Slim Magazine Winter 2022

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A guide to living your best life


fashion and activewear

Gold Coast

Wonder Women Beauty Savers Superhero Within

Natalie Portman


Fantastic PRIZES

Returns as Jane Foster in Thor - Love and Thunder


Inspired by soul. Driven by design. The new Taycan GTS. Soul, electrified. The Taycan GTS, is the embodiment of pure Porsche e-performance. It’s unbridled power and sporty styling will turn heads and win hearts. To find out more about the all-electric Taycan GTS, contact Porsche Centre Gold Coast.

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A NEW general practice on the Gold Coast dedicated to women’s health + well-being

"This is the sentiment behind the creation of Her Medical. A practice which is an inspired, futuristic and visionary, aesthetically pleasing and welcoming environment focusing on and prioritising women's’ health. Experts in all aspects of women’s health from birth control to fertility, antenatal, weight management and general health and well-being.” -Dr. Donna Tanchev-

30 Yacht St, Southport QLD 4215 P: (07) 5616 8070 hermedical.official

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PUBLISHER Kate Bennett EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jeni Bone GRAPHIC DESIGN SLIM Magazine CONTRIBUTORS Dr Jason Free • Dr Peter Widdowson • Dr Drew Cronin • Dr Andrew Cary • Dr Ben Anderson • Dr Donna Tanchev • Dr Karen Coates • Dr Dana Pakrou • Dr Zara Summers • Dr Poppy Ehemann • Sharon Kolkka • Nicole Cronin • Fiona Cary • Kim Free • Abbi Golightly • Rajdi Gemeri • Alana Clarkson • Jackson Rameau • Mark Hitchcock • Steve Collins • Kylianne Farrell

Winter has come - and it's intense! After close to a life-time living on the Gold Coast, I've never felt the cold so keenly as this year - a great opportunity to break out the boots, coats and other winter woollies as well as the heater that is placed under my office desk day and night at the moment. Thankfully, Winter in our region is typically a season of sunshine and clear skies, meaning we're able to get out and keep active, enjoy socialising and sight-seeing, dining with a view, taking to the water - all the reasons we choose to live here. This issue, we have a brilliant mix of new products, health news, delicious recipes, advice and sensational giveaways. We also feature 3 amazing Wonder Women and the forces of nature behind our Doctors who contribute every issue of SLIM. We're sure you'll agree, there's something for everybody. Our cover this issue is Natalie Portman in her role as Jane Foster, Astrophysicist and Thor's troubled ex in the next instalment of the Marvel movie, "Thor: Love and Thunder", which promises to be another blockbuster. Natalie breaks the mold of the Hollywood star, placing equal importance on family, education and maintaining friendships from university years as the means of keeping it real. We hope you enjoy this issue!

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DIRECTOR OF SALES, MEDIA AND BRAND DEVELOPMENT Kate Bennett: SOCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Annie Noon ~ Fotoforce • Peter Flowers photography • Melina Muenstermann • Nick Hastie • Darren Gill • Tolhurst Creative ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Phone: 0419 909 925 EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES MEDIA REQUESTS IT AND SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANT Bailey and Zoe Bennett DISTRIBUTORS Deb Farnworth-Wood • Dr Jason Free • Dr Peter Widdowson • Dr Andrew Cary • Dr Ben Anderson • Dr Drew Cronin • Hairart Boutique • Standard Market Company- Brickworks • Her Medical • Pause Mediclinic HEAD OFFICE PO Box 8875, Gold Coast Mail Centre Q 9726 Phone: 07 5591 7231 Email: SLIM Magazine is published three times a year. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without permission from SLIM Magazine. Copyright belongs to SLIM Magazine. Liability howsoever as a result of use or reliance upon advice, representation, statement, opinion, or conclusion expressed in SLIM Magazine is expressly disclaimed by the publisher and all persons involved in the preparation of this publication. The opinions and views contained in this publication are not necessarily the views of the publisher.

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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 the lives of many people just like you, who are now living the life they could only dream of before.

SADI Procedure The SADI procedure (Sleeve Gastrectomy plus DuodenoIleostomy) involves a sleeve gastrectomy with bypass of part of the small intestine. The weight-loss and resolution of medical disorders is much more than a sleeve gastrectomy alone. This procedure is preferred over Gastric Bypass as it avoids many of the long-term problems some patients with gastric bypass experience. Dr Free has pioneered this procedure in Australia and modified it to improve it’s long term safety whilst maintaining improved weight-loss. Dr Free continues to lead research comparing the various types of SADI and other weight-loss procedures.


Call 07 5564 6501 Suite 2, Pindara Professional Centre, 8 - 10 Carrara Street, Benowa QLD

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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contents Features


22 Love the skin you’re in – by CN Rajdi Gemeri

60 Chinese-ish

24 OMB Solicitors - Asset Protection 30 Cover Story - Natalie Portman 32 Gold Coast Wonder Women – The Wives of SLIM'S Medical Contributors 36 Alana Clarkson - Local Entrepreneur 37 Jackson Rameau - Agent on the Rise 71 How to Be Well A Handbook for Women

62 More Fish, More Veg 64 Sea Salt 66 The Family Meal Solution 68 Around the table


Regular Features 6

Publisher’s letter – Kate Bennett

14 Bites – A little bit of this…. a little bit of that


26 Make a Move - The hottest new season activewear 28 A real life weight-loss story Inspiring Cousins

SLIM Experts

34 Fashion - Winter Warmers

38 Dr Jason Free Meet our Team

40 Beauty Savers

42 Dr Widdowson and Dr Cronin Your best body through contouring

56 Men's Fashion

50 Competitions – WIN with SLIM

44 Dr Andrew Cary – HPV - Myth and Precautions

70 Porsche - All - Electric Taycan

46 Dr Ben Anderson – Broken Heart Syndrome

73 Latest Movies to hit the big screen

72 Books we Love 74 Socials – have you been snapped?

48 Dr Donna Tanchev – Endometriosis

82 Inspiration Verbatim


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Introducing Ramsay Mental Health As the largest private provider of private mental health care in Australia, Ramsay Mental Health is dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of those we treat. Ramsay Clinic Gold Coast

Ramsay Psychology Southport

Our mental health service offers inpatient programs for youths (from 16 years of age) and adults requiring treatment for mood, anxiety, personalities disorders and alcohol dependency. We also offer neurostimulation services and a comprehensive range of day and community programs.

Supporting your mental health in ways that work for you. Our experienced psychologists are compassionate, personable and will listen to your concerns and give you tools and strategies to help you live life with confidence and peace.

We are the only private Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) provider on the Gold Coast saving our community from having to travel to Brisbane for this service. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to providing holistic care underscored by the best available, evidence-based psychiatric and psychological treatment.

They may incorporate preventative care and education into your treatment plan along with a suite of resources and support, to assist you to optimally manage your mental health symptoms. Phone: 1300 171 715

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Bonne Maman has released two new limited-edition conserves created for special moments to cherish. The limited-edition conserves include a Strawberry, Raspberry and Elderflower Spread and a Lemon and Yuzu Spread, each featuring an exclusive, beautiful pink gingham lid. A twist on a timeless conserve, the Bonne Maman Strawberry, Raspberry and Elderflower Spread looks beyond the regular Strawberry Jam and adds endless possibilities to any dish such as breakfast pancakes, afternoon tea cakes or a decadent dessert. Fresh and bold, the Bonne Maman Lemon Yuzu Spread adds a unique flavour to your creations. Lemon Yuzu, a Japanese citrus lemon valued for its highly aromatic rind, creates a conserve that is fresh, zesty and full of depth. Bonne Maman products contain no artificial colours, additives or preservatives. $5.75 for a 370g jar. Available from Independent Supermarkets whilst stock lasts.

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Curatif tastes victory (again) Australian-owned Curatif has received a glittering haul of 13 honours at the 2022 SIP Awards, including a Double Gold for the Archie Rose Espresso Martini and a Platinum for the Tequila Tromba Tommy’s Margarita. Joining these are an Innovation Award for the groundbreaking Amaretto Sour (made in collaboration with Bar Bambi) and five golds across the range as well as five Consumers’ Choice Awards. The World Drink Awards recently tipped Curatif as the global go-to premix whether you have a taste for something old school or new. The label’s Trader Vic's Mai Tai (a collab with Jacoby's Tiki Bar) was named 'World’s Best Classic Cocktail' and their Plantation Rum Pineapple Daiquiri was dubbed the 'World’s Best Contemporary Cocktail'. $45.00 pack of 4.

In CHOICE Magazine’s recent test for fully automatic coffee machines, JURA’s E8 and Z10 have been recognised as the best performers. Both machines were top scorers with a score of 81 percent, with the Z10 scoring 88 percent for ease of use. George Liakatos, JURA Australia’s Managing Director says, “It is such an honour to be recognised by CHOICE®, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy organisation. JURA’s ambition is to be a global innovative leader in automatic specialty coffee machines and this recognition is significant.” The JURAE8 comprises the Professional Aroma Grinder, a new, quiet grinder with a perfected cutting geometry which allows the flavours to fully unfold, thereby increasing the aroma by 12.2 percent. 17 different coffee specialities can be prepared at the touch of a button, including a Cortado Automatic milk system cleaning takes place at the touch of a button with new mini tabs. The JURA Z10 Aluminium White and Diamond Black $4,490, and JURA E8 Piano Black, Piano White and Dark Inox of $2,390. Available online and at selected electrical retailers, department stores and specialty outlets.

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Cool infusion Specialist food importer, Arthur Brunt Quality Grocer has some excellent suggestions for refreshment. Loyd Cold Tea Infusion Lemon Lime & Mint is a great pick me up throughout the working day, or a sensational way to add bite to a G&T. Fruit, herbal tea with lemon, lime and mint flavour, prepared in cold water, is the perfect solution for hot summer. The combination of lemon and lime acidity with mint leaves captivates with taste, while giving the impression of coolness. Refreshing aromas of lemon, lime and mint leaves have been enclosed in threedimensional pyramids, which thanks to the use of innovative silky material, release the bouquet and taste contained in the dried fruit even better. Also available in Strawberry & Raspberry and Apple & Pineapple. $5.70 for 12 tea bags. For coffee lovers, there’s Mokate Gold Iced Coffee Drink, available in four delicious flavours: Mocha, White Chocolate, Chocolate & Mint and Caramel. Just add milk and ice. $5.80 for 10 sachets.

Gut health is critical for your overall well-being and when it’s thrown off kilter, it can present all kinds of nasty symptoms. My Way Up Co-Founder, exercise physiologist and nutritionist, Steve Collins, knows this all too well from personal experience; He suffered with Psoriasis and had tried all the ointments, creams and superficial treatments on the market. None of those things fixed the actual problem. He found his gut was damaged due to lifestyle, diet, stress and infections, leading to an immune system that was haywire! After an eye-opening health journey that included four hospital visits and emergency surgery, Steve got to the root of the problem. Now, he wants to share everything he has learned. My Way Up is a one stop (and one-of-a-kind) shop for gut health testing and customised supplement recommendations. My Way Up’s product offering includes: My Way Up Pro Gut™ DNA stool test, which is an at-home test that features world leading DNA technology and a one-on-one consultation with a clinical nutritionist – all carried out from the comfort of your home. Then there’s My Way Up supplements which are a suite of trusted, high purity supplements, developed by leading Australian nutrition PhD researchers which can help with a variety of gut-related concerns. To discover personalised supplement recommendations, customers can simply use the site’s two-minute quiz online at

Multi all-rounder The Fast 800 has launched their long-awaited Multivitamin. The bespoke Multivitamin formulation, with 25 essential vitamins and minerals, is specifically formulated to support your journey to better health: Immune Bolstering Potential - Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Selenium and Zinc; B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Iron for energy; Zinc, Magnesium, Copper and Iron important for brain health; Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, one of the main building blocks of bones, skin, hair and muscles, while Vitamin E protects the skin from sun damage. Vitamin D can help prevent skin ageing, while Vitamin A and Zinc also contribute to the maintenance of healthy hair. The Fast 800 Multivitamin has your daily 100 percent recommended daily intake of both Vitamin B12 and D3, along with Iron and Zinc. $19.99 for 30 capsules.

Choc Zero hero Healthy Confectionary is finally here, X50 style. After more than two years of development, the founders of Choc Zero think it could be the best tasting no added sugar plant based chocolate money can buy. They have avoided all added sugar including sugar alcohols, polydextrose and other binders and preservatives usually used to make chocolate. Made in Australia using only Fair Trade certified cocoa and other quality ingredients, Choc Zero is available in various flavour combinations, including Dark Chocolate with Mint and Mylk Chocolate with Strawberry. $4.59 per 50g bar. 15

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As Aussies embrace mindful drinking more than ever before, Wilde Guru is perfect for those seeking a hydrating, non-alcoholic beverage, whilst still wanting to participate in the ‘social drinking’ aspect of their favourite activities, including festivals, concerts and barbecues. Wilde Guru is now available in Natural, and Lemon & Lime Flavours through Dan Murphy’s nationally.

BEAR Snacks aims to help Aussie parents find convenient and healthy snack options for kids’ lunchboxes, with the launch of their new Blackcurrant handrolled Fruit Rolls, that contain no added sugar, are 100 percent natural and 100 percent kidapproved. Now available in three delicious flavours, Blackcurrant, Strawberry, Raspberry, they are made of fruit and absolutely nothing else. BEAR selects only the best fruit and vegetables that are fresh and in season, using the whole fruit, not just the juice and never concentrates. BEAR also is free of any gumming agents and fillers that other brands tend to use to bulk up production yield and lower sugar claims. Available at IGA or online via Amazon, eBay and Catch.

Dad sandals and chunky sneakers might be great casual options, but sophisticated support and cushioning technology can now be retrofitted so you can return to enjoying heels with comfort and support. Fashion-loving podiatrist Emily Smith has revolutionised the way women are able to wear dress shoes through the development of her innovative, science-backed insoles under the brand Emily Braidwood. The patented footbeds allow women to wear their shoes of choice, while simply adding comfort and support and are available in two options – heels and flats. Created to make wearing heels not simply bearable but enjoyable, Emily Braidwood advanced HEXAGEL X MEDIGEL formula combines unparalleled cushioning technology with a sophisticated aesthetic and scientific engineering that doesn’t compromise on style or space.

$11.99 for 4-pack.

$5.50 for a pack of five.

$49.95. Available online at

Wilde and wonderful Wilde Guru is rehydrating, all-natural sparkling water, infused with real beer hops. Described as a ‘beer meets seltzer’, Wilde Guru is the perfect water substitute, with zero alcohol, calories or carbs.

Kid-approved snacks

Brain boosters Award-winning tech entrepreneurs, Nick Austin and Ted McGill are carving out a promising path for the burgeoning nootropics market. The duo recently launched Yootropics Brain, the first non-stimulant, universal nootropic to be listed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia. For Ted McGill, who suffered from ADHD as a child, although loathed his medication, the impact of nootropics has been personally life-changing. In an attempt to search for a natural alternative that would help him and others like him function and thrive, the basis for Yootropics was born. Yootropics Brain is the first of many products to be released by Yootropics, soon to launch Calm and Focus to market. Calm supports mood balance, reduces anxiety, improves mind relaxation, and calms nerves, while Focus is designed to enhance focus, clarity and short-term memory, adaptation to stress, and mental stamina. $94.99

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Single-serve Boxtails Get INTU it!

