We had the good fortune of connecting with Catherine Kruppa and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Catherine, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I grew up in an active family and realized as a teenager how nutrition impacted sports performance either in a positive or negative way. This intrigued me and I wanted to know more. I studied nutrition at Texas A&M University and became a registered dietitian. I started my own business because I saw the importance of helping people eat healthier in Houston and worldwide so that they can live healthier lives. My passion is to help people fuel themselves for success in business, sports and life.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been a dietitian for 23 years. I started my professional career working in a hospital, but quickly moved to a health club setting. My love for sports nutrition helped me thrive in this environment. I also really loved consulting which led to the birth of Advice for Eating. What sets me apart from other dietitians and practitioners is my love for people and how diverse they are. In 23 years, I have never put together a nutrition plan that is the same. Every client that I meet is different, comes from a different background, has a different lifestyle and has different goals. Their nutrition needs to be able to fit into their current lifestyle and include food that they love for the plan to be successful and long lasting. I consult with people of all ages, athletes of all abilities from weekend warriors to Olympians as well as people from around the world that land here in Houston or that I Zoom with overseas. I love the challenge of building a plan for my variety of clients. The goal is for them to love it too.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the outdoors so I would definitely take them to one of my favorite places in Houston, Memorial Park. We would walk a loop and check out the new Eastern Glades section of the park followed by lunch outside at Beck’s Prime. A day of yoga, massages and lunch at Local Foods would also be on the agenda. If it is baseball season, we would attend an Astros game. We would finish up with a weekend in Galveston riding on the boat in the bay, waterskiing along with some beach time. Ending the day with a barbeque or dinner at Jimmy’s on the Pier.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents, Mary and Jim Chaffin, have been critical to my success. They both are hardworking in everything that they do from their careers, athletics and their volunteer positions within the community. Their work ethic has been modeled for me my whole life. Hard work breeds success, but success is what you define it to be. Success to me is doing something that I am passionate about which helps others. I would not be successful, in my eyes, if I did not love what I do. My husband, Paul, has also been influential in the success of Advice for Eating. He believed in me long (3 years) before I believed in myself that I could be a successful entrepreneur. He assists with the day to day workings of the business and has been a great support to me and Advice for Eating.

Website: www.adviceforeating.com
Instagram: @adviceforeating
Linkedin: Catherine Kruppa
Twitter: cathkruppa
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdviceforEating
Yelp: Advice for Eating

Image Credits
Karen Sachar

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