Health-and-beauty tips for middle-age women.
On a mission to educate women ages 30 through 50 about making manageable changes to daily routines to ensure they carry their vibrancy into their 50s and beyond, OB-GYN and CBS News medical correspondent Ashton (The Body Scoop for Girls, 2009) presents a self-improvement plan involving “clock-stopping” tweaks in diet, exercise, skincare, stress management and sex life. As evidence, the author offers her own success at juggling two kids, two dogs, a happy relationship with her physician husband, a busy practice and daily TV appearances, alongside the observation that “the vast majority” of those included in Forbes’ 2010 list of the world’s 50 most powerful women “were in their forties or older.” Encouraging readers to attempt the various behavioral modifications she suggests in five-week increments—“you can do anything for five weeks”—Ashton employs simple math and everyday contextualizing in doling out her advice. For example, in her “Five-Day/Two-Day” diet, she advises, “cut bad carbs and eat lots of veggies, fruits, and proteins” on weekdays, and “then take it easier on the weekends.” A beauty tip for healthier skin includes the exuberant recommendation to apply at least 20 minutes before going outside “as much sunscreen as would fit in a shot glass,” while a subheading for a section on breast reduction is glibly titled, “Honey, I Shrunk the Tits.” The author’s positive attitude, generally practical health recommendations and sassy style combine to lend her professional advice wide appeal. Whether Ashton’s “clock-stopping” ambitions ultimately succeed, however, only time will tell.
Holistic health advice for women of a certain age.