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Natural eczema solutions for babies and children GN Kids Eczema Cream For the relief of the symptoms of Eczema, Dermatitis, itchy, dry skin and minor skin irritations. Especially formulated for babies and children using natural and soothing ingredients for delicate skin. For best results, use in conjunction with GN Kids Eczema Body & Bath Oil. Class I Medical Device

GN Kids Eczema Body and Bath Oil For the topical relief of eczema, dermatitis, itchy, dry and red skin. Can be applied directly to the skin or added to the bath. Especially formulated for babies and children using the soothing properties of natural Avocado and Jojoba Oils For best results, use in conjunction with Grahams Kids Eczema Cream. Class I Medical Device

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hile I love a long, hot summer, I have to say I do adore winter. There is something about these colder months that is cosy and comforting.

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In our family, board games and movie nights are our favourite winter pastimes, and I just love having my children and husband together, enjoying each other’s company. Time goes so fast, I know it won’t be too long until my kids will be living their own lives, so I cherish every moment. Kate B


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Speaking of winter, what better way to spend a chilly afternoon or evening than curled up with a glass of wine and the latest issue of SLIM Magazine.


We have a brilliant issue for you – bursting with a huge variety of stories to entertain, educate and inform.

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From tips to improving your memory (can’t we all use those?), to the latest beauty products, to mouth-watering recipes – and of course our famous competitions – there is enough here to keep you reading for the whole of winter (with little breaks for chocolate, of course!). Enjoy.

IT AND SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANT Bailey Bennett DISTRIBUTORS Deb Farnworth-Wood • Dr Jason Free Dr Peter Widdowson • Dr Andrew Letchford Katrina Peacock • Brett Peacock Dr Drew Moffrey • Julie Billeau

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A new breakthrough in weight-loss surgery 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.

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SIPS – An innovation in weight-loss surgery The SIPS procedure (Stomach Intestinal Pylorus Preserving) an operation incorporating a sleeve gastrectomy with bypassing part of the intestine - has the greatest weight-loss of all the commonly performed weight-loss procedures. SIPS has the longest lasting effects, with less late weight regain and no increase in side effects. It also has the greatest effect on improving medical disorders associated with obesity such as diabetes, hypertension and high lipids and cholesterol. Call us now for an obligation free consultation.

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Regular features

16 Emma Watson Our favourite quotes from the outspoken actress. 25 Your weight-loss questions answered Expert advice.

27 I was at war with my body A real-life reader shares her weight-loss journey. 29 New lease on life One reader’s life changing surgery. 32 Get your fitness organised In five easy steps. 35 Forget about it Instant ways to boost your memory. 36 CryoDefine Australian Skin Clinics revolutionary fat busting treatment.


38 Live fearlessly 40 Ageing gracefully 46 Urban Woman Syndrome 52 Bikram Yoga 72 Is good advice good for you?

SLIM Experts 14 Skincare expert Katrina Peacock Caring for skin at every age. 31 Dr Drew Moffrey Women’s sexual and reproductive health. 43 Dr Andrew Letchford Pioneering Robotic Arm Assisted surgery. 53 Dr Peter Widdowson Surgical and non-surgical body tightening.


75 Swell Asset Management Global investment solutions

Recipes 57 Red Spice Road 60 Spirit House 64 House Husbands 68 CSIRO Low-Carb Diet




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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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Unlike other paleo bars on the market, the Paleo Pure Organic and Raw Bars range is 100 percent organic, date-free and under 10 grams of sugar. The use of prunes instead of dates means a boost in natural dietary fibre and antioxidants, and a much lower sugar content. Guilt-free snacking at its best. In two delicious flavours; Blueberry Cinnamon and Cherry Cacao.

PROTECT YOUR BODY Zi Liv contains the active ingredient milk thistle, which has been used for centuries to protect and detoxify the body. au/shopfront

This wonderful bath oil duo combines small versions of two of Aromatherapy Associates’ most popular Bath & Shower Oils, Revive Morning and Deep Relax. Each bottle contains up to three bath or shower experiences. Add two capfuls to a full bath or massage over your torso before showering.

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When it comes to the length of your bristles, size counts. Designed for thicker, curly or unmanageable manes, the Dessata MAXI offers 30 percent longer bristles compared to the Dessata original, allowing it to penetrate hair deeper and facilitate hard to reach knots while gently massaging the scalp.


Golden Cup

Arkadia Golden Latte is a perfectly balanced blend of turmeric, spices and organic panela sugar. This perfect turmeric blend is ready to serve, just add to your preferred hot milk for a delicious and natural Golden Latte. Arkadia Golden latte is caffeine-free, gluten-free, vegan friendly and has no added dairy.


From acting as your stopwatch to playing motivating music whilst pounding the streets, or keeping devices protected when taking up more adrenaline-fuelled sports, a stylish and durable Evo Active phone case from tech21 will help to keep you moving and your phone intact. With tech21’s latest range of Evo Active phone cases, the three-layer absorption system, FlexShock, provides up to 3m of drop protection, meaning you can get active without worrying about your prized possession.

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Boost Juice's 'Perfect 10 Blend' is a healthy combination of nine different fruits and vegetables, all tied together with a splash of coconut water. Not only does it taste great but it comes in at under 200 calories per serve. The juice includes watermelon, beetroot, cucumber, orange, apple, pineapple, spinach, passion fruit and zucchini. A great way to give kids a serve or two of veggies a day. Available at Boost Juice.

NERIUM Nerium’s Firming Body Contour Cream can help quickly sculpt, slim and tighten the body from head to toe, helping to tame trouble spots such as upper arms, thighs, stomach, love handles and any cellulite, all while providing skin-benefiting hydration. When tested, 100 percent of clinical study participants showed statistically significant improvement in skin tone, firmness and elasticity, 92 percent reported positive improvements on their thighs, 92 percent reported an increase in skin hydration, 83 percent reported an improvement in the appearance of skin smoothness and cellulite. Nerium International’s Eye-V Moisture Boost Hydrogel Patches help to hydrate, brighten and firm the look of tired eyes. The Hydrogel Patches are made compact for those who travel light and will leave weary jetsetters feeling instantly better due to the hydrating and skin brightening elements of this travel friendly product.


CocoEarth is Australia’s only liquid coconut premium oil – an all-natural innovative expeller pressed cooking oil that is free from cholesterol, chemicals, preservatives and additives. CocoEarth is vegan, Halal and Kosher friendly. Its unique point of difference is that it only extracts the healthiest part of the coconut oil, containing 1.5 times more healthy MCTs than regular virgin coconut oil. It is trans-fat free and contains Lauric that can kill harmful pathogens.




Angelique Kerber, winner of the 2016 Australian Open and US Open titles, capped off the year as the world number #1, and is the brand ambassador for Slim Secrets. “I am incredibly excited to have this opportunity to partner with such a positive, health-forward brand,” Angelique said about the partnership. Slim Secrets specialises in high-protein, low-sugar, gluten-free products with no artificial sweeteners.

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At Maven Dental Group, we’re your dentists for life, catering for every life stage and lifestyle with practices right across Brisbane, Gold Coast and Northern NSW. We also accept all health funds and offer emergency dental care.

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bite size THE RIGHT START Herman Brot Protein Muesli is available in three flavours - Peanut Candy, Red Fruits and Chocolate. The highlight of the muesli is the amount of plant protein found in each serve.



Turn your living room into a dessert kitchen with a mix of malt, caramel, vanilla and maple aromas. The soy candles burn for 50 hours.

A recent survey of 1,000 Australians, conducted by organic tampon delivery service Liverpool St, found that 34 percent of people believe that eating organic produce is important while 29 percent believe in using organic produce. However, we’re still reaching for the same tampons we always find in the supermarket aisles or at the chemist. Liverpool St delivers organic tampons made from 100 percent cotton to women around Australia, including in rural areas, on a monthly basis. Liverpool St tampons are certified organic by ICEA under The Global Organic Textile Standard.


Forget the Botox and fillers and tackle the visible signs of ageing head on with Lqd EYE Restore, the strongest and most advanced men’s eye serum money can buy. Lqd EYE Restore contains six state-of-the-art peptides in the highest concentrations you will find in any product on the market. Say goodbye once and for all to dark circles, bags, puffiness and fine lines around the eyes. Designed for men, it’s a favourite of women. Lqd’s award winning products are also available in a Gift Pack option as well as a 15ml Travel Pack option for active men on the go. The packs include Hydrate, Wash, Scrub, Shave and Calm.

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Dr. Bronner's Organic Lip Balms, made with organic beeswax, provide a protective barrier to the elements without any synthetic ingredients. Organic jojoba, avocado and hemp oils help with extra moisturization. Fragrance free. Certified organic to USDA National Organic Program standards, because what you put on your lips goes into your body.




Voted the ‘Best Breakfast‘ three years in a row by the Gold Coast Bulletin readers.

Comprised of three smaller venues (Providore University, Providore Raw, and Providore Doughnuts), this is your perfect pit-stop for nutritious food with our signature gourmet touch. Visit us daily to see our fresh selection of salads, pastries, baguettes, sweet treats, acai bowls, cold pressed juices, smoothies and more.

Focused on fresh, seasonal produce and quality innovative cuisine. Providore Brickworks offers coffee and a huge selection of salads, baguettes, panini, speciality cakes, wedding cakes, catering & functions.

From corporate functions to intimate dinners, events, launches or simply a luxurious lunch or dinner party, Providore Catering will tailor a menu to suit your occasion. PROVIDORE BAKERY Visit Providore Bakery for delicious pastries, Danish specialities, cakes, cronuts, gourmet pies, sausage rolls, and specialty artisan breads, slow fermented, made by hand and baked fresh onsite, seven days a week.

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FUNK FITNESS You may have noticed that Funk Fitness 247 is a little more colourful then the average gym. At Funk Fitness they know that the secret to results is consistency. When developing the concept the team at Funk wanted to ensure the club was designed in a way that promoted consistency. So they did their research and found that a vibrant and upbeat environment promoted member attendance. Starting with the design, right through to the smaller details, everything Funk does is designed to be motivating and uplifting. The thing with fitness is you need to do it a lot. You may as well enjoy being in the space you train in. Over 700 square metres, the club is packed full of world-class equipment. There is something for everyone, doesn’t matter what fitness level. Call in and have some fun training at Funk Fitness 247. Call 0499 090 848.

Minimalist Lariat Necktie in Rose Gold

Minimalist uses faux suede and metal alloy to create a convertible accessory design to wrap around your neck, wrist or just about anywhere your imagination desires.

USE YOUR MELON lip smackers

Australian 100 percent natural lipstick brand lük beautifood’s ultimate balm-to-lipstick encases your lips with 24 hour protection and luscious pigment. The best part? They’re good enough to eat! Available in 12 signature shades.

With watermelon predicted as Australia’s biggest superfood trend for 2017, Aussies across the country will revel in not only the delicious taste of H2melon (all year round - thanks to long-life packaging!) but also the amazing health benefits watermelon is known for, like electrolyte potassium, amino acid L-Citrulline and antioxidant Lycopene. H2melon has no preservatives, no added sugar or artificial flavours, it's just one ingredient - delicious watermelon. It’s also vegan-friendly, gluten free, so everyone with a thirst for deliciousness can enjoy it. Available from September.

The SLIM offices have gone kinda crazy for the Skin02 range. Here are our top five faves. Bake Face Matte Translucent Powder - a transparent, feather light powder used to set under eye concealer, brighten dark circles, and conceal dominant signs of fine lines. Gold spice Illuminator Highlighters - Contour and add a pop of colour with this amazing selection of mineral blushes. Matte Liquid Lipstick - Smother those lips with long lasting and revolutionary lipsticks. Wing it Black Liquid Eyeliner - This is doctor formulated with a quick-dry formula perfect for enhancing lash line with rich, waterproof and long-lasting finish. Liquid Lip Erazer - Makeup remover especially formulated for long lasting matte lipsticks.


