She's the Scandinavian anti-ageing queen who has a cult following in Denmark and now her 10 Years in 10 Weeks plan is coming to the UK. Could it work for you?
22 May 2014
Scandinavian anti-ageing queen, Thorbjorg isn’t your average 54-year-old. She could be mistaken for a woman in her forties, and often is. She says that she has learned how to ‘slow down the ageing process’ and now she wants to help other women to live agelessly as well.
Danish nutritionist and lifestyle guru Thorbjorg’s positive perspective on ageing is refreshing – and contagious. In the intro to her new book, 10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks (£5.99, Pine Tribe) she explains how we need to open our minds to getting older rather than fighting the inevitable. ‘You no longer have to think about 40+ as the age of repair’, she says. ‘This is the beginning of your sexy years’. We couldn’t agree more!
The book has already achieved cult status in Scandinavia thanks to Thorbjorg’s tried and tested all-natural approach, which she was willing to put to the test on Danish TV for one-off documentary, Botox vs Broccoli. After just eight weeks following her plan, the broccoli team’s health, vitality and wellbeing far outweighed those who had used a quick-fix injectable, while their skin was judged to be equally as youthful. So, how does she do it? A combination of healthy diet, exercise and even sex! Keep reading to find out more about her amazing anti-ageing plan.
The nurse-turned-nutritionist is honest about her back story, too. Understanding that ‘vitality comes from the inside’ didn’t happen overnight, Thorbjorg is a self-confessed former sugar addict who used to suffer from mood swings and energy dips. Since discovering that the secret to living agelessly is to take responsibility for your health and beauty, she says she’s managed to stop the clock. Doesn’t she look fabulous?
Learn how to roll back the years in just 10 weeks with a little help from Thorbjorg. Click through to find out what her anti-ageing plan entails…
Just like when you're trying to lose weight on a diet, charting your progress week by week is so important when you're looking to boost your body and mind.
Thorbjorg says that taking photos every week is integral. Think of these self-portraits as the bathroom scales. As the weeks progress, you should be able to see a marked difference in skin tone and hair texture along with other physical markers such as increased energy. This will motivate you to keep going.
Snap a quick photo of yourself on your phone before you start the plan.
Thorbjorg believes that what you eat is key to how quickly you will age. That's why she's a firm advocate for organic produce.
'Stressed vegetables are healthy vegetables', Thorbjorg explains. 'Stress is good for vegetables, just as a bit of stress is good for your body because it strengthens your defence mechanisms.
'Broccoli that grows in an unsprayed field, exposed to sunlight all day, unprotected against attacks from beetles and other insects that want to eat it, is exposed to stress. To resist it, the broccoli has to mobilise its own immune defence.
'Broccoli that is very dark, bordering on purplish-green, is stressed and very healthy for humans to eat. When we eat it, we strengthen our own anti-oxidative defence against the 'enemies' - free radicals'.
Thorbjorg puts her 'ageless' body down to regular exercise - whether that's yoga, swimming or going for a run every other day. But she sees walking as a daily luxury that clears the mind while boosting fitness.
'Enjoy fresh air and go for a 30-minute walk everyday', Thorbjorg says. 'Gorge on fresh air with deep, healthy breathing. Breathe in and out consciously.'
Lunchtime is the perfect time to stride out. Or get off the bus a few stops earlier in the morning - you'll feel better for it!
Thorbjorg believes 'refined grain products are like food without instructions for use' so white rice and plain grain flours ground from wheat, spelt, barley, rye and oat should be avoided.
'They are grain products without the germ - and the husks that are full of signal substances and fibres', she explains. 'The body therefore cannot read or understand what it's supposed to do with these plain flours. The more processed and finely ground the products are, the harder it is for the body to use them and to perceive them as anything other than sugar. They also work just like sugar in the body.'
So what should you eat instead? Wholegrain flour and brown rice is okay occasionally, but they still contain starch. Thorbjorg recommends cutting out gluten altogether, especially if you bloat after eating.
'Normal Western food doesn't deliver the goods and neither does a standard vitamin tablet', Thorbjorg explains. That's why she swears by taking individual supplements at different times of the day to stave off hunger or boost the body.
'Some women need an extra oil supplement for lunch and at night', she says. 'If you get hungry or crave sugar immediately after eating, you're probably one of them. Take 1 tablespoon of cold pressed flaxseed oil or hemp oil in juice after each main meal.'
Don't be put off by the thought of going out in the cold to run around the park - Thorbjorg is a big fan of indoors fun to burn calories too!
'Sex releases emotions that promote a youthful body and mind', she says. 'Several studies show that running reduces stress symptoms. Regular sex also reduces negative stress.
'The physiological effect of orgasm is a release of endorphins. These are also released during running, but you have to run quite a long way and for a long time to produce the same amount of endorphins that you get from half an hour of sex with an orgasm.
'In addition, sex and running also produce nitrogen oxide, which stimulates circulation and the exchange of nutrients and waste materials in the cells. Intimacy, closeness, touch and light skin massage send beneficial messages to the nervous and hormonal systems... Sex is the best anti-ageing medicine for both body and soul'.
'The sweet taste [of sugar] is associated with feelings', Thorbjorg says. Science backs this up, so it's no surprise that we reach for chocolate or crisps when we're stressed or suffering from a dip in mood.
There's no need to avoid the sweet stuff altogether though. Thorbjorg recommends swapping refined sugar for something more natural when you need a pick-me-up.
'[Try] Beautiful sugar alcohols that won't make you intoxicated, confused, tired or fat. Xylitol, maltitol, lactitol, erythritrol and sorbitol can sweeten your life without causing a major load on your blood sugar. So can stevia, raw honey and palm sugar. It's actually possible to find excellent dark chocolate sweetened with maltitol', she says.
Download 10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks by Thorbjorg (£5.99, Pine Tribe) for the full plan, ageless recipes and more.