An Interview with Amanda Hinman

Founder of the Hinman Holistic Health Institute and creator of Vibrant Child and Vibrant You Programs

How long have you been doing what you do and how did you become a Family Health Expert?

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I believe this career path found me.  To answer this question, it’s probably best that I share with you a defining moment and resulting story that brought me to where I am today, coaching people like you on exactly how to find more vibrant health for themselves and their kids consistently.

That defining moment in my life happened in early 2014.  It was a rainy afternoon and the weather outside the hospital room window mirrored my despair as I listened to the pediatric neurologist explain why my 8 year-old daughter needed a seizure medication with 4 pages of possible negative side effects.  I felt sick to my stomach.  I looked over to see my daughter’s petite silhouette laying in the hospital bed, her body completely drained in the aftermath of her fourth seizure.  I was terrified and confused.  My mind couldn’t grasp how we had gotten to this place.

The medications we were suggested to give her had four pages of possible negative side effects.
Something deep inside me knew there was more to the story of why my daughter started having seizures.  She had been anxious for some time, but it was more than simply a genetic condition she was destined to have.

The next four months were a roller-coaster.  I sought out second opinions, we worked with a nutritionist, a chiropractor and a therapist.  However, she continued to have seizures, now as many as 10-15 in a day.  She was taking 4 different seizures medications, (12 pills a day) and I almost didn’t recognize my once sharp and witty girl, as she was now distant and lethargic as a side-effect.

YOU CAN JUDGE ME IF YOU WANT FOR WHAT HAPPENED NEXT…

I enrolled in a coaching program for myself.  Yes I did.  I made the decision to invest in knowledge and support for me.  

I made a commitment to immerse myself in absolutely everything that had to do with improving health.  I read over 120 books on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, I studied over 100 different dietary theories, I took courses and became a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.

I had an ‘aha’ moment and realized that I couldn’t risk continuing to be uncertain and worried anymore.  I wanted to feel clear and confident, so I stood in my power and told my husband Mike that I needed to make this investment in myself. Ironically it came at a time when our future was completely uncertain.  Mike made the decision to step away from his career in the financial markets because of how stress was impacting his health and our daughter was still on four high priced seizure medications.

THIS CHANGED ME AND MY FAMILY’S LIFE FOR GOOD

I’d heard the saying before a million times…you have to fill your own cup before you can give to others your love.  Yes, it is a cliché and it is SO true.  I had to get to the place where I exhausted all options for my daughter before I realized I was the one who needed support.   

The amazing thing was, once I embraced it, doing something for me felt ENERGIZING!  I became inspired.  I looked forward to the time I was spending learning new perspectives, discovering how to release some of my unhelpful beliefs and soften.  I let go of underlying resentment and learned how to communicate effectively.   This new way of living allowed me to stop wasting time with arguments and meltdowns and find time for joy and ease.  Most importantly, I reconnected with my own motherly intuition and was able to understand what my daughter needed to heal.

This had a HUGE impact on my family.  It wasn’t a magic bullet, and yet it was an enjoyable steady wave of momentum that continued to gently guide as we started sharing more moments of laughter, fun and relaxation together.

As a few months passed my daughter started to be able to wean off her seizure medication, Mike no longer woke up in sweats because of his anxiety and my energy level charged up.

And from there I dove in spending years studying and investing over $30,000 working with the best integrative health doctors, relationship experts, family therapists, and peak psychology experts (including Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr, Mehmet Oz, Dr. Mark Hyman, Tony Robbins and many more) transforming our family health into the vibrant lives we enjoy today!

IF I HADN’T MADE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO TRANSFORM AND EMPOWER MYSELF, MY FAMILY NEVER WOULD HAVE ARRIVED AT WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

I could’ve easily brushed aside the opportunity to invest in myself and said…

  • It’s too expensive, we don’t have extra money right now
  • My life is too busy, I don’t have time for a coaching program
  • I’m not sure this program is the right fit for my situation

What’s worse, if I walked away that day, thinking that our health challenges were just something that happened to us and we had no control over, I would have taught my daughters that sense of POWERLESSNESS for them to experience in their life.

