Longevity Tips from the Blue Zone

Most of us strive to live as long a life as we can, and our lifestyle choices

truly play a huge role. The better we eat, the more we exercise, and how

we release stress all make an impact. After National Geographic’s explorer

and author Dan Buettner set out to find the secrets to longevity, he wrote a

book called The Blue Zone Solution which aims to make people aware of

what those who live to 100 or more in the Blue Zones (consisting of 5

regions in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and parts of the US) are doing to

live such long lives.

Not surprisingly, much of it boils down to what you’re eating and drinking.

Here’s a quick rundown on the Blue Zones and how you can incorporate

these tips for longevity into your diet.

1. Make plants the star of your meals

One thing we seem to be doing wrong is eating more animal protein than

plant-based ingredients. A good rule of thumb is to simply let your fruits,

vegetables, and other natural plant products take center stage on your

plate. Most of your days should revolve around meatless meals.

2. Choose non-industrial meats

When you do buy meat, buy free-range and locally-raised. Anything that is

industrially-produced isn’t part of the Blue Zone.

3. Eat more fish

On the other hand, eating more fish is encouraged. You can eat fish

regularly, though for the Blue Zone diet, you should choose fish like

snapper, trout, grouper, anchovies, or sardines. Avoid any fish that is

farmed, opting for wild-caught for the healthiest choice.

4. Cut down on your dairy intake

We consume far too much dairy under the notion that we need it for the

calcium. You can get calcium through plants such as seaweeds, kale,

beans, and nuts, to name a few. If you do choose to consume dairy, go

with grass-fed types from goat or sheep’s milk instead, and see how you

feel afterward.

5. Eat free-range eggs sparingly

Those living in the blue zones only eat eggs on the side. You could try to

cut down egg consumption to 3 eggs or less per week and choose eggs

that are free-range to avoid exposure to hormones and antibiotics. See if

you feel a difference when you try this.

6. Fill up on beans

Like fish, you should eat more beans. A half-cup of cooked beans is the

perfect amount!

7. Leave sugar behind

While you do get natural sources of sugar through fruits, those living to the

age of 100 and beyond seldom consume sugar from refined sources. Make

those cookies, cakes, and other goodies the rare treat in your life for

special occasions rather than a daily occurrence.

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