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Time to Celebrate! We’re 21!

COVER Kendall Jenner attends the amfAR Cannes Gala 2019 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, France. Photo: Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock PUBLISHER Kate Bennett EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Lara Frawley CONTRIBUTORS • Dr Mary Hoang • Olga Tamara • Kevin Billett

As I pop the champagne to toast SLIM Magazine’s 21st birthday issue, I am reminded that ageing is a privilege. Not everybody gets to Having my cake and eating it too! Thanks to get older, and the same applies to the the amazing Charne Mitchell from Oh My magazine industry. In the digital age, Ganache Cake Design. print media must work harder than ever to meet changing customer needs. With so many businesses closing in the first three years, I am honoured we have been able to reach our milestone, but I am the first to acknowledge that it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our wonderful clients and readers. While the publishing industry certainly has its challenges, I feel that we have succeeded in evolving with our audience and adapting to technology – finding out what you want and delivering it in a powerful package. SLIM has built a massive online following, attracting millions of hits across our website and our two main social media platforms – Instagram and Facebook. Our printed product stays around for months between issues, giving the magazine a sense of permanency, yet we also offer immediacy with our online presence. We’re always interested in what our audience wants, and we strive to deliver up-to-date information about the latest book releases, weight-loss, health news, fashion, activewear, recipes and competitions. For most of us, life isn’t easy. We all have our own battles on the home and work front, so we try not to clutter your already busy lives with too much information – just easy-read articles that inform, entertain and maybe even make your day a bit brighter. From Kendall Jenner to the latest beauty and fitness tips, there’s plenty to celebrate in our 21st birthday Spring issue. The weather is warmer, the fashion is brighter, and the longer days are perfect for sunset entertaining and beach walks with family and friends – fur pals included. To all our loyal clients and readers, thanks for standing by us through the last 21 issues. I like to think that we’re not getting old, we’re getting better. Whether you are a business owner, student, stay-home parent or retiree, it is my belief that every year should teach us something valuable. Happy birthday, SLIM! For more go to Like us on Facebook ‘Slim Magazine’ Follow us on Instagram @slim.magazine

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Publisher’s Letter 45 Bite Size 48 Beauty Spotlight 49 Spring Fashion 71 Books We Love 72 – Spring Reading Guide 79 She Said 80


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Women We Love Businesses We Love Competitions Test Drive Socials Subscription Inspiration Verbatim

Features 16 Cover Story – Kendall Jenner 18 Social Media and Depression 20 Tips for Toning Upper Arms 22 Bridal Fashion 26 How to Wear Colour 27 Margaux Parker – How I Lost 15 Kilograms 28 Activewear – Get in Shape for Spring 30 What’s in My Gym Bag – Claire Thurwood 32 Deb Farnworth-Wood – Woman of Substance


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34 Casey Lees – A Weight-loss Success Story 69 Grown-Up Bedtime Stories


70 How Genes Control Our Taste for Sugar 78 From Obese to Amazing – Emma Taylor’s Story

SLIM Experts 36 40

Dr Jason Free Bariatric surgeon Jason Free outlines the most common myths and the truth about weight-loss surgery. Dr Peter Widdowson Are you considering a tummy tuck? Here’s what you need to know.


Dr Andrew Cary The prominent obstetrician-gynaecologist explains the latest developments in women’s health.

42 Dr Ben Anderson A family man at heart. 54

Dr Andrew Letchford Does computer-assisted joint replacement make a difference? Absolutely, says one of Queensland’s leading orthopaedic surgeons.


Recipes 56 Eat, Drink and Still Shrink 58 Go Nuts to Lower Your Heart Risk 59 Korean Comfort Food 60 Vegetarian Delights 61 Rediscover slow cooking 62 CSIRO Low-Carb Quick & Easy 64 The Global Vegan by Ellie Bullen 66 French-Australian Decadence 68 Dreamy Desserts



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Amazing Magnesium

Magnesium is vital for helping to keep the heart and muscles working at their best, blood pressure in check, and bones strong, as well as regulating body temperature. Due to poor oral supplementation and change in modern dietary habits, less than 60 percent of adults meet the adequate intake values for magnesium, according to the World Health Organisation. Considered a form of brine, magnesium oil is made from magnesium chloride flakes and water. When the substances merge, the resulting oil-like liquid is rapidly and safely absorbed by the skin. Sourced from pristine Australian salt lakes, Amazing Oils is a family-run Sunshine Coast company specialising in magnesium chloride health solutions. The company uses organically-registered magnesium chloride to actively replenish magnesium levels in the body and assist in optimal cell, bone and tissue health. Amazing Oils’ Natural Relief Oil Spray (from $21.95 RRP), Gel Roll-On ($27.50 RRP) and Bath Flakes ($25.95 RRP) offer a minimum of 100mg of elemental magnesium absorption by the body.

Pamper Your Pup Who said teepees are only for music festivals, western movies and kids’ parties? Introducing the adorable Mocka Benny Pet Teepee, the cutest and softest spot for your fur baby to snuggle. Retailing for $29.95, the teepee features a quirky design – complete with sturdy fir wood poles and a stylish grey palette that won’t show up dirt or hair. Perfectly suited for cats and small dogs, your pet will enjoy the comfort of the soft, plush cushion. The enclosed nature of the teepee provides a feeling of safety, providing a unique option for anxious animals.

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Detox and Debloat

Clinical nutritionist Jessica Sepel has launched her own range of supplements, JSHealth Vitamins. Detox + Debloat, one of the most unique products in the range, has been formulated with milk thistle, fennel seed and turmeric which are used in western herbal medicine to relieve digestive discomfort and bloating. Milk thistle has been reputed to protect the liver and support body cleansing and detoxification. Fennel seed may reduce abdominal bloating and distension, while turmeric is an antiinflammatory and antioxidant herb that maintains and supports liver health. After years of fad dieting, calorie counting and body image issues, Sydney-based Jessica discovered a love for nutrition and transformed her lifestyle. Now as a clinical nutritionist, health blogger and author, Jessica is passionate about sharing the health message and encouraging others to live a balanced lifestyle filled with nourishing wholefoods and recipes. Detox + Debloat retails for $44.99 for 60 tablets and is one of several products in the JSHealth range.; 10 SLIM MAGAZINE SPRING 2019


‘World First’

for Lip Balm Brand An Australian company claims to be the only lip balm company in the world using ethically-sourced manuka honey beeswax and extra virgin olive oil in their products. With consumers seeking natural and locally-made alternatives to synthetic imported products, Clean & Pure is Australia’s fastest growing lip treatment. Forgoing unnecessary chemicals and preservatives, Clean & Pure uses six or less naturallyderived ingredients in their entire range of balms. Combined with steam-distilled essential oils, Clean & Pure offers an extensive range, including Manuka Honey, Cocoa Butter, Pawpaw, Vanilla, Peppermint, and the best-selling Tinted Rose, a floral-scented balm infused with a naturally occurring pigment to add a healthy red hue to the lip. Suitable for sensitive skin, Clean & Pure is recommended for daily use and can even be worn as a lipstick primer. With balms retailing for $4.99, the products are available online and at all leading pharmacies and health food stores.

World-First for Natural Pain Relief Australian skincare brand, Abundant Natural Health, has launched an innovative range of pain relief products. A first in the market, the products pair 99.9 percent natural, highly concentrated, certified organic magnesium with cucumber extract high in citric acid. The range uses the powerful exfoliating properties of citric acid to allow for maximum absorption of highly concentrated magnesium, leaving the skin smooth and hydrated. The world-first inclusion of cucumber is what makes the products unique. “Exfoliating and hydrating, the cucumber extract allows the highly concentrated magnesium to penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream where it quickly gets to work on aches, pains, cramps or delayed onset muscle soreness,” said Matt Miller, Formulation Chemist at Abundant Natural Health. According to an Australian Bureau Statistics survey, one in three Australians aged two years and over do not meet daily magnesium requirements. Prices start at $22.99.

Simply the Best Long gone are the days of yoghurts drowning in sugar and a long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Introducing five:am SIMPLY – made with nothing but yoghurt and fruit or honey. The range is free from nasties, with no added sugar, preservatives, artificial colours and flavours. With up to one billion probiotics per serve, it is available in four flavours: strawberry, passionfruit, mango and honey. With a bevy of bling from the Food Magazine Awards, Dairy Industry Association of Australia and the Australian Certified Organic and Food Choice Awards, the company is consistently being recognised as one of Australia’s best yoghurt makers. The SIMPLY range is available in 120g pouches, 170g or 550g tubs at Woolworths, Coles and selected IGA stores nationwide. Prices start at $2.

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Healthy Chips Range

Cobs has launched a healthy chips range. Pop’d Chips have 60 percent less fat than regular potato chips – without sacrificing the flavour and crunch that chip fans love and expect. Pop’d Chips are air-popped to perfection, ensuring they have all the crunch and flavour burst of regular chips. Using a unique blend of potato, rice and corn, Pop’d Chips are created by combining heat and pressure, which then air-pops into a crispy chip. The perfect amount of premium High Oleic Sunflower oil and flavour-packed seasonings are added to create a super-crunchy, healthier chip. Flavours include Sour Cream and Chives; Sweet Chilli and Sour Cream; and Salt of the Sea. Pop’d Chips are available in Woolworths and independent supermarkets for $4.


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Armpit Mask

Award-winning advocates for greener living, KIND-LY, has created an armpit mask designed to detoxify the underarms from pore-clogging toxins and chemicals. Made in Australia and formulated with 100 percent natural ingredients, the vegan and cruelty-free mask draws out underarm impurities and clears skin while balancing pH levels and reducing odour during the detoxification period. Anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-viral, the mask eradicates unwanted bacterial strains and microbes that sit on the skin while nourishing the underarm with essential vitamins and minerals. Designed to be used daily for 7-14 days – then weekly as a maintenance treatment – The Armpit Detox is powered by activated charcoal, Australian bentonite clay and colloidal silver, and is fragranced with lemongrass and ginger essential oils. Available online and in over 200 physical retailers, The Armpit Detox retails for $24.95 (100g) and joins KIND-LY’s range of probiotic rollon natural deodorants. KIND-LY was judged ‘Highly Commended’ in Nature & Health’s 2019 Natural Beauty Awards.

Be a Laundry Legend

Sick of spending a small fortune on laundry whiteners? Add a cup of bicarbonate soda to your next load. When used with your regular washing detergent, bi-carb brightens colours and whites and helps eliminate odours. This happens because bi-carb regulates pH levels in the washing machine water, making your detergent work more effectively. Bi-carb is also a handy stain remover. Pre-soak the stain with a tablespoon or two of bi-carb mixed with warm water. To shine your iron, mix bi-carb and water and use a white cloth to gently remove starch build-up and scorch marks from the plate. You can buy bicarb for around $2 at the supermarket.

End Waste, Embrace Taste

If you’re in the market for a health-conscious reusable cup, SoL has launched a sustainable solution. Made from hand-blown glass, the chemical-free cups are the perfect on-the-go coffee companion. Each year in Australia, over one billion takeaway coffee cups are produced and disposed of, and SoL Cups help consumers move away from a throwaway mindset to an ecofriendlier attitude, so we can be kind to the world around us. Cups are priced at $29.99 for 340ml.

Coconut Oil

Whitening Toothpaste

The health benefits of coconut oil are undeniable with studies showing that it has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties that are beneficial for teeth and gums. It can destroy the bacteria that can cause tooth decay, discolouration and bad breath. Introducing White Glo Coconut Oil Whitening Toothpaste (RRP $6.99 for 150g) and White Glo Coconut Oil Pulling Treatment RRP ($12.99 for a 10 pack). Coconut oil pulling is an age-old holistic oral care routine. This Ayurvedic practice uses coconut oil to clean and detoxify teeth and gums to improve oral care. It can also whiten teeth. SLIM LOVES


‘Pawsome’ Ice Cream for Your Fur Pal

A Queensland company has launched pup-friendly ice cream using all-natural, human-grade ingredients. The idea for Hugo’s Ice Creamery was hatched in late 2015 when the founders wanted to spoil their beloved puppy Hugo one sunny Gold Coast afternoon. To their surprise, doggie ice cream was difficult to find in Australia and the ice cream that was available appeared highly processed, and according to founder Jenna Schroeder, “not very special”. Jenna began experimenting with different fruits, vegetables, meats and berries trying to find the perfect flavours. Finding the winning recipes was difficult as the furry taste-testing team had different preferences to what their owners considered tasty. After exhaustive sampling and by working with a pet nutritionist, the company now has three doggy-delicious flavours: Peanut Butter and Bacon, Strawberry and Carob, with Hugo’s releasing special edition flavours throughout the year. With most dogs being lactose intolerant, Hugo’s uses coconut milk which is great for dogs’ health. To achieve creaminess, Hugo’s substituted sugar with organic coconut nectar. Hugo’s doggie ice cream is available in dog-friendly cafes and bars, pet stores, health food stores, groomers and vets on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Northern NSW, Cairns and Mornington Peninsula, with plans to expand throughout Australia.

The New Eco-nappies

Mums are Obsessed With

Australian sustainable baby brand tooshies by TOM has launched nappies that are not only good for bub but look great too. Known for sustainable initiatives with its feminine care brand TOM Organic, tooshies by TOM seeks to shift parents towards its plant-based nappies and wipes that are gentle on bottoms and the planet, while still delivering on performance. The brand offers a range of beautiful prints, including Scandi-inspired designs. The new ‘walker’ range features pot plants, while the toddler nappies are decorated with rainbows. Nappy prices start at $31.50 for a newborn 2 x 38 pack. The nappies are responsibly made in Mexico and contain no fragrance, latex, parabens or nasties.



to a New Level

Level Lemonade is a new soft drink range for the health conscious. Available in three flavours: Original Lemon, Lemon and Orange and Lemon and Pineapple, each 300ml bottle contains 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of magnesium and Vitamin C, while containing 75 percent less sugar than most regular soft drinks.