Totally fresh tea

INTU Sleep & Skin Renewal is the new super powder and the perfect nightcap to target those over-stimulated multi-taskers who want to wake up re-energised and with hydrated, youthful-looking skin. Much loved media personality, Anna Robards has launched her first business with her long time friend, awardwinning tech entrepreneur Christie Whitehill. The powerhouse formula combines eight stellar ingredients co-staring the potent antioxidant astaxanthin that is 65 times stronger than Vitamin C, Magnesium citrate/ glycinate to reduce restlessness and promote deeper sleep, Marine collagen to hydrate and regenerate the skin, plus lemon balm and passionflower.

Fresh Tea Marine Collagen + Shrooms from X50 is an incredible beauty blend of nature’s best superfoods. Deep Sea Atlantic Marine Collagen supplies protein to skin, hair and nails, Chaga and Lion’s Mane Mushrooms help improve gut microbiota, boosting beneficial bacteria, digestion and absorption of nutrients, while Curcumin and Chaga provide antioxidants and help reduce inflammation and Broccoli Sprouts support digestion and cleanse.

New single-serve Boxtails are a world-first. At only 60 calories per serve, they are 99 percent sugar free and are a guilt-free option for party goers. Hailed as the most convenient cocktails, Boxtails come in brightly illustrated 250ml cartons and are available in Mai Tai, Passionfruit Martini and Pink Gin Daiquiri. $11.99 for 4-pack.

$59.95 for 60 serves.

The product was inspired by their experiences of motherhood. After the birth of their children, the lack of sleep and dull-looking skin that came with motherhood, inspired the creation of a supplement that conveniently targeted both these areas. Their point of difference is an all-in-one super powder: A sleep aid for your body and mind, and a beauty drink for your skin, this product is designed to help you wake up feeling re-energised with hydrated, youthful-looking skin.

Spray fresh Meluka Australia, the producers of 100 percent certified raw organic Australian honey products, has today released their ultimate travel essential, Wanderer.

$39.95 for 320g. Order online at

Wanderer is a travel mist spray with a calming, soothing blend of Australian botanicals, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Aniseed Myrtle and Rosalina, mixed with Lavender, and Sandalwood. Created to help travellers journey well, it has been carefully crafted with 100 percent pure essential oils including Australian tea tree, widely recognised for its natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic benefits. It also contains Orange Peel Oil, Lavender Flower Oil, Lime Oil, Sandalwood Oil and Aniseed Leaf Oil

For 20 percent off, use the code at checkout: SLIM20. Limit one per customer. PLUS one special customer will win their order doubled up.

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$89 for 280g.

Collagen miracle worker Beauty Boss is the first product in the Health Boss range. Beauty Boss is a collagen formula, made up of grass fed, sustainably raised, bovine collagen peptides (SOLUGEL®). Along with key ingredients such as Vitamin C, Zinc and Nettle extract, Beauty Boss is specifically for hair, skin and nail health. It also includes prebiotics such as Inulin and corn fibre for good gut health. Available in Natural Berry flavour or unflavoured.


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Flavour-first hot sauce Sir Racha has taken the traditional sriracha hot sauce to new heights, creating a sauce that is full of flavour but not respectful to your taste buds, giving a mild punch that everyone can enjoy. Sir Racha’s Original Hot Sauce is made using sun ripened, red, Australian jalapenos fermented with garlic and onion to bring out natural sugars. This naturally sweetened mix is blended with vinegar to give it a sour tang. With just 2.6 calories, zero grams of fat and only 23mg of sodium per serve, Sir Racha is a healthy, all-natural product that supports Australian farmers and their families. Available from selected retail outlets. $5.99 for 200ml.

In a bid to reduce the impact of cleaning on the environment, re·stor has launched an innovative range of water-free cleaning and laundry products re·stor Laundry Detergent Sheets and re·stor Cleaning Tablets and re·fill Bottles. In Australia, the cleaning industry alone ships the equivalent of 24 Olympic sized swimming pools (60 million litres of water) around the world every year to reach supermarket shelves. This means more than 53 million single-use plastic laundry and cleaning bottes must be used to transport this liquid that eventually get thrown away – and only 37 percent of this recycled. Worse yet, consumers are paying more for products that are up to 95 percent water and are harmful to the environment. re·stor’s products eliminate the transportation of unnecessary water around the world by replacing traditional cleaning products with a hardworking concentrate for an affordable price. Available in selected Woolworths stores nationally.

Get your Fixx Burleigh Heads-based Fixx Nutrition specialises in all-natural, functional nutrition solutions and is enjoying global growth off the back of success in Australia, led by the CrampFix product range. CrampFix is a scientifically designed formulation inspired by an age-old cure for cramps - pickle-juice, and is popular with athletes seeking cramp relief and also older Australians and people with chronic illnesses requiring relief from rapid onset cramping. Fixx Nutrition was founded in 2017 by Michelle and Jan Buchegger following the sale of their previous business, food manufacturer and supplier Fehlbergs Fine Foods to Australian food giant Riviana. Both passionate athletes committed to ensuring that their product range was derived from all-natural, ethically sourced, and Australian-made products. Available Australia-wide distribution in Woolworths.

Made for menopause New research conducted by Xali, Australia's first training, dietary and wellness online platform that caters towards women going through biological changes with a focus on perimenopause and menopause, has found that while 90 percent of Australians claim to know what it is, over half (53 percent) of those who recognise what menopause is, incorrectly defined the definition of menopause, and only 38 percent of respondents claim to know what perimenopause is. Xali is a daily personalised program that provides workouts, recipes, education and support to women based on the four pillars of Move, Eat, Learn and Connect. Xali creates recommendations for women bursting with energy but also provides options for the days when they want to pull back. After an initial 14 day free trial, pricing for Xali starts at $8 per week ($420 annual 12 month subscription, 3 months at $50 per month or $75 month to month).

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Immunity-bolstering chai Arkadia, famous for their café indulgent chai tea are leading the way this winter with a new chai range packed with additional nutrients to bolster your immune system. Ayurvedic spices like ginger root and turmeric have been used for thousands of years in traditional Indian medicines to reduce inflammation, support a healthy respiratory system and boost immunity. Arkadia have combined these two super spices with black pepper in an immunity boosting chai tea, with added Vitamin C, Zinc and Iron. The link between gut health and general well-being is well documented, so the addition of pre and probiotics just adds even more to this super chai’s credentials. And with a mere 55 calories per serve, you can enjoy a moment of chai indulgence without any guilt. Available from selected Coles and Woolworths stores.

Ball power Swap sugar-filled chocolate bars for Bounce’s new Choc Mint protein balls, the smarter way to snack. Zingy Choc Mint flavour is the latest snacking sensation to join their range of 100 percent, natural, protein-rich and low-fat balls. Inspired by the super-popular Cacao Mint ball, the recipe has been improved to produce this creamy chocolate ball finishing with a minty fresh hit. Glutenfree and containing no refined sugar, these Aussie-made treats are the perfect 3pm pick up, handbag, gym bag or briefcase essential. $3 per ball at Coles and Woolworths nationally or online for $36 for a box of 12.

With the support of our wonderful staff we research, source, select and deliver the finest fresh food and quality ingredients every day from local and international food producers, whether they be heritage and organic growers, artisan butcher and bakers, seasonal specialists, gourmet importers or culinary craftspeople. We don’t just do this to meet our own high standards; we do this to meet yours as well. Quality, freshness and inspired ideas are all standard expectations at The Standard Market Company.



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Australian men's health brand, The Gentleman recently celebrated the launch of their vegan Hydrating Cream and the release of the 30-Day Challenge app, ‘Thegentlemanroutine'. The Gentleman skincare was developed and approved by dermatologists and includes the epic Hydrating Cream. Anti-stress, anti-inflammatory, it contains blue gum, eucalyptus, jasmine and lavender scent and protects and conditions the skin. TO WIN: Email competition@ with THE GENTLEMEN in the subject line. Include your contact details. $45.

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LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN CONGRATULATIONS TO PAUSE MEDICLINIC, CELEBRATING ONE YEAR OF SKINCARE SOLUTIONS. RAJDI GEMERI IS THE FOUNDER OF PAUSE MEDICLINIC, THE PLACE TO CALL HOME FOR ALL YOUR SKIN CARE NEEDS As Pause celebrates one year of operation, Rajdi shares some of the popular treatments her patients find the most effective, and reason to keep coming back. The Pause treatment menu includes: Cosmetic Injectables including Anti Wrinkle & Dermal Filler, PDO Mono Threads, Collagen Stimulators Advanced skin treatments such as SkinPen®, Tixel®, Chemical Peels, Hydrabrasion, LED Light Therapy & Luxury Bespoke Facials. “In our busy and fast-paced lifestyles, there is rarely any time to press pause, to take time for oneself,” says Rajdi. “It is so important to relax, recharge and refresh. Pause Mediclinic was born in the hope that you will take a step back from the chaos of the day-to-day and feel all the better for it. At Pause, we are all heart-centred clinicians who strive for perfection in our services. Everyone is welcome and everyone is worthy.” When it comes to skincare essentials, you can’t go past sunscreen, says Rajdi. “It has a dual role in preventing UVA rays which cut our collagen like laser beams and in turn create lines and wrinkles. UVB rays are what burn us and lead to skin damage and pigmentation.” Also effective for holding back the hands of time is active cosmeceutical skincare, which simply means products that are not only results driven but need to be prescribed. “We assess the skin not only by looking at it but also asking specific assessment questions and looking at the skin using special lights that can ‘see’ what is happening under the surface of the skin,” she explains. “The science behind these products aids with the delivery, targets the cause and can also help turn the cells off in the skin to stop making the pigment." “Skin treatments depend on the skin quality and pigmentation that each individual presents with. We have state of the art equipment, matched with our in-depth skin knowledge and experience to tailor an individual treatment regime. We are not a cookie cutter clinic! One size does not fit all.”After sessions of treatment, how can we prevent the return of pigmentation and age spots?

Rajdi says “skincare & sunscreen!” “This is so important. With certain pigment issues that includes not getting sunburnt on other parts of your body. Sadly, people think that if they protect their face, that will keep them protected. But if you suffer from hormonal pigmentation such as Melasma, then sunscreen needs to be worn all over your body to help keep the pigmentation on your face at bay." “Some skincare helps with enzymes in the skin making the melanin (brown spots), while other skincare can stop the production of melanin at the DNA level and yet another type can help to fade the pigment.” For targeted anti-ageing, volumising threads have been shown to work wonders. “Voluming threads are made of the material used in dissolvable stitches, called polydioxanone,” says Rajdi. “The same material used in the smaller, thinner threads called mono threads that help to rejuvenate the skin. As the name suggests, volumising threads help to add structure to the face. We have been using them as an alternative to filler. One thread is equivalent to half a syringe of filler (0.5ml)."

building their self-confidence. They start as shy kids, avoiding eye contact, and slowly become more engaging and familiar with us. “The ‘Pause Difference’ is twofold – we treat everyone who walks through the door as if they are a long lost friend. Why? Because we acknowledge their ability to come somewhere new and the trust they put in us to treat them. Secondly, we only offer treatments that are tried and tested on us first. “We wholeheartedly believe in every treatment and product that we offer. We often hear how women don’t feel like they have had their concerns heard, that they have been made to feel ‘not good enough’ or ‘too far gone’ which is just heart breaking. “In all honesty, I think people relate to us. We take our role very seriously and are acutely aware of people’s vulnerability. We are all about building confidence.”

“Specific areas include cheeks, nasolabial folds (mouth to nose lines), marionette lines (corner of mouth to jawline lines) and in the tear troughs (under eye). To simplify the process, they stimulate collagen. They break down over time and further threads may be used depending on the amount of volume restoration required.” After one year in business, Rajdi is thrilled with the response from her regular clientele, all of whom refer others, creating a “Pause family”. “One comment we often hear is visiting Pause is like receiving a big warm hug,” she says. “We listen to our patients concerns. We are all about making people feel more confident. This is so evident not only with the adults who are receiving injectable or skin treatments but also the teenagers that we treat. “We have a passion project with the teens – we call it our ‘Teen Clean’ – it’s all about helping clean the skin of the teens whilst 22 slim magazine Winter 2022

BY COSMETIC NURSE RAJDI GEMERI Pause Mediclinic 2 Drury Ave, Southport Tel: (07) 2111 3544

Pause Mediclinic Permission to take the time for yourself

Pause Mediclinic is the place to call home for all your skin needs. In our busy & fast-paced lifestyles, there is rarely any time to press pause; to take time for oneself. To relax, recharge & refresh. Pause Mediclinic was born in the hope that you will take a step back from the chaos of the day-to-day & feel all the better for it. We here at Pause are all heart-centred clinicians that strive for perfection in our services delivered to you all whilst loving you up! We only offer treatments & products that we whole-heartedly believe in. Our home is a relaxed, inviting & friendly environment where our patients quickly become our friends. Behind our white fence lies onsite parking to ensure privacy & discretion. Everyone is welcome, everyone is good enough & everyone is worthy.

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ASSET PROTECTION AND FAMILY LAW FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS WITH THE INCREASE IN BLENDED FAMILIES AND SEPARATIONS IN MODERN TIMES, IT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY COMMON WHEN ENTERING NEW RELATIONSHIPS TO BE CONCERNED WITH PROTECTING YOUR PRE-EXISTING ASSETS. Whilst it may seem unromantic or to be "cursing" a new relationship to consider what will happen if it ends, it is also very sensible, pragmatic and practical to do so. This is where a Financial Agreement can be considered. A Financial Agreement – What is it? A Financial Agreement is essentially a contract between the parties to the relationship which deals with, in a formal manner, how your real estate, other assets, superannuation and liabilities will be divided in the event of a breakdown of a marriage or a de facto relationship. There is a requirement for each party to have been independently advised as to the advantages and disadvantages of entering into the agreement and both solicitors must sign a certificate indicating they have provided that advice. There is sometimes a misconception that a Financial Agreement is simply a prenuptial agreement and only for use before a marriage takes place or a relationship commences. This is not the case. A Financial Agreement can be entered into at any stage of the relationship such as when a couple is entering into a de facto relationship, during a relationship whether married or not, or after separation. A Financial Agreement – Why would you enter into one? A Financial Agreement is primarily entered into to create a degree of certainty about what will happen in the future. It can provide clarity and a clear path for what will happen in the event of a separation. Even if you are in a happy stage of your relationship, it can be worthwhile considering a Financial Agreement as

part of a wider asset protection strategy including Estate Planning and Financial Planning. This is partly because people are often more amicable and flexible during their relationship rather than when it ends, where there are a whole range of emotional drivers attached to their decision-making. A Financial Agreement can also be used as a tool to finalise the financial arrangements of separated parties and can offer more flexibility than formalising their arrangements via a Court Order, such as a Consent Order. A Financial Agreement – What are the advantages? The end of a relationship can be incredibly stressful. If you do not have to add negotiating a property settlement into the mix at that point in time, it will make what is often a hard process, far less costly, stressful, and emotionally draining. One of the other major benefits of a Financial Agreement is that there can be mechanisms put in place that sets out how property is to be acquired throughout your relationship and whether that occurs jointly or is kept separate from each other. One of the greatest advantages is that there is a degree of flexibility for both parties. An experienced family lawyer will be able to prepare an agreement that can provide for a whole range of scenarios. The agreement can go into as much detail as required. A Financial Agreement – Do you have only one chance at its terms? A Financial Agreement would normally be set up as a one-time document, but there is a possibility that you can build into the agreement a plan to update it after a certain number of years. 24 slim magazine Winter 2022

An alternate to reviewing the Financial Agreement is to build into the document, arrangements for future scenarios. For example, the Financial Agreement may include particular payments to be made, based on a certain number of years you have been together, or it could be dependent on the number of children you have. It is important to note that Financial Agreements are not without risk. There is a chance they can be set aside by the Courts. This is why it is so important to ensure when you consider this as a possible asset protection strategy, that you seek advice from an expert in family law. As an Accredited Specialist in Family Law, I advise my clients that they must provide the other party with full financial disclosure and encourage them to get evidence information that details the other person's assets and their financial position. We do that on both sides to ensure that there is a reduced risk of there being any issue later on, relating to insufficient disclosure of financial position and the nature of their assets. Bringing Financial Agreements into asset protection discussions In the event that you are entering into a new relationship, contemplating marriage or considering a separation, a conversation with a specialist family lawyer is the first step. Once armed with information, you can then decide if a Financial Agreement is something you wish to add to your asset protection strategy or a method to resolve your property settlement. Abbi Golightly OMB Solicitors - Partner Accredited Specialist - Family Law Level 1, 9 Seabank Lane, Southport, Tel: (07) 5555 0000.

