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The Blue Zones Solution

Blue Zones are the places in the world where the people live the longest.

When we are little kids, we never imagine that, someday, we will die. Old age seems so distant, and our young minds have long since concluded that grandpa has always had that many wrinkles.

Unfortunately, though, reality disagrees; eventually we, too, become grandpas and grandmas. And by the time our bubble of blissful ignorance pops, we will have unknowingly developed living habits that already limit our longevity. Even today, when eating quinoa and drinking green juice have become the norm, it takes much more than these fad-like practices to really extend the length of our lives.

In his book, he takes us on a candid journey into the kitchens and homes of this planet’s oldest humans.

Want to know the real secret? Read The Blue Zones Solution. As Dan Buettner describes, Blue Zones are the places in the world where the people live the longest. In his book, he takes us on a candid journey into the kitchens and homes of this planet’s oldest humans, giving us the tools to begin transforming the way we live our life and, ultimately, for how long we live it.

Dan shows us through these five Blue Zones scattered in different parts of the world that they all have practices in common:

• First, the locals all have a personal sense of belonging within their family and community.
• Native foods, like fava, black and lentil beans, define their diets, and they eat in healthy moderation. Most drink at least one glass of wine a day, as well.
• All have a strong sense of purpose to guide their daily life.
• Their routine is naturally active, occasioning walks and a lot of time spent outside.

Unless your immediate plans include a visit to Sardinia, Italy or Ikaria, Greece, consider spending some time with his book

And these are just four of the many habits that inspire the longevity of these incredible people. So, unless your immediate plans include a visit to Sardinia, Italy or Ikaria, Greece, consider spending some time with his book. You’ll quickly see that, as many small communities throughout the U.S. have already recognized, we probably aren’t doing it right, and a little inspiration is in order.

Follow their lead, he says; it will gift you a decade.

Lani Allen

Lani Allen is a junior at Columbia University majoring in Creative Writing with a concentration in Spanish. Having served as Vice President of her class for two years, she has since contributed written pieces and illustrations to many on-campus publications. As a writer with an interest in the beauty industry, Lani intends to pursue a career in either journalism or fashion marketing.

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