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t’s so important to take time out from our busy schedules, time to stop and smell the roses … but unfortunately, with today’s increasingly hectic lifestyle that precious “me” time is becoming more and more elusive. Taking time to prepare and enjoy healthy meals, allowing time for daily exercise, sleep and relaxation is key to maintaining a happy and balanced lifestyle. As a busy working mum of three, I am all too familiar with the lack of hours in the day to get everything done, but the reality is, if we don’t, it is only a matter of time before we burn out. The Profile team is delighted to bring you this health and wellbeing issue, full of inspirational stories from those who have found a happy balance in their lives and are inspiring others to do the same. Our stunning cover girl Laurentine ten Bosch is a prime example of health and vitality. A pioneer in the field of nutrition alongside her husband James Colquhoun, the duo have joined with leading experts to offer proven strategies to lose weight, prevent and reverse disease and optimise health in general. Their story will transform how you think about food.
We also catch up with Toni Powell, creator of Gratitude LIFEclass workshop. The Profile team recently had the privilege of attending one of Toni’s life-changing workshops and learned about the importance of gratitude and how it can have the extraordinary power to change every aspect of your life in ways you might not expect. Cancer survivor Phillip Hulme tells his incredible story of how he fought back from a dire diagnosis to good health and believes we are what we think. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I caught up with the lunching ladies to discuss all things motherhood. Plus, we bring you all the latest in food, fashion, homewares, art, what’s on and lots more. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Profile magazine as much as we loved putting it together for you. Here’s to good health and happiness!
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INSPIRING WOMEN Profile joined business women from around the Sunshine Coast for the launch of the Networking Business Woman of the Year Awards, held at Factory: The Project in Maroochydore on 3 April. A red carpet was rolled out to celebrate the launch of the 2014 awards. There was also live entertainment and a fashion parade, featuring stunning gowns by Lucy Loo and hair styling by Strut Hair. photos: Trish Rudd, Empire Art Photography
MELISSA PETERS AND CLAIRE GREENHALGH
BRENDAN BATTERSBY, MICHELE DOUGHERTY AND JOHN WILLIAMS
LADIES ENJOYING THE OLD BAGS LUNCH
EMCEE, TAMARA WRIGLEY
MANDY HARGRAVES AND RACHAEL BERMINGHAM
MICHALLE FAULKNER AND RAYE
CHRISTINE PRITCHARD AND TRACY PERRYER
THE VARIET Y CHARIT Y OLD BAGS LUNCH More than $15,000 was raised for sick, disadvantaged and special needs kids at a lunch for handbag-loving women on 29 March at the Conference Centre Marcoola Beach. More than 130 women attended The Variety Charity Old Bags Lunch, donating an old handbag to the charity, as well as bidding on a range of beautiful new bags! As well as a two-course lunch, there were raffles, a silent auction and lots and lots of networking going on! photos: Cheryl Nommus, ONQ Photography JUANITA CHILDS AND BABY JAXON
LUNCHING LADIES AT THE VARIETY CHARITY EVENT
MALENY WOOD EXPO
LONG GONE LONESOME COWGIRLS
Two days of clean country family fun, hosted by Barung Landcare, the Wood Expo showcases sustainable timber production and beautiful native timbers through the work of local and regional wood artisans at the Maleny Showgrounds. There will be everything from mobile milling and slabs to fine furniture and sculptures, local Maleny produce, sustainable alternatives for the home, and much more. Pull up a hay bale and enjoy great food and fabulous local music. Cost: $15, under 16 free.
Showing at the Nambour Civic Centre, the play is based on two women who strike up an unexpected friendship. Set in a Queensland country town in the mid-1960s, Vicki, a housewife and conforming Catholic, is forever awaiting the arrival of her itinerant husband. Into her small-town existence comes Rae, a brash, hard-living barmaid. Together they find their way through the confusions of the not-soswinging sixties. Cost: $42, concession $35. www.events.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
Sometimes it’s hard to put into words what your mum means to you – but Mother’s Day is a perfect opportunity. This year, why not say ‘I love you’ with a bunch of flowers, fashion or something in the form of beautifying indulgences. There are plenty of ideas for gifts and pampering packages throughout the magazine, so go on, have a look for something special this Mother’s Day, you know your mum deserves it! And to all the mothers or soon-to-be mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day! Love Profile x
NOOSA INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
Bringing some of Australia’s and the world’s most prominent chefs, wine-makers and food personalities to Noosa, along with a great entertainment line-up, the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival is a must-do on everyone’s calendar. Celebrating its 11th year, visitors can enjoy culinary masterpieces, wine and lifestyle exhibitions throughout the four-day event. www.noosafoodandwine.com.au
15–17 MAY BYE BYE BIRDIE
Presented by Nambour Christian College, the high energy musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie will hit the stage of the Nambour Civic Centre. Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of rock star Conrad Birdie getting conscripted to the army. Before he goes to war, he is to give one last kiss to an adoring fan, which leads to many crazy antics! This high quality musical production will have you rocking in your seats! Tickets on sale through the Nambour Civic Centre. Phone: 5475 7777
BIG PINEAPPLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Sunshine Coast’s most iconic tribute to giant fruit will once again be the stage for an impressive line-up of talent. Following a successful sold-out debut last year, the festival returns with a huge and impressive line-up, including The Living End and Bliss N Eso as headliners. Also featuring is Art Vs Science, Spiderbait, Violent Soho, Thundamentals and a whole lot more. Cost: from $75. www.bigpineapplemusicfestival.com
SUNSHINE COAST HEALTHY LIFESTYLE EXPO
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As Australia’s only truly integrated health expo and conference, this expo is fast becoming known as one of the most professional and educational health events in the country. With six keynote speakers and more than 60 exhibitors, the expo is now receiving international recognition for bridging the gap between mainstream and natural medicine and its integrative focus on using a balanced approach to a healthy lifestyle and a healthy planet. Cost: $18.
Watch from the beach as some of Australia’s and the world’s most experienced sailors race when the Etchells Australasian Winter Sailing Championships hit Mooloolaba. Watch as Olympians, World Champions and America’s Cup sailors compete in the four-day sailing competition, full of excitement and tough competition. Cost: Free. www.mooetchells.yachting.org.au
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
The Caloundra Arts Centre Association is holding its very popular Arts and Crafts Fair, featuring a wonderful array of quality handcrafted goods made by some of the association’s members. All rooms at the centre, 5 North Street, Caloundra, will be filled with an exciting and eclectic selection of handicrafts including pottery, woodwork, original art and pastels to handmade lace, quilting, embroidery, jewellery and silk painting. Cost: Free. www.caloundraartsandcrafts.org.au or email email@example.com
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WORDS ANNA RAWLINGS PHOTOS REBECCA SMITH
TWO YEARS AGO, 18-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN SWIMMER TESSA WALLACE STOOD POISED ON THE STARTING BLOCKS OF A 200 METRE HEAT AT THE OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS. THE BLONDE POCKET ROCKET NOT ONLY SWAM HER WAY INTO THE FINALS OF THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES BUT INTO THE HEARTS OF ALL AUSTRALIANS.
inning that trial was probably the pinnacle of my swimming career.” Tessa Wallace, now aged 20, reflects as we sit chatting at the Caloundra Aquatic Lifestyle Centre, the training grounds where Tessa grew up. “Especially considering all I had been through to get there, it was a miracle that I won.” The journey Tessa refers to is more than three years plagued by injury, surgery and illness that took her out of the pool during what should have been the peak of her young swimming career, almost forcing her to quit the sport she loved and lived. Tessa grew up on the Sunshine Coast, and following a stint spent pursuing gymnastics, was introduced to competitive swimming at age 12, under the eyes of her parents, swim coach father John Wallace, and mother, Vicki Wallace. She always wanted to compete at an Olympic Games, and quickly realised that swimming would be the sport that would take her there. Tessa excelled in the pool, competing in various national and international events. She achieved her first international selection at age 17, as the third youngest member on the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games in 2010, ultimately winning a silver medal in the 200 metre breaststroke at the games in New Delhi, India. This victory was made even more impressive by the fact that Tessa had raced with an injury, a meniscus tear in her right knee. “I raced the trials pushing through the pain, I was on lots of
anti-inflammatories and painkillers,” Tessa says. After taking six weeks off to travel after competing, she returned home for the surgery and recovery. “It was a major blow to my training, and mental and physical health,” says Tessa. “But I realise now that it was only the start of a downhill to come.” In 2011, Tessa had what she thought was a normal virus, but after months of constant tiredness and aching muscles, found out it was much more serious – she had contracted Ross River Fever (a virus which is commonly spread by the bite of an infected mosquito). “They [the doctors] couldn’t figure out exactly what was wrong with me,” Tessa remarks. “I found myself struggling to prepare for the lead-up to the Olympic trials.” Indeed, at a time when Tessa should have been fighting fit and smashing her training sessions, the usually bubbly swimmer found herself despondently fading at every training practice. It was a dark place for Tessa. “I didn’t have the best preparation for the Olympics, I didn’t even expect to make the team as I had very little training. I considered not going,” she remembers. But, from the depths of injury and illness, her tenacity and sheer determination fought back. “I thought, ‘I’m a hard racer’ … My motto at that stage in my head was ‘go hard or go home’. So that’s what I did.” And the moment when Tessa touched in first place was almost, for her, unbelievable. “Because of everything that had happened in the past year, all these emotions started running high.” profilemag.com.au
It was a defining moment, as despite being plagued by the effects of the virus throughout the rest of the Olympics, Tessa returned home with the desire to learn more about the illness and fight it. After extensive testing in America, it was revealed that Tessa had Lymes disease, a chronically debilitating virus. Following six months of an antibiotic treatment regime, and a diagnoses of anemia, Tessa began to explore a natural approach to repair her battered immune system, although she reveals that she will never really be cleared of the virus. “I have now been on a gluten free, dairy free and sugar-free diet, I call it a
lifestyle change, for about a year now. I have found that what you put into your body is what you are going to get out,” Tessa shares. And now, it’s time to refocus. “I was out last year with my antibiotic protocol, so I didn’t make the Australian team, which forces you out of financial support, so I had to find my own income again as well as training, and studying for my Bachelor of Communication degree, majoring in journalism.” “I am still deciding what direction to take with my studies but I eventually want to work in media. I’ve grown up in the swimming world in front of the camera so it comes naturally to me!” Tessa laughs. Juggling university studies with two jobs and a social life can’t be easy, but for Tessa, it is worth it. “Swimming has been my life and it’s my world, I base everything around it and I have sacrificed so many things over the past few years.” Tessa has also dived back into her training after performing well at the State Titles, and qualifying to race in the 200 metre breaststroke event as part of the Commonwealth Games team in July after placing third at the trials last month. Now, her sights are firmly set on the 2016 Olympics. The desire to win a gold is evident in her eyes as we talk. “I want to break a world record and win that gold, maybe two or three, that would be incredible!” Above all, Tessa is incredibly candid about her journey. “Every champion has gone through something, and it’s not how they fall, but how they get back up,” she says stoically. “I believe these obstacles are tests to see whether I am strong enough and good enough. If I keep persevering than I will come out stronger than ever before … and become a champion.”
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WORDS KATE CLIFFORD
GROWING A VEGETABLE GARDEN SHOULD BE AS EASY AS PLANT, WATER, EAT, BUT AS SELF-CONFESSED NON-GREEN THUMB KATE CLIFFORD FINDS OUT, IT’S NOT AS SIMPLE AS IT SOUNDS. WE DISCOVER FROM AN EXPERT HOW TO GET YOUR DREAM VEGETABLE GARDEN TO FLOURISH, AND HOPEFULLY, SURVIVE!
have a confession to make. It’s a character flaw; something I have longed to change … OK, here it is. I kill plants. When I say kill plants, I don’t just mean your average indoor fern, I’m talking everything from grass and even weeds. Yep, that’s right, not even a weed will grow under my supervision, and that’s not good. For years I have been working on changing my gardening bad luck. I even spent a couple of weeks with my grandma in Tasmania to learn a few tips from someone wise and vegetable savvy. I am pretty sure after a few days she would have happily shoved me out the garden gate and told me never to return if she wasn’t so sweet. Instead she allowed me to pick, dig and prod her perfectly manicured garden to pieces … maybe that’s why I didn’t receive my annual blackberry jam in the post last month. When I left my last job the employees lovingly presented me with an indoor plant. It was this luscious, green thing, and even came with an idiot-proof instruction manual on how to care for the plant: water once a week with a watercan, just enough to cover the plant so the soil is damp. Sounds easy, right? It only took a month before I killed it. So here I am, with big ambitions to start my own vegetable garden, a little patch all ready to go in my backyard, and I am too nervous to give it a go. I actually felt guilty for planting a little basil plant because to someone else this plant could have flourished into something magnificent and luscious. Now it’s brown and completely inedible. What a waste. I have decided the only way to conquer my gardening fears is to enlist an expert; someone who knows the local soil and can advise me on some simple-as-possible tips to create a flourishing vegetable garden. This person is Queensland Gardening Expo guru, Annette McFarlane. Annette says sadly my dream of growing a productive garden, with luscious, leafy greens and plump, rosy tomatoes, parsley and mint on hand whenever I need it, is not going to be easy. TIP 1:
“My first tip is to avoid turning the entire garden over to productive gardening. Start with a few pots or a single garden bed. Settle on something that is easy to manage and expand your garden as your experience grows. Remember you will need to allow a few minutes to water the garden each day,” Annette explains.
Ask for help
“Enlist the help of someone more experienced. It might be a friend, relative or a friendly staff member at your local nursery. Consider joining the local organic gardening group. Experienced gardeners can help you avoid simple mistakes.” TIP 3:
stick with the seasons
“Choose seasonally appropriate plants. Not all vegetables and herbs grow well in all seasons. Start with easy herbs like parsley, chives and rosemary and grow leafy greens like lettuce and silverbeet. The choice of plants available can be overwhelming. Ask nursery staff to recommend easy, seasonally appropriate crops.” TIP 4:
Feed your plants!
And Annette’s final tips to become a savvy gardener; learn to make compost, and apply liquid nutrients. “It does not matter what method you use – bokashi, worm farms, compost bins or tumblers. Your goal is to turn organic waste into rich, soil-improving compost. Yes, you can buy compost in bags, but it does not contain the same soil life as the compost you make yourself. Without compost, your soil will be lifeless,” she says. “It takes time to build up a rich, fertile soil. Even if you buy the best soil or potting mix you can afford, it is difficult to achieve sustained growth in these manufactured mixes. Apply liquid nutrients to your garden each week. Over time, with the regular addition of compost, your soil will improve and less liquid nutrients will be required to sustain the same growth rate.” So, with this new knowledge in gardening, I am now ready to tackle my own vegetable patch, for the fifteenth time. Wish me luck! For more information visit www.annettemcfarlane.com or join Annette McFarlane on centre stage at the Queensland Garden Expo 11–13 July, Nambour Showgrounds.
