Want To Live to Be 90? Eat Like a Greek Islander!

On the Greek island of Ikaria the residents are twice as likely as the rest of us to live to be 90. How do they do it? A healthy diet and laid-back lifestyle apparently does the trick. And what islanders are eating is different then in the West:

[A] breakfast of goat’s milk, wine, sage tea or coffee, honey and bread. Lunch was almost always beans (lentils, garbanzos), potatoes, greens (fennel, dandelion or a spinachlike green called horta) and whatever seasonal vegetables their garden produced; dinner was bread and goat’s milk. At Christmas and Easter, they would slaughter the family pig and enjoy small portions of larded pork for the next several months.

Islanders also enjoy a warm beverage which translates as “mountain tea,” “made from dried herbs endemic to the island,” a rotating, seasonal list that includes wild marjoram, sage, mint, and dandelion leaves. They also drink a lot of wine and coffee, and eat far less meat then we do.

Their diet does not include processed foods that are a common staple of our western diets. They also take naps in the afternoon, stay up late, and sleep in on most mornings.

If this is what helps get people to age 90 or beyond, we’re all for it. Sign us up for a Greek Island cruise!