About Christina Crowder Anderson MS, RDN, CSP, CDE, LD
Hi! I’m Christina, The Gymnast Nutritionist™️, and I’m so happy and thankful that you stopped by.
As Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Gymnastics Sports Nutrition Expert, and Author, I’m proud to serve the gymnastics community. My mission is to help athletes find food freedom and elite performance, as those things can co-exist. By learning about that body’s energy needs and how all foods can fit, we can together create a way of eating that supports sports performance and sanity.
As a former Junior Olympic Gymnast, Judge, and someone who works in the sport of gymnastics each day, I get you. I understand your struggles, the cultural challenges, and pressure that our gymnasts face.
Why I Created Christina Anderson RDN
My virtual practice which helps females find food freedom was born out of my own struggles with disordered eating and poor body image. I got into the field of nutrition and dietetics for the wrong reasons (to “lose more weight”) yet my struggles have been turned into compassion and an ability to foster behavior change.
So many athletes careers are ended due to food and body issues, and this is entirely preventable. If an athlete does make it through a successful career, they’re often plagued by food and body issues for years after.
Even if an athlete is not struggling with food or their body, so many are not nourishing their bodies to fuel “the work required” for not only sport but just life.
It is my mission to help females learn to nourish their bodies and enjoy exercise again. Food is more than just energy; it’s social, cultural, and emotional. Food is something to be enjoyed, not feared.
Life is too short to just track calories and be a slave to the scale.
Where You Come In
If you or your athlete has ever struggled with food or their body, you are not alone. Nutrition is more than just knowing “what” to eat. Part of learning nourish the body and fuel for sport includes nurturing the mental aspects of food and body image.
The “diet culture” voices in our society are so loud, especially in the gymnastics world. Coaches and parents tell give their athletes nutrition advice on a daily basis that is not only wrong but harmful. You don’t need to be micromanaged; you don’t need your gymnastics coach or parent weighing you or reviewing your food journal. This does nothing but make you feel inadequate and ashamed, two things which never motivate successful behavior change.
I used to think things in the gymnastics world were “better” in terms of coaches not making food/body comments, weighing girls, trying to control what they’re eating, but I was wrong. These negative tactics are still alive and well in some of our most elite gymnastics facilities across the world.
You can achieve the body composition and performance you need to be successful in the sport while enjoying food and nourishing your body.
I believe that athletes should be empowered to make nutrition decisions for themselves. It’s my job to present the information and help facilitate behavior change. But, it’s ultimately up to the athlete and not their coaches or parents.
If you’re looking for guidance and support with your gymnastics nutrition and body image, I’m here for you. I am fully confident that you have come to the right place and that we will be successful together.
I’m so thankful you stopped by and I hope this is just the beginning of us getting to know each other. I’d love to learn more about you – the best way to connect with me is to join my weekly newsletter by just entering your name and email. Most weeks you’ll see me pop up in your inbox with the latest on all things nutrition and body image for the gymnast.
Although my practice is largely virtual, I’d love to connect in real-life. As a Junior Olympic and NCAA gymnastics judge, you’ll probably see me around during meet season so don’t be shy! I also frequently travel to work with gymnasts and coaches at their gymnastics facilities; tell me when and I’ll be there.
I’m so grateful for you to join this community. I hope you are encouraged by the resources I am able to provide and look forward to getting to know you!
Christina Crowder Anderson MS, RDN, CSP, CDE, LD is the Founder of Christina Anderson RDN, LLC. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Nutrition from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian who specializes and is board certified in pediatric and adolescent sports nutrition.
Christina’s expertise has been featured on Healthline, Bustle, The United States Elite Coaches Association Journal, USA Gymnastics, and more. She is an experienced nutrition researcher and writer. She is a consultant with USA Gymnastics (USAG) and their Athlete Wellness Committee.
After working with thousands of children, adolescents, and their parents, she’s uncovered strategies and tools people need to foster a healthier relationship with food and their bodies for sustainable athletic careers and long-term health.
– Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, University of Arkansas
-Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
-Masters Thesis: The T1DLoCHO Study: Effects of a Low-carb, Non-Ketogenic Diet Versus Standard Diabetes Diet on Glycemic Control in Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes
-RDN Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and LD Licensed Dietitian
-CDE Board Certified Diabetes Educator
-CNSC Board Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
-CSP Board Certified Pediastric & Adolescent Specialist
-Level 10 and NCAA rated US Women’s Gymnastics Judge
-Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association, USA Gymnast, and the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges
-Nutrition Consultant to USA Gymnastics Athlete Wellness Committee