Last Wednesday I started the month March with the subject Blue Zones; the five regions on earth where people live long, healthy and happy lives. The founder, Dan Buettner, has traveled all over the world to learn about longevity (a long individual life). Those five places have a few habits in common, the so called “Power 9”:
#1 Move naturally
People living in a Blue Zone are not familiar with gyms and Zumba classes. They always move naturally because of their environment and their way of spending their time. Many of them are, for example, gardeners.
When you have a purpose in life (knowing why you wake up in the morning) is worth up to 7 years of extra life expectancy.
#3 down shift
Every individual on earth experiences stress someday. People in the Blue Zones have their own ways of reducing it because they have their own habits, e.g: remembering ancestors, praying, taking a nap or having happy hour. This defers in every region.
#4 80% rule
Stop eating when you’re 80% full. The 20% gap could be the difference between losing weight or gaining it. It’s very important that your last meal is the smallest one and that you don’t eat anything after your last meal.
#5 Eating plants
All people in the Blue Zones are very careful eaters. Most of them are vegans and if not, they only eat meat on Sundays or on special occasions. The most important ingredients for their meals are beans.
#6 Wine at five
This is my favorite one, haha! Drinking red wine at five with your friends and/or food. ”Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers”. That’s the best sentence I’ve ever read, because I love red wine! This means you may drink 1 or 2 glasses a day. You may not drink 14 glasses on a Saturday.. That doesn’t work 🙂
Research shows that attending faith-based services a few times a month will add 4-14 years of life expectancy.
#8 Loved ones first
When you put family first, you’ll experience many advantages. When you keep your parents/grandparents nearby, disease rates of children lower. Committing to a life partner adds up 3 years of life expectancy and investing in your children with time and love will make the children care for you when time comes.
#9 Right tribe
When you surround yourself with people who have the same goals and mindset, you’ll probably live longer. Together you can support each other in living a healthier and happier life.
So now I’m curious about what your favorite habit would be. Will you let me know in a comment below?
Today I started with eating no meat for one week. Let’s see how that works for me.
Next week you’ll learn more about the 5 places. Stay tuned!
Have a wonderful week lovely readers!
Pictures: BlueZones Instagram