5 eating rules for a longer life

For the ones that are familiar with my blog is not a secret that I want to live forever.

Well yes, I don’t hide it! I’m too curious of what will happen with this world in the future to give up so easily.

Eating, as you know, is one of the most important factors that affect our life.

And I’m not talking about dieting as I’m almost 40 and I’ve never did a diet in my life but my exams are always good and my body is keeping up with me, I can’t complain.

But let’s see if we can take some examples from the people who live in the Blue Zones, the five areas in the world that have the longest-living and healthiest populations, which are:

  • Okinawa – Japan
  • Sardinia – Italy
  • Nicoya – Costa Rica
  • Ikaria – Greece
  • Loma Linda – California

It has been found that these Blue Zones, despite being in completely different geographical locations and cultures, have things in common.

And surprise, surprise the way they eat is one of them.

Now let’s see 5 things they have in common:

1. Drinking wine

Seems there is evidence that drinking a couple of glasses of wine a day, with a good meal and friends if possible, reduces mortality.

Now this is something that I can do easily πŸ˜‰

Some potential reasons for this are that wine is rich in antioxidants,  has some anti-inflammatory properties, and has been linked with a reduced risk of heart disease.

Of course, remember that wine too need to be in moderation though…you don’t want to go on the other side πŸ€ͺ

2. They eat meat in moderation and lots of veggies

While meat is a great source of protein, B vitamins, and bioavailable iron, too much of it is also associated with cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer, and other health issues.

Meat is good but don’t exaggerate!

And don’t forget the veggies which are good for your heart, gut, brain and for the entire body.

3. And yay, plenty of carbs

We are all carbs lovers, and are very good for our health.

But when I say carbs I’m not referring to pasta, rice or bread, I’m referring to grains, greens, tubers, nuts, and beans.

Yes, pasta, rice or bread are good too but as always in moderation.

The longevity star food is beans! It seems that eating about a cup of beans a day, it’s probably worth an extra four years of the life expectancy according with Buettner, a journalist and expert on Blue Zones.

4. Sugary beverages are out of question

The people living in the Blue Zones are sticking with plenty of water during the day, coffee in the morning and wine in the evening.

5. Intermittent fasting

Meaning they tend to eat all their calories in an eight hour window, leaving 16 hours for their digestive systems to rest.

Honestly I’ve started with intermittent fasting too and I must admit it makes me feel good. Occasionally I simply skip the breakfast, and overall I don’t have that feeling of overloaded with food.

In the end, my rule for a longer life is very simple:

Eat a little bit of everything and enjoy life!

Ribana – popsicle society

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41 thoughts

  1. Great information. I too haven’t followed any particular diet but have excellent numbers. Since I started intermittent fasting I have more energy, sleep better, and have stronger workouts. I enjoyed your post. Thank you and take care.

    1. Thank you very much for stopping by 😊
      Oh yes, I’ve started recently too with the intermittent fasting and it really makes me feel better, more lighter I would say πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for sharing 😊 Have a wonderful week ahead and stay healthy πŸ˜‰

  2. Most encouraging reading. I seem to be OK on all counts, except that I could perhaps do with more beans. Two glasses of wine with my dinner is my natural ration.

    1. Thank you very much Derrick! I think I love beans too much, there’s no week without them πŸ€ͺ
      And same with wine 🍷πŸ₯‚ Not everyday for now but for sure every weekend πŸ˜‰

  3. The cover pic is beautiful 😍 Age is just a number, but the number and looks says everything, You look like 25 πŸ˜‰in cover pic βœ¨πŸ’ And I have read about this in book Ikigai 😍πŸ₯° Glad to recall that beautiful book, it’s a wonderful book Ribana, must try, nothing new, it’s a simple tip of living a long life πŸ˜‰βœ¨Do try when you can✨✍️ Have a wonderful Wednesday πŸ’

    1. Thank you very much Simon! You’re the first that noticed my photo πŸ˜‰
      Oh yes, age is just a number and is not important…important is to feel good!
      That sounds an interesting book πŸ“–πŸ˜‰ Thank you Simon! I will look for it πŸ˜‰
      Wish you a lovely day πŸ€©πŸ€—β˜€οΈ

  4. These are just such simple tips every one can achieve on daily basis. I’m approaching the big 40 soon too and one of my best discoveries ever has to be intermittent fasting! Thanks for sharing and have a good day πŸ˜€ Aiva

    1. I’m glad I’m not alone πŸ€ͺ Very true, just simple tips that are part of our lifestyle πŸ˜‰
      It seems intermittent fasting is really worth it πŸ˜‰
      Have a lovely day Aiva! 🌸

  5. Hi healthy diet choices are a way to go. I started changing my eating habits because of my laboratory results and it really helped, and I also lost 20lbs πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ thank you for sharing this. I may need to start drinking wine

    1. Oh hi dear AL, good to see you here 🀩 Yes, having a healthy lifestyle can help keeping in shape our body and mind πŸ€ͺ
      Wow, 20 lbs ☺️ that’s a lot πŸ˜‰
      Drinking wine is helping keeping my mind at peace 🀩πŸ€ͺ

  6. Intermittent fasting is just what happens during quarantine for me. I sleep in and eat breakfast late but keep everything else at the same time. Who knew there’d be a silver lining?

  7. Such an interesting post. I can try to eat more beans, I think, but absolutely cannot do the fasting. I get very cranky if my tummy is empty and I just love breakfast and lunch and dinner πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you very much! Is difficult until you get used to it but then becomes normal πŸ˜‰ However I don’t do it everyday just because I love breakfast too, and lunch and dinner πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹

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