The Soak Life’s Aromatherapy Collection

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Sometimes we need a little help to find balance, slow down and relax. The Soak Life’s new Aromatherapy Collection brings essential oils and other natural ingredients together in a range of magnesium bath soaks, magnesium oils and aromatherapy mists. Think calming lavender, sleep-inducing chamomile, nourishing organic coconut oil and relaxing magnesium. Made in Australia, the products are vegan, cruelty-free and contain naturally derived ingredients. Expect to pay around $25.96 per bottle.

Get the Edge

Are you ready for the ski and snowboard season? Gold Coast-based Wax-On Wax-Off Ski Tuning is a newly opened full-service operation catering for skiers, snowboarders and winter adventurers. Services include base repairs and structuring, edge maintenance and full-edge tuning. Other specialties include ski and snowboard prep pre-trip, along with post-trip services. Free pick-up and delivery are available on the Gold Coast with the drop-off and collection point located at Alley Designs, Currumbin Waters.

World-first Vitamin Tea

Fairtrade and female-owned Eloments has unveiled five rich flavours of organic tea infused with 100 percent natural vitamins and minerals. Eloments tea has been crafted using ingredients that are free of nasties such as chemicals, pesticides, formaldehyde and genetic modification that are found in many teas. Formulated by Australian nutrition specialists, a single cup of Eloments tea provides over 40 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, C and Zinc. The nutrients come from premium ingredients such as holy basil, guava, amla, annatto, sesbania and lemon. The five Eloments blends include Double Lemon, Egyptian Mint, Ceylon Breakfast, Bourbon Vanilla and Summer Orange. The range is available at Woolworths with prices starting at $7.50 for a 14-pack. SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 13

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STYLED by Sasha

Creating unforgettable events is a far cry from her former life as a competitive swimmer but Sasha Pine says the two careers have a common thread. After seven years at national level, including a scholarship to the University of Nebraska, Sasha is honing her skills in the thriving industry of event planning and styling. “I relate a lot of my events back to when I was swimming competitively,” said Sasha, the founder of Styled by Sasha. “In the lead-up to an event I get excited and nervous while all my ideas are coming to me. Planning is usually months in the making, so there is plenty of time for the anxiety to build. On the day of the event, I can’t wait to get out there and watch it all come together.” The self-described perfectionist thrives on working under pressure to create bespoke design concepts for weddings, birthdays, corporate events and other celebrations. “I absolutely adore what I do, and I am constantly trying to outdo myself,” said the mum of four.

that she burst into tears and hugged me so tight. I also had amazing feedback from the wife of the head of Metricon for an event I did for them and it made me so proud.” Sasha manages a team of expert suppliers, putting together creative briefs, creating an event schedule and then being there on the day. Suppliers include Sugarlily Cakes, Ruby Ju and Zoo Creative. “I have an amazing cake supplier who is even more of a perfectionist than I am. Her level of detail is beyond. All my suppliers are handpicked and chosen because they demonstrate that level of attention to detail that I require. It’s very much a ‘dream team’ affair.” “I absolutely love details. I believe it’s the little things that make a big difference. Ideally my client gives me a budget and a general theme and that’s it. I’ll see them on the day. Gaining the trust of my client is paramount.” Find out more at or phone 0411 120 201.

“A few of my clients have arrived at their event and started crying. I remember a client who was celebrating her baby shower. I had never met her before. She was a little reluctant at the start to hand over all creative freedom to me. I asked her to please trust me. I said she doesn’t need to worry about anything – just turn up on the day. She was overwhelmed Sasha Pine and her boys.


Perfect Pimple Patch Say goodbye to pesky pimples and the scars they leave behind. Introducing Korea’s breakthrough pimple product, Subi. The invisibly thin hydrocolloid patches extract impurities prevent bacteria from spreading, camouflage pimples and heal skin quicker. The patches reduce inflammation and the urge to pick. When you see a head emerging on your pimple, simply whack a Perfect Pimple Patch on it and let the hydrocolloid do its job. Thin enough to wear 24/7, Subi’s Perfect Pimple Patches are cruelty-free, drug free and vegan. (RRP $40 for 54 patches)

Beauty Spotlight

Michelle Pfeiffer has entered the $3 billion fragrance industry with her line, Henry Rose. Photo: Starfrenzy, Bigstock

Chemical-free Perfume There is no doubt that consumers are becoming increasingly aware of ingredients in products they buy. Fragrance is topical following the launch of Michelle Pfeiffer’s direct-to-consumer fragrance line, Henry Rose, that offers complete transparency when it comes to its ingredients. InnerOrigin, an Australian award-winning health and wellness online marketplace, is pioneering the movement in Australia. A full list of ingredients is listed for every product on their online wellness store. Products are assessed for their safety by InnerOrigin’s Expert Advisory Board which includes Miranda Kerr’s mother Therese, a health expert and entrepreneur who believes Australians should be made aware of the chemicals in fragrance. Products that contain the word ‘fragrance’ can contain many ingredients, including chemicals such as phthalates. Synthetic smells derived from petrochemicals have been known to cause migraines, nausea, lung irritation and skin sensitivity.


Rainbow Sherbet large bow (RRP $15)

Penelope medium stitched bow (RRP $12)

Pixie Curtis models the large Camilla diamante bow (RRP $15)

Pearl Roseate medium bow (RRP $15)

are Back! Pixie Curtis never leaves the house without wearing a bow. The seven-year-old daughter of entrepreneur Roxy Jacenko is the face behind the brand Pixie’s Bows. Having grown into a must-have accessory loved by little girls all over the world, the brand now features an on-trend women’s range. Pixie’s Bows are available online and in Myer stores across the country with prices ranging from $9 to $55, including a custom initial range. The brand was created in 2011 – the year Pixie was born. Pixie’s Bows have been seen on some of the most stylish international celebrity tots including Suri Cruise, Coco and Ice T’s daughter Chanel, Sarah Jessica Parker’s twins Tabitha and Marion, Jessica Alba’s youngest daughter Haven, Fifi Box’s little girl Trixie Belle and Kate Waterhouse’s daughters Sophia and Grace. Roxy Jacenko wears the elegant Nicky bow in deep red (RRP $45)


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Nearly 114 Million Followers and Counting Kendall Jenner has around 114 million followers on Instagram, belongs to one of the most famous families on the planet and is one of the highest-paid supermodels. She is a model in a movement dubbed “the Instagirl era” or “Social Media Modelling”, where models are chosen for their online presence and social media following. To herald SLIM Magazine’s 21st birthday celebrations, we’ve listed 21 reasons why we love the pop culture phenomena.



Forget quinoa. During a whirlwind visit to Sydney in April to launch the new Sydney flagship of Tiffany & Co., Kendall showed that she is just like the rest of us by tucking into a regular chicken salad and Tim Tams. Throughout the visit, Kendall and her team enjoyed hot chocolate and Tim Tam Bombs which involve drinking a beverage through a Tim Tam. The experience was documented on Instagram with Kendall noting: “Whoa, it legit works! It’s melting from the inside out… it’s fully soggy! It melted so fast, I’m like in shock!” Kendall loves pizza, pasta, pancakes and a good burger but she is careful about what she eats during fashion shows. Her dressing room staples include guacamole, tortilla chips, hummus and carrots.


Kendall Jenner walks the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Photo:


She is the queen of bird calls. The supermodel shut down the internet when she first busted out her bird noises and she was back at it on James Corden’s Hidden Talent Show in a pre-taped segment in 2017.


When asked to name her spirit animal, Kendall listed Tupac Shakur, considered to be one of the greatest American rappers of all time.


Kendall’s must-have beauty product is red lipstick and her favourite curse word is “F**k!” Yes, she is just like the rest of us.


Those legs! The world-famous model has a seriously killer body. At 179cm (5ft 10.5 in), Kendall is easily the tallest member of the Kardashian-Jenner women. She is almost a foot taller than Kourtney.


The animal-loving star is a dog mum to a doberman pinscher, which she often shows off on Instagram. In March 2019, Kendall took to Instagram to show off her new pet snake, who she had wrapped around her arm and was twirling around with abandon. She also uploaded a video of the snake hanging out in its terrarium and slithering around, with the caption “my son.”


Asked if she had to choose another career, Kendall said she would love to work on a farm.


The best piece of advice she has ever received is to “treat people the way you want to be treated.”

what she looks for in a man, 10. Asked Kendall said: “Confidence, a good sense of humour and great style.”

Kendall Nicole Jenner Date of birth: November 3, 1995 Birthplace: Los Angeles, California Height: 179cm (5ft 10.5 in) Parents: Cailtlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner Relatives: Kylie Jenner (sister), Kourtney Kardashian (half-sister), Kim Kardashian (half-sister), Khloé Kardashian (half-sister), Cassandra Marino (half-sister), Rob Kardashian (half-brother), Brandon Jenner (half-brother), Brody Jenner (half-brother), Burt Jenner (half-brother).


She is uncomfortable with being described as a millennial icon. She said: “It’s weird for me to call myself that. I try not to think of myself as an icon too much.”

Kendall Jenner attends the Cannes Film Festival in France. Photo: Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock


was insecure in her youth. In a 2016 12. She interview with Vogue, Kendall said she spent a lot of time at home by herself playing video games. She once said: “I remember crying in my bedroom about the fact that Kylie (sister) had so many friends and I didn’t.”


is no diva. She didn’t hesitate 13. Kendall when asked to have her hair chopped mid-shoot during a 2016 Vogue fashion shoot.


Kendall has done the work to become a legitimate model. Her famous family gives her an automatic boost, but she has had to work hard to prove she is talented in her own right. Marc Jacobs was one of the first designers to book Kendall for a fashion show and said it had nothing to do with her being a Kardashian. “We wanted to book her on her merit as a model not because she’s a Kardashian. Every bit of her success is a testament to her hard work and her passion,” Jacobs said.

her sisters is not to take life 15. from seriously. Kendall said: “My sisters are

One of the best lessons Kendall learned


The supermodel has said that she is “more introverted” than her other sisters who are known for being very loud and outspoken. Kendall said: “Growing up, I didn’t care that I was shy. I never really cared — I just went with it. In some ways, I kind of liked it.” Kendall Jenner is hashtag hair goals. Her locks are always so shiny, glossy and warm. She has said that she washes her hair every day and often sleeps with her hair wet. A stylist once told her that if you go to bed with wet hair, you will wake up in the morning and have texture. There is an element of fun and quiet goofiness to Kendall. Follow her on Instagram and you’ll pick up on it.

doesn’t talk publicly about her 20. and love life. She has said that it’s nice to

Kendall Jenner at The Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Photo: Steve Vas/Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock

Kendall’s Go-To Beauty Products Despite having access to the best makeup and skincare professionals in the world, Kendall Jenner’s favourite beauty products are surprisingly affordable. 1.

Face Fabric Foundation by Giorgio Armani $69.


Avene Eau Thermale Lip Balm with Cold Cream $17.69.


Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Multi-Effects Mascara* $50.


Proactiv Deep Cleansing Face Wash* 267ml $27.49.


Kendall uses a jade facial roller which allegedly boosts circulation, reduces under-eye swelling and help products absorb better into the skin. $32.95.

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Kendall is not an open book. We know less about her than any other Kardashian-Jenner family member. She has a mystique and there is only so much we can obtain from her Instagram feed. Bring on the next chapter.

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so f**king strong, and they taught me and my little sister to just toughen up and not let it affect us. You know what’s real. Just leave it alone – it will pass in a week. That’s how I grew up.”

is all of us when she admits to 16. Kendall feeling like SpongeBob SquarePants when she wakes up. “I drink water, cause I don’t know if everyone else relates but I wake up and I feel like SpongeBob when he got all watered out, and I just feel like I need water, so I just down a whole bottle right then and there.”

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AND DEPRESSION: THE MOST TOXIC POWER COUPLE? Are they Loved-up Bedfellows or the Most Toxic Power Couple? By Kevin Billett Depression in simple terms is a lasting state of emotional negativity. Its symptoms vary widely, but at the lighter end of the scale can include feelings of unhappiness, separation, dissatisfaction, tiredness and apathy. It has sometimes been described as ‘losing your appetite for life’. I’ve learned that there are three prime causes of depression: The habit of emotional suppression. There are many techniques we can use to manage painful or scary emotions, but suppressing them, pushing them deep down inside is the one most clearly linked with depression. Without suppression we may experience many other forms of emotional pain or distress in life, but it’s unlikely to be depression. Habitual negative self-talk. This is often related to old disempowering beliefs about ourselves, our capabilities or self-image, our circumstances or life itself. Our internal dialogue may run in the background of our minds or be foremost in our thoughts. Either way, it is a negative, undermining influence that feeds depression. Old emotional hurts, injuries or traumas, often from childhood. They may be as simple as schoolyard jibes that humiliated us or as potent as lifethreatening accidents or incidents of abuse. These have a way of ‘sticking’ with us, imprinting us deeply and negatively shaping our habits and behaviours long term. If we can relate to the three scenarios above, then we are more likely to experience some form of depression. 18 SLIM MAGAZINE SPRING 2019

There are also several additional factors that can make depression worse. At least one of these has a direct link to social media. It is called Coping Strategy Overload. Most of us manage some sort of emotional balance in life, some ‘normality’ or ‘even keel’. However, sometimes life keeps throwing the brown stuff at the fan, above and beyond our ability to cope with it. Maybe a serious illness is followed by a job loss, a relationship breakdown or bereavement. Just as we are beginning to manage one event another hits us, and our normal coping abilities are swamped. Then, if we are prone to depression, we sink deeper inwards, maybe into powerlessness, overwhelmingness or despair. Social media can be an instant way of triggering Coping Strategy Overload. Imagine this: Your life is not going the way you planned it. Maybe you are feeling stressed or anxious about your family, your love life or your work. You may be tense and tetchier than usual with others or exhausted because you have not been sleeping well and maybe you are ‘self-medicating’ a little more than you should with the sauvignon blanc. What you really need is some down time, but you never seem to find the time for it. Then a friend says something hurtful to your face. They blame you for something that was not your fault, they criticise your motives, your behaviour, your weight or your looks. The result? Maybe an argument, maybe you complain to someone else, maybe you batten down the hatches and nurse your wounds. It is containable. It’s just one person with a harsh opinion, and they undoubtedly have their own issues. You cope. Now play out the same criticism on Instagram or Facebook or the newest, latest selfie platform. Suddenly the antagonism

is ‘out there’, the criticism magnified and in the spotlight. The whole world, or so it seems, swallows the lies about us, or can see behind our masks to our real flaws and insecurities. There is no taking it back because once posted the message has flown. No apology can undo the damage because ‘juicy’ bad news travels farther and faster than good. Our minds catastrophise, but it’s out of our control. We are helpless to the judgements and abuses of the masses. Then our emotional coping strategies are well and truly overloaded as we helplessly succumb to the painful tumult. The social mediadepression relationship becomes more James and Mariah than Hamish and Zoë.

