13 Amazing Vegan Old-Timers

If you follow online discussions regarding veganism, you’ll often see the snotty, “But there are no vegan centenarians, because it’s a deficient and difficult diet!” There are a few variations on the theme, all equally snarky, and deceitful. Aw, how precious anti-vegan crusaders are.

Truth Time

Serious vegans (those in it for good as opposed to the flaky betrayers) are only roughly 4–10% of the world’s population, and still we have an impressive number of semi-well-known vegans from their 70s to well over 100. Not only that, considering their advanced years, they’re unusually healthy and fit. Following are thirteen of them in order of longevity, just for a dose of vegan pride as well as some irrefutable evidence of the great health and long lives smart vegan eating is responsible for.

Premsai Patel, age 118 in 2014, long-time vegan, retired government teacher in India.

Loreen Dinwiddie, long-time vegan, died at 109 in 2012. She was incredibly healthy and fit well past 100. Watch:

Missi Devi, (no picture available) 105 years old in 2007, Indian Jain, long-time vegan. She was one of the most honored people in India.

Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, long-time vegan heart surgeon, retired at 95, now 103 and still going.

Donald Watson, founder of Vegan Society, died at 95.

Thich Nhat Hahn, 91, Vietnamese Buddhist monk in France, long-time vegan.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, 84, surgeon, vegan since 1984.

Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., 83, runner and ironman triathlete, vegan for over 30 years after being diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer.

Mimi Kirk, 79, vegan for over 40 years, looks amazing.

Annette Larkins, 76, long-time vegan, beautiful and looks to be in her 40s.

Robert Lockhart, 74, vegan for over 40 years, still an athlete.

Karyn Calabrese, 71 and beautiful, author and restaurant owner, vegan for over 47 years. She’s called Chicago’s vegan queen.

John Robbins, 70, author of Diet for a New America among others, long-time vegan, from Baskin-Robbins ice-cream family.

Many more impressive long-time vegans of all ages can be found here: https://vegvisits.com/blog/anyone-can-be-vegan

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The dramatic growth of veganism, and is this a danger to children?

Despite all the bashing campaigns fomented by a particular self-interested industry, veganism continues to grow like never before; read all about it here, from FORBES of all places: https://www.forbes.com/sites/katrinafox/2017/12/27/heres-why-you-should-turn-your-business-vegan-in-2018/#39c57f3a2144

Thus, in comes the “recovering ex-vegan” backlash campaign, and more

Keep in mind that there are contemptible people out there who “go vegan” only to “fail” and then launch a ranting campaign about how impossible it was or how it almost killed them. They are either ignoramuses who ate only jelly beans and potato chips (or other such junk diets)…or FAR more likely…they’re crusading liars connected to (or unknowingly misled and used by) vested interests. What could be more contemptible than such conmen/women?

Then there’s the campaign bent on getting the gullible to eat more meat/eggs/dairy than ever by promoting it as great for weight loss and heart healthy to boot. Meat and animal-fat heavy diets are said to be good for humans; all that we knew before is now supposedly wrong. Animal fat got a bad rap and now it’s good for us and needed.

Human fat vs. fiber, USMC teaching tools

Mmmm, butter…bacon! Slather some butter on your bacon! Grains and carbs are deadly! No such thing as too much meat; all-meat diets are even touted by a few “sanity challenged” people. Behind all this is a powerful organized campaign to counteract the growing popularity of veganism…nothing more. Don’t ever be fooled.

Despite the vicious backlash, however, more and more people, especially in their teens through 30s, are going vegan for good, and vegan adults are conceiving babies and raising healthy vegan children.

Are vegan babies and kids in danger of malnutrition or even death?

You often hear anti-vegan crusaders rant that vegan diets debilitate or even kill babies and children, based on a few sketchy cases that in no way represent the norm. What’s actually going on in those extremely rare cases of “vegan” children being starved is anorexia by proxy; read all about that here: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/4451/82746ec2e58532b0629d99cf55c21a3ccc22.pdf

Some parents are so grossed out by “fat” and “gluttony” that enjoying food becomes a sort of sin and extreme thinness is an obsession. They’d rather have their kids be just about any undesirable thing, other than to ever be considered “fat.” And their idea of fat is anything above reedlike thinness. This happens among a small minority of any sort of parents, but only “vegans” get called out for it; it’s said to be “vegan child starvation.” And what a dirty lie that is; but, what else is new?

