(ABOVE) Because I was so sick, beginning June 1, 2012 I radically changed my diet and the products I put on my skin and hair.

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September 7, 2017 / Video Post Notes


When I turned 50 seven years ago, it was the first time in my life I felt old–and I didn’t want to do cosmetic procedures like injections or cosmetic surgery.

In this video, I talk about what prompted me to make a major shift in my diet two years later, and how it not only affected my overall health but also my feelings about aging. I definitely don’t look at it the same way today.

If you are struggling with the physical changes occurring to your aging body–or suffer from chronic health issues–I hope you’ll have a chance to watch my YouTube video at the bottom of this page.

If you only have time for a quick read, then you might want to have a look at my post Healing Chronic Health Issues: What I Eat and Why.

Here’s to all of us becoming our most healthy, joyful selves!

~Janis Lyn Johnson

P.S. All of you who are in the path of Hurricane Irma, God Bless and stay safe.


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52 comments on “(Video) How I Cope With Signs of Aging, Plus Why I Quit Sugar, Soy, Dairy, and Most Grains / Classic Healing Over 40, 50”

  1. Super inspirational – as someone who is struggling with turning 50 a few months ago you give me hope . Very much enjoying your YouTube channel .
    Ps ( hurricane Irma not Wilma .. and agree , hope all in her path stay safe )

    • Kelly, my heart goes out to you as you register the fact that you are now 50. Here’s to smooth sailing from here on in!!! Also, Kelly, thank you, thank you for the heads up on which awful hurricane is coming our way. I will fix that right now. I am constantly mixing up all the names of the hurricanes we have gotten in the past and… now…are getting… This one, I must say, has me more nervous than any of the others we have faced in the 33 years I’ve lived in SW FL.

  2. I am 58 and going through a similar experience. I have autoimmune issues with my thyroid and Sjögren’s syndrome. I was a nurse in the Cath lab and electrophysiology lab until April. I couldn’t stay well. I caught everything. My coworkers came to work with sniffles and I got sick. Seven years ago I woke up one morning and had become extremely intolerant of all dairy. I am coping with these changes and feel blessed this is all I have. I think your post was wonderful! I was wearing the same sweater that you were wearing, while I watched your!

    • Oh my gosh, Kandice, I am so sorry you have faced all those health issues, and even had to leave your nursing position because of it. How wonderful that you are able to feel blessed that what you have is all you have. What a great attitude! Amazing! When you told me you were actually wearing the same sweater, I broke out in a huge smile! How fun!! Isn’t it the prettiest thing? The colors are so vibrant. Love the colors. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and leave your comment!!! Here is to your healing all of your health issues! Hugs ~ Janis

    • Check out Medical Medium, he addresses autoimmune issues, mystery diagnosis that doctors can’t fix except put you on drugs for the rest of your life. I am hypothyroid, and have been following his cleanse. Check him out on Amazon.

  3. What a great video! How heart felt. I had a lump in my throat. I have been following you for a few months now because I have some of the health issues you do. We also had the same taste in clothes. I have been lactose intolerant for years, so no problem giving that up. I am now working on sugar. That will be hard. Your video has further inspired me to continue on this path. I turned 59 a two months ago and know I have to do this things now. Thank you so much!

    • Judy, thank you so much. I appreciate your kindness. 🙂 Giving up sugar…I’m cheering for you…You can do it. Even if you start with baby steps, at least it’s a start. Every single healthy change makes a difference. Thank you so much for taking the time to watch my video and leave such a sweet comment. I so appreciate it. Here’s to your healthy journey, Judy! Happy belated 59th birthday! Hugs and gratitude ~ Janis

  4. I discovered your blog and YouTube channel a few months ago. Thank you so much for providing women over 50 with such inspiration and information.
    I too, switched my life style shortly before turning 50 thanks to a well informed mother. She has always stressed organic, home grown, home cooked meals. So now a days our entire extended family eats basically as you do. Everyone has benefited.
    All of us also use organic products for body care. I am curious as to which brand of deodorant you use? Many of us cannot tolerate the baking soda in it and struggle to find one without.
    Coconut oil is our saviour. No one has any skin issues, not even the teenagers (although I know our diet plays a big role in that!). All the women eat a few tablespoons a day as it helps to support our thyroid function.
    Sorry for the lengthy comment. I could drone on and on.
    Please continue the amazing posts as I find them very uplifting and am always looking for your newest. Thanks from a fellow 57 year old who so enjoys this new chapter in her life!

