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Imagine  Living the 

Ikarians' Century life here in Greece wherever you may come from

Try and Test their 

Long- life-style- Menu  on the spot!

The Ikarians

  • consumed about six times as many beans a day as Americans,  
  • ate fish twice a week and 
  • meat five times a month, 
  • took in about a quarter as much refined sugar — the elderly did not like soda. 
  •  all  drank on average two to three cups of coffee a day

  • they were consuming high levels of olive oil 
  • along with two to four glasses of wine a day
I f you deside to live there,

  • You’re going to grow a garden, because that’s what your parents did, and that’s what your neighbors are doing. 

  • It’s hard to get through the day in Ikaria without walking up 20 hills.

  • You’re not likely to ever feel the existential pain of not belonging 
  • or even the simple stress of arriving late. 

Your community makes sure you’ll always have something to eat, but peer pressure will get you to contribute something too.

  • You’re less likely to be a victim of crime because everyone at once is a busybody and feels as if he’s being watched. 
    • Even if you’re antisocial, you’ll never be entirely alone village festival to eat your portion of goat meat

  • On Sunday, you’ll attend church, and you’ll fast before Orthodox feast days. 

  • At day’s end, you’ll share a cup of the seasonal herbal tea with your neighbor because that’s what he’s serving. 

  • Several glasses of wine may follow the tea, but you’ll drink them in the company of good friends. 
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The island of long life

On the Greek island of Ikaria, life is sweet… and very, very long. So what is the locals' secret?

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Every one of the Ikarians’ dietary tendencies had been linked to increased life spans: 

low intake of saturated fats  from meat and dairy was associated with lower risk of heart disease; 

olive oil — especially unheated — reduced bad cholesterol and raised good cholesterol. 

Goat’s milk contained serotonin-boosting tryptophan and was easily digestible for older people. 

Some wild greens had 10 times as many antioxidants as red wine. 

Wine — in moderation — had been shown to be good for you as it prompts the body to absorb more flavonoids, a type of antioxidant. 

And coffee, once said to stunt growth, was now associated with lower rates of diabetes, heart disease and, for some Parkinson’s. 

Local sourdough bread might actually reduce a meal’s glycemic load. 

You could even argue that potatoes contributed heart-healthy potassium, vitamin B6 and fiber to the Ikarian diet. 

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Life today "begins at 90" as the reasearch explores... 

meet the new nonagenarians ,by bloomberg July 11, 2013 

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Find that yogurt!

...In addition to the studies of Odysseus and Homer, school kids across the nation could get an additional Greek fix from in their yogurt, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture kicks off its National Greek Yogurt Pilot Program.

Greek yogurt offers higher nutritional benefits than traditional yogurt with less sugar, carbohydrates, sodium and lactose, as well as an increase in protein per ounce. The ballooning demand for the dairy option has created a $2 billion industry. CNN, July 10th, 2013                                                                go to USDA launches Greek yogurt program in national schools

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Just straight from earth

Dr. Ioanna Chinou, a professor at the University of Athens School of Pharmacy, is one of Europe’s top experts on the bioactive properties of herbs and natural products emphasises  for the Ikarians’ longevity  that many of the teas they consume are traditional Greek remedies. 

  • Wild mint fights gingivitis and gastrointestinal disorders; 
  • rosemary is used as a remedy for gout; 
  • artemisia is thought to improve blood circulation. 

Seven of the most commonly used herbs on Ikaria.proved in the lab to hold  rich sources of polyphenols,so that they 

                           showed strong antioxidant properties, she reported. 

Most of these herbs also contained mild diuretics.

                         Doctors often use diuretics to treat hypertension — perhaps by drinking tea nightly,

Ikarians have gently lowered their blood pressure throughout their lives.

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Ikarians longevity

Hοw they do it! 


  • Wake naturally, 
  • work in the garden, 
  • have a late lunch, 
  • take a nap.
  • At sunset, they either visited neighbors or neighborssited them. 

Their diet was also typical:

A breakfast of 
  • goat’s milk, 
  • wine, 
  • sage tea or coffee, 
  • honey 
  • and bread.

Lunch was almost 
  • always beans (lentils, garbanzos),
  • potatoes, 
  • greens (fennel, dandelion or a spinachlike green called horta) and whatever seasonal vegetables their garden produced;

Dinner was 
  • bread 
  • and goat’s milk.

At Christmas and Easter, after religiously fasting, they would slaughter the family pig and enjoy
  •  small portions of larded pork for the next several months

Dr. Antonia Trichopoulou of the University of Athens, an expert on the Mediterranean diet.who helped administer surveys, often sitting in village kitchens to ask subjects to reconstruct their childhood eating habits, noted that the Ikarians’ diet, like that of others around the Mediterranean, was rich in olive oil and vegetables, low in dairy (except goat’s milk) and meat products, and also included moderate amounts of alcohol. It emphasized homegrown potatoes, beans (garbanzo, black-eyed peas and lentils), wild greens and locally produced goat milk and honey.

She estimated that the Ikarian diet, compared with the standard American diet, might yield up to four additional years of life expectancy.

“One explanation why they live so long is they eat a plant-based diet. Or it could be the absence of sugar and white flour. From what I know of the Greek diet, they eat very little refined sugar, and their breads have been traditionally made with stone-ground wheat.”


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Light and sightseeing, unforgettable happy mind clicks

Some of the islands are considered as of  the most sunny places on Mediterranean, and not only .

The light of this land  has inspired poets, wirters and artists, and is, for million years, always there.  Boost  mood through your eye, as  science recommends

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 Most of any other types of coffee, the greek one is found to protect the epithelium. Tried and tested by the centenerian populaton of Ikaria and confirmed by contemporary research  

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Proved by  Science as the ultimate ingredient of mood enhancement and mind&body empowerment, fish oils are foundy plenty, popping out straight from the sea... Just in front of your eyes! 

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Mastic tears from tree. Like no where on earth

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Your toe in crystal salty energy seas

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Earth's aromas on the bloom 

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It's Greek to me!!  By Holly Brown, West Seattle Herald

July 10, 2013


..."For me, the most exciting part of planning a trip, is anticipating the cuisine of the region. Where we’ll eat, and what we’ll eat, are as important as where we’ll stay and what sites we’ll see. Getting to know the place, begins by getting to know its food. Naturally, I try to include cooking classes, and wine tasting excursions in my travel plans whenever possible. The Greek Isles are ripe with opportunities to taste wonderful food, and to take in the beauty of this Mediterranean treasure."

"If you have an opportunity to travel to Greece you can enjoy these mouth-watering dishes as you gaze upon the Med. 

Otherwise, you can prepare any or all of these dishes at home, and just pretend you’re in Greece!

go to the full article and lovely recipies 

West Seattle Herlad

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