Thanks for checking out FitMamaEats! I aim to make my faith and my family a priority. But work comes in a close second. I’m passionate about wellness and healing and really blessed to get paid to be around the most inspiring people every day. As a nutritionist I show people how to eat well at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital's Nutrition Clinic. As an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor and Zumba instructor I show people how to move at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Tanger Be Well Center and at Healthworks Fitness Centers, where I was an enthusiastic member for 10 years before teaching my own classes.
My greatest hope is to make a difference in people’s lives and motivate them to live strong and be healthy no matter what life's challenges are. My work isn’t all roses as I often connect with discouraged and very ill people and sometimes there is only so much help one can offer. But if I’ve convinced someone to take one positive step forward that forever changes their path, I’m satisfied.
I don't live to eat but I cook and eat to live vibrantly. FitMamaEats offers my two cents on Boston-area restaurants, new food products, easy healthful recipes, and general health trends. You may also see product and book reviews related to food and fitness or a write-up about a health-related business that I strongly believe in. Although I am provided with free products to sample, my reviews are honest. If I love it I'll rave about it; if I don't, you'll hear why. I can't respond personally to every product review request but if you are a company with a product that I feel is a good fit for my blog, I will contact you within one week of your request. Please note that I do not review supplements and herbals even though it's a subject I've researched extensively. I often educate patients on supplements with use of the Natural Standard database, but this blog is focused on whole foods and fitness.
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I hope you find my blog helpful and interesting. Feel free to contact me anytime—would love to hear from you.
Nancy L. Oliveira, MS, RD, LDN
Christina is a recipe contributor to FitMamaEats and is loving her second career as a registered dietitian. She has a BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and is a foodie to the core. Previously she worked as a co-owner of a high-end catering business and neighborhood café that specialized in slow food cuisine, a producer for a prolific advertising and editorial photography company, and a web designer. Christina hopes that her understanding of food and cooking combined with the scientific aspects of nutrition will be able to help people eat better and enjoy the fantastic flavors of healthful food.
Alexa has a passion for health, nutrition, physical fitness, and mental strength. At 18 years old, she is an aspiring chef who loves to explore new recipes and cater to special diets including gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, Paleo, vegetarian and vegan. Her philosophy on food: "I love to play with my food, making it not solely nourishing but satisfying as well. Sweets are my kryptonite, and even more so when I can enjoy them guilt-free!"
Fen is a fitness contributor to FitMamaEats. She is an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor with experience teaching boot camp, cardio kickboxing, jump rope, mat Pilates, BodyPump, BollyX, Zumba and strength training. She is also a NASM-certified personal trainer with clients ranging in age from 12 to 82 years, including prenatal/post-pregnancy women. In high school and college, she ran varsity cross country and completed the Boston Marathon as a bandit her sophomore year at MIT. Fen became involved in fitness to help people achieve healthier lives, to prevent health problems and injuries, and simply because she loves physical activity! In her free time, she likes to cook and watch action movies.
Currently, Fen is a Master Trainer and Product Director for BollyX. She also trains clients and teaches Zumba, mat Pilates, BodyPump and Bosu strength training at the Cambridge Athletic Club and MIT Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. She and her husband David Lee are popular Zumba instructors in the Boston area and are a sought-after couple to teach at Zumbathons and other special community events.