I love my friend Tom Biancalana.

Tom is a fellow fitness and nutrition expert in Chicago, Illinois. He recently got certified to teach yoga and I can’t wait to take his class one day.

Tom has always refused to tell me his age, even though I have asked him many times.

Recently, Tom said to me, “You know, most people just use their age as an excuse.

“At my age,” they say, “I can’t do this or I can’t do that. This or that is falling apart.”

Tom is right.

We have to let go of using our age as our identity. We have to realize that no matter how young or old we are, we can experience vibrant health, great vitality, deep inner satisfaction.

No matter our age, we can be at peace with our physical body and accept what we look like.


Recently, I was at a party, and I mentioned to the person I just met how old I was.

My friend who invited me was standing next to me.

“Don’t tell anybody your age,” he said, as if it was a fact to be hidden.


I have to thank Sue Maes, my mentor in healing, for so many things, and one of them is that she said to me once, “Catherine, you have to show people what is possible by natural means.”


This is me.

Nothing has been cut off, added to, filled in or surgically enhanced in any way.

I don’t take diet pills, overexercise or starve myself.

I drink wine, eat chocolate and have cupcakes sometimes.

I can’t remember the last time I weighed myself.

I have a healthy relationship with food. I eat five or six times a day. I exercise virtually every day, but not all that hard.

I’m not perfect, I am just at peace with myself.


Whenever a friend comes to stay with me, eating what I eat, moving in the ways that I do and having fun with me, they say, “I feel amazing.”