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Dr Berit Nordstrand author of The Scandinavian Belly Fat Program believes that eating the right foods will not only decrease your abdominal fat, it will stabilise your blood sugar and decrease your biological age.
AMN: Why are 'diet' products no good for us?
Dr Nordstrand: They are full of artificial sweetener for one thing. We need building blocks and nutrition in our food. With low fat you get high carb and not enough of the smart fats and essential fatty acids that the body needs to absorb nutrients. Without these fatty acids, we lose vitamins, minerals and our gut flora fail to thrive. Also our brain cells need those fatty acids to regenerate.
AMN: Why should we cut back on products with a long shelf life?
Dr Nordstrand: These products have got lots of artificial additives in them and at the same time they have taken away the smart fatty acids.These types of foods are typically less prebiotic which is important for our gut flora. We need more prebiotic foods like honey or organic maple syrup. Enriching gut flora increases the burning of belly fat, stabilises blood sugar levels and increases the immune system.
AMN: Is it hard to cut sugar from your diet?
Dr Nordstrand: No. I'm a specialist in addiction so I have experience in cutting sugar fro peoples diets. The key is to focus on taking small steps, and also not to focus on what you can' teat but rather what you can eat and you enjoy eating. Such as replacing sugar with honey which like I mentioned is a prebiotic and process gut health. Really we should be having no more than 1 teaspoon of sugar a day.
AMN: Why should we include fat into our diets?
Dr Nordstrand: You always need fat with vegetables, not only for taste but also for health. Fat will increase nutrient intake of vegetables such at beta carotene from carrots. Just say you had some sliced tomatoes for breakfast without any olive oil, your body won't absorb as many lycopenes, but add some extra virgin olive oil and the lycopene absorption will increase. It's also important to note that white carbs will slow the burning of belly fat.
AMN: What on the go foods can you recommend?
Dr Nordstrand: In my handbag I keep some dark chocolate, some nuts and a bottle of water. I know that if I get caught out, that will sustain me for a few hours. Other things I like to grab include greek yogurt (preferably with no sugar) although you probably don't want to be carrying that around in your handbag. I also make my own granola to snack on which is sweetened with honey.
Dr. Nordstrand is a Norwegian physician and specialist in clinical pharmacology, devotes her career to the study of how medicine and food work on the body’s receptors. Also certified cognitive therapist, Berit serves as chief consultant in a clinic specializing in addiction medicine.
It can hard for parents to identify gross motor coordination issues, however, the earlier any issues are identified, the easier it is to address the problem and help children during early stages of their growth.
Debbie Evans, Founder and Clinical Director of Sydney’s most sought after children’s therapy service, Therapies for Kids, shares five ways to identify gross motor coordination issues in kids and her top five tips on how to help them develop.
1. Finding it difficult with acquisition or performance of gross motor skills
“There are a few indications that your child is finding it difficult developing gross motor skills. This includes if your child is older than two and is unable to jump on the spot, having difficulties running at three, cannot go up and down stairs with one foot per step at four, having trouble doing hurdles and hopping aged between four to five years. Strengthening activities are a good and engaging way to help children learn. You can make games fun such as giraffe walking, bear walking and crab walking, etc.”
2. Having trouble with playground games
“Between the ages of five and six, children should be able to throw and catch a tennis ball in their hands, play handball and use a skipping rope. If not, there is a chance they have gross motor coordination problems. To help your child develop their coordination skills, have a frequent repetition of activities. Do little bits and do it often. A helpful method is carrying a skipping rope, ball or scooter in the car which gives the opportunity to play with your child when you are outdoors and to improve hand-eye coordination. I suggest playing handball with your child. This involves catching and bouncing the ball, catching a bouncing ball and also getting your child to bounce the ball to themselves, off a wall etc.”
3. Finding it challenging to plan a movement safely
“For school aged children, tell-tale signs that they have gross motor coordination issues is when they cannot plan a movement safely. This includes difficulties with moving around a classroom and playground, walking up and down stairs, tripping over often and the inability to follow a sequence such as hopscotch. To help children overcome these issues, ensure that all activities are fun. Use different environments – make it safe but also stimulating. Props are also helpful too – this can include using bubbles, balls/hurdles, games and songs. It’s also great to involve siblings and friends as they can support and encourage one another.”
