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Superfoods for your skin and body


Skincare what you need and what you probably don’t


Big Skies Celebrating everything great about the Western Downs


Exercise Getting back into it after the break


Yum Chocolate Brownies to make as the weather cooles


Horoscopes text your stars for Autumn


ON THE COVER: Cover photo is from 2018 Day on the Plain at Jimbour, photo courtesy of Western Downs Regional Council


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ITH our days gradually getting shorter, those holidays at the beach seem a lifetime ago and as we change the settings on the aircons from cool to warm, it is time to release our inner girl scout and prepare our skins for autumn. The first step is to repair any damage summer has caused and then to prep your skin for the onslaught winter is about to bring. Our skin is our largest organ and is constantly changing to adapt to our environment and, just as our wardrobe changes from season to season, it is also necessary to change our skincare routine to provide it with the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients so that our skin can maintain great health. What works for you in summer may not work in the cooler months. Some great suggestions for autumn skins that glow are : Revisit your skincare routine Every skin is individual, it is important to consult with your skincare professional and have a seasonal diagnosis to tailor-make a skincare regime to suit your skin. Mix it up a little – you don’t necessarily have to change your entire regime, sometimes it is as simple as adding a few drops of treatment oil to your moisturiser or layering a hydrating serum under it for added protection and hydration. We highly recommend Ella Bache’s Botanical Skin Treatment Oil with hemp seed, jojoba seed and evening primrose, as it is perfect for all skin types. Don’t forget body care Throw a daily hand and nail treatment cream in your bag, as this will ward off chafed dry hands and leave them protected and hydrated. After showering, drench your body with moisture. A crowd favourite is our Water Source Cream, which leaves your skin unbelievably soft and nourished. Glow this autumn Don’t despair just because those dreamy summer days are ending, you don’t have to lose your sun-kissed glow. Ella Bache’s Great Tan Without Sun, enriched with vitamin E, will bring back your natural bronzed look. Pamper yourself Complement your at-home regime with a professional treatment. Autumn is the perfect time to try a microdermabrasion facial, designed to boost cellular turnover. Your skin will be left rejuvenated, radiant and smoothed. The weather may be turning drier and colder but with these simple suggestions, we can guarantee you will have a dewy, fresh, radiant complexion that glows this autumn.

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WHAT WE’D ALWAYS HOPED Coffee IS good for us... for counteracting cognitive decline anyway MIRANDA LARB Drink up, your brain will thank you.


offee has long been believed to have certain health benefits. Last year it was found that drinking three cups was good for your heart. And now, scientists claim, it’s also good for your brain, The Sun reports. A new study by experts from the Krembil Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, has found your morning cup of joe may help protect you from both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. “Coffee consumption does seem to have some correlation to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease,” said Dr Donald Weaver, co-director of the Krembil Brain Institute. “But we wanted to investigate why that is – which compounds are involved and how they may impact age-related cognitive decline.” Interestingly, however, it isn’t the caffeine working the magic. Scientists found both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees had


similar beneficial results. Dr Ross Mancini, a member of the research team, said they identified a group of compounds known as phenylindanes, which are a product of the roasting process. They were found to inhibit the two protein fragments that are common in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s from clumping together. “It’s the first time anybody’s investigated how phenylindanes interact with the proteins that are responsible for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” Dr Mancini explained. “The next step would be to investigate how beneficial these compounds are, and whether they have the ability to enter the bloodstream, or cross the blood-brain barrier.” More research now needs to be done. “It’s interesting but are we suggesting that coffee is a cure? Absolutely not,” Dr Weaver said.


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SUPERFOODS FOR YOUR SKIN AND BODY Hacking your diet can be a beautiful thing FIONA TUCK


e all know the benefits of eating superfoods, but nutritionist Fiona Tuck explains how we can sneak them into our regular skincare and beauty routines for glowing health inside out.


Benefits: Manuka honey’s health claims range from antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. It’s also often used to assist wound healing due to its high sugar, high acidic content and low water content. Use: When it comes bites, blemishes and cold sores, apply a small amount of manuka honey to the inflamed lesion and leave overnight. For acne, mix in the juice of half a lemon with a teaspoon of warm honey and apply to the entire face as a 10-minute antibacterial soothing face mask.