    • Bea, how wonderful that your mother was so educated on good nutrition! Also, that’s terrific that you’ve gotten to witness the benefits of your healthy lifestyle in other members of your family. As for deodorant…At one point I used Miessence organic deodorant (it may have baking soda–I don’t remember), but I eventually found that plain organic, extra virgin coconut oil works just as well for me, since I don’t want to block my ability to sweat, just want to minimize any odor. About 6 drops of coconut oil under each arm works beautifully. That’s all I use now. I’m with you on taking coconut oil by the spoonful. I take a tablespoon with breakfast, spoonful with late morning veggie juice…It also does wonders for “keeping things moving” for me, if you know what I mean! 😉 Your comment is not lengthy! I could drone on and on, too (my video was 33 mins long! Yipes). Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving your comment. I appreciate your support! To your continued good health, fellow 57-year-old! ~ Janis

  5. I enjoyed hearing about your journey to a healthier lifestyle. I laughed about the ear wrinkle because I thought I was the only one that had that. You actually inspire me to try to make healthy choices. I have changed my cosmetics to 100% Pure and I really like the results. With food choices, well to be honest not so easy but I am thinking fresh and less processed. So keep up the good work..I enjoy your blog and Instagram as well as your YouTube videos.

    • Laurie, thank you so much for saying hi! I’m so relieved to know somebody else knows what I’m talking about regarding those darn ear wrinkles of mine! Thinking fresh and less processed is definitely a great way to start when it comes to your food choices. In my 20s my grocery store was 7-Eleven. My meals were from McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts. Oh my gosh! I certainly paid for it later. I so appreciate you taking the time to view my YouTube channel and Instagram, too. Hope you’re having a peaceful day. ~ Janis

  6. Thank you so much for this video! I always enjoy reading/watching your posts, but I especially loved this one. I’m 67, and I thought you were in your 40’s. You’re very beautiful and stylish and always an inspiration. Thank you.

    • Oh my gosh, Judi, you are so sweet to say that. Thank you! I have to admit that videos and photographs, because of the lighting and the makeup, make me look a lot better than I do in real life! Truly!! Thank you so much for taking time to leave your comment here. It means so much to me! Cheers ~ Janis

  7. It was so nice to hear about your health jouney and that you are feeling so much better with the changes you have made! Since my oldest daughter had many health challenges with allergies from the very start, I have had to follow strict diets with my children (no gluten, all organic, homemade, etc.) Even with all of our dietary restrictions, two of my children still had mild asthma and were itchy a lot. I learned about the website which details how detergents can play a role in asthma and eczema not only for children but in adults as well. By removing all detergents (not just laundry, but shampoos, toothpastes, cleaning products) and switching to soap based products only, my children have not had any more asthma symptoms and any itching is greatly minimized. It sounds like you have done something similar, too. Thank you for your lovely videos and sharing your life with us!

    • Jennifer, thank you for sharing your information regarding How wonderful that you were able to find the source of your children’s illnesses. It sounds like a great resource. Great to know that removing all detergents, including laundry, shampoos and toothpastes, can make such a difference in asthma and eczema symptoms. I use an all-natural detergent from Whole Foods or Publix and have been contemplating finding something better. Now you’ve inspired me to definitely make that switch, too. Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap, which I use on my hair and body, claims it can be used in the laundry. I love it for stain removal (I use the bar soap for all stain removal and use it to pre-wash the wash cloths I use when I clean my face with water and coconut oil), so I might try that at least, to see how it works. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and watching my videos. I appreciate it. Thank you, again, for your helpful comment! ~ Janis