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Nude Lucy has opened their first permanent store at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Brand spokesperson, Nilou Zibaee welcomed the launch of the store, saying “This store is a huge milestone for our brand, and is the result of a passionate team coming together who live and breathe what we do.” Established in Sydney in 2010, Nude Lucy aims to provide “a premium, everyday wardrobe inspired by an inherently Australian relaxed way of life”. The active wear range has a sustainability focus and is crafted from recycled fabric. The collection is designed to be comfortable, versatile and extend beyond your workout, focusing on the mission to inspire movement and flow, empower body positivity and to protect the planet.






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LARi ACTIVE Fuelled by a passion for fashion and fitness, LARi has just launched its first collection into the Australian market, showcasing the next generation of fashion forward and sustainable activewear for women. LARi combines a fashion-centric approach with high performance technology, comfort and functionality resulting in refreshingly bold pieces made for the modern lifestyle. Pieces from activewear leggings, sports bras, tops, to jackets and athleisure dresses, not only look good, but transition easily from the gym to streetwear, ensuring comfort, without compromising on style. The brand empowers fashion conscious women to make conscious choices with their fashion, knowing that the product on their skin not only feels good, but has been made using ethical manufacturing standards. The fabric itself is not only sourced from the best manufacturers across the world, including stunning Italian fabrics, it also features LARi’s “Love It Forever” focus, which aims to make long lasting pieces that you can wear repeatedly and still feel as good as new. LARi (pronounced “laaree”) is the Indonesian word for “run”, which has obvious connotations for the brand, and is the word the Founders would describe as the pace they, and modern women, live their lives.









Dennis - before

Dennis after


What was your relationship with food?

AGE: 38

I was on a 'see-food' diet or indulging or comfort eating. I did and do love food, but it came to a point where I needed help to reign it in.


What motivated you to go on your weight-loss journey? Hernia, diabetes, high blood pressure and in some cases, it had affected my confidence with myself and the ladies. I realised I needed to make some changes. The biggest motivator was my niece. Also, it is an awesome feeling to be such a motivation to my cousin, Mahir to go through his weight-loss journey too. It’s great to see others proud of what I have achieved and have wanted to do the same for themselves.

What made you decide on weight-loss surgery and which procedure was the right one for you? Overall, over the yo-yo dieting to lose weight and knew I had to make a change. I tried dieting or working out but for such a big person, it never moved as much as I’d hope. I heard great things about the surgeon, so I went for a consultation and he made me feel very comfortable about my decision and helped me choose the right option for me. Post-surgery, what have been some of the challenges? One of the biggest challenges for me has definitely been, shortly after surgery the self-doubt started to kick in and hard: ‘What if I made the wrong decision, should I have done this, what have I done?’

How long had you battled with weight issues?

But I had a strong support network with my family and my friends. I had to remind myself of why I chose to do it in the first place. I found it hard with such a big and fast change from what I was eating to what was left of eating. It was a huge change but I wouldn't change that for the world. I'm much more comfortable now, more than ever.

Give or take a few, but about 15 years.

Any regrets?

What health problems did you face as a result?

The only one is I wish I’d done it sooner. I wish that I had heard of the surgeon and his team earlier. I tried to do it without surgery. I gave it my all, but for some people surgery is the best option.

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Mahir and Dennis - after


Mahir before

HEIGHT: 192CM CURRENT WEIGHT: 97KG HEAVIEST WEIGHT: 149KG DAY OF SURGERY WEIGHT: 139KG HOW MANY KILOS DID YOU LOSE? 52KGS What was your relationship with food? Growing up, food was life, coming from an ethnic family. If I was stressed, food always calmed me down. If I was bored, food was always there. I hate wasting food because there are so many people in the world who don’t have what we have but that lead to always over-indulging. What motivated you to go on your weight-loss journey? I wanted to do this surgery 18 months ago for my wife and kids and for myself, but went to see a surgeon and it didn’t feel right. But eight months ago, my cousin Dennis had the operation and was keeping an eye on his progress and how he was handling it. He was about four weeks post-op and he saw me and grabbed me and said “cousin, you have to do this to save your life! I don’t care, I’ll pay for it! It’s a life changer!” He usually is a funny, jokearound kind of guy, but in that moment, he had a tear in his eye I knew it was time to get it done. How long had you battled with weight issues? Since I was a child, my weight was always up and down. I would work out and be healthy but then having kids and multiple businesses, I didn’t have time to look after myself constantly because I always was working or doing family life. When Covid hit, it went to next level and the weight packed on like crazy. What health problems did you face as a result? I have Ankylosing spondylitis which is an inflammatory disease. I didn’t realise

until after my operation that the food I ate inflamed my body and was always in so much pain. I was on multiple medications daily which, since the operation, I have come off and only take them from time to time. I also had sleep apnoea to the point where I could only sleep two hours and then wake up. A week after the operation, I stopped snoring and slept for eight hours straight for the first time in years. Even mentally, I didn’t realise how much I was affected due to not have a proper sleep for years. I had no clue how bad my health and life were. What made you decide on weight-loss surgery and which procedure was the right one for you? I was sick of feeling uncomfortable, breathing heavy and not being able to buy clothes from a normal shop, so it was easy decision for me. I followed my cousin Dennis sleeve gastrectomy journey. He was two months ahead of me so just did what he did and had great results. Post-surgery, what have been some of the challenges? I was really lucky to have an amazing wife and children who supported me from pre to post op to this day. From time to time I’d get a bit down because everyone at the table is eat a massive dinner but then I think to myself, that dinner would have been the death of me soon enough, and to be able to sleep, feel energetic and mentally happy every day is worth the sacrifice.

make one phone call to change your life forever 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.

Any regrets? My only regret is that I didn’t do this earlier! The doctor and his staff have been so supportive and have made this whole journey so stress free I really appreciate them. They saved my life. 29

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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"Storytelling is our way of developing empathy and practicing empathy. When we care about characters when we’re watching a movie or reading a book, it’s the practice of empathy.”

Of fables and fantasy NATALIE PORTMAN IS A MODERN DAY SUPERHERO, MUM AND NOW, AUTHOR. We’ve watched her grow up, evolve as an actress and play some of the most moving characters on the silver screen, as a Senator, swan and soon, superhero with a particularly poignant secret. Her diverse roles in blockbusters and independent films over the past 28 years have earned her multiple accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. Natalie Portman, actor, director and most recently, author, is at heart a storyteller, who says her passion for acting stems from her the human urge to “develop empathy and practise empathy”. Born Natalie Hershlag in Jerusalem to an American mother and Israeli father, she moved with her family to the US in 1984 settling in Syosset, Long Island, New York where her father established a fertility medicine practice. As often happens in the Big Apple, she was approached by a modelling agent in a pizza restaurant, which she turned down, but did engage an agent and pursue her interest in acting with several auditions in off-Broadway shows. At just 12-years-old, Portman auditioned for and was chosen for the part of

Mathilda in Luc Besson’s 1994 film, “Léon: The Professional”. She adopted her maternal grandmother’s maiden name in an effort to protect herself from unwanted attention as a result of the some of the film’s themes, which she later criticised for their sexualisation of the young French orphan. She told the entertainment media she experienced “sexual terrorism” after the film’s release, and that in the #MeToo era, “no one would make a film like Léon today”. While still at high school, she made her Broadway debut in a 1998 production of “Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl and then went on to international stardom when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). Focused on her education, and keen for a taste of the real world beyond acting, Portman attended Harvard University and completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, concurrently acting on stage and film – in Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull (2001) and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002, 2005). Continuing her education, gaining a degree and all the experiences that entails, were important to Portman, especially as an actor, as she told Business Insider magazine. “Going to college was amazing for me, mainly in terms of giving me a group of friends that are so interesting, and from such different backgrounds, and such different interests and went into different careers. 30 slim magazine Winter 2022

“We’ve been in each other’s lives now for 20 years and our kids are in each other’s lives. It’s just a remarkable gift because it is the first time in your life that you’re exposed to people outside your neighbourhood, and in a real meaningful, deep way. “That was really wonderful and reaffirmed my decision to be an actress for sure, because I think I had questioned it a lot and the seriousness of it and what it meant. I realised how much I loved it and how much I wanted to do it and how much I felt storytelling had meaning, which is related to the book as well. Storytelling is our way of developing empathy and practicing empathy. When we care about characters when we’re watching a movie or reading a book, it’s the practice of empathy.” Her career progressed with her starring roles as “V for Vendetta” (2005), Anne Boleyn in “The Other Boleyn Girl” (2008), and a troubled ballerina in the psychological thriller, “Black Swan” (2010), which emerged as a sleeper hit, grossing over US$329 million worldwide against a US$13 million budget, and earned Portman several coveted awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actress. She went on to star in the biopic about Jacqueline Kennedy in “Jackie” (2016), which earned her a third Academy Award nomination, and perhaps her most surprising role, as Jane Foster in the Marvel Cinematic

Cover Story……… Universe superhero films starring Chris Hemsworth, “Thor” (2011) and “Thor: The Dark World” (2013), which established her among the world’s highest-paid actresses. And now fans are poised to see Portman reprise the role in “Thor; Love and Thunder”, directed by Taika Waititi and filmed in Australia. In an interview with Disney's D23 Magazine, Portman spoke of her return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and discussed the dark secrets Jane Foster is hiding in this episode. “I was so excited by what Taika, Chris [Hemsworth], and Tessa [Thompson] did in Ragnarok, ‘Love and Thunder’ seemed like a great opportunity to revisit the character and see her expand as a Superhero herself.” Astrophysicist and Thor’s ex-girlfriend, Jane Foster is secretly struggling with a terrible hardship which she can only overcome when wielding Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. In the interview, Portman said the idea of playing someone “who is as weak as she is strong” held particular appeal. “There is a superhero inside of every human who is forced to face a threat head-on,” she noted. Off screen, Portman is married to dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied and is devoted mum to two children, the source of inspiration for her recently published children’s book, “Natalie Portman’s Fables”, a reinterpretation of several classics, illustrated by Janna Matti. As she explained at the launch in February, “These classic tales have great messages (hard work pays off, perseverance and grit win over hubris and haste, abundance can be dangerous), but I hope they just feel like great stories we want to read again and again, the way I do with my children’s favourites.” She continued: “I chose these three fables, which are The Tortoise and The Hare, The Three Little Pigs, and Country Mouse and City Mouse were because they were the ones that I felt had really relevant lessons, still.” “The Tortoise and The Hare, for me, is so much about paying attention, not trying to rush through everything. I think it is more resonant than ever because the world feels so fast and noisy with so much going on and the true meaning seems completely founded in attention and in taking time.” “The beautiful thing about children’s books is that the children get the message of the story, but so do the parents, while reading it out loud to them over, and over, and over again every night. I like to read the things that enrich me too when I read to my kids at night.” “The Three Little Pigs is about building strong foundations. I thought that was really relevant now with the environment, because of course we have to be so conscious of how we’re building strong foundations that we need to think about now.” “And then City Mouse and Country Mouse is a timeless fable about real fulfillment versus superficiality. The superficial charms of the city don’t compare to true friendship, which is what’s valuable. They all felt like things that I cared about, wanted my kids to value and that I’d love them to have in their lives.” 31


NICOLE CRONIN Married to Dr Drew Cronin, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at The Lotus Institute, Nicole has achieved plenty in her own career.

contact me. It just so happened that we would both be travelling to Queenstown for a ski holiday, and we met up over there. The rest, as they say, is history!”

“I grew up on a farm in a small town called Proserpine where we bred and showed horses,” she recounts. “I was also very sporty as a teenager making it to the national titles for athletics. I moved to Brisbane for university where I studied a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Education.

While on maternity leave, Nicole completed her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) through the University of Queensland, graduating with Honours.

“After university I travelled to England where I worked as a high school PE teacher and travelled throughout the UK, Europe, Egypt and Morocco. When I returned to Australia, I worked for a company that distributed Plastic Surgery Medical Devices as a Product Specialist.” Nicole and Drew met at a Plastic Surgery Conference on the Gold Coast in 2011 when Drew was a junior doctor at Gold Coast Hospital. “Drew kept my business card in his wallet for two years before he worked up the courage to

“I returned to work and for the next four years I was the National Product Manager for the plastic surgery portfolio.” Currently, Nicole is juggling the needs of her family and managing the construction of their new clinic, The Coastal Clinic - Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics on Ferry Road. “When it’s completed, I will take on the General Manager role of the clinic.”With three children and various competing responsibilities, Nicole’s routine can be quite hectic. “Getting kids ready to go to school and daycare drop off for Maddy and James. I am lucky enough to have a nanny who looks after my four-month-old daughter while I work

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on the new clinic business plans and have meetings about the build with architects, builders, interior designers. Then school pickup and the evening routine of dinner, bath and bed before sitting down and enjoying some quiet time and a debrief of the day with Drew.” Fortunately, living and working on the Gold Coast allows Nicole and Drew to unwind and enjoy the best of all worlds. “I love the laid-back lifestyle, the weather and being so close to the beautiful beaches and waterways. It’s a great place to raise a young family. When we have time, we enjoy Restaurant Labart in Burleigh for date night and Paddock Bakery for the best breakfast on the GC. And of course, The Lotus Institute for everything pertaining to beauty, laser and injectables. “Queenstown is still one of our all-time favourite holidays, however having three small children has made that a little challenging. So, these days our destinations of choice for family holidays are Hamilton Island and Fiji.”

I have also just taken up knitting again and have always enjoyed sewing.” Fiona, Andrew and their children arrived on the Gold Coast in the early 90s, when Andrew was completing his training. “We had such a wonderful experience, we decided to return after a year living in the UK.

FIONA CARY A qualified nurse and midwife, Fiona Cary, married to Dr Andrew Cary, who specialises in Fertility, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, now works as his practice manager. “I manage all the accounts and assist Andrew to run the business side of the practice. I’m also the relief secretary.” Fiona undertook her general nursing training at the Mater Adult Hospital Brisbane and worked there for a number of years before heading to the old Holy Spirit Hospital working in ICU. “I then did my midwifery training at the Royal Women’s Brisbane,” she continues.

“I was 34 weeks pregnant when I completed this training and Andrew was on the O&G training program, so we moved location each year for four years and had another baby during that time.” Beyond work, Fiona is a keen golfer and loves skiing. “We have skied in many different locations around the world and have recently started more walking holidays. Our favourite destinations are NZ for the beautiful scenery and golf. Now we have a son who lives in Vancouver we frequently spread our wings to Canada.“Closer to home, we are about to head out to the Scenic Rim for a couple of days.


