Hi, I’m Christina, a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist. Welcome to When Not All Food Fits, a blog I started to help me maintain my passion for providing nutrition counseling/support/information for people who struggle with disordered eating or negative relationships with food/their bodies AND who also need specialized diets for allergies, intolerances, chronic illnesses, co-occuring disorders, or religious or ethical beliefs.
I recovered from a battle with an eating disorder and currently manage my mental health partially with diet and exercise (see what motivated me to recover here and here). What do I mean by that? Well, it’s all about balance and customization to each individual! I personally eat things like sugar, gluten, caffeine, and some processed foods. But I also eat a ton of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. I exercise most days of the week, but I also give my body a break when it needs it. It’s taken years to achieve this balance and I know that each one of us can achieve our own balance with no deprivation necessary. This is why I like the “all foods fit” model that dietitians are fond of. However, for both health and ethical reasons, I cannot eat certain foods and I am very familiar with how difficult it is to recover your relationship with food when you’re still forced to restrict. I was only able to make peace with these restrictions once I stopped seeing it as restriction, and started realizing how there were so many different options for foods which nourished my body and also didn’t cause it to constantly hurt.
I currently work full-time as a clinical dietitian and I am pursuing my Master’s Degree in Nutrition, so free time is somewhat limited. Being a clinical dietitian means I don’t actually work with food on a daily basis (did you know not all dietitians hang out in the kitchen all day?). I do enjoy creating in the kitchen, and I look forward to sharing some of my creations and recipes on this blog. Check out my cooking/baking adventures here! I do consume a mostly plant based diet, so most of my personal posts reflect this, but I recognize everyone’s different choices and therefore will include all different products when possible.
I truly look forward to helping others from both my personal experience, as well as my professional knowledge and experience, and let’s see where this blog goes. I’m always willing to make the time to contribute to blogs with similar messages. Send me an email if you’re looking for contributors to your blog (or just feel like saying hi)!
Boring stuff I should include: All opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer. All information on this blog is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, but not your Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Always consult your treatment team before making any sort of changes to your treatment, especially if it’s based on something you read on the internet.