If you could talk to the healthiest people on Earth, what would you ask them? Would you try to learn from them?
Have you ever heard of the “Blue Zones”?
The “Blue zones” are the places on Earth where longevity is the highest. They have the highest amount of people that live to be 100 years old.
People who live in a Blue Zone not only live a long life, they are also healthy while they outlive us all…
We all try our best to do the right thing and live a healthy lifestyle… Although many people only try a little!
One thing for sure, the people in the Blue Zones are trying a lot more than us!
They must know something we don’t…
Scientists say that people living in the Blue zones do a lot of small things on top of eating healthy food.
- They move a lot…
- They take time to relax…
- Their social circles also live and eat healthily…
When it comes to their diet:
- They eat mostly plants (especially beans).
- They eat very little meat (if they eat any).
- Their last meal of the day is the smallest and is eaten late in the afternoon or early evening.
- They stop eating when their stomachs are 80% full.
Top 5 Blue Zones & What They Eat
1. Okinawa, Japan
Okinawa is the area that has the highest ratio of people who live to be 100 in the world!
The people that live there have a rule: every day, they eat something from the land and something from the sea.
Their favourite foods are bitter melon, garlic, brown rice, green tea, shitake mushrooms, and seaweed.
2. Ikaria, Greece
Ikaria is known as “The Island Where People Forget to Die.”
The foods they eat the most are feta cheese, lemons, herbs, wild greens, goat’s milk, honey, and lots of beans. They also eat very little meat.
3. Loma Linda, California
Are you surprised to hear that the United States has a Blue Zone city?
Yes! In Loma Linda, there’s a Seventh-day community counting about 9,000 Adventists that follow a “biblical diet” and always stay away from smoking and alcohol.
A biblical diet involves eating lots of grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, and no refined sugar.
4. Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a real tropical paradise. It’s so easy to get fresh fruits and vegetables there.
Nicoya Peninsula relies on three staple foods for their diet: lots of beans, corn, and squash.
They also eat lots of papayas, yams, bananas, and peach palm, a fruit that is high in vitamins A and C.
5. Sardinia, Italy
Sardinia is another Mediterranean Blue Zone that has the highest ratio of 100-year-old people.
They eat goat’s milk and sheep’s cheese, flatbread and barley. They also eat lots of beans such as fava beans and chickpeas.
So, what have you learned from the people living in the blue zones? Do you think you can apply this to your own life?