Blue Zones

Slow down & live longer (Blue Zone Lesson #6)

Blue Zones Lesson #6 is very apt for many of us during this crazy, hectic time of year.

Unfortunately, our way of life tends to value busy-ness and constantly ‘doing’ over taking time to just ‘be’. Relaxation isn’t just a ‘nice to have’ though, it’s crucial to our health and wellbeing (see this article too), helping brain function and memory, protecting us from illnesses like depression and heart disease, and even

Do you have a purpose? (Blue Zone Lesson #5)

The Japanese call it ‘ikigai’, and Nicoyans ‘plan de vida’. Essentially it means “why I wake up in the morning”, and it’s your reason for being, or your purpose.

It can sometimes feel that there’s too much pressure to find our life’s purpose, but having one may help act as a buffer against stress and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke and arthritis. An 11 year study following

Grapes of Life – we’re talking wine! (Blue Zone Lesson #4)

Have you had a chance to try some of the Blue Zones tips for being more active, eating less or including more plant-based foods in your diet?  I’d love to hear about any changes you’ve made.

In this Blue Zones lesson we take a look at the consumption of alcohol, especially wine.

Centenarians in all Blue Zones, except Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, drink wine moderately but regularly. The Okinawans have

Two tickets for the price of one!

Just $50 gets you two tickets to the workshop, and half a day to focus on you.
We understand that as it gets closer to Christmas you’re probably keeping a close eye on your budget.  So we’re offering two tickets for the price of one to our Celebrate Your Ageless Goddess! workshop.



Join me and Sharyn Paul for this practical practical 4 1/2-hour workshop.

Get tips for feeling healthy, active and joyful

Plant Slant (Blue Zone Lesson #3)

I hope you’ve been enjoying learning about Blue Zones lifestyles and picking up a few ideas to try out yourself.

Although Blue Zones communities, other than the Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda California, aren’t vegetarian, they eat meat infrequently, perhaps just four or five times a month, and then only small serves which means they largely eat a plant-based diet.

Although experts don’t agree on whether a vegetarian diet is healthier

Do you Hara Hachi Bu? (Blue Zone Lesson #2)

Are you curious to find out what “Hara Hachi Bu” is and how it can help you live well longer?

The term is used before meals by Okinawan elders, some of the healthiest and longest-living people on the planet. It’s a reminder to them to stop eating when they feel 80 percent full – pretty much the opposite of many of us who eat till we feel we might burst.

According to

Move naturally (Blue Zone Lesson #1)

A little while ago I posted about the nine lessons for living well longer; the culmination of many years of research by Dan Beuttner and his colleagues in areas around the world where people live longer and healthier.

The first lesson is to move naturally – to be active without having to think about it. Blue Zones “longevity all-stars”, as Dan Buettner calls them,  incorporate a lot of incidental activity in

“Celebrate your Ageless Goddess” is back!

If you couldn’t get to our “Celebrate your Ageless Goddess” three-hour workshop on a weekday, we’re now running it on a Saturday. And holding it at the beautiful Mt Martha House has allowed us to offer it at just $35!

It’s an informative, practical workshop that will help you feel great and love life as you get older.

* Get evidence-based tips for living well longer
* Create an inspiring wellness vision board

June 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Nine lessons for living well longer

I’ve been enjoying reading The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer by Dan Buettner.

Dan has spent years travelling the world, meeting and studying communities known as Blue Zones, where lifestyle, diet and outlook have led to longer, healthier and happier lives, and where people often live into their nineties and even 100s!

Researchers have found common pro-longevity lifestyle elements among all Blue Zones communities. Even if “living well longer” isn’t

May 18th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Blue Zones: Spinach & Cranberry Stuffed Salmon

Looking for something health-giving, quick and simple for lunch or dinner? This delicious heart-healthy, mood boosting (I know I feel more positive when I eat oily fish/take a quality fish oil supplement) recipe has been taken from the Blue Zones website where you will find many others from the world’s longest-living people.


1 lb. of Salmon fillets
½ cup of fresh spinach leaves
3 – 4 fresh basil leaves chopped
1 tsp lemon zest

September 20th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |