Skip to content

Beauty Secrets, Healthy Snacks & Living Your Best Life After 50

Diane Chandler won’t remember this, but I certainly do.

I was at Browtique in San Diego when I first saw her. She walked in with SO much confidence & the most beautiful smile, I immediately asked Lindsay who she was.

Lindsay said: That’s Diane. She’s the mother of 3 girls & the NICEST women I’ve ever met.

Diane & I got to talking & we hit it right off. I liked her right away, it’s hard not to. She’s one of those people who you need to spill all their tips & tricks. Like, I HAD to know what was in her beauty cabinet, how she kept her smoking bod, what her favorite snacks were & just literally any secret she had.

For those of you unfamiliar with Diane she is a life coach, co-founded a non profit called The Orphan Club, & co-hosts the podcast Own Your Throne which features guests over 50 who are still HUSTLING & living their lives.

Today Diane is on The Skinny Confidential to talk all about her favorite snacks, how she keeps things right & tight before an event, & how life doesn’t end when you turn 50. Oh, did I mention Diane is 58?!

Without further ado, let’s welcome Diane Chandler to the blog.

♡♡♡

Introduce yourself & tell us your whole journey. The more detail & context the better!

Diane Chandler: Hi everyone! I guess I should start at the beginning. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the middle of 5 kids! My dad was the Quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers ( John Brodie ) for 17 years which definitely influenced my love for all sports, both as a participant & a fan.

I loved music & learning about all different philosophies, & personal development type stuff as far back as I can remember. I have no doubt the seeker in me prepared me for what I ultimately studied later in my life & made a career out of.

I went to the University of Southern California way back in the day & studied communications & played on the USC Women’s tennis team. Throughout my 20s I lived in LA & did some modeling & acting & then landed a great job doing PR for a celebrity sports golf league. This is where I met my husband ( ex ) who was also an NFL Quarterback for 17 years. I know CRAZY!

We had 3 beautiful daughters together who are now 25, 23 & 21 & are the joys of my life. My  marriage ended after 16 years due to concussions & alcohol abuse & not having the ability or tools to deal with it all. This was by far the hardest time of my life & also the biggest growth period I’ve ever experienced. I found myself at 48, single with 3 girls to raise on my own as I was starting over. I went back to school & earned my Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health & Healing. I also became a certified life coach & began working with women & teenage girls & worked as a transformational leadership coach at a local program in San Diego.

During this time I also traveled to Uganda & lived at an orphanage for a bit which was one of the most profound experiences of my life. I fell in love with the people of Uganda & all of the children. My girlfriend & I decided to start a non profit to support the 150 orphans that live at The Orphans Club. The donations we have raised go to feed, clothe & educate all of the children. Our intention is to help them become self- sustainable in the next few years.

So these last 10 years have brought me to this incredible time of life where I really wanted to create something special & share stories of women who have also recreated & reinvented the second chapter of their lives. I created the Own Your Throne podcast with my good friend Pirie Grossman to help shift the conversation around aging & inspire women to live full out in every chapter of life. And yes I found love again:)

You look so fabulous for your age. What’s your secret?

DC: Oh thank you!!! I am actually an extremely easy going person & I think that has a lot to do with it. There have been so many studies that the number one thing that breaks our bodies down & ages us is stress.

I have always been very consistent with my workout routine, my diet & my mindset. Growing up in a sports family instilled in me the love of being active. I’ve stayed extremely athletic & active my whole life. I was a competitive runner & tennis player through college & continued both through my adult life which has kept me fit & pretty much the same size since my early 20s.

I also have always been one of those people who eat when I’m hungry & don’t obsess about what I’m eating.  As I have gotten older I eat much healthier than when I was younger…I can see & feel a huge difference in my energy & how I look when I choose healthier foods. I drink lots of water & laugh a lot. Oh & I have a great dermatologist ( my brother in law Dr. Will Kirby ) the evil Dr. Will from Big Brother! Hahaha

What does a day in the life look like for you? 

DC: It really depends. My schedule has changed a lot since the girls have all moved out. I usually get up around 7, have a big cup of coffee, meditate & get a workout in. Then depending on the day I play tennis in a league or run my dogs at the beach.

By late morning I start my client sessions & finish by 2. Then I work on our podcast, sending & answering emails, researching new guests, & filming. I’m also working on a new website & branding for myself as well as making some changes to our brand Own Your Throne. I am super social so I love to have dinner with friends either out at great restaurants like ALCE 101, at the beach or I’m always up for hosting a fun dinner party.

Paul & I built a home a couple years ago & it’s a great party house! Most of the events I go to are in LA so I spend a few days every couple weeks up there as well. I also love going to concerts & plays! I’m usually in bed around 10:30.

How do you structure your day when it comes to eating & exercise?

DC: I love to workout first thing in the morning. I usually eat breakfast around 10. I am seriously the most non scheduled person when it comes to food. I eat when I’m hungry or I need energy & I prefer lots of small meals throughout the day. When I have a tennis match I will bring snacks if I need to refuel…nuts or a protein bar. I like to eat dinner on the early side if I am home. I find that I have so much more energy in the morning if I eat early.

What is your morning routine?

DC: I wake up & always focus on what I am grateful for first thing…this is a game changer!

