Converge International - Mental Fitness - Page 34



So, how does this relate to the factors driving mental fitness?
Here is a quick recap on the mental fitness model.
Some of the key findings the researchers
identified cross-culturally are summarised
below. Note the alignment of the longevity
research with the key domains of mental
fitness:
Body (Nutrition, Drugs &
Alcohol)
Across the 4 communities studied, they
consumed predominantly plant-based
diets – ate lots of legumes, beans, nuts,
seeds, as well as leafy vegetables and
colourful fruits.
Some of the specific practices of the
most long-lived, the Okinawans
included not overeating, keeping
calorific intake modest (smaller plates,
fewer calories per meal, eating more
mindfully and slowly) and stopping
eating when they were 80% full .
Although some of the cultures drank
alcohol, intake was 1-2 glasses at a
time. While those cultures that drank
alcohol, did so modestly, what they
drank was interesting. The Sardinians
drank a wine called Cannonau which
has many times more flavonoids
(antioxidants) that other wines
produced elsewhere. They too drank
about one-two glasses of this wine too
but didn’t binge on Cannonau, just built
it into some daily meals and
socialisation.
All cultures tended to focus on moving
naturally. There was no intentional
exercise beyond walking in any of the
cultures researched. Each of the
cultures seemed to set up their lives so
they were nudged into physical activity.
They used fewer gadgets and
electronic devices for things that could
be done manually, for example, making
and baking their own bread by hand,
manual housework. If they did exercise
it was incidental to the activities of their
daily lives – collecting food, fishing,
caring for livestock.

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