You could say that folks who live in Blue Zones are winning at life. It’s not unusual for some residents of Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Icaria, Greece, to live upwards of 100 years. And while it’s their holistically-minded lifestyle that accounts for their centenarian reputation, their diets are a major, major part of that.
The Longevity Plan author John Day, MD, has lived among various Blue Zone populations, and he says that their “keep it simple” approach to nutrition accounts for why they thrive. “The key to healthy eating is really quite simple,” says Dr. Day. “As I counsel my cardiac patients every day, if they can just do three things, then they are 90 percent of the way to a healthy diet and a healthy weight.” No surprise here: those three things happen to appear in the Blue Zones nutritional guidelines.