About The Fit Chef

Fit Chef Trina

Fit Chef Trina

My name is Trina Palana-Soledad and I am the creator, founder and owner of “The Fit Chef for Life” ™.  I am not an actual chef. Instead, I am a trial and error, self taught artist in the kitchen. I recreate my favorite dishes and turn them into flavorful, healthy concoctions to share to the world.

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Chef at work…

I started my journey to get fit in the summer of 2007. From that day on, I’ve committed myself to a “FIT FOR LIFE” way of life—eating healthy, staying active and training smart consistently.


Throughout this journey, I’ve learned how significant my food choices are in reaching my fitness goals as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle. My passion to stay healthy (mind, body and spirit), combined with my immense love for cooking, inspired me to create  “The Fit Chef for Life ™” eCookbook. It’s my way of sharing what I know about eating healthy, training smart and staying fit to encourage, motivate and inspire others.

Launched my first eCookbook on Valentine's Day 2011...my dream come true!

Launched my first eCookbook on Valentine’s Day 2011…my dream come true!

I believe that no one should have to give up the foods they love. I want you to enjoy your food in your journey to get fit or stay fit. If you enjoy what you eat then you will be able to stick to it and make ‘healthy eating’ a part of your life. I will teach you how to cook healthy without sacrificing the taste. I want to motivate, inspire and help you become a better person inside-out…a happier and healthier YOU!

Besides food, I am also passionate about FASHION! I have been obsessed with make-up, clothes, shoes and accessories since I was young. My mom, Nina Palana, and grandmothers Pacencia Buendia and Engracia Palana were my fashion inspirations growing up. Audrey Hepburn, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian are my fashion icons. 

I share my “Look of the Day”- make-up, nail color, accessories, clothes and shoes on my personal Facebook page. I am a proud Frugalista Fashionista. Staying in fashion shouldn’t break the bank. I always mix a lot of inexpensive items with designer label ones. Fashion should be affordable and fun!
Summer 2012

Summer 2012

Winter 2012

Winter 2012

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Summer 2011

Summer 2011

Fall 2013

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Besides food, fitness and fashion, what makes me truly happy are my loving family and wonderful friends. My husband, Mel Soledad is the best dinner date and movie date…best bodyguard and dance partner…best cuddler & snuggler…my #1 fan…great supporter and motivator…best concert date and guitar teacher…my #1 fan and last but not the least, my personal guinea pig…haha! He is my official food tester and critic. I love it when I make him taste my new creation and his face lights up with sheer delight! I am truly inspired to create healthy, yummy dishes to make my hubby’s tummy and heart happy.

Partner in fitness, life and love... #1 fan and supporter...My soul mate <3

Partner in fitness, life and love… #1 fan and supporter…My soul mate ❤

I also have this great love for my three four-legged children…my adorable rescued pups. They show me everyday what loyalty, unconditional love and zest for life look like.

Coco-Chloé : 7 year old Chocolate Brown Doxie-Pug mix.

At our favorite Crissy Field Park in San Francsico...

At our favorite Crissy Field Park in San Francsico…

Our Twin Pups—Lacey Daisy: 2 year old Black/White  Jack Russell Terrier-Chihuahua mix and      Lily Ann: 2 year old White/Tan Jack Russell Terrier-Chihuahua mix.

Enjoying the winter Cali weather with the twin pups...

Enjoying the winter Cali weather with the twin pups…

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”                  

 – Roger Caras.


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