Here’s Why You Might Want To Try The Blue Zone Lifestyle

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Blue Zone living has piqued the interest of everyone wanting more longevity and better health. Sylvia Klinger, DBA, MS, RD, CPT, who grew up in a Blue Zone and studied at Loma Linda University, highlights the profound benefits of Blue Zone living. Discover the top 12 advantages of this lifestyle for longevity and quality of life.

1. Pescetarianism

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Fish was a staple in the diet of many centenarians, especially in Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa, Japan, and the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. Maybe that explains why they make and cultivate such great healthy habits.

2. Strong Family Connections

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Centenarians live with their families, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. These family bonds provide them with a purpose in life. There is a sense of belonging when you practice living these principles as a family. It brings you closer because you reap the benefits together.

3. Limited Intake Of Meat

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Although a great number of centenarians were mostly plant-based or lacto-ovo vegetarians, many centenarians ate meat only a few times per month. 

4. Nuts Are Part Of Their Diet

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Several research studies have demonstrated the impact nuts have on health (especially heart health) and longevity.

5. Beans Play A Large Role

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Beans are the cornerstone of all Blue Zones diets. They provide a bountiful number of nutrients, including protein, fiber, and many important vitamins and minerals.

6. Limited Alcohol Intake

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Although locally produced red wine was enjoyed by the Sardinians, most centenarians didn’t consume alcoholic beverages frequently or in large quantities. The polyphenols can be found in greater quantities in grape juice and other foods.

7. Showcase Fruits And Vegetables

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Fruits and vegetables have a center stage in the Blue Zone diet. Every single Blue Zone plate was filled with fruits and vegetables that are rich in fiber and loaded with powerful antioxidants.

8. Enjoyment Of Food

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Americans are obsessed with diets (eat this and avoid that). The Blue Zone diet cherishes food and all the benefits it has to offer. Food seems to bond them and keep them together, whether these Sardinians are kneading bread or making pasta.

9. Staying Active

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While most people come up with many excuses to avoid physical activity, Centenarians not only enjoy physical work all their lives but also love doing chores.

10. Outdoors And Sunshine

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Centenarians enjoy planting gardens and spending time outdoors, which explains why they have optimal Vitamin D levels, which lead to stronger bones and healthier bodies.

11. Maintain Social Networks

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Getting together frequently with friends and/or family for a meal or just for some fun, centenarians know how to laugh, listen to each other, and have a good time together. They truly appreciate what they have.

12. Spiritual life

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Peace comes when you believe in a divine power that can help you when you need it most and when no one else can come to the rescue. That strong faith can calm any type of conflict or worry in the middle of a challenging situation.

Interested In Starting A Vegan Diet? Here’s How To Do It With Ease

It doesn’t have to be overwhelming to start a plant-based diet. This simple guide walks you through some key points and helps you get started in this new way of eating effortlessly.

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If you’re curious about starting a vegan eating plan but don’t know where to start, this handy getting-started guide will help you make the transition seamlessly.

A Vegan Breakfast Can Be Easy! And It All Starts With Your Waffle Maker

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Need a decadent idea for breakfast? These Vegan Waffles are to die for. Make a big batch, freeze them, and then pop a couple into the toaster in the morning on your way out the door. It’s kinda like having brownies for breakfast!

While You’re At It, Prep Breakfast For The Week Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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I'm Tiffany, a writer for MSN and the AP Newswire, a cookbook author, digital publisher, food lover, and mom. I create healthy, clean eating recipes for everyday living.

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