Do you think you could avoid sugar for almost 3 decades? Your body will thank you if you give it a try.
The truth about sugar isn’t pretty. We tend to consume much more of it than we realize because it is hidden in foods we wouldn’t usually associate with having sugar in them. For example, pasta sauces, granola bars, yogurt, instant oatmeal, salad dressing, breakfast cereals, energy drinks, and even some packaged fruits.
Today, the average American consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar in one year. This is equal to 3 pounds (or 6 cups) of sugar consumed in one week!
And because we have adapted our bodies to it, going off of sugar completely isn’t easy.
According to Healthline, “Sugar detox can cause unpleasant physical and mental symptoms, and withdrawal symptoms can last from a few days to two weeks.” However, once you start getting used to having less of it in your system, your body will adjust accordingly.
As is the case with Carolyn Hartz.
Carolyn was one of those regular people who didn’t pay much attention to her sugar in take, but was able to learn to cut it out in her adult years. She decided to take sugar completely out of her diet of 30 years ago after realizing the damage it was doing.
“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,” says Carolyn.
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.
Carolyn says, “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 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 added.
“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.”
If you can’t really believe that Carolyn is 70, don’t worry, you’re not the only one, she has a hard time convincing many people in her every day life as well.
That is why she founded the Australian company SweetLife, that she uses as a platform to tell her story and sell sugar-free products that hopefully will encourage others to live the sugar-free lifestyle she has lived for the past 30 years.