4. Requiring support with activities requiring balance
“When it comes to activities requiring balance, children experiencing difficulties can have poor spatial awareness. This can be evident when stepping off high objects as they misjudge distance. They trip over their own feet or small mats and are clumsy, such as bumping into table edges, doorways, etc. They may also have difficulty putting on clothes whilst standing because of poor balance. Selecting a variety of activities can excite children into trying new things and becoming more aware of how they balance. Some great activities are hopscotch and Simon Says or parents can use park play equipment and props from around the house such as chairs to crawl under, old mattresses to jump on and skipping ropes to jump over.”
5. Requiring assistance performing activities of daily living
“If your child has trouble getting dressed in the morning or tying up shoelaces and doing up buttons, they may have motor coordination issues. To overcome this, tailor your teaching methods to adapt to your child’s learning skills. This should be tried with a range of prompts including physical, verbal and visual. As you show them how to perform activities of daily living, this will allow them to follow along and learn. Emphasise and repeat when you have discovered which method works the best for your child.”
Therapies for Kids is for all abilities. For more information, visit www.therapiesforkids.com.au
Therapies for Kids is located at 37 Nelson Street, Annandale, NSW 2038.
Often parents may be concerned or wonder when they should be concerned with their baby’s coordination.
We have a delicious Spanish recipe to share with you from Lonely Planet’s, From the Source: Spain.
The authority on global travel, Lonely Planet launched Lonely Planet Food this month. Lonely Planet travel guides have been a staple of travel for over 40 years, with recommendations on the best places to dine and drink a reliable go to for travellers.
‘Crumbs’ from Extremadura
The stunning town of Cáceres, in one of the most remote corners of Spain, sits in farming country, and its dishes reflect that. Migas were created by shepherds to keep them nourished all day.
Chef: Alejandro Jarrones Arias
Location: El Figón de Eustaquio, Cáceres
Like so many Spanish dishes, migas has its roots in the long days of walking that shepherds would endure to find fresh pastureland for their sheep, carrying the bare bones of a meal in their pockets to be cooked over an open fire. These basic ingredients largely consisted of leftover bread (migas means breadcrumbs), salt and garlic, which would be added to whatever vegetables could be found along the way, and later came to include cured ham and sausages. There are regional variations from Aragon, from Andalucía, but the Extremadura version is generally considered to be the classic one. ‘We have other well-known dishes in the region,’ says Alejandro Jarrones Arias, ‘But migas and Extremadura are inextricably connected.’
El Figón de Eustaquio has been honouring this connection for over half a century. Opened by Eustaquio Blanco in 1947, and still run by the same family, it has fed a staggering amount of visitors to the picturesque medieval town of Cáceres. In that time, the menu has changed little. ‘That’s what we’re about’ confirms Alejandro. ‘I would say about 80% of the dishes have stayed the same, but that’s why people come here.’
‘The important thing with migas is to keep it moving in the pan so all the crumbs are soaked in the juice,’ Alejandro explains, ‘and the shepherds had plenty of time for this. There’s a saying: “Las migas del pastor, cuanto más vueltas mejor; las del gañán, a las dos vueltas están.”’ With the shepherd’s crumbs, the more they are stirred the better; with the farmhand’s crumbs, a couple of times will do.
‘Crumbs’ from Extremadura
Preparation & cooking time 30min
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, sliced finely
1 red pepper, diced finely
1 tsp of pimentón dulce (sweet paprika)
250ml chicken or beef stock, or 250ml water with salt
4 eggs (optional)
1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, and fry the garlic and pepper. When the garlic begins to brown, add the pancetta and the chorizo.
2. Once it has cooked, after 5–10 minutes, add the paprika and stir, then quickly add the stock to make sure the paprika doesn’t burn.
3. Add the breadcrumbs and combine over a low heat, stirring constantly, until the bread has soaked up all the juice.
4. You can serve with a fried egg on top of each portion, if desired.
Tip: Native to Extremadura, pimentón de la Vera is a pungent smoky paprika, generally considered to be the best you can find. It’s available in Spanish delicatessens and even large supermarkets.
This is an extract from From the Source: Spain, written by Sally Davies and photographed by Margaret Stepien © Lonely Planet 2016. In stores now, RRP: $34.99, www.lonelyplanet.com
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Now here is a job that every kid in Australia wants! Toys’R’Us, home of Australia’s largest range of the best toys in Australia, has commenced its search for four lucky kids to become the official 2016/17 Chief Toy Testers. My eldest son loves watching YouTube video's of kids that test toys. Some of these video's have wracked up more than 40 million views! It's an online phenomenon that I never knew existed until we stumbled across it after watching Jang Bricks doing his Lego reviews on YouTube. My son loves Jang and has decided he wants to be him when he grows up. With Toys’R’Us searching for a Chief Toy Tester why wait?
