The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People by Dan Buettner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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 centenarians.
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 lots of beans to having a strong sense of community to being generally active thanks to a lack of modern conveniences to treating meat as a side dish or fare reserved for special occasions, Buettner's findings support the notion that health is not only a functi0n of what we eat, but is also impacted by our social connections, close relationships, daily activities, and sense of purpose among other things.
Though I enjoyed reading, there wasn't anything particularly groundbreaking here, and probably why I think it would be a great book for the novice who simply wants to learn more about longevity promoting lifestyle choices.