People in the Blue Zones (Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, California and Nicoya, Costa Rica) enjoy long, healthy lives.
They routinely live to be 100 and have very little lifestyle disease such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Nine reasons for their good health have been given, known as “The Power Nine”.
- Move naturally – movement is a normal pat of their lives.
- Purpose—Blue Zoners have something to live for beyond work. They describe this as “why I wake up in the morning”.
- Downshift—long-living people have developed routines to shed stress. The Adventists who live in California pray, Ikarians take a nap and Sardinians enjoy a happy hour!
- 80 % rule—In Japan’s Okinawan Blue Zone, people remind themselves to stop eating when their stomachs are 80 percent full.
- Plant slant—beans and lentils are the cornerstone of most Blue Zone diets, which contain relatively small amounts of meat.
- Wine @ 5— Blue Zoners drink alcohol moderately. They drink with friends while having food.
- Family first—time is invested in family.
- Belong— feeling connected to something bigger adds years to your life.
- Right tribe— Blue Zoners surround themselves with people who support positive behaviour.