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FEATURES 10 “I’ll tap that”: The realities of tap and go payments 12 2017’s worst health advice 16 Friends with benefits across the ages 24 Comfort during construction 35 Doing it for the kids: Dale Mansfield’s story 36 The real Spring cleaning checklist
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8 Get out and about 9 Get to the point 11 Giveaways 20 We love 22 Beauty, hair and makeup
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For those of you who know me, you’ll know I don’t love drawing attention to myself. That’s just how I am. So when I occasionally have people comment on my body, asking how I stay in shape, I shudder a little on the inside. I never really know what to say because a) I don’t see myself as any kind of health and fitness guru and b) it’s just how I am, I know no different. So I’ve put a bit of thought into how I can respond to these comments in future and this is what I have come up with. Get yourself a PT, especially one who will help to make sure your last meal didn’t count. Because it won’t, it will not have the chance to be digested as it will end up somewhere in his PT studio as he’s upping the speed on the treadmill. Eat your veggies and fruits, remember, wine is counted as a fruit because it’s made of grapes ladies. They say we should have at least two serves of fruit a day, so that’s two glasses right? A great way to eat less is just to be so darn busy that you don’t have time to snack. You can keep busy with your business or career, social life and all the additional stressors to your life (like a dog whose arch nemesis is the postman and you have to beat him to the door each day otherwise he will charge out at the poor postie like he’s ready to kill, even though he wouldn’t harm a fly). This helps distract you from reaching for a bite because you’ll have the food half way to your mouth when you hear the faint sound of the postie bike in your neighbourhood and you know it’s time to sprint for your life to any and all open doors. Kids are another great way to burn calories, not only in feeding them, caring for them, worrying about them and running around after them but also once they grow up. You can never get through a meal without a phone call asking to be picked up from somewhere or for help because even though you raised them to be adults, they still resemble children at times and need Mum’s help. Lastly, incidental exercise is a great way to keep fit. Anything from doing your own deliveries (I’m Get it’s official delivery girl) to running to Uncle Dan’s at the end of the day for your daily serve of fruit. “Health and fitness” is really a no brainer!
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Get out and about FASHION, FOOD AND FLAMINGOS SEPT 8 The Get it girls are welcoming in Spring with a seasonal shopping event and ladies lunch! Designer Wear Fashion Parades will be providing an interactive, totally unique shopping event in which you can shop the latest fashion straight from the catwalk at a fraction of the retail price. Once you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, indulge in a two-course lunch and, in true Get it girl’s style, the bubbles will be flowing! A percentage of monies raised will go to Cystic Fibrosis Queensland. Frock up, grab the girls and prepare for an afternoon of fabulousness! stickytickets.com.au/56054
TINA ARENA’S INNOCENCE TO UNDERSTANDING SEPT 9 Australian pop icon Tina Arena will be going on the road to celebrate the release of her new Greatest Hits and Interpretations double album with the Innocence to Understanding Tour. Her 40-year recording career has sent shivers up the spines of three generations of music lovers and she is the only Australian artist to earn a gold or platinum certification for each of her original albums, in every decade. The Gold Coast show will be held at The Star. ticketek.com.au
INSIDE OUT SEPT 10 From tantalising delicacies and flowing craft beer to luxe bohemian fashion, the Brickworks Centre invites you to get out and discover the inside scoop on fun for the whole family. The hugely popular free, all-ages annual event will see the Southport retail and lifestyle precinct transformed into a thriving hub of in-store and outdoor experiences amid a buzzing festival atmosphere of non-stop live entertainment, gourmet food, and plenty of options to wet the whistle. 10am until 6pm with an after party 6pm until late at Salt Café Bar. brickworkscentre.com.au
AIDA ON THE BEACH SEPT 21-30 The sands of Coolangatta Beach will transform into the Egyptian shoreline when Opera Australia presents Griffith Opera on the Beach, Aida. Renowned the world over as the most spectacular outdoor opera, Aida will be unleashed under the starry night sky, with waves lapping nearby. It’s the perfect setting to experience fireworks of the vocal and the pyrotechnic kind, colourful costumes and even local surf life savers getting in on the action. opera.org.au
SURFERS PARADISE KIDS WEEK SEPT 23-29 Kids will take over Surfers Paradise as the highly anticipated event returns, featuring a bumper program of FREE, family-friendly entertainment across seven days of fun and excitement for children of all ages from tots to teens. The characters from Despicable Me 3 headline this year’s event along with free daily live shows, interactive workshops, jumping castles, zorb balls, rock climbing, face painting and more throughout Cavill Mall. surfersparadise.com
WOMEN IN TOURISM OCTOBER 6 The Garden Kitchen & Bar at The Star will be the very green location for October’s Women in Tourism event. The morning will act as a fundraising breakfast for the Cancer Council with the keynote being Carla Mills who has beaten cancer. The 5 minute speaker will be Emma Lovelly from Lovelly Communications. As usual arrive at 6:30am for a 6:45am start. There will be raffles, auction and a surprise element to the morning too, so don’t miss it! womenintourism.org.au
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his past year I joined a gym — and as a self-confessed sloth, there was a lot I have learned from the experience. If you are like I was and have no idea what joining a gym would be like, let me give you some honest truths. Spoiler alert: it’s not all mirror selfies and Lorna Jane workout wear. 1) Squatting does not entitle you to a Kardashian bod For some reason, every Instagrammer and their dog seem to have an arse you can crack an egg on these days. I couldn’t help but look at these famous behinds and think about how the only way my arse could crack an egg is if I sat on one. So I join a gym and think to myself that squatting will make all my dreams come true. And while things have definitely improved, I would have to say the main benefit I have reaped thus far from squatting is an improved capacity to successfully pull off the ‘hover’ maneuver in public restrooms…a mildly disappointing yet practical result.
I couldn’t help but look at these famous behinds and think about how the only way my arse could crack an egg is if I sat on one.
2) Mid-workout nausea is not exclusive to The Biggest Loser At some stage or another you are likely to have what I affectionately call a ‘Biggest Loser Moment’, and yes, it will be deeply embarrassing. You see, when I first started at the gym I assumed being sick while exercising was something made up by reality TV to add some spice into a show that is otherwise just watching people weigh themselves. It turns out I was wrong. I’m not sure whether this happens to everybody or just people that used to bring a cake to softball practice but what I do know is the likelihood of this occurring dramatically increases once you sign up for personal training. 3) Age is just a number When I joined my gym I thought that as an average girl in their 20s I would have a natural edge over some of the older members of the gym. It’s just biology, right? Nope, wrong again. Turns out age really doesn’t hold people back when it comes to being better than me. While I am struggling to make my 5th push-up, old mate in the corner has deadlifted over 100kg, smashed out 50 squats and written a letter to the council complaining about the pothole on the road outside. Seriously, screw those girls on Instagram, I have some new #fitnessgoals to work towards.
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your spending or to reduce your debts? Once you know what you’re aiming for you can set and achieve your goals. 2. Understand where your money goes
3. Set a budget
Tap and go or tap and gone? ap, paid for the coffee. Tap, paid for the groceries. Tap, paid for the shoes. Tap, paid for lunch. It’s almost mindless. Without having to insert and type in your pin code, it’s almost like the purchase didn’t even happen, right? That is, until you look at your bank statements and see how all the under $100 tap and go payments add up. Bigtime. Recent research from the Reserve Bank Australia has found the declining use of cash is negatively impacting our savings, so if you’re finding your little tap and go payments are leaving you with hardly any money left to save at the end of the week, you’re not alone. AMP Bank’s Director of Retail Solutions Michael Christofides says paying with tap and go cards over cash is convenient, quick and easy, particularly when compared to rummaging around in your pockets for the right cash. “But, paying on card can create a disconnect between the consumer and the amount they are spending,” says Michael. “With cash, you know exactly what you are spending and when. You can see your money depleting. With card, you only notice what you are spending when you check your account online or your mobile app.” Although cashless spending can negatively impact your savings Michael believes by splitting your finances into three buckets, you can ensure you’re budgeting correctly. Set aside money for bills, savings and spending money. Here are a few more tips from Michael to help you save.