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Start in a plank position with legs together engaging the inner thighs and your powerhouse (deep abdominals and glutes). Place your hands on a chair or low table, keeping your arms in line with your shoulders. To begin, breathe in as you bend your elbows, keeping them close to your body. Once you’ve lowered your body as far as you can without changing your position, exhale as you straighten your arms using your triceps, with your powerhouse switched on. Eventually you can graduate to doing push-ups on the floor, then with feet raised on a step or small box. Repeat 10 times or more maintaining correct form.

Stand straight with your legs together and feet slightly turned out to get connection to your abdominals and glutes. Imagine a zip up the front of your body and a zip down the back. Holding hand weights, breathe in as you bring your arms up, with elbows wide as you raise the weights to your chest. Exhale as you press down with resistance and your powerhouse connected. Repeat 10 to 20 times or more maintaining correct form.

Tip: Keep your entire body strong and connected when doing pushups. Keep your shoulders still and controlled. 2. SHAVING Stand straight with your legs together and feet slightly turned out to get connection to your abdominals and glutes. Pitch yourself slightly forward to engage your entire body. Holding small weights, bend your elbows wide and bring your hands behind your head for your start position. Breathe in as you raise your arms straight and up above your head, hands together with your palms facing forward and wrists straight. Exhale as you create resistance, bringing your arms back to the starting position, elbows wide. Work your deep abdominals, glutes and upper back throughout the exercise. Repeat 10 times or more maintaining correct form. Tip: Keep your weight pitched forward throughout to make sure you engage your whole body to stay balanced from the tip of your head to the soles of your feet which are planted firmly on the ground. 20 SLIM MAGAZINE SPRING 2019

Tip: If you don’t have hand weights at home for these exercises, a water bottle will work but make sure it’s filled with water, sand or dried legumes. This way, you can increase the weight of the contents as you get stronger.



Olga Tamara, a former actress and professional ballerina, is the director and owner of Authentic Pilates Studio in Sydney and the founder and principal trainer of Authentic Pilates Education International (APEI). Photos: Emily Harlow


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It’s easy to make an impact with colour when it comes to what you wear. Fashion stylist Kristin Todd shares her tips and tricks on how to use the magic of colour to glow spectacularly. Colours change with the seasons Jump onto the energy of the changing seasons with your outfit and freshen up your wardrobe with a few pieces in the colours representative of that season. Think exotic for summer, dusty pastels in the springtime, earthy, autumnal colours throughout autumn and deep, dark intense jewels in the winter. Shout out ‘The new season is here!’ with the colours in your outfit. Colour clash Enjoy clashing unexpected colours together. You will often astonish yourself with the outcome. I get great satisfaction out of delighting the least courageous women with mismatches and rule breakers. Experimenting constantly is a good way to find your truest place within colour. Pop of colour Immediate impact dressing! Injecting a single pop of colour into an outfit will directly take your look from ordinary to dramatic. This tactic will also allow you to draw attention to an asset. It’s a fantastic way to make a statement without being excessive. I will sometimes wear double denim with a pop of electric-blue mirrored shades and it’s always complimented! Taming neon I often use neutrals as a base layer before adding a glowing piece. The neon will lift the neutrals into an exciting place. Luminous hues in small flashes are just brilliant when a soft neutral such as beige, stone or snow are the base palette. A neon nail lacquer and clutch purse next to a neutral outfit? It’s too good not to do it! Contrast Never underestimate the power of dark and light contrast and adequately stock your wardrobe. Black and white or navy and cream will always generate a striking result. Contrast is a timeless palette to dress in, it’s high impact and suits everyone! Contrasting looks stand alone with presence and they also lend themselves to other colours beautifully. Black and white is a glamorous base for a red lip. Banana dressing One of my favourite colours to wear is a pale base garment and the darker version of that colour as a layer over the top. Just like a banana. For example, an oatmeal jersey dress with camel coat over the top. It just works! 26 SLIM MAGAZINE SPRING 2019

Tonal harmony Pick a single colour and gather pieces in different shades of that colour to create your outfit. This is tonal dressing and is so beautiful when executed well. I often like to wear a tonal green look, incorporating numerous deep greens, emeralds and forests, head to toe, to create a cool and luxurious look of indulgence. Matchy matchy If it’s important to you to match impeccably from head to toe then you will be familiar with the hunting and gathering regime. This exercise is an extreme sport and reserved for the very dedicated fashionistas! When you unearth those pieces that match perfectly to your coordinates it’s pure bliss! I love it when I find the exact match of a shoe to work back with a dress or a pant. Sure, a labour of love but it does reveal impeccable results. All natural If the brights just aren’t your taste, there are ways to be creative with natural tones. Play with texture, animal prints and natural fibres. Tonal dressing in neutral is exquisite and bronzes, creams and tan will be certain to keep your face looking fresh amongst the neutral palette. Dark and mysterious Whilst black and charcoal play an important role in being dark and mysterious, you’re not limited to just these. You can delve into colours with the deepest and darkest of shades, where the colour is there but the vibrancy is low. Deep purple is a spectacular complement to black and charcoal.

This is an extract from Style Sessions – Perfecting the Art of Dressing by Kristin Todd, New Holland Publishers RRP $32.99, available from all good bookstores or online at Kristin Todd is a fashion stylist who has worked in the fashion industry for more than ten years. Kristin conducts personal styling sessions and workshops, hosts fashion parades and writes about fashion.

Light and bright Sunny personality? Let your energy extend through your outfit by keeping your palette light and bright, vibrant and fun, even quirky. Place unexpected colours together to showcase your unique and energetic flavour. Colour blocking If you like to turn heads, colour blocking is for you. It plays on the fun and lively side of fashion. Not for the faint-hearted, achieving a good colour block is a vibrant play with colour. Here are a few tips for the perfect execution: • Stick with warm or cool groups of colours. • Red with orange, yellow and pinks are incredible together. • Blue with greens and purples are a marriage made in heaven. • Wear your single, solid-coloured garments together. • There is no place for print in colour blocking.

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and learning to accept me for what I am, not what I want to be. I got to a point where I wasn’t feeling confident or happy within myself and I didn’t like that feeling. It’s not in my normal nature to have that self-doubt or negative thoughts about my body and I could see that it was affecting my relationship with my husband and children. What dietary adjustments did you make to lose the weight?

Margaux, you’re a hands-on mum, you don’t seem to take life too seriously and you often have a funny story to tell. Do you find it difficult to come up with new material? Being a wife, mother of four, working full-time and having a social life allows me to never be short on content. My life is a representation of most people’s lives – the ups and downs of marriage, the demands of children, work and the politics, the juggle and balance of trying to make it all work whilst trying to maintain time for my friends and time for myself. Nothing for me is off limits and I try to make sure I remain open and honest and talk about things that most can relate to. Congratulations on your recent weightloss transformation! How do you feel? I feel amazing. It’s something I think most of us are consumed by most days. With images on our screens with social media, film clips, magazines and advertising promoting an ideal of what beauty is, it is difficult to accept who we are. I’ve learnt that it’s about feeling confident and healthy

Initially I did a 30-Day Nutritional Cleanse with Isagenix consisting of two shakes a day, one meal and cleanse days where I drank a supplemented cleanse tea which aids the body to cleanse and reset whilst burning fat. This enabled me to drop 9kg within the month which was very encouraging and motivating. My clothes fit me again, my friends and family and work colleagues noticed the weight falling off and complimented me on it. This was a huge confidence boost and pushed me to continue down the path to a healthier and happier self. I slowly incorporated light exercise by doing pilates two mornings a week and now I have added boxing to my regime once a week. You’ve said that it’s more about what we put in our mouths than spending hours in the gym. It’s definitely about what we put in our mouths. I cut coffee which was huge for me. I was drinking four coffees a day. I cut back on soft drink and simple carbs by replacing bread with wraps, white rice with brown rice, cutting out bread, pasta and rice and replacing it with vegetables, salads, protein and stir-frys.

Do you still enjoy your favourite foods and drinks? I try to be really disciplined through the week so that on weekends I can indulge in my favourite things such as champagne, cocktails and cheese platters. I really think it is about balance. The more that you deny yourself something the more you think about it and then give in to it. Do you think parents and other adult role models play a pivotal role in promoting a positive body image for children? I really try to tell my children, especially my girls, what it’s like to be healthy and unhealthy. I try hard not to use words like skinny or fat. For my sons it’s about knowing and accepting that women come in all shapes and sizes. When they mention that my boobs or tummy or bottom is wobbly I tell them that my breasts fed and nourished four little babies, that my tummy carried and gave life to them and their sisters, and that my bottom wobbles but how can one twerk without a wobbly bottom. I try to remain positive in the way I speak about my body. I don’t hide it and I remind myself of what it has done for me and our family. Reflection is a wonderful thing. What advice would you give to others trying to lose weight? It’s hard and some days, a real battle, but that’s okay. If it was easy, we would all be doing it right all the time but it’s not easy and it takes persistence and consistency. You have to wake up every day and make the choice to do something for yourself and your health. No one else is going to do it for you. Remember that it looks different for everyone. Comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t worry what others are doing. Do what you can. It doesn’t matter what it looks like but by choosing to do something, you’ll feel better for it. SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 27


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Substance The Evolution of Deb Farnworth-Wood

Deb Farnworth-Wood is an MBA graduate, Certified Franchise Executive, EY Finalist 2016 and winner of the Gold Coast’s 2017 Businesswoman of the Year. Regarded as a pioneer of the medi-aesthetic industry, the dynamic entrepreneur shares her insights on the industry and how she built a $70 million turnover business. Non-invasive treatments are becoming more widely accepted as an easy and affordable alternative to combatting unwanted signs of ageing. Is the mediaesthetic industry still growing and evolving? Yes. There is no doubt that there are still market growth opportunities in the industry. New technologies are emerging all the time and the challenge for any clinic is to decipher the marketing hype about each and assess the credibility of claims made. My approach has always been to look at the clinical papers and evidence. This has been instilled in me after years of working in health in the UK. There are also more home use devices available and while some of these are helpful to your home maintenance regime, very few are clinically effective, but their popularity demonstrates the demand for improving skin concerns and maintaining a youthful look. It may seem surprising but even now, only two percent of Australians have ever tried anti-wrinkle injections and even less have tried dermal fillers, so these treatments have significant growth opportunities. What are some of the developments we can look forward to in the industry? For many years the trend has been to move away from surgical rejuvenation such as facelifts and opt for non-surgical preventative treatments. This has meant we are seeing more technologies emerging to treat the signs of ageing and to help turn back the clock. For the consumer this makes the choice of treatment and 32 SLIM MAGAZINE SPRING 2019

practitioner difficult but for the industry it is exciting and challenging. The younger demographic is still interested in laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and simple facial treatments but from age 35 upwards, our clients’ needs become more complex when we start to deal with loss of elasticity in the skin, sun and other environmental damage as well as hormonal changes to the skin. There are also cultural differences in the needs of clients, with darker skins being notoriously more difficult to treat and more prone to pigmentation. This means we need to take their treatments more slowly to minimise the risks. Non-surgical, non-invasive fat and cellulite reduction is also growing in popularity because there is little to no downtime and it is a walk in, walk out procedure. Skin care is developing quickly too with new active ingredients and some new thinking on existing ingredients. Interestingly, the use of skincare varies culturally too with the Asian community applying more products than most others and investing the most in their beauty regimen. As the founder of the Australian Skin Clinics franchise, you built a $70 million turnover business. What are your tips for building a successful business? My number one tip is stop looking for the get rich quick scheme. I hate it when people say “you are so lucky” because it was never luck – it was always hard work and tenacity. I don’t believe I was born an entrepreneur either, but I am a natural problem solver and I am also good at identifying opportunities as they arise. My business career started as a trainee manager when I was 19 and I made it my mission to learn everything I could about business. Every business I have built has been more successful than the previous one simply because you learn lessons along the way, and you apply your new knowledge to the next venture or problem. Growing a

sizeable business is tough –especially when you are a wife and a mother. It requires sacrificing your weekends and social life, compromises within the family and often long hours. Next, surround yourself with people who know more than you do. It’s easy to stay in our comfort zone and one mistake many CEOs, managers and business owners make is surrounding themselves with people they can control because they need to feel superior. The greatest businesses have a culture of embracing the strengths of others and working as a cohesive and respectful team. Finally, keep learning and invest in your own development. No matter how old you are or how successful you are there is always more to learn. What is your advice for surviving the first five years of business? In Australia, 60 percent of small businesses fail within three years and the major reasons are lack of cash flow, a poorly thought through business plan and lack of experience. My number one piece of advice to start-ups is to know your current market, know your potential market, know your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses and research thoroughly. It’s also vital to have a good support structure at home. I build businesses but I rarely cook, clean or do the washing and luckily my husband Shaun doesn’t expect me to – even my kids learned how to make their own packed lunch for school at a very young age. I know I could never have achieved what I did if I had been expected to be the perfect wife as well. Deb Farnworth-Wood exited the Australian Skin Clinics business in February 2019 but retained her original clinic in Cotlew Street, Ashmore. It has been rebranded as the Ultimate Skin and Body Clinic. Find out more at


How I Lost 56 Kilograms

Casey Lees Shares her Inspirational Story How long have you battled with your weight? I have been overweight since I was a young child so therefore I have battled with obesity my whole life.

