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A guide to living your best life



Liz y e l r u H




SUMMER 2019/2020 EDITION 22


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There’s nothing like return of warmer weather for us to shed the layers and focus on fitness, health and investing time in our well-being.

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Some of us head to luxury resorts or remote retreats for complete indulgence, while many more gather with family and friends for well-deserved R&R, hopefully managing to switch off from the hectic pace of balancing all our commitments. No doubt we’ll all succumb to the temptation to overindulge in festive fare, and then commit to resolutions that range from achievable to pure fantasy! This issue of SLIM aims to inspire and inform, with the perfect blend of expert articles, reader stories and healthy recipes for your holiday reading. The very youthful Elizabeth Hurley seems to have the balance just right with her entrepreneurial ambition, devotion as a mum, philanthropy, iconic acting roles and a lifestyle based on nutritious, organic food and a great love of the outdoors, whether that’s walking her dogs, gardening or striking a glamorous pose on an exotic beach. Most importantly, Liz recommends taking time off from digital distractions and embracing a slower pace, whether that’s at a health spa or in her backyard, for all kinds of benefits from digestion to the quality of her relationships. We also cover the latest products in skincare, supplements, delicious treats you’ll want to get your hands on, such as Watermelon Seed Butter from Lori’s Wholesome Pantry that tastes like chocolate, and an array of recipes for feeding the family or celebrating special occasions. The importance of gut health to our overall well-being, dispelling myths about fertility and a plethora of covetable activewear and swimwear fill our pages this edition. We hope you agree, a feast of uplifting advice to motivate you as we wind down over summer. For more go to slim-magazine.com.au Like us on Facebook ‘Slim Magazine’ Follow us on Instagram @slim.magazine


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Features 16 Cover Story – Elizabeth Hurley 18 Teen Screen Time & Insomnia 20 Just Believe - Adrian Falk’s new book 22 New Season Active Wear 25 Island Life – Fashion 26 Solid Sleep for Slimming Success 28 The Upside - Beach and Swimwear 30 What’s in My Summer Escape Bag? Vanessa Anderson


34 Harley Trevaskis – How I Lost 59 Kilograms and Regained My Health 48 Wonder Weed



54 Embrace the Change – Tara Doherty Dispels the Menopause Myths 69 From the Heart 70 Iridology - Shakti Selwood

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32 Dr Jane Chapman The Gut Microbiome and its importance to general health 36 Dr Jason Free Bariatric Surgeon Dr Jason Free shares insight into his specialty and scope of work.


40 Dr Peter Widdowson Plastic Surgeon Dr Widdowson sheds light on the facts about Body Contouring. 42 Dr Andrew Letchford Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Andrew Letchford explains how we can help keep our joints healthy and relatively pain free. 46 Dr Andrew Cary Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Andrew Letchford explains how we can help keep our joints healthy and relatively pain free.

Recipes 56 The 12-Step Mind-Body-Food Reset 58 Just Desserts 60 Coya – French, Middle Eastern Cuisin 62 The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide 64 Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking 66 The Dips and Spreads Guide 64 Community Recipes





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Rev up your metabolism

Body Science have just released their new Clean Coffee TX100 that takes your experience up a notch as it is packed with ingredients designed to enhance fat burning, boost your energy and mood. It is also designed to help combat cortisol spikes that come with an active lifestyle. Body Science Clean Coffee TX100 Key ingredients: Columbian Single Origin Coffee, with anti-inflammatory and energy-boosting properties; Bluenesse, a herb with the power to lower cortisol, enhancing your mental focus and performance; Medium-chain triglycerides, a class of saturated fat that is often used to boost mental clarity. When paired with caffeine, they provide an extra mental boost plus, they’ve been shown to increase metabolic rate and even promote fat loss; Apple Cider Vinegar with its gut-friendly bacteria and natural ability to increase stomach acid, can help to give the digestive system a gentle boost; and for sweetness, Clean Coffee TX100 is sweetened with Thaumatin, a plant-based protein extracted from the katemfe fruit, also known as the African Serendipity Berry. bodyscience.com.au

BETTER BEDDING Bamboo presents many environmentally friendly attributes as well as advantages for health and overall well-being. Bamboo is the most prolific and fastest-growing plant and is a tropical grass. It is rapidly becoming a global commodity due to its many advantages. Reasons to switch to bamboo fabrics include their natural softness that feels similar to cashmere or silk; comfort, coolness and absorbency; their beauty, which has the appearance of Pima or Egyptian cotton but drape like silk; Organic bamboo fibre is 100 percent biodegradable and is naturally anti-microbial, which means there is no need for added chemical treatments; Hygienic and extremely good for sensitive skin. Ecosa manufactures their bedding products from all-natural products such as silk, which composes their luxurious silk quilt, and their bed sheets are made of bamboo, making them proudly eco-friendly. As a bonus, they last up to 15 years and are extremely durable. ecosa.com.au

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Sri Lankan family tea company, Dilmah has added a new line of tea to its range: Dilmah Infusions, offering the best of natural goodness that tastes great. Comprising of only natural ingredients, this is a new range that is inspired by ancient and traditional healing in Sri Lanka containing ingredients with a multitude of health benefits. Rooibos Cinnamon, Turmeric, Ginger & Nutmeg, Green Rooibos Ginger & Peppermint, Bergamot Orange and Peppermint & Lemon. Each infusion is caffeine-free and made from a combination of Sri Lankan spices and herbs that contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-potent, anti-microbial, and anti-diuretic benefits, promoting overall wellness and healing with every sip. From Coles, Woolworths and Metcash stores in Australia or online. dilmah.com.au 10 SLIM MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019/2020

Maximising nutrition without compromising on taste, Lori’s Wholesome Pantry launches Australia’s first ever cacao flavoured watermelon seed butter – an allergen friendly alternative to traditional supermarket chocolate spreads. Containing 100 percent organic plant-based ingredients, including watermelon seeds, tiger nut flour and cacao, the Watermelon Seed Butter is made in a certified organic factory and is free from gluten, nuts, preservatives, additives, refined sugars, and dairy. Vegan and lunchbox friendly, the decadently rich spread is ideal for sandwiches, toast, smoothies and pancakes while also serving as a healthy topping to your favourite raw treat. Enriched with prebiotics to assist in gut health and aiding digestion, the Watermelon Seed Butter by Lori’s Wholesome Pantry is a delicious treat the whole family can feel good about. $14.95 RRP, 250g. wholesomepantry.net.au

NO SLIP, NO SLOP Scott Kington is the design dynamo behind a new range of sleekly designed pet products that add aesthetic and class to your living space. Furf Pets are aesthetically pleasing and they also ‘do the job’ a lot more efficiently than alternatives, at an attainable price. Furf has already won a “Good Design” award in Australia and has been picked up enthusiastically by retailers and pet owners. Leading the Furf range is its innovative spill-resistant pet bowl made from food grade silicone and 18/8 stainless steel. RRP $69. furfpets.com.

Natural high

Following phenomenal sales, and a rapid national expansion well beyond expectation, Australia’s first hemp water, +hemp is releasing a new flavour this month. Founded by 32-year-old mumprenenur, Natalie Moubarak, the brand sold more than 100,000 units of the scientifically formulated beverage in just 11 months, with 427 Australian stockists as well as strong sales in the UK and US. The new flavour, Restore, a natural raspberry and coconut flavour that is expected to be just as popular. Similar to Hydrate, which has natural nutty and citrus flavour, Restore will be rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6, and contain antioxidants, amino acids and Gamma Linolenic Acid. It will be formulated with all-natural ingredients including raspberry and coconut natural flavour, natural colour for the vibrant rose shade, organic Australian hemp seed oil and natural emulsifiers. plushemp.com.au

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Stamina support

When exercising in Summer, HIVITA Men’s Multi is the perfect daily multivitamin to help supplement an active lifestyle. The high potency HIVITA Men’s Multi product features chelated minerals, complete fatsoluble vitamins, branched-chain Amino Acids (BCAA) and powerful energy-enhancing herb, Ashwagandha, to promote energy, stamina and muscle repair in active males. It is a small shrub with yellow flowers that is native to India and North Africa and is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, a healthcare practice that started in India over 3,000 years ago. Ashwagandha has been found to increase muscle and strength, is proven to help energy production in males and may help to reduce cortisol levels. HIVITA Men’s Multi is free from yeast, wheat, gluten, egg, fish, preservatives, artificial colours or sweeteners and is proudly Australian-made. hivita.com.au

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Super soda Developed by Naturopath, Nicole DiPietro-Case the new Living Soda range by Bod is not just sugar free, it also contains a dose of probiotics for better gut health. The Bod Living Soda range contains four delicious flavours; Kola, Creamy Soda, Yuzu (think mandarin), and Raspberry. A percentage of every bottle of Raspberry sold is proudly being donated to LGBTIQ+ charities around the country, a cause close to the hearts of the business owners. Every bottle in the Living Soda range contains a dose of shelf stable probiotic Bacillus subtilis R0179, known to improve and repair the gut flora. It’s like having one billion microscopic gladiators going to battle in your gut every day. This range has been sweetened with Xylitol (from Birch), a prebiotic that starves oral bacteria, making these drinks great for gum health too. The Bod Living Soda range is available online and in many good health stores, cafes and independent supermarkets, RRP $3.99. boddrinks.com.au

SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Facial Skincare Nourish your skin during seasonal change with SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Facial Skincare range. Clear and balanced, the African Black Soap collection has a powerful combination of ingredients to deliver real results for all skin types from oily to sensitive or irritated, and is also great for problem skin conditions. With strong cleansing properties, these products are rich in Vitamins A and E, which heals and softens the skin. Sourced from all natural, organic and sustainable ingredients, the range is formulated without the added sulfates, parabens and other synthetic ingredients found in many other skincare products. African Black Soap Facial Soap Bar RRP $7.99, African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask RRP $24.99., African Black Soap Clarifying Facial Wash & Scrub RRP $24.99., African Black Soap Balancing Moisturiser RRP $24.99., African Black Soap Clarifying Facial Wipes RRP $11.99. www.sheamoisture.com.au

What’s the buzz?

Give your skin an invigorating experience with Burt’s Bees® masks, now in 50 precent recyclable tubes. Formulated without parabens, SLS, petrolatum, synthetic fragrances or silicones and not tested on animals, there are three masks: Exfoliating Clay to refine pores of oily and acneprone skin for a smoother, healthier-looking complexion; Detoxifying Clay made with a blend of nature’s most purifying and nourishing ingredients including Charcoal, to absorb impurities in the skin, and Acai, a super fruit rich in antioxidants and nutrients; and Hydrating Overnight Mask with its super hydrating formula that includes Avocado and Beetroot. Available from Big W, RRP $29.99. burtsbees.com.au


Pillow fight Did you know that after a week of sleeping on your pillow case, it can

accumulate 17,000 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat! Kovrd has developed super-soft disposable (and biodegradable) pillow slips that go over your regular pillowcase to sleep on for up to four nights. An added bonus is the inclusion of botanicals to really drive the additional skin health and sleep benefits. There are two types of Kovrd Pillow Slips: SIMPLE is unscented and is perfect for sensitive skin and CLEAN pillow slips which are infused with a dreamy mix of botanicals such as Eucalyptus and Tea Tree as well as the aromatherapy benefits from botanicals like Lavender and Ylang Ylang. A Month pack contains 8 slips ($35), a 3 month pack contains 24 slips ($90), and a 6 month pack contains 48 slips ($180). kovrdpillowslips.com

Green goodness After founder Jay Silvester solved a life-long asthma issue by eating broccoli sprouts daily, BrocShots was established with one clear goal - to deliver the best quality, most advanced and effective broccoli sprout product on the planet. BrocShots is a natural and convenient way to get your daily dose of broccoli sprouts – an exceptional source of Sulforaphane. It is 100 percent natural and plant based, non-GMO and free from sugar, artificial flavours and sweeteners. Available online at www.brocshots.com.au.

Spice up your life TurmeriX contains turmeric and the X-Factor Blend including true cinnamon, coconut powder, black pepper, fennel, vanilla, aniseed, caraway, ginger, cove, cardamon and more. The curcumin within turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help reduce inflammation in the body. With turmeric being the main component of our product range, the TurmeriX blend is a safe and easy to consume turmeric powder that is based off ancient remedies that have worked for thousands of years. buyturmerix.com

Well-being from the inside out

Premedy is Australia’s newest health and wellness brand that have developed a range of premium probiotics to support immune and digestive system health and promote a healthy microbiome. The core range comprises five different probiotics (Daily Probiotics 15, Immune Probiotic, High Strength Probiotics, Children’s Probiotic 15 & Children’s Immune Probiotics) all housed in beautiful green, natural looking packaging. With such a rise in the importance of gut health, these probiotics have been created for everyday use, using a holistic approach. Premedy is working to support this emerging movement for integrative health by considering natural medicine, scientific research, lifestyle factors and our environmental impact to help create products that nurture health and wellbeing, starting with of course ’the gut’. The Premedy range of probiotics are naturally sourced, gluten-free, lactose-free, egg-free and vegetarian-friendly. Available from selected health foods stores Australia-wide and at premedy.com.au SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 13

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On the Glow Highlighter

LUMA’s multi-purpose On The Glow Highlighter creates shimmering accents, soft contours and flattering highlights on all skin tones. It contains naturally sourced crushed pearl for an instant illuminating effect that leaves skin looking healthy and radiant. Simply apply to the eyelids, cheekbones, cupid’s bow, décolletage or any area in need of a natural, fresh glow to have you looking like a glow getter anywhere, anytime. LUMA’S On The Glow Highlighter sticks are available in five shades including Blushed Nomad, Wander Musk, Take Me Topaz, Cashmere Casbah and Bronze Voyage. RRP $29.95. Available exclusively from Priceline and Priceline Pharmacies nationally or lumabeauty.com

Bohemian Skin

Australian skincare brand, Bohemian Skin, has developed a trusty range of skincare products that we can rely on throughout our lives. From combating acne during puberty, to pregnancy-related skincare concerns, to skin ageing later in life; the ethical team at Bohemian Skin have developed a cruelty free, chemically free, no fuss skincare range that’s perfect for all skin types – from sensitive to acne prone. Bohemian Skin’s range of natural and vegan friendly skincare products will revolutionise the way you think about skincare. The range of pregnancy-suitable Bohemian Skin products includes a Gel Cleanser, a safe and natural Purifying Toner, nourishing Facial Moisturiser, Rejuvenating HY C Serum that fights free radical damage and encourages cell renewal, Bright Eyes Cream, Spot Assist Treatment that is effective in drawing out impurities and cleansing pores, and a hydrating Facial Mask containing kaolin clay as a natural, gentle exfoliant that purifies pores, removes excess oil and evens skin tone.  bohemianskin.com.au


Too Faced Pineapple Glow Moisturising and Brightening Face Mask Refreshing and pineapple scented, this rinse-off mask exfoliates, softens and smooths skin for a glowing complexion.  RRP $64. mecca.com.au


Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Body Cream The aroma of summer! A superior, moistureplush oil-in-water body cream that instantly hydrates and soothes for soft, supple skin. RRP $30. mecca.com.au

Summer calls for special skincare and repair, plus a “less is more” approach to make-up. Here are the SLIM must-haves for your beauty box.

