informative and also gives you links for further research whether entering or in menopause.
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This is a very helpful, positive little book that focuses on understanding menopause and managing its symptoms. I appreciated that it wasn't focused on HRT and instead offered dietary and lifestyle changes. There are lots of little tips and it goes into details about why various problems arise and what specifically can deal with each issue. Much of the advice is the same for again and again, but this is because the same changes can help a host of problems. It treats menopause like the normal, healthy life change it is instead of a disease to be medicated, with sound advice about how to decrease the negative side effects. I've read a lot of menopause books in the past couple of years and this is one of the ones I've liked best.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.
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Lots of information on the stages of the menopause and how to manage it.

It provides lots of nutritional information on what to eat and avoid, though it seems to repeat itself for different problems.  It gives tips throughout and recipes but those recipes are labelled "Flush Busting", no matter what the issue is.

Overall its a useful book to flick through depending on how you need to manage your symptoms.

I received this book from netgalley in return for a honest review.
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I read this ARC for an honest review
All thoughts and opinions are mine

As a lady of a 'certain age', this book was of particular interest
After radical surgery I was plunged into what my surgeon called 'shock menopause' and it certainly was a shock!!  Since then, I have read lots of books which give conflicting advice / information

This was different.  It had much more information about wellness.  It gave definite advice about health and nutrition but also told me WHY things needed to be eliminated.  Not sure about totally being able to give up coffee and alcohol completely though!!!

I found it a fascinating and illuminating read

Its a book I would definitely recommend for those going through the menopause but also those pre-menopausal.  

As someone that only really had menopause on my radar AFTER I went into it - I know I would have appreciated information in the run up and also before it happened.

Its a book I would recommend to all women and the men who live with them
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I’ve been in menopause since 2007 after a total hysterectomy and to say it’s been a difficult journey would be an understatement! From multiple HRT medications to hot flashes, I tried to get a handle on the symptoms without much relief. Over the years, I’ve done my homework on HRT meds only to find they may do more harm than good, especially when taken for a long duration. Needless to say, I no longer take any meds and control my symptoms with diet, exercise, and very few supplements when needed and while I know this isn’t for everyone, for me it’s helped me feel better than I’ve ever felt.

When I saw this title available on Netgalley, I couldn’t pass up the chance to check it out! I highly recommend it to anyone heading into their 40s and 50s and looking for more information and tips on managing this mid-life season. Broken into sections this book gives a great overview of symptoms, diet to alleviate them and more.
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As the author is a nutritionist I was expecting a diet-focused book but was very pleasantly surprised to find it was so much more. Most wellness books carry similar messages but this is the first book that I've read where I fully understand WHY to reduce/eliminate caffeine, alcohol, certain sugars and carbs etc. and how those relate to the body and in particular female health. Jackie does a very good job in addressing how every body is different and the structure of the book helps address different elements.. 

I am early forties and  I feel more prepared and I have already made changes to my work day, diet and am looking into supplements. This will also be a great book for someone during the menopause. 

I will be recommending this book to all of my friends (of this age!)

Thank you so much the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy in return for an honest review.
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A book that has many great facts, guidance and suggestions.  It is divided into different symptoms of Menopause and how to help with those symptoms.  It is explained in a simple way and makes it easy to follow the suggestions.  You could read the whole book or just the symptoms you want.  Great book to have on hand.  The one-stop solution for every woman juggling her menopause with the daily challenges of modern life.
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This is a really useful book for women who are in or approaching menopause. Lots of useful information on how to tackle each symptom and problem and lots of options for foods, vitamins and lifestyle improvements.  I did find a couple of clashes where a food is good for one thing but not so good for another (such as bone problems) so even though the book is very well laid out and easy to read it can still be a bit overwhelming.  Overall though a very good resource.
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So many useful facts and figures and so much help and advice for women of a certain age (what that age is, I have no idea, Mother Nature decides).  It seems though that I’m at that age and unlike some of my friends I’ve chosen not to use HRT, unfortunately it’ll be a while before I find out if that decision backfired on me or not.  For now I’m taking some of the wonderful advice and life lessons from Jackie Lynch and Co.  Basically, it’s eating a balanced sensible and nutritional diet.  Common sense.  Healthy eating.  Oh, and try to reduce that stress.  Useful facts and lots of advice on a healthy eating lifestyle to try and ease all those symptoms that I definitely have.  I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.  This is my honest review.
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The Happy Menopause made me a vey happy reader. As a perimenopausal woman in her 40s, I found the information helpful and hopeful. The advice is given n an engaging conversational style and explanations were easily understandable. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to women in their 40s and 50s.
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