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t’s only when we are unwell that we truly realise the value of good health, because let’s face it, without it, we have nothing. Not only is it important to look after ourselves physically, but our mental and emotional health is just as important. This month, Proﬁle turns its focus to all things health and happiness, as we share the stories of some incredible locals who have overcome some major hurdles when it comes to their health, not least our incredible cover girl, Maz Shirmer. The mastermind behind Institute of Women International, Maz opens up about how she overcame an abusive past to create a new life for herself and in turn help other women ﬁnd themselves again through her groundbreaking program. It’s a fascinating read. Sunshine Coast mum, Rhyl Venning shares her heartfelt story of losing her precious daughter Kari-Lee to cystic ﬁbrosis and how her memory is living on through the Latin dance community. We also chat with Millie Thomas who won a 15-year-battle with anorexia nervosa that almost claimed her life and how she is using her story of survival to help others with eating disorders, and Shakira Frisby shares how she’s learning to live her life to the fullest after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. We also shed some light on one of the most hotly contested health issues among the Australian medical community – Lyme disease. Trudi Bareham overcame the worst of the debilitating symptoms and oﬀers hope for others who suﬀer from the insidious disease. These are just some of the stories you’ll ﬁnd in this month’s issue of Proﬁle, plus lots more including the latest in food, fashion, homewares and what’s on. Until next time, Cheers to your good health grid xx
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Methamphetamines, speciﬁcally the crystallised form commonly known as ice, has received a lot of attention recently, due to the spike in its use and the harmful eﬀects it has on its users. But how widespread is the problem? And what can we do to stop it?
Methamphetamine is a drug, a stimulant that is part of the amphetamine group often manufactured from common pharmaceuticals and readily-available household chemicals. It has the eﬀect of speeding up the function of the brain and nervous system. THERE ARE THREE MAIN FORMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE:
ICE: commonly describes the crystalline form of methamphetamine. It is usually smoked or injected. BASE: a damp or oily substance and typically white, yellow or brown in colour. This form of methamphetamine is typically injected or swallowed. POWDER: a white or oﬀ-white powder that is also known as ‘speed.’ It can be snorted, injected or swallowed.
Methamphetamine can also come in pill form. Variations in the chemical structure of methamphetamine also produce other drugs, such as methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or ecstasy. IF YOU NEED HELP, CALL THE ALCOHOL AND DRUG INFORMATION SERVICE 1800 177 833 6
have a confession to make. I have means it gets into their brain much faster never done drugs, not even a cheeky and therefore they’re more likely to get puﬀ of a cigarette. intoxicated, behave badly and cause grief. To many that may seem too “So even if you’ve got relatively small straight-edged to have lived life, and to numbers of people using, which there admit there have been times as I’ve grown are, they tend to cause a lot of problems older that I seemingly regret not even and are very obvious, people can see it, trying, just to know what it is like. especially in small communities. But in the back of my mind there “I think that’s the issue, that’s why it’s was always that voice, ‘What if you get perceived as being an epidemic. It’s not addicted?’ and even if I wanted to, I an epidemic if you look at the numbers, would not have even known who or where but it may be an epidemic if you look at to get drugs from. the impact that it has on communities and Doctor Don Spencer, clinical director of families who put up with this thing on a the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health regular basis. Service’s Alcohol and Other Drug Service “The evidence here in Queensland says methamphetamine use in Australia is it’s more problematic in rural and peaked in the late 1990s and has been remote areas than it is in the city, which is slowly declining since, stabilising over interesting.” the last six or seven The recent years. National Drug I think that’s the issue, “But the issue with Strategy Household that’s why it’s perceived as Survey, which is a the whole ice thing and why people being an epidemic. It’s not self-reporting survey are concerned, is out every an EPIDEMIC if you look carried the crystal form of three years, indicates methamphetamine is at the numbers, but it may an increase in the starting to dominate of people be an epidemic if you look number the market,” he who are using very says, explaining at the IMPACT that it has frequently (weekly or that the use of the often), making on communities and families more powdered form, aka up 0.4 percent of the who put up with this thing population aged 14 speed, halved from 42 per cent in 2010 and over. on a regular basis.” to 21 per cent in “It’s a small 2013, and crystal percentage, but the methamphetamine use more than doubled numbers are pretty irrelevant if you look from 20 per cent to 46 per cent. at what damage is being done,” Don says. “Most of what’s around is crystal “Generally speaking, drugs move in methamphetamine, which is more fashions, just like everything else, so pure than it’s ever been and it is used what we’re seeing in Australia is young predominantly through smoking and also people are tending to use alcohol less by injecting. and cannabis less, but getting more into “So what you’ve got is people using a the psycho stimulants, which include much higher potency drug and they’re amphetamines and amphetamine-type using through a mechanism which drugs like ecstasy and many of these new
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novel psycho ephedrine substances. “They’re the sort of drugs young people want to experiment with, and they tend to use them in a recreational way. It’s fairly available and even though the price appears to have gone up, purity has gone up even more quickly, so the price per gram has dropped. If you went back 10 years ago, most of the methamphetamine around was 20 per cent pure, now it’s 70 per cent or more.” In 2015 the Federal Government compiled a report looking at crystal methamphetamine use and its problems. From that came the National Drug Strategy which hands out $298 million nationwide in funding packages from 1 July, 2016 to 2020. Here in Queensland, $43 million has been allocated for alcohol and drug services. This has seen the formation of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie Alcohol and Drug Alliance, made up of a mix of government and nongovernment service providers on the frontline. Through the alliance, drugdependant users have access to preventative strategies, as well as educational and family support services.
WHO DOES THE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG SERVICE HELP? DON: We get referrals of all types, but tend to concentrate on people who are more at the severe end of the spectrum and are likely to need intensive input and probably some sort of pharmacotherapy, some medication. Over half are self referrals. We are what would have been called the methadone clinic, but we now call it the Queensland Opiate Treatment Program – it’s pharmacotherapy for people who are opiate dependent who voluntarily choose to do something about that. It’s the bulk of our work. Then we have the non-opiate group for whom we provide community-based counselling and support services. For us, that’s predominantly alcohol. Excluding the opiate referrals, 65 per cent of our referrals are about alcohol, about eight per cent are methamphetamine, eight per cent other stimulants, 12 per cent cannabis and then you’ve got sedatives and other prescribed drugs.
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DREAM Osher Gunsberg, formerly known as Andrew G, is widely known for his illustrious career in radio and television spanning over two decades. But his quest for health and happiness is what’s most inspiring, and is something he continues to work on every day.
he name Osher is of Hebrew origin and aptly means happiness. And since changing his name in 2009, Osher Gunsberg has experienced the power of a name. “I met a man who told me if I change my name, I change my life,” he says. “I didn’t really think much of it, but there was a time when I realised I needed to make a change about how I was living and what I was doing and the way I designed myself and so I did it, and it did.” But as Osher points out, it’s quite simple to change a name, it’s just a matter of paperwork – it has been the shift of happiness within which has truly resonated, and is something he works at daily. “The idea that health and happiness will come to you is unfortunately a false one, you do need to work to achieve both, we don’t wake up happy, generally we have to work to be happy, thankfully it’s not that hard, but it does take work,” he says. 8
The idea that health and happiness will come to you is unfortunately a FALSE one, you do need to work to achieve both, we don’t wake up happy, generally we have to work to be happy, THANKFULLY it’s not that hard, but it does TAKE WORK.”
“In my teens I found a way to make that go away and it was a thing that a lot of people around me did and seemed to work for them, and that was drinking. It’s a commonly available drug, it’s a socially acceptable drug that a lot of people use. “But the amount I needed to feel anywhere near what I saw other people classify as normal, started to get more and more and fast-forward 20 years later and I’m in my 30s and it became unmanageable, and that’s when I needed to look at how I was living my life.” Working in entertainment, namely radio and television, as well as on stage as part of various bands, Osher was chin deep in an industry that was “usually in the evenings”. “There’s usually alcohol around and it’s all very well condoned and accepted to have a few beers in the green room after work, and certainly when I was in my Channel V days, that was just like a sevenyear adventure, I would often not pay for a beer all week because you’re going to an event every night,” he says. “A lot of people would recognise a similarity when I say I tried to cut down and stop by myself and it didn’t work, but august 2017
I reached a point where it was no longer a choice to have a drink and I wasn’t the one making the decision, the decision was being made by the booze and that was it for me. “I put my hand up and there’s a lot of help out there.” Osher has since turned his late boozy night life on its head and now feels more himself on an early morning cycle, indulging in his only vice, coﬀee, or enjoying an early night in with his new wife, Audrey, dining on delicious vegan fare. “Getting married is great, it’s staying married that is the adventure and the fun of it all. That’s where you really get to grow as a human being, which is what getting married is all about,” he says. “It’s like having the best co-founder to the best startup you’ll ever be involved in. The two of you have to ﬁgure out ways to make it work and if you’re not growing as a human and becoming a better person and closer to the most authentic version of yourself that you can possibly get to
In the same way that you can’t expect to get a massive six pack without going to the gym, you can’t expect to be BEAMING with HAPPINESS if you don’t work at it.”
“In the same way that you can’t expect to get a massive six pack without going to the gym, you can’t expect to be beaming with happiness if you don’t work at it.” As a young man growing up in Brisbane, Osher says he was afraid of the unknown – what he thought might happen or what people might think about him. “I later learned that this is a thing called social phobia and I also learned that I had a thing called generalised anxiety disorder,” Osher says.
through your relationship, you may want to look at how much work you’re putting into it. “What is it that I love about Audrey? It’s that she makes me want to be a better version of who I am and that’s the really rewarding part. I still might not be good at it, I’m still getting there, I still have to say sorry because I mess up, but she makes me want to try and do the right thing and I’m really lucky and through my relationship with her I can hopefully become the best version of myself I can be.”
It’s Bachie time! WITH OSHER RETURNING TO OUR TV SCREENS FOR THE BACHELOR AND BACHELORETTE, WE ASK FOR HIS TAKE ON THE NEW HOPEFULS LOOKING FOR LOVE. BACHELOR MATTY JOHNSON
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It’s really not fair; he’s very handsome, he’s very good at his job, he’s very charming and he’s got all of these little cheeky tattoos that pop up where you least expect it. It just keeps getting better and the thing that’s really lovely about Matty, and it’s an extraordinary skill to have, is that he never lets anybody embarrass themselves in front of him, he can never let anybody lose face in front of him. If anyone trips over themselves or says the wrong thing or has a faux pas, Matty will always dive in and take the lower status and find a way to elevate whoever just made a mistake above him, to never let anybody lose face in front of him, it’s a real gift. Does he find love? I’ll just tell you there’s more drama and more romance on this year’s Bachelor than we’ve had before.
I’m thrilled I get to be a part of this time in Sophie’s life, she and I have worked together throughout her career both as being someone who is documenting her career and working alongside her, on Channel V we worked together for a couple of months. She is a really lovely human, she’s very down to earth, she won’t take any s*** from anyone and is really truly looking for love and I asked her, ‘Why now? Why the Bachelorette?’ and she said, ‘The only people I date are on my side of the velvet rope and I think she said something along the lines of, ‘They’re all wankers, I want to find a nice normal guy’, and I really want to help her find that because she is a lovely person and I have known her for a long time and to be a part of helping someone like that fall in love is a really wonderful thing to get to go to work and do every day. profilemagazine
I met a man who told me if I change my name, I CHANGE MY LIFE.”
PROFILE: WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER? OSHER: The highlight of my career is
I’ve worked hard to get to a point where I get to work with the people who are great at what they do and we together get to do meaningful work that makes other people happy, I get to do that every day on the radio in Brisbane at Hit 105 and I get to do that every day with Bachelor and Bachelorette and to create meaningful work I believe in. That makes other people’s day a little bit brighter, is a beautiful thing and I’m very lucky to do it.
PROFILE: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? OSHER: I don’t think you can ever really
Osher is also launching into a new role, being a step-dad to 13-year-old Gigi – which I point out the fun years are fast approaching, navigating the teenage years of a female! “Oh the fun’s happening right now,” he says with a laugh, “And being a part of this young woman’s life and being a part of her existence as she starts dipping her toe into the waters of being a young adult,” he says. “I got there just as the door is closing on her childhood, I’ve got about six weeks of lying in bed and reading stories to her and I’m grateful and I’ll treasure every one of those nights. I think that’s kind of what makes it special is that it disappears and all I can do is try and instil in her her value as a human and instil in her that she should demand to be treated as an equal and with respect and anyone who doesn’t treat her that way, she can choose whether or not to spend time with them. And that’s really all I can do, I can’t go out there and protect her from the world, she’s her own human and she’s got to make those decisions for herself.” 10
go past those massive live Australian Idol grand finals that we did at the Opera House, especially in the early days, it was a very diﬀerent media landscape, the internet speeds were nowhere near what they are, there was no such thing as mobile video, there were only five channels on TV and unless you go to work at the opening of an Olympics or Commonwealth Games, you didn’t get to do a TV show that big. As far as me and what I do, I did a season of a show in 2011, I’m the first Australian and I think the only Australian to ever host live national prime time network in the States on CBS.We had 10 million people watching it and that’s the best work I’ve ever done in my life, but that was the product of 17 years of work, six-seven day-a-week work to get me to the point where you have that mastery of what it is that you do and it was really quite something to be able to be so focused, that was really great.
PROFILE: WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE PERSON TO INTERVIEW? OSHER: In the context of people who are
great at what they do, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, bodybuilding is not the best thing he does and he’s an incredible bodybuilder, acting isn’t the best thing he does and he’s a great actor, comedy isn’t the best thing he does and he’s a very funny man, the best thing he does is make you feel like he remembers everything that ever happened between the two of you. I’ve interviewed him years apart and he’s remembered my first name, he’s remembered that I don’t eat meat, he’s remembered all kinds of things, the guy is truly, truly gifted at the art of being interviewed, he’s very, very good at what he does.
PROFILE: WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO INTERVIEW? OSHER: I always wanted to interview
former Prime Minister Paul Keating, when you look at on a political spectrum how our country managed to avoid the GFC and things like that in the late 2000s, how policies he put in place and his government put in place … I just find him a fascinating figure, so I’m still chasing him down, I want to get him on my podcast.
PROFILE: HAVING WORKED ACROSS SO MANY MEDIUMS, WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE? OSHER: Nothing is ever as much fun as
live television, it really is, live radio is great, live radio is very very nimble but there’s something about the magnitude of live television in that you’ve got 600 people in the studio, you’ve got 110 crew, all these people around the country at the other end of the satellite dish making sure the signal comes out and all of you together are working to make this thing, it’s so good, I love it, I wish there was more of it. It’s just very expensive to make! profilemag.com.au
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Adam Sellars is pushing the limits, diving as deep as possible on one breath while the pressure of the ocean bears down on him. But while the physical pain can be immense, it’s the mental barriers which can be most obstructive, comparable to modern societal challenges faced every day.
ake a deep breath. As you drift down further, into the watery depths – 30m, 40m, 50m – the pressure squeezes your lungs and your brain tries to pull a breath, prompting your diaphragm to contract and convulse. But in spite all of these physical reactions your body is having to pressure, Adam Sellars says it’s what goes on between the ears that is the biggest obstacle. Adam, aged 32, was introduced to freediving two years ago, when a mate invited him to go spearﬁshing oﬀ Mooloolaba. “I could only get to about 10 meters to begin with and was feeling the pressure in the ears and it was harder than I thought,” he says, “and I was watching my mate get to 20 meters and level out and chase ﬁsh around and go through caves and I thought, ‘I want to be able to do that’. “When you’re freediving, from 20m onwards you sink, because oxygen has been compressed, you become so negatively buoyant that you start to drop and it’s kind of a cool feeling, even though there’s a lot of pressure and you’ve got to equalise, it’s like the closest we’ll ever get to ﬂying.” While on a holiday in Bali, Adam enrolled in a freediving course, as their conditions are more favourable than here in Australia, where freedivers contend with
strong currents, swell and surf; they also have greater depths to reach. Given Adam is a strong swimmer, having represented at a national level in the pool, he’s conﬁdent in the water, but has still had to undergo rigorous training, including breathhold. “Yes it’s physical, like any sport you’ve got to be ﬁt, and you’ve got to train speciﬁc to the sport, but it’s all between the ears, you need to calm your mind,” he says. “The human brain is really good at trying to keep us alive, so at the smallest sign of diﬃculty your brain will ﬂood you with negative thoughts. It’s intriguing and that’s why I’ve kept up with the sport. Freediving takes on a lot of the yogi methodology and mindfulness meditation, because if you can’t relax and can’t calm your mind it can be dangerous.” There are two types of freediving competitions, pool and depth (in the ocean) and both begin with a ﬁve minute countdown.
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“It’s the ﬁrst sport I’ve played where you don’t psych yourself up for it, you actually do the opposite,” he says. “In that ﬁve minutes you do a body scan and go through the muscle groups and tell them all to relax, especially the heart, it’s amazing when you talk to the heart and tell it to slow down, it actually will. “When you dip under the water, you know you’re in for some pain at some point. The mental side is your brain trying to keep you alive, the physical is your brain tries to make you breathe so you start to get contractions with your diaphragm. “And then in the ocean it’s the physical pressure – it squeezes your lungs, depending on how deep you go, to the size of your ﬁst, your body is being squeezed in and because we can’t exhale, carbon dioxide starts to build which gives you the urge to breathe. Often we still have plenty of oxygen in reserve, but you need to stay calm to avoid hypoxia (low oxygen) and push through it. It’s a weird sport.” This month, Adam competes in the 2017 Freediving Depth World Championship in the Caribbean Sea, oﬀ the island of Roatan.
