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Change of Life, Change of Diet -- Elaine Magee, MPH, RD

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


Now, the foods to lose for hot flashes would be the hot and spicy type foods, foods with caffeine as beverages, and alcohol.

Some recent research suggests that soy, for hot flashes, works better for women who work out and exercise. So that might explain why it works better in some women than others.

Here is one of Elaine's great recipes for dealing with hot flashes and night sweats.

Hot Flash Mochaccino
from The Change of Life Diet and Cookbook
by Elaine Magee, MPH, RD

1/2 cup double-strength decaf coffee, chilled
3/4 cup chocolate soy milk
1 1/2 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds (optional)
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup (optional)

  • Add coffee, chocolate soymilk, ice cubes, and flaxseeds (if desired) into the blender and blend until the mixture has a nice, smooth texture (like a milkshake).
  • Taste the drink. If you would like a stronger chocolate flavor, add a tablespoon of chocolate syrup. Blend the mixture, pour into a tall glass, and enjoy!

Makes 1 drink * Serving size: About 2 cups

This particular recipe has three things going for it here. It's got decaf coffee, since we're avoiding caffeine; it uses soymilk; it has ground flax seed also as an option. Also, it's cold and it's going to help decrease your body temperature.

Can you substitute soy milk in recipes that call for milk to get soy into your diet?

That works most of the time. There are certain things it may not work as well in where it has to do with the milk protein. Pudding is an example. You can get away with using half milk and half soy milk and it will still mostly gel, but if you use all soy milk it won't gel. So in certain cases you may run into trouble, but in most recipes it works. Making oatmeal you can use soy milk instead of milk, and in muffin or bread recipes.

Choose a good tasting one, though. Some brands taste better than others. My personal favorite is Silk brand, made in Colorado.

With night sweats, is the idea to cool off before you get in bed?

That's one strategy, definitely. The other strategy is to follow the same rules for the hot flashes so that you're increasing phytoestrogen over time in your body so your body is less likely to go through those shifts in temperature. You want to look at long-range ways of decreasing night sweats and short range, which would be to sleep cool, maybe take a cold shower before you go to bed, maybe have a light night snack that is cold, as well, which is mainly what we did in the recipes in this chapter.

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