Carolyn Hartz gave up eating processed sugar almost 30 years ago after years of being ‘addicted’ to sweets. Today she boasts a bikini body and glowing complexion that many people who are decades younger than her dream of having.
But she believes that in order to get what you want you need to take the appropriate action. She even thinks that 50 years is not that much, to start making a positive change for 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,” the SweetLife founder told Daily Mail Australia. Mrs Hartz, who is 70, says “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.” Mrs Hartz said the first two tips for women hoping to look their best are to do with their attitude and diet.
She strongly believes that having a positive and playful outlook is a really important factor for aging like her. The other factor she believes is one the most important changes she ever made, is being 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 says. Mrs Hartz also urges people to never deprive themselves of the food and drinks they love but to be careful of “portion size”.
Sleep is also crucial, with Mrs Hartz trying to sleep for at least eight hours every night. Meditation and gratitude are two thinks Mrs Hartz credits to her incredible health. Mrs Hartz has been following the same skincare regime since she was 17 years old. She has some helpful beauty tips for women. She says: “I never go to bed without cleansing and removing my make-up and I moisturise every night especially around the eyes and neck, I wear sunscreen everyday under my makeup and never sun bake. 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.” The most important advice Mrs Hartz has for women is to never compare themselves to others!
“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. For people in their 20s and 30s, Mrs Hartz advises them to live life to the absolute 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.”
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