It SQUEEZES your lungs, depending on how deep you go, to the size of your FIST.”
TIME TO RESET
“We never give our brains a rest, whenever someone has a spare moment they’re on their phone. Through mindfulness, even if it’s 20 minutes a day you can ‘reboot’. I see it as like when something goes wrong with a computer and you ring an IT person and they say, ‘Turn it oﬀ and turn it back on again,’ that’s what we need to do with our brains, at some point every day – just turn it oﬀ and turn it back on again.
The human BRAIN is really good at trying to keep us ALIVE, so at the smallest sign of diﬃculty your brain will ﬂood you with NEGATIVE thoughts.”
“Our bodies are really well equipped to adapt to physical pressure out in the ocean, we have what’s called the mammalian dive reﬂex, which we share with dolphins and whales, obviously they’re a bit better than we are. “In water, our heart rate starts to slow, we get what’s called blood shift, where the blood goes away from the arms and legs and into the core to protect the organs, and when you start to dive really deep and your body starts to feel pressure, you have what’s called a spleen eﬀect, your spleen is like a blood bank for the body and it will contract and let fresh blood into our system, which carries oxygen. “So we’re crazy good at adapting to this physical pressure, but we’re not so good at adapting to mental pressure.” This is why Adam is investigating the crossover of how the techniques he has used in freediving can be used in high pressure situations, which has seen him work with members of the Australian Olympic and Paralympic swimming team, teaching them mindfulness strategies in and out of the pool. “A lot of our Australian athletes, in any form, when they get to the highest level, they crack under that pressure,” he says. “There’s a real crossover with society; some people are incredibly good at dealing with pressure, they’re the people at the top of the corporate world or sporting world, the best of the best, they always look calm. But then there is the bulk of the population, we don’t deal well with pressure and stress.”
Start with five minutes of meditation and increase to 10 minutes, then 15 and 20, and always break it down into five minute chunks. I use an app which dings every five minutes. Use one technique for five minutes, like following your breath, then when it dings, listen for sounds, then in the next five minutes do a body scan and relax muscles on your way through, and then the next five minutes let thoughts come without judgement.”
Through the Pressure Project, Adam is also working with multi-million-dollar businesses across the nation. “It’s amazing to see in this high-end corporate world, they really need it. For some, it might have been the only point in the year where they’ve been relaxed in their working environment, because they’re constantly under stress and have never been shown any techniques to overcome it,” he says. “The funny thing is your body knows when it needs a break too, when you let out a big sigh, that’s your body needing a break and trying to get to what is called the parasympathetic nervous system, known as the rest and digest system. “We operate in the sympathetic nervous system, which is high stress, and stops saliva production, increases the heart rate and inhibits your digestion, so a lot of people who ﬁnd it hard to lose weight, it’s because they’re in a constant state of stress and a lot of them get really sick – 85 per cent of all illnesses are stress related. “But you can get from your sympathetic nervous system to your parasympathetic through three to ﬁve minutes of breathing, focusing on your breath and just stopping and closing your eyes.” Now take another deep breath.
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When deep sadness, loss of hope, relentless anxiety, exhaustion and a scattered brain rules your life, is it ok just to reach for a pill? Or are we missing something completely?
Do you have: High stress levels? Deep anxiety or sadness? Loss of hope? Poor memory? Insomnia or sleep disturbance? Depression? Confusion or poor concentration? Scattered thoughts? Negative thoughts?
A life with incredible health, abundance of energy and a sense of happiness like never before isn’t impossible when you understand how to work the machine that is your body and brain. With one in four Australians suffering with depression, one in three with anxiety, and still thousands not having even reported how they feel, imagine the state in which we live, completely unnecessarily? When a pill doesn’t do all of the things that we need it to, to pull ourselves out of the hole, where do you turn? Emotionally traumatic events, or the ongoing pressure of a busy life or long term stress, exhausting yourself by overdoing it, or an interruption to your health through infection or disease at some point in life, can have such a substantial effect on your body that can be hard to recover from. For some, the decline can take a few years, but for others it can happen very rapidly over just a few weeks, and it can drive you into a physical state of low brain function, depriving your brain of the oxygen, nutrients, hormones and chemicals required for it to work at its best. Coupled with fatigue, it leaves you too tired to exercise or to eat well, and unable to put in the effort to live the life you deserve to lead. Decreased hormones over The an extended length of time depression, ages you rapidly, leading to age-related conditions such as anxiety, and osteoporosis, heart disease, for some, a some cancers, depression and chronic fatigue a permanent reduction in state leaves you memory quality and thought functions.
struggling to get out of bed each day, unable to think clearly, make decisions, and unable to give the love and attention you want to your partner, family, or to yourself. The sadness, despair, fear, exhaustion, confusion, loss of hope, loss of happiness, and the negative and sometimes harmful thoughts, that you know are not who you really are, can be too intense to bare, sometimes too intense to share with the people you need to, and sometimes too far of a decline in your health to be remedied by one simple pill. Recognising that this is a whole body experience, not only caused by your brain, though the brain feels the lion’s share of the symptoms, and understanding how this has happened, gives you back the power to end the depression or anxious state, and therefore the stress, allowing your body and brain to cope again. High stress automatically shuts down your digestive system while your body responds in the fight or flight mode only. In this state, your digestion rapidly declines, just when you need it the most, depleting the nutrients necessary for energy and the production of brain chemicals that make you feel positive, driven, excited by life, and happy. A further complication occurs when a rise in stress goes on to reduce other hormones, causing insomnia, hot flushing, poor memory, fatigue, sadness, and suicidal thoughts for some, anxiety for others.
Self-harm or suicidal thoughts? Carbohydrate intolerance? Fluid retention? Increased body fat? Decreased muscle mass? Bone loss? Loss of appetite? Alcohol or sugar cravings?
This combination creates the perfect storm leaving you at risk of pathological or clinical depression, anxiety syndrome, or chronic fatigue syndrome that is treatable by supporting the hormonal state back to a natural balance, and replenishing diminished nutrients. Just one missing nutrient could make a significant difference as all are required to complete the chain of production for hormone and brain chemicals. If stress has been so great that you are suffering with any of these symptoms, you may need to reset your system to get back on track. Antidepressants are designed to treat the symptoms of brain chemical imbalances, which may not assist when the depressive state is based on nutritional deficiency or hormonal depletion. Always look to treat the right cause with the right treatment to resolve it quickly the first time, and reduce your Book your risk of lifelong medication and illness.
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Kari-Lee Birrell was just 25 years old when she lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis in 2014. Remembered by all who knew her as a beautiful, brave and courageous young woman, we catch up with her mum, Rhyl, to discover more about the genetic condition and Kari’s brave ﬁght against all odds.
Brisbane for further tests it was conﬁrmed she deﬁnitely had Cystic Fibrosis (CF),” id you know that one in 25 says Rhyl. people carry the gene for Cystic “It was such a shock. She was our miracle Fibrosis? I didn’t, until I sat down baby, so for that ﬁrst six weeks before the recently with a mother who diagnosis it was like a dream come true lost her only biological child to the horriﬁc but then it became a shattered dream.” disease. Rhyl Venning knows more about Doctors advised Rhyl and Peter there the condition than most, having been by her was no cure for CF and the average daughter’s side throughout her entire journey. life expectancy for someone with the Kari-Lee (Kari) was a miracle baby. progressive disease was around 30, but Rhyl endured two ectopic pregnancies, a they were determined to beat the odds and miscarriage treatment began and two rounds It was such a shock. She was our straight away. of IVF before “As soon MIRACLE BABY, so for that as Kari was she and her husband, ﬁrst six weeks before the diagnosis diagnosed we Peter, ﬁnally sent to the it was like a dream come true but were welcomed Royal Children’s their precious then it became a shattered dream.” Hospital in daughter in Brisbane. We June 1989. The couple was also blessed stayed for a week and they did lots of with an adopted daughter, Tiana, 22. tests on Kari and started training us on Sadly, just a few weeks into Kari’s life, how to manage it. It involves intense daily the couple received some devastating news physio, so we had to do an hour of chest that turned their world upside down. pummeling every day to clear her lungs,” “She was diagnosed at six weeks with the says Rhyl. heel prick test. But she was a very healthy “Basically it aﬀects every cell in your baby so the pediatrician initially thought it body, with damaging eﬀects on the organs was a false positive, but after being sent to that have mucus in them. It makes the
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mucus thicker and harbours bacteria, that’s why people with CF get repeated lung infections.” The digestive and reproductive systems are also aﬀected. “The enzymes that come from the pancreas to digest food can’t get through, so people with the condition don’t absorb fat and struggle to keep weight on. Back in the old days they would die at around one year of age from malnutrition. Every time
CYSTIC FIBROSIS FACTS • In Australia, one in 2500 babies are born with CF, that’s one every four days. On average one in 25 people carry the CF gene – most of whom are unaware that they are carriers. • CF is Autosomal Recessive meaning that two copies of the abnormal gene (one from each parent) must be present for the disease to develop. • Two carrier parents have a 25 per cent chance of having a child with CF with each pregnancy. • The rose, has become a symbol of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and dates back to 1965 when an observant four-year-old, hearing the name of his disease for the first time, pronounced cystic fibrosis as “65 Roses”. For more information about Cystic Fibrosis go to cysticﬁbrosis.org.au PETER, RHYL AND TIANA VENNING WITH THEIR DOG MALOO
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“After Year 12 she had six In May this year the first Sunshine Coast Latin Dance amazing years, she travelled lots Festival and Gala Latin Dance Show Charity Ball was held in honour of Kari-Lee, who was a big part of and didn’t spend any time in the Latin Dance Community, to raise funds for local hospital. It was amazing until she Kari ate or drank anything other than people living with CF. For more information on next got sick at the end and then it all water she had to take enzyme capsules year’s Latin Dance Festival and Gala Ball happened very fast,” says Rhyl. and always struggled to put weight on.” (11 to 13 May, 2018) go to sclatindancefestival.com It was after contracting Kari’s treatment also included a daily or email firstname.lastname@example.org glandular fever in October, concoction of drugs to break down the 2012 and then pneumonia twice mucus, fat soluble vitamins, nutritional the following year that Kari’s supplements, salt tablets and antibiotics A few months later Kari put her name health really started to deteriorate. as well as daily use of a nebuliser to open on the list again and it was not long before “We thought she would recover like she her lungs. she received a call from the transplant unit. always did but she got so sick she was in high “Another gland that’s aﬀected is their “We were sitting watching the State of care and they started talking about a lung sweat glands,” says Rhyl. “People with Origin the day before her birthday and transplant,” says Rhyl. “We were all totally CF have very salty sweat. Back in the they rang and said, ‘We have lungs, come shocked because we were not expecting that medieval times it used to be called the kiss on down, you have two hours to get there’. for another 10 years, it just didn’t seem real, of death because if you kissed a baby and We told my husband and her husband and it was like a slap in the face.” they tasted salty they probably had CF they thought we were joking. She and they died very early. “When you kissed Kari you After Year 12 she had six AMAZING got new lungs on her birthday and she recovered amazingly. She could taste the salt and when she years, she TRAVELLED lots and went back to university to study got sweaty you could literally see paramedic science and she started didn’t spend any time in hospital. It the white salt on her skin.” again, life was great.” Despite living with CF, Kari was amazing until she got sick at the dancing But unfortunately Kari’s good was a fun-loving, adventurous girl end and then it all happened very fast.” health was short lived and eight who lived life to the full, loved weeks later, during a routine to travel, loved the beach, loved hospital check where everything looked great With plans to marry her ﬁance, Tom, in Latin dancing, and certainly didn’t let her and her lung function was up to 97 per cent, April 2014, the young couple brought the condition hold her back. she received another terrible blow – the date forward and had a surprise wedding And although she had a particularly bacteria was back in one of her new lungs. at their engagement party in December, rough year during Year 12, when she so Kari could concentrate on her lung ended up in hospital for a total of 12 transplant sooner rather than later. weeks, the vibrant young woman led a “As soon as she got back from the relatively healthy life. honeymoon, she put her name on the “It was the only life she knew,” says transplant list,” says Rhyl. “One day later, Rhyl. “Kari was a really positive person. in the middle of the night, she was woken Her glass was always three quarters full, up and told there was a donor. She freaked if not overﬂowing. She never let it get out and was crying and shaking and her down. I could count on one hand the vomiting and just emotionally not ready, so number of times she did the whole ‘why she took her name oﬀ the list and enjoyed me?’ thing. She rarely told anyone she had Christmas.” CF and she never wanted any pity.
Kari was a really POSITIVE PERSON. Her glass was always three quarters full if not overﬂowing. She never let it get her down. I could count on one hand the number of times she did the whole ‘why me?’ thing. She rarely told anyone she had CF and she never wanted any pity.”
“I knew it was bad when they admitted her straight away and ordered a CT scan,” said Rhyl. “We were absolutely shattered but they said we could still ﬁght it and Kari had multiple IV antibiotics and then surgery to remove the bacteria. But it spread to the other lung and into her chest cavity and eventually there was nothing they could do. “The night before she died, everyone left and it was just our family, we were telling stories and reminisced about family holidays. She was struggling to breath so I just held her all night.” The next day Kari individually thanked everyone in the room for helping her on her journey and for what they had meant to her, then took her last breaths. Life has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions and will never be the same without Kari for Rhyl and her family as they come to terms with their tremendous loss. “We are gradually learning to live with a new ‘normal’,” says Rhyl. “It will be three years in October since we lost her. Sometimes it feels like yesterday, sometimes it feels like 20 years ago. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare and if I didn’t have my Christian beliefs I don’t think I could have got through it. I do believe she is in a better place and that I will get to be with her again.” Looking down pensively at the precious silver bangle on her arm, Rhyl sums her journey up perfectly. “This was Kari’s bracelet. If you look inside it has Psalm 139 Verse 16 which basically says that God knew every day of your life before one of them came to be. So when I get frustrated and think she shouldn’t have died when she did, I think, ‘Well God had other plans for Kari and she’s where she is meant to be’.” KARI-LEE WITH HUSBAND TOM PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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A lifetime and love of dance led Colina Morrison to take up Pilates, which she later introduced to her husband Chris, who used the technique to improve his surﬁng skills. But while some claim Reformer Pilates to be the latest ‘fad’ in health and ﬁtness, the young couple explains why it’s here to stay.
olina Morrison beams a beautiful smile as she welcomes me into her Pilates studio, which is laden with vibrant green indoor plants. The 32-year-old is the perfect picture of health and vitality and radiates relaxation. So when husband Chris, aged 34, tells me she once ran away to join the circus, I almost don’t believe him. “When I met Colina, she’d just got back from India, she’d been dancing in Bollywood ﬁlm clips. And a few years into our relationship she was oﬀered a contract to perform in a circus in Germany and she left me for six months,” Chris says, prompting Colina to let out a wicked laugh. “I was a dancer and a magician’s assistant,” she says, with a slight blush. After her sojourn overseas, Colina slowed life’s pace and in 2013 turned her focus to Pilates, which she had been practicing since she was a teenager. “I moved to Melbourne to study classical and modern dancing full time at the age of 18 and my physio recommended I do Pilates to improve my ﬂexibility and strength,” she says. “Not only did Pilates keep me strong and ﬂexible during my 10-year dancing career, but I also used Pilates to rehabilitate injuries that occurred as a result of dancing.
“When I decided to stop dancing, I got more involved in Pilates. I’ve worked as a dance instructor for over a decade, so adding Pilates to my teaching repertoire seemed only natural.” Colina also introduced Chris to Pilates, which he now practices at least three times a week. “When I met Chris I showed him a few breathing techniques to help improve his exercises, and from that moment he was hooked,” Colina says. “The combination of Pilates and Barre has really improved my balance and strengthened my shoulders, my paddling is so much stronger and my surﬁng technique has improved a lot,” says Chris. Chris and Colina met in 2009, while both were living in Melbourne, and they became engaged six years later.
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“We decided to go on a trip to Africa and I felt that was a good time to propose to Colina, while we were on safari, and luckily she said yes. It would have been a long walk home otherwise!” Chris says. They married in April 2016 and honeymooned here on the Sunshine Coast, and a few months later called it home, blissfully settling into our relaxed lifestyle. “I grew up in Brisbane and always wanted to come back to Queensland,” Colina says. “We live in Alexandra Headland and both just love the beach and the lifestyle, we wonder why we didn’t do it years ago!” And most recently, the pair opened their own business in Maroochydore, CGM Pilates.
It’s NOT A FAD, Reformer machines have been around for nearly 100 YEARS.”
