The BALM protocol closely aligns with Blue Zone principles, emphasising a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, incorporating high fibre, diversity, and antioxidant-rich foods, while reducing refined sugar. This approach closely mirrors the eating habits observed in Blue Zones, regions known for their healthy and long-lived populations.
The BALM protocol embodies a lifestyle approach that echoes the way people eat in the Blue Zones. These regions of the world see people living much longer than average. Blue Zones are characterised by specific lifestyle factors, many of which are also integral to BALM, including a plant-heavy diet, regular physical activity, strong social networks, and a sense of purpose.
1. Lifestyle Medicine Approach:
Just like the balanced lifestyle observed in Blue Zones, BALM isn’t simply a diet or a baking regimen—it’s an approach to living that centres around baking, eating, and sharing bread and is informed by the lifestyle medicine.
2. Increased Fibre:
Much like diets in Blue Zones, the BALM approach places a strong emphasis on increasing daily fibre consumption. This supports the gut microbiome and general well-being, aligning with the nutrient-rich, high-fibre diets consumed in Blue Zones.
3. Increased Diversity:
Diets in Blue Zones are diverse, encompassing a wide range of plant-based ingredients. BALM similarly emphasizes the importance of food diversity, particularly through the use of different plant-based ingredients in baking.
The BALM protocol recognizes the benefits of fermentation in enhancing the bioavailability of nutrients, a practice that is common in several Blue Zone diets.
5. Higher Antioxidant Levels:
Antioxidants play a key role in Blue Zone diets, and BALM shares this focus. The protocol increases the level of antioxidants through diversity blends in baking, similar to the naturally antioxidant-rich foods found in Blue Zones.
6. Increased Probiotics:
Probiotics are beneficial for gut health and are a common element in several Blue Zone diets. BALM supports the inclusion of probiotics alongside your bakes, similar to the way fermented foods are included in Blue Zone diets.
7. Reduced Refined Sugar:
Both BALM and Blue Zone diets avoid high levels of refined sugars, acknowledging the links between sugar consumption and inflammation.