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Retro Calories! (And Some Encouraging Words on Menopausal Weight Gain)



A blast from the calorie past!

Cliff found this calorie list among my mother-in-law Vivian’s papers.The doctor’s name is at the top, and in Vivian’s handwriting are the words “For Al.”

So did the doctor want Cliff’s dad on a diet or did Vivian? Not sure, but it’s fun to see the foods listed on the sheet. The names Boston brown bread, Brown Betty, and prune whip have a particular fifties flair.

Menopause and weight gain go together like ice cream and apple pie. Here’s a good article from one of my favorite health sites, the Mayo Clinic, about gaining weight during the Change of Life.

My daughter Kath, a registered dietitian, was the second food diarist on the Internet. For five years, she took photos of everything she ate. Her website, Katheats.com, has thousands of readers (proud mom here), but I know from her experience that writing about weight gain and calories can rub some the wrong way. So here’s my experience, but please skip this if you’re not in the mood for weight or calorie talk.

I had horrible food cravings during the worst of the roller coaster ride; I’ve got a huge sweet tooth; and I love to eat, especially in restaurants, at parties, and on vacation. But I got serious about taking off some pounds around the time of my cancer diagnosis. I wondered if I could really do it now that I am entrenched in menopause. I could. I did. I paid attention to calories and upped my exercise, and it worked*

But I still look at Vivian’s calorie sheet and sigh. It’s not easy to resist desserts and other high calorie foods. And I bet my father-in-law, who loved desserts as much as I do, wasn’t so happy to see his name on the top of that sheet!

Prune whip, anyone?


Actually, prune whip looks better than it sounds, and it’s not too hard to make. I found the recipe and photo on a cool site, Vintage Recipe Cards.com

*Maintenance is a kicker though. Exercise seems to be the key.

Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal: A Review and a Giveaway



Although I make an attempt to watch my nutrition, I’m a butter cream frosting, chocolate chip cookie, Bugles kind of girl.

When I was in the middle of Menopausal Food Madness, I had a hard time keeping my eating on the nutritious path, and my weight climbed up.

The cravings were like PMS times five, and for a year or so, they were almost constant. Yikes!

Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal: The best and Worst Choices to Treat Your Ailments Naturally, recently updated by Reader’s Digest Books, has a section on foods for menopause.

I don’t know if I would have followed their advice or not  (because those cravings ruled), but I’m sorry I didn’t have this volume to at nudge me in the right direction.



My daughter Kath, the nutritionist with the super cool food blog, Katheats, is my champion in eating well.

I asked her to study the book for me and write us a quick review.  (Since she’s recently made me a grandma,we can overlook her mention of baby nutrition over menopausal.)

Here’s her review:

Food That Harm, Foods That Heal is a great reference book for anyone who wants to dig deeper into the world of nutrition.

I love its focus on whole foods and the reasons why we should eat more or less of them.

The bonus sections on disease, baby nutrition, and the vitamins and mineral charts take complicated information and present it in an easy-to-understand format. After I put it down I wanted to go straight to the kitchen!”

Giveaway:  Reader’s Digest Books is offering Friend for the Ride one copy of the book as a giveaway (U.S. mailing addresses only due to postage  costs).  To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment by April 5 saying you’d like to win.  Winner will be chose at random.


Foods That Harm

Final BlogHer ’12 Report: Starstruck!


For me, BlogHer ’12 went out with a BOOM, and I was even able to give my regards to Broadway.

Daughter Laura admonished me that I needed cuter flats. I found this pair a few weeks ago at Nordstroms Rack.  I had them on and was doing conference things, when a woman said, “I love your shoes.”  As a not-great-shoe person, I felt triumphant. My shoes were stars for one sparkling moment.

I marched in said shoes fifteen happy blocks to the B(L)oomers Party, sponsored by BoomBox Network, with help from The Succulent Wife.

BoomBox connects brands with boomer bloggers and influencers

The Succulent Wife’s credo is: “For us, succulence is about truly tasting and experiencing life.”  Since I just went to my high school reunion, I especially love Senior Editor Audrey van Petegem’s take on her high school reunion.

Off Site New York, a newly renovated space, was the cool venue for the party. Love when old spaces get fresh lives.

BoomBox displayed quotes on aging. Since I’m a Madeleine L’engle fan, my favorite was this one:

A screen flashed images celebrating the theme of Beauty & Widsom by photographer Robbie Kaye.

Beauty product demonstrations took place in the loft.  Some of you may remember the Epilady of our youth. Ouch! This is the improved, gentler version.

Loved my festive favor bag!  I even found a button for my collection, created by  Not Done Yet, “a hip, new lifestyle brand dedicated to inspiring people to feel ageless at any age!”

The BlogHer conference is teeming with smart, energetic, innovative young women. If one is age conscious (which I admit I am, some) the atmosphere can be somewhat intimidating.

Joy! I walked into the BoomBox party to a room of smart, energetic, innovative women closer to my age.

When I announce I’m a menopause blogger, I almost always get a smile or an, “Ah yes. Menopause.”  I invited the women I met at the party to write guests posts for Friend for the Ride. Crossing my fingers they will.

And speaking of youth, Laura from Storymix Media did video interviews with the guests.  After she interviewed me, we chatted  about Storymix Media.

When Laura discovered  I’m mom to Kath of Katheats she tweeted that this was her most starstruck moment at BlogHer.  She’s been following Kath for years. Ah thanks, Laura. I’m starstruck by Kath too, but after all, I’m her mother.

My glittery shoes took me home by way of the starry lights of Broadway. What a New York night!

Thanks too  Chris Bradshaw of BoomBox  and Audrey Petegem and everyone else for the lovely party.

And thanks again to Estroven and the Good Sleep Challenge for sending me to NYC.