“When we moved to the Coast we felt like it was the right time,” Colina says, “we saw everyone at 5am down at Alex Beach running, swimming and generally being out and about and healthy. It was therefore surprising to us that many people didn’t know about the beneﬁts of Pilates, so we decided to open a studio so we could share our knowledge.” As Colina explains, Pilates is a mind and body connection, and this drove the design and functionality of their studio, which also has a minimal ecological footprint. All classes are booked online, making them an almost paperless business, the ﬁt out of the studio features reclaimed Queensland timber and sustainably sourced decor, the wall paint is VOC-free and the yoga mats are made from recycled materials. In the last ﬁve years, Pilates has become more commonplace, no longer reserved for athletes or injured people, and Colina says it can be beneﬁcial for anyone, through any stage of their life. “It’s not a fad, reformer machines have been around for nearly 100 years,” she says. “They’re called Reformer beds because Joseph Pilates, who created the Pilates technique in the early 20th century, rehabilitated soldiers during World War I from their hospital beds. He attached the springs from their beds to the bed posts to create a pulley system which then allowed them to exercise while lying down. “Reformer Pilates is really great for people with restricted mobility because they don’t need to be standing and holding onto weights, they can sit or lie down and perform a variety of movements to speciﬁcally target the muscle groups that need attention. The Reformer is the most versatile piece of Pilates equipment.” august 2017
Reformer Pilates is not only for the injured though, it can also be a challenging workout, which is what their group classes are designed for. “Through a range of core focussed exercises, Reformer Pilates will teach you body awareness and healthy posture while enhancing physical strength, ﬂexibility and co-ordination. It is so good for toning too, hence why many celebrities are adding Pilates to their daily routine,” Colina says. “Aside from the physical beneﬁts, it can reduce stress, improve mental focus and boost your sense of wellbeing.” CGM’s group classes with the Reformer machine, as well as Mat Pilates and Barre, are suitable for anyone wanting to improve their overall health and ﬁtness, and they recommend private sessions for those who have speciﬁc goals and/or injuries. “What we love the most is that Pilates oﬀers a solution for those with restricted mobility as well as for elite athletes,” Colina says. “No matter what your age or ﬁtness level Pilates can help you.” FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT CGMPILATES.COM profilemagazine
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She conquered her dark and traumatic past to become the master of her own universe, and is now helping others do the same as the mastermind behind Institute of Women International. Marylin ‘Maz’ Schirmer shares her incredible tale of triumph and explains how the girl no one thought would amount to anything uncovered the future of psychology and personal development.
arylin Schirmer welcomes me into her stunning home, full of a positive energy so contagious I can’t help but beam back at her. Here is a woman who has been through hell, but has conquered her demons and made it out the other side, grateful for the ﬁre the experience lit within her. It’s an amazing attitude, and one that is responsible for turning her life around and inspiring her to do the same for others – ﬁrst through her business Institute of Women International, and now through Global Transformatrix. But behind Maz’s revolution of the self development and psychology world, lies a dark past full of abuse and self-loathing.
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“I was the girl who wouldn’t have amounted to anything, that would have been the perception of me from most people,” says Maz, as she tells me about her childhood growing up near Innisfail in Far North Queensland. “You would never have picked little Marylin Schirmer from Flying Fish Point – who was literally kicked around – and put her here. You would never have written that in the stars.” Abused by her father and other male family members as a child, Maz says she was taught at a young age to accept her lot in life and understand that his behaviour was “just what men do”. “I didn’t even realise everything my father did to me was actually abuse, I just knew that I hated him,” she says. “Dad often had a gun at Mum’s head. It was normal – that was just Friday night in our house.” Maz says the constant humiliation from her father and fear he instilled in her took its toll. “I had very low self esteem, I couldn’t even make eye contact with people. I thought everyone was out to hurt me, especially men. But while the women in my family didn't hurt me directly, they allowed the behaviour because it was all they knew,” she says. “I had this belief and I used to say to myself, ‘I am the chewing gum under people’s shoes. I’m not wanted, I’m not loved and I don’t deserve to be on this planet’. And I ended up living my life thinking that for 30 years.” 24
Maz left home before her 16th birthday, and it was during this period she met the man she thought would be her salvation. At 18, she fell pregnant, and when their ﬁrst son turned one, they wed. “I married the ﬁrst boy that gave me a ﬂower. A male saw something in me, and the minute he did that ... I was only 15 but I committed my life to him in my head,” she says.
I had very low self ESTEEM, I couldn’t even make eye contact with people. I thought everyone was out to hurt me, especially men. But while the women in my family didn't HURT me directly, they allowed the behaviour because it was all they KNEW.”
“I didn’t want a man like that (her father) but I walked straight into a situation that ended up being just like it.” Instead of married bliss, Maz had found herself in a nightmare and within 12 months she had made her ﬁrst visit to a women’s shelter when, after she confronted him about having to cook and take care of his father and school-aged brothers who moved in (she was now 18 with a baby), she says he left her winded by throwing a kilogram of frozen meat at her. “It was the ﬁrst sign of anything and I just said to him, ‘I will not be my mother, I’m leaving’. I went to the women’s shelter and he pleaded and promised he’d change.” Having always believed that family was everything and that her children needed their father, Maz returned home, but that was only the beginning. The lies and intimidation continued for another six
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It was always going to take someone who had EXPERIENCED it – who had a reason to dedicate 18 hours a day for six years to ﬁnding a way to make that come into EXISTENCE for others.”
years, coming to a head when Maz says she was beaten after she didn’t take him back after she’d kicked him out. “I saw what he was capable of and when that bashing happened I had to run and hide. He said he was going to kill me, and I believed it,” she says. Maz took her four young children and spent the next six years on and oﬀ in hiding, bouncing between women’s shelters and housing commission properties and living on a pension. But it was the discovery that her daughters had been abused by her husband’s relatives that clinched her decision to pack their bags and move nine hours away. “It was too late for me, but I refused to accept that for my children,” she says. “That’s when I realised it’s a pattern, and if anyone was going to break that cycle, it was me.” It was on that journey that Maz’s life was fundamentally altered, by what she terms as her ‘wake up call’ moment. Having stopped halfway to check in with her mother from a phonebox, Maz collapsed. At 31 years of age, she had experienced her ﬁrst grand mal epileptic seizure. “I distinctly remember looking through the phone box glass through the windscreen of my car and I saw four kids and a dog. And I realised that the sum total of my choices is why their lives were in danger. That if I kept this up, if I kept doing what I’m doing, we’d all be dead. And in that moment, it was like all my other decisions had been made in sand and this one was in absolute concrete,” says Maz. “It was like a window in time where all my faculties and beliefs and who I was, my conditioning, hadn’t caught up with me and it was just such an eye-opening august 2017
experience. It was like the same wakeup call a person gets when they have a heart attack. You pivot your life on a dime and you go in a new direction.” After arriving at her destination, Maz set out to turn her life around. The former checkout chick went to TAFE and discovered she was smarter than she realised. She started working on improving her conﬁdence and applying for better paying jobs. And while she stumbled plenty along the way, she eventually found herself working as a consultant with a makeup company that had a strong focus of personal development – an irony not lost
on Maz, who until then, had never worn make-up in her life. Desperate to prove herself, Maz says she even surprised herself when she managed to sell $5000 worth of product in her ﬁrst month without knowing what she was doing, and before long she was not only the number one team sales person across 10 countries, but was training others to lead teams. “People kept saying to me, ‘Thank you, you’ve given me all this conﬁdence’ and my self esteem started to grow. They were giving me this conﬁdence because they liked who I was and that I had guts. profilemagazine
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“It’s like my ﬁlters fell away – I changed my ﬁlter in that phone box.” But while her success took her around the world and now provides her with a stunning home where she now lives, Maz realised she wanted to help others who were struggling to overcome obstacles in their lives like she had. “If something’s not right, are we going to sit and wait for someone to come along on a horse in shining armour and save us? If you look out there, it’s not happening,” she says. “If you were to look at this on any grand scale, the biggest issue us women have is that we have hundreds of years suppression in the DNA of our gender. Not that it’s our fault, but there haven’t been tools before that to deal with the issue and take the suppressiveness out of us. That’s what I was wanting to create – a solution for the deepest root of the issue. And that’s what I’ve found as being the deepest root issue for women, that ‘I’m not good enough’.” Maz immersed herself in any book or report on psychology and self development she could ﬁnd, on a mission to solve this problem, and discovered there’s a reason why abuse often impacts multiple generations. “When you understand epigenetics, where you inherit conditioning and unresolved issues, you know that we inherit way more than just the knobby knees and the crooked nose and the green eyes and the lisp.” During her research Maz also realised that almost all of the leading practices 26
My LEGACY is that my life suﬀering is worth it, and this wakeup call – this moment that I’ve created that I can take anyone into – is my GIFT. That is the one thing that will get me up every morning until the day I die.”
and theories in the realm of psychology, self-development and science originated from men. “The origins and basic foundations for everything the experts teach us only ever evolve from them,” says Maz. “No one ever went around the back and asked the questions from a new perspective. But I did that and thought, you’ve missed something so obvious, it was right under your nose, and that is that females and men don’t work the same way.” Determined to understand the diﬀerences in our brains, Maz signed up for a range of courses both online and in person, and from there, created a process she calls Creatrix. Working much like her ‘wakeup call’ moment, the process changes the lives of her clients within 90 minutes and is being hailed as the future of psychology. “It was always going to take someone who had experienced it – who had a reason to dedicate 18 hours a day for six years to ﬁnding a way to make that come into existence for others,” she says.
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“If I had been indoctrinated into psychology, I couldn’t have seen the simplicity of what needed to occur. And the process is very simple – there’s no trauma, you don’t need a trigger like I did to bring it on, and it’s fast and lasting. “Basically, I’ve managed to emulate what happens in the eye of a wakeup call moment. And what does happen in that moment is that there are no ﬁlters on you – you are not ﬁltering your reality with beliefs, past thoughts, past emotions, past traumas, or even ancestral conditioning. It’s like you’re in a silent void where there is nothing there but stark reality and what happens is you make decisions and beliefs from that place, and when you do, they’re your knowings. You know something and no one can tell you otherwise.” Originally oﬀering her help to those who needed it for free as case studies, Maz was getting phenomenal results, and in 2011 she started Institute of Women International, through which she oﬀered Creatrix to women who needed help overcoming the obstacles blocking them from succeeding in life – women struggling with everything from trauma and depression to anxiety and conﬁdence issues. While she was initially met with skepticism from the psychology community, Maz says she now works with life coaches, counsellors and psychologists across seven countries. In fact, it’s grown so popular, Maz has stopped working on individual cases and is now training other facilitators and even trainers full time to become ‘transformologists’ so they can help others overcome their conﬁdence and success blocks. august 2017
It’s a creation that’s truly disrupting the self development and psychology industry, breaking the mould when it comes to breaking the cycles of negative and self-destructive behaviour. And while she has personally transformed the lives of hundreds of women already, there is no greater testament of the power she has uncovered than her own incredible journey. “My legacy is that my life suﬀering is worth it, and this wakeup call – this moment that I’ve created that I can take anyone into – is my gift. That is the one thing that will get me up every morning until the day I die,” says Maz. “I believe this is the new psychology. I believe it with every bone in my body.”
It was like the same WAKEUP call a person gets when they have a heart attack. You pivot your life on a dime and you go in a NEW DIRECTION.”
“Nearly every woman has her own story and her own niche of people who she wants to help. It might be women who have had miscarriages, or women after divorce, something like that – I just give them the tools and the support and the love and the breeding ground for success.” Trained in small groups capped at 12 to ensure quality, Maz provides her transformologists with six days of very speciﬁc training that is safe, fail-proof and set to a script, during which they must undergo the Creatrix process themselves and sign a 14-page license of integrity to ensure they provide their clients with the best outcomes possible. They then leave with the tools they need to start practicing immediately, able to earn while they learn online. “What is breeding in the personal development industry is underhanded behaviour, where people strip others of self conﬁdence to upsell them to the next thing, and that’s not what Creatrix is about. It’s a fast and eﬀective solution that really works, which is why my facilitators oﬀer a moneyback outcome based guarantee.” Launching Global Transformatrix as her main overarching company, this month will see Maz roll out Innovatrix – the process tailored to the male brain. “Men’s suicide numbers are absolutely ridiculous, and I’m watching all of this and I know I can help,” says Maz. “It’s for men who don’t want therapy – they just want to get over it and on with life.”
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At just 28 years of age, a severely malnourished Millie Thomas was told she had two weeks to live. Two years on and fully recovered from the 15-year-long battle with anorexia nervosa that nearly claimed her life, she’s now using her story of survival to bring hope to local youths struggling with eating disorders.
he tender age of 12 can be a diﬃcult time for any kid; you’re not quite a child anymore, but not quite an adolescent either, puberty starts to take hold, and high school jitters kick in. But Millie Thomas, remembers that time for a very diﬀerent reason, as it was the age she developed anorexia nervosa. Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Millie had switched from a co-ed primary school to a private all girls school when she decided to start eating healthy and making her own lunches. It was a decision that quickly ﬂipped from innocent to dangerous, and soon she was pretending to make her lunches and not eating them. “When you go through treatment, everyone tries to pinpoint it – what was the trigger, what was the root cause – and I don’t think I’ve ﬁgured that out. But what they talk about now in the research is that you are genetically predisposed to an eating disorder, the genes load the gun, and then the environment you’re in pulls the trigger,” explains Millie.
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I didn’t know what life would be like without ANOREXIA because I was so young. But I didn’t want to die knowing that I hadn’t given myself that CHANCE.”
While Millie now knows she had many of the warning signs for a predisposition to anorexia, no one in her family had suﬀered from it before and her initial diagnosis, which was brought about after a friend expressed concern to her mum, came as a surprise. “She (Millie’s mother) took me to the doctor and at that stage their solution was to put the weight back on and then go back to school. So I was pulled out of school, fed, and then sent back,” says Millie. “That was all well and good but that did not stop the thoughts. I knew that I could just lose it all again. I knew it wasn’t normal and I knew I was acting irrationally but I couldn’t stop it, and it made me feel like I didn’t want to stop. It becomes your world before you realise it’s become your world, and it’s too late at that point.” profilemag.com.au
So began what was to be a 15-yearlong battle with the disease. For the ﬁrst few years, Millie says she walked the line between being extremely thin but not quite sick enough to be hospitalised, but when she crossed that line, it had little impact on her condition – she would simply check herself out of the hospital. “Mum used to say when I was really sick that it was like a mask that would always come down and she could just see that there was no point in talking to me because anything she said, I was going to twist.” At the same time, another lesser known element of anorexia caught Millie in its grasp, and she became obsessive, not just over her calorie intake, but with exercise too. She couldn’t sleep unless she had completed more exercise than the day before and burned more calories than the very few she had consumed, and it was taking its toll on her both physically and mentally. She had the bones of an 80-year-old, resulting in six stress fractures in her hip, and her organs, particularly her heart, were weak. Yet despite the pain and the dangers, she was unable august 2017
to stop – anorexia’s grip was so tight it consumed her to the point she could barely think about anything else, and she would continue to run through the pain. “I never saw myself how I actually looked. It’s like someone’s telling you the chair is red, but you think it’s green. And they keep telling you it’s red and you think it must be red, but you can see with absolute certainty that it’s green,” she explains. “But it’s so far from superﬁcial, it’s not funny. It’s a living hell that you wouldn’t wish upon your worst enemy. It’s like being imprisoned within your own mind and your own body.” As her condition deteriorated, it began tearing her family apart as well; her brother cut contact with her, unable to continue watching her self-destruct, and her parents’ relationship became strained as they argued over how to tackle it. Then she hit rock bottom. “I remember the doctor saying to me, ‘I don’t even know how you walked into my surgery, you have literally about two weeks to live and you need to decide whether you’re going to live or die, because that’s going to determine how I’ll be treating you’,” says Millie grimly. “At that point I’d just given up. I said to Mum, ‘I cannot wake up another day and push through this. I haven’t got the strength’. And she knew how horrible it was for me, and she knew she had to accept it, but I could see how much it was destroying her.” Agreeing to give it one last shot for her mum, Millie ﬂew to the Sunshine Coast in April 2015 and saw a woman who practices Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy, and while she didn’t hold out much hope, threw herself into it.
I NEVER saw myself how I actually looked. It’s like someone’s telling you the chair is red, but you think it’s green. And they keep telling you it’s red and you think it must be red, but you can see with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY that it’s green.” “It is the hardest thing to date that I have ever done. For the ﬁrst time ever, I had to completely let go. I didn’t know what life would be like without anorexia because I was so young when it took hold. But I didn’t want to die knowing that I hadn’t given myself that chance,” she says. Six months later Millie ﬂew home fully recovered, this time with both her physical and mental health in check, and put her life back together again. She’s since moved to the Sunshine Coast and while she must always remain cautious to avoid the risk of relapsing, she has found a way to use her story for good, joining forces with local organisation endED to help raise money and awareness to tackle eating disorders, and to mentor young suﬀerers and their parents through what can seem like an impossible time. “It would have been extremely helpful to me to have had somebody who had experienced an eating disorder in the past and could get that mentality, because it’s really diﬃcult for others to understand,” she says. Oﬀering vulnerable young people an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on, Millie is making a huge diﬀerence by validating their feelings and helping them conquer their issues with her own personal experience, in addition to their medical and psychological treatment. “I now look at it like it has happened for a reason. I went through 15 years of hell and admittedly I wouldn’t have chosen that, but I wouldn’t change it because if it was meant to happen in order for me to be able to help people, and stand up and talk about it and change the system to help save other people’s lives, then it was worth it.” If you want to ﬁnd out more about the options available or would like to help by donating, call 0407 592 932 or email info@endED.org.au. You can also help by participating in the Waterlife Sunshine Coast event on 3 December, visit ended.org.au for details. profilemagazine
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Through inpatient and day therapy programs, Eden Rehabilitation Hospital in Cooroy helps people of all ages and in all circumstances get back on their feet, through a multidisciplinary approach to improve a person’s functional independence.
common misconception is that rehab is solely for patients recovering from knee and hip replacements or a stroke. But as Eden Rehabilitation Hospital general manager Warren Street explains, rehabilitation is wide and varied, covering orthopaedic, neurological and reconditioning programs, as well as pain programs, amputee and cardiac services, all of which require a wide breadth of additional services to meet those needs. “Rehab is about improving a person’s functional independence by utilising a multidisciplinary team – speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, exercise physiology, as well as dietitians, social workers, specialist nurses, clinical nurse consultants, and medical staff including rehabilitation registrars, and rehabilitation consultants,” he says. Given there is no other private standalone rehabilitation facility between Brisbane and Cairns that is classified as high as Eden, inpatients and those in the day therapy programs are in very capable hands. “In the day therapy program we can have clearly defined sub specialties of care, such as falls prevention or cardiac rehab and they are specially tailored individual programs. So you don’t just come here to see a physio to learn how to be strong and walk, it’s much more than that. We look at everything across the person’s life
and where we can interject and improve the overall functionality of the person.” Warren says quite often the trauma of an injury or illness deconditions a person’s functionality – if you can’t dress yourself in the morning, feed yourself or drive yourself to the shops, “Your world comes to a grinding halt”. That’s where rehab shines, as it centres around that functional independence, with our staff putting in ‘round the clock care to ensure every patient who comes to Eden, leaves with an improved mobility and cognitive ability. “All staff involved in the patient’s care ensure the rehabilitation program is delivered 24 hours a day,” Warren says. “No one will do it for you, but they will keep encouraging you to do it for yourself.” Being a private hospital, Eden is referral based and has contracts with every health fund in Australia, as well as the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Patients can be referred by a medical officer and admitted from hospital; by a general practitioner and admitted from home, or by a specialist consultant in the community. “Rehabilitation doesn’t save lives but it makes the life saved worth living.”
