If the old saying is true, wisdom comes with age, then the people who have lived the longest are among the greatest people to question about anything.
Living experience can help anyone become an expert in a variety of areas, including lifestyle, mental health, career, and general outlook.
Fortunately, there has been research done on how to locate these smart, senior citizens and obtain their life advise.
The originator of the Blue Zones Project, Dan Buettner, discovered the five regions on the planet where people live the longest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California.
Of course, knowing how to eat for best health is part of that advise. While Blue Zone communities have a lot in common when it comes to dietary patterns, the most important one is that they all eat mostly plants.
When garden veggies are in season, people in the Blue Zones eat a wide range of them, then pickle or dry the excess to enjoy during the off-season.
Leafy greens like spinach, kale, beet and turnip tops, chard, and collards are the best-of-the-best lifespan foods. All year long, Blue Zones meals feature seasonal fruits and vegetables, nutritious grains, and beans.
These long-lived creatures do consume meat, but only as a little side dish and in moderation. Beans, nuts, seeds, and greens, for example, are high in protein and can help you lose weight.
A plant-based diet has previously been shown in numerous studies to aid weight loss; perhaps the abundance of evidence linking plants to reduced body weight is to blame for our present societal move away from meat alternatives.
Plants, at least according to studies, are the answer, which we've known for a long time. However, thanks to the Blue Zones Project, we can rest assured that the concept is backed up by more than just academic research: it's backed up by the wisdom of the world's longest-living people.
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