Maaemo Revitalize Face Mist Ideal for those who spend excessive time in the sun, are exposed to heating/cooling and other environmental pollutants, the Revitalize Face Mist delivers an extra boost of hydration for your skin to soak up. Certified organic. RRP $49.95. maaemo.com.au

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask An enzymatic dermal resurfacer, this exfoliating mask peels and polishes to create a radiant complexion. RRP $92. sephora.com.au Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation This hybrid skincare-foundation contains Charlotte Tilbury’s magic matrix of ingredients, including the groundbreaking Magic REPLEXIUM® to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The hydrating, lightweight formula is sweat-proof, humidity-proof, waterproof, and transfer-resistant. RRP $65. sephora.com

Miu Miu Twist Twist eau de parfum is a strong summery scent for a modern woman. Vibrant apple blossom blends with pink amber in a sensual and surprising scent, with base notes of spicy tonka bean and cedar wood. RRP $99 to $185. myer.com.au

Zuii Organic Metallic Eyeshadows Certified Organic cosmetic brand Zuii Organic has just released the latest additions to their cemented organic beauty collection: Certified Vegan Metallic Eyeshadows. The four-palette range provides consumers with a Certified Vegan alternative to achieve the on-trend metallic shine in the current beauty market. Formulated and distributed from the Gold Coast, these metallic palettes embody the true essence of natural beauty. RRP $38.50. zuiiorganic.com

Burt’s Bees Lip Shine  Brilliant shine, endless hydration and a sheer wash of color, all 100 percent natural —the latest in lip colour from Burt’s Bees delivers it all. Burt’s Bees Lip Shine has been formulated to glide on smooth offering sheer shine a pop of colour. Available in six shades: Whisper, Spontaneity, Blush, Peachy, Pucker, Smooch. Available from select retailers including Big and Priceline. RRP $12.99. burtsbees.com.au SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 15

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Next Door Ever since she burst on the scene as the “plus one” of Hugh Grant at the “Four Weddings and a Funeral” London premiere in 1994 in “that dress” – the form fitting, flesh baring Versace number held together by jumbo gold safety pins, Liz Hurley turned heads. The dress received global coverage and is iconic to this day. In fact, it is credited for boosting Hurley’s profile, from being virtually unknown with a single acting role to her credit, to becoming an internationally lauded style icon. Looking back on what could be one of the fashion house’s most memorable creations, Donatella Versace, Vice President and chief designer of the Versace Group, explained the inspiration behind her late brother Gianni Versace’s bold design. “Gianni made that dress for a woman who is sure of herself and who isn’t afraid to break the rules,” Donatella stated. “Liz embodies all of this in an extraordinary way.” Ms Hurley herself has mixed emotions about that pivotal moment in her career. “One of my favourite concepts in life is that of sliding doors,” she told The Mail on Sunday. “It is interesting to think about the better or worse outcomes had you not had that particular moment. From an acting point of view, who knows? I guess it could have been different. Perhaps I could have joined the National Theatre and become a much more worthy actress.” Now, at 54, the miraculously trim, fit and seemingly ageless Elizabeth Jane Hurley

Image: Elizabeth Hurley Beach.


A bewitching blend of English rose, entrepreneur and your secret crush, Elizabeth Hurley enjoys the simple life of meandering country walks, vigorous hedge pruning and stretches in sparkly swimwear in the sunshine.

is respected and admired for her multiple incarnations – as an actor on both large and small screens, the face and spokesperson for Estee Lauder for 16 years, philanthropist, fitness guru, fashion designer and mum to Damian.

crossed our collective fingers for our heroine’s “happily ever after”. But the union ended in divorce in 2010. Yet, Liz remains close to Nayar and is occasionally spotted holidaying with him and his family in the Greek islands.

Over the years, despite avoiding the media, her life has made the headlines – standing by her man when Hugh Grant was sensationally sprung with a hooker in LA, and their subsequent break-up after 13 years together.

Then in 2010, there was the unlikely pairing, and engagement, with cricketing legend Shane Warne, which the larrikin spinner described as “the happiest of my life” in his recent memoir, “No Spin”, where he admits Liz was “everything I had been looking for” in a woman and wife.

In the two decades since, the duo who were the definitive power couple of the 90s, have remained on good terms. Hugh is godfather to Liz’s now 17-year-old son Damian. “We’re like brother and sister,” she says of their relationship. “I’m very lucky that 31 years into our friendship, he’s still my best friend in the world. He’s a really great guy. I see him a lot, I speak to him a lot. You know, he’s now a father of five and he’s a great dad. He’ll remain my best friend for life.” In 2002, she welcomed the birth of her only child, Damian, whose father, American businessman, Steve Bing denied paternity until DNA testing proved it. Maternal bliss and travelling the globe for a steady flow of modelling work for Estee Lauder, including as the face of fragrances Pleasures, Beautiful, Dazzling, Tuscany per Donna and Sensuous were the antidote to paparazzi attention. In 2007, we revelled in the details of two multi-million-dollar weddings to Indian textile heir, Arun Nayar – one in India, the other in London, given away by her close friend, Elton John – and

The engagement resulted in the purchase of the sprawling 187-acre Georgian estate in Ledbury, Herefordshire in the picturesque West Midlands is where she still resides, as well as reams of social pages and gossip columns devoted to the couple. However, the relationship was short-lived and in 2013, they went their separate ways, due in part, according to Warne, to Liz’s role on the E! series, The Royals.

competitions never going to have even a holiday home, let alone an island, unless I start a business that I can do without disrupting Damian’s school days.” So, Elizabeth Hurley Beach was born, capitalising on her jet-set lifestyle and love of warm coastal climates. Her range, she says suits “the fashionconscious woman seeking an element of luxury and excitement in her vacation wardrobe. Each design is crafted using the highest quality cottons, silks and Lycra to create well designed, high quality pieces for a beautiful summer wardrobe”. Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley at the post-premiere party of ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ May 11, 1994 London. (Photo by Dave Benett/ Hulton Archive/ Getty Images)

She admits she has an obsession with beachwear, which she credits in part to growing up in rainy England where she never leaves the house without an umbrella, and she’s proud to claim involvement in every aspect of the business from design through to manufacture and marketing. “I decided to venture into beachwear not only because I’ve always been obsessed with vacation clothes, but also because it’s an area where women, regardless of shape or size, can either look amazing or really get it wrong. I wanted to develop resort collections which make women feel fabulous at any age.” The Instagram account that continues to prove being fit and fabulous over 50 is not a stretch. It helps to have great genes, which Ms Hurley attributes to her teacher mum, Angela and Royal Army Major dad, Roy, but she’s equally conscious of what she puts in her body.

New York, NY - May 15, 2019: Elizabeth Hurley wearing dress by Julie Vino attends the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s 2019 Hot Pink Party at Park Avenue Armory – Image

Over this time, Ms Hurley was never idle, acting in box office successes such as the Austin Powers franchise, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, TV series Gossip Girl, and The Royals, in which she plays the lead role of Queen Helena. She has remained relevant, taking to social media with characteristic aplomb, sharing with her 1.4 million followers carefully curated scenes from her enviable life: modelling her eponymous swimwear and resort range, often while watering the garden on her property, or reclining on a hammock, or semi-submerged in the pool. Her foray into fashion is both logical and an astute business move by this single mum with an estate, staff and lifestyle to support. When she launched Elizabeth Hurley Beach at Harrods in 2005, she candidly explained its origins.  “I was on Necker Island for a fashion shoot and even as Richard Branson was lying back in a hammock, he was on the phone, doing deals, managing his empire. I thought ‘I am

She also makes a point to work out regularly, but a routine that is far from a hectic session at the gym. Instead, it consists of walks with her dogs to get her heart rate up, loads of gardening which includes felling trees, squats while cleaning her teeth to strengthen her back, swimming, yoga and occasionally, Pilates. She’s especially conscious of her health because of her family history. In 1992, she lost her grandmother to breast cancer, and in 1995, she became a global ambassador for Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign. Health spas hold a particular appeal, for both physical and mental wellbeing. She recently spent a few days at the VIVAMAYR health spa in Austria, which teaches clients the importance of slowing down their fast-paced lifestyles. “VIVAMAYR taught me to relax,” she said. “I learned to sit still, put my phone down, and enjoy my food. My digestion has improved since I followed that advice.” A vision of health and contented with life, Liz Hurley continues to defy preconceptions and fly the flag for women of all ages to be comfortable and confident at any age. elizabethhurley.com

Image: Elizabeth Hurley Beach.

As reported by Women’s Health magazine, Ms Hurley starts her day by drinking two mugs of warm water, followed by a breakfast of Greek yoghurt with a banana and honey.

“I decided to venture into beachwear . . . because it’s an area where women can either look amazing or really get it wrong. I wanted to develop resort collections which make women feel fabulous at any age.” Lunch is usually a bowl of vegetable soup and at dinnertime, she tends have grilled chicken with “lots and lots and lots” of vegetables. SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 17


Modifying electronic use is key to teens sleeping easy.

For teenagers, sleep plays a critical role in staying healthy, feeling happy, maintaining good grades, and doing well in sports. But sleep doesn’t come easily for some teens. For those who struggle, the US Sleep Foundation recommends looking at your teen’s electronic use. An increased amount of screen time throughout the day has been linked to insomnia and symptoms of depression in adolescents. This can include social messaging, web surfing, watching TV, and gaming, in addition to using the internet for schoolwork. The presence of electronic devices in teenagers’ lives isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon, so it’s important to understand its effects on sleep and how to find a better balance.


The Blue Light Effect

Electronic devices emit an artificial blue light that can suppress the release of the body’s sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin. In turn, this can interfere with the body’s natural internal clock that signals when it’s time to sleep and wake up. The more time teens spend in front of an electronic device, especially in the evening, the greater the delay in the release of melatonin, making sleep a challenge. They may experience problems falling asleep as well as difficulty staying asleep. As a result, these teens sleep fewer overall hours; over time, that sleep deprivation can lead to symptoms of depression.

Getting Back on Track Limiting overall daily screen time can help improve sleep issues, but most importantly, restricting use right before bed can play a key role in helping teens fall asleep faster

and improve sleep quality. Consider setting a digital curfew one to two hours before bedtime (the earlier, the better). Create a sleep-positive bedroom environment by encouraging teens to read before bed rather than texting to wind down. Some parents institute a tech-free bedroom policy, such as no TV, computer, or smart phone allowed in the sleeping space, at least during the night. There are many benefits to today’s techdriven world: Access to more information, the ability to connect with others in an emergency, and a chance to make friends with new people in new places. Managing the amount of time adolescents spend plugged into their electronic devices helps give them the benefits without as many drawbacks, especially when it comes to sleep. More at sleepfoundation.org

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

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

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

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Dream body, dream life,

JUST BELIEVE Adrian Falk, advertising and PR dynamo, decided to shed kilos and add abs for his 40th birthday, and then wrote a book about his journey to inspire others. “Believe - Start living the life you have always dreamed of. Today” was penned by Adrian, who said his epiphany began in his 20s. Sick of his mundane life, he started to make opportunities happen for himself, and landed his dream job in advertising and PR in New York City. From there, he quickly applied principles that he outlines in his new book Believe, to build himself the ultimate lifestyle that he has always dreamed of and has been living the life now for the past 20 years. “The easiest thing you can find in life is someone that says you can’t do something, Adrian explains. “I have written this book to help share with others how you can defy the odds, and achieve great things despite having the odds stacked against you.” Adrian founded his own business, a public relations and advertising agency, from the ground up that he started at only 24 and has now been operating for over 17 years. “When I first told people I was starting my own company, no one believed in me and that’s why I called my company Believe Advertising, www.believeadvertising. com. I just had the Yellow Pages, cold calling people for work and at night I’d work in a call-centre, selling tickets for a charity raffle.” Now 17 years on, Adrian has worked with some of the world’s largest 20 SLIM MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019/2020

personalities, including Novak Djokovic three times. Approaching 40, Adrian was stacking on the weight, as his metabolism started to slow and never a gym goer always said to people that he wanted “abs for 40’’. “Fitness professionals told me that it isn’t possible for me – that it all comes down to genetics no matter how much exercise I do. So, I decided to devise my own program and shed a whopping 15 kilograms without any harsh fitness training and simply making a few small changes in my life.”

Adrian and Michelle - today

“I can’t wait to share with everyone how you can attract in your life everything that you have always dreamed of, through the power of self-belief.” Giving back is really an important principle that Adrian highlights in his book. From supporting local schools in Fiji with laptop computers to providing meals to school children in India, grain to nourish hungry youth in Malawi, and giving lighting for underprivileged families in third world countries, Adrian is all about giving back. Believe is available on Kindle and paperback via Amazon. 

Adrian and Michelle - 11 years ago


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Island life

Time to kick back, settle in to your sun lounge and savour summer.

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Kayu St Tropez Pom Pom Straw Tote RRP $245. net-a-porter.com

Zoe Shirt & Amelie Skirt. Zoe Striped is a front buttoning cotton blend shirt with capped sleeve. RRP $295 & $385. birdandknoll.com Ancient Greek Sandals. Each pair of Ancient Greek Sandals is handmade by skilled artisans who use centuries-old techniques to lovingly craft each pair. RRP $437. ancient-greek-sandals.com

Chloé Panier Printed Twill Raffia Tote RRP $1,940. net-a-porter.com

Karolina Maxi. Elegant maxi dress featuring shoestring strap/T-back detail and a flirty ruffle at the hem. This resort staple in 100 percent Silk Habotai is available in red (pictured), hot pink and black. RRP $460. birdandknoll.com SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 25

SOLID SLEEP ess for slimming succ

Everyone knows that getting sufficient sleep is important for your general health and wellbeing. Now research is linking poor sleep to the obesity epidemic. So does this mean that good sleep is key when it comes to making weight-loss easier? Studies have shown links between short sleep duration and obesity in adults. Increasing sleep from less than 6 hours to 7 to 8 hours per night has been associated with attenuation of weight gain. A more recent focus in sleep research is sleep variability. Previous studies have linked high variability with increased BMI and waist circumference. Sleep variability may be linked to a disruption of circadian rhythms, which is also linked with obesity. However, it is not known whether short sleep duration or a higher variability in sleep can predict less weight-loss in response to lifestyle interventions. Researchers designed a study to examine the effects of sleep duration and variability on weight and adiposity measures over 12 months.


