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Period Peace (book)

  1. 1. Preface Who says that menopause is no laughing matter? After skimming most of the available menopause materials, we’ve learned that this is a topic that needs some serious lightening up. Period Peace does not contain much scary informa- tion about terrible mid-life diseases, nasty bodily changes, or expensive remedies. (That information can be found in all of those “other” books). Period Peace is a unique book that will provide EHH (a little Education, lots of Humor, and some Hope) for peri-menopausal women (PMW’s) who want sound bites of wisdom and a full serving of fun. We’ve included to some of the fun activities of our youth such as: word scram- bles, mazes, crossword puzzles, and more. Our version of this fun and familiar format contains a distinctly mature menopausal twist.We’ve also included some of our favorite comfort food recipes. Why? Because we couldn’t possibly have written a book about and for women without sharing recipes and talking about food. Don’t think Period Peace is all just fun and games because we have also included what we believe to be the most important factoids and practical tips to help you navigate through menopause on the more peaceful side. After interacting with Period Peace, PMW will have the essential information required to put menopause into perspective. They will laugh and learn that they are in the same (sweaty) boat with millions of other women in this stunning stage of life.
  2. 2. Introduction There are 43 million of us who are facing peri-menopause and menopause (that is a lot of women)!!! Peri-menopause is a big deal. It happens whether you want it to or not. Lots of misinformation is out there...too much information is out there, so don’t believe all the bad press. Symptoms can be non-existent, bothersome, and/or scary and it can make you feel crazy but that doesn’t (necessarily) mean you are. Women get it but still don’t talk about it freely. Menopause is like a very grown up version of adolescence for women only and like any other sensitive subject, only we can make jokes about it. Menopausal women are hot and menopause is not conta- gious. We have to learn to live with this thing and learning through play helps. Everyone is entitled to her own customized, personalized menopause. It’s ok to be irregular women. Put this book on the coffee table - put another copy in the bathroom. As you read this book, if the lines at the corners of your mouth go up, we have succeeded!
  3. 3. Period Peace ProcessPeriod pain pills pronounced passéElevated energy emerges from emptying estrogenRich relationships ripenIncreasing instances of insanely important ideasOld fashioned ovulation over and outDiminishing dampness delivers deepening drynessPerfectly placed pimples precipitously pop upExtra elbow epidermis emergesActively engaging in activities alone or altogetherCountering caution with creative climactic celebrationsEveryday eruptions evolve into everlasting evenness
  4. 4. IQ TEST YOURMENOPAUSE HAIR
  5. 5. { }Q hair blow dryers, flat irons, curling wands male hormones when wet estrogen levels losing weight % 30 - % 40 using deep conditioners eating nourishing food chin on the crown of your head plant or fruit based minoxidil medications pregnancy{ USE THE ABOVE PHRASES TO FILL IN THE BLANKS } 12. Blow dryers, Flat irons, Curling wands 13. Estrogen 14.Medications 15. Pregnancy 1. What helps to preserve thinning hair? ______________ 9. Plant or fruit based 10. Using Deep Conditioners 11. On the Crown of your Head 2. Where may hair begin to grow during peri-menopause? ________________ 1.Minoxidil 2. Chin 3. 30-40% 4. On the crown of your head 5. When wet 3. What percentage of women lose some hair during peri-menopause? ___________ 4. Where may hair thin out during peri-menopause? _________________ 5. When is your hair most prone to breakage or damage? __________________ 6. Male hormones 7. Losing weight 8. Eating nutritious food 6. When the balance between female hormones and ___________ changes during menopause, it can cause hair loss.? 7. What helps to control hair loss during peri-menopause? __________________ 8. What can help to keep hair healthier ? ______________________ 9. What kinds of shampoos are best for preventing hair loss ? __________________ 10. What can help hair to look and feel less dry and brittle ? ___________________ 11. Where does hair loss most frequently occur ? __________________ ANSWER KEY 12. What tools are not good for your hair ? __________________ 13. A decrease in ____________________ can cause hair loss ? 14. Many kinds of __________________ can cause hair loss ? 15. Many women also experience hair loss after _____________________ ?
