Amanda’s approach to wellness is built on four pillars.
Years of experience have shown Amanda that wellness starts in your mind. Though clients might expect rigorous meal and workout plans right off the bat, she encourages them to reflect on what’s brought them to her in the first place.
“I have to ask the right questions to see what problems look like from my client’s point of view. For me to coach them, I first need to understand what their barriers and triggers are, as well as the thought patterns that lead them to make certain decisions.”
Then it’s about putting the clients' vision into context. Nine times out of ten, their goals are so much more than a number on a scale.
“It’s not just losing 10 kilos. It’s asking: what does wellness look like to you? It might be achieving a personal best or winning a competition, or it could be something deeper, like healing from a health issue or regaining confidence.”
A specialised nutritionist, Amanda understands the complex science behind what’s in our food, and how that interacts with our unique bodies. Part of what makes her plans so effective is how deeply personalised they are – not only to someone’s mindset but to their biological makeup.
“Once I’ve passed the preliminary discussions, we dive deep into physiology and biochemistry. We take a look at their hormones and bloodwork, and this helps us come up with a meal plan that ensures they’re getting the macro and micronutrients that are going to work well with their body.”
With just the first three steps, Amanda’s clients are stoked with their results. But she goes a step further, bringing in the fourth, and arguably most important, pillar of her approach – behaviour.
“My goal is that clients become more self-aware, to the point where they can identify their own problems and patterns. I want to get them to the point where they don’t need me anymore, they can listen to their body’s cues and follow a more intuitive practice.”
It’s not easy to teach an intuitive approach to wellness. For one thing, clients come to Amanda for immediate answers. She shares that the first problem she has to treat is decision fatigue – “just give me the plan!”
“So I give my clients a routine at the beginning to satisfy that preliminary need. That also gives me time to delve deeper and adapt the solution that not only fits their lifestyle now but can also grow with them.”
The other major challenge is that our relationship with food and fitness is deeply ingrained, often at a generational level. So to empower her clients to make their own wellness decisions, Amanda has to help them rewire certain behaviours or patterns that they’ve subconsciously developed or inherited. It takes bravery, patience, and persistence, but the testimonials speak for themselves. Amanda has helped people achieve life-changing results.
The secret? Self-awareness.
With access to external tools and knowledge, plus a deeper understanding of what’s going on within themselves, Amanda’s clients can achieve long-term wellness. Through Amanda, they learn resilience and the ability to adapt to change. vWe think that’s pretty epic!
Our drinks help Amanda’s clients stay nourished and energised – no matter what life throws at them.
Amanda’s challenge of making nutrition convenient links back to our origin story.
Our co-founder, Chloe Van Dyke, is a neuroscientist and expert in herbal medicine. She spent two years developing the first Chia Sisters formula to create the best fuel for her dad, a world champion swimmer, and her sister Florence, a triathlete.
There were so many challenges to overcome. For example, chia seeds must be individually hydrated to ensure we’re absorbing their protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and micronutrients. So Chloe partnered with Callaghan Innovation to develop custom technology that would ensure that our drinks unlocked the nutrients in every chia seed.
Chloe perfected the formula, leading to the small yet powerful Chia Superfood drinks that caught Amanda’s eye in the supermarket.
“Honestly, it’s the convenience factor that sells it for me.
Homemade smoothies sound good in theory, but no one representing clients in court, catching flights, or leading corporate meetings is going to put a Nutri Bullet mug on the table – it’s too intrusive!
But the Chia Superfood drinks are in a convenient 200ml format. All that nutrition is packed inside a small glass bottle that fits in your handbag or even your pocket.
That convenient source of healthy energy and satisfaction is the difference between feeling run-down and stopping to get fast food on the way home from a big day.”
As a nutritionist, Amanda was impressed by the ingredients list as well…
“I love Chia Sisters because the products have clearly been developed by people who know their stuff.
I see that there’s malic acid to help fatigue, magnesium to help combat stress, fibre to help control blood sugar levels, and protein for satiety and to take the edge off the insulin release.”