3 Keys to Ageless Energy with Dawn Sylvester – Part 2

3 Keys to Ageless Energy with Dawn Sylvester – Part 2

Here’s the second part of my interview with Dawn Sylvester.

Watch the video below as we talk more about the keys to Ageless Energy.

CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube video interview.

In the above interview, you will discover:

  • Keys to Ageless energy
  • Healthy foods to jump-start your energy level
  • Importance of protein in your weight-loss diet
  • How your energy level affects your ability to lose weight
  • Her new book called Final Fat Meltdown

I hope you enjoyed the interview.

If you missed the 1st part of the interview, you can watch it here.

Watch out for it.

Take care and have a great day.

Rick Kaselj, MS

If you are unable to view or listen to the interview, check out the transcript below.

Rick:
What would be the second key?

Dawn:
So the second thing is probably not even eliminating, or not the foods that don’t have a label, but adding protein. I do nutrition consultations in our gym and women come in and tell me all these foods that they eat and again because they want to lose weight but they’re depressed, they’re exhausted, they can barely make it through the workout. So the first thing I say is, “Let’s let’s start tracking your protein”. I’m not a calorie counter, we don’t count calories or numbers or weight but we start looking at protein. I am absolutely amazed. As we age, unless we are actively involved in a strength training program, we lose muscle. But if you don’t have the energy to workout, you’re not going to have any muscle to put on in the first place. So eating protein from lean sources, organic or grass fed, again not the low-fat yogurts and the low-fat cottage cheese. Again, not chemicals Fish, chicken, steak. Things that have a good nutrient sense of protein that keeps you fuller longer. Craig Valentine has sent out emails on precision nutrition. Dr. John Berardi, which so many people follow and I think is a stellar source of advice. Higher protein, I hate the word “diet”, but higher protein in your nutrition plan is usually when women have the most energy and the least amount of body fat. So, that’s my second tip.

Rick:
That’s a good point. I remember with myself like when I was going through college and I was doing nutrition, first year in nutrition, the big focus when it came to all the diet stuff was focused on carbohydrates. Have a low amount of fat, have a moderate amount of protein and have a lot of carbohydrates. And that’s the diet that I ended up following for a long period of time. But now I try to focus a little bit more on having more protein, in focusing more on protein side of things and get a little bit smarter with the carbohydrate side of things even though the carbohydrates are so good.

Dawn:
Right. I write so many posts about why you need carbohydrates and what a carbohydrate is. But besides the carbohydrates, for women, you know our bodies are so much different than men. We need more healthy fats. Women are so, so opposed to fats. And if I can tell you, fat doesn’t make you fat. Obviously we’re not talking about going to McDonald’s and eating ice cream and hot fudge sundaes. I hope most people listening to this would know that but people just want to know what I’m eating at work. “What’s that? Does it taste any good? I can’t believe you’re eating that”. I’m like, “Yes. Sometimes I’ll eat a tablespoon of coconut oil and I’ll eat a handful of almonds, a can of tuna fish, I’ll eat a piece of Ezekiel toast. So they just think that’s amazing, the things I’m eating. Maybe that’s not my everyday nutrition plan but I eat real food but I really focus on high protein and high healthy fats. And this is another thing with women and energy. A lot of women say, when I wake up in the morning I have a weird taste in my mouth, my stomach feels weird, my hormones are all wacky, I don’t feel like eating. Well that’s a perfect time to make a shake. Who doesn’t want to drink a creamy tasty shake in the morning? So I use coconut oil, chia seeds, raw tart cherries, a little bit of grass fed of protein powder and I feel like I’m drinking a strawberry or cherry milkshake. It’s got the good stuff in it, that healthy protein, the healthy fat., I’m energized. And then in that way you’re not more apt to crash and burn, go for the coffee again, be irritable, snapping at your co-workers. Since you didn’t prepare lunch you grab whatever comes by from the lunch guy or you grab the bread basket when you go out to eat. Again, women beat themselves up so much that that’s another depression thing that makes you bummed out, that makes you more tired. It’s that vicious circle of exhaustion.

senior woman on workout mat

Rick:
Totally true. It’s tough when most people their information they end up getting with when it comes to health and fitness is from TV. You know the media, the marketing, everything that you see is all pushing carbohydrates and eat more carbohydrates. And the marketing message for something else is so minimal on other forms of media that people get like radio, who listens to radio, or like internet, email. It’s tough to kind of get away from that carb.

Dawn:
Right. Have you ever seen a commercial on TV for avocados or almonds or coconut oil? Maybe in a health food magazine like a page just this in the corner, but you’re never going to see an article as something that makes us live longer.

Rick:
The reality is you make more money if you process it, from the business perspective.

Dawn:
That’s unfortunately what our country is built on. I think it’s built on medication prolonging our living, make that last eight years as miserable as possible instead of as energized as possible.

Rick:
Yes. The quantity of life versus quality of life. Very true. And comments on the healthy fats like when I added avocado to my diet it really helped me feel full.

Dawn:
It does. That’s another thing, women are so focused on losing weight. Their main complaint is no energy that’s why they can’t go to the gym, that’s why they can’t cook healthy, that’s why they can’t run around with their kids outside. I say, “Stop looking at the end result and take little teeny baby steps”. Add an avocado, add it on top of a sandwich, slice it up. Eat guacamole. I mean don’t put mayonnaise in it or something, but eat guacamole. And you’re right. It keeps you full, it keeps you energized, got lots of fiber. Healthy good stuff.

