Book Review: Goddesses Never Age


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Do you believe that life ends when your grey hair appears, brain fog sets in and a bulging waist appears? NEVER!

When you are young and vital, you may have considered aging as something in the far future. When you entered your 30s or 40s, you may have discovered that aging was real and there’s no way of changing it. Forget that nonsense. Society may have us duped to believe that aging is awful inevitable and an evil to avoid at all costs.

True, aging is inevitable, but you can do it with grace, radiance, vitality and a grateful spirit. Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Goddesses Never Age, empowers you to make aging a different experience for your body, mindset, lifestyle and spirit. “Agelessness is all about vitality, the creative force that gives birth to new life.” [1] So set aside the world’s old paradigm and step into a new one where you look to all that can go “right with your body and how to embody balance and health…” [2]

Tweetable: Simply choose to begin the process of returning to clean eating and pleasurable living. [3] Tweet!

5 Take-Aways from Goddesses Never Age

  1. Bust your myths about aging — It is time to quit listening to the rhetoric sold to you by media. Instead understand where those myths come from and decide to believe and live differently. Northrup explains that your thoughts and beliefs are strong indicators of your state of health. Let loose your curiosity and playfulness to explore and learn new things.
  2. Live joyously and enjoy pleasure — Most of your life you’ve probably set aside pleasure to feed, clothe and clean your family. As your home becomes quieter with fewer bodies in it, you can recenter your inner self. It’s not selfish to enjoy life and its pleasures. Pleasure is a gift. “Experiencing pleasure is crucial for vibrant health,” says Northrup. [4] Self-care is health-promoting, because without it you’ll be unable to enjoy your family, friends, community, or life. When you fill your cup, your life will flow into those around you. Everyone benefits. Let pleasure and joy ripple from you to others.
  3. Menopause is not the end of your womanhood — In fact, Northrup suggests that you should pay more attention to the stress hormone, cortisol, rather than estrogen or progesterone. Too often, women’s health after 40 focuses on the changes in sex hormones, diseases and decline. High levels of cortisol contributes to inflammation. Inflammation is the precursor of disease and health decline. “It’s a myth that in a healthy, happy woman, menopause will shut down her ovaries for good and make her shrivel into an asexual crone,” remarks Northrup. [5] What is often attributed to menopause is actually a result of adrenal glands overproducing cortisol — sugar cravings, fatigue, brain fog, low libido, hot flashes to name a few. Menopause means your sex hormones return to pre-adolescent levels (in a healthy female) and there’s nothing wrong with those levels. Embrace this stage and live a full life.
  4. Reclaim your sexuality — Simply because you don’t have the body of your youth doesn’t mean you aren’t sexy. Release those toxic lies that you’ve fed yourself and media perpetuates. It’s time to think differently, believe in yourself and know that you are sexy and sensual. Let go of shame and perfectionism. Northrup suggests, “Your perception of yourself is what has the biggest impact on your experience of sexuality, and this has little to do with your age.” [6] Furthermore, Northrup goes on to say, “There is no more powerful aphrodisiac than a woman who feels irroestiable and relishes it!” [7]
  5. Make peace with your body — Maybe you’ll need to cultivate a new relationship with food and choose movement that makes you joyful. I’ve found that trusting your body is capable of reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is the difference between a “die”-it and a lifestyle transformation. As Michael Pollen says, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” In fact, if you look at the last diet you chose, it probably had a lot more plants and greens than you normally include on your plate. Personally, I have fruit for breakfast and plant stuff at lunch and dinner. Ultimately, you want to figure out what makes your body hum and feel energized. Forget exercise — instead think of moving your body as play. I find that when I dance at Zumba, I feel younger and vital. So I choose to dance for joy. I loved how Northrup said, “Don’t ‘battle’ aging when you can dance with life, moving your body joyously.” [8]

“Whether stress comes from too much sugar in the diet, chronic worry, or lack of sleep, stress leads to cellular degeneration. Fortunately, you have the ability to turn that around.” — Christiane Northrup, MD [9]

Do you fear losing your health, your stamina, your looks or your mind? You don’t have to fear these things. By making different choices, you can empower yourself to loving life and yourself.

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RESOURCES

[1] Christiane Northrup, MD. Goddesses Never Age, (Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2015) front flap.
[2] Ibid, xiv.
[3] Ibid, 6.
[4] Ibid, 41.
[5] Ibid, 76.
[6] Ibid, 152.
[7] Ibid, 154.
[8] Ibid, 17.
[9] Ibid, 7.


Book Details

Title: Goddesses Never Age – The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being
Author: Christiana Northrup
Publisher: Carlsbad, California: Hay House, 2015
Length: 387 pages


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