INSTEAD…

Within one year my family reversed 3 completely different ailments  and it all started when I got the support I needed!
Within one year my family reversed 3 completely different ailments (my daughter’s seizures, Mike’s anxiety and my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) and it all started when I got the support I needed!   I felt energized, confident and empowered and this created a ripple effect for everyone in my family.

Soon, my colleagues and friends saw our families’ transformation and starting asking ” Amanda, how did you help your daughter overcome her anxiety and seizures in less than a year and I feel like we keep taking one step forward and two steps back with my son?  What am I doing wrong?  Can you help me?”  I’d give them 2 or 3 things to do and told them to call me in a few weeks to tell me how it went.  Virtually every time, she called back saying “I’m shocked!  It worked and we have had less arguments and he’s even tried something new!!!”

For the past four years, I’ve supported over seventy families as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach certified through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition utilizing my more than 17 years’ experience in the health and wellness industry, spoken nationally in front of countless parents, authored Vibrant Child: 7 Steps to Increase Your Child’s Health & Happiness (Named Top 10 Inspiring Books for Women by Aspire Magazine) and created the Vibrant Health Programs; Which follow a series of 7 important health building steps every mom needs to apply to make life easier and have more laughs!

Who are your clients exactly?

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I work with moms just like you who want the best for their families; however, have never been taught the keys to holistic health so you can reconnect with your intuition as a mom and STOP second guessing or feeling worried about the best way to support your child.  That said, the moms I support run the whole gamut.

This is for you if…

  • You are a mom who often loses sleep at night because you’re worried about your child’s physical or emotional health and you want your child to have more laughs and less worry
  • You are a mom that is exhausted from all of the arguments and meltdowns with your child and you want to find a way to help you both feel better!
  • You are a mom that is disheartened by recommendations from doctors or specialists because you feel like there’s got to be something more, and you want to learn a holistic understanding of what’s going on inside your child’s body so you can best support them.
  • You are a mom that feels like your health challenges are impacting the way you show up to provide for your child and you want to discover how to have more energy and patience.
  • You are a mom that has a healthy and happy family life and want to take it to the next level!

Some of my clients have a child with a diagnosis and others do not.  While I believe your child’s diagnosis is not as important for our work as your desire to create a change for your future, I work with moms who’s children have struggled with anxiety disorders, speech delays, allergies, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, seizures, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Down Syndrome, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Eating Disorders.  Perhaps you relate to this video.

How are you different from other ‘specialists’ that help support children’s health?

Although I will provide strategies to support your child and give you an understanding of the deeper cause of your child’s challenges, you have me as YOUR Family Health expert and coach.  In other words, I don’t work with people who are looking for someone else to have the biggest impact on their child.  I refer those parents to other specialists.  My expertise is reconnecting moms with their intuition because YOU are the expert on your child and when you are in touch with your intuition you will discover how to best support your Vibrant Child. What that means to you is that I am very focused on anything and everything that works for moms.  Because my focus is very narrow, what you get with me is a no-nonsense, undiluted expertise on what works for self-care and personal responsibility.  I’ve simply become an expert at this stuff and that’s why my clients get great results (and I throw in a healthy dose of compassion, humor and encouragement, which ALWAYS helps!)

Many moms are interested in exploring holistic ways to support their child’s health, but they don’t have a clear, proven systematic approach to gaining valuable information.  The piles of information to sift through can be conflicting and gets overwhelming.  Working with me is different because the focus is simplicity.

What type of personality do you work best with and what is expected of me?   

My top priority is to meet you where you are so that you feel confident learning new insights and implementing strategies in your life.  I have found we are most successful when we are confident and ultimately your success has the biggest impact on your child.  Therefore I offer a variety of services.