  6. 6. 4 Cut out the innermost circle of the spinner. Turn to the back of 1 the Memory Game page and insert finger through the opening. Using it as an arrow, rotate your finger around until you land on 3 the number of your choice. 2 Yippie! You Remembered Your Shopping List. Advance 3 Spaces Who Did I Just Dial? Hang Up And Go Back 5 Spaces WHOOPS! Why Did I Call You? Go Back 2 Spaces And Think About It FABULOUS! You Remembered Your Reading Glasses. OOPS! Advance 3 Spaces Forgot Where You’re Going... Go Back 2 SpacesCan’t Find The Keys! GO BACK HOME 1 Space START HERE
  7. 7. Where’s My Wallet?Pull Over And Congratulations! Wait Here You Made It!... (2 Turns) But Why Did I Want To Come Here In TheWhy Did I Go First Place? Downstairs?Go Back 1 Space And Figure It Out What Was I Suppose To Buy? A Trip To....? Go Back Home And Start Again! With your other hand, choose your favorite finger and using it as a playing piece, move it around the board the designated number of squares. Good luck! And remember...oh, what were we going to say?
  8. 8. Diaphragm - Free Diva Edition FUN LIBS YOU ARE NOT ALONE!Did you know that 43 million women are in _____________? Y it’s true. In fact, you may be one of these women. How would you es, (noun)know? Well, you may have noticed that you are _________ing simple things or that you are _______ing a lot for no reason. Or, perhpas (verb) (verb)you have detected that your thighs have begun to _____________ and that you no longer have a _____________. Y or those close to ou (verb) (noun)you may have taken notice of the downward trajectory of your _____________ or your _____________. In addition, you may have (noun) (noun)noticed that the frequency with which you _____________ has changed. That is, if you even continue to _____________ at all. (verb) (verb)Have you looked closely at your _____________ lately? Y may have observed some new _____________ on your _____________ ou (noun) (plural noun) (noun)or fewer _____________ on your _____________. Please know that you are in good company as many of us, in fact, 43 million of us, (plural noun) (noun)also have more _____________ on our _____________ and not so much _____________ on our _____________ or down on our (noun) (noun) (noun) (noun)_____________. (noun) YOU ARE DEFINITELY NOT ALONE!
  9. 9. PERIOD PEACE COMPOTE You decide which fruits move you!Ingredients choice 1: Ingredients choice 4:1 pint strawberries, 1 pint blueberries 16 oz prunes, 6 ounces of raisins1 pint raspberries, 2/3 cup of sugar (add 6 ounces of fresh apricots too,Water to cover (1/2 inch) if desired) Water to cover (1⁄2 inch on the bottom of the pot)Ingredients choice 2:1 quart strawberries (halved) Ingredients choice 5:6 large stalks of rhubarb (cut into small 1⁄2 inch 8 fresh peaches, 8 necterineschunks), 2/3 – 1 cup of sugar 6 oz raisins, 1⁄2 cup of sugar1⁄2 inch of water on the bottom of the pot (You can add a pinch of nutmeg,(You will be happier if you double this recipe... cinnamon, and/or cloves to taste)yum!) Water to cover (1 inch on the bottom of the pot)Ingredients choice 3:8 large apples (We prefer Macintosh apples cut Directions:into small chunks), 1 cup of raisins Place fruit in a medium size pot. Add water (or cider) to pot. Add1 stick of cinnamon, Pinch of nutmeg sugar and mix well. Bring to a2 cups of cider boil uncovered. Reduce tempera-1 cup of prunes ture to low, cover the fruit mix- ture, and cook for 20 – 30 minutes Compote is delicious hot (or more, depending on the fruit). or cold. It goes well with Cook until all fruit is soft and all ice cream or cookies. It ingredients are blended together. is great on top of pound Adjust sugar or spices to taste. cake or sponge cake, or Test immediately. Test again with just straight up. a clean spoon!
