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Welcome to another issue of SLIM Magazine, and what an issue it is! We are always looking for the very latest health and wellbeing information to share with you, and this issue we have some new faces in the SLIM family. Dr Jason Free, Australia’s leading expert in weight-loss surgery joins us this issue. Weight-loss surgery has long been thought of as a last, desperate measure for the heavily obese, but with advancements in the techniques and procedures, there are now more options available for a variety of people – from the moderately overweight to those with more serious conditions. This issue, Dr Free explains the various surgeries available, who they are suited to, and what kind of results you can expect. It’s a fascinating read, and one which may surprise you. Also this issue we feature the divine Sofia Vergara. Loved by men and women the world over for her sense of humour and those famous curves, we look at how she was plucked from obscurity to become one of the world’s most celebrated women – both as an actress and a very astute businesswoman. Our recipe pages this issue feature heavenly healthy offerings from celebrity chef Pete Evans’ new Paleo inspired cookbook Family Food. We also have features and advice on everything from how to tailor the perfect summer workout; foods to avoid this summer – and those to embrace; getting more energy every day; and building a stronger immune system. Plus we have five pages of amazing competitions with thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes for you to win. I hope you enjoy this bumper issue, and I wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy and healthy 2015.


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features 24 The Unstoppable Sofia Vergara The rise and rise of our favourite Latino 26 Introducing Dr Jason Free SLIM’s new expert columnist 28 Weight-loss surgery explained Could it be the cure to our obesity epidemic?


30 My real life weight-loss journey Christine Vose shares her very personal story 33 The real damage of excess weight Are you damaging your health? 34 Meet the SLIM GC Marathon team Five ladies are taking the challenge 36 SLIM psychologist Emma Howard Do you really need therapy? 38 Beauty News with e-sab Clinic Skin needling: a natural way to better skin 41 10 foods to avoid this summer As well as 10 to embrace 44 Get happy Helen Hawkes helps put a smile on your face 45 Health Update Dementia: 10 warning signs 48 Summer exercise Tailor a routine to suit you 50 Wake up! Why are you feeling tired all the time? 55 Fitness at any age What works best for you? 60 Boost your immunity 62 Healthy options for eating out 64 Recipes Pete Evans Family Food 72 Women on Wheels with Grand Motors Toyota 80 What’s your exercise type? Take our SLIM quiz

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Breakfast of champions Helga’s English Muffins offer a fresh take on the traditional English muffin with three new varieties to choose from: Mixed Grain; Sunflower, Poppy and Oats; and Pumpkin. Each are packed with natural ingredients, containing no artificial colours or flavours, and are a source of fibre and protein, so they can be enjoyed more often by the whole family. Available in major supermarkets now. Visit helgasbakehouse for exclusive recipes and nutrition tips.

Paddington Tea gives tea drinkers an exceptional experience through its sensational aromatics, and unique and intriguing flavours. Known by tea lovers as the most exceptional tea on the market, the range features 14 uniquely blended teas including black, green, white, herbal and chai teas. For stockists and to learn more about the range, go to

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Essenzza Mini Facial Wipes

The new Essenzza Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes take convenience to the next level with the launch of their Mini Facial Wipes. Containing eight mini wipes in a small, resealable pack, the product is ideal for popping in a handbag, carry-on bag, desk drawer or gym bag. Made using powerful, natural active ingredients, the fuss-free Mini Facial Wipes are designed to leave the skin feeling smooth, clean and healthy. The Mini Facial Wipes are available in three varieties and three colours – Cleanse + Exfoliate (green), Cleanse + Moisturise (blue) and Cleanse + Refresh (pink). Essenzza Mini Facial Cleansing Wipes are available at $2.50 for a pack of eight wipes at leading pharmacies including Priceline, Terry White and Chemist Warehouse, health food stores and online at

With 94 percent of Australian adults not eating enough fruits and vegetables, it has never been more important to supplement your diet. The new Swisse Superfoods are a natural range of sourced single-nutrient and blended formulas that provide a great tasting and convenient way to add a nutritious boost to your diet. The nutritional density of the specifically chosen Swisse Superfoods can be seen in the labels, which clearly show the equivalent amount of food each product contains. For more go to 11

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Taking gluten-free one huge step further, the new Paleo Pure muesli is the only oven baked grain-free muesli on the market. The delicious Paleo Pure contains no fillers such as puffed rice, oats, or puffed corn and is gluten free, refined sugar-free, organic and is loaded with healthy fats from coconut oil and quality nuts and seeds. It’s lightly baked making it super crunchy and addictively delicious. There are six varieties in the Paleo Pure range: Apple & Cinnamon, Blueberry & Cinnamon, Cranberry & Nutmeg, a plain variety, a low fructose muesli and a raw fruit-free version. All varieties are baked, except the raw blend. They’re available in a 500g pack for $24.95, and a 250g pack for $14.95 from health food stores or at

FESS Sensitive Noses is a preservative-free nasal spray designed to help with the prevention of allergies and hayfever. Made from natural seawater, it gently washes away excess mucus and allergens such as dust and pollen.

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Achieve naturally perfect looking skin this summer with Arbonne’s Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15 ($56) which contains light reflecting properties, from the exclusive Optilight Technology™, for flawless-looking skin. Arbonne's Got You Covered Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15 ($53) is great for achieving a smooth and shine-free base for the warmer weather. Both products are available through Arbonne’s network of independent consultants. Call 1800 650 760 or go to

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Dineamic offers a range of nutrient-rich, delicious and convenient pre-packaged foods. Dineamic evolved when leading dietitian Karen Inge, former professional footballer Jason Johnson, and award winning chef John Casey began working on ways to meet the nutritional requirements of elite athletes. Ranging from a variety of tasty soups, traditional curries, gourmet casseroles and tagines, Italian classics and a selection of meat and fish dishes, there’s a range of meals to suit all tastes. Each meal is clearly marked with dietary labels. The Dineamic range is now available on the Gold Coast. Go to dineamic. for home delivery.

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Moroccan Argan Oil specialist Seven Wonders has launched its brand new Argan Oil Dry Shampoo. The Dry Shampoo works by cleaning and removing any excess grime that has built up in the hair, while simultaneously coating the hair with a protective layer of Argan Oil. It seems ironic that by adding an oil-based product to oily or greasy hair, your hair will actually look cleaner, but this product works in such a way that it absorbs the excess oil and moisture in the hair first, which is then brushed or combed out. The Dry Shampoo is completely aluminium-free, unlike many other similar products on the market, meaning there is no risk of damage to the skin of the scalp. Seven Wonders Argan Oil Dry Shampoo, $12.95 for 150ml, is available at leading pharmacies including Terry White, Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist, Discount Drug Stores, and at

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The Obesity Surgery Gold Coast Clinic is here to help. Are you one of the 60 percent of Australians who are overweight or obese? Has your self-esteem suffered as a result of your body-image? Are you avoiding living a rich and full life because you are overweight? Do you suffer from depression or anxiety as a result of weight gain? Has your health been compromised because of your weight? You are not alone. The Obesity Surgery Gold Coast Clinic is here to help. Through surgery we have transformed the lives of many people just like you, who are now living the life they could only dream of before. The Obesity Surgery Gold Coast Clinic’s surgeon Dr Jason Free is one of Australia’s most highly-regarded experts in weight-loss surgery, with extensive specialist bariatric training, and is known as a foremost surgeon in the field.

Call The Obesity Surgery Gold Coast Clinic for an obligation free consultation. All you have to lose is the weight.

Weight-Loss Surgery Adjustable Gastric Banding A gastric band involves placing a band around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch which restricts the intake of food. The benefit of a band is that the stomach is not removed or stapled, however a gastric band requires you have to a life-long commitment to its maintenance.

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Championed by celebrities across the US, Mr Pink, the original ginseng drink is refreshing and natural with potent health benefits. Mr Pink’s range is excellent for both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks alike. Available in blue (original), silver (sugar-free) and gold (caffeine-free) cans. Go to

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco is the single greatest cause of preventable death globally. But the biggest killer of the 21st century could be a thing of the past with people addicted to smoking cigarettes turning to the healthier option of vaping. The term ‘vaping’ comes from the inhalation of a simulated ‘smoke’ that is actually water vapour. The technology is a breakthrough for cigarette smokers suffering from the addictive chemicals and relentless cigarette price rises. Vaping still satisfies the psychological aspects of smoking with the advantage that you’re not filling your body with unsafe chemicals. Logic Ecigs are designed to replicate the smoking experience in taste, touch and appearance, allowing you to live a smoke-free life and feel healthier. The new Logic ZERO is tobacco-free and nicotine-free and can help switch the smoker from inhaling the harmful chemicals (60 of which are known carcinogens) in cigarettes. There are four main ingredients, besides the flavouring, that make up a Logic ZERO: Methylfuran, Glycerol/Glycerine, Terpineol, and Propylene Glycol. Each is individually approved by TGA and FDA or is currently consumed through either food or cosmetic products. Logic ZERO is available from over 1,000 retail stores nationally including selected IGA, Foodworks, Newslink, BP and United Petroleum outlets. Call 1800 LOGIC ZERO or go to to find your closest stockist.


Tyrrells Crisps in Australia

Once upon a time in delightful English countryside lived a farmer who had a very hardy potato growing season. So what does one do with such a plentiful potato situation? Make crisps (or chips, as we say in Australia) of course. After a decade of thoughtful crisp creation in the UK, Tyrrells Crisps is saying 'gidday' to Australia. Tyrrells Crisps are made with varieties that are considered potato royalty: the Lady Rosetta and Lady Claire. Hand cooked in small batches with the skin on (the only crisps in Australia cooked in this way), and doused in all natural seasonings, Tyrrells Crisps are delectably scrumptious, contain nothing artificial, are sans MSG and gluten-free ( just in case you were wondering). Many flavours are also vegan friendly. Exclusively available at Coles supermarkets. For more go to or

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The Source Bulk Foods at Miami on the Gold Coast stocks over 350 products including a huge range of nuts, snacks, confectionary, protein powders, superfoods, mueslis and cereals, dried fruits, flours, grains, teas, coffee, herbs, spices and cooking liquids such as coconut oil, olive oil, and raw honey. There’s also a great selection of organic, conventional, gluten-free and Paleo products. Most of the items in store are either certified organic, biodynamic, and insecticide- or chemical-free. All of the cleaning and personal care products are completely natural and petrochemical-free. The Source Bulk Foods is plastic bag-free and dedicated to waste-free shopping. There are paper bags to use and bottles and jars to purchase, and regular customers are encouraged to bring their own bottles, containers or bags for refill. For more information on The Source Bulk Foods Miami go to

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Nothing to hide... inside or out It’s no secret that the SLIM team loves Slim Secrets – and not just because we share a name! Our fabulous friends at Slim Secrets have been toiling away to carefully formulate their latest all natural bar, so you can eat clean (with under 12 ingredients) and feel ready to bare all this summer. The all natural Bare Bar is gluten-free, low in carbs and packed with 12g of protein and 10g of fibre to help keep you fuller for longer. Best of all, there is no sacrifice on taste. Drizzled in chocolate and with two delicious flavours – Double Choc and Berries and Cream – how can you resist this perfectly balanced snack? Slim Secrets Protein Indulgence Shakes not only taste like a real milkshake, but also provide you with the balanced nutrition you need for your busy day. With only 126 calories and loads of protein, vitamins and minerals, you’ll be feeling good and looking good in no time. With 5g of protein and 7.7g of carbs, Slim Secrets Protein Indulgence Shakes are low fat and low sugar, naturally sweetened with Stevia. Available in two delicious flavours: caramel-latte and choc-coconut. For stockists go to

Stay hydrated with Sodastream

Extreme cases of dehydration can put considerable pressure on your heart and kidneys; have the potential to cause swelling on the brain or a stroke; and can result in life-threatening conditions or a visit to the hospital emergency room. The perfect daily amount of water can vary depending on your gender, age, health and activities, but the average adult needs between two and two and a half litres (eight to ten cups) of water each day to stay in optimal health. How to drink smarter and stay hydrated this summer: • Get your day off to a good start by drinking a big glass of water as soon as you get up. • When exercising, make sure you hydrate before, during and after. • Watch how many coffees or energy drinks you consume as they are full of stimulants and caffeine that have a dehydrating effect. • Keep a bottle of water in your bag, on your desk at work or next to your bed, and sip frequently. • Find plain old tap water boring and prefer sparkling? Look into a home beverage maker such as a SodaStream so you can have sparkling on tap. • Remember that once you get thirsty, you are already dehydrated. To learn more about the new SodaStream healthy ranges, go to

The team at Jalna have launched Jalna’s new Pure Yoghurt with Fruit range. Available in four varieties; blueberries, raspberries, mango or passionfruit, there is no added cane sugar or anything artificial, using real fruit from orchards in the Goulburn Valley and Far North Queensland. Jalna Pure Yoghurt with Fruit, $2.79 for 200g, is available in Coles and Woolworth’s. For recipe ideas visit

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Personal Trainer in your Pocket

Colette McShane, a Scottish born Aussie dynamo, fitness fanatic and busy mum has created PT In My Pocket, an audio driven fitness app giving you workouts that require no equipment or gym visits. PT In My Pocket comes complete with six different workouts, all based on high-intensity interval training. You can combine the workouts to give you multiple muscle group-based sessions, giving you endless workout combinations. The workouts range from 10 minutes through to 21 minutes and are easy to follow (all exercises also have a video demonstration). The app is only $3.79 and is available on both Apple and Android.