Rick:
Exactly. Okay, moving on to number three. What’s the third key?

Dawn:
Well the third key always to me is exercising so that you maintain functional strength throughout your life. I attended the Functional Aging Summit this year with Dr. Dan Richie. Actually he invited me and it was one of the most mind-blowing breakthrough things I’ve been to in the last couple years. It’s scary in a way because it talks about the last eight years of people’s lives and how miserable we are like the things we talked about, medication and things like that. But for me it was exciting because it made me think of all the things that people do wrong that zap energy, the energy zappers. Now, when I talk about women and cardio and this is what I say to my girls in the gym. As women do we not want everything to be lifted up as we age? So why would you pound, pound, pound, pound everything towards gravity for hours and hours on end? Just that little thought. Just makes women say, “A good point”. I don’t care if we’re talking about your face or any other body parts because I know we want things up, not down. When you think of going into a gym and you look at there’s the cardio section which is usually about 95% women, usually the skinny flabby women or the overweight women, the exhausted looking women. I will go to the gym, when I’m not in our gym, it’s funny I go to different gyms because I like to see what other people are doing, too. So at the end of my street I have a gym and I go in there maybe once a week. I’m in there 20, 25 minutes and I go into either just the room, I’ll grab a set of ten pound dumbbells, do a bunch of bodyweight workouts, get my heart rate going, some jump squats on, whatever. I do my thing in 20 minutes and there’s the same woman that I’ve seen every single day for two years dying, sweating on the cardio, leaning on her elbows, looking miserable. And they kind of look at me when I walk by and I smile and I say “Hi” to everybody. And sometimes they ask me, “How come you don’t ever do cardio?“ If they ask I offer my opinion. I mean that stuff is aging. I mean we’re smart enough to know that 20 minutes those little short bursts where you use your entire body. You know, that functional strength stuff that mimics every day motions, sitting down, pushing, pulling, left, right, forward, backward, getting the heart rate up, maybe a little interval training like I do with my girls in the gym versus an hour of cardio. There’s that after burn effect where you burn more calories even when you’re done working out versus that steady state cardio. The minute you get off the treadmill, you’re done burning calories. Besides, it’s bad for your joints and bad for all the other things that we talked about and it’s exhausting! Back to the original topic. It’s an energy zapper. People think I love to work out every minute of every day. Well, I like to do a lot of other things so I want my workout to be extremely efficient and I want it to strengthen my body as I age not tear it down and break apart my muscle. I want to add as much muscle as I can so that my metabolism works for me, too. So those little short bursts of exercise versus long dragged out cardio sessions.

Rick:
And better bang for your buck and you have to work a little bit more, you might sweat a little bit more but better bang for your buck.

Dawn:
And then you look and you see back to the gym, you see the women in the cardio room and the sculpted lean and buff guys lifting weights and they probably go eat steak and potatoes at night and the woman goes home and eats her lean cuisine and she wants to like eat the cat at the end of the night because she’s so starving. (laughing)

senior woman with dumbbellRick:
All right. So we’ve gone through the three keys. Is there anything that I haven’t asked you or that you would like to leave people with?

Dawn:
I guess essentially, I mean I can’t put it into a very simple thing and I always tell people it’s like, too little food is going to be an energy zapper. Too much exercise is an energy zapper. If we’re trying to rebuild our energy levels then we need quality food and quality exercise, not more exercise and not less food. Those things that disrupt our hormones, I think that people don’t think that we can alter, we really can. It’s not about that long-term outcome. It’s condensing it into little daily steps, you know back to my Final Fat Meltdown plan, is doable daily steps that by the end of one week I’ve had so many women contact me and say, “Well, I bought your plan to lose weight but I’ve got to send you a personal email. I have never felt as much energy in my entire life. Thank you and I’m looking forward to losing weight”. And I told them, in time that will come. And it’s amazing how many personal friends now I have. I need a PR person or something because, it’s really rewarding though. The energy levels of women are changing and I can hear it in their emails and it’s changing your mind again and then your body follows. And getting rid of those old notions that we used to think of back in the 80s, I guess. Eating for energy, sleeping for renewal, we didn’t cover sleep in.

Rick:
I know, I mean there’s more to. We cover the three keys but there’s a lot more that you can go into but I think if people take action on those three things, then they’ll start seeing results and then they’ll go seek out more answers through you to help complete things or improve things.

Dawn:
Right and that’s awesome. I love that connection with people.

Rick:
So, Dawn where can people get more information about you?

Dawn:
I’ve got a couple sources. So my actual eBook, my digital book, is finalfatmeltdown.com.
I also write a blog and it is constantenergyfitness.com. That’s my business name is Constant Energy Fitness. So, I actually have that on the back of my car.

Rick:
Cool! Awesome.

Dawn:
And I do write out a weekly, actually these days it’s about 3 or 4 times a week, an email that I send out a free report that if you go the constantenergyfitness.com you can sign up for my free newsletter. You also get a free, it’s like a Kick Starting Your Metabolism report. It’s a seven-day easy to follow plan and get your body ready which I also recently just came up with a couple new things that I’ll connect with my newsletters. And that’s the best way to get the anti-aging Ageless Energy Solutions.

Rick:
Awesome. So Dawn, thank you very much for your time.

Dawn:
Thank you, Rick. This was awesome. I hope people take away some really good stuff that they actually put into action.

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