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29-Year-old Woman’s Secret to Looking Young? Eating Only Raw Vegetables

Update Date: Oct 14, 2013 12:18 PM EDT
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29-year-old Susan Reynolds from Edinburgh, Scotland is used to being mistaken for a teenager. According to Reynolds, who is a businesswoman, people often tell her she looks sixteen-years-old. Even though she has passed her teenage years for almost a decade, her physical appearance has not. Reynolds states that her youthful appearance is largely due to the fact that she only eats a raw diet composed of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.

"I went for something to eat in a café called Red Sugar in Edinburgh, which served raw food," Reynolds stated according to Daily Mail after she was trained to be yoga instructor at the age of 21. "The owners told me a bit about it so I went home, read up on it and decided to give it a go. The difference I felt in a day was incredible so I've done it ever since."

The last time Reynolds ate a cooked, hot meal was seven years ago. She went from eating and loving Chinese buffets and McDonald's to creating her own recipes using only raw products. One of her recipes is a cold soup that is made from a bag of spinach, a bundle of herbs and an entire lettuce. As healthy as her meals sound, Reynolds admits that switching over to a raw diet is not easy and requires a lot of discipline.

"I feel if you sort out the emotional attachment to cooked food you don't crave it anymore," Reynolds stated. "The benefits include clarity, positivity, health, energy, radiance and the ability to make choices. Other things people have commented on include smelling good, great skin and youthfulness. People say I look good for my age. I'm also emotionally balanced and happy."

Reynolds' diet includes a lot of liquids, such as green juices, soups and smoothies. She gets her fat content from healthy options, such as nuts, seeds and coconut. For energy, she relies heavily on fruits. Reynolds has taken her passion and started a small business called Twist and Sprout. This business offers to teach customers how to start introducing their own bodies to a raw food diet.

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