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

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Dan Buettner, theNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Blue Zones, lays out a proven plan to maximize your health based on the practices of the world's healthiest people. For the first time, Buettner reveals how to transform your health using smart eating and lifestyle habits gleaned from new research on the diets, eating habits, and lifestyle practices of the communities ...more
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Published April 7th 2015 by National Geographic (first published April 7th 2014)
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Emily Crow
So, my three-star rating comes by way of compromise: for myself, personally, this book was probably of two-star caliber (glad I got it thru inter-library loan); but for someone who has been eating the Standard American Diet (or SAD, i.e., lots of processed foods and fast foods), and living the typical high-stress, low-activity lifestyle, this would probably be a four-star book.

It seems, these days, that if I look over the healthy cooking and diet shelves, books fall into two broad
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Ashley Mebert
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great recipes. Not preachy. Used "superfoods" zero times.
Nick Pageant
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Buddy read with Mishy so we can live to be 100 together. We are going to be a very fun couple living on an island in the Mediterranean. According to this book, we will need to be mostly vegan and should probably have some goats to herd. Come see us if you're still alive. We'll serve you a salad and 3oz. of red wine.
Michael Lieberman
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Written by a "National Geographic" staffer, this brief book examines the diets of five very long-lived populations from Sardinia, Greece, Okinawa, and Central American and U.S. Seventh Day Adventists, all of whom eat primarily plant-based diets with sparing amounts of meat/animal protein, dairy products, and sweets. Buettner suggests that part of their longevity is based on their vegan/vegetarian diets. While the conclusion appears sound, the book is marred by speculation and unsubstantiated ...more
Danielle Reese
Some good take-aways, but basic understanding can be had from watching the documentary made, or lectures done by Buettner.

I'm glad that wild greens were recognized for their nutritional significance, and raw forms of milk, as well as lifestyle differences (naps, family style dining, steady movement, etc), but wish more focus would have been put on the gut microbe difference in people around the world due to diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors. It was the obvious thread running through
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Carol Wilson
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: received free
Very interesting and easy to read but information isn't new to anyone interested in health and nutrition. Did enjoy the various cultures and similarities in healthful eating and living.
Sarah
I've just won a copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. After it's arrived at my doorstep and I've had a chance to read it and formulate my thoughts, I'll post an honest review. Stay tuned!
Genni
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was chatting with my doctor about food and she told me about this book, The Blue Zones Solution where the author narrowed down and studied five areas in the world (Italy, Greece, Japan, Costa Rica, and California) that contained the highest concentration of centenarians. His conclusion was that four things these areas had in common were 1) a whole foods, plant-based diet, 2) good stress management techniques, 3) moderate exercise, and 4) good community. I really think at some point, ...more
Stacy
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book was a 5-star read for me. I loved when the author took us on journeys to visit someone in each of the five Blue Zones, the areas in the world with the highest concentrations of 100 year old citizens. Their stories were intriguing & filled with good advice on healthy living. The second half of the book was important with practical suggestions but got a little dry.

I’m excited about the 77 Blue Zone recipes at the end of the book. I’m so excited, in fact, that I
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Jessaka
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health, non-fiction
What a entertaining read. I just love reading about different cultures, and this book reminded me of the cultural anthropology course that I once took and loved, but this course is made with a twist of lemon. By “twist of lemon” I mean that it is about food, but it is also about how food affects your longevity. The part I really loved though was on how the people lived, and that is where the cultural anthropology came in to play.

The author visits six different cultures that have the same things
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Marjorie Elwood
In addition to the research and justification for the eating habits espoused by this book, there is a helpful list of foods that are healthy and a (very short) list of foods never to eat. Unfortunately, this book - like so many diet books - succumbs to the temptation to use some fairly esoteric ingredients, which removes it from the reality of most of our cooking days.
D. Thrush
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blue Zones are the places in the world where people live healthfully well into old age, many over 100 years old. They have almost non-existent rates of cancer, heart disease, dementia, all the diseases that impact our quality of life and often kill us. Buettner traveled to these places and studied the oldest residents. There are 2 books. One is “The Blue Zones,” which goes into greater detail about each Blue Zone and the other is this one, “The Blue Zones Solution,” which recaps these details ...more
Maxine
Much more of a diet/health book than the first Blue Zones book. I found this one to be a bit peachier than the older Blue Zones book, but that is to be expected in a health book. Generally, most of the info here is also in the first book with the exception of the recipes - which I haven't tried yet :)

Basically: Eat mostly vegetarian (Beans4LYFE!), move in a natural way throughout your day, surround yourself with good people, and find a purpose in life.
Shaun
This is one of several books written by Buettner that draw on information he compiled from the "blue zones" the name given to areas with a high concentration of centarians.

He starts the book with a brief history of the various cultures associated with longevity and then attempts to identify common overlapping themes for the purpose of making recommendations to the masses. He ends with some "blue zone" inspired recipes, just in case he's done his job and leaves the reader inspired.

From eating
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Kaylie
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mix one part cookbook and one part biography with one part National Geographic advertisement, and you'll get this Blue Zones book. With this in mind, it's hard to determine if a book is the right format.

