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We talked with Carime Muvdi, nutritionist and triathlete, about her book How to Look and Feel Fabulous after 50
How to Look and Feel Fabulous after 50 is the new book by Carime Muvdi, a sports and nutrition coach. Here at LatinAmerican Post we tell you what she told us about it.
Leer en español: Entrevista con Carime Muvdi, autora de ¡Mejor que nunca!
LatinAmerican Post: How did the idea of making a book from your previous knowledge come about? Why do you think it is the best way to share it?
Carime Muvdi: The idea came up because everything is always focused on young people; exercise, health, they are always focused on young people. But in reality, changes, both in men and women, occur after you are forty years old. My idea was to create a domino effect, to teach people so they can share that it is not only about looking good, but feeling good. Prevent diseases that are preventable with a healthy lifestyle. How is it done? Reading the labels, looking at the chemicals, in the book I mention the chemicals that should be avoided.
It is not a fad diet, it is not a pill, a fashionable tea or that the plastic surgeon is going to do something for you, but it is a healthy diet. What you do in the day to day that is going to cumulate for you to lead a healthy lifestyle to age well, to reach the third age being well and being able to do what you want.
LP: You mention that you are a holistic nutritionist in your book, how do you define holistic nutrition?
CM: Holistic means natural. It is based on eating natural foods, on avoiding what is processed and on the basis of being natural to stay healthy. After forty, women begin the process of menopause and men, the process of andropause; all these natural foods help you stay well and with energy.
They always mention secondary foods, which are proteins, carbohydrates, etc., but primary foods are very important. Do you know what the primary foods are? Your spirituality, your relationships, your education, your work. If you are happy with that, you will have a balance in your life and you will be fine. That's why it's not just about looking good, but feeling good.
LP: Would the book then be an invitation to feel good about oneself?
CM: Yes, and also motivation, because many times women go into a bit of a depression when children leave, what is called the empty nest. That does not mean that it is time to do nothing. On the contrary, it is time for you to love yourself, to do the things that you could not do before, for time, for work, for children. Now is your time, the time to undertake, to make a new business, to follow your dream, to fulfill yourself, to love yourself, because if you do not love yourself, how can you love others?
LP: Would you recommend the book to someone younger even though it is after 40 that all this manifests?
CM: Of course. Nowadays children are having old people diseases: Diabetes 2, obesity, etc. A young mother should read the book. Many people tell me that they take the book to the super-market as a guide to see what chemicals should be avoided. For example: how to wash vegetables to avoid pesticides, in case you do not get organic fruits or vegetables, which are the best to replace them? It works for everyone, for any age, both male and female.
LP: About the stereotypes, do you think that after reading and putting into practice what is recommended in your book, someone will reach to see themselves as the stereotype of a healthy person?
CM: No, my idea is not that. The idea is to feed yourself, to lead a healthy life through sports, for you to feel good and stable. I do not agree that today people take the fat from some part of the body to put it in another. It's fine if you want to fix one or two things to look better, but above all it's about adapting a lifestyle that keeps you well.
If you eat well, you will be fine. If you eat badly, you will feel bad and if you feel bad, mentally you will not be well.
LP: How long ago did you start being a triathlete?
CM: A little over two years ago I started. I remember swimming in a pool made me feel claustrophobic, at first I could only swim a pool. I have a good coach who little by little helped me to improve. I qualified for a World Cup with the United States team in my category, so I made a long distance in Denmark on July 14. They were 3,000mt swimming, 120km by bike. This year I qualified again, but since I like challenges, I want to do a Half Ironman. In May, I'll participate in the Half Ironman in Monterrey, Mexico, and on May 27 I'll go to the Xseries of San Andrés; I'll do the Morgan Challenge: they'll take you to Johnny Key and from there you swim to San Andres, you ride the bike and then you run. Then everything is possible at any age. Everything is the effort, discipline, and perseverance that you put in it. Time is not an excuse, one can get up earlier. It's all about knowing how to manage your time. I say that the most important thing is to have a balance. If one day you want to have a drink, go to a party, why not? You don't have to be neurotic. Where there is a will, there is a way.
LatinAmerican Post | Vanesa López Romero
Translated from "Entrevista con Carime Muvdi, autora de ¡Mejor que nunca!"