97-year-old Anne Fraser, who turned vegan at the age of 96, has said the change to a vegan diet has left her feeling “wonderful”.
After turning vegan shortly before her 96th birthday, Mrs Fraser said that she could never go back to eating animal products.
The change was sparked after she watched the acclaimed documentary What the Health, which has also helped to turn other people plant-based such as Lewis Hamilton and James Arthur.
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If we want a healthy planet for our young people, we must make the connection between animal agriculture and global warming – then we must go vegan. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, greenhouse gases and water waste. If we don’t do something now, our planet will become inhospitable. Floods will continue to get worse, fires bigger and stronger, earthquakes more intense….We are seeing this severe weather NOW and it will only continue to get WORSE. I didn’t know the impact that animal agriculture had on the environment until I watched @wthfilm and @cowspiracy. But once I got the information I made the change and am passionate about spreading awareness on this issue because I want the future generations to inherit a healthy planet. It’s just not fair to continue to consume animal products that offer no health benefits (and actually make you sick), take innocent lives and kill the planet. It’s promising to see so many young people adopt a vegan diet but we need to get older generations to make the change too. That is why I am so proud to be a part of this #vegancommunity and help spread awareness. And companies like @veganizedworld make spreading the message fun💚🌱 #govegan
During the week, she keeps active by walking every day, practising yoga and by seeing a personal trainer twice a week.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mrs Fraser said: “I feel wonderful. I have more energy, I feel lighter and less inflamed, my skin is more clear and I’m moving around better.
“I definitely think it’s keeping me healthier as I age.”
“I had recently been diagnosed with Afib [irregular heartbeat], put on a medication and was feeling miserable. I thought I’d have nothing to lose by giving it a shot. A few weeks later my Afib went away,” she said.
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CARNISM “is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism…Because carnism is invisible, people rarely realize that eating animals is a choice, rather than a given. In meat-eating cultures around the world, people typically don’t think about why they eat certain animals but not others, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals is not a necessity, which is the case for many people in the world today, then it is a choice – and choices always stem from beliefs.” • • • I just learned about carnism on the @richroll podcast and had to order Dr. Melanie Joy’s book “Why We Love Dogs Eat Pigs and Wear Cows” . It’s fascinating so far and offers a whole new perspective on why people eat animals despite the overwhelming evidence that its bad for ones health, the environment and is cruel to innocent beings. I didn’t even think twice about eating meat until I watched @wthfilm. But now that I have the information, I couldn’t imagine going back. This book is a good reminder to be patient and kind to all those who haven’t figured it out yet because food is very personal and eating meat is so ingrained in our culture. But we are reaching a tipping point and it’s so exciting to see how many people are adopting a plant based diet. I’m hopeful. #thefutureisplantbased #beyondcarnism #govegan
“I usually get a bad cold in the winter but not this last one,” she said.
Her granddaughter, Maggie Bauman, said that the change had given her grandmother a “new zest for life”.
“Since going vegan she has more energy and wants to do things and make plans for the future. She is truly thriving on a vegan diet and it’s so inspiring to see,” said the 28-year-old, who runs a restaurant and is also vegan.
Asked if she could ever ditch the diet, she said: “Never. Since learning about the ethical and environmental benefits of a vegan diet, I could never go back.”
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Rethink Protein🤔 🌱💪 Since going #plantbased I’ve had to rethink a lot of things I thought I knew about nutrition. All my life I believed that you had to eat meat for protein and drink milk for strong bones. Then I watched @wthfilm and woke up. It explains how this became the dominant narrative and how it has in turn, led us to our current health crisis. It’s amazing to me that I didn’t come across this information until my 96th year. Goes to show how good of a job these animal ag and diary corporations did at suppressing it. Well friends, that cat is out of the bag and NOW WE KNOW! You do not need to eat meat for protein. There is an abundance of protein found in a vegan diet. And guess what?! If you are eating an adequate amount of calories, protein deficiency is not a thing! Check out these #plantbased athletes who are thriving and clearly not lacking in protein 🌱💪@torre.washington @domzthompson @richroll
“I want the future generations to have a healthy planet and after learning about the impact animal agriculture has, I felt it was my duty to adopt a vegan diet and encourage others to as well,” she added.
“I would say to any skeptics to be open minded and do your research. There is so much misinformation out there and you must consider the source and their conflicts of interest. Ask yourself why you are skeptical. Reflect on why you eat the foods you do.
“One thing I want people to know is that there is a vegan version of everything.”
Mrs Fraser now maintains an Instagram page with over 18,000 followers, that aims to inspire others to go vegan.
Veganism has become one of the fastest growing trends, with Compare the Market estimating that there are approximately 3 million vegans in the UK alone.