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Hillary Clinton Meets With Diet Guru As 2016 Speculation Ramps Up

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In this handout provided by the White House,  President Barack Obama has lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the patio outside the Oval Office, on July 29, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chuck Kennedy/White House via Getty Images)

In this handout provided by the White House, President Barack Obama has lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the patio outside the Oval Office, on July 29, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chuck Kennedy/White House via Getty Images)

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LITCHFIELD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Is Hillary Clinton trying to get in shape for a possible 2016 presidential run?

The former secretary of state who left the Obama administration to recharge her batteries after traveling the world for four years has been spotted with diet guru Dr. Mark Hyman, who helped former President Bill Clinton lose weight on a vegan diet.

“We’re into the science of creating health using food as medicine”, Hyman told the Boston Herald. “It’s about diet, lifestyle and personalized medicine.”

Hyman, who says he’s “good friends” with Hillary Clinton, might have foreshadowed the former first lady’s presidential aspirations for 2016.

“Being a presidential candidate is a pretty demanding job,” Hyman told the Herald. “You need to be in good health.”

The New York Post reports that the two were spotted dining at the West Street Grill in Litchfield, Conn. On Sunday.

Hyman runs the Ultra Wellness Center in Lenox, Mass.

Clinton continued to fuel speculation of a 2016 run after meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden last week.

“The purpose of the lunch was chiefly social,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, calling it a “chance to catch up” and adding that Obama had initiated the invitation. “Secretary Clinton and the president have developed not just a strong working relationship, but also a genuine friendship.”

A super PAC dedicated to a prospective presidential bid has already raised more than $1 million for a possible Clinton campaign.

The official says that Ready for Hillary will report roughly $1 million in the bank after expenses, with three-quarters of all expenses focused on digital advertising to help build its email list and social media capacity. The organization has already collected donations from all 50 states, according to the official.

Clinton is not formally connected to the group, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money. She has been making public appearances and working on a book since leaving the State Department.

The activity comes more than three years before the next presidential election, although both sides are actively working to influence Clinton’s standing in the race.

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