I’m Colleen Christensen, a registered dietitian nutritionist and food freedom expert. I help women break their food rules so that they can eat the foods that they want, when they want without guilt, stress or anxiety. I inspire women to live their lives on THEIR terms – not by their food rules.
My proven methods have allowed women just like you to find total food freedom, say goodbye to their food rules while allowing them to love and respect their bodies. These women are able to eat the foods that they want, when they want, without guilt stress or anxiety. You can live life on YOUR terms – NOT by your food rules.
Ever since I can remember, food has been the focus on my life. In high school I was known for my appetite. I was always down for a slushy run after volleyball practice, was the first one to suggest getting Little Caesars crazy bread for lunch, and LIVED for baking – I actually took cake decorating classes on the weekends! I gave zero F’s about calories or my weight, I simply ate what I wanted without guilt. (Truth talk: I once ate an entire frosted, 2-layer, 8” cake for breakfast. The ENTIRE cake, with no shame.) I remember everyone saying “How can you eat that much?!” I loved the attention that I got from this. I was insecure, but saw eating and food as something I did well. It made me feel proud, empowered, and confident.
When I went to college I kept up my care free eating habits and due to my more sedentary college lifestyle noticed a small weight gain. I started applying seemingly innocent food rules, like skipping the donut I wanted at breakfast or opting for a salad over a wrap at lunch. These quickly spiraled out of control and I started to think about food 24/7. My rules started to steadily become more extreme. It got to the point where I couldn’t concentrate when I was in class or when I was out on date night with my then boyfriend (now husband), Joe. It was like I was trapped in a cage of food obsession and this felt frustrating, scary and out of control.
For the next six years, I was stuck in this cage, following strict, obsessive food rules that I had created in order to control my weight and my life. I felt like I was constantly playing Tetris with my food; how I would “fit” my friday night ice cream date into the calorie limit I set for myself, what my next snack would be based on the previous meal. I. Could. Not. Stop. I was beyond obsessed. I knew that I couldn’t keep living my life this way. There HAD to be another, better way to have a relationship with food. I felt utterly lost, but hopeful that I could find that better way. I knew that if I wanted to be the wife, and some day mother, that I wanted to be I needed to change.
One day Joe and I had “the talk” about getting married someday. As I looked into the future, all I saw was me still obsessing over how many calories my last snack was, or how many miles I needed to run to burn off dinner. I could NOT keep living this way. This was my turning point, I knew I needed to change.
The journey I committed to taking after that first marriage talk with Joe took me SIX years to actually overcome. It felt long, frustrating and exhausting. Six years to improve my relationship with food and learn to love and respect my body. Six years to be able to eat a cupcake and NOT worry about how many calories were in it. To be able to trust myself not to binge when I have a jar of peanut butter in one hand and a spoon in the other. To be able to go out to dinner with my husband and not have to study the menu beforehand or always choose the salad because it’s “healthy.” Those six years were filled with trial-and-error, taking two steps forward and one step back. But, throughout those six years I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t.
Those six years have allowed me to identify the three key pieces to living a life free from food rules and obsession: mindset, challenging food rules, and body image. These three pieces have come to form the three pillars of what I teach thousands of women today.
If you told me this is what my life would look like six years ago I would have called you a liar. Never did I think that I would find the proven solutions to the extremely common problem too many women experience, restrictive food rules that lead to stress, anxiety, and the restrict-binge cycle. Never did I think I would make sharing these proven solutions my life’s work, my calling, because I didn’t think I could overcome the prison of food obsession. But, here I am, writing to you about just that. I have overcome my restrictive eating, food obsession, and made up food rules. Now, I help women, just like you, start to live the lives of food freedom they want so they can become the woman they’re meant to be.
You, girlfriend. Yes, you, reading this. I want you to know that you CAN find food freedom. That you CAN start to live a life you LOVE. And, I can’t wait to take you on the journey to do just that.