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Excellence in dry cleaning is closer than you think
Excellence in dry cleaning is closer than you think
Excellence in dry cleaning is closer than you think
PROFILE SECRET LIFE
WORDS KATE CLIFFORD PHOTOS REBECCA SMITH
LUCY WALTER’S PASSIONATE PERSONALITY MAKES IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT 10 YEARS AGO SHE WAS TOLD SHE MAY NEVER WALK AGAIN, BUT HERE SHE IS, LITERALLY SKIPPING THROUGH AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
hen Lucy Walter first warned me about the gaggle of geese I would have a Mexican standoff with in order to gain entry to her homestead, I laughed, thinking ‘surely not, geese are sweet little things’. But here I am, standing outside her gate as three intimidating white birds with giant beaks stare me down. I must have stood my ground for about two minutes before my saviour arrived in the form of a golden-haired woman, wearing a vibrant pink shirt and gum boats, laughing infectiously as she shoos them off the path. Lucy and husband Gary are the founders of The Raw Food Institute of Australia; bringing together the world’s foremost experts and innovators in plant-based nutrition. The couple set up the online business 18 months ago, after discovering first-hand the power raw food has on the body and wanting to help others change their lives. To discover more, Lucy invites me to sit on the veranda of her well-loved home; a quaint weatherboard beauty, with a wooden porch wrapping its entire exterior. The ex-dairy farm is nestled on 40 acres and is surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges. The air is crisp and clean, but not exactly quiet, as the squabble of the geese, snort of pigs and three barking dogs join us on the deck. It is the most wonderful scene I think I have encountered for an interview and Lucy is the first to admit how lucky she is, because 10 years ago she was told it may never be possible. “We were living in the suburbs of Brisbane with our three teenage children when the symptoms first started to show,” Lucy explains. “I started to get really acute migraines, had a really bad gut ache, pins and needles, my vision would get blurred and I just didn’t feel right.” “I went to doctors and all they did was send me on my way with some antibiotics or whatever. One doctor sent me to hospital to have my gallbladder removed because he was convinced that was the problem!” Lucy laughs at 18
the memory, adding, “You know, because the saying, fat, fair and 40, just take something out!” But Lucy wasn’t overweight in the slightest, she was a regular gym junkie and she wasn’t 40. She was a healthy vegetarian and working mother, yet for four years nobody could give her an answer as to why her health was continuing to deteriorate. “I decided to give one last wonderful GP a go. She immediately said, ‘I am going to send you to get tested for MS (Multiple Sclerosis)’. “I just said, ‘What, no way!’ But she insisted and rushed us through. Sure enough, there it was. “In some respects it was a shocking diagnosis, but it was a relief. I wasn’t just going mad and didn’t have some weird and wonderful African disease. It was a mixed blessing I suppose.” The doctor told Lucy her MS was in a remittent stage, but would most likely flair up to later cause problems with her movement, leading to a wheelchair and cathordisation later down the track. At the time, the family were living in a three-storey house in suburban Brisbane, which had become impractical for Lucy to live in. It was at this crossroads that they decided to make some drastic, and life saving, changes. “We saw this run-down farm house and land for sale and thought, well, worst case scenario it can be modified for a wheelchair! If I can’t fix the MS, at least I have a pretty view to look at!” Lucy laughs, looking out at the truly beautiful surrounds. “The doctors offered me a whole list of drugs to take, as well as additional therapy, but I didn’t want any of it. I had such a bad experience in the early stages where they overmedicated, me with pain relief, which put me into anaphylactic shock. I just thought, ‘I really don’t want to go down that road’. To me the drugs were the last option.” Lucy and Gary took a closer look at their lifestyle to see where they could profilemag.com.au
make improvements. They had already moved to an environment where clean air, fresh water and a relaxed lifestyle was on the table, so instead they turned to their diet. “We started a completely plant-based diet and went completely raw. We did a lot of juicing, made green smoothies and grew a vegetable garden free of any chemicals or pesticides,” Lucy says. “From there, we started to notice the symptoms backing off. It was incredible, I remember my husband saying to me one day, ‘Do you notice you haven’t had a flair up in weeks?’ … I actually hadn’t noticed because I was just going about my life, enjoying what we were doing and growing veggies! “The more we continued down this road the more we started to notice the symptoms backing off more and more. So we really stuck to it, we even did extended fasts of water and salt, just to really rest my system and clean it out. Within six months my symptoms were so few and far between, it was hard to believe I had ever been diagnosed.” To further their new-found health and to give Lucy an even bigger reason to bounce out of bed every day, the couple started adopting rescued animals for their farm, taking in stray cats, unwanted dogs, cows, pigs, geese, chickens … the list goes on. “I was vegetarian for compassionate reasons and we have only ever had rescued animals as pets. We have always had a great love of animals and when we moved up here and we saw the space we had, the more we wanted to help,” Lucy says, cuddling up to Yumba, the ex-cattle dog with its head on her lap, begging for a pat. “The more we learned about a plant-based diet and started to research the egg production process in Australia and the factory farming of milk and meat, we started to realise it was a pretty barbaric process. “We decided we wanted to get a pig. Then we started to get phone calls from people who had pigs and couldn’t handle them, because they are a handful, they are hard work, trust me!” she laughs. “So we have ended up with 10!” “Then we have cattle that needed homes. We have, I don’t know how many cows, four dogs, four cats, the three crazy geese, and we have a rotating number of chickens because we often get ex-battery hens and they don’t have a long life after they leave the cage – but they have a happy one. “I tell you, the first time you see a battery hen that has not known anything different from a cage and it finds a piece of dirt and they have a dust bath for the first time in their lives, it just brings you to tears. They just instinctively know what to do, they fluff up and lay down. If chickens could smile, oh my gosh, it is just gorgeous.” Every day Lucy and Gary wake at 4.30am to tend to their sanctuary, trailing off on a 3km walk through the forest and feeding the animals scraps from their kitchen, as well as work on their business, emailing and blogging with like-minded raw foodies and eager learners from around the world. “We wanted to create an environment online for anyone to get recipes and find resources. It’s just a community for people to get educated really,” Lucy explains. “We run a six-month coaching program for absolute newbies or anyone who wants to start on a raw food journey. We are contacted every day, a lot of the people have health conditions, and want to know more about a raw diet.” Lucy says her health has never been better thanks to her new life in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, waking up everyday to a new food adventure and adoring animals, who clearly love her right back. “I had someone say to me the other day, ‘Why don’t you go for more scans to prove you don’t have it anymore’. I thought, ‘well first of all it’s supposed to be an incurable condition and I am not going to claim that I am cured because I don’t believe I am’. “But my answer was, ‘why would I put my body under that much stress, because no matter what the outcome is, I know how I feel. I walk for three hours a day, I grow veggies, I have a very fit and healthy life and I have so much fun. “For me, I don’t want to know. I don’t want to not be able to walk up the driveway and feed the pigs. It’s not going to beat me, I know that.” may 2014
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PROFILE COVER STORY
We now live and breathe what we do. It has affected every part of our journey. It is who we are.â€?
LAURENTINEprofilemag.com.au TEN BOSCH AND BABY HUGO
WORDS JESSICA JANE SAMMUT PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED
LAURENTINE TEN BOSCH AND JAMES COLQUHOUN WERE HAPPILY FOLLOWING THEIR LIFE’S PATH WHEN AN EVENT STOPPED THEM IN THEIR TRACKS AND MADE THEM QUESTION EVERYTHING THEY HAD EVER KNOWN. REWIRING THEIR BELIEF SYSTEMS AS A RESULT OF THIS PIVOTAL MOMENT, THEY EMERGED STRONGER THAN EVER BEFORE, AS JESSICA JANE SAMMUT REPORTS.
ife is an incredible beast, and sometimes the journey we ride, despite all our best intentions and planning, can take an almighty turn; one so huge that everything from before that moment suddenly shines in a different hue to everything after. Take James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch, two people whose lives were turned upside down as they fought to save James’ father from a mystery incurable illness, and in doing so, experienced an awakening so powerful they found their lives zooming off in a direction they never even knew existed. University sweethearts, James and Laurentine met at Maritime College, an immediate match. A Sunshine Coast boy (and now couple, with a nest in Montville), James, together with Laurentine, dreamt about a life on the ocean, with them both completing university to work for various shipping companies, moving into the elite sector, crewing private yachts for the millionaire jet set pack in the Caribbean, soon after. Life was smoking. They had money in their pocket, youth on their side and highflying careers. Dancing under the stars of the Caribbean night with the rich and famous, rum in hand, was a standard evening for them. Until one day, something happened. “My dad had not been feeling well for a while,” explains James. “We all thought he would come through it. However, he didn’t, and eventually he was diagnosed with severe chronic fatigue syndrome, depression and anxiety. “It was a frustrating conclusion because he was getting sicker and sicker and no one seemed to be able to tell us why or how to stop it. He was placed on a cocktail of medications (which left him feeling worse) and his health continued to deteriorate rapidly, with him inching ever closer to despair. “Laurentine and I became so worried, we started looking into alternative options, believing that there must be something else that could help him. And as we researched, we became bowled over by the information that was tucked away out there. It was like a secret unfolding, a light bulb moment.” Finding themselves on a whole new trajectory, James and Laurentine discovered the immense role that nutrition played on the body, unearthing facts and statistics and expert commentary on the impact that food has on a physiological level. Their minds were blown, drowned in layer after layer of discovery, awakening them as if from sleep. The more they read, the more they came to a new understanding, as they edged further away from the path their lives had been navigating up until this point, enrolling at the Global College of
Natural Medicine, qualifying as nutritional consultants, in a bid to formalise their research. As a result, they became convinced that James’ father could be helped by giving his body the right sustenance to aid his recovery. The bigger task, however, was to convince him of this for he was a chartered accountant with a traditional corporate outlook who trusted the medical system, even though it was failing him. “We tried our best to convince him to read the various books and articles we came across, with little success,” explains James. “When you don’t feel well, the last thing you want to do is to wade through masses of information by studying a book, so we suddenly realised the best way to try to get him to listen was by making him a film – bringing the world’s leading health and nutrition experts into his own living room to convince him that good food was better medicine than drugs. “So we gathered together seven years of our life’s savings (and borrowed some more), quit our jobs and set about making a feature documentary,” continues Laurentine. “It was the only way. But it was worth it, as it worked. Within three months of us showing James’ dad the footage and him following a vitamin and nutrition-based approach to his healing, he was out of bed where he had been for five years, off his meds (with no side effects), 20 kilograms lighter and he was feeling good. It was nothing short of a miracle.” “The results were spectacular,” agrees James. “After years on heavy doses of anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, anxiety medication and sleeping tablets, dad started taking therapeutic doses of vitamins and minerals, and within a week had withdrawn from all prescription medication. He also went on a 10-day detox, eating only raw foods and no alcohol, and continued on a special diet thereafter. His recovery provided incredibly inspiring evidence to us all of the power of nutritional therapy.” It was the catalyst they needed. James and Laurentine saw with their own eyes the importance of what they were doing, and as a result, felt compelled to share their knowledge with others in a bid to offer an alternative health narrative in a landscape that was (and arguably still is) dominated by traditional medicine. And thus Food Matters was born, with James and Laurentine releasing the documentary of the same name onto the market in 2008, where it exploded into the collective consciousness globally, taking the world by storm. It was a pivotal moment for the couple.
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“By making the movie we set out to help my dad, but it was an incredible feeling to know that we were going to be able to help many others as well,” says James. Offering scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally, James and Laurentine were able to show in the movie the importance of food, providing the view that alternative therapies could be more effective, more economical, less harmful and less invasive than conventional medical treatments. With the huge success of the film (it has even been cited by several keynote speakers at various worldwide international film festivals as a movie of worth), James and Laurentine suddenly found themselves dominating a space they didn’t even know existed five years earlier, their whole perception altered forever. “The beauty of what we discovered was that it was not only relevant to those who were unwell, but also to those who were looking to prevent illness from their lives. The often contradictory health information available out there can be bewildering, and we wanted to make it simpler for people – you are what you eat,” smiles Laurentine. Spurred on by the success of their first movie, Laurentine and James went onto make another film in 2012, Hungry for Change, investigating the diet, weight-loss and food industry. Placing it online at no cost for 10 days to share the message (the first time the premiere of a movie has ever been made this way), it was viewed by 453,000 people in 109 countries. “What happened to James’ dad became a whole-of-life change for us,” explains Laurentine. “We now live and breathe what we do. It has affected every part of our journey. It is who we are.” It is therefore little wonder that when it came to having a baby in 2013, James and Laurentine took a road less travelled also. Having questioned
the mainstream approach before, it was only natural that they would do so again. Instead of accepting what they had been taught from a young age about conception, pregnancy and birth, they once again, opened their minds, completed a great deal of research and decided on their own way of doing things. “I realised that we needed to get our minds in the right space, as well as our bodies,” explains Laurentine. “Having a baby is huge, and the mental side of it is often overlooked. We focused on detoxification and rejuvenating our bodies, plus balancing our hormones. We also meditated and welcomed our baby’s soul into our life. We put a lot of love into the conception phase. We felt we needed to be in tune with our baby and to be strongly connected to him from the very beginning.” Opting for a natural birth at home, Laurentine and James did a lot of preparation and education leading up to the birth so they could understand as much about the birth process and postpartum period as they could. When it came to the day, Laurentine found herself in a hypnotic trance for most of the labour. “In-between contractions we would count Laurentine down into hypnosis (which we had been training for over a few months) which brought the pain down dramatically in the early stages of labour before the transition and pushing began,” reveals James. However, as the labour progressed, the baby’s position turned, so a local chiropractor specialising in prenatal care was called, to turn the baby back. “If we had been in the hospital system, I would have had an episiotomy or caesarean because of this,” says Laurentine. “However, my chiropractor began deep tissue massage around my hips, back and spine for two hours, helping me to surrender to my contractions, which allowed our baby to fully relax and flip back into the right position.”
Eat with love. Love and connect with yourself, and the rest will follow.”