Kim Free is addicted to adventure. Wife of Specialist Bariatric Surgeon, Dr Jason Free, Kim is Business Manager at their private practice, working behind the scenes. “Jason and I are a great team, and we’ve been together 22 years, with five amazing kids,” states Kim. “My background is in outdoor recreation and education. I specialised in high adventure, climbing, abseiling ropes courses, leading adventure expeditions. “Jason and I met on the side of a mountain, rock climbing.” Their kids are just as active, undertaking a variety of sports, surf club, music and more. “It’s busy - but so much fun and so rewarding,” says Kim. “My day is centred around supporting everyone; preparing meals, before and after school activities. There’s always someone doing something to cheer on or help to get ready. I love being a mum. Family is everything to us.” Beyond work and home, Kim and Jason still make time for their active pursuits, including 33

“We saw the coast as a city with so much potential and have watched it grow so much over the past 30 years. The Gold Coast has everything that we have needed – great schools, great supportive hospital, we have not wanted to be anywhere else.” Denizens of the waterfront enclave known as the Isle of Capri, the Carys are fans of Via Roma for its shopping and restaurants. “We our very fortunate to have lived on the Isle of Capri for the last 20 years and have watched it change and mature. We enjoy the shops and restaurants at Via Roma as well as Island Emporium. We eat out regularly and try restaurants at Nobby's and Burleigh Heads, especially with our adult children.”

hiking and exploring, mountaineering, scuba diving, as well as cooking and gardening. “We’re very involved in youth development and manage the Under 6s at our surf club,” says Kim. “The Gold Coast offers a great lifestyle and lots of opportunities to do anything you love. It’s a great place for kids to grow up.” When it comes to hidden gems on the GC, Kim says her “go to” destination for fantastic food is Cardamom Pod at Brickworks. “Their food and smoothies are amazing!”

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Based at Palm Beach, Alana, a gym instructor for over 10 years, has released her own line called Idea Athletic which helps to wick away sweat, solving the problem of sweat marks in awkward places. During her time working at the gym, Alana has worn nearly every type of activewear that’s ever existed, and yes, that includes tights that have ridden up, rolled down, thinned out and most of all dampened around her thighs and bust, creating wet patches. She always heard the same complaint from women about getting sweat marks in their crotch and bust regions whenever they sweat, which is especially obvious if they are wearing a lighter colour. “One of the gyms I worked at was housed in a converted warehouse, so the temperatures would soar in summer!” Alana recounts. “That was when I would see and hear how irritated many women felt by visible sweat patches around their bust and crotch areas. Even including those garments that claimed to be ‘sweat wicking’ didn’t work.” Alana set about looking for activewear to buy that actually focused directly on minimising visible sweat patches through a different style of design. She could visualise exactly what it was that she wanted to buy but found that such products simply did not exist. And that was the turning point, Alana knew that if this product did not exist it needed to, so she set out on her mission to create high quality sweat solution activewear. The concept of Idea Athletic was born.

After two years of research and development, Alana devised the solution. Idea Athletic’s designs feature their own Australian innovation patented sweat-absorbing bamboo lining throughout the bust, crotch and rear panels called invisiSweat, made from a bamboo fibre which is nature’s superhero. It is naturally absorbent and can wick away moisture four times faster than cotton. It’s also temperature self-regulating which means it keeps you feeling cool and protected. The invisiSweat lining of Idea Athletic tights and sports bras are made with a high-quality bamboo/spandex fabric at a specific thickness that allows you to move freely and acts as the warrior against sweat showing through, whilst being completely invisible on the outside. The designs aren’t just practical, they’re incredibly chic and the range includes crops, tights with pockets and intimates made from buttery soft, four-way stretch Lycra in a range of fashion-forward colours. “We knew we needed a unique design with features and fabrics that were both completely invisible from the outside, but also didn’t feel bulky to wear,” says Alana. “We dedicated more than two years to researching and testing fabric to find the best combination that would defy sweat and be comfortable. We have also included pockets too making our activewear everything a woman could ever dream of.”

See the full range of separated in the Idea Athletic collection online.

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AGENT ON THE RISE Jackson Rameau - Sales, Ray White Commercial Gold Coast


Jackson's charisma, follow-up and ability to consistently remain the most motivated agent in the marketplace are what distinguish him from his peers. This third-generation agent has excelled over the past few years, achieving accolades and high regard within the industry. He explains his meteoric rise as the product of zeal and great mentors. “I was lucky enough to be mentored by one of the Gold Coast’s best agents which really jump-started my growth initially,” he says. “After graduating from The Southport School, I went straight into real estate,” he continues. “I had undertaken an apprenticeship with my current boss, so I knew where I was headed. I hold a Real Estate Licence, Auctioneers License, Certificate 3 in Business and a Diploma in Business. “To be perfectly honest though, the most learning I’ve experienced is in the real world falling forward!” Property is an industry he loves and can never see himself tiring of. “What attracted me to the business was the relationships with clients or having the freedom to shape your day however you like. “I love its diversity too! One day I am selling a warehouse, the next is a horse

stable, then a cold-storage facility, dental practice, honey-distribution facility or even a printing facility. My favourite has to be man caves at the moment though!” His tenacious approach and honesty have attracted clientele from all over the world and earnt the trust of his local community. As for the pitfalls, like many industries, you only get out what you put in, and that can mean long hours. “In real estate, you are the driver of your own business. There is no wage, it is just cold hard work. I found the more darts I threw, the more landed. From then on, I feel it was my motivation and willingness to outwork the competition.” Beyond work, Jackson laps up the Gold Coast lifestyle. “My favourite things to do would probably be just switching off so that I am on the ball come Monday. I enjoy hanging with family, exercising with my girlfriend, motorbike riding or enjoying the beaches.” Jackson has been declared 'Chairman Elite' which is the top 1 percent of the Ray White Group internationally and is part of the No. 1 Auction Team for the Ray White Commercial Group internationally. In 2021, he was crowned No. 1 Young Gun within Ray White Commercial Gold Coast and he is Premier Agent for the Ray White Group 2021-2022. 37

So far, 2022 is panning out to be his best yet, but he pledges to never rest on his laurels. “My goals for this year are to further establish my business within the Gold Coast Commercial and Industrial market and to reach out to more people. “I would also like to secure the spot of No. 1 Auction Agent for the Ray White Commercial Group internationally. I am in contention but will keep chipping away at it.” Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Jackson sees himself being in the industry, helping his clients for many decades to come and is proud to represent most of his clients more than just once. “My five to 10-year plan is definitely to remain on the Gold Coast. I see myself continuing to assist private clients and corporate companies who enjoy working with me and who are repeat clients because of our relationship and my genuine motivation to help the client.”

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Dr Dana Pakrou Dana is a specialist anaesthetist working in both public and private practice on the Gold Coast with subspecialty training in cardiac, bariatric and ENT surgery. He has been working with Jason at Pindara since 2014 and together they have cared for countless patients over that time. Outside of work Dana enjoys spending time with his wife and two young boys aged three and one. He also stays active and is a keen runner and cyclist making the most of the beautiful outdoor lifestyle the Gold Coast offers.

Dr Poppy Ehemann Dr Zara Summers Zara completed her medical training in 2016 at the University of Melbourne. She is currently a general surgery trainee in Brisbane and surgical assistant at Pindara Hospital with a future interest in breast and oncoplastic surgery. Outside of surgery, she loves surfing, art and design, and indoor gardening. Zara has been working with Surgery Gold Coast for three years. 38 slim magazine Winter 2022

Poppy is a General surgical and Urological PHO working on the Gold Coast. She completed her medical degree in 2019 from the University of Wollongong with an interest in rural and remote surgery. She is currently undertaking her Masters in medical research and hopes to gain a position as a formal surgical trainee next year. Poppy has been working with Dr Free assisting in theatre for the past 12 months and is currently the lead researcher at Surgery Gold Coast.

Dr Jason Free The Surgery Gold Coast Team is led by Dr Jason Free, a General and Laparoscopic surgeon who specialises in weight-loss surgery and Hepatobiliary surgery. He has trained extensively in these fields in Australia and overseas. In addition to performing the common weight-loss procedures such as the sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery), gastric bypass, gastric banding, and he has experience in revisionary weight-loss procedures involving operations on people who have had poor outcomes from prior procedures. Dr Free has also trained in Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary surgery and has spent two years full-time as a surgeon in units specialising in pancreatic and liver cancer surgery. He has trained as part of the Australian and New Zealand HepatoPancreatico-Biliary Association’s training program. His interest over the past two years has involved advancement of skills in laparoscopic liver surgery.

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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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Patients may seek surgery for several different reasons: they may have undergone massive weight-loss and be encumbered with rolls of excess skin, be struggling to ‘bounce back’ after pregnancy, or may have stubborn pockets that diet and exercise alone cannot fix. There are a range of different body contouring procedures available to tailor for each patient’s unique concerns or body issues. Common areas include the abdomen, arms, breasts, thighs, buttocks, hips, face and neck areas. Our surgeons provide a comprehensive consultation with our patients to discuss ideal results, expectation and outcomes for body contouring surgery after massive weight-loss. There are non-surgical body contouring options available, however, patients with more significant concerns or skin laxity will likely require surgery to achieve their desired results. The nonsurgical options are primarily used in conjunction with surgical procedures or to complement them. When the body stores excess fat, skin becomes stretched to accommodate it. Carrying that excess weight for many years before losing it again means that often skin has lost its elasticity, and sags lower on the body as the fat stores are deflated. Patients may notice that they have stretch marks or bands on their skin, particularly in the areas in which they held most of their weight. These are essentially scarred areas where the skin has stretched faster and further than it can tolerate, and connective scar tissue

has grown in between adjacent areas of the skin. Under a microscope, the skin of these patients will also exhibit numerous tiny areas of scar tissue, which have limited capacity to retract after massive weight-loss. Surgical removal of the excess skin is the only proven method of fixing the problem of skin laxity in these patients. Body contouring procedures can be large, long procedures that require the surgical dissection and excision of large amounts of tissue.

surgeon. Patients must understand the following: •

Communication is crucial between a patient and a plastic surgeon

Body contouring is not intended to provide weight-loss

Some body contouring procedures take time to show final results

There are risks when undergoing body contouring surgery

There are limitations to what body contouring surgery can do.

Patients that have lost huge amounts of weight, particularly those that have so after undergoing bariatric surgery for example, need to make sure that they are not deficient in the essential vitamins and nutrients required to recover and heal after such a surgery and be in peak form prior to surgery which will aid in recovery.

Body contouring is a procedure that aims to improve the shape of a person’s body by removing unwanted areas of fat or skin through surgical means. Plastic and reconstructive surgeons are highly trained individuals who can establish suitability for body contouring surgery.

Body contouring is not a weight-loss procedure and is most effective in patients after they have reached a healthy goal weight. Goal weight must be maintained for a minimum of three months prior to any surgical intervention, the final results of surgery are far superior and the risk of surgical complications such as infection, seroma and wound breakdown are significantly lower.

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Also, patients that lose further weight after having body contouring may find that they once again have loose, sagging skin and would be looking to have further surgery. Before undergoing body contouring surgery, it’s important to set realistic expectations and discuss these with a 42 slim magazine Winter 2022

The Lotus Institute combines experience and respected Surgeons with first-class care, providing patients with the ultimate plastic surgery experience.

Dr Peter Widdowson and Dr Drew Cronin have an accumulative of over 40 years in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgery.

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Dr Peter Widdowson has a background of nearly 30 years in Plastic, Reconstructive and Laser. Qualifying in his specialty in 1982 he has been an internationally acclaimed microsurgeon and reconstructive surgeon for over 20 years. Since commencing as Director at the Lotus Institute in 1999 he has super specialised in Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic and Laser Surgery, directing one of the most acclaimed Clinics in Australasia His qualifications include, Member of Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).

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Dr Drew Cronin is a Queensland trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based here on the Gold Coast. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He is also the first locally trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon on the Gold Coast, being one of the first graduates of the Griffith University School of Medicine. Dr. Cronin performs a wide variety of Plastic and Reconstructive surgical procedures, including body lift and body contouring procedures, aesthetic and reconstructive breast procedures, and facial aesthetic surgery. He also performs skin cancer excision and reconstruction, hand surgery and microsurgery.

• Abdominoplasty • Body Lift • Breast Implant Removal • Fat Grafting • Thigh Reduction • Otoplasty

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As a non-surgical option, The Lotus Institute has a highly-regarded and professional Aesthetic Injecting Department offering clients softening, volumising and enhancement of the tissues - especially of the face - using a variety of injectable products. Our nurses/injectors Patricia Hampson and Marie Steele have more than 26 years combined experience in this highly-skilled area. We also offer clients pure mineral makeup and medical-grade skincare, where nature meets clean science, based on clinical data and scientific expertise - all of which are completely biodegradable and environmentally friendly.The products are cruelty free, responsibly sourced and produced entirely in Australia.

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HPV – MYTHS AND PRECAUTIONS HPV IS A SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE THAT CAN CAUSE CERVICAL CANCER IF LEFT UNTREATED. BUT CAN IT ALSO IMPACT YOUR FERTILITY OR PREGNANCY? HPV stands for human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted infection which usually shows no symptoms and goes away by itself, but can sometimes cause serious illness. The virus is spread through intimate contact with genital skin and can infect both men and women. Condoms offer some but not total protection from HPV as they do not cover all the genital skin. You can be exposed to HPV the first-time sexual activity occurs or from only one sexual partner. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and curable cancers. Cells in the cervix show changes or ‘abnormalities’ before any progression to cancer, which takes around 15 years. When left untreated, many sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can lead to infertility. However, HPV shouldn’t affect your ability to conceive. Although you may have heard that HPV can lead to fertility problems, that’s generally not the case. Some strains of HPV can increase the risk of cervical cancer. Removing cancerous or precancerous cells from the cervix can, in turn, affect fertility. The first HPV vaccine protected against the two high-risk HPV types (types 16 and 18), which cause 70 percent of cervical cancers in women and 77 percent of all HPV-related cancers in men and women. The HPV vaccine that is now most commonly used in Australia is Gardasil 9, available free of charge through the school-based National HPV Vaccination Program.

It protects against seven high-risk HPV types (types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58), which cause 90 percent of cervical cancers in women and around 90 percent of other HPV-related cancers in both men and women. Gardasil 9 also protects against two non-cancerous types (6 and 11) which cause 90 percent of genital warts. All boys and girls aged 12 to 13 should have the HPV vaccine. The vaccine is most effective if given before exposure to HPV that is before sexual activity commences. Testing for HPV to prevent cervical cancer Australia has one of the world’s lowest rates of cervical cancer mortality, thanks to the effectiveness of our National Cervical Screening Program, introduced in 1991. The Pap test was replaced with the HPV test in 2017. The Pap test used to look for cell changes in the cervix. The new test looks for HPV (a common infection spread during sexual activity) which can lead to those cell changes. The HPV test can detect high-risk HPV infections in cervical cells, sometimes before they cause abnormal cells to develop. Women aged 25 to 74 are invited to take the HPV test every five years, instead of a Pap test every two years. Cervical cancer is extremely rare in women under the age of 25 and the introduction of the HPV vaccine has been an effective means of protecting women against some of the leading causes of cervical cancer. 44 slim magazine Winter 2022

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Named for the Japanese octopustrapping pot that the heart resembles, Takotsubo syndrome occurs when the heart muscle is weakened, usually following severe emotional or physical stress when an outpouring of adrenaline creates a transiently “shocked” state characterised by markedly abnormal contractions in a section of left ventricle and by heart failure. Though the muscle weakness is temporary, up to 10 percent of patients will experience another attack within five years. No one is sure what triggers stress cardiomyopathy, but experts are certain that it’s on the rise. The condition is often triggered by stress or loss and can lead to longterm heart injury and impaired heart function. Researchers from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai in the US have discovered two alarming trends in Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA), suggests middle-aged and older women are being diagnosed with broken heart syndrome up to 10 times more often than younger women or men of any age. The research also suggests that the rare condition has become more common, and the incidence has been rising steadily since well before the COVID-19 pandemic. Incidence of the disease has grown from less than 2 percent to 7.8 percent during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a Cleveland Clinic study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, as women report being extremely stressed by the pandemic and its impact on

health, job security and the disruption of normal activities. This study further validates the vital role the heart-brain connection plays in overall health, especially for women. The research team used American hospital data collected from more than 135,000 women and men who were diagnosed with Takotsubo syndrome between 2006 and 2017. While confirming that women are diagnosed more frequently than men, the results also revealed that diagnoses have been increasing at least six to 10 times more rapidly for women ages 50 to 74 than for any other demographic. Prior to this study, researchers only knew that women are more prone than men to developing Takotsubo syndrome. This latest study is the first to ask whether there are age-based sex differences and if case rates may be changing over time.

