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Midlife Mamas on the Moon

Essential Reading for Women over 40, September 23, 2007

In "Midlife Mamas on the Moon," Sunny Hersh presents pertinent topics for women over 40. The sooner you read this book the better your life will be. Since I just turned 40 I found this book to be a helpful guide to a life I will soon be living. Instead of being shocked or annoyed by symptoms of aging, I can be prepared and aware of subtle changes.

Sunny Hersh shares her personal experiences and gives advice on a wealth of topics including relationship issues, sexuality, dating, financial security, hormone replacement, exercise and diet. She also gives helpful tips on looking after your partner's health.

Most of the book reads like a conversation with a close friend and I found myself writing down the names of numerous books and supplements. This book will bring you up to date on the most important lifestyle changes so you can ensure a smooth transition from 40 to 50 and beyond.

~The Rebecca Review


The Female Brain


4.0 out of 5 stars Insight into the Female Brain, December 15, 2007
"My intentions for this book were to help women through the various shifts in their lives: shifts so big they actually create changes un a woman's perception of reality, her values, and what she pays attention to. If we can understand how our lives are shaped by our brain chemistry, then maybe we can better see the road ahead." ~ pg. 160

I'm not sure why some reviewers felt this book was so controversial. After reading The Female Brain from cover to cover I found it to be a fairly calming read. Louann Brizendine presents a good overview of how varying levels of testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and oxytocin affect the brain during various stages of life.

Louann Brizendine provides convincing case studies and emphasizes scientific research. She points out the positive and negative aspects of the male and female brain. At first the book seems to be "sex on the brain" but then it mellows into the mothering brain and the mature female brain. I did notice that there is no discussion of women with a more dominant male energy or of males with a more dominant female energy. This would explain why you may disagree with many of the points made in regards to male and female behavior.

"...pretending that women and men are the same, while doing a disservice to both men and women, ultimately hurts women." ~ pg. 161

One of the things I did disagree with includes the notion of men not being able to read facial expressions as well as women. My husband constantly notices my facial expressions and even talks about it in a sensitive way. He seems to understand my moods based on my facial expressions. Your own experience may differ slightly from the assertions made in this book. As far as men not liking this book that may also vary from person to person because my husband picked up this book the minute I wasn't reading it and seemed rather curious about the contents.

What I liked most about this book was the detailed information on how hormones affect daily decisions. This is an excellent read if you want to know how changes in hormone levels affect women at every age. At the end of the book there is also a chapter on hormone replacement therapy.

~The Rebecca Review


What's Age Got To Do With It


5.0 out of 5 stars Have You Been Neglecting Yourself?, July 22, 2009
Robin McGraw has written a very helpful book for women who are looking for an introduction to anti-aging secrets. She also teaches that it is not selfish to put yourself first. So if you have been neglecting yourself this book will be motivating. Robin McGraw's friendly peppy conversational writing style makes this book very easy to read. She is also very convincing and has a way of writing that helps you to not only take action but to feel good about it too.

After reading her husband's books on weight loss and diet I was surprised to read that Robin McGraw has never been on a diet in her entire life. She eats carbs and butter and occasionally binges on her favorite foods. You may also be shocked to know that she has never had a facelift. So how does she look so young? One of her secrets is that she exercises on a regular basis and gets enough sleep. In this book you will find detailed instructions for how to exercise and get a good night's sleep.

"What's Age Got to Do with It?" is designed for women over 35 and it does briefly discuss bio-identical hormones. While there is an introduction there was not enough detailed information about the actual hormones. For that you may want to read books by Suzanne Somers - Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones . If you are worried about wrinkles this book talks about how sugar can be a culprit. For more detailed information on skin care by Dr. Perricone read - Dr. Perricone's 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity: The Miracle of Cellular Rejuvenation. Robin McGraw doesn't talk about "7-Keto DHEA" which may be preferable if you are worried about a surge in testosterone. For more information on this subject refer to books by Stephen Cherniske - The Metabolic Plan: Stay Younger Longer.

What I loved about this book is how human Robin McGraw appears to be. Even with all her wealth and fame she still comes across as a woman who has faults but she has learned to live with them. She is also not satisfied to live a nominal existence; she demands the best life has to offer. She also believes that an "indulgence here and there is healthy for the body and soul." I could relate to her love of shopping at Target, her homemade clothes as a child and her funny stories about hair coloring fiascos, which made me laugh.

I've read numerous books on anti-aging but still hadn't heard of some of the supplements mentioned in this book. So it was worth reading for that aspect alone. The only thing I question in this book is the advice to drink an apple cider drink. Some people have had a bad experience with this and the recipe might be better if you only use two tablespoons of cider vinegar instead of half a cup. The other recipes in the book seemed fine and included recipes for facial scrubs made with oatmeal or brown sugar. You may also be surprised to know that instead of some expensive facial product, Robin McGraw sometimes uses plain egg whites.

While you may not have enough money to go for monthly facials (I sure don't), you may want to take Robin's advice and ask your husband or boyfriend for gift certificates for special occasions. This will work well because your man will be relieved to know what you really want. So overall I think this book has some great advice that if followed on a consistent basis will make your life more sweet and interesting. Who doesn't want to look younger and more beautiful? This book will show you the way but probably should not be the only book you read. I'd also read How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better which I found to be very helpful and it covers some of the same topics in this book like fashion. If you read this book and all you do is change one thing in your life - like starting to exercise - then it is worth the price. Here are some of the products mentioned in this book if you want to start looking fabulous:

Dior DiorSkin AirFlash Spray Foundation
Evening Primrose Oil - 4 oz. - Liquid
Kerastase Resistance Volumactive Mousse 5.1 oz
Laura Mercier Lip Glaze - affordable
Cle De Peau Beaute Concealer - very expensive!

The book I'd also recommend in addition to this one includes:

The Wrinkle Cure: Unlock the Power of Cosmeceuticals for Supple, Youthful Skin

If you are looking for some affordable skin care items that really work well and I've been using them for years:

Derma e Retexturizing Creme, DMAE- Alpha Lipoic - C-Ester, 2 oz (56 g) (Pack of 2)

Derma e Pycnogenol Eye Gel, with Green Tea Extract, 0.5 oz (14 g) (Pack of 2)

Derma E Microdermabrasion - an excellent product that even seems to work on sensitive skin.

~The Rebecca Review


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