By Teresa Cheong, RightEatingHabits.com – My curiosity to find out why some people live longer – and stay healthy longer – than the rest of the world got me reading the 50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People book by London-based nutritionist, Sally Beare.
According to Sally Beare, the secret to staying healthy and living longer has long been discovered and practised for generations – by five of the world’s longest-living communities.
In her book, 50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People, Sally Beare tells us why there are pockets of people in the world today who are able to stay slim, agile and disease-free way past middle age – while the rest of the world battles with degenerative and life-threatening diseases.
Who are these five communities that have long outlived others anyway?
The communities with the highest number of centenarians and super-centenarians in the world are, according to Sally Beare, found in:
1) Okinawa, Japan
2) Symi, Greece (that’s an island in Greece with population less than 3,000!)
3) Campodimele, Italy (a small hilltop village halfway between Rome and Naples. Population: about 900)
4) Hunza, Pakistan (that’s the Happy Land of Just Enough with population less than 20,000)
5) Bama County, Guangxi, China (the home of the Yao tribe up in the mountains)
Okinawans are said to have very low rates of osteoporosis, have slim and healthy bodies, high level of sex hormones and youthful immune systems. Greeks from the island of Symi have well-toned bodies right up to their 90s. Hunza men continue to work in the fields and play a rough game of polo right up to their 80s. Cancer tumors, heart diseases and cholesterol problems are rare among the Yao people from Bama in Guangzi, China. 100-year olds have been known to climb mountains and work in the fields.
What is the secret to their staying healthy and living longer lives – without the crippling burdens of disease and disability?
Nutritionist Sally Beare studied these five longest-living communities and uncovered the secret to their disease-free and active long lives. She noticed that they all share remarkably similar eating habits and lifestyles which she documented in her book. All of them follow mostly a low fat diet consisting of less meat and more vegetable protein, and carbs that are ranked low to medium on the glycemic index. See Review of Low Glycemic Diet.
Beare attributes the secret to staying healthy and living longer to 10 healthy eating habits. Much of our modern diet and eating habits is well, the complete reverse (!) of those practised by these long-living people.
10 Healthy Eating Habits of the World’s Longest Living People
1. Don’t overeat.
2. Don’t eat sugar.
3. Don’t consume much salt.
4. Don’t eat refined or processed foods.
5. Don’t overcook food.
6. Don’t eat much meat.
7. Don’t eat much dairy produce.
8. Don’t drink (black) tea or coffee.
9. Don’t drink alcohol in excess.
10. Don’t smoke.
What we eat, how we eat and how we live - is the secret to our staying healthy and living longer lives.
I found Sally Beare’s book, 50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People very readable and easy-to-understand. It is in my mini library of health and nutrition books. The book also contains healthy food recipes from each of the world’s five longest-living communities. Among the spicy tuna salad, pasta and bean soup, rice and seaweed recipes, is a breakfast recipe from the Hunzas – which I follow almost every morning. I am absolutely thrilled to know the Hunzas and I share a common recipe!
Sally Beare’s 50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People
Amazon’s Editorial Review
Pharmaceuticals companies have spent billions of dollars on their search for a cure for ageing and the diseases it brings with it, with no luck so far. Yet there are places in the world where, all along, people have commonly been living to 100 or more without suffering so much as a headache. How do they do it? Sally Beare explains how we can incorporate the secrets of health and longevity into our everyday lives.
© Teresa Cheong, RightEatingHabits.com
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