We are excited to welcome a new member to the CS&F team. Chrissy Williams will be joining us in the role of nutrition coach. She has a passion for life, health and food that will be a great asset to this community and we can’t wait for you to meet her in person, but in the meantime check out these few questions to help you get to know her a little better! Welcome to the team, Chrissy!
- How did you get into the “nutrition business”?
I am one of those odd people who have known for a long time what I wanted to do with my life. I spent years watching my sister live in the shadow of an eating disorder and when times got really hard in my home growing up I ended up falling into that same shadow. It wasn’t until my stepbrother and stepsister ended up needing their colons removed that I truly understood the importance of nutrition and began to read everything I could find on nutrition therapy. In this time my eating disorder took a new and I went from suffering in an anorexic lifestyle to binge eating and gaining 65 lbs within a years’ time. Although some might think that gaining weight after being anorexic for years was recovery, it was not. I was so focused on everything else in my life and everyone else’s needs that I forgot to take care of myself and that is when my education in nutrition really began. I started to learn the balance between underweight and overweight and balancing my hormones through nutrition and lifestyle changes. I overate, underrate, over exercised and under exercised. Fortunately, those trials and tribulations taught to me respect and appreciate the power of food and what it can do to your mind and body. I went to the University of Georgia with a clear knowing that I wanted to continue to study nutrition and I have not stopped since! I am always reading about new studies, keeping up to date with what it and what is not scientifically proven.
- What certifications do you hold and how do they help you as a nutrition coach?
I am a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian and hold a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Georgia. Being a registered dietitian is different from other nutrition focuses in that we are the highest credentialed nutrition professional. Being a RD holds us to high standards in that we must practice with a focus in nutrition science and stay ethically true to what is scientifically proven as factual versus what we hear or read in blogs or magazines.
- What is your favorite aspect of coaching nutrition?
My favorite aspect of nutrition coaching is the counseling. Nutrition is such a touchy subject and people take offense very easily when you say something that might not connect with how their family eats/lives. I always hear people saying that you have to disconnect the emotional tie to food but that is impossible. Food affects your hormones and literally drives your body. We die without it. So to be able to connect with people and understand their emotional connection with food is vital.
- What advice would you give to someone just beginning their fitness/nutrition journey with CS&F?
For the new-comer my best advice would be- talk to people and ask lots of questions. CrossFit is weird! It is not like any other gym or atmosphere and there is a reason it is so special and different. You get time in class to overthink things, get feedback from trainers as well as connect with other people and that is invaluable. CrossFit is not just a workout but truly a community. People want to talk to you and hear from you if you are new so jump in a conversation, ask people their names, CS&F is a wonderful place and everybody is insanely welcoming.
- Tell us one thing we don’t know about you or a fun fact about yourself!
I love the mountains and the snow. My husband and I took our first vacation to Breckenridge last year and it was the absolute best trip I have ever been on. We would wake up early every morning, get on our gear, ride into town, grab breakfast and be first on the slopes every day. We would ski from first chair to last chair and then went out and grabbed beer and food. It was like living in a dreamland!