166 Centenarians

There are groups of people around the world who have amazing life spans and are healthy throughout. Centenarians are those who have reached the age of 100 and beyond. There are centenarians around the world but in some places there are an amazing number of them.

 

Most of us have heard of the Hunza people in Northern Pakistan but there are also the Vilcabambans who live in a valley in Ecuador’s Andes Mountains and the Abkhasians who live in a 3,000 square mile area in southern Russia. These cultures are very different from ours as you might imagine. These are people who are very active working in their homes and in their gardens. They live in mountainous areas where exercise is part of their lifestyle so they don’t need treadmills and barbells. They spend a lot of time together and even though they have very few possessions they are very joyful people. They sing and dance and laugh a lot. JJ

 

As you probably have already guessed, it is quite interesting to look at their diets. Even though they are very far apart geographically their diets are remarkably similar.

 

 

Abkhasia

Vilcabamba

Hunza

% of calories from carbohydrates

65%

74%

73%

% of calories from fat

20%

15%

17%

% of calories from protein

15%

11%

10%

Daily calories (adult males)

1,900

1,800

1,900

% of diet from plant foods

90%

99%

99%

% of diet from animal foods

10%

1%

1%

salt

low

low

low

sugar

0

0

0

processed food

0

0

0

obesity

0

0

0

From “Healthy at 100”, John Robbins

 

We live in a very different world from these people but we can validate our own meal plans with this information. We can see some of our good choices just by looking at this table: a diet high in complex carbohydrates (rice, beans, corn, potatoes), low fat and low protein, low salt, cut out sugar, processed and refined foods and to these food selections add regular exercise. There it is in a nutshell. Wow!

 

Can we duplicate their diet? Well… not exactly… but we can come as close as possible by adhering to the basic Choose Well Plan and using the recipes from “Ask the Food Coach”. After making a recipe or two you will be able to adjust the recipes to suit your taste. There is a lot of great food for us to enjoy, to help us feel great and to help us remain healthy… possibly to 100. Now that’s something to think about.

 

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