About Zoe

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I’m, Zoe Zuniga, a holistic wellness writer  at Mind-Body Copy.

I have been in the health and fitness field for over 20 years, first as an aerobics dance instructor.

I taught low impact dance aerobics and step class back when thong leotards and leg warmers were popular in the late 80s and early 1990s.

Whew! I am so glad thong leotards are gone because everyone looked terrible in those ridiculous outfits.

 As the queen of  self-reinvention I became a sports massage therapist, and finally a Pilates trainer.

The theme here is that I wised up and got into modalities that were easier on the  body than aerobics.

Now I’m working on my plant-based nutrition certification. I realized that fitness is only part of true health. Nutrition is also key to wellness. I love learning new things!

I have been a freelancer/artrepreneur since graduating from college and have another blog for creatives called mindfuljoyful.com

The Origin Story

I am from the west coast, but my mom is a crazy hippy who dragged me all over the country as a kid.

Summers were spent on puppetry tours with mom, traveling all over the US and half way around the world.

We were stranded in Bangkok Thailand when I was ten years old, and had to walk to the US embassy because we didn’t even have cab fare.

A toothless old man tried to buy me as a sex slave on the walk over to the US Embassy. Not making this up!

The US government loaned us the money to get home because the next puppet gig was at a school on the border of Vietnam, and it was bombed right before we were scheduled to perform there.

We lived near Sequoa National park, CA, in a rural area when I was little. Three Rivers, CA had a huge impact on me and I love being outdoors more than anything else.

Then we moved to New Orleans where Mom got to  be one of the first white people to work with the Free Southern Theater.

Meanhile, I tried to navigate nursery school and first grade in the 1960s, in the south, as a mixed-race child.

Then it was Los Angeles, Berkeley CA, Port Townsend WA, Albuquerque NM, and Biddeford ME.

I escaped my crazy mom at the age of 17 the day after graduating from high school. I moved with a high school buddy to Burlington Vermont (without ever  down hill skiing) and studied dance for 3 years  before moving to Boston.

At the age of 21 I moved to Boston, MA, from Vermont to become a famous modern  dancer and go to art school.

I have a degree in illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.

Before college I took 3 dance classes a day and worked as a medical assistant from 3 to 11 pm at a rehab hospital for a couple of years. Boy was I tired!

I didn’t become a famous modern dancer, as you may have surmised.

But I did get to perform in a Modern dance company in Boston and with several Latin dance teams in California and taught Salsa in dance clubs and studios.

I quickly got tired of being a starving artist so I branched out into fitness and massage.

I loved Boston and lived there for 9 years before I got tired of the weather and moved back to California for good

Artist

Writer

Plant-Based Researcher

My Journey Back to health

Once I realized processed food addiction was a real thing my whole life made a little more sense.

Emotions played a big part of course, but there was a chemical/physical component I wasn’t fully aware of.

Food-like substances can change your brain for the worse, stimulating the pleasure centers in almost the same way as heroin and cocaine in those who are sensitive to them.  

And no, I am not overstating it. Brain scans show similar results with both street drugs and processed foods in people who are sensitive. Some people are more susceptible than others.

Once I understood how processed food was effecting my brain, I was able to stay on a whole foods diet a lot more of the time. 

Within a few months I dropped 40 pounds without having to diet or restrict my eating. I also improved my symptoms for life long chronic fatigue, depression, and fibromyalgia.

Life is not perfect now but it’s getting better.

Read more about my journey on the blog.

Origins photo gallery

nanas house

Age 2 in 1962, at Nana’s Apartment in LA, already hamming it up.

apple-house-three-rivers

The Apple House Art Studio, Three Rivers, CA

Zoe age 3, Three Rivers, CA

Zoe Zuniga age 5 New Orleans

Visit to 3 Rivers CA, age 6.

Zoe Zuniga stranded in Bangkok 1970, age 10

Zoe on tour with mom and her Migrant Theater Puppets.

Mass college of art modeling

Modeling at Mass College of Art, Boston 1985ish

Practicing salsa with partner, San Jose CA, 1997ish

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