Lupin Flakes is the brand new Australian legume that’s packing a seriously tasty, powerful punch. Lupin Flakes are packed with prebiotic fibres helping reduce the risk of colon cancer and create better insulin responses, and have the lowest GI of any commonly consumed grains or legumes. Lupin Flakes are high in protein and fibre so you feel fuller for longer. A handful of these super flakes to a meal lowers the body’s energy intake throughout the day.

Eco Tan goes global

Eco Tan is recognised all over the globe for their certified organic and cruelty free range. The Gold Coasts very own Sonya Driver headed to London earlier this year to train staff at the holy grail of health food stores throughout London The Planet Organic. The giant chain have taken on Eco Tan’s organic products and have been selling out! So it looks like the Brit’s are starting to learn what we at SLIM have known for years – Eco Tan is simply the best.


Lock in your lip moisture with Vitamin E, cocoa butter and kaolin clay to nourish, soften and improve the skin’s tone and texture. Fit for a sheer look or on top of gloss, tmf. blends beauty with nourishment and a non-drying texture.


Give your family the highquality natural living benefits they deserve with the Young Living Dryer Ball pack made with genuine, high quality essential oils.


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SLIM Expert Katrina Peacock


atrina says assessing a person’s skin is the essential first step in creating a skin care routine that suits the individual and addresses any skin issues. “A comprehensive assessment is essential to writing a treatment plan,” she says. “Many common concerns related to the appearance of the skin arise from a combination of lifestyle and genetics. During a clinical skin assessment we can establish the cause of appearance related concerns. From this assessment we can decide what types of ingredients should be used or avoided and which types of in clinic treatments can be used to address the clients concerns. “There is no point at all in just grabbing some products because they claim to do this or that, without proper consultation. “It doesn’t matter how expensive they are, or how well-known the brand is; they won’t help you if they aren’t right for your skin.” “We can treat or manage a variety of skin challenges such as teenage and adult acne, acne scarring, pigmentation and uneven skin tone, inflammatory conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis and eczema, stretch marks, and of course sun damage and natural ageing.

Water, Water It’s an oldie

but a goodie – if you want great skin, you need to keep hydrated from the inside. So be sure to drink at least a litre a day.

“But we have to assess the skin first. It’s the first and most important step in any skin care regime.”

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JANE IREDALE ONLINE STORE The e-sab jane iredale online makeup store gives you access to the world’s most effective makeup, at the best price, delivered your door.


The jane iredale range of natural, longwearing mineral foundations that nourish and protect your skin while showing your most even, fresh complexion are an e-sab recommended product, and with good reason. Discover concealers that reveal your beauty instead of just concealing it. Enjoy mattifiers that tame the shine while they help your skin to become more balanced, all created in different formulations to suit your needs, and in shades to flatter a wide range of skin tones. It’s like therapy for your skin. jane iredale makeup truly is an extension of your skincare. E-sab’s services include colour matching for the perfect suitable coverage, lessons in application techniques, special occasion looks and come with a friend workshops. Check out the range at

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Skin needling is an incredibly effective treatment for the reduction of wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, improving skin texture and hair loss. Using a medical grade stainless steel device skin needling encourages the skin’s natural wound healing response, improving the appearance by: • increasing collagen and elastin production to create thicker firmer younger skin • increased rate of cell regeneration for a faster healing and repair response • reduced size of the appearance of scar tissue for a smoother skin texture • reduced appearance of stretch marks • growth of stronger and thicker hair with increased effectiveness of treatment actives

Who will benefit from skin needling therapy? • • • • •

clients with sun damage and wrinkles clients with thin skin clients with burn, trauma or acne scars clients wishing to reduce stretch marks clients with hair loss

How much does it cost? Following an initial assessment, a treatment plan is carefully devised for each client in accordance with your specific concerns. Prices are discussed with you during your appointment.

Benefit Ready, Set, BROW! $42 Set your brow art in place without the gel-looking sheen. Benefit’s invisible formula holds for 24 hours without flaking and maintains a natural finish for even the most stubborn of brows.

Estée Lauder Brow Now All-In-One Brow Kit $72,

Bbrowbar Brow Conditioning Duo $41.83,

Containing an angled brow brush, tweezers, mirror duo and two shades of brow powder, Estée Lauder’s kit mimics the natural shine of brow hair with micro pearl infusion.

Support your pencil-art with conditioned eyebrow hairs. Shea and cocoa butter nourish during the day, while nighttime sees the active ingredients of Primrose Oil and antioxidant Wheat Germ Oil work as a mask. The paraben-free formula is made in the UK with the boost of Sweet Almond, Rosemary, Lavender and Sandalwood.

Giorgio Armani Eye Brow Defining Pencil $44,


Focus on fine lines with this perfectly polished pencil. Giorgio Armani delivers natural, groomed results with a brush to soften colour.

Do the new natural with SLIM eyebrow essentials to feed, fill and fix your follicles.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil $49, Hourglass’s potent pigments adhere to brow hair with their wax formula to build volume with a light hold. The triangular tip makes sculpting fine edges or filling in large gaps foolproof, as the spoolie wand assists in product distribution.

LashFood 24H Tri-Feather Brow Pen $28.48, Three felt-tipped prongs boost your natural strand sparseness in a third of the time as a regular pencil, provision effortless precision for the time-poor. LashFood’s Nano-Peptide Complex maintains brow health and the smudge-proof colour won’t fade with the day.

blinc Eyebrow Mousse $35.95, Tint, fill and hold your hairs in place with blinc’s water-resistant colour craft. The anti-ageing gel won’t smudge, yet is easily removed with your night-time cleanse.

Too Faced Instant Attitude Brow Lift $28, A little contrast is the key to brow power. By applying the vanilla shade to the brow bone, your peepers pop a little wider to freshen up your morning look. The matte finish won’t draw attention to age lines without any overdone shimmer additives.

M.A.C Brows Are It Big Brow Pencil $32, Thicken up those face framers with M.A.C’s mechanical brow crayon to minimise grooming time and create a flawless final product.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum $99, Give your brows the benefit of a green smoothie by applying Elizabeth Arden’s Triple Lipopeptide Complex. Longer, fuller and stronger, your brow life will increase, lapping up the Vitamins A, C and E, proVitamin B5 and botanical extracts. The fragrance-free formula is safe for contact lens wearers. SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 15

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Five quotes that made us love Emma Watson


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mma Watson has been breaking rules and pushing boundaries since she first lit up the screen as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series of movies. Growing up before our eyes, Emma blossomed from a poised and confident girl, to a trailblazing young woman, known for her outspoken feminism and striking intelligence. Always breaking new ground, last month, she accepted the first ever gender-neutral award for acting at the MTV Awards, for her role in Beauty and the Beast. Her heartfelt acceptance speech, in which she praised the move by MTV, is just one of many inspiring and enlightening speeches, interviews and quotes the starlet has imparted over the years. Here are our five favourites.

“If you want to run for Prime Minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. These things are so irrelevant and surface to what it is all really about, and I wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that. We want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop.”

“I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love – and it being more important and special than anything and everything else.”

(Source: Elle)

(Source: Vogue)


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“It’s amazing people get so detached from what they eat and what they wear. No one has any contact with how things are made that are put in their body and put in their mouths and I just find it alarming that no one questions it.”

“It’s almost like the

better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases, because I’m just going, ‘Any moment, someone’s going to find out I’m a total fraud, and that I don’t deserve any of what I’ve achieved.’ I can’t possibly live up to what everyone thinks I am and what everyone’s expectations of

(Source: PA)

me are.” (Source: PA)

“I don’t think my dad really knew what to do with me, as a daughter. He treated me like a boy; my brother and I were treated the same. He didn’t do kid stuff. There were no kid’s menus; you weren’t allowed to order off the kid’s menu at dinner – we had to try something from the adult menu.” (Source: GQ)

Emma Watson at the MTV Awards



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Free from aluminium, parabens and hidden nasties, the 100 percent natural genderneutral citrus, floral and vanilla blend in NO PONG rubs in clear and provides 12-hour protection from the sweaty bacteria that causes the body to release its deterring odour (we’ve all been in an elevator with that person!). SLIM caught up with Aussie couple and founders of NO PONG, Chris Caley and Melanie McVean.

Ask anyone who has tried losing weight and they will tell you just how difficult it can be. For many, half the battle is finding a diet that works. After a life changing seminar with naturopathic doctor Sherrill Sellman in 2010, Maleny naturopath Rochelle McKayMasterton says her eyes were opened to the amazing results of the hCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) dietary program. The revelation led her to create Liberate Yourself, a diet program like no other. “Weight-loss was never my passion, but when I stumbled across the hCG program, I was dumbfounded – I couldn’t believe how amazing it was,” says Rochelle. Liberate Yourself is a highly successful weight-loss system which gives clients a four-phase plan that combines taking bioenergetic hCG dietary drops or spray with a 500 calorie-a-day diet. Undertaken across four phases – getting organised, the drops, maintenance and lifetime strategies – the plan was originally devised by Dr Simeon with the intention of resetting the hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain that controls our hormones. In short, Liberate Yourself works on the idea that during pregnancy, women produce hCG, which releases the body’s fat into the bloodstream to nourish the fetus. When hCG is present without a pregnancy, the fat is still released into the bloodstream, but is instead processed by organs of elimination and cleared by the liver. This, paired with their clean, 500 calorie diet enables fast yet safe weight-loss that removes the nasties from your body – sometimes revealing underlying health issues that once addressed, optimises your overall wellbeing. In addition to the weight-loss, Liberate Yourself is focussed on creating a sustainable lifestyle that allows clients to maintain their results, providing professional, well-educated naturopathic support every step of the way. To find out how Liberate Yourself can change your life for the better call 07 5435 8688 or go to

Carly Brown, founder of UNE PIECE, created her brand with a single-minded vision in mind to empower women and make them feel confident and sexy by the water.

What prompted you to create NO PONG? I had been making my own cosmetics for a while – moisturisers, lip balms, sunscreen and zinc – and had been making a simple, early version of No Pong for myself for at over 12 months before Chris decided to try it out. We were on a surfing trip in the tropics and using this deodorant, and Chris literally wore the same shirt for three days and I was shocked that he didn’t smell at all! How is NO PONG different to the traditional deodorants we buy at the supermarket? No Pong is an extremely effective deodorant, or “anti-odourant” as we call it.  We say this because No Pong is not designed to simply mask or cover up body odour with fragrance.  Instead it’s designed to stop B.O. at it’s very cause, creating an environment that smelly armpit bacteria just can’t survive.   Secondly, it is different in the way that it is applied.  It is more like a cream or a lotion, that you apply with your fingers. Thirdly, it’s not water based so it won’t simply wash off when you sweat.  No Pong is designed to create a water-resistant environment that smelly armpit bacteria can’t stand, which is part of the key to its effectiveness. Finally, No Pong is not available in regular supermarkets.  We’ve designed our entire business around being an efficient, direct to customer operation, which enables us to pass on those savings to our amazing customers.


