Anne Aniya is a busy and highly skilled London based Nutritional Therapist and Health and Weight Loss coach with a consuming desire to empower people to gain knowledge and take better care of themselves.

We spoke to her to find out about her work, her philosophies and upcoming plans… 

You are a highly qualified nutrition and weight loss expert who graduated from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London. When did you decide on this career path?

I always had a passion for health and eating right ever since I was a little girl. Even though I went on to University and did a degree and Masters in Information Systems Engineering, that passion never left me. I was always talking to people about their diet and health. I finally decided to follow this path. In 2010, I studied Nutritional Therapy at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and I haven’t looked back since!

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Have you always been health conscious and active?

Yes I have always been very health conscious and active and aware of its importance for as long as I can remember. As a little girl I always watched what I ate and drank and I remember always talking to my siblings and other family members about eating right. I’m not sure how irritating that was!

How big a part does fitness play in your own life?

Fitness plays a big part in my own life. I go to the gym twice a week and I make sure I stay active throughout the day through simple measures such as using the stairs instead of the lifts and I do more walking instead of driving.

Your book – ‘What’s Left to Eat?’ What was the idea behind that?

The book was inspired by Christine Marmony. The idea behind the book was to provide people with multiple food intolerances, allergies or sensitivities with recipes they can enjoy when everything they have been consuming cannot be eaten anymore. It was an honour to be one of the co-authors. 

What do you think are the biggest mistakes people make with their diet and food choices?

The biggest mistake people make with their food and diet choices is focusing on “calories in and calories out”. The focus should be on the effect of the food on the body and not the number of calories. Our hormones play a huge role in weight gain/weight loss.

If you could offer up three top tips that anyone can benefit from and easily implement?

Three tips that anyone can benefit from and easily implement: (a) Have protein with every meal including snacks (b) Drink enough water (at least 8 glasses a day) (c) Aim to sleep for about 7 hours every day.

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You are a big believer in informing people and empowering them to look after their own health. For those able to access you in London, I believe you offer a FREE 30 minute coaching session

Yes I do offer a 30 minutes free coaching session. People can sign up on my website so please do check it out. You can also get in touch with me through my WatchFit profile page.

We’re now into the post-Christmas and New Year season – any tips for people who still want to indulge but look after themselves at the same time?

Tips if you want to indulge but look after yourself this Christmas-
a) Have protein with every meal including snack – important for blood sugar balance
b) Focus on eating more whole natural food without a label.
c) If you are shopping and need to buy any ingredients with a label, read the label carefully and make sure the amount of sugar it contains is not more than 5g and make sure it doesn’t contain too many ingredients that you cannot even pronounce or have never heard of.

Do you have any plans for 2017 that you can share with us?

Yes I have plans for 2017! One of the things I will be doing is a Gentle Detox Programme, it is a program that will focus on the entire body including the mind. I am excited about it. Our environment is so toxic, this program will help the body get rid of toxins in a gentle way. A great way to start the year. More details about this upcoming program and how to sign up can be found on my website – Awesco Nutrition

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