What do the Peruvian, Scandinavian, Japanese and the Mediterranean women know what American women don’t? It’s to eat your way to a long life…yes we said eat!
Maintaining simple changes like portion control, eating farm fresh foods, reducing stress and eating foods with good oils and fats can make a significant difference. Eating certain foods may even ward off the chances of developing depression, obesity or cancer. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fish can help keep you slim and happy well into your later years.
Places where these healthy lifestyles prevail are called Blue Zones, which some of you may or may not be familiar with. Blue Zones are areas where people traditionally lived healthier and more active lifestyles and many times live to ages 100 and older. Cold regions also have the lower rates of heart disease, depression and certain cancers, compared to those who live in warmer, Western regions. Studying these cultures and their lifestyle habits can help Americans and others adopt healthier eating habits and implement them into their daily lives.
The important thing to remember is that it’s not about a complete lifestyle change, but more how small changes to one’s lifestyle habits can have significant benefits to one’s health and happiness. For example, eating out less and choosing smaller portions can help cut out unwanted calories.
“One thing we Americans have going for us: We are always up for a challenge. So try these healthful Blue Zone — and Cold Spot — inspired ideas. Click HERE for 7 things to do starting today!