Fit Bottomed Eats was co-founded by Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead, and later brought on Kristen Seymour as a third partner. Due to the sites’ increasing popularity, the trio has expanded the team to include contributing writers, bringing new content and other fun, fresh perspectives to the sites.
Jennipher Walters: As co-founder Fit Bottomed Girls, Fit Bottomed Mamas and Fit Bottomed Eats, Jenn is hungry for a healthy lifestyle. With several fitness credentials under her belt: ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, and advanced health and fitness specialist, and an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor, Jenn also has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MA in health journalism from the University of Minnesota. She has written for numerous online publications including Shape magazine, SparkPeople and Diets in Review. In her free time, Jenn can be found chomping on kale, updating her 1960s-decorated home in Kansas City, Mo., creating the largest salads known to man, doing CrossFit, sipping on a good glass of cab and running with her pup. (But not all at the same time, of course.)
Erin Whitehead: Co-founder Erin has years of workout experience and is well versed in healthy living news and trends, and brings a normal-gal approach to the mix. Erin has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and is known for being a total word nerd. Born and raised in Topeka, Kan., Erin has settled in New Jersey after living—and loving—time spent in Lawrence, Kan., and Menlo Park, Calif. When not working out and eating right, Erin can be found hanging with her husband, daughter, son and pug. Her fave pastimes include reading and devouring entire seasons of TV shows in just days via Netflix. She’s always looking for quick and easy healthy meals to make!
Kristen Seymour: Kristen nearly failed Home Ec in middle school. She refused to learn to cook (and let’s not even talk about sewing—pass the hot glue gun, please!) until she was out of college (and out of money) and realized that, if she wanted to keep eating tasty meals, she was going to have to create them. She’s a pescatarian married to a man who truly enjoys a rare steak, meaning she’s well-versed in creating meals that will work with or without meat added in. She’s an avid triathlete (with more enthusiasm than skill) who also loves basketball, volleyball, walking her dogs and cuddling with her cat. (And her husband, of course.)
Tish Arana: Tish started out as a guest writer for Fit Bottomed Girl in July 2009 and quickly caught the fitness writing bug, becoming a part of the FBG team. Not only did the FBGs give her the oomph she needed to make her health and fitness a priority (she’s gone from couch potato to marathoner!), they also got her to finally use her journalism degree from the University of Kansas. She currently lives in the Los Angeles area, covering all things West Coast fitness—and now healthy eats, too! She also writes regularly on her own blog, Luv and Kiwi.
Kelsey Brazelton: Kelsey grew up around food her whole life. As a child, she watched and helped her mom cook. Her entire family consists of great cooks and there is never a party or get-together without some kind of food. Kelsey has eaten healthy food most of her life, as her mother instilled in her to eat her vegetables. Well, it paid off. Kelsey is always scrounging cookbooks and the internet for new and healthy recipes to try.
Margo Donohue: Margo is the creator of the blog, Brooklyn Fit Chick, which has been noted for its lively tone and unique take on fitness and a healthy lifestyle by top media including Shape and Fitness magazine, and MSN’s FitBie.com. Margo is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor who teaches several classes per week and has private clientele as a NASM-certified personal trainer in her favorite place in the world—Brooklyn, New York. She earned her degree in speech-communications in 1994 from San Jose State University.
Megan Hinman: Megan has a love-hate relationship with long-distance running and is consistently involved in many other fitness activities. She’s a frequent 5k competitor and will run her first half marathon this Spring. Her weekly indoor soccer games help keep her motivated, though her frequent minor injuries and busy schedule do not. When not caught in her eternal debate, “to run or not to run?,” Megan is working toward her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Kansas, writing silly stories and musings for her personal blog, or hanging out at home with her dogs and boyfriend, fixing up the place and all the while wondering how soon she can go to sleep again.
Linda LaRue: Avowed foodie Angelina, Linda LaRue, RN MEd, ATC, Creator of the Core Transformer and best-selling core workout infomercial Crunchless Abs is a registered nurse and athletic trainer with a Master’s degree in exercise physiology and sports medicine from the University of Virginia. She has been a leader and pioneer within the field of functional core performance for the past 20 years. As a Master Personal Trainer and fitness instructor, she has consulted with some of the world’s top health and fitness experts and professional sports teams. For the past decade she has been writing healthy lifestyle pieces including her seasonal, farm-to-table local farmer’s market finds for The Palisadian Post, Intent.com, her popular blog Make Healthy A Lifestyle and now Fit Bottomed Eats!
