Claudia Zapata is a healthy foodie and fitness enthusiast who loves wine and chocolate and fears cottage cheese and box jumps.

After attending Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington D.C., Claudia thrilled her father by deciding to work at a fitness studio 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 with friends, Pilates, spinning, 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 at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She is a 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 embraces a positive and empowering approach to better health. “Whether it’s walking a mile or cooking a new vegetable, once you find you can do something, you begin to not only enjoy it but also thrive on how good it makes you feel. The key is to keep practicing healthy behaviors until you and your family form healthy habits.”

In the kitchen, Claudia keeps it easy and mindful. “When you choose fresh, seasonal ingredients, they don’t need to be fussed over to be delicious.” She offers tips for getting picky eaters of all ages to try and enjoy new foods, shortcuts for busy parents, and she shares favorite food and health products.

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.

Claudia is currently working on The Diplomacy Diet™, a “non-diet” book that marries her study of diplomacy with healthy living. “Every choice we make is a negotiation with ourselves and our environment. My hope is to make readers aware of their choices and empower them to create an environment where the healthy choice becomes both the easy and desired choice.”

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

Sean is a fellow workout enthusiast, who also plays the role of taste tester and diet saboteur. An obsessive wine collector, he selects wine values featured in Claudia’s wine o’clock posts.

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