The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People

The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People

by Dan Buettner
The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People

The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People

by Dan Buettner


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Bestselling author Dan Buettner reveals how to transform your health using smart nutrition, lifestyle, and fitness habits gleaned from longevity research on the diets, eating habits, and lifestyle practices of the communities he's identified as "Blue Zones"—those places with the world's longest-lived, and thus healthiest, people, including locations such as Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California.
With the audacious belief that the lifestyles of the world's Blue Zones could be adapted and replicated in towns across North America, Buettner launched the largest preventive health care project in the United States, The Blue Zones City Makeovers, which has impacted the health of millions of Americans since 2009. In The Blue Zones Solution, readers can be inspired by the specific stories of the people, foods, and routines of our healthy elders; understand the role community, family, and naturally healthy habits can play in improving our diet and health; and learn the exact foods—including the 50 superfoods of longevity and dozens of recipes adapted for Western tastes and markets—that offer delicious ways to eat your way to optimum health. Throughout the book are lifestyle recommendations, checklists, and stories to help you create your own personal Blue Zones solution. Readers will learn and apply the 80/20 rule, the plant slant diet, social aspects of eating that lead to weight loss and great health naturally, cultivating your "tribe" of friends and family, and your greater purpose as part of your daily routine.
Filled with moving personal stories, delicious recipes, checklists, and useful tips that will transform any home into a miniature blue zone, The Blue Zones Solution is the ultimate blueprint for a healthy, happy life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426216558
Publisher: Disney Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Series: The Blue Zones
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 48,204
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

DAN BUETTNER is the founder of Blue Zones, an organization that helps Americans live longer, healthier lives. His groundbreaking work on longevity led to his 2005 National Geographic cover story "Secrets of Living Longer" and two national bestsellers, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest and Thrive. He lives in Minneapolis, MN. He can be found on Facebook and Twitter, and through his website

Table of Contents

Foreword Dean Ornish, M.D. 9

Introduction: Discovering the Blue Zones Solution 13

Part 1 Discovering the Blue Zones

The Secrets of a Mediterranean Diet: Ikaria, Greece 33

A Diet From the World's Longest-Lived Women: Okinawa, Japan 43

A Diet From the World's Longest-Lived Men: Sardinia, Italy 53

An American Blue Zones Diet: Loma Linda, California 63

History's Best Longevity Diet: Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica 71

Part 2 Making an American Blue Zone

Finland's Miracle Makeover 87

The Minnesota Experiment 101

Thriving in the Beach Cities 119

Blue Zoning the Pork State 135

Part 3 Building Your Own Blue Zone

Food Rituals: How to Eat to 100 153

Blue Zones Menus: Meals and Snacks 191

Blue Zones Living: A Design for Easy Health 205

Part 4 Blue Zones Recipes

77 Easy, Delicious Recipes 231

The Science Behind the Blue Zones Solution 299

Acknowledgments 301

Selected Bibliography 305

Index 313

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