Benefits: Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful natural health remedy to assist with digestion and cleansing the body. It can be taken in water or added to salad dressings. It is also a wonderful

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skin and hair tonic. Use: Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy to remove product residue build up in the hair such as gels, sprays and serums. It also works as a natural hair detangler. Try a hair rinse consisting of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons cold water. Pour over the hair after shampooing. Comb through and then rinse off with tepid water. Your hair will feel silky soft and look ultra-shiny.


Benefits: The on-trend oil reportedly assists conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes, thyroid, brain function and even dementia. It also possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties making it wonderful for detoxification and traditional therapies such as oil pulling. Use: Coconut oil can be used as a body moisturiser, mouthwash and warm oil treatment for the hair and the feet. When it comes to feet, massage half a tablespoon of warm coconut oil onto each foot for an antiviral, nourishing foot treatment.

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DIY BEAUTY Try these at-home skin savers


ere’s five beauty-food stars and their facial recipes for glowing skin and natural beauty. Please note: Test recipes on the back of your hand or bottom of your foot first to make sure it is not going to be irritating for your skin. Apply carefully and avoid the eyes.


Mandarins are coming into season and bring with them an abundance of skin benefits. Chow down on the citrus regularly plus apply the juice topically to protect the skin from harsh UV rays. Its antibacterial properties also reduce the signs of ageing by smoothing out wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes.

Olive oil.


powerhouse? Containing three major antioxidants – vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols – applied topically, this liquid gem helps restore skin smoothness, protects against UV rays and provides maximum hydration by penetrating deep into skin.

Olive oil facial exfoliator

Ingredients Half a banana 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 tablespoon raw sugar Method Mash banana. Add olive oil, raw sugar and mix well. Gently massage on face and neck and let sit for two minutes. Avoid contact with eyes. Rinse with warm water.


Mandarin facial scrub

Ingredients 2 teaspoons of almond meal 1 teaspoon of honey 1/2 teaspoons of mandarin juice Method Blend almond meal, honey and mandarin juice together. Apply the mixture on your face and gently massage your skin for about two minutes. Avoid contact with eyes. Rinse the scrub off with warm water.

Olive oil

This kitchen staple is known for being one of the healthiest cooking oils, but did you know it’s also a beauty ingredient

Smashed avocado may be the trendiest brunch item on the modern day menu, but the star of the plate is also a saviour for dry skin. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, vitamin B and potassium which is important for heart health when consumed, but also helps moisturise the skin when applied topically.

Avocado moisturising facemask

Ingredients 1 avocado 1 egg white 2 tablespoons of quick oats 1 teaspoon lemon juice Method Mix together avocado, egg white, quick oats, and lemon juice. Gently massage on face avoiding eyes and let sit for 8-10 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

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MUST-HAVE SKINCARE PRODUCTS A dermatologist explains what you really need and what you probably don’t REBECCA SULLIVAN Be smart and selective.


aking care of our skin doesn’t need to be complicated. We asked dermatologist Dr Michelle Hunt, a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, to answer the most common question women ask about skincare: Do I really need this in my routine? Do I really need… sunscreen? Answer: Yes “The effects of UV exposure are cumulative, so wearing a sunscreen every day helps to minimise your exposure and hence risk of skin cancers and sun damage,” Dr Hunt said. There are two types of UV rays. UVA causes premature ageing and UVB causes sunburn and skin cancers. “UVA rays can also penetrate through clouds and glass. While UVB is the main cause of sunburn and affects the upper layers of the skin, UVA penetrates more deeply. “Both suppress immune function and play a role in development of skin cancer,” she said. If you’re shopping for a sunscreen, Dr Hunt recommends you look for one that is “broad spectrum” – meaning it offers UVA and UVB protection, water resistant and SPF 50 plus. Do I really need… retinol? Answer: Yes, but not if you’re in your early or mid-20s. Retinol, or vitamin A, is a powerhouse anti-ageing ingredient. Often used in acne treatments, it promotes cell renewal and stimulates collagen production, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also partially reverse skin changes induced by sun exposure. But retinols are quite powerful and not everyone needs to use them. So when should you start? “Probably in our late 20s to 30s when cellular turnover declines, and fine lines and wrinkles start to appear,” Dr Hunt said.


