I recently heard about at book called, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest,” by Dan Buettner. I was very excited to read this and anxiously and ordered it from Amazon.com In four hot spots around the globe, people live to 100 in great numbers. But it’s not only about longevity—they live with strength, vitality and happiness. Residents of the blue zones regularly exercise, tend their gardens, are active in their communities, eat delicious food and even have sex!
So here is what I think the key points to a long life are:
1.) Mild to moderate exercise. They aren’t actually going to the gym. An example of their exercise is tending to the garden, making their food (Yes, there is some labor to preparing fresh food!), and tending to their animals. Basically they keep moving.
2.) Have a good social network of friends and family. Surround yourself with like minded people.
3.) Eat real food, including meat and vegatables; not processed food.
One community can thank their hard water full of minerals contributing to strong bones. Adding dairy and eggs to your diet you can benefit from the extra calcium. One lady from Nicoya, makes her own tortillas completely from scratch and she has no electricity (More exercise building with tending to the fire.). One man, age 99, while tending to his garden is seen squatting down and using a machete to cut weeds around his corn plants. He is building strong muscles both upper and lower.
Another prominent zone is in Central American where their predominant diet consists of lightly salted corn tortillas, beans and squash. People of Nacoyan also eat their largest meals earlier in the day. Other Blue Zone centenarians eat lots of cheese and drink a glass of wine (drink a glass with your family and friends-social bonding.)
And this was surprising to me that one of these Blue Zones is actually in the United States. Can you guess where that is? Home to the longest-living Americans is Loma Linda, California. Loma Linda is a town 60 miles east of LA. What is unique about this town? It is home to 9,000 followers of the Seventh Day Adventist church.
NOTES TO SELF:
1. Cleaning and cooking is helping me to live longer, better
2. Doing the laundry is helping me to live longer
3. Turn off the computer 2 hours before bed, it is helping me to live longer; get better rest
4. Have a neighborhood get-together because it is helping me to live longer
5. Doing my yard work is free exercise