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on fame, fitness and being fabulous after 40

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‘I intend to make this

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a healthier, happier winter,

COVER Sonia Kruger Photo courtesy of Swisse

and face summer –

PUBLISHER Kate Bennett

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– ready to go’.

Me, with us my gorgeo mon husband Si

Oh winter. No matter where you live, the drop in temperature brings us indoors, onto the sofa, under the doona… and into the kitchen. With our bodies hidden under layers of clothing it’s so easy to slip into bad habits. Winter is often the undoing of all my health and fitness routines. It’s so easy to have that extra helping of some slow-cooked comfort food, or to reach for the chocolate. Maybe it is some innate need to hibernate. Whatever the case I have faced too many summers with too many extra kilos, piled on during those long, cold winter months. But not this year. This year I’m going to find a balance. For every hot chocolate there will be a hot Bikram yoga class, for every slow-cooked casserole there will be a fast walk (with my new puppy), and for every gram of chocolate there will be a kilo of weights lifted. I intend to make this a healthier, happier winter, and face summer – and my bathers – ready to go. One comfort you can take this winter, that is anything but bad for you, is to snuggle up and enjoy this bumper issue of SLIM Magazine. Our story on the divine Sonia Kruger shows just how far a positive attitude (and a mega-watt smile) can take you. We have ten things you can do today to improve your life, the craziest diets you’ll ever hear about, and we give you the verdict on some of the most popular diets trending now. We also have some sumptuous sugar-free recipes to keep those cravings at bay, and a story on power foods you can eat to help you lose weight. Of course we also have thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes for you to win, photos from the social circuit, and much, much more. Enjoy,

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Bite Size Books Competitions Socials Test Drive: Grand Motors Toyota RAV4 Inspiration Verbatim

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Sonia Krugar On fame, fitness and feeling fabulous after forty Health Update Polycystic ovary syndrome Improve your life Ten things you can do today Emma Howard The psychology of attaining and maintaining

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Coconut water Lara Bingle joins H2COCO Ten crazy diets You won’t believe the lengths people will go to Fad diets We test the most popular Power foods To help you lose weight Alkalising greens Everything you need to know



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33 After the weight loss with Dr Dillip 59 Reader story: How Bikram yoga changed my life


66 Sweat treats without the sugar 70 Cruciferous vegetable recipes

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The importance of family meals Meet the team Reader story: A bride’s tale Reader story: How one couple halved their size


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My cup of chai

It’s taken just a little over a decade for the ‘chai latte’ to become part of the Australian café culture – but now this tasty beverage has become a fixture on café menus and is in fact rated one of Australia’s top ten beverages. Bondi Chai is one of the key players in the market both in Australia and overseas. In fact, Bondi Chai sells one tonne (100,000 servings) of delicious chai each week and is Australia’s most awarded chai latte. Now, Bondi Chai can be enjoyed at home with take-home packs available from Woolworths. Sold in convenient sachets, Bondi Chai guarantees the perfect chai latte every time, any time. Bondi Chai is a premium quality chai latte that is a delicious, creamy blend of vanilla, cinnamon, honey, ginger and exotic spices with a Darjeeling tea base. There are no artificial ingredients, it’s gluten free and 98 percent fat free. For more go to

Proving you don’t need to ditch your sense of style to stay warm this winter, the team at Holiday Design have the chilly season all wrapped up with Brave + True’s 2013 Winter range. The warm and wearable line features vests, cardis, jackets and long sleeve Ts all with that unmistakeable Boho-chic the brand is known for. With a palette of rich, organic greys and oh-so-cool whites, comfort never looked so good. Pictured right is one of our faves; the long ivory Cuddle Vest with a tassel crochet trim. Stockists include Evergreen in Broadbeach, Desire on James in Burleigh Heads, Belle Collection in Robina, Things We Love in Coolangatta, Goddess in Noosaville, and Wardrobe in Noosa Heads. For more information go to

DID YOU KNOW? A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

also look out for: Chocolate Philly, in stores now.

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Pump a healthy dose of fibre into your day. Forget dry and flavourless snacks, nibble on a Daily Fibre Power snack bar to buy you time before the next meal hits the table. It gently helps to keep things moving smoothly (if you know what we mean), with loads of wholesome seeds and ingredients, including psyllium husks. For more go to

Laughing increases heart rate and calorie expenditure by up to 20%. And the longer you laugh, the greater the effects. So get a giggle on.

Carrot and Walnut Cake with Philly Frosting Ingredients 1 ¾ cups self raising flour 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 cup brown sugar 2 ½ cups grated carrot (approx. 2 carrots) ½ cup chopped walnuts, or pecans 3 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil ½ cup well drained crushed pineapple 250g Philadelphia Frosting Cream Cheese with a hint of Lemon flavour Walnuts, extra for decoration Method Sift the flour, spices and bicarb into a large bowl, add sugar, carrot and nuts and mix well. Whisk together the eggs; oil and pineapple then stir through the dry ingredients until well combined. Pour into a greased and base lined 20cm round cake pan. Bake in a moderate oven 180°C for 1-1¼ hours or until cooked when tested. Stand for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Cool. Spread the cake liberally with the Philly Frosting and sprinkle with the extra nuts. Slice and serve immediately.

New research found excess weight gain during infancy is linked to increased risk of obesity and high blood pressure later in life. Best way to avoid this? Breastfeed. 11


Swisse Wellness has unveiled its 100 percent naturally-sourced face and body serum, Swisse Bio Nature Oil, which contains high levels of Olive Squalene, a natural organic compound and powerful antioxidant that is one of the most common lipids produced by your body’s skin cells. Squalene is essentially a built-in moisturiser and accounts for 12 percent of your skin’s surface lipid. It is this compatibility that allows the Olive Squalene in Swisse Bio Nature Oil to be easily and readily absorbed into your skin, delivering the benefits of the key ingredients within this luxurious formulation. Easily absorbed, Swisse Bio Nature Oil helps improve the appearance of ageing skin, dehydrated skin, scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, sun damaged skin and fine lines and wrinkles. For more go to

3pm is the official time that most of us start craving sugar. Have some fruit handy so you can avoid the afternoon snack attack.

Make the most of your winter produce

Aussie Farmers Direct’s National Fruit and Vegetable buyer, Andrew Fletcher (aka Fletch), has put together some tops tips of what’s in season this winter and how to store it to get the best out of your produce. C  itrus - Australian navel oranges, ruby grapefruit and tangelo How to store them: Best kept in the fridge or the fruit bowl. Q  ueensland strawberries How to store them: Best kept in the fridge to keep the produce fresher longer. Only wash strawberries right before you plan to eat them, they are like sponges and will soak up all the water they come in contact with. Any left over fruit can be frozen and added to a smoothie later. P  otatoes - Royal Blues How to store them: Unwashed potatoes and sweet potatoes are best stored in a cool dark place, such as inside a brown paper bag in the cupboard. However all washed potatoes that have clean skin (no dirt) such as Desirees or Nadines should be kept in the fridge crisper to stop them from going green. P  umpkin - Butternut in particular How to store it: Store pumpkin in a cool dry place with space around it so the air can circulate. S  now Peas How to store it: Wash snow peas and put them in a sealed plastic container and they will last for weeks. L  eeks How to store it: Leeks are best kept in the fridge, do not wash them until you’re ready to use them. C  auliflower and Broccoli How to store it: Aussie Farmers Direct Broccoli is harvested, packed and delivered usually within 48 hours; it’s so fresh you can still see where it’s been cut from the root. Store Broccoli and Caulilower in a plastic bag in your fridge’s crisper. F  or more top tips go to

Hard news on soft drinks

Primary and secondary school students are five times as likely to be high consumers of sugar-sweetened drinks, such as soft drinks, if these drinks are available in their homes, according to a University of Sydney study published in the journal Preventive Medicine. The study, which used data from the 2010 New South Wales Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS), found alarming levels of soft drink consumption in school aged children, especially those with easy access to these drinks. Half (52 percent) of the 8058 students surveyed were boys and 59 percent were high school students. The authors of the study found students were more likely to be high consumers of soft drinks if they were from a lower socio-economic background or were boys. Lead author and accredited practicing dietitian, Lana Hebden said the study indicated strong associations between school students’ access to soft drinks at school or in the home and increased consumption. “We also found students who drank soft drink with meals at home were almost 10 times as likely to be high consumers of these drinks,” she said. “Parents need to consider what is stored in their cupboards or fridge and what their children have access to.” “Consumption of these drinks has been associated with body weight gain in youth, dental cavities in young children and elevated blood pressure, insulin resistance and lower bone mineral density in adolescents.”

Don’t let cold or wet weather stop your walking routine, head to your local shopping centre. With stairs, escalators, and benches galore, with a little imagination your local mall can be a workout zone. Just try to avoid the actual shops! LOVE YOUR LIVER Swisse Wellness has launched their latest effervescent product, Swisse Ultiboost Liver Detox. Ultiboost Liver Detox dissolves in water and is a great alternative for people who don’t like swallowing large tablets. The key ingredient is St.Mary’s thistle, which has been traditionally used to help support liver health and function. The ancient Greeks and Romans used St Mary’s thistle as a treatment for liver ailments and snake bites. During the Middle Ages, the thistle was recommended to treat liver toxins. Not only does Swisse Ultiboost Liver Detox help support liver function, the product also includes B vitamins to assist with energy production and help metabolise food into energy. $29.95. For more go to

Looking to add some excitement to your workout? Indoor rock-climbing helps build strength and stamina and can burn up to 700 calories an hour. Challenge yourself!

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Dine at Mine and help kids with cancer

Camp Quality is urging home cooks to arrange a dining experience in support of children living with cancer and their families with the Dine At Mine campaign. The Dine at Mine concept is simple: throughout August 2013, hosts invite family and friends to a dining experience – it could be breakfast, lunch or dinner – and ask them to donate what they would’ve spent eating out to Camp Quality. All funds will help create a better life for children living with cancer in Australia. Event Manager Jodie Wainwright said: “August is going to become known as ‘Dine at Mine’ month with this new fundraiser. Its simplicity means you can be as imaginative as you like – from backyard BBQs and breakfasts to banquets – it’s a truly flexible way to get involved and raise much needed funds to create a better life for kids living with cancer and their families. “The host has complete control over how laid back or as fancy pants their dining event will be. We expect some people will get really creative and host themed events such as a fondue fiesta! The most important thing is that people get together with their family and friends, have fun and raise money to help us support kids with cancer around Australia.” Ambassadors Manu Feildel and Lyndey Milan have got behind the cause providing recipes and tips for hosts on To register as a Dine at Mine host, go to or call 1300 730 787 for your Dine at Mine host pack.

Useful, cute and good looking The hugely popular iCrib from lifestyle website comes in a range of new colours and materials to appeal to every taste. The iCrib allows you to sit back and watch a movie, TV show, or read a book hands free. Now your iPad, e-reader or tablet can nestle comfortably in its own little beanbag! The iCrib can be used in the house or outside…anywhere there is an uneven surface. The iCrib Tablet Bean Bag can be purchased online at for $29.95

No ordinary yoga retreat

Boost your immune system… with chocolate

Now that winter is well and truly here, so too are the inevitable colds and flues, so getting your daily dose of antixoxidants is more important than ever. Vitality Brands had made this much easier by creating delicious AntiOx Chocolate and Snack Bars, which are high in the natural antioxidants that help boost immunity. Unlike some of the superfruit juices that claim to harness the goodness of fruits such as Acai and Goji but actually only contain 0.01 percent of the fruit, AntiOx Snack Bars and Chocolate have significant levels of antioxidants – to improve the immune system and overall sense of wellbeing. In fact, an 80g block of AntiOx chocolate has an antioxidant hit equivalent to twelve cups of green tea. AntiOx Snack Bars and Chocolate are made with superfruits and covered in 70 percent cocoa dark chocolate (which is sugar-free and sweetened naturally with stevia). AntiOx Snack Bars are available in Acai, Goji and Chia & Quinoa flavours, and the AntiOx Chocolate is available in Acai or Goji flavours. Available in the health section of Woolworths, Coles, IGA stores and health food stores. Go to

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From Wednesday, July 31 to Monday, August 5, Australia’s premier barre and yoga studio, Barre Body, will be relocating to the sunny shores of Fiji for a six day luxury retreat. Located within the five- star surrounds of the InterContinental Fiji Resort and Spa on Viti Levu, devotees of the unique Barre Body method - a fusion of strong, dynamic yoga and barre conditioning work – will combine their practice with a healthy dose of relaxation and play. Led by Barre Body founder, Emma Seibold, the retreat is more luxe holiday than strict bootcamp, nurturing body and soul with fresh and healthy food, daily barre and yoga sessions, Vitamin D, and nightly entertainment (and cocktails!). Suitable for both families and singles, beginners and the experienced, retreat goers will salute the sun with sunrise yoga, then enjoy the hotel’s stunning facilities before working off lunch with a daily afternoon beach barre session. Day two also mixes things up with a super fun stand-up paddleboard barre yoga session. Daily inclusions: Sunrise yoga, buffet breakfast, a-la-carte lunch, beach barre, pre-dinner entertainment and cocktails, and dinner. $2100 per person – including meals, yoga and barre classes and twin share accommodation. Airfares and hotel transfers not included. Spa treatments, nannies, alcohol and water sports can be purchased as you please. Partner and/or little ones welcome. Grown up non-participants are $1500 per person for accommodation and meals. Single room supplement is $800. Places are limited. Secure your booking with a $550 deposit. For further information, email, call 03 9654 3631 or go to

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Snap, file and collect

Your favourite recipes at your fingertips on your iPhone and iPad without having to type them all out? There’s a new app for that… Quickly snap that great recipe in the weekend paper, favourites from your cookbooks, magazines and websites, and family classics. Then file with simple onetouch categories. No more torn out pages to lose. No more hoarding old magazines for that one recipe inside, or losing that great recipe somewhere in your pile of cookbooks. And best of all, no need to type out your recipes. SnapRecipes lets you have all your favourite recipes at your fingertips, is a great way to take recipes with you when you travel, and uses Apple’s iCloud to automatically sync your recipes between your iPhone and iPad. SnapRecipes is now available through the App Store. For updates and news, check out SnapRecipes at, Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy a party in a bottle with the world first Illuminated Water. Illuminated Water is proudly Australian made featuring a custom-manufactured LED light in the external base of the bottle which can be set to a solid light, strobe or pulse effect – the perfect safety light for early morning or late night walks, runs and bike rides. Children now love to drink water too due to the fun, brightly coloured light which illuminates through the bottle. Illuminated Water has no sugar, no sweeteners, just healthy fun so you can continue to party on through life. Illuminated Water can be purchased in numerous convenience stores across the Brisbane and Gold Coast region or in cartons online at illuminatedind. com/water. Contact the Illuminated Industries team on 1300 779 447 to find out your closest retailer.

DID YOU KNOW? U.S. researchers found that people who had sex up to twice a week had 30% more immunoglobulin A (an antibody that stops colds and flu) than those who are a little less frequently freaky.

Go nuts for nuts

Strip down with EatRite EatRite wholegrain brown rice crackers are proof that less is more – keeping it simple with five ingredients or less for a wholesome snack choice. Packed full of goodness, flavours include Tamari Seaweed and deliciously spicy Black Pepper & Sesame. Made with wholegrain brown rice and natural ingredients, these more-ish gluten-free crackers are perfect for a healthy snack, packed full of natural ingredients you could find in your own pantry and proudly free from cholesterol, msg and preservatives while being low in oil and salt. EatRite rice crackers are available in the health food aisle at Woolworths, Coles, IGA, selected Foodworks and health food stores for $3.50 each.