Researchers intend to research the longer-term implications of a Takotsubo diagnosis, molecular markers of risk and the factors that may be contributing to rising case rates. Although medical professionals understand that mental stress accelerates cardiovascular disease by promoting inflammation, oxidative stress, and abnormal function of the endothelium, the protective inner lining of our blood vessels, there is still a lot to discover. A healthy lifestyle, balanced diet, exercise and relaxation practices can go a long way to ensuring heart health into middle and older age.

The Brain and Heart Connection We’ve known for decades that smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes account for most cardiovascular problems. But it wasn’t until publication of the Interheart study in 2004 (25,000 volunteers spanning 52 countries) that emotional stress was identified as another key risk factor, accounting for about one-third of heart attacks and strokes. The way the brain and nervous system respond to different types of stressors is something that changes as women age. Women around middle age are at especially affected, and the risk seems to be increasing. 46 slim magazine Winter 2022

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Endometriosis is more than a painful period By Dr Donna Tanchev, Her Medical


One in nine women will suffer with endometriosis. More than 830,000 (more than 11 percent) of Australian women, girls, and those who are gender diverse suffer from endometriosis at some point in their life with the disease often starting in teenage years. Importantly, there is a delay to diagnosis by seven years, which can impact a womans' ability to fall pregnant, as well as affect her general health and wellbeing. Common symptoms include painful periods, pelvic pain and cramping (which may occur throughout the whole month), pain with intercourse, altered bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding and infertility. Endometriosis is more than a “bad period”, and if you find yourself needing to take days off school or work, that is not normal and it should be investigated. An operation, usually a day procedure, called a diagnostic laparoscopy is the gold standard for diagnosis of endometriosis.

This allows for the excision of abnormal tissue which improves pain and also fertility. Important to note, a normal ultrasound does not rule out endometriosis. Endometriosis is a whole body chronic disease and it requires a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Dietary changes to include or exclude some key food groups and a low fodmap diet may help in reducing the symptoms of pelvic pain and bloating. Physiotherapy can work together in a holistic approach to treating this whole body, chronic disease by working to improve pelvic floor function/ dysfunction. Endometriosis Australia is an excellent, factual resource for accurate and up to date information on all things related to endometriosis. Find a doctor who specialises in endometriosis and is proactive about your health, who can refer you to the appropriate specialities and optimise outcomes of this debilitating gynaecological condition. More at 48 slim magazine Winter 2022


Principal General Practitioner Dr Donna is the principal GP and founder of Her Medical.

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Hydromerse Skin Care has released the Hydromerse 24+ Range of 24-hour stackable skin care products, designed to work together over a 24-hour period: A Day Serum, a Night Serum and a ceramide gel/cream evening mask that works while you sleep. They can be used individually, as duos or as a trio, and can be used alongside Hydromerse Cosmeceuticals to target specific skin concerns. Win 1 of 3 packs containing... Hydromerse Hydrating Recovery Mask Systems, plus Silicone Applicator, Organic Lip Balm, one of the new Hydromerse 24+ Range Vitamin C25 MAX, plus Travel Case (worth $200). More at TO WIN: Email with HYDROMERSE in the subject line. Include your contact details.



Luke McLeod's virtual mindfulness studio, Soul Alive is now available on the App Store. It offers users a wide range of options to help them relax, wind down and implement mindfulness into their lives in a convenient way. Soul Alive is an app, community and way of life that’s changing the way we approach meditation and mindfulness. We believe that the answer to stressing less and feeling good is enjoying the moment more, and not taking it all too seriously.

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To help parents in the fight against tooth decay, Grin Natural has launched a suite of new Kids Oral Care solutions. Suitable for adults and children, Grin is a 100 percent natural and eco-friendly oral care brand using the very best organic and sustainably sourced ingredients to help improve oral hygiene. With tooth decay on the rise among all Australians, according to a report by Australia’s Oral Health Tracker, taking care of our oral hygiene has never been more important. 32 percent of Australian adults have untreated tooth decay according to the recent report, with only 53 percent of the nation regularly brushing their teeth twice a day. General Manager of Grin Natural, Mark Hitchcock says “Untreated decay in children’s teeth can have far reaching implications including gum disease, premature loss of primary teeth as well as impaired speech development, depression, reduced self-esteem and confidence, all of which reach into adulthood. “This is why it is critical to shine a light on the importance of good oral hygiene for those who may not have considered this to be a crucial part of their overall health and well-being.”

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Deconstructing Macho MEN IN WESTERN SOCIETIES INCLUDING AUSTRALIA ARE LESS INCLINED THAN WOMEN TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN MAINTAINING THEIR HEALTH. THEY ARE ALSO LESS LIKELY TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR PROBLEMS, PARTICULARLY EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING, WHICH IS ATTRIBUTED TO MEN FEELING AS THOUGH THEY ARE INVULNERABLE OR AT LEAST NEED TO BEHAVE AS IF THEY ARE. THESE BELIEFS CAN ALSO LEAD TO ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, SUCH AS RECKLESS DRIVING, DRUGS, DRINKING AND VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR. In 2020, a national survey found that young Australian men’s belief in rigid masculine stereotypes has a stronger impact on whether they will use violence, sexually harass women, or experience mental ill-health themselves, than other factors including their education levels, where they live or their cultural heritage. Known as “Unpacking the Man Box”, the research was undertaken by Jesuit Social Services’ The Men’s Project and Dr Michael Flood, Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology, with funding from VicHealth, is based on a survey of 1,000 young Australian men aged 18 to 30. The report builds on the findings of The Men’s Project’s 2018 report “The Man Box”. The study compared men’s belief in outdated gender stereotypes – such as men having to be the breadwinner – with other factors such as their age, where they live, their employment status, cultural background, education level and sexuality. The initial Man Box report found that young Australian men who believe in outdated masculine stereotypes were themselves at higher risk of using violence, online bullying and sexual harassment, engaging in risky drinking and reporting poorer levels of mental health.

The new report, Unpacking the Man Box, finds men’s adherence to outdated attitudes to gender is 25 times more accurate than a range of demographic variables in predicting the use of physical violence, sexual harassment, verbal bullying and cyber bullying, 22 times more accurate in predicting the experience of physical violence, verbal bullying and cyber bullying, 11 times more accurate than demographics at predicting very risky drinking, and 10 times more accurate than demographics at predicting negative feelings and emotions. Matt Tyler, Executive Director of Jesuit Social Services’ The Men’s Project, says the report shows masculine stereotypes stop young men from living healthy lives and being their best selves. “This report demonstrates the significant costs to young men and others of being ‘in the man box’ – meaning they personally endorse a range of behaviours related to rigid gender roles, aggression, control and acting tough. “These stereotypes have unique, powerful influences on a number of harmful attitudes and behaviours. Breaking free of these stereotypes will improve the health and well-being of both women and men.”

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Mr Tyler says the report shows the need for Governments to fund public awareness campaigns about the negative impact and associated costs of conforming to masculine stereotypes. “We also call for greater capacity building among people who work with men and boys – like teachers, sports coaches and social workers – to help them recognise and challenge harmful attitudes and behaviours. Supporting our next generation of men to lead healthy, fulfilling and positive lives ultimately improves outcomes for the entire community.” More at breakingstereotypes












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Is Psoriasis linked to stress and your gut health? By Steve Collins Co-Founder of My Way Up, exercise physiologist and nutritionist.


WHAT IS STRESS? Stress is anything that causes a physical change in your body. Because human brains, and societies are so advanced, stress can not only be caused physically, it can also be caused via emotions. Some stress is good: like a workout, or a scary movie. But many stresses are bad, and result in negative changes in your body. This is called “distress,” and the gut feels “distressed” very easily. Distress reduces the body’s ability to function properly. It can becaused by being overworked, trauma, life-changing circumstances out of your control or running yourself ragged, which makes you more susceptible to sickness, disease or immune problems. Autoimmune disease is the leading cause of skin conditions like Psoriasis, and treating it, begins in the gut. Reducing your stress levels, and making dietary changes are both important

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ways to boost your immune, skin, and gut health: but where to begin and what changes work best? My Way Up® is a company dedicated to working with individuals to help regain control over gut health and skin concerns. My Way Up® which is a gut health company specialising in individualised, precision nutrition in order to get your gut health, and overall health, back into tip top shape. They look at your gut bacterial DNA as well as your genes. Based on your results, they can build and recommend a nutrition and supplement plan to suit your personal needs. My Way Up® Skin + Gut™ is just one product, specially formulated with science-backed botanicals, probiotics and nutritional compounds to aid in skin healing and to relieve symptoms of mild psoriasis, eczema, and breakouts. More at

5 Healthy Habits to Support Your Mental Health By Kylianne Farrell

BEING ABLE TO GENERATE AND BOOST POSITIVE EMOTIONS IS A WAY THAT WE CAN INCREASE OUR MENTAL WELLBEING, POSITIVE EMOTIONS UPLIFT AND BUILD US UP, TO BE OUR BEST SELVES MORE OFTEN AND ABLE TO BUFFER AGAINST THE CHALLENGES THAT LIFE THROWS OUR WAY. HERE ARE FIVE WAYS YOU CAN LEVERAGE THOSE POSITIVE EMOTIONS TO SUPPORT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH! LIVE IN ALIGNMENT WITH YOUR VALUES Values can be described as our personal principals, whether we are aware or not, we all live by a set of values that influence our decisions and behaviours. If we can identify our top values and make a conscious choice to live in more alignment with them, we can generate more positive emotions that boost mental well-being. GET MOVING Movement creates a ripple effect of change in the body that can cross the blood brain barrier to boost mood. Find movement that you connect with, find meaning in, the benefits will be reaped from consistent investment in moving your body, you may as well enjoy it. No amount of movement is too small, find ways to increase your activity in your day, hike a new trail, walk the kids to school, get out on the water for a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) on a Red Paddle Co inflatable paddleboard.



We have more neurons in our brain dedicated to seeking out the negatives. As humans we live with a negative bias, that ensures survival. Making benefit finding a practice when faced with challenges allows us to build mental resilience! Looking for the benefits in a negative situation when faced with adversity helps us develop a more balanced and perspective on life.

Mindfulness is a way of being present building the habit of the ability to deliberately switch our attention. Living mindfully is particularly powerful when it comes to emotional regulation and awareness. When we are aware and are able to regulate our emotions better and work on ways to savour the positive emotions. Mindfulness doesn't need to be seated in a quiet room either, although that is a great option too, explore other ways of mindfulness, we love combining it with movement like SUP or a walk through the forest.

GET GRATEFUL Gratitude is a powerful positive emotion. There are many ways you could make this a healthy habit. You could gaze at photos of that outdoors adventure and find something that day that really left you feeling grateful, you could express gratitude to someone in your life or you could use the old favourite of writing down three things that you are grateful for in a journal. Get creative and find what works best.


Kylianne Farrell is an ecotherapist, counsellor, fitness industry educator and presenter, personal trainer, mental health first aid instructor, mental health advocate and a Red Paddle Co Expert.

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Chinese-ish celebrates the confident blending of culture and identity through food: take what you love and reject what doesn't work for you. In these pages you'll find a bounty of inauthentic Chinese-influenced dishes from all over Southeast Asia, including the best rice and noodle dishes, wontons and dumplings, classic Chinese mains and even a Sichuan Sausage Sanga that would sit proudly at any backyard barbecue. There are also plenty of tips and shortcuts to demystify any tricky-sounding techniques, and reassuring advice on unfamiliar ingredients and where to find them.


Chinese-ish by Rosheen Images and text from Chinese-ish by Rosheen Kaul and Joanna Hu, photography by Armelle Habib. Murdoch Books RRP $39.99.



Day 1. To make the buttermilk brine, combine the buttermilk, salt, chicken bouillon powder, garlic powder and chilli powder in a large bowl or container. Ensure the container is deep enough so that the chicken will be completely submerged. Place the chicken thighs into the buttermilk brine, cover and refrigerate for 12–24 hours.


Day 2 To make the Beijing spice mix, heat a small frying pan over low heat and toast the white and Sichuan peppercorns and cumin seeds, moving the pan continuously so that the spices toast evenly. When the spices are lovely and aromatic, add the garlic powder, chilli powder and chilli flakes and toast gently for 30 seconds. Allow the spices to cool, then grind them into a coarse powder using a mortar and pestle. To make the potato-flour dredge, combine the potato flour, plain flour, black pepper and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. Heat at least 6cm of vegetable oil in a large heavy-based saucepan to 160°C, using a food thermometer to check the temperature. Lift each piece of chicken out of the buttermilk brine and shake off the excess. Thoroughly coat the chicken in the potato-flour dredge, then carefully lower into the oil. Fry the chicken in batches, making sure the pieces don’t touch each other or stick to the bottom of the pan. Fry for 5–6 minutes, until the crust is just set. Transfer to a wire rack to rest while the remaining chicken is fried. When all of the pieces have been fried once, fry each batch a second time, until the coating is extra crispy, 6–7 minutes. Potato flour does not brown like plain flour does, so don’t attempt to fry until golden. When you tap the coating and it is hard and crisp, the chicken is ready to drain on a wire rack. Reserve ½ cup (125 ml) of the hot frying oil. Place 2 tablespoons of the Beijing spice mix in a heatproof bowl with the reserved frying oil, chilli oil and salt, and mix to combine. Add 2 chicken pieces to the bowl at a time and toss to coat in the spice and oil mix. Return the chicken to the wire rack and sprinkle generously with the remaining Beijing spice mix. Serve hot.

Buttermilk brine • 4 cups (1 litre) buttermilk • 2 tablespoons salt • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 2 tablespoons Sichuan or regular chilli powder • 8 skinless chicken thigh fillets

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• Vegetable oil, for deep-frying • 2 tablespoons chilli oil • 1 teaspoon salt

Beijing spice mix • 2 teaspoons white peppercorns • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns • 3 teaspoons cumin seeds • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 2 teaspoons Sichuan or regular chilli powder • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes Potato-flour dredge • 1½ cups (265g) potato flour (potato starch) • ½ cup (75g) plain (all-purpose) flour • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper • 1 teaspoon salt


• Vegetable oil, for brushing • 2 sheets shortcrust pastry CUSTARD • 1/3 cup (75g) caster (superfine) sugar • 150ml hot water • 2 eggs • ¼ cup (60ml) sweetened condensed milk • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

METHOD 1. For the custard, dissolve the sugar in the hot water in a saucepan over low heat, stirring to make a syrup. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, condensed milk and vanilla together to combine. While whisking continuously, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the egg mixture. Strain into a jug and allow to stand until the air bubbles dissipate. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 200°C. 2. Lightly brush a 12-hole muffin tin or 12 fluted individual tart tins with oil. Cut the pastry sheets into 12 even squares and press into the greased tins, trimming off any excess. Chill in the fridge for 15–20 minutes. 3. Line the pastry shells with baking paper and fill with pastry weights or uncooked rice. Blind-bake for 10 minutes, then carefully remove the paper and weights and bake for another 3–4 minutes, until golden. Set aside to cool. 4. Reduce the oven temperature to 140°C and divide the custard equally between the shells. Bake the tarts on the lowest shelf of your oven for 20–25 minutes, until the filling is just set. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for about 15 minutes. Enjoy the custard tarts while they’re warm.



