Monday, April 13, 2015

The Blue Zones: Longevity Diet Tips

So it seems for the most part -- people are fascinated by the latest illness outbreak going on somewhere in the world or whatever the latest trending topic is in fashion or politics or food trends. But, what about eating healthy for wellbeing and longevity? Is it just not as fascinating as learning about the latest disease overseas or latest natural disaster? What about portion control? It just isn't that interesting I suppose -- but, what a difference it would make in people's everyday lives if portion control were just part of your everyday eating.

In this latest article on living and eating to break 100: Longevity Diet Tips from the Blue Zones, it is not just eating that plays a role in our health and wellbeing -- but, how we live. Are we social? Are we sleeping enough? Do we drink enough water? Are we exercising? As far as eating goes, here is a list of findings that can be instilled in one's diet making it a better one over all as indicated in Dan Buettner's tips on the blue zones.
  • Stop eating when your stomach is 80 percent full to avoid weight gain.
  • Eat the smallest meal of the day in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Eat mostly plants, especially beans. And eat meat rarely, in small portions of 3 to 4 ounces. Blue zoners eat portions this size just five times a month -- on average.
  • Drink alcohol moderately and regularly -- like 1 to 2 glasses a day.
Some of the places where people who follow a Blue Zone way of life are Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, CA; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. To learn more about the Blue Zones, check out Mr. Buettner's latest book which comes out this month called, "The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People."

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