Susan Manville: As the Token Vegetarian for Fit Bottomed Eats, Susan is more than happy to take on questions ranging from “How do I start a plant-based lifestyle?” to “What the heck do I do with kale?” Her favorite question, however, is one she asks almost daily: “Honey, are you gonna finish that ice cream?” Food is central to her life, fueling her training for 5Ks, Ironman triathlons and everything in between. Susan holds a Doctorate in Health Education from A.T. Still University, yet still burns toast. (They don’t teach the important stuff in school anymore…) When she’s not eating or training, she’s a columnist and editor for No Meat Athlete, a website for vegetarian endurance athletes, and Competitor, Triathlete and Women’s Running magazines. Check out her website: SusanLacke.com.
Erika Morgan: Erika has been with FBG as of April 2014 as an intern and now as a contributor! She is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City, with a degree in communications. Erika currently is a grad student at The University of Kansas working towards her Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications. She enjoys anything that involves creativity, and after losing 30 pounds a few years ago, she really became passionate about health and fitness. FBG seemed to be a perfect fit for her in order to combine her two passions. She really enjoys the outdoors (minus the bugs), cooking and eating, playing the piano, and she has a minor online-shopping addiction. And she’s also a little pet crazy with three dogs and a 20-pound cat!
Danielle Padula: Danielle is a food enthusiast, greatly due to the two years she lived in South America and Europe — what she considers to be the most romantic time of her life. Now back in the states, she works at Fine Cooking magazine, and owns her own editing and recipe development business. When she’s not wearing an apron, she’s competitively boxing, making hippy, all-natural beauty products (it’s a weird obsession) or watching Back to the Future — because let’s face it, Marty McFly is just too freakin’ cool. Visit her site, GreenMitts.com and follow her on Twitter @dpadulafood.
Jennifer Schlozman: Jenny is a former Weight Watchers Leader Ambassador, who lost 40 pounds pre-baby and 82 pounds post baby. A runner, triathlete and half-marathoner, she finds comfort in group workouts and loves finding new fit friends. Born and raised in the North suburbs of Chicago but now living in the Kansas City area, Jenny loves long walks in the sun, homemade meals, manicures, the sound of her husband’s voice and slow dancing with her little mister.
Gail Gedan Spencer: Gail writes about healthy living at her blog GoGoGail.com and around the web. She chases lizards down the sidewalk in her South Florida neighborhood and is often buried in an avalanche of diet books and workout DVDs. Gail, who is an NASM-certified Weight Loss Specialist, is a former newspaper copy editor and content editor and has worked at papers coast to coast, including the Orange County Register,USA Today and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She’s a wife, mom to a hungry teenager and really and truly loves green smoothies.
Karen Timper: An early love of cooking made the culinary arts an obvious career choice for Karen. With cooking comes a lot of tasting, so in 1982 she joined her first gym to ward off the negative affects of the trade and her second passion was born. She effectively learned to balance the two devotions and has maintained a healthy lifestyle for the past three decades. Karen earned a Hospitality Management Degree, specializing in baking, from the American Culinary Federation Chefs Apprenticeship Program while working full time in the industry. Currently, she likes to travel and sample regional cuisines—and most recently had the opportunity to work with chefs in both Tuscany and Curacao. She can usually be found in her kitchen testing new recipes for her husband Bill and their pet Chester, a 21-pound cat with a shoe fetish.
Ali B. Zagat: Ali struggled with childhood asthma and never considered herself particularly athletic … until martial arts changed her mind and improved her health. She now has a brown belt in Krav Maga and is happiest when tackling a new fitness challenge, hiking with her husband or kayaking with her family. A Philadelphia-based writer and editor, Ali also trains in Muay Thai, practices yoga and has recently discovered the wonders of kettlebells. When she isn’t working out or wrangling a particularly recalcitrant sentence, Ali loves to cook, and believes that a healthy diet has room for both kale and dark chocolate truffles.
Currently, Fit Bottomed Eats is not looking to expand its team. If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know!