• 2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch) • 300g Gruyere, grated • 300g Comte, grated • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 300ml lager • 1 tablespoon lemon juice • ½ teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper • 100 ml chilli oil Fresh dill, parsley and chives, roughly chopped • Cracked black pepper

1. Place the cornflour and cheeses in a bowl and toss to combine. Set aside.

TO SE RV E • Pickled chillies • Bread, cut into cubes • Hot smoked sausages • Charcuterie • Boiled potatoes 61

2. Heat the garlic and lager in a pan over low heat and bring to a simmer. Add a handful of the cheese mixture at a time to the simmering beer and whisk vigorously, ensuring each addition is completely melted and emulsified before adding more. 3. Once all the cheese has been added and the mixture is thick and smooth, add the lemon juice, salt and white pepper and stir. If the mixture has turned into a blob of melted cheese with some separated liquid, don’t worry. Simply increase the heat and whisk hard to bring it back together. 4. Transfer the cheese mixture to a fondue pot or cast-iron skillet. Dress liberally with the chilli oil, fresh herbs and cracked black pepper. If the fondue starts to set, simply pop it back on the stove and warm it up over low heat. 5. Serve the fondue with pickled chillies, bread, smoked sausages, charcuterie and boiled potatoes, for dipping.


More Fish, More Veg

SIMPLE, SUSTAINABLE RECIPES AND KNOW-HOW FOR EVERYDAY DELICIOUSNESS BY TOM WALTON Tom Walton is renowned for his low-fuss, max-flavour, family-friendly food. More Fish, More Veg is a collection of his go-to recipes that helps you put meals featuring sustainable seafood and seasonal veg on high rotation at your place. Some people are a little nervous about cooking fish, but with a few super simple techniques in your toolkit you'll be confident to give it a go. Tom walks you through these key cooking methods step-by-step, plus he provides pointers on sustainability and seasonality that will take the guesswork out of what fish to buy. Season by season, this book is bursting with easy-to-make recipes that celebrate the abundance of top-quality ingredients and make it a breeze for you to eat more fish, more veg.

Seared tuna minute steak


• 4 x 150–160g tuna steaks • Sea salt flakes and ground black pepper • 1/3 cup (8ml) olive oil • 1 clove garlic, crushed • 250g red grape tomatoes • 250g yellow grape tomatoes • 1/3 cup (55g) pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped • 1/4 cup (45g) capers, rinsed and drained • Handful flat-parsley leaves, roughly chopped • Handful dill sprigs, roughly chopped • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, to serve • Extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle • 400g cooked spaghetti, reserving ½ cup (125ml) starchy pasta cooking water (optional) • Dried chilli flakes (optional)


• 100ml olive oil • 3 cloves garlic, sliced • ½ cup (80g) blanched almonds • Sea salt flakes • Handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped • 1 small brown onion, finely chopped • ¼ cup (60ml) tomato paste (concentrated purée) • Pinch of sweet smoked paprika • 4 fresh bay leaves • 2 red-skinned potatoes, such as desiree, peeled and sliced into 5 mm rounds • 1 cup (250ml) dry white wine • Pinch of saffron threads (optional) • 1 x 400g can crushed tomatoes • 2 cups (500ml) chicken or fish stock • 300g ling or blue-eye trevalla fillet, diced • 8 raw king prawns (shrimp), heads on and tails intact • 500g mussels, scrubbed and debearded • Crusty bread, to serve (optional)

METHOD 1. Place a small frying pan over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the garlic, almonds and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic is lightly caramelised. Transfer the mixture to a mortar and pestle to cool, then crush it until it resembles rough breadcrumbs. Stir through the parsley and set aside. 2. Heat a large saucepan over medium–high heat and add the remaining olive oil, the onion and a good pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent but not coloured. 3. Add the tomato paste, paprika, bay leaves and potato and stir through, then continue to cook for 2 minutes. Add the wine and saffron (if using) and cook for a further 2 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes and stock. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, until the potato is almost cooked. 4. Add the fish to the pan and gently poach it for 2 minutes, then add the prawns and mussels. Cover with the lid and cook for 5 minutes or until cooked. Spoon the almond and onion mixture over the suquet and serve with some crusty bread, if you like. 62 slim magazine WINTER 2022

Images and text from More Fish, More Veg by Tom Walton, photography by Rob Palmer. Murdoch Books RRP $39.99.

METHOD 1. Preheat a large non-stick frying pan, chargrill pan or barbecue over high heat. 2. Season the tuna steaks with salt and pepper and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Cook in batches for 30 seconds on one side and remove from the pan without flipping. If you prefer your tuna well done, cook for 30 seconds each side and then transfer to a plate to rest for 1–2 minutes. 3. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan with the garlic, tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Cook until the tomatoes begin to burst, then add the olives, capers and a crack of pepper. Add the herbs and stir through. To serve the tuna as it is (pictured), spoon the tomatoes over it. Squeeze the lemon juice over the top and finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. 4. To serve the tuna with pasta, slice it into thin strips and combine with the cooked spaghetti, tomato and herb sauce, reserved starchy pasta cooking water and a good glug of extra virgin olive oil. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and dried chilli flakes, if you like.



Fish shawarma-style wraps I N G R E D I E N TS SERVES 4

To serve

• 600g firm white-fleshed fish, such as ling, Spanish mackerel, swordfish, gemfish or barramundi, cut into 3cm pieces • 1 tablespoon ras el hanout • Sea salt flakes and ground black pepper • ¼ cup (6ml) olive oil • 2 lemons • 1 brown onion, cut into 1cm slices

• 8 small Lebanese-style flatbreads • 1 cup (220g) hummus • 3 handfuls fresh herbs, such as flatleaf parsley leaves, mint leaves or dill sprigs • 1 tomato, sliced • 1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced • ½ cup (135g) sumac yoghurt, or natural Greek-style yoghurt • 1/3 cup (80ml) zhoug

METHOD 1. Soak eight 12cm bamboo/wooden skewers in water for 10 minutes. Place the fish in a bowl with the ras el hanout, some salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and toss to coat.

3. Preheat a barbecue or chargrill pan to high. Toss the onion in the remaining olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook the fish for around 2 minutes each side, and the onion until it’s charred and gnarly, about 2 minutes.

2. Cut one of the lemons in half lengthways and then cut each half into eight thin slices. Thread the fish onto the skewers in between the lemon slices – you want three pieces of fish and two slices of lemon per skewer. If you have time, place the skewers in the fridge for up to 1 hour to marinate.

4. To serve, lay the flatbreads out, spoon some hummus onto them and top with the herbs, tomato, cucumber and the charred onion. Place a fish skewer on top, then pull the bamboo skewer out and discard. Finish with the yoghurt and zhoug, wrap it all up and dive in!

NOTES Ras el hanout, a North African spice mix, is available at well-stocked supermarkets and some grocers.


Red lentil and coconut dahl with fish


• 1/3 cup (80ml) coconut oil

• 4 sprigs fresh curry leaves • Sea salt flakes and ground black pepper • 1 brown onion, finely chopped • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 3cm piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped • 2 tablespoons curry powder, plus 2 teaspoons extra • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped, or 2 tablespoons tomato paste (concentrated purée) • 2 cups (410g) split red lentils • 6 cups (1.5 litres) chicken or vegetable stock • 1 x 400ml can coconut milk • 2 large handfuls roughly chopped kale or baby spinach leaves • 400g Spanish mackerel fillet, skin removed, or any other firm white-fleshed fish, such as ling or blue-eye trevalla • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 handfuls coriander (cilantro) leaves • Steamed basmati rice or naan bread, to serve (optional)


1. Heat the coconut oil in a large shallow ovenproof frying pan over medium–high heat. Add half the curry leaves and cook for around 2 minutes, until crisp and translucent. Transfer to a plate, lightly season with salt and set aside. 2. Add the onion, garlic and a good pinch of salt to the coconut oil and cook, stirring, for 4–5 minutes. Add the ginger, the remaining curry leaves, the 2 tablespoons of curry powder and the tomatoes and cook for 1 more minute, then add the lentils and stir through. 3. Pour the stock into the pan and cook over low heat for 20 minutes, until the lentils are cooked and creamy. Tip in three-quarters of the coconut milk and cook for 2 minutes, then add the kale or spinach and stir through until wilted. 4. Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a shallow bowl, combine the fish with the extra curry powder, some salt, pepper and the olive oil, until coated. Nestle the fish in the dhal, transfer to the oven and bake for 10 minutes, until just cooked. Remove the dhal from the oven, scatter with the coriander leaves and drizzle with the remaining coconut milk. Top with the fried curry leaves and serve with the steamed rice or naan, if desired. 63


Sea Salt

BY LEA-WILSON FAMILY. SEA SALT IS THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ONE OF THE MOST UBIQUITOUS INGREDIENTS IN FOOD, AS THE FAMILY BEHIND ANGLESEY'S HALEN MON SALT COMPANY TEACH US HOW TO USE SALT IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS TO MAKE OUR RECIPES SING. Covering the basics from low-fuss 'cooking' with raw ingredients in simple salads and the perfect salted butter, to salty snacks and comfort food for rainy days. As well as providing a masterclass in seasoning with spectacular dishes from seafood cooked over fire, a Reuben sandwich from scratch or even the perfect fritto misto that will keep you coming back for more. Not forgetting some perfectly balanced drinks with a hint of sea salt to enhance their flavour. These recipes from the Anglesey-based family will help alter how you use salt in all aspects of your cooking, making it work harder and bring better seasoned dishes to your table.

Images and text from Sea Salt by Lea-Wilson family, photography by Haarala Hamilton. White Lion Publishing, RRP $49.99.

Rhubarb + goat’s cheese tart METHOD


For the pastry • 225g plain flour, sifted • 110g butter, chilled and diced, plus extra for greasing • 1 medium egg yolk • 20g Parmesan cheese, finely grated • 2–4 tbsp ice-cold water • ½ tsp finer flaked sea salt • Freshly ground black pepper

1. Start by making the pastry. Pulse the flour and butter together in a food processor until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and Parmesan and pulse a couple of times to combine. Pour in the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture comes together when you pinch it between your fingers. You may not need all the water. Add the salt and pepper and pulse again to combine. Transfer to a clean work surface, shape into a round, cover with cling film and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, cure the rhubarb. Toss the rhubarb, salt, sugar, lemon thyme and fennel seeds together in a small bowl. Cover with a plate or tea towel and leave to cure at room temperature for 20 minutes. Drain the rhubarb in a colander, rinse and pat dry with a clean tea towel or kitchen paper. Leave in a cool place until ready to use. 3. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a 23cm fluted tart tin with butter. Remove the dough from the freezer and use the largest holes on a box grater to grate the dough into the centre of the tin in three stages. After each third, press the dough into the base and sides of the tin until they are completely covered to the top lip in an even layer. Prick the base of the pastry all over with a fork, then cover with baking paper or foil, making sure some of the paper hangs over the side. Fill with baking beans and blind bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the beans and paper and bake for another 12 minutes to cook the base until golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Leave the oven on.

For the cured rhubarb • 2 slim rhubarb stalks sliced in half lengthways, then cut into 1cm pieces • 5g finer flaked sea salt • 25g caster sugar • 2 lemon thyme sprigs • ½ tsp fennel seeds For the tart filling • 25g butter • 4 onions, finely sliced • 2 medium eggs, beaten • 100ml double cream • Leaves from a small bunch of parsley, finely chopped • ½ tsp Dijon mustard • 80g fresh young rindless goat’s cheese • 3 lemon thyme sprigs (or use thyme leaves and grated lemon zest) • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

4. Meanwhile, for the filling, melt the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat until melted and bubbling. Add the onions and a large pinch of salt. Fry, stirring frequently, for 8 minutes until the onions are soft and translucent. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes, or until the onions have reduced in volume by half and are golden and sweet. Remove from the heat. 5. Whisk the eggs, cream, parsley and mustard together in a medium bowl, then stir in the onions to combine. Pour the filling into the tart case and dot over the cured rhubarb. Crumble over the goat’s cheese and scatter the lemon thyme over the top. 6. Bake the tart in the oven for 25 minutes, or until set. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing and slicing into wedges. Serve with a green salad and boiled new potatoes. The tart will keep covered in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat gently in a low oven before serving. 64 slim magazine WINTER 2022


Grilled oysters in smoky spiced garlic butter INGRED I E N TS 4 AS A STARTER | 25 MINUTES

• 75g butter, softened • 50g Parmesan cheese, finely grated • 4 garlic cloves, finely grated • Finely grated zest and juice of ½ lemon • 1 tsp hot smoked paprika, plus extra for dusting • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

• ¼ tsp smoked sea salt • ¼ tsp hot sauce

• 12 rock oysters • Small bunch of parsley, leaves picked and chopped • Lemon wedges, to serve

METHOD 1. Mix the softened butter, cheese, garlic, lemon zest and juice, paprika, cayenne, salt and hot sauce together in a large bowl. Use a fork to work it into a smooth mixture. Empty the bowl onto a piece of clingfilm, big enough to hold the butter, then roll it into an even sausage shape about 2cm thick. Chill until ready for cooking. 2. Opening oysters can be tricky – even trickier after a few drinks by the barbecue with lots of people watching you, so open the oysters just before your guests arrive and make sure the oyster is completely detached from the shell to help with eating later. If you have not done this before, ask your fishmonger to show you (and refresh your memory with tutorials available online once you get home). You will need an oyster knife to do this at home.

3. Remove the grill from the barbecue and light. Get your charcoal to the point where you cannot hold your hand over the heat for more than 10 seconds. Place the shucked oysters, cup-shell down, on the cold grill. You need to be careful to get them to remain upright so they don’t spill their contents and add a 1cm disc of the flavoured butter to each oyster. Very carefully lower the laden grill on to the barbecue. Depending on the heat, it will take 3–6 minutes before the butter is bubbling and this means the oyster is poached to perfection. Using tongs, move each oyster to a serving platter. Sprinkle with parsley and a dusting of paprika and serve with lemon wedges and crusty bread.

NOTES The oysters can be cooked under a preheated hot grill if you don’t want to light the barbecue; the cook time will be the same.

Frozen blood orange Margarita INGR EDIENTS SERVES 4 | 5 MINUTES

For the cocktail • 400ml blood orange juice, frozen • 120ml good-quality tequila • 85ml triple sec • 60ml fresh lime juice • A few drops of vanilla extract • Ice cubes For the glasses • Finer flaked sea salt • Brown sugar (smoked for the next level) • ½ lime

METHOD 1. An absolutely excellent cocktail to create some magic even on those darkest of Winter days – deliciously balanced and a very pleasing colour. Blood oranges work so well here, but if they are not in season, then use a different freshly squeezed orange juice. The key to a good cocktail, as is the key to much good food, is to keep tasting and adjusting. 2. Pour all the ingredients for the cocktail into a large bowl with a spout or a jug, then whizz it in a blender in two batches. 3. To serve, sprinkle the salt and sugar onto a small, flat plate. Rub the edge of each glass with the lime, then dip the rim into the salty sugar mix to coat. Pour the cocktail into the glasses and serve immediately

NOTES To add that extra-slushy luxury cocktail level, freeze the blood orange juice in an ice-cube tray before making the cocktail. Alternatively, just use plenty of extra ice.



