Ever heard of The Blue Zones? Well, I had not either. Not until the day I was lucky enough to meet Dan Buettner and he gave me an autographed copy of his book. Cool right? Anyways, Buettner’s book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From People Who’ve Lived the Longest was remarkably interesting and I could not get enough. So what is a blue zone?
Basically Dan and teams of scientists traveled the world to places where people are living measurably longer than the rest of the world. From there, they asked why? Why do people in these areas live longer? The four blue zones in Dan’s book include Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica;and Loma Linda, California. The last one cracks me up, I never saw that coming.
So what are some of the things they discovered and some similarities they seem to all share?
What I think is important to realize is that you do not have to go to these “Blue Zones” to transform your own life. You can create your own Blue Zone. I think the more you can look at life in the “big picture” and make lifestyle changes that foster healthy habits like daily movement, natural and moderation eating, purpose-driven living and more social connection, you are doing an excellent job.
What else Dan says is “Not only are they adding years to their lives, but they’re vital, enriching years.” Sounds like a win-win to me.
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that I am not a Registered Dietitian. While my advice relies on my own personal experience and research, what has been successful for myself and others may be not best for you. You should always consult your doctor when making changes to your diet. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.