Christie Charleston, RDN, CPT
I was never an individual who was born with their career aspirations in mind. Especially the fact that it would be in the nutrition and exercise field. However, my experience with body image issues and dieting led me down this path. As a child, I was never very active. I enjoyed television and Flaming Hot Cheetos. My body issues began during 5th grade, and I can’t say if they were environmental or related to my growth spurt during that time. The first diet I experienced was in 7th grade - should a 13-year-old ever feel the need to go on a diet? No! Unfortunately, that’s what society had ingrained in my brain - skinny meant beautiful. This societal pressure is not a healthy way of living. Beautiful should mean being comfortable in your skin regardless of the number on a scale.
In High School, I would skip lunch, eat a slim-fast bar at dinner and take diet pills throughout the day in attempts to lower my weight. I was in competitive sports, so this lasted only a couple days before I would binge due to my low-calorie intake.
During my college years, I moved up to a ski town located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and fell in love with the outdoor lifestyle. I was still unhappy about my weight, so I attempted more endeavors to lower it. These endeavors eventually turned to me consuming only 800 calories per day. As a female, it is dangerous to go under 1200 calories. I continued this for a couple of years, and as a result, I experienced multiple broken bones from snowboarding due to my poor nutrition.
Thankfully I began to do more research into the importance of nutrition and physical activity. I made the decision to go back to school to pursue a degree in Human Nutrition-Dietetics, eventually becoming a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer. I felt my story was something many people could relate to.
I was never born a natural athlete or blessed with “good genes.” It has been a crazy journey for me to get where I am today. I started out unmotivated, to disordered eating, to finding balance within my life. Balance is what I want to bring to my clients. Your goals are my goals, and your journey is my journey. The quality of the journey towards your dreams and goals is essential. I make it fun, entertaining, and exciting. If you work with me, expect to change your life for the long-run while having a good time. Let's work together, contact me today!