10. “Sushi and sleep”
Misao Okawa is a Japanese super centeniarian at 116 years old, and is currently the world’s oldest living person. Born on 5th of March 1898 in Tenma, Osaka, Misao says the key to a long life is eating sushi and getting at least eight hours sleep a night. She said in 2014 “Eat and sleep and you will live a long time. You have to learn to relax.”.
9. “Mind your own business”
Her secret to longevity? “I mind my own business, and I don’t eat junk food.”
8. “Never get bored”
Calment attributes her many years to her faith, stating “(God) has forgotten me. He can’t be in such a hurry to see me. He already knows me very well.” At her party a year before her death, Calment gave some insight into what it takes to stay interested and engaged during a life as long as hers. “I dream, I think, I go over my life… I never get bored.“.
7. “Hard work and a glass of wine”
Marie-Louise Meilleur lived in Corbeil, Ontario and was 117 years old when she died in 1998. She cited hard work as the major factor in contributing to her impressive age, but she likely extended her life by some years when she stopped smoking at 90 years old. As well as hard work, Meilleur was known to enjoy a glass of wine, which she also cited as a contirbuing factor in her longevity.
6. “Be nice, worship God and eat pigs’ feet”
Jeralean Talley is an American super centenarian who is, at the age of 115 years, the oldest living person in the United States and third verified oldest living person in the world. Talley still lives very much as she always has done, often staying up until midnight feasting on some of her favorite foods: potato salad, honey buns, McDonald’s chicken nuggets and Wendy’s chili.
5. “Two eggs a day – one raw and one cooked”
The 115 year old lives in Verbania, Italy, is in pretty good shape for someone who has seen 11 popes come and go. She still spends her days doing housework and cooking. Morano says her diet – including a raw egg every day – has helped her outlive most born in her time.
4. “Don’t get married”
“My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth,” she said in an interview this year. “I also made sure that I got plenty of exercise, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning and have never gotten married.”
3. “Staying positive and lots of singing”
“Friends, a good cigar, drinking lots of good water, no alcohol, staying positive and lots of singing will keep you alive for a long time.”.
Emiliano credited his long life to Funche, which is a traditional Peurto Rican dish that he ate every day. Consisting of a blend of corn, milk and fish, Funche doesn’t sound that appealing to the uninitiated. But if the oldest man in the world consumed the dish daily, then maybe we should be giving it a try. Can we add bacon?
1. “Smoke cigars, drink beer and eat greasy food”
Now then, I would suggest this advice be taken with a pinch of salt (pun definitely intended), as all medical advice would suggest you really shouldn’t be doing any of these things if your intention is to live beyond 70, never mind 100. But this is the philosophy behind the remarkable John McMorran, who at 113 was America’s oldest man before his death in 2003.
As well as cigars, beer and greasy foods, McMorran also stresses the importance of staying away from cheap whisky in staying healthy. “He was never sick,” 35-year-old great-granddaughter Lisa Saxton remarked in 2003. “He lived a great life. Obviously, he was well put together. He smoked cigars, drank beer and ate greasy food. He was an amazing man.