As you can imagine I read a lot of books, magazines and websites that deal with nutrition, womens health and menopause.
Lorraine Miano (TheMagicOfMenopause.com) contacted me a while back to tell me about her book and asked if I would write a review.
I want to do more reviews on this blog so I thought “why not?”
I only blog about products I have personally tested and endorse.
I felt like Lorraine’s book had been written for me when I was going through the menopause.
One of the reasons I connected to her book is because I love Lorraine’s positivity, humour and frankness as it reminds me how I write 🙂
“I soon realised that, as a menopausal women living in the twenty-first century, I still had thirty percent of my life ahead of me. That is a damn long time! That is an extremely long time to ave to deal with the effects that menopause may wreak in our bodies and in our lives. I want to live my life to the absolute fullest! I don’t want to ave to deal with any symptoms that may keep me from doing just that.”
I particularly enjoyed Lorraine’s story telling which I think is missing in many of the books on menopause. Many other books have been fact heavy and feel dry ‘excuse the pun!’ which makes them hard going when your menopause brain can’t concentrate.
Stories have been used for thousands of years as a way to pass on information and us human beings are drawn to it. As well as the stories Lorraine has included case studies which again helps the reader connect to the book. Women going through the menopause often feel confused and alone. When reading this book you feel relieved that you’re not the only one feeling like you are losing your mind.
Lorraine covers the main menopause topics like; stress/anxiety, hot flushes/flashes, hysterectomy, sleep and sex. A really good topic covered is the sandwich generation issue which isn’t really talked about.
I found the book easy to read and I love the ‘workbook’ feel to it where I had space to write and answer questions. There’s something rebellious about writing in a book lol!
There are lots of tips and facts scattered throughout the book which is great but I felt maybe it could have been a little better organised. I would have liked to seen how my day could look using some of the suggestions.
What didn’t I like?
I LOVE the book however I really don’t ‘get’ the ‘Fairy Godmother’ of menopause concept and the image used on the book. I didn’t connect with the hourglass silhouette at all. For me menopause is more about moving into my wise (crone!) years and not being a princess. But maybe I’m a little oestrogen depleted and sensitive about my menopause belly ha ha
I highly recommend Lorraines book 🙂 I would recommend it to my clients as Lorraines views and methods match my own. It’s user friendly and i feel a women going through the turbulent times of menopause would find it educational, practical and do-able.
Well done Lorraine and you’ve certainly given me a kick up the butt to write my book too.
You can get the book on amazon