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Caitlin Robson Hamond is a 29 years old, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Registrar @ The Royal Women’s Hospital. Originally from country Victoria (Bendigo), Caitlin is 2 years into a 6 year program to become a Consultant Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and holds a strong passion for adolescent gynaecology and sexual health education.

20 uses for Peppermint essential oil + Choc Peppermint Slice Recipe
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Peppermint essential oil, aka peppy, is a favourite of mine, for so many reasons. It’s my go to oil daily to ingest, diffuse and apply topically for a range of ailments and for emotional support. This post holds a recipe for the delicious choc peppermint slice + 20 easy ways to use peppy in your life daily.

6 ways I personally use one of doTERRA’s cheapest essential oils – Lemon
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Lemon; this little guy packs a punch and is beautiful for use in cooking, cleaning and diffuser blends. One 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil contains the equivalent of the rind of 45 organic lemons. With 240drops per bottle and a wholesale price of $13.50, it works out to be 0.056 cents per drop.

Baba Ganoush
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After visiting the Gazi restaurant in Melbourne I was inspired to create my own Baba Ganoush dish utilising the beautiful mini eggplants gifted to me from my best friends veggie patch.

Intolerance Friendly Granola
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This delicious intolerance friendly granola is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, fruit-free and nut-free so it is suitable for most people with intolerances or great as a base to add your own favourite extra too.

Wild Orange Granola
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Dehydrated oranges not only look delicious but taste delicious too. This wild orange, almond and apricot granola, with hints of cacao crunch is sure to please any orange fan. Use a food grade orange essential oil for an extra orange boost.

Strawberry & Pear Granola
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Get creative and dehydrate your own strawberries and pears to use in this delicious Strawberry, macadamia and pear granola. If you don’t have a dehydrator no fear, you can usually pick up these dried fruits from a health food shop.  

Salmon, Greens & Mash
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Sweet chilli oven roasted salmon with stewed chia + greens, and thyme sweet potato mash is a great meal to have as a food prep dish, especially when you’re feeling like something light but still filling for lunch or dinner.

Matcha Supergreen
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This super smoothie is my daily go to for a boost of leafy and powered greens. It’s the perfect mid morning or late afternoon snack for while you’re at work or plugging away on a project at home.

Eggplant & Zucchini Bake
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Eggplant and zucchini are a match made in heaven, especially when they’re coupled with a rich tomato sauce, baked almond feta and dried porcini mushrooms. This bake is served with brown rice, nutritional yeast and green beans.

Zucchini Bread
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Zucchini bread is the perfect thing to have on hand in the summer months when zucchini’s are abundant. Add some chocolate chips or nuts of your choice to customise this delicious recipe.

Get FODMAP friendly
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It has been shown that individuals with functional digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), crohns, and ulcerative colitis, as well as gynaecological conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Endometriosis can benefit from utilizing a low FODMAP diet so here’s what you need to know about FODMAPs.

50 shades of skin care
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If your skin is a sore point at the moment my heart goes out to you, it truly does. I know how it feels to try everything and continue to wake up everyday with more blemishes, sore skin, deflated confidence and feeling like it is never going to improve. So here are 50 things you can try, yes 50, to aid the recovery of your skin.

Float Sessions
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When I posted on social media about my float I found that a lot of people were intrigued by my experience and wanted to know more. So I pitched some questions to the legends at The Wellness Studio in Geelong to give you a better idea about what’s involved, what to expect and how you can benefit from a float.

‘Zero Waste Living’
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The Zero Waste lifestyle that is being embraced by an increasing number of individuals around the world has inspired many to learn and integrate simple, yet effective, lifestyle changes to decrease their overall waste production and ecological footprint. Here’s how you can use use ‘Zero Waste Living’ principles to reduce your waste production.

Spiced Turmeric Latte
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Ye old glorious golden mylk is the perfect anti inflammatory beverage to warm you up and leave you feeling satisfied.  Once you have taken it off the heat for a few minutes it will thicken to resemble the consistency of custard or Italian hot chocolate (mine does anyway).

Leafy Leek Risotto
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This recipe resulted from an attempt to use up the vegetables in my fridge. The leeks, silverbeet and kale were gifted to me straight from my parents garden. Feel free to use any leafy green for this recipe.

