Sarah at MV Nutrition.
I went to Sarah in order to learn to have a healthier lifestyle and feel better, If I lost weight along the way that would be an added bonus.
Prior to working with Sarah I did not know much about eating right. Sarah taught me a lot about portion sizes, healthy snacking, and how to read labels.
When I ran into difficulty lowering my fat intake, Sarah told me to lower my sugar intake. When I stated I didn't think the sugar was the problem, Sarah confronted me in a gentle way by reviewing with me my food chart. Sure enough the sugar was a problem!
Sarah developed a simple plan for me to reduce my sugar intake and my fat intake dropped to where it should be. I started feeling great and have now lost 13 pounds!
Prior to working with Sarah I tried exercising alone and saw no changes. With a simple adjustment to my diet--- which I can live with--- I now fit back into my old clothing and am being complimented all the time on my figure! This is all without any exercising-- I am only following the diet that Sarah recommended!
I highly recommend Sarah as a Nutritionist! I could not have done this without her!
I Finally Lost Weight the Healthy Way. I lost ten pounds the first year and twenty pounds this year. I learned how to eat what I like and lose weight slowly which I've been able to keep off. Sarah is super nice and non-judgmental. Even when I had a tiny slip she gently pushed me to get back on track. She is a really great person, always upbeat. She has some terrific recipes too. I'm now a size 6 in designer jeans, when I started I was a "tight 12." The on-line food diary is fast, easy and keeps you honest. MV Nutrition is worth the price.
Sarah and MV Nutrition are the best!.
What to eat, when to eat, how to eat -- I've struggled with this as I get very busy during the day, skipping meals, grabbing a not-so-healthy snack in a pinch. Sarah helped me get through it without the nonsense of fad dieting. She and the folks at MV Nutrition are true professionals. Sarah really listens and talks through my time challenges to come up with workable solutions.
She's friendly, sympathetic, and genuinely cares about getting you through your hurdles. She's also honest, down-to-earth and doesn't just throw information at you. We've gone through not only what to eat, but also strategies on how to tackle my schedule. She gives you real examples applicable to your life and schedule of how to apply the strategies throughout the day.
I've been seeing results and highly recommend Sarah and MV Nutrition to anyone looking for a true change in their eating habits and lifestyle.
Sarah and MV are really great.
I came to MV weighing at 260 pounds, which was the most I had ever weighed. I had been traveling off and on for several years, and had just moved to San Francisco. After about 8 months of work, I have lost 20 pounds, and am halfway to my goal. I am consistently losing weight, and I'm actually glad that it's taking time, because that makes me feel much more confident that this is not just a temporary thing, but a long-term change in my life. I have never been happier with myself physically, and I owe so much of it to Sarah and her help.
One thing I want to say is that when I started working with Sarah, even though it took me a little while to lose weight (which was my fault, because I was still traveling and not really sticking to the program we had agreed on 100%), I immediately started to feel so much better, because Sarah was teaching me healthy eating habits. My mood and attitude towards food changed right away: I immediately felt, and still feel so much more in control, and happy about eating. I'm never hungry, and have lost those terrible food cravings and that sense of being completely out of control in relation to food. It's really an amazing blessing, and I am so grateful for it. And if I had stuck more to the program, I would have started losing weight right away! Once I did, the pounds started to come off, and it was actually really easy and felt good.
Sarah's style is to be low-key and compassionate and to listen a lot, and then come up with good advice. She is thinking about what you are saying, and getting to know the particular circumstances of who you are. I think people who want to lose weight often feel bad about themselves (which is understandable, given how cruel our society is about fat and weight gain and all those sorts of issues). So part of us wants a drill sergeant, someone to tell us how bad we have been, and that we have to do some extreme thing to lose weight and get our acts together.
Well, if those things worked, none of us would be in a situation where we still need some other kind of help. Diets are mostly a scam: if you lose a lot of weight relatively quickly doing something weird, eating in a way that is not sustainable over the long-term (like drinking protein shakes or eating no carbs or starving yourself), not only will you put on all the weight when you go back to normal life, but also your metabolism will be all screwed up, which will cause you to put on MORE weight, and make it even hard to take that weight off the next time. It's a terrible cycle, and I am one of the probably millions of people who have gone through it.
It's hard to change behavior. It takes time and effort and thoughtfulness and compassion. I am really grateful to Sarah for sticking with me and our work together. I enjoy eating now, and I am never hungry (unless I skip meals or don't eat enough, which is the opposite of what Sarah tells me to do!), and I have taken off 20 pounds in a way that is healthy and sustainable. I'm confident I will not only lose the next 20 pounds, but be able to keep it off permanently. Most important, I feel I have finally broken this awful cycle of dieting and overeating.
Anyway, I recommend Sarah incredibly highly. She's a great person, and a terrific nutritionist. Go in and meet her and see for yourself. I feel so lucky and so much happier, and a lot of it is thanks to her and MV.
Sarah is AWESOME.
I'm a regular yelper and couldn't believe when I read a negative review for MV Nutrition. I actually met with Sarah 6 months ago and have had tremendous success. Not only was she sensitive to the struggles I was going through, but she actually assisted me with my medical condition, POS. Sarah worked with me despite my hectic schedule. She helped me get organized, stay active, assisted me with a responsible eating plan, and was always sensitive to my physical and emotional needs. I'm back on track now and look better than ever. Best of all....I feel GREAT.
Good health and a completely new attitude through nutrition.
I just finished an apple as my mid morning snack, pretty unremarkable you might think, unless you consider that about a month ago the concept of my eating a mid morning snack at all was not a part of my mind set and if by chance I ate one, an APPLE, are you kidding me? C?mon there?s tons more good stuff out there to choose from, or so I thought.