  10. 10. W O R D S E A R C H: SOUNDS Like Menopause to me... C R Y I N G G J O E L C A E K P S T N R R D A N I E L K S A C E B T U T O L U S E F K E I T S P O O P I N G A S W N T R A S T L G L E L S U Z O N E S H C T R Q K S H N I E O L L T S I B I A H U O B N I X E U I A E L M B K G N I Find The I T D F N L N A S N O R I N G C N G R N H L G M E C G T G R O N R U A I O DFollowing Words G A S P R N T I H P A K G C N R D R R Gas (enough said) C S G W C C L I O E C H K I W C N T O Crunching Carbs A E T G E E B O O E H T K L S E U U P Creaking bones R F Y K L A R Q C I E U R H J S O R P Scratching itchy skin B A D A M O T T A J L R A C T E P N I Laughing S C R A T C H I N G I T C H Y S K I N Snoring G N I P P O P S N O T T U B O R D N G Losing it, Cracking Up S E X S O U N D S G F I E M M A X G T Sex Sounds Tossing or Turning in the sheets Silence of not eating or chewing, trying to lose weight Unexpected Sobs and Crying Checking the drain and the brush, Hairs Dropping Dripping perspiration and Sweating Sounds of a racing heart — Pounding Beats Buttons Popping off of clothing Peeing, peeing and peeing and peeing
  11. 11. T UE FALSE? R ORHot flashes can chill you but won’t kill you. T FWomen with small breasts are not affected by gravity. T FRogue chin hairs can be beaded, braided or curled. T FWomen who get interrupted sleep are never crabby, dammit. T FItchy palms, pimples and burning feet are symptoms of menopause. T FMen go through menopause too. T FMenopause is like puberty only it’s worse ‘cause it is now. T FIf you forget something that was previously bothering youbecause your memory stinks you feel better. T FMany art projects can be created with surplus tampons,sanitary napkins, condoms, diaphragms, etc. T FNot being ‘in the mood’ can give you more free time and less laundry. T FWhen people irritate you, it is because they are truly jerks. T FColonoscopies are way worse than menopause. T FFriends that survive your menopause are worth their weight in gold. T FLeg cramps and dry eyes are symptoms of menopause. T F> lubrication = copulation T F >
  12. 12. Period Peace Granola Join the earthy crunchy movement Ingredients: This recipe is a pain in the butt to make, but it is worth 6 cups of rolled oats every second. It is perfect for getting your mind off of 1 8 oz. bag of sliced almonds anything else, because you have to concentrate on this 1 8 oz bag of slivered almonds process in order not to wreck the recipe. 1 8 oz. bag of broken up pecans 1 bag of sweetened coconut (Dress lightly because the physical work involved in 1 cup of powdered milk this recipe, as well as being so close to the broiler for so 1 cup of vegetable oil long will make you sweat, and therefore, you can con- 1 cup of honey sider it exercise!) Double this recipe because it is really 2 cups of ground almonds delicious and also because it is so much of a hassle, that 8 oz of rainins you won’t want to make it again real soon.)