What makes your swimwear brand different? UNE PIECE has been created to deliver confidence and empowerment to women. We do this by creating iconic pieces of swimwear that don’t compromise on make, quality, fit or fabrics. We have also created a brand that truly celebrates women and the concept of diversity of beauty and body image. Although we are a start-up we give a full size range from size 6 to 16 (industry standard is only sizing from 8 to 14). How did you come up with the concept? The Original Sexie Rashie idea came about by listening to women - lots of women. Women with children that were frustrated that there was nothing that was sun smart but still made them feel and look great. The more Mum’s I spoke to, the more I realised the gap in the market. Then I sought feedback on the Original Sexie Rashie from millennials. I was blown away with their positive reaction! They are so much more sun-aware and careful with their skin than I was at that age! Young women with fair skin, active women and just women that loved the elegant look of it were telling me they would buy it. How have women reacted? The response has been incredible, we sold out our first shipment and had to push the manufacturer to finish the second! Launching during the Australian summer, the reaction was immediate. It’s so gratifying to have women tagging us in their Instagram posts, sending me private messages online and sending us physical notes (which we have across the wall in our HQ!). They have all commented on how good the suit makes them feel, and they love the sun protection. We already have UNE PIECE lovers with two or three colours from the range and they are asking us what’s next!





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SLIM Expert Dr Jason Free

Our expert contributor, weight-loss surgery specialist Dr Jason Free, answers SLIM readers’ most commonly asked weight-loss questions I HAVE BEEN DIETING FOR YEARS, WHY HAVE I NOT LOST WEIGHT

JF: This could be attributed to a variety of reasons, and without knowing a person’s history and specifics I couldn’t say precisely, however there are general reasons which may be applicable. One such reason is our body’s ‘starvation mode’ which is discussed a lot, but often misunderstood. The human body has evolved over thousands of years to survive long periods of starvation. Scientific evidence increasingly points to the problem that confronts dieters: cutting out calories changes your metabolism and brain, so your body hoards fat and your mind magnifies food cravings into an obsession. The human frame contains about ten times more fat-storing cells relative to body weight than most animals - even hibernating polar bears which have to endure long periods when food is unavailable. Our calorie-hoarding bodies have evolved strong mechanisms to stop weight-loss, but weak systems for preventing weight-gain. If you manage to lose 10 percent of your weight, your body thinks there’s an emergency, so it burns less fuel by slowing your metabolism. It is a very real factor that must be taken into account with any weight-management program.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY JF: There is a misconception that only morbidly obese people are eligible for weight-loss surgery, but this is not the case. More and more people who are overweight, but not clinically obese, are choosing weight-loss surgery as a preventative measure to ensure their persistently increasing weight does not get any more out of hand. If your BMI is over 40, or you have a BMI over 35 with associated obesity related disorders (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnoea, arthritis) the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council recommends you have weight-loss surgery. Some people who have had certain procedures on their gastrointestinal system may be unable to have certain types of weight-loss operations, and some medical disorders make the procedures extremely dangerous.


IS BEING OVERWEIGHT REALLY SUCH A PROBLEM JF: Quite simply, yes. There are a host of 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. 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. These conditions are almost always improved or completely resolved with significant weight-loss. In fact, there is well established evidence that after weight-loss surgery your health dramatically improves.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM OVERWEIGHT JF: The best way to measure your weight is through the Body Mass Index (BMI), a weight for height measure most commonly used to test for healthy weight range. It is defined by a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in metres. A BMI of 25 or greater is regarded as overweight and a BMI of 30 or over equals obesity. This test is a guide rather than an absolute as it does not take in the amount of actual fat in the body. There are plenty of online BMI calculators, or if you have a head for numbers, the formula is:

Your weight in kilograms ÷ (your height in metres x your height in metres) = BMI. For example, 60 kilograms ÷ (1.65 metres x 1.65 metres) = 22.03.

DOES WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY ACTUALLY CURB YOUR APPETITE OR JUST MAKE YOUR STOMACH SMALLER JF: Both. Most people are aware that weight-loss surgery will remove a large part of the stomach – usually at least 80 percent. The portion of the stomach that is left, serves as the patient’s new stomach. Obviously it is much smaller in size, and therefore takes much less food to fill, and as a result fewer calories are consumed, and weight-loss results. But that is not the whole story. The other benefit of weight-loss surgeries are that in removing a portion of the stomach, we are also removing the part of the stomach that produces Ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates appetite. Removing this has a significant impact on a person’s appetite, reducing it considerably. This is a very important point for many patients whose struggle has traditionally been to keep their appetite at bay.


SURELY ANYONE CAN LOSE WEIGHT IF THEY REALLY WANT TO. AREN’T OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE JUST LACKING IN WILL POWER JF: Many people 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. In work situations overweight people are generally labelled as being sloppy, lazy, devoid of self-discipline and morally weak with studies showing that more often than not overweight people are discriminated against when it comes to advancement despite their job competency. 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. Studies show that the vast majority of obese people may have short term success with dieting however fail to have long term effective reduction in weight. In these patients surgical weight-loss has been shown to have a much more dramatic effect than conservative measures and drastically improve the quality of life.

Finally free Her battle with her body began when she was just a child, but weight-loss surgery and nutritional education has finally bought Rochelle Sinclair health and happiness


or as long as I can remember I always struggled with my weight. I remember being a child, probably not more than 10 years old and weighing myself. At four stone, I can remember thinking that I had to lose weight (before I really had any clue as to what it all meant). I remember being an early teen in a bikini and thinking I was fat. I remember being fat-shamed in high school at a dance and one of the other kids asked me if I was pregnant! I guess I have struggled with self-esteem and weight related issues all my life. The impact this had on me was that I tended to stick to my comfort zones. I would avoid going out with my husband because I was embarrassed of the judgement I assumed people were thinking of me. I was embarrassed for my husband having to go out with someone as enormous as me so I encouraged him to go out without me. If he had mates coming over to watch the footy, I would go into my room before they came over because I didn’t want them seeing how much weight I had put on since they last saw me.

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I knew that surgery was just a ‘ tool’ for me to use to get me to my goal, not a magic wand that would fix all my problems just by having the surgery. I was ashamed of myself and my lack of self-control. My ‘wake up’ moment came when we were on holidays on the Gold Coast in March 2016. We were staying at a very fancy five-star hotel and I wanted to treat us to a half day spa experience. It included massages, body scrubs, and foot rubs - I was very much looking forward to it. When we got there, it was lovely until they gave us a ‘one size fits all’ robe and got us to change. My ‘one size’ did not fit me - I couldn’t close it over the front of me and had to put a towel on underneath to hide my modesty. I was so embarrassed and self-conscious for the whole day, particularly during the massages. On the same trip, we also went to an inflatable waterpark, which looked like a lot of fun. I couldn’t even pull myself up onto the equipment out of the water. Two lifeguards had to pull me up like a beached whale onto the inflatable and each time I fell into the water they had to help me up again. I gave up in the end as it was so degrading and I didn’t want them to hurt themselves pulling me up. I hated the way I looked and felt within myself but ate through my feelings all the time. I started every day with the best of intentions but by the end of the day had stuffed it and vowed to start again the next day. Coming home after that holiday, I started looking into surgery to help me get my life back. I researched the gastric bypass surgery thoroughly and decided it was what I needed. I knew that it was just a ‘tool’ for me to use to get me to my goal, not a magic wand that would fix all my problems just by having the surgery. I took three weeks off work so I could recover as much as possible.


When I woke up from the surgery I felt tight but had no pain, no discomfort. I made sure I got up and about as soon as possible after the operation. I think I amazed the nurses because I walked the halls so much. I also drank little and often because I was motivated to go home as soon as possible. I stayed one night in the hospital and just made sure I rested as much as possible when I got home. I did begin to wonder whether the surgeon had even done the operation as I felt so good! I can honestly say I haven’t had a day of pain, sickness or nausea since the surgery, and I feel wonderful. Life is so great right now. I was operated on 13th June 2016 and weighed 138 kilos when I started the countdown to the op, and I reached my goal weight of 75 kilos in March 2017. I currently weigh 72 kilos and have lost almost 65 kilos. I am now in the process of stabilising my weight and letting my head catch up to my body. I eat mostly low carb, and no sugar now, and I can honestly say I never get hungry. I do have to remind myself to eat sometimes as food is no longer the only thing on my mind. I am definitely more confident than I used to be. My husband and I love to go out for dinner now, but I usually just get an entree or a take home dish which will last for about two meals. I am such cheap date now! Sometimes I can’t believe the reflection in the mirror is me; it still catches me off guard. I can cross my legs without issue, there’s spare room on the seat when I go to the movies or when I am on a flight (I used to have to squeeze myself in or worry about whether I’d fit the seat). I’m much more active now. I go to Parkrun on a Saturday morning, we go stand up paddle-boarding when the weather is nice, and I dabbled in a bit of roller derby just because I could. My next adventure will be to ride a Segway with the family as it looks like a lot of fun! As for what the future holds, I am booked in for a tummy tuck, breast lift and augmentation to rid myself of the excess skin I have since losing all my weight. This will complete to new me and is something I’m really looking forward to. Now, I can honestly say that I am finally happy.

A Second Chance Darryl Esler went from fit and healthy, to overweight and unhappy. Weight-loss surgery turned that around.


aryl Esler was a fit young man, but a career in truck driving took a toll on his health. “I am half Maori so I have always had a large muscular build,” Daryl says. “But I was never overweight until the last 15 years or so when I became a truck driver. “I wasn’t doing as much physical work anymore during this time so the weight piled on.” Having been fit and healthy in the past, Daryl tried to address his weight, in a variety of ways. “I tried every diet, pill and shake,” he says. “I would lose 10 or 20 kilos but then it would slowly creep back on. “My biggest downfall was that I loved food, and ate it in excess.” At his heaviest, Daryl tipped the scales at 208 kilos. “Being so morbidly obese affected everything in my daily life,” Daryl says. “From constantly sweating just doing the smallest things, to constant pain in my back and knees, to having problems getting up and down out of a chair, the list goes on.” It was a lightbulb moment with his family that led Daryl to make a permanent change. “What made me decide to really do something about my weight was a weekend my wife and I spent babysitting our youngest granddaughter,” Daryl says. “I realised I couldn’t do anything to help my wife with our granddaughter. I couldn’t even play and enjoy my granddaughter, as I was just too overweight and in too much pain. “It was a lightbulb moment that made me realise that if I didn’t change, I wouldn’t get to enjoy my family, and I might not even see my grandchildren grow up.” It was then that Daryl and his doctor began to look into surgical weight-loss options. “For the first time I had a GP that wanted to help me and not put me in the too hard basket,” Daryl says. “He organised the referral to see a weight-loss surgeon on the Gold Coast.” Daryl says that’s when everything changed. “The first appointment with the surgeon was a bit nerve-wracking, but he made me feel very at ease instantly. The only downfall was when he weighed me. That’s when I found out I weighed 208 kilos. I knew I was big, but in my wildest dreams I didn’t think I was that heavy.

“My journey to my surgery was a little challenging, but I had made my mind up that I no longer wanted to look like this and feel constantly in pain and restricted to what I could do. I knew surgery was right for me and I was committed to it.” By the time Daryl’s surgery day arrived, he had already lost 25 kilos and was ready to take the next step to have a longer, more enjoyable life. “The surgery was a little overwhelming, but after a week after the surgery I knew I had a better life coming my way. “It has now been seven months since my surgery, and I have lost 61 kilos. My life has changed so drastically it is difficult to even put into words. “Life post-surgery is amazing. I have more energy, I don’t suffer from asthma like I used to, I sleep better and my wife tells me I don’t snore like I used too. “However, I have found it is the small things that I am happiest about. “I can take my wife to the cinema now and actually be able to sit comfortably in the seats (we could not go to the movies before as I was too large to sit in the seats); I can get on a plane without needing the largest seating and largest seat belt. “I can run and play with my grandchildren. I have taken up Enduro motorbike riding again, which I haven’t done in over 12 years - I have already been on two three-day rides this year. “I could go on and on with the positive benefits I have already received. It really has changed my life.” SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 29

SLIM Expert Dr Drew Moffrey

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women’s business

SLIM talks to Dr Drew Moffrey, one of the Gold Coast’s leading names in women’s sexual and reproductive health What inspired you to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynaecology? When I was a medical student and saw my first baby birthed I was just mesmerised by it and have had a passion for it ever since. Helping women birth their babies is a privilege and I feel very lucky to be involved in it. I love the fact that it is also a great mix of surgery and medicine which most specialties are not. Obstetrics is still an art form as much as a science. With pregnancies occasionally you have to go with your gut feeling of the patient and baby rather then what a test is telling you. That is what makes a great obstetrician over a good one.

