I'm amazed, frustrated and angered as I learn and see what's going on in our world!
The food we eat is killing us but to protect the “status quo” it goes highly ignored. A few years ago I read a book called Blue Zones The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest and it really opened my eyes to eating raw and somewhat vegetarian and it's hard to dispute the book's results. They studied “blue zones” around the world where there were high concentrations of people living beyond 100 years of age. So the next question was why? There's so much good info in the book you'll have to read it but ALL zones had many things in common
- They primarily ate non-processed and/or raw foods. From this I coined a term to help myself “if it has a label on it, it's probably not something I should be eating.” None of them went hungry or ate low calorie diets, in most of the zones meat was only once a week and on holidays.
- They got basic daily exercise like walking to get water for the day or herding sheep. We Americans want a daily gym workout and think we need to go for 30-60 minutes a day. Research is showing (and I'm reviewing another book now) that the correct exercise a few times a week is all you need. Don't be sedentary!
- The last big take away from the book may surprise some of you but the other common factor was “happiness.” No matter where these people lived, in conditions you or I may think as primitive or lacking, they loved their life, stress was very minimal and they wouldn't trade it for the world! How many Americans can say that?
Another book that complimented The Blue Zones was the 150 Healthiest Foods and gave me a great guide/start towards eating better. The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why
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