The people who live in the Blue Zones — five regions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S. researchers have identified as having the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world — move their bodies a lot. They have social circles that reinforce healthy behaviors. They take time to de-stress. They’re part of communities, often religious ones. And they’re committed to their families.
Dan Buettner, a National Geographic explorer and author who struck out on a quest in 2000 to find the lifestyle secrets to longevity, has written a follow up to his book The Blue Zone. You can get his book at the link below:
- The Blue Zone Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner
In the book, which was just released this April, Buettner uncovers findings on what all the Blue Zones share when it comes to their diet. Here’s a bit of what he talks about in the book:
- Stop eating when your stomach is 80 percent full to avoid weight gain.
- Eat the smallest meal of the day in the late afternoon or evening.
- Eat mostly plants, especially beans. And eat meat rarely, in small portions of 3 to 4 ounces. Blue Zoners eat portions this size just five times a month, on average.
There’s a Blue Zone community in the U.S. too. Its members are Seventh-day Adventists who shun smoking, drinking and dancing and avoid TV, movies and other media distractions.
They also follow a “biblical” diet focused on grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables, and drink only water. (Some of them eat small amounts of meat and fish.) Sugar is taboo, too. As one Loma Linda centenarian tells Buettner: “I’m very much against sugar except natural sources like fruit, dates or figs. I never eat refined sugar or drink sodas.”
What are the top 5 Blue Zones?
- The Italian island of Sardinia
- Okinawa, Japan
- Loma Linda, California
- Costa Rica’s isolated Nicoya Peninsula
- Ikaria, an isolated Greek island
Check out a couple of these wonderful recipes at the Blue Zone Website:
- Thai Salad Coconut Curry Dressing
- 5 minute Tasty Squash and Beans
- Raw Peach Tart – this is gluten free!