“The only people who shouldn’t use retinol are those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.” Do I really need… eye cream? Answer: Probably. The delicate skin under the eyes is much thinner, more sensitive, and quicker to show age and fatigue than the rest of the face. It’s more prone to redness and inflammation, fine lines and puffiness. But Dr Hunt says there’s disagreement in the cosmetic industry about the need for a specific product under the eyes. “Many eye creams are specifically formulated for the delicate eye skin, so they tend to be less irritant and fragrance-free. Some have active ingredients to target problems specific to the eye area, such as dark circles, puffiness and fine lines,” she said. “However, if you don’t have any of these issues, you may be able to use a simple facial moisturiser formulated for sensitive skin.” Do I really need… an exfoliator? Answer: Yes, but don’t go overboard. There are two types of exfoliators but both do the same thing – removing dead skin cells. “A physical exfoliant – think standard face scrub – utilises small grains or granules such as ground walnut shells, sugar, clay, coffee or a sponge or brush to manually remove skin debris,” Dr Hunt said. “Chemical exfoliants remove dead skin cells by using gentle acids such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs such as glycolic or lactic acid) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs such as salycilyc acid) to “unglue” them, making way for new cell turnover,” she said. So how often should we be using an exfoliator? “Once or twice a week is generally enough,” Dr Hunt said.







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BIG SKIES 2019 Nine-day festival celebrates all that’s great about the Western Downs


et in the stunning Jimbour Plains of the Western Downs, Big Skies is a nine-day festival celebrating the sights, sounds, tastes and unique experiences of the region from Saturday April 27 to Sunday May 5. Kicking off with the iconic Dalby Picnic Races – a tradition since 1902 – the Big Skies festival boasts a fantastic calendar of events. Tour the historic Jimbour House, experience the sale day action at the Dalby Saleyards Tour, feast with friends and food lovers at a Long Lunch in Dalby or Miles, and rediscover what makes the Western Downs so special on a self-driven or chartered regional tour. When the sun sets over the Jimbour Plains, the excitement continues. Gather around the crackling camp bonfire and experience our famous country hospitality and secret recipes at the Camp Oven Experience. Witness the amazing starscapes as you enjoy the outdoor 8

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cinema, where you’ll experience stars on the big screen and even bigger stars in the Jimbour night sky. For the best of Aussie rock west of the Great Divide, look no further than Day on the Plain – the Big Skies festival’s show-stopping rock concert on Saturday May 4. Join Jon Stevens, John Paul Young, Ross Wilson, Pseudo Echo, Deni Hines and thousands of other music lovers in the shadow of Jimbour House, one of Australia’s grandest colonial mansions. Great tunes, an open-air bar and market lane-inspired food offerings make for an unforgettable day out in our own backyard. The party continues back at the campsite with the Day on the Plain Late Show, headlined by our own talented local musicians. On Sunday morning treat yourself to a hearty camp breakfast and explore the regional hub of the Western Downs with festivities in the main street of Dalby. Tickets for all Big Skies events, including Day on the Plain, are available now at

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WHAT I KNOW NOW Secrets to navigating family breakdowns



separation can have implications for years to come. 5. Carrying anger, bitterness and grief beyond a reasonable period of transition and healing can make you emotionally and physically sick and compromise your parenting. 6. There is an abundance of research that proves it’s not your parents separating that causes you damage as a child – it’s being exposed to parental conflict and all that goes with that. 7. You need to learn a new way to communicate after separation, a way of drawing boundaries, exhibiting respect and supporting each other – it’s hard to do and takes time. 8. The best thing that extended family members can do is strive for that balance between support and not aligning with them against a former spouse. 9. The truly admirable, respected and effective family law practitioners have a capacity to practise compassionate honesty with a vulnerable client, they have the ability to advocate and create an environment in negotiation conducive to quickly getting the agreement the client needs, and they have the trust of their colleagues – that brings power to negotiation.


hen I started university, like every 17 year old I thought I had life worked out – it was all black and white. Seventeen years into my legal practice I can say that life and legal practice have distinctly grey areas and especially so for those experiencing separation and family breakdown. What has stayed the same is my desire, passion and energy for those magic moments where my knowledge and understanding of the post-separation legal environment can tangibly make one of my clients feel stronger and more positive. Things such as: 1. In most instances, relationship breakdown comes down to a couple who stopped connecting, communicating and striving to understand each other. 2. We love our kids and it’s really hard to be told that you’re not going to be able to be with them every day. The response is normally grief, and that takes time to work through. 3. Two loving parents can have two very different, and very genuine, views as to what is best for their kids and how they spend their time. 4. The damage that we do to each other prior to, or around,

Separation is not black and white.

