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