Threw on a @mindbodygreen podcast for my evening walk last night and learned something new.
@jasonwacomb was speaking with @danbuettner about the Blue Zones - 5 areas of the world where people are living the longest, healthiest, happiest lives. Far longer and with less disease and sickness then the way many of us are living today.
These populations don’t give a shit about crazy fad diets, crossfit workouts, or self help courses. They practice simple, common sense habits as a natural part of their daily routine. It’s a lifestyle, not a quick fix - sound familiar? 😉
These habits can be summed up into 9 things we can all implement into our own lives:
-1. Move naturally - Identify activities you enjoy and make them a fluid part of your day.
- 2. Eat a plant-based diet - Make an effort to increase your fruits and veggies (mostly veggies!). Plants should be the base of every meal, while animal proteins and fats are treated as side additions, not the other way around.
- 3. Down shift - Take time to relieve stress. Make it a sacred daily ritual. Self care every-day-of-the-week is the new Self Care Sunday.
- 4. Drink in moderation - I think we all know what this one means, my 23 year old self needed this podcast.
- 5. Eat until you’re 80% full - This is easier said than done but one way to eat more mindfully is to put the phone down, chew slowly, and take your time so you have the opportunity to feel full before overeating.
- 6. Have a life purpose - We are all here for a reason and if you haven’t found it yet, don’t stress, it will find you when the time is right.
7. Have a spiritual connection - Believe in something bigger than yourself. Whatever that means for you.
- 8. Put loved ones first - Foster a strong family support system (again, you define what family means to you) and show love regularly in a number of ways to each other.
- 9. Pick the right tribe - Surround yourself with people who lift you up and energize you. Life is too short, and too long, for negative people to bring you down.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.