Slim Magazine Summer 2013

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Feel good,

inside & out. Jennifer Hawkins

The extraordinary girl next door

Why weight matters Michelle Bridges shares her favourite recipes

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balance Kick-start your summer fitness routine with these easy steps and the new range of Connected Health products from Harvey Norman®, for a holistic approach to exercise, diet and your wellbeing.

GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR HEALTH When it comes to getting fit and healthy this summer, the best approach is to find the most harmonious balance for you. Choose a tailored workout routine that suits your body type, and a healthy, but enjoyable diet to complement your lifestyle. Paired with the right equipment from the expansive new Harvey Norman Connected Health collection, you’ll find achieving your fitness goals will come more easily.

STEP ONE: ENJOY REGULAR EXERCISE While keeping fit requires dedication to regular exercise, there are ways to help you stay motivated for those early morning runs or evening workouts. Try compiling a great playlist of energetic songs for your iPod, iPad or iPhone, and keep an eye on your progress with a heart rate monitor, activity tracker or weight scales from the Connected Health range. You’ll also find exercise bikes and machines in the range to suit any fitness level, making Harvey Norman the one-stop shop for all your home gym and personal fitness products.

STEP TWO: EAT A HEALTHY DIET Your diet plays a larger part in your ongoing health than exercise does, but it doesn’t mean you need to adhere to strict diets or deny yourself life’s little indulgences – simply choose lighter options and be mindful of portion sizes. A selection of bathroom and body composition scales from the Connected Health range will help you monitor changes in your body as your fitness improves. Everyone is different, so take the approach to food that makes the most sense to you and your lifestyle. Remember, a healthy diet is all about striking just the right balance.


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What if you could make 2013 the best year of your life? Your healthiest, fittest, happiest, most fulfilling year. The year when you do the things you want to do, start to become the person you want to be, live the life you want to live. You can. You know you can. We all can. But it doesn’t come easy. It takes time and a lot of effort. Setting goals is the first step; deciding what you’d like to change, visualising the life you want to live and setting about making that happen. But we can’t do it alone (well, maybe we can, but it’s not as much fun as doing it together). We need motivation, information, inspiration, and then, we need to work at it. In this, our first issue of SLIM for 2013 you will find everything you need to get you started on turning 2013 into your best year yet. We have expert advice on weight loss, health and fitness, emotional issues, sexual health and wellbeing, financial fitness and everything in between. There is fashion, food, recipes and celebrity style. As well as our profile on gorgeous cover girl Jennifer Hawkins, who shares her secret tips for living your best life. I’d also love to invite you to join us on Facebook – it’s a great way to stay connected to people like you, people looking to stay fit, healthy and happy. Our Facebook page has regular tips, stories, motivations, competitions and much more. I love hearing from you so please keep the letters and emails coming. Enjoy the issue,


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26 Jennifer Hawkins The girl-next-door with universal appeal 28 Make 2013 your best year yet Change your thinking for the new year 32 C’mon get happy Tips to help you get a smile on your dial 34 You can do it Expert advice on how to get motivated

food 38 Food facts 40 Michelle Bridges shares some of her favourite recipes 43 Coconut water Fact or fiction? 44 Food to go Recipes on the run 46 Trend alert Goji berries

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50 Diabetes The silent killer

54 Yes you can get a beautiful beach body 57 How your physical health affects your financial health 61 e-sab beauty news 65 Bikram yoga 66 The Healthy Lifestyle Club 67 The Medical Sanctuary

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53 Subscribe Win a luxury spa and dining weekend at the stunning Sofitel Brisbane Central 68 Travel Escape to the luxurious Villas of Byron 70 Competitions More prizes and more chances to win than ever before 75 Test drive We take the new Toyota Corolla for a spin 76 Socials Out and about with SLIM 80 Inspiration Verbatim Celebrities speak

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23 Psychologist Warren Artz on the unexpected benefits of weight loss 25 Dietitian Taryn Swift looks at the Mediterranean diet 30 A personal weight loss story 58 Clinical comparisons in weight loss surgeries 62 Better breakfasts 64 WeightLoss Solutions Australia’s anti-ageing injections





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CHERRY IMPRESSIVE Emerging evidence is linking cherries to many important health benefits – from helping ease the pain of arthritis and gout, to reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Cherries have the highest level of disease fighting antioxidants such as beta carotene than other fruits, and they also contain significant amounts of vitamin c, potassium, magnesium, iron, fibre, and folate. An American study found a cherry enriched diet lowers total body weight, body fat and cholesterol.

One-A-Day Formula from Qsilica is designed to help your skin, hair and nails look fantastic. The active ingredients include colloidal silica, zinc, biotin and selenium, which all bind together to boost collagen production and strengthen connective tissue – resulting in strong nails, thick and shiny hair, and plump, clear skin. $34.95 for a pack of 30 tablets. Go to for a full list of stockists.

Talkin’ turkey

Turkey is a great alternative to red meat: it is healthy and delicious and can be used in a variety of ways. While Australians have always enjoyed turkey on special occasions, the Steggles turkey range of products makes it easy to deliver simple, tasty and healthy meal options every day, for the whole family. The Turkey Shortcuts range of ready-to-cook meal solutions includes turkey mince, kebabs, shanks, thigh roasts and burgers. As well as being flavoursome, turkey, the meat often referred to as a ‘superfood’, is high in protein and contains essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, iron, niacin, selenium and zinc. Combined, they can help maintain low cholesterol, stabilise insulin levels and strengthen the immune system. The Steggles Turkey Shortcuts range is available in Coles nationally.

Comprising delicious yoghurts, yoghurt drinks and cheeses, The Collective is known for its epicurean flavour range (How does a hazelnut and chai yoghurt drink, luscious lemon gourmet yogurt, or some rich haloumi sound?). The Collective is probiotic, vegetarian, gluten-free, gelatine-free, preservativefree and handcrafted... this is gourmet dairy at its best. Go to

Lemon water has been known as a detoxifying agent for years. It aids in digestion, keeps your skin youthful and glowing, freshens your breath, fights colds and infections, helps to lower high blood pressure, detoxifies your liver and kidneys, and even aids in weight loss. Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin B and riboflavin, and it’s packed with minerals like calcium, phosphorus and magnesium that do wonders for your body. Squeezing lemon juice from a bottle, or buying a pre-mixed drink, just won’t give you the benefits of freshly squeezed lemon water. Full Circle’s Lemon Water On-the-Go has a built-in citrus reamer which makes it easy to add flavour and the glass container keeps your water healthier and better tasting. Use your lemon juicer with limes, oranges and grapefruits as a low calorie, low sugar alternative to juice. You can even mix them all together to make a refreshing citrus cooler. Call 1300 024 725 or go to

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bite size Peas are high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory benefits. They have twice the protein of other vegetables and are a good source of vitamin C and folate. Edible Gems freshly shelled peas are straight from Michael and Jina Tripodi’s farm in Lake Boga, Victoria. “I guarantee, once you savour the fresh crisp taste of a fresh pea you won’t go back,” Michael says. An innovative harvesting process sees the peas podded in the field, then gently washed, sorted and packed at a state-of-the-art facility. Edible Gems freshly shelled peas are sold in 250g ‘stay fresh’ trays sealed with breathable film. $4.99. For a list of stockists and sample recipes, go to

We knew it had to be good for us! Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate three times each week can help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots.

Taking 162mg of aspirin a day can decrease the risk of getting colon and breast cancer as well as prevent or reverse ageing of the arteries, say Dr Michael Roizen and Dr Mehmet Oz, authors of You: The Owner’s Manual. But check with your GP before you start taking any medication. Freeze fun Zoku is back for summer – and this year it’s very indulgent. With five new single quick pop makers and a chocolate station, cooling down is easier and more delicious than ever. Water and fruit juice based ice-blocks can be created in around seven minutes. Kids are going to love the character designs; with 14 stencils to choose from they can make weird and funny faces and patterns to keep in the freezer for an icy treat. Best of all, making Zoku pops at home means ingredients can be controlled so they’re the healthiest, freshest ice-treats on the block. Use fruit juices, cordials, yoghurt, milk and fruit chunks in the Zoku moulds to create a cool summer goody the kid’s friends will be knocking on the door to help with. And for grown ups, the Zoku quick pop maker lets those with a gourmet flair design creative ice-blocks by flavour layering. How does chocolate coated cinnamon crunch, ‘rhuberry’ or caramelised banana coconut sound? The Zoku quick pop maker can be used up to three times before re-freezing is required and the storage unit can hold six ice-blocks. Each Zoku pop maker comes with sticks, drip guards, a removal tool and easy to follow instructions. The Zoku character kit, storage unit and additional accessories are available separately. Zoku Trio Quick Pop Maker $89.95. Call Hale Imports on 02 9938 2400.

Training gear for every body

Uber trainer Michelle Bridges says her range of fitness apparel, footwear and exercise equipment, ONEactive is designed for every shape and size. “ONEactive was designed with everyone in mind – whether you’re already in shape or just starting on your fitness journey. If you want to walk, do weights, or dance,” Michelle says. The range features workout gear that is designed to flatter with pops of vibrant turquoise and coral against black, white and grey. Choose from chic colour contrast details, fashionable cut outs, high performance racer backs and supportive contouring panels. “One of my favourite tips for kick starting your fitness is to put your workout gear on first thing in the morning – you’ll move quicker. You’ll be more inclined to be more active throughout the day. That’s why the range is designed to be good-looking enough to wear on the school run or the café as well as perform while you work out. And of course, everything is high quality, but still affordable.” she said. Designed specifically to flatter women of different body shapes, it features styles in sizes 8-16 and 18-26, and priced between $15.95 and $35. Available at BIG W stores nationally. Go to

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Dose up on D Vitamin D keeps bones and muscles strong, as well as keep our immune system robust. Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children and cancer. Research suggests that vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D forms in the skin when it is exposed to UV from sunlight. It can also be obtained from some foods such as fish, egg yolks and fortified dairy and grain products. A study by St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the University of NSW suggests exposure of five to 15 minutes of sunlight four to six times a week, outside of the hours of 10am – 2pm, is the best way to boost vitamin D – but don’t forget the 30+.

The Speed Serve Food Processor from Kambrook will help you create fast, healthy salads and sensational side dishes in minutes, shredding, slicing and grating, and with a handy blade to make a perfect lump-free mash. The colour coded blades and removable feed chute easily lock into place and then it’s as simple as press and go processing. $69.95. Go to or for stockists call 1300 139 798.

When kids get fluey, we tend to reach for the cough mixture, but NPS MedicineWise is urging parents to heed the advice from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) restricting the use of cough and cold medicines to treat young children amid concerns they may be harmful, and they may not work. A review conducted by the TGA found that there was little credible research showing the effectiveness of cough and cold medicines, particularly in children, and these medicines should not be given to children younger than six years old. The new advice recommends that parents should also ask a doctor, pharmacist or nurse practitioner for advice before giving cough and cold medicines to children aged 6 to 11 years. NPS MedicineWise Head of Programs Ms Karen Kaye says that the new advice reflects that the potential for harm from cough and cold medicines in young children outweighs the potential benefits. “It can be distressing to have a child who has a cough, cold or flu but there is little evidence for the effectiveness of cough and cold medicines,” says Ms Kaye. “This is because few clinical trials have proven the effectiveness of cough and cold medicines, particularly in children, but some of the active ingredients in these medicines may cause serious side effects in children, for example seizures or fits. “There are many simple remedies that can help to relieve their symptoms, including making sure your child gets plenty of rest, ensuring they drink plenty of water,” says Ms Kaye. “A drink made with hot water, honey and lemon is a simple and effective home remedy, and for older children an ice cube or a throat lozenge can soothe a sore throat. If you have any concerns about your child’s health, if their symptoms get worse or if their symptoms don’t improve you should certainly speak to a health professional,” she says. Go to for more information or call Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424).

Kurrajong Kitchen have launched three new flavours of their beloved LavoshBites, the thin, crunchy bread developed from an age-old Middle Eastern recipe that are baked, not fried, yeast and egg-free with no added preservatives. The new flavours are Soy & Linseed, Shepherd’s Bread in Sesame, and Sea Salt. Kurrajong Kitchen products are available in Woolworths and Coles. Go to

The Healthy Mummy range of products have been created by mums in conjunction with leading nutritionists, dietitians and with input from the Monash University, to ensure they are beneficial for breastfeeding mums. The range includes; quick and easy to make nutritious smoothies, fish oil tablets plus portion sized dark chocolate treats. Kathleen Alleaume, Nutritionist & Founder of The Right Balance and Healthy Mummy ambassador says, “For our body to function properly, we need a wide range of nutrients at every meal time, and if we don’t get these nutrients you can become more prone to feeling lethargic and end up eating the wrong foods – which can lead to weight gain. The new Healthy Mummy range has all the essential nutrients in a simple and tasty smoothie.” The Healthy Mummy program also offers members of the website, which is free, a place where they can track their results, get free recipes and easy to follow exercise plans along with constant support via the website and facebook pages. Go to

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bite size How does a frozen dessert with almost no calories sound? With the Yonanas dessert maker all you need is frozen fruit. That’s it. No eggs. No sugar. No nasties. Just frozen fruit. US inventor Eileen McHale says she was frustrated with the taste of the healthy alternatives to ice cream, so she set about creating an appliance that could produce a tasty, creamy, healthy and well-priced frozen dessert at home. Recently voted one of the top 10 most innovative products at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, the biggest food show in the world, Yonanas can take almost any frozen fruit including mango and pineapple, strawberry and bananas, or even choc raspberry. At $79.95, Yonanas is sold at Target, Harvey Norman and Myer. Go to for more info or to order online.

The Breville Squeezy Freezy lets you juices, soft drinks, and, for the grown ups, alcohol, with crushed ice to create a range of fabulous slushies. You can even make fresh juice. Perfect for summer. $89. Go to

A simple blood test may replace the mammogram to screen for breast cancer. After 10 years of research, a team from the University of Leicester and the Imperial College London has started a clinical study in the UK ’s largest breast screening clinic at Charing Cross Hospital, London. If successful it may lead to blood tests being used to detect cancers such as bowel and lung. Blooming lovely Madame Flavour’s blooming teas look like flowers but create an exquisite brew. Made from tea leaves and flowers hand-picked by women from Eastern Fujian province in China and hand-crafted into a ball-shaped bud, they are mesmerising to watch unfurl in a glass teapot. Each pack contains four blooms in total: two of each blend – Enchanted Heart and Peaceful Lotus. Once infused, Enchanted Heart displays a large orange lily and pink amaranth beautifully framed by green tea leaves. It contains green tea silver needles, jasmine flowers and globe amaranth flower. Peaceful Lotus opens to release a delicate string of white lilies with pink globe amaranth at their peak and includes green tea silver needles, lily, jasmine flowers and globe amaranth flower. Each bloom can be re-infused several times. $20 for four pieces (plus postage and handling). Go to

Hands on aromatherapy

Mohdoh is a range of vibrantly coloured mouldable doughs that harness the benefits of play therapy, colour therapy and aromatherapy, which may help children and adults relieve the symptoms of common lifestylerelated ailments. It is simple to use – just mould it in your hands for 5-10 minutes at a time and sit back and enjoy the aroma of the unique essential oil combinations. The Mohdoh range, voted Best New Non Food Product at The Natural and Organic Awards in 2010 and 2011, has two new products: breathe and unwind. Breathe: When the sniffles hit simply knead and inhale Breathe for 5-10 minutes. The carefully selected essential oils are vapourised and inhaled providing fast and effective relief from the symptoms of hayfever and coughs and colds; while the specially selected colour of blue helps to soothe and nurture breathing. Blue represents the throat Chakra. Essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and hyssop form a powerful, holistic therapy. Unwind: The perfect antidote for stress and anxiety, the action of moulding Unwind is calming while the specially selected oils of lavender, juniper, rosewood and geranium work to soothe and destress. Unwind is perfect after a long, busy or stressful day. The specially selected colour of purple helps regain peace and quiet and regain focus. Mohdoh works on the principles of aromatherapy, colour therapy and play therapy. Mohdoh is available nationally through selected pharmacies and health food stores or go to

