The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People

Focusing on the diets, habits and lifestyle practices of communities in the “Blue Zones” (populations with high longevity), this book identifies nine common denominators that range from eating only until one feels 80 percent full; regular, moderate alcohol consumption; and incidental physical activities such as walking and yard work to creating a social circle that supports healthy behaviors. With an approach that addresses change on both personal and systemic levels, the author describes small steps that create a healthier environment that lead to long-lasting, positive change.

It is important to note that while diet is central to health, other factors are essential, including stress reduction, community and family, activity and environment modifications. While the book includes “superfoods,” meal plans, recipes and strategies to help adopt lifestyles of the world’s healthiest and longest-living inhabitants, the emphasis on a variety of aspects is a refreshing change from pseudo-scientific diet and weight-loss books.


Lisa Cimperman