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The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
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Blue Zones are places with disproportionately large numbers of centenarians. Buettner's book contains case studies on four of these blue zones: Sardinia, Okinawa, Loma Linda (California), and Hojancha (Costa Rica), and provides interesting insights on living from the places that produce lots of old people.

Even those who aren't particularly interested in living to 100 will find a great deal of valuable information in the book. Not unexpectedly, nutrition makes up the bulk of the book's advice. However, there are other important factors such as family and social life, sleep, and being active.

A few things I picked up:
- As in Okinawa, one should say "hara hachi bu" before each meal as a reminder to stop when one is 80% full, rather than 100% or 180% full.
- Most nuts make a decent snack even if they are roasted in an oil that isn't particularly healthy.
- Despite our species's history, which largely involved gorging on meat when it was available,veggies live longer.
- When you eat can be as important as what you eat.

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