Hara Hachi Bu: Enjoy Food and Lose Weight With This Simple Japanese Phrase

March 19, 2022

Okinawa is one of the world’s blue zones regions, or exceptional hot spots where people live extraordinarily long and healthy lives. I started exploring and identifying the blue zones regions of the world more than 20 years ago, and my November, 2005, National Geographic article on longevity, “The Secrets of Living Longer,” put these blue […]

The Blue Zones Solution: Secrets of the World’s Healthiest People – 9 Questions for Dan Buettner

March 17, 2022

1. Why did you write The Blue Zones Solution? The first Blue Zones book reveals the lessons from the world’s longest-lived people. This book takes the science a step farther to reveal what individuals can do in their own lives and communities. The first book was the “what” of longevity; Solutions is the “how.” 2. […]

Where are the Happiest Cities in America?

March 15, 2022

The Top 5 Happiest Cities in America: Boulder, CO Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA Charlottesville, VA Fort Collins, CO San Luis Obispo, CA What metrics are universal to the happiest places in the country? In the happiest places, residents have trust (in their police, neighbors, and local government); good walkability and people-friendly design (sidewalks and safe streets); […]

Why Diet and Exercise Don’t Work

March 13, 2022

What would you say to somebody who asks why the Blue Zones approach doesn’t necessarily incorporate what people think of when you think of fitness and health? Why isn’t Blue Zones doing CrossFit or weight loss pills and protein powders? Well, I take a cue from evolution. If you look at how humans have evolved […]

20 Habits For a Healthier, Happier Life

March 11, 2022

Instead of focusing on an outcome like “lose 20 pounds” or “exercise every day,” focus on acquiring life-enhancing new habits. We are creatures of habit and products of our surroundings, so optimizing our environments and routines will yield a much higher rate of success. Don’t try all of the things below at one time. Choose […]

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, […]

Lessons from Singapore

March 6, 2022

Perhaps when it comes to policy, maximizing freedom does not maximize collective happiness. In Singapore, at least, a system has emerged that provides an almost comforting degree of certainty to its citizens: Here are the rules. Follow them. Work hard and you will succeed. Pursuing the good life may indeed provide some real, if fleeting, […]

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 […]

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