  8. Oh my goodness!! I stayed up to watch this video when I noticed the alert on my phone. I am in awe of you!!! I’ve been following you since July and use many of the products you’ve mentioned. I’ve even gone as far as letting my color grow out because of eczema. I turned 50 six years ago, everything started happening to me. All within six months after turning 50, I was diagnosed with reflux disease, Barrettes Esophagus, diabetes, my childhood asthma was back and I was diagnosed with full blown menopause. My periods stopped completely and the hot flashes and moods hit. With all that I just mentioned, I was a mess and in shock! My doctor said I have diabetes because I was gestational diabetic with my last child. And only in my last month. So, I’m now living as clean and as organically as I can and love it! Live also bought several pieces of clothing you’ve shown as I am going back to classic pieces instead of trends. So, thank you so much for your blog and vlogs, they mean so much and are so helpful and fun!! You should really hold a seminar!!! Future business opportunity!!🤗
    Lots of love and may God continue to bless you!😘❤️

    • Oh my gosh, Karen, that’s so tough to go through all of that all at once. I feel for you… But you sound like you’ve come through it like a shining beam of light! I’m so happy you say you love living as clean and as organically as possible. That’s such a fantastic attitude. So positive and inspiring. Thank you for sharing that!! Your kind wishes and support means so much to me. You can’t imagine how much. Thank you so much. God bless you, too, and hope you have a peaceful day and weekend 🙂 ~ Janis

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your heart, Janis!!! I enjoy your blog because you are a beautiful, graceful woman – inside and out!! Society only focuses on the outward appearance, but we are body, soul, and spirit! May God continue to bless you!!

    • Hi, Jayne!! (You are a JJ, too, like me) Thank you for leaving such a kind, beautiful comment. Your support is so appreciated. Society DOES focus too much on outward appearance, and it’s so drilled in to all of us. We ARE body, soul, and spirit. Thank you for the sweet reminder. God bless you, too, fellow JJ :). Hope you have a peaceful Friday and weekend wherever you are. Hugs ~ Janis

  10. This was the most inspirational video for me…I am 56 and I go through a lot of the issues you have mentioned. I am ready to gradually make some diet changes that I am sure will improve the quality of my life. I admire you very much, I think you are a beautiful person and you are definitely my favorite you tuber. I discovered your channel a few days ago and I have watched most of your videos, So, thank you and congratulations !!! I am sending you lots of hugs from Romania!

    • Cristina, you are such a sweetheart to say such kind things and to watch so many of my videos. Thank you. I’m so happy you are wanting to make some diet changes. That’s fantastic! Every little step makes a difference and keeps you pointed in the right, healthy direction. From the bottom of my heart, again thank you. I am sending you lots of hugs back to beautiful Romania!! Hope you have a peaceful Friday and weekend there. ~ Janis

  11. Thank you for sharing this video. I’ve enjoyed your blog for a few months now! Saving your link to check out the books you mention.

    • Hi, Marysue! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comment. I’m thrilled you’re interested in learning more about healthy eating. That’s fantastic. Every change gives your body that much more of a chance to be it’s strongest, healthiest, most vibrant self. Here’s to your healthy journey! Hugs ~ Janis

  12. Thank you for an inspiring video! I am in my forties and plan to age naturally. It was so nice to hear your story and to know you look so beautiful by eating well and caring for yourself. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Janis – hello from the UK! I’ve been following you since the beginning and really value your quiet sophisticated style in the midst of all the screamers on YouTube!!! I have a question. As a sugar addict who is determined to get off it – how did you go about ensuring you were sugar-free? I get that cakes, chocolate are the worst but do you check all labels for sugar and sugar-like ingredients? What are these? (I know honey; and someone told me that anything ending in -ose is sugar! I’d really like your advice as you seemed to stop it easily.

