WOW! Well I really didn't know whether to believe this one when I first saw it, but just wow!!
When Annette Larkins goes out with her husband of 54 years, people assume she is his daughter.
The image of health, vitality and youth with a petite size four frame and a line-free face, Mrs Larkins is in fact 70 years old.
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'.
27 years ago she went one step further by turning vegan and now everything she eats is raw. Nothing cooked or processed every passes her lips.
Recognising how positively she could influence others, the formidable 70-year-old has already written two booklets titled: Journey to Health and
produced a DVD about her nutritional regime.
'I am very vibrant, I have lots of energy, as I told you before, I am up no later than 5:30 in the morning as a rule, and I am ready to go' she told
Her husband agreed, gushing: 'She's an amazing person though. Oh man, I mean really. She does everything- build computers, make all her own clothes,
grow her own food, speaks three languages. It's amazing.'
What a lovely and positive story of how if you treat your body well, your body will treat you well.
I think it probably has a lot more to do with her genetics than her diet. One of my great-grandmothers lived her entire life as a devout Vegan long
before the term was even coined. She grew all of her own food and ate all of it raw, exercised every day, and went to bed early and got up early. She
never learned to drive and walked everywhere she went, even well into her 90s. And you know what? She looked every bit of her age.
This young looking lady was lucky to be blessed with awesome DNA.
From what it looked like she grew all of her own food. I'm not sure on this but at least what it looks like. That might be one big difference. I've
seen people go vegan and they end up looking sickly, but they also where not growing their own food.
I can see the age in her face, but something nobody has mentioned is her dark skin. Dark skinned people have more protection from the UV rays of the
sun and usually exhibit fewer wrinkles at older ages. I've seen countless numbers of dark skinned people in their 50's that have a complexion similar
to a white person in their 30's. However, most of them have health problems because, well, most people don't take care of themselves. This lady would
not be as attractive as she is at 70 even with the darkest skin if she hadn't practiced good health AND enjoyed it. Many MANY people die from internal
health issues that you cannot see on the outside. When thinking about health, it really helps to not focus as much om what's outside because it can be
very misleading. Obesity is easy to spot, but what about somebody who works a lot outside and has a lot of wrinkles as a result? Some would say they
look old, but a wise person would know they're probably healthy since a sign of a sedentary person is a pale complexion - less wrinkles - and usually
a lack of exercise - in the outdoors. While they might have less wrinkles, a sedentary lifestyle is deadly and kills you faster than anything else.
This is not to say a healthy long lived person has to look like a shriveled prune. But the average long-lived healthy person WILL look that way.
Moderating sunlight exposure is difficult to do. Some people do have unique bone structures beneath their face (as they age) that reduce their
wrinkles, but this is structural and doesn't have to do with healthier skin or anything.
Simple fact of the matter is not everybody can afford to be healthy or has the vigor or intelligence. It requires a balance of traits across the
spectrum of habit and character and body and circumstances surrounding you. Work and family are tremendous responsibilities all by themselves. This is
a level of balance that most people cannot achieve. She's like a gymnast balancing on a pin head.
I'd also be weary of judging this as your fountain of youth. This lady could be dead in 5 years easily. It happens. If she lives to 100, I'll take
back my skepticsm and eat crow for dinner.
(my grandpa lived to 100 and at 70 he looked like an oldtimer.. was bald.. had wrinkles,, was alcoholic for a while and had borderline diabetes. from
70 to 97 he only slightly changed in looks. he never looked young he just kept moving... his mother's brother lived to 108 or something if I recall.
they didn't live that long sitting on couches. they didn't look young. they just kept moving... he always said they got more sleep and worked hard.
they ate more natural too. no refined foods back then. my grandpa had a garden but he ate lots of meat too. he ate a lot of tv dinners in his
On a side topic.... I remember reading that short people live longer than tall people is hat true? I also recall a study where they found that people
with low BMI's in their 20's and 30's lived a long time. It didn't matter so much what they did afterward since it could be predicted on their 20's
and 30's. one of the examples was some place in japan where they experienced a sort of depressions and resuilting starvation. the peole who lived
durign that period in their 20's and 30's went on to live a long time. But I wonder if they lived longer just because they had better genes and not
because of their bmi? Interestingly, my grandpa grew up in a logging camp and was in his 20's during the great depression. He was short too (5'8
about). So i wonder if these things are connected to his longevity.
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She probably juices wheat-grass every day! a good number of people who do that have or have reversed gray hair! Brings back the vitality in your
body! I just learned of it and am on the hunt for a juicer for wheat grass! I'm really gray for a 39 year old. I'll post my findings once i'm on
I wonder if she eats any GMO's? Likely not... You know, I feel GMO's are embraced by the US for population control. They do experiments on rats
with them. But have they ever done a side by side comparison on a human? Perhaps this woman is an example of one who doesn't? Did anyone read the
last National Geographic magazine? They listed age expectancies for different countries. The US was way behind in this department. Didn't we used
to be somewhat near the top? What has happened recently to affect this?
Oooo, I sense a bit of envy in this thread.
It's not fair! Genetics!! Genetics!!! She's cheating!!!! She has an unfair advantage!!!!!
Get over yourselves. Didn't you know: You get out of life what you put in. I thought this stuff was elementary?
Her physical appearance is a product of good habit.
I can't say the same about her mind. She seems somewhat - okay, somewhat - deranged.
At times during the conversation, it seems like she doesn't respond correctly to what the white chick is saying.
I have eaten vegan and been a member of many vegan forums and i'm here to tell you a lot of it is Hype. Vegans have a real hard time getting all the
vitamins and minerals they need with veggies and fruit alone. There are even many diseases that Only vegans get because they abstain from meat. vegan
forums are full of vegans who had to stop being vegan because it effected their health in a negative way. Many of these were very strict vegans who
did everything right.
As someone who studies Natural Hygiene ( the science of healing the body through nutrition) I agree that a diet of minimal cooked foods ( including
meat or raw meat) mostly made up of fresh fruits and veggies with little meat is optimal for proper health but all one way or the other can get you
into trouble. It depends on the individual person and their biological needs - all humans are not created equal. What works for some may not work for
I worked at a food Co-op all the Vegans that I met and worked with looked like death with some skin, oddly the vegan employees got sicker then those
of us in the MEAT department and missed more work...
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