Interview with Jane Atherton

Jane, why did you decide to write this book – The Menopause Secret?
Well, to be honest the book evolved from my own menopause experiences.
About 2 years ago my periods started to become irregular, followed quite quickly by hot flushes and night sweats – I did have a moment of madness at one stage, and thought I might be pregnant, but once I realised it was the menopause I did some research to find out what was in store for me. To be perfectly honest I didn’t really know too much about the menopause, I hadn’t given it much thought, apart from, I knew it was something that was going to happen in the future and then all of a sudden my future was here.
Anyway, I started to make notes, spoke to several doctors and began to adjust my diet and exercise routine. Being a trained clinical nutritionist and exercise consultant, I did have knowledge in this area, I just needed to change it slightly to fit in with my body’s new requirements.
As my knowledge and notes grew over time, it dawned on me that there must be so many women who are in the same position. They suddenly find themselves in menopause without a clue as to what is happening. Women don’t prepare for menopause like they would do for pregnancy, they don’t spend months and months waiting for it to happen – it just seems to happen.
Hopefully my book will help women, who like me, woke up one day, connected all the dots and realised they were in menopause and weren’t quite sure where to go from there.
Why is your book any different to the other books on Menopause?
One of the main problems I found while trying to find information on my menopause was it was all so ‘medical-heavy’, not only books, but websites and various news articles were all the same. I needed information that answered my concerns but wasn’t overloaded with medical jargon.
During my research for the book I spoke to many women and found that most of the time the same concerns were being raised. With the help and professional advice of doctors and health care workers, I put together a ‘Cause and Cure’ section in the book, which looks at the most popular menopause symptoms, what causes them and how to cure or minimise them. Quite simple and straight forward really.
In chapter one there is also background information on hormone imbalance and why the menopause happens.
The rest of the book is really about lifestyle, because menopause is so much more than erratic hormones.
We need to adjust our diets and our exercise routines to stay fit and healthy. Do you know that a women is now expected to live for 20-30 years after menopause, or I should say being post-menopausal, because once you reach this stage you are post-menopausal for the rest of your life, you never come out of it. So looking after your health is very important. After all there is not much point in living to a grand old age, if it is going to be one full of ill health is there?
There is also a body and soul section in the book – which really is all about taking the time to enjoy life and remembering what it’s all about. Having lived in Asia for 22 years, I had the opportunity to experience the holistic side of life.
I spent time understanding the Ayurveda concepts, learnt Tai Chi and even spent some time with Buddhist monks, who shared with me many secrets of the soul. They also have some fabulous spas in Asia, and I have included many of their rituals and recipes in this section. This information, along with my professional experience in the health and beauty industry is what the final chapter in the book is all about
This book is about living the menopause lifestyle in a completely balance way so you can enjoy and appreciate everything it has to offer.
So who should be reading this book?
Well, any women between the ages of 35-60. What a lot of women don’t realise is, menopause symptoms can start up to 10-15 years before menopause.
Let me explain – basically there are 3 stages to menopause, peri-menopause, menopause and post menopause. A women generally reaches menopause at around the age of 51, this is when she has gone 12 months without having a period, after this stage she is considered to be post-menopausal, which she will be for the rest of her life. Now, peri-menopause is when our hormones begin to fluctuate, caused by our ovaries running out of eggs. This is going to be different for every woman, no two women will have the same menopause experience. Some may hardly notice they are going through the menopause, others will have every symptom going. Just as some women may only experience symptoms a couple of years before they have their final period and others will suffer a lot longer and like I said that could be up to 15 years beforehand. But in reality any woman of 35, would not connect a hot flush with the menopause, they are more likely to put it down to a few too many glasses of wine at this age.
But the earlier you know about what’s happening to your body, the sooner you can make the changes, ensuring you keep you menopausal symptoms to a minimum.
It is also quite an enlightening read for the men too. It’s not all about erratic hormones. They will enjoy the section on Sensuality in the bedroom and Tantric sex, I’m sure.
You have just finished your second book, tell me about that
Yes, The Menopause 30 Day Concierge Programme. This really was a natural follow on from The Menopause Secret. I know it can be quite overwhelming reading and gathering information on any new topic, let alone trying to organise it into some sort of regime, especially as most women are still working hard while going through the menopause, and finding the time to establish a new routine to suit your changing body’s needs, may not necessarily be high on the priority list. So, to help make life a little easier I have organised all the information into a 30 day programme, where each day you are given meal plans and easy to follow recipes, specifically chosen to meet you changing body’s requirements, along with a daily exercise plan. You are also given brand new tips every day on beauty, style, body & soul, nutrition and exercise.
There really is an awful lot of interesting and useful information in this book that will last you a lifetime.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Its a fantastic distribution platform for new authors, its allowed me a first page listing on google which would have taken me months to achieve otherwise
So, what next? – Any more books planned?
Well, there may be. I am actually very busy developing my Phytomone range of skin care products and nutraceuticals at the moment, which have all been designed for hormonally changing skin during the menopause. This has been a very interesting journey to say the least, so there may be a book in there somewhere, you never know. You can find more information on the website www.phytomone.com
Thank you Jane – Just before you go, what would be your top tip for surviving the menopause?
I think it would probably be to try and keep your sense of humour. Humour makes you laugh and laughter makes your body healthier – it has been proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones. It also triggers the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. If you can see menopause with some humour, you will have a much easier time getting through it.
Published 2013-08-29.
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The Menopause Secret: A comprehensive guide to managing your menopause and beyond:
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 63,240. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Women's health, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Stretching
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