Recently NBC News Special Anchor Maria Shriver launched a mini-series on the TODAY Show that Healthy Self Vegan found to be extremely interesting. It was entitled “Eating to 100” and was based off the book by National Geographic author Dan Buettner, “The Blue Zones Solution: Eating & Living Like The World’s Healthiest People”.
This TODAY Show mini-series was a look into the lifestyle of people living in five “Blue Zones” on earth – places with the highest percentage of people living long lives [to at least the age of 100] without preventable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
The five regions with the highest populations of centenarians, these “Blue Zones”, are:
Research into these communities demonstrates a common thread – a strong emphasis on plant-based nutrition. No matter where people live, these foods make up all longevity diets:
“Individuals get lucky, but populations don’t,” Buettner told NBC’S Maria Shriver in the TODAY series. “There’s too many people to chalk it up to collective luck, or even genes,” said Buettner.
Healthy Self Vegan certainly agrees with Buettner’s statement and feels this is yet another terrific demonstration of how one can transform their health by using smart eating and lifestyle habits. As a result, Healthy Self Vegan felt it was important to share clips from this TODAY show series with our online community.
Here’s to thriving longevity! Enjoy!
STRATEGIES FROM THREE OF THE BLUE ZONES
People on this remote Greek island outlive the average American by more than a decade. 97 percent of Ikaria residents are over age 70 and Buettner has found only three cases of dementia. However, in America, there is a 50 percent chance of dementia for Americans who reach 85.
In Ikaria a common side dish is wild dandelion, which the people boil like spinach. Dandelion has 10 times more antioxidants than red wine. Another favorite on Ikaria are chickpeas. They actually are a cornerstone of every longevity diet in the world.
LOMA LINDA, CALIFORNIA
Loma Linda, California is located an hour west of Los Angeles and nearly half of the city belongs to Seventh-Day Adventists. Most Adventists do not eat meat or fish and they never touch alcohol or cigarettes. According to the Adventist Health Study, these individuals live about seven to 10 years longer than the rest of Americans. Their diet is inspired by the Garden of Eden from the Bible and their meals rely on:
COSTA RICA'S NICOYA PENINSULA
In Nicoya, about one in 250 people live to the age of 100, compared to one in 4,000 who make it to 100 in America. Here, their diet consists of items viewed as unhealthy in America:
According to Buettner, “If the average American could add a cup of beans a day, it would extend their life by four years”.
What is the take-away from all of this information?
Live. Laugh. Love. Move. And EAT PLANTS.
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