Having said that, my workshops, programs and services were created for moms who are absolutely excited and serious about improving their child’s life as well as their own and ending what I call “the 3:00 am sweats”, meaning, not waking up in the middle of the night anymore thinking, “What can I do to help my child?”  They were created for you to peel back the layers of uncertainty and doubt within a few months (sometimes weeks!), which will eventually lead you to getting answers and a sense of peace that has a ripple effect and improves your child’s health for good – not just temporarily which is what typically happens when you rely on others to lead the path towards your child’s health transformation.

Being a committed learner myself, I’m known to work best with other moms who are committed to learning and just want to know exactly what steps to take to feel better.

Consider what you’ll do with me to be action-learning support.  You will be expected to become a detective and discover what works for your family.

For what type of person are my services NOT going to work?

These programs are NOT for those who are in an acute health or financial crisis, at least not right away.  It’s been my experience that people in crisis do not trust the recommendations I give them and do not do the work (probably because they spend so much time worrying about how they are going to stabilize their families’ health or where they are going to get next month’s rent check or mortgage payment.)

If you fall within this category, it’s absolutely OK.  I’ve been in that place too!  Do yourself 3 favors:

  1. Get some immediate support either medically or financially to stabilize your family, and then call me. This will take the edge off and provide a little more peace of mind.  Mostly it will de-clutter your mind enough to focus on your path to reconnect with your intuition and the BIG picture.  Once you start seeing improvements in your child’s self-confidence and health as a result of our work, you can then begin to make shifts in other things like medications or outside support gradually as you see the need is no longer there.  Just as we did in our family.
  2. Download the free Vibrant Child Starter Kit here and join my private Facebook Group Vibrant Child With Amanda Hinman here. The free information will get you started towards your goals until you’re ready to work with me.
  3. If you are able to make a small investment now purchase my book  Vibrant Child: 7 Steps to Increase Your Child’s Health & Happiness here. These will give you a LOT of things to think about.

Doing these three things will really help you get primed for our work.  When you’re ready, call me and we’ll get started.  (I’m in no rush and will be here when you need me.)

Another type of person I won’t work with is the chronic skeptic, as well as women who talk about the things they wish were different in their life and at the same time hand over all of the decision making to someone else.  Of course it is important to discuss any decisions to invest in yourself with your spouse, however, if a woman doesn’t trust in her own ability and ask to receive support with compassion and conviction, she is not a good fit for working with me.  If you are one of these people, I gently and respectfully ask that you not call and I hope you understand why.  We’ll probably just not work well together and I wouldn’t want to waste your time or your money.  Is that fair?

What exactly is the Vibrant Health Method and what does it include?

Transforming Your Child’s Health is Easier than You Think!

I have a proven system that breaks it all down for you in 7 simple steps!

Step 1 – SEE How You Prioritize Health

  • Design your vision for your ‘ultimate healthy and happy family!’
  • Get clarity on what the healthy child and healthy YOU really looks like…your future by design!
  • Get strategic about how to get from where you are now to where you want to go!

Step 2 – FEED Your Family Well

  • Experience a shift in perspective that transforms the way food impacts your family’s health and happiness!  After this, you will never see food the same way again!
  • Free yourself from the beliefs that hold you back from the health you desire!
  • It’s the shift in perspective that allows you to implement the tools and strategies to come.

Step 3 – LOVE Your Family Unconditionally

  • Find out that each person in your family feels loved in their own unique way.
  • Learn the key tool to navigate any difficult conversation successfully so that it brings you closer instead of tearing your apart.
  • Understand and appreciate the differences in your family’s approach to happiness like never before (including the things that used to drive you CRAZY!)

Step 4 – SLEEP Yourself to Health

  • Learn how to feel balanced and calm AND create that environment for your family.
  • Create a simple routine to support your child both physically and emotionally, so life is easier.
  • Genuinely feel like you understand what’s going on inside your child’s body, so you know how to help them.

Step 5 – MOVE for Fun

  • Learn how to naturally enjoy being active with your family so it’s something you look forward to!
  • Discover what unique type of activity is best for each person.
  • Bring back the playfulness, fun and energy into your family!

