In the realm of health and wellness, one might not expect to find an 80-year-old dynamo passionately advocating for plant-based living and animal rights. Yet, Linda Middlesworth defies expectations with her vibrant energy and unwavering commitment to veganism. With nearly four decades of plant-based living under her belt, Linda’s journey from illness to vitality is both inspiring and instructive.

The Genesis of an Evolution 

Linda’s journey towards veganism began in the midst of personal health struggles. At 44 years old, she found herself battling cancer, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and pre-diabetes. Despite leading an active lifestyle as an aerobics instructor, Linda couldn’t reconcile her health issues with her seemingly healthy diet, which included animal products like eggs, chicken, fish, and dairy.

A chance encounter with her neighbor led her to discover Dr. John McDougall’s revolutionary approach to plant-exclusive, starch-based eating. Embracing this new dietary paradigm, Linda embarked on a journey of healing and transformation. She shed excess weight, reversed her chronic health conditions, and regained vitality—all without the need for radiation, chemotherapy, or invasive surgeries.

A Shift towards Advocacy

As Linda’s health improved, her journey took an unexpected turn towards advocacy for animal rights. A single conversation about the plight of dairy cows ignited her passion for championing the ethical treatment of animals. Since then, she has dedicated herself to raising awareness, organizing vigils, and participating in demonstrations to shed light on the suffering endured by animals in the food industry.

From Mentorship to Empowerment

Driven by her own transformative experience, Linda has become an inspiration and guidance for others seeking health and wellness through plant-based living. As a certified Food for Life instructor and member of the CNS Advisory Council, she imparts her knowledge and wisdom to individuals seeking to reclaim their health.

Through her coaching program, “Get Healthy Live,” Linda offers both group and individual coaching sessions, providing personalized guidance and support to her clients. By fostering a sense of community and sharing evidence-based information, she empowers individuals to make informed choices and embark on their own journeys towards optimal health.

Bridging Health and Advocacy

Linda’s journey underscores the interconnectedness of personal health and animal welfare. While her primary focus with her clients is on helping individuals achieve vibrant health through plant-based living, she also emphasizes the ethical imperative of minimizing harm to animals. Linda can often be seen at vigil’s, sanctuaries, and demonstrations to bring awareness to the plight of sentient beings, especially those subjected to the horrors of a short-lived existence in factory farms. 

By bridging these two realms, Linda advocates for a holistic approach to wellness that encompasses both personal and planetary well-being.

Nurturing a Legacy of Compassion

As Linda continues to inspire and educate others, she leaves a lasting legacy of compassion and empowerment. At 80 years young, she remains an embodiment of vitality and purpose, challenging stereotypes and breaking barriers with every step. Through her unwavering commitment to veganism and animal rights, Linda Middlesworth invites us all to embrace a lifestyle of health, compassion, and advocacy.

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Episode Highlights

[00:00] Introduction

[01:30] Life at 80 for the VeganMentor.

[03:30] Heart disease, cancer, & obesity prompted a change in her 40s.

[05:30] Dr. John McDougall’s life changing impact on Linda’s health. 

[09:00] You cannot exercise your way out of a bad diet. 

[10:30] Get Healthy Live Group and Individual Coaching programs explained.

[14:00] Weight loss is all about the food.

[17:00] Animal activism is a main driver for Linda. 

[20:00] The original definition of the word VEGAN.

[26:30] The truth about dairy and how it impacts one’s health. 

[28:30] Bridging the gap between healthy vegans and vegans for the animals.

[31:00] Good oils vs bad oils… what’s the deal? 

[37:00] What Linda does for fun.

[40:00] v-Dog, food for healthy dogs. 

[44:30] Eating healthy when eating out. 

[51:30] Six pillars of lifestyle medicine. 

[54:30] Keeping a sense of humor is essential for vibrancy. 

About Linda Middlesworth 

Linda Middlesworth is a prominent figure in the realm of plant-based living and animal advocacy. With nearly four decades of living as a vegan, Linda has dedicated her life to promoting compassionate living, optimal health, and environmental sustainability.