See some great vegan food plans for babies and kids here: http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/vegetarian-diets-for-children-right-from-the-start

It’s not so hard, except for all the hate and misinformation out there; but don’t let it all make you crazy. Speaking of which…

Everywhere you look, people eating animals

When all seems hopeless, when you’re surrounded by meat/egg/dairy propaganda and “regular folks” scarfing down burgers and sausages everywhere, day in and day out, and you wonder if there really is any hope after all for the animals and for humanity, just remember one thing: Significant change in society takes a very long time, it grows by increments, very slowly, to become the norm someday in the distant future. That “someday” is when people will look back and wonder how their own species could have been so ignorant and brutal. And that “someday” will never get here if we allow the vicious opposition to crush our spirits and our resolve. So, do not let them.

How the heck do you know when someone’s quit being vegan?

Not to worry…

They’ll tell you anywhere, anytime, using any loony excuse. If you’re in line at the DMV they’ll come up behind you and trumpet, “I’m not vegan anymore!” and expect kudos and back pats. Out for a walk? A wild-eyed ex-vegan will shout to you from a passing hybrid car, “I listened to my body and am eating animals again!” Shopping for veggies? Some no-longer-plant-based harridan with a cart chock full of meat, eggs and milk will sidle up and warn you about the devastating dangers of all that fiber! The crazy constipated gleam of “I’m one of the normal acceptable people again!” will glimmer dimly from their jaundiced eyes. Those are exaggerations, but not too much.

On the web and want to look up “loud-mouthed boasting ex-vegans alleviating their guilt”? You’ll get nothing but tragic ex-vegan stories full of hate for vegans and overflowing with lavish praise for the ex-vegans from the usual suspects. You know, those same people who vociferously hate it more than anything when a vegan mentions he/she is vegan to avoid awkward food situations and such. Well, suddenly those people can’t get enough of “what I eat” talk and can settle in for a full day & night of “well ain’t those vegans terrible!” Vegan-hating is so much fun for them. So much more so than facing the truth about themselves, about the world, about morals and ethics, humanity, animals, about life itself.

But (with quavering voice) they’re out to save human lives!

These poor folks who blare and splash their ex-vegan stories all over the place almost died by faithfully following that dangerous diet craze…that malicious cult…and by God they’re going to warn others about it! Never mind the fact that their stories are totally fabricated or that they thought they could live on corn chips and soda or that they only needed some adjustments to their diets to accommodate any special needs or that they simply were never vegan or even vegetarian to begin with. Forget all that…just let your emotions and that old standby—smug complacency, as well as your base appetites, rule your thinking. Hop onto the nearest vegan-hating bandwagon or shout and chest pound along with some torch carrying mob: “Death to all diehard vegans!” Now there’s how you achieve real self-worth and happiness in life. Oh yeah?

Reality check…

Bragging ex-vegans were never vegan to begin with…they toyed with a trendy plant-based diet because they may have had a twinge of guilt over some slaughter footage; but they found going against society’s grain too hard to stick with, and they quit and made a huge vegan-hating stink about it like the shiftless betrayers they are. To blame their failure on anything/anyone other than themselves, they turned their scathing eyes and pointy fingers onto vegans, and they employed their hypochondria to its fullest to prove their points about the dangers of eating vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds. So with full backing of a society largely into inventing and employing sociopathic excuses for purely evil practices, these ex-“vegans” now bask in the sorely missed comfort of fitting back in with that very sick society.

Fact: Anyone with access to plant produce and food markets can be vegan and very healthy. And that means the vast majority of the human race, even in the poorest of nations.

By Loupiote on Flickr

There’s enough variety of plant foods and enough technology to accommodate anyone’s particular restrictions or needs. But as long as they’re giving in to societal pressures and still eating animals, and they’re feeling guilt tugging at them for pretending it’s acceptable, they will do and say whatever they must to alleviate that guilt. And truth be damned.

Living comfy in a carefully constructed house of cards…

That’s how people like it. And wow, do they despise any upstart who comes along to upset their carefully crafted little world with something so rude as the truth about animals, breeding farms, slaughterhouses, all that stuff people love to pretend is acceptable behavior for human beings.

But that’s no way for any human to live, not if one values good morals and ethics and wants to make this world better. Only if one is happy being a parasite who habitually contributes to the unfairness and unspeakable suffering in this world can one be content in living that lie. But is such a human being meeting his/her great potential? For most, who are basically decent people, that happiness is a cushy nest made of lies. So of course many react with fury and no holds barred when some do-gooder comes by and topples and scatters that flimsy shelter of theirs with a mere:

“Animals matter…let’s all be vegan.”