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You'll Never Guess The Age Of This Aussie Grandma

On your first glance at Perth woman Carolyn Hartz, you may be surprised to discover that she's actually a grandmother.

And when it's revealed that she is turning SEVENTY next month, you'd be justified in having your jaw hit the floor!

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And her secret to looking so amazing?

Hartz says that she simply had a sugar-free diet for the past 28 years, and combined her change in diet with yoga and meditation.

The former air hostess and model quit sugar after she was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic and then took up meditation at 65 after a breast cancer scare.

“It was the best thing I’ve ever done,” Mrs Hartz said.

“I’m a much calmer person now.”

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Hartz in her 20's (left) and thirties

When she was 55, Hartz began a successful business importing the sugar alternative xylitol and creating company SweetLife.

She wrote a book, Sugar Free Baking, which contains 60 gluten and sugar-free recipes that can be made with her product, Perfect Sweet.

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“A lot of sugars have healthy names like agave, rice malt syrup,” she said.

“Even honey in excess is not good for you. But you find these in foods like flavoured yoghurts, cereal bars, sports drinks and packaged fruits.”

Her recipes avoid flour, as she says they convert to sugar in the body.

“You don’t get any nutrition from flour so that’s why we use coconut meal and almond meal,” she said.

Mrs Hartz said she put on weight after she was diagnosed as gluten intolerant because she was eating sugar-laden, gluten-free products.

“As soon as I was told that I shouldn’t have flour, that meant I couldn’t have cakes and sweets and things that I liked,” she said.

“So I started buying gluten-free packets of biscuits and I went up a whole dress size because I was filling myself up on sugar.”

Mrs Hartz, still eats dairy and says people shouldn't deprive themselves of fat.

“Low fat equals high sugar because you need fat or sugar in a product to make it taste,” she said. “We need fat. Fat helps to satisfy us. Don’t deprive yourself of the things you love.”

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