Age Like Raquel Welch

By on April 21, 2014
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Age Like Raquel Welch

It would have been easy for Raquel to believe that her physical peak was nearly 50 years ago as the sex symbol displayed on the poster for “One Million Years B.C” but she didn’t. At age 73 Raquel is sexier than ever. Achieving ageless results like Raquel can’t come from a scalpel. Results like Raquel come from a lifestyle approach. Raquel will be the first to admit that it isn’t easy. She does something physical 6 days a week and follows a strict meal plan. She refrains from eating foods that include gluten, salt, sugar and caffeine. Instead she sticks to organic fruits, veggies, and lean proteins topped off with lots of water.
 

Welch on Menopause

Welch tried hormone-replacement therapy and estrogen boosts to cope with menopause, but found that diet and exercise were the most effective at relieving weight gain, bloating and hot flashes. Raquel talks through her experience with menopause that hit her like a ton of bricks in her fifties. During this phase of her life she was given the choice of having a total hysterectomy but she opted for another approach that you can read about in her book Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage. In her book she also discusses the multiple hormone replacement therapies she tried with both successes and failures. She goes into detail about bioidentical hormone replacement therapies with sage advice for picking a doctor and tests all women should undergo before choosing treatment.

You can purchase Raquel’s book which includes diet tips, exercise tips, and a full list of the vitamins and herbs she takes on Amazon.

Raquel on Aging

In an interview with Oprah, Raquel summed up her thoughts on aging.

When it comes to aging, Raquel admits she was “totally” afraid of getting older. “To be an aging sex symbol is not exactly a picnic,” she says. “If you’re called old, you feel like it’s over.”

Raquel says she loved her 40s but felt blindsided when she hit menopause. She experienced heavy bleeding and drastic mood swings. She found herself without energy and depressed. “I used to find myself just down on the floor in a corner crying my eyes out,” she says. “I couldn’t handle anything.”

Though Raquel found some relief through hormone replacement, she says she didn’t find peace until she faced unresolved issues from her past. “I felt like a lot of what I was doing with my career and with the different men in my life was really a kind of [avoidance],” she says. “I just had to unravel the things that I hadn’t been dealing with because I was just too busy.”

In the end, Raquel says she felt empowered. “I actually felt like: ‘Oh, my God, this is a new time. This is like an awakening. I’m coming into the light. I get myself now. Raquel says the lesson for every aging woman is to embrace it. “I want them to stop being scared of it, because it’s just another chapter in life,” she says. “It’s not time for you to give up. You don’t need to repeat what you did already. Don’t keep comparing yourself.”

Raquel says she likes to think of aging gracefully as a game. “We might as well make up our minds to play it or just bow out and be spectators,” she says. “Sitting around doing nothing is far from the best option. Just as you maintain your home, your car, your garden, you should look after your greatest gift: your body.”

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