We are excited to announce that we are on our way to becoming a recognized Blue Zone business! If you haven’t heard what all the commotion is about, Blue Zones Project is about improving the well-being of communities and creating healthier options so everyone can live longer, healthier and happier lives.
The concept of Blue Zone began as a New York Times Best Seller by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow. His concept in his book has now evolved into a a global movement inspiring people to enjoy a higher quality of life through healthy lifestyle habits.
The city of Fort Worth is joining the initiative which involves schools, restaurants like Righteous Foods, and grocery stores like Central Market and we can’t help but join this amazing movement! We have been providing local residents with healthy foods for years and it’s nice to find an outlet that will recognize our efforts and help us get involved in making our community a healthier place even more!
As we work toward becoming a certified Blue Zone business, we want to share with you the things we’re learning and tips to help you start taking on these healthy initiatives yourselves!
This month, Blue Zone is focusing on the 80% rule.
Residents living in the original Blue Zones® areas share common lifestyle habits called Power 9®. Eating mindfully is one of them. People who live in Okinawa, Japan have a positive strategy when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. They call it “Hara Hachi Bu,” which means to stop eating when you are 80% full. Studies show that cutting back on calories can lead to better heart health, longevity, and weight loss. In fact, losing just 10% of your body weight offers significant health benefits, such as lower blood pressure and cholesterol, which can reduce your risk of heart disease.
Many of us eat while on the run, or sitting in front of the computer or the TV, so we don’t always notice what we’re eating or how fast we’re consuming it. Make it a habit to sit down and savor the tastes and textures of what you’re eating. You’ll slow down, eat less (Hara Hachi Bu!), and enjoy your food more.
To learn about the Blue Zones Project and how you can get involved visit. https://fortworth.bluezonesproject.com/