Published by Health Communications, Inc. on 2014-12-30
Genres: Cooking, Diet & Nutrition, Diets, Health & Fitness, Health & Healing, Regional & Ethnic, Spanish, Weight Control, Weight Loss
In his Andes diet, Villacorta provides simple but thorough explanations of terms and concepts using an appealing page layout with beautiful color photography, bullet points, and sidebars summarizing each benefit. Using the core principles from Eating Free he proves to readers that they can achieve a super-health plan, be able to cook from scratch, dine with elegance and reduce stress.
Wow… this is extremely hard to review! I normally go into health books with the idea that I am going to get something out of them and take it back to the hubby while we do our grocery list. I had my hopes up big time with this one as all the gorgeous ingredients on the cover are exactly what I want in my diet! Sadly, the book didn’t quite live up to my expectations in some ways.
Firstly, I will not do the first week of this diet. It sounds horrible. The idea is interesting but I cannot imagine living on smoothies for an entire week. What Manuel Villacorta says to do is to go by the color for the day, mix up all the fabulous foods for that color and drink it! Red sounded interesting (maybe) but as I read this to my hubby I knew this was not going to happen. Honestly, I was really hesitant at the first reading also.
Manuel Villacorta does say that if you cannot live on smoothies alone then you can add plain brown rice or other very plain ingredients as substitutes. I do realize this is to gain a health advantage that I have not yet reached but man… I cannot imagine this at all! As I continued to read I got more and more frustrated. People talk daily about hardcore diets and what I expected was a way to incorporate these Peruvian superfoods into my diet, or to help me to figure out what superfoods I should be eating, not to starve myself! Now he isn’t technically saying to starve yourself but if you do not like fruit (insert hubby here) then you are seriously going to be in trouble.
Also, we live in a tiny town. Our local grocery store is not going to have most of these ingredients. He did mention some other ingredients that can replace but I do not think he did it often enough. There were some foods that sounded interesting and very healthy but that week of detox and living only on smoothies is just not for me.
In short: This book is NOT for beginners. This is for people that live near specialty stores and do not mind going through the first week of detox!
To be fair I cannot truly review since I couldn’t obtain most of the ingredients that were called for.
Three stars are for the ideas behind the book but with no real option for beginners.
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) and Peruvian Power Foods: 18 Superfoods, 101 Recipes, and Anti-aging Secrets from the Amazon to the Andes (HCI, October 2013).
Manuel served as a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2010-2013), and currently acts as a health blog contributor for The Huffington Post, an on-air contributor to the Univision television network, and a health and lifestyle contributor for Fox News Latino. 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.
Manuel has acted as a media representative for food companies such as Foster Farms, Egglands’ Best “California Latino 5-A-Day Program” and “Got Milk.” He is now the chief of public relations and spokesperson for the Pichuberry company.
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.