Kara Landau, dietitian, nutritionist and author of The Clean Separation says she agrees with the recent publication of the revised Eat For Health Australian Dietary Guidelines which remind us of the nutritional benefits of incorporating nuts within our diets. Kara highlights that pistachios are a particularly wise choice for Australians. “The revised Australian Dietary Guidelines are positioned as aiming to provide the scientific evidence for healthier Australian diets. Being a delicious and good source of fibre, protein and a range of other beneficial nutrients, it is good to see that nuts are highlighted as a nutritious food group to incorporate within a varied diet. “Within the guidelines, nuts are referred to as an important component of Australian snacking. Being one of the lowest kilojoule nuts and among the highest in protein, pistachios are a particularly wise choice for Australians. Pistachios contain multiple beneficial antioxidants and preliminary research suggests, but does not prove, that eating in-shell pistachios may help encourage slower and mindful eating whereby the leftover shells may serve an important visual clue about the amount that has been consumed.” Pistachios may be a small nut, but they are highly nutritious: • Pistachios are one of the lowest kilojoule and highest protein nuts per 30-gram serving • A 30-gram serving of pistachios provides more than 30 different nutrients, vitamins, minerals and beneficial phytonutrients • A 30-gram serving of pistachios is about 49 kernels • Pistachios provide 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fibre for every 49 kernels • Pistachios are a good source of unsaturated fats. Of the 14 grams of fat per 30-gram serving – the majority (nearly 90 percent) is of the healthy unsaturated type • A sensible 30-gram snack of pistachios contains about 717 kilojoules.

Oh la la: According to the French Committee for Health a small serving of brie will stimulate the production of cholecystokinin, a hormone which makes you feel full. 15

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Research suggests that people with mild eczema who drink oolong tea three times a day may show improvement in itching and other symptoms. Compounds in the tea called polyphenols seem to be responsible. The Parisian Diet

First there was The Atkins Diet, then The South Beach Diet, next came The Dukan Diet – now The Parisian Diet is here: taking the world by storm. Modelled on healthy French eating habits, The Parisian Diet by Dr Jean-Michel Cohen, France’s leading diet and nutrition expert, is a three-phase solution. Start with the Café phase, move to Bistro and end up on the Gourmet plan. And on this diet, even ‘taboo foods’ are allowed in a controlled way: pasta, potatoes, bread, and, of course, a glass of wine. What is brilliant about The Parisian Diet is that once you reach your goal weight, you can return to normal eating. You will have gained an understanding of how your body and mind works when it comes to food, as well as training your appetite.



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The Real Taste of Mexico

You don’t have to go to Mexico to enjoy the authentic flavours of real Mexican salsas, just head to your nearest supermarket. New Mission Salsas are made with traditional ingredients such as roasted tomatillos, jalapenos, smoky chipotles, savory black beans and vine ripened tomatoes, perfectly blended then seasoned with Mexican flavours to create that delicious taste you can expect from Mission. Available in the Mexican foods’ aisle.

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A major study led by researchers from the University of Sydney will examine the incidence of severe paediatric trauma for the first time in Australia and look at how to prevent serious injuries to children. The ground breaking six year study, the first stage made possible by a donation from the Day of Difference Foundation, will bring together the evidence needed to change healthcare policy to better support the parents of critically injured children as well as ensuring injured children are treated at the right hospital. Alarmingly, more than 1000 children are hospitalised each week in Australia as a result of a serious injury. And the number of children hospitalised after injury in Australia in 2006-2007 was double the number of children hospitalised for asthma, diabetes and cancer combined. The study and research program is being developed by Associate Professor Kate Curtis and Associate Professor Kim Foster from the University’s Sydney Nursing School and Dr Rebecca Mitchell from Transport and Road Safety Research, University of NSW. Associate Professor Curtis said the research will, for the first time ever, describe the incidence of severe paediatric trauma Australia-wide and also seek to identify the unmet needs of the parents of injured children. “We want to find out what we can do to improve care for severely injured children and to help their families,” Associate Professor Curtis said. “We’ll find out what can be done to benefit children and parents to help them navigate and get through this highly stressful experience. Our research will enable us to target injury-prevention campaigns and policy at specific causes, so there can be fewer children suffering severe injury in the first place.”

SHOP TILL YOU DROP... POUNDS Now this is a study we can all embrace! UK researchers have found that shopping will help you stay slim. Yup, turns out, the average woman, browsing the shops for 2.5 hours a week, walks five kilometres - and if she is carrying heavy bags as well she can use up to 385 calories in the process. On top of all that, women who have recently purchased new clothing are less likely to binge eat and more likely to stick to their nutritional and exercise plans. So come on girls, reach for those credit cards!

Hot or cold muesli

Healthy food experts, Table of Plenty have created a Hot or Cold Muesli that can be enjoyed as a warming porridge or as a great-tasting toasted muesli. This innovative two-in-one product is the first of its kind, allowing muesli-lovers to mix it up to kick-start their day. “The important thing for us was to not compromise on flavour. There was no point in creating a delicious muesli that was not going to work as a porridge and vice versa,” says Kate Weiss, Table of Plenty’s founder. “I was very careful in developing the texture of the product as one of my pet hates is runny, mushy porridge in the morning. We wanted a beautiful crunchy muesli that would be equally as enjoyable as a warm, creamy porridge.” The muesli is made from all-natural raw oats, with cinnamon honey flavours and real sultanas and pepitas. The muesli comes in eight individual sachets, making them the perfect start to the day for working professionals who enjoy their breakfast at their desk. Available in Woolworths. For more information go to

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Soup’s up

For those times when you must soup solo, La Zuppa is launching two new flavours in their range of single-serve microwaveable soups: Carrot, Coriander & Ginger and Mexican Corn. Available in 420g ready to heat and eat bowls and completely shelf stable, keep one in your desk draw and one in your pantry cupboard to keep your taste buds happy at work and at home. Who says desk lunches have to be boring? La Zuppa’s new varieties are made to traditional recipes with nothing but good, natural ingredients so they taste just like homemade, with the convenience of being ready to eat. Each soup is also gluten and dairy free, and contains no artificial additives, preservatives or any other nasties. Available in supermarkets nationally, La Zuppa - just real ingredients, made well.

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Online recipe and grocery home-delivery service, HelloFresh, have launched a vegetarian service, featuring a vegetarian menu of recipes and their accompanying ingredients, home-delivered in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Taking inspiration from nature with a constant variety of seasonally and globally inspired recipes, HelloFresh takes all the hassle out of dinner time (from deciding what to cook, hitting the supermarket and battling the car park and queues), and leaves you with all the fun stuff – whipping up restaurant-quality meals in 30 minutes or less, and of course, eating them. HelloFresh is suitable for all levels of cooking ability, whether you whip up gastronomic delights at the drop of a hat, or are more of a beans and toast connoisseur! Go to

A different kind of energy

Forget artificial ingredients, chemical concoctions and luridly coloured cans, 28BLACK has landed in Australia and sets a new standard in energy drinks. 28BLACK is an all natural energy drink derived from Brazilian super fruit, açaí. Unlike more common energy drinks, 28BLACK rejects taurine, artificial flavours, colours and preservatives, and instead harnesses the positive power of the açaí berry, renowned for being rich in antioxidants and high in dietary fibre. With a taste that will tantalise even the most discerning of palettes, 28BLACK is refined, stylish and exquisite in every way. From its lightly sparkling, silky blend of berries, to its sleek and chic matte packaging, 28BLACK rewrites all the rules. For the calorie conscious, 28WHITE offers the smooth taste of 28BLACK but without sugar or artificial sweeteners found in other low calorie drinks. Naturally sweetened with stevia, 28WHITE is the perfect alternative at just six calories per can.

DID YOU KNOW? Muffin madness: the average bakery muffin can hold as many as 600 calories – more than some cakes.

Have your cake and eat it too Even if you don’t add salt to meals during cooking or at the table, you still need to look at your salt intake. 75% of s alt in our diet comes from processed foods we eat every day, so stick to fresh, unprocessed foods.

Proving that rice cakes and chocolate can be a match made in heaven, creative Australian healthy food brand, Table of Plenty’s Mini Rice Cakes are now available at Woolworths and Coles. Combining crunchy wholegrain rice cakes with a creamy layer of European chocolate or berry yoghurt; these bite size treats make for an irresistible snack for the whole family. Big on flavour but small in fat content, each gluten-free rice cake weighs in at a mere 16 calories – meaning you can quite literally have your cake, and eat it too. Mini Rice Cakes contain no preservatives, colours or flavours and are available in three delicious flavours; milk chocolate, dark chocolate and triple berry yoghurt. Table of Plenty Mini Rice Cakes are available in selected Woolworths and Coles for $3.40 per pack. For more information go to

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A new Australian study has found that Aged Garlic Extract significantly reduces blood pressure in Australian adults with hypertension, offering hope to those who don’t respond well to prescription medications or would prefer a natural therapy. Published earlier this year in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study took place at the University of Adelaide. It was led by Dr Karin Ried from the University of Adelaide, now Research Director at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (Melbourne), who has been researching the health benefits of garlic since 2006. The study found that two daily capsules of a high potency formula of Aged Garlic Extract was enough to reduce systolic blood pressure by an average of 12 millimetres of mercury – which is comparable to the effect of many commonly prescribed anti-hypertensive medicines. This is significant because a reduction in systolic blood pressure in this range lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease by 16 to 40 percent. “More than three million Australian adults suffer from high blood pressure, or hypertension, which places increased strain on their heart, and increases their risk of heart attack or heart failure. These results provide more robust evidence supporting the use of Aged Garlic Extract as a safe and effective adjunct treatment for hypertension that has few known side effects,” Dr Ried said. Aged Garlic Extract is made from organic cloves of garlic, grown without any herbicides, pesticides or other chemicals. The cloves are naturally aged in a 20-month process to prevent its antioxidant compounds degrading, maximise its beneficial properties and completely eliminate its odour. Aged Garlic Extract is available from pharmacists and health food stores.

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Research shows that a person who goes 17 hours without sleep is operating at the same level as a person with .05 percent blood alcohol. Almost all of us have had trouble sleeping at one time or another and experienced the debilitating effect on their performance throughout the day. However, people are often reluctant to experiment with sleeping pills and tablets for fear of side-effects or addiction. That’s why the team at Vitality Brands have developed Chillax Natural Sleep Drink to put minds at ease and at the same time, put them to sleep. Chillax Natural Sleep Drink is a blend of Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice and Lactium, both clinically proven to aid sleep. Montmorency Tart Cherry juice is proven to be a very rich source of natural melatonin, which is a hormone secreted by the brain. Production of melatonin increases at night, signalling the body that it’s time to sleep. Melatonin is essential in regulating healthy sleep patterns and maintaining the body’s natural circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle). A single serve of Chillax is equivalent to one hundred Montmorency Tart Cherries, meaning the levels of melatonin in a serve are ideal for encouraging a restful sleep. Chillax is available at

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In the 50s it was the mini car, the 60s the mini skirt, 70s mini fridge, 80s mini discman, 90s mini mobile phone, in 2000 it was the mini laptop and this decade no longer is it necessary to swallow large vitamins as Nature’s Way have created Minis, a range of small size easy to swallow vitamins. Nature’s Way Mini Vitamins are 100 percent Active Strength, so not only is the tablet up to 50 percent smaller, potency is not compromised as they each fulfil the RDI. Nature’s Way Mini Vitamins offer a solution for people looking for a smarter, easier way to take their vitamins. The small size, easy to swallow range includes: Minis B Complex, Minis Calcium Plus, Minis Fish Oil, Minis Men’s Multi and Women’s Multi, Minis 50+ Multi and Minis Pregnancy Multi. Nature’s Way Minis are available in supermarkets and pharmacies nationally and retail for $14.95 each. For more go to

Hair trends for 2013

Fudge’s global session stylist Snowden Hill and creative director John Vial looked to the international catwalks to identify four key trends for the upcoming months. Side parting: Donned by models in New York and Paris, this look involved deep side partings tucked or pinned behind the ear. To get the look, Vial and Hill recommend applying Fudge Hot Hed Style Whip generously to wet hair before drying. Use a thin comb to create a deep side part, then scrape hair across the face and tuck loosely behind the ear. Dual texture: Echoing what was seen at many of the MBFWA shows, Hill says, “For a modern look, use a tail comb to comb back or part, and smooth the top half of your hair using a serum such as Fudge Gloss before tucking hair behind the ears. For textured ends, apply Textures French Styling Milk to wet hair and leave to dry naturally.” Big hair: Vial predicts we’ll be seeing big, textured hair this season, including a return to crimped hair stylers. Yes, seriously. “For a textured up-do, crimp, tease and pin into a high, messy chignon,” Vial says. “For beginners, a slight crimp at the roots will give oomf and volume whilst those a little more daring should try it through the ends.” Ponytails: One of our favourite hairstyle go-tos, the ponytail should look healthy from root to ends, according to the Fudge experts. “To achieve a low-maintenance ponytail hairstyle, smooth Fudge Ends through the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair. The cream contains Vitamins B and E along with an added care complex to strengthen and moisturise damaged hair,” says Vial.

Here’s 10 reasons to eat more carrots 1. Beta carotene: Carrots are a rich source of this powerful antioxidant, which, among other vital uses, can be converted into Vitamin A in the body to help maintain healthy skin. 2. Digestion: Carrots increase saliva and supply essential minerals, vitamins and enzymes that aid in digestion. Eating carrots regularly may help prevent gastric ulcers and other digestive disorders. 3. Alkaline elements: Carrots are rich in alkaline elements, which purify and revitalise the blood while balancing the acid/alkaline ratio of the body. 4. Potassium: Carrots are a good source of potassium, which can help maintain healthy sodium levels in the body, thereby helping to reduce elevated blood pressure levels. 5. Dental Health: Carrots kill harmful germs in the mouth and help prevent tooth decay. 6. Wounds: Raw or grated carrots can be used to help heal wounds, cuts and inflammation. 7. Phytonutrients: Among the many beneficial phytochemicals that carrots contain is a phytonutrient called falcarinol, which may reduce the risk of colon cancer and help promote overall colon health. 8. Carotenoids: Carrots are rich in carotenoids, which our bodies can use to help regulate blood sugar. 9. Fibre: Carrots are high in soluble fibre, which may reduce cholesterol by binding the LDL form (the kind we don’t want) and increasing the HDL form (the kind our body needs) to help reduce blood clots and prevent heart disease. 10. Eyes, hair, nails and more! The nutrients in carrots can improve the health of your eyes, skin, hair, nails and more through helping to detoxify your system and build new cells. Source:

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I Quit Sugar Writer and nutritional health coach Sarah Wilson says when she quit sugar it changed her life. I Quit Sugar, by journalist and nutritional health coach Sarah Wilson, is a step-by-step guide to kicking the habit, along with 108 delicious sugarfree recipes. The eight week program takes readers through the often fraught process of getting over the white stuff, with simple solutions to common problems: falling off the wagon, how to treat the kids, how to say no when you’re out. Sarah Wilson was a self-confessed sugar addict, eating over 25 teaspoons of sugar every day. She’d developed mood disorders, a weight issue, sleep problems and an overactive thyroid. She quit sugar in January 2012 and has never looked back. In I Quit Sugar she shares some tips for eating out and some good news about alcohol. I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson is published by Pan Macmillan, $34.99.

