Mediterranean, Plant Based Diet

Adele Davis, more than 64 years ago was a  former head of nutrition for New York City Schools. She  was one of the earliest authors of health and nutrition books.  Some of her  excellent advice from her first book was captured in the book’s actual  title“We Are What We Eat.”  Now, even if we were unconvinced by her statement,  would we be more inclined to accept the choice of diet advice that had been previously offered by Albert Einstein, perhaps the greatest scientific and intellectual mind of the past 100 years? “Nothing will  benefit human health and increase the chances of life on earth as much as the evolution of  the vegetarian diet.”  According to the CDC, the average lifespan is 78.9 years. What if you could add 8-11 or 12 years to your lifespan, would you want to do it? Well, sure you would, providing you could be healthy in those final years, right?

Pretty profound information?    Have you heard or read about the Blue Zones?

What Is a Blue Zone?  A blue zone is a geographical area in the world where people reportedly  live the longest and healthiest lives. An area of community on the globe where residents enjoy very good health well into their late 80’s, 90’s and 100’s. Not just living longer but living healthy longer with minimal chronic debilitating diseases like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, all cancers and even Alzheimer’s Disease. What would you and I have to do to extend our lives an average of 8-12 years living  in better health?

Where are the Blue Zones?  It is believed there are only five of these longevity favored spots in the world: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Ncoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and a city much closer to home for Americans to relate to. It is  in the city of Loma Linda, about 60 miles south of Los Angeles. Loma Linda has a great number of 7th Day Adventist families whose diet and lifestyle qualify them to be included  in this prestigious Blue Zone list.

What do people  in these Blue Zones do differently that we might all benefit from? What rules do they live by?

  1. They eat a plant based diet, nuts, fruits, whole grains,  vegetables constitute the basis of their daily diet.
  2. They eat no animal based products
  3. They are sure to eat a large breakfast and a smaller and early dinner.
  4. They believe in moderate daily exercise
  5. They believe in setting aside one day to relax and be free of  stress, a day of relaxation, contemplation, they choose Sundays.
  6. They eat fruits and vegetables, legumes and nuts.

Can any of us argue with these facts that had been determined by a study of 22,000 Americans living in the Blue Zone , Adventist community of Loma Linda CA?

Worth mentioning, statistically, one of every two men in the US will develop cancer in their lifetime and 1 of 3 women, can we ignore these statistics?

Death rates from all cancers was 60% lower for Adventist men and 76% lower for Adventist women compared to other  American cities.

Question: Is the sacrifice of giving up an animal based diet worth the advantage of gaining years of healthy life?

Lung cancer 21% lower
Colorectal cancer 62% lower
Breast cancer 85% lower
Coronary heart disease 66% lower for Adventist men, 98% lower for Adventist women

Animal based products: Eggs and dairy products are acceptable in the Seventh Day Adventist Diet but should be consumed in moderation to keep cholesterol intake under control. Low-fat dairy is the preferred choice for those who choose to consume dairy. Alternatives such as soy, almond and rice milk are also acceptable. Adventists eat in moderation legumes and nuts, wheat  and whole grains.

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