Health is not just about what we eat diet and how much exercise we get but how we eat and exercise and a host of other inspiring lessons.
Applying the principles of longevity and health learned from the Blue Zones to our present lifestyles is not easy but for a lot of them doable. There are two more books available by Mr. Dan Buettner that give us solutions and ideas in addition to the original The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer.
His investigations into these five zones were not clinical trials; however, they reflect the lessons of life using data from people who have actually lived and aged successfully.
“A doctor may know more than a peasant, but a peasant and a doctor know more together.”—Dan Buettner, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way
“Drink without getting drunk
Love without suffering jealousy
Eat without overindulging
And once in a while, with great discretion, misbehave”—Dan Buettner, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way
“The average American now consumes 46 slices of pizza, 200 pounds of meat, and 607 pounds of milk and other dairy products, and washes it down with 57 gallons of soda pop a year. We consume 8,000 teaspoons of added sugar and 79 pounds of fat annually. We eat 4.5 billion pounds of fries and 2 billion pounds of chips a year.”—Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People
“Integrate at least three of these items into your daily diet to be sure you are eating plenty of whole food. 1. Beans—all kinds: black beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, black-eyed peas, lentils 2. Greens—spinach, kale, chards, beet tops, fennel tops 3. Sweet potatoes—don’t confuse with yams. 4. Nuts—all kinds: almonds, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, cashews 5. Olive oil—green, extra-virgin is usually the best. Note that olive oil decomposes quickly, so buy no more than a month’s supply at a time. 6. Oats—slow-cook or Irish steel-cut are best. 7. Barley—either in soups, as a hot cereal, or”—Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People