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Bounce into health and fitness this summer with 100 percent natural, nutritious and scrumptious protein balls that will have you reaching for more. Containing only the best natural ingredients and filled with a combination of superfood ingredients, the Bounce Summer Collection packs include four Coconut Macadamia Protein Bliss Balls, four Superberry Vitality Burst and four limited edition Apple Cinnamon Protein Punch. For more information go to WIN! For your chance to win one of three Bounce Ball packs valued at $36 each, email with BOUNCE in the subject line. Include your contact details.

Lucious lips: Pucker up to the sweet tropical scents of coconut and pear for soft summer lips and a 100 percent natural burst of hydration with Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Hydrating Lip Balm in Coconut & Pear ($6.95). For Burt’s Bees stockists call 1300 855 478.


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The Obesity Surgery Gold Coast Clinic is here to help. Are you one of the 60 percent of Australians who are overweight or obese? Has your self-esteem suffered as a result of your body-image? Are you avoiding living a rich and full life because you are overweight? Do you suffer from depression or anxiety as a result of weight gain? Has your health been compromised because of your weight? You are not alone. The Obesity Surgery Gold Coast Clinic is here to help. Through surgery we have transformed the lives of many people just like you, who are now living the life they could only dream of before. The Obesity Surgery Gold Coast Clinic’s surgeon Dr Jason Free is one of Australia’s most highly-regarded experts in weight-loss surgery, with extensive specialist bariatric training, and is known as a foremost surgeon in the field.

Call The Obesity Surgery Gold Coast Clinic for an obligation free consultation. All you have to lose is the weight.

Weight-Loss Surgery Sleeve Gastrectomy This procedure involves resection of about 85-90 percent of the stomach, converting the stomach from a large bag into a narrow tube, thus decreasing the amount of food that can be eaten. A sleeve gastrectomy provides extremely good rapid weight-loss, about 70-75 percent excess weight-loss.

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An all natural deodorant that works

The Body Collective's Australian Collective gift packs contain a selection of bestselling products, including Lonvitalite collagen infused face, eye and hand masks, pureTAN instant tanning and certified organic coconut body products, Babescrub Skincare certified organic artisan body products, and Gold Coast Candle Collective hand poured wood wick candles, coconut wax melts and reed diffusers. Free Gold Coast delivery. Go to thebodycollective

Eco By Sonya’s Certified Organic unisex deodorant is fast becoming an Australian cult favourite, having sold out twice Australia-wide since its launch in late 2013. Scientifically formulated, it contains a luxurious blend of coconut, lavender and chamomile that allows the body to release toxins, while keeping you dry and odour free. The gentle formula is nourishing for sensitive skin and yes, it really works. For stockists go to

You by Sia Luxurious Body Enhancing Lotion ($49) contains a powerful mix of potent antioxidants, nutrients and soothing ingredients that penetrate the skin working to promote elasticity and suppleness. Available exclusively at You by Sia clinics and at

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Become a beautiful bronzed goddess by using Naked Tan Goddess Self Tan. Enriched with shea butter, aloe vera and avocado oil to nourish and hydrate your skin, Goddess Self Tan will give you a professional and natural tanning result in just two hours. Naked Tan can be found in over 3,000 stockists in Australia. To find your nearest stockist or to order online go to

Skin-friendly has never felt nicer thanks to Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes ($9.95) with Cotton Extract – the simplest step to beautiful skin. Whether you need to freshen up in the morning or relax after a long hard day, Burt’s Bees Sensitive Towelettes will cleanse, tone and remove make up to keep your skin looking and feeling great. For Burt’s Bees stockists call 1300 855 478.

Antipodes® Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream is a sublime combination of nature’s premium plant oils, providing the ultimate daily nutritional skin boost. Avocado and meadowfoam oil create a luscious base with essential Omega oils 3, 6 and 9, and Vitamins A, C and E. For stockists go to

One in five Australian adults suffer from recurring bouts of mouth ulcers known as aphthous ulcers, with no known cause. CareDent has launched Rapids Mouth Ulcer Strips, a fast and effective solution which provides instant relief from mouth ulcer pain and discomfort. Rapids Mouth Ulcer Strips are available from pharmacies and supermarkets ($10.95 for a pack of 12 strips). Go to 19

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The sweet life

SweetLife founder Carolyn Hartz discovered the joys of xylitol during a trip to the US 14 years ago after being diagnosed with pre-diabetes. She brought the natural sugar-free substitute back to Australia and began to spread the word. Xylitol has numerous antibacterial properties, helps prevents plaque build-up and cavities, can aid weight-loss and assist in managing diabetes. All products in the SweetLife range have been carefully researched and developed to promote delicious flavours and good health. There’s the sugar-free, gluten-free Perfect Sweet® Bake Mixes, the only low carb, low GI bake mix available in Australia; Perfect Sweet® xylitol packs for cooking and baking (xylitol looks and tastes like sugar); Spry Dental products including mints, gum, tooth gels; and Xlear natural sinus and nasal sprays for adults and children. For more information, prices and stockists go to


Coconut water is the clear liquid inside a young coconut that devotees say is a nutritional gold mine. For years, coconut water has been revered as a natural source of nutrition, wellness, beauty and hydration. It’s a natural isotonic which is said to hydrate you faster than water. Beyond Coconut Water sources its coconuts from the luscious shores of Thailand. Beyond Coconut Water contains five essential electrolytes for your body: sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. Beyond Coconut Water also contains lots of zeros: zero fat, zero cholesterol, zero added sugar and zero added flavours or colours. Go to

All Natural Hydration

OVI Hydration gives high hydration with low sugar and zero artificial ingredients, without any compromise on flavour and taste. Available in three deliciously hydrating flavours: Citrus, Peach and Berry, OVI Hydration is also low in calories, making it a great choice for a summer drink or post-workout hydration. With absolutely no ‘badditives’, (being free from any artificial colours, sweeteners, preservatives and flavours), OVI Hydration is the perfect addition to a daily routine that makes staying hydrated easy, more natural and tasty. For stockists go to

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Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) Teas are a delicious range of premium green and white leaf teas, grown and carefully prepared high up the remote Yellow Mountain region of China. Grown at altitude and prepared according to age-old tradition under the guidance of renowned grand Tea Master, Chen Qi Quen, Qi Teas maintain their natural sweetness and high levels of antioxidants. All Qi Teas are guaranteed to be free of chemicals, pesticides, formaldehyde and genetic modification (except Green Tea Plus which is currently under organic conversion). The bags are not bleached and are free from glue and aluminum staples. For stockists go to

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“Well, in Colombia everybody’s very voluptuous and you’re supposed to be. You don’t want to be skinny when all of your cousins are mermaids. You grow up thinking that’s how beauty is.”

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The Unstoppable

Discovered at the age of 17 on a Columbian beach, Sofia Vergara has gone on to become one of the world’s most celebrated women – and she has done it all on her own terms.


arranquilla is a picturesque Colombian city that lies within a whisper of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. A vitally important port, the city is the economic hub of the country’s north and is an eclectic mix of time-honoured traditions and modern conveniences. It is home to the annual Carnival, a three-day celebration renowned the world over for its colour, vibrancy and cultural diversity. There is nothing reserved about Barranquilla. It is no shrinking violet, preferring to shout out its talents instead of standing meekly in a corner waiting to catch the eye. Much, one would say, like one of the city’s favourite daughters, Sofia Vergara. It was on the beaches of Barranquilla that the television star was first thrust onto the limelight, plucked from obscurity at age 17 to feature in her first Pepsi commercial. The combination of a nubile young woman with a size 32F bust and a string bikini jumping up and down on a sun-laden beach proved a heady mix... and a star was born. In a move that would set the tone for the dogged determination and far from ordinary decisions that have become synonymous with her career, Vergara stepped out of the limelight, marrying her childhood sweetheart at 18, having her son a year later, divorcing short of her 22nd birthday and even sneaking in three years of dental school. She arrived in Los Angeles via a stint as a television host in Miami. As the presenter of a travel show and then the host of a game show, Vergara attracted a large and loyal Latin audience. “When I moved to L.A., I used to go to this club,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “At the end of the night, everybody would come outside to get their cars. I would be next to Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Timberlake and my car was always right out in front! Nobody knew who I was, but the valets knew because they were Latin. But I haven’t been at this level until now. I’m greedy. I want to take advantage of my 15 minutes.” Hardly a conventional route to the top – and make no mistake she is certainly at the top – but Sofia Vergara is hardly a conventional individual. Like Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, the Modern Family bombshell who has made her a household name, Vergara is loud and opinionated, loving and caring and just plain funny. She has had her fair share of heartbreak too, among them the death of one brother, the deportation of another, and famously breaking up with fiancé Nick Loeb (of course, success and the affections of new beau Joe Manganiello of True Blood fame has helped ease the pain). Vergara is proud of her achievements, making no excuses for her inherent sexiness, voluptuous curves or outgoing nature. “Well, in Colombia everybody’s very voluptuous and you’re supposed to be,” she says matter of factly. “You don’t want to be skinny when all of your cousins are mermaids. You grow up thinking that’s how beauty is. “To be a pretty girl, to be a voluptuous girl, has opened many doors for me. You have to work with what you’ve got. If you have nice

Sofia with the cast of Modern Family.

cleavage or legs, show it off. Nobody’s a Miss Universe, so you have to take advantage of the one or two things you have that are good.” She makes no excuse for her trademark accent either, counting it among the pillars of her success. “When I moved to Los Angeles I decided to take accent classes, you know? Like speech classes, to see if I can fix it a little bit,” she told Women’s Health magazine. “But I spent so much money, so much time, and then when I would go to auditions I was always thinking about the pronunciation because you are supposed to put the tongue like this or—you know—like this, so then I would forget to act, and I was not getting any jobs, because all I wanted was to say the words right. And then one day I said, ‘You know what? That’s it. If I can’t get a job with my accent, then this is not a job for me’.” It is a decision that has paid off for the 42-year-old. The role of Gloria was written especially for Vergara with her input sought to ensure the character had a real Latin American feel. It is, she says, based loosely on her aunt, “who is just as funny but not as tawdry”. Now in its sixth season, Modern Family is watched by many tens of millions of viewers around the world and Gloria’s sassy likeability and edgy sarcasm has won Vergara a host of awards and plaudits. Along the way she has also appeared in a number of movies and even lent her voice to The Smurfs production but interestingly, it is the off-screen measure of her success that seems to hold the most sway for the actress. “I never wanted to be an actress just to be an actress,” she says. “I wanted to be an actress or a celebrity with a business. For me, I never even knew I could be funny or act.” Vergara’s appeal to the public in general and the Hispanic population in particular, is part of the reason that she continues to head Forbes’ list of the highest paid actresses on television. This year she is likely to earn some $50m thanks to a bunch of endorsements including Pepsi, CoverGirl, K-mart as well as Spanish-language commercials for home entertainment, laundry detergent and insurance brands. Pretty good going for 15 minutes of fame. 25

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Widely regarded as Australia’s leading expert in weight-loss surgery, Dr Jason Free is passionate about changing the lives of his patients.


ramatic improvements in peoples’ health are what inspire Dr Jason Free to practice weight-loss surgery. A specialist in gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectromy and gastric banding procedures, he is based at Surgery Gold Coast near Pindara Hospital. “I’ve seen thousands of people benefit from all types of surgery,” he says. “But the most memorably satisfied patients are those who have undergone weight-loss surgery and had a massive turnaround in their health and outlook on life.” Educated in Perth and Brisbane before relocating to the Gold Coast 20 years ago, Dr Free says: “I’ve always wanted to be able to improve people’s lives by surgery and this is the field in which the benefits are so dramatic and obvious, and really improve people’s wellbeing.” The Gold Coast surgeon, who has spent time in weight-loss centres in Australia and at the University Medical Centre of Vienna, University College Hospital London and Queen Alexandra Hospital in the UK, says everyone who comes to see him has generally spent many frustrating years tackling obesity. They may also have had to battle with ill health directly attributable to being overweight including hypertension, heart disease, asthma, obstructive sleep apnoea, diabetes, back pain and osteoarthritis, as well as other issues relating to young people including reduced fertility. Furthermore, they may have also faced discrimination in the workplace. “There is well documented evidence that weightbased discrimination affects every aspect of employment, from hiring to firing, promotions, and even pay,” says Dr Free. “Some company human resource management staff even overtly say that hiring obese individuals is detrimental to their company finances because statistics show obese people have more sick days, and make more workers’ compensation claims.” Dr Free says for these patients the most striking result postsurgery is “the huge change in their demeanour and attitude and self esteem. They need less medications, are able to exercise more and those on analgesics for back pain or arthritis often can eliminate these. People with sleep apnoea are able to develop better sleep patterns and feel much more awake during the day. Almost everyone states they wish they’d had the operation years earlier.” Dr Free, who is married with three children, is an active member of the Surf Life Saving Club (Southport). “There’s a great community spirit there and it keeps us all fit,” he says. “We’ve all grown up living near the water and beaches, so we’re active in lots of water sports. One of our favourite weekend pastimes is taking our little boat out on the Broadwater, anchoring at various places, just hanging out on the boat while the kids swim around and explore the islands.” As part of his surgical career, Dr Free has volunteered in remote areas of Nepal and, as part of his ongoing development, every year 26 slim magazine summer 2015


he spends some time with weight-loss surgeons around the world observing their techniques and discussing health issues in their region. “There are always new developments in weight-loss surgery, as with any other medical field,” he says. “I have always emphasised the importance of performing a procedure that has been proven to be safe and with good results.” Before undergoing weight-loss surgery, all patients receive detailed information, including diagrams, photographs and videos of procedures. They are also referred to a dietitian who will support them through their lifestyle adjustment and, of course, Dr Free follows patients’ recovery very closely. “I like to be able to assess how their health has improved, especially their quality of life. It’s an enormous feeling of satisfaction seeing how happy my patients are following the operation.”

