Fauja Singh, a 101-year-old marathoner, ran his last competitive race
in Hong Kong Feb. 24, putting an end to an illustrious running career
that began when he was 89 years old.
The 5-foot-8, 117-pound Singh is a lifelong vegetarian who attributes
his longevity and good health to a portion-controlled, plant-based
"In the Sikh religion, we eat to live, not live to eat," Fauja told
PETA in 2011. "Sikhism does not permit followers to eat any animal who
"You need a balanced and wholesome diet. It doesn’t matter how nice to
look at or sweet food is. If your body can’t digest it, why eat it? In
many parts of the world, people are dying because of starvation, while
others are dying because of overeating. My solution is just to eat
what my body needs."
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