Female Fitness and Food

A personalised approach to a healthy lifestyle

A Previous Life

After 3 years at Leeds Metropolitan University studying Business and having the time of my life in the Officer Training Corps, I decided that a ski season in the Alps was the perfect last life break before moving to London in 2003 to join the real world. I landed a job at London’s number one estate agency living the high life, with fast cars, long working hours and even longer partying hours. After a few years I decided to move into legal recruitment which was possibly the most awful job ever! I found the dreary commute on a bicycle down the A23 into Holborn every day pretty depressing. I was working 8am-8pm inside four walls, sitting at a desk. It was the first time I experienced back pain. I was only 28 at the time

In the summer of 2006 I met James (my now husband) who was a personal trainer. His flexible working schedule and ability to be his own boss made me feel very trapped in the corporate bubble. His grass was definitely greener than mine, and with no persuasion, I jumped off the corporate ship after sticking it out for two years and ploughed myself headfirst into the world of fitness.

I have been in the fitness industry since 2009, where I started off with a Level 3 qualification in Personal Training with the European Institute of Fitness (EIF). My first experience was looking after mobile PT clients and my bicycle kept me fit taking me to Dulwich, Clapham Common, Hyde Park, Regents Park, St. John’s Wood, Chiswick, Wandsworth, Balham and Tooting. After a very short while it was obvious to me that nutrition played a huge part in health and fitness. And this is where my passion has continued to flourish

Finding CrossFit and Nutrition

I found CrossFit in 2010, and that is when I started exploring the world of nutrition. Everyone was on this ‘Paleo Diet’ and I started to learn more about why. I started off following certain eating regimes such as Anna Richardson’s Body Blitz and then later on the Paleo Diet from which I saw reduction in my own body fat levels and an increase in strength and fitness. I then obtained a Level 1 and 2 certificate with the Poliquin Biosignature model and then later on in 2014, Level 4 certificates in Nutrition and Nutrition in Sport and Physical Activity with the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).

This wasn’t enough for me, so I delved further. There was more to nutrition than just body fat and fitness, surely. And hence I found the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) where I am currently studying a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy. This to date has been the most fascinating part of my learning. Evidence based, individualised nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Preventing disease and learning how to improve health through good food and implementing lifestyle changes.

When it comes to nutrition, you can never learn enough. There is always new evidence evolving. What I do know however is that we could ALL do with eating, sleeping and moving better. In this fast paced stressful world we are living in it’s easy to lose sight of our health and many of us are living life feeling sub-optimal.

A Previous Life

After 3 years at Leeds Metropolitan University studying Business and having the time of my life in the Officer Training Corps, I decided that a ski season in the Alps was the perfect last life break before moving to London in 2003 to join the real world. I landed a job at London’s number one estate agency living the high life, with fast cars, long working hours and even longer partying hours. After a few years I decided to move into legal recruitment which was possibly the most awful job ever! I found the dreary commute on a bicycle down the A23 into Holborn every day pretty depressing. I was working 8am-8pm inside four walls, sitting at a desk. It was the first time I experienced back pain. I was only 28 at the time

In the summer of 2006 I met James (my now husband) who was a personal trainer. His flexible working schedule and ability to be his own boss made me feel very trapped in the corporate bubble. His grass was definitely greener than mine, and with no persuasion, I jumped off the corporate ship after sticking it out for two years and ploughed myself headfirst into the world of fitness.

I have been in the fitness industry since 2009, where I started off with a Level 3 qualification in Personal Training with the European Institute of Fitness (EIF). My first experience was looking after mobile PT clients and my bicycle kept me fit taking me to Dulwich, Clapham Common, Hyde Park, Regents Park, St. John’s Wood, Chiswick, Wandsworth, Balham and Tooting. After a very short while it was obvious to me that nutrition played a huge part in health and fitness. And this is where my passion has continued to flourish

Finding CrossFit and Nutrition

I found CrossFit in 2010, and that is when I started exploring the world of nutrition. Everyone was on this ‘Paleo Diet’ and I started to learn more about why. I started off following certain eating regimes such as Anna Richardson’s Body Blitz and then later on the Paleo Diet from which I saw reduction in my own body fat levels and an increase in strength and fitness. I then obtained a Level 1 and 2 certificate with the Poliquin Biosignature model and then later on in 2014, Level 4 certificates in Nutrition and Nutrition in Sport and Physical Activity with the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).