Surgical Solutions Once thought of as a desperate measure, weight-loss surgery has made huge advancements in recent years, and is now a viable option for many people struggling with their weight.


merican Idol judge Randy Jackson, media magnate James Packer, makeup king Napoleon Perdis, reality star Sharon Osborne and even soccer player Maradona have all tackled their excess weight using weight-loss surgery. For a long time, there was a misconception that weight-loss surgery was a drastic and expensive measure, available only to the morbidly obese or Hollywood stars with access to the best care money can buy. But thanks to new, safer, more effective techniques, weight-loss surgery is becoming a very real option for those who have spent their years on unsuccessful diets. In recent months, many health experts have been calling for weight-loss surgeries to be offered through public health, given its effectiveness at resolving weight-loss issues, thus reducing the incidents of Type 2 diabetes and other weight related illnesses. In Australia, the most common procedure is laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, more popular than the traditional gastric band because of its technical simplicity and few side effects, says Australia’s leading weight-loss surgery expert, Dr Jason Free of Surgery Gold Coast. “The type of patients who undergo weight-loss surgery are changing,” says Dr Free. “It used to be considered an option only for the morbidly obese. But now, with emerging techniques and a variety of surgical options, many people are coming to us before they get to that stage. “Demystifying the surgeries means more and more people see it as a viable option. If you are overweight and diet and exercise haven’t worked for you, weight-loss surgery may be a very valid solution.” Here, we break down the four basic weight-loss surgeries.

#1 Gastric Bypass What it is: The upper part of the stomach is divided and the small intestine is attached to it so that food bypasses most of the stomach and upper small intestine ,where the digestive juices are formed. What this means in practice is that the amount of food you can eat is dramatically reduced. Who it suits: A high number of patients, but particularly those who have health conditions such as diabetes, high triglycerides or cholesterol, or reflux disease. What to expect: Robust long term weight-loss and improvements in diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Some diabetic patients are able to eliminate all diabetic medications within days or even hours of the operation. It is also extremely effective at treating gastrointestinal reflux. Downside: While there is a slightly decreased absorption of carbohydrates and fat, there is minimal chance of developing deficiencies. It is important, however, to have long-term follow up with your surgeon.

#2 Sleeve Gastrectomy What it is: A resection of about 85-90 percent of the stomach, leaving only a 15mm tube of stomach and decreasing the amount of food that can be eaten. Who it suits: This procedure can suit most people, especially younger obese patients. It is also a common choice for heavily obese patients as a first step procedure, leading to a gastric bypass later. What to expect: Extremely good, rapid weight loss. In fact, expect to see about 70 percent reduction in excess weight. Most people say their appetite is reduced after this surgery. Another benefit is that there are minimal long-term problems with this type of procedure. Downside: You should be aware that this procedure is irreversible as a large amount of the stomach is permanently removed.

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#3 Adjustable Gastric Banding What it is: A band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch which restricts the intake of food to varying degrees. It is intended to provide a feeling of fullness. The benefit of this procedure is that the stomach is not removed or stapled, it is completely reversible. Who it suits: Again suitable for most people but commonly those who do not want a more invasive procedure; patients at high risk for other procedures; and those who understand the commitment to band maintenance and eating habits. What to expect: Minimal invasion compared to other procedures and very satisfying weight-loss. Downside: Achieving the correct amount of restriction is a fine-tuning process to maintain adequate weight-loss without causing too much restriction and leading to problems and a poor quality of life. You will need to work with the surgeon to adjust the band to vary the amount of restriction until a perfect level is achieved and be committed to the process.

#4 Revisional Bariatric Surgery What it is: This is the correction of a gastric band to make it work better. Can also be a conversion from a gastric band or sleeve gastrectomy to a gastric bypass. Who it suits: Some patients who have already undergone gastric banding might be unsatisfied. Some have problems such as reflux or regurgitation that affect the quality of their life. Others may have insufficient weight-loss following prior gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy. Revisional banding can help address these problems. What to expect: There is evidence that a gastric bypass after a band provides better and more sustained weight-loss as well as improved food tolerance and quality of life relative to conversion to a sleeve gastrectomy. Simply removing a gastric band will alleviate problematic symptoms a patient may experience due to the band, a conversion to another procedure will prevent weight regain after the band is removed. Downside: Revisional surgery involves correcting a previous procedure, thus necessitates more surgery, however the benefit of lifestyle improvement generally outweighs the risks.

Food, Glorious Food There are a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding eating habits after surgery. Dr Free and his team will give you a detailed dietary plan, as well as ongoing support and information, but here is a general guide. Stage 1 – Two weeks - Fluids only This first stage of the diet gives your body time to heal and recover from the surgery. It will also help the rearranged stomach structure to settle into the correct position. The size of your new stomach pouch is about the size of an egg. The fluids-only stage of the diet preserves and protects the new stomach structure. In the case of a gastric band; eating solid food too soon will cause the band to move, making the new stomach pouch bigger. This will defeat the purpose of the surgery. If you have had a sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass, eating solid food too early may put pressure on the staple line and cause it to perforate. Stage 2 – Two weeks - Pureed food This stage allows the body to continue to heal. At this stage of the diet you may find that you vomit if you eat too much pureed food, drink a large amount of fluids, drink with your pureed meals, or eat solid food. It is therefore, very important to take it slowly and stick to the recommended amounts at each meal. Stage 3 – Two weeks - Soft, moist food At this stage of the diet you can introduce soft and crunchy textured foods to your diet. With trial and error you will find there are some foods you can’t manage at this stage. It is very important at this point to chew all food really well to prevent pain and vomiting. You will also need to eat very slowly and stop eating as soon as you feel comfortably satisfied. Eating too much at this stage, or eating too quickly may cause pain, vomiting and aggravate your surgical wound. Stage 4 – Healthy Eating When you start this phase of the diet, you will be eating ‘normal’ textured foods. Aim for a healthy, balanced diet, which incorporates a wide variety of foods from the five food groups. It remains important at this stage to chew every mouthful to a paste before swallowing, and avoid swallowing big pieces, or tough sinewy meats which can cause discomfort. Dr Jason Free is at Surgery Gold Coast. Phone 07 5564 6501 or go to 29

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A chance to start over Hiding herself from the world, Christine Vose was morbidly obese and desperately unhappy. Until weight-loss surgery helped her to start living again.


t 62, Christine Vose felt like she had only been living half a life. Tipping the scales at 98 kilograms, Christine had almost given up on herself, plagued with feelings of worthlessness and battling very real depression. “I felt unhealthy, ashamed, out of control, depressed, hopeless, and worthless,” Christine says bluntly. “Because of my weight I wouldn’t socialise, I just stayed at home a lot,” she says. “I never wanted to be seen, and I felt like I didn’t deserve nice clothing. I just wasn’t good enough for anything.” It was a desperate place to be, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. “I tried many things to reduce the obesity but it was terribly hard,” she admits. “I knew what to eat and how to eat, but just could not eat that way. I watched in the mirror as day-by-day the weight inched on and I was helpless to stop it.” The cycle continued, with both Christine’s weight and her sense of helplessness growing with each passing year. When her weight began to impact on her health she looked at other options. “About 10 years ago I had gastric band surgery,” Christine says. “It controlled my weight to a degree and I lost about 10 kilograms, which brought me down from about 108 kilograms to 98 kilograms.” And that is where it stayed. Knowing she still needed to lose weight, Christine once again began the soul-destroying cycle of dieting without success, her frustration growing. In 2013, her obesity further impacted on her health, and Christine decided it was time to see another weight-loss surgeon. This time, it was Dr Jason Free, one of Australia’s foremost authorities on weight-loss surgery. That’s when her life began to change. “When I met Dr Free, he was wonderful,” Christine says. “He put me at complete ease and took the time to really listen to me. After considering my options and discussing them in light of my history I went for the gastric bypass. The shame I felt at needing to turn to major surgery was reduced by the knowledge that I was entering into a holistic plan of change. The surgery was the first step in becoming a new me… it was a tool that would reduce the physical urges and assist me in eating normally and healthily.” Christine says that while his expertise and advanced knowledge in the field of weight-loss surgery was impressive, it was his level of understanding, empathy and compassion that really changed her life. For what seemed like her whole life, she had lived with the shame of her weight problem, and now she felt she had found someone who could not only offer her a solution, but also understanding. The weight was already lifting. “Dr Free knew the horror I felt about being obese. He knew it was more than just the weight. When you are obese you are looked on as an object,” Christine says. “A human, but not quite right. I knew people looked at me and perhaps pitied me in some way. It felt like my voice had no power; that because of my obesity what I had to say was of no consequence… how could it be if I couldn’t even summon up the willpower to eat properly?

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“During my meetings with Dr Free I recognised in him a deep respect for humanity and for me as a person. To him, I wasn’t just an obese person, I was a valuable person. I think this is what helped me the most.” In March 2014 Christine underwent the gastric bypass, in the capable hands of Dr Free and his team. “I was amazed at how easy it was,” she says. “I was up and walking a few hours later. I had expected a lot of pain and difficulty in mobilising, but there was no pain, just a mild discomfort.” Dr Free says Christine’s experience is a common one. “It’s amazing how people recover so rapidly and with so little pain after gastric bypass surgery,” Dr Free says. “Often I see my patients the day after their operation and I can tell from a distance who’s had a bypass compared to those who’ve have had a different procedure, because they’re the ones that look the happiest right from the start.” Christine says the procedure changed her life immediately. “It was just like magic,” she says. “The week before my surgery I was starving, the hunger pains were intolerable, but since the surgery they have gone. There is no gnawing hunger, no urge to stuff myself. And I only eat small amounts. “Since the surgery I have many times been faced with a plate of food and felt that it was too much, so I just don’t eat it. It’s astonishing but true, and every day now contains little miracles of this kind.” Since the surgery Christine has already lost over 24 kilos, and the weight-loss continues. “I am no longer obese,” she says simply. “And I am still losing weight. I am healthy and happy and I know this is different to anything I have ever felt before. It is effortless, it’s just the new me.” Dr Free says the gastric bypass procedure is one of the most successful procedures available, and results such as Christine’s are not uncommon. “Patients like Christine are often intimidated by bypass surgery because they consider it a major complicated procedure, whereas in reality it’s not very complicated, and for the extra time and skill that’s required I believe it’s definitely well worth the effort. “The patients who have the greatest benefit from this type of surgery are those like Christine who’ve had problems affecting their quality of life from previous procedures. “After travelling around Australia teaching many surgeons the skills to perform gastric bypass, I believe it is the best option in many patients.” Christine would certainly agree that it was the best option for her. “It has changed my life. I know with absolute certainty that I will never be obese again and I love it.”

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The weight is over Carrying excess weight has serious negative physical and emotional implications. Conversely, says Dr Jason Free, losing weight can change your life forever.


ore than 14 million Australian adults are now considered overweight or obese. 14 million! That is more than the combined populations of Denmark, Singapore and Ireland. This trend of tipping the scales does not belong to Australia alone, nor is it the preserve of wealthy Western nations. It comes, we know, as a result of the imbalance between calories consumed and those we burn off. The fact that our diets now comprise a disproportionate percentage of energy-dense, fat-filled food doesn’t help, neither does an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. Weight-loss surgery specialist Dr Jason Free says that for the people carrying that extra weight, the concern goes beyond the astronomical grocery bill or finding clothes large enough to fit. Of course those factors contribute to the overall discomfort, but of greater importance is the physical and emotional burdens being overweight puts on the shoulders of the person in question and society as a whole. “Being overweight and obese greatly increases your susceptibility to coronary heart disease with the build-up in the arteries preventing oxygenated blood from reaching the heart as well as high blood pressure and your chances of a stroke,” Dr Free says. “There is also an increased risk of osteoarthritis, certain kinds of cancer, gallstones, reproductive issues, sleep apnoea and abnormal blood fats. But perhaps the greatest risk and one reaching epidemic proportions is Type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 10 percent of adults in this country – most of them overweight or obese.” The direct and indirect costs of obesity and related illnesses are putting a burden of their own on both our health system and economy. Some $40 billion was spent last year in related hospital and medical care while the loss of productivity in the work place due to obesity-related issues was estimated at almost $7 billion over that same period. Many of us seem to have little sympathy for people whose weight we perceive is a direct result of their indulgence, but research tells us that obesity is a mental illness and the reality is that compassion is called for when regarding the emotional and physical issues that are a way of life for overweight adults and children. Feelings of shame, rejection, low self-esteem and depression are common in obese adults. Despite its prevalence, being overweight still carries a social stigma leading to anxiety about leaving the house and a deep desperate loneliness. Activities we take for granted – going to the movies, public transport, and holiday travel – are often impossible for overweight people because of small seats and unsuitable accommodation. It is a vicious circle. Many people turn to food for comfort. This stress-based eating leads to weight gain which in turn makes people feel bad about themselves which of course leads to more eating. Overweight people also gravitate to less-active lifestyles because it takes so much more effort to exercise leading unfortunately to great weight gain.

