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Blue Zones: The Healthiest Places on Earth and What You Can Learn from Them3 min read

People live longer in Blue Zones like Okinawa, Japan

Ever wondered what it takes to live longer? Certain populations around the world dedicate their lifestyles to doing just that. Known as “Blue Zones,” these communities have some of the healthiest people who live the longest. They focus on values that reinforce healthy behaviors, like taking time to de-stress and spending time with their families. These Blue Zones are found in Japan, Italy, Costa Rica, Greece and even the United States.

Here’s what you can learn from the Blue Zones around the world.

Okinawa, Japan

The islands of Okinawa are a tropical getaway with beautiful beaches and great weather. As if living in a place like Okinawa isn’t enough, the islands also have a highest ratio of centenarians, or people who are 100+ years old. The secret to their long lives? A low-fat, low-salt diet that includes lots of vegetables, legumes, and seaweed. Okinawans also form regular moais, community social gatherings where they offer each other financial and emotional support to help combat everyday stress.

Sardinia, Italy

On this island in middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the ratio of centenarian men and women is one to one. This is unique compared to the rest of the world, where five times as women live to 100. The Sardinians credit their longevity to clean air and locally-produced wine. However, a key factor for Sardinia being a Blue Zone is their ancient tradition of shepherding livestock from mountains to the plains. These shepherds consume roughly 15 pounds of goat’s milk and sheep’s cheese a year. Sardinians balance out these heavy dairy products with moderate carbs and plenty of fennel, beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, almonds.

Nicoya, Costa Rica

For Blue Zoners in Nicoya, the secret to a long-life life is their diet, which focuses on what is known as the “three sisters” of Mesoamerican agriculture—beans, corn, and squash. Eating these three staples along with papayas, yams, bananas and peach palms are just some of the ways the peninsula produces long living citizens. While this diet may not sound the most enticing, adding in some of these foods to your diet couldn’t hurt for a healthier—and maybe longer—life!

Ikaria, Greece

The key to a long, healthy life on the small island of Ikaria is preparing the right foods in the right way. This may not sound like much, but the people of this island stick closely to a Mediterranean diet, which promotes brain and physical health while keeping diseases at bay. People of Ikaria also eat potatoes, goat’s milk, beans, lentils, honey, wild greens, and small amounts of fish.

Loma Linda, California

Loma Linda is home to a number of Seventh Day Adventists who take some of their lifestyle choices from the Bible. They take time to focus on their faith and avoid activities like smoking, drinking, and watching TV. They also follow a “biblical diet” that focuses on eating nuts, grains, fruits, vegetables and drinking only water. Some people also eat small amounts of meats and fish. When it comes to sugar, the community relies on only natural sources like fruits for their diet. Top choice foods in the community are avocados, oatmeal, nuts, beans, soy milk and whole wheat bread.

Each Blue Zone has something unique to offer. Whether you are looking to change up your current lifestyle and make healthier strides or if you want to live a longer life, taking tips from the cultures of Blue Zones is can be a great starting point.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 4, 2017 at 20:19

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The Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Around the World

St. Patric's Day Montserrat

St. Patrick’s Day immediately brings to mind several iconic celebrations: the million-plus people at the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Chicago River running Kelly green on March 17, and the fun and debauchery that takes place in South Boston. But as they say, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and some of the best celebrations around the world take place outside of areas traditionally known for their Irish heritage. If you’re looking to don your green and grab a little luck of the Irish for yourself, you can’t beat the parties at these international destinations.

Montserrat

A tiny island in the Caribbean may not scream St. Patrick’s Day to you, but it’s the only place in the world outside of Ireland where March 17 is a public holiday. The holiday has a dual focus among the people of Montserrat. At its core is a celebration of a 17th-century slave revolt that led to Montserrat’s freedom from European rule. However, those same Europeans also brought Irish traditions and Catholicism with them to the island, which remain a key part of the culture on the island.

Munich, Germany

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are a relatively new phenomenon in Germany. What started just over 20 years ago as a small party among friends has grown into a city-wide celebration in Munich. More than 15,000 people gather to celebrate in the streets over the three-day weekend that precedes March 17. The parade is one of the largest in Europe on St. Patrick’s Day and shuts down Leopoldstrasse, the major thoroughfare through the city. Bars forgo the standard German beers for the celebration, so grab a Guinness and join the fun.St. Patrick's Day Germany

Singapore

The parade in Singapore is the largest in Southeast Asia on St. Patrick’s Day. Perhaps as a tip of the hat to the celebration slightly farther west in Chicago, part of the Singapore River is dyed green for the festivities. You’ll find a mix of activities, from traditional bar crawls to healthier, family-friendly celebrations of Irish culture and dancing organized by the St. Patrick’s Day Society of Singapore.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Love the Boom Town Rats and front man Bob Geldof? Then you’re going to love the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Dubai. Geldoff headlines a gig every year on St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Village in Dubai. The three-day festival includes a family fun day with face painting, a petting zoo and a bouncy house. Keep in mind that drinking alcohol is public is illegal in Dubai unless you are in a licensed establishment such as a bar or restaurant.

