Claudia Zapata is a healthy foodie and fitness enthusiast who loves wine and chocolate and whines about 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, Pilates, 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 from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. 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.


Claudia’s approach is uniquely positive and empowering, and she believes cooking is one of the keys to better health. “Whether you learn to cook a new vegetable or put a new spin on an old favorite, it all starts with one simple recipe. Start with one, then add on until you  have a handful of go-to recipes in your rotation. From there, it becomes second nature,” she says.


Healthy cooking doesn’t mean taste isn’t sacrificed, Claudia says. “Whole foods don’t need to be fussed over to be delicious,” Claudia says, but she does offer tips and tricks for getting picky eaters of all ages to try and embrace new foods. Hint: no bribing!


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.


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 diet saboteur and wine collector, selecting wine values for the wine o’clock posts.


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