What are some of the changes, in both technology and practice, that you have seen over the years? Non-invasive prenatal testing has made a massive leap forward in the last 5 years. Basically, they can now separate babies’ DNA from mother’s blood via a simple blood test, and test it for genetic problems such as downs syndrome and other conditions. This avoids invasive testing such as amniocentesis. It has been a massive step forward in obstetrics. Of course, Geneveve now is the next big development in gynaecology. Women’s sexual health is a large area of medicine that has been neglected and because of this Geneveve is going to change so many women’s lives. Men’s sexual health is

discussed so openly, but a women’s sexual health is secret women’s business not to be openly discussed. With Geneveve, women now have a safe, effective way to restore their sexual function after child birth that will led to massive improvements in their sexual function and pleasure.


“Geneveve is an energy device machine that delivers energy to the lower third of the vagina stimulating the production of new collagen. By the stimulation of collagen deposits it rejuvenates the lower third of the vagina. It has been shown that the fit and friction in the lower third of the vagina is where the majority of sexual pleasure is derived from for a woman. By increasing this the studies have shown that women’s sexual function is greatly increased. The studies showed that after Geneveve, 80 percent of women have significant improvement that lasts through at least 12 months and 9 out of 10 patients have significant increase in sexual arousal

and libido after one single treatment. “The other really appealing issue with Geneveve is it is a once off 30 minute treatment. There is no down time no recovery period, it is a totally pain free procedure. Because it is a radiowave there is no cuts or scaring and no cosmetic changes to the vagina at all. All of the collagen remodelling is done at a deep tissue level. The only other effective treatment option to Geneveve is surgery which carries with it a significant recovery timeframe but also has significant risks associated with it. There are some studies that say up to 20 percent of women who have surgery will have some complication from it.”

Restoring vaginal laxity Geneveve is licenced in over 50 countries but Dr Drew Moffrey has just purchased the first machine in Australia. He describes it as revolutionary. “There is some really great research behind the machine that proves it is going to revolutionise the treatment of women’s sexual health,” Dr Moffrey says. “After a women births a baby their number one concern is vaginal laxity. This is rated higher then weight-gain, stretch marks and incontinence. “Vaginal laxity affects a woman sexual function and in turn can affect her selfconfidence and also the relationship with her partner. “The problem is no one wants to talk about women’s sexual function. So much time and money is invested into men’s sexual health but very little is spent on women’s sexual health. I want to ensure that a women’s sexual function is optimised to as good as it can be and often we can return it to what it was prior to birthing their children. 30 SLIM MAGAZINE WINTER/SPRING 2017

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? Every baby I see born is amazing. I love seeing the looks on new mums and dads faces. I especially love it when it has been a long hard road to that point. Those patients I have helped through difficult times of miscarriage or other medical conditions and when they finally are holding their baby in their arms it’s such a special time.

CHOOSING AN OBSTETRICIAN – Dr Drew’s tips for getting it right “Go with someone who you have a rapport with rather than just someone you have been recommended or picked off the internet. I recommend meeting a few different doctors to find out which is the best for you. It is such an important time in your life so you never want to be rushed or feel that you aren’t being listened to. Have a think about what is important to you for your pregnancy and ask those questions first up. Other questions you should ask are such things as does your obstetrician give you their mobile phone number? Who do you call in an emergency? How long does an appointment last? How often do you see them? What care do they provide after you birth your baby? You can also ask about their rates of vaginal delivery over caesarean and complications.”

HIIT High Intensity Interval Training is a busy person’s best friend! It is quick and the whole goal is to get your heart rate up by training hard. A HIIT session can be anything from hill sprints, running stairs, skipping or boxing etc. A good 15-20 minutes is all it takes and you should be exhausted once you are done. The benefits of HIIT are huge, getting your heart rate up will increase your fat burning potential throughout the day and it is also great for maintaining muscle mass which is very important when it comes to weight-loss.


health and fitness ORGANISED Health and fitness expert Kim Beach shares her secrets to success Stick to your diary Once a week, usually on a Sunday I will sit down with my calendar and organize my week ahead. This includes all my kid’s activities, my appointments, any meetings I might have but more importantly I schedule in my training and try to plan dinner for each night of the week as well. This way I have my weekly goals in place and all I have to do is stick to it. I treat my calendar very seriously and I feel amazing at the end of the week when everything is completed. I understand that life is busy especially if you are working full time, have kids as well as running a household but making time to take control of your week ahead is so worth it. If you have everything planned and running smoothly, everything around you will fall into place.


Start the day right I never used to be a morning person but now I love it. I am always up at 5 or 5:30am, I scull a glass of warm water, apple cider vinegar and lemon then I make a cup of dandelion tea followed by an hours work then I start on the lunches before my kids wake up. I feel I am organised for the day by doing this then I can go and train at 9:30am once I have dropped my kids off to school. This morning routine is gold for me, I see

the sun rise, its quiet and I feel like I start the day off very calmly. This quiet time always involves me eating my overnight oats which have been soaking all night in the fridge, I simply add some cinnamon, berries and chia seeds. This hour gives me everything I need to take on whatever the day throws at me, if you are not a morning person it’s never too late!

POSITIVITY IS KEY Having a positive attitude is extremely important to living a fitter, healthier life. If you can surround yourself with positive people and create a really nice circle of friends it is going to have a huge impact on your day to day life. Negativity is something I do not give any energy to, I make a conscious decision to surround myself with those who inspire me and who give me the right type of energy. Being able to stay on track with your health and fitness goals requires a positive outlook so to make it easier for you to achieve your goals and love every minute of it find yourself a fitness buddy, an online program, a local gym or community that is full of like-minded people. You can help and support one another on your fitness journey and make life long like-minded friends along the way.


Getting organised with your food and prepping on a Sunday sets you up for a successful week ahead. If your goal is weight-loss 80 percent of your results will come down to what you eat so taking an hour or so on a weekend to plan is really important. With life being so busy, if you have helped yourself out on the weekend you will be simply grabbing from the fridge or re-heating a meal you have already prepared. This rhythm that you create takes the thinking out of the equation and also avoids any last minute take away purchases when you are just too tired and/or hungry to deal with that night’s meal.

Kim Beach has helped thousands of real women achieve incredible results, with some losing and keeping off substantial amounts of weight, to women who now have more energy for their families and/ or their full time demanding jobs, can sleep better, feel better and look better. In addition to her incredibly popular programs, which have been completed by over 15,000 people, this month Kim will be releasing her new book Beach Fit which is based on her popular weight-loss programs with 48 delicious recipes, health and fitness tips, philosophies and healthy life advice. Go to SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 33





emory problems are commonly thought of as a problem relating to older age. The somewhat depressing news published in the British Medical Journal in 2012 however revealed cognitive decline starts in our forties and fifties, indicating it’s never too early to be putting in place ways to help preserve cognitive function. Boosting memory begins by addressing the fundamentals of how memory is formed. It starts with what your brain has deemed worthy of your focus and then applying your full and undivided attention to encode the information. Much of what we think we forgot is less of a failure of memory and more of an encoding problem. In our multitasking environment, frequent task switching quickly exhausts the brain and reduces our ability to create new memory. Sufficient sleep is the second crucial component. To learn anything well, after studying a subject, getting eight hours sleep will ensure the learning is consolidated into long-term memory that also facilitates easy recall. Chronic sleep deprivation increases daytime sleepiness, reduces attention and our speed of processing information. Worse still it increases the risk of the formation of false memories where your imagination creates its own version of reality. Long days, poor sleep and insufficient leisure time reduce performance in the workplace, which is why taking two to three fifteen-minute brain and technology breaks across the day helps to restore energy, improve sleep patterns and leads to better thinking. Mental performance is enhanced by daily aerobic exercise that increases cerebral blood flow, elevates mood, and reduces stress. A study from the University of British Columbia showed how regular aerobic exercise leads to an increase in the size of the hippocampus, the area of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning. Exercise has also been linked to a greater release of brain derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF, that boosts focus, memory and mental sharpness. Enhanced working memory can be achieved through meditation practice; the additional bonus here being it also leads to structural changes in the brain associated with increased gray matter volume, along with improved psychological wellbeing and emotional regulation. Enhancing memory can be as simple as remembering to pay better attention, sleep, move and meditate. Dr. Jenny Brockis specialises in the science of high-performance thinking and is the author of Future Brain: The 12 Keys To Create Your High Performance Brain (Wiley). Find out more at



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CRYODEFINE® is a non-invasive body-shaping treatment that uses advanced cooling technology to eliminate fat cells without surgery.

WHAT IS THE PRINCIPLE OF CRYODEFINE®? CRYODEFINE® is a non-surgical, no anaesthetic form of fat freezing technology, which provides a safer alternative to liposuction surgery. CRYODEFINE® selectively cools fat cells causing them to be destroyed. The body then removes them through its normal elimination process. The cooling energy is delivered to the subcutaneous fat layer without causing damage to surrounding tissues or structures.

HOW DOES IT WORK? The CRYODEFINE® has two applicators or “paddles,” which can be used simultaneously allowing the treatment of two areas at one time. The smart applicator generates a vacuum which is followed by controlled temperature cooling. Towards the end of the treatment the applicator also provides stimulation to the area via inbuilt massage technology. This assists in lymphatic drainage and improves results. Once the cooling procedure is completed, fat cells are liberated into the lymphatic system and gradually eliminated by the body’s natural metabolic process. Subcutaneous fat is sensitive to the cold freeze treatment, however normal body tissue remains unaffected. Available at select Australian Skin Clinics only. Phone 1300 303 014 or go to


WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE RESULTS? The body’s natural rhythm can take 6-12 weeks to eliminate the broken down fat cells. Progressive results will be seen 20-90 days post treatment.

CAN I RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITIES AFTER TREATMENT? Yes! The CRYODEFINE® walk-in, walkout procedure is non-surgical. Typically, you can return to normal activities immediately. Any redness, bruising tingling or numbness in the treatment area is temporary and will be resolved completely.

WHAT AREAS ARE MOST COMMONLY TREATED? Arms, lower abdomen, waist, love handles, bra line, stomach, back fat, hips and thighs.

HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE? A complimentary 15-minute consultation is required. Treatment takes 45-60 minutes per session (each session can treat two areas simultaneously).

HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED? Depending on size, desired results and the thickness of the resistant fat, Australian Skin Clinics recommend 2-3 treatments per area, with a 4 week interval between treatments.

Say GOODBYE to stubborn fat, muffin tops, love handles, inner thighs, outer thighs, flabby tummies and double chins in your lunch-time.



