The Menopause Makeover: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Menopause

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You can feel like yourself again

Hot flashes and sleepless nights? Feeling anxious and irritable? Frustrated with weight gain? It's time for a makeover—a menopause makeover!

Based on the latest scientific research, and designed for both pre- and post-menopausal women, The Menopause Makeover is a proven, eight-step program to help you reclaim your health—and your life.

– Evaluate if hormone therapy is right for you.

– Beat belly bulge with The ...

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Overview

You can feel like yourself again

Hot flashes and sleepless nights? Feeling anxious and irritable? Frustrated with weight gain? It's time for a makeover—a menopause makeover!

Based on the latest scientific research, and designed for both pre- and post-menopausal women, The Menopause Makeover is a proven, eight-step program to help you reclaim your health—and your life.

– Evaluate if hormone therapy is right for you.

– Beat belly bulge with The Menopause Makeover food pyramid and recipes.

– Tone up and trim down with The Menopause Makeover fitness formula.

– Boost your libido and learn to love intimacy again.

– Regain your vibrant, youthful glow with essential beauty tips.

– Manage stress and get off the mood-swing roller coaster.

– Stay motivated with self-assessments and tools to track your progress.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373892679
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 448,642
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Staness Jonekos is President and Founder of the award-winning video production company Krystal Productions. One of the original executive producers who launched Oxygen Media network, she was instrumental in their "Be Fearless" campaign to empower women. Most recently a survivor of a difficult menopause transition, Jonekos is passionate about her newest commitment—helping women look and feel better during menopause.

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Wait a Minute…What Just Happened?
Your Body During Menopause

Feeling blue, gaining weight, suffering from hot flashes, being cranky, losing interest in sex and forgetting things—this had become my new daily reality. And as if that were not enough, I had to start slathering on gallons of facial moisturizer, hoping my once-radiant complexion would return.

Feeling helpless, frustrated and desperate for a solution, I scheduled an appointment to see my doctor. After the examination and a tearful discussion, including my confession—"I think I am losing my mind"—the doctor gave me an FSH blood test. Praying I didn't have a strange disease causing all this misery, I eagerly awaited the results.

A week later, the doctor phoned and said, "I have good news. You're not losing your mind. You don't have a disease. You're going through menopause."

I said, "What! I'm what? Not me? Wait a minute…what just happened?"

Shocked, standing there with the phone in my hand, I felt as if life as I knew it was over. Menopause had never even occurred to me; I was totally blindsided. Surely this was not happening to me. My favorite blouse was suddenly drenched from an uninvited hot flash. My mind was fuzzy as I tried to focus on the clock pounding over the kitchen sink—tick, tock, tick, tock—or was that my heart? It certainly wasn't my egg count—that was now tocked!

I was scared—something I took for granted had just been taken away without my permission. The sunlight was streaming through the kitchen window, giving me a glimmer of hope that there must be a way to make this go away. I took a deep breath, and said, "Okay, give me something to fix this."

Well, the hard truth is that there is no magic pill that will "fix" menopause. Believe me, I tried to find one. The good news is that you can manage menopause. The first step is to understand your symptoms and your treatment options. If you know your options, you can manage menopause.

You may be feeling miserable and frustrated, wanting to feel "normal" again—and fast. Fortunately, you have a big advantage in your life that you may not be acknowledging—unlike other transitions, now you have a lifetime of experience at hand! You are already equipped with survival tools and coping skills. You managed to make it through puberty, perhaps marriage, divorce, children, financial challenges, family issues, and career ups and downs. If you have gotten this far in life, hot flashes, a few new wrinkles, a declining libido and weight gain are all conditions you can handle. You are armed with a lifetime of knowledge. Once you make up your mind to meet these issues head-on, you are ready to walk through a new door and realize your new powerful potential!

WHAT IS MENOPAUSE?

As I urgently searched for answers to my severe menopause symptoms and cranky moods, it occurred to me that this was a time in my life that demanded attention. The word menopause took on a new meaning for me: ME-NO-PAUSE. I could no longer give all my attention to others. I now had to focus on "ME." I could "NO" longer "PAUSE" on matters regarding "ME."

Menopause is actually derived from the Greek roots meno (month) andpausis (a pause, a cessation). Menopause, the natural stopping of your reproductive cycle, is a completely normal physical transition in a woman's life. The dictionary defines menopause as "the time in a woman's life when menstruation diminishes and ceases, usually between the ages of 45 and 55."