A secondary study was designed based on the findings of the PREDIMED trial – a 6-year primary prevention trial based on lifestyle interventions for weight-loss.

In the original trial, participants were allocated to intervention or control group. The intervention group underwent a program with a Mediterranean diet with energy restriction, physical activity promotion and behavioural support. The control group consumed an unrestricted Mediterranean diet and received traditional health care. Researchers analysed the results of a subsample group of 1,986 subjects. Participants had overweight/obesity and metabolic syndrome. The average age of participants was 65 years, with 53 percent male participants and 47 percent female participants. Sleep duration and sleep variability was measured using an accelerometer worn on the wrist, which was worn for 8 consecutive 24-hour periods by participants. Anthropometric measurements were taken regularly throughout the trial, but for the purpose of the secondary study, data from

the first 12 months was used, including body weight, BMI and waist circumference. Several associations were found during the analysis. When compared to the first tertile, the third tertile of sleep variability lost an average of 0.5kg less weight, and had a BMI that was 0.2 higher on average. There was no significant difference in weight circumference between the tertiles. Participants who slept less than 6 hours per night saw a 0.8cm lesser reduction in waist circumference compared to participants who slept 7 to 9 hours. However, there was no significant difference between these two group in terms of body weight or BMI changes. The researchers concluded that adequate sleep duration was a predictor of greater success of lifestyle interventions for obesity, as was less sleep variability. Shorter sleep duration was associated with a lesser reduction in waist circumference. Greater sleep variability was associated with less weight-loss and lower reduction of BMI. More at www.collegeofweightmanagement.com.au

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Sarah Silverton sarong. Regular RRP $165. Bodywrap RRP $250. sarahsilverton.com

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What’s in my Vanessa Anderson

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Vanessa & Ben Anderson Name: Vanessa Anderson Occupation: Practice Manager for Heart Surgery Gold Coast. What’s your summer dream destination and why? Port Douglas. It’s tropical, totally relaxing and you don’t have to go far. Ben and I like to go out to the Reef and the occasional fishing charter.

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What essentials are in your summer escape kit? O Cosmedics Immortal moisturiser and sunscreen, my LV aviator sunnies, J’Adore fragrance by Christian Dior, Zimmermann swimsuit and Camilla kaftan. What kind of traveller are you: active or passive? I like to find a comfy spot poolside, relaxing, grazing and definitely shopping! Favourite holiday food? Cheese and wine . . . for every meal. Favourite drink? Ink Gin, with soda water and edible flowers. How do you keep fit? Thanks to patience and perseverance of my PT, Luke from Evolve Fitness Studio. 30 SLIM MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019/2020

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Dr Jane Chapman


How to be the hostess with the mostest Why is gut flora [microbes] so important? Did you know that you are the “HOST” of your gut flora? They depend on you for their survival. The health of the gut determines how you digest and process food, absorb nutrients, eliminate toxins, have great poops or not great poops! Most importantly for you this relationship may affect your skin, hair, brain, circulatory and immune system health! This relationship creates the platform for your mood, sleep and weight, meaning it’s the basis of how you look and how you feel, which is important right? Things you should know about your gut flora/microbes especially since you are hosting their party! •

It is estimated that we have up to 800 different types of gut “bugs”

The greater the variation of gut flora the healthier we are

We now have the assessment tools to measure the variation or what is termed the “microbial diversity/ variation” of our gut flora

A functional integrative doctor trained in this type of testing [very new testing] may guide you through this

There is more than one type of test available, with various functional laboratories Nationally and Internationally available to us here in Australia.

The diversity of the gut flora is influenced and managed by you, and your lifestyle. For instance, you may have a lifestyle which hosts maybe only 300 types of gut bugs. This lifestyle involves junk food, packaged and take-away meals, frozen meals, lots of added sugars in food and drinks/juices/ smoothies and lacks healthy protein foods, fruits and veggies. If that is you, then you probably will not be enjoying the health


benefits of a varied and robust gut micro biome as someone who is hosting 600-800 gut bugs! The microbes have various “jobs” to do and roles to play in the gut. Some of these vital roles are: •

They may provide you with nutrients from foods consumed

They may send messages to your gut cells which make up the intestinal/gut barrier to provide you with nutrients, and protect you from toxin

They may specifically send information via the Vagus Nerve [called the “highway to the brain”] which is the “Gut-Brain connection”

Some have the vital role of detoxification ie. turning nasties into products we can eliminate through our bowels. Meaning, how quickly you poop, and how you do it, that’s called elimination!

Skin issues are a major example of how the many areas of your body may be affected by a lack of diversity in your gut flora. Skin is the largest organ in the body and is directly involved in detoxification, so it relies on the gut getting its job done right first, or else these toxins make their way to your skin. Going beyond identifying “who” we are “hosting” in our gut flora, is the evolving science of what they do, what their functions are, and what chemistry [metabolites] they produce which affects us. What we know already is that we have metabolites from our gut flora which influence: •

Skin health: If you do not support your gut and all its gut flora your skin may be toxic and rashes and pimples continue to appear

Hair health: Supporting the gut so

it can provide the correct nutrients supports luscious strong, not dry and brittle hair •

Brain health: The information the gut sends to the brain via the vagus nerves supports mood, memory, concentration, and sleep

Weight health: Your lifestyle affects your gut microbes, which support how you metabolise sugar and fats and manage your weight. Your gut helps you control your hormones too!

Immune health: Did you know the origin of a healthy immune system relies on your gut?

If you have skin problems, dry brittle hair, weight issues, brain fog, poor memory, poor sleep, aches and pains in your muscles and joints, or get “colds” frequently, firstly pay attention to what type of lifestyle you are exposing your gut microbes to, and what changes you can make. You will reap the rewards. A varied diet rich in plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains [not breads and cereals] and nuts, is the very basis of hosting a party for these “old friends” to increase the diversity and promote the health of your microbiome. Hosting your “Gut Party” by skipping out the junk/toxic processed fast and packaged foods, makes your “Gut Home” welcoming and safeguards for health. Not only getting the look but reaping the benefits of genuine vitality that comes with glowing health, skin and hair from the inside out! Dr Jane Chapman is a medical doctor with an holistic approach to health and well-being, who does more than treat illness and manage symptoms. More at drjanechapman.com.au and wonwellness.com.au 83 Upton Street, Bundall Qld 4217 (07) 5648 3931

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Harley after

How I Lost 59 Kilograms and regained my health

Harley Trevaskis shares his path to weight-loss How many kilos did you lose? 59kg

What was your relationship with food? Food and I have always had a good relationship (I loved the smell and loved taste even more!) I have always loved a good serving of food, predominately a big piece of rump steak with potato bake and a small serve of vegetables for dinner and would rarely have leftovers in the house.

What motivated you to go on your weight-loss journey?

Name: Harley Trevaskis Age: 41 Occupation: Retail (Golf) Family: Married with three kids (Lachlan, Kai, Brianna) Height: 183cm Current weight: 89.2kg BMI: 26.3 Heaviest weight: 149kg Day of surgery weight: 135kg


consultation with Dr Free and we decided to go ahead with gastric sleeve surgery.

Post-surgery, what have been some of the challenges? The first two weeks were probably the hardest, having to return to work 5 days after surgery (not recommended - fainting three hours after arriving due to inadequate food intake and probably pushing myself to much). But since then, it’s just learning what I need to do to best take care of myself regarding food, hydration and rest (when possible).

And some of the benefits?

Friends of mine had already commenced their weight-loss journey. I witnessed the benefits to their health and lifestyle. Plus last year when I was in the US I had to get off a ride as the clamps would not lock me in, then having to do the walk of shame out the entrance where there were a lot of people lined up made me feel ashamed.

Besides the advantage of looking amazing, I would have to say having no real limitations on what I can do (ie going on theme park rides, not having to look at the weight limits on furniture and rides). I am still enjoying the food I consumed before the surgery ( just in smaller portions and substituting potatoes for vegetables).

How long had you battled with weight issues?

What are the improvements in your lifestyle as a result of your weight-loss?

My whole life. I was always the bigger kid, whether it was at school, on the sporting fields or even at work functions. I accepted when people told me that I was ‘just big boned’.

What health problems did you face as a result? I had extremely high blood pressure, red splotches start to appear on my skin, my high blood pressure was starting to affect my eyesight. I also suffered chronic joint pain when I tried to exercise or even lift boxes at work.

What made you decide on weightloss surgery and which procedure was the right one for you? After trying to lose weight for years with yoyo dieting and never being able to maintain results, I further researched weight-loss surgery considering all my options. I had my

I spend more time doing active things with the family; I enjoy running now without pain and the heavy panting, going to the gym three days a week and walking daily. The biggest improvement is how much more oxygen I am able to breath in with better lung capacity.

How has it impacted your profession and daily routine? It has helped immensely in a professional capacity, I am more confident in my interactions with people - my customers seem to have more confidence in the advice I provide to them and seem to take me more seriously. My regular customers don’t recognise me between visits - which is a good feeling. As far as my daily routine, I now plan my meals each morning making sure I make the most of each meal. I need to ensure

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

my diet is balanced and I am getting the required amounts of protein/nutrients etc. If I am working away from the office, I need to make sure I consider the best options available. On weekends, I make sure I always have plenty of protein snacks in case I need to consume on the run.

What is your response to people who look at weight-loss surgery as “the easy road” to weight-loss? I agree with them, then I explain that it isn’t the easy road people think, “yes” I had surgery to help with losing weight but I still need to put in the hard work to maintain and continue to lose weight. But I also put it into perspective that if I didn’t have this surgery I probably wouldn’t be here in 5 years with the road I was heading down.

Any regrets? NONE whatsoever. Dr Free has given me a new lease on life, one that I intend to grab with both hands and run with.

It has helped immensely in a professional capacity, I am more confident in my interactions with people - my customers seem to have more confidence in the advice I provide to them and seem to take me more seriously. Harley Trevaskis

Harley Before


SLIM Expert Dr Jason Free

New Lease on Life Jason Free is a General Surgeon who has specialised in weight-loss (Bariatric) surgery and Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Surgery. Dr Free has obtained specific weight-loss surgical training in Australia and overseas, dealing specifically with revisional bariatric surgery. Here, Dr Free shares his insight into the benefits of weight-loss surgery. What was your career path to weightloss surgery? After finishing surgical training I spent a year in Sydney, then a second year in Brisbane doing further specialty training in weight-loss surgery and upper abdominal surgery. Working in a public hospital I was fortunate enough to be the primary operator as opposed to assisting another surgeon (as is the case in the private hospital trainees in weight-loss surgery). The centres I worked in were extremely busy in terms of weightloss surgery and I was able to perform a huge number of procedures. What compels you about this specialty? The results from weight-loss surgery can be massive, and life changing. Usually within a few weeks the results are extremely obvious. When I see people a few weeks after their operation, they are almost always 36 SLIM MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019/2020

extremely happy about the improvements they are seeing, and the best part is the improvements keep going on for months, so people get more and more satisfied. This sort of ongoing improvement is not very common in many other types of surgery. Other compelling things are dealing with problems people may have had from previous operations. I see some very interesting pathology and have to figure out ways improve things. I see people with very complicated medical problems and consider it a challenge to try and improve things with the surgery I do. What is the scope of your work? The majority of work I perform is weight-loss surgery. There are four common weight-loss procedures performed, and each procedure will suit a particular patient for various reasons. I make a big point about ensuring people get the most appropriate operation that will suit them. Even though

there are a few common operations, there are variations in the specifics of each operation so I can tailor it to an individual’s needs. I also perform a lot of revisional surgery, this means treating patients who had had a procedure in the past with results that were not as good as hoped, or they had good weight-loss initially and then regained weight at a later date. Some people also have problems as a result of their initial weight-loss operation or problematic symptoms. There are solutions to almost every problem. Patients whom feel they have to live with disturbing symptoms affecting the quality of life should be reassured that we can do things to improve their wellbeing, and often completely eliminate the problem. In addition to weight-loss surgery, I also perform emergency surgery as part of the Gold Coast University Hospital’s acute surgery and trauma surgery service.

Who are your patients/clients? I see various ages of patients from teenagers and the elderly, both male and female. Commonly, I see young adults who have often recently had children and realise their increasing weight is affecting how they interact with their kids, being unable to play with them and do the things they would otherwise like. After surgery these people tell me they have a huge amount more ability to get out and spend more healthy outdoor activities with their kids. I see people who are gradually putting on weight every year despite repeated very conscientious efforts to get it down. People who have seen their overweight relatives have health problems or die at an earlier age due to their weight. I see young women who are having difficulty with fertility due to weight and it’s a very satisfying thing to see them have a baby years later after weight-loss surgery has helped them conceive. In what ways does your work impact their lives? The most satisfying thing is seeing people’s medical problems start disappearing over a few weeks and months; things like diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnoea and arthritis. Interestingly, many other things are improved in people’s lives which you often wouldn’t expect. Sometimes things like chronic headaches/migraines disappear, asthma and breathing problems also seem to get a lot better after weight-loss surgery. A majority of patients notice an improvement in their sex lives, and there are massive non-medical benefits such as improved self-esteem, confidence, mobility, and increased levels of energy. People generally get off a lot of the medications they may have been taking for years.

