Why Wild Women On Top is a Blue Zone...
In 2004, longevity expert, Dan Buettner, teamed up with National Geographic and a team of researchers, to identify pockets around the world where people live measurably longer better.
In these “Blue Zones” they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the US.
They found that the lifestyles of all people living in these Blue Zones shared ten specific characteristics.
Sardinia (Italy), Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica), Loma Linda (US – 7th Day / Adventists) Okinawa (Japan) , Ikaria (Greece)
The following Blue Zone Secrets to live longer, healthier and happier are all key factors of the Wild Women On Top community!
1. A healthy Mediterranean diet with a plant slant: veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains, beans, healthy fats, fish & seafood, coffee, herbal tea and wine. Mostly beans for protein.
By partnering with nutrition expert, Dr Joanna McMillan, Wild Women On Top can help you to learn what to eat for health. And, most of us are constantly sharing our healthy recipes and nutrition tips.
2. Move Naturally: don’t do marathons, pump iron or Cross fit, instead, choose physical work, garden, walk, cycle, walk while you talk. Walking is a popular mode of transport and a lifestyle of natural continuous gentle movement is typical of Blue Zones.
We do this weekly in our Trek Training groups, as well as in our Wild Walks, Wild Weekends and other Wild Adventures.
3. Know your purpose: Your reason for getting out of bed. This could be to nurture others, earn a living to support others, helping others is the most common.
Events such as Coastrek, raising funds to restore sight, nurturing kids, aging parents, friends and family and challenging adventures can provide a strong sense of purpose.
4. Kick back: De-stress with meditation, naps, or happy hour. Stress causes inflammation. Blue Zone communities have routines and rituals to de stress. They nap 3 – 5 times a week and mostly wake up naturally.
Walking can be relaxing and walking around the rocks definitely is an “in the moment” activity. But we also understand the health benefits of yoga and meditation and actively encourage you to mediate daily.
5. Eat until you're 80% full: This one came from Okinawa in Japan – a mantra which is said before the meal.
Well … this is a goodie … let’s do it. Before each meal, a reminder to eat till 80% full.
6. Eat less meat: Beans are the cornerstone of centenarian diets where they only eat meat 4 times a month and fish weekly.
Our nutritionist, Dr Joanna McMillan has lots of bean recipes to keep you healthy! Get onto her “Get Lean” program and learn how to cook your beans.
7. Drink in moderation: Moderate wine drinkers live longer than teetotallers, especially if they share the wine with friends.
It’s hard to argue with science so I guess we need to decide if that’s going to work for us and get into a bit of happy hour fun.
8. Have faith: Regular faith based services are common to all Blue Zone communities. Doesn’t matter what denomination.
Up to you on this … my Sunday morning worship happens when I meet up with friends to go walking in nature or climbing. Not sure if that counts!
9. Loved ones first: Family first, partner, aging parents are all the first priority, often sharing the same roof.
10. Stay social: Build or connect with a healthy tribe. The world’s longest living people chose or were born into tribes that support healthy behaviours.
We walk with friends, trek with friends, and catch up regularly to share stories, wine, treats and learn about how to live healthier, longer, happier lives.
You can read the list of research links from Di's talk at the Wild Adventure Workshop here!