The Family Meal Solution A FLEXIBLE AND ACHIEVABLE APPROACH TO FEEDING YOUR FAMILY EACH WEEK, FROM ONE HANDED COOKS. In their new meal-planning guide, Allie, Jess and Sarah share the thoroughly tested system and recipes that keep them feeling in control in their own busy lives and kitchens. It’s one that’s built on flexibility and the clever use of short pockets of time – not a radical overhaul, a strict meal plan and hours of meal prepping every Sunday when you’d rather be doing anything else. Try these incremental and sustainable habit changes and you’ll notice a big difference. The secrets lie in making the most of the freezer and slow cooker, prepping multiple meals during your time in the kitchen, being clever with leftovers and embracing fast meals. There are 85 recipes, covering snacks, salads and desserts. And it wouldn’t be a One Handed Cooks cookbook without their brilliant behavioural and nutritional advice to help you navigate your kids’ developmental challenges around food and the ingredient swaps to cater to all the common allergies and intolerances.

Mexican beef with dumplings + leftover nachos ING R EDIENTS SERVES 4 | 25 MINUTES COOKING TIME | 40 MINUTES


• ¼ cup (30g) ground cumin

• 1 tablespoon garlic powder • 1 tablespoon onion powder • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika • 1 teaspoon ground coriander • ½ teaspoon chilli powder (optional) • pinch of salt and ground black pepper MEXICAN BEEF • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 brown onion, finely chopped • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped • 2 carrots, coarsely grated • 500g premium beef mince • 1 tablespoon Mexican spice mix (purchased or homemade; see above) • 400g tin corn kernels, drained, or 2 fresh corncobs, kernels removed • 400g tin red kidney beans, drained, rinsed • 2 × 400g tins no-added-salt chopped tomatoes • 1 cup (250ml) salt-reduced beef stock • 2 tablespoons no-added-salt tomato paste • plain Greek-style yoghurt, to serve (optional) • coriander, to garnish (optional)


• 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour • 100g salted butter, roughly chopped • 2 eggs, lightly beaten • ½ cup (125ml) your preferred milk • small handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard • 1/3 cup (25g) finely grated Parmesan

METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fanforced). Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery and carrot and cook for 5 minutes or until fragrant. Add the beef and cook until brown all over, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon as you go. Sprinkle over the Mexican spice mix and stir through the beef. Stir in the corn kernels, red kidney beans, tomatoes, beef stock and tomato paste. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat. 2. Meanwhile, to make the dumplings, place the flour in a bowl and rub in the butter using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Stir in the egg, milk, parsley, mustard and Parmesan. 3. Remove at least 1½ cups (375g) of beef mixture to use in the nachos. 4. Pour the remaining beef mixture into a 4-cup (1 litre) casserole dish. Dollop level tablespoons of the dumpling mixture onto the beef mixture. Cook for 25 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked and starting to turn golden brown. Serve the Mexican beef with dumplings with a dollop of yoghurt, garnished with coriander if desired. 66 slim magazine WINTER 2022

This is an extract from The Family Meal Solution by Allie Gaunt, Jessica Beaton & Sarah Buckle. Published by Penguin Random House Australia, RRP $39.99.

Leftover nachos with Mexican beef IN G R EDIENTS SERVES 4 | 10 MINUTES COOKING TIME | 10 MINUTES


• 230g corn chips, plus extra corn chips todip • 1½ cups (375g) leftover cooked Mexicanbeef • 1 cup (120g) grated cheddar cheese • sour cream, to serve (optional)

• 2 ripe avocados, diced • ½ lime, juiced • pinch of salt • ¼ red onion, finely diced • 1 tomato, seeds removed, diced • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves

No-bake ‘snickers’ slice IN G R EDIENTS



1. Line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper. Place the dates, cacao or cocoa, vanilla, maple syrup and peanut butter in a food processor and process until well combined. Add all of your chosen remaining ingredients (except the melts) and, using the pulse button, process until finely chopped and well combined, while leaving some texture.

• 15 pitted dates • ¼ cup (25g) cacao or cocoa powder • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract • ¼ cup (60ml) pure maple syrup • 2 tablespoons pure peanut butter • 1 cup (140g) crushed peanuts, plus extra to sprinkle • ¼ cup (20g) shredded coconut, plus extra to sprinkle • ¼ cup (30g) flaxseed meal • ¼ cup (45g) chocolate chips • pinch of salt • ¼ cup (35g) chocolate melts, melted

2. Press the mixture into the prepared tin and sprinkle with extra crushed nuts and coconut. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired. Alternatively, roll the mixture into walnut-sized balls. 3. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes or until firm. Cut into squares to serve. Keep in an airtight container or a freezer-proof bag in the freezer for up to 2 months.


METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fanforced). Line a rimmed baking tray with baking paper. 2. Spread the corn chips over the baking tray. Spoon over the Mexican beef and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the beef is piping hot. 3. Serve with extra corn chips and guacamole, and sour cream if desired. 4. Simple Guacamole: Place the avocado, lime juice and salt in a bowl and roughly mash (alternatively, use a blender if you prefer a smooth consistency). Stir in the onion, tomato and coriander until just combined.


Around the Table SLOW SUNDAYS ARE FOR HERBED ROAST CHICKEN AND SILKY SMOOTH PANNA COTTA. EATING OUTSIDE MEANS CHEDDAR SCONES AND FRESH, SPRING SALADS. FRIENDS COMING BY FOR AFTERNOON COFFEE CALLS FOR A SIMPLE BLACKBERRY YOGHURT LOAF OR COMFORTING GINGER CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING. Beloved home cook, Julia Busuttil Nishimura always knows the right dish for the occasion, weather or time of day. She also understands the power food has to bring people together, whether that's to prepare a meal or enjoy the delicious results. With recipes ranging from quick, flavourful meals for busy weeknights to simple indulgences for summer feasts, Around the Table perfectly matches dishes to time and place. It includes recipes laden with personal meaning - Mediterranean classics from Italy and Malta, and Japanese dishes Julia has learned from her husband, Nori - that will soon become favourites around your table too.

Around the Table by Julia Busuttil Nishimura, published by Plum, RRP $44.99, photography by Armelle Habib.

Pork with grapes & sage ING R E D I E N TS SERVES 4

• 4 pork cutlets • 500g crimson grapes • 1 red onion, roughly sliced • 8 sage leaves • 150ml marsala • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter • sea salt and black pepper

Paccheri with cavolo nero & ricotta ING R EDIENTS SERVES 4

• 1 bunch of cavolo nero • 5 garlic cloves • 150ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve • 200g fresh full-fat ricotta • sea salt and black pepper • 320g paccheri or other dried pasta of your choice • zest of 1 lemon, to serve

METHOD 1. Strip the leaves from the cavolo nero stalks and set the stalks aside for another use. Blanch the cavolo nero leaves with the garlic cloves in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 5 minutes. Using tongs, lift out the leaves and garlic and squeeze out any excess water. Transfer the leaves and garlic to a food processor or blender and pulse until roughly chopped. With the motor running, pour in the olive oil and blitz until smooth. Add 150g of the ricotta and continue to blend until fully incorporated. Season to taste. 2. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water (I use the same pan and blanching water from the cavolo nero and garlic), until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 250ml (1 cup) of the pasta cooking water, and transfer to a large bowl. Pour over enough sauce to coat the pasta, adding some of the cooking water, if necessary, to thin out the sauce, but usually this is not needed here. Toss well to coat and serve with an extra drizzle of olive oil, the remaining ricotta on top and a sprinkle of lemon zest. 68 slim magazine WINTER 2022

METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2. Arrange the pork cutlets in a deep baking tray with the grapes, onion and sage. Pour over the marsala and olive oil and dot with the butter. Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to the oven and cook for 30 minutes or until the pork is golden and cooked through. 3. Remove the pork and keep warm under a layer of foil. Return the tray to the oven and increase the temperature to 190°C. Cook for 10 minutes or until the grapes have collapsed and the sauce has thickened. Return the pork to the baking tray – I serve it like this, but if you want to put the pork back in the oven for a few minutes, feel free to, then serve.


Summer sweetcorn soup with scallops I NGR E D I E N TS SERVES 4

• 5 sweetcorn cobs • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 leek, white and pale green parts, well washed and roughly chopped • 1 shallot, roughly chopped

METHOD 1. Using a sharp knife, remove the kernels from four of the sweetcorn cobs and set aside. Cut or break the bare cobs in half and place them in a saucepan. Cover with 600ml of water and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. 2. Warm 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of the butter. When foaming, add the leek and shallot and a good pinch of salt. Gently cook for 8–10 minutes, until soft and beginning to colour. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add the corn kernels and stir to coat, allowing the corn to mingle with the base ingredients for a minute or two.

3. Strain the corn cob broth into the pan with the sweetcorn – you should have about 500ml (2 cups). Add the crème fraîche and cook the soup for 5–6 minutes, until the corn is cooked through. Season well with salt and pepper. 4. Meanwhile, grill the remaining sweetcorn cob directly over a medium gas flame (or use a barbecue or dry frying pan), turning the cob frequently until the corn is cooked and slightly charred on all sides. Remove the corn kernels with a sharp knife and set aside. 5. Blitz the soup with a stick blender or transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Check for seasoning and squeeze in the lime juice. Keep the soup warm while you cook the scallops. 6. Place a frying pan over high heat. When it’s very hot, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and cook the scallops for about 1 minute. Don’t move them around – you want to get a nice crust on them. Turn the scallops over and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Cook for 30 more seconds, then remove from the heat. Season with salt. 7. Divide the soup among four bowls. Top each bowl with some of the grilled corn kernels, three scallops and some chives. Drizzle over a little more olive oil and a squeeze of lime juice, then serve.

Chocolate pudding ING R EDIENTS



1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Butter a 28cm oval baking dish.

• 170 g unsalted butter, softened • 300 g brown sugar • 2 eggs • 250ml (1 cup) full cream milk • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste • 250g (1 cups) selfraising flour • 60g Dutch-process cocoa powder • 150g dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa solids), roughly chopped • icing sugar, to serve • double cream, to serve CHOCOLATE SAUCE

• 40g Dutch-process cocoa powder • 100g brown sugar • 300ml boiling water

• sea salt and black pepper • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped • 150g crème fraîche • juice of 1 lime, plus extra to serve • 12 scallops finely chopped chives, to serve

2. Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 3–4 minutes, until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Pour in the milk and add the vanilla and mix well. The mixture may look curdled, but will remedy once the flour is added. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and, using a spatula, mix through until incorporated. Gently fold through the chocolate, then spoon the batter into the prepared dish and smooth the top with the back of a spoon. 3. To make the chocolate sauce, combine the cocoa powder and brown sugar in a bowl and pour in the boiling water, mixing well. Gently pour the liquid onto the pudding batter. Transfer to the oven and bake for 40–50 minutes, until the top is risen (cover the pudding with foil if the top is browning too quickly). Dust with icing sugar and serve warm with double cream.




Style was everywhere at the recent Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 in Sydney, and so was the all-electric Taycan, with Porsche as the Official Automotive Partner for the event. The program showcased the fashion industries leaders and celebrated the future of sustainability with the Taycan front and centre highlighting electric mobility. There were clear synergies between the fashion statements at the event and the Taycan. Bold colours, playful and emotionally driven statement pieces, modern approaches and of course luxury and bespoke looks. Emotionally charged and future-oriented, the Taycan makes quite the statement on the road. With its supercar looks and world-class performance, it’s both luxurious and practical with segment-leading infotainment and ergonomics. Not only does the Taycan look good – like most statement pieces – it feels good too. The interior of the Taycan is sporty, minimalist, and clear, with innovative cockpit displays allowing drivers to keep an eye on the most important information whilst driving. Additionally, the interior focusses on high-quality and sustainable materials. Looks good, feels good and it’s also much better for the planet. The Taycan is an all-electric Porsche with a range of 365km* (Taycan S) to 437km* (Taycan 4 Cross Turismo), it’s capable of laying down long road trips with ease, and with fast charging, the battery pack can be charged from 5 percent to 80 percent in around 22 minutes. Electrify your soul and ignite your passion for the future of e-mobility with the Taycan.

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A quest for Wellness

HOW TO BE WELL IS A UNIQUE COLLABORATION FEATURING THE GUIDANCE OF GWINGANNA’S WELLNESS ADVISOR AND FORMER GENERAL MANAGER, SHARON KOLKKA WITH SENIOR PRESENTER AND HOLISTIC MEDICAL DOCTOR, DR KAREN COATES. In this comprehensive handbook, two of Australia’s leading voices in women’s health and wellness help you find your way back to optimal physical, mental and emotional health. Both Sharon and Karen have been integral to the growth and evolution of Gwinganna over its 16 years of operation. Countless guests have been able to hear from and be inspired by their evidence–based presentations both at the retreat and across Australia and New Zealand. The comprehensive handbook is filled with detailed advice and information, stories and case studies, plus practical elements to help women of all ages live their life well. Covering elements from nutrition and movement, to stress and emotional wellbeing, it provides a step by step guide to Dr Karen and Sharon’s innovative five-pillared approach to wellness. This can empower you along the path to better energy, vitality and enhanced stress resilience addressing optimal physical, mental and emotional health. Here, Sharon Kolkka shares her insight into the background of her new book. WHAT WAS THE MOTIVATION TO WRITE THE BOOK? Karen and I have worked together for many years, and during this time we witnessed the impact that the wellness education seminars had on guests visiting Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat. On returning home, many guests said they had made changes to their lifestyle from what they had learned during their stay. We wanted this information to be available to a wider audience; those that may not have the time or resources to visit a dedicated wellness retreat. We were simply keen to share as many of these messages and much more with all women. WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM IT? Women of all ages from around 16 onwards will take valuable information

from our book. I had a couple of 80-yearold ladies in one of my seminars recently and they spoke to me afterwards saying the wellness message I shared on that day would add life to their years. The same applies to everyone. So many people are focused on their health, yet do they have all the pieces of the puzzle to design the ideal lifestyle that works for them? There is no one size fits all plan. We can help people understand how their starting point is relevant to their wellness plan. We provide a health audit as a tool to help the reader understand if they are currently in a depleted, surviving or thriving state of being. This assists people who are really struggling due to illness or accidents or emotional or mental health challenges to go slow and take a measured approach. Whilst those who have a solid approach to their wellness are challenged to consider if they are factoring in enough recovery. If not, they may have health consequences that will appear in the short term or later in life. Whilst the book is targeted to women, men can benefit from much of the information in the pages too. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MAIN THEMES? Many wellness books focus on one wellness theme. We have a broad approach and have included five pillars of wellness. These cover all aspects of what is needed to be truly thriving in life, to feel energised and engaged in life, rather than feeling wired and tired. The book includes the foundations of movement and exercise, nutrition, and sleep. However, we take three chapters to unpack emotional well-being, what stress is and how to build stress resilience. How can you still manage your “to do and to be” list without being exhausted with a depleted immune system? It is possible to be productive with a high level of performance and not be stressed. We cover this in detail. Plus, a women’s wellness book would not be complete without a chapter on hormones and reducing your toxic load which, of course, impacts your hormonal 71

balance. Dr Karen is highly skilled in the emerging science of nutrigenomics, which is how what we eat affects our gene expression. This is a fascinating look at how our environment impacts how our genes express. It explores that if you turn up the volume of a gene by your lifestyle practices, what you may pass onto your next generation. It opens up the conversation of epigenetics in a practical way. It is comprehensive and I must say, a labour of love. WHY IS WELLNESS MORE RELEVANT NOW THAN EVER? There is an escalation of lifestyle disease which is exploding since Covid-19 entered our world. Much of it is driven by unmanaged stress levels. We need to ask ourselves; do I have time to be unwell or exhausted? When we look at many tribes in the Amazon and parts of Africa, even though they are living primitively, they are working with the human body’s natural design and not irritating the systems that allow the bodies innate wisdom to heal itself. If you were to bring members of these tribes into our environment, they would develop more lifestyle disease. There are five parts of the world known as blue zones where people regularly live well over 100 years and remain fully functional with limited lifestyle disease. These people do not go to the gym, they don’t diet and they don’t get stressed out every day. They live in community, and they eat well, mostly from what they grow. The members of these communities do not wake up in the morning saying I want to live to be over 100; it is their environment that is conducive to providing them with all the elements required to extend their life whilst they remain fit and healthy. Our challenge is to create a wellness environment for ourselves in our home and ideally in our workplace, where what we do, each day is contributing to our well-being. This is more than going for a walk or run and eating nutritious food, although these can be a great start to a living a more wellness-oriented life. There are simple practical steps that we can do every day that will have a huge impact on how well we live. As Dr Ross Walker (a leading Australian preventative cardiologist) says, “make time to be well or make time to be sick”. How to Be Well, published by Simon & Schuster, RRP $39.99. More at