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Become a healthier cook

Hosted by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), with support from celebrity chef Luke Mangan, the 2013 Healthy Weight Week campaign is designed to encourage women aged 18-25 years to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. As part of the campaign DAA offer these handy hints to become a healthier cook. Have the right tools on hand Use non-stick cookware. Try spray oil in place of liquid oil – this will stop food sticking, with much less fat. Greased baking paper is also a great idea to use less oil, butter or margarine. Choose the right fat When adding fat, choose poly-unsaturated or mono-unsaturated oils and margarines and use less. Eating saturated fats like butter, lard and ghee can increase the risk of heart disease. Use lower fat ingredients to make a real difference Modify recipes to be healthier by substituting lower fat ingredients like low fat milk and reduced fat cheese. Use evaporated skim milk or ricotta cheese in place of cream, filo pastry instead of short crust or puff pastry, natural yoghurt in place of sour cream and evaporated skim milk with coconut essence in place of coconut milk or cream. Make up a kitchen survival kit Having the right ingredients on hand makes throwing together a quick, healthy meal easy. In the freezer have frozen vegetables, grated reduced fat cheese, fish and chicken fillets, lean meat and reduced fat oven fries. In the fridge have fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, low fat milk and yoghurt. In the pantry have pasta, rice, legumes, tinned fish, pasta sauce and evaporated skim milk. For more information go to

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Food for Health has fast become one of Australia’s most trusted allergy-friendly health brands. It all began when Narelle Plapp, a practicing naturopath, developed her own homemade allergy-friendly muesli range to satisfy her patients’ digestive needs. Food for Health combines diet-specific needs and superior nutrition to deliver a range of allergy-friendly mueslis and health bars, without compromising on taste. All products use the highest quality ingredients including sulphur free fruit and are wheat, sulphur, dairy, yeast and cane sugar. Food for Health’s gluten free mueslis and health bars are currently sold in 2,200 stores nationally including Coles, Woolworths, and Caltex. For more go to How much is too much salt? The goal for an average adult is to consume less than 2300 mg of sodium (6 grams of salt) a day. Salt is listed on nutrition panels as sodium. Foods with less than 120 mg per 100 grams are low in salt, while foods with more than 500 mg are high in salt. high tea Some health drinks might be good for you, but the taste can be a little on the nose. So we were thrilled to try Ti Tonics and discover it’s as delicious as it is good for you. Ti Tonics Super Teas use natural compounds from grape seed combined with a delicate white tea base to provide supercharged levels of antioxidants that also taste great. The grape seed extract in Ti Tonics is an antioxidant, 20 times more powerful than vitamin E, and 50 times greater than vitamin C. Its makers say one Ti Tonics serving is equivalent to 5 servings of fruit and vegetables. They come in five natural fruit flavours including pomegranate, blueberry, nectarine, passion and mango and have no artificial sweeteners or preservatives and less than half a teaspoon of sugar per bottle. You can find Ti Tonics in all great cafes or go to

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Fitness & Health Expo

Last year’s Australian Fitness & Health Expo was the biggest on record featuring four massive halls full of fitness innovations, sporting celebs, physical competitions and fitness advice, and this year will be even bigger. The 2013 Australian Fitness & Health Expo will feature the absolute latest in gym equipment, fitness fashion and accessories plus opportunities to take part in fitness challenges. The Strength & Conditioning hall will provide you with the opportunity to try the latest advances in sports nutrition and supplements and be inspired by elite CrossFit and natural bodybuilding competitions. You won’t know whether you want to gain tips and advice on nutrition for training and healthy eating from the Healthy Living Stage or head to the main stage to see which inspiring fitness class will motivate you – but you will know there’s no better place to be if you’re serious about your fitness in 2013. 19

L-Carnitine is a physiological substance, essential for producing energy and for fat metabolism. It helps transport fatty acids into energy producing units in the cells, helps build muscle and can increase strength and endurance. Our body does produce L-Carnitine but it is never enough to keep us at our healthiest. That’s where Megaburn’s L-Carnitine comes in. It aids in fat loss by assisting to use fat as fuel, extends stamina and reduces the accumulation of lactic acid. L-Carnitine can refresh mental energy, improve mood and slows the ageing of brain cells. It also energizes and balances our central nervous system as a whole whilst strengthening our defences against infections and immune problems. Check it out at oducts was hitening pr w f o e g n Glo ra d models The White r actors an ect eloped fo ev d ly al of the perf origin the home is d o o ening yw Holl ctive whit (after all, most effe e th d te er was ra t consum smile), and independen hs, a leading by e st Woolwort pa s, tooth ge at Cole n ra e th d ’ll fin .com trial. You whiteglo more. Go to d an e in Pricel ULTIMATE WELLNESS So many of us feel constantly below par; stuck in a health rut, unable to make the changes that would allow us to feel 100 per cent. But now in three easy steps, in her new book Ultimate Wellness, Prof. Kerryn Phelps shows you how to audit your health, change your lifestyle and stay the course to achieve a level of wellbeing you never thought possible. From how to choose a GP and correctly manage your medications, to getting the best quality sleep, properly assessing your nutritional needs and devising an exercise program that really works, Ultimate Wellness is Prof Kerryn Phelps’ guide to lifting your health to the highest bar. The sound, practical advice in this book offers a philosophy of health care called Integrated Medicine combining the best of orthodox medical practices and the most reliable and proven of complementary medicine. Available from February in all good bookstores.

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Yes you can

A collaborative collection between Jets, Katies and the Sony Foundation’s key charity program, You Can, has seen the release of the stunning Jets ‘You Can’ Collection into Katies stores nationwide in an effort to raise awareness around the youth cancer campaign. The stylish and elegant swimwear and outerwear offers a selection of one-pieces, flattering A-line tankinis, full-coverage pants, kaftans and sarongs. The capsule collection was developed by Jets and Katies to assist with raising the profile of the You Can campaign and its achievements, including the development of youth cancer centres across Australia specifically designed for teenage and young adult cancer sufferers. Running parallel to the ‘You Can’ Collection is the distribution of branded envelopes to Katies customers in-store and online. The free postage envelopes will enable customers to donate their old mobile phones so that they can be recycled, and in turn raise valuable funds for the You Can cause.

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Will it blend?

“Introducing Blendtec, the most powerful home blender to hit the Australian market.” Sound familiar? Founder, CEO and Internet sensation Tom Dickson put the blender’s strength and durability to the test with his award-winning ‘Will it Blend?’ viral web series (do not try this at home). Will it blend an iPhone? Yes. Will it blend a rake handle? Yes. Will it blend glass marbles? Yes, they blend. Featuring smart-touch technology, plenty of power (1560 watts), a microprocessor to govern the speed of the motor and 25 specifically designed high-tech programs that can heat, crush, beat, juice, etc, the Blendtec is said to replace nine other appliances in the kitchen. Used by commercial operators in Australia for more than ten years, including Australia’s own Boost Juice, the all-in-one, versatile machine will blend nearly anything, producing the best, most consistent results in taste and texture. Doubling as a mixer and food processor, all manners of food and drink are possible from smoothies to fresh juices, ice cream, milkshakes, cappuccinos, margaritas, hot soups, sauces, bread dough, dressing, salsas and more. You name it, it blends it. The Blendtec HP3A Homeblender FourSide Jar Package is available in black, white and red and is priced at $799. The Blendtec HP3A Homeblender WildSide Jar Package (which features the new precision tuned blade and blends larger batches in less time than the FourSide) is also available in black, white and red and is priced at $879.

PURE HEAVEN A major concern for people adhering to a gluten free diet is the long term link between weight gain, obesity and coeliac disease. One contributing factor to this issue is likely to be the relatively high fat content of many gluten free cakes, biscuits and snack foods. Many gluten free products have higher fat and higher carbohydrate content than their non-gluten free equivalents. A new range of gluten free bread is now available, created with the health and dietary needs of Australians in mind. PureBred contains an exclusive sourdough recipe to deliver the taste of traditional bread to people who’d given up hope. PureBred is high fibre, low fat, gluten free, wheat free and dairy free bread that you don’t have to toast to enjoy. PureBred is available in White Farmhouse Loaf, Super Soft White Sandwich Rolls, Multigrain Farmhouse Loaf and Seeded Wholegrain Sandwich Rolls at Coles. For more go to

Adjusting your weight loss goals and exercise regime has never been more effective thanks to the Fitbit Aria scale, which offers an accurate depiction of your long term weight. The Fitbit Aria scale achieves this by monitoring your weight, body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI) over time. Available in black and white at Harvey Norman Connected Health Bundall. Go to for store locations and more info.

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Does a wellness and yoga retreat on New South Wales’ stunning Tweed Coast sound like heaven? Peppers Salt Resort & Spa at Kingscliff in Northern New South Wales has just announced their schedule of weekend yoga retreats for 2013 which combine yoga and meditation, wholesome cuisine and a spa treatment at The Golden Door Spa. Designed for beginners through to experienced practitioners, the theme of each retreat varies to suit the changing needs of the seasons according to Ryoho (a form of yoga therapy combining traditional Indian Hatha poses with the meridian based healing arts of China and Japan). The retreats will be hosted by Kris McIntyre, a Ryoho yoga therapist, writer and the host of Australia’s YOGA TV. Priced from $567 per person twin share, all inclusive. For bookings please call 02 6674 7718 or email 21

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sex, truth & facebook: with WeightLoss Solutions Australia psychologist, Warren Artz

the other benefits of weight loss B

y now most of you are probably aware of all the health issues associated with obesity, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea, high cholesterol, joint problems, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), etc. Such health issues have a negative impact on one’s quality of life and serve as great motivators for those wanting to lose weight; however, there are many other benefits that can be equally motivating in permanently defeating the bulge. It’s important to note that not everyone develops health complications as a result of excessive weight gain; but, the likelihood certainly increases as one’s weight increases. If you have a body mass index (BMI) above 30, you have a 40% increased likelihood of developing related health complications (visit to calculate your BMI). Those fortunate enough to avoid such complications will often find motivation in other areas of their life; however, in the absence of health issues, they can sometimes be difficult to find or adhere to. Some examples include, setting an example to their children about leading a healthy lifestyle, or having more energy to enjoy the outdoors with their kids. Some complain they’re finding day-to-day responsibilities within their job more challenging with the extra weight they’re carrying; or, they want to be able to shop for clothes with more freedom for choice. Regardless what motivates you to get your weight under control, it’s important to consider there are no rules; and, the more reasons you have to lose weight, the more likely you are to experience the holistic benefits of keeping your weight under control. Often overlooked are factors related to sex drive, career enhancement or job prosperity, social life, self-esteem, and body image. Why? Because it seems somewhat superficial to admit we want to lose weight for any of these reasons. Superficial or not, this intimately connected world we live in has the potential to give us more reasons to get our weight under control. Looking, feeling, and simply being sexier can work for some in much the same way getting off blood pressure medication works for others. It doesn’t matter what your goals are, if they’re clear and realistic, who cares? Ultimately, honesty is perhaps the greatest motivator of all; for, once you make an honest assessment of your individual circumstances, only then will you maybe start to bridge the gap between the conscious and unconscious mind and find that key intrinsic motivator-the driving force that distinguishes attempts to lose weight from actual execution of the process. Weight loss has to have intrinsic value and not be just a ‘nice idea’. Otherwise, in the case of repetitive dieting, all you learn is how to fail. Honesty is also a pre-requisite to good coping skills and good coping skills are required if you want to embark on a journey to sustainable weight loss. My theory is that weight loss has very little to do with

The difference between low self-efficacy and high self-efficacy


• See opportunities in mastering challenging problems • Participate in activities with a much deeper interest • Are more committed to their activities and general interests • Don’t linger over setbacks and disappointments, recovering quickly

low • Avoid tasks that are too challenging • Believe they are incapable of attending to difficult tasks or situations • Make negative outcomes and personal failure the focal point • Show a rapid loss of confidence in their personal ability

you changing your lifestyle and everything to do with you changing your mindset. What is often sold as ‘a change in lifestyle’ is commonly misunderstood as ‘an improvement in self-efficacy’ (in short: your belief in your ability to succeed). Unfortunately, without the cognitive capacity to improve your self-efficacy, you will struggle to make and maintain behavioural changes essential to helping you lose weight; because, selfefficacy dictates how you think, feel, and behave. Oscar Wilde once said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” Such applies to the roots of self-efficacy; but, these days you could be forgiven for making this philosophy your own and sharing your love for all things you on Facebook. However, if you’re really considering changing your lifestyle to lose weight, you may want to first consider if you really love yourself enough to do so or to at least change your mindset. Because, only then will you perhaps think, feel, and behave differently. And, that will always get you more likes on Facebook, right? For more information go to

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mediterranean With Taryn Swift, dietitian APD, WeightLoss Solutions Australia


raditional eating patterns from Mediterranean regions, including parts of Spain, Crete, Greece, Southern France and Italy, have long been considered the healthiest in the world. Populations in these regions have the lowest levels of heart disease and other chronic conditions. The characteristics of a Mediterranean diet include: a high intake of plant-based foods and healthy fats, plenty of fish, small amounts of meat and dairy, with a preference for poultry over red and processed meats, meals complemented with one or two glasses of wine, and regular physical activity. Over the last nine years, PREDIMED, the largest clinical trial on the Mediterranean diet, has been taking place in Spain to determine the benefits of such eating patterns on cardiovascular disease and other health indicators. The study compares three dietary patterns: a low fat diet, a Mediterranean diet, supplemented with additional olive oil, and a Mediterranean diet, supplemented with 30g of nuts a day. The trial is being conducted across seven communities and involves over 7000 participants. Over 50 papers from the PREDIMED have been published to date, with the final results due in late 2012. So far, the research has found overwhelming benefits to a Mediterranean diet, especially when supplemented with 30g of nuts a day. Some of the findings include a beneficial effect on waist circumference and BMI, reduced incidence of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, reduced inflammation associated with heart disease, and improved cognitive performance. When comparing the Mediterranean diet to the Australian dietary guidelines, it is interesting to note that both recommend a low intake of saturated fats from foods such as butter, cream, pastries, and sugar sweetened foods and drinks. The main difference is the Mediterranean diet is higher in unsaturated fats and lower in carbohydrates than Australian recommendations. So, unless you have a nut allergy, don’t be afraid to have a handful of nuts every day; it may be just what you need to keep you healthier for longer. For more information go to

Mediterranean Salad 1 small eggplant, coarsely chopped 1 zucchini, sliced 1 red capsicum, chopped 1 green capsicum, chopped 200g cherry tomatoes, halved 1 red onion, diced 2 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley 2 tbs chopped oregano 2 tbs chopped mint 100g olives 75g feta cheese 60g pine nuts, roasted Dressing 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 clove garlic, chopped Preheat oven to 230 degrees, place eggplant on tray and drizzle with olive oil, cook for 10 minutes, remove and add zucchini to tray, cook for a further 10 minutes. Place remaining ingredients in a bowl and toss. Combine dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad.

lifestyl e feat ures of a mediterranean diet & Use olive oil for cooking and dressings, season dishes with garlic, herbs and spices • Include a high intake of plant foods including vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts and seeds • Limit intake of red meat and processed meats: preference for poultry and fish • Avoid butter, cream, pastries and sugar sweetened foods and drinks • For those who like to drink alcohol, one to two glasses of red wine with meals • Engage in regular physical activity • Take the time to enjoy meals with family and friends. 25


top model

She turned a Miss Universe win into a multi-million dollar business empire, with credentials as a model, designer, presenter and businesswoman, and history-making deals and contracts. But Jennifer Hawkins says she is still the girl-next-door at heart.


004 was the first time most of us became aware of Jennifer Hawkins. When she was crowned Miss Universe in front of an estimated viewing audience of over 800 million people worldwide, Jennifer Hawkins’ life changed forever. The youngest of four siblings, Jennifer was raised by her parents Gail and Robert in Newcastle, NSW. When she was crowned Miss Universe, it was her first trip overseas; the then 20-year-old had only recently moved to Sydney Australia from her hometown of Newcastle to pursue a modelling career. Standing there accepting the coveted title, there was something charmingly unpolished about her. The shock at winning was genuine. “I was in such a state of shock all I wanted to do was call my Mum and Dad,” she has said. The very next day, Jennifer packed her bags and moved into her new home (an apartment in Donald Trump’s Trump Place in New York City). For the next year Jennifer travelled the world as an ambassador for organisations focusing on HIV and AIDS awareness. It was a giant leap for the girl next door (within weeks of being crowned Jennifer spoke to a crowd of more than 18,000 people, appearing onstage with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Richard Gere, no less). A lover of all water sports, Jennifer was quickly snapped up as a host on Channel Seven’s Great Outdoors, and last year became a presenter on Channel Nine’s Getaway. For many Miss Universe winners, there is a year of fame and fortune, and then after they pass the crown on to the next chosen one, things dwindle out. But not Jennifer Hawkins. Her gorgeous good looks and affable, down-to-earth persona have gained her millions of fans and she has parlayed her magic Miss Universe moment into a very respectable career. The face (and body) of Lovable, Lux and Covergirl (the first Australian face to be used by the iconic cosmetics brand) Jennifer’s television presenting talents were acknowledged when she was nominated for a Logie for Most Popular New Female talent at the 2006 Logies. In 2007 she became the face of Australia’s biggest retailer Myer in a four year multi-million dollar deal which was the biggest modelling deal ever done for an Australian based model. The deal also included equity in Myer company which made Jennifer a major shareholder. In late 2007, Jennifer broadened the relationship with Myer to include her own brand of swimwear, COZI. Further cementing her fashion credentials, Jennifer signed a deal to become the face of Siren Shoes as well as designing her own signature range of heels ‘JLH for Siren’ which was launch in 2010. Her latest gig is as brand ambassador for Bioglan. Jennifer has graced the covers of many popular magazines such as Australia’s leading women’s magazine, Australian Women’s Weekly as well as the fashion bible Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Cleo as well popular men’s magazines Men’s Style, Maxim and FHM. SLIM spoke to the gorgeous Jennifer: You are in an industry where your value is based largely on your appearance. Is it difficult to stay level headed about yourself and not get too caught up in the whole image package? With the work I do, I have to take care of the way I look – so there is no doubt it is a focus of mine. Over all, I don’t think what I do is completely about my appearance as there are many sides to what I do (ambassador, designer, TV host, model, etc) so I just try and remember that on my ‘yucky’ days. I treat people with respect, and enjoy my life and for me it is more important for me to have a healthy and positive outlook, I think that’s where beauty comes from. I do feel very grateful and lucky to have a family who keep me very grounded.