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Recipes on a Budget Based on the scientifically proven program, this is a delicious introduction to a healthy eating plan. The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has inspired thousands of Australians to lose weight and improve their overall health. This brand new collection of more than 135 recipes shows you how to eat well without breaking the bank or compromising on quality or nutrition. Based on the scientifically proven program, these are must-have recipes for those already following the diet, and a delicious introduction to a healthy eating plan for those trying the diet for the first time. Packed with recipes using everyday ingredients, highlights include: how to make cafe-style breakfasts and brunches for next-to-nothing; using inexpensive cuts of meat to create wonderful slow-cooked dishes; clever ways to transform leftovers into delicious meals; and plenty of ideas for making your own great-tasting dips, pastes, spice mixes and dressings that will save you a fortune. Lose weight and boost your vitality while enjoying the pleasures of good food. The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Recipes on a Budget, $35, is published by Penguin Books.

It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great She’s copped a lot of flak for it, but Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest offering is a best-seller. Before it even hit the shelves Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest cookbook, It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great, was already a hit, and had sold millions on pre-order. When it did arrive, she was faced with a barrage of criticism with critics saying she was out of touch. The book, Paltrow’s second, features recipes ‘for the foods she eats when she wants to lose weight, look good, and feel more energetic’, according to the description on Amazon. The book was born after a visit to her doctor revealed Paltrow was anaemic, Vitamin D deficient, and that her stress levels were through the roof. She was prescribed an elimination diet which got rid of all the baddies like coffee, alcohol, sugar, eggs, wheat, meat and processed food. Well known for her love of food and cooking, Paltrow said she was worried that all these restrictions would make mealtimes boring and repetitive, so she set about creating a collection of recipes that adhered to the strict dietary guidelines, but still tasted great. The book includes recipes such as salmon burgers with pickled ginger, and chocolate brownies with banana ice cream. It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great is published by Sphere, $39.

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books The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You Just look at Jessica Alba and you can see her clean and green approach to life is a healthier option. As a new mum, Jessica Alba wanted to create the safest, healthiest environment for her family. But she was frustrated by the lack of trustworthy information on how to live healthier and cleaner – delivered in a way that a busy mum could act on without going to extremes. In 2012, with entrepreneur Brian Lee, seasoned consumer internet executive Sean Kane, and environmental advocate Christopher Gavigan, she launched The Honest Company, a brand where parents can find reliable information and products that are safe, stylish, and affordable. The Honest Life shares the insights and strategies she gathered along the way. The Honest Life recounts Alba’s personal journey of discovery and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real, and stylish, while offering a candid look inside her home and daily life. She shares strategies for maintaining a clean diet (with favourite family-friendly recipes) and embraces nontoxic choices at home and provides ecofriendly decor tips to fit any budget. Alba also discusses cultivating a daily eco beauty routine, finding one’s personal style without resorting to yoga pants, and engaging in fun, hands-on activities with kids. Her solutions are easy, chic, and down-to-earth: they’re honest. And discovering everyday ways to live naturally and authentically – true to you – could be honestly life-changing. The Honest Life by Jessica Alba, $26.99, is published by Pan Macmillan.

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This might even be our number one, best celeb cookbook. Fancy feasting on Frank Sinatra’s Barbecued Lamb? Or diving into a plate of Joan Crawford’s Poached Salmon? How about a serve of Rock Hudson’s cannoli? Then The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes by 150 Stars of Stage and Screen is for you. Frank DeCaro, best known as the movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, has collected hundreds of recipes passed on from legendary stars of stage and screen, proving that before there were celebrity chefs, there were celebrities who fancied themselves chefs. Their all-but-forgotten recipes – rescued from out-of-print cookbooks, musty biographies, vintage magazines, and dusty pamphlets include Elizabeth Taylor’s Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms, Bette Davis’s Red Flannel Hash, Liberace’s Sticky Buns, Andy Warhol’s Ghoulish Goulash, Johnny Cash’s Old Iron Pot Family-Style Chilli and many, many more. 25

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ince she first burst onto our screens in the “Where the bloody hell are ya?” Tourism Australia campaign, Lara Bingle has graced hundreds of magazine covers and appeared on almost every men’s magazine’s Best Bodies list. Don’t worry, we’re not about to tell you that she lives on a diet of burger and fries and never exercises. This girl is dedicated to maintaining her health, fitness and wellbeing, and she has become the brand ambassador for H2COCO. “H2COCO is a fantastic alternative to sports drinks as it contains fifteen times as much potassium as a banana but isn’t packed full of added sugar and additives,” she says. “I drink it to stay hydrated which can be a challenge with my busy lifestyle, especially when I am travelling. “I had already been a big fan of H2COCO (before I became brand ambassador) as it tastes fantastic, has amazing health benefits and doesn’t contain any added sugar. I wanted to align with this brand in particular as they use real coconuts rather than concentrate as some other brands of coconut water do. “It is also Australian owned and operated, and I always like to support Australian brands where I can. In my opinion H2COCO is the best tasting coconut water available, plus it has so many health benefits.” It’s hard to argue with the facts. H2COCO is a natural, fat-free, low calorie health drink, packed with life-giving nutrients and electrolytes. It’s a powerhouse of nutrition containing a complex blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, health enhancing growth hormones and other phytonutrients. As its electrolyte content is similar to the human plasma, it has gained international acclaim as being the only natural sports drink, where it has proven superior to commercial sports drinks. Unlike other beverages, it is completely compatible with the human body. The folks at H2COCO say coconut water’s unique nutritional profile gives it the power to balance body chemistry, slow the aging process and boost your metabolism so you burn more calories. For your nearest stockist or to learn more go to

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e look back at photographs from the 50s and 60s of families sitting around the table, dad carving the turkey, kids wellmannered and eager. Now, maybe life wasn’t all it was made out to be back then, but there is no denying that over the last few decades, there have been major changes to our lifestyle. Sitting together as a family to eat a meal is happening less and less, and research is indicating our health and wellbeing are suffering as a result. In our modern life, long periods of inactivity are the norm, and opportunities for excessive food consumption are everywhere. Easy access to super-sized snacks, take away food, electronic entertainment that requires no physical activity, long drives to work and school, and powerful marketing all combine to make it difficult sometimes to make healthy choices. Big changes are needed at a social and environmental level to make it easier for families to make healthy food choices, and be more active, but there are many things within your own home which you have the ability to control. Eating together as a family has many benefits. Eating dinner together as a family has been associated with healthy weight, and consumption of healthy foods. When eating dinner with their parents, children and older adolescents have been found to consume more fruit and vegetables, less soft drink and have a better intake of micronutrients.

“Sitting together as a family to eat a meal is happening less and less, and our health and wellbeing is suffering as a result.”

Within the family setting, meal planning, food shopping, preparation, eating, snacking and family recreation are all opportunities to practice healthy habits. In addition, efforts to achieve and maintain a healthy weight are more successful with family support. Positive changes to eating habits are more long lasting when the whole family is involved rather than targeting individuals. It is not just physical wellbeing that benefits from eating together as a family. There are many social and emotional benefits. Conversations during the meal provide opportunities for the family to bond. Especially for teens this is a valuable time to have casual conversations without the pressure of a family ‘talk’. Preparing for the family meal together also gives children valuable experience in preparing meals. No matter what age the children are there are always jobs they can do. Whatever you do, do it together, and you will soon reap the benefits. For more information go to

TIPS • If sharing meals as a family is not currently a regular occurrence in your household, start small. Plan to eat together a few times a week. It doesn’t matter which meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner – as long as you all eat together. • Don’t put too much pressure on yourselves to have ‘the perfect dinner’ first time or every time. • Get the kids involved in choosing the menu. There are plenty of healthy cookbooks and this is a great way to show kids the huge variety of healthy food that is readily available. • Turn off the TV and other distractions. • Get everyone to pitch in with the preparation and cleaning up. 29

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“The most important thing to me, is to find the right plan and procedure for the patient,” says Professor M. A. Memon, one of WeightLoss Solutions Australia (WLSA) specialist surgeons. “It is absolutely essential that we find a solution that suits the patient; suits their lifestyle, their location, their circumstances. That is the best way to ensure we achieve a successful outcome for them.” Prof. Memon is known as one of the leading surgeons in gastrointestinal, laparoscopic and bariatric (obesity) surgery, one who has trained and worked around the world, and is a much sought-after speaker and author on the obesity and general surgery and management of these conditions. He says that with obesity levels reaching an all time high in Australia, the services offered at WLSA are more important than ever. Prof. Memon says he and the rest of the team at WLSA believe in a multidisciplinary approach, and the patient’s wellbeing is always their number one priority. “The approach is to have an investment in a team of professionals dedicated to managing the patient before and after surgery. It’s not just about the surgery. Often we have patients come to us who have significant medical problems related to their obesity, but there is so much more to it.” “Many overweight people suffer from low self-esteem and other issues that have come about because of their weight, or perhaps because of other issues. We try to address all of these issues with a patient, because while our ultimate goal is, of course, that they get to a healthy weight, we want them to live happy and fulfilling lives, so we take a multidisciplinary approach to their treatment. We treat our patients with the care and respect that they deserve, and ultimately that’s why we get results.” Prof. Memon says that advancements in the procedures available makes it easy to tailor treatments to suit individual patients. “13 years ago all that we could offer patients was the gastric band surgery, but now there are so many more options available from non-surgical through to a whole range of surgical procedures.” Professor M. A. Memon

Dr Reza Adib, one of the specialist surgeons at WeightLoss Solutions Australia (WLSA) is vastly experienced in the area of laparoscopic surgery and obesity management, having studied, trained and worked around the globe including England, Scotland, France, Austria and of course Australia. Dr Adib has performed over 1000 weight loss surgeries and is passionate about stemming the rising tide of obesity in this country. “Yes obesity is a growing problem,” Dr Adib says. “There has been no change in the Government’s approach to preventing obesity, so we have to look to curing it. Obviously prevention would be a much better option, but this simply isn’t happening. “The numbers are quite alarming: one in four people are now obese, and one in 10 are morbidly obese. And nothing is being done to help prevent this. The surgery we offer is growing in popularity because it works. Before surgery we find there are a multitude of factors affecting the patient, both physical and non-physical,” Dr Adib said. “Physically they face things such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea, joint pains, knee pains… there are many health issues that come with obesity. “Then there are emotional factors such as fear of rejection, fear of not being able to get the appropriate job, there are some people who are selfloathing. Many of these people have experienced prejudice and they are emotionally damaged from that.” Dr Adib says he draws great satisfaction from the changes – both physical and non-physical – he sees in his patients after surgery. “The closer our patients get to their goal weight the more they discover themselves,” Dr Adib says. “It is a pleasure to see that with this rediscovering of themselves as a result of the weight loss they experience after surgery, many patients will totally change their lives. They may get new job opportunities, new social status, new relationships, or acceptance among their family that they felt they haven’t had before.” Dr Adib welcomes people who may be considering surgery, or looking for a solution to their weight problems, to make an appointment with WLSA. “Come in and have an informal chat, we can assess your situation and tailor the best approach.”

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When someone has experienced substantial weight loss, what is the effect that is left on the body, specifically the skin? Weight loss can cause an enormous effect on the skin’s elasticity on various parts of the body. Most significant effects are seen in abdomen, back, thighs, arms and breasts. Some individuals may also lose a lot of fat in their face. Typically, because of rapid loss of fat, skin is not able to shrink and loose folds appear in the above mentioned areas. The abdominal ‘apron’ hangs southwards, breasts droop, folds appear in the back and over flanks and thighs become crinkled. The arms hang like mini wings. These changes can be quite distressing emotionally for the patients. What are the surgical solutions you offer to correct this? The surgical solutions are many and are area dependent. Conventionally a massive weight loss (MWL) patient typically needs body lift (also called belt lipectomy or circumferential dermolipectomy – which includes abdominoplasty or tightening of the muscular layer of abdomen) for the trunk. They most frequently also benefit from thigh reduction or cruroplasty, arms reduction or brachioplasty and breast uplift procedures. If they have lost a lot of volume in breasts and the breasts have become literally a bag of skin with little breast tissue, they may also need breast implants with a breast uplift or mastopexy procedure. The less frequent procedures are face lift, neck lift, fat injections in face, injection of muscle relaxants in face, or even fillers. Is there a substantial amount of scarring? All surgical procedures produce scars. The scars are always considered in relation to the improvement or, rather, the massive transformation that the surgery can achieve. However the scars are planned so that they can be mostly covered even in bathing suits. Typically the body lift produces scars circumferentially along the pubic area, groins and lowest part of back ( just above buttocks). The thigh and arm scars are also planned on the inner aspects. The scars are typically quite long and can be initially conspicuous, but with time they become paler and less noticeable.


Dr. Dilip Gahankari is an Australian qualified specialist Plastic Surgeon offering surgical options to patients who have experienced significant weight loss.







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Actual patient: 45 year old female.

What are some of the comments you have received from patients post surgery? I have performed body contouring procedures on several patients from different age groups, and body shapes so far. These patients usually are much healthier as they lose weight and with it their diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnoea. However, they tend to become distressed with the excessive skin folds in various areas of body and this can lead to social recluse and isolation in some individuals. My patients often comment to me, after these procedures about how much these have improved their body image and helped them to regain their self confidence.

Dr Dilips Tips Work closely with a nutrition consultant or a dietitian to make sure that weight loss is not at the cost of nutritional deprivation and a balanced nutrition is maintained at all times. Weight loss patients can be nutritionally depleted and this can adversely affect healing of surgical wounds. Have a goal weight and BMI. The research for the surgical procedures, surgeon, and the consultation process is best started after reaching the goal weight and BMI. I generally wait for minimum of three to six months for the surgery once the weight is more or less stabilised and no further weight loss is occurring. It is also important to keep up with regular exercises to maintain healthy heart, lungs and muscles. Giving up habits such as smoking is critical for optimal surgical results and the preparation time for surgery can be very well used for this. Last but not least, many overweight patients also have diabetes and or high blood pressure. Many times, after weight loss, these problems spontaneously get better, but it is important to keep in regular contact with your GP and assure good control of these medical issues, which helps good preparation for surgical procedure and the anesthetic. 33

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Brooke went from 92 kilos to just 57 kilos!

