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The Blue Zones 1. Eat fresh

The Blue Zones

A few years ago, in coordination with National Geographic, author Dan Buettner published a book that he titled The Blue Zones that was based on research he conducted among the peoples throughout the world that exhibited unusual longevity traits.  To do so, he found locations where living past 100 years old was normal and the average lifespan far exceeded the world average. 

I won’t go into all his findings and conclusions but there are some items worth noting that he found in these peoples throughout the world:

  • Intergenerational living arrangements (the delightful owners of Forland Family Market must on to something)
  • Walking as the main means of transportation (love the construction of sidewalks everywhere)
  • Lots of social contacts (something you can get at the Market)
  • Learn something new often (I hope that this blog does that for you)
  • Being active outdoors (i.e. gardening). 
  • Also, the people tend to stay active late in life.  Continuing to work past 100 years old is not unusual.


Of course, the primary recommendations from his book relate to fresh foods.  Keep in mind, most of the places that were studied have little or no access to refrigeration or microwaves or other appliances.  Hmmm, they live longer without modern conveniences, because they eat fresh foods.  Just one more reason to go to Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market and Forland Family Market.  Some recommendations from the book that relate to foods:

  • Limit meat (including seafood) to one meal per day and eat only fresh meat or seafood. (Available at the Market)
  • 4-6 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables daily (Obviously found at the Market)
  • Showcase fruit and vegetables -- store fruit and vegetables in bowls and baskets around your kitchen.  (See Alice Noyes of Handwoven by Design for handwoven baskets and thrown pottery.)
  • Consume fresh herbs daily.  (Plants sold at the Market)
  • Eat dried beans and peas (Okay, not available at the Market)
  • Eat a handful of nuts daily. (Forland Family Market has nuts by the pound)
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of red wine or dark beer daily. (also, not available)


Recipe of the Week:  Roasted & Grilled Vegetables


This week’s offering is really not a recipe but a listing of vegetables that do well being roasted or grilled.  Along with the list, is how to bake or grill.  All the vegetables listed I have found at Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market and Forland Family Market.


Vegetables suited for baking:


Okra:  Cut off the ends.  Cut into ½ inch pieces.

Beans:  Cut off ends.  Cut into 3-4 inch pieces.

Onions:  Quarter

Squash & Zucchini:  Slice into ¼ inch – ½ inches.  Cut across.


With any or all of the above, coat thoroughly with olive oil.  Lay out on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.  Bake at 350° Turning the vegetables often.  Remove from oven when brown or to the doneness you prefer.  Let cool.  Goes with anything.


Vegetables suited for grilling:


Zucchini:  Cut the ends off.  Slice lengthwise about ¼ - ½ inch thick.

Onion:  Quarter

Carrots:  Cut in diagonals, ½ inch – 1 inch thick

Squash:  Cut in slices, ½ - 1 inch thick.


With any or all of the above, coat thoroughly with olive oil.  Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and grate pepper on the vegetables.  Cook on a hot grill for no more than two minutes.  Turn.  Cook for no more than two minutes.  Note:  Tends to do better on a gas grill but a charcoal grill work too.


As always, enjoy, and I’ll see you at the Market.


Bob Zeanah

Author of No Anchor (published November 2015)

Available online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Books a Million

Author of Work to Do (published July 2014)

Available online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Books a Million

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