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EP-016 Linda Middlesworth

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Linda Middlesworth is a force to be reckoned with.  She will convince you to try a vegan diet with the utmost compassion and concern not only for the animals, but truly for you.  She has seen the worst of what the Standard American Diet (SAD) can do to you having personally experienced it.  She is 72 years old, voted Sexiest Vegan in the World by PETA in 2015, created V-Dog vegan dog food with her late husband, and teaches numerous fitness classes daily along with being a Food for Life Instructor through the PCRM.  Remember I told you she was a force to be reckoned with?  Check out this podcast and see what you can do to find your voice with purpose and passion!

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Linda Middlesworth, who is 72, went vegan 28 years ago when a friend told her that she could slim down and reverse her heart disease and possibly even her cancer by eating plant-based foods. A week later, Linda read Animal Liberation by Peter Singer and realized that she should eat vegan foods for ethical reasons as well. Now, she says that her number one passion and goal in life is to teach others how going vegan helps animals and the environment and also improves human health.

A Food for Life nutrition and cooking instructor for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and a vegan health coach at her own business, VeganMentor, Linda helps vegan advocacy groups by organizing demonstrations and rescuing animals.

She celebrated her 70th birthday by organizing a tour with Animal Compassion Tour for 22 people to expose the horrors of the meat, dairy, and egg industries in California, and she hopes the experience will be a film one day. Linda protested at Wendy’s in Washington, D.C., with James Cromwell and other PETA members but says her most memorable demonstration is one that she organized at a HoneyBaked Ham store. She held up a photo of a pig and told people in line that she also used to buy hams before she found out how pigs suffer in factory farms and slaughterhouses. A large man stepped out of line and walked over to her. She was worried that he might get aggressive, but instead, he said, “I used to work in a slaughterhouse, and I can’t buy these anymore. Will you help me?” She dropped her sign and said, “Of course,” then hugged the man.

Linda hands out vegan literature at local colleges and universities. She also carries PETA vegan starter kits with her and leaves them in offices and on airplanes, trains, and buses. She also gives them out at California Family Fitness, where she teaches part-time as an aerobics instructor. At 71 years old, Linda suspects that she is the oldest aerobic instructor at the facility.

She and her late husband, Dave, started the vegan V-dog food company to help animals killed for food as well as companion animals. She cares for an adopted pit bull named Bodhi Middlesworth Vaughan Porterfield, or “Bodhi” for short.

In her spare time—and we can’t imagine how she has any—Linda enjoys making artwork and uses watercolor, acrylic, bronze and ceramic, and pen and ink. Several years ago, she made a T-shirt that read, “Compassion Is Sexy, GO VEGAN,” to remind people that being sexy is about eating vegan foods that help us feel good about our bodies.

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