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Living to 100 naturally

Updated on July 2, 2017
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Cheryl Paton practices a variety of natural health exercises; her own health has improved because of it.

The Blue Zones

The Blue Zones
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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.

So I picked it up and browsed through it, and I liked what I saw. - I saw real life stories about people that have lived the longest, in The Blue Zones.

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:

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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.

The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

I found The Blue Zones both interesting and informative. It was nice reading about healthy results from ordinary people's experiences.


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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      billybuc, Thanks. That's a good plan. I've got quite a few years of productivity left too, probably 40 or so.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great job of formatting this article...I've never seen polls situated in the middle like that, and I like it with the comment sections right after the poll question...and I'm planning on 35 more years of productive writing...when I hit 100 I'll take a break. :) Living healthy and living's the only way to go.

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      @OhMe: Living to 100 is about if you could do it healthily.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have several friends in their 90's and quite frankly, I don't envy them.

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      @Virginia Allain: Hi Vallain, I've added a couple of the Blue Zones. Tibet was not one of them.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Could you add google maps to this lens and point out some of the blue zones? I'm guess it is places like Tibet.

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      Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

      @SandyMertens: You're welome Sandy.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I will have to check out this book. I think we all could use a lesson on living longer. Thanks for adding this to

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      Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

      @Heather426: You're welcome Heather.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I will check it out.5*****