I just finished reading this book this week. It is a fascinating book on lessons learned from people who live in Sardinian, Okinawa, Loma Linda, California (Seventh Day Adventist), and Costa Rica. Each of these areas have a high number of people who have lived to be 100 years of age.
They studied each group and came up with a list of lifestyle choices that seemed to make life better for these people.
1. Move naturally - be active without thinking
- Balance is critical as you get older - work on strengthening your balance.
- Go easy on the knees - you will need them
- 30 minutes of exercise - five days a week
- Walk, walk, walk, walk . . .
- Plant a garden
2. Stop eating when you are 80% full
- Eat food with low caloric density (fruits and vegetables)
- Make snacking a hassle
- Eat slowly
3. Plant Slant
- Beans, whole grains, & garden vegetables
- Eat meat, but very small portions
- Nuts - each day, but small amounts
4. Purpose Now
- You need a personal mission statement
- You need a people to share life with each day
- Learn something new - never stop using your mind
5. Down Shift - take time to relieve stress
- Life is short, don't run so fast you miss it
- Reduce the noise (turn off electronics - TV, radio, IPod, etc.
- Be 15 minutes early to all events - less stress
6. Belong - Spiritual community
- People who are faithful to their church are happier and healthier
- Social network is critical to good life
7. Loved one First
- Family life is critical to happiness
- Smaller house makes families closer - large houses people tend to go to their own space
- Ritual in family - have a consistency to times together
These are the key points that the book makes for life to be long and good.