Do Blue Zones People Eat Kale Salad?

I stumbled upon a New York Times article about longevity recently, and I wanted to share a quick excerpt with you all.

In the article, the author spends a day with longevity expert Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones. In a very brief synopsis, The Blue Zones basically studies several areas of the world where people tend to live the longest. I bought the book after reading the New York Times article and I’m currently only a few chapters in, however it seems like sensible advice so far and I look forward to reading the rest of the book. Here is the excerpt I particularly liked:

…in longevity idylls like Icaria, it’s not just about what you eat, but how you eat, and how much you and your friends enjoy a meal together.

“Dan, do any of the Blue Zones people eat kale salad?” Mr. Solomon asked.

“No,” Mr. Buettner replied. “They eat food that they enjoy.”

You don’t need to know where Icaria is or who Mr. Solomon is to understand the point of this quote. I, like many, often get distracted by new health foods and fads that claim to be healthier than the last. However, one thing that I never forget is that food is to be enjoyed. I truly believe that food is one of the greatest sources of joy in life. Other than a game of poker, not much else brings a group of people to sit down at a table together for leisure purposes. I love sitting down to a meal with my family or friends, enjoying each other’s company while absorbing the unique flavors of the food.

I don’t plan on going into this much more because I think the quote speaks for itself. It’s a reminder for me as much as anyone else. Bottom line: eat with your friends and family, eat food that tastes good, and don’t force kale down your throat if you don’t like it.


Original article can be found here.

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