  13. 13. Directions:Turn on broiler.Tightly cover a half of a sheet-cake pan with foil.Spread all nuts evenly on the pan and place pan in the broiler.Every minute or two take out the pan and move the nuts around with a spatula so that they brown evenlybut don’t burn. When nuts are all browned, move them into a very large metal bowl to cool. Spread coconuton the pan and repeat the above, being careful to brown and not burn the coconut. (Coconut is sensitive, sodon’t take your eyes away from the broiler for a second!) Add the coconut to the nuts in the bowl. Spread therolled oats on the sheet-cake pan, and place them in the broiler until they too are evenly browned. When theyare done, add them to the metal bowl. Add the ground almonds to the dry mixture in the bowl and mix allof the ingredients together.Boil the oil and the honey together in a small pot. Then pour this liquid mixture over the nut/oats mixture.Mix well so that all of the dry ingredients are moistened. (The nut mixture will still seem kind of dry, butcoated!) Reuse the foil if it is still in good shape, and if not, cover pan with new foil. Evenly spread halfon the mixture on the half sheet-cake pan. Return the pan to the broiler, watching the mixture constantly.When brown, which takes less than a minute, remove the pan from the oven, turn the mixture over with aspatula, and return the mixture to the oven. This process has to be repeated several times until the mixture iscompletely browned. Remove the pan from the oven, and lift the foil with the granola on it, and place it ona countertop to cool. Put new aluminum foil the sheet-cake pan, and evenly spread the rest of the granolamixture on the pan. Repeat the above until browned. When it is done, as before, take the pan out of the oven,lift the foil with the mixture on it and let it cool on the counter-top. Test, (but don’t burn your tongue!).If desired, add raisins to the mixture when it is still warm.Allow to cool completely and then refrigerate in an air tight container.Take a shower.
  14. 14. WDOR CSMERLBA (WORD SCRAMBLE) Good things to do to treat yourself right! Answer Key In Back veah xse 1. _______________ zisimouret 2. _______________ kdnir slto fo trawe 3. _______________ og tou ihwt sirenfd 4. _______________ klaw 5. _______________ detamtie 6. _______________ tea hhaltye sodof 7. _______________ sexciree 8. _______________ dare 9. _______________ renal gothmesin wen 10. _______________ axelr 11. _______________ kate snap 12. _______________ eatk simivat 13. _______________
  15. 15. PERIOD PEACE Vegetarian (or not) Mushroom Barley Soup (Ira Mitlin’s original recipe)Ingredients: Directions:1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into chunks Fill 2/3 of a large soup pot, fill the1 1⁄2 lbs parsnips, peeled and cut into small chunks pot with water. Place all ingredi-3 large chopped onions ents except for the mushrooms and3 pkgs. vegetable soup mix or bean and barley soup the salt and pepper into the pot. mix with bag of spices Bring to a boil.Reduce heat to low,6 large stalks of celery, chopped and cook for 2 1⁄2 hours covered1 turnip, peeled and cut into chunks (stirring every 1⁄2 hour or so). Add1 cup split peas mushrooms and cook for another1 cup lima beans (soak in hot water, or microwave 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to for five minutes and then pinch off outer shell) taste.1⁄2 cup fresh parsley, chopped2 boxes fresh mushrooms,sliced (If you like soup withmeat, then add 1 pound ofbrisket cut up into chunks andtwo beef soup bones with allof the other ingredients )Salt and pepper to taste
  16. 16. Start Here “LAST ONE OUT IS Start Here A ROTTEN EGG” MAZEOVARY OVARY UTERUS Try and help your eggs leave your body. Start in the Ovaries and work your way through the Uterus. Now, isn’t this FUN?!
  17. 17. Period Peace Salad DressingsBold and Sassy Classic (Ooh La La)VinaigretteBalsamic Vinaigrette 1 egg yolk 1⁄2 cup Canola Oil 1/2 cup olive oil 1⁄2 cup Balsamic vinegar 1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar 1 pinch of fresh chopped oregano 1 and 1⁄2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 pinch salt Salt and pepper to taste 1 pinch pepper 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar Whisk egg yolk until it is thick and lemon yellow in color. Slowly add the oil, whisking Add all ingredients into a sealable container it briskly as you add it in. Do this very slowly or a jar with a lid. Shake well and serve on or else the dressing will “break” and you your favorite salad recipe. Store in the refrig- will have to begin again. Once all the oil has erator. Keeps very well for up to three weeks. been added and thoroughly whisked, add the vinegar, Dijon, salt, and pepper. Whisk a bit and serve or refrigerate 30 minutes and then serve as dressing on salad. Also makes a great dipping sauce for cooked artichokes!