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Brooke Watson says her decision to undergo lap band surgery changed her life.


he was only 25, but Brooke Watson, an Immunisation Program Officer on the Gold Coast knew she had to change her life. She was overweight and over it. “I think it all started when I got my job as a program officer,” Brooke says. “The position was based in an office with a canteen and also required me to work in the field. Before I knew it I was eating fast foods three times a day, and by Christmas of 2010 I weighed 92kg. I felt embarrassed, depressed, sad, self-conscious, disappointed… the list goes on and unfortunately none of it was good. My husband has loved me the same no matter how much I weighed, but for me, I felt, in ways, that I wasn’t good enough for him.” Like many of us, Brooke tried everything to lose weight. “I did try everything! Soup diet, protein diet, shakes diet, tablets, I even tried spraying a banana scent up my nose to get me through meal gaps! Some slightly successful but they all resulted in putting the weight back on. “I was lying in bed and I was sick of it… I needed to change my life and it needed to start now. So I typed weight loss solutions into the search engine and WeightLoss Solutions Australia (WLSA) was the first result. I clicked on the link and started reading. After about 10 minutes of reading the client stories I knew it was for me. I researched for a further six months before I made an appointment with the doctor, but already I knew it was what I had been searching for.” Like many WLSA patients, Brooke found that first appointment a little daunting. “I was freaking out,” she recalls. “I took my husband (who was my boyfriend at the time) with me. I was scared that being in the lower BMI range (31) the doctor wouldn’t give me this opportunity to change my life. We talked about all the options, discussed my past and what could become my future. By the end of the appointment I was excited and nervous about the next few months, we had come to the decision that lap band surgery would be perfect for what I needed.” Brooke explains the surgery this way: “When I’m explaining lap band surgery to my friends I hold up my hand and create a circle with my index finger and thumb. I say that this is a band that has been placed around the top part of my stomach that has little pillows on the inside, creating a small pouch of my stomach above the band then the rest of my stomach below. The band has a tube attached that runs down to my stomach muscle where a port has been stitched in place. The port is where the nurse or doctor can insert or remove saline (water). To do this they put a little needle into the port. When they push the saline in it fills the little pillows in the band. This creates a smaller opening to the larger part of my stomach therefore you eat less because you feel full quicker. You also stay full for longer because your stomach works harder to digest the food enough to fit through the hole. You are also able to get the liquid removed using the same process.” She says the day of the surgery she was full of mixed emotions. “I was scared what it would feel like afterwards. I was also excited that the day had finally arrived. I remember lying on the bed in the pre-surgery room

“I can still eat all the same foods I just have better control of how much I decide to eat. My life has never been better. I feel the best I ever have, I have an amazing husband and I’m excited about what the future holds!” waiting to be taken into the operating room, the anesthetist came in to check my details and he asked how old I was, he then said you have made a great decision and your life will never be the same after today. He was right! I look back at that day and thank myself for my decision and how great I feel because of it! “It has been one year and I’ve lost 35kg, I still can’t believe it when I say it. The band just helped me get control of my portion sizes and gave me that push to start making healthier choices. Before I knew it fast food was a part of my old life and trying healthy new foods was easy. I started walking most mornings for 30 minutes. Every week I would see a positive result which gave me more motivation! “I feel fantastic. Proud, excited, healthy, confident and overall amazing. In April my partner and I got married. It’s still something that I would have done, but I know my weight would have hindered the day, I would have felt self-conscious and disappointed about my appearance. Instead I felt loved, beautiful and complete. I married my best friend and I knew no matter what I weighed he would always think I was beautiful. “I enjoy life so much more now. I’m not ashamed of who I am and I love every part of myself.” Brooke’s advice to readers who are considering WLSA is simple. “Don’t let your nerves and what other people might think get in your way. The band is an amazing opportunity to start changing your life. Yes it won’t stop you from eating bad foods, nothing can, but it gives you the motivation and that extra tool that you might just need to start making changes in your diet and life style. I don’t think I could have ever achieved these results without the help of the band.” 35

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o w t e h T of us Jennifer and Bill Jarrard underwent Gastric Sleeve Surgery together, and the couple say they have never looked back.

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rom the outside looking in, Bill and Jennifer Jarrard seemed to have it all. Both successful trainers and authors, with a great marriage and enviable lifestyle, the couple shared almost everything – including a weight problem. Bill talked to SLIM Magazine about their decision to both have Gastric Sleeve Surgery. “I was about 50 and had put on some weight,” Bill said. “I was feeling a bit down so a doctor prescribed me some drugs for depression, but rather than help I quickly stacked on another 10 kilos and hit 95 kilos. I found out later the drug I was given was known to put weight on, so the doctor gave me exactly the wrong solution. “Around mid-2010 I hit 100 kilos for the first time, and was very out of condition. Just before Christmas I played a social game of golf and a few days later my back and legs were so painful I couldn’t walk and even had trouble getting out of bed or a chair. Within a few weeks I was using a walking frame to move around the house, and having spinal injections to try to solve my back and leg problems, but nothing was working. And it was in that period I finally hit 110 kilos (my ideal weight is supposed to be 70). “Jennifer’s situation was similar to mine. She hadn’t been a heavy child or young woman, but over the years, the weight had crept on. Whenever I was heavy it always showed up in my stomach area, and face to some degree. The rest of me is still very thin so being overweight was very noticeable. As I really got heavy and started having to go to the 3XL and 4XL size shirts I knew I’d lost confidence in what I was doing, and that people noticed.” Bill says both he and Jennifer tried various methods of losing the weight, but nothing really stuck. “Like most overweight people we went on dieting programs. In my late 20s Atkins was the approach and over the years I’ve used that, and often had good success – losing weight and keeping it off sometimes for several years. I never did anything too crazy – like live on lemons or whatever, and I never got involved with lots of different books and approaches. I knew what I had to do, I just didn’t seem to care enough or have enough willpower to do what needed to be done. “When I had hit 110 kilos and my back and legs were not getting better, I knew real action was needed. Jennifer and I had to cancel a trip to the USA because I couldn’t risk flying, so it was clear I had to do something, and I knew that dieting and exercise wasn’t going to work.” Bill knew it was crunch time, and decided to take action. “I was 58 years old, my metabolism was slow, my weight was out of control, my self-esteem was shot and I needed to do something. I saw something on an information evening WeightLoss Solutions Australia (WLSA) was having, and recalled a doctor mentioning them to me about six months earlier, so I decided to go along and asked Jennifer if she would join me, which she did.” Bill says both he and Jennifer were a little apprehensive attending that first information seminar at WLSA. “We were a little self-conscious, but then you see a room full of people with the same problem you have, or worse,” he says. “I was there to find things out, so I listened to what was being said and I asked a lot of questions. Not about the operations but about why and how having each procedure would help me overcome the challenges I saw me having – lack of willpower, inability to walk or do much exercise, my enjoying of a good wine etc. People that attended that session still comment about all my questions, and I think it probably helped others as well. “At the end of the info session we were invited to make an appointment with the main doctor, which we did for a few days later. In the meantime I searched online for information on all the options, but was already leaning to the Gastric Sleeve. What this showed me was that while not new, it was not yet common, but it seemed to me to be the safest and best option in many ways, and perfect for me. “Initially I was looking only at what I would do, but as I learnt more and Jen and I discussed it, it started to seem appropriate for her as well, and we realised that both of us doing it together would have many advantages. Jen was only just at a BMI that warranted the Sleeve option, but when we met with the doctor, and he could see we knew what was really involved, that we had thought it all through, and he could see the advantages and reasons why we would both do it, he agreed. So we committed to the operation then and there, and set a date about three weeks away. “Jennifer and I arranged to be operated on the same day, one after the other. We were in the hospital three nights. I think we were probably the only married couple they’d ever had in the ward who had had the same operation at the same time, and the team there loved the sight of us shuffling along hand-in-hand around the halls. After the time in hospital we walked out, I drove us home and we rested for a few days, then started back to work. We work from home, so this was pretty easy, and it allowed us to stay in touch with things without any stress. Then it was just a case

of getting used to the new way to eat. The first couple of weeks was liquids and soft foods, but by three weeks we were trying more things. If we overate or ate a little too fast we knew it immediately, and quickly adjusted to meal sizes and speed of eating.” Then came the weight loss. “I was down to 102 kilos by the end of the operation, and down to about 95 kilos within a few weeks,” Bill says. “As always the body seems to plateau at stages, but after a couple of weeks around 95 kilos I dropped to 90, then 85, then 80 within a few months. I stayed on about 80-81 kilos for several months, then dropped to about 78 kilos where I again sat for several months. “Basically my body was finding what it considered its proper weight – you see after a time your body ‘learns’ what weight it should be. Today I am 75-76 kilos and have been for well over a year, and Jennifer is 71 kilos. My next step is to work to drop off another three to four kilos and have my body learn that I am in fact a 72 kilo person – someone I haven’t been in more than 35 years. It will be tough, but I can do it. For Jennifer’s part, she is loving being “back to a size 12, wearing bathing suits and beautiful clothes. “We look and feel fabulous,” Bill says. “I’m not thin or totally fit yet, but for a man of 60 with a bad back, I’m doing okay. “If I hadn’t had the operation and decided to take care of myself again, I would likely be dead now. I made a choice to take action, and that action saved me – so I’m proud of that. And the fact that Jennifer and I did it together, and she looks so wonderful and sexy, makes it even better. Doing this together, was for me the best possible option. “I am much prouder and more confident now and able to approach and work with clients again, like I used to. And Jen has us doing interviews etc, so being on TV with her was great – and I probably wouldn’t have done that before. And now we have plans on helping other people who have problems with weight like I did, and that is very satisfying. “Initially when Jennifer agreed to have the surgery with me, she would only do it if we told no one about it, to which I agreed. In some way she had a view that somehow we were ‘cheating’ by not doing the hard work of dieting etc. But in my view that wasn’t the case – we had been through all sorts of situations, and to me we were just making the very best decision we could for us at that time. It was quick, it was permanent, it suited our working lifestyle, and it meant that we would simply be doing what experts always say – just eat several small meals each day of the right foods, rather than large meals and your body will balance out – well that’s exactly what the Gastric Sleeve forces us to do, nothing more, nothing less, and we get to choose what we eat. “Who knows maybe one day soon my back will be good enough to climb Kilimanjaro as we once planned, or at least do some hard trekking around the restaurants of Europe (tasting the appetizers of course).” 37

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Sonia Kruger is a brand ambassador for Swisse, joining a long list of A-list celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Mark Webber and Ricky Ponting.


he first burst onto our screens as the outrageous Tina Sparkle in the 1992 hit, Strictly Ballroom, and has since gone on to become Australia’s favourite TV ‘hostess with the mostess’, fronting everything from Dancing with the Stars, to Big Brother, to her regular Mornings show with David Campbell. At 47, Sonia Kruger has a body most 30 year olds would envy and a smile and style that have made her a red carpet favourite. Although much of her life these days is couture and cameras, Sonia says her childhood was a very happy and ordinary one. “I was born the middle child (I have an older sister – Deb and younger brother – Adam) in Toowoomba Queensland before moving to a semirural suburb south of Brisbane around the age of three,” she says. “We were, and still are, a very tight-knit family.” Those who knew Sonia as a child would not have been surprised to see her star turn in Simply Ballroom or Dancing with the Stars, as she has literally been on her toes since she could walk. “I grew up spending most of my time either outside or in a dance studio. I was really into school and my sister often tells people she would bring her report card home screwed up in a ball in the bottom of her schoolbag while I would have mine pressed neatly between two books before I proudly presented it to my parents. “I was kind of nerdy as a kid. I was into ballroom dancing, tennis and reading. Dad would get annoyed on road trips because I always had my nose stuck in a book and never looked at the view.” Fast forward a decade or two and Sonia is at the top of her game, hosting the hugely popular Mornings with friend and co-host David Campbell. It’s an industry where a lot of emphasis is placed on looks. So how does she keep her sanity and sense of self in that type of environment? “Television is a visual medium so attention will always be placed on how you look,” she says. “It actually makes me work harder to make sure we’re selecting and styling a look that most people would like. In March this year The Herald Sun reported that Sonia is among Australia’s most influential style queens, with clothing selling out within days of her wearing it on air. “I’m dizzy with the power,” the Big Brother host joked to the paper at the time. “Seriously though, it makes me really happy to hear people like what I’ve worn so much that they want to go out and buy it.” “They tend to email, Facebook or ask on Twitter as soon as they see something they like,” Kruger told The Herald Sun. “Fashion is such a big part of what we do on television and there is an entire section on our web page dedicated to providing the details of that day’s outfit.” The report said that Sydney store Cosmopolitan Shoes sold out of its peach-toned Lanvin heels within days of Sonia wearing a pair on Mornings. “If I didn’t have to answer to the viewers about how I look I think I would be a complete slob.” Jokes aside, Sonia takes her health and wellbeing very seriously. “I try to eat a healthy, balanced diet but I do sometimes find myself in the naughty food corner,” she says. Sonia is a brand ambassador for Swisse, a brand she says she uses herself on a daily basis. “I don’t think it’s possible to get all the nutrients we need from our modern diets so I supplement with Swisse Women’s Ultivite, Hair Skin and Nails, Wild Krill Oil, Liver detox or whatever else I feel needs a bit of a boost.”

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Over the years Sonia has become known for her ability to rock the red carpet. Her tall, slim frame makes her perfect for high-end gowns, but it is her ability to wear the gowns with style, comfort and grace that has made her a designer favourite. We asked Sonia for some styling tips for us mere mortals. “Know your body and what looks good on it,” she says. “To this day anything vaguely pastel and/or frilly looks frightening on me so I steer clear. Be confident in what you’re wearing and you’ll look great! Oh...and stand up straight. Good posture can take off five kilos!” Sonia admits that even with her positive, healthy attitude, like everybody she has days which aren’t as sunny as others. Panic attacks and anxiety affect so many Australian women and Sonia says she is no different. “I have had several panic attacks over the years,” she says. “The first time it happened I thought I was having a heart attack. I found concentrated deep breathing and talking to someone about what’s stressing you is the best way to stop panic and anxiety attacks occurring in the first place.” While many of us dread the aging process, Sonia says she embraces it wholeheartedly. “The great thing about getting older is you generally have more confidence, wisdom and cash!” So what does the future hold for Sonia? “Huge fun! Working at Channel 9 on Mornings with David Campbell is a delight, and Big Brother will be back soon and I can not wait.”

Photo courtesy of Swisse.

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health update


ovarian syndrome It affects just under 20% of the female population, but many of us still know little about it. Here is what you need to know about polycystic ovarian syndrome.

What is it? Polycystic ovarian syndrome (or polycystic ovary syndrome – PCOS) is a complex condition in which a woman’s ovaries are generally bigger than average. Polycystic means the ovaries have many small, immature follicles that rarely, if ever, grow to maturity and produce eggs capable of being fertilised. PCOS is relatively common among infertile women. It affects 12 to 18 percent of women of reproductive age (between late adolescence and menopause). Almost 70 percent of these cases remain undiagnosed.

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Polycycstic ovary syndrome • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is associated with problems such as irregular menstrual cycles, excessive hair growth, acne, obesity, reduced fertility and increased risk of diabetes. • PCOS can be diagnosed by history, examination, blood tests and an ultrasound. • Treatment for PCOS includes a healthy lifestyle and targeted therapy such as hormones and medications.

What are the symptoms? Women who have PCOS may experience: • Irregular menstrual cycles – menstruation may be less or more frequent due to less frequent ovulation • Amenorrhoea – some women with PCOS do not menstruate, in some cases for many years • Excessive hair growth and acne – possibly due to increased free testosterone • Reduced fertility – (difficulty in becoming pregnant) related to less frequent or absent ovulation • Mood changes – including anxiety and depression • Obesity.


What causes PCOS?

PCOS is a hormonal condition involving high levels of insulin or male hormones or both. The cause of this is unclear. In some cases, PCOS runs in the family, whereas for other women, the condition only occurs when they are overweight.

Long-term health risks

Research shows that polycystic ovary syndrome (POCS) is related to insulin resistance and the development of diabetes, especially if women are overweight.

How is it diagnosed?

Diagnosis of PCOS is likely to involve: • Your medical history • An examination, which may include an ultrasound • Tests to measure hormone levels in the blood. Early diagnosis is important as it can allow symptoms to be managed and may prevent the development of long-term health problems such as diabetes.

How is it treated?

Depending on the associated problems, management of PCOS can include weight reduction, lifestyle modifications and treatment with hormones or medications. It is important that a all-encompassing approach be used to manage and treat PCOS. You will need the help of your doctor. You may also be referred to specialists including an endocrinologist (hormone specialist) and a gynaecologist, as well as a dietitian and possibly a psychologist. If only one or two symptoms of PCOS are treated on a short-term basis, a woman may be left with long-term clinical problems. PCOS is a long-term condition and long-term management is needed. For all women with PCOS, it is important to relieve symptoms and reduce the risk of diabetes by preventing weight gain through a healthy lifestyle, or by losing weight if you are already overweight.

PCOS treatments include:

Infertility medications – if infertility is a problem, there are medications which can help induce ovulation • The oral contraceptive pill – if you are suffering from irregular, heavy periods, the oral contraceptive pill is often prescribed for contraception, to regulate the cycle, reduce hirsutism (excess hair) and acne, and prevent the lining of the womb from thickening excessively • Psychological counselling.

