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Veganism is for every age. We report on the benefits and challenges of being an older age vegan

If you went by reporting in the mainstream media, you may think that only millennials choose veganism as a lifestyle. Choosing to go plant-powered is often represented as a ‘young person’s thing’, or a trend that hip 20-somethings embrace.

The reality is that more and more older people are choosing to embrace veganism – and are thriving living without animal products. In this issue we have spoken to some remarkably inspiring vegan women who are in their 60s and older (read our interview with Mimi Kirk and our Meet the Chef feature with Chef Babette). These women have found that veganism has offered a whole host of benefits. For example, the health benefits are widely touted by a number of physicians and studies, but do they translate into everyday life for older vegans? “I would say yes,” says Jennifer. “I am in my early 70s now, and having been vegan for around two years, I can definitely say I feel much better – and have the blood work to prove it.”

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Welcome to the July issue of Vegan Life. We are constantly bombarded with ideas and images about the perfection of youth. There seems to be a golden age, after which people (mainly women) seem to become invisible in the wider eyes of society. But ageing is a privilege, and not one that everyone gets to experience. With this in mind, I wanted to look explore the world of older vegans in this issue. Veganism is often written off as a fad, or a trend for young people (or that most overused and clichéd of phrases: ‘millennial snowflakes’). Well, as we all know, compassion isn’t a fad, it isn’t for the weak and it certainly isn’t limited to the young. Inside we speak to some inspirational older vegans, as well as taking a look at the benefits and challenges of this lifestyle. Every issue we like to feature an artist, and I am really excited about the snapper we have spoken to this time. Anja Riedmann is an up and coming photojournalist and portrait photographer. Inside we share one of her recent projects - a series of portraits of activists. Her work is utterly compelling. On a different note, something a few people have talked to me about recently is when accidents happen, and vegans end up consuming animal products, often as a result of restaurant error. This can be extremely upsetting – but how do you deal with it? Our article digs into this topic. In this issue we are going global, transporting you around the world with recipes for Vietnamese pizza and Lebanese bread salad as well as reviews of new vegan destinations in London and Paris. Who says you need to board a plane to travel? Finally, we are exploring the use of microbeads in body scrubs and how they can impact on the health of our oceans. If you want silky, smooth skin this summer, without causing harm to animals or the environment, this feature is a must-read! We hope that you enjoy the issue.
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