Name: Gina Urlich
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.
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.
I have 2 amazing children (Dylan & Isla) and a little kick boxing bump due in June. They are my absolute world & adore them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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There's a little saying I like to go by, if you can't tone it, tan it! I won't lie, I'm quite partial to sporting a year round tan. There is something about having that sun-kissed glow that makes you feel and look a little leaner, and dare I say a tad sexier. The good news is that with all the amazing advancements in natural skin care products, you can get that glow without worrying about nasty toxins, sun damaged skin or looking like an Oompa Loompa. Here is my pick of the best natural tanning essentials to get your through this winter and beyond!
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