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Yes, it can be that easy. Make these changes today and see what a difference a day makes. Start making daily affirmations Maybe you are cynical about meditation or affirmations, but studies have shown that daily affirmations help people achieve their goals and become happier and more fulfilled. The good news is, there is no set way to do this; experiment and find a way that suits you. You can choose daily or weekly affirmations, or have a few. Write down your affirmations, take some time to get them into simple and easy to remember sentences such as “Today I will be positive and happy. I will treat each person I encounter with respect”. Take ten minutes at the start of the day and find a place where you won’t be overheard or interrupted, and repeat your affirmations out loud.

Get outside This is not about exercise, although any activity is good. This is about the sensory experience of getting outside and taking in nature, no matter what the conditions are. Whether it is freezing cold or boiling hot, prepare yourself appropriately for the conditions and then get outside. Look around you and take in the sights, smells and sounds of the world around you. Whether you are out in the country or in a busy, bustling city, getting out and about at least once a day connects you to your environment and gives you a sense of being part of the world around you.

Give yourself 30 minutes Half an hour out of 24 hours. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? But you would be surprised at just how difficult it is to allocate just half an hour to yourself every day. But recent studies have shown that taking just 30 minutes a day to do something that makes you happy will improve your mental and physical wellbeing. This is not time to do something you think you should be doing; this is time to do something simply because it makes you happy. Give yourself a pedicure, read a trashy magazine, or take a long bath… whatever it is that makes you feel good.

Give thanks Look around you. Look at the life you have, the friends you have, or the family you have. No matter what problems you may face on a daily basis there is always something to be thankful for. Often more than you might imagine. Taking time to deliberately think about the things in your life that you are grateful for brings to your attention just how wonderful life is. As we all know, a daily burst of positivity and gratefulness is great therapy.

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Stop neglecting your health Is that shoulder still sore? Knee still playing up? Or just feeling a little sluggish? Stop pushing health issues aside and take time to attend to your health. Woman in particular have a tendency to put their own needs last and underestimate the cumulative effects that seemingly small health issues can have on our overall wellbeing. Whether it is setting up a doctor’s appointment, having a massage or seeking expert advice from a nutritionist, you need to make time to get your health in order.

Take charge of your space If your living space or work space is in chaos, chances are your head will be too. Creating environments that are organised and pleasant will improve your outlook. You don’t need to undergo a complete renovation, just choose one space at a time and do small things to make it one you are happy and comfortable in. The simple things are often the most impactful: ensure your home is clean and tidy, especially the bedroom. Take time before you go to bed to get your room in order. Waking up in a clean and pleasant environment gets your day off to a positive start.

Help someone In the US, nearly 200 individuals were followed by psychologists for 50 years in one of the longestrunning social-science studies ever conducted. The research looked into what constitutes a happy life. Researchers found that helping other people consistently gave the individuals a sense of wellbeing. The study found that feeling like you are making a difference in the world in a positive way is essential to good mental health. It doesn’t need to be a major commitment to start with; try something simple like visiting an elderly neighbour, taking someone’s bins in for them, or offering to help someone carry their groceries.

Write it down You don’t have to be JK Rowling to enrich your life through writing. The physical act of writing – be it an affirmation, list, note or diary – can be a soothing process. Furthermore, a recent study conducted in Sweden, with over 250 participants, found that writing down a concept, idea or goal improves your chances of achieving it by a staggering 43 percent. And keeping a diary is an effective tool for establishing patterns of behaviour and tracking your progress on achieving goals. If you have negative thoughts, writing them down can help resolve many of them and find some clarity around ongoing personal issues.

Stop the bitching Do you find yourself complaining or whinging a lot? Always have a bad word to say about someone? Or are you a glass half empty kind of person? Well, not only is it a waste of time, recent research has found that negative thoughts are toxic to our overall wellbeing. In extreme cases negative thinking can cause very real physical problems such as eating disorders and stress related heart problems. It takes time to change this pattern of behaviour but it starts with one step: view the events and people in your life – yourself included – with love and respect. Find the positive in every situation – even in the worst circumstances. Celebrate you It may sound like something out of an American reality show but this may be the most important step of all. Take a good look at yourself and see all of the amazing qualities you have. Take a moment to acknowledge them to yourself. You can spend all the time you like working on the things that you feel need improving, but it is just as important to assess yourself and celebrate the wonderful unique qualities you possess. 43

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hatever the age demographic or social status, women are aware that respect from society is forthcoming when conforming to a form that appeals to stereotypes. Moreover, one’s self-respect is ultimately forthcoming when we honour the true potential of our body form. Often these stereotypes are fueled by popular culture (who can forget that shift in desirability for the hourglass figure to anorexic like heroin-chic, and then swinging back again to hourglass). So it appears that when it comes to body image, all that is old is new again. What will never be out of fashion with body image is healthiness, so I am often loosely quoting model Kate Moss by saying to clients that “nothing tastes as good as healthy feels”. Kate said the same, infamously using the word ‘skinny’ instead of ‘healthy’. As a principal psychologist of a private practice a common bane of many women’s therapeutic presentation is their body image and the associated poor mental health issues that arise from a decreased sense of physical self. The most common pathology arising from poor body image is depression, which is often treated pharmacologically with antidepressants. In some cases, antidepressants have reported side effects which include the exacerbation and amplification weight loss difficulties. By examining the cognitive (thought) and behavioral responses to your eating with a psychologist and using such therapies as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) you can make an action plan that can be applied across your lifetime, naturally. Simply put, what we eat affects our mental state (one to remember is Tryptophan found in bananas and cheese). Therefore, food should have a feel good factor, however, the more you are able to simply view food as a fuel source to nourish and provide energy and only occasionally view food as a social lubricant, purely for satiation purposes – the better your relationship with food can be, and ultimately a better relationship can be established within yourself and your own body. By learning how to make better food choices, you might be able to control compulsive eating, binging and subsequently gaining weight. In addition to better appetite control, you might also experience feelings of calmness, higher energy levels, or mental alertness from the foods consumed. 44 slim magazine winter 2013

with Psychologist Emma Howard

What factors influence our eating behaviors?

There are many factors that can influence our thoughts about food and our eating behaviors. These include: • Cultural factors • Evolutionary factors • Social factors • Family factors • Individual factors There also are positive and negative consequences associated with eating as a means to manage negative emotion states such as stress, anxiety and depression. For example, the food consumed might help you to cope with the negative feelings in the short-term by simply distracting you from feeling the unpleasant feelings. In the long term, however, attempting to cope with stress by eating can actually increase negative feelings because you aren’t actually coping with the problem causing the poor emotion state. Furthermore, your self-image will become more negative as you gain weight.

What role does psychology play in weight management?

Psychology is the science of behavior; in essence, the study of how and why people do what they do. For people trying to manage their weight, psychology addresses the following areas: • Cognition (thought) – This part of therapy focuses on identifying self-defeating thinking patterns that contribute to weight problems. • Behavior (the doing) – This part of therapy involves identifying habitual eating patterns and finding ways to change eating behaviors.

What treatment is used for weight management?

CBT is the therapeutic approach most often used because it addresses both thinking patterns and behavior. Some areas addressed through CBT include: • Determining the person’s “readiness for change” – Identification of what needs to be done to achieve your goals and then making a commitment to do it. • Learning how to self-monitor – Self-monitoring creates awareness of triggers to eating through mindfulness of your food choices and portions. It also helps you to stay focused on achieving long-term progress. • Breaking linkages – The focus here is on stimulus control, such as not eating in particular settings and not keeping poor food choices in your home. CBT also teaches distraction, replacing eating with healthier alternatives as a coping mechanism. Some specific techniques include: positive reinforcement though affirmations or self-statements, rehearsal/problemsolving, finding socially supportive network, and altering eating habits.

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What does Cognitive Behavioral Treatment involve?

CBT addresses how you think about food. It helps you recognise self-defeating patterns of thinking that can undermine your success at losing weight. It also helps you learn and practice using positive coping affirmations or self-statements. Examples of self-defeating thoughts include: “This is too hard. I can’t do it.” “If I am not supermodel thin then I’ve failed.” “Now that I’ve lost weight, I can go back to eating any way I want.” Examples of positive coping self-statements include: “I recognise that I am overeating. I have the tools and strategies needed to think about how I can reduce this pattern of behavior.” “I understand what triggers my overeating, so I can create a plan to cope with it if I encounter the trigger again.” “Is my body really hungry or is this just a craving to distract myself from some unpleasant emotion? I have the power to wait to see if this feeling passes.” The psychology of attaining and maintaining slim and healthy is attributable to a change in your thinking. Long term weight management includes a shift in lifestyle. Short term strategies will only offer just that – because after all, life rewards effort. To achieve weight management success, you need to become aware of the role eating plays in your life and to learn how to use positive thinking and behavioral coping strategies to manage your eating and your weight.

The food diary

A food diary is the first and last tool used by psychologists in therapy. It records what food you eat, when and how you feel when you’re eating, and what you are doing while you are eating. The diary explores the relationship of food, thought and behaviour, allowing your psychologist to formulate the necessary cognitive and behavioral changes for successful weight management.

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• Don’t skip meals – This decreases your ability to maintain impulse control, and will have you reaching for a “feel good food fix” which will be more likely to be a poor food choice. • Do keep track of your eating habits with a “food diary” – This is a saying I refer to as “Conscious mind = conscious living”. • Don’t eat after 7pm – This is when your metabolism is at its slowest. • Do drink plenty of water – For purification and toxic elimination. • Do delay/distract yourself – Allow yourself time to identify if you are trying to eat to address the feeling of an unpleasant emotion. • Do exercise instead of eat when you are bored. This is behavioral activation at its best – with purpose. • Don’t eat while you watch TV, work or drive. This promotes unconscious eating or eating amnesia as I call it. • Do only eat in certain settings (ie. seated at kitchen table with knife and fork) – This encourages the ritualisation of eating to regulate how much you eat. • Do watch your portion sizes – This is one of the safest tools to moderate your food intake. • Don’t forbid yourself a particular food. What you resist will persist. • Do give yourself encouragement – Treat yourself, and talk to yourself as you would your best friend. • Don’t beat yourself up when you lapse – Refer to the previous point. • Do think of eating as a lifestyle change – Eating is part of our lifestyle so is requires integration. • Don’t weigh yourself more than once per week – This encourages fixation and also obsessiveness. Life is meant to be lived; your self-esteem is not measured by your weight. • Do make healthy food choices – Life is all about the choices we make. Equilibrium Health 21 is located at 21 Labrador Street Labrador QLD. A team of 10 psychologists, both male and female, can assist with your wellness – fully bulk-billed service with a GP Medicare referral. Email equilibriumhealth or phone 07 5528 2255 or 0434 493 307.

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Beauty Detox Foods is the first full-colour, step-by-step food guide from celebrity nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder.

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Kimberly’s fans include Hilary Duff, Drew Barrymore, Owen Wilson, Fergie and Dita Von Teese. She has appeared as a nutrition and beauty expert on The Dr Oz Show, Good Morning America and E!

eauty Detox Foods features 50 beauty foods and over 85 recipes Kimberly makes for her A-list clientele. Now you can eat the same meals they do, right from the comfort of your own kitchen. Beauty Detox Foods will explain the top 50 beauty foods for every beauty problem and helps you combine and these beauty foods masterfully into delicious meals.

Eat more veggies and fewer animal products

In Beauty Detox Foods, Kimberly maintains that the best thing you can do to improve your overall health and beauty is to fill your diet with whole, unrefined plant foods. In the book, she says: As pointed out in Forks over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, “Natural, plant-based foods provide all the essential nutrients needed for a well-balanced and healthy diet, as there are no nutrients found in animal-based foods that are not abundantly available in plant foods, with the exception of vitamin B12. And you can supplement vitamin B12 for insurance.” In the past, B12 was obtained in adequate amounts from a plant-based diet, because microorganisms in the soil manufacture B12. But today, foods are sanitised and scrubbed of soil exposure. Although you may choose to keep some meat in your diet for taste, social, familial or any other reasons, there is no nutritional reason to do so. Rest assured that if your diet isn’t deficient in calories, it is practically impossible for you to be deficient in protein. To keep your body running efficiently, greens are one of the most important food groups. Green vegetables are among the most nutrientdense of all foods and are full of alkaline minerals, including calcium, chlorophyll and amino acids. They make up your key beauty foods that regenerate and purify your cells. 46 slim magazine winter 2013

Eat more raw than cooked vegetables

Eating vegetables raw is the key to obtaining the most beautifying vitamins, enzymes and nutrition, so eat plenty of salads and raw veggies every day. Any type of heat will destroy some of their nutrients. But I know it’s not reasonable to eat only salads all the time. It’s okay to have some cooked vegetables, especially when you’re transitioning and when eating dinner. When cooking vegetables, avoid charring or overboiling them, because you want to preserve the nutrients as much as you can. Steaming or lightly cooking in a bit of vegetable broth, for example, will retain some of the vegetables’ nutrients and ensure they are digested easily. The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder, $24.99, is published by Harlequin.

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emember the Israeli Army diet? First popularised in the 1970s it involved eating apples for two days, cheese for the next two, chicken for the following two and salad for the final couple. Black tea or coffee was allowed. Needless to say you lost quite a bit of weight, fast, but you ended up a crazy person who, at times, felt faint or even homicidal. Unfortunately it’s not the only crazy diet that women (and men) have embarked on over the years in a desperate bid to fit into a favourite pair of jeans or a tight little black dress. Often prompted by celebrity trainers or get-rich-quick diet doctors, or sometimes just plain quacks, plenty of those desperate to shed a few kilos have digested tapeworm, swallowed their own placenta and had a tube inserted up their nose. Here are 10 of the craziest diets ever.

#1 The Baby Food Diet You may have noticed that towards the end of the hit series Friends there was increasing competition between Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston to see who could be the thinnest. Blame the Baby Food Diet on which Jen is reported to have eaten 14 serves of baby food a day and little else. She’s denied it but, really people, grow up.

#2 Watercress Soup Diet

Her famous curves have been squeezed into teeny bikinis as well as dresses held together with safety pins, to the delight of the paparazzi. Actor and Shane Warne’s-bride-to-be Elizabeth Hurley’s crazy weight loss secret: she drinks at least six cups of watercress soup a day and nothing else whenever she wants to slim down for the cameras. Too restrictive to be recommended as a long-term nutritional plan.

#3 The Blue Diet

A Japanese company created sunglasses with blue lenses which you wear to make food look unappetising. The lenses also block red light which is thought to stimulate the appetite. It will come as no surprise that, after a while, you start to feel a bit blue. A better idea: put the colours of the rainbow – carrots, berries, cabbage, sweet potato, oranges, spinach and more – on your plate and go easy on the fats and carbs.

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#4 The Nasal Tube Diet It has been popular in Italy and Spain for years but has recently taken off in New York and London. Basically you have a tube that goes up through your nose and down through your oesophagus into your stomach that provides you with low kilojoule nourishment, with no carbs, for 10 days. Side effects include constipation, bad breath and dizziness. Social commentators say this extreme diet is particularly popular with brides but we think it’s on the nose.

#5 The Alcohol Diet

All right, this one has some appeal, especially if you like a sauvignon blanc or two or maybe even a Cosmopolitan. It was first tried in 1087 by an overweight William the Conqueror who took to his bed and drank nothing but alcohol in an attempt to go from flabby to fabulous. Sadly this is not a healthy way to lose weight – it’s bad for your liver and, anyway, alcohol is high in kilojoules – although, temporarily, it could be entertaining.