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DALBY AND DISTRICT SHOW Committee adds new attractions to 149th annual event SHANNON HARDY


HIS April will mark 149 years of the Dalby and District Show, and the committee is aiming to make it their biggest

yet. More than 6000 people visited last year’s show over the two days and committee treasurer Rob Parsons said attendance is the biggest part of the show. New sections and displays have been added to the itinerary this year, reviving old favourites such as the poultry contest, and embracing new activities like diamond painting.

The Crack-Up Sisters will be back to entertain crowds and the Dalby Men’s Shed will be displaying their handiwork complete with their blacksmith’s forge. Be sure to allow enough time during your visit to look through the displays of local livestock, produce, cooking, art and more. Entry is only $10 a day for adults or $15 after 3pm on Saturday for those coming just for the rodeo. Family passes are available for $25 a day for two adults and two children for those who want to make it a family day out.

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GETTING BACK INTO AN EXERCISE ROUTINE Slow and steady is the best and safest way to return after an extended break LAURA GREAVES


ven the most dedicated of gym bunnies is likely to take an extended break from exercise at some point. Whether it’s a planned hiatus, such as during pregnancy and the post-partum period, or an unexpected lay-off caused by injury or loss of “mojo”, the prospect of getting back into it can seem like a Herculean task. So just what is the right way to make exercise an integral part of your life again?

Easy does it

Taking a slow and steady approach is generally the best bet, says Cameron Corish, a Brisbane personal trainer who specialises in working with new mums. “Easing back in is definitely a better option for the body. Progressive build-up is less stressful on the weakest parts of the body, such as tendons and ligaments, which take longer to recover than muscles,” he explains. “Doing too much too quickly puts the body into shock and stress. An example of this can be delayed onset muscle soreness that’s so bad you can hardly move, or that persists more than a day or two.” Even if you were super-fit before your hiatus, trying to pick up 12

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where you left off is unlikely to do you any favours. While the “phasing in” period may be shorter if you had good base fitness before taking time out, you still need to take into account the length of and reason for the break. “As an example, a new mum with a strong fitness background who had a natural birth with no complications could start light exercise, such as walking and core-based exercises, within two weeks,” says Cameron. “But a mum who had a c-section with complications and has a limited fitness background could be looking at a minimum of 12 weeks to return to exercise.” He also recommends seeing a fitness professional for an individual assessment to determine the best timing, type, quantity and intensity of exercise.

Mum’s the word

Proceeding with caution is especially crucial when pregnancy and childbirth were the reasons for the break. “After childbirth the body has gone through significant stress and trauma, so starting slowly is very important. A new mum is experiencing more mental stress from being responsible for and looking after a new baby, and more physical stress from

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New mums should take a steady approach to regaining fitness.


consider the organisation involved in finding care for the kids with a family member or friend, or paying for childcare within the gym and potentially leaving your children where you can’t see them with someone you don’t know,” says Alicia Stephenson, founder of Melbourne’s Active Playgroup, which offers child-friendly fitness classes for mums. “Exercising while the kids are nearby largely addresses issues of separation anxiety and general anxiety concerning mother and child. It also allows for easier organisation of a mum’s day.”

Better, faster, stronger

breastfeeding and recovering from birth, all on reduced quality and quantity of sleep,” says Cameron. “These all combine to have a large impact on her recovery abilities.” Also bear in mind that relaxin – the hormone that relaxes the muscles, joints and ligaments, especially around the pelvis – can remain in a woman’s body for up to 12 months after giving birth, increasing the risk of injury during exercise. And breastfeeding mums will have larger breasts, so hurtling straight into daily Zumba classes may be quite uncomfortable. For new mums, Cameron recommends a program focusing on the pelvic floor, transverse abdominals, and the lower abdominal muscles, which are important for postural and spinal stability.

What about the kids?