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How important is good health and well being to you, and your ability to do your job well? Being healthy is certainly very important to me. I feel confident and vibrant when I have been exercising and eating a balanced diet. My energy levels are high and I am a much happier person all round. Hydration, vitamins, vegetables, and rest are key. It is also important to treat yourself every now and again though – I love chocolate or a glass of red. What are some of the things you do/routines you have to stay physically fit and well? I love running but it is important for me to balance cardio with something else such as Pilates or yoga. I have a Pilates class or personal trainer two to three days a week. I like to be active six days a week and always have a rest day. There is an idea that top models such as yourself are on a constant diet, yet you seem to be more about a healthy, balanced diet. Is that the case, and if so what are some of the foods you avoid, and foods you embrace in order to stay in such great shape. Personally, I’m not into diets. I do cut back my sugar and processed carbohydrate intake when I have a shoot around the corner. Most of the time I focus on things that are nutritious so that whatever I am eating I know will benefit me in some way but life is too short to stick to that 100 per cent of the time... and it makes things very boring! What are some of the foods that you enjoy indulging in? Popcorn or a choc top at the movies. I’d eat five mangos a day if I could – too much sugar though. Chocolate with a peppermint tea. Red wine with pizza! Or cheesecake. You have travelled all around the world. Is there one place that stands out? If so, where and why? Wow, hard to pick. Each country has a special memory. A few that stand out are... South Africa – I went great white shark diving and did many safaris. New York – I lived there, it’s magical and changed my life. Maldives – I think it is heaven. I’d go back anytime! If you hadn’t become a model and media personality, what type of work do you think you would be doing? Property is a big passion of mine... everything about the investment side, architecture, design and especially the interiors side. I would like to think that this is something I would be involved with no matter what was happening in my life. Also, I’d love to be a singer but, ah, I can’t sing, so that’s that. What are some of your goals for the future? I want to grow by brands, Cozi and JLH, and continue to work with the amazing companies I am aligned with but aside from that I just want to make sure that everything I do is another step to staying happy. Our readers are always on the lookout for new and innovative health, wellbeing and fitness trends, practices and products. Have you discovered any ‘secrets’ you could share with us? Super foods are a great way to get your daily nutrition, I am loving the Bioglan Chia Seeds and Acai on my porridge at the moment. But I don’t think there are any real secrets – just make sure you enjoy whatever you are doing! If you are bored then it is not going to be sustainable... if you don’t like what you are eating you’re not going to stick with it for long. What are the things that make you most happy? Jake, my dog Millie and cat Coco. Our apple music system at home – constant music! Interacting with positive people on Instagram and twitter. Designing Cozi and JLH, dinner with my girlfriends, going shopping with my mum and sister and definitely going back to Newcastle to see my family.

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Live your

best life

Starting a New Year has always been a time for reflecting on the past, and more importantly, preparing for the changes you want (or need) to make in the coming year. Rather than simply rolling from one year to the next, dragging your past into your future, life coach Eryka Sklivas says there are ways you can ensure that 2013 is your best year yet.

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#5 Spend one minute in silence Sitting in silence for even one minute can heal, relax, and reconnect you to your inner self. We are all so busy trying to stay uber-connected with the world that we forget the most important thing is to remain connected to ourselves. Enrich your life by harnessing the power of silence for at least one minute a day and you will start to experience the subtle things you normally miss.

#6 Eat yourself happy Examine what you put in your mouth and how it affects you emotionally, mentally and physically. Food has been proven to be linked to happiness. According to food psychologists, the top five mood-enhancing foods are asparagus, bananas, sunflower seeds, pork and brown basmati rice. Aim to cut out at least two junk food items and replace them with healthier choices. Once you start feeling more energetic you will be motivated to change your eating habits for good.

#7 Be grateful for something Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Think of something that you are thankful for every day, from the laughter you share with friends, to the food on your table or the ability to breathe and be alive. You will start to sleep better, feel better, exercise more and develop certain contentment in life that eradicates stress and contributes to overall health.

#1 Stop the negative self-talk Your thoughts become your reality, so start to become aware of the inner chatter and consciously stop flooding your mind with disempowering thoughts. Make it your mission to catch yourself out in the act and replace negative self-talk with an empowering affirmation to snap yourself out of that bad habit.

#2 Pick a mantra Having your own empowering mantra is a great way to power-up, keep focused, ease anxiety and calm the mind. Choose an affirmation or phrase that has special meaning for you by thinking of a problem that you often face and developing a statement that reverses that problem. Your mantra can be spoken silently or out loud and is a great way to develop a positive mindset. Stick it to your fridge or somewhere you can see it all the time.

#3 Off load baggage Negative feelings only serve to weigh you down. Make peace with someone you have had a fall out with. Get things off your chest, take any lessons learnt and let go. If you can’t do it in person, then write a letter about your feelings and either send it or store it somewhere (sometimes just the writing is enough, there is no need to send it). By releasing negative feelings you are healing yourself and clearing energy and emotional blockages that may be holding you back.

#4 Laugh till it hurts Let loose and laugh from the bottom of your heart, because it’s good for your health. Laughing not only floods your body with all sorts of feel-good chemicals, it also boosts circulation, your immune system and helps more oxygen be delivered to your cells. Make it a regular routine to catch up with friends you can share a laugh with, go watch a comedy show or rent some funny DVDs.

#8 Clear the fear Set out to do something that scares you. There’s no better way to feel empowered than feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Make fear your motivator rather than your immobiliser. Fear extinction will not only help you feel stronger it will also help you grow both mentally and emotionally by creating a positive response to counteract future fear responses. So face the fear.

#9 Don’t compare Snap out of the bad habit of comparing yourself to others. Comparing yourself is a useless exercise that only serves to feed insecurity and feelings of inadequacy or, the other extreme, feelings of pride and arrogance. Keep yourself in check and find your own authentic inner power by ceasing to look for re-assurance and validation outside of yourself.

#10 Have faith Remind yourself that everything will be ok. All problems have a solution, or you will find a way to cope. As things move and change, have faith that everything happens for a reason and to help you learn and grow. If you hold firm belief that things will turn out for the best, they most likely will.

Eryka Sklivas is a professionally trained Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, Time Line Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Archetype Consultant, Reiki Practitioner and founder of Empowered Living. For more call Eryka on 0413 275 359 or go to 29

real life weight loss

From 148kg to 90kg in eight months!

Geoff shares his personal weight loss journey. rowing up, I was always the larger one within my circle of G friends. I weighed around 80kg when I left school at 16 and remember putting on quite a bit of weight over the next five years. At 21 it seemed my weight was spiralling out of control and by the time I was 24 I had reached 116kg. I had already tried a number of diets by then-some conventional and some unconventional-like the delicious cabbage soup diet. I would occasionally lose about 6kg with these attempts, but I just couldn’t stick to the diet; and, the weight often came back quicker than it went off. “The most success I had was when I lost 20kg in 18 weeks on a Jenny Craig program; but, again, like most diets I had tried, this wasn’t a permanent solution. It left me frustrated and disappointed, since I was beginning to realise that dieting forever was going to be very difficult, if not impossible. I put all the weight I’d lost back on, plus more, and topped the scale at a humungous 148kg. I was 36 years old and starting to have health issues. Life was getting pretty miserable; I was always sick, my blood pressure was at its peak, and I was on the verge of getting type 2 diabetes. “In 2010, whilst on holiday in New Zealand, I became very ill and visited a local GP. Following his examination, the GP said something to me that I will never forget, something that has since made change the way I treat myself and my body. “You should be dead”, he said. I decided right there and then that it was time to seek a permanent solution to my weight problem. On returning home to Australia I discussed what happened with a very close friend of mine who had Lap Band surgery about 3 years ago and had since lost about 30kg. We both felt that weight loss surgery was worth considering and she encouraged me to visit WeightLoss Solutions Australia immediately to assess my options. “My initial consultation was on September 1, 2010. I had consultations with their surgeon, dietitian and psychologist; each of them took the time to assess my circumstances and prepare me for surgery, which was literally only two weeks later. I was 148kg, but, I was about to start a new chapter in my life. I was having lap band surgery. 30 slim magazine SUMMER 2013

Me and my band

“It took me just eight months to lose 58kg and reach my goal weight of 90kg. I certainly found it easier to start exercising as the weight was coming off and was eventually exercising every day and doing things I could never do before, like rollerblading. I was very excited! My exercise routine included one to two km of swimming and five to seven km of jogging and rollerblading every day. “At 90kg I felt my weight had stabilised and it was time to consider abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to remove some of the excess skin I was left with. It had been 12 months since my operation and I was very happy with my results so far, so it seemed a good time to revisit WeightLoss Solutions Australia for advice on this procedure. The surgeon removed 2.8kg of excess skin from my abdominal area and I finally feel more confident about my appearance. “It’s been two years since my Lap Band operation and I am now 86kg. I spend my holidays doing more things than ever before, like snow skiing, wake boarding, 10km marathons, etc, etc. It’s amazing how different my life is now; I can shop for normal size clothes and I feel great. My attitude to life has changed so much; I’m more optimistic and also so grateful to my beautiful fiancé for supporting and motivating me. We plan to start a family soon; and, the best thing is I will be able to play with my children and be here to enjoy them. Thankyou WeightLoss Solutions Australia!”

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If you’re low on happy and high on anxiety, turn it around with these simple steps you can do right now.


he mortgage is due. The kids are driving you crazy. You hate the way you look in underwear. You can’t seem to get your career to where you want it. You can’t afford the big holiday. Everywhere you turn there are reasons to feel stress and anxiety. If happiness is eluding you, don’t panic. While we can’t give you a fool proof way to be in a blissed out state of happiness all the time, there are many ways to swerve off the path of anxiety, anger, frustration, and sadness into a state of happiness once or even several times throughout the day. Here are 20 ideas to get you started. Choose the ones that work for you and ignore the ones that don’t suit. Try to incorporate two of these ideas into every day. And chill out: don’t let your search for happiness become another reason to stress.

#1 Go to sleep

We have become a nation of sleep-deprived citizens. Taking a daily nap or getting into bed at 8pm one night with a good book – and turning the light out an hour later – can do more for your mood and outlook on life than any number of bubble baths or massages.

#2 Hum along

Music soothes more than the savage beast. Studies find music activates parts of the brain that produce happiness – the same parts activated by food or sex. It’s also relaxing. In one study older adults who listened to their choice of music during outpatient eye surgery had significantly lower heart rates, blood pressure, and cardiac workload (that is, their heart didn’t have to work as hard) as those who had silent surgery.

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#3 Laugh out loud

Yes, you might feel silly but this works. Just anticipating a happy, funny event can raise levels of endorphins and other pleasureinducing hormones and lower production of stress hormones. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, tested 16 men who all agreed they thought a certain videotape was funny. Half were told three days in advance they would watch it. They started experiencing biological changes right away. When they actually watched the video, their levels of stress hormones dropped significantly, while their endorphin levels rose 27 percent and their growth hormone levels (indicating benefit to the immune system) rose 87 percent.

#4 Make a list: There’s nothing like writing down your tasks to help you organise your thoughts and calm your anxiety. Checking off each item provides a great sense of fulfillment.

#5 Declutter

It’s nearly impossible to meditate, breathe deeply, or simply relax when every surface is covered with papers and bills and magazines. Plus, the repetitive nature of certain cleaning tasks – such as wiping, sweeping, and scrubbing – can be meditative in and of itself if you focus on what you’re doing.

#16 Ignore the market

#6 Just say no

Eliminate activities that aren’t necessary and that you don’t enjoy. If there are enough people already to handle the school fete, or you’re feeling stressed by the thought of being secretary of the body corporate for yet another year, step down and let someone else handle things.

#7 Practice mindfulness

Be in the moment. Instead of worrying about tomorrow’s meeting while you have dinner with your family, focus on the here and now – the food, the company, the conversation.

#8 One thing at a time

Edward Suarez, Ph.D., associate professor of medical psychology at Duke University, found that people who multitask are more likely to have high blood pressure. Take that finding to heart. Instead of talking on the phone while you fold the washing or clean the kitchen, sit down in a comfortable chair and turn your entire attention over to the conversation.

#9 Tune out the news

For one day go without reading the newspaper, watching the news, or scanning the headlines online. Instead, take a holiday from the bad news we’re exposed to every day use that time for a walk, a meditation session, or read a good book.

#10 Garden

Not only will the fresh air and exercise provide their own stress reduction and feeling of wellbeing, but the sense of accomplishment that comes from clearing a weedy patch, watching seeds turn into flowers, or pruning out dead wood will last for hours, if not days.

#11 Walk the dog

There are numerous studies that attest to the stress-relieving benefits of pets. In one analysis researchers evaluated the heart health of 240 couples, half of whom owned a pet. Those couples with pets had significantly lower heart rates and blood pressure levels when exposed to stressors than the couples who did not have pets. In fact, the pets worked even better at buffering stress than the spouses did.

#12 Spend time alone

Although relationships are one of the best antidotes to stress, sometimes you need time alone to recharge and reflect. Take yourself out to lunch or to a movie, or simply spend an afternoon reading, browsing in a bookstore, or antiquing.

#13 Walk mindfully

You probably already know that exercise is better than medication for relieving anxiety and stress. But what you do with your mind while you’re walking can make your walk even more beneficial. In a study called the Ruth Stricker Mind/Body Study, researchers found that those walking at a slow pace while practicing “mindfulness,” a mental technique to bring about the relaxation response, in which the heart rate slows and blood pressure drops, showed significant declines in anxiety and had fewer negative and more positive feelings about themselves. Better yet, the effects were evident immediately.

#14 Visit a quiet place

Libraries, museums, gardens, and places of worship provide islands of peace and calm in today’s frantic world. Find a quiet place near your house and make it your secret getaway.

#15 Volunteer

Helping others enables you to put your own problems into perspective and also provides social interaction. While happy people are more likely to help others, helping others increases your happiness. One study found that volunteer work enhanced all six aspects of well-being: life satisfaction, self-esteem, happiness, sense of control over life, physical health, and depression.

Watching yet another report about the sliding property market or superannuation fund problems can be enough to send your blood pressure skyrocketing. In fact, Chinese researchers found a direct link between the daily performance of the stock market and the mental health of those who closely followed it. So stay on top of your investments and finances, but don’t obsess over them.

#17 Count your blessings People who pause each day to reflect on some positive aspect of their lives (their health, friends, family, freedom, education, etc.) experience a heightened sense of well-being.

#18 Prioritise relationships One study of more than 1300 men and women of various ages found that those who had a lot of supportive friends were much more likely to have healthier blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar metabolism, and stress hormone levels than those with two or fewer close friends. Studies also find that people who feel lonely, depressed, and isolated are three to five times more likely to get sick and die prematurely than those who have feelings of love, connection, and community.

#19 Scent the air Research shows that the benefits of aromatherapy in relieving stress are real. In one study people exposed to rosemary had lower anxiety levels, increased alertness, and performed math computations faster. Adults exposed to lavender showed an increase in the type of brain waves that suggest increased relaxation. Today we have a variety of roomscenting methods, from plug-in air fresheners to essential oil diffusers, potpourri, and scented candles.

