I'm Annika Weeks, BS NDTR -- the face behind Anni Weeks. Food is quite literally my life. I love to eat, cook, write about, and photograph food. I basically play with food for a living and yes, it is the best.
A little bit about me - Rewind to the year 2016. I'm housebound, sick with a serious disease that doesn't have a name, and I have to drop out of school halfway through my dietetics degree. I have no idea what the future will hold and finishing school is the furthest thing from my mind. I'm getting a front row seat to the patient side of healthcare as I rub elbows with cancer patients during infusions and treatments.
Today, I am both a health professional and a patient in the healthcare industry. I have 7+ autoimmune, genetic, or other disorders that are chronic and incurable. Nutrition therapy has been a huge part of my own remission, recovery, and ongoing disease management. I am grateful for the way food empowers me to heal each day.
You could say my business is very personal -- I truly know how powerful nutrition can be and how important it is to advocate for patient care.
I graduated college in 2020 with a degree in dietetics, and I'm a certified dietetics and nutrition technician (NDTR). This means I am qualified with the technical skills needed to be a nutrition professional and I work closely each day with dietitians to develop expert and evidence-based resources. I truly love what I do, and I am excited to get to know you better!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do you follow a specific diet?
I personally don't like using the word "diet", but I do focus on eating whole, plant-based, raw foods as often as possible.
I try to limit processed foods and other foods that are inflammatory to me individually. Different foods cause inflammation for different people which is why I can't recommend one specific diet for everyone. For example- peanut butter can be a very nutritious source for some and an extreme allergen for others.
I focus on what I need individually to stay nourished, and I do the same for my clients.
What services do you offer?
I offer several services, including writing, photography, intake and assessment, and more! You can access my portfolios by clicking here or book a session with me by clicking here. Most clients hire me for one service or a combination of a few.
What is one thing I can do right now to eat better?
Balance your plate with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious food! It's so important to get all the vitamins and minerals we need each day, and often I find my clients or my client's patients have low intakes of fruits and vegetables and are consuming nutrient-poor foods ("empty-calories"). If you need ideas, check out my FREE Resource Library and explore my FREE vitamin guides to learn more about vitamins.
What is the difference between an NDTR and a dietitian?
Typically, a dietitian goes through the same schooling and training a diet technician (NDTR) does, however the process after completing an accredited program can differ. NDTRs usually undergo some sort of studying to pass the NDTR exam, after which they must participate in continuing education to remain credentialed. Dietitians must complete a dietetic internship (DI) following graduation from an accredited program and pass the registered dietitian exam before becoming an RD. They also must complete continuing education credits to hold an active license in their state of practice.
Generally, NDTRs are more familiar with the technical tasks of the field such as screening and assessment. RDs are qualified to evaluate, diagnosis, and prescribe interventions during the medical nutrition therapy process. Both are considered experts in the field.
I want to lose weight - what should I do?
Cultivate an abundance mindset, and focus more on what you CAN eat than what you are limiting. Words like avoiding and restricting can encourage a scarcity mindset. Focusing on whole, nourishing foods helps to train the mind to choose fuel over foods that harm. Finding balance and eating with intention are keys to successful nutrition in transition.