Sometimes taking it slowly isn’t just a preference, it’s a necessity. For many women, especially new mums, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to go from zero exercise to several fitness classes or long workout sessions per week. If time is an issue, consider joining a gym with a crèche or sign up for one of the growing number of fitness classes that are happy to have kids in attendance. “When we think about the barriers to exercise, we need to

Maintaining motivation is another good reason for taking baby steps back into exercise. “Some people do very well throwing themselves at an exercise program, but they tend to be the minority,” says Cameron. “Behavioural research suggests a progressive approach is more successful for lasting, long-term change. I know from experience that if a client is injured when they are re-starting the exercise habit, they rarely return.” Sydney PR exec Dani Lombard credits her relaxed approach to getting back into exercise after the birth of her now two-year-old daughter with helping her regain her fitness. “I was training for my second marathon when I fell pregnant, and was frequently running 30-40km per week. I had every intention of continuing to run during pregnancy and immediately after, but it wasn’t to be. Morning sickness made me feel less like running than anything on Earth,” she says. “Post-pregnancy, I thought I'd be right back into it, but my core had other ideas – it was shot – and I literally couldn’t find a running bra big enough for my breastfeeding boobs.” When her daughter was nine months old, Dani started seeing a specialist postnatal personal trainer twice a week. She has since run two half-marathons, competed in two ocean swims and and now does two to three weekly strength training sessions. “I really thought I’d never feel strong enough to do what I used to do before, but I’m stronger than ever,” she says. March 2019

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RUSTIC CHARM The right materials help to create the right atmosphere Country style is all about comfort.


ountry style interiors conjure up tradition and old-fashioned comfort – perfect as we head into the cooler months. Think of a roaring fireplace, a deep armchair to sink into, soft rugs and earthy warm colours and you’ve pictured yourself the classic charm of country living. While contemporary country style heaps on the comfort, the modern version tends to keep it simple, rather than overpowering and busy, allowing for space and clean lines. The emphasis is on raw materials that are the hallmark of country style. Those materials include plenty of timber, exposed bricks or stone, plus cosy country fabrics such as fur, leather, wool and linen. If you’re lucky enough to have an open fire or a wood burning


heater, that will automatically create a focus in the home, especially in the cooler months. Other iconic country-style pieces would include any exposed wooden bench spaces, hand-turned timber dining chairs, plus an overstuffed, deep and sublimely comfortable sofa or armchairs. For the down-to earth bathroom, nothing beats the humble claw-foot bath for charm and the ability to soak away all your country dirt and cares. The kitchen is the true heart of any country home. Ideally a country kitchen would feature hand-finished cabinetry in either a colonial or shaker style and a timber kitchen island. A large and central kitchen table is also typical, creating the perfect gathering space for family and friends that often doubles up as a warm and welcoming workspace for children.

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UPLIFTING BOOK FROM FIRST LADY Michelle Obama talks about her roots and how she found her voice

BECOMING AUTHOR: Michelle Obama PUBLISHER: Penguin RRP: $49.99 REVIEWER: Mary Ann Elliott


ORMER US President Barack Obama’s wife Michelle has become a celebrity figure in her own right. Not that she has sought fame or accolades; this hard-working girl from Chicago’s South Side

BALADI AUTHOR: Joudie Kalla PUBLISHER: Murdoch Books RRP: $49.99 REVIEWER: Mary Ann Elliott BROADLY translated, Baladi means “my home, my land, my country”. To Joudie Kalla, Palestine is all of these things, not just in a geographical sense, but also

BEAUCHAMP HALL AUTHOR: Danielle Steel PUBLISHER: Pan Macmillan RRP: $29.99 REVIEWER: Mary Ann Elliott WINONA Farmington is stuck in a backwater town in Michigan, in a dead-end job and with a boyfriend who won’t commit. She enlivens her dreary life by watching

adapted reluctantly to her place in the global limelight and life in the White House. In her book, Michelle Obama recalls her childhood and what it was like to be the only black woman in the halls at Princeton; then working as a high-powered corporate lawyer when a law student, Barack Obama, appeared in her office and upended all her carefully laid plans. As First Lady she established herself as a powerful advocate for women around the world while bringing up two daughters.

with a deeper meaning in her life and family. For hundreds of years, Palestinians have focused on keeping their traditions alive through music, art and literature, and food. A huge influx of different cultures has resulted in diverse and vibrant foods, including Jordanian, Lebanese, Egyptian and most importantly, Syrian cuisine. Baladi features sensational recipes from the various regions and the book is sumptuously illustrated.

re-runs of her favourite TV show, Beauchamp Hall, an English period drama. A strange discovery is the catalyst for her decision to travel to the picturesque English village where the series is being filmed. Signing up as an extra, Winnie meets the cast. Behind the intrigue being played out on the set, there is even greater drama and scandal. Steels’s narrative is not as smooth or believable as some of her earlier stories, but still manages to hold the interest.



