Carolyn Hartz is a 70-year-old grandmother-of-four who many people think could pass as a 40-year-old cougar. Perhaps more impressive is the simple sugar-free diet and straightforward exercise routine which has enabled Hartz to seemingly stop aging. Remarkably, the Australian made her lifestyle adjustments as a result of being diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
Hartz has launched her own company called SweetLife, and she hopes that by marketing the sugar alternative Xylitol she will be able to help more human beings live longer, healthier, and more enjoyable lives. In fact, Hartz has published a cookbook called Sugar Free Baking to make it even easier for the general population to adapt.
According to Hartz, “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.”
She also argues that “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.”
Of course, Hartz will always focus on vanquishing sugar because she knows how detrimental to human health it can be: “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.”
However, Hartz is fully aware that eliminating sugar alone will not be enough to maintain a healthy body, mind, and soul. She believes that sleeping about eight hours each night is essential, that meditation is highly beneficial, and that being grateful for the gift of life itself is imperative: “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 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.”
Yet, the more you get to know Hartz, the more you realize that mental and emotional habits are crucial to all-around good health: “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 well-being. Be happy for everyone and never worry about your age.”
Indeed, it seems clear that becoming healthier and remaining healthy causes human beings to enhance their mental and emotional form in addition to their physical condition: “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.”
If you’re ready to kick the sugar habit and become a healthier and happy person yourself, remember to start kicking a little more cash into your retirement savings account every month.
Chances are you”ll probably end up living far longer and better than you ever thought possible.