FIVE WAYS TO A BETTER YOU! At 7:54pm, James and Laurentine’s shining little boy, Hugo, was born with a calm and peaceful entry to the world. After the birth, James and Laurentine, in line with their beliefs about nourishment, encapsulated the placenta as a nutrient-rich supplement for Laurentine. “Ninety-nine per cent of mammals eat their own placenta because it is so good for you,” explains Laurentine. “It was only natural that we would therefore do this. One of the midwives took the placenta after the birth, dehydrated it and then blended it into a powder and encapsulated it. “We also delayed cord clamping and kept the placenta connected for about three hours after the birth to help Hugo’s immunity. Most people don’t realise that approximately 600ml of blood is still in the placenta at birth, which continues to be pumped into the baby to support the baby’s transition into his or her new environment.” James and Laurentine are living proof that change can be made, and a new way of thinking – a new way of life even – can be embraced. It is all about growth. With an Internet television site being launched this year (www.fmtv.com), streaming curated content on all there is to know about health and wellness in one neat portal, this couple are making it their life’s work to run with their new found understanding, and help others in the process. “Confidence is about feeling good in your own skin. Waking up and loving life. Having energy,” beams Laurentine. “It’s the mental and the physical, together. It’s about being at peace with yourself.” “And the right food can help you get there,” continues James. “When you are malnourished, you can’t think straight. The voices of the medical fraternity and drugs companies are so loud and so strong that many people think this is the only way. With nutritionally depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely on pharmaceutical drugs to treat what is wrong with our malnourished bodies, it’s no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. “Food can transform. It can clean you out, and once you are clean, you can move forward. You can’t heal that critical inner voice, when your body is clogged up with bread or fries, for example. Eat with love. Love and connect with yourself, and the rest will follow.” may 2014
James and Laurentine list their top five tips to a better you: 1. Eat as nature intended. Nature didn’t create you to eat ready-made meals with artificial preservatives and chemicals. It’s simple. Eat more ‘living food’ and eat less ‘dead food’! We generally recommend plenty of vegetables and fruits (all in a wide range of colors and preferably in-season), herbs, seaweeds, mushrooms, sprouted nuts and seeds, living yogurts and cultured vegetables, free-range eggs and wild fish and game. 2. Choose organic. Organic fruit and vegetables contain more vitamins and minerals than their non-organic counterparts, particularly if they are picked ripe and locally grown. Moreover, they are safer to eat as they are grown without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and genetically modified organisms. 3. Stay away from gluten-containing grains. Gluten is a protein found in most grains, namely wheat, rye, barley, spelt and kamut. Even those not diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity can do better when they avoid it altogether. Gluten irritates and damages the intestinal lining and causes inflammation, immune reactions and is a major cause of ‘leaky gut’. 4. Eat good fats. People who are trying to lose weight often try to keep their fat and cholesterol intake to a minimum. However, good fats and cholesterol are essential for the absorption of most nutrients and the production of hormones. Thus it’s important not to avoid them. Enjoy the healthy saturated fats found in coconut oil, wild-caught fish, organic dairy and grass-fed meats, and monounsaturated fats like those found in extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil, macadamia nuts and avocados. Make sure you steer clear of the oxidised, free-radical-creating trans-fats found in margarine spreads, cookies, crisps and in vegetable oils like safflower, sunflower and canola oil. 5. Get yourself a juicer and a blender. A juicer and a blender are your best friends in the kitchen. Let’s say you come home from work and you are feeling hungry and lethargic. You normally reach for a packet of chips, but why not instead opt for a quick juice or smoothie loaded with vitamins, minerals and enzymes. We call it an instant meal! This is what your cells are crying out for. profilemagazine
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SITTING ON A WOODEN bench overlooking the beach at Point Cartwright, I suck in the salt air and indulge in the peace and quiet this tranquil location has to offer. Just 200m up a concrete path, framed in lush green forest, is the famous lighthouse, the third light to guide ships into Moreton Bay since 1897, although the technology of the light is far removed from the original oil lamp and reflector of last century. From here you can see as far north as Mount Coolum and as far south as Caloundra. There is also the possibility you might spot a migratory humpback whale or a turtle as it swims past the rocky point.
IT’S POPULAR FOR ITS SURFING POINT BREAK AND BREATHTAKING HIGH CLIFFS, A FLAT LANDING OF ROCKS OFFERING THE PERFECT SPOT FOR FISHERMEN ... The beach here is un-patrolled, situated at the base of the headland at the very northern end of Kawana beach. It’s popular for its surfing point break and breathtaking high cliffs, a flat landing of rocks offering the perfect sport for fishermen to catch an evening meal. Around the corner is La Balsa Park, a popular spot for locals and visitors to enjoy a picnic, walk the dog and exercise. From Point Cartwright, the beach stretches for about 9km south to Currimundi Creek mouth, with six beach segments in between. The beach faces east and is perfect in the morning and evening, with big swell, sometimes up to four metres, crashing onshore.
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If the walk is not to your fancy, there is a beachfront drive that passes the Kawana Waters Surf Life Saving Club, which was established in 1980. Behind the club is the main shopping area, Kawana Shopping World, which is currently undergoing a $73 million redevelopment. It is one of the largest shopping malls in the region, with more than 100 retailers to satisfy any fashion or food lover. Another major development for the area is the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and $1.8 billion Oceanside Kawana development, meeting the growing demand for hospital services and education in the region. Also included in this diverse suburb is the region’s premier sports and entertainment precincts, Stockland Park and the Lake Kawana Community Centre, both home to major sporting and entertainment events throughout the year. There is the man-made waterway of Lake Kawana, which has become popular with a number of water sports including kayaking, canoeing, outrigging and dragon boat racing. Take a bike down to the lake for the perfect afternoon ride in picturesque surrounds. There are endless possibilities to spend your day, and night, at Kawana and Point Cartwright.
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UNDERWOODS FINE JEWELLERS KAWANA If you’re up for some shopping, take some time to browse the display of unique custom made jewellery at Underwoods Fine Jewellers Kawana at Kawana Shopping World. Talk to owners Stuart and Angeline McLean about having a piece made to suit your needs and budget, they are the Coast’s diamond and engagement ring specialists, offering the option of design and manufacturing in store, sketched and modelled to traditional techniques for a handcrafted design, or a blend of the two. Shop 366 Kawana Shopping World Phone: 5452 6774
Time to give your home some love and browse the beautiful showroom at Indigo Living. The team believes interior design is an extension of your own image and personality and their attention to detail and deep commitment to your satisfaction will ensure you receive the very best of customer care. Whether it’s modern or traditional furniture pieces, Indigo Living has everything and more for your home. Home Central, Kawana Way, Birtinya Phone: 5493 7166
From the word ‘saine’, meaning healthy in French, is a petite pocket of goodness where the smell of wholesome, fresh food welcomes you at the door. Juices are served in mason jars and the cake cabinet can not be resisted! Little Miss Saine was opened in December 2012 by passionate foodie Rebecca, who wanted to create a space that felt real and comfortable to her clientele, while serving home cooked food at its finest. Her creation is jam-packed full of happiness and good food for all.
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FOODIES REJOICE There is an endless list of fantastic eateries spread throughout Point Cartwright and Kawana, from One on La Balsa and Little Miss Saine for a scrumptious breakfast, to the popular All’ Antica Italian restaurant for dinner, and for something spicy, try the Curry Bowl!
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BIG WAVES, OR JUST FOR LEARNING Kawana boasts some of the biggest waves on the Sunshine Coast, with swell up to four metres on some days. If the wind is calm, it’s a great spot for beginners to get on a surfboard for the first time, with the point offering almost perfect conditions most days for the more experienced wave riders.
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SPOT A WHALE FROM THE HEADLAND Take the walk from La Balsa Park to the end of the rock wall that marks the river entrance then follow the path that winds through the Point Cartwright Lighthouse. From here, you can spot a whale or a turtle during migration, or just watch as the massive ships wait to enter Brisbane Port.
SHOPPING IS A PLENTY Kawana Shopping World is one of the Sunshine Coastâ€™s largest shopping precincts, and with its $75 million redevelopment currently underway, itâ€™s about to be even bigger. There is also the Home Centre Kawana for all your favourite furniture and abode finds.
SAUSAGE SIZZLE IN THE PARK La Balsa Park is a popular place for a barbeque or picnic with lots of room to move and spread out. There are plenty of facilities, including toilets and a playground for the kids. LA BALSA PARK
RUN AND WALK WITH FRIENDS Every Saturday at 7am the Kawana Park Run is held at Point Cartwright. The course is spread over 5km from Kawana Surf Club on a cement foot path to the lighthouse. This is a great way to start your weekend among like-minded people in the fresh, salty air!
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JACK CHILDS 5 reasons why property is a smart investment in 2014 01 safe as houses
There is a reason why “safe as houses” is a well-known saying: it’s true. According to research by AMP, Australian property has increased in value at a rate comparable to that of the share market since 1926 – an average of 11.4 per cent per annum, despite a succession of wars, disasters, recessions and crises. More importantly, it has done so without the volatility of the share market too. It’s a bricks and mortar investment, something you can touch and feel that can’t disappear.
02 tax breaks
There are huge benefits to having a tenant and the tax man pay off your investments for you. In some cases, even the most conservative property can turn into a cash flow positive wonder after tax breaks. Let’s look at a few. • depreciation
One of the most underrated and overlooked tax benefits is depreciation. This works best when you buy or build a brand new property. Depreciation on a $500,000 property can vary between $10,000 and $25,000 per annum tax deduction, depending on the quality of fixtures and fittings. This costs you nothing and is like a gift from the government. It certainly makes the choice of buying new versus old almost obsolete. New usually wins hands-down! • claimable expenses
Using the right accountant can make a difference too. There are a number of things that could be claimed that are often overlooked, including stationery and computers to travel. It’s worth taking stock of what is being claimed on your tax now – review this with your accountant to make sure you aren’t missing anything. • negative gearing
Another gift from the government is the fact that if your investment is making a loss instead of a profit, the loss is considered tax deductible. That means if you are on 30 cents in the dollar you will get back 30 cents on every dollar you
have paid tax on. It is important to note that negative gearing and the subsequent tax deduction should be considered a bonus, not the purpose of the investment, for two reasons. The first reason is that it isn’t worth throwing away $1 to get the 30 cents back. The second is that the government can change the rules at any time. So while you are building a property portfolio, treat the tax effectiveness as a bonus and always buy the best investment with the best growth potential, rather than trying to maximise tax benefits.
Self-managed super funds (SMSF) are becoming very popular. More and more people are taking control of their own superannuation because it gives them the ability not only to get more involved with their own investment choices, but also to invest in property due to the changes in legislation regarding borrowing within super. Until this option became available, most were stuck within the confines of managed funds and corporate super.
03 secure growing income in RETIREMENT
Moving on from super to retirement, the biggest positive about investment property is that it continues to grow; therefore your income in retirement will grow. Most investments start to retract when you retire and start to live off the proceeds. With properties increasing in value, so does the rent, leading to long-term increasing income in retirement. The kids don’t miss out either. Property forms a huge wealth handover in estate planning. Property enables you to live well in retirement and still provide an estate for the security of your loved ones. All in all, property is one of the biggest wealth creators in Australia.
04 you can use leverage
Using other people’s money to make you money is one of the biggest benefits of investing in property. Banks will lend up to 90 per cent of the value of a property, which means a $50,000 investment can change into a $500,000 investment. The great part of this is you will earn, in the above example, 11.4 per cent on the whole amount. For example: Eg $50,000 x 11.4 per cent = $5,700 $500,000 x 11.4 per cent =$57,000
05 property is flexible – INvESTMENT STYLES
Property is a remarkably flexible investment. No matter what your financial aims are, you should be able to find an investment strategy to suit your needs. For example: If you have time, it is the best way to build a retirement nest egg. Property has historically proven to deliver capital gain. Choosing the right area at the right time, with the right supply and demand ratio and demographics, can magnify your results. This forms an important part of property research to find out more about smart investment call Jack on 07 5451 1080 or visit www.thinkinvestmentrealty.com.au
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he impressive 3,000sqm clinic opened its doors in March this year, boasting two floors of services to cater for the needs of the growing local population. There are six highly-trained general practitioners, with a seventh soon to join. The clinic is complemented by a range of primary care nurses, allied health providers, as well as radiology and pathology providers, creating a ‘one-stop shop’ for good health. You are welcome to make an appointment with the doctor of your choice. However, if you or your family are unwell or injured, you can ‘walk in’ and be seen by a doctor without a booking. “The clinic has been specifically designed to provide Coast residents with an accessible alternative to visiting the emergency room for minor accidents and illnesses,” says Operations Manager, Kerron Bromfield. The clinic offers a mix of private and bulk-billing services for concession and pension card holders, as well as Under 16’s and Sunshine Coast University students. Perfectly located close to the University of the Sunshine Coast, and University Hospital, the centre will provide teaching opportunities for health students in the future. The staff at Ochre Health Medical Centre are excited to be at the frontier of integrated General Practice and Primary Care, and look forward to serving the local community.