  18. 18. Caesar With a Kick Unforgettable Lemon Vinaigrette1 large clove of garlic, crushed 1 cup virgin olive oil1⁄4 cup olive oil 1⁄2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice1/8 cup red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon salt4 anchovy filets, mashed up into a paste 1 tablespoon honey with a fork 1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper1 teaspoon brown mustard Salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk well until thoroughly combined. Drizzle overCrush the garlic well and put in a medium each salad plate filled with Unforgettablesized bowl. Mash up the anchovy filets until Arugula, Pear, Pecan, Gorgonzola Salad.they are smooth, like a paste and add this to thegarlic. Add the olive oil and whisk it well untilthe garlic and anchovies are mixed into the oil.Add the red wine vinegar, lemon juice,mustard and salt and pepper to taste. Toss thison a salad of romaine lettuce pieces and crou-tons. Add shredded parmesan or romano cheeseand enjoy!!
  19. 19. Period Peace SaladUnforgettable Arugula, Pear, Pecan, Gorgonzola Salad 2 bunches arugula-washed well and dried 2 ripe pears- sliced with skin on or peeled, your choice 1⁄2 cup pecans- lightly toasted 1⁄2 cup gorgonzola cheese Arrange pecans in a single layer in a sauté pan. On top of stove and using low heat, toast pecans lightly. This takes 5-10 minutes in a hot pan and you must stir frequently or they will burn. Remove from heat and let cool. Arrange 10 arugula leaves, 3-4 pear slices, 1-2 tablespoons of gorgonzola on each plate. Drizzle with the lemon vinaigrette dressing. Enjoy!
  20. 20. * Cirlce the following words that you can make from the phrase “PERIOD PEACE”? Ace Crepe Dry eyes Pace Read Ape Cried Dumptruck Pacer Rear Blemish Crop Ear Pander Record Campaign Crowbar Erase Par Rice Cap Culdesac Erotica Pear Ride Cape Dapper Facelift Pee Rip Caper Dapper Flees Peep Ripe Car Deep Floss Pod Ripped Care Deeper Gynocologist Pope Rootbeer Chicken-lips Diaper Hairnet Pore Rope Clap Dic Inflammation Pornography Shopping Competition Dip Influx Price Sweet potato Cop Dire Lad Pride fries Cope Dope Marzipan Prod Trumpet Copper Drape Ode Race Workboots Crap Drip Opera Rape Worms Crapped Drop Order Rapper Yeast Creep Dry eyes Ore* List any words we may have missed here. ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________
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  22. 22. Period Peace ChiliIngredients: Directions: 1 tablespoon of canola oil Heat canola oil in a sauté pan on 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey medium heat. Season meat with 1⁄4 1 green or red pepper (roughly chopped) teaspoon salt, half the pepper and 1 2 onions (roughly chopped) tablespoon chili powder. Brown meat 2 carrots (sliced into 1⁄2 inch rounds) in pan, breaking it up into small pieces 1 jalapeno pepper (cut in half, remove seeds) as it cooks. Once it is cooked through 1⁄2 teaspoon salt (there is no more pink color to the 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper meat), drain off and discard liquid and 2 tablespoons chili powder put meat into a large sauce pan. 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons cumin Add all vegetables, jalapeno pepper, 1 large can of peeled whole tomatoes remaining seasonings and canned 1 can of kidney or great northern white beans tomatoes (with liquid). Simmer for one to two hours, stir occasionally. Then add Optional Toppings: beans and mix them in (gently so you Shredded cheese (Monterey jack or cheddar) don’t crush them). Heat for another 20 Chopped raw onion minutes. Chopped cilantro Sour cream Season to taste. Season to taste with a bit more cinnamon, cumin, chili powder, if you like. Remove jalapeno pepper and discard. Place about one cup of chili in a bowl. Top with any of the above optional toppings. Serve with corn bread. Serves 4-6
  23. 23. Graying Gloria gingerly giggggggled when she grasped gravity’s grip on her gorgeous GIGANTIC glands.