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HAIR CARE How to keep your hair in tip-top condition between hair appointments


Get your weekly protein fix When you find some downtime, try using the time to sit and relax with a treatment in your hair. Hairdressers swear by protein treatments to keep the hair hydrated and full of all the nutrients your locks need for that enviable shine and strength. You can find treatments or masks that take no longer than 20 minutes – and if you’re lucky – can be done quickly in the shower. Bonus! Use a shampoo that’s right for you If your colour fades away far too quickly between visits to the salon, take a look at the shampoo you’re using. It’s a good idea to stick with sulfate-free or colour-friendly shampoos to keep that colour locked in. Sulfate-free shampoo also helps with frizz and preserves the locks of those who have a keratin treatment or something similar. Covering greys Don’t underestimate the power of a headband or cap when your roots or stubborn greys are desperate to make themselves known. If you’re not a head accessory type, try brushing your hair in a backwards motion to help disguise what’s lurking at the top.


ou may find you don’t need to visit the salon as often as you thought! Over-washing ... it’s a thing We mean well when we wash our hair often, but did you know washing your hair too often can actually dry it out and strip it of all the nutrients your locks need? Try to keep your washing days to no more than twice a week. The natural oil in your hair will help it stay nourished and hydrated. Pat your hair dry Vigorously drying your hair with a towel can lead to an increase in breakages and split ends. Instead of roughing up your hair for a quick dry, gently pat it dry. Go the natural look If you’re a lady who has been blessed with some wicked curls, the hair straightening tools are most likely some of your best friends. But relying on a straightening iron – and even a hot blowdryer – every time you want to style up is doing more damage to your locks than you think. Not only are you drying out your hair, you could also be burning strands without knowing it.


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r David Chettle has welcomed a new doctor to the Evolve Women’s Health practice in Toowoomba. Dr Chettle opened the practice in March 2018 and has enjoyed looking after residents from Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Dalby, Roma, Surat and the greater Darling Downs region. Dr Chettle said that welcoming Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Matthew Stinson to the practice meant that Evolve Women’s Health would be able to offer true continuative care, as well as providing a service that ensured obstetric patients would only ever be delivered by a Doctor from the practice. “Childbirth is a very emotional, stressful and at times confronting time for women. They need to feel safe and confident that they will be heard and understood by their attending doctor. At Evolve we wanted to make sure that our patients felt secure in the knowledge that the doctor delivering their baby would be one whom they’d met, and also more importantly, one who had seen them in clinic and knew their history and birth wishes”, Dr Chettle said. Dr Chettle said that his goal in opening Evolve Women’s

Health was to provide exceptional care to the women of Toowoomba and the greater Darling Downs region, and welcoming Dr Stinson to the practice was part of this. “Dr Stinson comes to us from a position as Staff Specialist at Logan Hospital, where we previously worked together for three years”, he said. Dr Stinson specialises in high risk/complex pregnancies, and holds a special interest in endometriosis management. Dr Stinson is trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery and will continue to focus on this area of specialty in Toowoomba. Dr Stinson said that he was excited to commence Private Practice in a region of innovation and growth. “Toowoomba is an exciting place to be at the moment, the business community is extremely innovative and forward thinking. Additionally St Vincent’s are continuing their development plans and with the recent opening of the new theatres I’m really looking forward to being part of it all”, he said. Dr Stinson commenced seeing patients in the first week of February 2019.

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Magnesium is an essential mineral that nourishes and supports the nervous system, improves your ability to cope with stress and promotes relaxation. “Many people are deficient in magnesium,” says Cabot Health nutritionist Louise Belle. Add more magnesium-rich food to your diet, including amaranth, pumpkin seeds, leafy greens, dark chocolate, quinoa, brown rice, cashews, almonds, oats, and legumes.