#6 The Cotton Ball Diet

Popularised recently by catwalk models, the idea is that cotton balls, which can be soaked in gelatin to make them extra filling, are high in fibre but kilojoule free. This diet can cause major digestive problems and is certainly not recommended. In fact we’d have to say it’s one of the dumbest of all the crash diets we’ve heard of. You’re not even getting a little food, you’re getting something you use to take makeup off.

#7 The Placenta Diet

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Beautiful starlet January Jones is said to have had her own placenta dried, crushed and put into capsules after her son was born. She then swallowed them in an attempt to shed her baby weight. There are no reports on whether it actually does work.

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The Party Girl IV Diet: Stars including Simon Cowell and Rihanna are said to have a cocktail of “fat-burning” vitamins injected regularly to kick their metabolism into high gear. The Martha’s Vineyard Diet: You drink most of your meals and have weekly colonics. It’s supposed to be the ultimate detox but on a scale of pleasantness, it rates a zero out of 10. The Graham Diet: A bland diet developed by a Presbyterian minister in the 1920s. Tomato sauce and mustard were among the foods banned, for fear they could spark sexual thoughts and actions. It is not known if followers lost weight although eventually they probably lost interest in meals and conjugal relations. The Morning Banana Diet: A Japanese weight loss craze which substitutes breakfast for a banana. You must also eat dinner by 8pm and be in bed by midnight. So popular that stocks of bananas temporarily ran low.

#8 The Tapeworm Diet In the early 1900s these parasites were sold in a pill to make ingestion easier although others chose simply to swallow the tapeworm itself and let it digest many of their kilojoules. Besides weight loss you could also expect nausea, headaches, infection, diarrhoea and possibly death. Opera singer Maria Callas was rumoured to have tried this extreme method.

#9 The Vomiting Diet

The indulgent Ancient Romans invented vomiting after meals. They actually had special rooms for throwing up, called vomitoriums. They have a lot to answer for.

#10 The Lemon Juice Diet

Citrus fruit has always been popular in fad diets – remember the Grapefruit Diet in which you eat half of the fruit before all meals to supposedly activate fat burning enzymes? The gorgeous Beyonce is said to have turned to a liquid lemon juice mixture to get into shape for her role in the film Dreamgirls. The regime: six servings a day, as well as a saltwater flush and a herbal laxative. The lemon drink is reportedly laced with maple syrup and cayenne pepper just to give it that extra bit of oomph. 49

Fad or fiction? We examine three of the most popular fad diets.


e all know fad diets are silly, right? Right? Well, it would appear not, as many fad diets gain huge followings (especially if they are endorsed by a celebrity). The Dietitians Association of Australia says that while people who go on such diets may lose weight, they usually put it all back on again – and some more. In the process they change how their bodies work by disturbing their metabolism – making it more difficult to achieve and maintain a healthy weight in the long term. Before turning to a ‘detox’, ‘cleanse’ or ‘diet’ to lose weight and get healthy, the Dietitians Association of Australia recommends consulting an Accredited Practising Dietitian for tailored, expert advice to eat better and achieve a healthy weight. Here, they breakdown, three of the most popular fad diets.

#1 The Lemon Detox Diet

The Lemon Detox Diet is a 10 to 14 day cleansing program sold in a kit form online or through pharmacies or health food stores. It involves drinking six to nine glasses each day of Lemon Detox drinks. Verdict: Despite what the scales may say, most of the weight lost on this diet is fluid and carbohydrate – so any weight loss is likely to be put straight back on once you revert to eating normal food and drinks. The Lemon Detox Diet does not provide the body with the essential nutrients it needs to function. And this is one diet that is impossible to sustain in the long-term. The body has an amazing detox system – the lungs, liver, and kidneys do this every minute of every day. If you want to ‘detox’, nourish your body by cutting down on fatty, highly-processed foods, alcohol and caffeine, and eat a balanced diet – making sure to get plenty of fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, and water.

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#2 The Acid and Alkaline Diet

This diet promotes ‘alkaline’ foods, and recommends avoiding ‘processed’ grains (including bread) and sugar, and restricting meat and dairy foods. It is based on detailed lists or charts of foods to eat and foods to avoid. Verdict: The science is not there to support needing to eat this way. The body naturally controls acidity on a daily basis (and this is not dependant on the foods a person eats). That is, if there is a shift to a more alkaline or more acidic environment outside of the normal range, mechanisms within the body kick-in to restore the optimal balance. There are some good features of this diet (such as it includes fruit and vegetables). However, it recommends restricting very specific foods, so is likely to be difficult to sustain longer-term. A person’s whole diet is important for good health and weight management, so the focus should not be on one food, food group or certain ‘type’ of food.

#3 The Six weeks to OMG Diet

British celebrity personal trainer Paul Khanna (writing under the name Venice A Fulton), suggests dieters skip breakfast and exercise first thing in the morning (after drinking black coffee and before eating) – in an effort to boost metabolism. Carbohydrate foods are limited to very small amounts, but plenty of protein is allowed. Verdict: Much of the dietary information promoted is contradictory to health authority recommendations, and not based on scientific evidence. Avoiding food in the morning can play havoc with metabolism, making it more difficult to achieve and maintain a healthy weight in the long-term. This book also makes controversial claims, such as that broccoli is no better than cola. This sends the wrong message to people. And by unnecessarily limiting nutritious foods, people risk missing out on important vitamins and minerals. Sadly, this book may appeal to younger women, who may be more vulnerable to body image concerns.

Is it a fad? Warning signs that it might be a fad: • Promotes or bans certain foods or food groups • Encourages miracle pills or potions • Promises quick, dramatic or miraculous results • Claims a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to weight loss • Focuses on short-term changes to eating and exercise habits • Contradicts the advice of trusted health professionals • Makes claims based on a single study or testimonials.

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f you want to lose weight healthily one of the smartest things you can do is maximise natural foods with high antioxidant and fat-burning qualities. These superfoods may help control insulin levels, provide slow-burning energy, or even kickstart your metabolism. So make the greengrocer the first stop for food shopping and, if you can, buy chemical free or organic. The fresher and more natural the food, the greater benefits you will get. To keep your digestion and your metabolism in great shape, you may also like to take a daily probiotic to boost healthy bacteria, drink water between meals rather than with meals so you are not diluting the stomach acid needed to break down protein, and chew your food thoroughly before swallowing to help digestion, suggests Julie Rennie, author of The Metabolic Clock Cook Book. Don’t forget to eat some raw food every day too as this will provide your body with the enzymes it needs to digest food more quickly. A final good habit that will pay weight loss dividends – sitting quietly while eating (not eating mindlessly in front of the tv, or while walking or driving) and afterwards so that your body can focus on digestion, she adds. Here Julie reveals the top foods that are a must-have on any dieter’s regime or simply for those interested in good health.

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Apples stimulate the digestive system and cleanse it by eliminating toxins from the small intestine. The pectin in apples, especially Granny Smiths, slows the rise in blood sugar, reduces the build up of arterial plaque and promotes digestion. The alkaline elements of apples increase the flow of saliva for carbohydrate digestion.


The perfect alkalising protein. The good fats in almonds reduce cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. Other properties in almonds improve memory and concentration, help the nerves to relax, provide calcium and assist with fat metabolising.


All berries have special qualities and when you put strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries together, you have a fruit mix full of antioxidants, iron, Vitamin C and enzymes with anti-inflammatory properties.

Brazil nuts

Rich in the mineral selenium, which is vital for diabetics because it stimulates glucose absorption. These nuts have a remarkable supply of amino acids, making them a complete protein source. They also have a good supply of calcium.


Lemons are packed with Vitamin C and provide an alkaline balance while cleansing the digestive system. Lemons reduce uric acid in conditions such as gout, rheumatism and gallstones. Half a lemon squeezed into hot water is a simple way to detoxify your body.


Linseeds have more essential fatty acids than fish. The Omega-3 fatty acids prevent the build-up of toxic biochemical that the body produces under stress. The essential fatty acids benefit the heart by lowering bad cholesterol. This lowers the probability of clots in the arteries, which may lead to stroke and heart attack. Linseeds are also an excellent source of dietary fibre.


Parsley is a rich source of Vitamins A and C. It supports the immune system by providing antioxidants that clean the blood. It is also a rich source of iron that builds up the blood. Add chopped parsley to salads and cooked foods.


Pineapple is a natural blood thinner. It also contains an enzyme called bromelain which helps the pancreas produce the chemicals that digest protein, fats and carbohydrates. The anti-inflammatory properties of pineapple can also assist with easing the symptoms of gout and rheumatoid arthritis.

Rolled Oats

Oats are good news for diabetics because they contain manganese, which helps stabilise glucose levels. It has good iron content and when you add mixed berries to your muesli, the Vitamin C content of the berries assists in the absorption of the iron. Oats contain special ingredients in the fibre called beta glucan, which slows the rise in blood sugar levels and reduces blood cholesterol.


This amazing vegetable has cholesterol lowering properties and can decrease blood pressure. Celery juice can prevent hardened arteries and naturally thins the blood. Celery is a good food source for diabetics because it stimulates the pancreas glands, producing insulin for carbohydrate digestion.


Carrot juice is great for cleansing the liver. Carrots are a rich source of carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A. This vitamin is required to promote the secretion of gastric juices required for protein digestion.


These have a very low GI which makes them an ideal fruit for diabetics. They also provide melatonin, the hormone that relaxes and promotes sleep. They have pain killing power too and can assist with the pain of headaches and arthritis because they retard the enzymes that cause inflammation.

Chia Seeds

These amazing seeds will nourish you and make you feel full. They contain high amounts of Omega-3 essential fatty acids and are high in protein and calcium. They are high in soluble fibre and also boost your metabolic rate. Mix a teaspoon of seeds in a glass of water and drink.

Sesame Seeds

The calcium content of sesame seeds is excellent, making them an ideal non-dairy calcium food. Sesame seeds inhibit the absorption of cholesterol and assist with controlling blood sugar levels for diabetics. They also assist with inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and are an excellent supply or iron and protein.

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds absorb a lot of the sun’s energy. They are rich in Vitamin E, which protects from ageing and skin cell damage. They are an excellent source of good fats and are a complete protein.


Walnuts are a valuable supply of Omega-3 essential fatty acids and iron. The minerals in walnuts make them a great brain food. They also contain melatonin, which promotes restful sleep. Chop up a handful of walnuts to have with your evening salad or vegetables. 53

Alkalising Greens Everybody’s talking about alkalising greens, the wellness secret to health and vitality that is challenging what we know about a balanced diet.


e all know that a balanced diet is important, but do we know the whole story when it comes to a ‘balanced diet’? Although we may have a varied diet of healthy foods, most people overlook one important key element in their diet which will enable them to gain even higher levels of wellness and have a life full of vitality. The secret is to ensure we are eating the right amount of the correct foods, and that doesn’t just mean those deemed ‘healthy’ foods. It is more than that.

Acid and alkaline explained

When we eat, our food is broken down and digested, and it creates either an acid forming residue or an alkaline forming residue. That means each body cell then has an acid or alkaline state, or a pH (the pH scale is used to measure how acidic or alkaline a substance is). In an acid state, the body will not function as well and long term complications may occur. In an alkaline state, the body will function well, as the body was designed to, and then total body wellness can occur. Regulation of pH in the body is absolutely essential. When slightly alkaline, oxygen is transported to our tissues and enzymes remain active, which speeds up every reaction in our body so it can carry out essential normal functions. Keeping our body in this alkaline state is extremely important. Our body constantly works to maintain this state by using regulatory systems within it to eliminate and expel the acids to ensure an optimal alkaline environment. So instead of just eating what we deem as a ‘balanced diet’, we should aim to eat more of those foods known to be alkalising.

How to restore alkaline balance

The easiest way to increase your alkaline food intake is to gradually start swapping some of your processed acid forming foods for alkaline foods. Don’t feel obliged to radically change your diet in one or two weeks, if you start with frequent small changes it is easier to stick with your new habits. Before you know it, you won’t be craving the processed, sugary and fatty foods that you used to.

Top alkaline foods: Root vegetables Beetroot, carrots, turnips and radishes • Capsicum One of the most alkalizing foods and a rich supply of Vitamin A • Lemons Perhaps the most alkalizing food of all, lemon also works to energize the liver and promote detoxification • Leafy greens Kale, Swiss chard, turnip greens and spinach • Garlic Another of garlic’s attributes is its ability as an alkaline-forming food • Cruciferous vegetables Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.


For many people the challenge of changing their diet is overwhelming, or in some people’s case, may not be sufficient to overcome excess acid production (caused by stress or other lifestyle factors). This is where a high potency alkalising food supplement is the answer. In combination with an alkalising diet, it can help to achieve overall wellness in a fast, more efficient manner than relying on diet alone. Morlife Alkalising Greens pH7.3 is a unique blend of potent alkalising foods that contains a wide range of nutrient dense green super foods, plus specific alkalising minerals, L-Glutamine and herbs beneficial for promoting balance.

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It’s an idea we all know – eating healthy food creates healthy teeth, however, for ideal oral health it’s important to carefully examine your diet and eating patterns.


ou may eat with your eyes first, but your mouth, teeth and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing – the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume.

Eating for healthy teeth

We all know to avoid sugar but do you know what foods may benefit dental health? Cheese, milk, plain yoghurt, calcium-fortified tofu, leafy greens and almonds, are foods that may benefit tooth health thanks to their high amounts of calcium and other nutrients they provide. Protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs are the best sources of phosphorus. Both of these minerals play a critical role in dental health, by protecting and rebuilding the tooth enamel. Firm fruits and vegetables are good choices for a healthy smile since they are high in water and fibre, which balance the sugars they contain and help to clean the teeth. These foods also help stimulate saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from teeth and helps neutralise acid, protecting teeth from decay. Plus, many contain Vitamin C (important for healthy gums and quick healing of wounds) and Vitamin A (another key nutrient in building tooth enamel).

put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your oral health.

What can you do

It is time to realise that taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health, and the team at Totally Teeth are here to help you. If you have untreated ill oral health or dental diseases you may experience discomfort, pain, loss of sleep, inability to eat certain foods, eating disorders, embarrassment about your appearance or an overall loss of self confidence. Don’t be embarrassed or put up with a smile you are not proud of, love your smile. Call the professional and friendly Totally Teeth team today for your free check up.

