Nutrition 101: Eating for Optimal Health

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Proper nutrition is essential for living a long, healthy life. What foods should you be getting the most of?
Air Date: 5/28/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Steven Villagomez
Steven Villagomez heads up the exercise and nutrition section of the ComiteMD program. As the lead exercise physiologist, he designed a state-of-the-art exercise physiology lab, which incorporates a Velotron Cycle, Trackmaster Treadmill, Motara Wireless EKG, EndoPat Unit and Medical Graphics Metabolic Cart. Steven tailors his lifestyle recommendations to meet the needs of each individual. In addition to his work at ComiteMD, Steven is a clinical instructor and an assistant professor in the Exercise Physiology graduate program at Long Island University.

Steven graduated from the University of San Antonio in 2004. There he worked in pediatrics, studying motor development in special needs children. Steven then went to the University of Texas, Austin, for his graduate work in exercise physiology. Throughout his education, he gained his experience in a human performance lab, as well strength and conditioning programs for University of Texas Longhorns. He worked at From the Heart Therapy, a sensory integration clinic that focuses on children. Steven started at ComiteMD in April 2007, working closely with Dr. Comite. Together, they developed innovative clinical guidelines, grounding in biochemistry utilizing a preventative approach to health and wellness.
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Nutrition 101: Eating for Optimal Health
In this day and age, people are learning so much more about the benefits of proper nutrition... not just for losing weight, but also for warding off disease and just achieving optimal health.

Most chronic diseases are not reversible, so prevention is key.

Nutrition plays a huge part in that prevention.

Special guest, Steven Villagomez, heads up the exercise and nutrition section of the ComiteMD program, and in this segment he joins Andrea and Lisa to share some of the basics of proper nutrition.

For instance, at the ComiteMD center, they recommend a high-protein diet. Protein not only helps maintain strength but also builds lean tissue, which is so vital as men and women age. In fact, the biggest predictor of quality of life is muscular strength.

What types of foods should you be eating to get the best protein?

Grass-fed beef is optimal, mostly because the meat is higher in Omega-3s (as opposed to corn-fed beef, which is higher in Omega-6 fatty acids). Fatty fish such as salmon and free-range chicken and free-range, Omega-3 enriched eggs are also great options.

Fermented dairy (kefir, Greek yogurt) is an easy way to get a lot of protein in your diet without a lot of calories or artificial flavors.

In addition to a high-protein, you should also focus on an alkaline diet heavy in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. Fat is your friend. Many of the healthy fats are anti-inflammatory, which aids in longevity as well.

Tune in to learn more about Steven's approach to proper nutrition, as well as tips for improving your diet.