Next, I have a big strong cup of coffee ( that is a non-negotiable )  & read something uplifting for 20 minutes. I love all things spiritual & personal development…I am reading a lot of Joe Dispenza right now & re-reading Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsh.

Then I do 20 minutes of meditation & then workout. I’ll grab some fruit if I’m hungry but usually I eat after my workout. I love to get my body moving early in the morning…it makes me way more productive & joyful throughout the day.  I either play tennis, go to Soul Cycle, walk, lift weights or hike.

What is your nighttime routine?

DC: I like to eat an early dinner & if I’m at home then read or watch a movie. I get addicted to Netflix series so I have to be careful not to binge until 2 am!! Sometimes I bake at night with with my boyfriend’s daughter, Chloe, who is 13 or do art projects with her.

She is actually into TikTok now so I might have to learn how to do that.  I usually fall asleep around 10:30. I have no problem falling asleep or sleeping through the night which is soooo great! I will put a 20 minute guided meditation on before I crash out. I always wash my face & do Vitamin C serum & retin A religiously.

Share with the audience 3 healthy snacks that you love. (include products, brands, how you make it, how you eat it, when you eat, etc.)

DC: My favorite snacks are:

+ garlic hummus & rice crackers.  I eat this in the afternoons always…I’m addicted.

+ seed bread, avocado & salt…..It’s the perfect small meal that holds me over & I feel satiated.

+ mango slices from Whole Foods… I put them in the freezer & have them when I want something sweet.

+ Think! protein bars in chocolate peanut butter flavor.  I have these in my car if I get hungry midday & I’m out & about.

+ Not healthy, but I also love Red Vines & Hershey’s kisses.

What’s your favorite cocktail?

DC: Vodka & a little orange juice or grapefruit juice. It’s the only thing I drink.  If you ask 100 friends what I drink they would all say the same thing! I don’t like the taste of alcohol so the juice covers it. It’s a bummer when everyone wants to go wine tasting & I have to bring a flask! haha.

What is your best beauty tip?

DC: Retin A, sunscreen, sleep,  bio-identical hormones, water, laughter & sex…not necessarily in that order.

What’s a weird beauty hack you do?

DC: I have been shaving my face since I was in my 20s.  Now it’s a thing called dermaplaning.  I read in a magazine that French women did this all the time so I tried it & loved how soft my skin was. I also love facial massage.  I learned that from you, Lauryn & it’s a game changer!

If you need to tighten up for an event, what do you do?

DC: I eat super clean for a few days & run a couple miles right before getting ready the day of the event!  It oxygenates your body, makes your skin glow & any puffiness you have will be gone.

What are your thoughts on Botox, laser, & plastic surgery as you age?

DC: I think it’s all great however I think less is more. It can be a slippery slope especially with fillers & too much surgery. In my 40s I started messing around with fillers & it looked weird.  Just choose your doctor wisely.  I think the goal is not to look younger, it’s to look & feel your best at the age you are. That being said, I think everyone should do whatever they want.

Tell us all about your podcast. What can we expect?

DC: My podcast is called Own Your Throne. I created it with my girlfriend Pirie Jones Grossman & it’s about reinventing & recreating the second chapter of your life.

We launched a few months ago & our first season just wrapped up & was great! Our guests included Rita Wilson, Candace Nelson from Sprinkles Cupcakes, Ali Landry, Susan Feldman ( creator of One Kings Lane ), Jennifer Stallone, Kelly Gores ( the producer/director/star of the Heal documentary, Taylor Dayne ( music icon from the 80s ) & more.

They were all so inspiring & each brought fresh perspectives about aging, what they have learned & how they are reinventing & pivoting. It really is dismantling the conversation that life is over at a certain age. We live in such a youth obsessed culture & women think they are old at 30! This needs to change……These women are the examples that we all get to live our entire lives full out.

We are filming season 2 now & our guests include  Dr Jeanine Staples ( who will be educating us on racism in America ), Christy Turlington, Fran Drescher, Suzanne Somers, Reece Witherspoon’s company Hello Sunshine’s CEO, Sarah Harden,  fitness experts, hormone doctors, matchmakers & much more!!

Pimp yourself out! Where can everyone find you?

DC: You can find me on Instagram @own.your.throne & our website is ownyourthrone.co.

My instagram is @dianechandler & my website is dianechandler.co.

You can find our podcast on Apple podcasts, Spotify & YouTube.

♡♡♡

Hope you guys loved all of Diane’s tips & tricks. Be sure to check out her podcast, ownyourthrone.co. & follow Diane on Instagram.

x, lauryn

+ 10 things I learned from Patricia Altschul.

++ some of the things I’ve learned this year. 

SHOP THE POST:

  1. I LOVED this takeover! Diane, thank you for the tips. I am the owner of a 55+ health, fitness, & wellness company so this was super informative for me. through my blogs, website, fitness classes, i do my best to remind how my community of ladies how young they are, how far they’ve come.

    Plus I’ll be tuning into your podcast which I’m super stoked about. 🙂 Lauryn, thanks for the variety of guests! You’re the bomb

    Love to you both!
    – maddie

Questions, Comments, Thoughts?

Get the Skinny

Stalk Us

This is the best way to stay up to date with The Skinny Confidential. Be the first to know when episodes drop, new blog posts, and product launches.