Living to 100 naturally
The Blue Zones
Welcome to Living to 100
What better way to learn about how to live longer, than from people who have lived the longest. That is what caught my attention as I was browsing books at the bookstore. The title read: The Blue Zones - Lessons For Living Longer From The People Who've lived The Longest, by Dan Buettner.
How The Blue Zones got its title. - Dan Buettner was doing research on people that lived the longest.
The places with the highest number of them were circled in blue. That's how The Blue Zones got its title.
Lessons for living longer from the people who've lived the longest
Although living in completely different areas of the world, and also in different types of areas, the people that lived the longest, had some general characteristics in common.
- They stopped eating before feeling full. One group even had a mantra for this, that translated into English, meant, Let me only eat until 80% full.
- They all maintained some kind of regular physical movement or exercise.
- Most ate very little meat, if any; more like once a month or even only once a year.
Those are the generalities. Each group also had ways in which they differed. I won't go in to that here though, I'll let there be some things you can discover on your own, should you decide to read the book.
If you like learning from others who have lived it, you'll enjoy reading The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner.
Some of the Blue Zones:
Thoughts about Diet and Health - People have gone raw and their health has improved.
Annette Larkins makes her own fresh juices.
She has a garden full of fruits and vegetables that she grows, herself.
I watched the video, Forks Over Knives.
In the video, it said studies have shown the same results - that people who have lived the longest found out. That eating a more vegetarian diet has proved to be beneficial.
Much was learned through observation. For instance, during and immediately after a war, the people in the area improved health wise. Researches looked for reasons why this could be. The thing that they found, was that the people no longer had easy access to meat.
After the war, when people had better access to meat again, the statistics went in the other direction.
It was also reported that early explorers that crossed the ocean, had more health issues than later when they started bringing more produce along, than when they relied more on meat.
Here are some wise words from someone who ran the Hong Kong marathon, a 6.25 mile race at the age of 101.
Find more recipes for a plant based diet.
I was a gradual vegetarian, giving up meat in degrees, over time. Once I finally stopped eating meat, the vegetables took on a new flavor, and became more appealing and tasty to me.
I also found new ways to prepare some of the vegetables to increase the variety that I was accustomed to eating. Before becoming a vegetarian, kale was not one of my staples, but now it is. I now sometimes add small strips of kale to spaghetti sauce, and no one really seems to notice any difference.
I also found that there are other ways to get protein and healthy fats. For me, that is through eating nut butters.
I have also added eating more greens. I regularly add spinach, kale, and or mixed power greens to my smoothies now.
Do you still hunger for old flavors?
Whatever the reason for becoming or transitioning to vegetarianism or vegan-ism, it's not necessarily about the taste.
I have read that there are now cookbooks that use herbs and other flavoring to simulate the old flavors that you may be accustomed to.
There are also processed vegetarian and vegan food options to choose from. Do this sparingly though, as whole fresh foods are healthier way to go.
The Blue Zones was an interesting read.
I found The Blue Zones both interesting and informative. It was nice reading about healthy results from ordinary people's experiences.