Anne Quirke Nutrition for a healthier life!

 

Anne Quirke Nutrition is a client-centred approach to functional nutrition. Working from her office at the Harrison Centre in Roscommon town, Anne tailors nutrition and fitness plans to suit elite athletes, weekend warriors and those looking to lose weight or live a healthier life.

  Health and fitness has been a major part of Anne’s life since her school days. Following work as a groom at equestrian centres in Ireland, Sweden and the USA, the Portumna woman returned to Ireland where she has worked in the fitness industry for the past 17 years. Anne says that growing up on a farm and then working abroad inspired her to turn her passion into a career.

  “My inspiration for all things health-related came from all of that travelling. I ended up working on an organic farm in British Columbia in Canada. The people were very isolated up in the mountains where they lived so they were very self-sufficient, growing and making a lot of their food. It was a really interesting experience and a very active lifestyle. A couple of years later I came back to Ireland and started to study to become a massage therapist and then a fitness instructor,” she said.

  Anne speaks passionately about her work and it’s easy to see why the weight loss clinics she had previously hosted on Goff Street in Roscommon town were so popular. She backs up her extensive knowledge with common sense while remaining realistic about her clients’ goals.

  She described how her clients’ success stories prompted her to delve further into nutrition.

  “The results my clients were getting not only from a weight loss point of view but a health point of view inspired me to study nutrition. I studied for four years at the Institute of Health Sciences in Dublin and qualified with distinction last April. I really enjoyed the extensive learning that came with it,” she said.

  Anne’s studies are supported by her experience working in the fitness industry with hotels such at the Abbey and Hodson Bay in Roscommon and The Sheraton in Athlone. She has also worked with nutrition companies such as Pharma Nord and Viridian, which means that she has experienced the industry from every angle.

  In her bright, new office at Molloy’s Pharmacy at the Harrison Centre, she now offers expert advice and programmes for all levels, from Olympic hopefuls to ‘weekend warriors’ and those just looking to drop a few pounds.

  She said: “I offer a comprehensive personalised sports nutrition package. Amateur athletes are becoming more and more aware of the importance of good nutrition to not only improve performance but to reduce recovery time and prevent burnout. Typically a lot of sports people that come into me are under-eating and therefore under-nourished. Often times people take up a new sport but don’t increase calorie and nutrient intake which can lead to injuries and under-performance. My sports nutrition plan takes the guesswork out of it for you.

  “The cycling season is well underway so lately I have had a lot of cyclists coming to me and they’re finding great benefit, especially with the ‘on the bike nutrition’ and recovery. I also work with runners, soccer players, all GAA sports, swimmers, powerlifters, body builders, fitness models, archers, dancers and many more”.

  While Anne has tailored plans to talented athletes such as UC Monaco and Team Ireland cyclist, Daire Feeley, she’s equally comfortable working with those who just want to become a little healthier.

  “I also offer nutritional therapy. This is suitable for anyone who wants to learn how to eat healthy but is also suitable for anyone that wants to manage a condition or disease such as type 2 Diabetes, IBS, constipation, rheumatoid arthritis, underactive thyroid and much more.

  “To get started, I send the client a questionnaire that includes a blank three-day food diary. I’ll then go through all their history and map out their clinical imbalances, which are causing or contributing to their symptoms. After meeting with them, I design a nutritional protocol to suit that client based on their goals. It all depends on the client’s goals. If it’s weight loss, for example, everything we do in the nutritional protocol will be geared towards balancing blood sugar levels (regulating the hormones insulin and cortisol),” she says.

  As well as nutrition, Anne also designs fitness plans for her clients, which are suitable for those who not a fans of the gym or prefer to work out at home.

  Anne Quirke also offers all day nutrition seminars, lunchtime talks or evening talks for businesses, schools, sports teams and clubs. Anne is the Nutritionist for Corporate Wellness Ireland and says that education around nutrition and health in the corporate world is becoming increasingly popular.

  Nutrition and fitness are vital components in order to enjoy a healthy lifestyle but Anne’s services go beyond this. Her office is a one-stop shop for those looking to create a healthier way of life. With food intolerance testing and follow up dietary support as well as sports and therapeutic massage, clients can avail of a total health and fitness overhaul.