    • Hi, Anna from the UK. That’s a great question. The easiest way for me to avoid all the things I don’t want to eat is to first of all eat mostly fresh or frozen whole, plain food (nothing with sauces are seasonings). When I’m at a restaurant, I do the same thing. I order plain, unseasoned foods. If I am going to buy a canned or packaged item, I thoroughly read all labels, which it sounds like you’re already doing. If there are any items on the label that are not a whole food like meat, vegetable, fruit or spice I stay away from it. If it’s something I would like to buy but I don’t recognize everything on the label, I will look it up on my iPhone before buying it. I don’t buy anything without knowing exactly what every item is in it. I buy a lot of frozen foods that are just frozen vegetables and nothing else or just refrigerated meat or chicken, or just packaged organic rice crackers, rice, quinoa, buckwheat, etc. and nothing else. There are a few items that I will buy that have a little sugar or honey or agave nectar in them. If it’s an organic lunch meat, for example (no artificial preservatives) and it says it contains honey, I look to see how much sugar content per serving. If it is less than 1 gram per serving I will buy it (the one I buy is 0 grams of sugar per serving). I will eat that maybe once or twice in a week. I just found some organic breakfast sausage yesterday that has organic cane sugar but only 2 grams per serving. I will eat that maybe once or twice in a week (and if I do, I won’t have the lunchmeat that week). But, that being said, I buy a package of those sort of meats maybe once in a month (maybe twice in a month a few times over the last few years) and sometimes go months at a time without buying either, and when I do allow myself to have them I eat a serving maybe 2 or 3 times in a week (but usually less). The only other item I buy that has some sweetener is organic baked beans. Now, I haven’t bought any in over a year, but if and when I do again I will buy the one with the lowest sugar content (I think the last one I bought was 6 or 8 grams of sugar per serving). When I put the contents in the pan to heat it up, I dilute it with equal parts spring water, then thoroughly drain them before serving, so that there is pretty much no sugar left on the beans. Only the flavor of the sauce. When I am cooking from scratch, which is the majority of the meals I eat, I never add any sweetener of any kind. I hope all this rambling makes some sense. Thank you again for your question, Anna. Cheers ~ Janis
      P.S. I need to add that I only started allowing myself to bring back a few items that had scant amounts of sugar per serving after I had been on the diet for some time. Initially, I went off of all sugar — I didn’t buy anything with any sort of a sweetener in it.

  14. Thank you, Janis, for sharing so honestly. This was very encouraging. I’m 56 now. I’ve been making some of these same changes and have seen great improvements in my over all health. I also like the fashion ideas you share. Keeping things positive and being thankful is so important. Thanks! Barb

    • Hi, Barbara! I’m so happy you have been seeing improvements from making some of these changes! That’s wonderful! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know here. Hugs, Janis

  15. Dear Janis,
    Please be safe with the threat of Hurricane Irma hitting Florida, as I mentioned to you before my husband and our two teenagers were on holiday in Orlando and then we drove to Naples before we headed for Miami to sail to the Bahamas and when I look back it was September time but thankfully then In 1995 the weather was beautiful.
    As always I love your blog and this last post was very interesting about health issues as we get older.
    I am now 63 and I I reverted to eating simply, there are far to many processesed foods on offer and I truly believe it is out of control and the amount of chemical additives is mind boggling . It is a subject that could be discussed for days, but it is the end of the day here in Wales UK 🇬🇧 I am now in bed and will be asleep shortly but I will pray for those in the path of Irma..
    Take care,
    Pamela x

    • Pamela, thank you so much for your good wishes for our safety. It was so appreciated! All is well with us now, although so much of nature was destroyed or injured terribly. About today’s modern-day food…oh my gosh, I agree with you about the amount of chemical additives in our food being mind boggling. It’s just awful. Hope you are having a beautiful weekend in Wales! Hugs, Janis

  16. Hello Janis, I have been following your blog/vlog since last Spring, but have never posted until now. I just wanted to pass along well wishes your way in the face of impending hurricane Irma. Stay safe. I am certain that I’m not the only “follower” thinking of you, and Naples, and the entire state of Florida at this time…

    • Hi, Wrennie. What a pretty name! Thank you so much for your well wishes during this awful storm. We were so lucky to have our home and selves spared (and same with our friends here). I appreciate your kind thoughtfulness. Thank you so much. Hugs, Janis

  17. Hi Janis, absolutely loved your video and the heartfelt journey you shared! Do you have a favorite coconut oil you could recommend as we have just started cooking with it and also started a spoonful about twice a day.
    Thanks so much !!

