LONGEVITY: FINDING AN ALTERNATIVE | BLUE ZONE DIET
Longevity is defined as a long life, long existence or service.
Imagine being able to dance and enjoy life at the age of 90 or 95?
To be able to spend more years with your family, to meet your daughter’s daughter or son, and take care of them.
You may be thinking, nope that’s not possible!
Well, based on the research made by Dan Buettner, it is definitely possible!
Now, I got you curious right?
To start, Buettner was able to pin down the top 5 areas called Blue Zones in his book called, you guessed it, The Blue Zones.
Icaria, Greece where the Mediterranean diet is at peak.
Ogliastra, Sardinia (Italy) where centenarians stay active their entire lives and their diet includes mostly plant-based meals along with some pork and red wine.
Okinawa, Japan where centenarians have strong social networks and meal plans are plant-based diets.
Nicoya, Costa Rica, their diet being based on beans and corn tortillas, and they keep the culture on keeping up physical work into old age.
Loma Linda, California a community where they avoid sugar, meat, alcohol, tobacco, and often caffeinated drinks, and they focus on a healthy diet and exercise.
Wait, wait, hold it before you pack your bag and troop to those places, YOU can actually make it happen at the comforts of your own home!
Basically, upon research, there are commonalities among Blue Zones that directly contribute to – longevity – increasing life expectancy. Below are some of the notable ones:
Get moving – Mowing the lawn, gardening, and walking are common movements in the five blue zones.
Finding purpose – People in the blue zone areas have a clear sense of purpose.
Eat wisely – Their diets mostly consist of plant-based meals, more on rich herbs and beans. Unprocessed grains like oats, barley, potatoes, nuts, and seeds.
80 percent rule – They stop eating if their stomach is at 80% capacity and usually have their meals in the late afternoon or early evening.
And to make it a little easier for you, incorporating at least 3 – 4 of the following Super Blue Foods into your daily meals may help you in adding numbers to your life expectancy.
Here’s a simple checklist to guide you on what to eat, minimize, and avoid:
Aside from following my simple chart above, you may also pump your longevity by starting your day with a healthy smoothie. To help you start, you can use my smoothie builder for FREE, just click the button below.
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