It’s common for me to do a weight-loss operation on someone and after a few months, their partner or family and friends notice the difference and then they come in to talk about having a procedure. What is their feedback on how their lives are changed? Almost everyone tells me how much better they feel and wish they has had it done sooner. Most obese patients consider the impaired quality of life to be the most crippling aspect of their disease, despite having medical comorbidities which can be improved. After surgery they consider the lifestyle improvement the greatest benefit. The lack of motivation and tiredness many obese patients feel is dramatically improved following surgery. A lot of people also tell me afterwards how simple the process was, often they expect a lot of pain and slow recovery and they are surprised how quickly they get back to their usual lives. What are the trends in weight-loss surgery - is there any procedure that is considered a ‘breakthrough’ or showing promise? There are always ongoing improvements in operative techniques and variations of commonly performed operations. Many of the variations in technique are not to get more weight-loss, but more to decrease the likelihood of having problems in the future, and decrease the side effects people may experience. As part of being a dedicated weightloss surgeon there is an expectation and requirement to be up to date with advancements. I am very active in terms of learning new things and attend many conferences each year. I often travel to observe the techniques of weight-loss surgeons from various parts of Australia and the world so I can always improve my

practise and come up with better techniques to improve a patient’s experience. In the past six months I have been able to visit surgeons in Spain, France and New Zealand and learn some exciting new surgical techniques, including robotic surgery. Robotic surgery is an advanced form of minimally invasive surgery where the surgeon uses a computer-controlled robot to assist in certain surgical procedures. The surgeon still performs the surgery, the robotic system translates the surgeon’s movements at a console to the instruments on the robot. A second surgeon, acting as an assistant supervises the robot at the patient’s bedside. When performing robotic surgery, the surgeon works from a computer console in the operating room, controlling miniaturised instruments mounted on three robotic arms which enter the patient through standard keyhole ports. The surgeon looks through a 3D camera attached to a robotic arm, which magnifies the surgical site. This provides greater visualisation than standard laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements are transmitted through the computer console to the instruments attached to the robot’s arms. The robot’s “hands” have a higher degree of dexterity and manoeuvrability compared to laparoscopic instruments, allowing the surgeon the ability to operate in very tight spaces in the body that would otherwise only be accessible through open (long incision) surgery. Robotic surgery provides surgeons with better accuracy, flexibility and control. Since the robot controls the instruments inside the body, the movements are much more precise and delicate, leading to less tissue handling and less potential injury to organs. This can result in reduced pain and discomfort, faster recovery time and return to normal activities, shorter hospitalisation, and reduced blood loss and transfusions. Robotic surgery training is very long an extensive, practising skills such as stitching and reconstructing operations on a model. As well as the simulation training and surgical observations; there is a requirement to demonstrate skills and pass a full day-long exam in Sydney. Once the training is finished, the first few cases are performed with an experienced robotic surgeon assisting until they are very well satisfied that I can perform the robotic surgeries efficiently and safely. Dr Jason Free, MBBS BVSc (HONS) FRACS Laparoscopic, General, Weight-loss, & Hepatobiliary Surgeon Tel: 5564 6501 Suite 2, Pindara Professional Centre 8-10 Carrara Street, Benowa QLD surgerygoldcoast.com.au



Slim’s selection of compelling summer reading, whatever you’re appetite! STRONG Elsa Pataky | RRP $34.99 | Plum-Pan Macmillan Australia Actress and top model, Elsa Pataky shares her approach to health and vitality with simple, highintensity exercise routines, delicious family recipes and practical advice on how to live a balanced and healthy life. For the first time, Elsa reveals her approach to building strength of body and mind, as well as simple ways to overcome mind-traps and other challenges; tips on managing cravings and sore muscles; her favourite high-intensity exercise circuits that can be done in the comfort of your own home with minimal equipment; plus straightforward and sensible nutrition advice to support your fitness program and fuel your body.

THE EXPERT WITNESS William J. Allender | RRP $32.99 | New Holland Publishers The Expert Witness gives you a front row seat to thirty of forensic toxicologist, William J. Allender’s high profile cases involving drug overdoses and poisons. Shocking, informative and filled with fascinating insights into the world of poisons and drugs, The Expert Witness is a must-have for anyone with an interest in crime, misadventure and the experts that uncover the truth behind the evil.

THE DEFINITIVE BUCKET LIST Lee Atkinson | RRP $45 | Hardie Grant Travel No matter how old our driver’s license says we are, we all feel much younger at heart. Travel goes a long way in keeping us young. This book provides hundreds of holiday ideas across Australia and New Zealand, from luxury escapes to walking holidays, bike rides, train journeys, golfing trips, garden tours and unforgettable wildlife encounters. If you have time on your hands, if you have retired or cut back on work hours, it’s the perfect time to travel, particularly while you’re still fit and active enough to enjoy it. After all, you’ve earned it!

THE LAST VOYAGE OF MRS HENRY PARKER Joanna Nell | RRP $32.99 | Hachette Australia GP, Joanna Nell expertly depicts the complexity of dementia, something she has experience with as a GP in her new book, The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker. Set on a cruise ship and following Evelyn’s search for her missing husband, Joanna creates a bittersweet, funny and terribly moving tale of memories we make over the course of a lifetime, and how the heart remembers what matters, even when the mind has long forgotten.

TALL TALES AND WEE STORIES Billy Connolly | RRP $45 | Hachette Australia Bill Connolly’s comedy spans generations and different social tribes in a way that few others have ever managed. With an introduction and original illustrations by Billy throughout, this is an inspirational, energetic and riotously funny read, and a fitting celebration of our greatest ever comedian.

THE TESTAMENTS Margaret Atwood | RRP $42.99 | Penguin Australia In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred? The sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead



Our top picks of on-screen gems

over the summer season.



The gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Alex Wolff with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito

After a 16-year hiatus, Martin Lawrence and Will Smith reunite on the mean streets of Miami in Bad Boys for Life for one last ride. Smith’s Detective Mike Lowrey contemplates retirement from the force in a well-trodden cop movie trope. But Lawrence as Detective Marcus Burnett convinces him that he should leave more of a legacy than “body shots and bodies” so they decide to team up for a final time to bring down a Miami cartel boss. In cinemas January 2020

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a version of Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. The beloved story of the March sisters, four young women each determined to live life on her own terms, is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothee Chalamet as their neighbour Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. In cinemas January 2020

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his scepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbour. In cinemas January 2020

In cinemas December 2019



BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)- (CTC) In Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress; Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary; Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya; Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz; and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis. Newcomer Ella Jay Basco also stars as Cassandra “Cass” Cain in her feature film debut. After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

PETER RABBIT™ 2 In PETER RABBIT™ 2, the lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be. Starring Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki with Margot Robbie and James Corden as Peter Rabbit. In cinemas March 2020

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SLIM Expert Dr Peter Widdowson

The facts about

Body Contouring We hear a lot about 'mummy tummy' surgery - but is body contour surgery limited to mums? No body contouring surgery is not limited to mums. What factors lead to people seeking body contouring surgery? After pregnancy the stretched tissues of the tummy and breasts may be suitable for “a mummy makeover�. But other problems such as massive weight-loss and loose abdominal muscles may contribute to loose skin, fat and muscles of the tummy and will be suitable for body contour surgery. Factors that lead to people seeking body contouring surgery are weight-loss, especially massive weight-loss (greater than 25kg), pregnancy where skin and muscles are stretched and other conditions that may cause weakness of skin or muscles - hereditary, genetic and poor exercise behaviours. How do you decide whether liposuction is enough, or abdominoplasty is a better option? 40 SLIM MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019/2020

As to whether liposuction or tummy tuck is required depends on age, looseness of skin, weakness of tummy muscles and amount of both external and internal (visceral) fat. Who are the ideal candidates for body lift surgery? A young (less than 50 years) wellexercised, person with minimal muscle weakness and overall body fat is more suitable for liposuction than an older person with loose tummy skin, weak muscles and internal tummy fat. Ideal candidates for body lift surgery are individuals who have a BMI of under 32, have tried to lose weight by nutritional care, appropriate exercise and who are medically healthy and fit for an anaesthetic. They will have excess skin and fat on their tummies that causes cosmetic and functional disability. What do candidates for this surgery need to know ahead of procedure - smoking, weight-loss, fitness, expectations? Candidates for this surgery should be

educated in: Medical conditions such as diabetes; Heart disease, medications such as blood thinners; Stopping smoking to reduce risks of wound breakdown; Reduce weight to as close to ideal as possible; Be as fit as possible for the individual and take appropriate nutrition and natural medications as suggested.

Dr Peter Widdowson

Plastic Surgeon MB, ChB (Otago), FRACS (Plastic) Dr Widdowson has a background of nearly 30 years in Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery and is a Director at the Lotus Institute. Qualifying in his specialty in 1982 he has been an internationally acclaimed microsurgeon and reconstructive surgeon for over 20 years. He specialises in most aspects of Cosmetic surgery. The Lotus Institute Level 2, 2 Short St Southport (07) 5509 4488

Dr Peter Widdowson Plastic Surgeon MB, ChB (Otago), FRACS (Plastic)

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

Dr Drew Cronin MBBS FRACS (Plast.)

Dr Drew Cronin is a Queensland trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. A Gold Coast local, Dr Cronin undertook his postgraduate medical studies at Griffith University, where he was the inaugural Class President of the Medical Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, the Australasian College of Plastic Surgeons, and the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Dr Cronin provides a comprehensive list of Plastic Surgery services, with special interests in body contouring surgery, aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, and skin cancer surgery. He has presented research at national and international conferences, and won the prestigious Emmett prize for best registrar research during his training. Outside of work, Dr Cronin loves the active, outdoor lifestyle of the Gold Coast. He has been a volunteer lifesaver and previously competed at the Youth Olympics for rowing. He and his young family enjoy getting to the beach, or fishing on Stradbroke whenever they can.

• Abdominoplasty • Brachioplasty (arm reduction) • Breast Augmentation • Redo Breast Augmentation • Breast Reduction

• Breast Mastopexy (uplift) • Breast Reconstruction • Facelift • Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty (eyelid reduction)

• Browlift • Rhinoplasty • Facial laser • Liposuction • Gynaecomastia • Otoplasty

As a non-surgical option, The Lotus Institute has a higly-regarded and professional Aesthetic Injecting Department offering clients softening, volumising and enhancement of the tissues especially of the face - using a variety of injectable products. Our nurses/injectors Patricia Hampson and Marie Steele have more than 26 years combined experience in this highly-skilled area. We also offer clients pure mineral makeup and medical-grade skincare products which only use natural and organic essential oils, butters and waxes - all of which are completely biodegradable and environmentally friendly as well as being 100 percent vegan.

HEAD OFFICE Level 2 / 2 Short St Southport 4215 Tel: (07) 5509 4488 Fax: (07) 5528 4166

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Enjoy Joint Health Joint aches and pains are usually considered part of ageing, but there’s a lot we can do help keep our joints healthy and relatively pain free. Here, Dr Andrew Letchford explains some preventative measures we can all adopt as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Why as we age do our bones and joints give us more trouble? The study of ageing as it affects the musculoskeletal system, bones, joints and ligaments is complex and not yet fully understood. Anecdotally, everyone will know someone who is struggling with their joints, be it ankle, knees or hips and equally there are those who are well into their senior years that still run regularly, even at relatively high levels including performing marathons.   As we age, there is a gradual build-up of trauma and micro-trauma within joints and de-conditioning of the muscles, particularly as we get over the age of 50-60 years. Are there preventative measures through lifestyle or diet we can take to protect our joints? The complexity of managing joints becomes increased when you factor in not only incidents of trauma but episodes of inflammatory joint disease, possible infections, and metabolic disorders in addition to age related degenerative changes. People are always seeking the silver bullet, but almost all research will show that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, a lean weight and muscle strength around joints is the best way to maintain joint health. Especially for the knees, if your weight and your body mass index are elevated, we know that this has serious implications in progression of wear and of the painful symptoms experienced. Substantial weightloss that is seen with Bariatric Surgery is frequently associated with a significant relief of symptoms around the joints.  42 SLIM MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019/2020

Do supplements work? There are multitudes of supplements on offer including Chondroitin sulfate, Glucosamine, green-lipped mussel extract, Curcumin or Turmeric extract but there is little strong scientific evidence that these will make a significant impact to an individual, certainly no more than maintaining a healthy weight range. Similarly, in the surgical setting, simple physiotherapy exercises, coupled with injections of steroid and local anaesthetic may help temporise symptoms, but again maintaining a healthy weight range is the most important contributor.  Are aches and pains in the knees part of getting older, or can we do something about it? I recently attended the Australian Orthopaedic Association Scientific Meeting in Canberra and had beneficial discourse with many of my colleagues as well as attending forums regarding some of the latest research on cures and preventative methods of osteoarthritis.  One particular article that caught my eye was one on PRP therapy, which is Platelet Rich Plasma injected into joints to help relieve symptoms and promote stem cell cartilage growth. 

SLIM EXPERT Dr Letchford

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

Keeping active should be front and centre as one ages. There are certainly studies that have shown running regularly does not in fact wear out joints, but in fact the compressive forces going through both the cartilage and the bones and maintaining the resilience of supportive ligaments actually is protective. I certainly do recommend people keep active be it running, cycling, swimming which are all very useful in preventing joint degeneration. When is surgery an option? Surgery is only an option when all other non-operative treatment fails to adequately control an individual’s symptoms.

Dr Andrew Letchford Orthopaedic Surgeon F. A. Orth. A., FRACS (Ortho), MBBS (Sydney - hons 1st), B.Sc. (QLD - hons 1st), Dip. Ed. CIME (Certified Independent Medical Examiner) ABIME (American Board of Independent Medical Examiners). Member of the Qld Govt. Office of Industrial Relations Queensland Treasury Orthopaedic Assessment Tribunal, and registered as a Trained Assessor - Guide for Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (GEPI). Dr Andrew Letchford is a specialist in

hip and knee orthopaedic surgery, with a The scientific evidence on this still remains Telephone: 07a randomised 5527 1818 Fax: 07 5526 4788interest in arthroplasty ( joint particular “sketchy” and in control replacement), knee reconstructions, trial, there was little evidence that this was SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU sports injuries and acute orthopaedic 55 successful in arthritic knee joints versus a trauma. placebo injection.

Therefore, the bottom line is that aches and pains do seem to be a part of growing old, but can best be alleviated by a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight range and maintaining muscle strength and keeping active.

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

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Health Innovator

Heather McLellan-Johnson is founder and Director of two medical clinics on the Gold Coast, both renowned for exceptional care and an holistic approach to well-being. Here, Heather shares her motivation and how she juggles family with career.

How did your career path lead you to owning/running Medical Practices?

How do you juggle family and business commitments?

I’ve been in General Practice for almost 30 years, always in leadership roles. The strongest change was when I was promoted to a State role under a Corporate setting. My three states were Qld, NSW and ACT. There are so many styles of practice and people, all having their own mini-cultures. It honed my skills very sharply. What do you find most compelling about working in the health sector?

