In 2014, I did extensive research to complete the attached thesis on "Preventive Heart Health Measures for Women: Dietary and Lifestyle Suggestions.
The original impetus for my thesis was to study global, ethnic diets with the intent of understanding the foods, specific to environment which might provide the key to the native peoples' heath and happiness...
As I began to research I realized the diet was only one aspect of the formula for longevity and health. I needed to identify the habits of diet and lifestyle that appeared to work, hand in hand, with the native cuisines. Ultimately, I wanted to figure out from the indigenous diets and lifestyles, the key factors that could provide a basis of prevention for women's heart disease. And along the way, I learned ever so much about the incredible wisdom of our Indigenous peoples, the research of Dr. Weston Price, Dan Buettner's studies of the Blue Zones, and Dr. Daphne Miller's book, The Jungle Effect.
In case you have never heard of the term, "Blue Zones" is referring to five geographical areas around the world where people live longer than the norm. They were first discovered by Dan Buettner and a team from National Geographic in 2004, who were studying populations of centenarians inhabiting the Blue Zones - Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Ikaria, Greece. The team was seeking to find the common denominators that would provide an explanation for the health and longevity of the men and women interviewed who were one hundred or more years old
Something that stood out for me after reading about the Blue Zones was a Japanese concept called ikigai, which translates roughly to “the happiness of always being busy”. I loved the simplicity of these ten points and often remind myself of them. I am including the website I found this information on if you care to learn more.