Almost 30 years ago, Carolyn Hartz quit eating processed sugar after spending years being ‘hooked’ on sweets.
Now, the 70-year-old looks amazing in a bikini and has a glowing complexion of which many women a lot younger could only dream of. However, this doesn’t just happen. According to Carolyn, you need to take the necessary actions to follow in her footsteps. She does believe that at 50 years old isn’t even that late to start making any effective changes in your life.
“A lot of women post 50 think that it’s not possible to maintain a reasonable shape and weight when they reach 50 or beyond,” she said. She continued: “While it may be ‘a little more difficult’ to stay in shape for women post 40, it can still be possible if you really want to work at it”.
“We know our metabolism slows down as we get older it just means we have to take control and make healthier choices and work a little harder,” she said.
“I believe it is very important to be aware of the type of food you eat and the quantity of food you eat. Being mindful while you are eating is a huge factor. Mindless eating can lead to unnecessary weight gain. I say to my customers ‘taste and enjoy every mouthful’… it will help you slow down and you will be less likely to overeat.”
The two most important things, according to Carolyn, are diet and attitude.
Additionally, she also strongly believes that having a positive and playful viewpoint is a very important aspect of the aging process. Of course perhaps the most important aspect, however, is living sugar-free.
“I have been sugar free for 28 years. It was difficult at first as I was a sugar addict but I believe it is one of the most important reasons I have been able to keep myself healthy and keep my body shape. I make sure I eat protein with every meal especially breakfast. It stops the cravings.” she claims
Carolyn does believe that we shouldn’t deprive ourselves from food or drinks that we love, however, it’s all about balance and the size of the portions.
Another important reason Carolyn looks the way she does is because of her sleep regime, which should be at least 8-hours a night, she says. Two other things she attributes to her amazing health is gratitude and meditation. She also has had the same skincare routine since she was 17-years-old and has some helpful tips for other women.
“I never go to bed without cleansing and removing my make-up and I moisturize every night especially around the eyes and neck. I wear sunscreen every day under my makeup and never sunbake. I am very aware of the damaging effects of the sun and I had this reminder when I had a cancer removed from my nose when I was only 30.”
Her most important advice for women is to never compare themselves to other women
“Be aware of what you like about them and let them inspire you but we are all individuals and we all have our own special traits… Be happy for your friends successes, enjoy them together. Never be jealous or resentful, both are wasted emotions and only hurt your wellbeing. Be happy for everyone and never worry about your age,” she said.
She urges people in their 20s and 30s to live their lives to the fullest
“Don’t listen to the naysayers, be your own person. Attitude is your most important asset. Life is not perfect, accept this and grab it with both hands.”