50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People


My friend was just hanging out with a wealthy billionaire in Boston.

Two billion or more net worth. Owns a private 747. But the billionaire is overweight and bed ridden. Sick all the time. In the process of making money he neglected his health.

Like the wise saying goes: “What does it profit a man to gain the world but lose his soul.” And I would add what does it profit us to gain the world but lose our physical health.

Today’s book of the day 50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People by Sally Beare takes us into the lifestyles of 5 traditional people groups who live much longer and healthier than the average modern person (think over 100 and still outside working and playing).

As a nutritionist she studied people from Okinawa, Japan; Symi, Greece; Campodimele, Italy; Hunza, India; and Bama, China.

These people groups have 2 or 3 times the amount of people living page age 100 and 70% less of certain chronic diseases like heart attacks.

Let me highlight the 15 secrets I found most relevant to our every day life:

1. Only eat till 8 parts full: Okinawas say “Hara hachi bu” which means ‘”belly 80 percent full”. So instead of stuffing myself until I actually feel full I should stop just short of actually feeling stuffed. There has been a good bit of science done to support this.

It may be that their is some value in calorie restriction, or that it just keeps our average body fat down, or that if you always eat till you feel full you train your stomach to expand and need more and more food to feel satisfied.

I wonder what the Okinawans would think about the all you can eat buffet restaurant ideas? Probably the worst idea ever invented for health.

2. Eat 7 times more vegetables than meat: It’s interesting because all the groups of people she studied ate meat, dairy and animal products. Just like in the book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” Weston A. Price says in his exhaustive studies none of the worlds healthiest people groups were vegetarian.

But that doesn’t mean they ate like the average modern person. Even thought these 5 healthy people groups ate meat they had a different ratio – they ate way more veggies and fruits than meat. They also ate a lot of fish, it wasn’t always read meat.

I have read almost every health book ever written and only thing they all have in common is eat lots of vegetables. From Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paleo advocates, to the USDA recommendations, to the most hard core Vegan, everyone agrees – Vegetables should be the highest volume food type we eat.

I’m going to try to see if every plate of food I have can keep this ratio – 7 times the vegetables than the meat. I just use my eye and make sure my plate looks like there is way more vegetables than anything else.

My favorite technique is to take a huge salad and dump it on top of whatever I’m eating. I make sure it looks like the salad is a mountain on top of the meat.

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