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Personal trainer Nikki Snow says there is no need to be afraid

ith a slew of female disappearances in America, various attacks on women in Australia and an overall increase in sexual assaults in the last ten years, women are becoming more frightened and cautious when travelling in public. According to a study conducted last


year by Plan International Australia, 1 in 3 young Australian women do not feel safe being out in the city after dark. However, women are urged more than ever to live without fear. Personal trainer Nikki Snow is an ambassador for Australia’s highest rated security and life-safety monitoring centre,

Calamity. She understands the primal fear that women have. Despite the debilitating effect fear can have on our bodies and minds, Nikki believes that there’s no reason to be afraid and women can – and should - live freely, courageously and with ease. She shares her five tips on how to live fearlessly:



“So many women fear the unknown but what we need to do is recognise if a fear is rational or irrational. Rational fears such as falling, which we are born with and is a product of our evolution, are an important survival tool. Phobias are, by definition, an irrational fear. For example, fearing something that is unlikely to be able to actually hurt you, such as clowns or cockroaches. Anything that can help eliminate these irrational fears contributes to wellbeing and frees us up to deal solely with legitimate threats. Another example of an irrational fear is a fear of flying. There is a 1 in 29.4 million chance that you would be killed in a plane crash but nevertheless 25 percent of people are affected by this phobia. By controlling our irrational fears, we can concentrate on real issues. We need to confront fear and ask ourselves if it is rational and using your own belief systems can help make day to day fears less scary, manage anxiety and improve your quality of life.”

“Preparation is key. When walking alone late at night be prepared and put the power into your own hands. Calamity has released an app, Fearless - an innovative new mobile security system that helps alleviate fear of predators and allows users to access help through a smartphone app. If someone is in immediate danger, they can trigger the app and Calamity’s security monitoring centre is alerted with a geographical location and audio and video evidence of the situation, allowing live operators to initiate a suitable response. The alert can be manually or automatically activated. As a prevention tool, users can set a countdown timer within the Fearless app before going somewhere, which will automatically trigger an alert to Calamity if the user doesn’t checkin before the timer reaches zero. You’re never completely alone. This is particularly useful for me when I train clients in the parks early in the morning when it is still dark outside. It can also be used when going on a date, catching a taxi or going for a run on your own.”




“That isn’t to say you should take avoidable risks such as walking through a dangerous neighbourhood at night. Obviously, people should always exercise a degree of caution but don’t let it rule your life. Perhaps make a habit of saying yes to opportunities that might scare you rather than no.”


TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF “Meditation, diet and exercise is so important for alleviating fear. Most people don’t realise that by simply living a healthy lifestyle, it can relax the mind and help calm the fear and anxiety. Meditation can help you find the difference between rational and irrational fears. Fear is only in the mind so once you meditate and make this a regular habit you will find that the fears will slowly disappear. Exercise releases endorphins in your body that trigger positive feelings and the foods we consume also have a strong impact on our emotions. Preservatives, sugars, chemicals all can put our body out of balance so fill it with healthy whole foods to have a clear mind.”


CONTROL YOUR OVERREACTIVE IMAGINATION FEAR IS ONLY IN THE MIND “Next time you have a fear, irrational or not, write it down. Look at your list of fears and try to figure out ways you can overcome them or work through them. If that doesn’t work, find a friend or family member to help you or seek professional help. Also at times of panic stop negative/overactive scenarios playing out in your head. One way to do this is to acknowledge what your ‘story’ is. Are you a damsel in distress or are you a strong independent woman? Hopefully the latter. Think it. Feel it. Believe it.” For more information go to


8AGEING reasons to embrace


nce it hits you that you are ageing, it can be quite disconcerting. It all just creeps up, and before you know it—wham -the door with the big sign that says ‘youth’ on it slams shut behind you. It’s not an easy decision to embrace ageing, but according to Kate Marie, founder of the Slow Ageing movement, that’s exactly what we need to do if we are to achieve peace and happiness. “Since my own obligatory mid-life crisis in my 40s, I’ve followed a lot of research on happiness and ageing – and you know what? It consistently shows that older people are happier,” Kate says. “So instead of wallowing in your fears about the hard parts of getting older, try focusing on the positive.” Here are eight reasons to embrace ageing:

1. We enjoy simple pleasures more

As we get older, we discover interesting, sometimes previously hidden, parts of ourselves. Because we no longer have the hang-ups of youth—school, university, new relationships, new careers, young children—there is little to prevent us exploring these. It is easier, therefore, to seek out new adventures and make new friends along the way.


Near enough is now good enough When we embrace ageing, we get to a stage where we throw unrealistic expectations out the window and look for situations that are viable in our life situation. This doesn’t mean we drop the bar entirely, though. I just no longer want to invest 80 percent of my energy getting the last 20 percent perfect. Instead, I want to enjoy my life with less time spent striving to be perfect and time spent being grateful for small mercies.

3. Positive thinking becomes easier

As we get older, we tend to think more positively. (Well, not all of us I suppose, but then we won’t tolerate those “glass half empty” people as much!) There are numerous reasons for this, one of which is that we realise we want to live the best life we can in the remaining available time.

4. Trusting is easier

What is the point in not trusting others? What kind of emotions does distrust invoke? Usually, not positive ones! To embrace ageing is to decide to trust a little more and to become vulnerable. This opens the door to all sorts of new experiences, new friendships and new knowledge.

5. Emotional intelligence improves

Our emotional intelligence improves with age. Getting older increases our ability to let go of negative emotional reactions to situations and deal with those feelings in more productive ways. We simply decide not to fight for every detail and not to sweat the small stuff. The capacity to regulate our reactions greatly improves our mental well being.

6. Implementing healthy behaviours becomes easier As we get older, we have no choice but to recognise the importance of eating the right foods, exercising regularly and decreasing stress. We feel amazing when we start to implement healthy practices into our lives at any age. As we begin losing friends and family members to cancer and heart disease, it’s our wake-up call to positively change our lifestyles.

Kate Marie is the founder of the Slow Ageing movement which aims to support women to embrace the beyond- fifties as a time to optimise personal health and wellbeing and to live a life of purpose and contribution. She is the co- author of the Slow Ageing Guide to Skin Rejuvenation and the best-selling book Fast Living Slow Ageing. Both books are available where all good books are sold. For more information visit



Our networks become increasingly valuable and fulfilling As we age, we really understand how important our work and social networks are. We rally around each other to do the projects we’ve talked about for years and now have the money and time to complete. I’ve been incredibly lucky and now enjoy all sorts of support from the relationships I’ve nurtured, particularly those started in the last two decades.

8. We learn the art of reflection

We want to be efficient with the time we have left—something we keenly realise is unknown. This bittersweet understanding means the good things in life really stand out. We become grateful. We don’t want to keep repeating our mistakes, so we get better at viewing our actions from another’s point of view. Age is just a number So next time you notice yet another spot or new wrinkle, ignore it. Or fix it! You have the choice to use your time any way you like. We can frame things differently if we choose to. We can choose to embrace ageing with an understanding that we have probably spent the first 50 years in a hurry with no time, wisdom or awareness about what it all meant. The understanding that we are ageing enables us to focus on the many positives associated with moving into a brand new—and potentially very rich—phase of our lives.

Dr Andrew Letchford Orthopaedic Surgeon Hip & Knee Arthroplasty: Sports & Trauma Fellow.A.Ortho. FRACS Ortho MBBS (Hons 1st-Sydney) B.Sc. (Hons 1st - Qld) Dip Ed.

Suite 3c Level 4 Pacific Private Clinic, 123 Nerang Street Southport, Qld 4215 Telephone: 07 5527 1818 Fax: 07 5526 4788 Email:

Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery


r Andrew Letchford is among the first surgeons in Australia to offer patients the revolutionary RoboticArm Assisted Surgery. Dr Letchford has long been a leading name in arthroplasty ( joint replacement), knee reconstructions, sports injuries and acute orthopaedic trauma. Now he is breaking new ground with the RoboticArm Assisted Surgery for partial knee replacements, a procedure that is only available at Gold Coast Private Hospital, part of the Healthscope Group, and Pindara Private Hospital part of the Ramsay Group. Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery is a robotic arm and associated computer software used by Dr Letchford during a partial knee replacement, a procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis in one or two compartments of the knee. By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by osteoarthritis, Dr Letchford can replace the diseased part of your knee while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it. The Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery software provides Dr Letchford with a 3D

model specific to your knee, which he uses to pre-plan your partial knee replacement. During surgery, Dr Letchford guides the Robotic-Arm based on your specific plan. This allows him to remove only the diseased bone, preserving healthy bone and soft tissue, and assists him in positioning the implant based on your unique anatomy. “Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery affords us absolute accuracy,” Dr Letchford told SLIM. “The surgeon’s hand is guiding the arm, however we cannot go outside the boundaries we have set. It is accurate to 0.2 millimetres. “Post-operatively, what it means is that because we are creating a much smaller incision, so the patients really do recover a whole lot quicker. “It used to be that this type of surgery required a patient to be in hospital for about a week. With this Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery, my patients are routinely going home on the second day after surgery. “Then, when they come back to see me two weeks after surgery, they are moving a whole lot more normally, with a much wider range of motions.”

Dr Letchford’s Tips

to improve orthopedic health USE IT OR LOSE IT

50 percent of age related joint degeneration is thought to be related to disuse. So keep in mind the old adage of use it or lose, it is pertinent here.


Maintaining muscle strength prevents abnormal and dy-synchronous joint movement which leads to rapid, sometimes exponential joint degeneration, same in any mechanical setting. So maintaining muscle strength is imperative in reducing joint wear.


Excess body mass makes joint reaction forces larger, so try to keep to a healthy weight range. Be as fit and as healthy as you can while maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle.


Appropriate exercise is important, so run if you can, when you can’t run, walk, when you can’t walk, swim, when you can’t swim, cycle. At age 50 many peoples knees don’t like running but walking, swimming and cycling are effective substitutes. Finding a low impact exercise that works for you is the key.


All of the above is much easier if it is done in a fun friendly environment. There is a quote in Christopher McCandless’s story Into the wild that fits: “Happiness isn’t real unless it is shared”. So organise yourself to be with a group of friends and find a common shared love of exercise or some form of energy burning activity. This will turn a resolution into a permanent lifestyle choice.

SLIM Expert Dr Andrew Letchford

Meet Dr Letchford Dr Andrew Letchford is a leading expert in arthroplasty (joint replacement), knee reconstructions, sports injuries and acute orthopaedic trauma. He says he has seen a rise in these types of conditions in recent years, and while he offers a range of surgical solutions, he advises that prevention – rather than cure – is always the best option.

Run without injury A study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that leaning forward slightly while running can help reduce the load put on your knees. Lean from your ankles, not hips, almost like you’re falling forward (like a skier). When running, shorten your stride length and take more steps per minute for even more effective injuryprevention.

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Having worked in the film industry as a nutritionist and personal trainer to leading Hollywood roles for a number of years, Amber Walker knows a thing or two about optimising health to look like a super hero Employ these easy tips and you too can be on your way to looking (and feeling) like you belong on the big screen. 1. Eat the fat Not only does eating fat keep you fuller for longer, it also balances out your hormones, reduces sugar cravings, improves your mood, and helps you sleep. Thankfully the low fat era is a thing of the past. Eating good fats is something the actors I work with have really embraced.

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2. Lift weights Cardio may burn fat, but lifting weights will sculpt your body and burn fat for hours after you have trained. Just look at the most recent red carpet events, shapeless bodies are out and strong sculpted bodies are in. 3. Meditate Having the correct mental attitude changes everything. Being calmer not only results in better cognition and clearer thinking (which leads to better lifestyle choices). Lowering your stress also has positive physiological effects on the body, including lowering cortisol, which is the hormone involved in fat storage. 4. Get enough sleep Along with meditation it is important to get enough rest, if you don’t get enough sleep your body will not recover properly, negating the positive effects of an otherwise healthy lifestyle. Sleep deprivation also effects and increases cortisol, making it very difficult to lose fat. Even with 4am call times the actors I have worked with make sure they get themselves at least seven hours sleep. 5. Be consistent It takes more than one session in the gym to shape an action hero and more than one meditation session to be composed and relaxed at all times. Ensure you are taking at least one positive step each day and you will move closer and closer to that action hero look.

