Felipe de Valle’s extensive career experience mirrors his impressive academic credentials. In 2008, he earned the equivalent of a B.S. in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Navarra. Only two years later, he earned his license in Food Science and Technology from the University of Granada. Since 2012, he’s been helping people of all different backgrounds maintain a healthy lifestyle. Currently, he works in Obemets, a center dedicated to helping clients shed unhealthy weight and adopt healthy lifestyles. He also works at the Hospital Quirón Sagrado Corazón in Sevilla and is the dietitian for Sevilla FC.
Advice for young athletes
Felipe advises parents to improve the food that they are feeding their children for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and as snacks. He sent us a list of 10 pieces of advice that he calls the “Ten commandments of young athletes.” See his recommendations below.
The Ten Commandments: Healthy habits for the young athlete
- Use olive oil as your principal source of fat
- Consume vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nuts in abundance
- Carbohydrates, originating from cereals and grains (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc.) should make up 55% of your daily caloric intake.
- Limit consumption of packaged, processed, or factory baked-goods.
- Limit consumption of soda. If you drink soda, choose light or zero.
- Limit consumption of fast food, pizza, hamburgers, etc.
- Consume dairy products daily, mostly yogurt and cheese (fresh cheese is better than curated cheeses high in fat).
- Consume red meat in moderation and, if possible, as a supplement in stews and other recipes.
- Consume fish and eggs in abundance.
- Drink between 2 and 2.5 L of water daily
“When nutrition is unbalanced or insufficient, the orgasm suffers an initial series of metabolic, biochemical, and physiological changes which could contribute to a less than optimal sport performance.”