Review: “Your Body Beautiful: Clockstopping Secrets”

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Recently, I received a copy of “Your Body Beautiful: Clockstopping Secrets to Staying Healthy, Strong, and Sexy in Your 30s, 40s, and Beyond, by Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Ob-Gyn, in exchange for a review.  For those of us getting a little older, this is a great start to motivate you to improving your looks, stop the aging, and have a healthier life in general.

The Good
This book is a fairly easy and quick read.  It highlights everything you need to for good health, fitness, prevention, all the way into your fifties. From eating healthier, to cancer and heart attack prevention, to good sex, from later-in-life childbirth to menopause, this book has a woman’s health covered.  As a health advocate, I knew a lot of the suggestions here, but I found the last three chapters on bone health, heart health, and cancer very instructive (and a little scary).  I was also please that Dr. Ashton understand holistic health, and so I found it to be better written as person who follows biomed than books by more traditional doctors.  For example, while she did cover Botox and plastic surgery, she put the holistic recommendations first, then gave the real deal on the ingredients and the possible reactions. (I’d stick to the natural stuff.) She is not condescending, but allows the reader to make their own decisions, stressing the healthy options – which I liked.

The Bad
This book does not advocate biomedical at all and there is a chapter dissing adrenal fatigue, which I wrote about last year.  I have mixed feelings about this – Dr. Ashton’s points are valid, and while I did seem to benefit from the Adrenal supplement, I also noticed that I didn’t benefit as much after I ran out of my women’s multi-vitamin.  It’s true, more research should be done in this area, and she does give a comprehensive discussion on hormones for lay people.  Again, she mostly advocates traditional medicine but takes an Ayuverdic approach to wellness so it’s a pretty good balance.

The first part of the book is set up so that you can do a 5-week improvement plan for each of the following:

  • Healthy eating
  • Working out
  • Stress relief
  • Sleep
  • Sex

For the first two, she recommends a 5-day on/ 2-day off plan to easily get you on track.  Today, I tried her strength training exercises – they kicked my butt, but they were good! An ease-into-it 5 week plan is the perfect way to ramp up your health without being overwhelmed.

Overall Opinion
Lots of good, manageable information and tips and the latest technology and medical information to help you enjoy and improve your 30s, 40s and 50s!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.  Images and link are my Amazon affiliate links.


  1. Stephanie says

    I would like to learn more about sleep, getting an adequate amount and how it directly impacts one’s overall health.

  2. Holly S. says

    I’d like to learn how to take care of myself in the best ways possible as I grow older. Thanks!

  3. Denise Clark says

    I am resolved to taking better care of myself now that I am older and the grandchildren are FINALLY coming along, LOL. Thanks for the awesome opportunity!

  4. Andrea Reaves says

    I would love to learn more about stress relief and what she has to say about heart attack prevention.

  5. Samantha C says

    I want to win this for my sister. She just had a baby and would love to learn about stress relief and staying healthy.

  6. Gia Patton says

    I’m at that age where I’ve become more aware of my health… Especially now that I have a young child. I would love to learn all that I can to ensure I’m going to be with her (and keep up with her!) for a very a long time :)


  7. Judy Lee says

    I would love to learn more about heart health as I have had a few problems and eating healthier as well.

  8. Deborah says

    I’m most interested in her stress relief tips. I think I am very well informed on healthy eating, but this sounds like an interesting book with lot of good topics.

  9. Diana Reyna says

    I am in good health, in my 50’s and have always stayed within my BMI(and don’t take any medication). Still, the the demands of the job, family, home etc. is stressful. Too many plates to spin, and not enough hands! I like more advice on stress relief, better sleep, and having better sex as I age. Life is what you make it and I want to extend having good health cause we only have one shot at it!

    • Gina B says

      I’m sorry, Diana, this contest has ended. You have a great comment though, we all have a lot on our plates! Thanks for sharing!