If public records are to be believed, the world’s oldest man is a Bolivian peasant living in the highlands. He is Carmelo Flores Laura, from Frasquia, Bolivia.
I like to tell people that I plan to live to 120. I am only half joking when I say that.
I am seriously trying to live my life in such a way that I will die very old and very vigorous. 100+, given medical advances and the lifestyle I lead, should definitely be attainable.
So I pay attention to these longevity stories. What do they eat? How do they live?
Here is Flores:
“I walk a lot, that’s all. I go out with the animals,” says Flores, who long herded cattle and sheep. “I don’t eat noodles or rice, only barley. I used to grow potatoes, beans, oca [an Andean tuber].”
The water Flores drinks originates on the snow-capped peak of Illampu, one of Bolivia’s highest.
He says he doesn’t drink alcohol, but imbibed some in his youth. He’s eaten a lot of mutton, and though he likes pork it is hardly available. He fondly remembers hunting and eating fox as a younger man.
Continued activity. Minimal grains. Water. Meat. No alcohol.
Pardon me while I go for a walk.