Before, food for me was a reward and/or a distraction I?ve learned in about four weeks that it can be neither if it is to be enjoyed.
I loved to eat out at restaurants. I travel a lot for work and don?t know many people wherever I am. A restaurant was great, people were friendly and engaging and they did everything for me. I deserved to be pampered rewarded and distracted from my situation. Cheesecake was great medicine for what ailed me, or so I thought. I felt free eating whatever I wanted whenever I felt like it but sometimes I would eat too much and feel sick
I walked into MV nutrition at about 224 lbs. depressed, lethargic and clueless. In 4 weeks I?ve lost about 7 lbs. but I could care less. It?s not all about what I weigh, but rather how I have begun to feel. I walked in addicted to the pursuit of satisfaction through a practiced lack of control. I?ve walked out knowing the real meaning of freedom. Be engaged, be mindful, be active and Christina and Manuel can help you change your life.
Wanna get slim!?!?! You gotta go to MV Nutritiion!!!.
Even though I'm very athletic, I was definitely overweight! By overweight, I don't mean that I was obese. I was NOT obese to start with... just needed to get some stubborn 10-15 lbs off. I worked my butt off (literally) with a trainer at a gym and my pants are STILL feeling tighter each week!!! Got very frustrated!!!
Went to MV Nutrition for my first session late August. Christina gave me a body fat analysis. EGADS!!! Body fat % WAAAAY too high!!! I kept track of my food in a journal and we went over what I normally eat. Yup! Fats too high!!! Carbs too high! Not enough veggies and leaner proteins (fish, turkey, chicken, lowfat cheese.) I got introduced to proper snacking and portion control. (Proper snacking was definitely something I was lacking given all the food that passes by around here at the office.) The weight started melting away. The great part is that it wasn't *THAT* difficult a transition either, b/c Christina works with you on making "small gradual changes." Christina also worked with me on adjusting my new food changes and lifestyle to my husband's "not so healthy" lifestyle.
Two months later: I've lost 8 lbs off my 5' 3.5" frame so far. My body fat % has dropped two points. My pants are fitting very nicely. No more "I am really NOT pregnant!!!" belly!!! Someone commented this morning that my legs are slimmer. I won't look perfect, but I'll look a lot nicer by Nov. for a skating competition. I will reach my goal weight by Christmas!!! :-)
Other goodie to consider: If you have health insurance and you ask your GP nicely for a referral to MV, your Aetna and Blue Cross health insurance DOES cover most of the cost of the session. Given my borderline high cholesterol level (I'm at 203!), it was very easy to justify the cost for MV thru my insurance.
ETA: I've reached my goal weight of 122-3 and I feel GREAT! My total cholesterol # dropped as of 11/2007 to 172!!! No meds!!! ALL from healthier foods! WOW!!!
This is NOT a diet.
I like good food, and I've never been interested in a high-fat or a high-carb diet. However, over 10 years I've gained a half pound here, a full pound there and eventually I was about 20 lbs overweight. I went hungry between meals and as a consequence, I over-ate. I never snacked. While I ate healthy meals, my digestion slowed down and I carried glucose pills to bridge those afternoon hunger pangs. My husband and I hired a personal trainer to reinvigorate our exercise routine, but apparently I wasn't getting my heart rate high enough, and I was eating even more.
So I signed up with Manuel. Over a period of 4 months I painlessly lost those extra 20 lbs while receiving positive feedback from Manuel the entire way. With a few quick adjustments he helped me dramatically speed up my digestion. I learned to understand my correct food portion sizes, and now I serve myself just the amount I need, without filling my plate to the rim. I now eat healthy (but tasty) snacks throughout the day, and I no longer let myself go hungry. I love my new shape and I feel empowered that I can make intelligent choices when looking at a restaurant menu, and have enough self control to turn down food. I am also "fluent" in grocery labels which is really helpful when it comes to food planning and cooking. In addition, with a heart-rate monitor Manuel suggested I buy, I now easily monitor how many calories I burn during my exercises.
Manuel uses a wide array of teaching aids, from food package boxes and grocery labels to plastic food replicas, along with a collection of recipes. I was also encouraged to bring my favorite ones to the sessions for analysis and ingredient substitutions for reduced calories and/or fat. We also analyzed package labels from my frequently purchased, semi-prepared Trader Joes' foods. We had frank discussions about alcohol, cheese, and at some point we scoured the internet together for a complete chart of beef cuts and their specific nutritional values.
Good to Great... with nutrition; Christina was awesome.
I was training for a half marathon and Christina from MV Nutrition came to talk with our group. I've been active my entire life and never really had a weight problem, but I was interested in taking my fitness to the next level. Prior, I'd read a couple of books and tried to change my eating habits, but didn't really have great results. As it turns out, I needed some individual attention to keep me accountable and to point out small changes I could make to my eating habits. Now, it wasn't easy. The first couple of weeks, I kept to my old regimen. However, by the end of four weeks, I'd lost four pounds of fat and gained five pounds of muscle. Plus, I now have more energy.
Listen, this wasn't cheap, but I've made changes that will last a lifetime. You get what you pay for and this was worth every penny.
Manuel Villacorta: I can't say enough thank you's..
I still can't believe and can?t get use to my losing 38 lbs and how easy it was. I feel as though I am in my 20's again (I know it's only a dream) and haven't felt this great in years. I never thought I would have such a feeling of transformation. I never anticipated this kind of results with the way I am feeling and all of the positive changes I have made. You should be the nutritionist or an advisor to the "Dr. Phil Show". You are heroic and I can't say enough thank you's. And the best is yet to happen. My wife has decided to sign up with you because of the results she has seen in me. I tell everyone about you. Thank you again.
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