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Sardinia’s Blue Zone Lessons

March 9, 2022

Eat a lean, plant-based diet accented with meat. The classic Sardinian diet consists of whole-grain bread, beans, garden vegetables, fruits, and, in some parts of the island, mastic oil. Sardinians also traditionally eat pecorino cheese made from grass-fed sheep, whose cheese is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Meat is largely reserved for Sundays and special […]

Okinawa’s Longevity Lessons

March 7, 2022

Embrace an Ikigai Older Okinawans can readily articulate the reason they get up in the morning. Their purpose-imbued lives gives them clear roles of responsibility and feelings of being needed well into their 100s. Rely on a Plant-Based Diet Older Okinawans have eaten a plant-based diet most of their lives. Their meals of stir-fried vegetables, […]

Loma Linda’s Blue Zone Secrets

March 5, 2022

Find a sanctuary in time. A weekly break from the rigors of daily life, the 24-hour Sabbath provides a time to focus on family, God, camaraderie, and nature. Adventists claim this relieves their stress, strengthens social networks, and provides consistent exercise. Maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). Adventists with healthy BMIs (meaning they have […]

Costa Rica’s Longevity Secrets

March 4, 2022

Have a plan de vida. Successful centenarians have a strong sense of purpose. They feel needed and want to contribute to a greater good. Drink hard water. Nicoyan water has the country’s highest calcium content, perhaps explaining the lower rates of heart disease, as well as stronger bones and fewer hip fractures. Keep a focus […]

4 Key Ingredients to a Long, Happy Life

March 9, 2020

4 Key Ingredients to a Long, Happy Life National Geographic Fellow and best-selling author Dan Buettner sat down with Rich Roll on his podcast, one of the world’s most highly acclaimed, to discuss the ingredients to a long, happy, and fulfilling life. While it all begins with what we put in our mouths, their conversation digs deep […]

Secret to Longer Life is Low-Tech

October 3, 2019

Several longevity hotspots surfaced through my expeditions — the Barbagia region of Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California. People in these blue zones regions not just live longer, but they live better. Besides having a large number of centenarians, people in these areas remain active […]

100 Recipes to Live to 100 THE BLUE ZONES KITCHEN

The Blue Zones Kitchen fuses scientific reporting, National Geographic photography and 100 recipes that may help you live to 100. The Blue Zones’ food tradition is going the way of the dodo bird, thanks to the encroachment of the American Food Culture.

The Blue Zones Kitchen