St. Patrick's Day Dubai

Moscow, Russia

Muscovites really love St. Patrick’s Day, and embrace both the superficial trappings common in other cities as well as Irish culture. The centerpiece is Irish Week, which features the Moscow Irish Film Festival and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. After watching some classic, blockbuster and critically acclaimed Irish cinema, take to the streets for a parade replete with Cossack riders on horseback, marching bands and, of course, green beer.

Images:

Montserrat, courtesy of Caribbean Beat
Dubai, courtesy of Arabian Business.com
Singapore, courtesy of Asia One
Munich, courtesy of Mymuenchen.de

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - March 20, 2017 at 23:40

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The Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Around the World

St. Patric's Day Montserrat

St. Patrick’s Day immediately brings to mind several iconic celebrations: the million-plus people at the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Chicago River running Kelly green on March 17, and the fun and debauchery that takes place in South Boston. But as they say, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and some of the best celebrations around the world take place outside of areas traditionally known for their Irish heritage. If you’re looking to don your green and grab a little luck of the Irish for yourself, you can’t beat the parties at these international destinations.

Montserrat

A tiny island in the Caribbean may not scream St. Patrick’s Day to you, but it’s the only place in the world outside of Ireland where March 17 is a public holiday. The holiday has a dual focus among the people of Montserrat. At its core is a celebration of a 17th-century slave revolt that led to Montserrat’s freedom from European rule. However, those same Europeans also brought Irish traditions and Catholicism with them to the island, which remain a key part of the culture on the island.

Munich, Germany

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are a relatively new phenomenon in Germany. What started just over 20 years ago as a small party among friends has grown into a city-wide celebration in Munich. More than 15,000 people gather to celebrate in the streets over the three-day weekend that precedes March 17. The parade is one of the largest in Europe on St. Patrick’s Day and shuts down Leopoldstrasse, the major thoroughfare through the city. Bars forgo the standard German beers for the celebration, so grab a Guinness and join the fun.St. Patrick's Day Germany

Singapore

The parade in Singapore is the largest in Southeast Asia on St. Patrick’s Day. Perhaps as a tip of the hat to the celebration slightly farther west in Chicago, part of the Singapore River is dyed green for the festivities. You’ll find a mix of activities, from traditional bar crawls to healthier, family-friendly celebrations of Irish culture and dancing organized by the St. Patrick’s Day Society of Singapore.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Love the Boom Town Rats and front man Bob Geldof? Then you’re going to love the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Dubai. Geldoff headlines a gig every year on St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Village in Dubai. The three-day festival includes a family fun day with face painting, a petting zoo and a bouncy house. Keep in mind that drinking alcohol is public is illegal in Dubai unless you are in a licensed establishment such as a bar or restaurant.

St. Patrick's Day Dubai

Moscow, Russia

Muscovites really love St. Patrick’s Day, and embrace both the superficial trappings common in other cities as well as Irish culture. The centerpiece is Irish Week, which features the Moscow Irish Film Festival and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. After watching some classic, blockbuster and critically acclaimed Irish cinema, take to the streets for a parade replete with Cossack riders on horseback, marching bands and, of course, green beer.

Images:

Montserrat, courtesy of Caribbean Beat
Dubai, courtesy of Arabian Business.com
Singapore, courtesy of Asia One
Munich, courtesy of Mymuenchen.de

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - March 7, 2017 at 17:17

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Four Places to See Before They Disappear from Earth Forever

Gecko

The world is filled with spectacular sights just waiting for you to discover them. But don’t delay too long before taking that trip, since some of the most impressive natural wonders are in danger of disappearing forever. Global warming, deforestation and the ever-expanding human population are changing the face of the earth. Coastlines are slowly eroding, rainforests are shrinking, and the underwater world is dying off. If you’re a healthy traveler with a passion for the environment, add these destinations to your must-see list.