How would you describe your relationship with food? At my heaviest my relationship with food was that of convenience. I ate fast food and drank soft drinks and used the excuse of needing it to feel less tired. I would also have it at parties and celebrations. If they can eat it why can’t I? I had the mentality of thinking that, ‘Oh well, this won’t make me any fatter than I already am. I’ll go on a diet on Monday.’ I would also throw in the whole reasoning that because I’m active and stand on my feet all day it will be fine to eat whatever. I love food and I would eat myself sick at times, just because it tasted so amazing.

Casey After Name: Casey Lees Date of birth: 10th May, 1981 Occupation: Food processing plant worker Family: Married to Stuart, with our daughter Kayla Height: 167cm Current weight: 74.3kg BMI: 26.3 Heaviest weight: 130kg Day of surgery weight: 107.7kg


What health problems did you experience because of being overweight? I think when your relationship with food is so out of control, you don’t realise how much less energy, motivation and positive thinking you were without. I let it get to the point where my body started to feel the effects of being overweight. I had sore feet, aching joints and was unable to sit or stand for long. I had no dramatic medical issues, just mental blockages. I couldn’t relate my bad food choices to the way my body was feeling.

When did you decide enough was enough? I decided enough was enough over a hundred times. I tried an abundance of diets – from shakes to meal plans. I tried cardio and boot camps. All of these worked – initially. I would get to 100kg and things would turn pear-shaped. I would stall. I would tell myself, ‘Well, this weight is not so bad’ but then I would start climbing back up the scales.

What made you decide on weightloss surgery and which procedure did you choose? The choice to have surgery came at the lowest point of my life where I looked at my beautiful daughter who happens to have inherited my genetics – my love of food and eating habits. I thought of everything that I went through as a child/teenager/young adult. She reminded me of my own thoughts of looking at skinny people and dreaming of what it would feel like to be them because I was never slim and I had no idea. Now don’t get me wrong, my daughter loves her reflection. She’s only eight but is aware that she is bigger than kids her age though. Kayla knows she is beautiful. That’s one of the better influences her father and I have on her, but I want to lead by example. I want to show her that there is more to life than food. The only issue was that I had to show myself first. So with the help of my husband, who has had weight-loss surgery himself, I decided to try surgically solving my obesity. I researched and hesitated and researched some more. I’ll be honest in saying that the only thought that would have prevented me from going through with weight-loss surgery was thinking that I know what I have to do to lose weight. I know what to eat and I know I need more exercise but what was going to stop me from overeating? That’s when I realised I couldn’t do it on my own. Through mutual friends and my husband, I found my surgeon and we decided that the sleeve would be a great option, after explaining my history. So on the first of November 2018, I had my surgery.

Has it been difficult to adjust to smaller portion sizes and other lifestyle habits? The following weeks had me wondering if I’d ever be able to eat more than a few spoonfuls of soup. Concerned about not getting enough food in me, I would set my alarm and start drinking water so I could fit it all in. There was no room for any mishaps or error because I needed to succeed and

I think when your relationship with food is so out of control, you don’t realise how much less energy, motivation and positive thinking you were without.” Casey Lees

Casey Before

stay healthy for my family. Just knowing that I have my surgeon and team on call whenever I need them is extremely comforting. It is such a friendly, genuine and professional reassurance.

How did you feel in the weeks and months following the surgery? At six weeks post op I felt content and happy that I had made the right choice. At three months, I learned that the food I could put into my body needed to be nutritionally sound to get me through the day. At four months I struggled to want to eat out at family events and celebrations as I felt almost embarrassed about not eating much food and having people watch me eat the little amount of food I did eat! That was just one of the many head struggles I still go

through. At six months I felt like I had my diet spot on. Smaller portions don’t bother me at all now that I know I’m getting in what I need. I’m satisfied. I’m full. I can eat all my favourite foods but just a fraction of what I used to shovel in. I have a more active role at work and I am managing.

Did you experience any other improvements in your life as a result of your weight-loss? I have freedom of movement and I can fit into a seat comfortably. I am able to cross my legs, bend down and breathe, with of course the bonus of being able to buy clothes anywhere I choose. My surgery was a success. It is a tool I have instilled in me to tell me when enough is enough. It’s a reminder to fuel my body with the right foods so I can feel my very best.

What do you say to people who say weight-loss surgery is the “easy way” to lose weight? It is not an easy way out. It is not cheating. Every day, every meal, every beverage and active habit remains the same as any other diet. Eat to live, not live to eat. Every day for the rest of my life will need to be consistent to maintain any weight-loss – with or without surgery. Weight-loss surgery is simply a tool that is very hard to ignore. For me it’s the wake-up call I needed.

Do you have any regrets? My only regret is not having done this years ago. My advice to anyone considering weight-loss surgery is do your research. Talk to as many people who have had weightloss surgery as you can and research your surgeon. Get ready for a lesson of a lifetime! SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 35

Myths of Weight-Loss Surgery

SLIM Expert Dr Jason Free

There are plenty of myths and misconceptions around weight-loss surgery. Dr Jason Free, one of Australia’s most highly-regarded experts in weight-loss surgery, outlines 10 of the most common myths and the truth about going under the knife to lose weight.

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Myth 4: Weight-loss surgery is extremely dangerous. Myth 1: There’s only one kind of weight-loss surgery. There are many kinds of weight-loss surgery. The various operations will suit different people for a variety of different reasons. The most common weight-loss procedure currently is the Sleeve Gastrectomy, whereby a much smaller stomach is made with no other alteration to the intestinal tract. There are also many types and configurations of Gastric Bypass Surgery. The Gastric Bypass procedures provide the most robust and long-term weight-loss. Gastric Bypass surgery generally involves dividing the upper portion of the stomach and attaching the small intestine to it so that food bypasses most of the stomach and upper small intestine where the majority of carbohydrates and fat are absorbed. This dramatically reduces the amount of food able to be eaten and absorbed. Revisional Bariatric Surgery involves a subsequent procedure on someone who has had insufficient weight-loss, weight regain at a later date or someone who has experienced problems from a previous weight-loss operation.

Myth 2: Weight-loss surgery is a permanent solution to weight gain. Weight-loss surgery is not a permanent solution to obesity. There is no permanent solution currently available. There are many aggressively marketed fad diets and exercise regimes which provide only a short-term fix to obesity. Weight-loss surgery is the only scientifically proven method to provide a significant and longlasting solution to obesity. Each person will have a different result from surgery and to improve the chances of a good result it is important that a patient has the most appropriate operation to suit their particular medical situation.

Myth 3: People who get weightloss surgery are too lazy to lose weight normally. Surgery is not a lazy, quick fix for weight-loss. It’s a false perception that you’re a failure as a human being because you can’t lose weight by yourself. Obesity is a complex disease of metabolism. It is extremely difficult to treat without assistance of medications or surgery in addition to all the behavioural aspects. Evidence demonstrates that with dieting and exercise, people who are obese have about a 1-in-400 to 1-in-800 chance of getting their weight down to a healthy BMI of 25 and maintaining this for 12 months. Weight-loss surgery is not just for aesthetics. Patients who want weight-loss surgery aren’t just doing it to look better. They are doing it to treat all the serious medical conditions that accompany obesity and even reverses the risk of premature death.

Weight-loss surgery is extremely safe. This is one of the reasons it is becoming increasingly popular. The operation is keyhole with minimal pain. Almost everyone goes home within one to two days and returns to work within a week or so. The operation is actually safer than going into hospital to have your gall bladder taken out. There are potential risks, however any major problem leading to a prolonged stay in hospital or further interventions happens in less than one in 200 patients. Major risks are extremely rare.

Myth 5: Recovery from weightloss surgery is a long and slow process.

If you work from home, you can get back to work within one to two days. I have occasional patients who I see on their laptop on the ward the morning after their operation busily working away. Most people with a desk-type job would go back to work about seven days post-op. If you have a job requiring a substantial amount of activity such as walking, driving and standing for long periods then I would recommend two weeks off work.

Myth 6: If you get weight-loss surgery, you’ll no longer be able to eat enough to stay healthy. The principle of weight-loss surgery is to create an intestinal tract that limits the ability to consume large meals and also limits the amount of carbohydrate and fat absorbed, whilst maintaining the body’s ability to absorb essential proteins, minerals and vitamins. Current society provides larger meals which are more easily and frequently available than what human body has evolved to accept. When people have weight-loss surgery, the intestinal tract can be changed to a certain degree. Despite this, it’s extremely rare for a patient to become underweight. People will generally always be able maintain enough oral intake to maintain good health. Even despite the best operation, advice and follow-up, the difficulty in the longer term is not losing too much weight but being able to maintain the dramatic amounts of weight lost.

Myth 7: If you eat large meals after getting weight-loss surgery, your stomach won’t stretch out. No matter how good an operation and how small a surgeon makes the stomach, after a period the body tries to adapt to get the weight back up to what it thinks it should be. This happens by a variety of mechanisms, many of which are not fully understood. The stomach, and the small intestine below it can stretch. This is a common physiological occurrence and cannot be entirely attributed to people eating too much. The body also has the ability to increase weight without any

stretching of the stomach/intestine. This is thought to be due to various physiological changes potentially leading to absorption of an increased proportion of nutrients than prior to surgery. Despite the best possible weight-loss surgery, we unfortunately often can’t completely beat mother nature.

Myth 8: Most people who lose weight through weight-loss surgery eventually gain the weight back. Most patients maintain their weight-loss for the long-term. The natural course after weight-loss surgery is for the patient to lose a massive amount of weight in the first 12 months. Often after one or two years people may regain small amounts of weight – a couple of kilograms or so. This is the body’s way of trying to adapt to the change that the surgery has caused. Many people who are morbidly obese with a very high BMI will notice weight regain over several years specifically after a Sleeve Gastrectomy. Recent research does demonstrate that people in these very high BMI categories do have a higher rate of late weight regain and currently there is world-wide acceptance that these patients are more suited to one of the Bypass type procedures rather than a Sleeve Gastrectomy. This highlights the importance of having a thorough discussion with your surgeon about the most appropriate operation to suit yourself.

Myth 9: Reducing the size of your stomach means you won’t be able to take in enough nutrients. Once your body realises there has been a major change, it tries to get back to its ‘set-point’ weight by absorbing more nutrients and other mechanisms. Though some patients who have had certain weight-loss surgeries do experience a decreased ability to absorb vitamins and minerals, this is easily remedied by taking daily supplements. Surgeons generally recommend a standard multivitamin for the long term. It is rare for a patient to require any additional specific medications on top of a multivitamin. We do encourage long term contact with a dietitian to ensure best results. Following a balanced post-surgery diet and good meal planning, an individual’s overall health is much improved after a successful weight-loss operation.

Myth 10: Insurance doesn’t cover weight-loss surgery. Since weight-loss surgery is rarely provided in public hospitals, there is a cost. Medicare and private health funds will contribute significant amounts. Surgery Gold Coast, located in Carrara Street, Benowa, provides affordable and quality procedures with many patients travelling from other parts of Queensland and interstate to access the services. For more information, visit or phone 07 5564 6501.


Gripping New Reads


HEAL – 101 SIMPLE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH IN A MODERN WORLD Pete Evans | RRP $32.99 | Macmillan Australia

In a fast-paced world, many of us are looking for practical changes we can make to nourish our body, be more active and meaningfully connected. In his new book, HEAL, Pete Evans shares some of his favourite ways to live well with 101 simple, practical tips. Here are ideas to inspire everyone to make a change, no matter how big or small. Learn more about how to nourish, move, play, rest, reflect, create and connect – from eating fermented foods and enjoying healthy fats to getting a dose of daily sunshine and sharing a pot of tea.


Allison Dickson | RRP $32.99 | Hachette Australia This psychological thriller has been described as ‘gripping and unputdownable’ with an ‘unforeseeable twist’. Two women are watching each other. Phoebe isn’t sure when the car started showing up. At first, she put it down to the scandal around her late father, but she’s certain now it’s there for her. What’s interesting about an unhappily married housewife, who barely leaves her house? Only one knows why. Every morning, not long before your husband leaves for work, I wait for the blinds beside your front door to twitch. You might think I’m sitting out here waiting to break into your house and add a piece of your life to my collection. Things aren’t quite that simple. It’s not a piece of your life I want.

2040: A HANDBOOK FOR THE REGENERATION Damon Gameau | RRP $34.99 | Macmillan Australia

Damon Gameau has spent most of his adult years overwhelmed into inaction by the problem of climate change and its devastating effects on the planet. When Damon became a father, he knew he couldn’t continue to look away, so he decided to do what he does best – tell a story. The story became an imagining of what the world could look like in 2040, if we all decided to start doing things differently, right now. The result is a meticulously researched plea for the adoption of community-building, energy-generating, connection-forging, forest-renewing, ocean-replenishing measures that science tells us will reset our planet’s health, drive our economies and improve lives across the globe.