#20 Take care of the soul In study after study, actively religious people are happier and cope better with crises, according to David Myers, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Hope College in Holland. For many people faith provides a support community, a sense of life’s meaning, feelings of ultimate acceptance, a reason to focus beyond yourself, and a timeless perspective on life’s woes. Even if you’re not religious, a strong spirituality may offer similar benefits. Source: 33

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n o i t a v i t o self-m What’s the number one difference between those who succeed and those who don’t? It’s motivation. We asked human behaviour specialist Michael Locklear to share his top tips for getting yourself motivated.


re you one of those people who has big plans, but little follow through? Do you have a long list of things you just haven’t got around to? If so, you are not alone. A recent study out of the UK found that 93 percent of personal goals are not fulfilled. And the most common reasons were procrastination and lack of motivation. On the flip side, those who had a high level of success in achieving personal goals share one common trait: the ability to self motivate. No surprise to Michael Locklear, a researcher and consultant with 30 years experience, studying health, nutrition, and human behaviour. “What you occupy your mind with is of great importance to your physical and psychological health,” Michael says. “When you learn to gain control of your mind, you learn self motivation and can begin to take control of your life.” This is all well and good, but just how do you get self motivation? Here are seven things you can easily do to increase your motivation.

Write Down Your Goals

Sit down and write out what you are trying to accomplish. Be as specific, clear, and concise as possible. Why do you really need to complete this project? Knowing what is important to you and being able to take pleasure in accomplishing tasks is an essential success skill. A study conducted at Dominican University found that people who write down their goals beforehand are much more likely to follow through with them.

Make Your Goals Known to Others

Staying motivated is much easier when you have support from trusted friends and family. It can be difficult to keep on track without some kind of support network. Telling people in your support network about your goals will help to motivate you. It will create a conflict in the way others see you if you don’t make progress. This will create stress which will motivate you to live up to others’ expectations. The same study from Dominican University also found that those who were instructed to send their written goals to a supportive friend were even more successful than those who just wrote down their goals without confiding in anyone.

Visualise Yourself Completing the Goal

Visualisation is the process of creating a mental image or intention of what you desire to happen. By seeing yourself as happy and healthy, your mind and body will work together to make your image a reality. Visualisation can relieve pain, speed healing, and help the body subdue hundreds of ailments, including depression, impotence, allergies, and asthma. In a Harvard study, a group of people were told to visualise performing simple tasks in advance. Another group did not visualise the tasks. The group who visualised before taking action had a 100 percent efficiency 34 slim magazine summer 2013

rate, whereas those who didn’t had only a 56 percent efficiency rate. Another study, conducted at Yale, demonstrated that patients suffering from depression were helped by imagining scenes in which they were praised by people they admired, a clear boost to their self esteem.

Think About The Effects of Completing Your Goal

After you succeed, how will you have benefited? Imagine yourself in the future after you have achieved your goal. Imagine what your life will be like, and how you will feel, when the goal is completed.

Think About the Effects of Not Completing Your Goal

Fear can motivate you as well. People don’t like to be considered failures and this can be a motivator, the fear of regret being the consequence.

Take it One Step at a Time

If you try to do everything at once, you will be easily overwhelmed. Just relax. Keep your goal as clear and simple as possible. Being overwhelmed can paralyse you, keeping you from achieving your goals. As with any major goal, the key to building self motivation is to start small. Every day, take a few steps toward recovery. As time goes on, your achievements will build up. “Dream small dreams. If you make them too big, you get overwhelmed and you don’t do anything. If you make small goals and accomplish them, it gives you the confidence to go on to higher goals.” – John H. Johnson

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Challenge Your Negative Thoughts Sometimes our inner critic can cripple our motivation. Whenever you

Sometimes our inner critic can cripple our motivation. Whenever you have a negative thought, ask yourself these questions: have a negative thought, ask yourself these questions: a. Is this thought true? a. Is true? proof that it is true? b. this Do Ithought have absolute b. Do I have absolute proof thatthis it isthought? true? c. How do I feel when I have c. How do do I feel when I have thishave thought? d. How I feel when I don’t this thought? d. How do I feel when I don’t have this thought? Identifying and questioning your thought patterns is the key to Identifying questioning thought patterns the key to overcomingand negative thinking. your Once you are in the habit ofischallenging overcoming negative Once are much in theeasier. habit of challenging your thoughts, selfthinking. motivation willyou come And with a your thoughts, motivation willanything come much easier. healthy doseself of self motivation, is possible. And with a healthy dose of self motivation, anything is possible.

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Queensland-based franchise bakery chain Baker’s Club launches Australia’s first and only low carb, high protein, low GI bread, with a GI rating similar to that of broccoli. With 7% carb, 26% protein and a GI of 17.1 it’s perfect for diabetics and anyone wanting a healthy alternative to traditional bread. Go to

Want the treat without the guilt? Well Naturally’s no added sugar milk chocolate bars and high protein mini bars are the perfect way to cure the crave without the added kilojoules. The no added sugar milk chocolate has 80% less sugar than regular milk chocolate, and the high protein mini bars have under five grams of carbohydrates and under 100 calories. Go to

Forget feeling guilty when you reach for an icy treat this summer. Smooze Fruit Ice has only 66 calories per serve. Perfect straight out of the freezer, poured into curries instead of coconut milk, or mashed up and splashed with some rum for an easy summer cocktail. Available in mango and coconut, pineapple and coconut, pink guava and coconut, and coconut. Go to

It happens to the most health-conscious of us: The 3pm sugar fix. You don’t have to succumb to the vending machine or bag of lollies – reach for a Slim Secrets CravingCrusher, a yummy snack bar made with real cookie pieces but only 123 calories per serve, with a generous protein and fibre content to keep you full. And it features NeOpuntia®, an antioxidant that reduces fat absorption. Go to

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Sparkling Moroccan Pomegranate Splash Makes approx 2 litres ½ cup pomegranate molasses ½ cup caster sugar ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste 1 tbsp ginger 2 bottles Lindeman’s Early Harvest Sparkling 1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds 1 cup fresh picked mint leaves 1 lemon sliced, thinly Ice Combine the pomegranate molasses, the caster sugar, vanilla paste and ginger in a bowl and stir until the sugar dissolves. Pour this into a large punch bowl or jug and stir in the Lindeman’s Early Harvest Sparkling, the pomegranate seeds and the fresh mint, top with crushed ice and stir.

Sugar has been getting bad press lately and, apparently, for good reason. Leading naturopath Victoria O’Sullivan warns that sugar is a health-damaging “anti-nutrient”. In large amounts, sugar is known to trigger weight gain, destroy the health of our teeth and gums, cause energy slumps, raise the risk of heart disease, affect our immune system and indirectly lead to diabetes, she says. It can also cause premature aging because it causes a reaction in the body that triggers the production of molecules that can damage skin and organs. To reduce your sugar intake try: Cutting down slowly on the amount you have in tea or coffee until you take it sugar free • Using a natural, not an artificial, sugar substitute like stevia • Getting your sugar fix through fresh fruit (not dried, that is sugar-laden) • Going for a walk when you feel tired or irritable, rather than reaching for a sugary snack. 37

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Food facts that might just surprise you.

Frozen vegetables can be better than fresh Fresh no longer means ‘just picked’ says nutritionist Catherine Saxelby, author of Nutrition For Life (Hardie Grant, $29.95). In fact they may have sat for days, weeks or months before you get around to eating them. That means their vitamin levels will have already declined. You may be better off with vegetables that have been frozen close to picking and then stashed in your freezer.

A little coffee is good Compared to non-coffee drinkers, coffee drinkers are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. And it’s said a coffee before your workout can help you burn more fat. Coffee drinkers may even have a lower risk of strokes.

Red meat is a good addition to your diet Always opting for fish? Sure, three servings of fish a week will supply valuable anti-inflammatory fats that are good for your heart, your joints and even your brain. But red meat is an important dietary source of zinc which promotes immune function and good digestion. Don’t go overboard, but do aim for three servings a week, preferably of lean, organic meats.

Bread and potatoes don’t have to be fattening Carbohydrate-rich foods have often been blamed for weight problems but the evidence points to sedentary lifestyles, eating out more frequently and too much of everything, says Saxelby. Often it is what is eaten with bread or the potato – butter, peanut butter, sour cream or cheese – that adds kilojoules, she says. The good news is that both bread and potatoes are valuable foods that can contribute carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals. A balanced diet can include two or three slices of wholemeal bread a day and one potato. Go easy on the spreads!

Vegetables can save your bones Unfortunately many foods we commonly eat in the west push the blood to be more acidic and the body then draws on the calcium (as well as minerals like magnesium and potassium) in the bones to alkalise the blood. But eating lots of vegetables, including sea vegetables, is a great way to keep your blood alkaline. Make sure you get plenty of servings every meal – tomatoes or rocket with breakfast, mixed salad greens or steamed vegetables at lunch and the same at dinner (even if it’s out of the freezer). And stock up on sea vegetables like kombu or nori, and sprinkle them over your meals, or use them in soups or casseroles.

That glass of wine may do you good Numerous international studies show a small glass of red wine – 120ml may be ideal – can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Cardiologist Dr Ross Walker cautions that, to get the benefits, you need to drink moderately, not excessively. Too much alcohol will increase your risk of every disease from diabetes to cancer. 38 slim magazine summer 2013

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simply e l b a t s i s irre Eggplant & Capsicum Ricotta Wrap Diet? What diet? Super trainer and fitness guru Michelle Bridges shares some of her favourite recipes. They’re so delicious you won’t believe they’re low calorie.

Roast Vegetable & Chickpea Salad with Dill Yoghurt Dressing Serves: 2 Prep Time: 25mins Cooking Time: 35mins 1 400g can chickpeas, drained ¼ cup parsley 250g peeled pumpkin, thinly sliced 1 medium red capsicum, coarsely chopped 2 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped 1g olive oil spray 1 cup low fat natural yoghurt 2 teaspoons fresh dill 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated

Serves: 2 Prep time: 10mins

274 cals per serve

4 slices char-grilled eggplant 4 slices char-grilled capsicum 130g reduced fat ricotta 1 tablespoon chives, chopped 2 slices wholemeal mountain bread 1 cup mushrooms, sliced Pat dry the eggplant and capsicum to remove any excess oil. Tear the capsicum into thick strips. Combine the ricotta and chives in a small bowl. Spread over the mountain bread. Season with pepper. Top with the eggplant, capsicum and mushrooms. Roll up to enclose.

Michelle’s Tips:

For your convenience, purchase the eggplant and capsicum from the supermarket (usually in jars) and pat dry with paper towels to remove any oil that they may be stored in. If you have the time, it’s cheaper (and easy) to prepare them yourself. To prepare the eggplant, simply cut into slices. Spray with oil and char-grill a few minutes each side until golden and tender. To prepare capsicum, roast whole in a 200C oven for 45 minutes or until the skin is charred. Transfer to a plastic bag and set aside to cool before peeling off the skin and removing the seeds.

Preheat oven to 200C. Place the pumpkin, capsicum and zucchini in a large baking dish. Spray with oil and toss to coat. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool slightly. Combine the yoghurt with 2-3 tablespoons of water to make a dressing. Stir in the dill, garlic and lemon rind. Season with pepper. Combine the vegetables and chickpeas. Divide between serving plates. Drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle with the parsley.

Michelle’s Tips:

A n easy way to crush garlic is to cut the clove in half, leaving the skin on. Place in the garlic crusher, cut side down. After crushing simply scoop the skin out for easy cleaning. D ouble or triple this recipe to make lunch for the week ahead. S tore the chickpea and vegetable mixture and the dressing in separate airtight containers in the fridge.

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Michelle’s Tips:

You can use novelty shaped dishes for the kids, just for laughs! To get the panna cotta out of the ramekins, tilt the ramekin on the side and gently use your finger to pull the panna cotta away from the edge of the ramekin. This will create an air pocket. Continue to gently turn the ramekin the whole way round and the panna cotta should fall from the mould with ease.

Panna Cotta with Berries Serves: 6 Prep time: 10mins Cooking time: 10mins + 3hrs to set 1 spray olive oil spray 1 ½ cups low fat milk 3 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon gelatine powder 1 ½ cups low fat Greek yoghurt ½ punnet blueberry, raw 1 punnet strawberries, halved

Michelle’s Tips:

T o remove pomegranate kernels, cut the pomegranate in half, then half again and place in a large bowl of water (this is to avoid the juice splattering). Use your hands to break open the fruit and pull out the kernels, discarding any white membrane. Pour mixture through a fine strainer and you’ve got your kernels! If pomegranate is unavailable, replace with 1 tablespoon of Craisins (dried cranberries) or currants.

Spray five (125ml/½ cup) dariole moulds lightly with the oil spray. Stir the milk and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Pour into a large jug. Place 2 tablespoons of hot water in a small heatproof dish or ramekin. Place the dish in a small saucepan and add enough boiling water to come half-way up the sides of the dish. Sprinkle the gelatine over the water in the dish. Stir until the gelatine dissolves. Whisk the gelatine into the milk mixture. Add the yoghurt and whisk until well combined. Pour into the greased moulds. Place in the fridge for 3 hours or until set. Run a flat bladed knife around the edge of the moulds and turn the panna cotta onto serving plates. Serve with the berries.

“I love panna cotta so I just had to create a healthy version. Yum! They take about three hours to set, so you will just have to wait!” Warm Lamb, Pumpkin & Pomegranate Salad with mint Yoghurt Dressing Serves: 2 Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 40mins

328 cals per serve

Preheat oven to 200C. Place the pumpkin and eggplant on a baking tray. Spray with oil. Bake for 30 minutes or until light golden. Meanwhile, finely chop half the mint. Coarsely tear the remaining mint leaves. Combine the yoghurt, garlic, finely chopped mint and 2 tablespoons of water. Season with pepper. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Spray the lamb with oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the lamb and cook for 4-5 minutes each side for medium or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil. Set aside for 2 minutes to rest. Thinly slice. Place the lentils, cucumber, pomegranate kernels, parsley, remaining mint and the warm pumpkin and eggplant in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine. Divide between serving dishes and top with the lamb. Drizzle with the dressing. For more recipes, inspiration and fitness advice from Michelle Bridges go to 42 slim magazine summer 2013

Recipe photography courtesy of Jane Allen

200g peeled pumpkin, cut into 2cm pieces 1 medium eggplant, cut into cubes 1g olive oil spray 1 cup mint ¼ cup low fat natural yoghurt 1 clove garlic 200g lamb loin fillet, raw 1 cup lentils, drained 1 medium Lebanese cucumber, quartered lengthways & then chopped ½ medium pomegranate - you just want the kernels ½ cup parsley


It’s super hydrating, packed full of good stuff and low fat. No wonder coconut water has become liquid gold.


he coconut water craze is showing no signs of slowing down. And with good reason. Although there are no miracles when it comes to health and fitness, coconut water is one fad which does have merit. One of the purest forms of drinkable liquid, in fact it is second only to water itself, the health benefits of coconut water are many. Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. At around just 60 calories per serve, coconut water is a great way to rehydrate fast. Full of electrolytes, free of fat and cholesterol, coconut water has been marketed as a sports drink to aid in rehydration for light, moderate to intense physical exercise. The hydration claims have been put to the test in a variety of situations. Look around any Bikram yoga studio and you are likely to find the fit and limber sipping on coconut water; yoga enthusiasts swear by its hydrating properties. There have even been cases where coconut water has been used as an intravenous hydration fluid in some developing countries where medical saline was unavailable. Coconut water is similar to natural still water, in that it aids in keeping the metabolism rate of the body at its optimal level, which in turn burns necessary energy throughout the day. Lemon juice can be added to the coconut water to make it even healthier as both coconut water and lemon are alkalizing. This is beneficial for the body in a number of ways, such as it helps in digestion, controls blood sugar levels and helps promote healthy thyroid function. Tracey Compton, 51, regularly works out at the gym and lives a fast and active lifestyle. She has been a devotee of coconut water for over a year. “I love the taste, for starters,” she says. “But I feel really good after drinking coconut water. I’ve also noticed a difference in my skin. I’m not one to follow fads, but I do feel like I have found a little miracle elixir in coconut water.”

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Food to go Summer’s here so get out of the house and on the move. Pack a simple picnic and enjoy the great outdoors.

Picnic Perfect #1: Keep it light Choose eco friendly paper or bamboo plates and cutlery. They are lighter and easier to carry around.

#2. Keep it compact

Don’t go too overboard or be tempted to over pack, only pack what you will eat.

#3. Keep it easy

The aim is to have fun so pack food that is delicious and simple to serve.

#4. Keep it cool

Use a cool bag and ice-block. Or freeze drinks and use them as ice-blocks, by the time you reach your destination they should be drinkable.

