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Today's Takeaway with Florine Mark

Dec 5, 2022

Emily Camiener, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with Diet Detroit


We’re so very fortunate today to live in a time with so many different food options and ways to enjoy our meals. Whether we’re preparing our meals at home, or dining out with proper planning, we can enjoy a variety of healthy, delicious, and nutritious options. Mealtime doesn’t ever have to be boring. But sometimes, having too many choices can lead to confusion, especially when it comes to choosing the right dietary plan.


Whether you’re making a lifestyle change to a plant-based diet or seeking to lose weight through Weight Watchers or any other popular weight loss plan, we hear so much information on how to eat and what to eat, that it can be mind-boggling. Sometimes what’s missing from all that information is the science and the explanation behind it. For example, does the human body process certain foods more efficiently than others? As well, how do we derive nutrients from what we eat? Can we actually slow our body’s aging process? Today, we’re speaking with Emily Camiener, a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with Diet Detroit. Emily is here to answer all of these questions, and many more to help us better understand which eating plans are best for certain individuals.


What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  •  What should we be looking for with any dietary changes?
  • The importance of thinking long-term when it comes to your diet, as extremely restrictive plans are not necessarily going to benefit our long-term health.
  • Emily discusses her “nutritarian approach.”
  • What exactly are nutrients, and how do we get them from our food?
  • What does the term “essential nutrients” mean?
  • Why is fiber so important to our health and well-being?
  • What are soluble fiber and insoluble fiber?
  • How much protein does the body need on a daily basis, and what are some foods that have good protein?
  • What is the relationship between what we eat and how we feel?
  • What are some of the foods that we need to limit?
  • What our microbiome is and how we can use that information to feel better, reduce inflammation, and improve our mood.
  • Emily walks us through an example of what a healthy day of eating may look like.


Today’s Takeaway:

As we age, the human body weakens, and we become more susceptible to injury and illness. But what actually causes our bodies to age throughout our lifetime is that our bodies take quite a beating as we adapt to changing environmental factors, ultraviolet rays, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, inflammation, or infection. In addition, there are psychological factors such as stress that put our health at risk of significant damage. While there’s no magic pill or anti-aging pill, there are steps that we can take that slow the aging process by avoiding pollutants, reducing alcohol consumption, and not smoking. We can give our bodies the tools to fight illness, injury, and death.


In addition, as we've learned today, eating a healthy diet filled with foods that nourish us and strengthen our immune system can increase our chances of living longer. There are incredible health benefits to be gained from eating a nutritious, high-fiber diet. Fiber keeps our digestive system flowing by eliminating toxins and waste. Eating enough fiber to maintain a healthy gut is critical to longevity because it actually helps nourish our bodies, maintain our metabolism and give cells what they need. Most individuals with healthy gut bacteria are more likely to live longer and avoid heart disease and certain cancers along with type two diabetes. A healthy high-fiber whole-food diet can also lower cholesterol and blood pressure. We’ve all heard the expression that our body is a temple, and we should treat it accordingly. I believe that having a healthy body is a gift and I’m grateful for it every day. But if I don’t take care of it, who will? So give yourself a gift every day. Eat good foods, eat a variety of foods, eat high-fiber foods, and enjoy your life. Get moving a little bit. I’m Florine Mark, and that’s Today’s Takeaway.



  • “Insoluble fiber is like a workout for your digestive tract.” — Emily 
  • “Most Americans consume about 15% of their daily calories from protein.” — Emily 
  • “Protein foods provide something called amino acids, which are the building blocks that our body uses to actually grow and maintain your muscle tissue.” — Emily 
  • “Nutrition is so personalized and individualized.” — Emily 
  • “If people want to avoid an entire food group, like dairy, it’s very important for them to really understand what nutrients they’re not getting so that they can then make those appropriate swaps.” — Emily
  • “Nutrition isn't something that you can just take something away, and then not fill it back in.” — Emily
  • “By eating a more healthy diet, you can improve your microbiome and keep certain diseases at bay.”


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Mentioned in This Episode:

Diet Detroit

Emily Camiener