Fight Fat After Forty by Dr. Pamela Peeke

PamPeeke_BrownLeather_webRecently, I turned fifty; yes fifty! I can’t believe my age as I rarely ever feel fifty. As a runner, and in somewhat good fitness health, why would I pick up Fight Fat After Forty? I have very little fat on my body and, according to my doctors, women would kill to have my weight and metabolism. (Thank you running!) However, I was intrigued and open to learning new techniques to help me stay fit and healthy. Women after the age of forty have problems with their metabolism, weight, and hormones. Dr. Peeke discusses this in her book and how stress plays an active part in our lives as women.

Dr. Pamela Peeke’s book is divided into three templates. The first template involves learning to develop a “Stress-Resilient Personality.” In this template, you should be able to identify the peaceful times in your life versus the stressful times. She calls this “regrouping your stress.”

The second template focuses on learning how to de-stress your eating and how to utilize food to keep your stress hormones in check. You learn how to distinguish between hunger (“I need to survive”) and stress-induced appetite (“I want to numb stress”). Yes, that donut, chocolate, or soda that you crave may not be hunger! She discusses how to taste and savor your foods versus just eating them.

The third template teaches you how to incorporate a variety of stress-reducing physical activities into your daily routine. This will help with your energy level and increase your stress resilient personality. I spent too much time on this template and incorporating her activities into my running/fitness routine.

As Dr. Peeke states in her book, “This is the second half of your life and you have the power to make your future years rich and rewarding.” Dr. Peeke has written several other books. She recently published The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery for Overeating and Food Addiction. She also has written Body-for-LIFE for Women: A Woman’s Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation; and Fit to Live: The 5-Point Plan to be Lean, Strong & Fearless for Life.

Dr. Pamela Peeke will be visiting HCLS Miller Branch on June 9 at 7 pm. Registration for the event opens on May 2. I am looking forward to her visit and learning how to stay healthy for the rest of my life.

Anna Louise Downing is a Customer Service Specialist at the Miller Branch. She is an avid reader and enjoys Disney, music and her passion for running. She has been a race ambassador for several local races and is a Sweat Pink Ambassador for promoting women’s health. Follow her journey towards being physically fit with running and healthy lifestyle choices here on Well & Wise.