#5. Keep it clean

Take plastic bags and wet wipes. And of course, get rid of your own rubbish.

Easy Chicken Pitas 2 chicken breast fillets 1 fresh or dried bay leaf 1 large carrot, coarsely grated handful fresh mint, chopped 1 bunch salad onions, thinly sliced (substitute for one large white onion if needed) 75g radishes, thinly sliced ½ cup mayonnaise (full or low fat) 8 pita breads Lettuce leaves Place the chicken breasts in a pan large enough to accommodate them both snugly in the bottom. Cover with water, add the bay leaf and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer very gently for 10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked and there is no pink meat when pierced with the tip of a knife. Then turn off the heat and leave to cool completely in the poaching liquid. Remove the cooled chicken from the liquid and shred into small pieces. Toss pieces with the carrot, mint, salad onions and radishes. Add the mayonnaise and mix together until the salad is evenly coated then chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Split open the pitas. Tuck a lettuce leaf into each pita to line it then spoon in the chicken mixture and serve.

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Asparagus & Goat’s Cheese Tart 1 x 230g sheet shortcrust pastry, thawed 230g (approx) bunch asparagus, trimmed 130g goat’s cheese, cubed 4 eggs 150ml cream 3 teaspoons chopped chives Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Unroll the pastry sheet and line a 23cm loose-bottomed flan tin with it, trimming the excess to fit. Prick with a fork. Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes then line with a crumpled sheet of greaseproof paper over the pastry and weigh it down with baking beans or rice grains. Bake blind for 10 minutes then remove the beans or rice and paper and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes. Meanwhile steam the asparagus for 4–5 minutes until just tender. Drain and run under cold water. Pat dry with kitchen paper and cut into 5cm lengths. Arrange over the base of the pastry case and scatter over the cubed goat’s cheese. Whisk together the eggs, cream and chives. Season the mixture and pour into the pastry case. Bake for 30–35 minutes until the filling is set and the top golden. Serve warm or cold with a salad.

Beetroot & Ham Salad 1 bunch beetroot (about 5–6), trimmed 2 tbsp olive oil 50g blue cheese, crumbled 3 tbsp sour cream 1 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped 50g low fat ham, torn into large pieces 60g rocket and spinach (substitute for your preferred green leaves) Preheat oven to 220ºC. Wrap each beetroot in foil, place in a roasting tin and bake for 30–40 minutes until tender. Unwrap and then cut into quarters. Meanwhile, mix the cheese, sour cream, tarragon, oil and seasoning. Toss with the warm beetroot. Arrange the ham and salad on plates and top with the beetroot. Serve with a walnut bread or herb bread.

Berry & Cherry Bars 150g unsalted butter, cut into cubes 75g brown Muscovado sugar 3 tbsp clear honey 250g rolled oats 170g dried cranberries, berries and cherries 50g roasted chopped hazelnuts Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the butter, sugar and honey in a medium pan and heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the oats, dried fruit and nuts. Press the mixture into a lightly greased 30cm x 20cm x 4cm rectangular non-stick tin and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool in the tin for five minutes, then score lightly with a knife into 12 bars. Leave the bars to cool completely in the tin before removing. The bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to four days. 45

Goji food

good thing

Move over blueberries, make way cranberries, there’s a new super berry in town. It’s the goji, and it sure does pack a wellbeing punch.


oji berries are the next big thing, the latest craze, reported as the miracle cure for everything from sexual impotence to acne to cancer. But is it all just hot air, or is the goji as good as it sounds?

what is it?

Gojis have been used for medicinal purposes for close to 6,000 years in parts of Asia. The goji grows in areas of Tibet, Mongolia, China as well as the Himalayas, where they consume it fresh, but here in Australia we are only likely to encounter goji in dried or juice forms. The goji berry (in dried form) is a shriveled red berry with a slightly tart-sweet taste similar to a cranberry.

What can it do? What can’t it do? Goji berries have a very impressive track record for improving health says naturopath and nutritionist Cathy Wong. “Goji contains nineteen amino acids, twenty one minerals and is the richest natural repository of carotenoids. Besides being rich source of protein, it also contains vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C and vitamin E. It also contains essential fatty acids, Cyperone, Solavetivone, Physalin, Polysaccharides and Betaine,” Cathy says. “Goji berries have been used for thousands of years in China, Tibet and India to protect the liver, preserve eyesight, improve circulation, and promote longevity. A recent study found that this superfood may also help shield the brain from Alzheimer’s disease.” 46 slim magazine summer 2013

The antioxidants in gojis can help fight various types of cancer by increasing the number of red and white blood cells, platelets and even aid in the growth of stem cells which is especially beneficial when fighting bone marrow diseases such as Leukemia. These antioxidants also promote the production of collagen for youthful, firm skin. Goji are used as an aid to improve eyesight, circulation and immune function, increase longevity, treat liver and kidney conditions, lower cholesterol as well as other functions. The generous amount of Polysacchrides in gojis help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. This function is especially important for those at risk for diabetes and for those who may suffer from high blood pressure and the complications which often come with the two conditions. Please note that if you take diabetes and blood pressure drugs you must discuss using goji berries with your health practitioner due to possible interaction.

Goji juice Traditionally, goji berries were eaten as raw, brewed into herbal tea or soups to extract its medicinal values. These days it is also available in the form of goji juice, but Cathy Wong says the jury is still out on the benefits of the juice. “There have been several test tube studies that show that goji extracts may prevent the growth of cancer cells, reduce blood glucose, and lower cholesterol levels. However, that doesn’t necessary mean that goji will have the same benefits when taken as a juice or tea.”

Best way to eat Goji G oji berries can be used just like raisins. You can add them to breakfast cereals, biscuits, slices or just eat them straight. They can also be added as a topping for yogurt and ice cream. T he berries will usually be found in dried form but if you want a plumper berry heat them in a bowl of water in the microwave for one minute and then let them sit there for about 10 minutes. This will help to reconstitute the berries and make them closer to what they would have been like when they were ripe. T ea is a great way to get the antioxidants that goji berries have to offer. The berries can be used to make hot or cold tea by steeping them for fifteen minutes before drinking. A dding goji berries in soup is a traditional Chinese way to eat the goji. You can mash them or blend them before putting them into the soup. G oji berries can also be added to trail mix. The berries have a nutty flavour and not a fruity flavour so adding goji berries will add another delicious nutty taste element to the mix.

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Skin sense Gojis are also said to be excellent for soothing a number of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and skin allergies. Soak dried goji berries in warm water for an hour, drain then mix into a paste. Rub on the afflicted area. Alternatively soak goji berries in warm water for an hour, then put the water and berries in a blender to make a goji liquid. Add the liquid to your bathwater before soaking in it.

“There are several studies that show goji extracts may prevent the growth of cancer cells, reduce blood glucose, and lower cholesterol.”

Grow your own Goji berry plant If you would like to have fresh goji berries, and you are a bit of a green thumb, why not grow your own? It’s a lot easier than you think, and if you don’t have a big garden, don’t worry; you can do this in a large pot. 1. Choose a site to plant your goji berries. They thrive in full sunshine but will still grow in partial shade. They need a pH of approximately 7.0 and a small fence or trellis for them to grow onto. 2. Place a couple of goji berries in a damp paper towel for one to two hours. 3. Slice the berries in half with a knife and remove the seeds. 4. Plant the seeds in ½-inch deep topsoil and then add some organic liquid fertilizer. 5. Water plants lightly twice a week with a garden hose until they become stabilised. From then water once a week. 6. Prune as needed to keep the goji berry plant from shading itself too much. Cathy Wong is a licensed naturopathic doctor, nutrition specialist, and a well-known authority on natural health and nutrition with over 12 years of research, clinical, and teaching experience in complementary and alternative medicine. She is the author of the book, The Inside Out Diet: 4 Weeks to Natural Weight Loss, Total Body Health, and Radiance.

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Killing me Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Australia, yet our understanding of the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes is still surprisingly limited. To turn the diabetes epidemic around, we need to fully understand this chronic condition; how to prevent it and how to manage it.

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People with diabetes are up to two times more likely to develop heart disease and stroke • Diabetic retinopathy causes 17 per cent of all blindness and vision impairment and is the most common form of blindness in adults 20-74 years • People with diabetes are at similar risk of death to smokers • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. People with diabetes develop kidney damage at three times the rate of those who do not have diabetes • The rate of lower limb amputation is 15 times higher in people with diabetes than those without diabetes • Over five years, people with diabetes are twice as likely to die as people with normal glucose tolerance.

What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic condition. This means it lasts for a long time, often for someone’s whole life. For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from our food into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for this conversion of glucose into energy. In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body, so when people with diabetes eat glucose, which is in everyday foods such as breads, cereals, fruit and starchy vegetables, legumes, milk, yoghurt and sweets, it can’t be converted into energy. Instead, the glucose stays in the blood. Your blood glucose level is called glycaemia. Having too much sugar in the blood (known as hyperglycemia) can cause serious health problems if it’s not treated. It can damage the vessels that supply blood to vital organs, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, and nerve problems.

Type 1 Diabetes

In type 1 diabetes the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach, stops making insulin. Without insulin, the body’s cells cannot turn glucose (sugar), into energy and burns its own fats as a substitute. Unless treated with daily injections of insulin, people with type 1 diabetes accumulate dangerous chemical substances in their blood from the burning of fat. This is potentially life threatening if not treated. To stay alive, people with type 1 diabetes depend on up to four insulin injections every day. They must test their blood glucose levels several times daily. The onset of type 1 diabetes typically occurs in people under 30 years, but can occur at any age. About 10-15% of all cases of diabetes are type 1.

Cause of Type 1 Diabetes

The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is not yet known, but we do know it has a strong family link and cannot be prevented. We also know that it has nothing to do with lifestyle, although maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important in helping to manage type 1 diabetes. At this stage nothing can be done to prevent or cure type 1 diabetes.

Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

• Being excessively thirsty • Passing more urine • Having cuts that heal slowly • Feeling tired and lethargic • Always feeling hungry • Unexplained weight loss • Itching, skin infections • Mood swings • Headaches • Feeling dizzy • Leg cramps • Blurred vision.

It is estimated that up to 60% of type 2 diabetes can be prevented. overweight or obesity, insufficient physical activity, poor diet and the classic ‘apple shape’ body where extra weight is carried around the waist. Type 2 diabetes can often initially be managed with healthy eating and regular physical activity. However, over time most people with type 2 diabetes will also need tablets and many will also need insulin. It is important to note that this is just the natural progression of the disease, and taking tablets or insulin as soon as they are required can result in fewer complications in the long-term.

Cause of Type 2 Diabetes

While there is no single cause of type 2 diabetes, there are well-established risk factors. Some of these can be changed and some cannot. You are at a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes if you: • have a family history of diabetes • are older (over 55 years) – the risk increases as we age • are over 45 years of age and are overweight • are over 45 years of age and have high blood pressure • are over 35 years of age and are from an Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander background • are over 35 years of age and are from Pacific Island, Indian subcontinent or Chinese cultural background • are a woman who has given birth to a child over 4.5 kgs (9 lbs), or had gestational diabetes when pregnant, or had a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

In type 2 diabetes, many people have no symptoms at all, while other signs are dismissed as a part of ‘getting older’. By the time type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, the complications of diabetes may already be present. The symptoms of type 2 diabetes can be the same as the symptoms for type 1 diabetes, with the added symptom of gradual weight gain.

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Managing Type 1 Diabetes

It is estimated that up to 60% of type 2 diabetes can be prevented. People at risk of type 2 diabetes can delay and even prevent this disease by following a healthy lifestyle. This includes: • Maintaining a healthy weight • Regular physical activity • Making healthy food choices • Managing blood pressure • Managing cholesterol levels • Not smoking.

Type 2 Diabetes

Managing Type 2 Diabetes

While there is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes, the disease can be managed through maintaining a healthy lifestyle, regular blood glucose testing and insulin replacement through lifelong insulin injections (up to six every day). The aim of treating your diabetes is to keep blood glucose levels as close to ‘normal’ as possible.

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 85-90% of all people with diabetes. While it usually affects older adults, more and more younger people, even children, are getting type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas makes some insulin but it is not produced in the amount your body needs and it does not work effectively. Type 2 diabetes results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Although there is a strong genetic predisposition, the risk is greatly increased when associated with lifestyle factors such as high blood pressure,

Type 2 diabetes can sometimes initially be managed through lifestyle modification including a healthy diet and regular exercise. However, as the disease progresses, people with type 2 diabetes are often prescribed tablets to control their blood glucose levels. The aim of diabetes management is to keep blood glucose levels as close to ‘normal’ as possible, as this will help prevent both short-term and long-term complications. Regular blood glucose monitoring is necessary to see if the treatment being followed is adequately controlling blood glucose levels. 51

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Eating well with diabetes To help manage your diabetes, your meals need to be regular and spread evenly throughout the day, lower in fat (particularly saturated fat), based on high fibre carbohydrate foods such as wholegrain breads and cereals, beans, lentils, vegetables and fruits. Along with healthy eating, regular physical activity can help you to manage your blood glucose levels, reduce your blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides) and maintain a healthy weight.


Fats have the highest energy (kilojoule or calorie) content of all foods. Eating too much fat can make you put on weight, which may make it more difficult to manage blood glucose levels. While it is important to try and reduce fat in your diet, especially if you are trying to lose weight, some fat is good for health.


Carbohydrate foods are the best energy source for your body. When they are digested they break down to form glucose in the bloodstream. Insulin takes the glucose out of the blood and deposits it into the muscles, liver and other cells in the body where it is used to provide energy. If you eat regular meals and spread your carbohydrate foods evenly throughout the day, you will help maintain your energy levels without causing large rises in your blood glucose levels. The glycemic index or GI is a way of describing how a carbohydrate containing food affects blood glucose levels. The type of carbohydrate you eat is very important as some can cause higher blood glucose after eating. The best combination is to eat moderate amounts of carbohydrate and include high fibre foods that also have a low GI.

Saturated Fat It is important to limit saturated fat because it raises your LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol levels. Saturated fat is found in animal foods like fatty meat, milk, butter and cheese. Vegetable fats that are saturated include palm oil (found in solid cooking fats, snack foods or convenience foods) and coconut products such as copha, coconut milk or cream. Polyunsaturated & Monounsaturated Fats Eating small amounts of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats can help ensure you get the essential fatty acids and vitamins your body needs. Polyunsaturated fats include: Polyunsaturated margarines (check the label for the word ‘polyunsaturated’), Sunflower, safflower, soybean, corn, cottonseed, grapeseed and sesame oils, the fat found in oily fish such as herring, mackerel, sardine, salmon and tuna. Monounsaturated fats include: Canola® and olive oils, some margarines, and avocado. Seeds, nuts, nut spreads and peanut oil contain a combination of both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat.


Choose protein foods that are also low in fat. This will help to reduce the amount of saturated fat you eat. Protein foods include lean meat, poultry without the skin, seafood, eggs (not fried), unsalted nuts, soy products such as tofu and pulses (dried beans and lentils). 52 slim magazine SUMMER 2013

Very low carbohydrate diets are not recommended for people with diabetes. Sugar

A healthy eating plan for diabetes can include some sugar. However, it is important to consider the nutritional value of the foods you eat. In general, foods with added sugars should be consumed sparingly (manufacturers sometimes use fruit juice or other sources of sugar to avoid using table sugar). In particular, high energy foods such as sweets, lollies and standard soft drinks should not be consumed on a regular basis. Some sugar may also be used in cooking and many recipes can be modified to use less than the amount stated or substituted with an alternative sweetener. Select recipes that are low in fat (particularly saturated fat) and contain some fibre. For help, advice, further information and support call 1300 136 588 or go to or Information sourced from

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Beachbody Warmer weather is here and that means the beach can become your workout zone.


hat’s not to love about the beach? It’s free, it’s scenic and its golden stretches of sand are ideal for long walks, sand-running, or even a bit of yoga. Organise a ball game, walk the dog – or someone else’s, help the children build a sandcastle, or plan a run or rock climb … it all adds up to more fat-busting exercise and fun. The beach is also an ideal place for group sports like volleyball, or soccer, as long as you consider other beachgoers.

in the water Deep water running is a bit like aqua aerobics. You’ll need a flotation belt (found at sports stores). Wearing the belt, you then walk or run in water, making sure you are deep enough so that your feet don’t touch the bottom. It’s great resistance exercise, ideal for toning muscles and burning kilojoules. If you don’t fancy going out too deep, walking through the water at waist height is also a good resistance exercise. Just go back and forth along the shoreline. Swimming laps is terrific exercise if you’re a strong swimmer – otherwise you may want to try this one at the pool. It works your heart, tones your muscles and increases flexibility. Body boarding is easy, fun and good cardiovascular exercise. Surfing is fantastic for building upper and lower body strength as well as stamina.

on the sand Walk the shoreline at a brisk pace – aim for an effort of six out of 10. Stand up straight, keep your abdominals muscles tight, and stride from the hips. Try not to walk on a slope, which can be a problem for those who have lower back trouble. Go for a sand jog or run. You’ll tone your butt. Do tai chi or yoga on the beach, at sunrise or sunset. You’ll not only feel zen, you’ll reduce the amount of stress-hormone you produce in your body and that helps to cut down on the amount of fat that you store. How about throwing a basketball, or even a medicine ball, back and forth with a friend? Or kick a soccer ball with the kids. You’ll improve your co-ordination and get an aerobic workout. Helping children build a sandcastle – including ferrying sand for the structure, or water for the moat – is a good way to get gentle, relaxing exercise and to spend time bonding with loved ones.

