top of page
  • Writer's pictureDr. Francis Battisti & Dr. Helen Battisti

The Zone - Volume 58

As we continue to confront the impact of the pandemic on our lives and move to creating our next normal, we started with Volume 48 to begin a review of the research and application of self-care approaches.

Based on the current data and research, regarding the pandemic, we are being advised that we can take a few more steps forward in the re-opening. While self-care has always been important, as we take these next steps forward it is even more so. One of the lessons that has been reinforced by the pandemic is that one’s present state of health plays a major role in our successful survival.

Over the past nine weeks, we have been discussing the 9 Lessons Learned from the Blue Zone research. One of the most interesting points about this research is that these individuals have survived multiple catastrophic events such as world wars, floods, economic upheaval and more and still have their health intact because of the lifestyle of the 9 Lessons Learned.

Here is an overview of the 9 Lessons Learned:

  • Move Naturally, (Volume 50)

  • Purpose, (Volume 45)

  • Down Shift, (Volume 51)

  • 80% Rule, (Volume 52)

  • Plant Slant, (Volume 53)

  • Wine at 5:00, (Volume 54)

  • Have Faith, (Volume 55)

  • Loved Ones First, (Volume 56)

  • Right Tribe, (Volume 57)

While the 9 Lessons Learned are reviewed and presented individually, they are in fact the threads that weaves the fabric that creates the culture of self-care.

Additional points from the Blue Zone research to consider:

  • Sardinia, Italy “Sardinia, the Lucky Island (Almost) Free from Covid.” Forbes Magazine

  • “Future of Health Care is Creating Environmental Change.” Blue Zones

As we close our discussion, for now, on the Blue Zone research and applications, next week we will introduce the research and application of Dr. Kenneth Cooper, MD.


Key Takeaways

  • Lifestyle choices are contagious within our Tribe.

  • There is no one fountain of youth…many practices are woven into our over-all health.

  • It’s never too late to practice healthy behaviors.

Best Practices

  • Remember that your eyes can be bigger than your stomach. The 80% Rule.

  • Foundational to change is a well-articulated Purpose and Meaning of life.

  • 10,000 steps of Natural Movement.

Things to Limit

  • All you can eat buffets.

  • Driving yourself to the mailbox.

  • Avoiding your spiritual life.


Quote of the Week

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”

~ Carlos Castaneda, American Author


There are many messages and insights that can be gathered from the Blue Zone research. One is that by choosing a dynamic engaging lifestyle, we increase the possibility of living a long, rich life to share with others. Another is that we can have a positive impact on others by our commitment to our health and belief that self-care is essential to living an authentic life.

Be well,

The paraDocs

Check our Welcome Greeting on YouTube

The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P and Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD, RDN, CDN, Chief Nutrition Officer, at SpNOD, Health Promotion Specialist, Research and Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and former Assistant Professor.

We have developed "The ZONE", because that is exactly where you want to be during this pandemic. A place of focused attention to doing exactly what needs to be done to get you to where you need to be. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a nationally distributed weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

If you would like to get copies of The ZONE that you may have missed or if you know someone that would like to start receiving The ZONE, please signup today... It's free and you can unsubscribe anytime.

Permission is given to share with others.

55 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


Post: Blog2_Post
bottom of page