Most of us strive to live as long a life as we can, and our lifestyle choices truly play a huge role. The better we eat, the more we exercise, and how we release stress all make an impact. After National Geographic’s explorer and author Dan Buettner set out to find the secrets to longevity, he wrote a book called The Blue Zone Solution which aims to make people aware of what those who live to 100 or more in the Blue Zones (consisting of 5 regions in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and parts of the US) are doing to live such long lives.
Not surprisingly, much of it boils down to what you’re eating and drinking. Here’s a quick rundown on the Blue Zones and how you can incorporate these tips for longevity into your diet.
Make plants the star of your meal
One thing we seem to be doing wrong is eating more animal protein than plant-based ingredients. A good rule of thumb is to simply let your fruits, vegetables, and other natural plant products take center stage on your plate. Most of your days should revolve around meatless meals.
Choose non-industrial meats
When you do buy meat, buy free-range and locally-raised. Anything that is industrially-produced isn’t part of the Blue Zone.
Eat more fish
On the other hand, eating more fish is encouraged. You can eat fish regularly, though for the Blue Zone diet, you should choose fish like snapper, trout, grouper, anchovies, or sardines. Avoid any fish that is farmed, opting for wild-caught for the healthiest choice.