The Great Barrier Reef

Last year, Outside Magazine posted an obituary for The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, lamenting the death of this natural wonder after more than 25 million years. And in fact, the reef does seem to be on life support after suffering at the hands of global warming and ocean acidification that has killed off almost half of the corals that make up the reef. Sadly, over 60 percent of the coral deaths have happened in the last 20 years. However, there is still hope for the reef and the Australian and Queensland governments have dedicated $ 2 billion toward the recovery effort. If you visit, choose tour operators who are eco-certified. They’ll help you enjoy the reef responsibly.
Great Barrier Reef

The Maldives

The Maldives in the Indian Ocean are known for their pristine beaches and spectacularly colorful coral reefs. The reefs themselves are suffering from many of the same problems plaguing The Great Barrier Reef. However, the bigger problem is that most of the country’s 200 inhabited islands may soon be underwater due to rising sea levels caused by global warming. It’s gotten so bad that the president of The Maldives has announced plans to buy land in neighboring India, Sri Lanka, and Australia where residents can live if their homes become uninhabitable. Visiting The Maldives helps, since your tourist dollars go into a fund to purchase this new land.

The Maldives

Madagascar Rain Forest

Ring-tailed lemurs, flying foxes, geckos and tomato frogs – the Madagascar rain forest off the coast of Africa are flying, crawling and swimming with species found nowhere else on the planet. In fact, 75 percent of the animals found here are unique to Madagascar. Unfortunately, they are quickly disappearing, many before they’re even discovered. These rainforests have dwindled from 120,000 square miles to about 20,000 square miles due to deforestation, wood burning and logging.

Madagascar Rainforest

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is where the Mojave and Colorado desert ecosystems meet. It’s filled with coyotes and jackrabbits, pitch-black night skies perfect for stargazing, and of course the eponymous Joshua tree. This unique tree thrives here – and only here – or at least it used to. The recent California drought, which is finally easing, and decades of higher-than-normal average temperatures have taken their toll on the Joshua tree. Ecologists predict that the area where they are able to grow will be reduced by 90 percent in the coming century. Visiting Joshua Tree National Park is a great way to learn about the area and conservation effort. If you go, follow the Leave No Trace principles to reduce the impact of your visit.

Joshua Tree National Park

If you’re looking to explore a destination that may not be around forever, book your trip now. It may inspire you to join the fight to save these natural resources.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - February 7, 2017 at 21:20

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Your Second Honeymoon: The Best Places to Get Away from It All

Stand Up Paddle

A second honeymoon is the perfect way to rekindle your romance. Whether you’re celebrating a big anniversary, a promotion at work or your last child just left for college, it’s a milestone in your marriage and a way to strengthen your bond with your spouse. If you’re looking for a vacation idea as unique as your relationship, consider the following international destinations and activities. They’ll get you off the beaten path and beyond the typical resort-vacation experience.

Skip the All-Inclusive: Plan Your Own Trip in Bermuda
Bermuda cottageMexico and the Caribbean islands are rife with opportunities for all-inclusive vacations. Although it’s convenient to have everything taken care of, you’ll have the same experience as every other tourist sitting on the deck chair next to you at the overcrowded resort pool.

For a different experience, try Bermuda. Many residents with large estates all over the island advertise their guest houses for rent on websites such as VRBO. These well-appointed cottages are perfect for a romantic, secluded vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts. Many have beach access, cable TV, and kitchens or grills for cooking meals. Or if you’d rather let someone else do the cooking during your trip, you’re just a short moped ride away from a delicious meal at local restaurants and hotels.

Get Active: Hike, Paddle and Dive in Bali
Bali SnorkelingLazing around on the beach for a week or two is an ideal trip for some people. But if you’re more of a get-up-and-go couple, the thought of basking motionless in the sun for days on end may not be for you.

Instead, head to the Indonesian island of Bali for limitless opportunities to indulge your active side. Bali is dotted with black sand beaches and surrounded by coral reefs, making it a hotspot for scuba divers and snorkelers. It’s also one of the best year-round destinations for paddle boarders, with spots suitable for beginners and experts alike. When you’re tired of the ocean, hike or climb the mountains throughout Bali – including the nearly 10,000-foot-high active volcano known as Mount Agung.

Indulge Your Passions: Take a Cooking Tour of the Amalfi Coast
Amalfi CoastRomance comes in many forms, and one thing guaranteed to keep your romance strong is sharing a common interest with your spouse. A second honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to take a deeper dive into a current hobby or develop a new skill with your partner. A cooking tour of the Amalfi Coast in Italy is a sensory experience you won’t soon forget.

The Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy is known for its temperate Mediterranean climate and coastal mountains that plunge into the sea, as well as for its world-class hotel and restaurant scene. Your cooking tour options are varied, from week-long classes with Michelin-starred chefs to more homegrown experiences with local cooks. The Amalfi Coast is also known for lemon production and limoncello, a popular liqueur native to the region.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 17, 2017 at 21:18

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