This wasn’t enough for me, so I delved further. There was more to nutrition than just body fat and fitness, surely. And hence I found the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) where I am currently studying a BSc in Nutrition & Lifestyle Sciences and Practice. This to date has been the most fascinating part of my learning. Evidence based, individualised nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Preventing disease and learning how to improve health through good food and implementing lifestyle changes.

When it comes to nutrition, you can never learn enough. There is always new evidence evolving. What I do know however is that we could ALL do with eating, sleeping and moving better. In this fast paced stressful world we are living in it’s easy to lose sight of our health and many of us are living life feeling sub-optimal.

Female Fitness and Food

To eat more fruit and veg

We all need to eat more fruit and veg. Period. Instead of looking to meat or fish as the main portion of your meal, why not turn it on it’s head and instead base your meal on whole plants and have meat/fish as a small side (if you wish). You don’t have to be a vegetarian or a vegan to reap the benefits of eating a plant based diet. Just base the majority your meals on whole plants. Easy! If you think ‘plant based’ and eat food in it’s original form (think wholegrains such as oats, rice, quinoa, buckwheat, pulses, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole vegetables and fruits) then you can start eliminating processed foods, refined sugar, refined oils and shop bought junk foods and fill up on the good stuff instead.

To be more creative in the kitchen

I seriously considered going vegan last year after watching ‘What the Health’. But what this did was stress me out as I had no idea how to do it healthily or economically! And so many vegan recipes are complicated and take so much time. So instead I started off with experimenting in the kitchen with a few new vegan dishes and built it up from there slowly. My aim is to create plant based vegan based recipes that are quick, easy, tasty and don’t cost the earth. Oh and I like making things that are gluten free too. There are so many people that would benefit by not eating as much gluten. So I wanted to provide those options.

To learn something new everyday

Studying Nutrional Therapy has opened my eyes to a world of nutrition beyond losing weight and counting macros. Being in the fitness industry for nearly 10 years has taught me that you can never know enough and that one size does not fit all. Everyone is individual, has different fitness and nutritional needs and the more I can learn, the more I can pass on to my clients. Yes, keeping a healthy weight is important and to do that it’s important to learn portion sizes and energy requirements (calories) but it’s also important to learn how to keep fit and eat healthily whilst being able to live your life. So the more you can learn, the better!

To be in control of your decisions

My decision to give up drinking taught me you can absolutely do anything that you want to do. YOU are the one that is in control of what you say, what you do, what you eat, how you move. Yes, there are influential external and internal factors but at the end of the day it is only you that can make that choice. Have power in the knowledge that this is the case. If something isn’t working for you, change it. Not doing enough exercise? Then make that decision to do something that you will enjoy doing. Eating rubbish? Then make that decision to find a way to eat healthier. Don’t know where to start? Give me a call!

To be strong and beautiful

You don’t have to look like a bodybuilder or a world class CrossFitter to be strong physically. Yes, you can certainly look like that it you train 6 days a week, twice a day and eat between 3-4000 caloires! But if you are like me, you can’t or don’t want to do that so that is absolutely fine. Lifting weights will improve your strength, tone of muscles and of course you are already beautiful but you will feel awesome too! I love being able to do a pull up, squat my bodyweight and deadlift 100KG. The feeling of satisfaction I get from being able to put more weight on my bar is far more satisfying than jumping on a scale to see how much weight I have lost (or not!).

Because YOU have the POWER!

Has anyone ever told you you can’t do something? Well you know what? You can. You can do ANYthing (within reason and by making compromises) you want to. You get one life, one body, one mind. It’s not easy trying to stay fit and be healthy. It takes effort but YOU CAN DO IT! I have changed career at 30, and again at nearly 40. I have moved house and area that I live in to suit mine and my family's circumstances. I have decided to change my diet, give up drinking and change the way I exercise to suit my individual needs because I have the power. And you can too.

A personalised approach to a healthy lifestyle.

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Email: anna@femalefitnessandfood.co.uk

Female Fitness and Food

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