It is such a juggle. I am very open with my family. I explained to the children when they were younger, that I love to be in my profession and that it gives me honour. I explain when I am having a rough day and when it is joyful. I have a date with each son every week or fortnight, just one on one. I am keenly aware of when they need me and act as best I can. I’ve made some wonderful mistakes and am saving for their therapy!

The most compelling factor for me is being in an industry that affects meaningful change. The change is seen through multiple generations of a family unit as well. When the team, the doctors, the complementary professionals are all in flow, it’s like watching a beautiful symphony at play. The patients are the music. How are your clinics different from others? We’ve created a space where the intention is to teach and assist people to travel well inside their personal “machinery“. It’s very rewarding. Yes, you can come see the doctor and continue how you’ve always continued, or you can be curious about your body and investigate new things, new treatments, new ideas. We have Pathology, Pharmacy, Radiology, Physios, Psychologists, Pilates and Nutritionists all in the same building. We like to think that sets us apart. Are there any specialties or areas of expertise? It’s pretty special that we have the Medicinal Cannabis Clinic on Level 2. It’s ground breaking that people have access to this now. We also have a GP who is a qualified Naturopath, offering the best of both disciplines. All of our medical team are pretty incredible. They love what they do and seem born to it.


Living and working on the Gold Coast - what are the best things about being a local? When my husband brought me here 20 years ago from Connecticut, I thought I had been given the key to the gates of paradise! The sun, the sea, the tribe – why would anyone live anywhere else? When people complain about the traffic, I think maybe they haven’t been to Melbourne or NYC! What is your message to men and women about the importance of putting priority on their health? Your body – the one you were given, has to carry you through this life. And when you are done with it, and it’s done with you, wouldn’t it be wonderful to thank it and say “Good job. We did our best”.

Kindness to ourselves is unparalleled. Be kind to your body. It wants to be heard. Medical on Miami, 2125 Gold Coast Highway, Miami. Tel: 5576 5832 medicalonmiami.com.au Burleigh Cove Medical, 109 West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads. Tel: 5535 3833 burleighcovemedical.com.au

PHONE 07 5564 6501 Suite 2, Pindara Professional Centre 8 - 10 Carrara Street, Benowa QLD info@surgerygoldcoast.com.au www.surgerygoldcoast.com.au

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

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

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

We also offer:

Adjustable Gastric Banding / Gastric Bypass / Revisional Bariatric Surgery

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Health & Fertility

SLIM Expert Dr Andrew Cary

Dr Andrew Cary specialises in Fertility, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Here, Dr Cary sheds light on how well-being and a healthy lifestyle impacts on fertility in women and men. Infertility, the inability to fall pregnant, affects one in six couples in Australia and is defined as the inability to conceive following 12 months (woman is below 35 years old) or 6 months (woman is above 35 years) of attempting to do so. There are a number of different reasons why some women are unable to conceive - in fact, around 50 percent of these are because of common gynaecological issues. The good news is that in most cases, there are treatments available to resolve the problem in order to achieve pregnancy. Here, Dr Cary sheds light on some of the FAQs surrounding fertility and treatments. What impact does age have on female and male fertility? A woman’s age is the single most important factor affecting a couple’s chances of conceiving, as her egg quality and reserve starts to rapidly decline after the age of 35. A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have and from birth this reserve begins to decline, with a very large drop in numbers in her late 30s. At 25 years old, a woman has around a 20 percent chance of conceiving naturally in any given month. At 35 years old, this has dropped to around 15 percent, and by 41 years old the chance of conceiving naturally is only around 3 percent.  Some men may have an inherited condition (like Cystic Fibrosis), that affects their fertility while others may have hormonal imbalances or an obstructed pathway. Male reproductive health is also affected by age. After the age of 40, a greater number of DNA abnormalities occur in sperm. Wearing lycra, tight jeans or jocks is suspected to have a negative impact on your sperm production. Being hit in the groin during sports, while painful, can only really have an impact on your fertility if it’s severe with significant injury. Diet, vitamins and supplements actually have very little impact on most sperm counts but an acute viral illness, trauma, or a childhood operation for undescended testes or hernias of the groin can. Just because you’ve had children before, this doesn’t mean you’ve always got good swimmers! The quality of your sperm varies and can be expected to change as you age.


How do weight and nutrition impact on fertility? If you are significantly overweight or underweight, it can affect your chances of getting pregnant by influencing hormone levels for women and sperm production for men. Use a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator to check that you have an appropriate body weight. If you have a high BMI, a reduction in body weight of just 5 percent may improve your fertility. Keep up your folate. As well as taking a folate supplement, increasing your intake through your diet is also beneficial. Green, leafy vegetables and wholegrains are great sources of folate. Swap carbohydrates for wholegrains. Eating too much sugar and too many processed carbohydrates can negatively impact insulin levels and fertility. Swap carbohydrates for lower GI, wholegrain food options. For example, make the switch to wholegrain bread and pasta, and choose brown rice over white rice. Embrace good fats. Mono and polyunsaturated fats are a good source of Vitamin E and have powerful antiinflammatory properties, which can help to reduce insulin resistance. Nuts, avocados, oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel, whiting and tinned fish) and extra virgin olive oil are all good sources of good fats Optimise protein intake. Protein is important while trying to fall pregnant, but remember, portion sizes do not need to increase until you fall pregnant. Try including lean red meat in your diet (which is high in iron and zinc), oily fish such as salmon (high in Omega-3 fatty acids), and dairy foods (a good source of calcium). Walking, going to the gym and other forms of moderate exercise are good for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Smoking affects fertility in both men and women. Women who smoke tend to reach menopause earlier than non-smokers. There is also strong evidence that female smokers have a higher miscarriage rate. Smoking during pregnancy has adverse effects on the growing baby, and are suspected of contributing to many childhood illnesses. There is also strong evidence that a child born to a male

smoker is more likely to develop cancer in childhood. It is strongly recommended that you do not smoke during fertility treatment or pregnancy. The impact of alcohol on a woman’s reproductive system is unknown, but heavy intake in men is known to affect sperm production. The NHMRC recommends no more than two standard drinks per day for women and four for men, with at least two alcohol-free days per week. The weeks following a positive pregnancy test are an important stage of development for the baby, and it is recommended that women abstain from alcohol completely during this period. High caffeine intake has been linked with female infertility in some research studies, but the reason for this is not clear. A moderate coffee intake is no more than two cups per day. Remember that caffeine is present in other beverages and food, such as cola drinks and chocolate. What are the options for people finding it difficult to fall pregnant? If you are over 35 and having trouble conceiving naturally, it’s important to seek medical advice within 6 months, as your egg quality and reserve has begun to decline. If you are under 35, we generally advise you to wait 12 months. In addition, if you have any known conditions such as a history of STDs or male factor issues, then don’t delay in seeking specialist help. If you know or suspect a gynaecological condition or a male fertility issue could be contributing to pregnancy delay, we recommend making an appointment to see a Fertility Specialist. Some fertility problems can be easily fixed with the right conception advice, lifestyle changes or even minor surgery – not all patients will require IVF. Whatever pathway to pregnancy you need to take, thanks to advances in reproductive technology, fertility treatment and other forms of assisted conception now offer a much higher chance of success. Suite 10, Level 2, Pindara Place, Carrara Street, Benowa. For more information, phone 07 5597 3770 or visit drcary.com.au

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Dr Andrew Cary Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & IVF Specialist

From Conception to Delivery, We’re with You All the Way Dr Andrew Cary has been setting a standard of excellence in women’s health for 26 years. He is able to assist with all women’s issues, including: • Infertility

• Day surgery

• Painful and heavy periods

• Gynaecological surgery

• Pregnancy care

• Contraception

• Juliet laser procedure

• High-risk pregnancies

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Wonder Weed Queensland’s first medicinal cannabis farm in the Sunshine Coast hinterland has opened for business, with the blessing of the Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt. Medifarm’s facility currently houses 1,000 marijuana plants which can produce 1.2 tonnes of medicinal cannabis a year, with hopes to increase to seven tonnes a year. Only a few thousand Australians have been prescribed medicinal cannabis treatment by a doctor despite it being legalised by the federal government in February 2016, and they rely largely on imported products. The cannabis oil produced from the plants at the farm will be used to help Australians with conditions like epilepsy, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis or those needing paediatric care. “The office of drug control has responsibility for that and they are very, very assiduous and one of the things everybody would want is for us to operate in an efficient way but in a safe way,” said Mr Hunt. “It is a highly regulated sector and we make no apologies for that, but it’s about ensuring that if the doctors determine the medicine should be available, it can be available.” The founding director of Medifarm, Adam Benjamin said he established the company when he observed the suffering of family friend, eight-year-old Sam Martin, whose parents, Mark and Tanya, fought to have their son put on medicinal cannabis to ease the pain of late-stage aggressive cancer. Mark Martin said it was a big leap forward for patients. “We’ve seen first-hand as a family what a massive benefit medicinal cannabis can have for patients in terms of pain management,” he said. “When we started to give Sam medicinal cannabis in 2014 in the last phase of his life his general wellbeing improved massively.” What is medicinal cannabis? According to the definition by the Alcohol 48 SLIM MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019/2020

and Drug Foundation, medicinal cannabis is cannabis prescribed to relieve the symptoms of a medical condition. For some people suffering from chronic or terminal illnesses, conventional medicines do not work, or do not work as effectively as medicinal cannabis. Also, for some patients, conventional medicines may work but cause debilitating side effects that cannabis can help to relieve. What are cannabinoids? The main psychoactive ingredient of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which acts on specific receptors in the brain. Research has found that the cannabis plant produces between 80 and 100 cannabinoids and about 300 non-cannabinoid chemicals. The main difference between the two cannabinoids is that THC has strong psychoactive effects, meaning it makes a person ‘high’, whereas CBD is thought to have an anti-psychoactive effect that controls or moderates the ‘high’ caused by the THC. CBD is also thought to reduce some of the other negative effects that people can experience from THC, such as anxiety. The psychoactive effects of THC, such as euphoria and feeling relaxed or sleepy, are

The cannabis oil produced from the plants at the farm will be used to help Australians with conditions like epilepsy, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis or those needing paediatric care. well known, but THC has also been found to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as being able to prevent and reduce vomiting.

Types and forms of medicinal cannabis There are three main forms of cannabis that can be used medicinally: Pharmaceutical cannabis products that are approved by an organisation such as the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), including nabiximols (Sativex®) and synthetic cannabinoids such as Dronabinol®. Sativex, which comes as a nasal or oral spray, has been approved in over 24 countries for treating spasticity due to multiple sclerosis. Controlled and standardised herbal cannabis (plant products), such as the products produced in the Netherlands. Unregulated and illegal herbal cannabis (plant products), which contains unknown concentrations of cannabinoids and potentially harmful impurities such as bacteria and mould (USA only). Why smoking cannabis for medical purposes is not recommended It is understood that smoked cannabis will not be prescribed in Australia because smoked plant products will not satisfy governmental requirements that enable it to be classed as a therapeutic good. There are two major concerns regarding this type of cannabis and this method of administration. Firstly, smoking is a particularly harmful way of taking cannabis, mainly because carcinogenic substances are inhaled directly into the lungs. Smoking cannabis is not recommended by health authorities, as the smoked form contains at least 50 of the same carcinogens as tobacco. Secondly, the majority of medicines used in Australia are produced under strict conditions: that way, doctors who are prescribing them (as well as people who are using them) know exactly what is in them. It is important that doctors know that medicines have been tested and that each dose is the same. This means doctors can monitor the effects of the drug and doses can be adjusted according to a patient’s needs. More at qld.gov.au and adf.org.au



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Embrace the change Integrative Nutritionist, Master Herbalist, Health Coach Tara Doherty Selenium is a trace mineral that is essential for liver detoxification, which aids in many other functions including hormone regulation, wrinkle formation and skin hydration. Keep a supply of Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds handy. Many women fear this natural transformation point in their life and worry that menopause will affect their health, stamina, memory and their looks. This time of your life does not need to be difficult or dreaded. In fact, by embracing new habits and consciously rejecting negative messages about growing older, you will flourish physically and emotionally. Let’s explore this transition and how to best support your body, no matter your age or stage. Nutritional tips to help you through menopause: Improving your diet is one of the most powerful reset buttons available. I love what author Michael Pollan says: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” The first step involves removing the bad stuff. We know that sugar, gluten and alcohol can throw our hormones out of balance, causing us to experience low mood, brain fog and unhealthy cravings. Having memory loss and a belly that sticks out is not due to your hormones. It’s what you are eating. Grains behave like sugar in the body and extra sugar from grains is stored as fat. Let’s focus on adding in the good stuff. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish such as salmon, sardines, chia seeds and flaxseeds, provide the essential building blocks for hormones and anti-inflammatory support. Next, we need methylated B vitamins to assist with detoxification, metabolism and fatigue. Vitamin-B rich foods you should try to work into your diet are whole, unprocessed foods like grass fed lean meat, organic poultry, liver and lentils. 54 SLIM MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019/2020

Boost your libido and enhance your sex drive by eating figs, pumpkin seeds, maca, pomegranate, cacao and avocados. Reduce your reliance on coffee for energy. I know this is tough, but coffee is not great for us, especially as we age. My favourite replacements are the medicinal mushroom blends which taste great and are easy to find at your health food store. Eat anti-inflammatory foods religiously. Organic blueberries are essential, and this is one food that must be organic. Include loads of fresh spinach and other dark leafy greens daily. Incorporate the spices coriander, cumin and turmeric into your cooking. Vitamin C is a superpower that not only supports the immune system as we age, it is vital during this period of your life in supporting collagen growth. Collagen is essential for healthier bone structure and a more youthful appearance. This is one vitamin you don’t want to skimp on! If you are experiencing muscle spasms, anxiety, feelings of weariness or weakness, insomnia, poor appetite or constipation, these could all be signs of a magnesium deficiency. Munch on some raw nuts, seeds and dark chocolate. Vitamin E is the most powerful antioxidant which supports the brain, heart and hormones and has been shown to help reduce hot flashes. Essentially, eat a Mediterranean diet containing nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, dark leafy greens and fish. Gut health is crucial during this period, particularly if we are going to absorb all these high-quality nutrients. Our production of hydrochloric acid reduces as we age, affecting our ability to digest foods,

particularly protein. Use apple cider vinegar to help the body produce hydrochloric acid on its own by making this your go to vinegar for salad dressing. More habits for graceful ageing: •

First and foremost, create a sleep routine that supports deep restorative sleep.