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TONI POWELL WAS A SELF-CONFESSED WHINGER WHO COMPLETELY TURNED HER LIFE AROUND AND IS NOW TEACHING OTHERS HOW THEY CAN OPEN THE DOOR TO A NEW LIFE, SIMPLY BY BEING GRATEFUL. INGRID NELSON CAUGHT UP WITH THE LOCAL MOTHER OF FIVE TO DISCOVER JUST HOW SHE DID IT.
admit to feeling somewhat apprehensive on the morning of the Gratitude LIFEclass workshop (www.goodnessgraciousme.com) hosted by Toni Powell. I mean, what could this possibly be about, and how could we talk about gratitude for an entire day? Well, how wrong I was! What followed was a day of enlightenment, a day of self-discovery and several lightbulb moments that changed my way of thinking forever. From the moment we were seated inside a conference room at the Mantra Mooloolaba, I knew this was not your average presentation. Toni immediately draws you in with her very candid and personal story of love and loss. She speaks from the heart and her passion to impart her knowledge and help others on their journey towards a happier life is palpable. But let’s go back to where it all began for Toni. “I was always a whinger and a complainer because I had developed a victim mentality. I had suffered rape in my childhood and parents in those days were often not as emotionally available to kids. It left a chip on my shoulder and I carried it with me from there,” Toni says, matter of factly. “I have always had an ability to see the potential of something and I was always someone who wanted to make a difference in the world, but somehow I
turned that into an ability to see what was wrong with someone or something. I was always moaning and complaining even though I had a great life. “I didn’t understand the destruction of complaint and I didn’t understand how ungrateful I was. I knew I should be happy but I just wasn’t.” It was a series of major life events that were to be the catalyst for this filmmaker and storyteller to completely change her life’s direction. Little did she know it back then, but being put in a position where resignation was the only option from her beloved role as the head of a major arts festival, which she had dedicated years of her life to, was to be the beginning of a beautiful new life, paving the way for a new vocation, business and purpose for Toni. “We lost our home and our business and really what I thought was my reason for being,” she says. “I am someone who needs a bigger purpose to function, I can’t see the point in wading through life without something to keep me going forward … I have always needed that. “Even though I spent many years at home with my kids, and my purpose was to raise five adults that would make a difference in the world, once they started leaving home, I needed something bigger. “When everything went wrong in 2009 and I lost my job, I felt because of profilemag.com.au
my age, that was it. l thought, this is a terrible shock but I will get over it and I will get back on my feet, but I didn’t.” Exhausted, completely burnt out and consumed with anger and betrayal, Toni found herself spiralling into a state of deep depression. “I thought I would forgive and forget, but it didn’t happen. I got obsessed and couldn’t talk about anything else. I wanted to go over and over the injustice and tell people and get them to agree with me. I would talk to anyone who would listen so it was constantly fresh and constantly painful,” Toni remembers. After months of depression, barely able to leave the couch, Toni knew it was time to get help when she confided in her husband Phil that she was very depressed. “I said to Phil, ‘What am I going to do if I can’t stop this hurt?’, I didn’t know how I was going to continue,” Toni says. “I would read into people’s behaviour in a negative way. It was the lesson I thought I was taking away – to not trust anyone. Now I know what happens in the brain, I can see it was a fantasy of drama and pain but at the time it felt unbearable.” It was a brain science course Toni had heard of that saved her life. “I didn’t know what to do and the only thing I could think of was to attend this course my friend had done in the UK, and had then been brought to Australia. I only went because I trusted this person so much otherwise I never would have gone. I would have thought of it as hocus-pocus, and it was a lot of money we didn’t have at the time.” It only took until lunch time of the first day of the course for Toni to realise her fate. She knew then and there she would be ok. “That first morning I had an ‘Aha!’ moment. I knew I had created this and I knew how to undo it, I just had to do it. It was like all the stuff I had heard about gratitude started to make sense. I would tell people, ‘get happy, practise gratitude’ but I really didn’t understand. I was still waiting for something good to happen to be grateful for! “I needed to understand how the mind works and why I was thinking the way I was thinking. I retrained my brain to look for what’s good and commit to that and stop playing with what’s bad.” So what is the most important life lesson Toni has learned through her journey of self discovery I ask. “It all comes down to six words,” says Toni reflectively. “You find what you look for. That’s it in a nutshell. “If you look for reasons for people to piss you off – harsh words, a certain look – you will find it. We are very schooled to look for negatives. When I think to myself, ‘Gee my stomach is big’, I change my thoughts to, ‘But my legs are fantastic!’ I don’t see an ugly person in the mirror anymore, and I am fatter than I have ever been!” Looking back at Toni’s presentation, I too had many ‘Aha!’ moments, and found myself nodding and agreeing with so much of what she was saying, and looking around the room I wasn’t alone. Her story is one that resonates with many if not all of us. “People live in a constant state of stress and our bodies are not designed to handle that, it starts to affect how you read the world,” says Toni. “Since I have started practising gratitude the results have been instant. Even my friends notice how different I am. I have become more patient and kind and I’m not even trying. That amazes me. “Someone once said to me, ‘Gratitude unravels the knots in your life’, and I see what they mean. I expected to get happier but I was not expecting the dramatic changes in other areas of my life. Gratitude affects how you interact with nature, how you do business and has a huge effect on marriage and relationships. “People come to me with problems and I direct them to gratitude and they come back and say, ‘My problems have gone like magic’.” As I drive back to the office following my interview with Toni, I reflect on this little word, ‘Gratitude’, and just how pervasive and and profound it is. It’s not rocket science, but simply reminding ourselves of those important six little words, ‘You get what you look for’ can change our outlook and in turn our entire lives. may 2014
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Q Q Ok, so youâ€™ve decided that you want those beautiful nails that you see other women with, and you go in good faith to a nail salon / bar, and trust that the professional you are paying to do your nails will give you what you ask for. Well sorry to burst your bubble, but unfortunately that is not always the case. I have heard for so many years, how women go to some salons and get a manicure or a pedicure done and come out with painful nails or a fungus or bleeding cuticles, just one horror story after another. Or they unwittingly sit down at my nail table after booking in for a gel infill, only to be informed that they in fact have acrylic nails. So I would like to clear this up once and for all. It may seem simple and really it is: gel nails are made from gel. Period. It starts as a gel in a small pot and can be clear, white, pink or any colour really. It has little to no smell. It is applied in very thin layers and is cured between each layer in a UV / LED light. It must be applied in this manner. When complete, you can end up with very fine, natural looking nails, or they can be built up to have a thicker stronger finish. You can do any kind of decorative nail designs in conjunction with the gel. Rhinestones and other items can be encased in the gel, sparkles and glitter can be applied, and the colour combos and nail art designs are limited only by your imagination. Acrylic nails, however are made from powder mixed with a monomer liquid (the smelly stuff). The nail tech will apply a false tip to your nail, it can be white or clear or any color. If a coloured tip is used, then they will apply a clear or slightly pink tinted acrylic over the nail and false tip. Whether they apply a false tip or not, you will see them dip the brush in the liquid and then in the powder and then they will smooth this over your nail. It cures / dries fairly quickly and doesnâ€™t need a UV light. When this is dry, they will file it with the nail drill or hand file to shape and polish the nail. Once this is done, they may apply a UV topcoat that has to cure in a UV light. This is typically what they are referring to as gel nails. So next time you sit down at a nail table, ask questions, look at the products, discuss with the technician what it is you are getting and when you feel comfortable and confident get your nails done. Call Alva at A Glo Cotton Tree, phone: 5409 4400 or Mooloolaba, phone: 5444 1599 50
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ocal designer Natalie Cunningham’s swimwear range has been coveted by international superstars, but the inspiration behind her award-winning fashion line, Emu Designs, is much closer to home. This successful and super-stylish Sunshine Coast mother is a savvy creative director and fashion designer of her own label. Driven by the lack of local swimwear fashion, which celebrates a woman’s figure, Natalie channelled her cultural background and talent to deliver stylish swimwear, using the latest shapewear technology. The result is a thriving brand, which won the 2013 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deadly Fashion award and showcased at the 2014 Australian Indigenous Fashion Week. profile: What do you love most about your job? natalie: The excitement on my customer’s faces when they wear one of my designs, knowing that I’ve empowered women and made them feel confident and sexy is so rewarding. profile: What’s hot in fashion in resort wear and swimwear this season? natalie: Tribal influences of all cultures have become really popular. profile: What is the must-have item we should all have in our wardrobe? natalie: A kaftan. There is a variety available and some people choose to wear them in the water or worn over swimwear. Our Emu Designs Kaftans are 100 per cent silk and luxurious so they look great, even simply worn as daywear. profile: Who is your inspiration? natalie: I have two very rich cultures, Aboriginal and Greek. I draw on these for inspiration, and I know what women want in swimwear, which is a huge advantage!
profile: What is your go-to swimwear style? natalie: My personal favourite is an Emu Designs one-piece. Not only does it have the support of extra strong, power mesh sewn in to reduce your waistline appearance up to five kilograms, but they also look great worn as a bodysuit when teamed with a high-waisted skirt. profile: What is coming up in your range? natalie: Well, I can’t say too much just yet before I showcase it in Sydney at the Australian Indigenous Fashion Week. But I can say it’s very tribal with prints from Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures. profile: What do you always have in your handbag? natalie: Cosmetics. As I juggle working 15-hour days, my family and their schooling and sporting events take a toll on my face, so I find you can’t go past good cosmetics to take you from drab to fab! profile: What is your best fashion design tip? natalie: Wear clothes to compliment your own body shape. profile: What is your craziest fashion moment? natalie: Being a creative, crazy person I have a few, but I’ll always remember the first celebrity to take an interest in my fashion sense was Beyonce in 2002 when I was dancing with her at one of her concerts in Brisbane. She loved my snakeskin pants I was wearing! I remember feeling pretty chuffed at the time and thought ‘wow, this is crazy’. Since then I have had Jessica Mauboy and Samantha Harris talk to me about loving my line too. profile: What is your best memory working in the industry? natalie: Achieving the 2013 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deadly Award for fashion. (The Deadly Awards are televised nationally on SBS and NITV from the Sydney Opera House).
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he embodiment of a buff and bronzed boardrider, ex-soldier and former Big Brother 2013 contestant Matt Filippi is putting his considerable mental and physical strength, honed after six years in the Australian Army with deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a new focus back home on the sunny shores of the Sunshine Coast. Following his popular appearance on the reality television show last year, where he gained a fan base for his all-around nice guy charm and admirable aesthetics, Matt has now launched a personal training business, Matt Filippi Fitness Resolution, conducting outdoor boot camps around the parks and beaches of Kawana. We chatted to Matt about his passion for fitness, and his tips for a healthy lifestyle.
profile: What is your personal philosophy when it comes to health and well-being? matt: Everyone has only one body, and we need to look after it – it is our life. I think being healthy and fit is so important because it gives you so much energy, which helps with socialising and confidence. I’m a strong believer of the saying, ‘feel good, look good’.
very hard, it took a lot of concentration! I did enjoy it though, as it is so good for the body.
profile: How do you keep fit and healthy? matt: I keep fit and healthy by running at least two boot camps a day, surfing or gym every day and sometimes doing both. I’m very active as I love to make the most of my days.
profile: What motto do you live your life by? matt: My motto is, ‘One Body. One Life’.
profile: What sports do you participate in? matt: I am a part of Kawana Board Riders Club, which is a surfing club that has a competition once a month. profile: What’s your favourite ‘good’ food? matt: It would have to be steak. Can’t go past a good ol’ medium-rare steak. profile: How is your personal training business different from others? matt: I was in the Australian Army for six years and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. I became very mentally and physically fit and I use the knowledge and experience I have gained to help clients reach their goals through my training. profile: What are your thoughts on activities like yoga and pilates? matt: I tried yoga a couple of times in the Big Brother house and found it may 2014
profile: What health tips do you swear by? matt: My biggest tip with training is 80 per cent diet and 20 per cent training. Diet is so important.
profile: Favourite pastime or hobby? matt: My favourite things to do when I’m not working are surfing and spending time with family and friends. profile: What would your dream job be? matt: My dream job would be working at Sea World with the dolphins or working on Getaway. profile: What’s your favourite spot here at home? How do you explore your region? matt: My favourite spot at home is Double Island, I love camping and getting away from everything. The surf is really good up there too. profile: What is your greatest sporting achievement? matt: My greatest sporting achievement would have to be finishing second overall in Kawana Board Riders Club in Opens A Division.
Pathways Wellness Centre | 5326 3336 | www.pathwayswellnesscentre.com SCENAR (Self Controlled Energo Neuro Adaptive Regulator) is a Russian medical technology unofficially dubbed the ‘Star Trek’ device after it’s similarity to the doctors scanner seen on the popular show. In real life the SCENAR delivers non-invasive, non-toxic, computer modulated, therapeutic electrostimulation, onto and through the skin in order to prompt the body’s own healing mechanisms.
Your health relies on the continuous exchange of information within the body.”
Your health relies on the continuous exchange of information within the body. Each and every function is interrelated and works in harmony with other functions – until stress, injury or disease disrupts the communication. SCENAR communicates with all functions of the body through the skin, understanding the body’s needs from the signals being sent back and forth. The SCENAR sends a series of signals through the skin and measures the response. Each signal is only sent out when a change, in response to the previous signal, is recorded in the properties of the skin.
The SCENAR acts as a catalyst to produce regulatory peptides by stimulation of the body where necessary. It is the neuropeptides that re-establish the body’s natural physiological state and are responsible for the healing process. As these peptides last up to several hours, the healing process will continue long after the treatment is over and can also result in the treatment on one area aiding with other chemical imbalances, correcting sleeplessness, appetite and even behavioural problems. The SCENAR as seen on A Current Affair is a hand-held, therapeutic medical licensed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to alleviate pain and facilitate functional restoration and improvement. Originally developed for the Russian space program, SCENAR is a world first in electrotherapeutic real time biofeedback. Russian clinical experience over the last 25 years and anecdotal experience of therapists around the world suggests positive results with a variety of conditions.
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Wave Chiropractic | 5479 6910 | www.wavechiropractic.com.au Each year more and more people are looking for natural options to promote and care for the health and wellbeing of their children. Most modern parents are conscious of eating well, moving well, avoiding chemicals and creating a nurturing, positive environment. Many health conscious parents are also having their children checked by a chiropractor. The 10 main reasons parents take their children to see a chiropractor are:
Chiropractors work with the body in a holistic way. They work with the structure of the body and its influence on body function.”
•• To encourage good neural plasticity (brain and nerve development) •• To support their child’s overall health and wellbeing •• To help strengthen their child’s immunity and potentially reduce the incidence of colds, earaches and general illness •• To assist with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome •• To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies •• To encourage good spinal posture
•• To help improve their child’s ability to concentrate •• To assist with behavioural disorders •• To help alleviate digestive problems •• To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues Chiropractors work with the body in a holistic way. They work with the structure of the body (mainly the spine) and its influence on body function (mainly via the nerve system). A better functioning nerve system means clearer communication from the brain to the body and back again, creating a healthy, happy child! Chiropractors have specific skills and training to care for babies, infants and teens as well as the ‘big kids’. This is the reason why more and more health conscious parents have the whole family’s spine and nerve system checked regularly by a chiropractor. Your child’s health is truly their greatest asset and I encourage you to explore chiropractic and all other options available to naturally strengthen their health.