Peanut Butter Cups
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Raw peanut butter cups are great for satisfying a sweet tooth, gifting a friend or serving up for dessert. You can also get creative with healthy additional extras to give them a nutritional boost.

Choc Banana Muffins
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Choc Banana Muffins are a great mid afternoon work snack. When it hits 3.30pm and you need an energy boost, pop one in the microwave for 20 secs to melt the choc chunks and enjoy with a cuppa!

Sundried Tomato Dip
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Pre-made FODMAP friendly dips are far and few between. Here’s how to make your own sun-dried tomato dip to accompany veggie sticks, rice crackers or corn chips as a lunchbox snack.

Gluten Free Porridge
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Buckwheat is an excellent substitute in porridge for those who can’t have oats. Whilst the consistency is different, when cooked with a combination of comforting spices and chia seeds it is transformed into a delicious warming gluten free dish.

Choc Maca Cookies
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These delicious choc maca cookies are super quick, easy and moreish. If you don’t have cacao nibs you can use roughly chopped dark vegan, dairy free or regular chocolate.

Zucchini & Pepita Bruschetta
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Whether you just feeling like jazzing up your morning toast or wanting to make something quick and easy to impress others at brunch, this recipe is super simple and bound to satisfy the taste buds.

Rejuvenating Green Juice
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If you’re feeling like a refreshing green juice this could be the one for you. Packed with greens and sufficient sweetness its a winner for those days when you want to feel a balance of sweet and savoury in your diet.

Chocolate coated Quinoa Cookies
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Utilising quinoa flakes and GF flour in this recipe means these cookies are both gluten free and nut free. Be a good guy, next time you drop into GF or NF household take some of these with you.

Raspberry & Chocolate Cupcakes
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Cupcakes are a winner, especially when they are iced. This icing is made with “icing sugar” derived from the stevia plant. So you won’t feel guilty about eating the icing off these berry delightful cupcakes.

Thai Yellow Curry
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Love a Thai curry? Give this one a try! If you’ve been wanting to experiment with making your own paste or you’ve got a vegetarian feast to cook for, this yellow curry is rich in flavour with a bit of a chilli kick. It also freezes well as meal prep.

Smoothie Bowl
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Smoothie bowls are a refreshing breakfast, post beach snack or dessert on those warm balmy days. With a high powered blender you can make frozen fruit into a thick, creamy all natural ice-cream.  

Chilli & Chia Vegetable Ragout
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A warming vegan stew with turmeric and cinnamon spiced sweet potato mash. Perfect in colder months when you’re craving comfort food but still want a hit of vegetables. Use whatever vege you have, as most will work well in this dish.

Spiced Vanilla Porridge
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Porridge is one of my favourite breakfasts in winter. It’s filling and warm like a hug in a bowl… almost. If you’re on oat lover, give this spiced vanilla porridge a whirl. Its guaranteed to hit the spot on a chilly winters morning.

Lemon Chili Rice Noodles
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Lemon Chilli Rice Noods are the best. The rice noodles keep the dish light and the lemon, avocado and chilli keep it fresh. This is a dish best eaten straight after preparation as rice noodles don’t tend to last too well in the freezer or fridge.

Mental Health First Aid
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Did you know that mental illnesses rank as the 3rd largest burden of disease in Australia, after cancer and heart disease? Everyone deserves to feel loved and supported, and everyone deserves to feel empowered to help the people they care about. So in this post we’ll discuss how you can be a support person for someone who is having a hard time.

Pumpkin & Tempeh Coconut Curry
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This pumpkin and tempeh curry is naturally sweet thanks to the cinnamon, pumpkin and coconut milk. It can be given heat to the discretion of the chef, but this sweet creamy curry is lovely with or without a kick of chilli.

Well-being Maintenance
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Wellness is achieved by attending to the spiritual, emotional, social and physical elements of our being. By seeking out tools and resources that resonate with you, you provide yourself in the best chance of achieving a optimal state of well-being. Here are some tips for your tool kit from 10 Game Changers in the health and wellness industry.

6 Steps to Banish Unwelcome Habits
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Whether you are planning on cutting down on your intake of sugar, coffee, cigarettes or alcohol, working on your fitness or planning to send self-loathing, destructive behaviour or procrastination to the curb, you need to be aware and prepared for the inevitability of facing cravings, relapses and triggers. Here’s your guide to help you beat the bad.

