This size 4 beauty is Annette Larkins. Annette was born in North Carolina, USA in 1942, which makes her 70 years young as of May 2012. She has been vegetarian since 1963 and has been a raw foodist for nearly 30 years.
She was profiled on NBC-Miami affiliate news program WPTV, showing off her figure, her tight and clear skin, and her robust garden. Every corner of her garden has something that is edible. She also collects rainwater to drink and water her plants.
Annette says the food in her garden is her ‘Fountain of Youth.’
“Eating raw has created an all-round enhancement that has created joy and happiness in me that I would not have been able to experience on a cooked diet. I have so much energy that if we could bottle it and sell it, I’d be a millionaire. My memory is enhanced and my waistline is smaller…”
Ironically, Annette’s long-time husband owned a meat store in the 1960s, which helped her transition into vegetarianism.
Years later, she made the ultimate decision and became a raw vegan.
According to Annette, she says she does not eat animal products — her food is unprocessed and uncooked.
“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.”
Annette also juices fruits and veggies. But not everyone in the Larkins family eats and drinks this way.
Annette’s husband Amos of almost 54 years chose to continue to eat the way he did when they were first married. “I really wish I would have done what she did,” he said.
Amos says people even wonder if Annette is his wife. “They will ask me ‘what am I doing with a young girl? or they will say ‘you’ve got your granddaughter with you,’ things like that.”
And for those of you who may consider integrating raw foods into your diet, or if you intend to go for the gusto, she states: “Transition is the key. Its not advisable to make an abrupt change… you’ve got to deal with the psychology of it first…”
Wise words. And from my own experience mental preparation is the first step.
Annette has a number of raw food DVD's and cookbooks, one of which is called ‘A Journey to Health’ that she wrote in response to people who were continually stunned by her healthy youthful appearance. In the book, she discusses her own raw food journey, beauty secrets, live food recipes as well as many sprouting and juicing tips.
People such as Annette Larkins who have dedicated their lives to their well-being [mind, body and inner being] are truly inspirational. These are our teachers from whom we can all learn important lessons about discipline, perseverance, self love, dedication.
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