This is an excerpt from his interview with Blue Zones, the website dedicated to living well while keeping the earth happy along the way. Use this link to read the full interview.
1. On breakfast
A hard-boiled egg white (eg animal protien), walnuts (eg plant protein), a whole mess of blueberries and strawberries (eg fruit) and a couple of spoonfuls of hummus (more protein). No cereal. I fear cereal. I think John Harvey Kellogg – the 19th century yogurt-enema-loving health guru and inventor of corn flakes – set us off on a path to obesity.
2. On the best approach to general health
Avoid sitting in one place for more than an hour. If you’re at your desk, get up every hour and walk around for a couple of minutes....walking is a key to longevity. The sedentary life is a killer.
3. On a great snack
I’ve tricked my kids into liking kale chips. I shred the kale, mix it with a little canola oil, salt and sesame seeds and then bake it at 250 degrees.
4. On how to look better in one month
The easiest thing? Wear sunscreen, big hats and tightly-knit clothes of dark colors (which repel UV rays). Nothing ages you faster than sun damage. And we Americans under-apply sunscreen by about 50 percent. We should be using a shot-glass full of sunscreen every four hours. That’s a whole lot of sunscreen.
5. On the best exercise in the world for more immediate results
I’d say High Intensity Interval Training seems to have the most support. This is when you sprint for 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds. Then repeat several times. (You can also bike, swim, or jump – whatever gets your heart rate near maximum). You can get a workout in 20 minutes, and it’s probably better for you than jogging leisurely for 40 minutes.
6. On the healthiest and unhealthiest foods from the Bible
Well, Ezekiel bread is pretty healthy as far as breads go – it’s got spelt, barley, millet, lentils and other whole grains. Though I should mention that in the Bible, God originally wanted Ezekiel to bake the bread over human dung, which I don’t endorse, health-wise.
7. Noise & your health
Noise-cancelling headphones. Also, pants. As for the headphones, one of the surprise findings of my project is how bad noise pollution is for your health. Noise leads to stress, which leads to heart disease. One study found that people who work in noisy environments have two to three times the rate of heart disease.
You have been officially alerted....