CAN YOU IMAGINE THE NIGHTMARE OF FEELING HUNGRY BUT TERRIFIED TO EAT FOR FEAR OF SUFFERING AGONISING PAIN? THIS WAS THE DAILY REALITY FOR LOCAL WOMAN NICOLA CHATHAM AFTER UNKNOWINGLY CONTRACTING A PARASITE. PROFILE’S KATE CLIFFORD SHARES NICOLA’S STORY AND DISCOVERS HOW IRONICALLY, IT HAS CHANGED HER LIFE. WORDS KATE CLIFFORD PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED
t’s early one Friday morning when I stop my car at the top of a field in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where in the middle sits a cute little weatherboard Queenslander, surrounded by lush gardens and rows of fruit trees. I don my gumboots and begin the trek across the field to the house, home to local organic gardener and blogger Nicola Chatham. I find the 32-year-old sitting under one of the trees, laptop on her knees, eating a banana and slurping herbal tea. Her dog, Lacey-Jane is comfortably nestled beside her. I am not surprised to find Nicola in the garden, in fact it was expected. After reading through her inspirational blog, www.nicolachatham.com, I doubt she spends very much time indoors at all. My first impressions of Nicola are warm and fuzzy – she is the epitome of sweet, with her long, dark hair falling effortlessly around her face and an infectious smile spread from cheek to cheek. She wears no make-up and has dirt under her fingernails from the garden and a palette of paint on her clothing. Still, she manages to look sophisticated, which is not unexpected given her success. Nicola’s job is an artist, writer, blogger and organic gardening guru. She has grounded herself as one of the Coast’s leading young entrepreneurs through her teaching and healthy ways, of which she passionately nicknames, ‘an unconventional life’. However, this way of making a living wasn’t always Nicola’s plan for employment. At the age of 26 she was half-way through a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Griffith University in Brisbane when she unexpectedly fell ill, putting a halt to her dreams. “It was a steady decline and then it became quite rapid, and I had lots of things go wrong at once,” Nicola explains. “At first I had what they call, ‘leaky gut syndrome’, which meant I had parasites eating through the gut walls and partially digested food leaking into my bloodstream causing inflammation and a lot of pain. I lost a lot of weight, I couldn’t eat anything because anything I did eat was causing a hideous amount of pain. “I didn’t know this though and I went through lots of tests with GP’s to find out whether I was gluten intolerant, but I wasn’t. I even went down to Melbourne for tests to see if it was fructose causing the troubles, but those tests also came back negative. Naturopaths, nutritionists, you name it I tried it, but none of them could help me.” This toing and froing between doctors and nutritionists continued for nine months, with each day resulting in further pain, increased weight loss and diminished energy from not being able to eat. Nicola was about to give up and hand herself to the hospital when she made a last-ditch effort to find a solution, taking her chances on another alternative health therapist on the Sunshine Coast. “She took me through all the regular tests but then set me up on a machine which works on the electromagnetic field in your body. Immediately she found the answer was not so much food allergies but a Giardia infection, which is a water-borne parasite that lives in your gut and burrows through the gut wall and lays eggs,” Nicola says. “It was absolute relief when I found out and once we started treating it I instantly felt better. I actually went downstairs and ate a sausage roll, which is quite incredible considering I was a vegan at the time!” Gradually Nicola gained strength, although she admits it took a number of months before she really started to feel better. Initially, she would see the health therapist once a week, undergoing tests to see how her body responded to certain foods. It was during this time Nicola discovered the main source of her pain was coming from pesticides found in conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables. “To test this we used the machine to measure my gut’s reaction. We tested a conventionally grown capsicum and then an organically-grown capsicum and measured the response on the machine,” Nicola says. “The organic one was perfectly fine for me to eat but the conventionally grown capsicum was screaming all sorts of bad and caused incredible pain. That’s when I made the decision that if I am ever going to feel safe eating
anything again I am really going to have to be only eating organic, and the only way I am going to know it’s organic is if I am growing it myself.” That same day Nicola joined a little community garden in her local area and started going along to meet with some of the regular gardeners, who passed on their knowledge and also introduced her to the world of permaculture – an age-old method for designing sustainable, human-supporting gardens that mimic the operation of natural ecosystems. “I was very interested in setting up a garden that was low maintenance and permaculture seemed to point to that. I went and studied a Permaculture Design Certificate in Melbourne and at that time I was looking around for a block that had enough land to grow food. I thought that I needed to have heaps of land to grow all the food I needed; I had no idea all you need is a small garden,” she giggles. “So I bought one and a half acres!” “I was able to grow food quite quickly using some of the methods I learned through permaculture and I immediately felt the difference.
I actually went downstairs and ate a sausage roll, which is quite incredible considering I was vegan at the time!”
“Although it took a good solid year to start to have any energy again, because while this was happening I also had a virus, which leads to chronic fatigue, so I was extremely tired and spent most of my time in bed.” Gradually though, with lots of lifestyle changes: starting her online blog, permaculture gardening classes and meeting the right man, Nicola says she felt increased energy and enthusiasm, more vitality and was happy for the first time in years. “I began the online blog and business in April 2011. I had done a business course and needed to make more money to keep my house. The woman who taught the course told me if I wanted to start a business it would need to be about something I was passionate about,” Nicola says. “I thought, I am pretty passionate about food and growing food because it really helped me, I have a good story and I could see a lot of things that I thought were very difficult about growing food and I what I felt were roadblocks that actually were not true. “I started writing about gardening and began with about 70 subscribers to my newsletter, which came from my old contacts at art school. Now my blog has grown to more than 10,000 followers.” Nicola admits she is still working on repairing her health, but now sees her illness as ‘a blessing in disguise’. “From my work with the blog and gardening I have been able to get back to my real passion in life – art and creativity. I married my husband Andrew and because he works away I am able to travel alongside him. I am very lucky to be able to live this unconventional life.” profilemagazine
WORDS LOUISE HICKEY ARTWORKS MIXED MEDIA: AEROSOLS, PAINT AND PHOTOGRAPHY
rowing up in Brisbane, Shannon Astill was inspired by the visual delights the city offered him, from its multiculturalism to the graffiti and stencil art etched on bus shelters and garden walls. Coupled with his love of photography, his artworks are blended influences projecting a style that is unique and very much his own. “I really enjoy mixing a lot of styles together and feel this sums up my personality best. The last couple of years my style has progressed to using photography in my artworks to communicate and add a little of my own flair to them,” Shannon says. An interior designer recognised his talents and gave him the break and encouragement he needed to build his confidence, commissioning abstracts for homes across the city. He also produced artworks that were consigned in cafes and restaurants across Brisbane and five star resorts in Port Douglas. Shannon launched his first solo exhibition at Solbar in March this year, which quickly earned him a new legion of fans. He was then invited to exhibit in Empire Brand Spank, Jugglers and Red in Fortitude Valley. “Right now I’m working on a series of eight paintings and look forward to exhibiting them mid-year as I have had some interest from a local gallery,” Shannon said.
Calling Noosa home the last number of years, this graphic designer and sign writer by trade said he used his surroundings for inspiration. “I really love Noosa and I draw so much new inspiration from its beauty and laid back atmosphere. I would really like to open a little studio and gallery here to display, not just my own artwork but any young aspiring artist.” Shannon described his style as ‘modern, light hearted and with a touch of dark street art’. He said he was grateful for the love and support of his friends. “I don’t fit into a regular artist mould but that’s the whole point!” he said. When asked of other plans for the future he laughed and said, “I’’m still relatively new but maybe if I get a gig in New York, you might see me jump around in excitement!” Shannon’s effervescent personality and sense of humour is evident in his art and is sure to make you smile.
HAYLEY IS THE BLONDE, FUNKY CREATOR BEHIND THE SUNSHINE COAST’S WHOLEHEARTED STUDIO, A GROWING ONLINE HUB SPECIALISING IN UNIQUE IDEAS AND CONCEPTS FOR STYLING PHOTOSHOOTS, WEDDINGS AND EVENTS. PROFILE LEARNS HOW THIS ‘WHOLEHEARTED LOVE’ FOR STYLING CAME ABOUT!
profile: How would you describe your design style? hayley: My style is pretty eclectic in some ways so it is hard to narrow it down to one style! I love new contemporary pieces, but I also love mid century, vintage and industrial. Combining all these elements to create my own unique new look is what I really love to do. profile: What inspires you? hayley: I am 100 pent cent addicted to magazines and blogs, and searching late at night and finding new overseas websites that I have never read before! I am also inspired by some of the great amazing local stores here on the Coast and picking through them to source products and ideas for shoots and events. profile: What has been your favourite photo shoot to design? hayley: Probably my favourite so far was a shoot for The Bride’s Tree Magazine, which I can’t say much about as it hasn’t been published just yet! But it was beautiful and I got to work on it with other amazing vendors who I have admired for a long time. But I also loved working on the Pillow Talk Australia Christmas catalogue a few years ago that went throughout the country, and seeing it set in my favourite magazines was a highlight. profile: what do you love most about your design job? hayley: I love creating by hand beautiful trinkets and wares, and finding special pre-loved pieces, giving them a new life and story, and my ever-growing prop collection of curiosities has become a big passion of mine. But putting these finds to use, creating beautiful stories and images is what really makes me smile. I love dreaming up the concepts. Planning all the little details and weaving personal and unique touches of style all the way through, designing something truly special and unique is what I live for! 66
profile: What are the design faux pas that should be avoided? hayley: I really believe that one of the biggest design boo-boos is buying a lot of inferior products and pieces that could have been combined and spent on one quality statement piece. The same goes too with buying something just because it is in fashion when you don’t really like it. Buy what you love, and buy quality and you will love what you create! profile: What is the most important lesson you have learned about business? hayley: To just do what you love and showcase the work you loved doing, and that type of work will find you again. profile: What are your top ‘design on a budget’ tips? hayley: I would recommend people making good use of Pintrest. Pin photos of the look you are trying to create and see how it all appears together. I also have a wish list board on Pinterest of things I want to purchase, and I often let them sit there for a week or two before I actually buy which stops me making impulse purchases. With my styling, I am looking at beautiful things most of the day so I like to really ask myself do I need it, and it saves me a lot of money in the long run. Hitting op shops and garage sales for unique pieces to add in to what you are trying to create often adds a lot of character to a look and are budget friendly. profile: Any advice for someone starting out? hayley: Just have fun and start taking pictures of what you are creating! At the least your friends will love to see what you are up to, and your heart will be happy from being creative. profilemag.com.au
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TOOLS YOU’LL NEED
•• 2 handfuls of young arugula (rocket)
A mandolin or sharp knife
•• 2 handfuls of baby spinach
•• 1 carrot, grated or shredded •• 2 radishes, sliced paper thin with a mandolin •• 2 small cucumbers, sliced in half lengthways •• 1 small red onion, sliced super thin with a mandolin •• 3 limes, juiced
1. Put the sliced onion in a small bowl with the lime juice to soak for at least 10 minutes. If you do this ahead of time, leaving it to soak for an hour or more creates an even softer, sweeter, pinker result. 2. Scoop the seeds out of the cucumbers with a teaspoon and throw the seeds into your blender; chop the cucumbers. 3. In a large bowl, arrange the leaves, cucumber, carrot and radish. Take the onion out of the lime juice and add this to the salad too.
•• 1 hass avocado •• 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar •• 1 pinch of cayenne pepper •• 1 tsp raw honey •• 1 handful of fresh soft herbs (works best with dill, coriander or basil leaves)
4. Add to the blender the left-over lime juice, avocado, vinegar, cayenne, honey, herbs and salt. Blend until smooth; you may need to add a dash of water to facilitate blending. Adjust seasoning to taste. 5. Dollop dressing generously on your salad, mix through before eating.
•• ¼ tsp unrefined sea salt
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that if “I have a theory not your children are brows raising their eye ur at you at least fo are times a day you gh not setting enou boundaries.” – Melissa White Profile lunch is proudly sponsored by
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NO ONE CAN PREPARE YOU FOR THE JOYS (AND CHALLENGES) OF MOTHERHOOD. THAT MIRACULOUS MOMENT YOU BRING A BRAND NEW LIFE INTO THE WORLD IS ONE OF LIFE’S GREATEST GIFTS. AS MOTHER’S DAY FAST APPROACHES, THE LUNCHING LADIES TALK ALL THINGS MOTHERHOOD AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THEM.
aking the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone. As a mother of three, I have read many beautiful quotes on motherhood, but for me, these words by author Elizabeth Stone really resonate. From the moment those two blue lines pop up on the pregnancy test, to hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time, to seeing the outline of their face at your first scan, and finally delivering them into the world … the love a mother has for their child is different to any other. Having said that, there are also challenges that come with having children that only another mother can fully understand. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I decided to catch up with a lovely bunch of mums (and one mum-to-be), to discuss the bond they share with their mums and their own experiences of motherhood over a delicious lunch at Wasabi Restaurant and Bar, Noosa. What followed was lots of laughs as we discussed the common thread that ties us all together as a sisterhood. Co-hosting lunch was the lovely Sandra Wills, director of Wealthways and mother to two grown sons. Joining us was Dr Melissa White, mother of two girls; Fiona Christie marketing communications manager at Immanuel Lutheran College and Amanda Oxley of Amanda’s Hair Design, both single mums to one son and one daughter each; Kate Clifford, journalist at Profile magazine and expecting her first child in September this year; Kaye Burns, former nurse and mother of three grown sons; and last but not least, Cherie Brazier, former Matron of Buderim Private Hospital for 20 years and mother of three girls, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren, may 2014
with one on the way. Needless to say, Cherie had a wealth of experience and advice to share with us younger mums. profile: Ladies, how have your relationships changed with your own mother since becoming a mum yourself? fiona: My mum moved to Queensland two years ago, a couple of months before my husband walked out. Her compassion and selflessness was amazing. We were always close but never like we are now. Mum and I have really connected. We are now each other’s rock. She was away for a couple of weeks recently and I was lost without her. She is the person I talk to about my day. She listens and I am there for her too. My relationship with my mum has gone to a whole new level. melissa: My mum is amazing too. I couldn’t do it without her. She has my girls every Wednesday afternoon so I can do anything urgent. Having help is so important when you are raising children and have a career. kaye: I have been married for 28 years but I had an absent husband due to being a shift worker and working away. I raised the three boys on my own really. My mum was widowed 20 years ago and moved in with us, that was such a help. The pressure with kids really starts when they start school, you need to be there for them. Before school you can choose to do as little or as much as you want. I do feel sorry for mothers who have to return to work early these days due to necessity. It wasn’t so much the case when I was raising my children. Things were much more simple back then. profile: What are some of the challenges you have faced as a mum? amanda: I have two wonderful children, both so creative and talented but sometimes I want to do to
a Shirley Valentine to be honest and just run away! It’s hard to be a single mum and take the place of dad as well sometimes. I’m finding it hard to find a balance if I am honest. fiona: I think that several times a week. I don’t think you are a mum if you don’t feel like that every once in a while. (Many heads around the table were nodding in agreement with that comment!) melissa: I have a theory that if your children are not raising their eyebrows at you at least four times a day you are not setting enough boundaries. fiona: As a single working mum, it’s hard to get to everything like school assemblies and other school events. You just have to do your best. You tend to overcompensate sometimes because you feel guilty. melissa: I think we can all relate to mother guilt! amanda: Women’s roles have really changed over the years. There was more of a community years ago. There was family around to help raising children. melissa: The old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child” is very true. profile: Do you think there is an ideal age to have a baby? amanda: I still don’t feel ready and I have two! I was 30 when I fell pregnant with my son James. I am glad I wasn’t any younger to be honest. melissa: I was 37 when I had my first daughter. I remember when I was having her, there was a white board above my bed at the hospital that said “Elderley Prima Gravida” (older first time mother). I was so emotional, I asked them to rub it off, it’s not what you want to hear. I was in a serious relationship at 24 and was proposed to but I couldn’t commit because I was starting my career. I could not become a specialist if I had children younger. I had to make the decision to wait. When I was training it was a man’s world. Less than four profilemagazine
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given “My mother has e. But me lots of advic g that perhaps the thin e most stuck with me th an d is, ‘Do your best love them’.” – Kaye Burns per cent of specialist trainees were women, now over 50 per cent are. cherie: It makes it difficult because from the age of 16 to 25 is our most fertile time. Nature suggests we should be having our babies then. I was married when I was 21. My mother and father did not want me to get married. Career girls were just starting then but I fell madly in love with this fella, married him and stayed with him until he was killed in action. I had my first baby at 24 but would have fallen pregnant earlier if I could have. That is just how it was back then. Now mothers have so many choices. When I finished school you could be a telephonist, a nurse, or get married and have babies. profile: What is the best advice your mother has given you about motherhood? kaye: My mother has given me lots of advice. But perhaps the thing that stuck with me the most is, “Do your best and love them”. At the end of the day that is all you can do. Be yourself and don’t try to live up to everyone’s expectations. It was a challenge raising three boys. When my husband came home I would drop all those badges and he would take over. I found that really hard being the control freak I was. cherie: My advice is to stop worrying about things. Just love them. Don’t be over protective. We all have to learn from our mistakes and every child will be different, there is no one size fits all. profile: Kate, as a first time mother to be, how are you feeling? What are your hopes and dreams for your child? kate: I have a great relationship with my own mum and my grandmother. In fact, my grandmother was a midwife and I have asked her to be there for the birth of my child. My fiancée Rhys is also a wonderful support and a great person and I am so lucky to have him. I am not reading too many books or listening 74
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to too many people to be honest. Motherhood comes naturally and it’s what we were built to do. I just want my child to be happy and healthy. profile: What about when your children leave home, how does life change for you as a mother? sandra: It’s an interesting one. A lot of women don’t cope because that has been their role for so long. I didn’t have that issue because my boys left home at 12. They went to Brisbane to live with their father. I was a single mum as well early on but I was very fortunate their dad was always a great father. They were under my roof for 12 years and they lived with their dad from then on. We both wanted them to go to a private boy’s school in Brisbane and at that age a father is so important to boys so it was the perfect situation. I did cry a little when they left and then I got on with it. Your nest is never empty though. They are still very much part of my life and we have a wonderful relationship. kaye: Children never really leave you. When you have a child they are with you forever and even though they leave the nest, they always come back. So there you have it. As our lunch came to a close, I looked around the table at these wonderful bunch of women who gathered over lunch as strangers and bonded as friends who have experienced the rollercoaster ride that is motherhood. I am thankful each and every day for my mother, who has been my rock, always there for me through all my trials and tribulations. It is only when you become a mother yourself that you can truly appreciate just how selfless and unconditional a mother’s love is. For all those mothers opening their precious handmade cards and treats while enjoying breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day (albeit it lovingly-made burnt toast and cold tea!) the team at Profile magazine wish you a wonderful day. Cheers to all mothers!
