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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Rev., Expanded Ed edition (December 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569243484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569243480
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I am 77 years old and feeling better than ever. This book has proved to me that longevity has everything to do with one's state of mind...these 77 years are just a prelude to my life!' Yoko Ono, OMagazine.

'50 Secrets achieves the perfect blending of instruction and example to show the way to a healthier diet that is better for the planet...this book inspires you to enjoy a diet that is varied, healthful, delicious and, very importantly, never rigid or restrictive.'
Craig Sams, founder of Green and Black's Ltd and Chair of the Soil Association UK

About the Author

Sally Beare was born in the UK and was educated at St. Paul’s Girls’ School in London and at Durham University, England, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Combined Arts (English, Psychology and Russian Literature). She has worked as an environmental campaigner, a teacher at a secondary school, and a television researcher and producer. She decided to become a nutritionist after a dramatic improvement in her own life and health resulted from changing her diet and she subsequently studied at the British College of Nutrition and Health in London. Sally Beare now lives in Bristol, England with her two children.



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I was born and brought up in London by my cellist mother and violin dealer father. After leaving university I worked variously for Friends of the Earth, the architect Ron Arad, as a teacher at a boys' school in Harrow, and then in documentaries for several years during which time I had the privilege to work as a researcher and associate producer for some highly acclaimed directors including the BAFTA award-winning Peter Kosminksy, the Oscar award-winning Kevin Macdonald and London Film Festival prizewinner Amanda Rudman.

My health was, however, not what it should have been so in my late twenties I went to see the inspirational nutritionist Gudrun Jonsson. Out went my diet of wine, roll-ups, cheese croissants, cappuccinos and pasta, and in came a new diet of health-giving and, most importantly, delicious food, and my life changed completely. I lost half a stone, my skin cleared up, my up-and-down moods vanished, the constant sneezing stopped, the insomnia stopped, and I stopped getting colds all the time. That set me on the path I have followed since then, namely the science of nutrition, and what good food does for our bodies.

I wrote my books about the Longevity Hot Spots and did my diploma at the UK College of Nutrition and Health after working on a series about aging for the National Geographic Channel and discovering that diet and lifestyle are, in general, far more powerful tools against illness and premature aging than pharmaceutical drugs.

I now try to dispense the knowledge I have, which is just the tip of the iceberg of course, to my clients and readers, and of course my children who are sometimes enthusiastic about it and sometimes less so, as well as those who use the website www.akealife.com. Some of this knowledge comes from my visits to Longevity Hot Spots such as Sardinia, Costa Rica, and Hunza, where people regularly live to the age of 100 and over without suffering any illness at all. I have also just joined an initiative by the Natural Health Clinic in Bristol to hold sessions on healthy eating at schools in deprived areas. Look out for my new diet plan, coming soon....

Customer Reviews

LOTS of good information.
Raymond Sampson
If you are serious about eating to live, not living to eat then by all means you will enjoy this book.
Shell
In short...the book was well worth every penny I spent on it.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Kenpo-Jujitsu Teacher VINE VOICE on March 18, 2007
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I found this book to be well-written and informative. I liked how the author started the book with a broad-based look at the world's cultures that have the longest living people in them, and then in the second section, broke this information down into the 50 "secrets" that was common to all of them.

I have read several books on improving your lifespan and your health during this time, but this book is one of the most "usable" in my opinion. The information in this book can easily be put into practice by anyone.

In short...the book was well worth every penny I spent on it.
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117 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2006
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What can we learn from the world's longest living people? Plenty!

We all know people who have gotten older and yet they've seemed to slow down the process of aging. I met a woman the other day that looked like she was maybe 60 years old, but she was actually 90 years old! Her son is a friend of mine and he looked like he could be her brother.

It's amazing how these human bodies of ours are such resilient structures that some people can live much longer than others. Don't you wish you could get to the very essence of what makes some people live longer, healthier lives? What are those deep-down secrets to extending life just a few more years?

Well, look no more than "50 Secrets Of The World's Longest Living People" written by Sally Beare for the answers. Beare is a self-taught nutritionist whose health was greatly improved after a visit to a nutritionist following some rather strange physical reactions happening in her body. Once those conditions were improved by changes in her diet, she set out to discover exactly what people need to do to improve their health through diet and lifestyle changes.

Part One of this book takes you to the five "longevity hotspots" in the world where people live long, healthy lives without the need for a prescription pill to cure every ailment under the sun. The pharmaceutical industry doesn't want you to read "50 Secrets Of The World's Longest Living People" because it exposes their public scam for what it is. But you would be wise to take a closer look at what people in these various countries (and no, the United States is not one of the "hotspots") are doing to extend the length and quality of their lives.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tauocaros on May 4, 2010
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If i had to recommend a book on nutrition, healthy life style and longevity, I would not hesitate one moment. Sally Beare's book, is the book you want to have! As a registered nurse, I read many books on nutrition, diets, lifestyles and natural healing, but that one has a particular place on my side table in my bedroom. Sally's nutritional advises do not come from panels studies made on random groups and published by questionable sources. She met with the healthier living people on earth and asked them what they do to be healthy and to live long after a century old without meeting the health challenges that we meet in our modern world.
The first part of the book describes the 5 world's healthier populations that she met.
The second part of the book goes into details over the 50 secrets (nutritional and lifestyle advises based on her observations of the daily life of the populations and based on her own research about food)
The third and last part of the book puts everything together to make it practical for us.
Then she gives us some recipes from each group (I think she could do better for that part)
I highly recommend it to anyone who plans to start a new healthy life style, a diet or simply wants to live and die healthy (It is never too late to start!). I enjoyed the neutral tone of the book. Yes we can eat a little bit of everything as long as it is close to its natural state.
I really liked the part about hemp, its oil and the description of this amazing, close to perfect food.
It is open to vegans, vegetarians or meat eaters with one common thing: Living a natural and informed life away (as much as possible) from the pollutions that our modern life generates (air, water, food, chemicals and intellectual)
Just get the book and find out by yourself!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shell on January 18, 2010
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If people would take the advice of this book, then we would be a much healthier and less FAT nation of sickly people.
If you would eat as this book recommends or as the centenarians described in this book do, you would not have to go on a diet or take pills or even see your dr, you would naturally loose weight and feel great.
The book starts with a description of 5 countries with the longest living people:Okinawa,Symi,Campodimele,Hunza and Bama.
Then the author has done the homework for you. The 50 secrets are a combination of these peoples nutrition and lifestyle.
The book ends with a summary, substances to avoid, and tips along with some recipes from each of the countries described in the book.
You won't be disappointed.
If you are serious about eating to live, not living to eat then by all means you will enjoy this book.
Get one for your dr. too. This book should sit in all the waiting rooms at drs offices!
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