This unfair age comparison photo below has been making the rounds on Facebook….trying to show the difference between a 51-year old vegetarian woman vs. a 51-year old omnivorous woman. In truth, Gillian (Left) is not a vegetarian but a pescatarian, which means that she does eat fish but not other meats. She is also a year older than Nigella (Right). Having viewed recent pictures of Nigella, which you’ll also see further below, I have a hard time believing this is really a recent photo of Nigella. If she is not actually 51 in this photo, that would of course make the comparison not just unfair, but also a hoax.
Although Nigella certainly has good bone structure and is a beautiful woman, she here also has the added benefit of…
1. good lighting
2. professional makeup
3. coiffured hair
4. striking a pose vs. being freeze-framed while talking
5. plastic surgery
6. botox injections to fill out the wrinkles in her forehead and around the eyes
Nigella is very open about her plastic surgery and regular injections of botox to make her face appear more plump and youthful.
Further, it is not hard to freeze a frame of video footage of anyone while they are talking and get their absolute worst angles, especially in bad lighting.
Here’s another picture of the same two women I’ve put side-by-side which completely reverses the advantage…
What these pictures show is that if you are biased you can always find evidence to support whatever view you wish to promote, and also that anyone can take a bad photo.
In a random selection of 100 herbivorous 51-year old women and 100 omnivorous 51-year old women it would be interesting to see an actual fair and unbiased comparison. I believe you would find it to be fairly equal, because so many factors other than diet play in to our appearance, including everything from exercise and sexual activity, to how our emotional health is faring to genetics to how we’ve been taking care of ourselves in the past few hours, days, or years.
Consider also that a rather large percentage of people do not adopt alternative diets such as vegetarian, vegan and raw vegan diets until something goes amiss with their health. So, you may see unhealthy looking people on alternative diets simply because they already had health issues on the SAD diet. However, you don’t know what they would have looked like without their alternative diet if they would even have been alive at all without it. Here is an example….
And now for the “Back-At-Ya!” — Thank you to whomever started this post on FB featuring my friend and role model, legendary raw food author and chef Mimi Kirk at 73 vs. a random 73 year old. Mimi is open about coloring her hair but has never had any plastic surgery or botox. She is not concerned about looking a certain way, but with feeling great! And boy has raw been good to her! She is a phenomenon who has gifted us all with the possibility of reprogramming our own rate of aging through showing us a new paradigm of what is possible.
But the raw vegan diet isn’t a fountain of youth for everyone. We are all different and there is no cookie cutter healthy lifestyle that works for everyone. You can only really find out if the raw vegan diet works for you by giving it an honest try! Here’s an easy way to give it a 21-Day college try with menu plans and shopping lists to make it really easy for you! – The 21 Day Raw Cleanse starting February 20th! Check out the Early Bird Special, see stunning Before & Afters and get more information about this very special program here: http://21DaysRaw.com.