I had heard great reviews about Wasabi Restaurant and Bar at Noosa, but it wasn’t until my recent lunchtime visit I experienced for myself the five star food and service that has won the restaurant two chef’s hats. I am not surprised Wasabi was named the best regional restaurant in the State last year. Owner and 2009 restaurateur of the year Danielle Gjestland is the consummate professional, who has created a beautiful space with immaculate attention to design and detail. Boasting stunning Noosa River views, Wasabi Restaurant and Bar specialise in traditional Japanese cuisine, which has been recognised as the best the Coast has to offer. On the day of our visit, Danielle and her team had prepared a beautiful menu for the Profile lunching ladies, which allowed us to sample some of the delicious dishes on the menu. The current menu is designed to showcase seasonal produce from their local farm at Honeysuckle Hill, other regional ingredients and the freshest of seafood caught daily from the local fishing fleet. We started with purple king beans, bamboo, dashi and sake steamed local amberjack. Followed by wild Hervey Bay scallops, local spanner crab, saikyo miso and oga seaweed. Next was finely sliced hiramasa kingfish, toasted sesame, ginger chips miso and ponzu, followed by grimaud duck breast grilled over Japanese white charcoal, kaneichi sansho pepper, tonburi fern and kayaku rice. Each exquisite mouth-watering course was accompanied by a delicious wine, perfectly selected to compliment the dish. We finished with a dessert of Honeysuckle Hills mango sorbet, lemon basic ginger gelee and black sesame soil. Deliciously smooth and refreshing on the palate, it was the perfect end to our lunch. Service was razor sharp from start to finish and attention to detail was second to none. Wasabi is a restaurant the Sunshine Coast can be proud to call their own. WASABI RESTAURANT AND BAR 2 Quamby Place, Noosa Sound Phone: 5449 2443 profilemag.com.au
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BENCHMARK COLD PRESS COFFEE IS ICED COFFEE BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT AND IT’S TAKING SUNSHINE COAST COFFEE LOVERS BY STORM WITH ITS THIRST QUENCHING GOODNESS. MADE FROM FRESHLY ROASTED GROUND COFFEE, THIS LIQUID GOLD IN A BROWN GLASS BOTTLE IS PERFECT FOR WHEN YOU NEED A CAFFEINE HIT BUT IT’S JUST TOO HOT TO SIP A LATTE!
profile: What is cold press coffee? meta: It’s a bottle of goodness, happiness of life; flavour explosion. It’s like an iced coffee but much, much better! The coffee is real coffee beans ground and steeped in cold filtered water for more than 24 hours, which creates a non-acidic essence. We then lightly sweeten and blend with local full-cream Obi Obi milk. profile: It sounds delish, how did you come up with the idea? meta: The cold press process has been around for years but the market place lacked a quality cold press coffee that could be distributed en masse. We saw a demand, knew we had a quality product, so pounded the pavements and sold it to stores. profile: What makes cold press coffee different to your average iced coffee? meta: Most iced coffees available on the shelves contain powdered coffee and are preservative
based to ensure long shelf life. Our product is 100 per cent natural, setting a new benchmark in iced coffee! profile: It is quite popular in America, what has the Sunshine Coast’s reaction been like? meta: We are overwhelmed that the Sunshine Coast has embraced this product as the iced coffee market is predominantly owned by multinationals that throw huge amounts of money at marketing campaigns, so it has been a tough market to crack. However, Sunshine Coaster’s are staunch supporters of local businesses and the fact that this product is locally made and distributed really appeals to them. profile: Are there any health benefits? meta: We use all natural products, so it really is a bottle of goodness. Also, a cup of coffee a day can help fight heart attacks, strokes, diseases and other heart related problems.
profile: Where do your source your coffee beans? meta: Our coffee beans are sourced direct from ethical and sustainable coffee farms around the globe, intentionally chosen for our cold press method. profile: What has been your best reaction so far? meta: Last November MIX FM were doing a ‘Best of the Coast’ segment for a week. One day was dedicated to the best coffee on the Coast and we were overwhelmed with all the nominations that came in for Benchmark. We had only launched three months earlier and already we had hit the mark. profile: Where can we find it? meta: All Friendly Grocers, IGA stores, independent grocers, service stations, trendy cafes and restaurants.
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WORDS STEPHEN HEFFERNAN, OWNER AND SOMMELIER RESERVE RESTAURANT, MALENY
ustralia has seen a large influx of new grape varieties over the past decade. Some have been around forever and are just not used, whilst others are brand new clones of existing strains. Wines are made in Australia from more than 150 different grape varieties. Wine producers are always trying to find the next big trend, the same as restaurateurs trying to find the next big food trend to keep ahead of the pack. The more you focus on diversity, the more you seek it out. This, I believe, is the secret to enjoying all wines rather than just your beloved Sauvignon Blanc or Shiraz.
The more you focus on diversity, the more you seek it out ...” The classic varieties are great but there is a whole new world of enjoyment if you seek it out. Of the 2,500 wineries in Australia, about half are using alternative varieties, mainly from Italy and other European countries with a splattering from Australia. These grape varieties are used in Australia either in blends or more commonly in single varietal wines. Whites include Albarino, Arneis, Chenin Blanc, Fiano, Marsanne, Pinot Blanc, Roussanne and Vermentino.
Reds include Barbera, Chamboucin, Gamay, Mataro, Mourvedre, Nebbilol, Nero d’Avola, Sangiovese and Tempranillo. In my opinion these are the varieties to look out for. They are all well and truly tested in the Australian environment, have exceptional character and flavour and won’t let you down. Some are using brand new varietals while others are reviving old ones but the winner is always you, the consumer. I taste a plethora of these new styles and more often than not they are a treat to the senses. You wouldn’t eat the same food day in, day out, so try a new varietal next time.
GOURMET FOODIE TRAIL
KITCHEN CARNIVALE Looking for an authentic global cooking experience? Kitchen Carnivale is a group of eight women from around the world who take you on a journey to experience their food and culture. Food plays such a central role in our lives and connects us with friends, family and community. The ladies invite you to experience this in a fun, interactive and delicious three-hour cooking class, where you can enjoy cooking, eating and learning about the different cultures together. The cultures, cuisines and cooking classes include; Iranian, Thai, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, Israeli, Filipino, Mauritian / Creole and Bangladeshi / Indian. Each class includes cooking a minimum of four dishes, recipes, stories, a shared meal and a glass of wine. www.kitchencarnivale.com
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FREESTYLE ESCAPE COOKING AND ART SCHOOL EASY CHEESY Easy Cheesy is a small artisan business located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland specialising in running half-day cheesemaking workshops for groups of up to six people. You will enjoy a hands-on personalised learning experience as master cheesemaker Dawn takes you through the art of making soft cheeses and yoghurt. The workshops are run at a relaxed pace and you take home ricotta, lime cheese, mascarpone and yoghurt you made on the day. Your family and friends will be impressed when you tell them you made it yourself!
Nestled in Dulong in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Freestyle Escape offers hands-on classes in the unique, tranquil environment of their outdoor kitchen. If you’re looking to create your own group fun, they are happy to customise days to suit your requirements. Celebrity chefs and masterchefs from around Australia together with local chefs, showcase local ingredients for a personalised experience you’ll never forget. Gardening classes with their horticultural gurus include a gourmet lunch – there’s so much to experience! www.freestyleescape.com.au
CRYSTAL WATERS MONTHLY MARKETS On the first Saturday of every month, Crystal Waters welcomes you to enjoy the relaxed and creative eco village ambience on the village green. Fill your basket with local organic fresh produce, freshly baked sourdough, organic bread, vegetable seedlings, herbs, raw honey, gourmet foods, handmade soaps, and a range of other products. Reflexology, acupuncture and massage are also available. Enjoy a cup of local coffee and a delicious homemade cake and take in the morning program of live music. Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the community kitchen, and stay on for tasty lunch. The village green is a great space for children too – lots of safe open space and a play area. Stay over at Crystal Waters’ Eco Park and wake up to the sounds of nature. The Eco Park offers bunkrooms, campsites, van sites, and a cabin. www.crystalwaters.org.au
Fermented Foods This very popular workshop will be held on May 4 from 9am to 11.30am at Kunara Organic Marketplace in Buderim. This is a wonderful foundation class to learn the science of lactofermentation, so you can ferment at home with confidence! This workshop will focus on the basics of making sauerkraut and kimchee and will include: •• Sauerkraut basic recipe and recipes using various vegetables, herbs and spices •• Kimchi •• One jar of kraut to ferment at home •• Links to useful websites, tools, supplies and inspiration •• Membership to an exclusive facebook community •• A detailed booklet covering all recipes Cost is $60 per person. www.bodyologie.com/events
CHOCOLATE COOKING EXPERIENCE Discover the secret to making delicious Belgium couverture chocolates and truffles in this unique three hour cooking experience at Chocolate Moments. The chocolate-making experience begins with participants learning how to create a block of high-quality chocolate. Once the perfect block has been created, the crafting of the chocolate truffled can begin. Then it’s time to get creative and start decorating the treats. After the fun decorating is done, all that is left to do is return home to show off your gourmet creations before slowing savouring each morsel of your handiwork! The chocolate experience cost $135 for three hours and is great gift for your favourite chocoholic! To book an indulgent Chocolate Moments cooking experience, call the store on 3210 2366 or 0407 144 211. email@example.com
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the canape project Weddings, birthdays, dinner parties, corporate functions, baby showers, hens parties, long lunches … The Canapé Project specialises in stand up cocktail and canapé style food for the Sunshine Coast and beyond. Professional head chef, Matt Yurko, is passionate about creating an unforgettable food experience using the Sunshine Coast’s best fresh, local and seasonal produce. Matt’s delicious grilled haloumi with tomato and chilli jam (pictured) is just one of the delicious vegetarian options on the extensive menu. www.thecanapeproject.net.au
joy beans coffee Joy Beans grew from a love of travel through remote villages where families brew coffee grown on their own farms; through towns where the local cafes serve their neighbours’ beans. Every town, city, and country lends itself to an entirely different flavour. Fairtrade and certified organic, the range includes carefully selected single origin beans in beautiful packaging. RRP $13.80 for 225g. Available at Kunara Organic Marketplace, Forest Glen. www.joybeans.com.au
Delicious icecream The creamiest, most mouthwatering, yummy icecream on the Sunshine Coast is at Colin James Fine Foods in Maleny. Colin began producing his famous artisan ice cream, gelato and sorbet in 2001, made from local Maleny Dairies Guernsey milk, cream, processed fruit and the finest of Italian ingredients, Colin James ice cream, gelato and sorbet products have won a whole raft of awards at the Royal Sydney Show, the Dairy Industry Association of Australia and the Brisbane EKKA. 37 Maple Street, Maleny Phone: 5494 2860
Breakfast in a jar! Missed breakfast this morning? Don’t wait for those mid-morning munchies to hit, prompting you to head for a sugar-filled treat. Stop by Cup of George, Maroochydore for a delicious breakfast of mixed fruit, granola and yoghurt in a cute little jam jar … perfect! They have also recently put together a set menu of delicious, healthy and cheeky treats to cater for all tastes. www.facebook.com/Cupofgeorge
sweet potato pie Tania Hubbard’s cookbook is more than just about gluten-free and grain-free cooking – it is a story about how to make choices that suit your life, that help you feel better and have you waking up happy every day. “Gluten-free and grain-free is about good health and feeling well. It is not a fad diet or a radical way of eating. I am focused on great food that just happens to be gluten-free and grain-free and being happy with the choices I make,” says Tanya. Filled with over 150 pages of delicious, gluten-free recipes and grain-free recipes, including the delicious sweet potato pie (pictured) this book is sure to delight any discerning foodie. www.glutenfreegrainfree.com.au
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THE SUNSHINE COAST IS FULL OF TALENTED PEOPLE – EACH ISSUE WE SHOWCASE TWO SUCCESSFUL LOCALS DOING GREAT THINGS IN THEIR FIELD. WORDS ANNA RAWLINGS
“The two passions, art and science, have finally met.”
he buzz of a tattoo gun etching ink onto bare skin is as symbolic as it is permanent – a visible reminder of a long-term commitment, once thought to last forever. For Melissa Drury, as she expertly traces the lines of tattoo mistakes away, it is proof of the ability to start anew, whether that be removing an ex-girlfriend’s name off a forearm to a bold career move. After years of being surrounded by science, Melissa decided it was time to start fresh and follow her artistic dreams, trading in the stethoscope of a long-spanning career as a nurse for the tools of an artist, working with ink; specifically, the permanent kind. “I always wanted to go into the arts, film and television, but I was encouraged to follow a reliable career into nursing,” Melissa says. Early in her career as a nurse, Melissa climbed the science-focused, clinical career ladder, sojourning overseas before working for 15 years as a midwife at the Royal Prince Albert Hospital in Sydney. She has also held positions as a nursing educator and joined a large pharmaceutical company in an educational role. As the call of warmer weather beckoned, Melissa made the move to Queensland nine years ago, where she found herself exploring a new opportunity as a cosmetic nurse. This was where Melissa’s love for art buzzed back into her life, and following a chain of events, she introduced a new-style of tattoo removal on the Sunshine Coast through her niche business, Skinial. “Everything just fell into place, it was meant to happen,” Melissa smiles. And now, finally, she can draw on her love of the arts to perfect the Skinial technique. “The two passions, art and science, have finally met,” Melissa affirms. “This is my dream.”