The benefits of losing weight

Of course having fewer overweight people in a society has a great monetary benefit for the community, economy and health care system but these facts are certainly overshadowed by the advantages to be gained – physically, emotionally and socially – by the person in question. Losing weight takes pressure off the heart, and off the joints, and decreases the risk of diabetes and other diseases. It also allows a person to be more active and healthy. It can be, quite simply, life changing says Dr Free. “Perhaps the greatest benefits are the emotional ones,” he says. “We have had many patients, ranging from overweight to morbidly obese, who say they genuinely felt worthless when they were overweight. No person should ever feel worthless – that is so damaging to the psyche and to the heart and soul. “To see that change take place in a person; to see someone gain confidence and start to feel like they matter, sometimes after a lifetime of feeling second-class, well, that does more good for a person than you can measure. That is truly life-changing.” Bariatric or weight-loss surgery is rapidly gaining momentum providing a tangible alternative for those who have failed to lose weight through conventional diet and exercise or who simply have too much weight to lose. It also presents the ideal opportunity for the vicious obesity cycle to be broken. “If a parent is overweight there is a greater chance for their children to also have weight problems,” says Dr Free. “We do not want poor eating habits and a lack of activity to be passed from generation to generation. Conversely, a patient who loses weight and is then leading a healthy, active lifestyle can pass on these lessons to their children, and teach the next generation a better way of doing things so this obesity epidemic can be stemmed. “It’s not all lifestyle factors that lead kids from overweight parents to become obese. Recent evidence from epigenetic studies reveal that children born to mothers who have undergone a weight-loss surgery are less prone to developing obesity than their siblings born before their mothers had the procedure. Researchers have demonstrated changes in the genes that are passed on to their kids after weight-loss procedures.” 33

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ogether with the team at Gold Coast Airport Marathon, SLIM Magazine has gathered together five SLIM readers whose journey from rookie runners to half marathon superstars we will be following as they train for the 2015 Gold Coast Airport Marathon. The ladies will receive all the resources they require to succeed, including a running coach and nutritional advice and support staff – all the ladies have to bring is willpower and determination.

Selena Lawson

Marketing manager, Runaway Bay Why have you signed up for this challenge? After turning 40 last year, and years and years of yo-yo dieting I want to finally get myself back on track. I feel like the marathon is the way to do it. I need something to keep me challenged, motivated and accountable. Also, I really want to be able to run... and not just to the shops. What is your goal? My goal is to run the Gold Coast Airport Marathon half marathon in 2015. I also want to lose 20-25 kilos, get fit and feel how amazing is it is to cross that finish line!

Justine Clarke

Marketing and functions manager and owner of a dessert and lollies table catering business, Ashmore Why have you signed up for this challenge? Three years ago I was slim, fit and healthy. I was a size 10 and weighed 67 kilos. I ate well and worked out a lot. Fast-forward to 2014 and I weigh 90 kilos, am a size 16-18, eat poorly and do no exercise. What is your goal? I have 20 to 25 kilos to lose and I am determined to get fit again, reduce my stress levels and achieve a healthy work/life balance. I have never run a marathon or done anything like this, but I will be focused and am excited for the challenge with the other ladies.

Nurse, photographer and mum, Main Beach Why have you signed up for this challenge? So much of my time is spent sitting at a computer and the list of excuses to not exercise seems to multiply daily. I’m hoping this challenge is exactly what I need to create lasting change in my life. What is your goal? Smaller numbers shining up at me from the scales would be nice, but more than anything I’m hoping to tone to my squishy areas, and obtain some long-lasting healthy habits.

Skye Hamilton

VISY Recycling Representative, Main Beach Gold Coast Why have you signed up for this challenge? To close a weight-loss chapter that’s been three years in the making. I’ve dropped 56 kilos in total; 26 kilos since May 2014. Now I need to tone up and tick this running thing off my bucket list. I have never, ever been a runner. What is your goal? To cross the finish line injury-free and at my goal weight or below.

Rochelle Bridge

Owner of a skincare company, Hope Island, Gold Coast Why have you signed up for this challenge? To make a change in my life after eight years at home with three children. What is your goal? To lose 25 kilos, get fit and compete in the 2015 Gold Coast Airport Marathon, and to prove you can change your life at any stage if you put your mind to it. To follow the ladies’ progress and read their weekly blogs find Gold Coast Marathon on Facebook. For more information on the 2015 Gold Coast Airport Marathon go to

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Rochelle Bridge

Skye Hamilton

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Justine Clarke

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Is your skin and body clinic achieving the result you expect? Seeing is Believing

Natural restoration of skin using in-clinic skin needling and Environ skincare for a thicker plumper more youthful skin.

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Natural restoration of skin using in-clinic skin needling and Environ skincare for skin clarity and pigment reduction.

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Psychologist Emma Howard explains the benefits of therapy, and how to get the most out of the experience.

nfortunately, today’s society isn’t always supportive of an individual who is unhappy or depressed. We often find it uncomfortable to be around a melancholy person because we don’t know what to say to them. So a breeding ground of depression is created, because the individual feels isolated and alone. If a person doesn’t have a genuine sounding board and platform to express these feelings of melancholy, a trained psychologist can assist in changing their thinking, and helping them to lead a happier life.


A trained psychologist (who, at best practice is endorsed by the Australian Psychological Society, and has mandatory registration with the Australian Health Regulation Authority) can give the client strategies and information to help them deal with the emotional challenges they are facing. As humans we are all in an eternal search for the feel good factor. Whether it be psychological stimulation, or a physical desire to feel the sensation of wellness, we define ourselves by what makes us feel good. It is important to identify unpleasant emotions and how they impact on our physical state. Whether it is the physical tightness in our chest from anxiety, the dull ache in the pit of our stomach from depression, or the burning waves of anger, these physical reactions are part of what drives a person to engage in therapy. 36 slim magazine summer 2015

These days, therapy or ‘psychological intervention’ is becoming more widely accepted in Australia. Now, a person may be more comfortable talking about the fact that they see their dentist for a checkup twice a year, their hairdresser once a month and their psychologist once a week. A good psychologist will enable the client to not only identify unhelpful thinking styles, they will also enable the client to repackage and reorganise these thoughts so they are actually helpful to the client moving forward.


Part of the cause of our community’s poor mental health is our over-thinking of subjects that range from irrelevant (who the latest celebrity is dating) to harmful (television shows exploring crash scene investigations). These distractions lead to an over-activation of our hippocampus (the primitive part of our brain which regulates the excretion of cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline hormones, which aid and abet the ‘fight and flight’ response). The over-activation of our adrenals has links to physical ill-health. Our challenge is to be mindful of how we respond and react to situations that can possibly be interpreted as activating the ‘fight or flight’ response unnecessarily (such as when we are cut off in traffic, or our boss wishes to have a quick word).


A term I use in therapy sessions is ‘You’re overcooking it’. Just as a good dish can be ruined by too much heat, so too can our behaviour be tainted by over-analysing. A simple way to test if you are too aware of your feelings is to honestly ask yourself if you are mentally fatigued or physically lethargic after engaging in thought analysis.


The most common tool utilised by most psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs and mental health professionals to determine if therapy is needed is the DASS (Depression, Anxiety & Stress Scale) or the K10 (Kessler 10 Questions). These questionnaires can be accessed online and provide a helpful screening tool to identify if you may need to discuss your current situation further. The greatest strength a psychologist will have in delivering therapy that is effective is impartiality. Impartiality for the psychologist enables objectivity.


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and/or Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) have the strongest clinical outcomes so they are the treatments most easily accessed via a Medicare Australia referral from a GP or a Mental Health Care Plan. If you are an independently-financed client, with potential access to a private health cover rebate, you can choose the type of therapy you wish to receive. An overriding consideration is that the therapeutic intervention is evidence-based and can deliver outcomes. My professional opinion is that childhood relationships, experiences and memories are the pathway to understanding the adult psyche. Moreover, research indicates that as much as 70 percent of the success of your treatment is attributable to the therapeutic relationship, or, simply put, how much you like the psychologist. This is an astounding statistic which I have reiterated to the psychologists at Equilibrium Health. The psychologist has achieved a strong therapeutic connection when the client can imagine

themselves being a friend. However, the precarious role for the psychologist is to empower and equip the client so they can manage eventually without your assistance.


Commitment to change is the initial building block to successful therapeutic intervention. The individual needs to engage in therapy for their own reasons, not to please a partner or family member. With an internal focus of control and a mindset which says ‘I am responsible for my world. My actions are my manifestation’, a client will have the greatest likelihood to achieve success with therapy. Emma Howard is the Principal Psychologist at Equilibrium Health, 21 Labrador St, Labrador, 07 5528 2255 or

A psychology app like no other Apple App Facade Feedback provides users with confidential and quick identification tool to discover if the image they portray to others is the one they want. A clinical diagnostic criteria is utilised to see if personality and mood disorders are met, and anonymous feedback from friends can also be obtained for further feedback. It’s an essential tool for anyone who cares about their mental health. • Time efficient – no need to obtain referral from doctor or attend/ travel to Psychologist’s practice. • Cost effective – Australian Psychological Society’s recommended scheduled fee for a Psychologists consultation is $250.80 inc. GST, this app costs less than a cup of coffee (or vino!) $2.49 – no in-app purchases required • Accurate – Same questioning format utilised in Psychological clinical interview replicated in the App’s intuitive technology. • Discreet – Information stored confidentially. Buy Facade Feedback now at iTunes store 37

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Seeing is believing Aesthetic Therapist Katrina Peacock shares the latest innovations in advanced skin care.


hen it comes to skin care, few people are as qualified and passionate as Katrina Peacock, the owner of The e-sab Clinic on the Gold Coast. A highly regarded clinical Aesthetic Therapist, Katrina takes a cellular, holistic approach to skin care. Whether it be teenage skin suffering from acne; skin which is showing the early signs of ageing; sun damaged skin; or simply skin that has not yet had the benefits of an effective skin care regime, Katrina has an all-encompassing approach to assisting her clients achieve naturally beautiful looking skin. “It’s funny how we underestimate the impact our skin has on our overall appearance,” Katrina says. “Great skin is the foundation on which everything else is built. Whether it is the face, neck, décolletage, hands or body, our skin says a lot about how we live.”

Getting under your skin with Beau Visage

Katrina says the huge variety of products and treatments available often confuses people, and they can end up using the wrong type of product for their skin, doing more damage than good. “Assessment, information and education is really important if you are going to empower someone to care for their skin more effectively,” Katrina says. “If all you are doing is selling products without any education you are not doing the right thing by them. I am passionate about educating my clients and helping them understand their skin and the best way to care for it.” At The e-sab Clinic the basis for any skin treatment begins with a detailed skin assessment, using Beau Visage, a medically proven skin imaging and consultation system. Beau Visage is the only technology which can accurately see up to 2mm below your skin to generate images of the blood supply, melanin (pigmentation) and sun damage to your face. Together with a sound knowledge of the skin, its structure and functions, Katrina uses this technology to assess the cause of many skin conditions. It is also used as a review for her clients; over time Beau Visage allows them to see the improvements in the health of the skin. “The skin is an organ,” Katrina says. “We aren’t interested in masking problems, we want to improve the health of that organ. That is how you achieve beautiful skin.”

Skin needling: A 46-year-old outdoor worker with severe sun damage – the after image shows a remarkable natural rejuvenated appearance; wrinkles, facial volume, dilated capillaries and pigmentation are all improved.

Skin Needling and Collagen Induction Therapy When we ask Katrina to tell us ‘the next big thing’ in skin care, she doesn’t hesitate. “Skin needling,” she says. “It really is the biggest breakthrough in improving the health of skin. With it we are achieving incredible results.” Simply put, skin needling is a process whereby a sterile medical roller with very fine needles is used to create microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, stimulating the body to produce new collagen and elastin, resulting in skin that is thicker, plumper and more youthful. Katrina trained in this technique under Dr Des Fernandes, a world leader in research into self-stimulated collagen production, and the inventor of the technique. “Skin needling is one of the most amazing procedures I have seen in my career,” Katrina says. “I have been performing it for about seven years now, but it is only just gaining mainstream exposure. “It can be used to treat a variety of conditions such as acne scarring, lax skin, fine wrinkles, hypo-pigmentation, stretch marks and spider veins. Wrinkles are softened, pores are minimised and the skin has a finer texture. It is also used on an ongoing basis to avoid skin problems. Skin needling can be used as a prevention, rather than a cure. “Stimulating your body’s own healing capacity is a completely natural and holistic approach to skin health. There is nothing artificial and there is no damage to the cellular structure. It is a completely natural rejuvenation.” Katrina says that skin needling can be particularly effective in rejuvenating the neck and décolletage areas, as well as the arms; areas that traditionally have been untreatable. “There are so many women who use anti-ageing injectables on their face, yet their neck, décolletage and arm areas are still showing the signs of ageing, so the face area ends up accentuating the poor skin condition of these other areas. Skin needling can treat the face as well as these areas. “It is such an amazing treatment, I think it will become one of the most popular procedures available in the next few years simply because it uses your body’s own healing properties to give long lasting, beautiful results.” The e-sab Clinic is located at 95 Ashmore Road, Bundall QLD. For more phone 07 5538 1844, email or visit

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10 foods to eat for your health.