The Chief Toy Testers receive regular deliveries of new and unreleased toys throughout the year, their job is to test out the toys and share their verdict via a video review. These video reviews are a great resource for kids and parents alike as they make that all important decision around the best toys to buy. Literally a dream come true for any child.
Toys’R’Us are searching for four new Chief Toy Testers (aged 5-12 years old). Kids can register from Monday 5th through to Sunday 25th September. Head to the Toys’R’Us homepage for more information.
It's one of those things that you don't want to think about when going through a relationship break down. What about money? It can be overwhelming trying to sort through finances at such an emotionally challenging time. ASIC have launched new online resources to guide Australian's through the financial aspects of divorce and separation.
The Divorce and Separation Financial Checklist and the Asset Stocktake Calculator are designed to help Australians manage their finances and make informed financial choices to avoid financial pitfalls during periods of significant change in their life.
- making informed financial decisions at the time of a relationship breakdown;
- separating finances and getting money on track post separation and divorce and;
- commencing the property settlement process by providing a summary of assets and debts.
'A relationship breakdown changes many aspects of a person's life, including their finances. This can leave people feeling stressed and overwhelmed and make it difficult to focus on financial decisions', said Mr Peter Kell, ASIC Deputy Chairman.
'The new resources can help sort out money issues and guide people through the financial uncertainty they may be facing when a relationship ends, by providing practical steps to separate finances,' added Mr Kell.
Research undertaken by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has measured the impact of a relationship breakdown on people's finances, which especially affects women. Divorce had a substantial negative effect on the equivalised household incomes of women, with Australian women experiencing a fall in income of 21 per cent compared to their pre-divorce income.
Anne Hollonds, Psychologist and Director of the Institute of Family Studies said, 'When a relationship breaks down, we often don't know how to start sorting out our finances. The new checklist from ASIC's MoneySmart can help you work out what you need to do. You can also use it to support someone you know who's going through a divorce or separation.'
 de Vaus, D., Gray, M., Qu, L., & Stanton, D. (2015). The economic consequences of divorce in six OECD countries(Research Report No. 31). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.
In the lead up to fathers day, Lifebroker has put together some fun and interesting facts about Aussie Dads. From backyard sports injuries to sleep deprivation, what they do and their attitudes to family life and work-family-life balance, its paints a picture of the changing role of dads in Australia.
Lifebroker is one of Australia’s leading comparison websites for life insurance and income protection, offering a free comparison of leading life insurers in Australia. Australians can easily compare both the benefits and features, as well as the cost, of each product to make a confident decision for their family’s financial future.
One of Canberra's best loved events, Floirade, is set to return next month for it's biggest year yet. Over one million flowers will bloom in Canberra's Commonwealth Park with the even set to run from 17th September to 16th October.
In a surprise move, Floriade has made history by transporting 192 planter boxes from a Canberra nursery and installed them at Floriade. These planter boxes will make up one tenth of the total floral display and it means that no additional soil or physical beds needed to be dug to accommodate these additional flowers.
The team at StrathAyr Turf Systems have been working with Floriade for the past two years on the designs of the planter boxes. Chief Operations Officer Peter Casimaty, is delighted to be involved with the event.
“The innovation of the StrathAyr planter boxes brings another element of design to Floriade and enables more flexibility in use of the park. The technology has been adapted from StrathAyr portable sports fields, portable tennis courts and drop-in cricket wickets,” commented Casimaty.
Running from 17th September to 16th October, the annual festival is much more than just a flower show. For further information or to see the full schedule of events and activities, visit the website: www.floriadeaustralia.com.
Louis Vuitton takes inspiration from a cosmic voyage to mark the brand’s exclusive collaboration with Printemps. From
27 August 2016, the store windows and the atrium of the Parisian department store will depict a spectacular voyage
through a vast imaginary landscape and through space and time, brought together by a vision of femininity in movement.
Against this visual backdrop, a range of exclusive products including bag charms, items from the ready-to-wear range,
leather goods and footwear, will be showcased.