  24. 24. Period Peace Chicken SoupIngredients: Directions: 2 whole chickens Fill a large pot with approximately one 5 stalks of celery, cut into thirds gallon of cold water. Set on high heat 6 large carrots, peeled and cut into one inch sized until boiling. Add all ingredients in order pieces shown above. Cook on high heat until 3 medium yellow onions, whole boiling. Turn down heat to a simmer and 1 large sweet potato, whole, skin on cover pot. Cook for two hours, until the 1 large turnip, peeled and kept whole chicken falls off the bone when poked 2 large parsnips, peeled and kept whole with a fork. 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped Let cool and then remove chickens from salt and pepper to taste the pot. Take the chicken meat off the bone and put in separate containers. When serving, put enough chicken in each bowl with soup and heat in micro- wave or for a greater number of servings, heat soup in a pot with approximately one half cup cooked chicken per serving or as much as desired.
  25. 25. A B C D E FG H I J K LM N O P Q R ST U V W X Y Z
  26. 26. Decode The Secret Period Peace Message Use the decoder key on the left page to decipher the secret Period Peace message. A = sweat L = birds and bees W = downward mood B = fan M = droopy boobs X = foot rub C = hormonal replacement therapy N = lubrication jelly Y = thermometer D = lifting weights O = hair in the brush Z = no hair blow dryer E = sleeping P = vitamin B F = rogue chin hairs Q = apple a day G= memory issues R = raging lady H = tea bag S = insomnia I = walking T = cocktails J = strong bones U = meditation K = scale V = coffee_________________ ___________________________ ____________________ !
  27. 27. Super Easy Period Peace Recipes & SnacksHerbal Tea: Warm Milk: Chew Gum and Eat Mints: Peanut Butterheat water, warm the On A Spoon:add tea bag milk and drink everyone needs a vice, get spoon these are ours get peanut butter insert spoon into Handful of peanut butter and Cold Cheese removeNutritious Slices: Raisons & Cereal: Nuts: find someone eat peanut butter slicing cheese with or is a great with a large hand for do not eat spoon without stress reducer gas - x measuring purposes
  28. 28. Closing remarks for Period PeaceMenopause is real.It is a life transition.Accept it.Loss= change =opportunity.Think of things that help you to feel better and do them.Take calcium and vitamin D daily.Work that body.Make lists so you won’t forget.Lubricate and have sex (with or without a partner).Have ice cream.Talking helps everything (eventually).Take time to care for yourself.Be kind to yourself and others.Be responsible for your own happiness.Be generous.Treat yourself with dignity and respect.Laugh often.Forgive.Take a chance.Celebrate!
  29. 29. Acknowledgements 1. Thank you to our brilliant publisher who had the vision to recognize the power of Period Peace. 2. Thanks to our husbands, Steve and Larry, who doubled as on-call editors. 3. Thanks, Tore. Your vision helped bring our ideas to life. 4. Thanks to the women who attended our focus groups and to the women who modeled for our graphics. 5. Thank you girlfriends for listening and giving us feedback even when you were contending with your own flashes, forgetfulness, and fears, you still made time for ours. 6. Thanks to anyone who ever laughed at one of our jokes. Your encouragement fueled us. 7. Thank you to our children, Adam, Emma, Rachel, and Daniel for loving us through all of this. 8. Thanks to our mothers and everyone else’s mothers who have paved the way. You have been to menopause and beyond. 9. Thanks to our husbands and children for your willingness to be without us as we took time to work on this book. You have been so generous and under- standing. 10. Thanks to all the women and men who wrote seriously scary books before us and inspired us to lighten up menopause!
  30. 30. Here’s one last decoded Period Peace message of wisdom.__________________ ______________________________ __________________ ____________________________________ .

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