#1 Blueberries

What is it? Small purple-black marble-sized fruit, native to North America; cousin to the cranberry. Usually so expensive you need a second mortgage to afford them. Why is it good for you? Extremely high in antioxidants, improves immunity and helps prevent infections. Studies show that eating blueberries improves short-term memory and promotes healthy ageing. Enjoy it: On its own as a snack, on your cereal, in muffins or in a smoothie. Learn more at:

#2 Yogurt

What is it? Made by fermenting fresh milk and cream using lactic bacteria starters or cultures. Why is it good for you? The lactic bacteria in yogurt can boost the immune system, lower stomach acidity, ease constipation and aid weight-loss. Unsweetened yogurt is a highly nutritious protein-packed, calcium-rich snack. Enjoy it: On its own, with fruit, in baking and cooking, as a frozen treat or in a smoothie. Learn more at:

#3 Kale

What is it? Leafy green vegetable, part of the spinach family, a nutritional powerhouse and on-trend food for celebrities and nutritionists. Why is it good for you? Packed with fibre, iron, Vitamin K, folic acid and powerful antioxidants which help with digestion and overall nutrition, auto-immune disorders, cardio vascular support and weight-loss. Enjoy it: In smoothies, stir fries or roast to make kale chips. Learn more at:

#4 Oats

What is it? Cultivated for over 4,000 years, oats originated in Scotland. The grain is eaten and used in skin care products. Why is it good for you? Full of beta glucans which boost immune system defences, reduce cholesterol and increase appetite control hormones. The soluble fibre in oats also regulates blood pressure and bowel movements Enjoy it: For breakfast or in muffins and breads. Learn more at: 41

#8 Almonds

What is it? Actually more a seed than a nut, part of the peach and plum family. Two varieties – sweet and bitter. Why is it good for you? Rich in mono-unsaturated fats (linked with the reduced risk of heart disease); Vitamin E, which helps protect against Alzheimer’s; manganese, which regulates the metabolic rate; and phosphorous, which is essential for healthy bones. Enjoy it: Raw as a snack, as almond milk, a nut and butter spread or in cooking. Learn more:

#9 Avocados #5 Salmon

What is it? An anadromous fish (one that migrates from the sea to fresh water to spawn) salmon is considered ‘brain food’ and an essential part of a healthy diet. Flesh ranges from red to orange in colour. Why is it good for you? Nutrient-dense and bursting with Omega-3 fatty acids which help with healthy brain and heart function, keeping the joints supple and general wellbeing. Low in saturated fat and cholesterol and a good source of protein. Enjoy it: Fresh, frozen or canned, baked, grilled or smoked, in a salad or with vegetables. Learn more at:

#6 Pomegranate

What is it? A native of Persia, and one of the oldest fruits in recorded history. Only the juice and the ruby-red seeds inside are edible Why is it good for you? Highly valued for its medicinal properties, pomegranate is known to lower blood pressure, stimulate the immune system, reduce the risk of heart disease and cleanse the body of toxins. Enjoy it: As a juice, in a smoothie, on a salad, sprinkled on desserts, or as a dip. Learn more at:

#7 Quinoa

What is it? Either white or red, this grain-like South American superfood is a great alternative to wheat, rice and couscous. Creamy when cooked, with a slightly nutty taste and crunch. Why is it good for you? Contains all nine amino acids making it a complete protein source. Rich in Vitamin B and E as well as magnesium and calcium, it is also the least allergenic of all the grains and has a number of antiinflammatory benefits. Enjoy it: As a cereal, in a salad, as a side dish, in biscuits and cakes or even in a smoothie Learn more at:

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What is it? Pear-shaped fruit with rich yellow-green flesh and pebbly rough skin. Native to Central America, but widely cultivated in tropical areas. Why is it good for you? A great source of good fats, avocados are helpful in increasing the absorption of nutrients, lowering the instance of cardiovascular disease and managing diabetes and weight-loss. Enjoy it: In a salad or sandwich, on toast, pizza, or as a dip. Learn more at:

#10 Lentils

What is it? With roots in Asia and North Africa, lentils are a cousin to the pea and an important staple around the world. Why is it good for you? Another of nature’s superfoods, the fibre, folate and vitamins in lentils help regulate blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and aid in digestion. Folate also helps in preventing birth defects and reduces the risk of breast cancer. Enjoy it: Salads, spreads, soups, burgers, casseroles. Learn more:

10 foods to avoid.

#6 Fast food burgers

#1 Added sugar

What is it? A popular meal on the run, generally with more calories than should be consumed in one sitting. Studies show burgers can contain as little as three percent actual meat. Why is it so bad for you? The number one burger choices from fast food chains in Australia contain more than 1600mg of salt and 50g to 80g of fat. Regular eaters put themselves at risk of heart disease and obesity. Look for: Pay attention to the calorie count and resist the urge to supersize. Learn more at:

What is it? A carbohydrate derived from processing sugar cane. Can take a number of forms including white, raw or brown sugar, honey or corn syrup. Why is it so bad for you? Has no nutritional value. Excessive intake leads to obesity, teeth problems and liver problems. Can cause insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and is extremely addictive. Look for: While we all know sugar can be found in soft drinks and processed lollies, you may not know foods such as soups, sauces, salad dressings, crackers and low fat diet alternatives also have a high sugar content. Learn more at:

#7 Soft drinks

#2 Trans fats

#8 White bread

What is it? Formed during processing by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil causing the oil to become solid at room temperature. Why is it so bad for you? Raises bad cholesterol levels and lowers levels of good cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease. Look for: Deep fried foods, baked goods, microwave popcorn, some margarines, frozen pizzas, frozen pastry dough. Learn more at:

#3 Kid’s cereals

What is it? While these breakfast options aimed at children make various nutritional claims, most kid’s cereals are full of sugar, salt and additives. Why is it so bad for you? Instead of feeding your kids the healthy breakfast you think you are, you are actually giving them a nutrientdeficient sugar hit, high in salt and low in fibre. Look for: Sugar content, saturated fats, sodium levels and how much fibre and wholegrain is present. Learn more at:

#4 Low fat or fat-free diet foods

What is it? Processed foods, especially dairy, offered as an alternative to the full fat foods that are perceived to be less healthy. Why is it so bad for you? While these foods may very well be 99 percent fat-free, they are highly processed and have a lot of sugar, refined carbs, a high number of additives and even trans fats to make them palatable. Look for: Check the labels for sugar and calorie counts, especially as most low fat foods have the same number of calories as their full fat counterparts. Learn more at:

#5 Processed meat

What is it? A blend of meats including bacon, sausages, salami, ham and cold cuts, cured with a high percentage of preservatives and sodium nitrate. Why is it so bad for you? High consumption has been linked to bowel cancer, heart disease and obesity. Look for: A bit of ham off the bone or bacon occasionally is alright, but this is not an everyday food. Learn more at:

What is it? A non-alcoholic carbonated drink that has a mix of sugar and flavouring. Why is it so bad for you? It’s not uncommon for a 340ml can of soft drink to contain 10 teaspoons of sugar, increasing the risk of tooth decay, bowel cancer, diabetes and obesity. Look for: Carbonated drinks masquerading as sports or energy drinks. One can of soft drink a day equates to 23 kilos of sugar a year. Learn more at:

What is it? Generally bread made from flour which has had the bran and wheat germ removed or crushed during processing. Why is it so bad for you? While no sausage sizzle is complete without white bread, the flour used in white bread is refined during milling, sometimes bleached and has very little nutritional value or fibre, and a high GI (glycemic index). Look for: Try to give white bread a wide berth, even those loaves that claim to be enriched with vitamins. Learn more at:

#9 Artificial sweeteners

What is it? Synthetic sugar substitutes made from both man-made and naturally occurring ingredients. Can be 30 times sweeter than sugar but has no calories. Why is it so bad for you? Despite its usefulness for weightloss and diabetes, some research links the additives used to cancer and obesity. Can also destroy good gut bacteria and cause diarrhoea. Look for: Used widely in processed foods including baked goods, fruit spread, jelly, canned foods, dairy products and even toothpaste. Learn more at:

#10 Margarine

What is it? Butter substitute made from vegetable oils, emulsifiers and colourants. Why is it so bad for you? Vegetable oil has to be hydrogenated to be used as a spread, a process that uses a number of chemicals and one which creates trans fats. Studies show an increase in levels of bad cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Look for: Margarines that use plant chemicals like sterols and stanols to reduce cholesterol levels are a better bet if margarine is your thing. Learn more at: 43

, n o e m o C y p p a h t e g Happiness coach Helen Hawkes says resilience is key to finding joy in life.


veryone experiences adversity or times in life when challenges seem insurmountable, even if those challenges are losing weight or getting fitter. Do you ever wonder why some people seem to float through while others are frantically paddling like ducks beneath the surface? The answer is resilience, says Clayton Cook, an associate professor at the School of Psychology at the University of Washington. Resilience, something that is slowly attracting more interest in the field of mental health, has two dimensions, he says. “The first is called surviving.” This is having the skills to bounce back from a setback or a tragedy. Not to ignore it, or pretend not to be bothered by it, but to deal with it truthfully and then move forward. The second element to resilience is more fascinating. It’s called the “thriving element”. That means not just surviving but using these challenges to thrive and optimise your wellbeing. You don’t have to be under stress or confronted with any major challenge in order to enhance your wellbeing, says Cook. Rather, you can implement routines, habits and attitudes that make you feel great. These may include exercising regularly, eating healthily and having a relaxation practice. You should also minimise toxic habits and relationships. The result is that you will view your life as more satisfying and meaningful and, of course, happier. You’re not just ticking things off a huge to-do list that runs your life, or going through the motions of what may now be an outdated plan that you have set in place. Rather, you can find a reason for everything you do that makes sense to you. You are also content with who you are or what you have; you don’t have to be the first, or the best, or the richest. The good news is, you don’t have to be born with resilience, you can develop it. The first step is working out what your values are and trying to live your daily life according to those, suggests Cook. For example, you may survive and thrive through the stress of an illness or a diet because your value is to be healthier and you can see how what you are doing aligns with this. It’s the failure to do this – align values and behaviours – that creates chronic stress and erodes resilience. Think about what’s important to you – being fit and well, doing meaningful work, or having great relationships. Only when you have decided what your values are, can you plan to live by these values, and live more happily. Putting habits in place like regular exercise, eating well, doing a relaxation or meditation exercise daily, and honouring healthy relationships are all behaviours that help build resilience. It is believed it takes four weeks to form a habit, so get out your planner and spend some time working out how you can not only survive life’s adversities, but thrive too. Helen Hawkes is a Happiness Coach and co-owner of

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10 Warning Signs of

Dementia What is dementia?


Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks.

he symptoms are often horribly cruel and difficult to deal with for sufferers and their loved ones, but for millions of Australians, living with dementia is all too real. Here is a checklist of common symptoms of dementia. Alzheimer’s Australia advises to go through the list and if there are several ‘yes’ answers, a doctor should be consulted for a complete examination.

Who gets dementia?

1. Recent memory loss that affects job skills

What causes dementia?

It is normal to forget meetings, colleagues’ names, or a business associate’s telephone number occasionally, but then remember them later. A person with dementia may forget things more often, and not remember them later.

2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks

Busy people can be so distracted from time to time that they may leave the carrots on the stove and only remember to serve them when the meal has finished. A person with dementia might prepare a meal and not only forget to serve it, but also forget they made it.

3. Disorientation of time and place

It is normal to forget the day of the week or your destination for a moment. People with dementia can become lost on their own street, not know where they are, how they got there or how to get back home.

Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. People in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia. There are many different forms of dementia and each has its own causes. The most common types of dementia are; Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Alcohol related dementia (Korsakoff’s syndrome), Dementia with Lewy bodies and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease.

4. Misplacing things

Anyone can temporarily misplace a wallet or keys. A person with dementia may repeatedly put things in inappropriate places.

5. Problems with language

Everyone has trouble finding the right word sometimes. A person with dementia may forget simple words.

The Facts

6. Poor or decreased judgement

•W  ithout a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to be almost 900,000 by 2050.

7. Problems with abstract thinking

•T  here are more than 332,000 Australians living with dementia. This number is expected to increase by one third to 400,000 in less than ten years.

Dementia affects a person’s memory and concentration and this in turn affects their judgement. Many activities, such as driving, require good judgement and when this ability is affected, the person will be a risk not only to themselves, but to others on the road.

•E  ach week, there are more than 1,700 new cases of dementia in Australia; approximately one person every six minutes. This is expected to grow to 7,400 new cases each week by 2050.

Balancing a cheque book may be difficult for many of us. Someone with dementia could forget completely what the numbers are and what needs to be done with them.

•T  here are approximately 24,700 people in Australia with Younger Onset Dementia (a diagnosis of dementia under the age of 65; including people as young as 30).

Everyone becomes sad or moody from time to time. Someone with dementia can have rapid mood swings from calm to tears to anger, for no apparent reason.

•T  hree in ten people over the age of 85 and almost one in ten people over 65 have dementia. •A  n estimated 1.2 million people are involved in the care of a person with dementia. •D  ementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia (the second leading cause in women) and there is no cure. •O  n average symptoms of dementia are noticed by families three years before a firm diagnosis is made.

8. Changes in mood or behaviour

9. Changes in personality

People’s personalities can change a little with age. A person with dementia can become suspicious or fearful, or just apathetic and uncommunicative.

