Inspirational Woman: Amanda Hamilton | Nutritionist, Author & Broadcaster

Amanda Hamilton is a leading nutritionist with more than a decade of experience.

Inspirational Woman: Amanda Hamilton (F)She has published three bestselling international books and is a highly-respected broadcaster. Her wellbeing and nutrition philosophy is based on a realistic, sustainable approach from an evidence base – accessible daily healthy habits that soon add up.

Amanda has recently helped develop a range of teas for We Are Tea. Svelte, Glow, and Soothe are packed full of 100% natural, healthy ingredients and are the first range of teas to be backed and developed by a nutritionist, offering you a helping hand to look and feel your best this summer season.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Yes and no. Each year I do a vision board and I write down 3 words to sum up what I want to focus on that year. So, it’s not a case of I wanted to achieve X and Y, but rather a continually evolving

Have you faced any challenges along the way and if so, how did you deal with them?

Of course! Finance, juggling a family, too much travel – there are always challenges. I deal with them the only way I know how, by doing the best I can at that time.

On a typical workday, how do you start your day and how does it end?

If I am home I start with a dog walk early on the beach, around 6am, and then it is kids until around 8.30am before they are off to school. No matter where I am in the world I’ll have a strong coffee before I get to work, after a healthy breakfast of course! The end of the day isn’t always as defined. I do work till around 10pm on the laptop at least three nights a week – but, I’ll take a break for kids if I am working at home or if I am working in London I’ll take in an early evening class at the gym or Psycle. If I’m running a retreat the team always gets together socially at night, which is great fun.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced?

Finance probably, including fundraising at one point to develop my business online which ended up being really stressful. Ironically enough, after I bought my online business all back the web server company (123 Reg) deleted the back-up server and I lost the entire website and the business that went with it – literally, totally deleted! I was in shock for a few days and then decided the only thing to do was let it all go. It was one of those things that would consume me for months in a legal battle and I just felt I couldn’t afford the distraction. That’s been the biggest challenge so far.

How have you benefited from mentoring or coaching? If so, how?

Along the way various people have inspired me although not always successful people in the obvious sense. In recent years my great friend Sarah Willingham, the new dragon from Dragon’s Den, has been a mentor of sorts but if I’m honest, it is her uncompromising commitment to her family and to live an authentic life, rather than monetary success, that I admire most. In pure coaching terms I love the book The One Thing which talks about how to structure a day which I think has really worked for me.

What advice can you give about the benefits of networking?

I like to work with people I connect with but I’ve learned that diversity is hugely important. Don’t just surround yourself with people like you. I’ve also found as I’ve matured in business I am less scared about making decisions based on intuition and that has really brought some amazing opportunities – and that’s often those chance encounters when networking. We’ve all got an inner compass, I’d like to think that it takes us to where we really should be going, rather than just being distracted by the new new thing.

How would you encourage other girls or women into your career?

I left a six figure salary to set up a retreat business and it took many years to enjoy any degree of financial security again, even with a lot of media exposure – for me there was no hesitation but I think if you are setting up a business you should have your eyes wide open. Many people go into my line of work part-time after having a family which is a great model if you have a partner to help the juggle – or, now that the nutrition industry is so much bigger, there’s plenty of ways to make it work. If you are looking to build a brand I’d look inwards and ask yourself why – for me, truly, there’s a bigger purpose that has meant I am driven forever forward, but I think it would be impossible if I didn’t feel motivated by something more meaningful than financial success.

What does the future hold for you?

My children are now both well into school years so I’m really focused on growing and evolving the business model I created in the last decade. That’s meant I’ve now launched licensed spa programmes in Spain and Greece, and next year I’m expanding in the UK. Creating products I’m really proud of such as this Everyday Good tea range is another key element of going forward – I’ve been at the front line for more than a decade and now I want to turn some of that knowledge into tangible products. I’m going back into online too, but with a difference – watch this space!

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