Avoid plastics where you can as they interfere with metabolism and hormone production. Choose stainless steel or glass water bottles and food containers.

Acupuncture has been used for centuries and can help rebalance hormones naturally.

Deep belly breathing is free, always available to us and a magnificent tool for helping to regulate the body. Focus on a longer exhale in times of stress.

Reduce your exposure to hormone disruptors (like parabens) via your beauty or personal care products. The fewer ingredients the better.

Manage your stress through regular exercise, nourishing friendships and a meditation practice.

Ultimately, to breeze through menopause, you need daily health practices that boost immunity, lower cortisol levels and inflammation, support brain health and manifest endless vitality. For a supportive and personalised health plan, that addresses your unique biology and lifestyle, call Tara to arrange a consultation. Tel: 0403 823 825 tara@endlessvitality.com.au www.endlessvitality.com.au Disclaimer: Information provided in this document is for informational purposes only. This information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem.

Mind your mental health this Summer Summer is often a time for celebration, socialisation and relaxation – kicking off with the holidays and rolling into the New Year. But for others, the added pressure of family gatherings; social commitments; over spending, or alcohol in excess can be troubling. Many Gold Coasters will struggle with loneliness, sadness, anxiety or depression. The Gold Coast’s only centrally located private hospital – Healthe Care Australia’s


NEW VIEW To take care your mental health, take time to reflect on 2019, and set your goals for 2020. Take the time to celebrate your achievements – regardless how small they may seem. When planning for the year ahead, focus on things that build your confidence and bring you one step closer towards better mental health. To find out more about Robina Private Hospital’s extended range of mental health day programs for 2020, call 07 5665 5100.

Robina Private Hospital – is open for ‘business as usual’, with specialised mental health treatment and support during the holidays and throughout Summer. The hospital’s experienced team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nursing and allied health staff can support you, or a loved through your hospital stay; at day therapy group programs or via outpatient appointments to cope with the holiday season, and continue your recovery journey into the New Year. Joanne Levin, Executive General Manager Mental Health, Healthe Care Australia says it’s “ever important” to keep an eye on loved ones at this time. “What is a time of happiness and connection for most can be an extremely difficult time for people experiencing mental health issues.” “Pressure to join in the festivities can lead to excessive alcohol consumption, or heighten people’s struggle to deal with family tensions, loneliness, isolation, and money worries that can surface.” “The problem is exacerbated when vital services have closed down over the holiday period, which is why we’re business as usual, so treatment is accessible”, says Joanne. If you or a loved one are struggling and in need of mental health support, call Robina Private Hospital on 07 5665 5100 or ask your GP for a referral.

Robina Private Hospital is a 90 bed mental health, medical, surgical and rehabilitation private hospital located in the heart of Robina. Its experienced team provide mental health treatment and support for adolescents, adults and older persons to continue their recovery journey, and stay well.


MIND YOUR DIET – mix it up and balance indulgent meals with healthy options


MIND YOUR HABITS – be mindful of your alcohol intake, and avoid substance misuse


MIND YOUR CONNECTION – spend time with family and friends


MIND YOUR SLEEP – when you’re rested and relaxed, you feel more positive


MIND YOUR BODY – take time to exercise, even if it’s a stroll on the beach

Are you or a loved one struggling with your mental health? LET US HELP YOU

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In her new book, clinical nutritionist and health blogger, Jessica Sepel shares her 12 steps and 50 recipes for resetting your mind, body and food. The 12-Step Mind-Body-Food Reset will strip away unnecessary clutter and focus healthy habits and essentials. Dip in and out to get inspiration and tips on how to get on track with your health, and stay there.


INGREDIENTS 200g (¾ cup) Greek yoghurt 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus an extra good pinch, to serve 1 teaspoon tahini METHOD Place all the ingredients in a serving bowl and whisk with a fork until completely smooth and well combined. Place the bowl in the freezer for 20 minutes or until the mixture is just frozen. Remove and stir gently, then sprinkle with the extra cinnamon and serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month.


BASE 200g (1 ¼ cups) whole natural almonds 6 large fresh medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon LEMON AND BLUEBERRY FILLING 280g (2 cups) raw cashews, soaked overnight in water, then drained well 125ml (½ cup) melted coconut oil zest and juice of 2 large lemons 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 300g fresh blueberries METHOD Line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake tin with non-stick baking paper, making sure to allow overhang on two sides (this will help you remove the cheesecake from the tin later). Pulse all the ingredients for the cheesecake base in a food processor until everything is very finely chopped and the mixture starts to form a ball (you may need to add 1-2 tablespoons of water to help the mixture along). Transfer to the prepared tin and press out firmly and evenly to completely cover the base. Place the drained cashews, coconut oil, lemon zest and juice and maple syrup in a clean food processor and mix for 2-3 minutes, or until completely smooth and creamy. Pour into the cake tin and level the surface with a palette knife. Scatter the blueberries over the top and press them lightly into the mixture. Freeze for 2-3 hours, or until just firmly set. Using the overhanging baking paper, carefully lift the cheesecake out of the tin and onto a serving plate. Cut into 1 2 pieces and serve immediately. 56 SLIM MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019/2020


INGREDIENTS 4 small over-ripe bananas (about 340g in total), peeled 3 large eggs, whisked 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 60ml (¼ cup) milk of choice 145g (1½ cups) rolled oats 35g (¼ cup) golden flaxmeal 2 tablespoons psyllium husk 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons vanilla bean powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 8 large fresh medjool dates, pitted and finely chopped 30g (¼ cup) walnuts, finely chopped

The 12 Step Mind-BodyFood Reset by Jessica Sepel, Published by Macmillan Australia, RRP $34.99, Photography by Jeremy Simons.

METHOD Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line two large baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Place the bananas in a large bowl and use a fork to mash them really well until smooth. Add the eggs, maple syrup and milk, and whisk together using the fork until everything is well combined. Add the remaining ingredients and stir again until well combined. Let the mixture stand for 3 minutes, or until it thickens slightly. Using a ¼ cup measure, drop level portions of the banana mixture onto the prepared trays, leaving a 3cm gap between each portion. Flatten each portion slightly into a 7cm round. Place both trays in the oven at the same time and bake for 18–20 minutes, swapping trays halfway through the cooking time, until the cookies are baked and golden. Leave the wheels to cool on their trays for 3 minutes, then serve warm or let them cool completely on wire racks before storing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.


INGREDIENTS 60g (½ cup) fresh raspberries 45g (¼ cup) chia seeds 2 teaspoons vanilla bean powder 1 tablespoon golden flaxmeal 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup 250 ml (1 cup) milk of choice 40g (¼ cup) whole natural almonds, roughly chopped ½ banana, sliced good pinch of ground cinnamon a few fresh blueberries 1 tablespoon Greek yoghurt

METHOD Place the raspberries in a small serving bowl and use a fork to mash them well. Add the chia seeds, vanilla bean powder, flaxmeal, maple syrup and milk, and whisk together with the fork until everything is well combined and any lumps of powder have been broken up. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or until set. Top the chia pudding with the chopped almonds, sliced banana, cinnamon, blueberries and Greek yoghurt then serve right away.



Just desserts Instagram sensation, Charlotte Ree is famous for her simple and delicious sweets. Her first book, Just Desserts showcases 30 of Charlotte’s most popular and delicious cake, biscuit, slice and dessert recipes. Featuring essentials, such as chocolate brownies, shortbread caramel slice and chocolate-chip cookies through to show-stoppers, such as layered berry pavlova and chocolate ganache and blackberry bundt, Just Desserts is the ideal gift for the baker and sweet-lover in your life.


INGREDIENTS 225g plain flour, sifted 115g rice flour, sifted 120g caster sugar pinch of sea salt 200g salted butter, at room temperature TOPPING 150g salted butter 150g caster sugar 80ml golden syrup 400g can sweetened condensed milk ½ teaspoon sea salt, or more if you are a salt fiend like me 200g dark cooking chocolate (70 percent cocoa), roughly chopped METHOD Preheat the oven to 150°C. Grease and line a 30cm x 20cm x 3.5cm baking tray with baking paper. Combine the flours, sugar and salt in a bowl. Rub the butter in with your fingers until a crumble begins to form. Place in the tray and flatten out evenly with the back of a wooden spoon. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and prick the shortbread with a fork. Allow to cool completely in the tin. To make the topping, place the butter, sugar, golden syrup, condensed milk and salt in a wide, heavy based saucepan and heat gently, stirring to melt the butter. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer for about 10–15 minutes, stirring constantly to stop the mixture sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning. When the caramel is thick and fudgy, pour it over the shortbread and smooth out with a palette knife. Leave to set for 30 minutes. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, or in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (ensuring the bowl doesn’t touch the water). When melted, spread it evenly over the set caramel. Leave for 2 hours to set, then turn out and cut into 18 pieces. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.



INGREDIENTS 250g salted butter, at room temperature 160g brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 115g demerara sugar 1 large egg, at room temperature 300g plain flour 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, sifted 160g milk chocolate chips Tub of good-quality neapolitan or vanilla bean ice cream METHOD Place 125g of the butter in a small saucepan and brown over medium heat until amber in colour, stirring occasionally. Ensure that you keep an eye on the pan as it only takes a few seconds to burn the butter. Once browned, pour the butter into a small bowl and leave to cool. Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream the remaining butter and the brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, browned butter, sugar and egg, and mix until combined. Add the flour and bicarbonate of soda and mix until combined. Scrape down the side of the bowl and fold in the chocolate chips. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and roll into a log. Leave in the fridge for an hour. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and place on the prepared tray, leaving a 5cm gap between each cookie to allow for spreading. If you want to be precise, I roll my dough into 25g balls. Flatten the cookies slightly using your hand. Bake for 13 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and allow to thaw for 5 minutes so it is easier to scoop. Arrange the biscuits on a wire rack, pairing the cookies according to their size. To serve, place scoops of ice cream between the biscuits and sandwich together. Eat immediately, or wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze for later. They’re best eaten within 2–3 days. If frozen, allow them to soften slightly before serving.

Just Desserts by Charlotte Ree, Published by Plum, RRP $29.99, Photography by Luisa Brimble, Styling by Lee Blaylock


INGREDIENTS 3 large eggs, at room temperature 125g caster sugar 80g plain flour, sifted ½ teaspoon baking powder, sifted 30g Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted, plus extra to dust tea towel 1 tablespoon icing sugar, sifted, to dust tea towel 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules 100ml boiling water 1 tablespoon Frangelico 80g dark cooking chocolate (70 percent cocoa), roughly chopped FILLING 500g mascarpone, at room temperature 200ml double cream, at room temperature 3 tablespoons icing sugar, sifted 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste TOPPING Leftover filling mixture 2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted 100g dark chocolate curls


INGREDIENTS 6 large egg whites, at room temperature 150g unsalted butter, melted and cooled 125g almond meal 250g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting 100g plain flour, sifted 125g fresh or frozen raspberries

METHOD First, make the filling by placing the mascarpone in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beating until smooth. Add the cream, icing sugar and vanilla and whisk until creamy and smooth. Place in the fridge, covered in plastic wrap, until required. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 38cm x 25cm x 3cm jelly roll tin with non-stick cooking spray and line with baking paper. Whisk the eggs and sugar in the bowl of the stand mixer on high until thick and pale (about 4–6 minutes) and the mixture has doubled in size. Sift the flour, baking and cocoa powders once more over the egg mixture. Use a metal spoon to fold the mixture until combined, maintaining as much air as possible. Pour into the prepared tin and gently smooth the surface with the back of a spoon. Bake for 10–12 minutes, or until the sponge springs back slightly when touched. While the cake is in the oven, lay a clean tea towel on your kitchen bench and dust with the extra cocoa powder and icing sugar. Remove the cake from the oven and turn out the sponge onto the prepared tea towel. Peel the baking paper off gently. Starting at the short edge, tightly roll the cake in the towel and leave to cool completely. Dissolve the coffee granules in the boiling water, then add the Frangelico and set aside to cool. Unroll the cooled cake. Using a pastry brush, brush the coffee mixture over the cake until covered and all the coffee has been used. Spread the mascarpone mixture over the sponge, leaving a 1cm border to allow for spreading. Sprinkle with chopped chocolate. Gently roll the cake back into a log shape and place on plastic wrap, wrapping the cake and sealing both ends. Place in the fridge to set, alongside a small bowl of any leftover filling mixture. To serve, remove the cake from the fridge and spread the remaining filling mixture over the top until smooth. Dust with cocoa powder and decorate with chocolate curls. Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 2 days.

METHOD Preheat the oven to 160˚C. Lightly grease a 12-hole friand tin with non-stick cooking spray. Whisk the egg whites, butter, almond meal, icing sugar and flour together in a bowl with a hand whisk until combined. Pour into the prepared tin, so that each hole is two-thirds full. Place two or three raspberries on top of each friand and bake for 25–30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave them in the tin for 5 minutes before tipping out onto a wire rack. Dust the friands with icing sugar and serve warm. They’re best eaten the day they’re made.




INGREDIENTS pork belly 4 pieces about 3cm x 10cm 20ml oil 12 scallops 50g butter lemon cheeks to garnish micro coriander (cilantro) to garnish Mango salsa 1 mango, finely diced 1 tablespoon chopped chives 1 tablespoon chopped red capsicum (pepper)

Coya – French, Middle Eastern Cuisine, New Holland Publishers RRP $39.99 available from all good book retailers or online www.newhollandpublishers.com

METHOD To make the salsa, combine the mango, chives and capsicum, then set aside. Sear the pork belly with the oil in a frying pan over medium heat, then set aside for serving. In the same pan, sear the scallops for 3 minutes, then turn over and cook for a further minute. Turn off the heat. Add the butter to melt and baste the butter over the top of the scallops. To serve, place a piece of pork belly on the plate and top with 2 scallops. Add the salsa to the side and garnish with a lemon cheek and micro coriander.



A celebration of Middle Eastern, French and modern cooking, combining the techniques, spices and ingredients that make these cuisines so popular, Coya invites you to explore unique and interesting tastes and spices. Chef Ashraf Saleh, a self-described gastronomic chef, draws his inspiration from around the globe, and his easyto-follow recipes will transport your tastebuds to another world. Coya is ideal for all levels of home chef, and the striking images allow even the most amateur of cooks to present stunning, tasty meals, sides and desserts.