Don’t forget safety If you are going to work out in the ocean, always do so at a patrolled beach. You will also need to be alert to other potential hazards, such as bluebottles, or even sharks. If you are in any doubt about the safety of the beach, talk to a lifeguard before you enter the water. Don’t forget sunblock too and, if you do intend to workout outdoors, don’t make it between 11am and 2pm when the sun is at its hottest. If your dog is part of your beach workout regime, make sure that the beach is dog friendly and don’t forget to pick up any waste.

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here are plenty of reports that will tell you there are links between your health and your financial status. But is it that simple? If you live a healthier life are you really going to end up with more money? The answer is yes. And no. In the short term it may actually set you back financially to live a healthy lifestyle, but the long-term benefits seem to outweigh those initial costs. According to research conducted as part of the Australian Dietary Guidelines, food groups with more nutrients are more expensive. Meat, fruit and vegetables may be better for you, but sweets and salty snacks are inexpensive in comparison. The cost of healthy food is also increasing at a higher rate than less nutritious choices. From the year 2000 to 2006 the Consumer Price Index for food in Brisbane increased by 32.5 percent while a basket of healthy food increased by 50 percent across Queensland. A study showed that a welfare dependant family making healthy diet choices would use 40 percent of their income, while it would use 20 percent of an average family’s income. But those choices can make you less likely to need healthcare at a later date and, according to American research, you might even live longer. The top 5 percent of income earners were shown to live 25 percent longer than those in the lowest 5 percent of earners. And there’s a cyclic nature of poor health for the long-term unemployed according to results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Health Survey (2007-08), where long-term unemployed are four times more likely to be in poor health. According to those statistics it works two-fold, poor health can lead to unemployment, but the financial and psychological stress resulting from unemployment can lead to poor health. The cycle doesn’t stop with you either, adults aren’t the only ones who suffer as a result of financial burden. The Australian Social Trends report released earlier this year showed the employment status of a child’s parents played a part in their likelihood to participate in organised sport and dancing. According to the statistics children with two parents employed were 18 percent more likely to participate, 13 percent are less likely if neither parent is employed and 20 percent are less likely in single parent families. The cost of these activities (such as transport and fees) are likely factors in these statistics.

Top Tips When money pressures are weighing down on your shoulders, the last thing you feel like doing is heading to the gym to lift the physical version. Plus, the gym costs money. But there are some ways we can keep a healthy balance without breaking the budget according to an article by Pamela Yellen and Dean Rotbart for Bank On Yourself.

G et more sleep. Many people try to cram in more activities in exchange for a good night sleep. The result however can lead to high blood pressure, impaired concentration or type 2 diabetes. It’s still recommended you get 7-8 hours per night. G ot milk? No? Well you should. You need vitamin D, ideally 800-1,000 international units (IU) per day. A glass of milk has 125 IU. But you can also try yoghurt, cheese, salmon, almonds and fortified orange juice. A lack of vitamin D is linked to osteoporosis, depression and chronic fatigue. R elax. Living a stressful life leads to more heart attacks and strokes. It doesn’t mean you need to quit your job, just take a break. Go for a walk, listen to some music, do yoga. A stroll through the park won’t cost you a cent and you’ll be able to soak in some of that vitamin D. W ash your hands. There are plenty of germs on stairwells, elevator buttons and door handles to name only a few objects you can pick something up from. So wash your hands more often with hand sanitiser or warm soap and water to avoid needing trips to the doctor or days off work. E ncourage your boss. No, we don’t mean you need to give the boss a round of applause every time they walk in. Encourage them to look at the wellbeing of employees. A survey by Principal Financial Group has shown that employers who offer wellness programs increase employee productivity, attendance and retention. So you’ll be at work, happier and healthier, more often.

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Clinical comparisons in weight loss surgery Key comparisons to make when assessing one weight loss surgery clinic over another. by Warren Artz, WeightLoss Solutions Australia psychologist


ith soaring overweight and obesity rates, and overexposure to conventional diet and exercise programs that don’t work, more and more people are turning to weight loss surgery clinics to permanently end their battle with weight and conflict with food. But, what exactly should you be looking for when comparing weight loss surgery clinics? Weight loss surgery is fast becoming recognised as the most formidable form of treatment for weight-related complications, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnoea. It has also been linked with longer life expectancy and better quality of life; and, these days, laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery procedures like gastric sleeve surgery and lap band surgery are more accessible and affordable than ever before. A range of financial options, like early release of superannuation funds, low interest payment plans, private health funds, and even home loans, are being accessed to assist those determined to improve their quality of life and longevity sooner rather than later.

If controlling your weight has become unmanageable, weight loss surgery may be an option, but choosing the right procedure and health practitioners is essential to your success.

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health & fitness The process of losing weight following lap band surgery is exactly that-a process-so it’s imperative that a patient’s journey is well managed by both the patient and their clinical support team.

There are a number of weight loss surgery clinics these days; however, it pays to do your research in assessing key elements of experience, knowledge, and level of care of the service provider when comparing clinics. Of course, you need to make sure you always consider the expertise and experience of the surgeon, but don’t neglect the knowledge and level of care available through the clinic’s support team. A team that works collaboratively in managing a patient’s journey from their pre-surgery stage to the weight loss goal stage is in most cases the key contributor to patient success. Ideally, that team should include a dietitian, bariatric nurse, psychologist, and, in some cases, an exercise physiologist. This multidisciplinary approach is widely advocated across all spectrums of the weight loss surgery industry. Fortunately, complications or risks associated with weight loss surgery, particularly gastric sleeve and gastric band procedures, are generally rare and not life-threatening. Complication rates are around 0.5% for gastric band and around 1% for gastric sleeve. So, whilst this is an important consideration in assessing risks of surgery versus the long-term risks of not doing something about your weight problem, it’s the skill set of the multidisciplinary support team that is critical in helping patients make and maintain cognitive and behavioural changes essential to achieving good long-term results. There are surgeons who neglect the value of such collaborative team work, either because they believe surgery is the ‘be all and end all of it’ and they can personally manage certain aspects of the patient’s journey; or, such services come at an extra cost, which the surgeon then has to pass on to the patient by increasing their fees or outsourcing to third party allied health professionals. The problem with outsourcing is the potential for a breakdown in communication between members of the support team and, therefore, potential disconnection for the patient from the team-like approach. This may leave the patient feeling alienated; so, they become detached from the process and their goals. Outsourcing also means you may not necessarily be getting a dietitian or psychologist, for example, who work rather specifically within the weight loss surgery industry. Just like not all general surgeons can perform weight loss surgery, not all dietitians and psychologists understand behaviours and implications associated with weight loss surgery. Understanding behavioural traits associated with eating, exercise, and substance use, for example, including attitudes towards these, helps to assess suitability for a particular weight loss procedure and assists the patient and health professional in formulating strategies for an improvement in health-related behaviours and better weight loss results. It is equally important for the support team to assess such things as a patient’s general coping skills and knowledge or capacity in understanding the implications of weight loss surgery. An experienced in-house clinical team helps to address these issues and a surgeon who takes responsibility for ensuring appropriate support is available in their clinic to all of their patients. Weight loss is a holistic process and appropriate support must be easily accessible. As an example, I often meet people who have had lap band surgery but were not afforded appropriate pre and post-operative care by their surgeon. As a result, they have either struggled to lose weight or have had an unpleasant experience, including excessive vomiting, because the entire process has been mismanaged. The process of losing weight following lap band surgery is exactly that - a process - so it’s imperative that a patient’s journey is well managed by both the patient and their clinical support team. Gastric sleeve surgery is a little less complicated with regard to postoperative management, but nonetheless equally demanding in respect to a clinician assessing patient suitability and the patient making significant and sustainable lifestyle changes. Ultimately, having an experienced and knowledgeable team to guide you through the process of weight loss surgery could be the key difference in ensuring you permanently end your battle with weight. When comparing one weight loss surgeon over another, you may want to extend your comparisons to that of one entire clinic over another. Here are some suggestions for you to consider.

Experience Counts: How many weight loss surgery procedures has the surgeon or clinic done overall? How many gastric band vs gastric sleeve procedures? And, how many years have they been in the business? Complication Rates: What is the surgeon’s complication rate with both gastric band and gastric sleeve surgery and what is the process for treating such complications? Diversity: Does the clinic/surgeon offer a variety of solutions for sustainable weight loss? A clinic that offers a number of options appreciates that weight loss is not a ‘one size fits all’ process and that it’s important to make both clinical and patient-centred considerations. Support Team: Does the clinic have a multidisciplinary support team and who are they? Are they in-house or outsourced professionals? And, what support program do they offer their patients before and after surgery? Information Sessions: Find out if the clinic runs information sessions where you can meet the clinical team and learn more. A clinic active in promoting themselves and their services this way has confidence in their ability to convey information with sensitive consideration for those suffering from the effects of obesity. Research: Assess how involved a clinic or particular surgeon is in research. Are they credited in articles and publications? Is the clinic/surgeon perhaps associated with clinical trials? Either shows a commitment to research and innovation in the area of weight loss surgery. Website: How informative is the clinic’s website? Is it easy to find the information you’re looking for? Is the clinic endorsed by a number of supply partners or industry professionals? Testimonials: Get online and tap into some forums and blogs on the subject of weight loss surgery and get a feel for what people are saying. Also check out the clinic’s website for patient testimonials. Social Media: Facebook is a great way to connect with a particular clinic and its followers. An active clinic appreciates their contribution to the cause, and the contribution past patients make to the journey of prospective patients. Your GP: Ask your doctor who they would suggest and don’t be afraid to ask why. GPs are a great resource and are well informed regarding what’s happening in the medical community. Price: When making price comparisons it’s best to take into account all of the above, but in general you can’t put a price on improvements to quality of life, especially when you cost out your failed diets and weight loss attempts to date.

Since 1999 WLSA has helped over 5000 people with solutions for sustainable weight loss. Based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, WLSA offers Gastric Band, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Gastic Balloon, and Revision Stomach Surgery at John Flynn Hospital (Gold Coast) or Greenslopes Hospital (Brisbane). WLSA’s in-house support team includes a dietitian, psychologist, bariatric nurse and patient liaison officer. Each person plays an important role in guiding you on route to achieving your weight loss goals. For more go to 59


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e-sab skin & body clinic 95 Ashmore Rd, Bundall 4217 Phone: 07 5538 1844


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e-sab profile: Katrina Peacock

Ask any of e-sab skin & body clinic’s clients and they will tell you Therapist Katrina Peacock is a miracle worker, having literally changed lives with her knowledge and skill. Katrina started her career as a beauty therapist in the mid 1980s where she studied in Europe, and developed an early interest in a deeper level of understanding of skin, rather than just beauty and makeup. “I found (beauty therapists in Europe) to be well advanced compared to Australia. Many years later when I was working for the Terry White Pharmacy Group, I remember Rhonda White telling me that we were at the dawn of a new era in skincare formulation when we would see pharmacology and cosmetics blended. “In 2000 I decided to upgrade my qualifications and undertook further study in advanced clinical skin assessment, cosmetic chemistry and advanced treatment modalities in order to offer an advanced clinic that sits between beauty therapy and dermatology.” Katrina says she loves seeing the life changing results her work in skin care can achieve. “I have seen tears, had hugs, received letters, emails and calls from clients and family members,” she recalls. “The resolution or management of a skin condition can have profound impact on someone’s view of themselves. It is really gratifying to see the change I can make in someone’s life.”

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

“I love this product!” says Katrina Peacock of the awardwinning Environ™ Body Roll-CIT. “When it is used correctly, with the correct products, the results are amazing.” The Body Roll-CIT is a revolutionary instrument designed to treat large curved surfaces on the body. Basically e-sab the roller puts tiny little holes in product your skin so the Environ products pick (which have been chosen at your assessment) can be better utilised by your skin. “It doesn’t hurt,” Katrina says. “And it allows the products to get deep into your skin. It is a fantastic product, but you can’t just pick it up and start using it with any old product – I have had a few clients who have done that – you need to see which products you want in your skin first. Once you do that this product is amazing.”

e-sab must-haves

e-sab uses and recommends Environ skincare products. Environ’s vision has always been to make the best skin care in the world, through a philosophy of well researched, scientific skin care. Here are a few e-sab favourites: AVST range The AVST Creams 1 – 5 are Environ’s new innovative skin care range. These moisturisers contain vitamin A and antioxidants including vitamin E, vitamin C, Green Tea Extract, Honeybush and Rooibos Tea Extracts, Resveratrol and Beta-Carotene. The concentration of vitamins A and C increase in the step-up system of the moisturisers. The AVST moisturisers are endorsed by the prestigious Swiss Vitamin Institute. Intensive Hydrating Oil Capsules Environ’s Intensive Hydrating Oil Capsules contain antioxidants and vitamin A in an easily absorbable oil-based formula that helps to hydrate and gives the skin a silky feel. 61

start right Tips to start making breakfast a daily habit

Breakfast and weight management with WLSA.


kipping breakfast is a common habit for many people and has been found to go hand in hand with other unhealthy lifestyle behaviours, such as low physical activity and eating take away food more often. It is also linked to higher weight and waist circumference, and poorer diet quality. On the contrary, those who eat breakfast regularly are more likely to be a healthy weight and meet recommended intake of nutrients. There is some evidence that eating breakfast offers unique benefits over other meals by affecting metabolic hormones and appetite later in the day. A study published in the journal Nutrition investigated healthy men who regularly ate breakfast and the impact it had on their hormones, metabolism and appetite. Skipping breakfast was found to cause greater insulin resistance in response to foods consumed later in the morning; and, appetite regulating hormones like ghrelin were more stable when breakfast was consumed. Another study looked at the long-term effects of skipping breakfast in over 2000 Australian kids back in 1985, and then again in 2004-2006. They found those who skipped breakfast in both childhood and adulthood had a larger waist circumference and higher fasting insulin, total cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol than those who ate breakfast. A breakfast rich in fibre and protein can have a positive impact on appetite, and is a great opportunity to get a decent proportion of your daily nutritional intake. As an example, adults need 25-30 grams of fibre a day and most Australians are not getting enough. Wholegrain, such as oats or grainy bread with baked beans, high fibre cereals, and fruit, are all great sources of dietary fibre. Including a source of protein at breakfast can offer additional benefits to your sense of satiety and appetite regulation. By adding milk or a dollop of yoghurt, plus a few nuts, to a bowl of oats or muesli; or, by including a piece of grainy bread with an egg or baked beans, one can easily add a source of protein to their diet at breakfast. Keep in mind portion sizes are very important. It doesn’t take a large meal to get the metabolic benefits from breakfast; a small, well balanced meal is the way to go.

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People who are not in the habit of eating breakfast daily find it hard to start eating breakfast more regularly. They may not feel hungry or stress that they cannot stomach food early in the morning. On the other hand, those who have a regular breakfast habit, find it hard to leave the house without it. Many of those people who skip breakfast consume a large energy intake in the afternoon and evening. To help prepare yourself for a new habit of eating breakfast daily, make sure your dinner the night before is not too large and avoid eating after dinner. Breakfast doesn’t need to be a big meal; and, starting with a liquid option for breakfast, such as a fruit smoothie, can be easier to stomach. You can work on increasing variety over time. For those who forget, or complain they never have time for breakfast, there are lots of strategies to remind you to eat breakfast. Setting reminders on your phone for every morning at a specific time helps, so does taking out the breakfast bowl and box of cereal, for example, the night before. This way it’s the first thing you see on the table or kitchen counter in the morning. Regarding not having time to eat breakfast, consider what you don’t have time for today you’ll have to find time for later in life, including a growing waistline. A smoothie prepared on the spot or the night before, to have on the way to work or at work, if you’re really pushed for time, may just be what you need to get you going. The Diet Plate breakfast bowl makes it easy to manage your breakfast portions, allowing you to benefit from breakfast without blowing out your daily energy intake. The Diet Plate Breakfast Bowl: Fill to the red line with raw oats, cover with water and microwave for 1 minute. Then add fresh fruit, yoghurt and chopped nuts.