6 tips to better manage your virtual currency Think about what you want to achieve. Is it to save for something special, to curb
Get serious about managing your budget. If you don’t already have a budget,
With cash, you know exactly what you are spending and when. You can see your money depleting. With card, you only notice what you are spending when you check your account online or your mobile app.
now’s a good time to set one. Use a budget calculator to work out your expenditure and find out how much you could put aside each payday.
increasing your loan amount and using the extra money to pay off your other debts. A home loan usually has a lower interest rate than debts such as credit cards, so this will help you to avoid paying higher interest rates. 5. See where you can make a saving
Now might be the time to get rid of extra credit cards and opt for a single card with a lower interest rate and less fees. See Canstar for a comparison of credit cards.
If you have a home loan, consider
Make sure you get the best rates available on your frequent bills such as insurance and energy. Use comparison websites, such as comparethemarket.com.au to compare product benefits and costs and check Canstar to see how your interest rates and financial products stack up.
6. Leverage technology for better saving habits
There are accounts that automatically allocate funds to different ‘buckets’, enabling consumers closer control over how they spend their money. While technology may have made it easier to spend, there are new technologies coming to market helping consumers save.
4. Consolidate your debt
1. Set some goals
If you’re running out of money before payday, or you’d just like to get a better understanding of where your money goes, it’s probably a good idea to start tracking your spending. There are lots of good tools and apps to do this.
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health advice If you’re going to follow a health trend this season, make sure it’s not one of these
iets, new workout regimes and ways to ‘supposedly’ live a fitter, healthier and happier life are always coming out. You only have to turn on the TV, open social media, look at a magazine or speak to a girlfriend and you’ll hear the latest this or that to help you shed your unwanted weight and fit into that itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini. And while bikini trends have very much moved past the polka dot bikinis, the fact remains the same that we’re always looking to improve ourselves, and so we should! But improvements need to be made in practical, manageable and realistic ways. We’re sure many of you have tried a shake diet only to dive mouth first into your favourite treat a few days later because you were starving and human beings cannot live off protein shakes for life. So as you endeavour to shed a little winter weight to feel great for summer (whether it’s in your yellow polka dot bikini or sleek black one piece), here is the trending advice you need to avoid taking on board, and some advice you should actually take on board to leap into the new season with energy, excitement and, importantly, sanity. September 2017
Don’t eat the ‘bad’ foods, only eat the ‘good’ foods his is the premise most diets are based on. That chocolate, chips and wine (oh no!) are not good for us so we should stop consuming them entirely and instead eat lots of greens, fruits and quality sources of protein. This just takes the fun and enjoyment out of eating and, let’s face it, food is one of life’s greatest joys. The restriction leads to us craving the foods more and often we give in and binge on them, rather than having them an acceptable amount every other
day. Also the need to restrict more and more things like cutting sugar, then gluten, then dairy, then becoming vegan etc. has led to a new eating disorder called orthorexia. This is the term for a condition that includes symptoms of obsessive behaviour in pursuit of a healthy diet that frequently co-occurs with anorexia nervosa or other eating disorders. With social media’s popularity more and more people are jumping on the bandwagon and wanting to promote that they eat so clean, pure and healthy. Give us a break! But worse still, it is an incredibly dangerous path to follow and can have very devastating consequences on someone’s social life, self-image and health. Better advice: Dr John Tickell, Obstetrician and Medical Doctor, recommends everything in moderation except laughter, sex, vegetables and fish. So basically that means all of the treats you enjoy, you can continue to enjoy, but in moderation — cutting them out entirely isn’t necessary. As for fish and vegetables, eat as much of them as you want because they’re both great for you. And laughter and sex — you know what to do there.
Most low-fat/no-fat products are incredibly high in sugar, often containing much more sugar than their full fat counterparts
Eat low-fat/no-fat products to lose weight his has got to be one of the biggest misconceptions in the industry today. It used to be thought that low-fat diets would lead to weight loss because consuming products with fat in them causes that fat to go straight on to your body right? Wrong. So wrong. And this has been a known fact for the last 40 years yet it’s still so prevalent today. Just look in your supermarkets and you will see products still marketed as low fat or no fat. What many people are unaware of is the fact that most low-fat/no-fat products are often incredibly high in sugar, containing much more sugar than their full fat counterparts. This sugar, if not used up as energy, will translate to fat on your body, and increase your cholesterol too, and here you were thinking it was the healthier alternative. Better advice: Instead of avoiding all fats, avoid the fat that is actually bad for you — trans fat. The Queensland Government recommends comparing the labels of food and choosing the one that has the lowest saturated fat content too. When looking at the sugar content they recommend looking for products with less than 10g of sugar per 100g. If the product contains fruit allow 20g of sugar per 100g. Fats are not evil, they are actually good and necessary for you to consume alongside a healthy diet.
Everything in moderation except laughter, sex, vegetables and fish.
Consume ‘health’ and ‘fitness’ teas for a flat tummy ow we can’t name names because we don’t want to get sued but there are many ‘teas’ going around on social media, particularly promoted to young people, that promise them a flat tummy if consumed daily. These teas are not your normal black, green or herbal teas, they are concentrated tea products, often with the main ingredient senna leaf, that are fancily disguised laxatives. Yes, even the Kardashians are promoting laxatives. Now laxatives are bad for a very large number of reasons unless taken for medical purposes, and have been shown to ruin your digestive system and metabolism if used for extended periods of time, meaning you can’t go do a number two without them. Also it was in the news recently that they stop the effectiveness of the pill, so many younger women were falling pregnant not realising the dramatic impact it has. Better advice: You can’t reduce the fat on your tummy with tea, you need regular exercise, plenty of healthy food and water for that. If it’s bloating you suffer from, and you have a healthy diet and lifestyle, it’s a good idea to go and speak to your GP about it. It could be an allergy, hormonal imbalance, a nutritional problem or something more.
Stress is bad and should be avoided Words by Luke Mathers, author of Stress Teflon (stressteflon.com)
tress is blamed for everything from heart attacks and stroke to obesity and erectile dysfunction. If you believe the media, stress is a threat to your health, is not good for you and needs to be avoided. So, what do we do to prevent and decrease stress and try to feel better? We take pills; we drink, we take drugs and eat comfort food. All of these things are perfect for instant gratification and can make you feel better in the short term. But is it making us any healthier or happier? Probably not. Better advice: What if we changed our view on stress? What if we looked at stress as a good thing? Stress is evolutionary. Stress fires you up. You need stress to grow. Without stress, you never leave your comfort zone and discover what you are capable of. Much of today’s increase in anxiety and depressive disorders could well be attributed to the brainwashing that stress is a threat and is bad for you. What if you looked at stress as a challenge? Viewing stress as a challenge, we take risks, stretch ourselves, build resilience and pride in ourselves. All these things improve your physical and mental health while providing the foundations for growth. Stress is essential; we just need to get better at using it as a short term power booster. Instead of avoiding stress, embrace it, fire up and enjoy life’s challenges. September 2017
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I don’t use a ‘one system fits all’ approach as every person is unique.
mber Walker is a Fitness Trainer, Nutritionist and Health Coach to everyday people as well as celebrities working on film sets on the Gold Coast. She is a mother to two children and resides in Mermaid Beach. MY ALARM GOES OFF AT… Unless I am working in the morning I don’t set an alarm. I tend to wake up at first light before the sun comes up. My morning routine consists of a bullet proof coffee followed by a sunrise beach walk and meditation to set intentions for the day. I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR… When I am working on a film it is my job to ensure the actors are not only training correctly but are also eating right and recovering. When I am not on a movie set I work with corporations to enhance the productivity and motivation of staff through the implementation of holistic health and wellness programs. HOW I GOT THE GIG… My love for health and fitness began at a very young age and as a teenager I was a competitive athlete. I completed my Personal Training Certification and began working as a trainer while I was studying biomedical science at university. I decided to begin competitive fitness modelling in 2009 after having my two beautiful children and used this as a platform to inspire and motivate other mothers to be healthy and active. I went on to win three World Titles in New York which opened the doors to sponsorship and media opportunities. From there I began writing for health and fitness magazines and have landed over 10 covers in my career.
