One of the simplest ways to live a long and healthy life is to eat healthy. To take that to another level, one of the best ways to reach 100 is to do what people that are 100 years old do, especially daily habits and diet. The best places to look are Blue Zones. These are areas where people, on average, live significantly longer. They are: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Icaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California.
Unfortunately, there’s more to it then eating a perfectly balanced, healthy diet. There are many more reasons that contribute to why these specific five areas have a prolonged lfie span. Among other factors, these communities tend to be more physically active. They place a higher importance on community and family. Maybe most importantly, it’s noted that their communities and social circles tend to reinforce healthy behaviors.
However, those aren’t necessarily aspects of people’s lives that they can adjust on the fly, but your diet is something you can change with your next meal. One simple platitude from Okinawa, Japan is “Hara hachi bu”. This means stop eating when you’re 80% full. We know that it takes, at least, 20 minutes for your body to process that it is full. When you stop early, you’re actually stopping on time. On average an adult eats more hundreds of more calories than they need every single day, and those calories can add up fast.
There are three simple ways to ensure you’re through eating when you’re no longer hungry rather than when you feel full. First, eat slowly. This will lead to a few different benefits. You’ll digest your food better, consume fewer calories, absorb nutrients more thoroughly, and enjoy the taste of your food more. Second, focus on your food. This will let you pay more attention and eat slowly, which as we’ve seen has benefits. Third, use smaller serving methods. Smaller plates and cups will signal to you that you’re through when you’ve finished your plate or glass.
It is never too early to start getting your life in order to live a long, healthy life. You can try out our supplements to help keep you healthy and have a balanced set of nutrients and vitamins with BodyK’s Active B Trio supplement or with Micellized Vitamin A supplement for immune support. Another service we have available here at BodyK is our Wellness Coaching which will provide you with different ways to improve your health after a brief consult.