Step 6 – BELIEVE it is Possible 

  • Learn the key elements that shape your beliefs so you can create new beliefs to propel your life forward where you want it to go.
  • Create rock solid platform for growing your family’s positive expectation and gratitude.
  • Experience a heightened level of confidence and see how it positively affects your child.

Step 7 – CLEANSE Your Family’s Stress

  • Get unstuck from the pattern of “over responsibility” that is sucking the fun out of your family’s life.
  • Learn the strategies to “add more creativity into your life” even with the kids, the work and all the stuff going on!
  • Recommit and declare anew to consistently taking action to create your Vibrant Child and your Vibrant Life!

Does it really work?

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What if your child felt understood and appreciated for who they are?

Yes! Our family is living proof and so are the transformations other families have experienced working with me.  The result is an approach to getting in touch with yourself in a way that is simple and enjoyable, so that over time with simple consistent actions you create a happier, healthier and more peaceful way of life for your entire family (See Client Success Stories here)

What results can I expect?

You can expect to:

  • Hone in on the EXACT understanding on what actions will have the most impact in improving your child’s health for the long-term
  • Experience an energizing self-care routine that will make you feel more connected to yourself and your child like never before
  • Finally create the long-term health and happiness you desire for your family where nothing and no one can knock down your self-confidence and sense of empowerment
  • Learn the keys to holistic health that no one ever taught you before…so you can stop second guessing or feeling worried about the best way to support your child
  • It’s about finding out WHY what you’ve been doing isn’t working…and learn WHAT to do instead, so that you can create a family life you LOVE and are thrilled to live
  • Empower yourself with tools and strategies to create the best support that is unique to your family
  • Improve your quality of life by figuring out what you want and how to get it
  • Discover what it’s truly like to “have it all” when it comes to your family’s health and happiness
  • Design your vision for your ‘ultimate healthy and happy family’
  • Experience a shift in perspective that transforms how you see the way food impacts your family
  • Free yourself from old beliefs that hold you back
  • Find out how each person in your family feels loved in their own unique way
  • Learn a key tool to navigate any difficult conversation so that it brings you closer together instead of tearing you apart
  • Learn how to feel balanced and calm AND create that environment for your family
  • Discover what unique type of activity is best for each person in the family
  • Bring back the playfulness, fun and energy into your family
  • Learn the key elements that shape your beliefs so you can create new beliefs to propel your life forward where you want it to go
  • Get unstuck from the pattern of “over-responsibility” that is sucking the fun out of your family’s life
  •  Learn strategies to add more creativity into your life even with the kids, the work and all the stuff going on
  • Be the hero!  This resource was put in front of you for a reason

Can I contact some of your former clients to see what it’s like to work with you?

Yes, I encourage you to!  Please go to the Client Success page and read all of them.  See which ones you feel drawn to, either because the person has gotten results you want to get too, or perhaps because that person is in a similar situation.  Then feel free to email or call them and ask what they got from working with me.  Then email me to let me know how it went.

How quickly can I expect results?

Obviously, this depends on how committed you are to learning new insights, putting them into practice and how much you put into the self-discovery.  That said, virtually all clients see results within the first month in the form of better communication with their child, more energy and clarity about how best to support them and overall feeling their family’s lives getting easier and happier.

How can I guarantee health and happiness for myself and my child?

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We provide strategies, community, and accountability…

 

Do the work and utilize the resources. Show up for all your coaching calls and complete all of your assignments.  Be totally focused on family health for a period of one year.  Understand that it’s not a “quick fix”, it’s not magic and it takes up to a year for you to plant seeds and for those seeds to grow into the fruit that you can enjoy.  But all my clients who have diligently applied every step of the Vibrant Health Method have successfully transformed their family’s health, in much less time than they would have on their own.

Will I recover the investment I put into this coaching program?

Yes, a resounding Yes!  Many clients are excited to report that they were able to cover the coaching investment often with less than one year of health improvements.  But I want you to stop reading for just one moment to ask yourself “What is one year of improved health for my child and for me worth, and what is the average value I create over a lifetime of our improved health?”

