I recently read an article in the New York Times about a food reporter who was lucky enough to follow a longevity expert around the city and have him prepare a dinner for him. The catch was that the food purchased and dinner prepared would consist of foods eaten by people who live lengthy lives, often to 100 These people live in the “Blue Zones” that I have posted about before. Mr. Buettner who was preparing the feast also is the researcher and writer of books about the Blue Zones. Again, these are Icaria and Sardinia, Okinawa, Japan, the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, and Loma Linda, California, home of the Seven Day Adventists.
The two gentleman visited various food markets and the reporter was taken by surprise by what was healthful to eat and what was not on the list. I have listed the musts and must nots below.
Foods For Longevity
- Coffee with soy milk (multiple cups)
- Fennel, broccoli, celery, carrots, tofu, can of chickpeas
- Coconut Milk
- Frozen berries
- Local Honey
Foods On “Don’t Eat” List
- Juices in colors of green, orange and purple(full of sugar)
Other Ways To Increase Longevity
- Staying active with moderate exercise; long walks, yoga, on line skating, biking
He mentions he would never be caught doing cross fit and that strenuous exercise isnt recommended due to the unwanted stress on joints.
They sat down to a delicious dinner that was far from the tapas, and pork belly ramen that he normally eats as a food writer Guess what? He liked it and didn’t find it all that limiting. My biggest question is- where does dark chocolate play into this longevity feast? I love having a bit of dark chocolate in my daily diet. What about you? Do you think you could follow some of these ideas? Are you already eating this way?