Diet Tips from the Blue Zones: Places on Earth Where People Live More Than 100 Years

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Diet Tips From the Blue Zones-The Places On Earth Where a Life Expectancy Greater Than 100 Years is Not Uncommon

Blue Zones, regions in the world where people live dramatically longer than other areas, attribute diet to the health and longevity of the tribes.  Specifically, researchers determined in these areas, there is a lower incidence of heart disease, cancer, and dementia. In fact, while traveling in Vilcabamba, Ecuador I learned some of the inhabitants live more than 120 years, especially men, much higher than American men.

Blue zones such as Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa, Japan, Ikaria, Greece, and even Loma Linda, California follow some common dietary habits:

  • Caloric Restriction: On average, blue zone people stop eating before they are full and often eat less throughout the day.

  • Plant Based Diet: Their diet is 60 to 70 percent plant based.  They do enjoy carbohydrates such as potatoes, chickpeas, and lentils and healthy fats such as avocados, salmon, and olive oil.

  • Meat, Animal Fat Limitations: They only consume meat in small quantities, much like condiments.

  • Coffee and Red Wine Daily: Surprisingly, many of the longest living people drink up to 2 glasses of wine daily.  In fact, those living in Sardinia, Italy enjoy Cannonau red wine. Its high concentration of polyphenols and resveratrol have a cleansing effect on the arteries.  Resveratrol stimulates sirtuins, extending a person’s life.

  • Eat with others.  Eating together while developing social bonds creates an environment for longevity.  In the United States, evidence shows men die, on average, 7 years before their female companions.  In comparison, men living in cultures that emphasize socialization with family and friends die, on average 4 years before female companions, showing the importance of socialization.

Adapting to the Blue Zone way of life starts with one tip at a time.  Before long, life is fruitful and filled with laughing with family around the dinner table.

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