It is no surprise that many people have tried ‘Blue Zone’ diets for years, hoping that there is a magic cure for what ails them. Eating a healthier diet is always a great idea, it just may not repair decades of metabolic damage in a few months. Let me explain why.
My favourite example is a health fad called the Mediterranean Diet. This approach was loosely based on the diets of the Blue Zones in Greece and Italy (Sardinia). If you were to follow a Mediterranean diet, you would naturally eliminate most of the harmful foods that North Americans eat every day.
WAY TO GO!
Eating healthier is definitely step one. However, I have two concerns with this approach. The first is a question. ‘Is that what your Ancestors ate for the last few hundred years?’ It is better to eat real food than anything else, but if you want the results of many generations of consistent healthy eating, you would have to start eating this way as a child.
The statistics on Blue Zone residents in their 60’s and 70’s cannot be expected to relate to a 65-year-old with chronic health problems who just changed their diet a few months ago.
My second concern is based on the most recent research on ALL ASPECTS of Blue Zone living. After two decades of research and experimentation, the single most important factor in the health of the people living in these places is abundant and consistent human connection. Olives are YUMMY, but they do not have nearly the impact on your health as sitting down for a meal with your family and friends almost every single day of your life.
I am not saying that diet is irrelevant. Just that there is more to a long and healthy life than just what you eat.