Amber Walker Holistic Nutritionist & Personal Trainer

Keeping it real

From the very beginning iconic Aussie talent Melissa Tkautz refused to be defined by any single category; having enjoyed huge success as an actress, singer, model, brand ambassador or presenter; Melissa has dominated all bases of the Australian entertainment industry.

2015 saw Melissa release her much anticipated single ‘Gotta Let You Go’! The release rocketed up the ARIA charts and saw Melissa embark on a 20date national tour. She also returned to the big screen in 2016 in Aussie horror feature film ‘Boar’ alongside John Jarratt, Hugh Sheridan & Ernie Dingo. Most recently Melissa has taken on her biggest challenge to date, playing herself and leading the cast in the smash-hit reality television series ‘The Real Housewives of Sydney’, a role which will allow Australians to get an inside glimpse into Melissa’s crazy life. In a day and age when fame comes and goes as quickly as it is achieved, it’s a testament to Melissa that she is still pushing the boundaries and retaining her success as one of the country’s most in-demand entertainers.


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Sydney-based Dr Debra Villar has over 17 years’ experience in the health and wellness industry, and is a sought-after speaker and coach. She is the director of one of the largest multidisciplinary healthcare centres in Sydney’s CBD. A full time working mum to three children, Dr Debra also lives the urban woman life, and understands first-hand how modern day demands can affect our health and wellbeing. For more information go to or email


re you are exhausted, stressed, overworked, have trouble sleeping and you lack the time to look after your health due to your life/work demands? Then according to Dr Debra Villar, you may be suffering from Urban Woman Syndrome. In her new book, Urban Woman Syndrome, Dr Villar writes how a woman’s work and life demands have taken a toll on their physical, emotional and spiritual health. “The state of our health worldwide is at crisis point,” Dr Villar says. “Our modern rushed lifestyle has resulted in an increase of chronic lifestyle disorders such as autoimmune diseases, infertility, stress and hormonal imbalances. The inability to physically adapt to our cultural and behavioural environment has given rise to what are called ‘mismatched diseases‘. “Our physiology, brain and chemical makeup is the same from 10,000 years ago, however our environment has changed drastically. Our food has become food products loaded with preservatives, sugars, additives and colours. Our work life has become sedentary with the increase use of computers and other digital devices. Our life demands have caused an increase in chronic stress and mental health concerns, where one in five Australians suffer from some form of mental illness. “Urban Woman Syndrome affects not just our wellbeing but also that of our families,” she said. Dr Villar says awareness and education is key to stop the rapid increase of lifestyle related disorders such as Urban Woman Syndrome, allowing individuals and families to make informed healthier choices. Dr Villar says her Eat, Move, Think health philosophy is a simple yet effective way to assess and improve your health habits.

MOVE FOR BE T T ER HEALT H Choosing good food can sometimes be hard, especially when labeling and food marketing can confuse the consumer with titles such as “sugar free” “fat free” and “natural flavours”. These labels are usually on products that are not only high in sugar but are full of preservatives and additives. An easy way to monitor your sugar intake is to remember when reading food labels is that four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon of sugar. The recommended intake of sugar is five teaspoons a day, with the average Australian consuming 29 teaspoons a day. The way to avoid sugar, preservatives, colours and other nasties is to shop in the fresh produce aisle. Consuming only fresh produce can take time to plan, however by eliminating food products and eating real food will allow your body to repair, heal and thrive.


Chronic stress is fast becoming an epidemic; the Australian statistics on stress and mental illness is alarming. Around 90 percent of Australians feel chronic stress their life. 70 percent of doctor’s visits are related to stress. Even though it would

According to statistics, Australians are not very active, with 57 percent not getting enough exercise and doing less than thirty minutes of activity per day. An alarming statistic shows that we can spend up to eighteen hours sitting, travelling in a car or public transport, then sitting at a desk all day before coming back home to sit on the couch. Unfortunately, regular exercise at gym may not make up for the fact that you have a sedentary job. We are meant to be continually active. Movement throughout your day and increasing what is called incidental exercising is essential for health and wellbeing.

Identify the stress Write it down, ask yourself how this stress is serving you and how you can eliminate or reduce it. Meditate. Download apps that will help you meditate. Studies have shown that even 10 minutes of meditation increases relaxation and reduced stress. Exercise. Exercise increases endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormones.

Diaphragmatic breathing

be nice to move to a tropical island with no care in the world, that is not possible. Stresses are always present, especially in our fast-paced world, but there are a few steps you can take to avoid its effects and increase your wellbeing.

This is essential to get plenty of oxygen throughout your body. It involves breathing through your diaphragm, not your chest and neck muscles. Put your hand on your stomach, then take a big breath in through your nose – your stomach should expand. When you exhale, release through your mouth and the stomach should relax. Your chest shouldn’t move and all the movement should come from your diaphragm expanding. A wellness lifestyle should not be hard to implement since small changes in your life can increase exponentially your health body, mind and soul. SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 47


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Golf for eight people on The Palms Golf Course and a $300 dining credit at Arnie’s The stunning Palms Golf Course is considered a championship course rivalling some of the best golf courses in Australia. It has a total length of 5904 metres off the championship tees, and has numerous water features and hazards. Nestled within century old Cabbage Palms, The Palms Golf Course is a return to the traditions of the game, with distinctive holes, deep greenside bunkers and boldly contoured greens requiring creative shot making. The Palms Driving Range includes putting and chipping greens to compliment The Palms Golf Course. Arnie’s Café and Bar offers incredible views and modern décor, premium coffee and unlimited WiFi – the perfect formula for an unforgettable dining experience. Enjoy a drink from the extensive beverage menu while taking in the incredible views down the 18th hole of The Palms Golf Course. In addition to the modern interior and great menu, Arnie’s boasts a 140 square metre deck, which overlooks the picturesque Palms golf course, and also features a private function space which caters for up to 120 guests. This issue one reader will win a round of golf for eight people at The Palms Golf valued at $1200 and a dining voucher from Arnies valued at $300. Bookings are essential. Subject to availability. Non transferrable. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go to TO WIN: Email with SANCTUARY COVE – THE PALMS AND ARNIES in the subject line. Include your contact details.

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Blinded by the light

Weight-loss blogger Lisa Wells shares her tips for success How do you define addiction as opposed to a lack of willpower? Addiction is a gripping, all consuming, mind controlling behaviour. When you are in addiction, you think you don’t have a choice over your thoughts and actions. Your thoughts and actions are controlling you. Willpower is akin to inner strength, when you are using willpower successfully, you realise you do have a choice over your thoughts and actions. You control your thoughts and actions. Willpower is the ability to resist short term temptation in order to meet a long term goal. If there is a lack of willpower and inner strength, one is more likely to slip into the clutches of addiction. What was your lightbulb moment to begin my weight-loss journey? I remember sitting out on the patio with my journal and I was pretty upset because every day, no matter how hard I tried, for the life of me, I could not work out why every day I would say to myself that I

wanted to eat healthy, yet every day I would end up stuffing my face with food that I didn’t want to eat. That wasn’t a main light bulb moment but it was a moment of awareness that started the journey from stuffing my face to facing my stuff. If you could give 3 key tips to someone struggling with their weight, what would they be? TIP 1 – It’s never about the food, it’s not about what you eat or don’t eat. It’s about what emotions you are stuffing down. As I say “Each day you have the opportunity to face your stuff or stuff your face.” Can you write about what you are feeling or going through? Sometimes we don’t even know what we are feeling and that is ok. Sometimes I just write - ARGH I’m feeling icky and I don’t know what to do to get myself out of this funk. Once it’s out, you feel better. It’s ok to feel crap, take some time in private to feel it and then the energy of that emotion can move through you and out of you. TIP 2 – Love yourself anyway. This is a biggie. Can you eat that cake and love yourself anyway? Can you eat those chips and love yourself anyway? By starting to love yourself exactly as you stand, right

SLIM expert update

Our own SLIM expert Dr Jason Free has had a busy few months expanding his learning and sharing his knowledge. He was an invited speaker at the recent ASC (Annual Scientific Congress), a conference for all Australian Surgeons. Dr Free’s presentation and video session of how to perform the SADI procedure (Single Anastomosis Duodeno-Ileostomy) attracted a great audience and many questions from surgeons around Australia interested in learning the technique. Dr Free also presented at the local Queensland Bariatric Interest Group, where Queensland surgeons discussed weight-loss surgery and techniques. In February, Dr Free travelled to Belgium and France to visit surgeons and learn their


here, right now – end the struggle, stop the turmoil. As I said above, it’s not about the food, it’s about how you feel about the food and how you feel about the food when you eat it and after you eat it. TIP 3 – Never give up on you! This is an intense journey in getting to know you. You are getting to know yourself from the inside out. No matter how many times you try or think you can’t do this or think that you have failed…never give up on you. Follow Lisa at category/lisas-thoughts or find Lisa on facebook and instagram

techniques in weight-loss surgery at a large weight-loss surgery centre which performs over 1,500 cases per year, and visited a factory in Lille, France where the surgical products are manufactured. Late last year, Dr Free attended the ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery) “Obesity Week” conference in New Orleans where about 4,500 surgeons, doctors, allied health professionals dealing with obesity from around the world exchange ideas, discuss new and safer techniques, improvement of patient care and more. Currently, Dr Free is involved in a working on a publication aimed at demonstrating the safety profile of the SADI procedure, which involves over 1,200 patients at 12 centres around the world, including Surgery Gold Coast.

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Weight-loss surgery is proving to be life changing for many overweight people, but the resulting excess skin can lead to physical and emotional problems. The Lotus Institute offers a range of surgical and non-surgical solutions.


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Wild Barramundi with Coconut Broth INGREDIENTS

250ml coconut milk 250ml chicken stock 4cm lemongrass, white part only, sliced finely 3cm piece of galangal, grated 3 shallots, peeled and sliced 2 coriander (cilantro) roots, chopped 2 kaffir lime leaves, sliced finely 1 small red chilli, seeded and chopped 15ml fish sauce ½ teaspoon caster sugar 3 oyster mushrooms, sliced 50g enoki mushrooms, chopped 15ml lime juice 50ml vegetable oil 250g wild barramundi fillet 12 sugar snap peas, cleaned 1 handful coriander leaves 2 kaffir lime leaves, sliced finely 1/2 large red chilli, sliced


In a small saucepan, bring coconut milk and stock to the boil. Add lemongrass, galangal, shallots, coriander root, lime leaves, chilli, fish sauce and sugar. Simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Taste the mixture and add more fish sauce, chilli or sugar to suit your taste. Blend the mixture using a stick blender or blender, then strain through a colander or sieve. Discard pulp. Add the mushrooms and simmer for a further two minutes, then add the lime juice and set aside until required. Pre-heat oven to 220°C. Heat a little oil in a heavy-based frypan, and when it starts to smoke, place the barramundi into the pan, skin-side down. Cook for approximately 30 seconds then transfer the pan to oven and cook until the fish is ready, approximately 6 minutes (times will vary depending on the thickness off the fish). Transfer fish to a serving bowl. Bring the broth back to a simmer, add the sugar snap peas and simmer for another minute, ladle the broth over the barramundi and garnish with coriander, kaffir lime leaves and chilli.Remove the scallops from the shell and salt lightly. Wash the shells in cold water. Heat a little oil in a frypan and cook the scallops for 30–40 seconds each side (cooking time will vary according to scallop size). Place the scallops back on to the shells, spoon over a little hot & sour dressing then place a little of the salad on each. Top with the crispy turmeric.

