Dryuary so far: it’s been hard ya’ll

By Claudia Zapata | January 9th, 2017 | 5 Comments
You didn't see me mention this goal in my recent resolutions column, because I didn't think I could do it (still not sure), and saying it publicly would make me too accountable for comfort. Resolutions, after all, are supposed to be realistic. A Dryuary* - in this house!? - impossible. *Dryuary = dry January. But, because 2016 was both a celebratory year for our family (three graduations and two weddings) and a tough one (for pretty much everyone), and we got through it all with a little too much help from Sean's wine cellar, on January 1, I said "enough." And, because the only way I was going to be successful was to enlist Sean too, I held him down and made h Read More...

2017: a not-so-clean slate with oh-so-many-possibilities

By Claudia Zapata | January 3rd, 2017 | 6 Comments
Most of the friends I asked say they don't make resolutions, but I love having goals at the start of every new year. There's something inspiring about hanging up a new calendar and envisioning the possibilities. At 46, I realize there is no clean slate, and having spent far too much time creating healthy habits to start anew, I wouldn't want one. But there's still so much I want to do (and not do), so much more I want to be (and not be), and the New Year always makes me reflect on what that is. After many failures and a couple of successes, I know first hand you can't just say you want to change. You have to be ready, realistic, and specific, and Read More...

A Great Deal on The Good Kind meal delivery service

By Claudia Zapata | November 29th, 2016 | 0 Comments
  The leftovers are over (seriously, it's time to throw them out), and you are so over cooking. And yet, there's something about the week after Thanksgiving that calls begs for healthy eating, so dining out doesn't feel like a good option. Thankfully, there's The Good Kind, a healthy meal delivery service in San Antonio led by caterer and event planner, Tim the Girl. The Good Kind's brick and mortar café featuring grab-n-go meals and snacks will be opening at The Pearl Brewery in January, but you can be good and eat well starting now. Shop for a sampling of some of TGK's deliciously healthy to-go dishes at the Pearl Farmer's market on Saturday Read More...

Guest post: 4 Gotta-Know Gut Health Facts

By Andy Bellatti MS, RD | October 30th, 2016 | 1 Comments
If you’ve set foot in a supermarket this year, you have very likely seen products touting the inclusion of probiotics, which consumer analytics researchers at SPINS have dubbed “the number one ingredient by sales in both natural and conventional retail channels.” Just last month, for example, PepsiCo announced probiotic-infused Tropicana juices are on their way – a last-ditch effort at reviving moribund sales. Why, exactly, are probiotics such a big deal? Should you start buying foods with added probiotics? Should a probiotic supplement become part of your daily routine? Here is your “gotta-know” guide to probiotics and gut health: 1. The human gut is the epic Read More...

Count the memories, not the calories

By Claudia Zapata | October 26th, 2016 | 6 Comments
I'm back! And, so is my blog. Wellness news (probiotics 101), fall recipes, and a giveaway are coming soon. But first things first, let's clear the air my conscience. October was a big travel month for us. And, after spending 12 wonderful days in California and a few days in Cabo, the old me would be feeling guilty about some of what I ate and most of what I drank. The new me is grateful for every bite and experience, knowing I'll immediately get back on track. Here's a sampling of how we differ: The old me ordered steamed vegetables at Asian restaurants; the new me enjoyed fried cornish game hen with cashews, tamari glaze, broccoli, and flowering kale at San F Read More...