The healing and relaxing power of pure essential oils can’t be overestimated, says intuitive reiki practitioner and founder of Yoka Heart Balms Karen Grant. “When you’re feeling fatigued or overwhelmed, look for calming and grounding oils including frankincense, lavender, geranium and wild orange.”


Derived from the Japanese words rei (meaning universal life)

and ki (meaning energy), reiki channels universal energy in order to remind the body of its own healing capabilities. “Reiki can reduce depression and anxiety and improve mood and general wellbeing,” says Grant. “During a treatment, the practitioner will lightly place their hands on specific points on the body to encourage a freeing up of any energetic blockages in the body.”


“Sleep deprivation leads to poor food choices, which can impact your wellness, your weight and your general glow,” says nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullen.


Our entire body need fats to function optimally. “Look for more omega 3 fats,” says nutritionist Karina Francois. “They are found in fatty fish, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, avocado and walnuts.”


“Crank the music, wiggle your hips, stomp your feet, wave your arms, spin in circles and go wild,” suggests Belle.



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June 23rd – July 23rd You will enjoy a romantic time throughout autumn, where you can spend up big, whether it is on a brand-new wardrobe or just finding time to enjoy the good things that life has to offer. Your recent adventures may have seen you tripping the light fantastic this year. Put those dancing shoes back on and get your groove back.


July 24th – Aug 23rd Pussy cat, where have you been? Certainly you need to spend some me time. It is high time you dragged yourself kicking and screaming out of the summer heat and prepared to be indulged, think spa holiday or a day trip out with unlimited shopping budget. I mean a girl must look good, right?


Aug 24th – Sept 24th There is nothing more exciting than a Virgo when they are feeling confident and baby you have confidence to spare this month. So, you have great karma around you at present which has been a long time coming. People who might have done you wrong better look out. It could be a case of out with the old, relish the new.


Sept 24th – Oct 23rd There is no time like the present to get yourself back in balance, Librans don’t like to feel that their life is not panning out evenly. Now it is up to you to take up new challenges in your life. Perhaps a new hobby or perhaps a career change could be on the cards. If up for a promotion, then it will be all systems are go.



Feb 20th – Mar 20th What a lovely autumn ahead, Pisces. You will spend many days during this month wondering where your future may lie. Perhaps you need to consider following your heart, deep down it has never led you astray before. Throw caution to the wind and set sail. Destiny awaits.


Mar 21st – Apr 20th No one could ever accuse Aries of being boring. When it comes to fun times then it is time to jump on the party bandwagon. When it comes right down to it you are the party animal of the zodiac. You might find out how much stamina you really have. Can you really manage an all-nighter?


Apr 21st – May 21st Stubborn as always, you cannot force a bull to do anything when they set their mind to it. March is a month of being able to kick back and relax a little. It could be time to consider taking a much-needed break or plan a holiday away with someone special.


May 22nd – June 22nd What a difference a couple of months can make. It seems that you are already forging ahead with such bravado that others around you might tremble with fear. If you have hit a snag regarding your career then it may be time to throw caution to the wind. You will never climb the ladder of success if you don’t dream big.


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Oct 24th – Nov 22nd How do you feel about living dangerously? All Scorpios love a thrill, whether it be skydiving or deep-sea scuba diving, it will be a long-held dream for you to challenge yourself in different ways. When a Scorpio gets a brilliant idea it is only a very strong person who can make them change their mind. Drag out the parachute and enjoy the fly.


Nov 23rd – Dec 21st You have never felt better in your life; the world turns favourably for you at present, so any special projects undertaken will work out well for you. If starting a new area in your career prepare to be blown away by the support you receive from others. It is the start of something big.


Dec 22nd – Jan 20th If you have felt the urge to change your appearance now will be the time. It is good to have that signature look, but girlfriend it might be getting a tad boring. You should invest in changing your hair, make-up, it will be surprising how great a makeover can make you feel. You might just attract attention from someone who has a crush on you but is too shy to make the first move.


Jan 21st – Feb 19th Whoa! Is there any star sign positively glowing at present? Aquarius you are a regular superstar with so many people demanding your attention, so it figures that if feeling a little stretched it is simply a matter of getting to people who matter. Don’t waste time letting negative people into your life, surround yourself with happiness and sunshine. Lunar

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