Six cultures around the world seem to have uncovered the secrets of longevity. For more than a decade, Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution, worked to identify these hot spots of long life. Dan found places that not only had high concentrations of individuals over 100 years old, but also clusters of people who had grown old without health problems like obesity, cancer and diabetes.
Dan found that diet is one of the factors contributing to their longevity. He distilled simple guidelines from his studies that reflect what the world’s longest-lived people ate. Dan suggests that the average American could live an extra 12 years if they optimize their lifestyle by eating a diet similar to the Blue Zones Diet. He says that by adopting some of the healthy eating principles into your life, you, too, can Live Longer, Better®.
Blue Zones Diet Starter Kit
• Eat 2 oz. or less of meat 5 times per month; 95% of your food should be plant-based.
• Reduce dairy.
• Consume only 7 tsps. of added sugar daily.
• Eat no more than 3 eggs per week.
• Eat less than 3 oz. of fish up to 3 times weekly.
• Eat about 1 to 2 handsful of nuts a day.
• Drink about 7 glasses of water per day.
• Eat a half-cup of beans daily.
• Don’t eat highly processed food.
• Eat your largest meal at breakfast.
• Cook the majority of your meals at home
Healthy living is a lifestyle, not an activity
The Blue Zones Diet is a guideline of what to eat for a long, healthy life. It’s not a short-term diet plan. None of the 100-plus-year-old people Dan interviewed participated in diet or even exercise programs. The world’s longest-lived people don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. Instead, they are immersed in an environment designed to help them make the healthiest decisions. COVID-19 has indeed helped us to focus on eating most of our meals at home. In addition, our shopping environment can help make healthy choices easier for you and your family. Find the Blue Zones Meal Planner at https://meals.bluezones.com.
Blue Zone-Approved Grocers in Hawai‘i
– Kamuela: Parker Ranch Center, #109
– Kea‘au: 16-586 Old Volcano Road
– Waimea: 66-1330 Mauna Lani Drive
– Kailua-Kona: 74-4494 Palani Road
– Kamuela: 65-1158 Ma¯malahoa Highway
– Keahou: 78-6831 Ali‘i Drive
– Kealakekua: Konawaena School Road
– Hilo: 321 Keawe St.
– Hilo: 50 E. Puainako St.
– Waikoloa: 68-3916 Paniolo Ave.
Sack N Save
– Hilo: 250 Kino‘ole St.
– Hilo: 2100 Kanoelehua Ave., Ste. 101
– Kailua-Kona: 75-5595 Palani Road
– Kahului: 90 Kane St.
– Wailuku: 370 Kehalani Village Drive
Sack N Save
– Wailuku: 790 Eha St.
Down to Earth
– Honolulu: 2525 South King St.
– Kailua: 201 Hamakua Drive
– Kailua: 108 Hekili St.
– Kaneohe: 45-480 Kaneohe Bay Drive
– Wahiawa: 823 California Ave.
Whole Foods Market
– Kailua: 629 Kailua Road, Ste. 100 n