About me

My name is Claudia and I am a Health Motivator with an M.A. in Nutrition and Dietetics. At 39 years old, I decided that I wanted to achieve that version of myself that I had always aspired to be. So, I set myself a challenge that I would like to share with all of you.

Foto de Claudia Canu del blog claudiacanu.com

What was the challenge about?

One summer day of 2017, as a 39-year-old, I decided to challenge myself: to turn 40 being the best possible version of myself, both physically and mentally as well as emotionally. I wanted to be the woman I always aspired to be, even though I’ve often thought that I could never achieve it. Or maybe because of it: I wanted to prove to myself that I was wrong and that it is actually never too late.

I was dealing with a 360-degree change which comprises three pillars: body, mind, and emotions. I wanted to lose that fat that I had accumulated for years, but I wanted to do it in a way that wouldn’t include much suffering, no obligations, and by maintaining a balance that would make me feel good.

I knew it wouldn’t be easy. On one hand, I love sweets, and I tend to resort to food in moments of emotional instability. On the other hand, for the previous 5 years, I was writing a blog about brunch and coffee (www.coffeeandbrunchbcn.com), which has led me to immerse myself in the food scene and all that that entails. Finally, we can’t ignore the fact that for the 4 previous years of my life, I had rarely stepped foot in a gym.

It won’t be easy, but I will achieve it.

That was my recurrent thought and I really believed it.

It was a journey filled with joys and disappointments, as all journeys are, but I achieved my goal with an abundance of teachings and lessons which were completely foreign to me at the point of departure. Is there anything more motivating than that?

The most important result is that today I keep following my healthy lifestyle without many efforts. My body is being grateful for that and keeps showing me that following up with my healthy habits, not only helps to maintain a good shape but also a great level of energy even if I’m already over 40 years old.

Photos of a before and after losing weight

What does a Health Motivator do?

On the web, there isn’t much information regarding what a Health Motivator does, so I can say that I have basically made it up, making the term my own in order to define my purpose: with this blog, I aim to motivate more people to take care of their health, as an antidote to many diseases, to prevent other diseases from arising, or simply as a way to cultivate the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit.

It goes without saying that physical, emotional and mental health are all highly interrelated.

 

What are you going to find in this blog

This blog has three main sections:

  1. My journey to my healthy forties, with blog posts that I have written during my challenge about what I have learned during those 9 months.
  2. Healthy recipes, mostly breakfast, brunch, and snacks. Every one of them comes with nutritional information, details about the recipe itself, professional photos and video-recipe.
  3. Health Motivation blog, with articles about nutrition and motivation where I answer those questions that you possibly have in your mind.

Full disclosure: I’m not vegan, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy vegan food. Also, I like to specify if my recipes are suitable for certain diets because I understand the difficulties that can be found when there is a need to follow nutritional restrictions.

 

Who will benefit most from this blog:

All those women who would like to learn how to take care of themselves in an integral way, but that for some reason, haven’t been able to achieve it.

All those women who would like to change and become the women they have always aspired to be

All those women who have stopped believing in miracle diets.

All those women who don’t feel identified with stereotypes which are most often directed to younger girls or models who don’t seem like real people.

All those women who have stopped copying others and have started to ask questions.  

 

Why have I decided to tell my story?

I went through a hard time in which I felt completely blocked and I realized that it was highly probable that other women have also felt the same way I did, incapable of moving forward and not feeling completely at ease and at peace with oneself.

I spent years searching for guidance and inspiring people to follow, but all I seem to be achieving was to collect failure after failure. One day I decided to do things differently: I stopped for a moment and realized that a physical change is highly related to a change in the mental and emotional level. What had always seemed like a huge mountain impossible to crown led me to desire a challenge equally as big, yet still attainable, if done by taking the correct road.

I started by taking a course in Nutrition & Health at the Plaskett Institute, then I moved to a course in Nutritional Coach at INESEM and finally to the M.A. in Human Nutrition and Dietetics also at INESEM.

Now, I don’t think that everyone needs to invest years of their life to learn about nutrition to be able to change to a healthier lifestyle. So, my goal in life is to make it easier for other women to live a healthier life.

If you’ve just read this and think that you don’t need to make any changes to your health or that you simply don’t care about the quality of your health, that’s ok.

If, on the contrary, this has resonated with you and you need some kind of help and support, please do get in contact with me.

Also, if you know someone (a sister, a friend, a colleague, etc) who would be interested in taking part in a journey toward a healthier lifestyle, I invite you to share the link to this blog (www.claudiacanu.com).

It’s possible that you may be changing someone’s life in an important way through this simple gesture.

Thank you for stopping by!

A big hug,

Claudia