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“Rehabilitation doesn’t save lives but it makes the life saved worth living.”
To find out more about what Eden Rehabilitation hospital can do to help you or someone you love, visit edenrehab.com.au or call them on 5472 6472.
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He bought his ﬁrst veterinary practice at 27 and went on to build a multi-milliondollar integrated pet care empire under the Greencross and Petbarn banners
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At age 27, Doctor Glen Richards bought his ﬁrst veterinary practice in Townsville, and has since built a multi-million-dollar integrated pet care empire under the Greencross and Petbarn banner. Proﬁle meets the professional investor, mentor, company director and devoted family man, most recognisable as one of the ‘sharks’ on Shark Tank.
octor Glen Richards overlooks “About two years after that, the rural a glistening Laguna Bay on an industries were very ﬂat, so I realised unseasonably warm Sunshine it wasn’t a great place to go if I was Coast winter’s day. The school interested in making a go at things, people holidays are almost over, prompting he and weren’t spending any money on production his family’s return to their acreage home in animal vets and consultants,” he says. Brisbane. It’s been a wonderful few weeks, So Glen moved to London, where he they brought their Bernese mountain dog, worked as a vet. Beau, and Maltese terrier, Alﬁe along for “Over a period of two years of working the ride, while Glen’s sister keeps an eye on in London, I decided it was a smarter move the horses and cats back home. to go into companion animal practice Being surrounded by companion rather than rural practice.” animals is a scene all too familiar for Glen, Aged 27, Glen bought his ﬁrst vet who grew up on a sheep and cattle station practice in Townsville over a seven-minute 500kms west of Townsville, and it’s this phone call with a local couple who wanted upbringing which shaped his now very to sell up and move to Maroochydore, successful career. where the couple later set up another “I grew up in a small business practice. environment and that had me a little bit “As soon as I hung up, I rang my father excited about business, but at the same and said, ‘I’ve just done a handshake time I wanted to do a deal for a vet practice degree that was going I said, ‘I’m thinking in Townsville, how do to be relevant to rural feel about lending I might become an you industries and sheep and me some money and cattle properties, but at ACCOUNTANT,’ guaranteeing the loan?’ the same time we grew It was a bit of stunned and he said, up with dogs and cats silence for a minute or and birds and guinea ‘Why don’t you do two and he said, ‘I’m pigs ... we had pets to look at it, but something useful? happy as part of our social what I do want is an Have a think about understanding of the network from a very young age.” business and what you’re VETERINARY Glen attended getting into, can you SCIENCE’.” boarding school on develop a business plan?’” the Gold Coast The following week, and in Year 11 his dad posed the Glen hopped aboard the Trans Siberian million dollar question – What are Express and in the seven days travelling you going to do when you ﬁnish between Moscow and Beijing, he wrote a school? “I said, ‘I’m thinking I business plan. might become an accountant,’ “I was doing a lot of socialising with and he said, ‘Why don’t you do a bunch of Ukrainian traders and their something useful? Have a think preferred drink was vodka, so the longer about veterinary science’.” the train went on, the more vodka we In 1984, Glen attended The drank and the better my business plan got. University of Queensland as an By the time we got to Beijing, I’d gone undergraduate at the veterinary school, from buying one vet practice in Townsville before a year in companion animal to developing a network of veterinary practice, and then a research masters in hospitals right across Australia, called cattle production and reproduction at Greencross.” James Cook University.
We went from a $350 million market cap as GREENCROSS the veterinary group to what was supposed to be about a $700 million market cap when we combined with the pet stores, but we over shot our expectations and peaked at a $1.2 billion market cap. It was all quite EXCITING.” In 1994, Glen bought the veterinary practice and worked on building the business, temporarily shelving his ambitious franchise idea. He went on to own ﬁve animal hospitals in town and in 2001, linked up with some like-minded vets from Brisbane and they developed a co-op using the Greencross name. “We then branded a bunch of practices in Brisbane, as well as Townsville, and provided some co-op services including bookkeeping, marketing and buying grouptype activity. The co-op then evolved into a corporate model where we rolled our practices together in 2007 and formed one common entity and listed that on the Australian Stock Exchange and bought another bunch of practices,” he says. In 2001, Glen also opened Shanghai Paw, the ﬁrst western vet practice in China, which has now opened its third practice. Glen has since built a multi-million dollar integrated pet care empire, which
HOW DID YOU GET THE NAME GREENCROSS VETS?
“Many years ago I was sitting in London, going to do a locum overseas and I got the yellow pages for Hong Kong and one of the last ones I rang was a tiny hospital with one vet in it called Greencross Veterinary Hospital. I liked that name and when I was writing my business plan I thought it made sense, because what happens mostly is a vet hospital is named after the street they’re in or the vet who works there, and I really wanted something that was more like a banner group name. The guy in Hong Kong didn’t have any trademarks on it outside of Hong Kong, so it worked for Australia. It started out as Greencross Currajong Veterinary Hospital and Greencross Kirwan Veterinary Surgery.”
DOCTOR GLEN RICHARDS
DR GLEN RICHARDS’ ADVICE FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS V4P - VISION, PLANNING, PATIENCE, PASSION AND PEOPLE.
1. Work out where you’re going, that’s your VISION. A lot of small business owners’ line of sight is narrow, think about lifting your line of sight, find mentors who can help adjust where you’re looking and going, so it might be bigger than you thought you can achieve. 2. Then you need to put some time into the PLANNING, develop a three to five year financial forecast, and then each year you reset those forecasts and work out where you’ll be in the next 12 months, so you’ve got to hit those milestones and make sure you’re on track. 3. From a PEOPLE point of view, you’ve got to assemble a team that can support and grow a business, making sure on a day to day basis the customers and employees are engaged with, and in, the workplace.
4. As a leader or an entrepreneur you’ve got to have PASSION, arrive in the workplace every day to inspire people, get them excited, talk about why they’re there, what is the purpose of the business, what are the core values? 5. You’ve got to have PATIENCE. There are too many impatient entrepreneurs who want to be multimillionaires and retired in three years. It’s okay to take your time, set up and develop platforms, infrastructure and processes that support sustained growth over many years. In business you have limited resources of time and money and they need to be applied to the right things to ensure you are building a business that may still be running in 10 to 20 years.
now operates more than 160 veterinary hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. Greencross is also Australasia’s leading specialty pet care retailer, with more than 230 stores operating under the brand names Petbarn and City Farmers in Australia and Animates in New Zealand. Originally opening a mega pet store called Pet HQ in Townsville, with two other local business owners, Glen also pulled in the power of businessmen Paul Wilson and Jeﬀ David and they formed an investment group buying Petbarn Sydney. They then developed a network of pet stores and a network of veterinary hospitals, with Glen being a director and shareholder in both camps and in 2013 merged the two, giving “the whole business a turbo charge”. “We went from a $350 million market cap as Greencross the veterinary group to what was supposed to be about a $700 million market cap when we combined with the pet stores, but we over shot our expectations and peaked at a $1.2 billion market cap. It was all quite exciting.” Upon moving to Brisbane when Greencross launched on the ASX, Glen planned to continue working as a vet on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings, but his senior management team gave him an ultimatum – continue moonlighting as a clinician, or be a CEO of a public listed company. “I said, ‘You’re right, I’m pretty fatigued with being a frontline clinician and I’ve got to focus on being a CEO and develop myself,” he says. “When we listed Greencross I suddenly went from ﬁve hospitals and 60 staﬀ, and
merged 32 clinics overnight, 300-odd employees. I had to evolve how we supported those 32 clinics and doing the right thing by my team on how we’re going to develop a support team to look after our hospitals and make sure we’re getting growth in our company to satisfy shareholder needs.” Being an astute businessman, Glen is an avid investor with an interest in the health sector, drawing on his experience with veterinary practices and applying that to medical practices, dental clinics, podiatry clinics and day hospitals. “There are a number of things that resonate nicely and one is from the professional point of view, clinicians as vets, podiatrists, physios or general practice medicine, there’s a strong common basis in that they are doing a really important job on the frontline of these clinics. “These are real people working in their community and then you take that model and try and get it right in a multitude of neighbourhoods or communities as well, how do you scale up and create a corporate team that can best serve those on the frontline?” Now married with three daughters, family is most important and the very reason he hasn’t gone back onto the frontline to lead any of his companies. “A lot of my passion is business and to balance that I love my time with my family, Monday to Friday I generally get involved in my businesses in a mentoring and strategic capacity, and weekends are very focused on the family.”
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An idea which spawned from the height of the drought in Queensland turned into an innovative business for the Brisbane family, whose camel milk produced here on the Sunshine Coast is now in high demand Australia-wide. LAUREN BRISBANE AND DAUGHTER YASMIN
auren Brisbane watches over her ﬂock like an attentive mother. Her camels are highly evolved and intelligent creatures living in a matriarchal group, which Lauren says she and her family are a part of. “They share their milk with us, they produce more to give us milk, we view them as a partner in our business, not as our stock that we laud over, and we honour their matriarchal society,” Lauren says. “It’s not just their physical health and wellbeing, it’s also their emotional wellbeing ... if you have a stressed animal you have stressed milk.” The Brisbanes were a mining family, who made the move to north Queensland at the height of the drought in 1994 and witnessed the demise of countless agriculture businesses. “I thought there’s got to be a better way to do this and I looked for an animal that could be better,” Lauren says of her idea to co-graze horses and cattle with camels, who were drought tolerant. Lauren and her husband Peter funded
a study into the development of the camel industry in Queensland and developed the Australian Camel Industry Association. In 2005, the family moved to the Glasshouse Mountains and in 2007, they bought their ﬁrst two camels. QCamel, which was accredited as a producer in 2014, became the ﬁrst camel dairy on the east coast of Australia and produced the ﬁrst pasteurised camel milk in the country. “An enormous amount of research has gone into it. It wasn’t just about the milk, it was looking at food trends and a lot of science, what people were buying and eating, where people were heading on a health basis, and the ethics of managing camels and how it ﬁtted with us as a family, because we don’t remove the babies from the mothers and we have a no-slaughter policy,” Lauren says. Lauren’s daughter, Yasmin, says they also don’t tag or brand their camels and know their herd by name. They now have a ﬂuctuating ﬂock of about 100 camels, only milking 20 to 30 camels at a time. “The way we produce is with the consumer in mind, so we’re very careful about how we feed them because as a mother, if you have a sick child you want to make sure there is no chemical residue in the milk, and no antibiotics,” Lauren says. “We pasture feed them,” Yasmin adds, “You’ll often have people who are coeliac and if they’re so sensitive it depends on what the animal is fed, so we don’t feed them grain.” QCamel has built an ethical reputation, but none of their messaging was in their branding. That’s where What The Fox (WTF) Creative agency comes into play.
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“Our ﬁrst website, we soon realised, was abysmal and has been a real downfall of our business,” Lauren says. “We started looking around for marketing companies to help us with our brand and promote who we were. We had approached some other agencies and WTF were the ﬁrst who got really excited about us and who really got our story and loved our camels as much as we do! “It doesn’t matter if you’re a startup or a large corporation, for anyone we do business with, we’re looking for partnerships and WTF understands it better than anybody.” Camel milk has 10 times more iron and three to five times more vitamin C than dairy milk. It is high in omega 3, calcium, zinc, magnesium, protein and does not contain beta-casein 6 and beta-lactoglobulin, which can contribute to dairy allergies. Camel milk has a unique molecular nature and healing properties and research suggests that camel milk is highly beneficial for: • Autism • Diabetes • Dairy intolerance • Gut and bowel dysfunction • IBS • Crohn’s Disease • Allergies
SHOULD EMPLOYERS BE DOING MORE TO HELP IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF THEIR STAFF?
Alan Thompson FLAXTON GARDENS It is and has always been my personal belief that a business is only as strong as its staﬀ’s physical and mental health. So, yes, I do believe as employers it is our duty of care to encourage our staﬀ to look after their health (mentally and physically). Having employed what feels like thousands of staﬀ in diﬀerent countries, age demographics as well as skill bases, I have seen how mental health can aﬀect employers’ performance. It is my strongest belief that mind, body and soul all need to be balanced. Our minds need to be passionate about what one is trying to achieve at any given time. This helps to build a desire to keep one’s body performance managed and maintained. With mind passionate and body sustained then the soul can dare to believe in something greater than one’s self !
James Colquhoun FOOD MATTERS For sure. As a business our core mission is to inspire people to live their healthiest life possible so ensuring our team is happy and healthy is incredibly important to us. Stress is always going to be a constant, whether it’s personal or work related, so providing the space, communication channels and support to ensure everyone brings their best to work is paramount. We’re often practicing yoga as a group, bringing in a chiropractor for the day or gifting spa vouchers to the team after a big project. By introducing these rewarding activities and helping to decrease stressors, employee morale increases, employee work-life balance is improved, and in turn, the business reaps the rewards of happy and healthy staﬀ. 46
FRESH HOLISTIC HEALTH We spend so much of our life in our workplaces, therefore it is imperative that the work environment is conducive to health and wellbeing. Historically, most workplaces have not focused on the wellbeing of their staﬀ and workplace. Healthy workplaces promote healthy employees, improved productivity and higher staﬀ retention rates. Employees in the caring profession are often remiss in self-care. Caring for their physical and mental wellbeing is our top priority. We encourage a healthy work/life balance with ﬂexible work days and hours, facilitate social interactions in our community kitchen where we share meals, ideas and feel connected. Our Staﬀ Wellness Program includes free yoga and pilates classes for all employees and practitioners at our onsite studio and we also work with local businesses to provide them with their own staﬀ wellness programs.
SNOTTYNOSES.COM.AU Absolutely, healthy workers are happy, loyal and more eﬃcient workers, so it makes good business sense to optimise the wellbeing of your staﬀ. On a personal note, it gives the business owner a greater sense of fulﬁllment when they take the time to optimise both the physical and mental health of their staﬀ. Look at the way Google headquarters in the US has transformed the way we think about wellbeing at work! Massages, healthy snacks and basketball hoops – that’s innovation! Our oﬃce is only small, but it’s an airy, colourful space ﬁlled with natural light. We have awesome music playing – sometimes chill, sometimes disco ‘90s, and we have our gorgeous Aroma Bloom vaporiser dispersing healing essential oils, to purify the air around us. Taking a moment to make a cup of organic chai infusion tea is also a daily ritual. Having a staﬀ of mums, it’s important to understand there will be times when they need time oﬀ with their sick kids. It’s give and take, and I’m proud of the work culture we’ve built.
Dr Karen Gebusion
MD COSMETIC AND SKIN CLINIC
THE SOURCE BULK FOODS CALOUNDRA In short, yes! Caring for our staﬀ both physically and mentally is a priority for us. We believe a healthy employee creates a great work/life balance for them and a happier employee for us. Our store oﬀers many options for maintaining and improving health, so we encourage our staﬀ to use our products and pass on relevant information to our customers from their own personal experiences. Encouraging our staﬀ to stay ﬁt and healthy also produces beneﬁts for us, with statistics showing that when employees are healthy, there is greater productivity, more employee engagement, high staﬀ morale and better performance in the business overall. Motivating staﬀ to stay happy and healthy gives them support too, so we are only too happy for them to take control of their health.
As a GP, I have witnessed increasing physical, mental and emotional work-related health issues. Staﬀ health and preventative strategies are not often a high priority, with emphasis on employee performance/ productivity, and little support in place. Overworked, stressed and sick employees are associated with higher absenteeism and staﬀ turnover and less productivity. Focusing on improving health and wellbeing results in happier, healthier staﬀ. Physical health can be improved by providing wellness access such as gym memberships or discounts, ergonomic work equipment; supply kitchens with healthy snacks and encourage short breaks during the day; for mental/emotional health, considering asking for guidance and collaborate on mutually beneﬁcial strategies to maintain a harmonious environment; provide quiet space for a mental break; and allow for schedule ﬂexibility and possible unpaid leave for life events. Provide extra training and education to improve performance in roles.