I have also studied Nutrition and attended a TV presenting course at NIDA which has allowed me to present on camera for various companies as well as host fitness segments on TV. This experience and passion has led to training media personalities and lead actors for large Hollywood productions such as Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Thor which have recently been filmed on the Gold Coast. HOW MY DAY GOES… It varies a lot. I train many people online so I generally spend the first part of my day replying to emails and checking in on my client’s progress. I have my own studio but depending on who my clients are I sometimes go to them, we will often discuss their goals and check in where they need to be each week to ensure we are staying on track. I don’t use a ‘one system fits all’ approach as every person is unique. CAREER HIGHLIGHT… My most memorable moments are those when people have managed to change their lives and become fit and healthy through good nutrition and movement. Even the actors I have trained to be superheroes have commented on how much easier everyday living is once they have been taught how to move properly. Changing people’s lives for the better really lights me up! WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW… That celebrities are just like us! Though you can buy a lot in this day and age, health and fitness is still something that needs to be earnt
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or at least worked on. You can’t buy ‘fit’ — you actually have to eat well and exercise, it’s really as simple as that. WORST PART OF YOUR JOB… Admin… does anybody like admin? HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCE… Do something you love. Promoting health and fitness is something I have always done so it doesn’t feel like a ‘job’ at all. I have never woken up and thought ‘oh man, I don’t want to help people become fit and healthy today!’ To balance everything I always make sure that I am practicing what I preach, so I do give myself some alone time and meditate while walking along the beach. Getting out into nature has many health benefits and it is so important in this day and age! I also make sure I have real human connections. In an online world it is easy to catch up with friends over messaging or apps. Nothing will ever replace spending time with people in real life and I think this is something everyone should make time for.
Plan B: I can’t ever imagine not promoting a fit and healthy lifestyle… I guess if this was to happen my plan B would be working on finding a way back to plan A! September 2017
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Friends... with benefits? Defined as two friends who have a casual sexual relationship without being emotionally involved, it has been and still remains a very popular choice — hear from four Gold Coasters who have found themselves in these situations and how the rules differ across the age groups
20 something year old Brittany, 26
We met at Stingray Lounge, he had seen me and was watching some other guys try to pick me up, quite unsuccessfully. He came over, swooped in and saved the day – I suppose you would say! He was tall with dark hair and broad shoulders. We exchanged numbers and because I was with a girlfriend that night nothing eventuated but we started texting the next day. He came over the next night to pick up where we left off, so to speak. Initially he would come over two to three times a week. There was never a romantic vibe between us and all of our rules were unspoken. I think from the get go it was great sexual chemistry and that’s all it ever was. He would message me on Snapchat to tell me something about his day at work, but we both knew he was really just checking in to see if I was available tonight to “catch up”. He’d come over, we’d talk for a while about work and life then we’d have sex, and then he’d leave. There was a strict no sleepover rule, no cuddles and no romance. We’d talk about other people we were dating, it was like a real friendship just with a lot of “benefits”. That lasted four months or so then it died away, I think we both started seeing other people and life got in the way. We’d also fallen into a routine and I got a bit bored. Then about six months later we picked back up, it was just a convenience thing. He was single, I was single and it just
There was a strict no sleepover rule, no cuddles and no romance. We’d talk about other people we were dating, it was like a real friendship just with a lot of “benefits”.
fell back into place. We went crazy for around two months, back to the same routine, until I met someone I was more serious about. There was never an official “it’s over” conversation, we just stopped messaging each other. I would still consider him a friend, but we will never have a good friendship without the sex, it is what it is. The rules All of these were unspoken l No sleepovers l No cuddles l No romance l No “what are we?” talks l No labels l No activities outside the bedroom l No meeting of each other’s friends l No exclusivity l Getting to know each other is allowed
30 something year old Jordyn, 34
I have a hospitality business and I was catering for a function and he was the sales manager at the venue. We worked closely in the weeks leading up to the event and it wasn’t until the event day that I met him in person. I was surprised by how attractive he was. He was British, in his late 30s and starting to go a little grey on the sides. We were very professional throughout the event even though there was unspoken sexual tension. The following week he emails me to say thank you for the job we did with the event, which was unnecessary, but he was clearly trying to find an excuse to contact me. At the end of the email he wrote, “On another note, would you like to go to dinner with me?” We went to dinner and it was nice, but there wasn’t a romantic vibe, there was definitely a sexual vibe though. I knew I
40 something year old Natasha, 49
I met him in a bar and we stayed in contact. He was engaged then but used to come and stay with me, and it continued on from there. It’s been going on 10 years now and I feel we will always be friends in some capacity, whether just friends or friends who have sleepovers. There’s a huge amount of understanding and mutual respect. I know there’s no future with it, he’s too young, and so it is what it is. It will never be more than it is now. He sometimes has the “what are we?” conversation but I like it the way it is and that’s how it will stay. There is no exclusivity, we can date who we want. When he’s in a relationship we’re still in touch. And we give each other very good advice on relationships too. There’s just no judgement between us. He knows a lot of my friends and I have met a few of his friends. We have weekends away, we drink wine, eat pizza, talk sh*t and chat. We behave like a couple when we’re together; there’s no drama and open displays of affection are normal for us. It’s like a normal relationship that’s not locked into anything. We don’t expect a lot so there’s no disappointment. I’ll always want him to be happy and I know he feels the same. The rules l No exclusivity l No judgement l Sleepovers, cuddles and affection are allowed l Meeting each other’s friends and socialising is okay l No labels or expectations l Be there for each other
wanted kids and I found out he didn’t, so that was a big no to me immediately. We had had a few drinks and weren’t ready to end the night (and I think we were both holding out hope that things would develop), so we went back to his place and after a few more drinks we ended up in bed together. The following week we tried to have another date, but it was even more mediocre so we called it off early and just went back to his for a few drinks and sex. One night a week for the next few weeks we repeated the drinks and sex part and just skipped dinner. After a few weeks we had a chat when we were drinking and the inevitable “what are we?” discussion came up. We were both pretty honest about what we wanted, we seemed to be on the same page so that was our green light to continue, and we knew this was all it would ever be. This went on for seven months, it was confusing at times because we had such
From a man’s perspective Pablo, 44
I met the woman and her partner at the time on an adult dating site. They found me and we met up. It was primarily for her, not for him, and it progressed from there. It was instant really with myself and I got along with the guy really, really well. I was in and out of their lives for many years, and particularly now that she’s not with the guy anymore. There’s always been a thing between her and I, it’s like we’re boyfriend girlfriend but not really. She’s easy to talk to, she’s not precious. When dating, a lot of women 30 and onwards you have to be careful with what you say but with her she rings me and tells me anything and I can ring her and tell her anything. It just works. If I haven’t seen her for a couple of weeks or a month, it’s always like I only saw her yesterday. Just really comfortable and easy. We’ve never had a chat about what we are, kind of but not really, we are what we are and we don’t really label it too much. I never really thought it would be more than what it is as I always said she was too old, but I’ve come to regret saying that actually. I’ve been out with her friends, and she’s met some of mine. In regards to romance, it’s anything goes, I took her away for her birthday and bought her flowers, we’re not classified as boyfriend girlfriend but a boyfriend would probably do something like that. It’s hard to explain, we just have a deep connection and it’s been going for many, many years now.
