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Winning PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 Contest: My Reflections

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PETA Prime is pleased to offer this guest post from Mimi Kirk, author of the book Live Raw: The Natural Way to Good Health and Timeless Beauty. At age 70, Mimi won PETA Prime’s first Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 contest and reminded us that compassionate living looks good on you no matter what your age!

It was just a whim. In 2009, a small ad on Facebook led me to enter PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 contest. Since I was the oldest person who entered by nearly a decade and almost 20 years older than the youngest contestant, I was very surprised that I won. I never could have imagined that in my 70s, I would find myself in the public eye by winning the title of Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50.

Since claiming this title, I’ve been interviewed so many times that I’ve lost count. I’ve been on national television in The Doctors and on Fox News, NBC, and KUSI. A crew came to my home to film a segment about me for the largest television station in Germany. That segment sent my book, Live Raw, to the top of German Amazon.com bestsellers list. Also this year, an Australian film crew interviewed me for a movie called Eternal Youth, to be released this December. I’ve been written up in newspapers and numerous blogs, and more than a half-million people have seen me on YouTube. Thousands have told me that they are motivated by my good health and are switching to a vegetarian diet. What more could an animal lover ask for?

My recently launched recipe book, Live Raw,  is getting great reviews. My Facebook account continues to grow—it’s a challenge to keep up with friend requests. I receive e-mails from men and women of all ages sharing their stories and asking for advice. Young people tell me that they show my television interviews and YouTube videos to their parents or grandparents, hoping to inspire them to adopt a plant-based diet.

Entering PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 contest is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It really did change my life. If you are on the fence wondering if you should enter or not, I would like to encourage you to enter this year’s contest. Being chosen as one of the finalists was so much fun, and I found being in the company of so many beautiful, compassionate vegetarians very inspiring.

Because of all the attention I received after winning, I’ve been able to help others get healthy. I had my book published, met so many new like-minded friends, and traveled around the country speaking about my passion. It feels really great to know that so many people have changed their diets and stopped eating animals and dairy products because they know how healthy I feel and look.

I’m still surprised when people ask about my longevity secrets. I think, “Why are they asking me? I’m only 72.” Because of my vegan diet, I don’t have aches or pains, and I’m energetic all day and well into the night. Really, I don’t mind getting older! I’m aiming for optimum health in the years ahead. I don’t let my age stop me from learning new things. When I hear people say, “It’s too late” or “Oh, that just happens when you get older,” I smile to myself knowing that enjoying life in our later years pain-free, happy, and full of vigor is the way we were meant to live.

I hope anyone concerned about being over 50 realizes that 50 is the new 30. Enjoy your life, try new things, and fulfill your dreams. Don’t let anger, judgment, or stress take over a day of your life. Give love, show compassion, and enter Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 contest. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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    Antoinette says...

    August 26th, 2011, 3:02 am

    Wow! I am so moved by this story. I am 45 and I became a full on vegetarian since the beginning of this year and I have noticed that I don’t get cramps anymore. I never really liked eating meet since I was a child, and it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made, not only for health reasons, but also for the animals. I still have 5 more years to go until I can enter this contest, but when the time comes I sure will!

    4mula1 says...

    August 26th, 2011, 4:59 pm

    hey antoinette, dump the dairy… milk is for baby cows get, rice, almond, or soymilk (soy tastes best). and, its the meat n dairy that clog up your arteries (pcrm.org) leading to, heart attack, stroke, pad, ed, etc.. dont forget, try a vegan burger… MMMMMmm very tasry… and, tofu hot dogs… brats…

    Dr. Barry Taylor says...

    September 4th, 2011, 5:41 pm

    At almost 52, I still have more energy and brute strength than most men half my age. I credit 34 years as a vegetarian, nearly 30 as a vegan. I run, lift, box, swim, kayak, windsurf – if it’s active, I do it. My joints are healthy, my blood sugar is excellent, my blood pressure is low, and my energy is inexhaustible. I credit my diet as much as the time I spend in the gym.

    Being a vegan is so good for me, that even if it WASN’T better for the planet and animals, I’d choose it anyway. . . but of course, the initial attraction was the animals. They don’t care WHY you’re a vegan, they’re just glad you are!

    I always know that when I meet a vegan I have met someone with compassion, common sense, and a gentle soul.

    I’m running for sexiest over 50 vegan this year. I hope I get to join Mimi in the winner’s circle!

    Barry Taylor, DVM

    dave norwoods says...

    September 22nd, 2011, 8:19 pm

    I am a vegetarian and almost vegan. I still travel the entire world workout perform music go out and dance and rage in the scene. Thanks to good health and a lifestyle living with positive thinking and god. I feel good and I love to share and help people with caring loving vibes.

    Damien says...

    October 26th, 2011, 1:54 am

    Dr. Barry Taylor,

    I just seen you posted on here….congratulations on winning.

    The fact that you risked your career because of your views on animals makes you a winner in my book !

    Damien

    Barbara says...

    February 1st, 2012, 9:17 pm

    I’m now 71 and have been a vegetarian since I was 29. My two children were raised as vegetarians, their spouses became vegetarians upon marriage and their children (ages 8 to 16) have been raised as vegetarians. My parents also became vegetarians when we did in 1969 and we all have lived healthy lives.

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