Helena Fox | RRP $17.99 | Macmillan Australia Biz knows how to float. She has her people, posse, her mum and the twins. She has Grace and she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, and who shouldn’t be here but is. Biz doesn’t tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. Nor does she tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was seven. Helena Fox’s debut novel has been described by author Kathleen Glasgow as ‘a profoundly moving story about grief, loss and love’.


Stieg Larsson | RRP $32.99 | Hachette Australia This is the sixth book in Stieg Larsson’s Dragon Tattoo series – the crime fiction phenomenon featuring Lisbeth Salander. The girl with the dragon tattoo is finally ready to confront her nemesis, the only woman who is evidently and in many ways her match. Salander will not wait to be hunted. When she strikes it will be a double blow: vengeance for recent atrocities, and the settling of lifelong scores. For months now Salander has been closing in on her target. She has moved from Stockholm, her hair is newly styled, her piercings are gone. She could pass for any other businesswoman.


Oprah Winfrey | RRP $34.99 | Macmillan Australia Everyone has a purpose. According to Oprah Winfrey, ‘Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honour your calling in the best way possible.’ That journey starts In The Path Made Clear. Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The book’s ten chapters are organised to help you recognise the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment and what life’s detours are there to teach us.

THE SHELLY BAY LADIES SWIMMING CIRCLE Sophie Green | RRP $29.99 | Hachette Australia

It’s the summer of 1982. The Man from Snowy River is a box office hit and Paul Hogan is on the TV. In the waters of Shelly Bay, four women find each other. They will survive shark sightings, bluebottle stings and heartbreak; they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean’s salt. They will find solace and companionship in their friendship circle and learn that love takes many forms. Sophie Green is the author of the treasured Australian bestseller, The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club.


Books to add to your Spring Reading List THE UNIVERSE LISTENS TO THE BRAVE Rebecca Ray | RRP $19.99 | Macmillan Australia

This book of wisdom has been written for those who seek to live with more courage. Reach for it when you’re setting an intention, making a big decision, doing the work of healing, grieving, creating or learning to love yourself, and you need reminding to keep choosing brave. Dr Rebecca Ray is a writer, speaker and clinical psychologist. She invites you to contemplate your true self, in its bravest form: the self that is still asking questions. The self that is seeking wisdom and the self that is determined to stay open to the possibilities of a life inspired.

ALMOST HUMAN: A BIOGRAPHY OF JULIUS THE CHIMPANZEE Alfred Fidjestol | RRP $32.99 | Hachette Australia

The emotionally powerful true story of the chimpanzee that captured the heart of a nation – Norway’s Julius the Chimpanzee. Almost Human tells the remarkable story of Julius the chimpanzee, born in the Kristiansand Zoo in Norway, and rejected by his mother at just six weeks old. The zoo director and his family fostered Julius with the aim of returning him to his tribe, but Julius wasn’t in any rush to reconnect and the tribe repeatedly snubbed him. Despite regular attempts to reintroduce Julius to zoo life, he often returned to his human home.


Michael Robotham | RRP $32.99 | Hachette Australia One needs saving and another needs justice. Evie Cormac is a girl with no past. Six years ago, she was discovered, filthy and half-starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged, self-destructive and has never revealed her true identity. The boy who survived. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure-skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life. Evie has a unique and dangerous gift. She knows when someone is lying.


David Baldacci | RRP $29.99 | Macmillan Australia FBI Special Agent Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in the latest Memory Man thriller in David Baldacci’s number one New York Times bestselling series. Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he’s approached by an unfamiliar man. He instantly recognises the man’s name: Meryl Hawkins. He’s the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective. Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognisably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn’t changed: He maintains he never committed the murders.


Candace Bushnell | RRP $32.99 | Hachette Australia A new memoir about middle-aged single life in New York – a real-life Sex and the City for the middle-aged. Candace Bushnell gets personal as she investigates what happens when a woman of a certain age finds herself not-so-young, free and single in the city. MILFs, cougars, love, sex, divorce – Candace’s humorous and honest memoir lays bare the truth behind middle-aged romance. Among other revelations we read her Modern Day Cougar Compendium, including guidance on matters as the Unexpected Cub Pounce (sometimes the cub does the pouncing); what to do when your age-appropriate date asks you to pay for his kitchen renovation, and the pros and cons of being older and wiser.


JP Delaney | RRP $32.99 | Hachette Australia The Perfect Wife is the third thriller from JP Delaney, the bestselling author of The Girl Before and Believe Me. Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man by her side explains that he’s her husband. Five years ago, she suffered a terrible accident. Her return from the abyss is a miracle of science, a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that has taken him half a decade to achieve. As Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? What really happened to her, half a decade ago?


Suzanne Barton, Shannon Horsfall | RRP $24.99 | Hachette Australia An irreverent, playful tale about a stinky, loud, messy – but lovable – unicorn, and all the trouble he gets up to, for fans of Lauren Child and Aaron Blabey. My unicorn is an icky, sticky disaster area, from his silly, sparkly horn to his polka dot bottom. But despite the stink, the sneezes and snores, I love him loads and he loves me more. My Uniform Farts Glitter is a funny, warm-hearted and often painfully honest tale of sibling love and farty bath-times. Suzanne Barton is the editor of Melbourne magazine and the creator of cabaret productions inspired by 1940s radio drama.


SLIM Expert Dr Peter Widdowson

Are You Considering a Tummy Tuck? Photo: Andrey Popov, Bigstock

Here’s what you need to know By Dr Peter Widdowson

What is the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck? Liposuction involves removal of fat from the tummy area by inserting a metal cannula under the skin and into the fat. A suction device is then applied to the cannula and fat can be suctioned from the area. There is minimal or no skin tightening or reduction. Liposuction may be useful in the tummy area in a younger person with minimal or no loose skin. A tummy tuck involves removal of both skin and fat, usually below the tummy button. Muscles can be tightened by suturing. When the skin is sutured together at the end of the operation, a scar just above the pubic area is created. This procedure is suitable when one has loose skin and fat and weak tummy muscles. Is it possible to treat sagging skin by eating well and exercising? It is always important to eat well, maintain an ideal weight and do abdominal exercises. This reduces fat in the abdomen and firms the muscles, however any sagging skin will not be reduced or tightened by these methods. It is necessary to remove the excess skin by surgery and any weakness between the abdominal muscles can be repaired at the same time. How long does the procedure take and what is the downtime? Most tummy tucks take about three hours to perform. While some minor tummy tucks can be done as day surgery, most patients stay in hospital two to four days. 40 SLIM MAGAZINE SPRING 2019

The procedure involves a long incision above the pubic area, freeing up skin and fat, repair of muscles and resuturing of skin after skin and fat removal. Most patients tolerate it very well and are very happy with the results. Most patients require up to six weeks off work. Will I have scars? The incisions for the tummy tuck can be made so that they are not noticeable. Many patients want to be able to wear a bikini without visible scarring, so this should be discussed with the surgeon prior to surgery. Typically, scars will fade anywhere from several months to a year. What are the risks? Potential risks and complications with tummy tuck surgery include swelling and pain, bruising, numbness and bleeding. It may take several weeks to months for the soreness and pain to subside completely. What are the costs? Tummy tuck surgery varies depending on the individual patient, their surgeon and the location of the surgery. Typically, they can cost between $5,000-$15,000 including fees and costs associated with the procedure, including medications, anesthesia fees, and professional fees. Dr Peter Widdowson has nearly 30 years’ experience in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. For more information about tummy tucks or other cosmetic enhancements, visit: or phone Dr Widdowson’s rooms on 5509 4488 to enquire about a free consultation.

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Renee’s Story Renee (not her real name) came to me for a full abdominoplasty and to repair an umbilical hernia. Renee had previously undergone a mini tuck which she was happy with, however after having children she found that no amount of diet and exercise was able to make the sagging skin around the abdomen disappear. Renee wasn’t nervous before the procedure as she had worked in the health industry for many years and knew what to expect. The procedure went smoothly and Renee’s incision line healed amazingly well. She was given painkillers to take home with her, but she only took one.“I was tender for a few weeks but just took things slowly,” Renee said. “I have a very neat white scar which is no wider than a pencil line. I generally do have good healing skin, but I’d expected a wider scar.”

Women’s Health Matters

Dr Andrew Cary, a fertility specialist with 26 years’ experience in obstetrics and gynaecology, outlines the latest developments in women’s health.

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Why I am Passionate about Women’s Health My interest in women’s health was sparked in my early teenage years. My father was also an obstetrician and gynaecologist, and several of my relatives are medical practitioners, so studying medicine was a natural step. Women’s health is such a different field of medicine to most other specialities. It is tremendously rewarding to assist a woman from fertility issues through to achieving a complete family. The most exhilarating aspect of my career is to fulfil the needs and desires of a woman to complete her family. In 2000, I formed Fertility Gold Coast with my colleagues and in 2011, we became part of the Queensland Fertility Group Gold Coast. The gynaecology side of my job essentially translates to the care of women’s health. I specialise in issues with periods, fertility, all aspects of IVF treatment and hysteroscopic laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and laser treatment for vaginal rejuvenation. I have a special interest in high-risk obstetrics and antenatal care. Treatments include endometrial ablations and resections and laparoscopic procedures.

Fertility Success Rates Infertility affects one in six couples in Australia. The cause of infertility is often unknown, although some common reasons for women include blocked fallopian tubes and polycystic ovarian syndrome (a hormonal disorder), while men are regularly affected by low sperm count. Queensland Fertility Group is leading the way in fertility treatment. Our goal is to improve success rates for our patients. As members of Virtus Health, our leading scientific minds continuously pioneer new innovations and operate at the highest international standard in reproductive technology which drives our success. Free Fertility Seminars Queensland Fertility Group offers free fertility seminars for people who have been trying to fall pregnant for more than six months and wish to take a positive step towards conceiving. At the seminars, you will meet some of the Gold Coast’s leading fertility specialists, and you’ll have time after the presentation to talk one-on-one with the specialists.

SLIM Expert Dr Andrew Cary

JULIET LASER IS ‘LIFE-CHANGING’ Many women live with the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause without realising treatment is available. Juliet is a gentle laser therapy (using what is called an Erbium Laser) that very effectively treats the vaginal symptoms of menopause. These include vaginal dryness, irritation, itching, and pain and discomfort during intercourse. The treatment is also suitable for women experiencing any of these symptoms at any age before menopause. Women who have had, or who are at risk of, breast cancer can seek relief of these symptoms without the need for hormone replacement therapy. The single treatment takes less than 20 minutes and is performed by Dr Cary in his private treatment room. The procedure does not require anaesthesia and is fast, painless and discreet, with minimal downtime. The results are generally immediate and life-changing.

Dr Cary’s rooms are located at Suite 10, Level 2, Pindara Place, Carrara Street, Benowa. For more information, phone 07 5597 3770 or visit SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 41

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Family Man

at Heart Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr Ben Anderson Where did you grow up? I grew up in the heat and humidity in Brisbane suburbia. What do you love about the Gold Coast? The beaches, the hinterland, the beautiful weather, the coffee shops and HOTA. What are your hobbies? Boxing for fitness and stress relief, playing the violin and learning the ukelele. How do you balance home and work life? We have a blended family. Cooper is 18, Joey is 17, Millie is 15 and Ted is 12. The balance is mostly based around work. It is hard to get right. What does your perfect Gold Coast day look like? I’ll have a morning coffee and then look at the surf with my kids. I’ll get some fresh prawns and bugs from the trawlers and enjoy a slow-smoked brisket with my family with a glass of red wine. Another perfect day is heading to work. I work with a great team of people.


What are your favourite holiday destinations? O’Reilly’s in the Gold Coast hinterland and Queenstown in New Zealand. What is on your ipad playlist? Jimmy Little, Brothers Osborne, DJ Sveta, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain. What are you reading at the moment? Instagram Power by Jason Miles so I can get an idea about how these platforms work. How many years did you study to become a cardiothoracic surgeon? Direct study was three years of general surgical training and then four years of cardiothoracic training. There was a lot of study to get to that point. Why are you passionate about cardiothoracic surgery? I would be happy performing any type of surgery but cardiothoracic requires more of a team effort than any other disciplines of surgery I have done which makes it pretty cool.

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What are some of the highs and lows of your profession? The highs always seem fleeting but are centred around seeing patients get back to their families. A highlight was establishing the Gold Coast University Hospital Cardiac Unit which took over nine years to set up. Another highlight was being involved in heart and lung transplants and putting artificial hearts into sheep. The lows are dealing with incurable diseases. What are the latest advancements in cardiac care? We are looking at a robotic program for lung cancers. I have been involved in Trans Arterial Valve Insertion (TAVI) for a few years and these valves will only get better. Soon we will see these valves developed and successful for the mitral valve as well which will be another gamechanger.


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Is Sleep Giving You Wrinkles? try upgrading to a silk pillowcase. The slippery surface causes less friction between your face and the pillowcase, helping to stop the bunching of the fabric that causes deep creases.

Sleep allows our cells to recuperate and regenerate for a youthful, healthy complexion, but as Dr Phoebe Jones explains, the way you sleep may exacerbate wrinkle formation.

“Sleep lines are caused when people sleep on their tummy or on their side with their face squished into the pillow,” Dr Jones said. “Over years, this repetitive pressure and friction wrinkling up the skin results in ironing the wrinkles into the skin. In young people who have good skin elasticity and volume in their faces, the effects aren’t as obvious and may resolve within an hour or two of waking. As we get older however, we experience volume loss and decreased skin elasticity so these wrinkles can become permanent.”