The vast majority of my clients report that they save over $4,000 per year as a result of reduced absences from work, reduced expenses on eating out, reduced healthcare costs including doctors visits, therapies, medications, specialty services, nutritional supplements, transportation, evaluations/assessments and more.

In fact, many clients have reported an increase in their annual income because they have more energy, are more productive and better able to advance in their career path and/or passion.

That amount will more than cover your coaching investment.  Most likely, you will make 10 times what you invested in this program in the next 3 years.  And that the information and skills you learn with the Vibrant Health Method will net you 50 times what you invested in the next 10 to 20 years.  Something to think about…

What you’re reguraly getting with this program (and my coaching) is what I call a series of PINGs or AHAs!  that will move your family’s health faster than you would on your own.  Expect to get a lot of these.  That’s what you’re investing in, results, better health, more clarity, more confidence and energy, not simply a number of minutes on the phone with me or a series of worksheets.

How will we work together and what does the program entail?

If accepted into the program, you will receive total support from me through private one-on-one zoom video coaching sessions, on-demand personal email and text message support, the proven 7-step video training program for Vibrant Health, full backup materials and resources, assessments, worksheets, workbooks, videos, useful websites, an inspirational reading list and access to my private Facebook group.  In addition you will receive an all-access pass to live retreats and workshops as a private client.  This allows you to learn new insights and strategize with me to make sense of it all, gets you on track to set up a plan, keeps you accountable to take action with your family so that you experience confidence and clarity around health faster than you ever would on your own.

How long is the program?

Each program is run in either 6 month or 9 month increments.  Why?  Based on my experience of working with dozens of clients over the years, it takes at the very least 6 months for all the strategizing, practicing tools, assignments and healthy habits to “gel.”  In past years, I found that clients who stayed for shorter periods of time were certainly getting results (and improved health) right away, BUT were never getting to experience the WAVE of ease and increased energy that comes from doing things consistently over a period of time.  Their healthy habits never became fully primed and automatic.  Think of it like learning to brush your teeth…it took at least 6 months before it became a subconscious habit as part of your daily dental health routine.

Do people ever re-up?

Yes.  People find that, to sustain their healthy momentum over time, a second wave of coaching is very useful.  That said, you can choose any of the options, including the Maintenance Program.

What is the coaching investment?

When you feel confident you will have the most success which means you will create the biggest impact on your family.

You currently have 3 different options to choose from, depending on how quickly you want to see results, how much time you need to speak to me, or based on your budget level:

Vibrant Health Transformation Program

This 9-month private coaching option was create for high achieving parents who want to maximize their energy, relationships and health for your child and you!  This is the most popular program and creates the best results, by far.  With this option we schedule two solid 60-minute zoom video calls per month, one every other week to keep you on track and building momentum on the process of simplifying your life. In addition you receive 19 transformational video training modules and assignments so you progress from being aware of healthy habits to consistently living them!  This is the key to sustainable execution of what you know you should be doing.  I roll up my sleeves and get in the trenches with you, to work on each assignment, give critical feedback and tools you’ll need to experience better health in your family’s life consistently.  In addition you receive an all-access pass to my live workshops and retreats as a private client.

Vibrant Child Program 

This 6-month private coaching option is for curious self-starters who want to discover the beginning foundational perspectives, simple tools and strategies to start a ripple effect in their family’s health.  With this option we schedule two 60-minute zoom video calls per month as well as bi-monthly transformational video training modules and assignments.  This is a recommended for those that don’t feel they need as much coaching with me to reach their desired results.

Maintenance Program 

Created for “graduates” of at least 6 months of on of the other programs who feel they’ve done most of the groundwork and simply need occasional maintenance for the rest of the year.  Not available for beginners, as there’s more work to be done to gain momentum first.

Which option do you think suits you best?  And if you were to do this, when would you ideally want to start?

Do you offer any discounts and do you accept insurance or credit cards?

Yes, clients who are able to pay for their coaching investment in full enjoy a 10% upfront “cash discount” as it saves us time and effort on bookkeeping.