    • Bev, I’m so happy you enjoyed my video. Thank you so much for letting me know. As for favorite coconut oil…It would be whatever is the least expensive that is organic, virgin, unrefined coconut oil. Here in Naples the least expensive ones I’ve seen are the Whole Foods Market and Publix Grocery Store brands of organic virgin unrefined coconut oils. Both are great. I take them as a supplement like you do each day and also use them to cleanse and moisturize my face and moisturize my body. Hugs, Janis

    • Thank you so much, Kim, for your well wishes during Irma. They were much appreciated! We were lucky ourselves, since no family or friends or homes were injured. Many others locally suffered flooding that destroyed their homes…lost their pets. So awful. Nature truly is something…All the best to you. Hugs, Janis

  18. I discovered your blog this year when I decided to embrace my grey/white hair. You are so stylish and beautiful. What I love most about you is the gift you give to all of us in sharing your appreciation for life and all things beautiful great and small. Do not underestimate your gift. Hope you are safe and well.

    • Cheryl, what a kind, beautiful comment. Thank you. I’m so happy to meet another happily-grey girl, too. How wonderful! My family and I are safe and well. I appreciate you asking. 🙂 All the best to you, sweet Cheryl. Hugs, Janis

  19. I was wondering so many of the YouTubers use retinol I was wondering what your thoughts were on that. And also what type of soap do you use on your face I have only been able to use CeraVe. Thank you for your inspirational video.

    • Hi, Lynn! I used a well-known drugstore brand of retinol about 10 years ago for 2 years and developed an allergy that began to affect the nerves in the eyelid of one of my eyes. I had difficulty opening it every morning. I was very scared. I couldn’t imagine what could be causing it, but the only thing new over the past few years had been this cream so I quit using it immediately. The next morning and thereafter my eye was back to normal. Years later I told this to a girlfriend who said the same had happened to her. So, I don’t feel safe using even a natural/organic version. My body did not like it! As for face soaps, I’ve been using Dr. Bronners Unscented Bar Soap. Thank you again! Hugs, Janis

  20. What a wonderful video. Thank you for sharing this with us. I have been following from almost the beginning but have never commented before. I am interested in hearing more about what you put on and in your body and sharing your techniques.

    Thanks again.

    • Hi, Christine! Thank you so much for sticking with me for so long! I appreciate you letting me know what you’d like to see in the future. That’s so helpful. Hope you’re having a peaceful weekend so far. Hugs, Janis

    • Hi, sweet Melania! It’s so wonderful to hear from you on my blog. 🙂 Thank you for all of your wonderful prayers. They have been very appreciated. You have always been such a beautiful support to me. Thank you. I hope you and your loved ones are well and having a peaceful weekend. Hugs, Janis

      • Glad to hear you and your husband are doing good, hope all of your friends are too. I know I don’t comment on your blog just on YT but that doesn’t mean I don’t ck it because I do every time I watch 1 of your videos. But there was no video that weekend and I wanted you to know I was thinking and praying for all of you.

  21. I LOVED watching this Janice…I too have many niggley health issues now I’m older, most of them autoimmune in nature, getting to grips with them is a huge challenge. I’m totally sure it has a lot to do with menopause and the decline /absence of oestrogen. I have made a few changes to my diet, but not as many as you….I think I will have to go further now if I want to help myself, I have to do better. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, it’s very inspiring x

  22. Hello JLJ. This is a wonderful video! I’m 57, male and prefer simple, natural, products for my skin and hair. I had to laugh about your comment on earlobe wrinkles. A few years ago I had the same experience- noticing them on some one else and thinking, “Wow, I don’t want wrinkles in front of my earlobes!” I now have the beginnings on my left ear. Oh well. Time marches onward. Anyway, you had me with that comment and I thought, “Okay, I’m down with whatever tips she has to share”. Turns out I already use some of the products you suggest like Dr. Bonner’s liquid soap and ACV for a rinse. Other tips were new to me, for example, coconut oil to clean my face and as an underarm deodorant (great idea).

    I periodically check your youtube channel for additional health related videos and…wish you would do more! I realize your channel is tilted more towards style (for women) but, I should think anyone benefit from your excellent health tips.

    Thanks for the video. In closing I’ll add…your long, naturally grey hair is beautiful!

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