INGREDIENTS 8 soft shell crabs, cleaned and gutted 100g cornflour 1 litre (4 cups) oil, for frying salt and pepper, to season batter 300ml soda water 120g self-raising flour Vegetable ribbon salad 1 telegraph (long) cucumber 1 daikon radish 1 yellow carrot 1 purple carrot Chilli tomato jam 300ml red wine 200g brown sugar 2 bird’s eye chillies, chopped 500ml (2 cups) lemon juice 3 cinnamon sticks 800g tinned peeled tomatoes, drained METHOD To make the chilli tomato jam, add the wine, brown sugar, chillies, lemon juice and cinnamon to a saucepan Bring to the boil and cook until reduced by half. Reduce the heat, add the tomatoes and continue to cook until further reduced and a jammy consistency is reached. Allow to cool. To make the vegetable ribbon salad, peel the vegetables into long ribbons using a peeler or mandolin. Soak in ice-water until required. To make the batter, whisk the flour and soda water together until smooth. Dust the cleaned and dried crab with cornflour and salt and pepper. Dip each crab in the batter and place into the deep fryer separately (do not overcrowd the pan). Cook at 180°C until golden, then drain on paper towel. To serve, place the crab on top of the ribbon salad. Add the chilli jam in a small ramekin on the side. 60 SLIM MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019/2020


INGREDIENTS 2 garlic cloves crushed zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon finely chopped oregano 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 800g lamb backstrap, denuded 1 large eggplant 100g cornflour 500ml (2 cups) vegetable oil, for frying 400g (tinned chickpeas, drained) 1 garlic clove 200g wild baby rocket 1 shallot, sliced 100g feta cheese salt and pepper, to season

METHOD Combine the garlic, lemon zest, oregano and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the lamb and marinade for at least 2 hours, or overnight. Peel the eggplant and slice finely with a mandolin. Blot any excess moisture with paper towel. Dust the slices in cornflour. Fry the eggplant in vegetable oil until crisp and golden. Add the chickpeas and garlic to a blender with half the lemon juice. Purée until smooth. Combine the rocket, sliced shallot and crumbled feta in a bowl. Mix the remaining lemon juice with remaining 3 tablespoons of oil. Add to the salad just before serving. Chargrill the lamb over high heat for 2–3 minutes, depending on the thickness. Turn over and cook a further 2 minutes, or until cooked to your liking. Rest for 5 minutes. To serve, slice the lamb and place 200g per plate. Add a quenelle of chickpea purée to the side, with a portion of the dressed salad. Add eggplant chips to the plate.


INGREDIENTS 200g ricotta cheese 20g parmesan cheese 40g gorgonzola cheese 40g mozzarella cheese 12 zucchini flowers 1.5 litres oil, for frying 100g baby herbs, to garnish

BATTER 200g self-raising flour 300ml soda water Saffron emulsion 125g dijon mustard 375ml lemon juice 250ml vegetable oil 1 teaspoon sugar a few threads of saffron

METHOD Mix the four cheeses together and divide into 12 balls. Trim the ends of the zucchini and remove the stamen from inside the flower. Stuff one portion of the cheese mixture into each flower and gently close. To make the batter, whisk the flour and soda water together to a smooth consistency. To make the saffron emulsion, place the mustard, lemon juice, oil, sugar and saffron in a blender. Blend until combined, then transfer to a squeeze bottle to serve. Dip the flower end of the zucchini in the batter and drain off any excess. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan to 180°C. Deep fry for 2–3 minutes on each side, then drain off any excess oil on paper towel. To serve, pour the broth into individual bowls and top with the fried zucchini flowers. Garnish with target beetroot and baby herbs.





INGREDIENTS 1 bunch of rhubarb (about 500g), trimmed, leaves removed and cut into 2cm batons finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons honey 500g (2 cups) natural Greek-style yoghurt 80g (½ cup) almonds, roughly chopped a few sprigs of mint, leaves picked edible flowers, to serve (optional) METHOD Place the rhubarb, lemon zest and juice, honey and 125ml (½ cup) of water in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until the rhubarb is soft but still holding its shape. Remove from the heat and let the rhubarb cool completely. To serve, spoon alternating layers of yoghurt and rhubarb into small glasses or bowls and top with the almonds and mint leaves. Finish with a sprinkling of edible flowers, if desired.


This compendium of recipes is a celebration of real food and vibrant community. It will inspire you to grow, cook and eat with those you love - and find real meaning along the way.  For chef, gardener and farmer, Paul West, a meaningful life is one built around food and community. In The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide, Paul shares practical gardening advice, with guides on building a no-dig garden, composting and keeping chooks, and an A-Z guide of the veggies that are easiest to grow. There are also more than 50 of Paul’s favourite family recipes and ideas for fun food activities, whether it’s hosting a pickle party or passata day, brewing beer with some mates or whipping up a batch of homemade sausages.


INGREDIENTS AVOCADO YOGHURT olive oil, for cooking 1 avocado 4 corn cobs, silks removed 125g (½ cup) natural kernels cut from the cob Greek-style yoghurt 2 teaspoons ground cumin TO SERVE 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 bunch of coriander, leaves picked 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 1 red onion, finely diced 400g can black beans, Fermented Hot Chilli Sauce drained and rinsed 2 limes, cut into wedges 400g plain corn chips 200g grated cheddar METHOD Preheat the oven to 200°C. Heat a large frying pan over medium–high heat and add a good splash of olive oil. Add the corn and cook for 5 minutes or until it starts to brown up nicely, then add the cumin, oregano and paprika and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the beans and cook for a further 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Arrange one-third of the corn chips over the base of a large baking tray, then top with one-third of the corn mixture and one-third of the cheese. Repeat these layers twice more, then bake for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, to make the avocado yoghurt, place the avocado flesh and the yoghurt in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Remove the nachos from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Spoon over the avocado yoghurt and top with the coriander, red onion and chilli sauce. Serve with a lime wedge for squeezing over.

The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide by Paul West, Published by Plum, RRP $39.99. Photography by Chris Middleton.


INGREDIENTS 1 large burrata 1kg mixed tomatoes, small ones halved, larger ones cut into 1cm thick slices 2 tablespoons baby capers, rinsed and dried 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil, plus extra for brushing 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar salt and black pepper 1 bunch of basil, leaves picked sliced sourdough, to serve (optional) METHOD Place the burrata in the centre of a serving platter and arrange the tomato around it. Scatter the capers over the tomato. Whisk together the olive oil and vinegar and drizzle it over the tomato. Season generously with salt and pepper, then roughly tear the basil leaves over the top. If you would like to serve the salad with sourdough, heat a chargrill pan over high heat. Brush the sourdough slices with olive oil, then add to the pan and cook on both sides until nice char lines appear. Just before serving, slice the burrata open – the creamy interior will ooze out over the tomatoes. Serve immediately with some sourdough, if desired, for mopping up all of the deliciousness.


INGREDIENTS 2kg beef short ribs (4–8 pieces) salt and black pepper 115g (1/2 cup) brown sugar 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped 250ml (1 cup) whisky 125ml (1/2 cup) malt vinegar 400g can crushed tomatoes METHOD Preheat the oven to 150°C. Place the ribs, meat-side up, in a deep roasting tin and season generously with salt and pepper. Put the sugar, garlic, whisky, vinegar and tomatoes in a large mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly to combine. Pour this mixture evenly over the ribs. Place a sheet of baking paper over the ribs, then cover the entire tin with foil. Pop the tin in the oven and roast for 2 hours. Remove the foil and baking paper and baste the ribs with the sauce, then return the tin, uncovered, to the oven and roast for another 1–1.5 hours, basting regularly. The meat is ready when it falls easily off the bone. SLIM-MAGAZINE.COM.AU 63



Mary Valle takes you on a culinary tour of the Mediterranean. This delectable cookbook includes everything the home cook needs to reproduce the highest quality meals from Greece, Italy, France and beyond. The recipes cover basic sauces, pickles and preserves, as well as sumptuous mains to share with the whole family.


INGREDIENTS 60ml olive oil 2 large eggplant (aubergines), trimmed and sliced into 1.5cm thickness lengthways 60g feta cheese, crumbled 60g kalamata olives, pitted and diced 12 sundried tomatoes, diced small handful of basil leaves 4 teaspoons parsley, fined chopped salt, to taste freshly ground black pepper METHOD In a bowl combine the feta, olives, sundried tomatoes, parsley and mint. Prepare the eggplant and brush the slices with olive oil. Heat a frying pan with a little extra olive oil over a medium heat and fry the eggplant slices, about 2–3 minutes on each side or until cooked. You can also cook the eggplant over a grill or barbeque if you prefer. Allow it to sit on some absorbent paper while cooking the remainder of the eggplant. Season to taste. Lay out each eggplant slice and place a heaped spoonful of the feta mixture at the wider end and roll up tightly. Place onto a serving platter and drizzle a little more olive oil over, a grind of black pepper and some extra herbs.



INGREDIENTS 1.5kg leg of pork salt and pepper, to taste 4 teaspoons dried rosemary juice of 1 lemon juice of 1 orange 5 garlic cloves, halved METHOD Preheat oven to 200°C. Prepare the meat by washing and patting dry with some kitchen paper. Using a sharp knife, score the top into square or diamond shapes. Place the pork onto a roasting pan and, using your hands, rub salt, pepper, rosemary, lemon and orange juice all over the meat. Tuck the garlic into the skin where you have scored it. Place into oven and cook for about 90mins. I always like to pour a little water into the baking dish as well, about 250ml is fine. The meat won’t need turning but baste it with the juices in the pan occasionally, adding more water if you think it is getting too dry. Turn the oven to 220°C for the last 20 minutes so that the pork crisps up to a glorious golden brown. Serve hot with roast potatoes and salad.

LASAGNE INGREDIENTS 1 large brown onion, finely diced olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced 375g minced (ground) pork 375g minced (ground) veal 1 x 680ml bottle tomato passata 120ml white wine 4 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped 4 teaspoons fresh basil, chopped 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon sugar salt and pepper to taste 250g lasagne sheets (or use homemade pasta sheets) 120g mozzarella cheese, grated 60g Parmesan cheese, grated

METHOD In a large saucepan, sauté the onion in a little olive oil until soft. Add the garlic and carrots and cook a little more. Add the pork and veal mince and brown, stirring well. Add the tomato passata and wine and combine. Add the parsley, basil, bay leaf, sugar and season well. Cover and cook gently for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C. To assemble the lasagne, pour about 3 to 4 spoonfuls of the meat sauce into a lasagne dish. Place a layer of lasagne sheets and pour over one-third of the meat sauce. Carefully drizzle one-third of the béchamel sauce over the meat sauce. Sprinkle one-third of the mozzarella and Parmesan over the béchamel. Repeat this order for the second layer. Place a third layer of lasagne sheets on top and pour over the remaining meat sauce then the remaining béchamel sauce and top with remaining cheese. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot with a green salad.

BECHAMEL SAUCE 80g unsalted butter 1L full fat milk, warm 2 eggs 120g plain flour salt, to taste freshly ground white pepper pinch of grated nutmeg

METHOD In a saucepan melt the butter and stir in the flour until combined. Pour the warm milk in slowly, stirring all the time as you pour, add the eggs and mix well. Add the nutmeg and season to taste. Stir and cook until it is a custard consistency.



INGREDIENTS PASTRY 20ml olive oil 75ml water 15g sugar pinch of salt 90g unsalted butter 15g almond meal 120g plain flour FILLING 250g pure cream 200g good-quality milk or dark chocolate (broken into pieces) 1 egg

METHOD Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place the oil, water, sugar, salt and butter into a heatproof bowl. Place into the oven for approximately 10-12 minutes until the butter has melted and the mixture starts to boil. Take out of the oven carefully and pour in the almond meal and flour a bit at a time, mixing constantly, until it has formed a ball of dough. Place the dough on a board and knead it very lightly so it is all combined for a minute and then pat it into a 22 cm round tart tin evenly. Using a fork, dot the base and place in the oven for about 12-14 minute or until it is golden and cooked. Prepare your filling by simply heating the cream in a saucepan, over a low heat, and adding the chocolate pieces. Stir until the chocolate has melted. Turn the heat off and add the egg, stirring continuously. The mixture should start to look silky. Pour into your prepared tart mold and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Delicious with some fresh cream and berries.

Recipes from Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking, New Holland Publishers RRP $35.00 available from all good book retailers or online www.newhollandpublishers.com



The dips and spreads guide MEXICAN BEAN DIP INGREDIENTS 1 can (about 400g) of 4 bean mix OR refried beans 1 large brown onion, finely diced OR 2 heaped tablespoons of caramelized onion 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 teaspoon ground cumin pinch of chilli flakes (optional) 45ml of diced chipotle OR jalapenos OR sauce made from these chilli varieties juice from 1 lime or 1/2 a lemon olive oil for frying avocado oil for flavoring METHOD Heat a pan on medium heat until warm. Add oil. Fry onions until soft or add caramelized onion. Add cumin and garlic (and the chilli, if you’re using it) and cook for about a minute, just to take the edge off the raw garlic and to bring out the essential oils in the spices.

The Dips and Spreads Guide, New Holland Publishers RRP $24.99 available from all good book retailers or online www.newhollandpublishers.com

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT GUACAMOLE INGREDIENTS 400g of cooked fava beans, with their thick white outer skins squeezed off 120g of mayonnaise juice of 1 lemon 1 large tomato, seeds and pulp removed and medium diced 1 teaspoon of parsley finely chopped for decoration salt and pepper to taste METHOD Blitz the fava beans, lemon juice and mayonnaise with a stick blender until the texture is smooth with maybe a few bits of bean that still chunk the mixture up somewhat. With a fork, blend in the tomato so that its well mixed without breaking up in the dip. Season to taste. Sprinkle parsley on top. Serve chilled. NOTES If you’re still missing that avocado taste you can use some avocado oil at the blitz stage as well as at the end as a finishing oil.

LAYERED MEXICAN DIP INGREDIENTS 500g of Mexican Bean Dip 500ml sour cream (or use a vegan sour cream substitute) 500g of Guacamole 200g of diced tomato splash of lemon juice or lime juice 200g of grated cheese of your choice (or use a vegan soy cheese) Italian parsley, roughly chopped, to garnish METHOD Layer dips in alternate layers within the bowl. How you do this specifically is up to you. I recommend dividing the dips into two halves and layering like so: Top garnish parsley. Cheese layer. Tomato layer (with a splash of citrus juice). Avocado layer 2. Sour cream layer 2 . Bean dip layer 2 . Avocado layer 1. Sour cream layer 1 . Base layer of Bean Dip. Feel free to do whatever you want, but this works best when the layers are distinct and contrasting. Serve with a large serving spoon so that people can serve themselves their portions on individual plates.









