81 Going On 40: How Annette Larkins Has Found the Fountain of Youth

Annette Larkins, the now 81-year-old, has been referred to by the national media as the “Ageless Woman.”

This dynamic and creative Black woman is full of life and exudes passion for living and what she puts into her body.

If you get a chance to spend time with Annette, you cannot help but be mesmerized by her youthful outlook on life.

Not only does she carefully plan her vegan meals, all created with raw ingredients, many of which she grows in her garden, but she also carefully monitors her daily walking, telling us she had 18,000 steps already and her day was only half over.

Cardiologists recommend 10,000 steps a day.

“I know that I’m not going to live forever, but I’m forever trying to live well,” Annette said.

She’s been a vegetarian for over 57 years, but over the last 30+ years, she has perfected her raw vegan diet. Her plant-based diet does not include any animal products.

The food she eats is unprocessed and uncooked. Her dishes include vegetarian nut loaf, zucchini chips, and savory okra crisps. Annette says it’s never too late to reap the benefits of a vegan lifestyle.

If you eat something in its natural, raw state, as opposed to processing it and cooking it, I think it stands to reason that you’ll get more nutrients,” Annette said. “Your enzymes are intact. That’s why I eat the way I do.”

“After noticing positive benefits derived from being a vegetarian,” continued Annette. “I took another step in abstaining from white edibles such as

white rice, white sugar, and white flour. Since I felt better each time I removed an unhealthy food choice, it made so much sense that there must be a correlation between eating well and being well.

I later read how dairy products cause excessive body mucus, so I excluded them along with eggs.

The next phase of my evolution took me to what I call The Kingdom of Living Foods, live and raw, where live is king, raw is queen, and I am a willing and loyal subject.

This is the stage at which I am presently, comfortably settled.”

“The foods that I consume daily vary depending on my mood; nevertheless, it is safe to remark that my day-to-day diet will consist of dark green vegetables such as collards, kale or lettuce.

Sometimes it may be all of these and more.

I like to break the fast—known as breakfast with juice—presently, I am in a wheatgrass mode. I also will partake in noni juice from my garden.

I may indulge in one of the dishes found on my DVD Annette’s Raw Kitchen, which includes spicy collard greens, nut balls, pizza, wild rice, et cetera.”

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