Gina's passion for all things wellness, nurturing and family oozes from every post. This Brisbane based mother of two (with another on they way) is a wealth of knowledge and daily inspiration. I love her healthy recipes to try at home with the kiddies, and her helpful tips to make for a healthier week. What I love most about her is that she portrays a realistic approach to wellness, it's not about perfection, it's about being true to yourself.
Where can people find you?
When and why did you become a nutritionist?
I started my career as a nurse and love the foundation it has given me, but soon after having my first child I knew I wanted to know more about disease prevention & how I could be the healthiest version of myself & provide that for my family. I started juicing all kinds of weird concoctions, supplementing with super foods & I would engross myself in blogs & books on natural health. I knew I needed to know more & I wanted to share this knowledge with others.
Where did you study?
I studied a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health. How did you study (e.g. online, part time)? I juggled Motherhood, a part time job at the Mater Mothers Hospital & study. Crazy I know! I was not a picture of health at this time, I honestly worked myself to the ground, but, learnt so much about myself, my health & balance. It was during this time that I really learnt how women commit to so much & try to be all things to everyone & our own health is the consequence.
How many children do you have?
I have 2 amazing children (Dylan & Isla) and a little kick boxing bump due in June. They are my absolute world & adore them.
How did you manage studying and motherhood?
I managed the juggling act of motherhood & study by staying organised. I put in the hard yards but when you have a passion for something it drives you to make it work. My slow cooker was my best friend especially after a long day of work & study.
What do you love the most about your job?
I get a real buzz out of my career. I love driving home after a long day in clinic knowing that I have helped couples fall pregnant after years of trying to conceive or been able to educate women about heir hormones & what's driving their acne, anxiety, digestive issues, pregnancy or fertility.
What’s the least favourite aspect?
T his is tricky because I honestly love what I do but you know sometimes you get a case that is particularly sad. Seeing couples heartbroken after failed IVF or couples who are grieving pregnancy loss really hits me. The journey that people go through to have a baby or get their health on track is not always easy.
What can people expect when they follow you?
I like to post healthy recipes that are 'working Mum proof'. Practical recipes that I can whip up after a day of clinic, that the children (& man child) approve of. I also like to add some light education on women's health, hormones, pregnancy, fertility & children's health.
Health tip for the chilly season?
Prevention! Get on top of your health before all the winter bugs get a hold of you. Lots of immune boosting foods like bone broths, ferments, good quality proteins & fats. I like to supplement the family with zinc, vitamin C, probiotics & essential fatty acids.
When you work in the wellness industry, people expect you to be 100% healthy…do you have a secret vice?
Secret vice... I'm not. I'm human just like the rest of you. Social medial can portray that someones life is all butterflies & roses but #truthbomb I get sick from time to time, I get anxious from time to time, I eat chocolate from time to time & I feel insecure about my body from time to time & i'm not 100% healthy.
Top 5 instagram accounts that you follow
Natalie & Lily at Kindred Toxin Free Facials in Brisbane for the best in natural skin care @kindredtoxinfreefacials
Bump box curated pregnancy, motherhood and baby hampers at @bumpbox
Hand embroidered, bohemian-inspired baby shower dresses by @fillyboomaternity
Bump, birth and beyond - a gentle, holistic approach to all things pregnancy, birth and beyond at @bumpbirthandbeyond
NZ Design Blog - world-class Design From New Zealand and around the world at @nzdesignblog
Favourite recipe to make?
Lemon & Coconut Truffles
1 1/2 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut plus 1/2 cup for coating
1 1/2 cups ground macadamias
4 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
4 tbsp rice malt syrup
zest of one lemon + juice of one lemon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
a pinch of sea salt
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor. Process for about 2 minutes, or until the mixture starts to mix together like a dough.
- Use your hands to form small balls.
- In a separate bowl, add the extra coconut. Roll the balls in the coconut until well coated then transfer to a plate. Place in the fridge for at least half an hour to set.
- The truffles can be kept at room temperature, but I find they are best kept in the fridge. Yum!
- Makes around 20 bite size truffles. Will keep for about a week.
What’s your go to wet weather activity when at home with the kid(s)?
Movies, pop corn & snuggles on the couch.