We Are Responsible For Our Choices

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Clients often come to me seeking a magic bullet, quick-fix, or the new pill for health and weight loss.Time and again, I meet clients that just want to be fixed and willing to spend lots of money “getting fixed”.They have their trainers, doctors, chefs, supplements, and me in their bag of tricks that will fix and make them healthy. In the end, we can have our tricks and shortcuts, but our own sense of responsibility, is the lasting “pill” to optimal health and wellness.

Health care providers have the responsibility to educate and guide.As a registered dietitian, it is my responsibility to provide knowledge behind appropriate food choices, portion sizes, and dietary and lifestyle behaviors.It is my responsibility to provide tools to be aware of the various choices we make. The driving force behind the success of my clients comes from tracking their daily dietary intake and exercise.It is thus my responsibility to provide an environment that best allows my clients to be aware of and make their own choices.

No amount of money will buy health.Only time, energy, and responsibility over our own choices will allow progress and change.Without responsibility over our choices, we are responsible for our degradation and creating disease and chronic conditions. Only we are with ourselves 24 hours of the day and our doctors, trainers, or chefs are only responsible for pointing us in the right direction.With all the knowledge and tools you may have, it is eventually and solely each of our responsibility to decide how to use this knowledge, how to live our lives and what to put in our mouths.

About The Author

Manuel Villacorta is a registered dietitian (RD) and certified specialist is sports dietetics (CSSD) with more than 16 years of experience. He was recently appointed national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, which identifies him as one of the United States’ leading weight loss and nutrition experts. Villacorta is the owner of San Francisco-based private practice MV Nutrition, the recipient of two consecutive “Best Bay Area Dietitian” awards (2009 and 2010) from the San Francisco Chronicle and Citysearch, and the creator of the Eating Free™ weight management program. Villacorta also developed MV Professional Nutrition (a software suite designed to assist RDs with their own private practices) and created www.eatingfree.com (an international, Internet-based weight loss and weight management program). Villacorta is a compelling, charismatic communicator—a public speaker, who is often praised for making audiences feel, heard, motivated, and engaged. His warm, approachable style, alongside his strong bilingual proficiency in both English and Spanish, have made him an in-demand health and nutrition expert on both local and national television and radio, and in articles in print publications and online. Villacorta worked closely with Dr. Nancy L. Snyderman, chief medical editor of NBC News, to provide expert nutrition advice on a number of topics for the BeWell network. He is often invited to speak at annual state and national conventions such as The Oregon Dietetic Association (where he was the keynote speaker), and The American Dietetic Association (where he spoke to other dietitian professionals about his successful private practice). Villacorta has acted as a media representative for food companies such as Foster Farms (one of the largest chicken producers on the West Coast) as well as for such California statewide health campaigns as the “California Latino 5-A-Day Program” and “Got Milk.” Prior to setting up his private practice, Villacorta worked as a public health dietitian for California Children Services and the Prenatal to Three Initiative, where he offered prenatal, infant, and childhood nutrition consulting. He has worked as a clinical dietitian for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and has held a faculty position with the School of Nursing at the University of San Francisco. Villacorta received his bachelor of science in nutrition and physiology metabolism from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master of science in nutrition and food science from San Jose State University. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his research, including the Outstanding Master of Science Degree Award from San Jose State University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science.

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