I noticed this photo rising in popularity among my healthy "friends" on Facebook. Whenever I buy a nutrition book I take a long hard look at the author. If the diet works then the author should look amazing, right? For those not in the "know" let me give you a little 411 on Sally Fallon and Mimi Kirk. Sally Fallon co-wrote Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. This book is an amazing cook book filled with recipes on how to make everything from kefir to pate. She's a fantastic speaker and advocate or raw animal foods and traditional diets. While she was more svelte in her younger days, Fallon believes women should be at least two sizes bigger in their menopausal years than when they were in their 20s.
Mimi Kirk is also an author of a new raw food book called Live Raw. She was voted a few years back as Peta's Sexiest Vegetarian Over the Age of 50. She truly does look amazing for being 70 years old. I think one of the reasons she looks so young is her style. She does not dress or style her hair like an "old lady". By looking at this photo most would side with Mimi Kirk's approach but the raw food diet is not without it's own pitfalls. Unless you really know an individual you don't know what they eat. Perhaps she is a Blood Type A which is best suited for a vegetarian diet.
If I had to choose a diet guru that I would want to emulate I'd have to go with Author and Athlete Mark Sisson (author of the Primal BluePrint and Mark's Daily Apple). Sisson is in his mid-fifties and is clearly ripped. Like Fallon he follows a paleo diet but with less dairy. His diet is not low in fat but not quite as high as Fallon's diet. Sally Fallon typically put a half a stick of butter on her oatmeal for breakfast. That is taking high fat too far in my opinion. Mark eats a big raw salad each day similar to what Mimi Kirk might be eating for lunch but he does add protein. A diet of only raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds can eventually lead to serious deficiencies. There are very few people (including some former raw food experts) who do well on a 100% raw vegan diet for more than four years. If they do so they are rare indeed. Sisson proves that the right kind of paleo diet with a enough fats, protein and raw foods is clearly the best paleo (and raw) diet.