Food Chance

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Take hold of your health as if it is a matter of life and death. Don’t leave it up to chance! Rolling the dice on how well or long you live your life is a gamble you will most surely lose. In the end, no amount of hope or risk will assure your well-being. The choice of good health is yours, only if you choose it.

As I always tell my clients, willpower is a bunch of (excuse me) crap! Nutritious food is most often hidden behind the shiny bells and whistles of processed foods. Every few seconds, we are stimulated by an advertisement of the next best, tasty, quick, easy, supposedly delicious item to ease our hunger and our pains. There is no willpower in the face of sensory bombardment!

The surest and first step towards health is awareness. The second is action. The action steps begin with time. First, take the time to shop, plan, and prepare your meals. Second, take the time to nourish, take care, and enjoy the livelihood you work so hard to achieve. Lastly, give thanks for yourself because you didn’t bet on your health and you didn’t depend on chance or willpower alone. Become aware, take action, and rise to meet a determined, purposeful you.

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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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