A 37-year-old mum claims her strict vegan diet makes her look 15 years younger, having said people regularly say her physique and skin are both ‘really good’.
Mum-of-three Alice Austin-Grant even weaned her chihuahua Diesel off meat at eight weeks old, and claims his vegan way of life also makes him look much healthier than other ‘stinky dogs’.
Alice with Diesel. Credit: Kennedy News
She credits her youthful looks to her vegan diet, and says she is usually mistaken for being ‘at least 10-15 years younger’ – putting the 37-year-old at just 22.
Alice, from Hayling Island in Hampshire, said: “I’ve only just joined the gym now and people always comment that I am strong and thin and that my skin is really good, which I credit to my diet.
“I look a lot younger than I am too. People usually pitch me at least 10 to 15 years younger.
Alice Austin-Grant. Credit: Kennedy News
“I do have really good genes from my mum but it’s largely down to diet how much energy I have and that I don’t need to drink as much coffee as I used to.”
Alice continued: “Usually I’m not someone who will shout about my diet and will only comment if people ask me. I will always say, ‘Are you sure? Because this might be a rabbit hole you don’t want to go down’.
“But weirdly enough when I started to change my diet and my friends saw the difference, they started to look at their diets as well – especially dairy.
“I had always done lots of stressful jobs and had to drink lots of Red Bull and coffee, but now I renovate vintage caravans for a living and so I have to be quite strong.
Alice says people often compliment her on her slim physique and good skin. Credit: Kennedy News
“If I did live a couple of hundred years ago in a little village with one farmer and one butcher, and you only had meat on Sundays which was locally sourced, I probably would still be eating meat.
“But the way we treat animals now, how we are doing it is just horrendous. Who would want to be a part of that? The damage it is causing is astonishing.
“Especially with my generation, we have been brought up to disassociate ourselves so much with the process and what it actually is.
Alice credits her youthful looks to her vegan diet. Credit: Kennedy News
“When people say they’re kind and they wouldn’t hurt a fly, and dote on their dog but then they feed them a cow or a pig.
“A pig has got more intelligence than your dog but you’re feeding your dog a pig? It doesn’t make sense. Why should another animal be killed to feed my dog? It doesn’t seem right.
“It’s really nice for me to be able to be kind with my diet and be kind with my dog’s diet too.”
While Alice admits that not allowing her pet to eat any meat does prompt criticism from sceptics, she reckons her 10-month-old pooch is also a vision of health with a ‘glistening fur coat, ‘lovely’ breath and bags of energy, and says he’s never passed stinky wind.
Diesel the dog is vegan too. Credit: Kennedy News
She says Diesel also now ‘loves tofu’, along with specially-made kibble (dog food), seaweed treats, couscous, and pasta.
“In the sunlight Diesel’s coat just glistens. It looks like glitter.
“He’s very, very pretty with his long fur and his coat just catches the light and glistens.
“When he was a very little puppy I did worry if I was doing the right thing as you would, but no, he’s just so healthy and has got so much energy that I don’t worry about his diet now.
“If his coat had started to deteriorate then I would have questioned what I was feeding him. I know that his diet must be really good if his coat is this good so I don’t worry about it now.
She added: “He goes to the vet regularly and he’s the right weight. He’s healthy and his teeth are in good nick. He’s got tons of energy, so whatever I’m doing is right.”
Diesel apparently loves tofu. Credit: Kennedy News
However, despite Diesel being happy and healthy, his diet does spark criticism from haters.
Alice said: “People do have a go at me about me. I have had people get funny with me when I say my dog is vegan. They say, ‘what do you mean he’s vegan? You can’t not feed a dog any meat’.
“But if you just look at him, you can see how healthy he is. His coat is immaculate, I don’t even brush him that much, and it just glistens in the sun. It shows that he’s eating well.
“It’s just the fear of the unknown, I think, because people will do that with me and my dietary choices too.
“When I got Diesel, I did a lot of research into if a dog could do well on a vegan diet. I didn’t want to be back around meat again.
“You look at a tiny chihuahua and you think, they’re not going to go and eat a whole cow, are they?
“I researched it a lot and I started to find a lot of information that found that dogs do far better on a vegan diet than a meat diet because of the amount of processing it takes them to digest meat.
“You smell dog food and it smells appalling before you’ve even put it in the dog.
“A dog isn’t going to end up with a salmon every day, so for them it is far more natural to have a primarily vegan diet.”
Alice reckons Diesel is happy on his vegan diet. Credit: Kennedy News
She added: “He doesn’t have any issues with his tummy or being able to poo.
“If my friends have looked after him and have maybe given him a little bit of meat off their plate or something, I will really notice it.
“His poo will go really loose and horrible and he will get uncomfortable. You can see it’s harder for him to go to the loo whereas [when he is vegan] it’s so much easier [for him].“
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