I have had other friends with benefits situations in the past but women seem to get attached a lot easier. You say you don’t want a relationship, you lay everything out first and as it progresses they seem to get more attached than what you have sort of thing. You like hanging out with them, you like going out with them but that’s it. I think also men probably have a lot more friends with benefits too whereas women sort of stick to one bloke. The rules l No exclusivity l All romance is allowed l Spending time with each other’s friends is allowed l Phone calls and talking about each other’s day is allowed l No boyfriend/girlfriend labels l Anything else goes
great sex and there should be feelings there but there just weren’t. My birthday came around and he booked a weekend away at Mount Tambourine. I was hesitant to go but went. He tried hard to make sure I had a wonderful weekend and I could tell he was falling for me. A few days after we got home I broke it off entirely as to me that was the end. We haven’t really spoken since. The rules Some of these were spoken, others not so much l Sex no more than once a week l At least three drinks before sex l Open communication about what we were l No catching feelings l Exclusivity (unspoken) l Cuddles and sleepovers are allowed l No meeting friends/family or socialising
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s rator Natasha Edward Founding Director & Cu Ruth Della (right) or ect Dir e ativ Cre (left) and
urning 15 this year, SWELL will be held from September 8-17 and will welcome more than 275,000 visitors! The 10-day exhibition will see Australian and international artists display thought-provoking works plotted along a 1km stretch of coastline, highlighting a range of social, environmental and contemporary issues. Before you participate in the event, meet the two women behind it — the Founding Director & Curator Natasha Edwards and Creative Director Ruth Della. How did you become involved in SWELL? R: Having spent nearly a decade in the corporate world, it was time to take a break. I was cultivating a bespoke graphic design and photography studio along with a few kids. It was through Natasha that I was invited to join the team and the rest is history. N: Working in the corporate world, I retired when my son was born, I kept a few private clients which kept my life busy and I was busy creating business plans ready for the opportunity to present itself. I met with like-minded folk and the journey of SWELL began. What do your jobs involve? R: I work across SWELL and other temporary art projects. My time is spent working with artists, stakeholders, sponsors, the community and our team. My role is quite varied and involves creating the look and feel of SWELL. I’m also partial to a bit of high vis, handy on a shovel and not afraid to get my hands dirty when it comes to installing a sculpture! N: My main function is to make sh*t happen and get sh*t done… seriously though, I enjoy the title Curator as it sums up all aspects of what I do, curating the everyday to make it happen.The combined strengths in project management and artistic direction go hand in hand in ensuring the exhibition and the momentum continues. What do you love most about your jobs? R: Artists are inspirational, fascinating and remarkable. It’s always so rewarding to talk with them to hear their ideas and get the inside story on how they develop their artwork and art practice. We hear about their triumphs, 18
sorrows and concerns to gain insight into how this transforms from their mind to an artwork of substance. It’s a privilege to work with creative people. N: I love the energy of the event, the way in which people engage with the sculptures. Sitting at Waikiki (the SWELL house) and sharing a home-cooked dinner with the artists watching everyone walking by enjoying the exhibition. What is the arts/cultural scene on the Gold Coast? R: The Gold Coast has a unique culture. It always has and it always will. Culture on the coast is varied; it sustains urban, beach and hinterland life. Our culture at heart renders meaning and provides insight, open minds and triggers inspirations with constant variances to keep so many of us loving and culturally investing in our coastal life.There seems to be concerted effort to nurture and support the arts in particular now. We love initiatives with grass roots connections to the coast and SWELL is one of these. N: We have more outdoor events which is perfect for our climate.To experience the culture all you have to do is see a live band, participate in a festival, visit an art gallery, try life drawing, dance on a roof top, engage in some water sports or climb a mountain. We are so rich in culture and rather than wanting to be entertained by it, we want to experience it. How have the two of you grown the event into what it is today? R & N: We're blessed with a good sense of humour, tenacity, flexibility, passion and we’re driven. We have fine-tuned the art of managing family, work and play through diligence and patience, and we are supported by an incredible team of people. What are each of your favourite pieces that will be exhibiting this year? R & N: Time will tell, we have been pouring over concepts and drawings all year and the first day of SWELL with 50 sculptures gracing Currumbin Beach will be the judge of that!
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Craving chocolate constantly? It could be due hormonal troubles in your gut, Has Christmas come around again and you haven’t quite recovered from last festive season? Didn’t quite get around to losing those few Dr Elenthe ApThomas explains
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I have a confession to make: I’m a chronic nailbiter. I know, I know, it’s a dirty habit and I should be ashamed. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard, “Stop biting your nails Hayley!”, well, I’d be sipping cocktails in the Bahamas right now. But alas, here I am. Like any addict, I’ve tried to kick the habit a few times, all unsuccessfully. Which brings me to today’s lesson: fake nails. Or, more specifically, what no one tells you will happen when you get fake nails. Well, I’m about to tell you. Firstly, take your keyboard and throw it out the window because typing is not in your skill set any more! You’ll try using the tip of the nails and realise that doesn’t work so you’ll try using the tip of your fingers and end up mashing all the keys and come up with dribble. Maybe its time we bring back letter writing? Excitingly, you’ll develop a whole new style, not because you’re now sporting some trendy new talons but because you will no longer be able to wear necklaces, bracelets, earrings or basically anything that involves a clasp. Never mind, accessories are so 2016 – right? And finally, the most impossible, rageinducing nemesis you will face: buttons. You’ll stand there like a stubborn threeyear-old, frustratingly trying to thread the round, plastic button through the elusive hole and, just like an irritated three year old, you’ll throw a tantrum of epic proportions and cry until your roommate or boyfriend does it for you. That being said, if animals could talk they would make pleasurable moaning sounds every time you scratch them behind the ears and you will rise very quickly to the top of their favourite humans list, so there’s that. My fake-nail-wearing ladies, what tasks have you ‘nailed’? Let me know on Facebook @get.it.mag!
