by Marina Jacobs
I was introduced to Dr. Mindy Pelz, last year when I searched ‘Fasting During Menopause’ and saw her YouTube video that suggests women over 50 add some feast items once a week to a Keto diet. I had been eating Keto since 2019 and fasting some days. It felt great to find someone who appeared to understand my issues. I was happy to see she’d written a book just for women like me, and I am excited to have this great information for living a healthier rest of my life.
What I LOVE:
This book provides the following:
- biological information,
- simple step-by-step instructions for each level of menopause, and
- information about how to eliminate cravings.
Dr. Pelz explains the metabolic process of autophagy, which is fascinating. To think our cells can recycle and repair themselves is an awesome and remarkable discovery. Dr. Pelz describes the autophagy ‘sweet spot’ for aid in slowing down the aging process. I am already adding this method of fasting to my routine.
I also discovered I can make good hormones on my own, post-menopause, without added therapy. Dr. Pelz outlines the specific roles our hormones play and how low levels of some hormones can cause the issues we suffer with during and after menopause.
To be honest, the last four months of fasting 14 or 15 hours and eating two meals had not been working for me. The Menopause Reset describes how eating too much protein can raise insulin, prompting a change in protein consumption. Mindy adds that it is important to eat clean protein.
Lastly, like many people, since COVID-19, I found myself eating things I craved. Dr. Pelz explained the microbiome and the need to kill off pathogens that may cause cravings, plus she offers a few solutions.
What I NOTICED:
I have nothing negative to share about The Menopause Reset. All the information is good, and it all makes sense.
However, there is one thing I noticed. Some women may be able to afford the book but won’t be able to afford some of the steps involved in the reset due to their financial situation. Yes, women can fast for 18-24 hours but how can low-income families eat clean, or afford a visit to a hyperbolic chamber, the latter of which I can’t even manage myself?
Being economically strained is stressful; however, alleviating stress is one reason some women need a reset the most. Processed low-quality food is affordable, unfortunately, and there are many food deserts in America. What would these women do? I hope a reset is possible for women who may only be able to tweak their diets with conventional protein and vegetables, provided they eliminate sugars, excess carbs, and bad fats, but The Menopause Reset doesn’t show how.
Overall: The Menopause Reset is a highly informative read. I am even more aware that we have the power to heal our own bodies and not rely on pharmaceuticals. Dr. Pelz offers many tools most women can work with. However, she could include ideas for women who are menopausal and in a lower socioeconomic status.
Navigating the Change Rating (per Marina Jacobs):
Marina Jacobs is a busy 57-year-old, who is working hard in her new career in real estate. Her heart lies in her roles as a devoted Christian, wife, veteran, and mother of three adult boys. Marina is always seeking sound guidance on how to live healthy and independently, and to age gracefully.
*Mindy Pelz didn’t pay for this review.