10. Loss of initiative

It is normal to tire of housework, business activities or social obligations. A person with dementia may become very passive and require cues prompting them to become involved. For more go to 45


a diet that makes sense Alkalising yourself to slim with Bianca van Elteren


iets. Chances are you know someone who is on one. Maybe it’s a friend, a family member, your partner, or even yourself who has taken a stab in the dark to try to change their body for the better. You may have come across such diets as the Atkins diet, Paleo diet, lemon water diet... the list is literally endless. Whether they be a fad or beneficial to the body, they are everywhere and new ones continue to surface. Some of them do work, but for how long? Are they merely a quick fix, based on short-term success? The truth is that many of them disappear as they don’t produce positive weight-loss results. While celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have only just recently attributed their great physiques to an alkalising diet, Gold Coast company Morlife has been researching such a diet for years, which has led them to develop their hero product, Alkalising Greens pH7.3. This potent alkalising greens supplement helps to increase alkalinity within our bodies; naturally found in foods such as fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. It also allows us to rebalance our bodies from our typical diet; usually rich in acid-forming foods like processed food, red meat and sugar. This greens supplement is the most comprehensive alkalising product on the international market and aims to provide people with a more energetic, confident, less stressed life. We all know that eating more greens is good for us, but the question is, do we know why? The answer lies in our digestive system. When we eat food, it has been revealed that it either leaves an acid or an alkaline residue. In our busy, fast-paced lives it is hard to maintain a healthy, balanced diet so we tend to indulge in foods which leave an acidic residue. This acidic residue exposes us to stress, energy loss, sickness and disease. It also influences sleep quality and can typically lead to weight-gain. 46 slim magazine summer 2015

Our current diet consists of 70 percent acidic foods and 30 percent alkaline foods. This diet must change in order for us to function properly. Morlife says their alkalising greens supplement really does deliver results, and this is proven by measuring the alkalising potency using a Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL) measure. A positive PRAL reading indicates an acidifying food. In contrast, a negative PRAL reading indicates an alkalising measurement. So Alkalising Greens pH7.3’s reading of -57 shows it is highly alkalising. After taking the supplement consumers reported feeling more energetic, less stressed, more trim and, remarkably, not craving chocolate. Alkalising Greens certainly meets the greens market trend which is currently taking the world by storm. Alkalising Greens pH7.3 is packed with potent nutrient-dense green superfoods, alkalising minerals and L-Glutamine to facilitate an alkalising environment. It also contains specialised herbs which are beneficial for promoting balance. Morlife encourages people who wish to gain a more energetic lifestyle to try Alkalising Greens pH7.3 in conjunction with the 30 Day Alkalising Challenge. The Challenge provides participants with all the tools they need to move toward a more alkaline diet and lifestyle, in particular, advising which foods are acidifying and which ones are alkalising. This diet makes sense as the foods fit the need for the body to be alkaline at pH7.3; the level at which the body functions optimally. This is long-term diet will ensure wellness, energy and optimum weight. The program provides an eating plan, range of recipes, shopping lists, ongoing support from a naturopath and nutritionist, and a dedicated website:

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ast year Australians spent over 80 million dollars on gym memberships, with nearly 75 percent of these individuals signing up in preparation for summer. If you are one of the many people working out during the warmer months, it’s important to make sure you are getting the most out of your workout. The portion size, timing, and content of what you eat before and after exercising is a huge factor in the effectiveness of your training, and predicts both your energy levels during the session, and how quickly your body is able to recover afterwards. Sheila Zhou, a scientist with USANA a leading producer of supplements says, “Often people don’t realise that what they do before and after their workout is just as important as their training regimen,” says Zhou. “However, to achieve a flawless workout, you don’t need to make huge changes. For example, just by consuming sparkling mineral water before a training session you are helping your body maintain fluid balance, and perform at its best.” Here are five training tips to help you.

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# Turn up the tunes If the Rocky movies taught us anything about exercise it’s that music is a great motivator. ‘Eye of the Tiger’ might not be your personal cup of tea, but working out to music can actually improve your performance and endurance by up to 15 percent. Listening to our favourite tunes effectively disassociates our brain from the physical activity we are participating in. Rather than focusing on how much farther we have to run or how steep the upcoming hill is, our mind is focused on the music we are listening to.

# Become an early bird They say that the early bird gets the worm and, in this case the worm is an amazing summer body. Exercising early in the morning kickstarts your metabolism and gets you energised for the day ahead. “I’m not a morning person” isn’t an excuse either. Grab a coffee or a healthy energy drink such as the USANA Rev3 to get you up and going.

# Don’t fight the chocolate cravings Chocoholics rejoice. You can now justify your dark chocolate cravings in the name of improving your workouts! If this seems too good to be true, it isn’t. Flavonol epicatechin, a key ingredient in dark chocolate, sends a signal to your arteries telling them to relax, thus improving circulation.

# Change the way you stretch The importance of stretching has been drilled into our brains since we began taking PE classes at school, and it is, but not in the way you might have originally been told. Preworkout stretching helps loosen up the muscles and prevents injury. To reap the benefits of stretching be sure to maintain a regular regimen throughout the week, even if this doesn’t coincide with your exercise schedule.

# Massage the pain away Don’t forget that exercise is more of a mental game than you might think. Massages can help muscle soreness and injuries, but they can also have great psychological and emotional benefits. A massage is good for winding down and putting you in the right head space to start again tomorrow. If you can’t justify splurging on regular massages, using a foam roller to roll out any kinks does the trick as well. To view the full range of USANA Health Sciences nutritional, weight management and personal care products visit 49

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If you don’t have the energy to get out of your own way, you can do something about it. We show you how to get some pep in your step.

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iredness is tricky. It can leave us so washed out that we’re not even sure if we used to feel any other way. Even worse, it can stop us doing the things we enjoy, including hobbies, taking time out with friends, or fitting in a sweaty session at the gym. Estimates vary, but it is thought that between three and 10 percent of patients visit their doctors because of fatigue. Often it can be hard to pinpoint the cause. While it is true that fatigue can be a symptom of a serious health problem, in most cases it is about lifestyle and what we are – or are not – doing. Here are some of the most common causes of fatigue and some easy steps to overcome them.

Poor diet An addiction to sugar is the catch-22 of tiredness. You feel tired, so you eat sugar, and after you eat sugar, you feel tired. That’s because those empty calories give you a sugar high, then an extreme low. To maintain energy, you need to eat regularly – three to four times a day – but avoid sugar, including products such as bread, pastries and cakes, and simple sugars like sugary drinks and sweets. Instead, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates and lean protein. Don’t forget to drink lots of filtered water; being dehydrated can really tire you out. Typically, sugar attacks hit about 3 – 4pm; usually the time you raid the junk machine. What you really need to eat is something healthy that will hold you until dinner, without interfering with blood sugar levels. Low fat cheese and wholewheat crackers are a great snack because the protein and complex carbohydrates will keep you satisfied. You could also try some low fat yogurt.

Stress excess Too much stress will wring you out faster than a load of washing, because of the constant flooding of the stress hormone adrenalin. In fact studies suggest that stress and depression are present in at least 50 percent of fatigue cases. Job dissatisfaction, heavy workloads, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, or threats to job security can all cause workplace stress which leads to fatigue. Other common workplace causes of fatigue include shift work, which confuses the body clock and makes both sleeping and staying awake more difficult; and Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), where the materials used in the office or workplace can contribute to lethargy and even illness. To reduce energy-sapping stress you may need to alter some of the conditions under which you work: reduce overtime, delegate, make sure you take regular breaks, or even renegotiate your position within your workplace. Irrespective of whether you are able to make any, or all of these changes, what you absolutely must not do if you want to reduce stress and fatigue is bring work home, or answer your mobile phone to work calls after hours. Finding a hobby that allows you to switch off from work will also pay positive results energy-wise.

When to call the doctor If fatigue lasts longer than two weeks or is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, weightloss, nausea, hoarseness or muscle aches, get help. Fatigue can be related to diabetes, depression, thyroid or adrenal imbalance, and heart, liver or kidney disease.

Not enough exercise Getting more exercise may be the last thing you feel like but, ironically, studies show that increasing the amount of time you spend exercising will lower stress levels and increase energy levels. Engaging in moderate physical activity for half an hour or longer most days of the week may decrease stress, improve your mood and leave your feeling energised, say researchers at the prestigious Mayo Clinic, in the United States. Aim for 30 to 40 minutes of exercise a day and include something that gets your heart rate up as well as some stretching and resistance exercise.

Low iron levels Women need more iron because they menstruate. They also need more iron during pregnancy. Australian health research suggests about 20 to 40 percent of women of child-bearing age fall short of getting the recommended amount of iron in their diet. Red meat is a good source of iron, but if you are vegetarian, you can take an iron supplement. Have your iron levels tested by your doctor.

Poor quality sleep Having trouble getting to sleep, waking up often, or simply getting too little sleep will leave you overtired until you catch up on your sleep debt; and who knows when that might be? Here is more bad news. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll probably gain weight. A number of international studies show that people who sleep less than six hours a night have been shown to have a higher body mass index (height to weight ratio) than those who sleep seven to eight hours, according to Dr David Rapoport, associate professor and director of the Sleep Medicine Program at the New York University School of Medicine. Aim for eight hours of quality sleep a night and remember that the sleep before midnight, rather than after, is the most valuable. In fact, sleep researchers suggest that every hour before 12am may be worth two hours, while every one after 12am is only worth half an hour. If you are a poor sleeper, try listening to relaxing music before bedtime, making sure you have heavy curtains so your bedroom is dark, and wear earplugs if you live near a noisy road or with a snorer. If you still wake up, just relax, and count sheep or something equally as boring. Don’t look at your watch, turn the light on or watch late night television. Sweet dreams. 51

Have you had your Gall Bladder removed? Expert advice with Sharon Edwards from Healthy Inspirations.


t comes as a bit of a shock when your body hits a speed bump in the road of life and no longer functions as it once did. It is even more of a shock when your body does not bounce back entirely from gall bladder surgery. With the advent of key-hole surgery, you look pretty much the same, but you could still be uncomfortable and perhaps experiencing digestive problems such as bloating, more frequent bowel movements and even diarrhoea. This doesn’t happen to everyone, but that is cold comfort if it is happening to you. The most significant change once you have had your gall bladder removed is that you no longer have a place to store bile. Bile is a liquid produced by the liver, stored in the gall bladder and released into the small intestine to aid in the digestion of fatty foods. In the absence of a gall bladder, bile is being constantly dripped into the small intestine, meaning your food is not being digested as well. Hence the uncomfortable feeling after eating, especially if you have eaten fatty or fried food. Makes sense, doesn’t it? You were probably advised to follow a low fat diet after surgery while your body adjusts to living without a gall bladder. It is only when you go back to eating the way you did prior to surgery that you may experience some problems. These problems usually go away over time, however you may need to make some lifestyle changes in the short term to manage them. If symptoms persist see your doctor.

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Combining easy exercise training with air-pressure is seeing clients shed some serious weight.


ong time Hypoxi Body Zone client Kylie sought the benefits of Hypoxi because she needed to find a low impact way to lose weight. “I had sustained an injury so I wasn’t able to go to the gym,” Kylie says, “but I wanted fast results.” Kylie took up an offer of a trial package with Hypoxi. “It sounded like good value to me, and it was achievable, so I went three times a week for four weeks. Each treatment was half an hour. Combined with a good healthy diet, the weight just started to drop off,” Kylie says. Kylie went on to lose 56cm in total from her waist and legs, and dropped two dress sizes. “It is as simple as cycling on a bike in the Hypoxi machine, which uses air pressure to increase blood circulation and core temperature. The results are quick and it is great for people who need support.” Hypoxi is the first training concept to combine alternating high and low pressure with exercise to help target fat in those areas which previously wouldn’t budge. The simple 30 minute workout is safe, pain-free and completely natural, helping your body to tap into the stubborn fat stores while you work out. In just 12 sessions, clients can lose up to 30cm from their problem areas, much more than is possible using conventional training alone. There is a range of equipment, each suited to the various trouble spots and ideal for busy men and women. Now, just topping up her visits and using the other Hypoxi machines including the Vacunaut – a treadmill that targets fat around the

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stomach and hip region – and sticking to a healthy diet, Kylie maintains her great shape, and credits Hypoxi. “Hypoxi has helped with weight-loss, toning, and reducing cellulite,” Kylie says. “And while you do sweat a bit, I just feel energised after a session, not exhausted.” Hypoxi Body Zone is located at Shop 10, Southport Park Village, (opposite TSS), 175 Ferry Road, Southport, phone 07 5561 1188; and 50 James Street, Burleigh Heads. Go to

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ikram yoga, developed by Bikram Choudhury, is a form of hatha yoga which takes place in a room heated to 40 degrees celsius, with around 40 percent humidity. The 90 minute class consists of a series of 26 postures, which are repeated twice and held for between ten seconds to a minute. Controlled breathing sets the pace of the class with a ‘savasana’ or break between each pose, when the focus is on being completely still in both body and mind. An accredited Bikram yoga instructor guides you through each pose, taking your mind away from the troubles of your day and making you concentrate on achieving the best possible pose for you at that time. The room is hot to help sweat out the chemical imbalances produced in daily living and help return the body to a purer state. The hot room also helps: • Relax the muscles as they are stretched, • Open pores and detoxify the body as toxins are removed by sweat, • Prevent injury, • Improve the body’s cooling systems, • Clear the circulatory system by thinning the blood, • Improve the cardiovascular workout by increasing the heart rate even though the breathing remains regular.

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ga benefits of bikram yo • Works every organ, gland, nerve, tendon, ligament and muscle in the whole body every Bikram Yoga session • Expands your capacity to breathe deeply and fully • Prevents injury and may prevent or improve chronic illness • Improvement in T-cell function and your immune system • Promotes better sleep, you may even need to sleep less • Improvement in posture and body awareness • Improve the healing and regenerative powers of your body • Lengthening and strengthening of muscles • Muscular and skeletal network are enhanced • Weight bearing exercise will help prevent osteoporosis • Improves heart and lung function • Improves back conditions of pain and misalignment • Helps cultivate a sense of wellbeing and a more peaceful mind • Improves flexibility of your spine in its range of motion in all directions allowing the improvement in function of your central nervous system. Better nervous system communication means a better functioning body and mind • Integration of both sides of the brain to improve memory, learning, body coordination and balance • Builds mental strength and teaches you to hold your mind in a focused and meditative state.