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earn about the skill we all need to brush up on with Emma Bannister, Founder and CEO of Presentation Studio (presentationstudio.com) ‘Are you creative?’ I recently attended a conference where the speaker asked us this very question. A few hands went up around the room, but not many. The speaker then went on to explain the definition of ‘creativity’ — namely, that it does not translate to how ‘artistic’ you are, as many people wrongly assume. Being creative is about having an imagination — and each and every one of us has one of these. Unfortunately, it’s just been drummed out of us an early age that creativity, curiosity, experimentation and expression of ideas are all things that are not associated with work, a job, a business or a career. Creativity is actually about problem solving, thinking laterally, about generating and brainstorming new ideas and coming up with different ways of presenting those ideas. That’s why in the 2016 World Economic Forum report, The Future of Jobs, chief human resources and strategy officers from leading global organisations revealed that the skill of creativity, in particular, will be a necessary asset for anyone working in 2020. It is thought that as we begin to rely more on machines to make decisions and automate September 2017
tasks, humans will need to find innovative answers to complex business problems and supply what machines cannot: creativity. There are far too many unnatural, text-heavy and overcomplicated messages being communicated today, especially in the PowerPoint heavy world of presentations. That’s why you need to get creative. You need to brainstorm ideas on how to best communicate your main messages in a compelling story that will have your audience on the very edge of their seat (or screen). How could you use a mix of words and images, infographics and diagrams, to create emotion, to connect with your audience and sell them your main points in a way that hasn’t been done before? There’s a really simple four-step process that I use to kick start my own inner creative when I’m coming up with ideas for a new presentation. Four steps to a creative presentation Brainstorm Write down all your thoughts and explore multiple ideas for your presentation. What is your main message? What are the key points you need to make? How best could you present these? This is about quantity not quality — a brain dump. Silence your inner voice and set your mind free. Think visual Sketch your ideas onto paper. This is
about visualising your key messages, main points, data and info that will make sense to you and to others. Draw diagrams and mind maps to connect the dots and your thinking. Remember, this is not about ‘being artistic’; it is about being open to explore. Make sense Turn chaos into calm. Get rid of everything that isn’t essential to your main points. This is your ‘aha’ moment where you start to make sense of everything you have brainstormed or sketched out. Begin to cut out the unnecessary clutter. Action Pull out one clear message that sums up your presentation. This might be one sentence that communicates your purpose, or a visual that is easily understood and connects with your audience. This is what you will use at the beginning and end of your presentation and at key points while you present. Start simple Remember, you don’t need to be a winner of the Archibald Prize to be a creative genius. Look around for ideas from other (good) presentations and visuals. And don’t just stop there — inspiration comes from everyday stuff and situations like books, magazines, and when you’re walking the dog. Just try it and see!
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hen you think daring, modern fashion, cities such as Paris, Milan or New York come to mind. And thanks to our own queen of glamour, Liz Clift, you’ll also think Gold Coast. Liz Clift has enjoyed an illustrious career travelling the world’s top fashion capitals and bringing home sensuous, distinct fashions designed for confident, independent women who aren’t afraid to let their style do the talking. As well as buying in cities such as Paris, Milan and Madrid, Liz has created her own designs which epitomise the Gold Coast woman; chic, savvy and effortlessly stylish. After 25 years of retail success, Liz has recently closed her boutique retail store, Liz Clift International Boutique at
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Doing it for the kids Team Leader and Volunteer at TLC for Kids Gold Coast Auxiliary Dale Mansfield shares how she found her life purpose hen I was 13 I had a diving accident. I tried to dive off an Olympic diving board that was 15 metres high, and didn’t realise that when I became an adult, those injuries would take over my life! I lived with an extremely bad back since the accident and 15 years ago it all hit me. My bottom two discs had finally collapsed and I went in to hospital to have the two discs replaced. What should have then been a successful first operation was not. The next year and a half was a complete disaster zone for me! I ended up going through four spinal operations and four horrific infections. After every operation things went from bad to worse.The infections were taking over my body and I was on the strongest antibiotic (being pumped into me through a central line) that you can get in Australia. An Infectious Disease Specialist was brought in and they were trying everything they could. I then contracted spinal meningitis and went through 14 days of lumbar punctures as my spinal fluid was so infected. After weeks and weeks of no improvement the doctors did not believe I would make it through and my family was brought in to say their good-byes to me. Well they were very wrong! I was a mum of two small children and was determined to get through this.The spinal meningitis was causing the most intense pain in my head but I wouldn’t give up. I started to read positive books and tried to change the way I looked at things. I fought the biggest fight of my life and I’m happy to say I won! When I was in hospital some days I would take my walker (who I named Ethel!), and I would go to the children’s ward. A little light bulb was starting to flicker inside me and I thought why did I go and visit the sick kids? I talked to many sick kids and was overwhelmed by their positivity. Kids really are very brave when they are unwell! It was a few years after I got out of hospital that the light bulb truly went on, and I knew what I had to do. I had to help sick kids in my own
It was a few years after I got out of hospital that the light bulb truly went on, and I knew what I had to do. I had to help sick kids in my own community.
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community. I became a full-time volunteer on the Gold Coast in 2010 to help sick children. I am very passionate about it and understand what the children and the parents go through when a child is sick. I was an adult at the time I was in hospital, and I couldn’t believe the young kids optimism — it made me look at life differently. In 2015, I really wanted to work closer with local sick kids. I wanted to do more, and was scrolling through Google when I came across TLC for Kids. I could not believe what I was reading...TLC for Kids has no criteria, no waiting lists and helps any child with any illness! I thought to myself we have to have TLC for Kids right here on the Gold Coast! I approached TLC for Kids in Melbourne and they loved the idea so I launched the very first volunteer Auxiliary of TLC for Kids on our doorstep. I then brought on other passionate volunteers and we were up and running! We fundraise locally to support our very own sick kids, with no government funding. We also chat to local business owners who want to come on board, and some local businesses have been so generous to us. I volunteer full time and have to say, it is one of the best things I have ever done! We have helped so many local sick kids and their families, and are really making a difference in the lives of sick local kids. On International Women’s Day, this year I was lucky enough to be nominated for and won the 2017 Women’s Day Leadership Award in the Community Sector. I was a little overwhelmed to win this award as I just do what I do for the love of helping others, especially sick children. My community and volunteering is very important to me. Some people think I am a little ‘nuts’ to volunteer so many hours a week (approx. 40-60 hours) but I can truly say, when you have found what you are supposed to do, you do it with a smile on your face! Life is short and you never know what is around the corner! My favourite saying is: don’t count the days, but boy oh boy, make each day count! 34
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THE real SPRING CLEANING Spring is upon us and it’s once again time to clean out everything, and we mean everything (pre-warning: sarcasm intended)
Look under your bed, throw out everything that’s made its way under there because if you haven’t gone looking for it yet, chances are you don’t need it Sort your make up; anything old, expired, never worn or colours you know you really cannot pull off (that bright blue lipstick, what were you thinking?!), chuck them out Unplug anything that hasn’t been used in the last year and get rid of it; you really don’t need all the technology (most of which you haven’t gotten around to reading the instructions for yet) Unfollow and unfriend anyone on your social media that gives you negative feelings towards yourself, that constantly posts about negative things or who you had a falling out with but kept on social media — you don’t need to see what those people are up to Ditch toxic relationships in real life; if anyone gives you pain, frustration or trauma cut them (from your life that is, don’t actually cut them — we don’t condone violence) Look at everything in your room and get rid of anything you never use like the exercise equipment that has five years of dust, gifts you hate but kept anyway etc. — create more space around you to think and be (or get creative in when the kids are asleep *wink wink*) Open your intimate’s drawer and throw away anything you’ll never wear again. Crotchless panties? That was never going to happen. A sexy lingerie set from your ex? Do you really want to think about him when you get down and dirty with your new man? And that stick-on bra that doesn’t do your girls any favours? Out of the drawer they go! Take to your partner’s wardrobe and throw out (consent not necessary) any clothes you hate of theirs (the torn Rugby shorts, ripped jeans that have never been washed, OTT Hawaiian shirt you hate with a passion — it’s gotta go!) Get rid of (donate) any clothes that don’t make you feel amazing — you don’t need clothes for those odd years where you are 10kg heavier (that’s not happening again sista) and you also don’t need clothes that you need to lose 10kg to wear, chuck it, life is for living! Look in the mirror, what about you needs a Spring clean? That hair maybe? Get out the scissors and chop away! Or book in for an appointment with your hairdresser if you’re feeling less ambitious. New season, new hair, new you! �Social life is up next, what are you saying yes to that you really want to say no to? RSVP a big fat NO to those activities right now and all future things you don’t want to do — dinner with the in laws, the yearly catch up with your high school graduation year, school activities you don’t actually need to attend — no, no and NO! Think about your routine, what do you hate? Getting up early? Just sleep in! Making dinner for the family every night? They can surely fend for themselves and won’t starve! That bi-weekly PT session? You can just sit on the couch and lift a glass of wine. Take our list with a grain of salt of course! But when you do a big Spring clean of your house, apply the concept to your whole life and be ruthless about what it is that makes you feel great and not so great. Less things around you weighing you down = more space for positivity and happiness, but you already know that! So get to it! September 2017
