‘Food Dude’ discusses healthy living for Friends
TV’s “Food Dude” offered tips and tricks on healthy living at last week’s Friends Night Out hosted by Friends of Solana Beach Library.
Steven Pratt, a La Jolla-based physician who has appeared several times on television shows like the View and the Oprah Winfrey show, broke down eating and lifestyle techniques for longevity enhancement that he has written about “Super Health.”
“The number one veggie in this country is french fries,” said Pratt. His views on living a long, healthy life are very holistic; he concentrates on eating a well-balanced diet and getting daily exercise to increase longevity.
“It’s hard to be healthy without eating any green leafy vegetables,” he said.
Pratt outlined foods, mostly fruits, vegetables and fatty fish, that he said will give people the most balanced nutrients. He also emphasized a high potassium, low-sodium diet and sang the praises of cuisine from the Mediterranean, Japan and early Native Americans.
He also highlighted getting more than seven hours of sleep a night as a way to stay healthy, but said his two proven ways to extend life expectancy are to restrict calorie intake and participate in some kind of physical activity daily.
Recently, doctors such as Pratt are beginning to talk more about prevention of the most common diseases that plague our country, like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, since treatment for these diseases is becoming more and more expensive for all.
“The health care crisis is really all around us,” said Pratt. He cited statistics about the dramatic increases in heart disease and type 2 diabetes over the last 30 years, especially in children and young adults.
For more information on the Friends of Solana Beach Library go to friendsof
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- Community View: Tackle chronic disease to control health care costs
- An Ode to Tim Russert and healthy eating
- Helmsley grant funds launch of Salk Center for Nutritional Genomics
- New year, new healthy resolutions for eating
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