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How to be in the best shape of your life, no matter how old you are.

s every woman knows, staying fit can present a real challenge as you age. That doesn’t mean you can’t be in the best shape of your life in your 30s, 40s or 50s without too much strain or pain, says one of Australia’s leading motivational and fitness trainers Mark McKeon. “Even better if you start in your 20s,” he says. “The cardiovascular benefits you develop then can stay with you for years.” That said, don’t panic if you’ve never caught the exercise bug. It really is never too late to get fitter. In a well known study called the Honolulu Heart Program, people between the ages of 61 and 81 managed to double their survival rates simply by doubling the amount of kilometres they walked each day. Just wanting to get fitter is the very best way to motivate yourself to start a regular fitness programme, no matter what your age. People who are physically fit have increased vitality, less stress and depression and are able to perform most day-to-day activities with ease, says Dr Mark Wahlqvist, co-author of AgeFit and a Professor of Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne. They also have less body fat and are able to slow the bone and muscle loss that comes with age. Of course, stronger, leaner muscles mean you’ll feel more confident in stylish clothes, and strong core muscles mean you’ll reduce your chances of suffering back pain too. Exercising regularly will also help protect you from Type 2 diabetes that now affects more than 800,000 Australians, and heart disease which kills around 12,500 women each year. If you are already imagining hours spent at a gym to gain these benefits, think again. Yes, belonging to a fitness centre works for many people, but there are plenty of other fast and fun options for working out. • Please take note: If you have doubts or concerns about your ability to exercise, consult your GP or health care professional before you begin any new regime. 55

In your 20s You feel like you can conquer the world, or at least the stair climber, and you should. “In your 20s anything goes, within reason,” says McKeon. What you need is a lot of cardiovascular work to strengthen your heart, your respiratory system and your immune function, with some strength training thrown in.” McKeon recommends cardiovascular workouts of 40 to 50 minutes, five times a week. Aim to work out at a heart rate of 145 to 150 beats per minute for at least 20 minutes of each session. (Use a heart rate monitor, or simply your watch.) Try rollerblading, tennis, step classes or other aerobics classes, running, volleyball or netball. You also need one strength or resistance training session a week. We suggest weight training at home or at the gym, Ashtanga yoga, or boot camp moves like power lunges, press ups and chin ups.

Your 30s This is the make or break fitness decade. You may be trying to scale the heights in your career, or start a family. One thing is certain: you’re in a real time squeeze. Don’t give up, urges McKeon. “A lot of people drop out now, but it’s important to keep the exercise habit to maintain health and prevent creeping weight-gain.” You need an absolute minimum of 40 minutes of exercise three times a week that comprises a mix of cardiovascular and strength work. Good options include exercise circuits where you alternate between aerobics and weight training moves; jogging, tennis and boxing. Think ‘fun’ so you keep at it. Your aim is to workout at a heart rate of 135 to 145 beats per minute for at least 20 minutes of each session. “You should also be starting to do some flexibility work, such as yoga, Pilates, or just stretching,” McKeon says. “If you are really pushed for time, try an exercise DVD at home.”

Your 40s You are already starting to lose muscle mass, as much as two percent a year, so you need more strength work and to continue some cardio, says McKeon. Aim to work out a minimum of three times a week for at least 40 minutes, the ideal being two days on and one day off. “As you get older, your body takes longer to get rid of the metabolic wastes created when you exercise and to repair muscle micro tears,” says McKeon. Try brisk walking, cycling, swimming or rowing, all exercises that work your heart but are less high impact. Get your heart rate into the 125 to 135 beats a minute range for at least 20 minutes of your workout. “For extra bone strength, add a weekly resistance session. If you can find a gym you like, get some personal instruction about technique and load. Lifting weights the wrong way can cause injury. Otherwise, doing resistance moves at home with hand-weights or your own body weight is a good option. Don’t forget stretching. Get into the yoga habit now and you’ll reap the rewards for life.”

50s plus “If you’re doing anything but walking, you should have a minimum of one day between exercise days,” says McKeon. He also advises against running more than two days a week, even if you are capable of it. “Your shock absorbers are starting to wear and the exercise benefits don’t outweigh the risks of muscle damage or stress fractures.” His message: don’t go hard, go easy, but keep going. “You are now losing at least three percent of your muscle mass and strength a year unless you’re working out.” You’re also losing more bone, especially after menopause, as well as power. Weight training – lower weights and higher repetitions – will help. “Or do isometrics, for example, grabbing and holding onto something and squeezing as hard as you can. Dips, lunges and pushups are also fantastic.” Don’t forget your heart health. Work out in the 120 beats per minute range for at least 20 minutes, three times a week, with workouts of 40 minutes including plenty of stretching. Good exercise suggestions include weight training, dancing, Iyengar yoga, brisk walking and Tai Chi (for balance and even lowering blood pressure). 56 slim magazine summer 2015

How your body changes as you age

check your fitness Circulation Press down on one of your fingernails for a second until your nail turns white. Release the pressure and see how long your nail takes to become pink again. If it takes less than three seconds, your blood is getting through to your capillaries without delay. If it takes longer, check with your doctor before doing any more of these tests.

Flexibility Sit facing a wall, legs outstretched, feet touching the wall. Keep your legs straight. Reach forward as far as you can without bending your knees. If you’re under 30, you should be able to touch the wall. If you’re 30 to 39-years-old, you need to get within 3cm of the wall. If you’re 40, within 6cm.

Body Strength Your task is to hold a full push-up position for 45 seconds if you are in your 20s, 30 seconds if you are 30 to 39, or 20 seconds if you are over 40. Your knees must be off the ground and your body kept straight, though your arms should be slightly flexed rather than fully extended. Make sure your weight is forward, over your hands, which are shoulder width apart, and look directly down. Don’t let your lower back arch and sag and keep your knees up and off the floor.

All of the age-related changes below can be slowed down with a nutritious diet and a regular exercise programme. • Peak bone mass is reached during adolescence. After that there is a gradual loss of bone mass with ageing. Women lose about 15 percent of their bone mass within the first five years of menopause then bone loss slows to about one percent a year. • Typical loss of muscle mass from adolescence to older age reaches 40 percent. • Before menopause most women are relatively protected from heart disease, unless they smoke or have diabetes. Within six to 10 years of menopause, women have a similar risk to men. • Lungs become harder to expand. • The body often becomes less efficient at handling glucose, raising your risk of Type 2 diabetes. • The immune system functions less effectively. • Sexual function declines. Credit: AgeFit (Pan Macmillan) by Dr Mark Wahlqvist, Dr Gayle Savige, Dr Daniel Lee and Brett Snelson.

Leg Strength Your aim is to jump a distance that is equivalent or greater than your height. Start by lying on your back with your feet against a wall. Place a small mark on the floor immediately behind your head. This marks your height as a distance out from the wall. Now stand with your back to the wall, your feet together and your heels touching the wall. Have three or four practice jumps to warm up and then jump as far as you can.

Stamina This measures your cardiovascular efficiency. Find a relatively flat track that you know is 2km long. Or measure a distance of 1km in your car and simply walk up and back. Warm up first to prepare because this is a speed test. You should be able to walk (or run) the 2km in under 12 minutes. If you are over 30, allow another 30 seconds and, if you are over 40, another minute.

Recovery Immediately after you finish the stamina test, take your pulse. Your heart rate should be back under 100 beats per minute after two minutes of recovery time if you are under 30, three minutes if you are 30 to 40 and three minutes and 30 seconds if you are over 40. The quicker your heart rate lowers, the fitter you are.

Pulse Rate Morning heart rate is simply how quickly your heart is beating when you first wake and before you get out of bed. To score a point, your morning pulse must be 70 beats per minute or less, regardless of your age. Credit: Mark McKeon, director of Mischief, Motivation and Attitude 57

Bringing sexy back Anti-ageing expert Annette Spanski says bio-identical hormones can restore your libido.


emember that mind-blowing sex you used to have with your partner? These days, are you just not in the mood? You want to feel sexy and in love but it’s just not happening? Or maybe the feeling is gone and you wonder what’s happening ‘down there’. Why can’t you get the sexual feeling back? Whether you are single or have a partner, it can seem like you don’t have any sexual feelings or that you are experiencing a low libido. In reality, most of the time it’s your hormones having a direct effect on your personality: lack of sexual desire is often caused by a hormonal imbalance and stress. Hormonal imbalance is part of the inescapable ageing process. Around age 35, a female’s hormones begin to drain from the body, never to return. Common symptoms of hormonal imbalance are fatigue, irritability, depression, weight-gain, loss of sleep, abdominal fat (love handles), forgetfulness, hot flushes, and a lack of libido. A healthy body wants sex. If you don’t want it, and you have lost ‘the feeling’, more than likely, you’re experiencing a decline or are missing the sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone or testosterone. You could also be low in oxytocin, which has been called the ‘relationship bonding hormone’. This hormone is what makes you naturally feel happy, in love, and experience better orgasms. For those with partners, a hormone imbalance can cause your relationship to suffer. Males generally express love through sex, and when they don’t get it, they may feel unloved, unsatisfied. Hormones are crucial to every single function in your body. Hormone balance is so important to a women’s sexual function, that you could be sleeping next to Brad Pitt, but if your hormones are not balanced, no lover and no stimulation can make up for its absence. SLIM MAG AD.pdf 1 21/05/13 4:17 PM these hormones Here’s the good news ladies; you can restore

and rejuvenate your libido again, naturally. You can replace these hormones with bio-identical hormones that replicate what nature has given us, versus the synthetic hormones that do not. Bio-identical hormones are an exact replica of the hormones that are naturally produced by the body; matching the body’s natural hormones molecule by molecule. They are female hormones based on compounds found in plants (usually soy beans or wild yams). Once the plant-based hormone is processed, its structure is identical to the oestrogen, progesterone, and androgen hormones that are produced naturally by your body. The body can metabolise them naturally, as it was designed to do, with minimal risks or side effects. Professionally prescribed by a doctor, who is experienced in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), I believe it is the best option (a blood test is requested by your anti-ageing doctor before you can begin BHRT). The hormones come in various forms including tablets, creams, gels, and nasal sprays. BHRT can take time to rebalance your hormones, but I promise you, that the ‘old feeling’ will come back and you’ll want to have sex again. (How do you think I keep up with a partner who is 10 years younger than me?). For more information go to 59

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y t i n u imm Simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your immune system and help you stay healthy.


our immune system is a group of organs and special cells which help the body ward off infection and disease. Think of it as your very own army with special forces trained to deal with viruses, bacteria and parasites. It is an amazingly clever system, really; first determining the presence of a foreign substance trying to make its way around your body, and then using the ever-ready white blood cells to turf it out. That, of course, is a simple explanation of what is an exhaustively complex process. So exhausting in fact, that it wouldn’t hurt to give your immune system a helping hand. Boosting your immunity is a process, not a speed sensation. It takes a conscious effort with precise attention paid to food, exercise and rest to make a lasting overall impression.


It is almost impossible to get rid of the notion that ‘you are what you eat’. Dietitians recommend a diet that is rich in nutrient-dense foods such as vegetables, fruits, healthy proteins, complex carbohydrates and good fats. Protein has many of the amino acids essential for growth and repair. Studies show that even a 25 percent reduction in the daily recommended allowance can compromise the immune system. Opt for food choices that are high in Vitamin C like citrus and kiwi fruit; Vitamin B, found in seafood, vegetables, capsicums and cauliflower; fat-soluble Vitamin A, abundant in leafy greens, sweet potato and asparagus; and fruits and vegetables like strawberries and tomatoes which are high in antioxidants. The mineral Zinc has also been linked with improved immunity functioning. Too much can be bad for you, so try and maintain a balance by including foods such as lentils, quinoa and spinach in your diet. Avoid sugars and fats which tend to suppress the immune system and keep alcohol, which has a tendency to inhibit the work of white blood cells, to a minimum.


The gastrointestinal tract is probably the most important defence mechanism in the fight against sickness and disease. It contains some 60 percent of the cells of your immune system and is charged with the important task of absorbing the nutrients you need while keeping out damaging molecules. Probiotics, which are good bacterias like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, live in your gut and assist the immune system in correcting deficiencies and increasing the numbers of certain fighter cells. You can boost your probiotic intake with a good supplement or by eating foods such as yogurt, kefir (a fermented milk drink), some cheeses and tempeh (made from cultured soy beans).


Consistent, moderate exercise helps to boost immunity by encouraging the efficient transportation of those valuable white blood cells around the body. Studies show that people who engage in regular activity, even just a brisk walk every day, tend to take fewer sick days. Regular exercise helps circulation, removes toxins from your system and contributes to general wellbeing.


Most of us tend not to listen to our bodies, often pushing past the barrier of sleep in order to complete a task in our very busy day. However, sleep is essential for the body to recoup, repair itself and gather strength. Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep a day. Inadequate sleep is associated with a reduction in the number of cells that fight disease and a lower immunity system function.


Chronic stress has a detrimental impact on the immune system’s ability to deal with sickness and disease. Long periods of extreme stress can even lower your white blood cell count, make your T-cells sluggish and force your immune system into slower response times. Find ways to de-stress by including exercise, yoga or even just a relaxing bath in your day. 60 slim magazine summer 2015

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Food blogger Kirsten Campbell eats out for a living, visiting restaurants and food festivals for her blog Miss Foodie. Here, she shares her advice on making healthy menu choices.


dios winter and slow braised beef cheeks. Summer is here and that winter coat of ours has to go, which means healthy eating choices. At home you’re the chef in the kitchen, so you are well behaved (most of the time) and shop for the right ingredients to keep those unwanted calories at bay. Dining out conversely, presents a world of tempting challenges. The good news is, by paying attention to a menu’s wording and by using food cues to create healthy meal choices, you too can eat healthy when dining out. A great first step is to be involved. Ask restaurant staff what ingredients are being used; sometimes healthy meals aren’t always as they seem. Avoid meals with lots of ingredients; look for meals with six ingredients or less. The more elements there are, the less control you have, and that often means more calories. Look for meals high in lean protein such as chicken, meat or fish which are served with vegetables or salad. Try eating an appetizer or side salad instead of an entrée, perhaps even go so far as having an entrée instead of a main. Dressings and sauces often contain high levels of sugar, butter and salt, which is not ideal. If your meal comes with any of these, ask to have it on the side. Even better, don’t have it at all. Going to a restaurant when you’re hungry sounds like the right idea, but it may tempt you to eat more than you should. Try making yourself a tasty smoothie before you go, so you’ll be less inclined to overindulge.