Use a high-quality night cream. I recommend a product that contains hyaluronic acid to help plump and firm the skin and/or retinol as the Vitamin A derivate stimulates collagen to prevent fine lines. Using appropriate cosmeceuticals to provide the skin its moisture during sleep is essential to keep wrinkles at bay.


Use silicone sheet pads. Silicone sheeting is genius for sleep lines. Despite not been the most attractive thing to wear to bed they certainly work their magic. I like the ones for the décolletage, forehead and eye areas. If you don’t want to use them all the time, you can just use them in the week leading up to an event and they will give a softening effect to fine lines.


Consider laser therapy and hyaluronic acid injectables to improve lines. Dr Phoebe Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from The Fraxel and other CO2 lasers can help to University of Sydney in 2011 and reduce lines and improve skin quality has worked as both a clinician and a by boosting collagen production researcher. Dr Jones is passionate about while hyaluronic acid injectables also the beauty side of medicine. revolumise specific areas.

The Sydney-based cosmetic physician shares her tips on how to get a wrinkle-free beauty sleep. 1.


Learn to sleep on your back. You can buy back-sleeping pillows that cradle the head and prevent you from turning to your side. Placing a pillow under the knees can make back-sleeping more comfortable as it puts the hip flexors in a more relaxed position and can prevent you from rolling to the side while asleep. Upgrade your pillowcase. If sleeping on your back is too difficult,

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Eat, Drink and Still Shrink As a nutritionist, Michele Chevalley Hedge hears a lot of myths about food. One thing she hears time and again is that pork is ‘bad’ for you. Sure, eating bacon for every meal, every day isn’t going to set you on the path to great health, but lean pork is an incredible protein option. Rich in thiamin, niacin, B6 and B12, selenium, zinc and Omega-3, it works beautifully with Asian flavours.


INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 avocado ZESTY SALSA 1 cup chopped coriander leaves 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped ½ red onion, diced 1 jalapeno chilli, finely chopped 500g ripe cherry tomatoes, quartered Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime Pinch of sea salt CHICKEN PATTIES 700g chicken mince 1¼ tablespoons taco seasoning 6 spring onions, white part only, thinly sliced 1 egg ½ cup grated cheddar 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 jalapeno chilli, finely chopped sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

METHOD To make the salsa, place the coriander, garlic and onion in a food processor and blitz for 1 minute. Combine the chilli, tomato, lime zest and juice and salt in a bowl. Add the mixture from the food processor and stir well to combine. For the patties, place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until combined. Form the mixture into four burger-style patties. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan (or barbecue plate) over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for 4–5 minutes each side or until cooked through. Meanwhile, mash the avocado flesh and season with salt and pepper. Serve the patties with the smashed avocado and zesty salsa. Make it crunchy: Add chopped fennel or celery to your salsa. Make it quick: Skip the homemade guacamole and salsa; instead, slice an avocado and serve with store-bought salsa. Go pescatarian: Use white fish fillets instead of chicken. Ask your fishmonger to mince it or do it yourself in a food processor. Nutrient boost: Bulk up your salsa with roasted chopped almonds and add extra vegetables to your plate – cauliflower rice, steamed broccoli and mashed sweet potato work well. For carb lovers: Serve with soft grainy burger buns.


INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons tamari 1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2 tablespoons raw honey 2 tablespoons sesame oil 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 x 650g pork fillet 2 teaspoons chilli oil 2 cups chopped broccolini 2 cups chopped choy sum Chopped red chilli (bird’s eye or serrano), to serve Finely sliced spring onion, to serve METHOD Combine the tamari, Chinese five-spice, garlic, honey, sesame oil and lime juice in a glass bowl. Add the pork and turn to coat in the marinade. Set aside in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours if you have time.


Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fanforced). Pour 1cm water into the base of a roasting tin, then position a wire rack over the water. Drain the pork and set the marinade aside. Place the pork on the rack and roast for 20–25 minutes or until cooked, turning halfway through and basting with the reserved marinade every few minutes. Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes. While the pork is resting, heat a wok over high heat and add the chilli oil. Once hot, add the broccolini and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the choy sum and stir-fry for a further 2 minutes until tender and crispy. Slice the pork and serve with the stir-fried greens alongside. Garnish with chopped chilli and spring onion. For carb lovers: Serve with basmati rice and cooked peas. Change up the protein: Replace the pork with chicken or white fish fillets, adjusting the cooking times accordingly.


INGREDIENTS 1 x 650g beef fillet, sliced into thin strips 1 red onion, sliced 1 large sweet potato, quartered and cut into thin wedges 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon sea salt 2 red capsicums, seeded and cut into strips 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and chopped 1 zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper MARINADE ½ cup balsamic vinegar 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary leaves ½ teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard ½ cup extra virgin olive oil METHOD To make the marinade, blend the vinegar, garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper and mustard until combined. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and whisk until emulsified. Divide the mixture in half and set aside. Place the beef strips in a bowl and pour over half the marinade. Turn to coat and set aside. (If you are marinating the beef for a few hours or overnight, cover the bowl with plastic film and place in the fridge.) Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Oil a large roasting tin and place in the oven to preheat. Coat the onion and sweet potato with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and season with ½ teaspoon salt. Roast in the preheated tin for 10 minutes. Coat the capsicum, asparagus and zucchini with the remaining oil and season with pepper and the remaining salt. Add to the tin and roast for a further 10–15 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked. Preheat the oven grill to hot. Move the vegetables to the outer edges of the tin (making sure there is still space between them so they become crisp and caramelised; it’s better to use two tins if you don’t have one tin large enough). Arrange the marinated beef in a single layer in the centre and place under the grill for 5 minutes, then turn the beef and vegetables over and grill for a further 3 minutes. Allow the beef to rest for 5 minutes, then serve with the vegetables and the remaining marinade on the side. Change up the protein: Replace the beef with lamb or pork. For carb lovers: Add more sweet potato. Nutrient boost: Add a side salad of your choice.


SERVES 4 High in essential fatty acids (think beautiful skin), high in protein (think lean muscle mass) and rich in selenium (think fat-burning thyroid control), this simple dish punches well above its weight. Tender salmon pairs so beautifully with the nutty, liver-cleansing cauliflower. You may just find it’s your new favourite dish! INGREDIENTS 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ½ teaspoon ground cardamom ¼ teaspoon sea salt 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 x 175g salmon fillets, skin and bones removed

HERBED CAULIFLOWER SALAD 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 cup finely grated cauliflower 2½ cups baby rocket 1 Lebanese cucumber, chopped ½ red onion, chopped 5-6 cherry tomatoes, chopped 3 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves ½ cup mint leaves 3 tablespoons lemon juice ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

METHOD Combine the paprika, cumin, ginger, pepper, cardamom and salt in a small bowl. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Season both sides of the salmon with the spice mixture, then add to the pan and cook for 4–5 minutes each side or until just cooked through (the exact cooking time will depend on the thickness of the fillets). Remove and cover to keep warm. To make the cauliflower salad, heat the olive oil in a frying pan over high heat, add the cauliflower and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until it becomes crispy. Remove the pan from the heat and add the remaining ingredients. Toss well to combine. Divide the cauliflower salad among serving plates and top with the salmon. Nutrient boost: Add broccoli to the cauliflower – it tastes great and is high in calcium. Change up the fish: Replace the salmon with any firm white fish fillets (barramundi is particularly good here). For carb lovers: Add the salad to a bowl of brown rice and mix it up. Kids love a bowl – they think it tastes different, but we know it includes all the same nutrients!

Recipes from Eat, Drink and Still Shrink by Michele Chevalley Hedge, Published by Plum, RRP $34.99, Photography by Cath Muscat. SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 57


Go Nuts to Lower Your Heart Risk Did you know that walnuts contribute to heart health without causing weight gain? Harvard Health Medical School research shows that incorporating a handful of walnuts into your diet may reduce the risk of heart disease, Type-2 diabetes and even contribute to maintaining a healthy weight. Walnuts are packed with vitamins and minerals, including folate, thiamine, magnesium, potassium, manganese and copper. Walnuts also have more antioxidants than any other dietary plant or nut, making their potential to combat heart disease by destroying free radicals particularly effective. They are rich in the ‘good’ unsaturated fats which help lower cholesterol and, along with fibre and plant-based protein, keep us feeling fuller for longer to aid weight management. Looking for delicious ways to incorporate walnuts into your diet? Your body will thank you for these culinary gems.

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HEART-LOVING GRANOLA BARS INGREDIENTS 2 cups rolled oats 2 cups Aussie walnuts 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup chia seeds 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

METHOD Preheat the oven to 150°C. In a mixing bowl, mix ingredients until well combined. Press mixture evenly into a baking dish lined with baking paper. Bake until granola is golden and toasted, 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool, cut into bars and serve.

INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup Aussie walnuts 2 ripe bananas, peeled 1/4 cup pitted dates 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 cups coconut or soy milk 1 cup ice cubes METHOD In a blender, purée all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately.

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Korean Comfort Food by the Bowlful

Bright and colourful vegetarian bibimbap bowls bring a unique mix of Korean flavours and spices into one delicious meal. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, this wholesome dish is perfect for a dinner party or your next night in with the family.


INGREDIENTS 1 cup (225g) pumpkin puree (roasted pumpkin works best for this recipe) 2 eggs, room temperature 3 egg yolks, room temperature ¼ cup (60ml) cream 1 cup parmesan, grated plus extra to serve Sea salt and pepper, to season 500g spaghetti ½ cup sage leaves 100g pancetta, thinly diced 1 garlic clove Olive oil, to fry in METHOD Place the pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolks, cream and parmesan into a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and whisk until combined. Set aside. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Season with salt, add spaghetti and cook according to packet instructions. Reserve half a cup of pasta water before draining. Set aside. Heat olive oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Carefully add sage leaves and cook for 10 seconds or until crispy. Remove from pan and set aside. Return the pan to low-medium heat. Add pancetta and cook for 4-5 minutes, add garlic clove and cook for another minute. Remove garlic clove and discard. Add drained spaghetti to the pancetta oil mixture and toss to coat, allowing the spaghetti to absorb the flavoured oil. Carefully pour the fry pan of spaghetti, pancetta and oil into the bowl containing the creamy pumpkin sauce and quickly toss to combine. Add pasta water as required to create a luscious creamy sauce. To serve, place the spaghetti onto a serving platter and top with crispy sage leaves, a good grating of parmesan and a little black pepper. Recipe supplied by Kayla Sciacca for Australian Eggs.

VEGETARIAN BIPIMBAP BOWLS INGREDIENTS ¾ cup rice (any variety), uncooked 2-4 eggs (depending on whether you would like 1 or 2 eggs per bowl) 2 cups broccoli, chopped into small florets (around 160-190g) 1 medium-large carrot 2.5 cups mushrooms, sliced (about 170-200g) 4 big handfuls of baby spinach (around 100g) 2 spring onions 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 3 tablespoons tamari or gluten-free soy sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon garlic powder Coconut oil, macadamia oil or olive oil, for cooking Salt and pepper Kimchi or sauerkraut to serve PICKLED CARROTS ½ cup rice vinegar (can substitute apple cider vinegar) ½ cup water 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey BIPIMBAP SAUCE 3 tablespoons Sriracha sauce (hot sauce) ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon sesame oil METHOD If you’d like to have pickled carrots, start this recipe a day or two before so the carrots have time to pickle. To make the pickle: cut the carrot into matchsticks. Combine vinegar, water and maple syrup in a saucepan and bring to the boil, allow to bubble for 1 minute then cool for 5 minutes. Pack the carrot sticks into a container/jar and pour over the liquid. Pop in the fridge. To start the bibimbap: prepare rice according to packet instructions. While the rice is cooking, you can start to cook the vegetables. Get your sauces ready: make the vegetable stir-fry sauce by combining the tamari/soy-sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 2 tablespoons of water. Make the bibimbap sauce by combining the sriracha, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Take a fry pan and add a teaspoon of your chosen cooking oil. Add the broccoli to the pan, and sauté over a moderate heat for 3 minutes or until softened. As the broccoli is cooking, add 2 tablespoons of the stir-fry sauce to the pan. Once the broccoli is done, slide it off onto a plate and set aside (you could put this in a very low-heat oven to keep warm). Repeat the stir-fry process for the sliced mushrooms and spinach, cooking each until softened and splashing through some stir-fry sauce. Once the rice and all the vegetables are cooked, arrange into two bowls. Add a serve of kimchi/sauerkraut and pickled carrot. Finally, fry up your eggs, keeping the yolks soft and runny. Slide them onto the top of the bowls. Garnish bowls with bibimbap sauce, chopped spring onion and sesame seeds. NOTES : *Pickling the carrot is optional. You can just cut the carrot into matchsticks and add to the bowls raw. They’ll still offer lots of crunch and taste. *Kimchi can often have fish and/or anchovy paste added to it, so it may not be vegetarian. You can swap this to a sauerkraut which should be totally vegetarian-friendly (but be sure to check the ingredients list when purchasing). *Feel free to play around with the vegetables used in these bibimbap bowls - you could use other vegetables like zucchini, cauliflower or green beans. Recipe supplied by Monique Cormack for Australian Eggs.



