Secrets of the world’s healthiest women

Here’s an interesting article to kick off your morning (well, it’s 12:00pm here. I guess we’re technically closing out the morning…)

Secrets of the world’s healthiest women


Some highlights:

  • “French women stay slim with petite portions.” Also, the author confirms that I definitely should continue drinking my “antioxidant-rich wine.” No wonder I always feel so good after a (couple of) glass(es).
  • “Despite scarce sunlight, Icelandic and Scandinavian people actually suffer from depression less than Americans, possibly due to all those omega-3s.” The fact that omega-3s can have such a significant effect on depression this is really interesting to me. Just thinking about the little sunlight and the temperatures in Iceland depresses me.
  • “On Okinawa, they practice hara hachi bu, or eating until 80% full.” I have read about this theory a few other times, and every time I’m reminded of it, I try to put it into practice that day. This always makes me realize how brainwashed we are as Americans to be members of the Clean Plate Club at every meal. It’s really difficult to get out of the habit of eating until you’re full.
  • And a common thread throughout these populations – “The longest-living people don’t think of exercise as a chore.” They tend to walk everywhere or stay “functionally active” instead of finding time to fit in the gym. I’d really love to live in a more “walkable” area someday and have a job that encourages activity (or at least allows for the flexibility for me to fit it in more often).

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