For many women in their 50s, the idea of looking like they’re in their 30s seems like a dream. But for Carolyn Hartz of Perth, Australia, it’s not a fantasy, and it hasn’t been for a while. Even at age 70 and having given birth to three children, Hartz looks more like a woman in her mid 30’s, proudly showing off her body in a bikini on the beaches of Australia.
Today we’re taking a look at how she got to where she is today and how she’s maintained her lifestyle well into her golden years, including her substitute for sugar that allows her to indulge her sweet tooth!
10. Carolyn’s History With Food
What makes Carolyn Hartz’s story more impressive is that she used to be one of those women in her middle ages struggling with her body. At the age of 42, she found herself addicted to sweets and far from pleased with her body. Her biggest problem was that she was diagnosed as gluten intolerant, which caused her to turn to sugar to solve her problems.
“I went up a whole dress size because I was filling myself up on sugar.” she said.
See how she solved her problem without creating a new one in slide No. 9!
9. Sweet Without Sugar
Realizing that focusing solely on gluten-free products was leading her in the wrong direction, Carolyn began baking her treats herself rather than buying them already made. Instead of relying on sugar, she focused on sugar-free sweeteners to get the flavor she wanted without the negative effects. Her body began to respond, and she quickly realized she was on to something.
8. Xylitol Provides The Answer
Finding the right sweetener was a breakthrough, and in a naturally occurring sweetener, Carolyn found her sugar substitute of choice. Xylitol became the perfect choice because of its molecular structure, which only allows helpful bacteria to metabolize it, limiting the risk of sickness and disease. Its status made its name an easy one when Carolyn started her company: Perfect Sweet.
7. Living the Sugar-Free Life
Amazingly, Carolyn hasn’t had any sugar that isn’t found naturally in 28 years. The only sugar she ever consumes is what occurs naturally in berries or dark chocolate, which limits her sugar consumption to negligible amounts. Otherwise, she’s been sugar-free ever since 1989, and she’s healthier and happier than she’s ever been.
“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.
See how she takes care of her cravings without sacrificing on health in slide 6!
6. Deprivation Doesn’t Work
One reason that many diets fail is because people try to completely cut out the foods they really love because those foods aren’t seen as healthy. What always happens is that eventually, they end up overeating and undoing their progress. Carolyn instead opts for sweets in moderation, baked at home so she knows exactly what’s in them, along with the addition of dark chocolate. As long as you control portion sizes, you can enjoy what you really love.
“I eat two pieces of dark chocolate every night.” she said.
See what else she does every night for her health in slide 5!
5. The Joy And Importance Of Sleep
Just like depriving yourself of food doesn’t work, neither does depriving yourself of your necessary rest. Carolyn makes sure to get eight hours of sleep each night so that her body has the time it needs to relax and recover at the end of each day.
“‘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,” she said.
See what important nutrient Carolyn makes sure she almost never goes without to start her morning in slide 4!
4. Protein Curbs Your Appetite
One of the biggest parts of Carolyn’s diet is her emphasis on protein. You’ll find it in almost every meal she ever eats, and it’s because protein helps her feel more satisfied for longer periods of time. That’s because the body takes longer to convert protein into fuel that it can use, allowing it to focus on building muscle. According to Carolyn, protein helps stop her cravings and keeps her from eating outside her schedule.
3. Get Growth From The Garden
Fresh fruit and vegetables are an important part of Carolyn’s diet, so much so that she makes visits to the farmer’s market with her husband, an important part of their weekends together. She’ll include a serving of either fruit or vegetables with every meal, including the two snacks she schedules into her day.
Of the five main food groups, the only one she doesn’t focus on including is grains, partially because of her gluten intolerance and partially because flour converts to sugar in the body, which led her to find substitutes such as almond meal for the baking standard.
2. Shield From The Sun
Avoiding the sun isn’t really possible when living near the beach, but Carolyn is careful to limit her sun exposure by protecting herself whenever she enjoys the outdoors. She knows from experience: she had to remove cancer cells from under her nose in her 30s.
“I wear sunscreen every day under my makeup and never sunbake. I am very aware of the damaging effects of the sun,” she said.
Find out how mentality plays a role in making your body look its best in slide no. 1!
1. You Are You And Nobody Else
One trait many people have is a tendency to compare themselves to others and measure their successes accordingly. Carolyn doesn’t believe that’s helpful or healthy for anyone involved. She practices gratitude for what’s going well in her life as part of her meditation, and she believes in uplifting those around you.
“Be happy for your friends’ successes, enjoy them together. Never be jealous or resentful, both are wasted emotions and only hurt your well-being,” she said.
For Carolyn, getting to the look she has as a grandmother of four and developing her SweetLife company to help others learn from her experiences aren’t things that happened overnight. They’re a result of a total immersion in her lifestyle of being mindful of her actions and being positive in every part of her life. By making sure that everything she eats is something both helpful and enjoyable and focusing on the positive, she’s created a life she greatly enjoys.
“Attitude is your most important asset. Life is not perfect, accept this and grab it with both hands. Most importantly train yourself to see the glass as half full. The day is partially sunny, not partially cloudy!”