Nov 17, 2017
On today’s episode of Food, Success & Life for the Modern
Woman, Dr. John Day shares the journey that led him to find the
Longevity Village, which inspired his years research and
ultimately, to writing his book The Longevity Play: Seven Life
Transforming Lessons From Ancient China. These lessons, obtained
from a seven remarkable centenarians in Bapan, China, helped Dr.
Day turn his own deteriorating health around.
The principles Dr. Day teaches his patients and the readers of the
The Longevity Plan are profoundly simple yet elusive
to many Americans: Eat Good Food, Master Your Mind-Set, Build Your
Place in a Positive Community, Be in Motion, Find Your Rhythm, Make
the Most of Your Environment and Proceed with Purpose. Al of these
concepts are wonderfully illustrated in the stores of the seven
remarkable centenarians of Bapan (The Longevity Village) their
families and their community.
What was found in the Longevity Village and what is now in the
The book breaks down the seven principles focused in living in tune
with our DNA, the way we were designed to live.
Starts out with nutrition and eating real food.
In this village, there was nothing processed. No sugars or oils.
Everything was real food that they foraged, a simple lifestyle.
Nothing exotic. Just the way our bodies were supposed to be.
Food should be nourishment.
How Can Busy People Start to Make the Switch to this
Busy moms and career woman are making their families a priority and
running around time pressed.
Introduce healing foods with each meal is a good start. Most
families are starting the morning with sugar: cereals, pastries and
high sugar coffee drinks.
Try to introduce vegetables regularly and eliminate sugar. It’s so
addictive. Provide kids fruit, vegetables and nuts first before the
People are time-strapped and this can be challenging, but it can be
One great way is to batch food. Make more than usual over the
weekend so you have leftovers to use during the week.
Focus on Nightshades
Lots of controversy on this. Should I? Shouldn’t I? Some believe
they’re the root of many autoimmune diseases and inflammation. Dr.
John Day has a thorough blog post on his website about
this very subject, referencing research studies. It has been shown
in rats that nightshades create inflammation, but it has never been
proven in humans. There are no credible studies or science to prove
that and rule out these wonderful foods. If you find that your
joints hurt when you eat tomatoes, then don’t eat them. But most
healthy diets like the Mediterranean diet and Japanese diets
include nightshades and these groups have the lowest amounts of
7 Tenants in Longevity Plan
Nutrition- eat real food. Eliminate sugars and processed
Mindset- this is critical. Every centenarian he met in
their home, all shared that they are living the best days of their
lives. Each day is an honor and it is an honor to grow older
rather than trying to hang on to their youth. Optimistic people
live 7 to 8 years longer. Those with gratitude live twice as long.
Those that embrace their stress rather than complain about it live
17 years longer.
To practice positive mindset, Dr. Day embraces everything that life
throws at him. Even stress and challenges, and look at them as
obstacles to overcome.
Community- something that is not well understood in the
medical community. The power of being connected. And we’re not
talking technologically. People who feel isolated or lonely, is the
biggest predictor of early death…more than smoking and obesity.
These communities are very tight knit. Living in multi-generational
homes…4 generations in one home! The concept of being connected
giving a feeling of belonging and someone to talk to.
Physical Activity or Being in Motion- too many of us think
that exercise is a swear word….”I gotta go to the gym” and people
don’t want to do it. But centenarians know nothing about driving to
a gym to move. They live intentional lives and physically active
throughout their lives. They are in motion all the time. Exercise
doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym. So if you don’t enjoy it,
don’t do it. Do other things like walking, dancing and gardening.
Studies show that even if you go to the gym and sit at your desk
all day, going to the gym cannot undo the damage of sitting at your
desk all day. Re-engineer movement back into our lives. Sitting is
the new smoking.
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Dr. Day’s 3 Personal Habits to Help Him Succesfully Reach Age
- Eat real food. This was really hard for him initially.
- Favorite snacks are vegetables and nut butters.
Mindful about relationships in his life. Being the best husband,
father and doctor.
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