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Scallop with Smoked Trout, Green Mango and Crispy Turmeric MAKE 8 INGREDIENTS

6cm piece of turmeric, peeled and julienned 100ml vegetable oil 75g smoked trout, bones removed 2 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced 2cm piece of lemongrass, white part only, diced 50g baby shiso (Japanese mint) 2 shallots, peeled and sliced 1 large red chilli, seeded and sliced 1/3 cup coriander leaves flesh of 1 green mango, chopped 90ml hot and sour dressing 8 half-shell scallops, cleaned

Rock Ling Stir-fried with Gai Lan, Garlic Stems, Coriander and Baby Corn INGREDIENTS

250g rock ling fillet (or firm white fish), cut into bite-sized pieces 75ml soy sauce 250g tapioca flour 1 teaspoon chilli powder 250ml vegetable oil 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced 100g baby corn, cut in half lengthways 200g gai lan (Chinese broccoli), chopped 3 garlic stems, cut into 1cm lengths 1 large red chilli, seeded and sliced 2 spring onions, chopped 30ml stir-fry paste 50ml chicken stock or water 50ml shao xing wine 175g coriander leaves ½ lime METHOD

Tip: Rockling is great for stir-frying as it holds together really well. If it’s not available, use any other firm white fish fillet.


Combine fish and soy sauce in a bowl, then coat the fish in tapioca flour and chilli powder. Heat the oil in a wok or frypan until it’s smoking, add the fish and fry until golden brown. Remove fish and drain on paper towels. Set aside until required. Pour most of the oil out of the wok, leaving just enough to stir-fry. Add garlic clove, baby corn, gai lan and garlic stems, continue to stirfry for approximately 2 minutes. Add the chilli, spring onions, stir-fry paste, stock and shao xing. Return fish to the pan, add half the coriander and stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and garnish with remaining coriander and lime.


Combine turmeric and oil in a small saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously, until turmeric darkens slightly and becomes crisp. Remove from the heat, drain on paper towels and set aside until required. In a bowl combine the trout, kaffir lime, lemongrass, shiso, shallots, chilli, coriander, green mango and half the hot and sour dressing. Stir to combine. Remove the scallops from the shell and salt lightly. Wash the shells in cold water. Heat a little oil in a frypan and cook the scallops for 30–40 seconds each side (cooking time will vary according to scallop size). Place the scallops back on to the shells, spoon over a little hot & sour dressing then place a little of the salad on each. Top with the crispy turmeric.

Lemongrass Pannacotta with Peanut Praline, Watermelon Granita and Pineapple 300ml full cream milk 75g caster sugar 3 gelatine leaves, soaked


Granita 400ml watermelon juice 75ml vodka 75ml champagne 15ml lemon juice 75g caster sugar Pannacotta 2 lemongrass stalks, chopped roughly 4 kaffir lime leaves, chopped 400ml coconut milk

Praline 100ml water 200g caster sugar 100g chopped roasted peanuts Garnish 200g pineapple, diced into small cubes 4 Vietnamese mint leaves, shredded


Make the granita first by combining all granita ingredients in a saucepan. Heat to a gentle simmer, and do not boil. Pour the mixture into a tray and freeze. When the mixture starts to freeze, use a fork to scrape through the mix. Do this every half hour until you have a flaky ice slush. To make the pannacotta, place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Strain, then set aside to cool slightly. Pour into martini glasses and allow to set for at least 4 hours. Meanwhile, make the praline by combining the water and sugar in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring to a boil, without stirring, until mixture is a caramel colour. Remove from the heat, stir in the peanuts and pour onto a lightly greased, or silicon paper lined, tray. Allow to cool and set, then grind in a mortar and pestle or a food processor to a course powder. To assemble, top pannacotta with pineapple, sprinkle over some praline and top with a mound of granita. Sprinkle over more praline and a little of the shredded Vietnamese mint. Serve immediately. The Red Spice Road Cookbook, $35.

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Crispy Tofu with Peanut Sauce, Pickled Vegetable and Herb Salad This is so delicious it will convert even the most reluctant tofu sceptics. Serves 4 • Prep: 1 hour + 2 hours pickling Cook: 30 minutes • Moderate


1 large red chilli, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, crushed 2 tablespoons palm sugar 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 2 tablespoons light soy sauce 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce ½ cup water 1⁄3 cup peanuts, roasted and finely crushed Combine all the ingredients in saucepan and bring to boil. Turn down heat and simmer for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

PICKLED VEGETABLE AND HERB SALAD 4 cups Vietnamese pickled vegetables 2 cups Chinese cabbage, shredded 2 cups bean sprouts 1 cup spring onions, sliced 1 cup mint leaves ½ cup Vietnamese mint leaves 2 tablespoons soy sauce juice of 1 lemon sesame seeds, toasted, to garnish

Combine the pickled vegetables with the cabbage, bean sprouts, spring onions, and the mint and Vietnamese mint leaves in a bowl. Dress with the soy sauce and lemon juice. Toss gently and sprinkle with sesame seeds.


400g medium soft tofu ½ cup rice flour vegetable oil, for deep frying Cut tofu into 5 cm (2 in) cubes and toss with rice flour. Heat about 3 cups of oil in a wok and fry tofu until golden and crisp on all sides, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Transfer to a serving platter and spoon over the peanut sauce. Serve with the pickled vegetable and herb salad.

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Recipes taken from Spirit House The Cookbook by Helen Brierty & Annette Fear. Spirit House The Cookbook is a brilliant companion to previous cookbooks from the well-known and loved restaurant and cooking school of the same name. With new recipes from chef Annette Fear, this book is set to be another bestseller. Recipes include the basic essentials, traditional Thai favourites and other Asian recipes presented with colour photographs. It has all the ingredients a home


cook needs: easy sourced ingredients, clear instructions, preparation and cooking times, degree of difficulty for each recipe, chef’s tips and hot tips about the more exotic spices and ingredients. This cookbook is set to inspire readers to explore the unique balance of sweet, sour, salt and spicy at home. Spirit House The Cookbook is sure to become another longserving Spirit House classic. Available at

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with Duck and Hoisin Dipping Sauce Though these rolls are associated with Vietnamese cuisine, variations can be found all through South-East Asia. Makes 24 • Prep: 1 hour Cook: 2 hours • Moderate


125ml Hoisin sauce 1½ tablespoons rice vinegar 125ml water 3 teaspoons peanuts, roasted and crushed 1 red bird’s eye chilli, chopped In a saucepan combine the Hoisin sauce, rice vinegar and water over medium heat. Bring to boil and then remove from the heat. Allow to cool then stir in the peanuts and chilli before serving.

Chef ’s Tip: These are best made and eaten within a few hours, but the duck and vegetable ingredients for the rice paper rolls can be made the day before. The key to making rice paper rolls is not to soak the wrappers in water that’s too hot. Use tepid or even cold water, and as soon as the wrappers are just starting to become pliable, remove and drain. They will reconstitute to a softer texture when the moist ingredients are added.


100g rice vermicelli 24 small rice paper rolls 500g duck meat, cooked and shredded 1 medium carrot, peeled and julienned 1 Lebanese cucumber, peeled and julienned 1 cup bean sprouts 1 butter crunch or other soft lettuce, washed 1 cup Thai basil or perilla small bunch of garlic chives Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add the rice vermicelli. Simmer for a few minutes. Drain and refresh with cold water then drain again. Set aside until needed. Dip a rice paper sheet in a bowl of tepid water until just starting to become pliable. Wipe off excess moisture with a clean tea towel. Place on a flat clean surface and add a small amount of duck meat, then some of the carrot, cucumber, bean sprouts, lettuce and a few basil leaves. Make sure you do not overfill – keep the contents neat and compact. Turn up the bottom of the wrapper to cover the filling, then carefully turn the two sides in on top of the first fold and roll up half way. Place a garlic chive along the fold, allowing the end to protrude from the top and roll up the rest of the wrapper. Transfer to a tray and keep covered with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap. Repeat this process until all the rolls are made. Serve on a platter with Hoisin dipping sauce in a bowl on the side.


Chef ’s Tip: When stir frying quality beef over 300 g, it is best to stir fry in 2 batches, rather than risk ‘stewing’ the meat in the juices that can come out of the beef if the pan is too crowded. In this recipe, substitute the snake beans with green beans if you wish.

Chef ’s Tip: If serving as a shared dish (it will serve 6–8), the salmon can be broken into large pieces and tossed gently through the salad. Serve on a large platter, garnished with the peanuts and crispy fried shallots.

Stir Fried Curry of Beef with Wild Ginger, Snake Beans and Holy Basil This is inspired by a traditional pork stir fry, but the pork has been substituted with beef – our favourite red meat Serves 4 • Prep: 25 minutes Cook: 10 minutes • Easy


2 tablespoons vegetable oil 500g beef fillet or similar, cut into stir fry strips 3 tablespoons Prik King Curry paste 3 tablespoons fish sauce 2 tablespoons dark palm sugar 2 tablespoons water 6 kaffir lime leaves, roughly torn 1–2 tablespoons wild ginger (krachai), shredded 200g snake beans, cut into 2½ cm lengths 1 cup holy basil (or Thai or sweet basil) 2 large red chillies, deseeded and julienned steamed jasmine rice, to serve


Heat the oil until smoking then add up to half the beef fillet. Stir fry over high heat just until the meat starts to colour. Remove the beef to a plate and repeat for the rest of the beef making sure that the beef does not stew in its juices. Once all the beef is cooked, put back in the pan with the red curry paste. ·Add the fish sauce, palm sugar, water, lime leaves and wild ginger. Stir fry until the sugar and fish sauce combine. Add the snake beans, basil and red chilli. Stir fry briefly, about 30 seconds, until the basil wilts. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with steamed jasmine rice. 62 SLIM MAGAZINE WINTER/SPRING 2017

Chargrilled Salmon with Hot and Sour Dressing and Pickled Vegetable Salad Though this may seem a complicated dish, once the preparation is done the final cooking time is very short. It features one of our favourite fish and makes a colourful, healthy and delicious addition to a shared Asian meal. Serves 4 Prep: 1½ hours + 2 hours pickling Cook: 20 minutes • Moderate

HOT AND SOUR DRESSING 1½ tablespoons fish sauce 1½ tablespoons rice vinegar 60ml water1 tablespoon sugar 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped 1 small red chilli, finely chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice

In a small saucepan, combine the fish sauce, vinegar, water, sugar, garlic and chilli. Heat to dissolve sugar and then remove from the heat. ·Stir in the lime juice. Set aside until required.


4 salmon pieces, each 150g, skin off 2 red bird’s eye chillies, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 teaspoons caster (superfine) sugar 2 tablespoons fish sauce Place the salmon in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and make sure the salmon is covered well. Marinate for 30 minutes.


2 cups Vietnamese pickled vegetables 2 lemongrass stalks, white part finely sliced 2 cups mixed Asian herbs - mix of coriander, Vietnamese mint, perilla or Thai basil 2 golden shallots, peeled and finely sliced Add all the ingredients to a bowl and pour over the hot and sour dressing. Set aside.


2 tablespoons roasted, coarsely crushed peanuts 2 tablespoons crispy fried shallots Heat an oiled barbecue to medium and chargrill the salmon for 3–4 minutes on each side, or until cooked to your preference. Remove from heat. To serve as individual portions, place the cooked salmon on each serving plate. Place some salad on top of each piece of salmon. Garnish with the peanuts and crispy fried shallots. Serve immediately.