Focusing on IMPROVING health and wellbeing results in HAPPIER, healthier staﬀ.” profilemagazine
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Nambour has long been regarded as the poor cousin of the Sunshine Coast, but a newfound pride in the town and string of new businesses opening up shop in the past 12 months has heralded a positive shift.
alking around the main township of Nambour you can hear laughter of friends catching up over a coﬀee, or the clip clop of high proﬁle business people walking to another meeting. Nambour has come a long way in recent years and everyone is wanting a large piece of the pie. Along with savvy investors and business owners identifying the potential in the
lower price point of real estate and the increasing capital of growth, residents are also seeing it as a way to enter the market and capitalise on the opportunity of Nambour. Aside from the monetary value, the resurgence of the township also oﬀers a great deal in lifestyle opportunities, with a growing number of hip cafes and eateries opening up shop, and funky basement bars creating an exciting nightlife in town. Artisans are also coming to play, with many opening up galleries, collaborating with other existing businesses to create exciting workshops and events, and transforming empty shopfronts into colourful pieces of art. The arthouse cinema complex has also recently undergone a refurbishment and expansion under the Majestic Cinemas banner, with the addition of four new cinemas varying in size and purpose built to cater for a range of movie genres and community events. Nambour’s Lind Lane Theatre is also a popular choice for theatre buﬀs and local actors alike, with the intimate theatre regularly putting on witty and clever productions. It’s obvious Nambour is becoming a cultural hub on the Coast and shows no signs of slowing down, with even more growth on the horizon. HISTORY HIT
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From the charm and character of Petrie Park – the namesake creek where the Sunshine Coast’s first settlers arrived in 1870 – to the Nambour Museum, Nambour is bursting with stories of centuries past. Nambour’s reputation as a battler is forged in the proud history of two hugely successful saw mills belonging to George Etheridge and James Mitchell and Sons and the Moreton Central Sugar Mill Company, which began operations in 1897. A booming era followed, arguably leading to the subsequent establishment of what is now the Sunshine Coast.
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For the last three decades, our Sunshine Coast has experienced strong population growth and it is forecast to have the second highest growth rate of any region in Queensland through to at least 2036.
his growth is reﬂected in the recent draft of the next South East Queensland Regional Plan (Shaping SEQ) which forecasts an additional 200,000 people will call the Sunshine Coast home in the next 20 years as part of an extra two million people in south-east Queensland by 2041. Council is not sitting on its hands, however, and just waiting for this growth to occur without putting any strategies in place. It is important for our community that council plans for and helps to shape how this growth occurs and where it is accommodated. This is why in 2013, council led the development of the region’s ﬁrst Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033, which provides a 20-year blueprint for a new economy that would generate more enduring employment in high value industries aligned with major regional infrastructure investments such as the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm, new Maroochydore CBD and the Sunshine Coast Airport expansion. At the heart of this strategy is improving the prosperity of our community, while ensuring the region maintains the outstanding lifestyle and natural environment for which it is renowned. The Sunshine Coast is already seeing the results of implementing this strategy, as the Sunshine Coast now has an unemployment rate of 4.8 per cent (lower than the state average); youth unemployment has dropped by more than ﬁve per cent in the last 18 months; and the region has enjoyed some of the highest
levels of business conﬁdence of any region in Queensland over the last two years. The ﬁrst tranche of 2016 Census data, that was released in June, also shows that the region is closing the gap in terms of average household income, moving signiﬁcantly closer to the Queensland average in the last ﬁve years, which supports a speciﬁc goal in the Regional Economic Development Strategy. The Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme, which was adopted by the council in 2014, demonstrates that council has planned for how the region can accommodate the forecast population growth through both inﬁll development and new greenﬁeld developments such as Aura (Caloundra South) and Palmview – both of which are underway and will collectively accommodate about 67,000 people once fully delivered. The Planning Scheme identiﬁes substantial opportunities for inﬁll development across the region as a means to sustainably manage and accommodate the future population. Inﬁll development focuses on developing vacant or under-used parcels within already developed urban areas. A recently launched joint initiative from the council and Unitywater oﬀers a 50 per cent reduction on infrastructure charges for targeted developments built to a deadline and where spare network capacity exists. The centres of Nambour and Caloundra have been selected to implement this initiative and, depending on the outcomes, there is potential to extend to other areas. Steady and sustainable growth through successful schemes like this help us to create complete, well-functioning neighbourhoods, and continues to support our vision to deliver Australia’s healthy, smart and creative region – for today and for generations to come.
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elling a property can be a stressful and difficult time. From deciding on how to sell your property to achieve the best results and arranging viewings and open house times, to filling in contracts and paperwork, it can be a lot to take in – and if your property is tenanted, that adds a whole extra element of concern to the mix. That’s where BoOom Property can help. Known for providing fantastic property management services and forming strong relationships with both clients and their tenants, BoOom is also able to turn what can be a stressful situation into a smooth and hassle-free sale, with the help of their friendly professional sales team. Built up over the last 12 months and headed by experienced realtor Mark Lawson, BoOom’s sales service not only works closely with their existing clients’ managing agents to ensure successful, fuss-free sales for tenanted properties, but also offers excellent service for all types of traditional sales, whether it be residential or retail, houses or units. “We really pride ourselves on being different in that we like to give our clients choice when it comes to what suits their properties needs,” says Mark. “We’re very different from the cookie cutter style you see in a lot of real estates. We don’t push our clients into going to auction or talk them into selling in a way that benefits
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Shakira Frisby had suﬀered what she thought was another migraine, but instead was a sinister brain tumour, which if operated on, could leave her permanently paralysed. Four years later, the 22-year-old is learning to live again, out from under the shadows.
hakira Frisby rubs the top of her head, “They operated here, SHAKIRA WILL FEATURE IN I can feel it, do you want to feel it? You can feel it.” 2018 VINTAGE CALENDAR GIRLS The 22-year-old takes my hand and gently moves it around, “That’s where they put the shunt in and it goes be paralysed down the right side of my body. So there’s deﬁnitely down and into my stomach”. no operation for me,” she says. The ventriculoperitoneal shunt relieves pressure on Shakira’s “The symptoms from the brain injury are a little bit like brain, caused by ﬂuid accumulation around the tumour, which was Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s together and I was talking to a clinical detected four years ago when Shakira presented to her local GP psychologist who said because of the type of tumour it is and with what she thought were migraine symptoms. where it is in the brain, it’s the worst place to have it, in the left “I’d been to the doctor the week before, because I’d been sick front lobe,” Jen adds. with a migraine, except this time my migraine had not only the In addition to being unable to write properly, due to the mild blurred vision, but,” Shakira says, pausing to ask her paternal stroke she suﬀered, Shakira grandmother, Jen, what other short term memory symptoms she had, an example of We need more publicity about BRAIN experiences loss, has mood swings and her the partial memory loss she now hormones are all out of whack. experiences. CANCER and the aﬀects it has on “She won’t be able to have “Your right side went very weak,” people’s lives because it’s the most children, that was a big blow,” Jen says, “She’d had a small stroke”. damaging out of them all – you can Jen says. Shakira went in for an MRI “The tumour is telling her and was advised to go back to her live without your breasts. To lose your pituitary gland, which governs all doctor immediately. thoughts and memories is very hard.” your hormones, that she’s going “I had no idea what was going into menopause. The tumour on,” she says. sends some weird messages. So her periods have stopped, she has “I then got driven by my dad to the doctors, who told me they’re mood swings like menopause, she’s put on weight. not too sure if it’s benign or not, but it looks like there’s some sort “The tumour has stabilised, but it could ﬂare up at any time. of growth in your brain. She hasn’t had seizures, which is good, but she can have one at any “I think I was more in shock than anything, wondering what’s time. They can’t believe she isn’t having extreme migraines.” happening? I didn’t even cry because it hadn’t hit me yet, it wasn’t Due to Shakira’s reaction times being slowed, she can’t drive and until I was in Brisbane and saw the ﬁrst lot of doctors and they said has been unable to pursue her career in childcare, which she was they’re going to send me in for an operation.” Shakira and her family found out the next day that it was in fact a due to start university studies in on the week of her diagnosis. non-cancerous tumour and two weeks later she had the shunt put in. “It’s hard for her to get on with life, she can’t work, all her friends “It is in a part of my brain where if they were to operate, I would have gone to uni or overseas and all pulled away from her because
they can’t handle it. Lucky she has a lot of family, but she wants Since being diagnosed with the tumour, Shakira and her family friends, wants to do the normal 22-year-old thing,” Jen says. have learnt a lot about brain cancer and found it to be more However when I ask Shakira about the future, her outlook is common than people realise. inspired. “There needs to be more brain cancer research and help,” Jen “I take each day as it comes. I know that my chances of it are says. very, very low, since I’ve had the chemo, but all I want to do is “The reason they said they don’t put a lot into it is because the have kids. There are other ways of doing it now, so it’s most likely recovery rate is not nearly as good, which is silly because if you put I’ll have to take one of those options,” she says, breaking open a more research into it you’d have more people surviving. pumpkin scone. “We need more publicity “I just always pictured about brain cancer and the The symptoms from the BRAIN INJURY are aﬀects it has on people’s myself being a mum, in my a little bit like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s own house, cooking with little lives because it’s the most kids, having fun with them. damaging out of them together and I was talking to a clinical I’m deﬁnitely a big kid lover, all – you can live without psychologist who said because of the type of I’m such a big kid myself.” your breasts. To lose your While Shakira faces the and memories is tumour it is and where it is in the brain, it’s the thoughts fertility obstacle her own body very hard.” worst place to have it, in the left front lobe.” has created with ‘menopause’, It’s the second blow it will also be a challenge Shakira’s family has felt, having undergone chemotherapy treatment. after her mother passed away when she was just eight years old, “She went through a shocking time with chemo, they were going from an aggressive melanoma. to take eggs from her to fertilise later, but it wasn’t going to work “It was a shocking experience, and one that you could never because she was about to go into chemo. And it’s very harrowing, understand unless you have been through it yourself,” she says. I have a niece who did it and talked to Shakira and in the end we “I’ve since had dozens of moles cut out because I am a high risk decided to leave it up to God if she’s going to have children,” Jen as well.” says. Having spent over an hour with Shakira in her family’s Drawing on her love of dance, having spent most of her life Caloundra home, she tells me she’s feeling a little tired, which doing ballet, jazz, contemporary and any other form which took “happens a lot”, but she remains the positive hostess and oﬀers me her fancy, Shakira is regaining some of her former self, by helping a another scone. local dance school once a week with the tiny tots class. “It’s the environment I found I felt most at home,” she says with a smile. Shakira has also turned her showmanship on for the cover of the 2018 Vintage Calendar Girls, alongside Todd McKenney and Cherie Barber. The Vintage Calendar Girls, now in its third year, recently became a registered charity and the team, led by founder Misty Bland, is raising much needed funds for Sunshine Coast families living with a rare cancer diagnosis. Money raised from sales of the calendar, which will be launched on 8 September, will go towards giving these families some respite to enjoy some quality time together away from the ﬁnancially, emotionally and physically draining journey they are on.
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Lyme disease and whether it exists in our country is one of the most hotly contested topics among the Australian medical community, but for hundreds of people around the nation, the excruciating and debilitating Lyme-like symptoms they suﬀer are very real. Trudi Bareham shares how she has overcome the worst of her diagnosis, oﬀering hope for those who had lost it.
want to raise awareness for the Lyme community; it’s already very diﬃcult for them as it is,” TRUDI BAREHAM says Trudi Bareham, nursing a cup of tea in her hands as she prepares to form, Trudi was urged to start medication degeneration most people with an aggressive share her story with me. “I just want to oﬀer as soon as possible. But while she took form of rheumatoid would have. Trudi people suﬀering like I was, hope.” prednisone on and oﬀ for the ﬁrst twocontinued to try new options and stunned As a holistic therapist, Trudi was the and-a-half years to deal with the swelling even her doctors when in 2013, after doing picture of health. So when the English and joint pain, she was concerned about the blood group diet, she was deemed to be expat was diagnosed with rheumatoid the side eﬀects of the medication and in clinical remission. arthritis in 2009 after she started to get Continuing her mainly raw diet with a sought a more natural way to manage the swelling in her ﬁnger joints and experience little protein, Trudi was back to normal for symptoms. fatigue, it came as a surprise. three months, before a decision “I was actually embarrassed to be diagnosed with a serious I was actually embarrassed to be diagnosed to incorporate the superfood sauerkraut into her diet threw condition, when I’m supposed with a SERIOUS CONDITION when her gut bacteria out of balance, to be helping other people, so I didn’t really talk about it that I’m supposed to be helping other people, everything Trudi had achieved came undone and her symptoms much to start with,” she says. so I didn’t really talk about it that much to returned, worse than before. “At ﬁrst they thought “I became completely it might be lupus. With start with.” paranoid about food. I’d made rheumatoid arthritis, there’s a In 2012 she started a support group for the connection that the things I was eating list of things that you have to meet criteriapeople with rheumatoid who, like her, were could make things better or make it worse. wise and it still can be a bit of a clinical seeking more natural solutions. There she My family must have been driven insane diagnosis, so based on the blood tests I noticed that while she was experiencing because I’d constantly talk about food. I had and the presenting symptoms, I was terrible pain and her hands were swollen, really was crazy,” she laughs. diagnosed with rheumatoid.” Her pain and suﬀering continued until she showed no signs of the joint damage or Having been told it was an aggressive
“I was happy to get it (the diagnosis) instruction of the clinic’s naturopath, in 2014, when she started taking methotrexate because I was like ‘Great, now I can start September 2015 her doctor told her she and plaquenil – the ﬁrst course of getting better’,” she says. was beyond his capabilities and that her medication for rheumatoid, which her “I had no idea how sick I was.” best chance for recovery was to undertake doctors still believed was the cause. “I was in so much pain. I didn’t know But in May 2015, Trudi started on a hyperthermia treatment in Germany. An what else to do. There was a slight small dose of antibiotics and by the time extreme and intensive procedure where improvement for about six months, but I she was on a full dose, she had never felt the body is heated to 41.6˚C to kill oﬀ the still felt awful, and I eventually started to so ill. Her body felt like it was burning bacteria, the procedure would cost $40,000 get more and more sick,” says Trudi. and the pain was so excruciating she could and there was a chance it may not even For the whole of 2014, Trudi says she barely move. Her whole body was inﬂamed work – in fact, given that she couldn’t detox, felt toxic; she was exhausted from chronic and her joints swollen. The pain would it had the potential to make matters worse. “It is wrong that people can’t get help in fatigue, suﬀered intense joint pain, felt ﬂare up around her body, and she suﬀered the country they live in,” she says. constantly chilled to the bone and her from was costochondritis, which caused Trudi invested in a far infra-red sauna muscles were wasting. every breath to feel as if it was crushing in October 2015. And by combining With the feeling something else was her. “For a normal person, you would think daily sauna sessions with her naturopath’s going on, Trudi constantly sought help you were having a heart attack, and there anti-microbial herbs and supplements, as from her GP and rheumatologist, who were times where I should have gone to the well as a healthy diet, regular cleansing didn’t have any answers. Then when and detoxing, and weekly the naturopath she was bioﬁlm-busting days, Trudi seeing told her it was all I was just in such an awful EMOTIONAL says that while she has not emotional, she felt lost. headspace because of the HOPELESSNESS of the fully recovered, she has “I was talking to a friend in my support never ending pain, and I couldn’t deal with medical discovered an eﬀective treatment that has turned group one day and I professionals who would not acknowledge that I her life around. said, ‘I just feel like I’ve “I’m still a work in got things biting in my had LYME DISEASE. It was like a living death progress. I always have pain muscles and crawling and every day was groundhog day and it was about in my hands, I have pain in under my skin,’ and she my shoulder, and if I overdo said, ‘Oh my God, sosurviving that day.” things it can aggravate the and-so had Lyme, I think hospital but didn’t because I know what condition. you need to get tested’.” Lyme patients are faced with when they “But I’m really grateful now to be able Though she had been bitten by go to the hospital and say ‘I have Lyme to do normal, everyday things again, and mosquitos and sandﬂies a month before disease’ – the ridicule many are put under, that’s what the treatment has done for me; her rheumatoid symptoms started, she the total denial that Lyme is here. And I just it’s given me my life back.” didn’t recall having encountered a tick wasn’t prepared to do that,” Trudi explains. Now nearly two years on the road to before. But desperate for answers, in “I was just in such an awful emotional recovery, Trudi is sharing her story with March 2015, Trudi met with another headspace because of the hopelessness of the desire to let others know not to give up, doctor and naturopath, who believed she the never ending pain, and I couldn’t deal and continues to run a support group for had a bioﬁlm disorder. with medical professionals who would not those experiencing a similar journey. “The doctor was amazing – it was the acknowledge that I had Lyme disease. It “Never give up hope, there is always a ﬁrst time anyone listened to me, wanted was like a living death and every day was way,” she says. to know a full health history, and basically groundhog day and it was about surviving validated what I was saying.” that day.” Over the course of six weeks, Trudi’s It turned out that due to a genetic blood was tested, her mercury-based tooth mutation that prevented her body from ﬁllings removed, and a sleep study was detoxing itself, the die-oﬀ of bacteria and conducted. Then the results arrived back the subsequent waste produced weren’t with the startling diagnosis – her blood leaving her system. It took nine months contained borrelia, the bacteria behind after stopping the antibiotics for Trudi to Lyme disease. return to the baseline awful state she’d To back up the results, her doctor been in prior to taking them. advised her to go to another pathology lab Though she continued following the to get an eight-week culture, which also returned positive.