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WeightLoss Solutions Australia is now offering anti-ageing injections.


eightLoss Solutions Australia is in the business of changing lives through improved wellbeing and self esteem. Long regarded as leaders in the weight loss surgery field, WeightLoss Solutions Australia are now offering patients injections for anti-wrinkle treatment, performed by qualified registered nurses. The new addition to their services is a result of requests from many patients following success with weight loss surgery. These patients have expressed an interest in ‘refreshing their look’ and asked about this treatment. Registered nurses Carol Meyer and Michelle Scott have many years of experience in a variety of nursing areas. Carol has worked with WeightLoss Solutions Australia since 2000, originally as their practice nurse, seeing all patients who wished to undergo surgery for weight loss. During that time she has watched the practice grow and has been fortunate to witness thousands of patients improve their lives dramatically through weight loss surgery. As the clinic has evolved, Carol has changed her role to be more in administration; however, wanting to continue to use her nursing skills, she ventured into training to perform injectables for anti-wrinkle treatment. This has added a new dimension to both her nursing skills and the services offered at WeightLoss Solutions Australia. Michelle has been working with the clinic for the past three years, primarily as a clinical trial co-ordinator. She has extensive experience as a theatre nurse and has also been trained to perform gastric band adjustments in the rooms. Michelle has also extended her training into the area of anti-wrinkle treatment. WeightLoss Solutions Australia’s patients are nurtured from the first contact through to their surgery and follow up consultations with all members of the multi-disciplinary team. The team at WeightLoss Solutions Australia is very excited that they can now offer this additional treatment to further enhance patient self esteem. When they first began offering the treatments it was only to existing patients; but, as word-of-mouth spread about Carol’s and Michelle’s skill and ability, and the excellent, professional service offered, demand increased. WeightLoss Solutions Australia are now able to extend the treatment to anyone wanting a fresher new look. Michelle and Carol say the treatment offered in the clinic is mainly for the wrinkles around the eyes (crows feet), forehead and in between the eyebrows (glabella). “The patients have had such great results that their friends are wanting to have this done as well,” Michelle says. “The before and after photos are amazing.” Both Carol and Michelle spend time with the patients explaining the procedure and see them again two weeks later to assess the results. “We love the joy that patients express when they see the results,” Carol says. Anti-wrinkle injections may be commonplace these days and are offered by many establishments, all with varying degrees of experience and knowhow. Importantly, it is still a procedure that needs to be administered by professionals with the skill and medical experience to ensure the process is safe and effective – and the desired results are achieved. With so many years’ surgical experience, you can trust Carol and Michelle and the team at WeightLoss Solutions Australia. For more information go to

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some like it by Joanna Nostdal, Bikram Yoga Southport


Bikram yoga, developed by Bikram Choudhury, is a form of hatha yoga which takes place in a room heated to 40 degrees celsius with around 40 percent humidity. The 90 minute class consists of a series of 26 postures, which are repeated twice and held for between ten seconds to a minute. Controlled breathing sets the pace of the class with a “savasana” or break between each pose when the focus is on being completely still in both body and mind. An accredited Bikram yoga instructor guides you through each pose, taking your mind away from the troubles of your day and making you concentrate on achieving the best possible pose for you at that time.

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The room is so hot because we sweat out the chemical imbalances produced in daily living and help return the body to a purer state. The hot room also helps: • Relax the muscles as they are stretched • Open the pores and detoxify the body as toxins are removed through sweat • Prevent injury • Improve the body’s cooling systems • Clear the circulatory system by thinning the blood • Improve the cardiovascular workout by increasing the heart rate even though the breathing remains regular.

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Works every organ, gland, nerve, tendon, ligament and muscle in the whole body every Bikram Yoga session • Expands your capacity to breathe deeply and fully • Prevents injury and may prevent or improve chronic illness • Promotes better sleep, you may even need to sleep less • Weight loss or gain depending on your body’s needs • Fabulous body toning effects • Improve the healing and regenerative powers of your body • Improvement in posture and body awareness • Increased flexibility • Improvement in T-cell function and your immune system • Lengthening and strengthening of muscles • Improvement in your lymphatic system • Improvement in peripheral circulation • Gives the body a cardiovascular workout without negative impacting forces • Improvement in metabolism/digestion • Endocrine and exocrine glands are massaged and stimulated to better function • Nervous system is exercised • Muscular and skeletal network are enhanced • Weight bearing exercise will help prevent osteoporosis • Improves heart and lung function • Improves back conditions of pain and misalignment • Improves flexibility of your spine in its range of motion in all directions allowing the improvement in function of your central nervous system. Better nervous system communication means a better functioning body and mind • Integration of both sides of the brain to improve memory, learning, body coordination and balance • Helps cultivate a sense of wellbeing and a more peaceful mind • Builds mental strength and teaches you to hold your mind in a focused and meditative state. 65

No ordinary b u l c s s e n fit The Healthy Lifestyle Club on the Gold Coast is changing the way we experience fitness centres.


yms. They’re all pretty much the same, right? Rows and rows of equipment, an exercise room or two, and a few personal trainers; that’s the formula. Well it might be for most gyms, but The Healthy Lifestyle Club (HLC) on the Gold Coast has taken a different approach, a more holistic and inclusive approach, and created a boutique health club experience like no other. “We wanted to design something different, something unique,” says Marco Renai, who along with business partner Scott Corrigan owns and operates HLC. Marco’s wife Amber designed the club herself. “It doesn’t look like any other gym or fitness centre. There is a beautiful tea bar with a big communal table, and it has a really rustic, vintage look and feel,” Marco says. “The gym is really functional and well-equipped and there is a beautiful timber yoga and Pilates room; that’s a really special space. There is a also a new spin class room that our members love. The whole centre is designed to work as a community. We want people to feel connected to the fitness experts here, and to other members. “When people sign up they receive a health assessment and personal training session,” Marc says. “That means they start off on the right foot. We also have someone servicing the floor of the gym, like a restaurant maitre d’, walking the floor, making sure everyone has what they need, answering questions members might have. “We have education sessions every month as well, like nutritional talks, or cooking classes. They are really well-received. And we also have lots of events. Different ways to get together and get active, like runs or walks. Then every season we have a party, just to celebrate. It’s a great way for the members and staff to get together.” Chantal Watt has been a member at HLC for two-and-a-half years, and says the community feel of the club is part of the reason she keeps coming back – and credits the club with her fitness success. “The club offers everything I need,” she says. “A gym, classes, personal trainers, physio, and a dietitian,” Chantal says. “The services are great, but best of all is the feeling you get when you are in there. It sounds a bit corny maybe but you do feel really supported in there, like the staff genuinely care about you and what you are trying to achieve. “It’s a beautiful space as well, it doesn’t feel like an ordinary gym. There is a big communal table and it’s a great place to talk informally with the trainers and other members.” For more information go to 66 slim magazine summer 2013

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Being a Healthy Lifestyle Club member includes… • Professional gym • Yoga, Pilates and spin • Outcome based training plans • Dietary advice • Members lounge • Business meeting room • Bathroom and shower facility • Personal training studio • Running, Triathlon and Results clubs • Group training timetable • Massage and physiotherapy • Naturopathy • Fitness competitions and events • Social events, educational activities and live music

win a 12 month membership We are giving one lucky SLIM reader the chance to win a year’s membership to The Healthy Lifestyle Club. For your chance to win, email your contact details to and tell us in fifty words or less why you would like a membership to The Healthy Lifestyle Club. Competition closes 5pm, 30 May 2013.

mind over Hypnotherapist Anthea Thomas breaks through the myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnotherapy.


So just what is hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy undertaken with a person in ‘hypnosis’, where the therapist guides you into a lovely state of mental and physical relaxation and talks to your subconscious mind. Hypnosis is a natural state that you go in and out of every day. When you are in a hypnotic state, your mind is able to take a break and stop its busy chatter. Your subconscious mind is accessed, and this is where the great change can take place. In this relaxed state, we are much more open to suggestions, and once a suggestion is received and accepted by our subconscious mind, it is automatically and uncritically acted upon. How is hypnotherapy used to help couples who are facing fertility challenges? The part of our brain that regulates the stress response also regulates our sex hormones, and any imbalance in our thinking and feeling can directly impact on the reproductive system, and the delicate balance of hormones required for conception. A couple came to me last year, soon to begin their fifth round of IVF. There was no physical indication as to why they hadn’t fallen naturally. They were devastated, desperate and emotionally broken. I worked with them individually on restoring their emotional balance by reducing their stress, and increasing the feelings of calm and relaxation. Their 5th round of IVF was successful and they are now expecting a little boy. What are the success rates of the hypnotherapy program? Every day I am amazed and excited by the results of my clients, although the results

directly from hypnotherapy are hard to quantify. We do know through extensive studies and research that couples who utilise mind/body techniques such as hypnosis have a 42-55% conception rate, as compared to just 20% of those that use In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) alone.* What other conditions, problems or challenges can be treated using hypnotherapy? Although I specialise in fertility, pregnancy and birth, I work with a wide range of general health issues from stress, fear, anxiety, self-confidence, weight loss, unhealthy habits, phobias, immune disorders, pain management, sleep disturbance and general health and wellbeing. *The Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association and Fertility & Sterility Studies.

Practice Anthea’s calm breath to enhance the relaxation state: 1. Close your eyes • 2. Breathe in for 4 counts (in through your nose) • 3. Breathe out for 6 counts (out through your nose) – as you breathe out, let any tension out that you are holding in your neck and back – let your shoulders drop down • 4. Repeat the breathing until you feel a state of calm. The Medical Sanctuary is at the forefront of holistic medicine, bringing together the leaders in integrative health care, offering clients the best that conventional and alternative medicine has to offer. The Medical Sanctuary offers: • Holistic Doctors • Naturopathy • Osteopathy • Yoga Acupuncture and Qi Gong • Homoeopathy • Hypnotherapy • Massage Therapy • Kinesiology. For more go to

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Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Female Doctors and Naturopaths practicing holistic nutritional medicine A holistic medical clinic where female practitioners understand and treat all aspects of women’s health You no longer need to choose between conventional and alternative medicine

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A private Bali meets Byron at the divine Villas of Byron Bay. But be warned – you may never want to leave.

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he Villas of Byron have been built from a vision to indulge guests with an authentic Balinese experience within the relaxed and convenient vibe of Byron Bay. It had never been done before, and it will be a challenge to do again, as the visionaries responsible for this exotic hideaway have truly stretched the concept beyond your wildest beliefs. Almost far-fetched and absolutely luxurious, no photograph will truly articulate the finesse and attention to detail that exists between the nine-foot surrounding walls of utter privacy. The journey begins with the 300 year old Javanese hand-crafted doors that open into your own private hideaway revealing Asian-influenced sunken gardens, standing Buddha statues and pavilion thatched roofs before descending to a private plunge pool, heated spa and a Zen garden for meditative moments. The Villas of Byron spring to life with seductive mood lighting, a pre-loaded iPod filled with tasteful playlists and huge plasma TVs. Further indulgence is possible with heated marble floors, espresso machine and a private outdoor rain shower which is adjacent to each bedroom and is perfect for star gazing under the palms at night or enjoying the morning sun whilst bathing in true Balinese outdoor living style. Relax and recline under the gorgeously romantic medieval-style nets that dress each king size bed or lounge on the huge day bed in your Balinese batik robe. The Villas of Byron offer a range of villa categories, from the more intimate one bedroom villas designed for two adults to the opulent and hugely spacious two bedroom grand villas or four adults. Once guests arrive they have no need to leave as The Villas of Byron have created a pamper and dining menu to satisfy even the most discerning traveller. Indulgent options include French champagne, in-villa massage, beauty rituals, private yoga sessions, tarot readings, candle lit dinners prepared by your very own chef, gourmet breakfast and picnic hampers, decadent sushi platters, mouth-watering chocolate fondue and romantic turndowns complete with 100 candles, scattered rose petals and bubble bath to set the mood for that romantic night in. The Villas of Byron are the perfect escape year round regardless of the elements, it’s guaranteed that once you arrive you will never want to leave. This hidden gem is truly a certified sanctuary for the soul. There’s something about the tranquil space and design that encourages you to sit, reflect and get to know yourself again. So why not spoil yourself or that special someone and experience a piece of Bali in beautiful Byron Bay. Go to

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5 pairs to win

We love a great shoe! FRANKiE4 is an Australian owned and designed company created by husband and wife podiatrist and footwear design duo, Alan and Caroline McCullock. FRANKiE4 answers the call of women of all ages, all professions, with all types of podiatry and physiotherapy needs. It’s also for women who don’t want to compromise between fashion and function. The duo have created a line of orthotic friendly shoes that look stylish, incorporate feminine and stylish designs including Mary-Jane, lace up and ballet flats featuring stripes, spots and metallic finishes. For more go to

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Especially for SLIM readers, FRANKiE4 is giving away a pair of the MiM style ($210), RUDi ($200), ELLiE ($220) and GENi ($195) all available in a variety of colours and from sizes 6-13. For your chance to win, email your contact details to with FRANKiE4 in the subject line.

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5 to win A new skincare range, designed especially for men, has now launched in Australia. Bread&Butter Skincare is formulated for the sensitive skin men get from shaving, and offers men a hassle-free skincare range, with the ease of purchasing online. Made in Canada, Bread&Butter Skincare is the result of one man’s mission to create the ultimate skincare routine for men, following years of experience working for big brands in the beauty industry. All face products are free from irritating ingredients such as fragrances, grain alcohols and parabens; moisturisers hydrate with no shine or dewy glow – avoiding that “made up” feeling; and a light SPF 15 formulation offers broadspectrum UVA and UVB protection. The product can be purchased in a 3-piece custom kit (any three items) for $45, and 5-piece kit for $65. And it’s so easy. Men can purchase all their skincare needs, in simple kits, online at – an Australian based website offering national delivery. SLIM has five Bread & Butter packs to win. For your chance to win, email your contact details to with BREAD & BUTTER in the subject line.

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ll know about Moroccan oil, the miracle oil for the hair. But Australian company Seven Wonders has created their own version of the legendary Moroccan oil, with a twist – it’s for the skin. The same benefits that Moroccan oil gives to the hair – hydration and nourishment – can now be applied to the skin thanks to the new Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Skin Serum. It’s an all natural hair and skin care brand offering a range of salon-grade products, infused with organic ingredients. The Moroccan Argan Oil Skin Serum contains 98% organic Argan oil, Vitamin E oil and Rose oil and is free from harsh chemicals such as parabens. High in essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, the skin serum smoothes wrinkles, revitalises the appearance of skin, slows signs of premature ageing and moisturises and relieves dry skin. Perfect for all ages and skin types, Argan oil is also known to help with acne, eczema, psoriasis and skin irritation by keeping the skins natural oil levels balanced. For more go to SLIM has 10 Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Skin Serum’s to win. For your chance to win, email your contact details to with SEVEN WONDERS in the subject line.

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Berlei’s Breathe Demi and Curves Breathe Balconette combine innovative design with every latest technology. Breathe features ultra lightweight breathable cups that allow maximum air to flow through with inside moisture wicking fabric that will keep you feeling cool, dry and fresh all day no matter how hot it gets. Berlei Breathe’s lightweight cups are 20-30% lighter than regular cups providing great support and comfort. Breathable cups allow maximum air flow through the fibres to keep the skin cool, designed with no added bulk for a smooth and sexy silhouette. The Berlei Breathe Demi ($59.95) comes in sizes 10A-16DD and the Berlei Curves Breathe Balconette ($69.95) is available in sizes 10DD-22DD. Both styles are available in three stylish colours White, Black Ice and Soft Powder. Berlei Breathe Demi and Berlei Curves Breathe Balconette are available from Myer, David Jones and selected specialty stores. For more, or to purchase online go to or call 1800 645 045. SLIM has five Berlei Breathes to win. For your chance to win, email your contact details to with BERLEI in the subject line.

