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Is a Kuanos lifestyle right for you? | NoMAd NiNo

 

12923255_1537537009876535_5754817897316292556_n     People often ask us about our diet, I tell them it’s not so much a diet but rather a lifestyle. I call it “Kuanos”, the Greek word for blue. There are places on earth called Blue Zones. Researchers have identified these places as having the highest concentrations of people living over 100. They rarely get sick and they seem like genuinely happy people. There are 5 regions on our planet considered Blue Zones.

  • Ikaria, Greece
  • Nicoya, Costa Rica 
  • Sardinia, Italy
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Loma Linda, California

 

 

Although I don’t live in a Blue Zone at the moment, it still remains my goal.  In the meantime I try to emulate what so many before us have already done for centuries. It’s actually quite simple, just e5at the way we were intended to eat. Today most people no longer eat real food. They eat food-like products that come nicely packaged in a cardboard box. Not only do these types of “food”contain very little nutritional value, they also contain terrible chemicals, dyes and preservatives. I grew up in an Italian household and usually ate relatively healthy. It was still impossible to get away from all the hidden junk in our food. One day I  decided to change my family’s eating habits and follow the same path as the Blue Zoners.

 

So,  why do they live to 100? Why do they rarely get sick? Why do they all seem happy? I’d like to focus on Ikaria and Sardinia because those are the closest places that align with our lifestyle. There are a few things at play here, I’ll try to explain……For one, they never really sit still for too long. Life is in motion, weather it’s tending to the garden or running after the great grandkids, people are always moving. Like an old car you may have sitting in your garage for years, you can’t expect it to perform better than one that’s fine tuned and always on the go.

 

     They also have a social circle that reinforces healthy behavior. Few veer from the cuisine that has been a staple in the comm4unity for centuries. The diet consists mainly of local organic vegetables, legumes and wild herbs. Fresh fish comes in daily from the local waters. Home made olive oil and wine are also consumed on a daily basis. Dairy consists of locally produced unpasteurized goat cheese. For those with a sweet tooth, dark  chocolate or honey makes the perfect snack. Meat is only reserved for a special occasion. You may see a lamb roast for a wedding or milestone.

 

 

With all there is to do on the homestead they still take time to unwind and let their hair down. There is usually always a f3estival in the evening with song, dance and plenty of home made wine. Traditional musical instruments are played as the entire community dances to stories about their ancestors. This includes everyone. You can see toddlers, teenagers and elders all interacting. Generations of family always together. I believe this interaction is one of the key ingredients of longevity.

 

 

One of the7 things I noticed of the two European islands is that the people have a sense of freedom and disconnect from the government. Yes, they are part of a political system that invades every nook and cranny of our lives, but not to the extent of the mainland. They tend to keep things simple and local. They really don’t need much from the outside. If the state were to implode, their life would hardly change. If anything, it would probably improve.

 

 

Unfortunately most of us are stuck in a mindset that moving to a Blue Zone is an impossibility. Even though it is very possible, there may be other factors in your life at play. You may be afraid to quit your job or move to a strange land. Some just can’t deal with the unknown. Regardless of all this, there is no reason you can’t change your lifestyle here at home to emulate a Blue Zone that works for you. It works for us.

Eat well and Happy Travels!

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26 Comments to Is a Kuanos lifestyle right for you? | NoMAd NiNo

  1. Andrea Miller says:

    Thanks for sharing this info. I never thought of it like that. Very cool stuff.

  2. Rich Cordoba says:

    Thanks Nino, Great inspiration. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time.

  3. Yanna Alogev says:

    I plan on visiting the bluezones soon.

  4. Larry says:

    Did you see the special on tv?

  5. How interesting…I have never heard of the blue zone earlier. What appeals to me most is the fact that people should keep moving to stay healthy.

  6. Arnav says:

    Thanks for the information.Domething new learnt.

  7. Hanani says:

    I have never heard of blue zones, so this is something new. But I believe even without a specific diet (healthy food, exercise) one will be able to live a long time. I dunno, just my 2 cents I guess.

  8. Sheena says:

    A really interesting read – I’m heading to Costa Rica soon so definitely going to check out Nicoya for their secrets. Thanks for the tip

  9. Thanks for teaching me something new today. I found your post really interesting. I have never heard of blue zones before. I am off to Japan for a lot of travelling soon. I will have a further look into this.

  10. Mili says:

    Thanks for this piece of info, I have never heard of Blue Zones. But I definitely agree with their lifestyle! My personal motto says: “Life is too short NOT to be fully happy.” so CARPE DIEM! Let´s change things which don´t make us happy and let´s create our own Blue Zone! 🙂

  11. MARINA says:

    I had never heard about these “blue zones” before, and it sounds super interesting.
    I started being vegetarian when I started backpacking and loads of things changed my point of view about animals, its rights, the way we eat and, to sum up, I started eating healthier and using only organic products. But never read about what you just pointed out at the article. Really interesting, I’m happy that I stopped by and had the chance to read it!

  12. Colleen says:

    Wow this was full of information! It’s tough eating healthy on the road and I struggle with my weight. Mostly I don’t want to have to buy new pants! I’m going to have to dig into this deeper though, I’m very interested!

  13. Thais says:

    I’ve never heard of Blue Zone before! So interesting, and true! I try to eat real food as much as we can, but in some places, like Japan, it gets pretty much impossible due to the price of fresh food! Thanks for the article!

  14. Ashley Smith says:

    I love this! I’ve heard of this before and the reasons it works is no surprise. I’m an American but lived in Italy for a while and I noticed a significant difference in how I felt, physically, after so long of consuming pure food that wasn’t garbage. I just wish this lifestyle was possible EVERYWHERE. Sometimes we just don’t have a choice. I grow as much stuff as I can at my own house but living in New England makes it hard to grow much of anything. 🙂

  15. Kate says:

    Interesting. Never knew about the blue zones – I’ll have to check those places out. I can see how keeping busy helps. I grew up on my grandparent’s farm so they have ALWAYS been busy people. My grandfather is coming up on 90 and still doing most of the farm work without trouble!

  16. Lianna says:

    Very cool, this is my first time reading about blue zones. Living in a blue zone definitely sounds like a great goal, I’ll have to consider it! Living to be very old runs in my family, so I guess I have that to help me out 😉

  17. Milena says:

    I haven’t been to any of those places yet, but I really wish to visit the Greek Ikaria soon as Greece is one of my favourite places and I feel home there, no mather which part of the country I am spending in. Such an idyllic atmosphere there!

  18. That is very interesting. Humans are social animals and I think people sometimes forget how important socialising is to our health as well as food. Junk food, the rush of big city life and isolation is what hurts our health.

  19. Brown Gal Trekker says:

    diet is complicated these days. for good reasons though as i think there’s surge among us to eat healthier. not a bad problem.

  20. uung sawade says:

    This is the key! great read.

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