“I have photographed several generations.” ROBYN HILLS
rom piloting a helicopter to capturing unique photographs in her Caloundra studio, Robyn Hills has a portfolio of differing talents to rival that of her stock of award-winning imagery. From establishing her business 30 years ago as a passionate photographer with a penchant for photographic art, Robyn is arguably the longest serving photographer on the Sunshine Coast. “Having been a photographer for so long, I have many families on the Coast who I have photographed several generations of. This is wonderful, as I really start to feel part of their family,” she shares. Family is a pillar of strength for Robyn, who has four step-daughters and shares a keen sense of adventure with husband Ross Harrison, owner of Cirrus Aircraft Sunshine Coast. Through qualifying as a helicopter pilot, Robyn’s photography business has been able to reach new heights, taking her camera to the skies to capture a unique perspective on the world. These beautiful images, captured from a birds-eye view, are printed onto fabric and hand-tailored into neckties and scarves, giving Robyn yet another title as a fashion designer. Add to this her various awards, including a Master of Photography IV, Fellow Australian Institute of Professional Photography, Australian Professional Photographer of the Year, Queensland Landscape Photographer of the Year, Queensland Photographic Artist of the Year, gold and silver distinction awards for Landscape and Portrait Images, and a mention in the 2013 Marquis Who’s Who.It’s no wonder Robyn’s work has taken her from the shores of Australia to New York and Tokyo, and it appears that this adventurer, property developer, invited lecturer, photography magazine writer and award-winning photographer has captured the essence of success in life, with every click of her camera.
WORDS KATE CLIFFORD PHOTOS CHESTERTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY
IMAGINE HEARING THAT YOUR LIFE WILL END IN LESS THAN A DECADE. ANNIE INFINITE LIKENS THE FEELING TO BEING STRUCK BY A MACK TRUCK, OR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS IN HER CASE. SO HOW DID THIS INCREDIBLE WOMAN BREAK FREE OF HER FATAL PROGNOSIS AND RE-START HER LIFE? PROFILE’S KATE CLIFFORD FINDS OUT.
am half an hour late for my interview with Annie Infinite, or is she half an hour late?, either way we finally meet at 11am for coffee in Cotton Tree. Annie bounds to the back of the coffee shop a little flushed in the cheeks and puffed from the run. Regardless, she has the biggest smile spread across her face. I came across Annie’s story while trawling the Internet, looking for story ideas for this month’s magazine. The first image of this bright-eyed woman popped up on a website in the UK, then Norway and finally, the Sunshine Coast. Bloggers were calling her a ‘miracle woman’ who ‘amazingly conquered multiple sclerosis’. Needless to say, I was intrigued. So here I am sitting opposite this woman, who literally ran into the cafe, looking nothing like someone who spent almost a decade in a wheelchair suffering from the debilitating disease, multiple sclerosis. “I was about 30 when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and told I wouldn’t live past the age of 40,” Annie says, in one breath. “The symptoms started with simple things such as tripping over my own feet and feeling so tired it would have been easier just to die. Honestly, I would rather have died.” Annie explains how for months these symptoms continued without a diagnosis. People called her overweight and lazy. They told her, “All you need is some fresh air”. What they didn’t know was that Annie’s body was slowly and painfully killing itself, one limb at a time. “One morning I woke up with the headache of all headaches. It was so bad, I didn’t think anyone could feel that much pain and still live. It put me in hospital, because I was paralysed as well. My central nervous system had shut down because I was being attacked by MS,” Annie says. “I lost control of my bladder, I lost control of my legs, I twitched continuously and there was nothing I could do about it. “I ended up playing video games because I couldn’t read and I would lie awake for hours and hours at night. This was around the time when the first Sega came out and I would play Alex the Kid for hours because I had nothing else to do and I had no energy. I got very good at it. In a way I think it saved my life.” As Annie’s body deteriorated so did her will to survive, and with doctors continuing to tell Annie she was on her last legs, who could blame her? After a while Annie decided she didn’t want to hear about her own ‘green mile’ anymore and she booked a trip to see a female doctor on the Gold Coast who was renowned for ‘thinking a little bit different’.
“She performed all the normal medical tests and said, ‘Yes, you have MS. You’re about 110 in body age and you don’t have long to live’. I almost fainted because I had lost all hope. But then she said, ‘But!’ and I wanted to reach across and kiss her,” Annie laughs. “She told me to start using my brain more, educate myself and wake-up to the world around me. She said I had nothing to lose and education might be my only hope.” Annie left the doctor’s surgery and had her then husband drive her straight to the video store (because at this stage she couldn’t read!) to hire documentary films. Soon after she started to use the Internet, Googling everything from wild Africa to quantum physics. “This awakening started to occur. The more I learned, the more I was woken up, and the more I was woken up, the more I learned,” she says. Annie’s neurologist was gobsmacked. He couldn’t believe the progress she was making and the changes she had made to her life. However, some people didn’t like the ‘new’ Annie. “I have now been divorced for 15 years and separated for 17. I love it!” She says with a wicked laugh. “That sounds awful, but I love being my own boss.” “I got out of the wheelchair in five years and I haven’t looked back. I am not in remission, and my neurologist has made that very clear. I have scarring from MS, but I truly believe even my scarring is being repaired now.” Annie admits she never really knew who she was until her diagnosis and recovery from MS, and now she sees it as a blessing in disguise. “Naturally I am a bit of a nutter. I have no inhibitions and I don’t have a lot of fear. Most of my life I was a doormat and as I let the real me out, the better I became and the more I have been able to achieve.” These achievements include becoming a natural therapist (in about 15 different modalities), a business mentor, public speaker and expert in marketing and public relations. She also co-runs the Sunshine Coast Healthy Lifestyle Expo, Australia’s only natural health expo and conference. “What I have learned from being sick with MS is that nothing is ever as it first seems. You have to look a little deeper to see what can be achieved, and that’s exactly why the Sunshine Coast Healthy Lifestyle Expo is such a success.” Back on her feet after our chat, Annie wraps her arms around my shoulders and slaps a kiss on my check. I walk away thinking, ‘What a woman, so confident and assured’. With a story like Annie’s, who wouldn’t feel inspired!
She performed all the normal medical tests and said, ‘Yes, you have MS, you’re about 110 in body age and you don’t have long to live’.”
WORDS INGRID NELSON
I WASN’T SURPRISED TO HEAR THE HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER SUBURB OF BUDERIM WAS NAMED THIRD, AFTER PARIS AND ASPEN, AS THE MOST DESIRABLE PLACE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD – THAT’S RIGHT, THE WORLD!
The picturesque township set atop the 180-metre high Buderim Mountain offers spectacular sweeping views of the Blackall Ranges across to the Glass House Mountains, taking in panoramic ocean views from some of its best vantage points. In recent times, the value of Buderim’s real estate has really soared, largely due to its growing facilities, proximity to nearby beaches and bustling village feel. It really does tick all the boxes. The sprawling urban centre is known for the enormous variety of architectural-styled homes, ranging from the classic “Queenslander” to the ultra-modern one-off designs. Buderim also caters to a diverse range of lifestyle choices, from acreage living to new residential developments such as Rainforest Sanctuary and The Springs.
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It’s not surprising a large number of families call Buderim home, given the plethora of facilities right on their doorstep. The area has a hospital, a number of schools, a variety of sporting facilities as well as a TAFE and the University of Sunshine Coast campus at nearby Sippy Downs. The heart of the township is its cosmopolitan business centre, boasting a number of cafes, eateries, boutiques and specialty outlets, as well as Woolworths and several major banks.
In recent times, the value of Buderim’s real estate has really soared ... It really does tick all the boxes.” You can linger over breakfast, lunch or dinner in Buderim any day of the week. The numerous cafes and restaurants are always abuzz with visitors, residents and local business people taking a break with colleagues, friends or family. As the sun goes down, Buderim’s restaurants come alive with tantalising tastes from around the globe. Nature lovers will feel right at home too with the rainforest boardwalk through Buderim Forest Park to the picturesque Buderim Falls, home to an array of native wildlife, as well as many other bike tracks and walkways. Buderim also has a rich and colourful history. Did you know its name is derived from the Aboriginal word for Hairpin Honeysuckle – Badderam. Ginger once grew all over Buderim and was processed in the original Buderim Ginger Factory, which was built and operated in the heart of Buderim but is now located at Yandina. Great location, great facilities, great atmosphere – it’s not hard to see why Buderim is top of the list when it comes to where to hang your hat! may 2014
Homes fully owned
Homes being purchased
$523,000 Median sale price for house
$385,000 Median sale price for unit
$460 Median price for rent for house
$340 Median price for rent for unit
Figures and data sourced from RP Data for the 12 months ending December 2013
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here is no denying that Dave and Dani West have had a busy few years. The couple moved to Queensland from Sydney after the birth of their three children, Cam, who has autism, and twin boys, Kyle and Joel – all three having being born within 13 months of each other. A simpler life was found on the Sunshine Coast, when in 2012, Dave took voluntary redundancy from a job he had held for 11 years. With time to reassess their lives, the couple decided to take on a new project and came up with the concept for CTRL V, a ground breaking Australian product for surfers. Using the highest print quality available, CTRL V delivers breath-taking reproductions of digital images onto surfboards (above the fibreglass), creating bespoke boards, that up until now, surfers have only dreamed of. Six months into the new business and Dave talks to Profile about his life’s biggest milestones. Life changing milestone 1: The autism diagnosis In 2002, our eldest son was diagnosed with autism. The shock of getting the news that your ‘perfect’ child has a ‘disability’ is difficult to put into words. The road since could fill a phone book. We are very lucky to share Cam’s journey with him. He is an old soul, a straight shooter, with a tender heart and an infectious smile. I couldn’t imagine our lives without the world brought to us by Cammo. Life changing milestone 2: Changing roles In July 2012, I took a voluntary redundancy package from an 11-year career. I had to reassess what was important to my career, after such a long time in the same industry working for local government. This led to a chance to become focused about what was really important to me, and the things that started to wash out were doing good and having fun, which is our motto at CTRL V. Above all else, we wanted to create some change and enjoy ourselves along the way.
Life changing milestone 3: Backpacking through South-East Asia From September until November 2012, we backpacked as a family through South-East Asia (it was our first family holiday). While looking at some options work wise, a colleague, after hearing the recent development of my redundancy, asked, “So when are you travelling?”. My answer was, “We’re not!”. She said, “Why not!”. So in less than 30 days, we had planned a two-and-a-half-month trip, and organised passports, visas, flights, and everything else. It was a truly amazing family bonding experience, which showed us there is so much more to life than the daily grind. Life should be lived in the moment. Life changing milestone 4: The birth of our twin boys In November 2000, our twin boys were born. The welcoming home of a new child is something that changes your life, let alone having three babies within 13 months of each other. It turned our lives upside down! My wife, Dani, needed support at home and I was working long hours. We made the call to move to Queensland from Sydney and make our lives a little simpler. I wanted to be a dad, not just a father. Life changing milestone 5: The birth of CTRL V The months of April 2013 until October 2013 marked the beginning of CTRL V. I had the idea for CTRL V while surfing, and the next week we were planning the business over too many Bintangs in Bali! Ultimately, CTRL V was the culmination of five months research and development though. We believe this will shift the way surfers customise their boards all over the world. We launched CTRL V in October with an exhibition of the artists we are working with. We have many milestones ahead.
The welcoming home of a new child is something that changes your life, let alone having three babies within 13 months of each other. It turned our lives upside down!â€?
