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Claudia Zapata is a healthy foodie and fitness enthusiast who loves good French fries and hates all varieties of push-ups.

After attending Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington D.C., Claudia thrilled her father by deciding to work at a gym after graduation. For 10 years, she was a personal trainer and certified fitness instructor.

She admits to hiding behind a tool shed when it was time to run around campus during high school gym class, but after “finding running” in college, she went on to qualify and run in the Boston Marathon’s 100th anniversary. Today, Claudia enjoys weight training, working on yoga handstands, and having her dogs take her for power walks.

about2Her love of fitness fueled her interest in healthy eating, and in 2000, Claudia received a Master’s Degree in nutrition. She is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and received a certificate of training in adult weight management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2012.

From 2001-2013, Claudia was a health and wellness columnist for the San Antonio-Express News.

She describes herself as a mindful eating advocate who believes everyone should have access to affordable, healthy food.

“To me, mindful eating is about enjoying seasonal and locally grown food with sense of both awareness and gratitude.”

You won’t find words like “cheat-meals” or “cheat days” on her site. “Food should be savored, not feared, and if you’re going to eat it, you should enjoy it guilt-free,” she says.

Her keys to better health include cooking whole foods at home and enjoying long family dinners.

Raised on the Texas-Mexico border in a bilingual and bicultural family, Claudia is married to former NBA player, Sean Elliott. They have three children, three loveable rescue pups and two occasionally likeable rescue cats.

Sean is a fellow workout enthusiast you’ll often spot demonstrating workouts in fitness posts. A burgeoning wine collector, Sean will also guide wine picks when it’s “wine o’clock.”

“Health is beautiful, healthy food is delicious, and healthy living is a gift to enjoy, share, and celebrate,” says Claudia.

“Welcome!”

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cl Claudia Zapata, MS, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and fitness enthusiast who blogs about enjoying healthy eating and exercise. With recipes and wine selections, workouts for all levels, and everyday wellness tips, Claudia celebrates good health.
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