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Manuel Villacorta
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A nationally recognized, award-winning registered dietitian with more than 16 years of experience as a nutritionist, Manuel Villacorta, M.S., R.D., is a respected and trusted voice in the health and wellness industry. He is the founder of Eating Free, an international weight management and wellness program, and one of the leading weight loss and nutrition experts in the country. He is the author of Eating Free: The Carb-Friendly Way to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger, and Keep the Weight off for Good (HCI, May 2012), Peruvian Power Foods: 18 Superfoods, 101 Recipes, and Anti-aging Secrets from the Amazon to the Andes (HCI, October 2013) and his newest book Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energize, and Supercharge Fat Loss (HCI, December 2014)

Manuel served as a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2010-2013), Manuel is the owner of San Francisco-based private practice, MV Nutrition and the recipient of five ‘‘Best Bay Area Nutritionist’’ awards from the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC7 and Citysearch.

His warm, approachable style and his bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish have made him an in-demand health and nutrition expert on local and national television and radio channels, as well as in articles appearing in print publications and online. Manuel is a compelling, charismatic speaker.

Born and raised in Peru, Manuel makes his home in San Francisco. He earned 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 and contributions to the field of dietetics.

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5 Effective Ways to Reboot Your Body for 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 11:45 AM

Everyone starts the new year wanting to make a change and to make it fast. With that in mind you might be tempted to try a quick detox. But I suggest that instead of a detox, you do a reboot. The common idea of a detox can be a detour...

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5 Strategies to Enjoy Eating Without Getting Off Track This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 2:56 PM

It's here. The season of holiday parties at work, at friends' houses, with family... It's an intense time of year. And every year I talk to clients who are so worried about all the caloric holiday foods that they find it hard to enjoy the great things about the holiday...

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Two Foods You Should Consider for Prostate Health

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 4:36 PM

November is not only known as the Thanksgiving month, but is also known as Movember. The term "Movember" is the clever portmanteau of "moustache" and "November," fashioned from the idea of growing a moustache beginning Nov. 1 to help bring awareness to men's health issues. The creators of Movember carry...

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Why You Should Eat the Latino Staples Beans and Cilantro

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Latin American food gets a bad rap from people who think it's unhealthy. But nothing could be farther from the truth! Our traditional dishes are full of healthy ingredients prepared with love. Let's start with two of the biggest: beans and cilantro. For Hispanic Heritage month, I want to encourage...

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FDA Should Fight Products, Not Food

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 2:05 PM

Did you see the news about our nation's war on cheese? Earlier this week, the FDA announced that it was banning the sale of cheeses aged on wooden boards. That would include many of the cheeses imported to the U.S., as well as much of the artisinal cheese made here....

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4 Healthy Alternatives Beyond White Rice

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Rice -- there is no other crop that has fed more people over a longer period of time. The documentation of rice dates as far back as 2500 B.C., where its cultivation and consumption played an intricate role in Chinese culture and cuisine. The farming of rice has...

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For the Love of Your Heart Eat These 4 Foods

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Valentine's Day, a day of love and romance, is thought to be named after the patron Saint Valentine. While there are many stories about Saint Valentine, revealing him as a romantic and heroic figure, my favorite involves the notion of exchanging "valentines." This legend suggests that upon his...

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5 Common Diet Mistakes to Avoid

(5) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 2:37 PM

It's the new year, and we are still in January, so I know many of you are continuing to work towards your resolutions. I'd like to help you get off on the right foot by telling you about five common diet mistakes that can be a huge barrier to weight...

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The 7 Hottest Anti-Aging Superfoods to Eat in 2014

(14) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 8:35 AM

Aging is a natural process, but of course we intervene in it all the time, for better or worse. Medicine is now capable of keeping us alive longer than ever before, but we undo many of those benefits by eating badly. Just as poor nutrition can contribute to disease and...

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Did You Know That Healthy Oils Don't Stop With Olive?

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:54 AM

For years, we've all accepted the common logic that olive oil is a healthier choice than other oils. But for many of us, that's been the extent of our exploration of and education about oil. The fact is, there are a number of beneficial oils we can use for cooking...

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Peruvian Superfoods: The Most Powerful Powders on the Planet

(7) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 12:17 PM

Lately, Peru is having a culinary moment. Chefs are heralding the cuisine with the enthusiasm they once reserved for France. Peruvian restaurants are popping up in major cities everywhere. On his "Parts Unknown" program, Anthony Bourdain dubbed Peru's cuisine one of the most underrated in the world. The United Nations...

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3 Elements to Spice Up Your Relationship With Your Kitchen

(17) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 8:59 AM

Nutrition can be a political fight, but there is one area where everyone agrees -- vegan, Mediterranean, even Paleo -- is on the importance of the kitchen. Your relationship with your kitchen is as important as any other relationship in your life, and like all relationships it takes a little...

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3 Easy Steps to Avoid Weight Gain During This Tax Season

(4) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 9:15 AM

Tax season is stressful for everyone. It takes a particularly physical toll on those who prepare taxes, whether business owners or accountants. I want especially to talk today to people in fields impacted by tax season. Because if that's you, you're under a lot of stress right now. And that...

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Add Purple for Your Health

(5) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 9:47 AM

March is national nutrition month, and today I am going to focus on a few foods that provide great health benefits. When it comes to the foods you consume, I am sure you have heard to eat the rainbow, and you should take this advice. Due to pigmentation, many foods...

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5 Key Strategies for Successful Weight Loss and Beyond

(14) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 8:30 AM

It's the new year, and that means resolutions. If yours involves making a change in your diet with weight loss as a goal, you are facing a dizzying array of information out there. There is a great deal of evidence about what practices help weight loss, much of it contradictory....

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Queque de plátano con puré de manzana y agave

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 9:32 AM


Para el día de Acción de Gracias prepara este queque de plátano que es uno de mis queques favoritos. Al sustituir el azúcar por miel de agave y el aceite por puré de manzana, vas a poder disfrutar un queque con menos grasa y...

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Applesauce Agave Banana Bread

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 6:08 PM


Banana bread is a traditional favorite, and I love to bake it during the holidays. By substituting agave nectar for sugar and applesauce for oil, you can enjoy this sweet treat with less sugar, less fat -- and no guilt. And of course even...

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Prepara patatas fritas con alimentos de Otoño

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 10:39 AM

papas fritas

¿Tú crees que unas crujientes patatas fritas puedan ser parte de una dieta saludable? Por supuesto que si!

Hay alimentos en este otoño que deben estar incluidos en tu cocina y en forma de unas deliciosas patatas. Estas patatas fritas son preparadas con alimentos...

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Chip Your Way to Healthy Fall Foods

(3) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 9:11 AM

Think nice, crispy chips can't be part of a healthy diet? Think again! The crispness of fall is in the air, and it should be in your food, too, in the form of delicious chips made from seasonal, locally-grown foods. Here are a few fall staples that have amazing health...

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La verdad sobre las 'comidas' nutricionales de moda

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 11:00 AM


El otro día estaba en el supermercado y vi algo que me hizo hacer pensar: Había una mesa de muchachos vendiendo barras nutricionales de "energía". Estas barras fueron preparadas sin ingredientes de lácteos, sin gluten, orgánicas y le llamaban barras naturales - Estas barras tenían todas...

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