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BELIEVE Sam Frost with Kristine Ross Former Bachelorette and Home and Away star, Sam Frost has very publicly shared her mental health struggles. Her vulnerability has inspired others to share their stories with her. In her memoir Believe, Sam provides lessons and insights she’s learned through her own life challenges. In 2020, with her sister, Kristine, Sam launched BELIEVE by Sam Frost, an online community focusing on mental health, where everyone is included and imperfection is celebrated. In her book, Sam shares her own experiences navigating dark mental health periods and, alongside Kristine’s own insights, offers warm, gentle inspiration and tips to help you come through to the other side of your own. Believe is a personal story, a battle cry, and a reassurance for the many of Sam’s fans who have struggled as she has. RRP $32.99. Hachette Australia.

THE AVOIDABLE WAR: THE DANGERS OF A CATASTROPHIC CONFLICT BETWEEN THE US AND XI JINPING'S CHINA Kevin Rudd Former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, who has studied, lived in, and worked with China for more than forty years, is one of the very few people who can offer real insight into the mindsets of the leadership whose judgement will determine if a war will be fought. The Avoidable War demystifies the actions of both sides, explaining and translating them for the benefit of the other. Geopolitical disaster is still avoidable, but only if these two giants can find a way to coexist without betraying their core interests through what Rudd calls "managed strategic competition". Should they fail, down that path lies the possibility of a war that could rewrite the future of both countries, and the world.

QUEEN MENOPAUSE Finding your majesty in the mayhem - Alison Daddo A friendly, frank, compassionate and comprehensive companion for any woman experiencing menopause, or anyone wondering what to expect. Every woman will eventually go through menopause - that's half the population of the planet! And yet it's something that is still not fully explored. After going through her own 'change', Ali Daddo wanted to explore all the feelings around menopause and especially the post-menopausal years that so many women talk about as being 'the best years of their life'. Alongside stories from some very well known Australian women, including Georgie Parker, Anita Heiss and Rhonda Burchmore, Queen Menopause is the book Ali wishes she'd had when she was approaching menopause. RRP $32.99 Allen & Unwin.

RRP $34.99. Hachette Australia. MANAGING EXPECTATIONS A Memoir in Essays - Minnie Driver


Managing Expectations is a “memoir-ish”, tell-most, by Minnie Driver: A-list actor, mum, singer and songwriter, exploring her life most extraordinary. With searing honesty and bags of laughs, Minnie Driver tells us how things not working out so often worked out remarkably well, and how reaching for the dream is easily more interesting, expansive, sadder and funnier than the dream itself coming true. Says Minnie of her life in the book, “wanting something impossible to become true . . . trying to make something impossible happen, and failing repeatedly, other things happened. Things that became my life. A life I love, because it was made with so many holes that I enjoy filling in.” RRP $32.99 Allen & Unwin.

A pocket-sized, illustrated book depicting the work and history of the House of Hermes. The iconic bags, the instantly recognizable packaging, the celebrity fans; Hermes is the last word in luxurious accessories. Through the generations, Hermés have created innovative and exquisite accessories for the most glamorous customers. From their nineteenth century saddlery workshop to 1960s Paris and beyond, Hermés has graced the arms and wardrobes of style icons from Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin to Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian. Little Book of Hermés tells the story of the evolution of the House of Hermés, through beautiful illustrations of the most coveted items and authoritative text by fashion historian Karen Homer.

THE CANDY HOUSE Jennifer Egan The long-awaited sibling novel to Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prizewinning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. A fierce and exhilarating testament to the transcendence of human longing for real connection, love, privacy and redemption. It’s 2010. Staggeringly successful and brilliant tech entrepreneur Bix Bouton is desperate for a new idea. He’s 40, with four kids, and restless when he stumbles into a conversation with mostly Columbia professors, one of whom is experimenting with downloading or “externalizing” memory. Within a decade, Bix's new technology, Own Your Unconscious, which allows you access to every memory you've ever had, and to share every memory in exchange for access to the memories of others, has seduced multitudes. But not everyone. The Candy House is a bold, brilliant imagining of a world that is moments away.

RRP $24.99. Welbeck Publishing.

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GRAB THE POPCORN AND THE CHOC TOP, IT’S BACK TO THE CINEMA WE GO, WITH PLEASURE, SHARING MEMORABLE MOVIE MOMENTS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. ENJOY THE FOLLOWING NEW RELEASES, COMING TO THE BIG SCREEN NEAR YOU! IN MARVEL STUDIOS’ “THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER” 7TH JULY 2022 Some long-awaited clues as to what is in store for the God of Thunder. Thor is on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer who seeks the extinction of the gods. Thor enlists help and embarks upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale.

THE BLACK PHONE 21ST JULY 2022 Starring four-time Oscar® nominee Ethan Hawke in the most terrifying role of his career and introducing Mason Thames in his first ever film role, The Black Phone is produced, directed, and co-written by Scott Derrickson, the writer-director of Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Director: Scott Derrickson. Producers: Jason Blum, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill.

FALLING FOR FIGARO 14TH JULY 2022 Millie, an American fund manager, realizes one day that her life- long dream is to become an opera singer. Quitting the job and moving away from her boyfriend, she travels to Scotland where she eventually becomes an opera singer following an intense vocal training from former opera diva Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop and fierce competition from other opera singers. Starring: Joanna Lumley, Danielle Macdonald, Hugh Skinner.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING 21ST JULY 2022 From the best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.



An original movie event, Bullet Train is a fun, delirious action-thriller from the director of Deadpool 2, David Leitch. Brad Pitt headlines an ensemble cast of eclectic, diverse assassins – all with connected yet conflicting objectives – set against the backdrop of a non-stop ride through modern-day Japan. Starring Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martínez Ocasio. Directed by David Leitch. Based upon the book Maria Beetle by Kotaro Isaka.

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BLACK ADAM 20TH OCTOBER 2022 From New Line Cinema, Dwayne Johnson stars in the action adventure “Black Adam.” The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Jungle Cruise”). Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly— Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world. 73



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“ELVIS” AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Event Cinemas Pacific Fair hosted the Australian Premiere of “Elvis”, featuring A-List Hollywood stars, including Austin Butler (Elvis), Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge and Director Baz Luhrmann. Along with many of the cast, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk along with the Gold Coast’s social set strode the red carpet and enjoyed a dazzling pre-film show filled with rhinestones, performers and pageantry the Elvis himself would have been proud of.

Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk with Elvis Film crew

Tom Hanks, the Oscar-winning actor who plays Elvis' manager Colonel Tom Parker in the biopic, told media and guests how thrilled he was to be back on the GC and what an incredible experience it was to film the movie here. Pandora Bonsor and Lincoln Lewis

Xavier Samuel

Austin Butler

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Socials……… South Coast Radiology Race Day Following a two-year hiatus, South Coast Radiology warmly welcomed guests to their 2022 Annual Referrer Race Day at Aquis Park Gold Coast Turf Club. Held in the exclusive Emporium Lounge and Terrace venue, those in attendance dressed in their finest for a day full of racing, fun and fashion. Renowned MC Mark Forbes kept the crowd entertained between races and guests enjoyed unobstructed views of the track and winning post on what turned out to be a beautiful sun-filled day.

Dr Jason Free and Kim Free

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Carly Nielsenbeck and Sue Beikoff

Dr Matthew Devine, Dr Siddhartha Baxi and Sam Bradshaw

Dr Jenni Soden and Paul Grant

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Dr Phillip Morris and Carole Morris

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Opening night of the Photobox Melina Muenstermann invited VIP’s and guest to the opening of her new venture Photobox. Mel’s parents flew in from Germany to surprise her for the opening. Guests enjoyed cocktails and fine food while seeing her exhibition of photos and videos. Aaron Lynch supplied a luxury vintage Riley car for the night.

Medi Lababi, Melina Muenstermann and Callun King

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Festival of Katy It certainly was the Festival of Katy, an absolute wonder women and powerhouse. A selected group of Katy’s friends helped celebrate her special Birthday at the beautiful Omeros Brothers Seafood Restaurant at Marina Mirage. A day full of laughs, loves fabulous food and drinks including a Tiffany inspired cocktail. One thing we learned on the day is that ages gets better with wine. Happy Birthday Katy!

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Socials……… Somerset Celebration Fantasy was the theme for this year's Celebration of Motherhood 2022 at Somerset College. The College was transformed for the night for the 220 amazing women who attended an evening of fun, food and drinks with Moet & live music on arrival followed by a Buffet Dinner, Gin Bar and powerful speakers, generous raffles & prizes and lots of dancing. A memorable and important event for the College.

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Nicole Carter, Lauren Davidson, Jana Mason, Alicia Stephen, Charlotte Lever and Suzie Jouayde

Prashanti Veeramachaneni and Vahini Panda

Theresa Andrews and Violetta Zotti

Anya Van Den Brink and Audrey Goetz

Justine Summers, Sonam Ongmu Denzongpa, Mary Rudkin, Kunzang Bhutia, Michelle Loschiavo and Kerilee Woodthorpe

Melissa Vorster and Lyndsay Ray

Kirsten Debray and Saba Al-Freah

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Great Debate 2022 The Women of Influence Annual Great Debate 2022 focused on money, power and influence. One of the most informative breakfasts of the year, the Great Debate had guests laughing, learning and joining in the discussion. This year the debate featured a spirited team of women and men battling it out to entertain and enlighten, as both teams using their wit and wisdom to interpret the topic “Financial power is the greatest form of influence”. With the Federal Election just weeks away, there was a lot to ponder and guests certainly enjoyed the cut and thrust, all in good humour, of the various opinions. More at


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Bianca Park and Kasia Bhamidi

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Socials……… Superyachts celebration

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During the 2022 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the industry held an “All Hands on Deck” Yacht Crew & Owners Party at Pablitos Mexican & Tequilaria, Sanctuary Cove. During the 2022 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the industry held an “All Hands on Deck” Yacht Crew & Owners Party at Pablitos Mexican & Tequilaria, Sanctuary Cove.

Craig Webber, Miranda Monteiro and Joel Kenny

Cameron Bray and Candace Diamond

Sarah and Dean Leigh-Smith

Jade Spencer and Rebecca Trembath

Gemma West and Grant Amour

Cathy and Brenden Radford

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Table of Plenty

GCWW ladies gathered for the highlyanticipated Lunch at Fish Emporium, Via Roma. With sensational waterviews, margaritas on arrival, fine food and fab company, the event raised $4,000 for the Gold Coast Community Fund. Guests were spoilt with raffle prizes, a new season fashion parade by Liz Clift International and an epic goodie bag of products, Katrina Sanguigno and Melissa Dickinson products and more product. A sketch by Kaili Saba was given to every guest. What a day it was.

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Georgie Denahy

Belinda Dawes and Karlie Ezair

Katie Jones, Lisa Lees and Anna Lee

Dani Astill, Elle Howard and Lisa Kaye

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Sharon Kewming and Melissa Gilbert

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Tiffany Rigby and Caitlin Gardiner

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“I have a lot more to offer than my image. I feel sad when I am overworked and that I just become a moneymaking machine and that my passion and creativity take a back seat.” LADY GAGA - singer and actor-

“People are like, ‘Oh every famous person is crazy and acts out’. They’re just people and I understand that now because it’s really hard. Fame takes over your brain, it can destroy you.

“I thought it would be good to be rich and famous, it would be good to have stuff, it would be good to have money, to be invited to the party. But I’ve been inside, it ain’t fucking worth it, it doesn’t feed your soul. I still feel empty inside. I would prefer a culture that didn’t celebrate the most negative aspect of our species and reward them financially, so we get to a cultural hysteria where we destroy the planet.” RUSSELL BRAND - actor -

“The thing is that I like making music. I enjoy it and I like singing a lot and I like performing. I would not do it if I didn’t like it. No matter how successful I got I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t like it.” BILLIE EILISH - singer and songwriter -

“If you are looking for fame to define you, then you will never be happy. You will always be searching for happiness. And you will never find it in fame.” CAMERON DIAZ - actor -

“We’re told that if we’re beautiful, skinny, successful, famous, if we fit in, if everyone loves us, we’ll be happy, but that’s not true. The most important journey we will go through is the journey within ourselves, to fine our truth and to find what makes us happy.” CARA DELEVINGNE

“I hope everyone gets to a place in their life where they'd rather talk about the things that inspire them over bring others down." GIGI HADID - model -

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“Being a celebrity is like being bullied in high school, but on a global scale. Just because you live in a big house or drive a Bentley, what people don't realise're being bullied by millions of people constantly." MEGAN FOX - actor -

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Latest Movies to hit the big screen

page 73

Socials – have you been snapped?

pages 74-81

Inspiration Verbatim

pages 82-84

Books we Love

page 72

How to Be Well A Handbook for Women

page 71

Porsche - All - Electric Taycan

page 70

Sea Salt

pages 64-65

Men's Fashion

pages 56-59

Dr Donna Tanchev

pages 48-49

Dr Ben Anderson

pages 46-47

Dr Andrew Cary HPV - Myth and Precautions

pages 44-45

Dr Widdowson and Dr Cronin

pages 42-43

Jackson Rameau - Agent on the Rise

page 37

Dr Jason Free

pages 38-39

Alana Clarkson - Local Entrepreneur

page 36

Beauty Savers

pages 40-41

Fashion - Winter Warmers

pages 34-35

Love the skin you’re in by CN Rajdi Gemeri

pages 22-23

Publisher’s letter – Kate Bennett

pages 6-13

Bites – A little bit of this a little bit of that

pages 14-21

Gold Coast Wonder Women The Wives of SLIM'S Medical Contributors

pages 32-33

Make a Move - The hottest new season activewear

pages 26-27

A real life weight-loss story Inspiring Cousins

pages 28-29

OMB Solicitors - Asset Protection

pages 24-25

Cover Story - Natalie Portman

pages 30-31
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