In 2008, Linda founded the Sacramento Vegan Society, which has grown into a thriving community of 5,400 members. Her vision was to create a supportive space where individuals could come together to pursue shared goals of healthy eating, animal protection, and planet survival.

Beyond her advocacy work, Linda is a certified Personal Trainer with AFFA and an aerobics instructor at CA Family Fitness, where she teaches cardio and weight training classes. Her commitment to physical fitness underscores her holistic approach to well-being.

Linda is also an active event organizer, spearheading initiatives such as Get Healthy Sacramento and Go Sustainable LIVE. Through these platforms, she brings together experts in health, animal welfare, and climate change to educate and inspire others.

As a Food for Life Nutrition and Cooking Instructor for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), Linda conducts classes on Cancer Prevention and Survival and Diabetes Prevention and Reversal. Her expertise in plant-based nutrition has helped countless individuals improve their health and well-being.

In addition, Linda is the founder of,  where she provides personalized support and guidance to those transitioning to a plant-exclusive diet and vegan lifestyle. Her signature 30-Day Vegan Get Healthy Live Program offers coaching and monitoring to facilitate weight loss and promote optimal health.

In addition to her advocacy for human health, Linda is a co-founder of, a pioneering plant-exclusive dog food company. Through her innovative work, Linda continues to make a profound impact, empowering individuals to live healthier, more compassionate lives.

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About Kathleen Gage 

Kathleen Gage is a multifaceted professional, renowned as the founder of Vegan Visibility and co-founder of Vegan Visibility Productions. With certifications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University, she’s a seasoned business consultant, keynote speaker, and marketing strategist.

Kathleen’s impact extends to hosting the Vegan Visibility Virtual Summit, a niche event supporting vegan and plant-based entrepreneurs with top-tier training from industry experts. Since establishing her business in 1994, she’s navigated economic challenges across various sectors, including high-tech, healthcare, and publishing.

Her influential voice resonates through popular podcasts like “Vegan Visibility” and “Plant Based Eating for Health,” where she advocates for a sustainable, compassionate world and provides guidance to thousands globally. Moreover, as an award-winning speaker and past president of Utah’s National Speakers Association chapter, Kathleen excels in crafting effective marketing strategies.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Kathleen resides in Central Oregon, where she champions animal rescue and enjoys outdoor activities. Her commitment to creating a more compassionate and sustainable world shines through in both her personal and professional pursuits.

About Vlynn Hawkins 

VLynn Hawkins is a formidable figure at the intersection of vegan entrepreneurship, extreme athleticism, and business leadership. As the Co-Founder of Vegan Visibility Productions and the Chief Executive/Engagement Officer at P3Academy, she channels her expertise to elevate health and wellness businesses. With over three decades in commercial real estate lending, VLynn boasts a track record of leading high-performing teams to exceptional success, consistently generating substantial revenue for multi-billion dollar enterprises.

Transitioning from her corporate career, VLynn’s journey towards holistic wellness began after a knee injury redirected her focus. Exploring healing modalities like tapping, NLP, and hypnotherapy, she discovered a passion for holistic health practices. Today, armed with certifications in business development, hypnotherapy, joint venture brokering, and digital marketing, VLynn empowers Healthpreneurs to thrive in their endeavors.

As a Certified Plant-Based Ambassador, VLynn passionately advocates for the transformative power of a Whole Food, Plant-Based Vegan lifestyle. She hosts the insightful “Health Wisdom & Wealth Show,” sharing invaluable insights into holistic living. Additionally, VLynn serves as the CEO of, assisting small businesses and nonprofits in fundraising for impactful projects.

Based in Atlanta, GA, VLynn enjoys an active lifestyle, often engaging in workouts and leisurely walks with her Cairn Terrier, Hiro. Her multifaceted skill set and unwavering dedication make her an influential advocate for veganism, health entrepreneurship, and impactful business strategies.

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