We do not accept insurance as an intentional choice because experience has shown when you are ready to invest in yourself and see this as an opportunity to accept full responsibility for your participation and commitment to doing the work the results are astounding!  Simply put, a shift in mindset occurs when you are ready for this investment and in the past when clients were not fully invested they were not as dedicated and their results demonstrated it.  Therefore, we now only accept clients who pay privately.  We only accept credit cards.

I believe this support is what I need, but I’m not sure what my husband will think.  Do you have any suggestions for how I explain this to him?

Yes, absolutely.  First, I suggest you take a moment to place yourself in his shoes.  Perhaps he has not been involved to the same degree as you with regards to looking into support options for your child’s health.  Often times you are most intimately aware of the day-to-day challenges and have done the most research about my services.

When a person is uncertain and unaware of an opportunity they are not likely to support making an investment in it.

Having said that, I believe your spouse is a compassionate partner who ultimately wants the best for his family.  Therefore, when you are clear and confident about how this will benefit your entire family, and you articulate your request to receive his endorsement with compassionate respect, your partner will sense your conviction and be comfortable agreeing with your desire.

Here are some dialogue suggestions that have helped other clients…

“I would like to talk with you about a coaching program that I am interested in.  As you may know, I’ve been struggling for a while now, feeling worried about (your child) and it’s important to me to feel more clear and confident in how I can support him/her.

I’ve been doing a lot of research and feel confident I found a program that will be really helpful for me.  I understand this may be unexpected for you to hear, and I’m happy to answer your questions, but I’ve done the research, I’m committed to making a change for our family and I’m confident working with Amanda will help all of us.  Will you support me in making this investment?”

Also, I am happy to have a conversation with both of you to answer any questions and discuss the process.

Ok, I know which program I want.  How do I get started?

Great!  Did you know that one of the most prominent characteristics of successful people is that successful people take action?  They take educated risks.  Yes, they make a mistake (we all do), but overwhelmingly, they are decisive and they take action.  It’s a well-known fact that these people make decisions based on their gut instinct.  So, that being said since this feels right for you, then go for it.

Here’s what you do:  Give me a call at 312-316-3698 or email me at amanda@hinmans.com and let me know which program will work best for you in terms of the results you want to get.  We’ll set up a day and time to start our coaching and you’ll receive a welcome packet over email.  In it, you’ll fill out a few questions about your family information, goals for your child’s health and we’ll set a time for us to connect on a call to review this information as well as your credit card information.  And because this will be done, when we speak for our first coaching session, we hit the ground running, give you strategies and get started toward your path to Vibrant Health!

If I’m not sure I’m ready to get started, how can I sample your work at low cost to see if it’s the right solution for me?

Join my Private Facebook group Vibrant Child with Amanda Hinman here and receive my Vibrant Child Starter Kit here.  This a way to get a little sampling of proven tips and the latest tools and powerful techniques from our Vibrant Health program.

Another way to sample this proven 7 step process for health is to purchase my book Vibrant Child: 7 Steps to Increase Your Child’s Health & Happiness.  This book is full of resources and information about various strategies you can begin on your own.  Purchase the book here.

I have a busy life.  Although I want to improve my child’s health and my own badly, I don’t have much time to spare.  How much time do I need?

If you can even spare one hour a week, you will be able to take just one tiny step a week, or learn one new idea a week, plus a bit of time for reading and implementing strategies.  Know that this approach will take longer than if you throw yourself into it wholeheartedly, but if you don’t ever start, you will never get there.  They say every journey starts with a single step and I know, personally, that I’d rather fail at something I tried, than never have given myself the chance to succeed, especially with something as important as health.

A final thought.  I have four children too and I work full time too, yet I’ve found a way to balance both areas of my life nicely.  The question really is: how much do you really want it?  If you want it a lot, you will find time for it.

Ok, I’m ready to do this for myself, but I have a couple of additional questions.  Can I call you?

Good, sounds like you’re ready to be pulled into your future!  Yes, if you have a couple of questions, let’s connect on a call so I can listen to your unique situation and will be happy to answer your questions.