Eating Healthy Requires Pleasing Your Palate
Steven Masley, M.D., is a board-certified physician, nutritionist, longevity researcher and award-winning patient educator. His passion is empowering people to achieve optimal health through lifestyle changes and comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical testing.
Dr. Masley was formerly the Medical Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center® and at St Anthony’s Carillon Executive Health. He is also an assistant clinical professor at the University of South Florida, faculty for leadership programs at Eckerd College and the University of Tampa, and the author of three books, including his latest book “Ten Years Younger.”
Over the past 15 years, he has helped patients trim down, get fit and tap into unsuspected energy levels. He has won acclaim for helping hundreds of patients reverse Type 2 diabetes and eliminate symptoms of cardiovascular disease through lifestyle changes. Following his Ten Years Younger program, patients have also been shown to increase brain function and productivity.
Dr. Masley completed his medical training at the University of Washington in Seattle, his specialty training in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and later became fellowship certified with the American College of Nutrition, a certified acupuncturist with The International Acupuncture Institute in Hong Kong and a certified densitometrist in bone density analysis with the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.
Dr. Masley began his clinical practice in Olympia, Washington. Later, as a clinical researcher for diabetic and cardiac rehabilitation, he became active in longevity and cardiovascular disease research. He was appointed principal investigator for studies sponsored by the American Heart Association at Morton Plant Hospital with the Florida Geriatric Research Program, one of the largest long-term studies on geriatric groups in the country. Dr. Masley is also a highly acclaimed chef, whose cooking experience has ranged from national cooking demonstrations and a chef internship at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle, to recipe consulting work with Bone Fish Grille.
As Medical Director, Dr. Masley updates the state-of-the-art testing program; performs detailed history and physical exams, stress cardio-pulmonary testing and nutrition evaluations; writes exercise prescriptions; and oversees our extremely comprehensive assessments. The Ten Years Younger Program developed by Dr. Masley has been shown to enable people to lose weight, build fitness and strength, improve blood sugar and cholesterol control, and enhance cognitive performance. The results from his programs have been features on the Discovery Channel, the NBC Weekend Today Show, and hundreds of additional media interviews.
Steven Masley: So I’m a physician, a nutritionist and a trained chef. If you want people to eat healthy food it has to taste good. It has to meet their palate needs. So when you’re looking – I’m trying to find out specific foods that are nutrient rich that you might enjoy. So what will it take to get me to get you to eat food more often. It’s about finding what you enjoy, what tastes delicious. It’s easy to prepare. You can find the ingredients in a local grocery store. I mean essentially that’s why I went back to The Four Seasons and did a chef internship. I wanted to make it easy and fun for you to add healthy food.
So, for me, when I think of adding food – and we’re gonna add number one, fiber. Not in breakfast cereal. I think of flour and sugar in the same thing. So I’m looking at adding fiber as in vegetable, fruit, beans and nuts. And getting 30 grams a day and it’s pretty easy to do if you actually show people how. The biggest bang we’re gonna get for any effort – the return on lowering healthcare costs, on better brain performance, on less sick days is adding fiber. So it should and is number one. But most people don’t emphasize it. Number two is about lean and clean protein. Many people eat junk. It’s mean protein. It’s anything but lean and clean. So lean and clean like wild seafood, free range organic poultry. If you’re eating a steak it should be grass fed, organic. I mean some things are simple but people don’t get that their protein is hormone and pesticide enriched and it makes them sick.
And then three is healthy fat. Certainly not a low fat diet. It’s about adding healthy fat. So using more olive oil of course, hello. And then nuts and avocados and seafood. Those are healthy fats and we need more of them. And I like people to cook with nut oils as well. So avocado oil, nut oil and olive oil. Those are the oils I have people cook with. So when I give them those and their food tastes great it’s easy. The fourth food is beneficial beverages. You have to be really specific about what you drink. Of people who are really overweight, have major health problems they get 20 to 35 percent of their calories from what they drink. That just makes no sense. But they’re caught up in these super sugary drinks. So more water. Yes you can have a cup or two of coffee, it’s great for your health but limit it at that.
Green tea’s fabulous. I love to start the day with a protein smoothie. I want to transform America with a protein smoothie in the morning. You know, easy – two minutes. You add a scoop of protein, almond milk, one cup of berries, a little shot of like chia seed. It’s two minutes, you’re done, you’re out the door. It’s awesome. You feel great. It improves your job and brain performance all day. And the fifth group – here’s a surprise. Fabulous flavors. Your food has to taste awesome or you’re not gonna eat it. So we need more flavor if we’re gonna change the way Americans eat. And here’s the thing. Your brain is biochemically attracted to flavor. So Italian spices, curry spices, chili spices – they taste good, they smell good because we have a biochemical affinity. Slow aging – they decrease inflammation. They raise your metabolism for weight loss.
And then don’t forget you have to have dark chocolate every day. It’s a critical component to have one ounce, 28 grams, of 70 percent cocoa. When I say dark we’re not talking milk chocolate. When I give those people those five foods it makes it easy to add them. We have enormous success in transforming eating with foods they can – you know, I help them pick of these which foods do you love that you could eat more of. Well that’s an easy sell.
Directed/Produced by Jonathan Fowler, Elizabeth Rodd and Dillon Fitton
Dr. Steven Masley explains how healthy diets need to be tasty too.