We all like sweets, and Carolyn Hartz, 70, was not different than the rest of us. In her case, she was enjoying sweets for 4 decades, but at some point she was determined to make a change and stop this habit. She completely quit on processed sugar and today she looks amazing for her age.
She is younger looking, having strong and tight bikini body, and her complexion is healthy and glowing. Although she has started this life change 28 years ago it has proved to be effective as she looks younger than ever before.
She was interviewed by Daily Mail Australia where she stated:
“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.”
“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.
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.”
For good body shape and overall well-being sugar should be avoided as much as possible.
Here is her experience:
“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.”
Yet, for her good looks and appearance she believes that attitude plays an important role. The first principle is having a positive attitude in life, and the second one is to have a diet free of sugar.
“I am an optimist even when I have challenges thrown at me I have learnt to stay positive. I have trained myself to remember the half the glass is always half full. You may laugh at this but I wish the weather presenters would say a partially sunny day, not a partially cloudy day. I think it would make the viewers so much happier.”
However, she does not say to completely ban your diet from the food you like, just make certain to take care of the proper “portion size”. The change of her lifestyle occurred after she has been diagnosed with pre-Type 2 diabetes and as soon as she realized that the sugar has worsened her health she stopped its consumption.
“I could see what the effects of diabetes two were going to do to me. When you’re frightened of something you should change, and I did because I didn’t want to be unhealthy.”
The sugar intake she has substituted with foods that are high in protein, and for cravings control, she started to consume five small meals throughout the day. Her cooking changed as well and she introduced a natural sweetener known as Xylitol. By extensive experimenting in cooking she developed many recipes and she published a recipe book named Sweetlife.
The positivity in life she attributes to meditation and feeling gratitude, and when her skin appearance is concerned, she has been following the same skin care treatment since she was 17 years old. She says: “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 sunbathe. I am very aware of the damaging effects of the sun and I had this reminder when I had cancer removed from my nose when I was only 30.”
In addition to this, Mrs. Hartz has regular sleeping patterns, at least 8 hours every night. She said in her interview: “I have done this for most of my life and now the research shows that it is essential for good health to get this number of hours. It is when our body heals and rejuvenates.”
Yet, she advises all women that they should never compare themselves with other women. In fact, we should all inspire ourselves and not be resentful to each other.
“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 sends a powerful message to all young women in their twenties and thirties and that is to enjoy every single moment in life:
“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.”