My name is Amanda Connell, your Nutrition & Wellness Coach. My role and purpose is to empower you to take ownership of all aspects in your life, walking with you (literally & figuratively) on a journey to achieve optimal holistic health.
My interest in Nutrition was sparked 16 years ago as a young mum dealing with health issues and frustrated with Dr’s prescribing medications and dismissing the nutritional avenues. I knew there would be a natural approach and remedy. So I researched and self-educated myself on overcoming health concerns by developing a positive relationship with food. I went on to study at Cadence Health as this allowed me to work full time, raise a family and work towards achieving my dreams, supporting others on a journey of optimal holistic health. This has set the foundations of how I talk about Nutrition and one that we live and breathe in our family today, constantly learning and adjusting.
In the years following I have supported family through depression, anxiety, aging and now cancer. It is evident the important role that Nutrition plays in not only our physiological health, but our mental health too.
I have always been an avid hiker, knowing instinctively the benefits of being in nature. I could feel ‘it” before I knew what it was. After further investigation and self-practice, the evidence was clear, Nature is therapy! I am so passionate about naturalistic healing through a holistic approach that treats the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease and all because I healed this way – AND you can too!
It is imperative that we nourish our body with the right food, just as we need to nourish our mind with self-care.
Life has taught me some solid lessons, many still remain scars. Through self-reflection, a positive twist and many “walk it off “in nature moments, these lessons delivered me some incredible insights, that I want to share to help others. The scars are my story, my reason for creating a business that enables me to share my love of Nutrition and hiking. I aim to inspire others to tune in and find the strength from their own stories.
I want to connect with you, really understand your why. Determine what motivates you so that I can help facilitate change. Not online - let’s get face to face, honest and in nature. I chose to coach with nutrition, as the answers we seek are within. Sometimes we just need someone to ask the right questions!
To start your holistic journey, lets hit the track and make a change ……
Registered Parks Vic Tour Guide
Accredited Nutrition & Health Coach
Master Mindfulness Practitioner
Certified in Mental Health First Aid
Certified with First Aid (level 2)
Certified with Asthma First Aid
Passionate about educating clients to live a more simplistic, balanced, healthy life, HOLISTIC HIKES ethos focus on disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with nature (even an hour a week) whilst coaching clients to achieve holistic health goals, empowering them to take ownership.
By definition a holistic approach is all-encompassing. Holism emphasises the connections between the mind, body and soul; the treating of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.
I created HOLISTIC HIKES to share my knowledge of the healing power of nature and nutrition, to improve mental well-being, de-stress and devise creative solutions to life’s challenges. A collaborative approach, we will identify obstacles and together, work towards solutions. I will provide education, tools and strategise for change, mapping a plan of action. I will be committed to supporting you, however it's your commitment that will ultimately produce the results you desire.
Take steps for actions and live your best life!
WHAT WE OFFER
With Mornington Peninsula as our back yard, our personalised coaching and intimate group hikes are run from the beautiful beaches and Nature Reserves of Port Phillip & Westernport regions. Heathcote and surrounding regions hikes coming soon!
Offering a range of holistic hikes from Mindfulness and Gratitude to personalised Nutrition and Wellness coaching sessions, each of the hikes focusses on disconnecting from our busy modern world and reconnecting with the healing power of nature and essentially tuning into ourselves.
Our hikes are designed for your comfort (ok a little out of comfort zone but this is where the magic happens!) as we explore mindfulness techniques and discuss health goals. Walking in nature boosts your feel-good hormone, serotonin resulting in a sense of well-being whilst engaging both the left (analytical, logic and reasoning) and the right (emotions, intuition, creativity) side of the brain, resulting in creative solutions.
Consultations are ideally outdoors however due to medical reasons or inclement weather conditions, consultation indoors can be arranged.
NO bush-walking experience required. Tracks are compacted surfaces with occasional hill or steps. Challenging trails can be arranged for the keen!