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k a e p s o t k a e w It ain’t World Suicide Prevention Day falls on Sunday September 10 and R U OK? Day falls on September 14, so it’s a timely month to discuss mental illness in 5 people experience a mental illness in any year and many still live in silence due to stigma. R U OK? Day aims to encourage more people to have conversations with their friends and family. By asking, listening, encouraging action and checking in with those you care about, you will let them know they’re not alone and it could mean everything to them. World Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise awareness of mental illness and the struggles that those living with a condition face. Australia's suicide rate is the highest it has been for at least 10 years. In 2015, 3,027 people ended their own lives.That's 12.6 people in every 100,000. More than eight people every single day. And one person every three hours. Nearly everyone now knows of someone, whether a friend, acquaintance or work colleague, who has taken their life and things need to change. Two local guys who are doing everything
they can to make a change are Sam Webb and Casey Lyons, the co-founders of Livin. They are shifting the stigma around mental illness and spreading the word that “it ain’t weak to speak” #itaintweaktospeak. “It is so important for those struggling to speak up in order to get the support they need to create a positive change in their lives,” says Sam Webb. “If people feel ashamed to speak up, they will be stuck in a difficult place and it is likely to escalate.We feel as though getting people to speak up will save lives through education and de-stigmatisation. “In the end, we want mental health to become a dinner time conversation just like any other physical health issue such as a broken leg or cancer. As we always say “if in doubt, reach out”.You will never know if you don’t ask.” Even though mental health is a much more discussed conversation now than it has ever been, the stigma still remains and Sam believes this is due to the severity of the stigma from the beginning. “We have grown up thinking that people with a mental illness are “crazy”,and this is from a lack of understanding and education of the true facts. It is going to be a long process but as a network of organisations, we endeavor to make a collective change across Australia and beyond 37
and make mental health a common topic of conversation,” says Sam. The boys get the word out with their range of tees, hats, stickers and more that have been seen on Chris Hemsworth, Alex Glenn, Nat Medhurst, Anna Flanagan and other high-profile people. “This has brought us a lot of exposure that we needed. Getting people with authentic connections to the brand/charity who also have a mass following creates a genuine connection with the cause.This helps a lot of people and is a wonderful way to send the message viral.” They have also found having popular male sport stars and actors speak up about their own struggles have begun to cause a shift in the way mental illness is perceived among men — where the stigma is particularly bad. “For too long, traditional gender roles have kept men quiet in the fear they will be considered weak or useless.We are seeing an increased number of men stepping forward and sharing their stories which definitely gives off a sense of “if he can do it, I can too”,says Sam. “If we can make mental health a popular topic of conversation at the pub with mates or with their families, we are likely to see a massive change.” This September make sure you have meaningful conversations with the people you love, you never know what someone is going through until you ask. September 2017
Do I need a personal trainer for my health and fitness? Jeff Osborne from Vision Personal Training Bundall is here to help you decide know what you are thinking… of course the personal trainer is going to say that you do! It’s true, my opinion is biased. Mainly because of what I have seen and experienced in my near 20 years as a personal trainer. I don’t think everyone ‘needs’ a personal trainer. I do believe that most people will benefit from one and the rare exception is the super dedicated, self-disciplined, health and fitness obsessed person that never misses a workout and puts in effort every time! For the rest of us there is much to be gained from having a personal trainer. For me, the saddest thing is people who join a gym, then don't go for 10 of the 12 months they pay for it. Unfortunately most ‘gyms’ rely on 70% or more of their members to do exactly this! Imagine being in a business where you hope that 3/4 of the people who buy your product don’t use it? This year at our studio, 95.2% of our members have done all their sessions. That is benefit #1 of having a personal trainer, you actually use what you pay for! If you are one of the 7 out of 10 people that don’t use your gym membership, you are wasting money. It is costing you on average $100 a visit if you only use it for a few months. You can get a lot of personal training for that money!
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Accountability, having an appointment and having someone waiting for you is the biggest reason why I have a personal trainer myself. I know that if I don’t have a session booked in, I will walk straight past the equipment, straight up to my office and get busy until it’s time to pick up the kids, then repeat that. When it comes to exercise, the number one factor that determines your results is if you consistently do the program. If you are in the gym, doing the work and not seeing the results you think you deserve, you are the other candidate for having a personal trainer. Not many people will work at the intensity on their own that they will with a great trainer. However the biggest thing is you may not be doing the right things in the gym or in the kitchen. There is nothing worse than putting in the effort and not getting the results. If you are this person then you are wasting time as well as money without a personal trainer. One thing I am super proud of at Vision Personal Training is we are the experts in knowing what is realistic for you to achieve and then designing a specific program that guarantees you will achieve that goal, or we give you all your money back and train you for free until you do. If you want to be that confident in seeing results, maybe it’s time you came to see Vision. It will be the last weight loss program you ever need to start! September 2017
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When it comes to hearing loss, men are the weaker sex! Did you know hearing loss is much more common in men compared to women? But why is this? ow, I’m sure you all have your theories as to why this might be, and have heard the typical cliché or joke, “My partner’s the reason I’m going deaf!” But, various studies do show that the most common factor for hearing loss in men is what is called industrial deafness. Industrial deafness is usually acquired by working in heavily male-dominated industries such as construction or factory work where it is quite noisy or the operation of machinery is occurring on a regular basis. Surprisingly, even longdistance truck drivers can suffer hearing damage by having the window down and the wind blowing past their ears for long durations. And it’s not just loud noises or constant noise that can cause issues, there is some concern that hearing loss and tinnitus can be caused by certain medications, in particular aspirin and ibuprofen. Both drugs are often recommended to treat aches and pains and, very commonly, headaches.
Some blokes will joke that this is a catch-22 situation. They say their wives are constantly nagging them so they take aspirin for the subsequent headache that causes! The truth in this may be that the ‘nagging’ is due to the male partner suffering from hearing loss and can’t hear, so the wife has to repeat herself. The flipside of this of course is the frustration that comes from living with, or being around someone, with hearing loss. It can become a very lonely time for both parties and distance between one another can be unintentionally created often leading to further health issues as well as depression or feeling isolated. Prevention of hearing loss is important for both men and women, and can be as easy as ensuring safety equipment is worn at work and wherever appropriate. Other areas of prevention within the household and between partners, however, may be somewhat out of depth for an audiologist! If prevention has failed and someone you
know does suffer from any form of hearing loss there are answers. Treatment of hearing loss, such as the fitting of hearing aids, often result in reports of better quality of life and even lower levels of depression. There are so many options available to suit specific lifestyles and personal needs. There are aids that are invisible as they sit further in the ear and some that connect to electronic devices such as a mobile phone or home television making for easier living. In many cases, these can be fitted all in one appointment with your audiologist. It is commonly a spouse or family member who is first to recognise a hearing impairment so, next time there’s miscommunication as to who was going to do the dishes, or “I didn’t hear you ask me to mow the law”, there may be some truth in it. Save the headaches by seeking help and advice for one of the most frustrating health issues we all face from your qualified audiologist.
