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FDA Should Fight Products, Not Food

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

If we ban artisinal and traditional food practices like wood board aging on the grounds that they're not sanitary, the only foods we'll be left with are the processed ones.

5 Common Diet Mistakes to Avoid

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

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 loss and should thus be avoided.

7 Superfoods To Eat In 2014

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

If you're looking for some new power foods to pack into your diet in 2014, I have seven recommendations. These are seven superfoods from my own Peruvian culture, and all are now available in the U.S.

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

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

Try adding a variety of oils to your diet to boost health and vitality. Keep in mind not all oils are made equal and each use be used according to their cooking methods listed above. Remember, there is no one miracle oil.

Peruvian Superfoods: The Most Powerful Powders on the Planet

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

Because of the microclimates and diverse topography, Peru is home to thousands of foods found nowhere else on the planet, many of which are staggering in their content of potent nutrients. These foods fit into the new class of ingredients dubbed superfoods.

3 Elements Of A Happy, Healthy Kitchen

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 10.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

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, and like all relationships it takes a little work.

3 Easy Steps To Avoid Weight Gain During This Tax Season

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 06.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

The relationship between stress and weight gain is a complex one. Part of this relationship involves the interruption of your usual healthy eating patterns when you throw your routines aside in response to a crisis situation -- like tax season.

5 Key Strategies For Successful Weight Loss And Beyond

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

If your New Year's resolution 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.

Applesauce Agave Banana Bread

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

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.

5 Healthy Fall Chip Recipes

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 12.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

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.

Emotional Eating, or Is It Really Just Poor Nutrition?

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 07.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

I understand that some people truly deal with emotional eating, but lately with the hype about low- or no-carb diets, I am encountering more and more people coming to see me with complaints of experiencing fatigue along with intense carb cravings.

How To Build A Healthier Breakfast

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 06.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

The benefits of breakfast are almost too numerous to list. I find that more and more people now know that they should eat breakfast -- but they still ask me what to eat. My advice is to eat traditional foods.

The Nutrition Month Challenge: Get Acquainted With Your Kitchen

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 05.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

March is Nutrition Month, and you might think that means I'm going to talk about what you should eat. But instead of talking about what we eat, I want to talk about how we eat it.

Should Everyone Avoid Gluten for Good Health?

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 04.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

So many people in recent years have been completely eliminating gluten, which is found in wheat and grains, from their diet. And while for some people this is important to good health, most of us can be more moderate. My advice: Instead of wheating yourself out, vary your carbohydrates.

What To Do When Willpower Fails

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 01.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

I have said for years that willpower doesn't work, and that people who rely on it to manage their nutrition will end up actually overeating when their will collapses. Nothing demonstrates this more than the holidays, with all that food, expectation and anxiety packed into a few days.

Can't Afford Organic?

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 09.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

It's most upsetting to see so much fear and confusion around what should be our most trusted, wholesome source of nutrients. America, for all its wealth and research, remains confused about how and what to eat.

Not All Weight Loss Is Created Equal

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Manuel Villacorta

Losing weight is a totally different experience for women than it is for men. Assuming that all emotions are in check, physiologically speaking for men, losing weight is pretty straightforward.