Read menus carefully and pick food with words like baked, grilled, poached, roasted, steamed and flame-cooked. Say no to crumbed, crispy, cheesy, creamy, battered or tempura. Salt is a silent killer too, so avoid words like smoked, pickled, teriyaki, marinated and soy sauce.

Ditch that…

For this!

• Fried dim sims, samosas, curry puffs, spring rolls, pappadums

• Steamed dim sims, grilled tandoori, sashimi, sushi, fresh rice paper rolls

• Creamy, cheesy or buttery sauces – hollandaise, Dianne, mushroom, garlic butter

• Tomato based sauces, fresh herbs, salsa, fresh lemon

• Garlic bread

• Bruschetta

• Coconut soups

• Clear soups and broths

• Soft drinks

• Mineral water or soda water with fresh fruit

• Cakes, ice cream, baked desserts

• Fresh fruit, sorbet, frozen yoghurt

• Crumbed, crispy, cheesy, battered or tempura

• Baked, grilled, poached, roasted, steamed or flame-grilled

Careful restaurant selection will aid you greatly in your efforts to dine out healthily. Stay away from American, Chinese, French and Italian restaurants as it’s difficult to avoid their tempting carbohydrates; and definitely stay away from fast food. Instead, steer towards Japanese, Thai, Paleo, Vegetarian or Greek. Of course we don’t always get to decide where we eat, so here are some tips to help you, no matter where you dine:


Avoid high carb dishes like pizza, pasta, bread and polenta. What else is there, you ask? You will be surprised how many fresh options there are. Italians love garden fresh ingredients. Try asking for your favourite pasta sauce (no creamy ones) poured over vegetables instead of pasta.


Sidestep items that feature cheese and refried beans such as enchiladas. Instead go for customised dishes like tacos or fajitas where you can pile on your own salad, vegetables and meat, and skip the cheese and sour cream. Have a burrito bowl instead of a burrito, it will really reduce the carb intake. Salads are great as long as they’re not served in a taco shell or topped with cheese and sour cream.


It’s important to avoid dumplings, noodles, tempura and deep fried items because they have a very high fat content. You should be limiting sweet and sour dishes too as they are doused in sugar, which equates to unwanted calories. Choose grilled meats over fried; steamed rice over fried rice; dry curries over creamy coconut based curries; and fresh spring rolls over deep fried spring rolls. Avoid soy sauce too, as it is very high in salt.


It’s all about portion size here. Avoid ordering steaks over 500g, and say no to chips and baked potatoes filled with butter, cheese and sour cream. Instead have steamed vegetables or salad, with your dressing on the side. We tend to give ourselves free authority to eat whatever we want when dining out; we think it is all part of the fun, so if you truly want to eat healthy wherever you are, you’re going to need a strong will and stay committed to your choices. If you can do that and incorporate regular exercise, you will keep fit and healthy all summer long. Follow Miss Foodie at or find Miss Foodie on Facebook. 63

s n a v E Pete d o o F y Famil With two children of his own, award-winning Australian chef Pete Evans knows how hard it can be to get a healthy and delicious meal on the table night after night. So he’s put together his absolute favourite recipes for busy parents and their kids in his new book Family Food. We love Pete’s Paleo style of eating – no grains, refined sugar or dairy, and a focus on sustainable meat and seafood, nuts and seeds, as well as loads of fresh veggies. While all of the recipes in Family Food can be enjoyed by young and old, there are also specific chapters on baby and toddler food, as well as kids’ lunches and snacks that won’t be left in the bottom of the lunchbox. Here, we have chosen some of our favourites from Family Food that are sure to become favourites in your home too.

Family Food by Pete Evans is published by Plum, RRP $39.99

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recipes Sweet potato rosti Serves 4

4 eggs 2–4 tablespoons coconut oil or other good-quality fat 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves Sweet potato rosti 600g sweet potato, peeled and grated 2 eggs, at room temperature sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low so that the water is simmering, then add the eggs and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and, when cool enough to handle, peel the eggs under cold running water. Set aside. To make the sweet potato rosti, squeeze all the excess moisture from the grated sweet potato using a sieve and place in a bowl. Add the eggs and salt and pepper and mix well. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil or fat in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high. Spoon in about 2 tablespoons of the rosti mixture and shape into a patty. Cook for 2 minutes, pressing with a spatula to flatten slightly, or until golden on the underside. Turn and cook the other side for another 2 minutes until crisp and golden. Repeat to make another three rosti. Cut each peeled egg in half and serve with a rosti and a sprinkle of parsley.

Watermelon ‘cakes’ with coconut cream and poached figs

Use cauliflower rice instead of rice or mashed potato for a healthier, low-carb option.

Makes 7 ‘Cakes’

100g coconut yogurt 200g whipped coconut cream ¼ seedless watermelon (about 1.5 kg), rind removed, cut into 2 cm thick slices 30g (¼ cup) unsalted pistachio nuts, chopped Poached figs 2 tablespoons rosewater 1 tablespoon honey 2 cardamom pods, crushed 7 dried baby figs, halved For the whipped coconut cream, open a can of chilled coconut cream and spoon hardened top layer into an electric mixer (add a little honey if desired). Skim remaining cream from coconut water and add to the mixer (reserve coconut water for another use). Whisk on high speed until soft peaks form. Refrigerate to set (2-4 hours). To make the poached figs, combine 150ml of water with the rosewater, honey and cardamom pods in a small saucepan and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Add the figs, remove from the heat, cover and set aside to cool completely. Meanwhile, fold the coconut yoghurt and coconut cream together in a bowl until blended. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. Cut the watermelon into discs with a 6cm round cookie cutter. Place half the watermelon rounds on serving plates or a platter. Spread 1 teaspoon of the yogurt cream on each round. Top each with one of the remaining watermelon rounds and dollop 1 tablespoon of yogurt cream on top. Garnish the watermelon cakes with the pistachios and poached figs and drizzle on a little rosewater syrup. Serve immediately.

Cauliflower rice Serves 4

1 cauliflower, florets and stalk roughly chopped 2 tablespoons coconut oil sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Place the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse into tiny, fine pieces that look like rice. Place the coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the cauliflower and lightly cook for 4-6 minutes, or until softened. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

I love these little watermelon cakes on a hot summer’s day when I feel like something refreshing. Even though they are not really ‘cakes’, I do love the play on the idea of a layered cake and the kids will get a kick out of making them. You can flavour them with whatever you like. I have added whipped coconut cream and some pistachios to give the cakes a great texture. 65

recipes Lamingtons Makes 24 small lamingtons

Zucchini noodles with basil and parsley pesto Serves 2

1½ tablespoons coconut oil, ghee or macadamia oil 3 zucchinis (about 500g in total), cut into spaghetti strips on a mandoline or slicer 1 garlic clove, crushed 10 kalamata olives, pitted and halved Basil and parsley pesto 2 large handfuls of basil leaves 2 large handfuls of flat-leaf parsley leaves 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted 2 tablespoons lemon juice 12 macadamia nuts, toasted 125ml (½ cup) macadamia oil or extra-virgin olive oil sea salt and freshly ground black pepper To make the pesto, place all the ingredients in a mortar and pestle or food processor and combine to form a thick, coarse paste. Taste and adjust seasoning. To make the noodles, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini and garlic and sauté for 1-1½ minutes, or until slightly soft. Season with salt and pepper, add the pesto and olives and toss well. Continue to cook for 1 minute, or until heated through. Spoon into bowls and serve. Tip: You can also make noodles using a spiral spaghetti maker. It cuts a zucchini, carrot, beetroot or parsnip in one long, thin spiral. Kids love it!

Sponge cake 200ml coconut oil, melted 160g (½ cup) honey 2 vanilla pods, split and seeds scraped 8 eggs 125g (1 cup) tapioca flour* 180g (1¾ cups) almond meal 2 teaspoons baking powder Raspberry jam 375g (3 cups) frozen raspberries, thawed 350g (1 cup) honey juice of 1 lemon Chocolate–coconut icing 185 ml (¾ cup) coconut oil, melted 60g (½ cup) cacao powder 60g (½ cup) carob powder 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped 125ml (½ cup) coconut milk 4 tablespoons honey To coat 120g (2 cups) shredded coconut Preheat the oven to 160°C. Grease a 20 x 30 cm Swiss roll tin with a little melted coconut oil and line the base and sides with baking paper. To make the sponge cake, place the coconut oil, honey and vanilla seeds in a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs for 5 minutes until thick and foamy. Gradually beat in the coconut oil mixture. Fold in the tapioca flour, almond meal and baking powder. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Trim the edges and the top to form an even sheet. Cut in half horizontally, so you have two equal layers. Set aside. To make the raspberry jam, combine the raspberries, honey and lemon juice in a small saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20–30 minutes, or until the jam is thick. Remove from the heat and pass half of the jam through a fine sieve (this ensures the jam does not have a gritty texture). Mix the sieved jam back into the jam and allow to cool. Pour into a 500 ml sterilised jar. Refrigerate until needed. To assemble the lamingtons, thinly spread about 3 tablespoons of raspberry jam on one side of a sponge layer. Sandwich the other sponge layer on top and cut into 5 cm squares with a long, serrated knife, then set aside. To make the chocolate-coconut icing, combine the coconut oil, cacao, carob, vanilla seeds, coconut milk and honey in a bowl. Beat using an electric mixer on a low setting for 1 minute, or until smooth. Place the shredded coconut on a plate. Dip the sponge squares in the icing. Using two forks, gently toss the squares in the shredded coconut until evenly coated. Set aside on a wire rack for 1 hour before serving. Store leftover raspberry jam in the fridge for up to 3 months.

“Lamingtons are an Australian invention, and it seems we are mighty proud of them. There are lamington-judging competitions held all around the country. (I wouldn’t want to be a judge in that competition – I don’t think I would make it out alive!) I wanted to include recipes in this book that people could relate to, and offer alternative and healthier ways of making them. A lamington is a square of sponge cake coated in chocolate and covered in desiccated coconut. It is completely up to you whether you decide to fill yours with jam, as I have here.” 66 slim magazine summer 2015

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ore and more savvy women are learning the foundations of motor mechanics in a bid to take charge of the safe upkeep of their car. Peter Signorini, Grand Motors Toyota’s Service Manager, who will be teaching the basics of car maintenance at the Grand Motors Toyota Women on Wheels event in February, says many people are surprised at how easy it is to understand and perform basic mechanics. “Most women are great multi-taskers, and have the capacity to quickly understand the basics of car mechanics,” Peter said. “It’s an area they may have previously been uncomfortable with, but we find women pick up the skills very quickly and are easily able to maintain their vehicles independently.” “Women are very well suited to mechanics; they tend to have a way of thinking that is very detail oriented, very process driven with a really high standard of work. In many ways I think women make better mechanics than men.” Peter says the number one reason he believes anyone should learn the basics of maintaining their vehicles is safety. “If your car isn’t well maintained, then it isn’t safe,” Peter says. “It really is as simple as that. So I believe it’s important for everyone – male and female – to learn the basics: how to check oil, how to check tyre pressure, how the tread on your tyres should look, how to change a tyre... basic things that are very important. “The great thing about Women on Wheels is that it is just a fun evening, where attendees can ask any question they like. It’s a fun, friendly environment where everyone gets in and physically does what we are teaching. “Women on Wheels is a chance to refresh and expand your vehicle maintenance knowledge. No matter what skill level you are at, whether you are a complete first timer, or want to improve on your existing knowledge, Women on Wheels is an opportunity to do that, and have some fun at the same time.”

WHY WOMEN ARE GETTING UNDER THE HOOD Safety: If you understand the workings of your car, and how to look for warning signs, you will be safer on the road and avoid potential accidents.

THE BASICS Checking your oil level: Checking oil is something everyone can do – and should do; it’s an important one. If the oil is too high or too low, it can cause some serious engine problems. To check the oil, make sure your car engine is cool and the car is parked on even ground. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean, then push it all the way back in to its original position. Wait for a moment then pull it out again. Check the level of the oil. If it’s in between the high and low marks, you’re fine; if it is too low, add oil. Checking your coolant level: You may not know much about it, but coolant is something your engine cannot go without. Every car is different but your handbook will tell you where the coolant reservoir is located. It is usually a white bottle attached to one side of the engine bay. When your engine is cool look at the markings on the outside of the coolant bottle. The level of coolant inside should be sitting between the high and low markings. Do not take the radiator cap off to check coolant levels. If the engine is hot the coolant system will be under pressure and the release could burn you.

Efficiency: Your car runs more efficiently and economically if it is well maintained. Basic things such as oil and coolant levels can impact on this performance.

Checking your tyres: Taking care of your tyres is essential to the safe running of your car. You should check your tyres once a week. Look for signs of adverse tyres wear, splits in tyre walls, parts of the tyre missing, or parts of the rubber gouged. If you see a problem, take the car to a tyre specialist. The more you look after your tyres, the more they’ll look after you.

Knowledge: If you know the basics, you are more likely to understand more complex issues when they are raised with your car mechanic. You won’t be baffled by mechanic-speak.

If you would like to join in the fun of Grand Motors Women on Wheels, February 19, 2015, featuring demonstrations, presentations, questions and answers, as well as plenty of fun and laughter, call 07 5583 6888.

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