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Yamagen , a hero of the Gold Coast dining scene for over 30 years, has just opened its doors at QT Gold Coast with an all-star culinary team at the helm. Blending old school kitchen samurai skills with new school chef invention, Yamagen reinvents a traditional Japanese izakaya with a stylish and innovative twist. However, Yamagen is as much a bar as it is a restaurant. Headed up by QT’s Bar Manager, Jordan Melling, the bar melds classic cocktails with modern Japanese inspiration, using unique Japanese ingredients such as sudachi (Japanese citrus fruit), gyokuro (shaded green tea), yuzu bitters (citrus), shiso leaf (Japanese style mint), matcha (ground green tea) and sake. They also boast the latest collection of Japanese Whisky in Queensland (74 including Yamazaki 25 Y.O., Hibiki 30 Y.O. and Hakushu 25 Y.O.) and add to the whisky drinkers experience through house-made and hand-chiselled ice blocks ensuring premium purity and a slower melt time. It’s definitely a must-try!
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If you’re anything like the Get it girls, you probably love Asian food. Sushi, spring rolls, soups, stir fries, curries and more — we can’t get enough! That’s why when we got a sneak peek of Anthea Amore’s new book HUNGRY for more crazy good vegan food we couldn’t help but choose a selection of Asian recipes to share with you all.
The second recipe book from the Byron Bay based vegan chef elevates vegan food to new heights, and new cuisines! With Anthea’s bold flavour combinations and ingenuity in the kitchen, the recipes reflect diverse flavours from around the world, and they’re sure to be a hit will all vegans and non-vegans alike. All of the 150 recipes are inspiringly 100% plant-based, cane sugar free and 95% gluten free. Enjoy these Asian-inspired recipes!
VIETNAMESE PHO Feeling a little fluey or not quite 100 per cent? This cleansing broth will make all the difference. BTW, ‘pho’ is pronounced ‘fuh’. MAKES: 4 MEDIUM BOWLFULS | PREPARATION TIME: 10 MINUTES | COOKING TIME: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES INGREDIENTS • 120g ginger root • 2 medium onions, peeled, halved • 3 star anise • 3 sticks cinnamon • 1 tbsp whole cloves • 2.5 litres filtered water • 200g carrot, roughly chopped • 2 spring onions, cut crossways into 5cm slices • 1 large garlic clove • 1 tsp quality salt • 100g brown rice noodles • 16 snow peas, trimmed • 1 bunch Asian greens of your choice, trimmed • 1 tbsp tamari (gluten-free soy sauce), or to taste CHILLI GARLIC SAUCE • 4 long red chillies • 2 medium garlic cloves • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar • 2 tbsp coconut sugar • ½ tsp quality salt GARNISHES • 4 lime cheeks • ½ cup carrot matchsticks • 1 spring onion, cut into matchsticks, green and white parts September 2017
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• ½ cup finely shredded cabbage • 1 sliced chilli (optional) • ½ bunch coriander and/or Vietnamese mint leaves
ADZUKI BEAN, CARROT CURL & SNOW PEA SALAD WITH CORIANDER & CHILLI DRESSING
• Extra tamari, to serve
Adzukis have many health-giving properties — protein, fibre, iron and folic acid are but a few of the reasons to incorporate them into your diet.
MAKES: 4 MAINS | SOAKING TIME: OVERNIGHT | PREPARATION TIME: 10-15 MINUTES | COOKING TIME: 1 HOUR-1 HOUR 15 MINUTES
Heat a griddle pan on a high heat and blacken the ginger and onion for 10 minutes or until black all over and beginning to soften. (Or hold over a gas flame or blacken under a grill.) Dry-roast the whole spices in a large saucepan on a medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic, stirring to prevent burning. Add the blackened ginger and onion, filtered water, carrot, spring onion, garlic and salt and bring to the boil on a medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Remove soup from heat and strain broth into a large heatproof bowl, discarding the vegetables. Return broth to the heat, add the snow peas, Asian greens and rice noodles, and cook for 2-3 minutes or until noodles are al dente. Season the soup with tamari to your liking and add a little more water if there isn’t enough broth. CHILLI GARLIC SAUCE Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Spoon into a small saucepan and cook on a medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking or burning. Remove from heat and place in a serving bowl until ready to serve. Divide the soup between bowls and serve with the garnishes, extra tamari and the chilli garlic sauce on the side. These fresh raw ingredients add a lovely contrast to the full-flavoured broth and soft noodles.
INGREDIENTS • 1 cup adzuki beans, soaked in 2 cups filtered water overnight, rinsed, drained • 1 strip kombu seaweed* (optional) • 4 cups filtered water, for cooking • 75g snow peas, trimmed and blanched • 1 large carrot, sliced into curls • 1 cup chopped asparagus, blanched • 1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, halved • 6 small pink radishes, sliced • 2 small avocados, sliced • 1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds • ¼ cup lime juice • ½ tsp quality salt • 2 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil CORIANDER & CHILLI DRESSING • 1 cup coriander leaves and stems • 1 small mild chilli • ½ cup cold-pressed olive oil • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil • ¼ cup lime juice • 1 tsp quality salt • 1 small garlic clove
METHOD Place drained adzuki beans in a medium saucepan with the kombu seaweed and the 4 cups filtered water and bring to the boil on a medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until soft. This makes about 2½ cups of cooked beans. Drain and rinse beans, discarding the kombu. Place drained, cooled beans in a large salad bowl with the remaining salad ingredients. Set aside while you make the coriander & chilli dressing. To make the dressing place all the dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and well combined. When ready to serve, pour dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Enjoy this salad with baked vegetables or any rice or noodle dish. Keeps well in an airtight container in the fridge overnight.
* You’ll find this ingredient at your local health-food store or online.
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THAI TOFU CAKES WITH PINEAPPLE, LIME & GREEN CHILLI SALSA These Thai cakes are a great way to introduce tofu to someone who only knows it as bland and tasteless. The shallow-fried, crumbed cakes really will hit the spot!
• ¼ cup finely diced red onion
MAKES: 24 CAKES | PREPARATION TIME: 10 MINUTES | COOKING TIME: 20 MINUTES
• 1 tbsp very finely sliced spring onions, green part only
• 1 small garlic clove
Place garlic, coriander, salt, sesame oil, ginger, lime juice and white part of spring onions in a food processor and blend until combined.