DAVE AND DANI WEST
WORDS ANNA RAWLINGS PHOTOS REBECCA SMITH
CRADLED AT THE FOOT OF THE SUNSHINE COAST’S ROLLING HINTERLAND LIES A QUIET SPHERE OF PEACE AND SPIRITUALITY AT THE CHENRIZEG INSTITUTE, WHERE BUDDHISM MEETS THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH.
s someone who loves making the most of living on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, a visit to the Chenrezig Institute centre for Buddhist study, meditation, retreat and practice nestled at the foot of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Eudlo, had been on the top of my to-do list for some time. Ironically, it was my busy schedule that had prevented me from visiting this renowned sanctuary where time can be put on hold. However, one sunny Sunday I was able to make the trip, and spent a few blissful hours in utter peace, contemplation and solitude. Upon arriving at the Chenrezig Institute, the encompassing sounds of nature and birds trilling are immediately soothing. It is forbidden to harm or kill any living creature at the centre, so I have to be careful to gently brush away any errant insects, and watch where I put my feet. There is a well-marked path from the ample car parking to the reception and gift shop area, where day visitors are advised to report to, and where the guests 90
who are staying in one of the many rustic cabins, huts or rooms available to check in. There are hidden treasures available to purchase in the gift shop too, a must for any keen shopper, and I spend some time browsing the colourful wares. Upon receiving my map of the grounds, I decide to try the Garden of Enlightenment; a garden and temple established in 1994, just a 250 metre walk away. I begin the light trek down a winding trail past towering trees and rustic wooden cabins nestled amongst the greenery, with vines and clusters of bamboo trees. Arriving at the Garden of Enlightenment, the shrine is flanked by a manicured lawn and exquisite flower garden – a majestic sight as the white wash walls and colourful tiles reflect in the sunshine. Stepping into the cool interior of the shrine, where the ‘stupas’ (Buddhist urns) are kept in 13 separate shrine rooms, decorated with paintings and hundreds of gold profilemag.com.au
Feeling completely relaxed and contemplative, I begin the stroll back under the colourful fluttering tendrils of the traditional Tibetan prayer flags ...”
tiles. The silence is whole and heavy, as visitors pay their respects. Outside, I venture to the rooftop level of the shrine, which reveals eight larger stupas, each displayed for different deeds of the Buddha. The grounds surrounding the shrine feature prayer wheels and smaller memorial stupas, studded amongst flower gardens, with the sounds of a trickling water feature and sparkling pond providing a backdrop for the shady areas under the sweeping boughs of trees. It is a perfect place to sit quietly and listen to the flurry of the dragonflies. Feeling completely relaxed and contemplative, I begin the stroll back under the colourful fluttering tendrils of the traditional Tibetan prayer flags, symbolising spiritual practices and beliefs, which are featured prominently throughout the grounds of the institute, either lining the paths or flying overhead as bright talismans against the blue sky. Following the stairs, I arrive at the Gompa, the resident temple used for a meditation hall, teaching classes and hosting retreats and courses. It is a spacious area, quite aptly named, as I am informed that ‘Gom’ is the Tibetan word for meditation. A quick look in the nearby library reveals a collection of books from psychology to philosophy and titles on Buddhism to suit all readers from browsers and visitors to the most dedicated of students. After exploring the grounds, the Big Love Cafe tempts with a selection of handmade treats, hot drinks and a set menu for breakfast and lunch. The tea is freely given and the food is delicious, hand made by the dedicated volunteers who staff the cafe. A silent retreat is currently underway, so the other day-visitors and guests are respectful of noise levels, but the quiet chatter of the cafe and outdoor seating areas are still welcoming. I elect to sit cross legged on the lush green grass beneath the Gompa, in the shade of a tree, sipping green tea and savouring a blueberry and almond slice. It is eye-opening to sit and watch the monks, nuns and students strolling through the grounds, yet at no time do I feel out of place or obtrusive. It is a place to enjoy nature, explore a therapeutic approach to wellbeing, and appreciate this peaceful way of life, taking some time out and simply soaking it all in.
✳ Explore For those who wish to explore Buddhism, there are study programmes, meditation classes, retreats and volunteer opportunities available to receive education in a harmonious environment. Day visitors are welcome Wednesday to Sunday.
The Chenrezig Institute is a non-profit charitable organisation established in 1974 after a month-long meditation course was conducted by two lamas, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, in Diamond Valley, Mooloolah. Four of the 200 students who participated in the course then donated the land, originally used for cattle grazing, at Eudlo for the institute to be established upon, eventually transforming the land into the thriving Tibetan Buddhist centre it is today.
WORDS JESSICA JANE SAMMUT PHOTOS CHESTERTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY
WITH A DEATH SENTENCE AROUND HIS NECK AT THE AGE OF 27 AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH A RARE KIDNEY CONDITION, AND THEN AGAIN AT 61 WITH A VERDICT OF TRIPLE CANCER, PHILLIP HULME, AGAINST ALL THE ODDS, IS STILL GOING STRONG. BUT HOW HAS HE DONE IT? JESSICA JANE SAMMUT CHATS TO THE MAN WHO BELIEVES WE ARE WHAT WE THINK.
t’s 1972, and I am in the office of an eminent Melbourne medical specialist awaiting the results of a simple urine test. I am 27 years old working as a psychologist in Melbourne. The words come. ‘I am sorry Mr Hulme, but you have a very rare incurable kidney disease, for which there is no known successful treatment. I give you five years at the most.’ He sends me home to die. Over thirty years later, another specialist tells me some equally distressing news. ‘You have three different cancers, all at once,’ he says. Six years later, I am completely cancer free.” So says Phillip Hulme, the Sunshine Coast’s medical miracle. A sweet and determined man exuding an aura of peace and serenity, Phillip’s journey through life has been a tumultuous one, with the almost constant presence of sickness and death accompanying his every step. Written off as a young buck with one of the rarest kidney diseases in Australia in a pre-transplant pre-dialysis era, Phillip had no choice but to mentally sink or swim as his body failed him. “After my kidney diagnosis, I was treated with experimental chemotherapy for two years as I was advised this was the only thing that might help me. It didn’t, and on terminating the treatment I was told I had three months to live. It was the bleakest time of my life. In those days, there was no such thing as counselling or support for such news. Consequently, the shock got to me and I fell into a deep depression. In fact, I felt so bad, I took myself off to commit suicide. However, before doing so, I suddenly heard a voice, which told me, ‘Go on hating yourself and die, or learn to love yourself and live.’ It stopped me in my tracks and I decided there and then to learn to love myself. Several months later, I was told my kidney disease had gone into spontaneous remission.” As a child who had been abused, Phillip had endured a tough upbringing, his illness he believes the result of a physical manifestation of an internal self-loathing and hatred he suffered as a result of the abuse. But Phillip decided enough was enough. There was to be a new dawn in his life, an awakening one could say, with gratitude and love at the core. And so marked the beginning of a new respect for the connection between the mind and body as he forged ahead on a spiritual and holistic path to inner peace and health. And his kidney disease? Not only did it disappear, it never returned. After being told he wouldn’t make it past 32, here he was – living, breathing, loving life and feeling good. However, 39 years later, Phillip found himself being tested again. “In 2007, I was diagnosed with kidney, throat and bowel cancer. Again, I was given very little chance of survival, but decided I wasn’t going to spend my last few years having chemotherapy and radiation with only a very small chance of defeating one, or at most two, of the cancers. “I began researching the psychology of cancer together with papers from the non-pharmaceutical sciences arena, and I discovered there was so much more I could do for myself than just see doctors. It’s strange because the medics never tell you the things you can do to help your chances of battling cancer. People can profilemag.com.au
improve their survival rates by 30 to 50 per cent by their own actions. It is all about self-empowerment, whereas the medical system, in my view, can often leave people feeling disempowered. You need to ask the doctors the right questions.” Believing his prior kidney experience armed him with the resilience he needed to help him face this subsequent cancer battle, Phillip walked into the unknown with a confidence unseen in most people coping with a terminal illness. Introducing gentle exercise, meditation, de-stressing techniques, a wholesome diet and a mindful approach to daily life among such other lifestyle changes, as well as having surgery to remove primary cancers, Phillip thrived and is now incredibly cancer-free. “There are so many studies, such as those completed by Professor Eysenck, which prove that lifestyle modification has real value in helping the body,” says Phillip. “More than 50 per cent of people get their cancer back within five years, but they might have avoided this. You CAN do something to help yourself. It’s all about giving your body and the mind the tools to heal. Bad food compromises the immune system, as does stress. The body produces 2.5 million cells every second, including cells which shouldn’t be there, but the immune system generally cleans them up. If you rest, pray and meditate, you help your body to do this – to work against the cancer. Cancer is not a death sentence, but a whole-of-life challenge and it should be treated as such. You are not a statistic, but a unique human being.” Phillip now spends his time giving talks and seminars at no cost to those who wish to listen in order to remove the mystery of how to help prevent and fight cancer. He has even written a book, Cancer Defeated (www.cancerdefeatedbook.com), for those who may not be able to get to his sessions, such is his passion. “You do not have to be a victim. If you are sick, a few lifestyle adaptations can change your outcome dramatically,” Phillip nods. “In today’s world of busyness, it is time to slow down and start looking after ourselves. It is time to find the peace amongst the chaos.”
I suddenly heard a voice, which told me, ‘Go on hating yourself and die, or learn to love yourself and live’.”
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MOOLOOLABA JETBOAT IS THE COAST’S NEWEST OFFERING IN HIGH-SPEED THRILLS AND OFFSHORE ADVENTURES. AS ONE OF ONLY TWO OPEN-OCEAN JET BOAT EXPERIENCES IN AUSTRALIA, THIS IS ONE RIDE YOU HAVE TO TAKE. BRAVING THE CRAZY JET BOAT ANTICS, KATE CLIFFORD GETS TAKEN FOR A RIDE.
y heart jolts as I am tossed sideways in my seat and the sound of roaring ocean crashes around. “She’s a little choppy out there,” says Jerry, owner of the Mooloolaba Jet Boat. He is not kidding. Up ahead I see two-metre-high waves and whitewash swirling in all directions, as the rugged ocean opens up in front of us. From the calm surrounds of the Mooloolaba River mouth everything seems peaceful, listening to Jerry reel off the bay’s history and population of fishing vessels. At this stage we can still smell the sweet, salty air and a light breeze is filtering through the vessel’s cabin, thanks to the bat-wing doors that open up on either side. As the boat’s pilot Robert Longford encloses us all in the safety of the glassed windows, which stretch the circumference of the vessel, I check my harness and feel the flutter of butterflies creep into my stomach. “Ready?” Robert asks. I want to scream ‘No!’, But before the words can escape we are flung out of the safety of the river mouth into those roaring waves. I am just seconds into an adventure-packed ride on the Sunshine Coast’s only true jet boat operation when the adrenaline starts kicking in. The boat is one of just two in Australia built to brave the open ocean, taking thrill seekers on a ride of a lifetime in the beautiful open waters, tracking down the coastline 800m offshore, from Mooloolaba Beach to Old Woman Island and back. The Mooloolaba Jet Boat was launched last month by Coast locals Jerry and Paddy Van Driel-Vis, who also run a luxury fishing charter business, Fish ‘n Crab Deep Sea Charters. The couple saw a desire from tourists and local thrill-seekers wanting a unique way to experience the open ocean. My thoughts flip back to the high-speed adventure at hand just in time for Robert to turn the boat towards a wave, kicking her into action and speeding towards the barrel, diving the nose under like a surfer avoiding the white wash. I can’t help but close my eyes and feel the rush as the boat effortlessly glides out of the water like a dolphin, bouncing us back into action. This vessel is truly incredible. “What a rush,” I say.
The speed and manoeuvrability of the boat is thanks to its lightweight hull and short nose. There is no transmission to weigh down the back end, which means it can speed through the water effortlessly. As soon as the engines start up, she’s off. The driver sits at the front, with 12 race-style chairs in the back, all fitted with new four-point safety harnesses. The music is cranking and we have a $20,000 air conditioning system keeping our sweaty palms cool! It’s extreme adventure in luxurious comfort – and the best part? You don’t get wet! I ask Jerry why people will enjoy the Mooloolaba Jet Boat experience? “Everyone knows about the Shotover jet boat in New Zealand. It’s fantastic, but it’s a combination of the skill of the drivers and the extreme environment that makes it fun. “In Australia, we don’t have those kind of environments to take thrill seekers to, and many jet boat experiences end up being in boring flat water. This vessel is built to tackle the roughest of open oceans, which means we can go out in rain, hail or shine. Actually, the rougher, the better,” Jerry laughs. Both Robert and Jerry are qualified to be at the helm of the high-speed boat. You can rest assured both drivers know what they’re doing too, with Rob having clocked up more than 15 years speed boat driving experience and Jerry a lifelong fisherman. The boat is also available as a taxi or tour service throughout the Mooloolaba and Minyama Islands, taking guests on luxurious open-ocean adventures to see dolphins, whales or just to jump on board for a night cruise to the Mooloolaba Wharf for dinner. The operation runs seven days a week, at 11am and 1pm. Book your ride now with Mooloolaba Jet Boat. Phone: 0402 625 825 www.mooloolabajetboat.com
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VALUED AT OVER $1,0 0 0 Hello sailor! Prepare to board on this fabulous day of sailing for one very lucky Profile reader and three friends, valued over $1000. The prize on offer is a signature ‘Day on the Bay’, thanks to Brisbane-based company Yachtshare, and includes a day of sailing, drinks and a light lunch as you explore the sights and surrounds of beautiful Moreton Bay on a stunning yacht! The fun-filled day on the water lets you escape to the sparkling ocean, breathe in the fresh salt air, see the sun reflect off the wind-filled sails, soak up the balmy sun and simply relax! Guests can sit back with a glass of bubbles or be hands-on and learn the ropes of sailing. An experienced skipper will be at the helm, and these yachts are renowned for easy use, so first-time sailors can have a unique introduction into the nautical world. While languishing in the sunshine on deck, or taking in the sea spray at the bow, you might be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins, a few turtles, dugong and even humpback whale as you sail! Depending on the wind and weather, the lunch destination is at any of the gorgeous islands dotted throughout the bay – you could be eating at the big sand hills on Moreton Island, Horseshoe Bay on Peel Island, St Helena Island or Green Island.
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The cruise departs from Manly Harbour and a light lunch and drinks are supplied on-board. This is a money-can’t-buy experience and a similar offering from a charter company would be around $1000. The fleet includes five stunning yachts, with Jeanneau Sun Odysseys and a Simpson catamaran. You could be sailing on the ‘Sensation’, ‘Inspiration’, ‘Satisfaction’, ‘Fascination’, or ‘Perfection’.
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Having treaded the boards of comedy stages across the world for more than two decades, pulling faces and rattling off puns with his distinctive Irish twang, Jimeoin has firmly cemented himself as comedic royalty. The 47-year-old’s “funny uncle” humour never fails to pull a laugh, encompassing cringe-worthy adult material mixed with a boyish charm. Profile catches up with Jimeoin after his Yes, Yes, Whatever tour, which visited The Events Centre, Caloundra in April.
My most annoying habit is ... ask my wife if you want a list.
I grew up in … Ireland.
Most people don’t know that I … am not very good at keeping secrets.
I start my day by … being miserable (just kidding)
When I was growing up I wanted to be … a dog.
I would love to be a better … person at waking up.
I couldn’t live without … breathing.
I am at my happiest when … I am answering questionnaires.
My greatest achievement is … being a stand up comic.
When I am not working I am … looking after my four kids. I wish I could … fly. No really, I do. The best meal I have had was at … my own house. My favourite restaurant is … Franc Soirs. My favourite holiday spot is … Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. 98
My most annoying habit is … ask my wife if you want a list. In five years I hope to be … richer. What makes me laugh out loud is ... other comics not getting laughs. The one person I would most like to meet … the person asking these questions! My hidden talent is … dancing. profilemag.com.au
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