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INGREDIENTS 6 roma tomatoes, cut into 1cm cubes 4 Lebanese cucumbers, cut into 1cm cubes ½ cup kalamata olives, pitted and roughly chopped 1 small garlic clove, crushed 1 tablespoon oregano leaves ¼ cup mint leaves, torn 80ml (1/3cup) extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar 500g haloumi 4-6 slices of sourdough (or other crusty bread) sea salt and black pepper

TZATZIKI 2 Lebanese cucumbers (about 500g), finely grated 300g (¼ cups) Greek yoghurt 1 teaspoon dried mint 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon honey sea salt and black pepper

METHOD To make the tzatziki, add a pinch of salt to the cucumber and leave to drain in a sieve for 10 minutes. Every couple of minutes, push the cucumber down into the sieve to draw out extra moisture. Combine the drained cucumber with the remaining ingredients and stir together. Season well with a little salt and lots of black pepper. Combine the tomato, cucumber, olives, garlic, oregano and mint in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and the red wine vinegar. Season well with salt and pepper and set aside. Slice the haloumi into 5mm thick pieces. In a frying pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of the remaining olive oil and fry the haloumi on each side for 1 minute, or until golden. Continue until all the haloumi has been cooked. Arrange the slices of bread on a large platter or serving board. Pile the tomato and cucumber mixture on top of the bread, followed by the haloumi slices, then spoon over a few big dollops of tzatziki. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and lots of cracked black pepper.


INGREDIENTS 500g fresh egg noodles (or thick rice noodles) 1-2tablespoons vegetable oil 500g wombok cabbage, shredded 350g choy sum or other Asian greens, stems and leaves trimmed and cut into 5cm pieces 125ml (½ cup) vegetable stock 3 tablespoons kecap manis 200g bean sprouts, washed and drained 1 cup finely sliced Chinese shallots ¼ cup crispy fried shallots sea salt and white pepper

Recipes from Community, published by Pan Macmillan, RRP $39.99.

SPICE PASTE 1 garlic clove 4 eschalots, peeled ½ teaspoon white peppercorns 1 red bird’s eye chilli (deseeded if you prefer it less hot) sea salt

METHOD To prepare the spice paste, using a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic, eschalots, peppercorns and chilli together with a good pinch of salt. Pound the ingredients together until you get a fine paste. Alternatively, use a food processor to blitz together. Bring a pot of water to the boil, add a big pinch of salt and cook the noodles according to the packet instructions until just al dente. Do not overcook the noodles as you don’t want them to get mushy when fried. In a wok or large frying pan over high heat, add 1-2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil. Add the spice paste and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, or until you can smell the aroma. Add the wombok and greens and toss well to make sure the paste is evenly distributed. Add the vegetable stock, noodles and kecap manis and toss for another minute or so. Remove from the heat and add the bean sprouts and Chinese shallot. Toss well to combine and season with salt and white pepper. To serve, top with the crispy fried shallots. 68 SLIM MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019/2020

From the heart New Heart Foundation advice states unflavoured full-fat milk, yoghurt and cheese are now an option for healthy Australians, while the limit has lifted on the number of eggs that can be eaten per week in a heart-healthy diet. But the Heart Foundation says many Australians need to rethink how much red meat they’re eating, as evidence indicates it increases risks for heart disease and stroke and may lead to weight gain. Heart Foundation Chief Medical Advisor, cardiologist Professor Garry Jennings, said, “We have introduced a limit of less than 350 grams a week for unprocessed beef, lamb, pork and veal. That’s around one to three lean red-meat meals a week, like a Sunday roast and a beef stir-fry.

But Professor Jennings warned that limits apply to the new advice around dairy and eggs. “For people who suffer high cholesterol or heart disease, we recommend unflavoured reduced-fat milk, yoghurt and cheese and eating less than seven eggs per week.

“The increase in availability and promotion of highly processed foods at the expense of healthy foods has meant that too many Australian adults get more than a third of their total daily energy from high-kilojoule, nutrient-poor junk foods like cakes, muffins, pastries, alcohol and soft drinks.

“Butter, cream, ice-cream and dairy-based desserts are not recommended as hearthealthy, as they contain higher fat and sugar levels and less protein. Evidence found the dairy fat in milk, cheese and yoghurt does not raise bad LDL cholesterol levels as much as butter or other dairy products.

“Our focus needs to be squarely on promoting healthy foods over unhealthy foods, with a comprehensive national approach, grounded in evidence, that helps make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

“We now advise people with Type-2 Diabetes to eat fewer than seven eggs per week, as growing evidence suggests an increased risk with eating more eggs.

“Processed or deli meats should be limited, as they have been consistently linked to a higher risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions,” Professor Jennings said.

“Type-2 Diabetes, along with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, are risks for heart disease and stroke that we can all take steps to avoid through diet and lifestyle changes,” Professor Jennings said.

“Instead, we suggest people should get most of their heart-healthy protein from plant sources such as beans, lentils (legumes) and tofu, as well as fish and seafood, with a smaller amount from eggs and lean poultry. Heart-healthy eating is more about the combination of foods, eaten regularly over time.

Poor diet is the leading contributor to heart disease, accounting for 65.5 percent of the total burden of disease. Yet if Australians ate the recommended daily intake of vegetables, it would reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by approximately 16.6 percent and save $1.4 billion in health spending, based on 2015-16 estimates.

“We have removed our restriction for healthy Australians on eating full-fat milk, cheese and yoghurt. While the evidence was mixed, this type of dairy was found to have a neutral effect, in that it doesn’t increase or decrease your risks for heart disease or stroke.

Heart Foundation Director of Prevention, Julie Anne Mitchell, said healthy eating advice should reflect new evidence.

“Given this, we believe there is not enough evidence to support a restriction on full-fat milk, yoghurt and cheese for a healthy person, as they also provide healthy nutrients like calcium.”

“Over time, the Heart Foundation’s advice for heart-healthy eating has shifted with the evidence to downplay individual nutrients and look more closely at whole foods and patterns of eating. What matters now is the combination of healthy foods and how regularly people eat them,” Ms Mitchell said.

Heart Foundation dietitian Sian Armstrong said when it comes to eating, the big picture matters, and choosing a variety of healthy foods, regularly over time, is key. “Eating more plant-based foods like vegetables, fruits and wholegrains, and healthy proteins like fish and seafood with smaller amounts of animal-based foods, while cutting down on highly processed junk foods is key to good heart health. “To be heart-healthy, it’s also important to be smoke-free, limit alcohol intake, maintain a healthy weight and get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on five days a week.” This updated advice on meat, dairy and eggs is based on a substantial review of current evidence. The Heart Foundation commissioned the Sax Institute to investigate the scientific evidence regarding unprocessed red meat, poultry and heart health. Heart Foundation policy and nutrition staff reviewed scientific evidence into dairy and eggs. The Heart Foundation convened an advisory group of cardiology and nutrition experts to discuss this evidence and advise on a final position. More information and a selection of hearthealthy recipes at www.heartfoundation.org.au


The eyes have it Shakti Selwood, Iridologist, explains some of the uses and benefits of her practice. What can studying the Iris tell us about our health? Iridology is the study of health via an examination of the colour and structure of the iris. The iris is as unique and individual as your fingerprint. The iris is the most complex yet unique structure of the human anatomy. It has a definite connection to every organ and tissue of the body by way of the nervous system through the optic nerves, which are connected to the Brain. At the same time, there is information sent back to the eyes from the brain about the state of the organs and tissues in the body. It has been said: “The Eyes are the blueprint to the state of health of the body.” What are some of the common maladies you can recognise by studying the Iris? The study of Iridology being thousands of years old has been extremely reliable in establishing function and many deliberating diseases of the body, including mental disorders of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The Iris and structure of the eye will show discolorations, pigments, and markings in the structure of the eye and especially around the Iris and areas of major organ locations including the brain. Often an Iridologist will see the potential for poor function and disease before it takes hold. When working with a client, I am most careful not to directly diagnose, as Iridology is an indication that further investigation maybe needed. Most commonly recognised is irritable bowel, diverticulitis, parasites, heavy metal toxicity in the brain and tissues, fatty liver and gall stones. Most health issues start in the bowel. There will be colours signifying poor function possibly disease in certain organs and the colours around the iris is the bowel region. 70 SLIM MAGAZINE SUMMER 2019/2020

Sometimes pigments (spots) are an indication of high sugar in the diet which can cause many issues in the bowel, kidneys and liver. Colours of brown, yellow and orange are very common indications of chronic inflammation and overload of toxins which can be a sign the liver is struggling to filter toxins from the blood efficiently, the blood filters through the liver every three minutes. Iridology can determine how well the liver is doing its job of filtering toxins from the blood to keep it alkaline. If the kidneys are not functioning well to hydrate and cleanse there will be colours of a yellow flush through the centre of the eye or through the entire structure of the eye. Orange to brown colour centered around the iris can often be to do with the pancreas, our sweet centre of life. Lastly pigments (spots) can indicate a sweet tooth or the client digesting hidden sugars in their food and their digestion is not coping therefore can be inflamed causing pain somewhere in the body only to become arthritis eventually. Many of these indications can be seen in studying the Iris through Iridology. Research and further studies have shown it has all started from the younger years of the client having poor digestion, absorption and elimination issues. This can also cause depression, anxiety and stress.  How is it useful in healthcare? The study of the iris is highly beneficial to the client as a trained eye using an “Iriscope” can see into the iris and structure of the eye. Inflammation, pain, organs not functioning as well as they should, can assist the client to a solution to reverse the damaging effects poor organ function can have on their wellbeing, whatever the age of the person. The brain communicates what

is happening or not happening through the eyes. Iridology is remarkable for seeing disease or potential of disease before organs take on the damage which can be fatal for some people. Iridology can be very useful in seeing ailments that can be addressed with natural medicine and food which can turn the entire situation around for the client to take them into a total healing and longevity of life. It enables the individual to take responsibility for their own health. Indications in the Iris can be seen when some foods or substances, medication, supplements are aggravating or not supportive to the individual, all this can be seen in the iris which is extremely beneficial to healthcare. Iridology is highly recommended as a preventative measure, more than a cure, as the body has a wonderful way to communicate what it needs for optimum health, through the eyes. Shakti Selwood, Iridologist Emotion Code & Body Code Tel: 0427 443 302

Shaped by performance Porsche has extended its Cayenne family. An even sportier vehicle has been added to the third generation of this highly successful SUV range – the Porsche Cayenne Coupé. The highlights of the new Cayenne model include sharper lines, a more dynamic design, with a totally unique rear section, an adaptive rear spoiler, a rear bench with the characteristics of two individual seats, and two different roof concepts – a panoramic fixed glass roof fitted as standard, and an optional carbon roof. That effect is supported by a roof spoiler which accentuates the distinctive Coupé silhouette. The front windscreen and A-pillar are shallower than in the Cayenne, courtesy of a roof edge that has been lowered by around 20 millimetres. Redesigned rear doors and fenders broaden the shoulders of this vehicle by 18 millimetres, contributing to its overall muscular impression. The rear number plate is integrated into the bumper, making the vehicle seem closer to the ground. With its adaptive roof spoiler, the current Cayenne Turbo was the first SUV to feature this type of active aerodynamics. The Cayenne Coupé boasts a roof spoiler combined with a new adaptive rear spoiler as part of Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA). The spoiler, harmonically integrated into this model’s silhouette, extends by 135mm at speeds of 90 km/h and up, increasing the contact pressure on the rear axle, while PAA simultaneously

enhances efficiency. The new Cayenne Coupé comes with a 2.16-square-metres of panoramic fixed glass roof as standard. The 0.92-squaremetres glazed area gives all passengers an extraordinary sense of space, while the integrated roller blind protects against sun exposure and cold. A contoured carbon roof is optionally available for the Coupé on request. The centre seam gives the roof the characteristic look of a sports car, similar to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The carbon roof is available in one of the three lightweight sports packages. These packages also include the Sport Design features and new, weight-reduced 22-inch GT Design wheels, seat centres in classic checked fabric, and carbon and Alcantara accents in the interior. For the Cayenne Turbo Coupé, the package also includes a sports exhaust system. The new Cayenne Coupé offers plenty of space for up to four people as standard. At the front, the new eight-way sports seats with integrated head rests offer exceptional comfort and optimum lateral support. In the rear, the Coupé comes fitted as standard with a rear bench that has the characteristics of two individual seats. Alternatively, the comfort rear seats – a familiar feature of the Cayenne – can be ordered at no additional cost. Rear passengers sit 30 millimetres lower than in the Cayenne, meaning there is plenty of headroom despite the vehicle’s sporty lowered silhouette. The boot capacity is

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The Gold Coast’s premier off-track racing event, presented by Porsche Centre Gold Coast and powered by the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 took over Bazaar Interactive Marketplace, QT Gold Coast. Networking, Q & As with some of the GC600’s top drivers, including PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia drivers Liam Talbot, Tim Miles and Nick McBride, was hosted by TV and radio personality Charli Robinson. After the superb buffet lunch, guests partook in the official after-party in Stingray Lounge with DJ Aaron Jones.

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Body confidence is a struggle for all of us. Here are some reminders from celebs about loving ourselves, and respecting and nurturing our bodies. I think our bodies are beautiful, and I think celebrating them and being comfortable in them — no matter what age you are — is important. There shouldn’t be any kind of shame or discomfort around it. 50 & Fabulous. - Jennifer Aniston

An eating disorder is an illness, it is just that we don’t talk about it like we do about cancer. I have an amazing family and they saved me. My family became my therapists although I don’t think they realised they were doing it. I’m telling you this because if we all talk more, listen more and admit at times we are allowed to be weak then maybe one day there will be one less young person looking at their reflection wanting to be anyone other than themselves.” - Gok Wan

I was constantly told I was too muscular, or I wasn’t pretty enough to be a tennis player. I learned to ignore the negativity and look inwards to truly love myself. I realised I was in control of my feelings and focused on rising above the negative chatter and the unrealistic societal ideals placed on me. I love who I am… I love my body, my skin, my confidence and I fully embrace everything about me. - Serena Williams


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Elizabeth Hurley is our gorgeous cover girl. In this issue we cover the latest products in skincare, supplements, delicious treats you’ll wa...

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Elizabeth Hurley is our gorgeous cover girl. In this issue we cover the latest products in skincare, supplements, delicious treats you’ll wa...