COCONUT, SWEET POTATO AND SPINACH SOUP INGREDIENTS 25g butter 450g sweet potatoes, cut into 1cm (⅓ in) cubes 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon grated root ginger 4 teaspoons medium curry paste 600ml vegetable stock 210ml coconut milk Juice of 1 lime ¼ teaspoon dried crushed chillies 175g fresh spinach, shredded Salt and black pepper METHOD Melt the butter in a saucepan and fry the potatoes, onion, garlic, ginger and curry paste for 5 minutes or until lightly golden. Add the stock, coconut milk, lime juice and chilli. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Leave the soup to cool a little, then purée half of it with a hand blender. Return the purée to the pan, add the spinach and cook for 1–2 minutes, until the spinach has just wilted and the soup has heated through. Season to taste.

Meat-free Cooking

The Vegetarian Cooking Guide is a stunningly illustrated and simple-to-follow guide to the joy of meat-free cooking. Explore the world of succulent fresh vegetables, hearty grains and nutritious pulses, and open up a new range of culinary possibilities.

ARANCINI BALLS INGREDIENTS 20ml olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 300g Arborio rice ½ teaspoon ground turmeric 750ml vegetable stock ½ teaspoon chilli powder freshly ground black pepper 3 spring onions, finely chopped 15g butter 30g cheddar cheese, grated 2 eggs, lightly beaten 125g Mozzarella cheese, cut into 16 cubes 90g dried breadcrumbs and oil for deep frying

Recipes from The Vegetarian Cooking Guide, Published by New Holland Publishers. RRP $24.99, available from all good book retailers and online.

METHOD Heat olive oil in a frying pan, add onion and cook for 3 minutes until soft. Stir in rice and turmeric and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes until rice is coated with oil. Pour 180ml stock into the frying pan and bring to the boil. Cook, stirring frequently, until liquid has almost evaporated. Add chilli powder and black pepper to taste, then add the remaining stock and simmer for 10–15 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed and rice is tender. Remove the pan from heat and stir in spring onions, butter and cheddar cheese. Fold eggs into rice mixture, taking care not to mash the grains. Divide the mixture into 16 equal portions, then take a cheese cube and, using wet hands, mold one portion of rice around a cheese cube to form a ball. Repeat with remaining rice and cheese. Roll balls in breadcrumbs, place on a plate lined with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Heat oil in a deep saucepan until a cube of bread dropped in browns in 50 seconds. Cook 4–5 rice balls at a time for 5 minutes or until golden. Using a slotted spoon, remove balls and drain on absorbent kitchen paper. Serve immediately. 60 SLIM MAGAZINE SPRING 2019

Set and Forget

It’s time to rediscover slow cooking – the easy way to create mouth-watering meals with minimal effort.

PAELLA INGREDIENTS 20ml olive oil 2 onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed handful fresh thyme leaves 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind 4 ripe tomatoes, chopped 525g short-grain white rice pinch saffron threads, soaked in 500ml (1 pint) water 1¼ L chicken or fish stock 300g fresh or frozen peas 2 red bell peppers (capsicums), chopped 1kg mussels, scrubbed, de-bearded 500g firm white fish fillets, chopped 300g peeled uncooked prawns 200g scallops 3 calamari, cleaned, sliced 4 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley METHOD Preheat slow cooker to a high heat level. Add the oil and the onions and stir, then add the garlic, thyme, lemon rind and tomatoes and cook for 15 minutes. Add the rice and saffron mixture and warmed stock. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 ½ hours or until the rice has absorbed almost all the liquid. Stir in the peas, peppers and mussels and cook for 20 minutes. Add the fish, prawns and scallops and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in the calamari and parsley and cook for 20 minutes longer or until the seafood is cooked.

GRAND MARNIER CRÈME CARAMEL INGREDIENTS 100g white sugar 3 eggs 625ml milk 30ml Grand Marnier METHOD Melt half the sugar slowly in a heavy saucepan. Do not stir, just allow to melt into the toffee. Butter four small heatproof crème caramel molds, then pour the melted sugar quickly into base of the dishes and swirl around the sides as high as possible. Beat the eggs well and whisk into the milk with Grand Marnier and the remaining sugar. Keep whisking until the sugar has dissolved, then pour the mixture into the caramel molds and cover with foil. Place the molds into the slow cooker and pour enough cold water around the bases to come halfway up the sides. Cook on low for approximately 3–4 hours. Remove crème caramels from the slow cooker and chill thoroughly. Serve either in the molds or very carefully turned out onto plates, with any caramel left behind spooned over the top.

Recipes from The Slow Cooking Guide, Published by New Holland Publishers. RRP $24.99, available from all good book retailers and online. SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 61


INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon garlic pepper seasoning 600g peeled and deveined raw prawns 1 tablespoon sunflower oil 1 x 250g packet vegetable superfoods stir-fry mix (available from Woolworths and Coles) 300g bean sprouts ½ cup mint leaves ½ cup coriander leaves DRESSING 1 teaspoon fish sauce 2 tablespoons lime juice ½ teaspoon fresh chilli herb paste ½ teaspoon fresh ginger herb paste 2 teaspoons sunflower oil METHOD To make the dressing, whisk together all the ingredients in a jug. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Combine the garlic pepper seasoning and prawns in a bowl. Heat the oil in a large non-stick wok over high heat, add the prawns and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add the vegetable mix and stir-fry for 1 minute. Remove the wok from the heat. Add the sprouts, mint, coriander and dressing and toss well to combine. Divide among plates or bowls and serve.

The CSIRO Low-Carb Quick & Easy Based on world-wide research, the low-carb diet has proved successful in managing lifestyle-induced metabolic diseases, including weight gain and Type-2 diabetes. The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick & Easy contains 100 new recipes and answers frequently answered questions to the low-carb approach. The book also provides tips on how to eat lowcarb on-the-run and includes two-week meal plans with shopping lists. The CSIRO brand has sold over one million copies of its titles in Australia.


INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 leek, white part only, sliced 1 teaspoon fresh garlic paste 4 zucchini, chopped 500g cauliflower florets, chopped 1 litre salt-reduced chicken stock 1 tablespoon chilli and garlic pesto 80g finely chopped mixed nuts (use pine nuts, brazil nuts and pecans) 4 x 150g skinless, boneless salmon fillets small flat-leaf parsley leaves and lemon wedges, to serve METHOD Heat the oil in a large saucepan over high heat, add the leek, garlic paste and zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower and stock. Bring to the boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Remove from the heat. Use a hand-held blender to blitz the soup until it is completely smooth. Meanwhile, preheat the oven grill to high. Combine the pesto and nuts. Place the salmon on a non-stick baking tray and spread the tops with the pesto mixture. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Cook under the grill for 8 minutes or until the fish is cooked and the topping is golden. Divide the soup among shallow bowls and place a piece of salmon in the centre. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve with the lemon wedges. 62 SLIM MAGAZINE SPRING 2019



INGREDIENTS 400g lean chicken tenderloins, seasoned with pepper 2 tablespoons tikka curry paste 200g reduced-fat natural yoghurt 400g peeled orange sweet potato, very thinly sliced with a mandolin 8 iceberg lettuce leaves 2 Lebanese cucumbers, halved lengthways and thinly sliced diagonally ½ cup small mint leaves 20g slivered almonds, toasted and chopped METHOD Combine the chicken, curry paste and half the yoghurt in a bowl. Heat a large chargrill pan over high heat. Add half the sweet potato and cook, turning occasionally, for 4 minutes or until golden and just tender. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining sweet potato. Chargrill the chicken for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a chopping board. Divide the lettuce leaves among serving plates and fill with the sweet potato and cucumber. Slice the chicken and arrange over the top, then spoon over the remaining yoghurt. Sprinkle with the mint leaves and almonds and serve warm.

INGREDIENTS 500g broccoli florets 1¼ cups (180g) frozen baby peas 1 cup (250ml) salt-reduced beef stock 4 x 150g beef eye fillet steaks, seasoned with pepper 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 x 140g bag chopped kale METHOD Place the broccoli, peas and half the stock in a large, deep non-stick frying pan over high heat. Bring to the boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until just tender and the stock has evaporated. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and season with freshly ground black pepper, then cover and set aside. Reheat the pan over high heat. Add the beef and cook for 3 minutes each side or until golden and cooked to medium-rare. Transfer to a plate. Add the mustard, kale and remaining stock to the pan and stir to scrape any flavourings off the base. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until the kale has wilted and the sauce has reduced by one-third and thickened slightly. Roughly mash the broccoli mixture, then divide among serving plates. Top with the steaks, spoon over the kale and mustard sauce and serve.

Recipes extracted from The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick & Easy by Professor Grant Brinkworth and Dr Pennie Taylor. Macmillan Australia, RRP $34.99.


Global Vegan

From the author of the bestselling Elsa’s Wholesome Life, Ellie Bullen returns with Global Vegan, a collection of simple and delicious recipes inspired by her travels around the world to places such as Indonesia, India, Korea and Japan. A qualified dietitian with almost 700,000 followers on Instagram, Ellie explains everything you need to know about adopting a plant-based diet, including how to get enough iron and achieve the right balance of carbs, proteins and good fats.


INGREDIENTS 4 × 1cm thick slices of peeled and deseeded pumpkin 3 teaspoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing ½ avocado juice of ½ lemon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 40g (1 cup) shredded kale leaves 4 slices sourdough 2 tablespoons pesto ½ tomato, sliced 3-4 tablespoons Vegan Mozzarella (home-made or store-bought) ½ teaspoon chilli flakes


INGREDIENTS 360g peeled and deseeded pumpkin, cut into 5mm thick slices 1 eggplant, cut into 5mm thick slices 1 zucchini, cut into 5mm thick slices 1 teaspoon olive oil 80g (2 cups) finely shredded kale leaves 150g gluten-free pasta sheets 500ml (2 cups) passata 1 cup basil leaves, shredded ½ × quantity Marinated Almond–Macadamia Feta, mashed (optional) Micro herbs, to serve (optional) CAULIFLOWER SAUCE 350g cauliflower florets 125ml (½ cup) soy milk 1 ½ tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes 2 tablespoons tapioca flour ½–¾ teaspoon sea salt METHOD Preheat the oven to 180°C fan-forced. Line a large baking dish with baking paper. To make the cauliflower sauce, bring a saucepan of water to the boil, add the cauliflower and boil for 5-7 minutes or until cooked through. Drain and place the cauliflower in a blender with the remaining sauce ingredients. Blend until smooth, then set aside. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Working in batches, dry-fry the pumpkin, eggplant and zucchini for about 1 minute on each side to partially cook them. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the oil and kale to the pan, sauté for 1 minute, then set aside. Lay pasta sheets in the base of the prepared dish (you’ll need about three across the bottom) and top with one-third of the eggplant, passata, kale, zucchini, pumpkin and basil. Top with another layer of pasta and spread over one-third of the cauliflower sauce. Repeat this layering, spreading the almond– macadamia feta underneath the final layer of pasta (if using), and finish with a final layer of cauliflower sauce. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until cooked through and bubbling. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before cutting. Serve with a few micro herbs sprinkled over the top, if desired. 64 SLIM MAGAZINE SPRING 2019

METHOD Preheat the oven to 180°C fan-forced. Place the pumpkin on a baking tray, drizzle over 2 teaspoons of the oil and bake for 25-30 minutes or until soft and cooked through. Transfer to a bowl and lightly mash with the back of a fork. In a bowl, mash the avocado with the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add the kale and sauté for 1 minute or until just wilted. Preheat a sandwich press. Brush the sourdough slices on one side with a little olive oil. Spread the pesto on the other side of two slices and top with the sautéed kale, pumpkin, tomato, avocado and vegan mozzarella. Sandwich together with the remaining bread, with the oiled side facing upwards. Transfer the toasties to the sandwich press and toast for 3 minutes or until golden and crispy. Alternatively, place the toasties on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Cut the toasties in half, sprinkle with the chilli flakes and a little salt and serve.

MOONSHINE MORNING SMOOTHIE BOWL SERVES 2 INGREDIENTS 2 bananas, frozen 150g frozen pink dragon fruit (see Tips) 2 teaspoons peanut butter 2 teaspoons cacao powder ½ teaspoon spirulina 60ml - 125ml (¼ - ½ cup) almond milk

TO SERVE 1/3 cup macadamia granola – homemade or store bought Fresh fruit, such as dragon fruit, strawberries and papaya Coconut flakes Pumpkin seeds Mint leaves Edible flowers

METHOD Place the bananas, dragon fruit, peanut butter, cacao powder, spirulina and 60ml (¼ cup) of the almond milk in a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick, add the remaining almond milk (see Tips). Divide the smoothie between two bowls and decorate with the granola, fruit, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, mint leaves and edible flowers. TIPS: Some supermarkets and health-food stores sell packets of frozen dragon fruit cubes. Look for them near the sachets of frozen acai and berries. The trick to a thick and creamy smoothie bowl is to use frozen fruit and start with less liquid, only adding extra if needed.


INGREDIENTS 320g (2 cups) raw macadamias 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup Pinch of sea salt 55g (1 cup) coconut flakes 180g medjool dates, pitted 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder 150g vegan dark chocolate, broken into pieces

The Global Vegan by Ellie Bullen. Published by Plum, RRP $34.99, Photography by Ellie Bullen.

METHOD Preheat the oven to 150°C fan-forced. Line a baking tray and an 18cm × 13cm slice tin with baking paper. Place the macadamias in a bowl and add the maple syrup and salt. Toss together, then transfer to the prepared tray and bake for 25-30 minutes or until roasted and golden. Meanwhile, blitz the coconut flakes, dates and cacao powder in a blender or food processor to form a rough dough. Transfer to a bowl. Place 120g (¾ cup) of the roasted macadamias in the blender or food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Return the dough to the blender and blend again until well combined with the macadamias. Press the mixture into the base of the prepared tin and scatter the remaining macadamias over the top. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water, or the chocolate will seize). Carefully remove from the heat and drizzle the chocolate over the prepared slice. Transfer to the fridge and allow to set for 1 hour. Cut into eight slices or 16 small squares and serve. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days, if they last that long!


