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07 - Blue Zones

In this episode we look at Blue Zones around the world, including the birthplace of Ikigai, Okinawa, Japan

Season 1, episode 7
54 min / Published

What is a “Blue Zone”?  Join us as we take a tour through the Blue Zones.  We look at the similarities and differences in these areas, what we can take from them and apply in our own lives, what we’ve learned, and how it can ultimately help in our journey to discover our Ikigai.

  • ikigai
  • blue zones
  • longevity
  • religion
  • exercise
  • diet
  • centenarian
  • Okinawa
  • Japan
  • Japanese Philosophy
Show notes

Synopsis with time stamps:

Meditation Challenge Update (0:45)

Introduction to the Blue Zones (4:52)

Sardinia, Italy Blue Zone (10:24)

Nicoya, Costa Rica Blue Zone (14:57)

Okinawa, Japan Blue Zone (17:58)

Ikaria, Greece Blue Zone (22:18)

Loma Linda, California Blue Zone (23:32)

The Power of 9 Principles (28:34)

Power of 9: Move Naturally (28:50)

Power of 9: Purpose (32:30)

Power of 9: Down Shift (34:03)

Power of 9: 80% Rule (25:52)

Power of 9: Wine at 5 (38:10)

Power of 9: Connection (39:58)

Biggest Struggles in Western Society (48:01)


Links from Episode:

Blue Zones

Sardinia’s Blue Zone Lessons

Necoya, Costa Rica Blue Zone Lessons

Okinawa, Japan Blue Zone Lessons

Ikaria, Greece Blue Zone Lessons

Loma Linda, California Blue Zone Lessons

The Power of 9 Principles


Our favorite words of wisdom from the Guests/Hosts:

“If you live to be a hundred years old, what sort of person are you going to be?  Are you going to be bed ridden, or reasonably independent?”  --Brett


“Every single home there [in Okinawa, Japan], they have a garden.  And every single day, they’re out in their garden.  And that’s getting them exercise, that’s keeping the blood pumping, that’s keeping the limbs limber, that’s keeping the joints all loosened up.”  --Nevin


“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”  --Adelle Davis


People Mentioned

Dr. Michel Poulain

Dan Buettner

Adelle Davis

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