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 bravest and most inspiring people every day. I work as a nutritionist for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in their outpatient clinics, and as an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor at Healthworks Fitness Centers, where I was an enthusiastic member for 10 years before teaching my own classes.
I counsel and teach about 100 people every week, which is rewarding hard work. 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 often provided with free products to sample, my reviews are my honest opinions. If I love it I'll rave about it; if I don't, you'll hear why. 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 pursuing a second career as a registered dietitian and is currently in graduate school for nutrition. 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.
Fen is an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor and has taught classes for the past 8 years including boot camp, cardio kickboxing, jump rope, Pilates and strength training. She is also NASM-certified as a personal trainer for the last 10 years, training clients ranging in age from 12 to 82 years, including prenatal/post-pregnancy women. Fen has participated in various sports since the early age of 6. 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 and prevent health problems and injuries, and simply because she loves physical activity! If she's not teaching or training, you'll find her lifting weights, running, or taking yoga and Zumba. She also enjoys cooking, watching movies and knitting.
Christina is FitMamaEats' enthusiastic recipe tester. She is a recently married Midwest transplant who loves trying out all the fun adventures that the East Coast offers. Between settling into a new home and attempting to keep herbs alive for the first time ever, Christina is always on the lookout for no-fuss quick and tasty recipes. She's mindful of using healthful ingredients when possible, but not to an extreme, modifying popular recipes with subtle changes. Her eternal food weaknesses include crispy French fries, low-fat cookie-dough ice cream, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. While currently happy raising Argon, a cheeky Pomeranian/Dachshund mix, she looks forward to one day being a mama. Follow her wildly mundane domestic adventures at eat.sleep.play.repeat.
Melanie Plesko, RD, LDN
Melanie is FitMamaEats’ recipe contributor. She is a registered dietitian, having completed her internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a certified personal chef, melding her know-how of healthy eating with a passion for cooking. She launched a successful personal chef service, Mirabelle, preparing healthful meals with seasonal local ingredients for lucky Bostonians. Born in England, she recalls favorite meals such as garden fresh rhubarb made into a sweet tart with custard, and traditional English Sunday dinner: roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, and mushy peas and carrots. Melanie is also an active mom of two, Owen 5 and Talula 2, who often accompany her to local farms and farmers markets.