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Dan Buettner On The Lost American Diet

By December 5, 2022January 22nd, 2024No Comments
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Episode #721



The U.S. is one of the most prosperous nations on the planet—and yet, our country has never been more unhealthy.

Here to offer us a fact-based prescription for living longer and better is the intrepid Dan Buettner.

Even if you have never heard his name before, chances are you’ve heard the term Blue Zones, a phrase Dan coined to describe hidden slivers of the world that boast the highest per capita populations of centenarians—humans that thrive at 100 years old and beyond.

A true renaissance man, Dan is an investigative journalist, a National Geographic Fellow, a legit, boots-on-the-ground longevity expert, an in-demand public speaker, a serial entrepreneur, and a world explorer with three endurance cycling world records to his name. A New York Times bestselling author many times over, he’s a seemingly constant presence on the TODAY show, has appeared on Oprah twice, and has been profiled on every respected global media outlet, from CNN to David Letterman.

Today marks Dan’s fourth appearance on the podcast, and he’s presenting a gorgeous new offering: The Blue Zones American Kitchen. A must-read primer on healthy living, it’s a cookbook meets road trip in which he excavates the history of American cuisine and food culture and unearths the original, indigenous American diet, which, let’s just say, is very Blue Zones.

“750,000 Americans will die prematurely this year because of their diet.”


A trifecta of charisma and scholarly experience matched with a preternatural ability to communicate, Dan is the man when it comes to how to live long. How to live happily. How to live well. And how to fuel your life with greater meaning and a sense of purpose. He’s a friend, a mentor, and an exemplar of service whose life and work have positively, permanently, and quite unequivocally improved the well-being of millions.

The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

It is with great pleasure that I share Dan’s wisdom with you today.


Peace + Plants,

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