Yuni’s Javanese Coconut and Pandan Cake One of our wonderful cooking school assistants, Yuni, grew up in Java where her mother made this cake to have with afternoon coffee. It’s a very typical example of an Asian sweet snack – dense and sticky from the glutinous rice flour and rich with grated coconut and coconut cream. We love it, but the texture as with most Asian sweets, does tend to polarise a Western palate used to lighter style cake.

Chef ’s Tip: Use a pretty water glass to set the panna cotta rather than the more traditional mould. It saves having to remove the dessert from the mould.

Serves 12 Prep: 10 minutes or 45 minutes if making grated coconut • Cook: 45 minutes • Easy


500g sticky rice flour 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 cup caster (superfine) sugar 2 cups coconut cream 1 teaspoon pandanus essence (optional) 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups of freshly grated coconut, store bought or homemade


Preheat oven to 180º. Grease and line a 23 cm square cake tin with baking paper. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until combined. Transfer the mixture to the baking tin and bake for 40–45 minutes until golden and crispy on top. When cool cut into 5 cm squares and serve with tea or coffee. Chef ’s Tip: An easier option to grating your own coconut is to buy already grated coconut – available in the frozen section of most Asian supermarkets. You can substitute with 1 cup each of desiccated coconut and shredded coconut.

Coconut and Mango Panna Cotta with Mango and Passionfruit Salad This a one of the easiest dessert recipes and it takes no more time to multiply the recipe to feed a large party. Any seasonal fruits can be used. In winter, when mangoes are out of season, use strawberries. A shot or two of Malibu, Cointreau or other liquor is also a decadent addition to the fruit salad. Serves 6 Prep: 30 minutes • Cook: 10 minutes + 4 hours to set • Moderate


50ml water 100g sugar 1½ gelatine leaves titanium strength or 3½ leaves gold strength 100ml coconut cream 200ml mango purée 200ml pure cream Bring the water and sugar to the boil then remove from heat.

Soften the gelatin sheets in cold tap water then squeeze out excess water before stirring into the warm sugar syrup. Cool to room temperature. Place the sugar syrup and coconut cream in a large bowl and mix together. Stir through the mango purée. Whip the cream to soft peaks and carefully fold through the mango mix. Divide the panna cotta mix between 6 glasses and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours to set.


2 mangoes, peeled and cut into 2 cm dice-sized pieces 3 passionfruit1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar Combine mangoes, passionfruit pulp and sugar in a bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar. To finish, remove the panna cotta from the refrigerator. Add the mango and passionfruit salad to each glass and serve. SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 63


Winter classics for the boys to whip up

Broccoli & Pea Soup INGREDIENTS

5 garlic cloves, unpeeled 1 brown onion, roughly chopped 1.5 litres chicken stock 200g broccoli, roughly chopped 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped 300g peas 150g spinach ¼ loaf sourdough bread 1½ tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling parmesan cheese, to serve sea salt and cracked black pepper, to season



Serves 4 : Cooking Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a baking tray with a drizzle of olive oil. Place the unpeeled garlic and onion on the baking tray. Place the tray in the oven and bake until garlic and onion are roasted (garlic will be soft when ready). Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly. Peel the garlic. Put the chicken stock in a large pot and place over medium heat. Add the broccoli, celery, peas and spinach to the pot. Add the onion and garlic. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30 minutes with the lid on, then remove the lid and cook for a further 30 minutes. Season with sea salt and cracked black pepper, then remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the crusts from the bread, tear into bite-sized chunks and add to a mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to ensure the bread is coated, then season with a little sea salt. Heat the olive oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the bread, ensuring it is spread out evenly with no pieces on top of the other (do it in two batches if you pan is too small). Fry the bread until it is crunchy and brown on the bottom. When the bread is done on one side, turn each piece individually with a pair of tongs and cook again until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside in a bowl. Using a blender, add the soup and purée in small batches until smooth. When you are ready to serve the soup, heat it in a pot over low heat. To serve, add soup to each bowl, top with the bread croutons, cracked black pepper and grated parmesan cheese.

Osso Bucco & Pork Shoulder Lasagne INGREDIENTS

1 oregano sprig 1 rosemary sprig 1 thyme sprig 1 continental parsley sprig 500g osso bucco 500g pork shoulder, chopped into chunks 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, roughly chopped 10 garlic cloves 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 800g tinned whole peeled tomatoes 1 litre beef stock 1 box lasagne sheets 300g mozzarella cheese, grated 60g parmesan cheese, grated ½ bunch continental parsley, roughly chopped Béchamel Sauce 65g butter 40g plain (all-purpose) flour pinch of nutmeg 600ml milk 1 bay leaf

Serves 6 : Cooking Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes


Gather the oregano, rosemary, thyme and continental parsley and tie together securely with a length of kitchen string to make a bouquet garni. Season the osso bucco and pork shoulder with the sea salt and cracked black pepper. Place a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. When hot, add the osso bucco and pork shoulder, browning on all sides. Add the onion and the garlic. Add the red wine vinegar and scrape all of the brown from the bottom of the pot. Add the tomatoes and beef stock and stir well. Cover, bring to the boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Cook for 2 hours. Remove the lid and reduce for a further 30 minutes, stirring frequently. (You will know when dish is cooked because the meat will be tender and fall apart.) Pick out the bouquet garni, bones and any fat from the osso bucco and break up all the meat with a wooden spoon. To make the béchamel sauce, place a saucepan over low heat and add the butter. When the butter is melted, add the flour and nutmeg stirring to combine well. Continue stirring while pouring the milk into the saucepan in a thin stream until it is all combined. Add the bay leaf and simmer until the béchamel has thickened. Remove the bay leaf and set aside in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease an ovenproof dish with olive oil. Lay a layer of lasagne sheets on the bottom of the dish. Spoon over the ragù and top with béchamel. Add a layer of mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and continental parsley. Top with a layer of lasagne sheets and repeat the layers finishing the dish with a top layer of béchamel and mozzarella. Place into the oven and cook for 40 minutes. Remove and leave to stand for 15 minutes before serving.


Mushroom & Thyme Risotto INGREDIENTS

1.25 litres chicken stock 2 tablespoons olive oil 500g mushrooms, thinly sliced 5 thyme sprigs, leaves roughly chopped 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus extra for serving 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper, plus extra for serving ¾ onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 300g arborio rice 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 30g unsalted butter 50g grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, finely chopped, to garnish

Serves 4 : Cooking Time: 1 hour


Heat the chicken stock into a saucepan over low heat. Cover and leave to simmer. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the mushrooms and thyme and season with the salt and the cracked black pepper. Cook until the mushrooms are browned. Then carefully add the mushroom mixture to the hot stock. Cover the stock and simmer for 15 minutes. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large frying pan over low heat and add the onions and garlic. Sweat the onions, stirring constantly, until they are soft but have not coloured. Add the rice and continue to stir, cooking until the edges of the grains have become translucent. Add the white wine vinegar and cook until the liquid is absorbed. Increase the heat to medium and using a ladle, add the hot stock to the pan, one measure at a time, ensuring the rice is being constantly stirred as it absorbs the liquid.

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Low-Carb Diet NUT AND OAT GRANOLA WITH ORANGE ZEST Ingredients: 1 large egg white pinch of cream of tartar 2 tablespoons tahini 2 teaspoons stevia granules 2 teaspoons mixed spice or ground cinnamon 20g flaked almonds 30g pecans or walnuts, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons macadamias, roughly chopped 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 1 teaspoon julienned orange zest, plus extra to serve 2 cups (225 g) raw (natural) rolled oats 600ml skim milk 320g low-fat Greek-style yoghurt


Method: Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan-forced) and line two baking trays with baking paper. Beat the egg white in a bowl with an electric mixer until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form, then beat in the tahini, stevia granules and spice until combined. The mixture will be thick but not airy. Fold in the nuts, sesame seeds and orange zest. Add the oats and use your fingertips to gently rub them through the mixture until everything is coated. Spread the mixture evenly over the prepared trays, keeping little clusters of mixture together for extra texture. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring gently after 10 minutes, or until it is just starting to smell toasted. The mixture will not brown very much but will start to feel dry. Remove from the oven and cool completely on the trays. For each serving, place ½ cup (45g) toasted muesli in a small bowl and add 75ml milk. Serve with 40g yoghurt and a sprinkling of extra orange zest. Store the granola in an airtight container for 2–3 weeks.

recipes SALMON AND BROCCOLI PESTO WRAPS Ingredients: 2 pieces mountain bread (or 2 slices Herman Brot bread) 220g low-fat cottage cheese or low-fat fresh ricotta 400g tinned salmon, drained, skin and bones removed, flesh flaked 200g baby rocket leaves 2 Lebanese cucumbers, thinly sliced lengthways into ribbons or chopped 300g cherry tomatoes, halved BROCCOLI PESTO 150g broccoli florets 40g pecans or walnuts 80g avocado 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Method: To make the broccoli pesto, steam the broccoli in a steamer basket over a saucepan of simmering water for 3 minutes or until tender but still crisp. Set aside to cool. Place the pecans in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are roughly chopped. Add the cooled broccoli and pulse until finely chopped and combined. Add the avocado and lemon juice and blend until just combined. Season with freshly ground white pepper. Spread the pesto evenly down the centre of the wraps. Top with the cottage cheese or ricotta, the salmon and half of the rocket. Roll up to enclose the filling. Serve with the cucumber, tomatoes and remaining rocket alongside.


BERRY YOGHURT JELLIES Ingredients: 1 × 9g packet lite strawberry or vanilla berry jelly crystals (Aeroplane jelly brand) 1 cup (250ml) boiling water 1 cup (280g) low-fat vanilla Greek-style yoghurt, plus 120g extra, to serve Method: Place the jelly crystals in a heatproof bowl, add the boiling water and stir until the crystals have dissolved. Stir in ¾ cup (180ml) cold water. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until lightly set. Add the 1 cup (280g) yoghurt, then whisk until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Transfer to a measuring jug, if desired,

as it makes it easier to portion. Divide the yoghurt jelly among four x 1 cup (250ml) capacity glasses, then cover with plastic film and refrigerate for 3–4 hours or until set. Serve the jellies each topped with one-quarter of the extra yoghurt.

Ingredients: 400g chicken tenderloins 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed olive oil spray, for cooking 250g marinated artichoke hearts from a jar, halved lengthways 300g cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 200g baby rocket leaves 40g parmesan, shaved

WALNUT, HERB AND LEMON DRESSING 1⁄3 cup (40g) finely chopped walnuts 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoon olive oil finely grated zest of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Method: Combine the chicken, lemon juice and garlic in a bowl and set aside to marinate for 10 minutes. To make the walnut, herb and lemon dressing, place all the ingredients in a screw-top jar. Seal the jar and shake until combined. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Thinly slice half a bunch of the asparagus on the diagonal and set aside in a large bowl. Heat a chargrill pan or barbecue over medium–high heat. Drain the chicken, shaking off any excess marinade, and spray lightly all over with olive oil. Chargrill the chicken for 3 minutes, then turn and cook for a further 2–3 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and set aside to rest. Spray the artichoke hearts and remaining asparagus lightly with olive oil and chargrill for 3–4 minutes, turning occasionally until nicely charred. Cut the asparagus in half widthways. Add to the bowl with the raw asparagus, along with the artichokes and cherry or grape tomatoes. Pour over the dressing and toss to combine, then set aside for 5 minutes to allow the flavours to develop. Add the rocket and toss until combined. Pile onto a serving platter or divide evenly among four bowls and top with the chicken and parmesan.



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