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Elderly couple credits vegan raw food diet for daily marathon and cancer cure

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They're in their 60s, but an impressively fit couple completed their regime of running a marathon every day throughout 2013, reported ABC News on Jan. 1. They credit their raw food vegan diet for their health and energy.

Janette Murray-Wakelin, 64, and Alan Murray, 68, completed their 365th consecutive marathon on Dec. 31 in Melbourne, surrounded by kids and grandkids.

"We were quite overwhelmed with such a wonderful welcome," they wrote on their Web site, Running Raw.

And after completing their journey, they feel that they "are healthier, more physically fit and have unlimited energy at beyond 60 years of age than in our earlier years."

So how do they power themselves? As an example, they report that their New Year’s Eve marathon included a “banana break” and a “green smoothie.”

A typical day in their diet, reported the Sydney Morning Herald on Dec. 31, includes:

  • 30 bananas a day
  • Fresh peaches, nectarines and apricots
  • Up to four kilograms of greens, including smoothies of kale, spinach and silver beet.

Murray-Wakelin stopped eating all cooked food when she was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago. Since then, she continued her vegan diet but emphasized more locally grown and organic food. She's now written a book about her belief in the healing power of raw foods: "Raw Can Cure Cancer: Highlights from a True Story" (click for details).

Her goal for 2014: Continue running because "you don't stop doing something that works."

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