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When you eat is as important as what you eat. Eating a meal increases saliva production, which helps to neutralise the destructive effects of bacteria. However, if damaging foods are eaten outside of meal times, the acids can stay on the teeth for up to 40 minutes. The more snacks you eat, the more opportunity for acidic plaque to build up. So what you 57

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my life” “Bikram has allowed me to continue doing some running and brisk walks as the constant stretching far surpasses any exercises a physio would give me. I have progressed from very little flexibility to effortlessly touching my toes and thoroughly enjoying a good backward bend. “Ninety minutes is a big commitment but if you can take the time out of your day to try it I strongly recommend you give it a go. It’s a whole body experience. I have learnt that when I am tired, run down and even unwell, Bikram is the best place for me. I have been nearly asleep before Bikram and ready to take on the world upon finishing class. “To me, Bikram has taught me about acceptance. Acceptance of what is happening around me, events that are out of my control, and most importantly, acceptance of me, how I look and who I am. It calms my overactive mind and consequently, this is a massive relief for my husband and four children, and for me.” – Jen Walkerdene, 43

5531 4049 1/1 Pirelli Street, Southport Monday 9.30am, 4.30pm, 6.30pm • Tuesday 6am, 9.30am, 4.30pm, 6.30pm • Wednesday 6am, 9.30am, 4.30pm, 6.30pm Thursday 6am, 9.30am, 4.30pm, 6.30pm • Friday 6am, 9.30am, 4.30pm • Saturday 8am, 4pm • Sunday 9am, 4pm

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“To be honest, I’m not sure if I found Bikram or Bikram found me. I had always enjoyed exercise and made sure I did something physical every day. Unfortunately the constant pounding and jarring of physical activity saw me at the physio often. The physio would in turn give me “stretching” exercises and advice to “take it easy”. Fatigue and sore muscles were a constant occurrence. Then a fantastic masseuse suggested Bikram Yoga as an alternative to my routine of vigorous exercise. “Nearing the age of 43 I had no choice but to try something, so I gave it a go. My first class was with Johnny, who I later learned was known for his challenging classes. My expectation was to be doing Bikram in a hot room; a bit of casual stretching for ninety minutes. I was so wrong! Within ten minutes my heart rate was up and my body sweating. “By the time the floor routine came along I was relieved to be lying down, although resting was short lived. I walked out of the room with jelly legs and a light head, seriously feeling like I had finished a hard run. I couldn’t believe that Bikram could make you feel that way. “After my third class I decided I wanted to continue doing Bikram Yoga, I wanted to improve and see how far I could challenge myself. During the twelve months I have been practicing my body has definitely changed as my muscles have elongated and I have reduced my overall size. There are days when my body hurts, however I no longer get stressed about the pain as I have learnt it will pass; it’s just my body opening up. 59

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Cellulite treatment

Exciting news! e-sab clinic has just taken delivery of the latest Doroclast shock wave machine to treat cellulite. Shock wave therapy has proven results in visibly reducing cellulite and is an ideal body shaping treatment option for the bottom, front and back of thighs and arms. “We have been treating cellulite using shock wave therapy for the last three years and have had good results ranging from 50 percent to 80 percent improvement in the appearance of cellulite,” says Katrina. Cellulite comprises of hardened connective tissue with a poor blood supply. The dimpling that is a noticeable feature of cellulite are fat cells protruding through this hardened connective band. Shock wave therapy stretches the hardened tissues that cause the dimpling effect, allowing the body’s natural healing processes to take over and new more elastic tissue to grow. The fat cells are disrupted causing permeability and leakage which is then carried away by the lymphatic system. The result is restored elasticity and noticeably smoother skin. Noticeable improvement can be seen and felt after the fourth or fifth treatment. Patients are offered this quick and affordable treatment twice a week for a series of eight treatments over four weeks. “We highly recommend that patients consider doing the treatment course over winter and early spring, so they have the full results in time for summer,” says Katrina.” Having confidence that you can wear shorts or a swimsuit without feeling self conscious is wonderful outcome and many of our clients have top up treatments each year.”

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We talk to Sibina Murvat-Roughton, Cosmetic and Corrective Cosmetic Tattooing specialist with e-sab. Tell us about your job: I have been in the beauty and cosmetic industry since 1999 – gaining my degree in health science in 2003, while working as a beauty therapist. I specialise in cosmetic and corrective cosmetic tattooing. I gained extensive experience working with top plastic surgeons on the Gold Coast and Brisbane over the last seven years working on post surgery scar camouflage including recreating areolas after mastectomy, and facial and body scars from surgery. But my passion lies with permanent makeup. I’m loving creating new eyebrows and lips for my clients, giving back facial symmetry, and lost colour. I custom blend and combine colours to create the most natural brows or lips possible. I’ve attended training in Sydney, the USA and Europe, gaining skills in using the most natural looking techniques for eye brow feathering, combining the most modern digital machines and latest colours available. What’s the best part of your job? Transforming someone’s face or camouflaging a scar, creating balance and giving back the youthful appearance they may have lost with time. The daily reward of receiving calls and emails from happy clients who say I have changed their lives is the most satisfying part of my job – nothing beats that. What is your idea of beauty? When someone has healthy, radiantly glowing skin, balanced and wellshaped lips and brows. Who is your beauty idol? I must say I have many, but one that stands out the most would be Miranda Kerr. Her focus on skin, mind and beauty really impresses me. She always looks great and glows. Why do you love e-sab? I love the fact when you visit e-sab clinic you will walk out motivated, excited and determined to have your skin and appearance look the best possible. All the staff are exceptional and handpicked for being at the top of their game – Katrina’s years of experience and passion to help others mirrors my own and we make a great team.

treatment in focus Many people simply resign themselves to bad skin, but Katrina says they do not have to. She says a strict skin care routine and the right products and in clinic treatments can really help improve acne and other skin conditions. Katrina says acne can be a condition in adults and teenagers and e-sab has solutions for all ages and skin types. “The skin breakouts may coincide with puberty or in the case of adults hormonal fluctuations,” she says. “They happen from age 11 onwards and are often related to hormones, but not always.” Katrina says teenagers often reach for supermarket scrubs, which is the wrong thing to do. “Often these are the last things they should be using as they are very abrasive and make an already sensitive condition worse.” Katrina says that the key is early identification and treatment. e-sab offer tailored treatment programs for both adult and teenage acne.


What’s in a name? Katrina from e-sab says the company changed its name from Parlour P to e-sab “Because Parlour P sounded like a beauty parlour, and we offer quite serious treatments. Becoming a clinic and the subsequent name change is a better alignment for the services we offer.”


3D brows

Demand over the past few years is for super natural brows that are not detectable at first glance. Fine strokes mimic hair and are usually placed in the direction of your own natural hair growth along the brow bone. The style is carefully planned out, measured and exquisitely fine strokes are placed to lift, balance and create symmetry in the brow. “No-one’s brows are the same, so I customise a style and colour for each individual client,” says Sibina. “I carefully consider facial features: warm or cool skin tones, hair and eye colour. The 3D brow effect is created by blending various complimentary shades of pigment. In the past a single tone of colour was used on brows which made brows look more stencilled on and was very unflattering to the face. Now implanted colour lasts up to two to three years.” Celebs fans: Madonna, Lindsay Lohan, Victoria Beckham, and Christina Aguilera. 61

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You’ll love the sleek, lightweight design and exceptional sound quality of the Pure Move 2500 rechargeable personal digital and FM radio. Move 2500 comes with noise isolating earphones and a rechargeable lithium battery which delivers 14 hours of listening per charge. The unique rotary dial makes it easy to scroll through all the digital stations available in your area, and the multi-standard digital tuner will make sure you pick them up clearly. Move 2500 lets you preset 20 stations; 10 digital and 10 FM, so you’ll always have quick access to something you love to listen to. There is also a USB input for firmware upgrades and power; and fast recharging via the supplied mains adapter, or through the USB port of a PC or Mac. Move 2500 comes in either silver or black aluminium with a mirror finish back. Pure Move 2500 is available from JB Hi Fi, David Jones, and selected Harvey Norman for $199. For more go to

For the first time all the information and inspiration needed to incorporate whole grains into everyday eating is showcased in Ancient Grains. Packed with over 100 delicious and contemporary recipes, including dishes for vegetarians, vegans, meat-lovers and followers of the gluten-free or Low GI diets, Ancient Grains will overturn the notion that grains can be bland and old-fashioned by revealing that cooking with ancient grains can offer a rich palette of flavourful whole grain meals. Consuming whole grains regularly can improve digestion, assist with weight management, and reduce the risk of developing many chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. It is well known that processed foods lack the nutritional goodness of whole grain food, but people have been confused about what grains to buy, and how to cook and include them into their everyday foods. Ancient Grains demystifies this and shows you how to incorporate grains into familiar recipes. For more go to

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Golden Door There are spas and then there are spas. The Golden Door falls into the category of high end spas, where guests can enjoy the very best, from customer service to product knowledge to facilities. Built around the same philosophy as the famous Golden Door – Elysia, The Golden Door Spa & Health Club at Mirage Resort is setting new standards in service and quality, working with their guests towards better lifestyle management. The Golden Door Spa & Health Club at Mirage Resort is a complete facility for all your fitness and spa needs, all located on a beautiful beachfront setting, at the Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa, Gold Coast. You can choose from a selection of exceptional spa treatments, natural therapies, group fitness classes, and specialty activity classes, all in luxury surroundings. Win a six month membership and let the team of highly qualified professionals show you the path to wellbeing. For more go to

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I Quit Sugar detox program and cookbook Emerging evidence proves that the single most important dietary step you can take to improve health is to quit sugar. Sugar, until recently, was an extremely scarce resource. As a result, humans have not developed an off switch. We can keep consuming sugar without ever feeling full. We are getting steadily fatter and sicker in this age of sugar abundance. The problem is how to give it up. According to some experts, quitting sugar is harder than quitting smoking, not least because it’s a socially acceptable substance. Sarah Wilson was a self-confessed sugar addict, eating over 25 teaspoons of sugar every day. She’d developed mood disorders, a weight issue, sleep problems and an overactive thyroid. She knew she had to make a change. In January 2011, she decided to quit sugar. What started as an experiment soon became a way of life, and she hasn’t looked back. For more go to

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Combining the exotic indulgence of Moroccan Argan Oil with the hydrating and revitalising qualities of their body lotion, Redwin have launched Daily Intensive Nourishment with Moroccan Argan Oil. Enriched with Moroccan Argan Oil, this luxurious cream will rejuvenate, freshen and soften skin, leaving it visibly improved. Derived from the southwest region of Morocco, Argan Oil has been revered for centuries for its anti-aging properties, being rich in nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants, resulting in healthy younger looking skin. “I’ve been using Redwin for years, and I am so excited that they have introduced their new Daily Intensive Nourishment lotion with Moroccan Argan Oil,” says Jennifer Hawkins. “I’ve been using Moroccan Argan Oil on my hair for ages and it is full of rich nutrients and anti oxidants that I know will nourish my skin and help to give me a healthy glow.” For more go to

The number one diet book in America, Dr. Ian K. Smith’s Shred is the answer to every dieter’s biggest dilemmas: how to lose that last twenty pounds? How to push through that frustrating plateau? What to do when nothing else is working? Here, Smith has created a weight loss program that uses all he knows about strategic dieting in one plan – like putting all the best players on the field at once to create a can’t-lose combination. Shred combines a low GI diet, meal spacing, and meal replacements. Those who follow Shred will constantly be eating (every three and a half hours!), four meals or meal replacements (smoothies, soups, shakes) and three snacks a day, over a six week program. Shred also introduces Dr. Ian’s concept of “Diet Confusion”. Diet Confusion, like muscle confusion, tricks the body and revs up its performance. In the same way you need to vary your workout to see results, switch up your food intake to boost your metabolism. For more go to 63

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Get the most out of your exercise with Nature’s Way Figure protein by Michelle Bridges. Figure will help you get and keep the perfect shape by defining muscle tone, supporting lean muscle growth and reducing muscle soreness, inflammation and fatigue from exercise. As a woman you need a protein that will help you get and keep the perfect shape. That’s important. But you also want something that is in tune with the special health needs of women. Figure is not only a great source of protein, it is also formulated with Green Tea, Probiotics, Calcium, Vitamin D, Iron and Folate specifically to meet women’s needs. For more go to

EASEaCOLD specialises in cold and flu remedies with natural and traditional herbal ingredients. Many of the products in the EASEaCOLD range are formulated to help relieve and reduce cold and flu symptoms like cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, pain, fever, headache and fatigue. EASEaCOLD Cough, Cold & Flu can help relieve cold and flu symptoms and help shorten the duration of a cold. The day formulation helps to relieve flu symptoms throughout the day without causing drowsiness. The night formulation continues to help to relieve symptoms and helps provide good night’s sleep. For more go to

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No matter what season it is, sunglasses are an essential accessory for any Aussie woman. OMG Image provides sunglasses for superior optical clarity and maximum protection. Two of their popular styles are the OMG ACE which has the most advanced lens technology coupled with a memory alloy frame. The lens design is made to measure with an ultra-light rimless frame that always maintains its shape. The second is the OMG MVP which features a sleek, classic style that reflects glare and gives 100 percent UV protection in all climatic conditions. All models come with a complimentary case, micro-fibre bag, micro-fibre cleaning cloth, 3 in 1 screwdriver, warranty and care booklet. OMG – you will look better. For more information visit

Skin Doctors™ Cosmeceuticals has created an Australian first; a cosmeceutical range specifically targeting one of the main skin care problems women face: an oily and shiny t-zone. T-Zone Oil Control Cleanser is a gentle paraben-free foaming cleanser that removes excess oil, make up and dirt while deeply purifying the pores and balancing the skin. It contains the most innovative, effective active ingredients, including: Evermat™ which helps control oil production and excess shine, giving skin a healthy, matte appearance. It is clinically proven to reduce shine by 21 percent and pore size by 16 percent. It also contains Acnacidol™ a royal jelly-mimetic oil regulator with antibacterial properties clinically proven to regulate sebum production. For more go to

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The Chocolate Diet is a thoroughly researched, scientifically proven program that combines a scrumptious eating plan with the delicious Chocolate Diet Shakes to help you get your diet on track and your life back in control. Designed for quick results and tailored to your lifestyle, you can use The Chocolate Diet Program for a short time if you just need to drop a few kilos, or you can use it for an extended time if you have a more significant weight loss goal. The Program Guide will explain exactly what to eat, when to eat and how much. All you need to do is follow the guide to achieve your desired results. For more information go to

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Kosmea is Australia’s leading natural skincare company founded on the healing properties of certified organic rose hip oil. Rose hip oil has a unique ability to nourish and balance all skin types, providing a natural alternative to anti-ageing products. This deeply hydrating oil is the foundation of Kosmea’s Skin Clinic, a specialist range of products specifically for dry, sensitive skin. The process of extracting the rose hip oil leaves a rich, buttery wax that becomes the bi-product: rose hip butter, which, along with other key ingredients forms the base for the Kosmea Skin Clinic products, including Kosmea Rescue Cream, Rescue Balm, and Rose Hip Oil. For more information go to


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Eco Tan’s certified Organic Winter Skin was the winner of the 2012 Genius Award (Shop Till You Drop Mag). This incredible selftanner is perfect for the winter months as it is a luxe moisturiser that gradually evolves into a gorgeous chocolate coloured tan in just a few days. With its natural ingredients that are free of synthetics or GMOs you can ensure that you will never have any orange or green tones. It’s as simple as applying the tanner and you can expect to see results after one application. Walk tall without the fear of stains as due to its invisible properties it can only react with your skin, not your clothes or sheets. Brought to you by Australia’s pioneering certified organic tanning company, Eco Tan. Comes with an extreme exfoliating glove. For more go to 65

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D Surprise your guests with these perfect passionfruit souffles – they never fail to impress.

avid Gillespie has revolutionised the lives and eating habits of thousands of Australians with his bestselling book on the dangers of sugar: Sweet Poison, The Sweet Poison Quit Plan and The Sweet Poison Quit Plan Cookbook. Alongside his wife Lizzie and chef Peta Dent, David brings us this beautifully illustrated cookbook which provides recipes for sweet foods made with dextrose – pure glucose, a healthy alternative to table sugar, available at most health food stores. It features more than 80 easy to follow recipes for our favourite sweet treats, from Anzac biscuits, lamingtons and brownies to Pavlova, baklava and donuts. Every occasion is catered for as David takes us through healthy breakfast options, cookies and biscuits, cupcakes and cakes, tarts, tortes and pies and ice creams, sorbet and jellies. As well as catering for the day to day David also provides options for those all-important special occasions with irresistible recipes for Easter, birthdays and Christmas treats, and of course, children’s parties. For more go to

Passionfruit Souffles melted butter, for greasing 100g dextrose, plus extra for dusting 150ml passionfruit pulp (from about 7 passionfruit) 1 tablespoon cornflour 3 teaspoons water 5 egg whites Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Brush six 1 cup capacity ramekins generously with melted butter, then dust generously with extra dextrose and put onto a baking tray. Put the passionfruit pulp and ¼ cup of the dextrose into a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until the dextrose has dissolved. Increase the heat to high and bring to the boil. Mix the cornflour and water in a small bowl to form a smooth paste. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the cornflour paste. Return the pan to the heat and cook, whisking continuously, for 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until cold. Whisk the egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add the remaining dextrose and continue to whisk just until stiff peaks form. Add a large spoonful of egg white to the passionfruit mixture and stir with a large metal spoon until combined to loosen the mixture. Gently fold in the remaining egg white. Fill the ramekins to the top with the souffle mixture and run a palette knife across the top to make a flat surface. Run your thumb around the inside of the rim of each ramekin to help the souffles rise evenly. Bake souffles for 10-12 minutes or until risen and golden. Serve immediately.