If you’re suﬀering from Lyme-like symptoms and need someone to talk to, get in contact with the Lyme Disease Association of Australia through their website at lymedisease.org.au
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handle care WORDS INGRID NELSON PHOTOS NICOLA HOLLAND
Sunshine Coast paediatric nurse Roni Cole has always had an interest in the health and safety of children, and now she’s on a mission to reduce sudden and unexpected death in infants by conducting a state-wide survey that ultimately aims to save lives.
osing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare, especially when their death could have been avoided. It’s the reason local nurse Roni Cole is so driven to determine what care practices Queensland parents currently adopt for their infants to enable her to provide them with the best safety guidelines to ensure they don’t become one of the statistics. “Around 115 babies under the age of 12 months die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in Australia, which is about two babies every week,” says Roni. “We know that 95 per cent of infants who have passed away suddenly and unexpectedly have one or more risk factors associated with their death. We know that the way infants are cared for and their sleeping environments inﬂuence their risk of dying. “Unfortunately, Queensland has one of the highest rates of unexplained infant death of all states and territories.” Thanks to a Wishlist-funded Higher Degree grant worth $65,700, as part of her PhD, Roni will investigate how Queensland mothers are choosing to care for their babies, through a state-wide survey, using this critical data to deliver clear guidelines on best practice for
parents, carers and health workers. Last month, the survey was sent to all Queensland families who had a baby born during the month of April this year. Families were asked a comprehensive list of questions about how they choose to care for their baby, including their sleeping arrangements. “We know that sudden and unexpected death in infancy is the leading cause of our post neonatal mortality in Australia, and babies between two and four months are in the highest risk category,” says Roni. “By that stage parents have their rituals
Unfortunately, Queensland has one of the HIGHEST rates of UNEXPLAINED infant death of all states and territories.”
in place at home and that is why I am focusing on this particular age group – around three months old.” The data collected from this survey will contribute important information to help better understand the circumstances and profilemag.com.au
ways in which babies who develop, grow and thrive are cared for by their families. The dangers of co-sleeping will be one of the vital areas of Roni’s research. As a nurse, Roni says a number of mums often reported their usual practice at home is to bed-share with their young children. In fact, according to a 2015 study in Victoria, 45 per cent of mothers indicated they bedshared with their infants. “When their infants are unwell, needing hospital admission for treatment or overnight observation, mothers do sometimes request that their baby sleep in a bed with them rather than the provided cot,” says Roni. “This can create concern among nursing staﬀ as they endeavour to ensure the infant remains in a safe sleeping environment during the hospital admission.” With an end-goal of reducing the risk of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents in Queensland, Roni’s research will also form important information for new parents. “I’ve always been interested in the way we care for our babies and why we have certain recommendations,” says Roni. “It has been 15 years since any research has been done in Queensland, speciﬁcally looking at infant care practices and sleeping routines, and a lot has changed in that time.
We now know that due to a baby’s ANATOMY, they have a natural PROTECTIVE factor when they are on their back, so when they regurgitate they can easily swallow it rather than it going into their lungs, so even when a baby is diagnosed with reﬂux, the recommendation is that they still sleep on their back.”
“We have lots of information about infants who have died suddenly and unexpectedly and we know lots of information around why they have died, but we don’t know about the environments of those infants who are well and thriving, so we can’t contextualise it to discover whether the prevalence of certain environments are having an inﬂuence or not. “I am looking at everything – feeding practices, whether they have started solids yet, whether they use a dummy, the way the infants are wrapped when they are sleeping, whether they have sleeping monitors, whether they use teething devices such as the amber necklaces, whether they go to sleep wearing a beanie or head band, whether there are any soft toys in the cot – the list goes on.” The ﬁrst Reduce the Risk campaign was
launched almost 30 years ago and since then the Australian Bureau of Statistics has reported the number of babies who died suddenly and unexpectedly decreased signiﬁcantly. “The initial decline in deaths coincided immediately with the safe sleeping campaign,” says Roni. “Just prior to the Reduce the Risk campaign, it was discovered that infants who were placed on their tummy were at a higher risk of dying. Since the ﬁrst safe sleeping messages, which included putting babies on their backs to sleep, we have had an 80 per cent reduction in sudden and unexpected infant death. “Lots of research has been done since then but we now know that due to a baby’s anatomy, they have a natural protective factor when they are on their back, so when they regurgitate they can easily swallow it rather than it going into their lungs, so even when a baby is diagnosed with reﬂux, the recommendation is that they still sleep on their back.” Thanks to this passionate nurse and the ﬁnancial backing from Wishlist, there is no doubt this innovative research will have a positive eﬀect on the safety of infants for generations to come. “The important thing we are trying to do is make sure families have access to the recommendations, and they know the facts and they can make their choices based on that.” For further information on safe sleeping recommendations for your baby or infant go to rednose.com.au profilemagazine
TIMELESS CHARM WORDS INGRID NELSON PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED
Trends come and go but the charming Queenslander has a unique quality that has stood the test of time. We take a sneak peak inside a beautiful replica-home at Palmview that not only captures the rich history and essence of a bygone era but has some added advantages to the original model too.
large, sprawling timber structure with wide verandahs, steep tin roof and charming window hoods are all characteristics of the original Queenslander. Designed to accommodate our sub-tropical climate, they are an important part of Australia’s cultural heritage. Inspired by his childhood spent in a traditional Queenslander home in the far
north sugar cane town of Ingham, local builder Garth Chapman was inspired to recreate our unique Queensland architecture, paying very close attention to retaining the authentic exterior as much as possible. “I have been a builder for some 40 years,” says Garth, “but around 1988 I recognised there was a gap in the market for original looking Queenslanders on acreage. I studied dozens of original Queenslanders from Gympie and observed the common points these homes had and then I started designing new Queenslanders to replicate the original. “I went to a lot of trouble to get the dimensions, angles and features that people liked. The house had to look like an original Queenslander from the street.” Exuding a classic style and charm, this Palmview display home by the local awardwinning builder showcases a perfect blend of old and new.
Featuring high ceilings, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, open living areas plus a separate media room with wide verandas front and back, it reﬂects the look and feel of the original Queenslanders, but with a classic twist. The north-facing windows throughout the home allow maximum natural light and take full advantage of the surrounding views. Inside, a mix of polished hardwood ﬂoors perfectly complement the home’s neutral interior colour palette. There is also a versatile media room or children’s play area. At the heart of the home, the kitchen is complete with Caesarstone benchtops, high quality European appliances, and a spacious walk-in pantry. Perfectly positioned, it allows easy access to the dining and entertainment areas. Parents will love the privacy of their own retreat; located at one end of the profilemag.com.au
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Designed with energy eﬃciency in mind, the replica Queenslanders are spacious and open plan, the wide verandahs perfect for allowing in maximum breezes while being covered from the elements. “They were designed so they don’t have to have air conditioning – just open the French doors and windows, and the air will ﬂow through.” Passionate about preserving the ‘Queenslander’ style of architecture, Garth
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½ cup buckwheat kernels – preferably activated ½ cup ﬂax seeds – golden or brown ½ cup chia seeds 1 ½ cups tapioca or arrowroot ﬂour 1 teaspoon pink salt 2 heaped teaspoon psyllium husk 1 ½ cups luke warm filtered water 1 heaped teaspoon dry yeast 2 tablespoon olive oil tapioca or arrowroot ﬂour for dusting
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Preheat oven to 100ºC and then turn oﬀ. Line an oven tray
with baking paper and set aside.
Place buckwheat, ﬂax seeds and chia in a food processor
and mill until fine. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. The dough should be sticky, like a thick cake batter.
Turn out dough onto a ﬂoured surface and cut into six even
portions. Dust hands with ﬂour and form each portion into a ﬂat roll, about 2-3cm thick. Place on prepared tray and gently score diagonal lines with a sharp knife.
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Place in oven for one hour or until approximately doubled
in size. Remove tray from oven and preheat to 190°C. Return tray to oven and bake rolls for 40 minutes.
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NUTRITIOUS & DELICIOUS WORDS NICOLE FUGE PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED
Lola Berry brings a raw, real and honest approach to cooking, and I’m not just talking about her favourite recipe for salted caramel slice. Sick of being labelled too fat or too skinny, Lola is living by her own advice and for the ﬁrst time in a long time, is truly happy in her own skin.
f you hear a dog in the background, I’m just running through my dad’s vet clinic. When I stay with my dad, I stay at his house, which is just above the vet clinic and I’ve stolen their kettle to make some coﬀee and I’ve just returned it, but now I’m all yours. I had a very short timeline to borrow the kettle!” Chatting to Lola Berry, I feel like I’ve made a new friend. We bond over our shared love of avocados, the excruciating time we spend at the hair salon (it takes 10 hours to tame her mane!), our same age of 31 and the fact that it’s not until a woman is in her 30s that she can truly be herself, dismiss the negative self-talk and fade out the noise around us. And boy can Lola talk from experience on the latter. At the beginning of her
ﬂedgling career, the 23-year-old nutritionist had a regular television segment, where she copped criticism by viewers for being ‘fat’. “I remember someone walked up to me on the street and said, ‘I saw you on TV this morning, great segment,’ and I would say, ‘Oh thank you so much, what did you think?’ and she goes, ‘You should never wear yellow, you look pudgy!’” More recently, Lola has experienced the other end of the spectrum, slammed for being ‘too skinny’ while on a working trip in the Maldives and Mauritius. “A lot of people were writing (on social media) saying, ‘You look sick, you look too skinny,’ and I thought, screw this, I am so over listening to other people’s judgement and I’m doing this for me now, so take it or leave it,” she says honestly. “I’ve learned not to care what other
people think, so that’s the biggest thing that I live now. I do what feels right in my body, not what feels right in someone else’s body and I’m happy to go to dinner and I make up everything from the menu, I want that piece of ﬁsh cooked in that way, with those greens, and I own it; I’ve stopped caring what other people think.” For Lola, health equals happiness and the turning point in achieving both, is when you start putting yourself ﬁrst – making a change because you deserve to feel good, be your best, do your best and not to care what other people think. “That’s a powerful place to come from and I think that’s the ﬁrst step to health and happiness – do it for you,” she says. “Physical health and mental happiness are so heavily intertwined. From a nutritional standpoint we call your gut your second brain, because 90 per cent of the serotonin receptors are in your gut, that’s the stuﬀ that makes you feel happy. “If I go through a break-up or something and I reach for the chocolate or cupcake (I still reach for those things, I’m not going to lie), I’ll get my sweet ﬁx, but the next day I’ll be lower and it’s probably a result of it reacting poorly in my gut and
my mood being lower, and the one thing that lifts your mood fast is sugar, so it can become quite a vicious cycle. “But you make a choice and you have to have the willpower to say, ‘No I want health and I want my happiness’. There are going to be moments when that’s tested and that’s when you need to come back to your why or your purpose – which is your choice.” Working as a DJ when she was 18, Lola admits she was a bit of a party animal, indulging in booze and her favourite ‘foods’ giant Caramello Koalas and lamingtons. But a crush on her “dreamboat” DJ teacher prompted Lola to ﬂip her unhealthy lifestyle on its head. “I started to pull all of the processed food out of my diet and I decided to eat a lot of real whole foods. I wasn’t vegetarian, vegan or paleo, I just came back to wholefood, I wasn’t worried about fructose, I wasn’t worried about sugar, I was just getting rid of the bad reﬁned stuﬀ and I brought it back to real stuﬀ, and I lost 20 kilos,” she says. “It only takes 48 hours to feel good. Most of the population eats moderately well, there might be a little bit of gluten in there with your toast and Vegemite in the morning, but it’s more the little slipping things like sugar with your coﬀee, opening the Tim Tam drawer at 4pm, it’s more those things and that’s what compounds. “If you go back to real food, cooking ﬁsh and veggies at dinner time, lunch might be leftover dinner or a quinoa salad, breaky is a green smoothie – living what you would call a clean life; within 48 hours you will have dropped ﬂuid, so you’ll drop up to 2kgs and you will see the very fast beneﬁts in your mental state, you’ll be clearer, you’ll feel happier and have less negative self talk. “A lot of people think it’s too hard, ‘I’ll start the detox later, I’ll do this later it’s in the too hard basket,’ the fascinating thing is it can be in your hands within two days.” Now leading a fast-paced jet-setting life, Lola admits she too has the occasional slip up, but has the tools to get back on track, and through her eight cookbooks, is teaching others to do the same. “I’m a bit of a sponge, if I experience something I’ll try to reshare that,” she says of her inspiration behind her recipes. “I also don’t believe in missing out on something, so if there is something that I love, like Dad and I both love sticky date pudding, and so I’ll try to create a healthier version – we shot this last week for an
upcoming book. One of my naturopathy teachers at uni said, ‘If you pull something away from the client, replace it with something,’ so if someone loves chocolate, I’ll get them onto a raw vegan chocolate, or if someone loves chips, there are chips that are cooked in coconut oil.” All this talk of delicious and nutritious food has me hungry and I start thinking about what I have brought into work for lunch – homemade spinach, leek and ricotta quiche with a side of sweet potato cubes that I spiced with paprika, cumin and turmeric, #healthandhappiness. FAVOURITE INGREDIENT
Avocado and pineapple. Avocado can be sweet or savoury, it’s very versatile and it’s so delicious. The body, especially women thrive oﬀ really good fat like that. And pineapple, I’m a sweet tooth and I love ending the day with a little bit of chopped up pineapple if I’m really craving sweet, I feel like that hits a spot in my body because I don’t have it all the time, it’s my little sweet treat, but I could eat a whole pineapple in one go. FAVOURITE GO-TO MEAL TO COOK IN A HURRY
Crispy salmon. I did it the other night in 10 minutes, it’s so fast. I get a pot on with olive oil, garlic, onion and I chop in quartered brussel sprouts. In another pot I put one tablespoon of coconut oil and salmon in it. After the salmon is crispy on one side I ﬂip it and do the other side and then what I do, and this is the biggest faux pas ever, I get a knife and fork and I hack it apart in the pan and it turns into these little crispy salmon nuggets. Then I smash avo and put avo next to it. profilemagazine
WHAT’S ON AT CK?
food C is for coffee and the K stands for the Greek letter Kappa, meaning serving with open hands. CK Coffee Bar & Wholefoods owners Petra and Martin Kralovic are living that philosophy – serving real and whole food to improve our relationship with food, while serving our community and environment.
ince opening CK Coffee Bar & Wholefoods in Mooloolaba in December 2015, Petra and Martin Kralovic have made it their mission to not only serve tasty food that is good for you, but help educate their customers how to create their own magic at home. “We are very much into the healthy lifestyle and nourishing food, and what we realised was there is a lack of knowledge and lot of confusion in regards to ingredients and how to use all them, so that’s where the idea for the shop came in,” Petra says. The couple moved to Australia from Slovakia in 2001, Petra with a business degree and Martin involved in the sports, fitness and massage industry. “We both also have hospitality backgrounds, so we have put all our knowledge and experience together and wanted to be part of this inspiring
DINNER AND MOVIE: Each month, CK is putting on a delicious dinner and a documentary or inviting various guest speakers to inspire, educate and share. TIPS AND TRICKS: CK hosts many PETRA AND MARTIN KRALOVIC
for thought WORDS NICOLE FUGE PHOTOS CULLEN COLLECTION
movement for change for better health,” she says. “We truly believe the relationship we have with the food is a crucial part to our wellbeing. For us, CK is about the experience people have coming here and enjoying delicious food and drinks with their friends and families no matter what their dietary requirements. We just want you to come and enjoy our hospitality and love of food – real food.” As part of their goal to create a hub for people not only to get nourished but to connect and ask about safe advice on nutrition and lifestyle changes, CK has added to their team of extraordinaires, with qualified nutritionist. You can book for a consultation or ask for general advise in the retail health food section at the back. “Nothing is ever a hassle at CK. All your dietary needs are catered for as the menu is extensive and has been designed with flexibility in mind. Most of the dishes can be made gluten free, grain free and dairy free to name a few. Just talk to our amazing team to guide you,” Petra says. And along with the core menu, bursting with favourites, they offer a range of specials every week and have seasonal tasters such as porridge, soup and bone broth in the cooler months.
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different workshops from naturopathic presentations, cooking classes, parenting and much more.
VENUE HIRE: Hire CK for your Christmas
party, event, function or business meeting and have it deliciously catered.
REAL FOOD FAST: CK is launching a
range of fresh takeaway meals, which will be available in store and through local gyms – tasty, clean and simple meals for all diets including vegan, paleo and vegetarian.
CATERING TO YOUR NEEDS: Are you sick of the same old sandwiches and muffins at your business meetings and lunches? Let CK cook for you! KEEP AN EYE ON CK COFFEE BAR & WHOLEFOODS ON FACEBOOK FOR UPCOMING EVENTS AND DELICIOUS WEEKLY SPECIALS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 0466 844 085
KEEPING IT CLEAN
• CK is now a Lifetime Partner with the global giving initiative B1G1, Business for Good. It means that CK makes sure that every transaction makes a difference. It could be giving a child access to pure, life-saving water every time someone buys a CK coffee, or trees planted when someone buys a beautiful CK meal. “We’re so thrilled to be a part of this. And we’re only just getting started – it’s very exciting!” Petra says. You can find out more at www.b1g1.com • This month CK launches their own branded Keep Cups for takeaway hot beverages, and will also have branded takeaway cups for juices and smoothies. • They are also going strawless, all cold drinks will be served without a straw, unless a customer asks for one.