The menopause journey has three stages. Perimenopause (peri is Latin meaning "around" or "near") is the time prior to the cessation of menstruation, when you begin to experience hormonal changes and you are still having intermittent periods. Many doctors now refer to perimenopause as the menopausal transition. I will refer to it this way as well. You have reached menopause once you have gone 12 months without a period. Postmenopause is the time after menopause when the acute symptoms of estrogen absence generally diminish.

Going through the menopausal transition is the reverse of puberty. Puberty was the transition in your life when your hormones were gearing up for the reproductive years. Remember your first period? Emotional outbursts, tender breasts, restless nights and feeling bloated?

YOUR HORMONES DURING MENOPAUSE

During the transition into menopause, you may experience many of the same puberty symptoms, but for different reasons. Instead of turning on your hormones, your body is now turning them off by slowly producing less estrogen and progesterone.

Many women who had severe symptoms during puberty may also have a challenging menopause, while women who slid through adolescence easily often have the same experience with menopause. We are all different, and menopause is no exception. In order to fully understand menopause, we must look at how our bodies have been operating since birth.

We are born with a finite number of eggs, about 1 to 2 million, stored in small follicles in our ovaries. From birth to puberty, the majority of eggs will die. At puberty, about 400,000 remain. Each month in which we have a period, about 1,000 eggs are lost and usually only 1 actually matures into a fertile egg (ovum). A woman will have about 500 ovulations.

The ovaries not only hold these eggs, but also produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone. During days 1 to 14 of your cycle, a hormone called follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is produced by the pituitary gland in your brain. It stimulates the growth of immature follicles to maturation and it stimulates the production of estrogen. Once there is a sufficient level of estrogen in your body, usually around day 12 to 16 of your cycle, the pituitary gland sends luteinizing hormone (LH) to signal the follicle to release the egg (ovulation).

Once ovulation has occurred, your estrogen levels drop and progesterone starts to rise. By day 20, progesterone levels are high enough to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. If the egg is fertilized, your progesterone levels will remain high. If the egg is not fertilized, both estrogen and progesterone levels fall and you start your period. This process is called the menstrual cycle. During menopause, your body begins to produce less estrogen and progesterone, causing this cycle to become irregular, and eventually ending.

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  • Posted March 6, 2010

    Just What I Needed

    Since I started experiencing the symptoms, I've read a number of informational books about menopause. But Menopause Makeover is different. Instead of just helping me understand my hot flashes and mood swings, Menopause Makeover is a call to action.

    I'd been struggling with the emotional and physical changes for a few years now and needed a jumpstart. When I picked up Menopause Makeover, I found the perfect solution---a step-by-step guide, worksheets, a diet plan, and more. And since the author was writing from her own personal experience, I could relate to her story and felt a connection.

    I'd strongly recommend this book for any women in menopause or starting to experience symptoms.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    Best Menopause Book EVER!

    This is the first menopause book that actually helped me with my symptoms, weight loss, and how to improve my eating habits. I found it to be inspirational and fun. The Menopause Makeover 8-step 12-week action plan changed my life.

    On page 206 I found that I could download all the planner templates at the author's website (menopausemakeover.com) for free. I made my own planner and have been writing my goals and tracking my results. It's already made a big difference in my life.

    This book is loaded with NEW information and made understanding hormone therapy so much easier. I love the Menopause Makeover Food Pyramid - I have been losing 2 pounds a week following this amazing nutrition/exercise plan just for women like me going through menopause.

    I really appreciated reading a menopause book that gave me hope and showed me the way back to ME.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    This book changed by life!

    I don't know what writer28 is talking about. The Menopause Makeover changed MY life! I shared this book with my girlfriend and it changed her life too! The hormone and symptom management information was fantastic!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Electronic

    Hard to utilize all the journals and work pages with an E Book.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    In my opinion, a waste of money

    This book was a waste of money for me. I wish I had sat in the cafe and read this. If I had, I wouldn't have bought it. Why? Well, this book has information about how to dress for your body shape, what color make up to buy and other things that most women already know (I did!) and these things can be found elsewhere, in other books or online. The menopause information was not helpful to me for two reasons: One, I read a lot and knew 90% of what the book contains. Two, my OB/GYN has the newest information about medications, etc, and so his information is way over and above the information in this book. With the information left over, this book would have been maybe 80 pages or less. I guess I'll give this book to a relative.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 28, 2013

    Disappointed! Everything in the book is what you can read in a w

    Disappointed! Everything in the book is what you can read in a woman's magazine. Very basic and common knowledge stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    common sense

    Maybe I am not who this book is written for but I felt it was just about common sense. Nothing I did not already know.

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