The Blue Zones and Longevity

the blue zones and longevityThe Blue Zones and Longevity

One of my current favorite authors is Dan Buettner who writes about the Blue Zones.

If this is a new term to you, the Blue Zones are five areas around the world where people live to be one hundred years old or more.  And, they are active, healthy and social!

In an article I discovered on, Andrew Merle writes about his discovery of Dan Buettner and his book The Blue Zones Solution.  The article is titled, “What to Eat to Live to 100”.

Merle writes, in part:

Most of the book focuses on food because, as Buettner says, “food may be the best starting point for anyone seeking to emulate the health, longevity, and well-being found in the world’s Blue Zones.” But a significant portion of the book is also devoted to other healthy lifestyle habits commonly found in Blue Zones locations, and I have included some of those key behaviors at the end of this post.

And here are some of the food guidelines Merle shares from the book:

Food Guidelines to Live By:

  • 95% of your food should be plant-based
  • Eat your largest meal at breakfast, a mid-sized lunch, and small dinner
  • Stop eating when you’re 80% full
  • If you need to snack, make it a piece of fruit or handful of nuts
  • Cook most of your meals at home and eat with friends and family as much as possible 

People in the Blue Zones don’t suffer either.  They eat delicious food, and in some of the zones, they drink red wine and dark beer.

Because this is such important information, here is a link to the entire article by Merle so you can read it in its entirety:

Take a look and let me know what you think.  If you’d like to read one of Dan Buettner’s books about The Blue Zones Solution in its entirety, here is the link.  It’s so interesting to find out what groups who enjoy longevity and really quality good health eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle!

Helping You Achieve Major Wellness!

Cheryl A Major


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The Blue Zones and Longevity — 2 Comments

  1. I was not familiar with Blue Zones until you introduced them to me, Cheryl. It all makes sense and it is interesting to learn these strategies that enable everyone to make choices that will serve them well over time.
    Connie Ragen Green

    • They are fascinating, aren’t they? It makes so much sense when you learn how these people in the Blue Zones eat and live! We still deal with the challenge of freeing ourselves from the grip processed foods have on us, but perhaps it helps to gain understanding.

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