L A D I E S AT L U N C H
health & WORDS NICOLE FUGE PHOTOS TARA MURPHY VENUE CANDY ADDICTIONS
This month, we took a juxtaposed approach to Ladies at Lunch for the Health and Happiness Issue, with a night-time candy-making display in Noosa.
s I grow older, my pursuit of good health and happiness holds more importance, and I have become a better person in the process. I have learnt to do away with the silly fad diets and eat more real food, I set an alarm for going to bed and waking up, to ensure I have enough sleep and time to walk my fur babies in the morning. I have replaced my daily coﬀee with a healthier alternative – but I still allow myself a treat or two of my favourite brew on weekends. Balance is key when pursuing a healthy lifestyle, so with that in mind, the ladies and I let our hair down and treated ourselves to a candy-making demonstration (and tasting!) at Candy Addictions in Noosa. Joining me was Danni Morrison from Design by Danni, Amy Ratcliﬀe from McGrath Realty in Caloundra, Sian Howard from Sian Howard Makeup, Aimee Russell from Aimee Provence, Rebekah Fusca from Mask Events, and Sarah Roseworne from Heidi’s Body and Skincare. august 2017
PROFILE: WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT APPROACH TO HEALTH WHEN IT COMES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY? DANNI: Lots of
preparation and routine. My ﬁance and I have his three children week on week oﬀ, so I plan accordingly to make sure everyone eats healthy, nutritious meals that they actually enjoy. If that means hiding 1kg of veggies in bolognese sauce, then so be it! SIAN: Health is very important to my partner and I. We live an active lifestyle, set ourselves goals and eat clean with treats in moderation. It really is all about ﬁnding the right balance to suit you. SARAH: Everything in moderation. This allows us to enjoy all aspects to our life whether it be socialising, work or ﬁtness. profilemagazine
GOURMET REBEKAH: Our family approach to health
is also about balance. We try not to restrict any food. Our daughters know that if they are going to ask to eat one of their leftover Easter eggs, then I’m going to ask them how much salad and vegetables they have eaten today. The same goes for exercise. They know that they must balance their iPad time with getting outside and shooting some hoops or taking the dog for a run on the beach. AMY: My current approach to health includes mind, body and spirit. I nourish myself with fresh air, sand between my toes, fresh food and time by myself to switch oﬀ and unwind. AIMEE: We have a busy lifestyle, I work seven days a week and don’t really ﬁnd the time for ﬁtness, although I do try and meditate – I think it’s important for our health to have some down time. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race that you can forget what’s most important in life; the ones you love and your health, that’s why it’s so important to look after yourself and your family and ﬁnd that special time to enjoy what life is really about. PROFILE: HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCE BETWEEN HEALTH AND HAPPINESS? REBEKAH: Health = happiness for me.
I had some health issues a few years ago which has resulted in gluten and dairy being eliminated from my diet. When people ask me something like, ‘Don’t you miss cheese?’ I respond with, ‘Sure, but I’m happier knowing that I can now get out of bed each day and have the energy to do all the things I love’. My healthy lifestyle is now what brings happiness into my life. AIMEE: I think it’s really important to have a balance, we try to be healthy most of the time but we do love the odd indulgence, which can’t be helped really when we own a high tea parlour! My ﬁve-year-old loves my scones. 80
AMY: I don’t beat myself up if the balance is a little oﬀ. Sometimes the scales are tipped one way and sometimes the other, but I just try and get the balance as close to perfect as possible. SIAN: I think health and happiness are intrinsically linked rather than mutually exclusive. You have to ﬁnd what works for you and banish those feelings of guilt that sometimes creep in when we’ve over indulged or skipped a workout. DANNI: I agree; for me, health is happiness. When I’m exercising and eating well I always feel more positive, productive and full of energy. Weekends I treat diﬀerently simply because they’re weekends! SARAH: I ﬁnd that taking care of my health creates happiness, but again I feel like it comes down to moderation.
I plan accordingly to make sure everyone eats healthy, NUTRITIOUS meals that they actually ENJOY. If that means hiding 1kg of veggies in bolognese sauce, then so be it!”
PROFILE: WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE/VICE? AIMEE: Deﬁnitely my homemade scones
with blackberry jam and clotted cream; my nan’s sherry triﬂe, which is seriously delicious and she only makes it at Christmas; and a good bottle of wine.
SIAN: Pana chocolate in any ﬂavour or a
Nutella donut from the Marcoola markets.
AMY: My favourite thing in the world to do
is to go and see a movie by myself and not have to share my popcorn! DANNI: Wine, closely followed by chocolate and shoes. All three are my Achilles heel but I’m okay with it because they’re all wonderful in moderation. Except for shoes, all women should own bulk shoes! REBEKAH: Watching TV on my iPad, curled up under the doona, in my huge bed. It’s what I do to balance out the hecticness of my life. It’s my quiet down time to just turn my brain oﬀ for an hour. SARAH: My guilty pleasure is sitting on the lounge with a glass of wine and my favourite chocolate watching trashy TV. PROFILE: WHAT ARE SOME HEALTHY FADS THAT YOU HAVE TRIED OVER THE YEARS? DANNI: The Lemon Detox Diet. Did
anyone try that one? Yep, let’s lose 3kgs in a week by drinking copious amounts of warm salty water and a cayenne pepper-ﬂavoured mixture, which you then in turn gain 5kgs the following week! I stay well clear of these profilemag.com.au
GOURMET SARAH ROSEWORNE, SIAN HOWARD, AIMEE RUSSELL, DANNI MORRISON, REBEKAH FUSCA, AMY RATCLIFFE, AND NICOLE FUGE
the fabulous Farmers Market, is a godsend. We barely have to buy anything from a traditional supermarket now. PROFILE: WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO PIECE OF HEALTHY ADVICE? AIMEE: I grew up in a small town in
sorts of fads now, consistency is key for me. AIMEE: I have detoxed in the past, I haven’t done it yet this year, but I’m going to try and get round to it at some point. I found it worked really well, I would have warm lemon water in the morning, fresh juices throughout the day and veggies or salad for dinner with no meat. I did that for about three weeks and I felt great, I had so much energy. SIAN: I’ve tried a couple of diﬀerent approaches to diet – paleo, vegan, raw – and have come to the conclusion that ‘ﬂexitarian’ works best for me. SARAH: Healthy fads that I have tried are quick ﬁx diets that don’t change your way of looking at food but give you the easy option, that make you drop the weight quickly but once you stop the diet it normally all comes back on. REBEKAH: I, unfortunately, grew up with a very unhealthy relationship to food. Denying myself food to lose weight is something I’ve felt I needed to from the age of 13. The only fad that I have found to bring my body to its optimum level of health and stabilise my yo-yoing weight, is to eat a wholefood diet. Moving to Noosa and having access to august 2017
Hertfordshire in England, my mother always cooked wholesome homemade cooked food from scratch like chicken vegetable soup, stews and roast dinners, which are full of goodness. And we always sat down together as a family at dinnertime. I guess I have learnt a lot from her when it comes to cooking. Shepherd’s pie is a good one for hiding veggies in for the kids – you can just grate up carrots, celery, swede, any vegetable really, and just mix it all up with the mince. SARAH: My advice is to start the day with a warm glass of water with lemon. It helps with the digestive system and rehydrates the body, then throughout the day drinking at least 3L of water. AMY: I agree, drink as much water as you can, take your make-up oﬀ at night and treat yourself to ‘You time’ as often as possible. DANNI: Mine is about being prepared and consistent. If my meals are planned and ready to go, I’m less likely to grab quick and easy takeaway when I’m out and about. I say this because it’s exactly what I do if I’m not prepared! SIAN: It might sound knaﬀ but you really need to listen to your body – know when to push and when to rest. And same with Danni, I think it’s really important to plan
and prepare meals in advance so you don’t make bad choices just because you’re hungry and tired. I also hide fruit in a breakfast smoothie for my partner every morning, but don’t tell him! REBEKAH: I agree – work out what is best for your body. Both for food and exercise. When you put food into your body, pay attention to how you feel, not just physically, but mentally. When you exercise, do you enjoy it? I can tell you that I love to add hemp seeds to my smoothies and I think that reﬁned sugar is like a drug, or that yoga is a saving grace in my life and that smashing myself in a gym session no longer works for me, but that is just me. You need to listen to your intuition and do what makes you feel most alive, not give attention to what is the hottest new trend this month. HARRY THOMPSON
L A D I E S AT L U N C H R E V I E W CANDY ADDICTIONS, NOOSAVILLE I truly was like a kid in a candy shop – marvelling at the colourful array of sweets, chocolates, fudges and gelato, Candy Addictions is the sweet spot in Noosa. Having been in Montville for 20 years, Candy Addictions has long been a favourite for locals and visitors to the Hinterland destination, I can personally attest to picking up a few packets of rock candy and rosy apple lollipops whenever in town. With the dream of being able to extend their super sweet abilities and oﬀerings, Candy Addictions relocated to Noosa’s Hastings Street in May, where they can now make more than just candy onsite – whipping up super smooth gelato, creamy fudge and chocolates, which are all available in store. Did you know that there are only six people in Australia who make the hard candy, which made our demonstration even more special on the day of our visit. Scott Williamson took us through how to make their watermelon rock candy, which starts at a blistering 140ºC! Working on a cooling table which has water running underneath the surface to cool the candy, they add the ﬂavouring, colouring and citric acid to counterbalance the sweetness of the sugar syrup.
Working each of the colours – pink, white, green and black, Scott manipulates the sugar until it comes together in a mass and reaches 70ºC. He then moves it over to a heated table, where he further works the sugar, ﬂicking it over a hook to create a creamy or pearl-eﬀect in the candy. Then the magic begins – creating tiny candies from a 12 to 13kg mass! Firstly Scott needs to create 16 black seeds from the one piece, which he does by working his way from one to two, four, eight and then 16. He then ‘builds’ the watermelon picture, wrapping the seeds in pink, then white and finally the striped green outer, or skin of the watermelon. Once he has assembled it, he rolls it out to thin lengths, about 1cm wide, which continue to be rolled so they don’t lose their shape. When the candy sets, Scott then cuts it into 3500-4000 pieces! It was hypnotic watching Scott chip away at hundreds and thousands of pieces, and then it was time for us to try and it was surprisingly easier than I expected – needing very little force, as the candy is so brittle. While the candy-making process is absolutely amazing, what I also found incredible was the tools they use to make it, given it’s such a niche industry and skillset. To cut the candy, when it’s in its softer state, they use dress-maker scissors, when handling the candy, they use simple gardening gloves, and to cut the candy in the final stage, they use a stainless steel paint scraper. Talk about being resourceful!
As well as trying our hand at cutting the candy, we also made our own twisted lollipops, which was a lot of fun – if I ever change careers, you’ll know where to find me. Along with being treated to the candymaking display, we also tasted their selection of gelato. The Ferrero Rocher was my absolute favourite and was the best gelato in this ﬂavour I’ve ever tasted; while it was rich, velvety smooth and loaded with ﬂavour, all of the things you want in a good gelato, the taste of hazelnuts was really prominent, which balanced out the sweetness and had me wanting more. The mango sorbet also got a big thumbs up from the ladies, who said it tasted like eating a mango, if only it were as healthy! And then there’s the fudge, super smooth and creamy, the ﬂavours are subtle and delicious. It’s a hard job sampling all of these delicious delights, but someone has to do it! CANDY ADDICTIONS Shop 18A, 18 Hastings Street, Noosa candyaddictions.com.au
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Junk Junk serves a remix of Thai, Japanese, Cantonese and Korean cuisine with a freestyle-Australian twist. Making healthy and fuss-free food with locally-sourced ingredients, Junk dishes are best enjoyed as a shared-eating experience (why not order one of everything and dig in!). Since originating here on the Sunshine Coast, Junk has also since expanded into the Toowoomba, Brisbane and Melbourne markets, providing a delicious lunch and dinner experience for all to enjoy. Open seven days a week from 11am to 10pm. DINNER
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coastal style Many local couples are, or are about to be planning their perfect wedding – so why not choose a location that truly encompasses the flavours of the Sunshine Coast, with a reception at See Restaurant. Having perfected the recipe for success and with a reputation for producing some of the best food in town, See Restaurant is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Combine this with 280 degrees of unspoiled water views and a close proximity to many of the greatest chapels and wedding locations on the Sunshine Coast, and you have the ultimate venue for your wedding reception. Offering the largest and friendliest accommodation facilities on the Coast and boasting picturesque views and exciting attractions, Mooloolaba is the ideal location to host your celebration. Adding to this, See Restaurant will go above and beyond to ensure your special day is unspoiled by any inconvenience, with a fully catered reception that will leave your guests well and truly impressed, for as little as $100 per guest. As a weatherproof venue with gorgeous wharf views year-round, the happy couple can have peace of mind knowing their reception will be dazzling no matter what, and in addition to being licensed until midnight, as with the location being close to much of the Coast’s nightlife, you and your guests can continue celebrating into the night.
Your Special Menu Canapés on arrival
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Crispy house pastry filled with confit duck, Woombye camembert and smoked almonds, served with a sticky plum jus Mooloolaba king prawns, chimichurri pickle and avocado, wrapped in cured salmon with a coconut and lime jelly
Charred Kilcoy eye fillet served with truffle d mash, crispy onion chips, steamed greens and a native pepper and malbec jus. Grilled barramundi with beetroot and prese rved orange risotto, candied asparagus and a saffron and cinna mon cream
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So if you’re looking for the ideal place to celebrate your future together in wedded bliss, visit the team at See Restaurant to find out how they can make your big day all the more special.
See Restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to late and Sunday for lunch, and is available for functions. 123 Parkyn Pde, Mooloolaba QLD 4557 • (07) 5444 5044
RAW, VEGAN BROCCOLI TABOULI SALAD WITH AVO, LIME AND OLIVE OIL DRESSING RECIPE LOLA BERRY • SERVES 4
This salad was pretty much designed to make your skin glow – it’s bursting with all the things that nourish and feed it from the inside. The raspberries are full of lycopene, which is a brilliant skin protector, while the creamy avocado dressing contains healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, making your skin appear more supple and plump. INGREDIENTS • 1 head of broccoli, ﬂorets finely chopped • 1 avocado, diced • 1 carrot, grated • 1 cup roughly chopped shelled pistachios, plus extra to serve • 3 tablespoons goji berries • handful of coriander leaves • 1 punnet (150g) raspberries DRESSING • grated zest of 1⁄2 lime • juice of 1 lime • 1/2 avocado • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • salt ﬂakes and freshly ground black pepper For the dressing, put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth and creamy. Place the broccoli, avo, carrot, nuts, goji berries and coriander in a large bowl and give everything a good toss. Add most of the raspberries (saving a few to garnish) and gently fold through so they don’t get bruised. Pour over the dressing and toss together, then serve topped with a few extra pistachios and those lucky last few raspberries. Enjoy! 86
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SALTED MACADAMIA NUT SLICE RECIPE LOLA BERRY
Salted caramel and maca nuts ... this is pretty much my dream treat, and the fact that it’s good for my beauty regime only makes me love it more! Macadamia nuts are full of the proteins and good fats needed for shiny hair and strong nails, plus they are a great source of palmitoleic acid, which hydrates and heals the skin. BASE • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, soaked for 2–3 hours (or overnight), then rinsed • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted • 2 tablespoons almond butter SALTED CARAMEL FILLING • 1 cup pitted medjool dates • 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil • 2 tablespoons macadamia nut butter • 3 tablespoons maple syrup • 2 large pinches of salt ﬂakes, plus extra to sprinkle TOPPING • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted • 3 tablespoons maple syrup • 3 tablespoons cacao powder Line a 21cm x 18cm baking tin with baking paper. Place the base ingredients in a food processor and blend until the mixture is nice and biscuity and starts to stick together. With damp hands, press the mixture over the base of the lined tin and transfer to the freezer while you make the filling. For the filling, put the dates, maca nut oil, maca nut butter, maple syrup and salt in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and sticky. Spoon the salted caramel over the base and spread evenly with a knife, then sprinkle a few more salt ﬂakes over the caramel layer and place in the freezer for 30 minutes, or until set. To make the topping, mix the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and cacao powder together in a bowl. Pour this over the caramel layer and then put it back in the freezer to set. To serve, slice while frozen and enjoy straight away, or leave it to come to room temperature before tucking in. august 2017
Bulgaria is a small Balkan nation in southeastern Europe, rich in history and stunning natural surroundings. Although it has traditionally not been regularly visited by westerners, this is starting to change, as tourists realise what the unassuming region really has to oﬀer.