Liver Cleanse Tonic
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This liver cleanse tonic is a combination of ingredients which naturally aid cleansing and boosting of liver function, helping the body to remove toxins and carcinogens.

How To: Make Kombucha
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Kombucha maintains healthy gut flora by increasing the amount of good bacteria in the gut, acting as a pro-biotic. This refreshing beverage is the perfect substitute for soft drink as its low in sugar, deliciously fizzy, can be flavoured to your liking and its healthy. What more do I say? Here’s how you can make your own Kombucha at home.

Homemade Breakfast Topper
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If you’re a bit smoothie fan, or yogurt fan, or even porridge fan it would pay to make your own breakfast topper. Add this premixed selection of nuts, seeds and fruits to your breakfast for a quick nutritional kick. 

Tropical Swirl
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Layering different smoothies not only looks good but tastes good too. Can’t decide what flavour you feel like? Why not have a combination. This recipe only combines two but don’t let that limit you.

Love & Light
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Take a moment today to light a candle and reflect on the beauty of your life. Give thanks for the beautiful souls that enrich your existence. Warmly remember those who are no longer with us in physical form but who … Read More

Pumpkin, Pea & Lentil Soup
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Winter beckons out for filling, flavoursome soups, and this one delivers. The sweetness of the pumpkin is complimented by the creaminess of the lentils and bursts of flavour from the peas. Its always a good idea to have some soup in the freezer.

Inner Stillness
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If you’re looking for a bit of inner stillness, go outside and listen to this beautiful tune by Gregory Alan Isakov xxx

5 Simple Self Nourishing Tips
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Does the long list of special diets, 12 week clean eating plans and how to be healthy guides, give you a head spin? You’re not alone. The health industry has blown up in the last few years, leaving lots of people feeling completely overwhelmed. So here are 5 super simple ways to nourish your mind, body and soul during the week.

Choc Banana Ice-cream
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Chocolate banana ice-cream has saved me from the depths of sugar cravings many times over. The thick, creamy consistency works well when topped with berries or a rich decedent selection.

Tuesday Morning Affirmation
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  Tap into your core, project what you find. Chase what you love. Live your passion. xxx

Melon Berry Crush
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Method: Place all ingredients in the blender and whiz until smooth. If you would like it a bit thicker add some ice cubes until desired consistency is achieved. ENJOY!  

How To: Food Photography
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Taking a photo that encompasses the beauty of a dish can be quite challenging. Whether you want to impress friends and family with your handy work in the kitchen, promote your business or boost your online profile, there is no denying the power of a well crafted image. Here are some things to consider next time your photographing food.

How To: Become a runner
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Running is hard. If you find yourself sweating like crazy and puffing like a billy when you bust out a slow jog, you’re not alone. However there’s something about running that’s so therapeutic and energizing. It cultivates strength & focus, elevates stress and gets you outdoors into the fresh air. But if you’re “not a runner” where do you start?

Warming Autumn Soup
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  Benefits of Orange Vegetables: Beta- Carotene is the compound that gives orange fruit and vegetables their colour. “The human body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A (retinol) – beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A. We need vitamin A for … Read More

Super Summer Spritzer
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WHY AM I USING THESE INGREDIENTS? I have mentioned why I love Chia Seeds & Coconut Water at the bottom of my Mocha Protein Smoothie Recipe but if your looking at this ingredients list and thinking what the heck is … Read More

Banana & Maple French Toast
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WHY AM I USING THESE INGREDIENTS? Why use Wholemeal bread instead of white? Wholemeal bread is full of fibre and retains the nutrients naturally found in the grain such as folate, thiamine, magnesium and vitamin E. This is because the … Read More

Mocha Protein
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WHY AM I ADDING THESE STRANGE INGREDIENTS INTO MY SMOOTHIE?   ENJOY!

Spiced Pumpkin & Lentil Hash
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  Method: Pop a drizzle of olive oil or a chunk of coconut oil in a fry pan on medium heat and add in the chopped pumpkin stirring to coat pumpkin with oil. Sprinkle the pumpkin with a little sea … Read More