IF YOU adhere to the adage 'you are what you eat' then Cyndi O'Meara is a fine example of a truism.
At 57, she glows with health and vitality, starts her mornings with a 5am ocean swim and packs more into her life before breakfast than most her age can fit into one day.
It is almost 20 years since Cyndi wrote her best-selling book, Changing Habits Changing Lives. It is still in print, still selling, still as relevant today as it was two decades ago.
"I've just done a rewrite for the U.S." Cyndi said from her Mooloolaba home while getting ready to leave for California. I have added more chapters as the food industry has changed."
The premise of Changing Habits Changing Lives is that you can slowly change bad habits for good habits, all while being alert to the foods you eat, the labels on foods and what they mean to your health and wellbeing.
"It is about what the food industry has done to our food," Cyndi said. "They are changing the names of additives that are dubious, for example calling something synthetic 'rosemary extract'. I am constantly on the lookout for these things."
Although Cyndi is in demand as an author, speaker, motivator and documentary maker, she likes to call herself an educator. Her goal is to bring good food knowledge to as many people as she can.
"It's all about simple education," she said.
"I was in Warrnambool at an event speaking to 120 people and a woman told me she was there to be grateful for what I had taught her. She said she took the challenge to change one thing (bad habit) a week and in a year she lost 25kg."
As well as information in her book, Cyndi has a wealth of knowledge on her website including blogs and recipes to get people started on the road to changing old habits.
Routine and balance in life are just as important as good nutrition for taking you into old-age in good condition, according to Cyndi.
Walking barefoot on grass, swimming in the ocean, enjoying weekly family dinners and drinking herbal teas all keep Cyndi balanced and well and able to keep up with the frantic pace of her busy life.
More information at changinghabits.com.au