Ageing won’t kill you. Sure, the diseases of old age will get you one day, but ageing bodies can be sustained far longer and better on molecular, cellular, and systemic levels than we think. So why aren’t we spending money attacking ageing head-on, rather than its diseases?
FOUNDER: Caroline Lamont
Gerontologists such as the ultra-long-bearded Aubrey de Grey claim we can slow the process down significantly. Perhaps we won’t (and won’t want to) live until we are 1,000 as his headlines predict, but, as he points out, just like we can postpone the ill-health of cars humans can all benefit far more than we know from comprehensive periodic maintenance.
Caroline Lamont, Founder of Great In Great Out is a health coach who ascribes to the view that 80% of ageing is optional. As she states, ‘The NHS treats disease. We need to change our attitudes to health, but we can’t do that until we understand that health comes from looking after ourselves instead of waiting and simply treating ourselves when we have an acute health crisis.’
As a health coach, Caroline works to put you at the top of your game physically and mentally. To reach targets of better nutrition, but also more sleep, rest and identifying attainable goals which fit within your life. We know that women need more sleep than men but even 15 minutes peace can be hard to find unless we schedule it in.
‘It may start with little goals over a period of 2 weeks. Going to bed earlier or switching morning coffees for vegetable smoothies prepared the night before. Small things to set you off on the right path and within 3-6 months you see major changes without having to make a cyclone in your family.’
And Caroline should know. Since February 2016, she has followed the Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet which focuses not just on food but also stress management, sleep, exercise, and the importance of social connections. After being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and spending 6 weeks in hospital paralysed with Guillain Barré Syndrome, she met with a nutritionist who suggested she read ‘The Wahl’s Protocol’. In simple terms, no grains, no dairy, no sugar, no processed foods.
‘I just felt better. I am never going to be cured but these (auto-immune) diseases are very well managed. So one of the things I want to do is to reach out to people with auto-immunity to help them implement those changes without taking really heavy drugs. I am on medication still, but combining with the right food allows me to be much better than I was.’
She works with 2 main categories of people; firstly those with auto-immune disease and secondly women in high-pressured, corporate jobs who are neglecting their health, feeling tired and sluggish. ‘Paleo can also help with clarity of thought and decision making, in my case both of which have been heightened since I have been on this diet. Not to mention its other side effects which show it is great for skin, hair and nails. You can definitely start looking younger.’
Caroline is passionate about good food and also offers clients cooking classes and pantry overhaul workshops. ‘Healthy food doesn’t mean hours in the kitchen and healthy food isn’t boring. One thing I want to try and demonstrate is that you can have excellent food in very little time, every day.’
So here’s to looking and simply ‘being’ younger. I’ll happily live to 1,000 if I can eat her Paleo chocolate cheesecake once in a while.
What is – or has been – your greatest struggle (either personal or professional)? Finding the right balance between being a perfectionist and accepting that perfection doesn’t exist and that “being good enough is good enough.”
What did you want to be when you were growing up? A doctor but I got scared by the amount of studying! I making up for it by learning and reading about nutrition and learning about the natural healthcare property of essential oils!
Best advice ever received and from whom? Companies are actually run by receptionists and CEO’s PAs. Always be very nice to them and you’ll do well! (and generally be nice – especially on your way up, as you never know who you’ll meet on your way down!)
Who do you most admire? Most recently, Michelle Obama.
What keeps you up at night? My to-do list…
When were you happiest? When I tick things off my to-do list or when I sit down for a lovely meal with my family or good friends.
Favourite object you possess? My beautiful chef knife. It makes chopping vegetables an easy & quick task.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Don’t you dare…” (to my kids); “Sorry I’m late” (I’m always a few minutes late, because I always try to do one more thing before I’m due somewhere)
What is the most important lesson life has taught you? The most important thing in life is health and we should all care very much for our bodies and our minds: we completely underestimate the pressure we put our bodies under and overestimate our ability to sustain this long-term. Bodies and minds are our most precious possessions, above anything else.
What is your guiltiest pleasure? Chocolate and watching telly.
What change do you hope for in your lifetime? See #9. Help people understand this before they deal with a major health crisis like I’ve been going through.
Please recommend a brilliant female-led brand or business you have used recently. The “Better” app from Gretchen Rubin. Both Gretchen’s books and the app have helped me understand myself a lot and help me be a better person.
Who might help you next? My fabulous network of working mum-entrepreneurs, who are amazingly supportive, resourceful and so talented.