’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know anything about Bulgaria before I visited, but I absolutely loved it. In fact, the ﬁve weeks I spent in Bulgaria has been my favourite part of the trip so far. It was also the best time zone for me, work wise – I started at 8am and ﬁnished at 4pm. There have been times in other countries when I had to start at 4am! The capital and largest city in Bulgaria, Soﬁa, has a population over 1 million, but feels much smaller. The history is fascinating and diverse and within a small walk around the city centre, there is a mosque, a synagogue and an orthodox Catholic Church. The way modern day Soﬁa was built around its many historical sites feels ﬂuid but still respectful. There are preserved Roman ruins dotted around the metro stations and my favourite was the oldest building of the city, the Church of St George, hidden away within the
It’s not every day you get the opportunity to visit 12 countries in 12 months, while getting paid! Thanks to modern technology and What the Fox Creative’s forward thinking, graphic designer, Naomi Fenn is doing just that. courtyard of the Bulgarian Presidency. The ﬁrst day we arrived we did the walking tour of the city, visiting these sites and then realised there weren’t any tourist spots left, leaving an entire month to just... be. Bulgaria as an ex-communist country does have that grungy feel about it. Walking around the outer suburbs you do notice the ripped up tiles and run down buildings. Despite the look though, when I walked through the streets at night I felt safer than anywhere else. Every weekend we would get out of the city and go up into the mountains. The group all enjoyed rafting, horseback riding, hiking, trips to the hot springs and even a yoga retreat. The highlight of the month was hiking the spectacular Seven Rila Lakes in the highest mountain on the Balkans. It was a breath-taking experience climbing the steep cliﬀ side passing by each of the beautiful lakes, still semi-frozen in the middle of summer. Coming from the Sunshine Coast, it was a nice change to visit a smaller city, and getting outdoors and away from the city to do some exploring sat really well with me. Soﬁa was the perfect place to slow the pace down and recharge, after a busy four months spent in bigger and busier cities. Bulgaria was the ﬁrst place I have visited where I really noticed the language barrier. I found out later on that when it was a communist country the people were taught either Russian or French as secondary languages. This meant that instead of everyone I met being able to speak English
it was only two out of three. What I found most inspiring about the country was its young and ambitious startup culture. Bulgaria is leading the way for IT in eastern Europe and Forbes classed Soﬁa one of the top 10 cities in the world to launch a startup. The infectious determination I saw in those who I networked with makes me conﬁdent this is a region of the world not to underestimate. There are a few traditional foods you don’t want to miss when you visit Bulgaria and ‘banitsa’ is one of them. It’s a cheesy (and greasy) pastry that is very addictive. Bulgarian food in general, however, oﬀered plenty of healthy options that were refreshing and light, such as one of their main salads ‘Shopska’ made of cucumber, tomatoes, capsicum and sheep’s cheese. They are also famous for their yoghurt – there is a village where the people live to 100 years of age, and they swear it’s because they eat a lot of this yoghurt! I can honestly say, Bulgaria has a special place in my heart and is somewhere I will most certainly return to.
and the breast WORDS NICOLE FUGE PHOTOS CULLEN COLLECTION
For internationally-acclaimed ballet dancer Lyn Fitzsimons, her body has been her instrument for 40 years. So when a cancerous breast lump was found, she refused to be “butchered” through a mastectomy or lumpectomy. There had to be another way, and there was – oncoplastic breast surgery.
weeping her long blonde hair enough. I had overloaded on ballet. I was over her shoulder, Lyn Fitzsimons nearly 20, and I’d never had a wee beer gestures to her right breast. or a wee Shandy and I missed my teenage “To cut a long story short and years. I wanted a break, to do something ‘cut’ being the operative word, my choice fresh and diﬀerent.” was simple – mastectomy or lumpectomy. And so Lyn auditioned for Bluebell Girls My life had been reduced to these few new in Paris on the Champs-Elysées. medical terms and there I was heading “There are hundreds of girls every year towards a life without a nipple,” she says. trying to get into the Lido de Paris, but Born into a creative family, where her thankfully the director wanted classicallymum was always belting out Liza Minnelli trained dancers. That’s when the fun and her dad singing the tune of Frank started,” she says with a smile. Sinatra, dancing has been a cornerstone in “The nightlife, the VIP treatment, the Lyn’s life since she was three years old. tours, the people who visited Lido – it’s a Wanting to follow in the footsteps of world famous cabaret, we had people like her older sister, a singer and dancer in the Gloria Gaynor, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce West End of Glasgow, Lyn enrolled in a Willis, Kylie Minogue.” ballet class Within at the age of a year, Lyn There are AMAZING HEALTH 10, which met a French PROFESSIONALS out there, you photographer in dancing terms was just can’t take the ﬁrst opinion or and a few quite late. later the second opinion. Go for three – years Within a they had a year, Lyn daughter I had four surgeons’ opinions.” was accepted together. to The Dance School of Scotland – a full After seven years in Paris, Lyn returned to time boarding school for ‘gifted dancers’. Scotland and opened six ballet schools. “That was quite intense. My life became “I stayed for 10 years and it was great, eat, sleep and dance 24 hours a day.” but I was cold and it was getting me down. At the end of ﬁve years, 16-year-old Lyn I thought I’ll stay until my daughter goes to was invited to join London’s Royal Ballet. uni. Her father was back in France and she “That’s when you turn into this ballet went to uni in France, that was my cue.” machine; it was the hardest thing I’ve done In September 2014, Lyn sold her ballet in my life,” she says. schools and moved to Australia, where “I spent three years in the Royal Ballet she’s always wanted to live. bubble and upon graduating I was one of “Three weeks later I found myself on the highest qualiﬁed teachers in the UK, Duporth Avenue, dragging my 30kg life which was amazing, but I had just had behind me,” she says.
CULTURE LYN TEACHING SOME OF QUEENSLAND’S BEST DANCERS. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
LYN FITZSIMONS, DRESSED BY FERRARI
Lyn taught full time with a dance school in Brisbane, before opening her own business a year later, Adult Dance Circle Sunshine Coast. Then in September last year, Lyn was diagnosed with cancer. “I can’t describe it, it was kind of like when you go underwater and it’s muﬄed – it’s a bit of a blur.” Back in 2005, when Lyn was in Scotland, she found a small lump in her breast and was told it was a fatty cyst. So when she detected a lump in the same breast, she thought it was the same lump. “I left it. I was too busy for a lump, so I put it oﬀ,” she says. “But then it was beginning to show in my leotards and there were quite a few ladies in my adult dance class who were recovering from cancer, and I thought one of them is going to see and I didn’t want my health issues to become other people’s worries. I bit the bullet and got a biopsy on it.” A visit to a surgeon in Nambour detailed the extent of her situation – a 39mm cancerous tumour above the nipple. “The treatment was lumpectomy or mastectomy. With the lumpectomy I would be left with a scar and then I’d have to have radiation and other treatments. “They warned if they go in and it’s bigger than they thought they might have to do a mastectomy and take the whole breast august 2017
oﬀ. And they were wanting me to sign on the line, saying it’s okay to that, so they could book me into the operating theatre. “I didn’t know enough about it. I said, ‘Are these all my options?’ and he said they were – it was quite cut and dry. So I said, ‘No’. It was my ﬁrst contact and it was too much.” Lyn began educating herself on breast cancer and the options for surgeries. “They can’t just chop me and I know my mental stability and maybe due to being a dancer, I wouldn’t have been able to look at my scar every day in my leotards. It’s about my conﬁdence – my sanity is my vanity. It is for so many woman and how many women have signed on the line and now every time they hop in the shower they have a massive dent, or a scar or only one breast?” Three days later Lyn found Doctor Mara Clarson on the Sunshine Coast, who ﬁrst learnt oncoplastic techniques in 2011. “Surgery doesn’t have to be disﬁguring,” Mara says. “Women going through breast cancer have enough to worry about already, so I aim to give them a result that is good from an oncologic point of view, as well as an aesthetic point of view. Psychological health has such a huge impact on physical health and healing and achieving a good cosmetic result from surgery can boost a patient’s self esteem and psychological health.” The word oncoplastic is derived from the Greek words ‘onco’ (tumour) and ‘plastic’ (to mould), and the procedure uses plastic surgical techniques to improve cosmetic
outcomes in breast conservation surgery. “This allows a breast cancer to be removed safely, while preventing some of the cosmetic deformities,” Mara says. “Oncoplastic surgery achieves a better cosmetic outcome when compared to a traditional lumpectomy, where the tumour is removed but the defect is not closed or is closed with signiﬁcant deformity. And a mastectomy is disﬁguring and confronting for many women.” This was why Lyn opted to have the cancerous tumour removed using oncoplastic techniques and says her tumour was removed through an incision in her nipple. “There are amazing health professionals out there, you just can’t take the ﬁrst opinion or the second opinion. Go for three – I had four surgeons’ opinions,” she says. “People say you battle cancer, but the battle stopped for me, there’s a calmness over my life now. I was taking a lot for granted, I was a dance powerhouse – work and dance was my life, and I was missing these amazing things around me “Life is diﬀerent and it’s lovely.”
IZAAC LILLEY, LOCKIE J FARR, AND JACOB AND HARRY NORMAN
REACHING TO THE SKIES WORDS CHELSEA COSGRAVE PHOTOS NICOLA HOLLAND
Local band To the Skies is a group of talented guys with a shared passion – to produce quality tunes and light up the crowds with their alternative indie rock. Chelsea Cosgrave chats to the boys about their love of music, creative process and new releases.
reeting me with open arms and warm smiles, Izaac Lilley, Lockie J Farr, and Jacob and Harry Norman take a seat at our local, Old Bean Espresso, sip their coﬀees and banter back and forth about band antics. The four musicians make up To the Skies – a talented band that has recently exploded onto the Sunshine Coast music scene thanks to their foot-tapping tunes
and charming stage presence. If their faces look familiar, you may have seen them jamming at much-loved local hotspots such as Ricks Garage, Mooloolaba Surf Club and Solbar. Meeting as school boys at Suncoast Christian College, Izaac and brothers Jacob and Harry grew up together, uncovering a mutual love for music before meeting Lockie at their church, in an encounter comparable to the birth of legendary rock group, The Beatles. Named after a chapter titled ‘Close to the Sky’ in the much-loved Kiwi ﬁlm Hunt for the Wilderpeople, the boys credit the moniker as a reﬂection of their positive mindset and strong-willed passion towards music. “The chapter to us, symbolises that no matter what happens we will draw closer together, always heading and looking up
It’s all about creating MEMORIES and we want to create stuﬀ that we are personally PROUD of.”
‘to the sky’,” 19-year-old Izaac explains. Izaac delivers the band’s heartbeat on drums, Jacob leads strings on guitar and bassist Harry serves chords, while songsmith Lockie belts out the swoonworthy vocals. “We just started jamming, we didn’t really intend to become a band,” says Jacob. “In the last six months we’ve really started to take things more seriously, record some songs and do more gigs.” Like any other teens, the boys hustle profilemag.com.au
daily and study at university, coming together each week to strum some chords, write some songs and rock out. “We all have our own life, things going on, but To the Skies is our release – our joy and our passion – and music is something that we all want to end up doing in the future,” says Izaac. After months of hard work, To the Skies released their ﬁrst single Bella, an energetic and addictive tune that is reﬂective of their upbeat style. The boys recorded the tune in a mate’s home studio after mucking around with lyrics and riﬀs at Suncoast Christian College’s performing arts room, hijacking
grab a beer and sit out on the lawn and just listen’, so at least they thought we sounded alright!” And it seems the Sunshine Coast thinks they sound pretty alright too, as the quartet draws crowds to bars and has gig-goers smiling contagiously within minutes of their sets. “Performing is what we love and seeing people dance and smile because of our music, is so special,” says Izaac. “We’ve had really good responses from our live shows and everywhere we go people seem to prefer our originals to our covers, which is a really big deal and means we are deﬁnitely on the right track,” adds Lockie.
creating a band builds a foundation for its future,” says Izaac. “The biggest thing is not rushing things, and for us we need to take our time to produce quality not quantity. It’s all about creating memories and we want to create stuﬀ that we are personally proud of.” The boys’ top tip for fresh-faced musicians is to simply jam to your heart’s content and have fun doing so, while staying true to yourself and your mates. “I think the most important thing a band needs is humility,” says Lockie. “We are all boys and we can get huﬀy puﬀy every now and again, but being in this band has oﬃcially made us brothers.”
Everywhere we go people seem to prefer our ORIGINALS to our covers, which is a really big deal and means we are deﬁnitely on the RIGHT TRACK.”
BELLA AND LOVIN’ IT ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON ITUNES AND STREAM ON SPOTIFY NOW. FOLLOW TO THE SKIES’ JOURNEY AT TOTHESKIES.COM.AU
the venue as their weekly jamming hangout. “We’re pretty lucky that Lockie works at the school, so we get to use the venue’s full front house system when no one else is there,” says Jacob. “It’s better than when we ﬁrst started that’s for sure,” adds Izaac. “At the beginning, we were playing from our homes and our families would have to vacate the house. I had so many of my neighbours say to me, ‘Yeah, we used to august 2017
“We want our fans to feel connected to us and share the happiness and joy we feel when performing on stage.” Despite their young age, the boys exude a maturity far beyond their years towards their group dynamic and collaborative relationship with music. As many aspiring musicians come to realise, being in a band is a friendship, a partnership and a business – something that To the Skies recognises. “The relationship you form before
After the successful release of singles Bella and Lovin’ It, the lads are set to release their debut album within the coming year and aim to stay active on social media, charming music lovers far and wide with fresh, creative material. As their name daringly hints, these local boys have their eyes on the sky, producing and creating crowd-pleasers that are set to make the Coast swoon and their name soar up the charts. Watch this space. profilemagazine
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PROFILE MAGAZINE AUGUST LAUNCH
18 - 20 AUGUST NOOSA OPEN STUDIOS
Held in Noosa Shire, this is an opportunity to indulge your creative senses, with nearly 50 artists opening their studios to the public. Visit artists in their private studios to learn about the artists’ creative processes, see their work, and perhaps even make an art investment to call your own! Printed studio guides, with maps and details of artists’ studio locations are available online. This is a free, self-drive community event. noosaopenstudios.com.au
25 AUGUST - 3 SEPTEMBER HORIZON FESTIVAL
Immersing the Sunshine Coast in culture and creativity, the second annual Horizon Festival will be a vibrant 10-day display of the arts. Held across the Coast, Horizon will host more than 200 events across the visual art, film, literature, performance, street art, comedy, music, theatre and new media with the help of a multitude of local artists. There are plenty of free and ticketed events, so jump online to check out what’s on oﬀer. horizonfestival.com.au
Our health has the power to aﬀect our happiness and vice versa, so this month Proﬁle has combined the two in an edition jam-packed with amazing reads. Join the team as we celebrate the launch of The Health & Happiness Issue at Advanced Wellness & Behavioural Centre, where guests will be treated to delicious canapes and bubbles as they mingle with other like minded business people and rub shoulders with our featured stars. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online. proﬁlemag.com.au
24 - 27 AUGUST GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER
THE 36th annual Gympie Music Muster, proudly supported by 91.9 Sea FM, has expanded its line-up and features stellar artists including Jessica Mauboy, Adam Brand, Busby Marou, Amber Lawrence and Golden Guitar winner Lyn Bowtell. So put on your favourite dancing boots – no matter what your genre of choice, the Muster oﬀers something for everyone’s taste. muster.com.au
Isn’t it time you did something just for you? Featuring Lisa Messenger founder of Collective Hub, Jamila Rizvi, author of Not Just Lucky, The Merrymaker sisters from Get Merry app and book, Denise Duﬃeld-Thomas, Robyn Gipters, Karina Sharpe, Jaharn Giles, Kelly Carthy, Symmone Gordon and Natalee Andersen; this one day conference at The J Noosa is all about backing yourself! Tickets to the panel discussion are $199 and can be bought online.
FILM: CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE Prepare for plenty of laughs when much-loved children’s novel Captain Underpants hits big screens on 14 September, just in time for school holidays. Based on Dav Pilkey’s worldwide children’s book phenomenon of the same name, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is the unlikely hero’s first time on the big screen. Brought to life by DreamWorks Animation, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie follows two cheeky boys named George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch), whose creative pranks land them in hot water with their fun-crushing principal, Mr Krupp (Ed Helms). In an attempt to escape punishment, the crafty pair hypnotise their teacher and convince him that he is the real life version of their homemade comic book character – an overly enthusiastic and ridiculously dim-witted superhero called Captain Underpants. The boys get more than they bargained for, and hilarity ensues as they try to keep Captain Underpants’ antics under control while he wreaks havoc in his attempts to save the world. Out just in time for the September school holidays, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie will have audiences of all ages in stitches. DIRECTOR David Soren. CAST Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, Jordan Peele and Nick Kroll.
DANCE: BENNELONG Witness the incredible talent of Bangarra Dance Theatre as the troupe returns to Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 25 August to 2 September to perform a poignant tribute to one of the most celebrated individuals from the days of First Contact.
QUEENSLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE BRISBANE WHEN 25 August 2 September, 2017 WHERE Playhouse, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane BOOKINGS qpac.com.au or 136 246
Renowned worldwide for its authentic storytelling, distinctive voice and moving performances, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation Bangarra Dance Theatre will return to QPAC this month for another breathtaking performance, this time sharing the story of Woollarawarre Bennelong. Created by acclaimed Bangarra Dance theatre artistic director Stephen Page, this poignant display of talent will tell the amazing story of Bennelong, a senior man of the Eora and the namesake of Bennelong Point – where the Sydney Opera House now stands. The first Aboriginal man to visit Europe and return, Bennelong led his community to survive a clash of cultures, contributing to the establishment of positive relationships between the Eora and the British by opening up conversation between the groups in search of harmony. This is an awe-inspiring take on history that you won’t want to miss, so make sure you see it when Bangarra Dance Theatre takes to the stage.
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If there is one name in Australia synonymous with health and ﬁtness, it’s Kayla Itsines. Having been a personal trainer since 2008, the ﬁtness guru is no stranger to helping women build their ﬁtness and boost their body conﬁdence through the power of exercise, but it was the creation of her now famous Bikini Body Guide (BBG) home workout programs in 2013 that saw her rocket to social media fame on a global scale. Recently named by Forbes as the most inﬂuential in ﬁtness, and now boasting a combined social media following of more than 17 million, Kayla has taken the next step, recently releasing ﬁtness app SWEAT alongside fellow personal trainer Kelsey Wells and yoga instructor Sjana Earp. I grew up in… Adelaide, South Australia. It’s a beautiful little city. My ﬁrst job was… coaching my high-school basketball team. If I could be better at anything it would be… commandos. When I am not working I am… it depends where I am. If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably noticed that when I’m home, I like to head to the beach or hang out with my family. My most embarrassing moment was… when I slipped on my mat at my ﬁrst ever Australian boot camp in Melbourne with over 3000 girls in the crowd. My most annoying habit is… I love cleaning, and some people ﬁnd that weird. I sometimes start cleaning up around people because I usually can’t wait. My hidden talent is… I am actually okay at playing basketball. I’m pretty fast with my between-the-legs dribble. My favourite food is… I have a couple of favourite foods, but mango is probably my favourite summer food to eat! I eat lots of them when they are in season. The last thing I do before I go to bed is… I know it might not be the best habit, but I always check my Instagram and see what the BBG community are up to before I go to bed.
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August 2017: The Health + Happiness issue. Featuring Maz Schirmer, Osher Gunsberg, Adam Sellars, Kayla Itsines and Doctor Glen Richards.