A little bit about Anna
Meet Anna Cortesi; Certified Dietitian, Clinical Nutritionist and owner of Cortesi Nutrition – a world-class wellness company which aims to improve the vitality of its clients. As an internationally recognized expert, Anna has experience in the various roles of orthomolecular nutrition and she appears regularly as a nutritional expert on local and national news. Anna has been featured in national and local media, including Time Out, Healthy Life, Vegan Cooking, Nutrition by Hopelessly Romantic, Sportive and many more.
Food and health are her passion and her education and background clearly show.
After receiving a B.A. in Home Economics, Food Design & Technology; Ms. Cortesi went on to gain a B.Sc. in Dietetics & Nutrition. Later on an M.Sc.in Clinical Nutrition swiftly followed her two food and nutrition degrees, which led to her becoming the world-known personal nutrition coach she is today.
Anna suffered from obesity as a child and struggled with eating disorders throughout her teenage years. “Raised by a military dad and a beautician mom, body image was always important in my family. My sister and I had to look pretty in our girly clothes, so my extra body fat was unacceptable. I remember feeling worthless and a total disappointment to my parents”.
Despite entering adolescence at a healthy weight, she still felt chubbier than other girls. Childhood demons followed her every step – turning food into an enemy. “I would hide my lunch, suppress my cravings and eat an apple, or cucumber a day. Nobody knew my secret. Not even my parents and friends. I felt so weak, fragile and malnourished that I would faint in between classes”. During her last three years of high school, Anna fell into a destructive pattern of starvation, compulsive overeating, unhealthy food binging and bulimia nervosa.