Yet author Buettner tries to provide value, finding similar patterns between cherry-picked centenarian so we Western readers can see what's wrong with our lifestyle choices. Buettner admits his research is spotty, due in part to language barriers and contradictory advice. But at the same time,
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Sneha
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid book with interesting information
3.5 stars
Harry
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great info.
May
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good reminder of all the commonsense lifestyle choices that are also outlined in all I have ever read about the Mediterranean Diet. No fads, no crash diets. Just simple reminders of living a balanced life and eating sensibly.
Hobart
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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As part of some medical education I'm getting, The Blue Zones was recommended to me. I couldn't find an easily accessible copy of it, but my library did have one of the follow-ups, The Blue Zones Solution on audio. So I gave it a whirl.

There are a couple of aspects to the beginning of this book, he does a quick pass through over some of the "Blue Zones" from his first book (areas with above-normal centenarian population) to extract some
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Gillian
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been interested in the research from the Blue Zones since reading a few articles about Dan Buettner, and I tore through this book. Some parts get a little repetitive, but in general, it contains simple, common sense wisdom on how to live a long, full life – from people who live past 100 around the world. I especially loved hearing about the large-scale projects they're working on to transform communities in the States. I try to do many of these things already, but I'm definitely inspired to ...more
Julie Jacobi
As others have said, not a lot of new info for people who are already interested in nutrition and health - stay active, eat veggies, lower your stress and surround yourself with friends. However, I really enjoyed the insights into other cultures and appreciated the highly specific and practical suggestions for getting healthier.
NancyKay Wessman
This book's an illuminating, interesting, and easy read -- does not require a one-seating read. Author's research and prose, excellent.
Tyler
This is a very interesting book. The premise is simple: after searching the world over for the communities of the healthiest people's on earth, Dan Buettner and his team studied why these communities are so healthy, identified patterns of living that are largely responsible for these conditions, and now apply those principles to try to create a revolution in creating healthier families and communities in the United States.

The principles of healthy living that Buettner identified in the Blue
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D.j. Lang
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been inspired by Dan Buettner's research into the Blue Zones ever since I first read his articles for National Geographic.

This book goes beyond those National Geographic articles which covered how people in Blue Zones ate and lived. Blue Zones are those areas of the world where the most centenarians live. In The Blue Zones Solution, Buettner revisits those zones in Greece, Japan, Italy, Costa Rica, and, yes, even the United States. In Part Two of the book, his team learned from Finland
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Whitney
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay but I honeslty heard enough just from his interviews. However, dry and lackluster the writing, It is interesting to read the analyzed data from centarians through out the world and what they eat and compare that to the latest trends in dietary health today (like paleo, keto, veganism, etc). The longest living human beings eat mainly plant based with occassional goats milk (no cow dairy), pork maybe once or twice a week (never bacon thoigh or any processed meats) and fish once ...more
Rajiv Bais
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. It seems like a 3.5 star book Because it seems as if this book is only meant for average people. I do not think that this book is meant for fitness enthusiasts or bodybuilders,especially as their nutrient intakes very call depending on the type of sporting events they will take part in.

The little things that Dan described in how to create a blue zone for yourself, how to arrange your bedroom and kitchen are the most important ones, show how a bunch of little steps can make a huge
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Amelia
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-wellness
This may be the best health/diet book I've read in a long time. As a diet book, it's pretty solid with the conventional wisdom, and I like the fact that his recommendations are mostly grounded in the practices of actual communities that have lots of long-lived people (though he has a tendency to stress lower meat/dairy consumption than what's found in many of those cultures). What really sets this book apart is its community-based approach to wellness, starting not with an individual but with ...more
Patricia
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent information with a few recipes that I love.
Dan Buettner takes us to places around the world with people who live the longest (diet)
1. Ikaria, Greece - The Islanders have the lowest middle-age mortality and lowest rates of dementia.
2. Okinawa, Japan - World's longest living women!! ( I would so move here!)
3. Ogliastra Region, Sardinia - Mountainous island with wold's highest concentration fo centenarian me.
4. Loma Linda, California - (who knew!) A community of Seventh-Day Adventists
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Melinda
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very quick read. Part sociological study, part self-help, part cook book this was an interesting read about people around the globe who live to 100+ without trying and in generally great health. The main theme is to eat plants, lots of them, and to have a close community. I can see both of those factors in the life of my maternal grandmother who is 96 living independently (widowed just this past year when my 94 year old grandfather had a quick final illness and died), and her father, who lived ...more
Debbie
The premise of this book is simple and appealing. Modern agricultural practices and mass food production have resulted in a deplorable standard American diet that is making us sick and sicker. But there are pockets around of the world of healthy people experiencing longevity. In part one the author and his research team examines what they eat and how they move through their days to discover practices that we might adopt. Each zone is a little different from the next. I appreciated that the ...more
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National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity.
“Integrate at least three of these items into your daily diet to be sure you are eating plenty of whole food. 1. Beans—all kinds: black beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, black-eyed peas, lentils 2. Greens—spinach, kale, chards, beet tops, fennel tops 3. Sweet potatoes—don’t confuse with yams. 4. Nuts—all kinds: almonds, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, cashews 5. Olive oil—green, extra-virgin is usually the best. Note that olive oil decomposes quickly, so buy no more than a month’s supply at a time. 6. Oats—slow-cook or Irish steel-cut are best. 7. Barley—either in soups, as a hot cereal, or” 2 likes
“The average American now consumes 46 slices of pizza, 200 pounds of meat, and 607 pounds of milk and other dairy products, and washes it down with 57 gallons of soda pop a year. We consume 8,000 teaspoons of added sugar and 79 pounds of fat annually. We eat 4.5 billion pounds of fries and 2 billion pounds of chips a year.” 1 likes
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