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WebMD Live Events Transcript; Event Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Menopause is a time of big changes in your life. WebMD Weight Loss Clinic's "Recipe Doctor," Elaine Magee, RD, says you should include how and what you eat in those changes. She's written about it in her new book, The Change of Life Diet and Cookbook. In this live event, Elaine shares her tips on cooking, eating, and enjoying yourself on your journey from pre- to post-menopause.

If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.

Welcome back to WebMD Live, Elaine. Please explain the basic premise of The Change of Life Diet and Cookbook.

When some of the studies came out showing the benefits of showing the risks outweigh benefits for many women with hormone replacement therapy, it behooved me to write a book helping women get through this time in their life without hormone replacement therapy (HRT). I wanted women to have some options to HRT. I wanted to have some options to HRT as well.

I had already written a book called Eat Well for Healthy Menopause quite a few years ago, but I wanted this book to focus on the specific symptoms and how to eat your way around them, and I wanted this book to have a sense of humor, because at this point in many women's lives that's what they need. So I literally took the top seven symptoms of menopause and I researched each one individually to come up with some practical food or diet-related steps that women could take to ease that particular symptom.

The other thing we did in the book was I looked at the two things that they could say was definitely beneficial to HRT, which was basically decreasing osteoporosis risk and decreasing colon cancer risk. We know HRT has those benefits for women.

So I looked at those two things as well and helped women reduce their risk through diet and lifestyle changes. So those are the other two chapters of the book besides the seven symptoms. My favorite chapter is "Aphrodisiac for Menopausal Women Only."

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