By: Diana Paez: is this the fabled fountain of youth? Meet 6 inspiring raw foodists with an appearance that will trample on any skepticism or doubt about the living foods movement!
Raw Veganism: The Fountain of Youth? Or perhaps it’s the cooked food that’s aging the average person prematurely. In any case, the following people have truly inspired me to continue my raw vegan journey for life! Their age and appearance speak volumes of how perfectly aligned the living foods lifestyle is for the human body. It is an undeniable fact that our appearance on the outside, especially after our mid years, is clear reflection of our internal health.
Storm Talifero is one of the oldest and most successful long-term 100% raw vegans in the movement today. He has been raw for over 42 years, and at age 64 he looks more like he is in his 30’s or 40’s. He’s an athlete, author, illustrator, architect and raw chef who has brought many innovative recipes to the art of raw cuisine. If you’ve read any of Storm’s e-books you’re familiar with his maxims: “Fresh is Best”, “Don’t put your food in the fire” and “Would you like your food with or without the nutrients?”. Having raised a large family, through many years Storm’s recipes have evolved into a menu plan program that has helped hundreds of people to experience the raw diet in a format that is doable in modern life. You can learn more about his work at TheGardenDiet.com and 28DaysRAW.com
The first time I saw this Goddess was through this viral video, and I just couldn’t believe my eyes. This perfect image of health, vitality and youth with a petite size four frame and a wrinkle-free face is over 70 years of age! She has been a raw vegan for 27 years and vegan for many years before that. And she’s from my hometown! 🙂 The resident of Miami-Dade County, Florida, attributes her youthful looks to her raw vegan diet and grows almost everything she eats in the garden she refers to as her ‘fountain of youth’. In her famous interview, ABC reporters explored her back yard, to find that every inch is covered in plants and trees that grow the fruits Mrs. Larkins eats. She told reporters “’My diet consists of fruits, nuts, vegetables and seeds. I do a lot of sprouting of seeds and as you can see from my garden and of course, these are the raw foods that I eat.’” annettelarkins.com
Lou was one of the first people I came across in my journey for true health. His juice recipe, the Lemon Ginger Blast absolutely changed my life. It was the effect this juice had on my life that got me curious about raw foods, and for that I am very grateful! Lou drinks this green juice every day and I can totally see (and feel) how this concoction contributes to this man’s superior health! Lou has been on a raw vegan diet for a whopping 39 years. Before he started the raw vegan diet he suffered from a multitude of illnesses ranging from asthma to a tumor, eventually coming to a place where he was able to heal himself from chronic asthma, severe allergies, major constipation, candida, tumors, severe acne, and debilitating arthritis. He now teaches the 4 principles that helped him gain his life back and reach outstanding health and core strength like I’ve never seen before! You can find his work here: loucorona.com
Tonya Zavasta is one of my greatest heroes. This 56 year old beauty is a very witty and humorous writer, researcher, teacher, and entrepreneur. She has written 5 books on living foods and natural anti-aging, two of which I’ve read and loved. She’s been eating raw for 17 years now. With her diet and lifestyle change she conquered surgical trauma, pain and her former identity as a “cripple.” I’ve read two of her books, Quantum Eating, and Raw Food and Hot Yoga. Both are brilliant and highly recommended for the seasoned raw foodist. You can find them in my Books page. The firmness of her skin and waist size tell us that she’s really on to something. And it’s definitely not botox or plastic surgery! beautifulonraw.com
I remember the first time I saw Markus, I thought he was in his late 20s early 30s. Boy was I wrong. This man is 52 years old! Watch this video of him proving it, since no one believes him. He’s been eating raw foods since his late twenties, therefore he’s been raw for over 20 years. And his vibrant complexion and super fit body says it all. As you will see on his page, he looks younger than he did at 27! Markus is all about abundance, health and financial freedom. He has an inspiring channel on youtube, and has written 4 books. His background is from the movie industry and now he uses it to entertain and lead people to a better and healthier lifestyle. You can find his work at markusrothkranz.com
“Feeling like you’re in your 20′s at 75, is quite an amazing thing. I accredit this youthful look and spirit not only to my attitude, but really to my way of eating which is a raw vegan – living foods lifestyle.” She was voted sexiest Vegetarian over 50, when she was actually 70 then! Although Mimi has only been raw for a few years, she attributes her youthfulness to over 40 years of 100% veganism. It was when she started feeling arthritic pains in her joints and her blood pressure was up that she looked into eating raw, and as soon as she did, the pain and pressure went away. Mimi is so vibrant and youthful! She is the author of a book called Live Raw. This woman is amazing and looks great for her age. Although I think if she would’ve adopted the raw foods lifestyle earlier, she’d look even younger! She’s a great example of how veganism is great in maintaining youthfulness, but in contrast, raw veganism is age defying and can actually turn back the biological clock! Find Mimi’s work here: youngonrawfood.com
Now I don’t know about you, but to me, just taking a look at these marvelous beings is living proof that raw foods and natural hygiene is indeed the optimal lifestyle for human health. It clearly shows that our bodies are designed for this lifestyle. Contrary to what many of us have been led to believe, aging is NOT a normal process that is supposed to start taking place at our 30’s. Wrinkles, sagging skin, hair loss and all the ailments that follow after 30 or 40 is due to the degeneration of the body after years of punishing it with a diet void of nutrients and enzymes. That plus eating a diet of cooked (dead) foods, processed junk and artery clogging dairy and meats will certainly take a toll on your body in the form of premature aging, cancer, diabetes, heart failure and all the other life sucking problems we call “disease”. As a 28 year old that has been raw vegan for only 1 year I can already start to see major differences in the way that I look. In fact, I saw these changes 3 months into this diet. I can only imagine how I have completely changed the entire trajectory of my life by correcting my diet. I know that at some point I’ll probably stop counting the years because it’s no longer relevant to me. In the end, you’re only as old as you feel 🙂
Thank you for reading! This article was written by Diana Paez, a living foods devotee, natural hygienist, and raw chef in the making. If you liked this post, and want to show your appreciation please like, share or comment below. I’d love to hear from you! I am always open to any questions, suggestions, or comments. You are more than welcome to share the information in this article in your own blog or page, all I ask is that you link back to this post. Love, Peace and Health to you, friends.
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