Coconut & Lime Sorbet 1½ cups dextrose 2 cups water 1 lime, zest removed in wide strips with a vegetable peeler 2 cups coconut milk Put the dextrose, water and lime zest into a medium saucepan. Stir over low heat until the dextrose has dissolved. Increase the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk. Remove from the heat and cool completely. Pour into an ice-cream machine and churn according to manufacturer’s directions until frozen. Spoon into 4 glasses to serve. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. 67

Pecan Pie ¾ cup dextrose ½ cup glucose syrup 40g unsalted butter 3 eggs ¼ cup thickened cream 2 teaspoons vanilla essence, or to taste 125g pecan halves thickened cream, to serve (optional) Sweet pastry 1⅔ cups plain flour, sifted 2 tablespoons dextrose ¼ teaspoon baking powder, sifted 180g cold unsalted butter, chopped ¼–⅓ cup iced water 1½ teaspoons vanilla essence, or to taste

Universally loved by sugar addicts and those who have kicked the sugar habit, this is the perfect contribution to the dessert table at your next celebration. If the filling starts to become too dark, simply cover it with foil for the remainder of the cooking time.

To make the pastry, process the flour, dextrose and baking powder in a food processor until combined. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. With the motor running, gradually add the water and vanilla and process until the mixture comes together to form a smooth dough. Shape into a disc, then wrap in plastic film and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Lightly grease a 34cm x 11cm rectangular tart tin. Roll the pastry out between 2 sheets of baking paper until 3 mm thick. Line the prepared tin with the pastry. Trim edges using a small, sharp knife. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan-forced). Put the dextrose, glucose syrup and butter into a saucepan and stir over low heat for 2-3 minutes or until melted and combined. Transfer to a bowl, then add the eggs, cream and vanilla and whisk to combine. Pour into the tin and top with the pecans. Place the tin on a baking tray. Bake the tart for 1 hour or until golden and set. Cool completely. Serve with cream, if desired. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Chocolate Icing 200g unsalted butter, chopped and softened 1 cup dextrose 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, or to taste 2 eggs ¾ cup buttermilk 1⅓ cups plain flour, sifted ⅓ cup cocoa powder, sifted 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, sifted Chocolate icing 3 cups dextrose, plus extra if needed 1 cup cocoa powder, sifted 200g unsalted butter, chopped and softened ¾ cup milk, plus extra if needed 1 tablespoon vanilla essence, or to taste Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin with 2 layers of baking paper. Beat the butter, dextrose and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add one egg at a time, beating well after adding each one. Alternately fold in the buttermilk, flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda until well combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared tin. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. To make the icing, combine the dextrose and cocoa in a small bowl. Beat the butter with the electric mixer for 2 minutes or until light and creamy. Add the milk, vanilla and half of the dextrose mixture. Continue to beat for 3-5 minutes, then add the remaining dextrose mixture and beat for a further 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy. (If the icing is too dry, add a little more milk. If it is too wet, add a little extra dextrose.) Spread the icing over the cooled cake, then serve. Store leftover slices wrapped in plastic film or freezer bags in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

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This is a great celebration cake, perfect for birthday parties, and will be a family favourite with this fudgy chocolate icing.

s u o r e f i Cruc s e l b a t e g ve Make the most of your cruciferous veggies

Cruciferous vegetables have it all: vitamins, fibre, and cancer-fighting phytochemicals.

As often as possible, eat these veggies raw or only lightly steamed to retain the phytochemicals. Don’t overcook cruciferous vegetables. They can produce a strong sulphur odour and become unappealing. You can buy several types of cruciferous vegetables in the frozen sections of your supermarket, including broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. Add raw broccoli or cauliflower florets to your green salad to give the nutrients a big boost. Add chopped cruciferous veggies to soups, stews, and casseroles. When buying fresh broccoli, look for firm florets with a purple, dark green, or bluish hue on the top. They’re likely to contain more beta-carotene and Vitamin C than florets with lighter green tops. If it has yellow in it or is limp and bendable, the broccoli is old – don’t buy it.


hat do broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy have in common? They’re all members of the cruciferous, or cabbage, family of vegetables. And they all contain phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, and fibre that are important to your health. Experts recommend that we eat several servings per week of cruciferous vegetables - and for good reason. One of the big reasons to eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables is that they may help to lower your risk of getting cancer. Research published in Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that 70 percent or more of studies found a link between cruciferous vegetables and protection against cancer. Various components in cruciferous vegetables have been linked to lower cancer risks. Some have shown the ability to stop the growth of cancer cells for tumours in the breast, uterine lining (endometrium), lung, colon, liver, and cervix, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. And studies that track the diets of people over time have found that diets high in cruciferous vegetables are linked to lower rates of prostate cancer. Studies show that one of the phytochemicals found in cruciferous vegetables – sulforaphane – can stimulate enzymes in the body that detoxify carcinogens before they damage cells. Another way cruciferous vegetables may help to protect against cancer is by reducing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is the overload of harmful molecules called oxygen-free radicals, which are generated by the body. Reducing these free radicals may reduce the risk of colon, lung, prostate, breast, and other cancers. In a study funded by the National Cancer Institute, 20 participants were encouraged to eat one to two cups of cruciferous vegetables a day. After three weeks, the amount of oxidative stress in their body was measured. Then, after a three-week wash-out period, the study participants were told to take a multivitamin with fibre. Again, the oxidative stress was measured three weeks later. Oxidative stress in the subjects’ bodies dropped 22 percent during the period when they were eating lots of cruciferous vegetables. But the change during the multivitamin segment was negligible. 70 slim magazine winter 2013

Savoy Cabbage Parcels with Mushrooms & Ricotta Serves 4 1 medium Savoy cabbage 1 tsp olive oil 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 100g mushrooms, chopped 1 tsp caraway seeds 125g ricotta cheese 50g pine nuts, toasted 350g tomato puree (pasta sauce will do) Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Remove 8 outer leaves from the cabbage, set aside, and shred the remainder, discarding any thick stalks. Cook the whole leaves in a large pan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes until tender. Drain and run under cold water then pat dry with kitchen paper. Cut out the base of the central stalk on each leaf. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and add the shallots, garlic and mushrooms. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring, until softened then add the shredded cabbage, caraway seeds and a dash of water. Season and cover the pan. Cook over a gentle heat for 5 minutes until the cabbage is very tender. Stir in the ricotta and toasted pine kernels. Pour tomato puree into the base of an ovenproof dish. Using a teaspoon, divide the mushroom mixture between the cabbage leaves and roll up into neat parcels, folding in the ends. Tuck into the dish so they fit neatly. Bake for 15-20 minutes until heated through. Serve with crusty bread.


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Broccoli Pasta Serves 4 300g wholewheat pasta twists or shells 300g broccoli cut into florets 2 tsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped 50g walnuts, roughly chopped Grated zest and juice of 1 orange 2 tbsp finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water for 10 minutes or until al dente. Meanwhile, cook the broccoli in a pan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes then run under cold water. Drain and pat dry on kitchen paper. Cut each floret in half to give a flat surface. Heat half the oil in a heavy non-stick frying pan and cook the broccoli, cut side down, over a high heat for a minute or two until charred. Drain the pasta and return to the pan, then stir in the broccoli. Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan and add the garlic and chilli. Cook for a minute until just golden then add the walnuts, orange zest and juice and bring to the boil. Add to the pasta pan, toss together then divide between four plates and sprinkle with a little cheese to serve.

Macaroni Cheese with Cauliflower & Broccoli Serves 4 300g macaroni pasta 300g cauliflower and broccoli, cut into florets 50g butter 50g plain flour 750ml skim milk 100g low fat cheese, grated 2 tsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp breadcrumbs Preheat the oven to 200째C. Cook the pasta in boiling water for about 10 minutes, or until just tender. Place the cauliflower and broccoli in a steamer (or sieve) and set over the pasta for the last 5 minutes until almost tender. Drain the pasta and place in a ovenproof baking dish with the vegetables. Melt the butter in a medium non-stick pan and stir in the flour. Cook for 1 minute until thick, then off the heat gradually whisk in the milk, keeping the mixture smooth. Return the pan to the heat and stir constantly until thickened. Simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat, stir in the cheese, mustard and seasoning and pour over the pasta and vegetables. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the dish. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the top is crisp and golden. For more recipes go to 72 slim magazine winter 2013

The Gold Coast’s freshest foodie haven is here. With everything from fresh seafood, meat, hot chickens and fresh produce to gourmet sandwiches, juices and deli items including ham, salami, dips, a selection of cheeses and much more – it’s all available at Providore. Specialising in catering and functions by renowned chef Luke Turner.

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We don’t want to toot our own horn too much, but the SLIM lunches just keep getting better and better. Our latest effort, held at the divine Glass Restaurant & Lounge Bar, was perhaps our best yet thanks to our lovely ladies (and lads) who lunch, with thousands of dollars raised for The Gold Coast Community Fund and Aunties & Uncles charities. Great food, great company and a great cause. See you at the next one.


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Come and enjoy Margie’s exceptional coffee, finest home made treats and fresh cut sandwiches.

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Emma Harding & Joanne Rischitelli

socials Simon & Kate Bennett & Michael Brosnan

Vanessa Smith & Alison Chandler-Bird

Selina MacDonald & Ange Anthony Pat Worboys & Ellen Perkins

Mel Frawley & Martine Barrie

Anna Mace & Laura Lees

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Label lunch Hailed by many as “the most amazing venue ever” Citrique Restaurant at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa hosted the latest Label Magazine lunch, and they didn’t disappoint. 150 ladies looked incredible as they lunched on an “around the world buffet” and sumptuous seafood. There were cocktails from 28 White, and an amazing fashion parade by Marina Mirage. And all for a fantastic cause – thousands of dollars was raised on the day for The Gold Coast Community Fund.

Renee Illes & Lexi Knox-Gray

Brooke Henley-Smith

Liz Marshall & Emma Howard

Claire Trimmer & Sara Turnbull

Marina Mirage Fashion Parade

Olivia Scott & Michelle Shanley

Leanne Street & Jane Dunn

Melissa Gilbert & Robyn Holmes

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socials Jordana Dodd & Jan Muraca

Deb Kells-Roach & Rachael Butler

Bron Williams & Rebecca Baird

Savannah Ray & Selina Doohan

Marianna Kennedy

Tracey Pennisi

Gillian Brown & Martine Sullivan

Monique Berryman & Carys Courtney

Racquel Watterson

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WL SA re-opening The night was a happy and healthy one when WeightLoss Solutions Australia celebrated the re-opening of their new rooms at Varsity Lakes. With fabulous food, beautiful wines and of course those all important goodie bags, it was the perfect evening. Jess & Jackie Davis

Taryn Swift

Juanita Fritz & Suzii Johnston

Felicity Cohen & Sam Layani

Kimberley & Trent Korevaar

Melanie Conlin & Dr Reza Adib

Craig Dunk & Sonia Stradiotto

Anthony Mayfield & Martine Harris

Aaron Chesebro & Susie Douglas

Salma Elghobary & Deb Farnworth-Wood

Yusak Irwanto

Heidi Stepanoff Kristy Artz, Trevor & Melinda Nel

Deb Ferguson, Richard Denis & Michelle Scott

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This car has it all I

Slim publisher Kate Bennett takes the new Toyota RAV4 for a test drive.

love this car. I love, love, love this car. When I choose a new car I firstly want to know that it has all the features I need to keep my family safe and comfortable. I want to know it has the latest technologies that make driving safer and easier. I want it to be fuel efficient. And then, once all those boxes are ticked, I just want a smooth ride. The RAV4 really does have it all. It ticks all the boxes; it’s one of the safest and most advanced cars on the market, but more than that it is just a great ride. The handling on the road is flawless. I had the car for 10 days and I fell in love with it. It sits on the road beautifully, and I didn’t feel like I was driving a SUV or diesel. And it’s great value for money. I filled up just half a tank in 10 days! I also loved how spacious and comfortable it is, and very easy to clean (which is important when you have kids and a puppy). I’m no car expert, but I know a great drive, and the RAV4 is just that. Do yourself a favour and test drive one today at Grand Motors Toyota Southport.

Exterior RAV4’s sleek body design gives the car a lean, athletic look. It’s fitted with 17” wheels (sporty alloys are standard on GXL and Cruiser). GX and GXL are fitted with powerful halogen headlights while Cruiser grades come with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights. LED Daylight Running Lamps are standard across the range. Roof rails are standard. At the rear (on Cruiser models), a power rear door is easily opened at the touch of a button on the Smart key fob, making loading and unloading much easier. In Cruiser grades, there’s also a tilt and slide moonroof to let in fresh air and natural light.

Interior The RAV4 has a sporty cockpit-like driver area and high quality material finishes throughout including leather accented seats (Cruiser). The luggage area offers 577 litres of cargo space (506 litres with full sized spare wheel) and with a variety of seating configurations available thanks to the 60/40 rear split-fold seats. There are also plenty of convenient storage spaces for all the things you need to take with you when you travel such as sunglasses, drinks and maps.

Performance and handling RAV4 offers plenty of pulling power, excellent agility, a comfortable ride and surprisingly good fuel economy. Depending on engine choice, RAV4 comes in All Wheel Drive (AWD) or Two Wheel Drive (2WD). Cruise Control and Electric Power Steering (EPS) are standard, and all models are equipped with driver assist technologies including, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control.

Safety RAV4 comes with an extensive range of active and passive safety features including: Anti-skid Braking System (ABS) to help ensure that you have steering control while braking. Brake Assist (BA) to enhance emergency braking if necessary. Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) which distributes the brake force to the wheels with the most grip for more effective braking. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) to help correct oversteer and understeer and to help ensure you have full steering control even when braking during cornering on slippery or uneven surfaces. Traction Control (TC) to help minimise wheel-spin when pulling away or accelerating on slippery or uneven road surfaces. Rear parking sensors that alert you to the distance and direction of obstacles and hazards behind you during reversing. Reversing Camera (RC) to help make reversing easier and safer. GXL and Cruiser grades. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) to help reduce the chances of lane changing collisions. Cruiser grades only. Rigid body structure designed to protect the vehicle cabin occupants from the dangerous forces of a collision. Impact absorbing structures and materials designed to deflect crash force away from everyone in the car. To fully experience the new RAV4, take it for a test drive at Grand Motors Toyota Southport, 265 Ferry Road, Southport. Call 07 5583 6888 or go to 79

n o i t a r i Insp m i t a b r e v “I’m never going to starve myself. I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like her, so I’m going to skip dinner’. I want my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.” Jennifer Lawrence

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!” Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“I like looking nice, but I always put comfort over fashion. Be happy and healthy. I’ve never had a problem with the way I look. I’d rather have lunch with my friends than go to a gym.” Adele

“Live the life you love. Love the life you live.” Bob Marley

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“You’re a human being, you live once and life is wonderful, so eat the damn cupcake if you want it.” Emma Stone

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