The pumpkin frenzy has begun, even as we are still bidding farewell to summer.
As we crave those frothy pumpkin spiced lattes and pretty orange delectables, we’ll fret as always about the damage they’ll do. (Even though we secretly cheer at big sweater weather taking over the bathing suit angst.)
Especially when experience and all existing information reminds us that “most women—thin, healthy weight, and overweight alike—can expect to gain an average of 10-15 pounds before, during, and after menopause.” But dropping one or two lbs. might just help us in ways other than actually looking good in a bikini.
Or so Jennifer Drawbridge reminds us, writing in a recent issue of Cooking Light. Thankfully, her article is also subtitled, “Menopause isn’t the boss of your scale.” Phew! She cites information from senior scientists at Kaiser Permanente stating that slower metabolism, not solely menopause effects, brings on those pounds, for men and women alike. As Jennifer says, these are merely pounds, and with more healthy eating, they can be shed. (Even without, she notes, extreme exercise.) Most of us can stand to lose a few pounds, so bring on the fresh veggies—LOVE late-summer for that reason—but we’ll also enjoy the added value. Though more research is needed, she says, “overweight women report more hot flashes and night sweats than their leaner peers….”
Perhaps a little pumpkin soup will suffice…
Easy-Peasy Pumpkin Soup, with Options
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 29 oz can pumpkin puree
4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 cup canned light coconut milk (or 3/4 cup light cream)
1 1/2 teaspoons curry (or 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice)
1 teaspoon salt
In a medium saucepan, saute onions and olive oil for 3 minutes.
Add pumpkin puree, broth, coconut milk, curry, and salt. Simmer for 3 minutes.