• ½ cup coriander leaves • 2 tsp quality salt, or to taste if you like less salt • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil • 30g piece fresh or frozen ginger, finely grated • 2 tbsp lime juice • 2 spring onions, white part only (save green part for the pineapple salsa) • 500g firm non-GMO organic tofu, roughly chopped • ¼ cup besan (chickpea) flour • 1 cup rice crumbs • Coconut oil, for frying • 24 Thai basil leaves, to serve (optional) PINEAPPLE, LIME & GREEN CHILLI SALSA • 1½ cups finely chopped pineapple • 1 medium green chilli • 1 tablespoon lime juice September 2017
• ½ tsp quality salt • 1 tbsp shredded coriander leaves
Add the tofu and blend until just combined. You don’t want the mixture too smooth and paste-like. Scrape down the sides as necessary, then add the besan flour and ½ cup of the rice crumbs and pulse until it’s all mixed in thoroughly. Scrape the mixture into a bowl. Shape mixture into approximately 24 round, flat cakes, then roll cakes in the remaining rice crumbs to coat and place on a plate lined with baking paper. Place patties in the fridge to chill before frying. Meanwhile, make the salsa by combining all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mixing thoroughly. Transfer to a little dish. Heat a frying pan with a little coconut oil (½ tablespoon works well) until medium to hot, then add the little cakes. Fry until golden on each side. Sometimes the crumb coating can get a little thirsty on the second side, so add a little more oil if you wish. Keep cooked cakes warm in the oven until they all are done. Serve warm Thai tofu cakes on a Thai basil leaf (if using) with salsa on the side or spooned on top of the cakes. Fantastic! 44
VIETNAMESE NOODLE SALAD BOWLS WITH STICKY CARAMELISED TOFU These mung bean noodle bowls will become your new favourite meal. Half noodle, half shredded raw vegetables, packed with flavour and complete with sticky caramel tofu. MAKES: 6 SMALL ASIAN BOWLS | PREPARATION TIME: 35 MINUTES | COOKING TIME: 15 MINUTES INGREDIENTS • 1 litre filtered water • 100g mung bean noodles (aka bean-thread, or glass noodles) • 2 cups finely shredded green cabbage • 1 cup finely shredded carrots (I use a julienne peeler) • 1/3 cup Vietnamese mint leaves (optional) • ½ cup mint leaves • 1 cup coriander leaves • 1 long red chilli, finely sliced, for garnishing STICKY CARAMELISED TOFU • 2 tbsp coconut oil • 2 tbsp Bragg All Purpose Seasoning* (or light soy sauce) • 2 tbsp coconut sugar • 2 tbsp filtered water • 200g firm tofu, cut into 5cm x 1cm batons LIME CHILLI DRESSING • 1 tbsp coconut sugar • 1 tbsp boiling filtered water • ¼ cup lime juice • 1 long red chilli, seeded, sliced • ¼ cup Bragg All Purpose Seasoning* (or light soy sauce) • 1 medium garlic clove • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil * You’ll find this ingredient at your local health-food store or online
METHOD Place the filtered water in a medium saucepan on a high heat and bring to the boil. Add mung bean noodles, reduce heat and simmer for 2-4 minutes or until al dente. Drain, then cool under cold running water. Drain well. Place noodles in a medium serving bowl. Add cabbage, carrot, mint leaves and coriander. Next you will make the sticky caramelised tofu. Place coconut oil, soy sauce, coconut sugar and water in a small frying pan on a medium-heat. Reduce heat and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until coconut sugar has dissolved. Add tofu batons and cook, turning to coat each side in the sweet, salty liquid, for 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat to a low-to-medium heat and continue cooking until the sauce has been absorbed, turning frequently to prevent burning. Transfer tofu to a plate until ready to serve. Lastly make the lime chilli dressing. Place the coconut sugar in a cup with the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Transfer to a blender with the juice, chilli, soy sauce, garlic and sesame oil. Blend until mixture is smooth. When ready to serve, make lime chilli dressing and pour over the noodles. Toss thoroughly to combine. Divide salad into 6 bowls and Top with sticky tofu and fresh chilli slices. 45
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H VIRGO August 23 - September 22 A fair amount of personal progress can be made this month with four planets in your sign. Getting to know yourself better, indulging in some healthy selfishness, or doing something for yourself that you enjoy but have been putting off is on the cosmic cards. With Mercury now in forward motion there is no need to delay from having what you really want. H LIBRA September 22 – October 23 A culmination of events that began in November 2012 may come to a head as Jupiter and Uranus face off later this month. The nature of your personal relationships may become erratic or exciting as you continue to explore what is right for you, rather than everyone else. Sudden opportunities for your growth are worth saying yes to.
H SCORPIO October 23 – November 22 Mars, your personal planet, aligns with chatty Mercury on the 16th/17th. Arguments or heated exchanges are possible with friends, or your social or industry contacts. Stick with facts rather than opinions to avoid things getting out of hand. An alignment with Neptune on the 25th may bring inspired action if a solution is required.
H CAPRICORN December 22 – January 20 Study, travel and adventure are possible this month due to a planetary party in your 9th house. Action planet Mars brings his energy and enthusiasm to this part of your life from the 5th, where he’ll spend six weeks, not to be seen again for two years. Don’t put off plans, especially if they are about awakening your quest for discovery. H AQUARIUS January 21 – February 19 September highlights life’s inevitable factors that most of us prefer to avoid — debt and tax. It’s time for you to use a fine-tooth comb regarding your finances and gain a crystal-clear perspective around what you own and owe. Mercury, now out of his retrograde phase, may bring options that were just out of reach in August. H PISCES February 19 – March 20 Your most significant relationship, professional or personal, is under the cosmic spotlight this month. Crossed wires will sort themselves out after Mercury’s recent retrograde. An open and frank conversation is likely on the 16th/17th that can help you clear the air and gain a better understanding about what you both truly want. H ARIES March 20 – April 19 A pile up of planets in your 6th sector will bring a relentless pace. If you’re burning the candle at both ends, be sure to take care of yourself by
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Sarah Blinco reflects on lessons learnt about the real value of getting fit y man, Cooper, has told me — affectionately of course — that I resemble a dachshund when I run. You know, a 'sausage dog'; a cute one, I'm assured. He knows me well, which makes this quite funny because it's probably true. I’ve never loved the gym, and I am not a runner (I have been known to jog into Uncle Dan’s though). My aversion to running started way back in grade one. Six years old and attending a small school in Cairns, cane fields rustling in the breeze out the back, all of us were marched onto the oval to run. All the way around in the heat. I hated it. Right there the stubborn Taurean was officially born, and unfortunately for all PE teachers to come, I was to be the one they'd never convince. My wise mum got me involved in something she knew I'd like — ballet. It was my extracurricular thing. Sadly, at 16 it became apparent my ankles didn't have the strength, so I took up tennis. I enjoyed it, especially when I discovered I could win by perfecting my serve to ace my opponent, eradicating the need to, you guessed it — run! Resourceful, I am. Let’s be honest, most of us, especially when we are young, care not for fitness but about how we look. I thought I was blessed with a fast metabolism and the ability to eat anything (Muffin Break treats daily and Uni dinners of pasta, cheese and tomato sauce — fail, fail). If the skirt didn't fit right, I'd go on a walk every morning for a couple of weeks and be fine. That didn’t last. I was lucky to have Cooper to encourage me all these years. He’s an all-round fitness nut (my opposite). I've dipped in and out of gym, Body Combat, yoga, Body Balance, walking, Barre; I've tested fitness classes, diets and supplements, achieving varying degrees of satisfaction. Drudgery, all with the aim of gaining some kind of ‘perfection’. Until I realised that it’s not just about what I look like. Slow-learner, I am. September 2017
While I’m sharing wisdom, here’s what else I found out along the way: long-term weight maintenance happens because we make better choices and exercise more often than not. Also, active life = good mood, feeling motivated and inspired. So simple! Recently I saw Andrea Corbett share her moving story. She’s ranked in the top five international female body builders in the world. A former school teacher, she told of how she hit a majorly tough spot in her life and was living on anti-depressants. She didn’t want it to be like that, and following a serendipitous turn of events she says,“I found body-building, and it saved my life”. Her mantra hit home: fitness means looking and feeling good. I gathered a group of girlfriends to grill them on the topic, and we concluded that without a doubt some (not all, obviously) periods of depression in our lives have coincided with a lack of exercise and unhealthy life choices. I am a spectator at heart. A very good one too. Once my friend Julie and I turned up to a footy game to cheer Cooper on, feeling proud for being there in the first place, only to realise we were watching the wrong game. #girlfriendfail I am a better spectator than athlete. But, despite the footstomping, procrastinating and initial disinterest in the gym, this ‘spectator’ does finally get the true meaning of living a fit life. Sexy, skinny selfies might be cool, but now and in the long term, the value in getting healthy is really about the happiness payoff. That’s the advice I share with my younger friends, and the experience I discuss with contemporaries. It’s never too late to get active, to find something you enjoy doing and make it a habit. I’ve just spotted an ad for ‘swing fit’ in my neighbourhood (swing dancing, to be clear). Health. Happiness. Fabulous. It seems running may not even be required. Get it girl Sarah Blinco is a business communications professional. She blogs at travellivelearn.com and @sarahblinco on Instagram. 50