Christie Brinkley and her “flexible vegan diet”

Christy Brinkley shows how to be over 60.

What we eat influences our health, the health of our planet, the health of our nation, and the suffering of animals. One of the biggest food misconceptions is that we need lots of animal protein to be healthy. The opposite is true. Although we must have protein in our diet, plant-based diets are the best sources of protein for the four topics mentioned above.

Our health determines how much we enjoy life and how long we can live it. There are shining examples of individuals who benefit from plant-based diets. In a previous Daily KOS post, I highlighted how Tom Brady and his superstar model wife, Gisele Bündchen, use a quasi-vegan diet. Tom Brady is still in his prime in football in his 40s! It’s really something and not just luck.

I would like to point out another person who enjoys a quasi-vegan, plant-based diet.

At 68, Christie Brinkley is a beacon to the world of what’s possible as we age. According to Sports Illustrated, “Christie appeared in SI Swimsuit eight times between 1975 and 2004, earning three consecutive covers in 1979, 1980 and 1981. In 2017, at age 63, she returned to the magazine looking as good as ever.”

Its success is not a fluke. She works there. She trains regularly on a home gym machine. She loves taking spinning classes (indoor stationary bikes) and working out with weights. Christie Brinkley calls herself a ‘flexible vegan’

She has followed vegan and other diets, but has always been a strict vegetarian (no animal meat) since she was 12 years old. She is living proof that you don’t have to exploit and eat sentient animals to be healthy. She has her own “rainbow diet” which contains lots of fruits, nuts and seeds as well as vegetables. She is not considered vegan because she eats casseroles of egg whites and dairy products. She has what she calls her “rainbow diet”. That is, getting the widest variety of nutrients possible every day. The colors of fruits and vegetables advertise their nutrients. That works. Look at her!

Everyone would benefit from a vegan diet or their own quasi-vegan diet. It would also help our nation’s health by easing our health care burden with less diabetes, heart disease, weight issues and more.

Our planet would also benefit as deforestation spreads in countries like Brazil to graze livestock and grow plant food to feed livestock. It is one of the main causes of climate change which is accelerating and destroying our planet.

Animal husbandry competes with all modes of transport for the production of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Animal feed is unsustainable with a growing human population. It is much more efficient to grow plants and feed humans directly.

There is also a moral dimension, as animals as intelligent and sensitive as dogs and cats are raised in obscene conditions and killed without mercy as if they were only insane beings.

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