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5 to win You can train like a pro with the PowerTube Pro Total Resistance Gym. Participation in a regular resistance workout will not only increase muscle tone and build strength and power, but will also increase bone density, improve posture, accelerate injury recovery time and boost your resting metabolism. If your trusty weights workout has you whingeing and you’re tired of paying hefty gym membership fees, it might be time you discovered the resistance revolution that has some of the world’s top athletes hooked. Touted as a “gym in a bag”, the PowerTube Pro Total Resistance Gym (TRG) is an adjustable system of five light-weight elasticised resistance bands that can be anchored individually, or in combination to a door or any fixed object, allowing you to perform more than 70 common gym exercises. Developed by an all-Australian team including former Wallabies Captain, George Gregan, each of the PowerTube resistance tubes is colour-coded with a different “weight” and can be combined to create anywhere from two kilograms to 62 kilograms of resistance, in more than 30 different combinations. The beauty of this system, is that whether you’re a beginner or a professional athlete, the PowerTube Pro TRG can provide a full body workout that is tailor-made especially for you. Each PowerTube Pro TRG comes with a comprehensive training manual and instructional DVD detailing more than 70 gym exercises that you can do in the comfort of your home, in the park, on holidays, in the office or in your hotel room. For more, go to

The new Magellan Switch and Switch Up training devices are set to be a huge hit among multisport enthusiasts. Using GPS technology the cutting-edge Switch range includes functions such as the Activity Pacer that not only shows you if you are on target, but calculates and instructs what targets you need to achieve to reach your goal. It can also calculate and give you the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) in real time for your activity, for instance, if you are going for a run, it will tell you the time you will finish based on you current pace, say at 3.21pm. Furthermore, if you stop for a five minute break midway then resume again, the Switch will add those five minutes to your ETA in real time. It is now very easy to measure and monitor your fitness – whether you’re paddling through the water, cycling through the countryside or running. Magellan Switch can stay with you and help spur you on to set new targets, beat personal bests and clearly understand how well you are doing. The Magellan Switch also allows you to jump from one activity to another and keep the data grouped under one workout. This is perfect for someone who regularly likes to go for a bike ride, then a run and then hop back on the bike. Both Switch products also capture valuable information such as calories burnt, distance and pace. The Switch range is available in fitness stores nationally. For more go to SLIM has one Magellan Switch and Switch Up training device to win. For your chance to win, email your contact details to competition@slim with MAGELLAN in the subject line.

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SLIM has five PowerTube Pros to win. For your chance to win, email your contact details to with POWERTUBE in the subject line. 71

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1 to win It’s the definitive luxury sports tourer. Defined by exceptional on-road dynamics, class-leading comfort and outstanding capability. Alluring. Ready, poised in anticipation of the drive ahead. Range Rover Sport is assertive, with a unique identity and a low-to-the-road, contemporary appearance. Range Rover Sport, with its muscular, sharp attitude looks like it’s moving, even when it’s standing still. For more information go to

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Thanks to our friends at Bruce Lynton Landrover Gold Coast, you can enjoy a weekend behind the wheel of the fabulous Range Rover Sport. Terms and conditions apply*. For your chance to win, email your contact details to with BRUCE LYNTON in the subject line. *The vehicle will be supplied for one nominated weekend, subject to availability. The prize vehicle is to be collected on Friday afternoon of the nominated weekend and returned Monday morning. Please note that some conditions apply. *To claim this prize you must be over 21 years of age. The car is subject to a maximum of 300kms and an insurance excess (up to $1,200) may apply for an at fault accident or for damage that cannot be claimed by a third party. You will be required to sign an unaccompanied test drive disclaimer form and provide a current copy of your open driver’s licence.

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5 TO WIN If you are tired of downing pungent liquids and hard to swallow vitamin and supplement pills, never fear, revolution is on its way. An effervescent revolution had already taken place across Europe and the US and the launch of Q.R Health’s effervescent range of vitamins and supplements is bringing it to Australia. This range of premium quality, high potency, effervescent vitamins and supplements includes six quick response products, each tailored to suit varying health needs of individuals. They’re tasty and easy to drink, allowing the active ingredients to get where they need to go, quickly. The range of effervescent vitamins and supplements includes: • Q.R Defence Vitamin C, Zinc + Bioflavonoids (Helps boosts your immune system); • Q.R. Her Women’s Multivitamin B Plus (Supports Women’s general health and wellbeing); • Q.R Him Men’s Multivitamin B Plus (Supports Men’s general health and wellbeing); • Q.R Strength Calcium and D3 (Helps maintain healthy bones and teeth); • Q.R Energy Co-Enzyme Q10 (Powerful Antioxidant – helps with energy production); • Q.R Immunity Echinacea (Helps relieve cold and flu symptoms). Thanks to Q.R Health, SLIM readers can win one of five packs including all products mentioned above and valued at $91.94. For your chance to win, email your contact details to with QR in the subject line. 72 slim magazine summer 2013

Mum of three, Victoria Fulford, was sick of seeing her family use the same cloth she’d used to wipe up the baby’s breakfast mess, to clean the kitchen counter, and every other surface. She decided to do something about it and Simply Clean was born. A first of its kind in Australia, Simply Clean is a new and innovative company that specialises in a range of cleaning products designed to promote safe hygiene practices in the home and office and help protect users from the risks of bacteria (very necessary given that Mythbusters concluded that the kitchen sponge is the number one source of bacteria in the household). The range is divided into Kitchen, Bathroom and Microfibre Clothes and more specifically, each product is individually labelled and colour-coded to indicate which area and surface it is to be used for. For more go to We have 10 Simply Clean packs to win, valued at $20.97 each. For your chance to win, email your contact details to competition@slim-magazine with SIMPLY CLEAN in the subject line.

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BackJoy creates a unique shape to support your body, and can help you have better posture. We all sit for an average of nine hours each day, which can lead to a host of back and neck problems. BackJoy makes sitting easier, more comfortable, and more consistent, anywhere you sit. It works on any surface, it is lightweight and it is easily portable, great for home, the car, office, airplane, anywhere you need to sit. No wonder this product is getting rave reviews from back experts everywhere. For more information or to order your BackJoy, go to

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Thanks to BackJoy, six lucky SLIM readers will win a BackJoy valued at $49.95 each. For your chance to win, email your contact details to competition with BACKJOY in the subject line.

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10 to win From everyday hair care to styling and colouring, Schwarzkopf, the experts in hair care have everything you could need for luscious locks! Schwarzkopf is shaking up the permanent hair colour category with the introduction of LIVE Shake It Up Colour Foam – an easy-to-use foam for long lasting, vibrant hair colour. In addition, their new Taft FULL ON female range brings high quality styling at an affordable price; meaning it’s easier than even to recreate star style, hot hair trends or street-inspired looks without fuss. For more information go to Thanks to our friends at Schwarzkopf, 10 lucky SLIM readers will win a deluxe Schwarzkopf hair care prize pack valued at $38.95. Each prize includes LIVE Shake It Up Colour Foam in the shade of your choice, Taft FULL ON Guardian Angel Straightening Iron Spray, Taft FULL ON Smooth Operator Anti-Frizz Lotion, Taft FULL ON Booster Volume Mousse and Taft FULL ON Freeze It Fixing Hairspray. For your chance to win, email your contact details to with SCHWARZKOPF in the subject line.

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10 to win We all love fresh, clean water and BRITA has the answer with their new range of Marella Water Filter Jugs. We have ten of the new BRITA Marella Water Filter Jugs to give away. In an exciting new range of translucent colours (rose, lavender, mint and orchid) Marella Water Filter Jugs have a 1.4 litre filtered capacity and conveniently fit inside your fridge door. The clever MAXTRA filter cartridge reduces chlorine and impurities, as well as reducing other substances such as lead or copper that may be present in tap water from household pipes. This results in soft, delicious tasting water for drinking, and also results in tea and coffee developing a perfect aroma and cooked dishes to retain their full flavour. For more go to Thanks to our friends at Brita, SLIM readers can win one of 10 Marella Water Filter Jugs valued at $34.95. For your chance to win, email your contact details to competition with BRITA in the subject line.

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The i.Pixel Bike is an ideal exercise machine for your home gym. It is adjustable to ensure comfort and stability, offers a built-in heart rate monitor and exercise programs. Enjoy a universe of multimedia and internet on your Apple device (iPhone or iPad) while exercising, review your training exercises each time you update the training Apps, or download new ones. Make the most of its 12 pre-set programs and 24 intensity levels to boost your workout as your fitness levels improve. Four heart rate control programs help you target your ideal heart rate zone. For more information go to, visit your local store or call 1300 GO HARVEY. Thanks to Harvey Norman’s Connected Health Bundall Slim readers have the chance to win a fantastic i.Pixel Bike, valued at $899. For your chance to win, email your contact details to with CONNECTED HEALTH in the subject line. 73

$400 value

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The FatBlaster Coconut Detox Two-Day Plan is designed to help you flush away toxins while reducing belly bloat and puffiness to help you feel lighter, rejuvenated and get the body you want. Makers say their special formula combines the hydrating properties of coconut water (virtually fat free) taken from the young coconuts, and the thermogenic power of MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) found in mature coconuts which can help jump start the metabolism and fat-burning. It also contains the power of the superfruits Acai and Goji which are high in antioxidants. For more on the celebrity favourite program go to We have 10 FatBlaster Coconut Detox packs to win valued at $39.99 each. For your chance to win, email your contact details to with FATBLASTER in the subject line.

Terms & conditions: All competitions close 5pm, 30 May 2013. One entry per person for each competition. SLIM Magazine reserves the right to verify the validity of entries.

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6 to win Our gorgeous covergirl Jennifer Hawkins swears by them, and now SLIM readers have a chance to try her secret weapon for themselves. Bioglan have extended their range of supplements to include nutrient- rich wholefoods aptly named SuperFoods which includes Spirulina Powder, Chia Seeds, Acai + Berry Powder and Chlorophyll Liquid. Bioglan SuperFoods can be incorporated into daily meals and for an extra well balanced, high nutrient diet they can be added to ‘fresh super foods’ such as; yoghurt, honey, apples, coconut, broccoli, kale, wild salmon and eggs. Available from all good pharmacies nationally.

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Shamala Ratnesar is a leading dietitian who has published two groundbreaking books on Omega-3s, and has now turned her attention to the complete program she developed for her highly successful weight loss and lifestyle clinic in Sydney. For the past nine years she has been treating people suffering from obesity, pre-diabetes, diabetes and heart disease, with stunning results, some verging on miraculous. The Total Life Diet is based on a complete nutrition, health and weight loss program that dispels many myths about dieting. The Total Life Diet takes a whole new approach to food, health and weight control and is original, unique and different to other diets in many ways. It goes beyond GI to emphasise food quantities; shares vital information about Omega-3s; shows people how to read food labels on packaged foods; provides shopping lists; tips for eating out; motivation; and the secret to losing weight while feeling full and energetic. We have 10 copies of The Total Life Diet to win, valued at $35 each. For your chance to win, email your contact details to competition@ with TOTAL LIFE DIET in the subject line.

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Thanks to Bioglan, SLIM readers have the chance to win one of six Bioglan SuperFoods packs valued at $79.84 each. Each pack includes Bioglan Chia Seeds, Bioglan Acai + Berry Powder, Bioglan Spirulina and Bioglan Chlorophyll Liquid. For your chance to win, email your contact details to with BIOGLAN in the subject line.

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Q Life Clinics is a team of dedicated, professional therapists that have one mission: to help you achieve weight loss for life. Understanding that traditional methods – such as diets and exercise programs – don’t work for everyone, Q Life Clinics set about developing a program that would help people lose weight and keep the weight off for life. The result is a unique program that uses cognitive behaviour and hypnosis therapies to help people achieve weight loss, gradually and sustainably over a period of time. The program assists clients in changing their relationship with food. In essence, we train the mind and body to accept more healthy foods in responsible portions. The Q Life program was developed by well-known counsellor and Clinical hypnotherapist Glynis Bretherton. With extensive formal education in counselling and hypnotherapy, Glynis has worked as a counsellor, educator and clinical hypnotherapist. She has also developed a Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis that is recognised and registered as a course by the Australian Hypnotherapists Association and the Hypnotherapist Counsel of Australia. Thanks to our friends at Q Life, SLIM readers can win a 12 week program valued at $3500. For your chance to win, email your contact details to competition@slim-magazine. with Q LIFE in the subject line.

$3500 value

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The Toyota Corolla has been the go-to car for value, quality and dependability for more than 40 years, and the latest Toyota Corolla is no exception.


roving you can make a great thing greater, Toyota has launched a stylish new Corolla hatch that is more dynamic, better equipped and better value than ever before. The 11th generation of the world’s best-selling car – that’s right, it’s the world’s best-selling car – delivers more power and better on-road dynamics while fuel consumption and emissions have been lowered across the range. While improving Corolla’s standard equipment at every level, Toyota has reduced prices on three grades – Ascent, Ascent Sport and Levin SX – while holding prices on the luxury Levin ZR. The entry price for the new Corolla Ascent hatch has been sharpened by $1,000 to just $19,990 – the best recommended retail price among small-car competitors from Mazda, Ford, Holden, Hyundai and Volkswagen. Top-of-the-range Corolla Levin ZR maintains its price even though it gains HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting and automatic high beam. It also has the option of a new SkyviewT panoramic roof. “Corolla is an incredible success story with more than 1.2 million sold in this country,” Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said. “It has created a unique presence in the Australian psyche as the best-selling Toyota in Australia while developing a brand image of great importance with its long-established reputation for quality, durability and reliability,” he said. “The new Corolla hatch will build on that heritage with performance, style, quality and value that will excite a new generation of buyers. It delivers the European styling and advanced technology demanded by today’s small-car buyers – whether they are young singles or couples, ‘empty nesters’ or families needing an extra car. Improvements in every aspect of the new-generation Corolla will underpin further sales success.”

THE TECHINCAL STUFF Australian Corollas are fitted with a revised 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that develops more power at 103kW. At the same time, engine enhancements, aerodynamic improvements, weight management and chassis tuning have contributed to dynamic and efficiency gains across the range. A new seven-speed MultiDrive S-CVT transmission

provides a seamless automatic shift mode or a sequential, stepped seven-speed Sport mode. It helps lower fuel consumption and emissions by more than 10 per cent to as low as 6.6 litres/100km and 152g/km of CO2 on the combined cycle – better even than the six-speed manual. In automatic mode, the system is optimised for quietness and fuel economy, matching the transmission to the engine at all times by monitoring accelerator pedal angle, vehicle speed and braking force. In Sport mode, the system is optimised for response and direct engine control with close-ratio upshifts and a direct downshift feeling for precise cornering control under braking and deceleration.

SAFETY Every Corolla comes with seven airbags, vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-skid brakes, six-speaker audio, cruise control, BluetoothT connectivity, air-conditioning and seatbelt warning alarm for all five seats. Corolla has a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

EURO STYLING Although Corolla has been a mainstay of the Japanese car industry, the latest model also benefits from extensive research and evaluation in Europe. Toyota’s focus on European buying preferences – which are broadly similar to Australian tastes – has delivered edgier styling. New Corolla displays the more confident and agile face of Toyota with a low, sloping bonnet and reduced overall height that accentuate the hatch’s sleeker, more streamlined appearance. Its Euro-inspired exterior design combines smooth-flowing surfaces with sweeping character lines to provide the sense of agility expected in the small hatch segment. The resulting aerodynamic benefits contribute to improved fuel efficiency and driving dynamics. A lighter yet more rigid body shell and revised suspension, steering and seating position offer a more comfortable and engaging drive. These measures have resulted in a lower centre of gravity that improves high-speed stability and cornering agility. A spacious and appealing interior benefits from the adoption of high-quality materials and smart packaging that liberates more space for occupants and their luggage. The interior offers more space and greater comfort for occupants with an emphasis on improved sensory quality and the use of lighting, font, colour and finish to provide a more premium feel. To fully experience the new Corolla, take it for a test drive at Grand Motors Toyota Southport, 265 Ferry Rd, Southport. Call 07 5583 6888 or go to 75

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The silly season never looked so sensational. 130 lovely ladies turned out to the divine Videre Restaurant on the 21st floor of the stunning RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast for the Label Magazine and SLIM Magazine combined Christmas lunch. The girls enjoyed fabulous festive food, Skinnygirl cocktails, 28 White energy drinks, and more. But it wasn’t all play, the ladies raised almost $5000 for The Gold Coast Community Fund.


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Colour me happy As if the bold and beautiful Bazaar at QT Gold Coast wasn’t colourful enough, the lovely ladies who lunch added a vibrant dash of pink at the Label Lunch to raise money for The National Breast Cancer Foundation. As usual it was another sell-out lunch; guests were treated to gorgeous goodie bags, a sumptuous buffet, and raised over $8000 for the cause.

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Therese Cooper, Dene Reynolds & Julie Castles

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“What I know for sure is this: The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal for this year is, you can get there — as long as you’re willing to be honest with yourself about the preparation and work involved. There are no back doors, no free rides. There’s just you, this moment, and a choice.” Oprah Winfrey

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