INGREDIENTS 2 frozen bananas 1 medjool date, pitted 1 tablespoon peanut butter, plus extra to serve 2 teaspoons raw cacao powder 250ml (1 cup) almond milk Pinch of sea salt Shredded coconut, to serve Cacao nibs, to serve

METHOD Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a glass or jar and top with an extra drizzle of peanut butter, shredded coconut and cacao nibs. Enjoy!



French-Australian DECADENCE

If you love lamingtons, you’ll love Manu Feildel’s Lamington Soufflé. The MKR judge and celebrity chef brings a unique Aussie twist to a classic French dessert.


INGREDIENTS Melted butter or coconut oil, for greasing Finely desiccated coconut, plus extra 4 eggs, at room temperature, separated, plus the white from 1 more egg 1 tablespoon plain flour 2/3 cup milk 2 tablespoons caster sugar COCONUT JAM 1 can coconut sweetened condensed milk 2 tablespoons coconut oil 2 tablespoons coconut syrup CHOCOLATE SAUCE 100ml cream 20g unsalted butter 100g dark chocolate METHOD For coconut jam, place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook over a medium heat, stirring, for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Set to one side. For the chocolate sauce, place the cream and butter in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Finely chop the chocolate and place in a bowl. Pour hot cream over the chocolate and leave to sit for 1-2 minutes, then stir until smooth. Pour into a serving jug. For the soufflé, prepare four 250ml soufflé dishes by brushing with butter or coconut oil, using the brush in an upwards motion to create columns for the soufflé to rise on. Dust with desiccated coconut and tip out any excess. Place the four egg yolks and flour in a large bowl. Add half of the coconut jam and whisk until smooth. Pour milk into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Pour over egg yolks, whisking continuously. Pour back into the saucepan and cook over a medium low heat until mixture has thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Leave to cool completely, mixing occasionally so it doesn’t form a skin. Place the five egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat to soft peaks. Gradually beat in sugar until it has dissolved. Fold one-third of the whipped egg whites into the yolk mixture until combined. Gently fold the remaining egg white into the egg mixture in two batches, incorporating as much air as possible. Evenly divide the mixture between the prepared ramekins, smooth the top and run your finger around the edges to remove any excess mixture. Dust the tops with desiccated coconut if desired. Bake in a preheated oven at 190°C for 15-18 minutes or until lovely and puffed. Serve with a little pot of warm liquid chocolate on the side and tell your guests to pour it into the center of the soufflé to enjoy. TIP: Any remaining coconut jam can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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ROSE AND PISTACHIO CUSTARD TART SERVES 10 INGREDIENTS ½ cup pistachios, plus extra to decorate 1 ½ cups plain flour 2 tablespoons icing sugar 150g butter, chilled 1 tablespoon iced water Edible rose petals, to serve CUSTARD 3 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 6 egg yolks 2/3 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup cornflour 2 tablespoon plain flour ROSE JELLY 4 raspberries 1 ½ tablespoons caster sugar 1 1/4 cups water 3 teaspoons powdered gelatine 2 teaspoons rosewater METHOD Process pistachios to fine crumbs. Add flour and icing sugar and process to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Gradually add enough water until dough just comes together. Shape into a disc, then wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Lightly grease a 23cm round 4cm deep tart pan with removable base. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 4mm thick round. Line pan with pastry and trim edges. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 180°C. Blind bake pastry case for 20 minutes and then bake uncovered for 15 minutes, until golden and crisp. Cool. To make the custard, place milk and vanilla bean paste in a saucepan and bring almost to boiling point. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar until pale and thick. Whisk in flours. Gradually whisk in warm milk mixture. Return to saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until custard boils and thickens. Simmer, stirring, for two minutes. Pour into pastry case and smooth surface. Chill for two hours or until cold and firm to the touch. To make the rose jelly, process raspberries, sugar and water together until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve. Sprinkle gelatine over two tablespoons of just boiled water, whisking with a fork to dissolve. Whisk into raspberry mixture with rosewater. Pour over custard layer and chill for two hours, or until set firm.





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The colourful passionfruit curd and coconut meringue jars are a light and fresh dessert -perfect for a dinner party with friends or a night in with the family. The delicious fruity flavours perfectly blend sweet and tart, and the beautiful presentation is sure to steal the show. Recipes from Australian Eggs


PASSIONFRUIT CURD 1 cup fresh passionfruit pulp (approximately 12 passionfruit) 125g chilled butter, chopped ¾ cup caster sugar 4 egg yolks BISCUIT CRUMB 200g packet shortbread biscuit, crushed ½ cup coconut flakes, toasted

MOCHA PAVLOVA INGREDIENTS 50ml espresso 60g dark chocolate, chopped 6 egg whites Pinch of salt 440g caster sugar 1½ tsp white wine vinegar 2 tsp cornflour 300ml thickened cream Chocolate flakes and fresh strawberries to decorate METHOD Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and draw a 23cm circle in the centre as a guide. Pour the espresso over the dark chocolate and microwave for 20 seconds. Stir to combine and ensure the chocolate has fully melted. Set aside to cool slightly. Beat the egg whites and sugar together in an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the sugar one tablespoon at a time, until all sugar is incorporated. When a firm meringue has formed, fold in the white wine vinegar and cornflour. Gently swirl the coffee and chocolate mixture through the pavlova mixture so that it has a marbled look. Spoon the mixture inside the circle on the baking paper and lightly smooth over the top. Place the pavlova in the oven, reduce the heat to 150°C and bake for an hour. Once cooked, turn off the heat and allow the pavlova to cool in the oven until the oven goes cold. Place the cooled pavlova onto a serving plate. Whip the cream until soft peaks form and spoon over the pavlova. Decorate with chocolate flakes and fresh strawberries. Enjoy! 68 SLIM MAGAZINE SPRING 2019

MERINGUE 1 cup caster sugar 3 egg whites METHOD For the passionfruit curd, strain passionfruit pulp through a sieve. Return 1/4 cup of seeds to strained juice (you will need ¾ cup total passionfruit). Combine passionfruit, butter, sugar and egg yolks in a medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly for about 10-12 minutes, until it thickens to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Do not boil or the mixture will curdle. Transfer to a bowl and chill for 2 hours, until thickened. Make the biscuit crumb by crushing biscuits and coconut in a zip-lock bag with a rolling pin. To make the meringue, combine 2/3 cup of sugar with ¼ cup of water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Increase the heat to medium and bring to the boil. Cook, without stirring for about 6 minutes, until mixture reaches 110°C on a sugar thermometer. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat egg whites to soft peaks. Beat in remaining sugar for 1 minute, until smooth. Gradually pour hot syrup into egg whites in a thin steady stream, beating constantly, until well combined. Continue beating on high speed for about 5 minutes, or until mixture cools to room temperature. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm star nozzle. To assemble, spoon ¼ cup of biscuit crumb mix into the base of four 1 cup-capacity jars. Spoon in ¼ cup of curd. Pipe in an even layer of meringue about the same thickness as the curd (about 1/4 cup). Repeat layers, finishing with meringue peaks. Toast meringue topping with a kitchen blowtorch if you like or serve natural. Chill until ready to serve.

Grown-up Bedtime Stories Are they the Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep? It’s no secret we’ve become a nation of night owls – and it’s affecting our health, relationships and our ability to function throughout the day. When we don’t get enough sleep, our reserves to deal with work and personal challenges are depleted. We become more anxious, irritable, forgetful and emotionally fragile. Exhaustion often comes with a low mood and can affect decision-making. Sleep deprivation can make us more vulnerable to dementia, increase our chances of a heart attack and weaken our immune system. It disrupts the creation of sex hormones and leads to premature ageing.

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Getting more sleep isn’t easy, particularly for those with an overactive mind. Whether it’s the glare of blue screen light or the seductive lure of Netflix, Australians have more distractions to keep them awake than ever.

Audible-commissioned research found that one in five Australians who listened to audiobooks chose Stephen Fry as their preferred narrator to help summon slumber, while eight percent chose Michelle Obama as their preferred voice. Stig Wemyss is one of Australia’s most loved narrators of audiobooks for children and young adults. He has lent his voice to more than 200 titles, bringing to life classics by Paul Jennings, Tim Winton, Markus Zusak and Andy Griffiths, to name a few. Listening Library is a leading publisher of audiobooks for kids, with award-winning actress Meryl Streep becoming the first person to narrate Charlotte’s Web since author E.B. White’s own performance, recorded nearly 50 years ago.

Mary Hoang, founder and psychologist at Sydney psychology practice and mental health organisation, The Indigo Project, said sound could provide the key to catching more Z’s. “We’re experiencing a sleep deprivation epidemic right now and sound is a powerful tool that we will often integrate into our classes to help settle the mind,” she said. “Tapping into consistent soothing tones, such as gentle music or the evenly-paced narration of an audiobook, can be quite therapeutic in the way it helps relieve us of the weight of inhibitive thoughts and worries.” If you’re tired, wired and on the lookout for a bedtime story, Amazon-owned Audible is a good place to start, with over 300,000 books to choose from. Sales of audiobooks are skyrocketing, with no signs of slowing down. Audible records its own content and sells audiobooks from other publishers, using

“It’s never too late for a bedtime story,” Mary said. “Remember how nice it was for someone to read you a bedtime story, or when teachers used to read to you at school? Hop into bed, pop on some headphones or power up your smart home speaker, set the Audible Sleep Timer, find a story with a soothing voice and let go.”

According to the Audible-commissioned research, the most popular audiobook genres are crimes and thrillers, sci-fi and fantasy, and personal development, while Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are the most popular series. “Choosing the right sound doesn’t have to be a complicated process,” said Mary. “The key is to ensure you choose something that strikes the right balance between being engaging enough to call your attention without being overly stimulating.”

Mary Hoang, founder and psychologist at The Indigo Project.


WHY WE NEED IT Our brain’s glymphatic system, which flushes away waste and toxic proteins, works best during heavy, non-REM slumber. That’s the revelation by researchers in the journal, Science Advances. The study confirms the link between poor sleep quality, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease while also showing the glymphatic system can be manipulated by enhancing sleep.


Genes not only influence how sweet you think something is, but also how much sugary food you eat.

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Sickly sweet or just right? How genes control your taste for sugar By Daniel Liang-Dar Hwang Postdoctoral Researcher, The University of Queensland You might love sugary doughnuts, but your friends find them too sweet and only take small nibbles. That’s partly because your genes influence how you perceive sweetness and how much sugary food and drink you consume. Now our recently published study shows a wider range of genes at play than anyone thought. In particular, we suggest how these genes might work with the brain to influence your sugar habit. What we know. When food touches our taste buds, taste receptors produce a signal that travels along taste nerves to the brain. This generates a sensation of flavour and helps us decide if we like the food. Genetic research in the past decade has largely focused on genes for sweet taste receptors and whether variation in these genes influences how sensitive we are to sweetness and how much sugar we eat and drink. Our previous study showed genetics accounts for 30 percent of how sweet we think sugars or artificial sweeteners are. However, at the time, we didn’t know the exact genes involved. What our latest study found. Our new study looked at data from 176,867 people of European ancestry from Australia, the US and UK. We measured how sweet 1,757 Australians thought sugars (glucose and fructose) and artificial sweeteners (aspartame and neohesperidin dihydrochalcone) were. We also looked at how sweet 686 Americans thought sucrose was and whether they liked its taste. We also calculated the daily intake of dietary sugars (monosaccharide and disaccharide sugars found in foods such as fruit, vegetables,


milk and cheese) and sweets (lollies and chocolates) from 174,424 British people of European descent in the UK Biobank. Then we looked at the associations between millions of genetic markers across the whole genome and the perception of sweet taste and sugar intake, using a technique known as genome-wide association analysis. After a 15-year study, we showed that several genes (other than those related to sweet taste receptors) have a stronger impact on how we perceive sweetness and how much sugar we eat and drink. These included an association between the FTO gene and sugar intake. Until now, this gene has been associated with obesity and related health risks. However, the effect is possibly driven not by FTO but nearby genes whose protein products act in the brain to regulate appetite and how much energy we use. We believe a similar situation may be influencing our sugar habit; genes near the FTO gene may be acting in the brain to regulate how much sugar we eat. Our study suggests the important role the brain plays in how sweet we think something is and how much sugar we consume. That’s in addition to what we already know about the role of taste receptors in our mouth.

Regional differences. We were surprised to find genes for sweet taste receptors had no effect on either the ability to taste sweetness or on the amount of sugar consumed in our study, which looked only at large populations of European descent. However, by comparing people of different ancestries in the UK Biobank, we showed there was some variation between different populations that variations in genes for sweet taste receptors might explain. For instance, we found people of African descent tended to eat more sugar than people of European and Asian descent. So, how can we use this? Just like genetics can help explain why some people choose tea over coffee, our latest study helps explain why some people prefer sweet food. That could lead to personalised diets to improve people’s eating habits based on their genetics. However, genetics is not the only factor to influence your taste for sugary foods and how much of these you eat or drink. So, you can’t always blame your genes if you’ve ever tried to quit sugary drinks or snacks and failed. This article is republished with permission from The Conversation. Visit

Why we love sweet foods. Our natural enjoyment of sweet foods could be an evolutionary hangover. Scientists believe being able to taste sweetness might have helped our ancestors identify energyrich food, which played a critical part in their survival. However, being able to taste sweetness doesn’t always mean you prefer to eat lots of sweet-tasting food. So it looks like there are genes associated with the consumption of sweet foods, but not how sweet we think they are, such as FTO. There might also be genes that influence our perception of sweetness but not how likely we are to eat sweet food.

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