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Throughout the world there are groups of people who are known to live to quite advanced ages.  What’s more these people tend to live to a healthy old age.

There is now a project to study these different groups and what they have in common.  The zones of healthy old people are called ‘blue zones’ – simply because one of the researchers circled one of these areas with a blue marker.

The good news is that, for a healthy old age, lifestyle habits are more important than genetic inheritance.

And what are the lifestyle habits that we need to adopt?  So far the researchers have isolated nine:

  • Stop eating when you’re 80 percent full
  • Eat more veggies, less protein and fewer processed foods
  • Drink red wine, in moderation
  • Have a sense of purpose in life
  • Maintain a spiritual or religious belief system
  • Work less, slow down, take vacations
  • Make physical movement a vital part of each day
  • Create a healthy social network
  • Make family a priority

These are all things we are capable of doing.  If we can’t do all of them immediately, then we should be able to start with one or more.  We have a good chance of living a long and healthy life by making modest lifestyle adjustments – none of them involve huge effort and sacrifice.

If you would like to know more about the research there is a website for the Blue Zone Quest.

Wishing you a long and healthy life.

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9 Comments to “How to live a long and healthy life”

  1. Hi, interesting post. I have been thinking about this topic,so thanks for sharing. I’ll definitely be subscribing to your blog.

  2. Mariana says:

    Hi Evan,

    I was thinking about the point where you said “Make family a priority,” and it got me back to the real world outside my world. To me, family has always been my top priority, but sometimes I forget it’s not the same for the rest of the world. Some people make their jobs or careers a priority, etc.

    I believe family is the foundation of society, a healthy family makes a heathy society, unhealthy families, usually make unhealthy societies. This is one of the reasons why family should be a priority (in my opinion) – besides true love.

  3. Evan says:

    Hi Mariana, I think this obviously only applies to healthy families (which I’m sure is what the researchers were meaning). It would be interesting to know how many of those who make other things (like work or their art) a priority come from unhealthy families. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Barbara says:


    In an answer to your wondering, if I had to venture a semi-educated guess based on personal experience and exasperation trying to live within (and change) an unhealthy family (of origin or otherwise), it is all of them. Probably without exception, no matter what else they might proclaim. For I’ve made all the proclamations of why this that or the other thing was more important, too, ultimtely as substitutes.

  5. It is obvious you put a lot of care into your posts here. Very interesting and useful info – thanks for informing all of us. Nancy

  6. Evan says:

    Thanks for your comment Barbara.

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  9. Evan says:

    Hi Micheal, the only brief answer to this is to listen to your body. Then start paying attention to how you balance the different food groups. Eat as close to wholefoods as possible. Avoid adding sugar to anything and see if this works for you. Michael Pollans In Defense of Food is good: “eat food (ie. as close to whole foods as possible), not too much, mostly plants”, is good advice.

    Usually we know enough to eat healthier than we already are. Go with what you know, see what works, keep trying stuff out, guided by how good you feel.

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