Layers of terracotta-coloured sand and rock are washed in an intense, otherworldly luminous blue. This strange yet familiar
landscape forms an impressive backdrop to the LOUIS VUITTON LOVES PRINTEMPS event. It will be on display for a
few weeks in the Printemps windows as well as in a pop-up store located in the main atrium of Printemps Women Store.
A selection of exclusive products and Louis Vuitton's first ever-perfume will be juxtaposed among the dunes of this cosmic
landscape. Perfume bottles, leather goods, accessories, footwear and ready-to-wear designs will be displayed in this
quasi-supernatural setting illuminated by cosmic rays. This universe is inhabited by figures in constant movement that
embody a lighter, more sensual version of the Louis Vuitton woman wearing the 2016/2017 Autumn-Winter ready-towear
The Boulevard Haussmann windows depict a fantastic voyage to a new horizon and the voyage continues inside the store
with a pop-up store located in the atrium, which echoes the theme of raw materials and a futuristic spirit. Designed as a
clear extension of the store windows, the pop-up store is a bespoke area selling the Louis Vuitton perfume as well as a
range of products only available at Printemps for the duration of the event.
FROM 26 AUGUST TO 22 OCTOBER - PRINTEMPS WOMEN STORE - LOWER GROUND FLOOR
Supple, hard-wearing and incredibly malleable, the Noé bag and its "small format" version are direct descendants of
the very first model designed in 1932 by Gaston-Louis Vuitton for a champagne maker who wanted to be able to
carry five bottles in a single bag. One of the first "urban" bags designed by the company, its bucket shape and
shoulder strap were immediately popular with newly liberated, busy women in need of accessories that suited their
bright new lifestyle.
Noé's ability to adapt to any occasion and meet the challenges of everyday life have made this
resolutely contemporary bag an iconic piece in Louis Vuitton collections. For the Printemps event, the Monogram
print of the Petit Noé will be covered in patches and luggage stickers in a limited edition. Inspired by luggage stickers that were
affixed to steamer trunks in the past -- of which Gaston-Louis Vuitton had a large collection -- Nicolas Ghesquière decided to use the
luggage sticker motif on several Monogram print accessories for the 2016/2017 Autumn-Winter fashion show. This Monogram Voyage
theme is reproduced at Printemps with a selection of exclusive products including a stole and a T-shirt available in two colours and, of
course, the Petit Noé bag.
Text ©Printemps. All images ©Romain Ricard
We spoke with Dr Suzan Bekir, co-founder and clinical director of collective.care where patients have access to a range of specialists working together under one roof, offering their unique collaborative consultations or ‘case conferences’ for skin, allergy, eyes, ears, nose, and throat issues. This means a more holistic approach to testing, diagnosis and management, where a team of nurses, allied health professionals and specialists work together with highly trained general practitioners.
Are there GP’s or is it just a specialist clinic?
Collective care is a collection of healthcare professionals. One of the main problems people have is getting the run around. We are a combination of GP’s with advanced training and special skills. Eyes, Allergies, Skin. Combination of GP’s plus allied health professionals. An Audiologist, Speech Pathologist, Ophthalmologists, Ear Nose & Throat specialists etc. We have created a clinical pathway, rather than waiting for solutions we created our own. Through our business and clinical knowledge we were able to create something that Australia is going to excited about.
What is the difference for patients?
Aussie mums are waiting months for specialists, it’s often unaffordable. In our system, no referral is needed as they see a GP that knows the condition and can involve other specialists as required. They could see an ophthalmologist, plastic surgeon, & get appropriate laser treatment that is completely bulk billed. The consultation is bulk billed, any procedures are bulk billed. Hearing tests, eye tests are all bulk billed.
Can you give an example of how a holistic approach will benefit patients?
A child with eczema would normally see a GP, then would have skin prick testing and would then go back to see a GP. At our practices all specialists and allied health providers are in the same room, all your providers are connected & get the information immediately. All done at the clinic and bulk billed. Case conference where all the info is collated and all the health care professionals managing your health can discuss the diagnosis.
We are also providing 4 year comprehensive healthy kids check. Medicare stopped it. We don’t care that there is no Medicare incentive; we think it’s vital for kids. If a child has a developmental delay all the tests that come along with that including sight tests, hearing tests etc are bulk billed and you can get a referral to early intervention services to prevent ongoing disabilities. We are bringing it back and making sure there is access to it for all Australians. GP’s are finding it hard to access specialists. They can be expensive; you often don’t know how much you will be charged.
What else do you offer?
We also offer a $500 known gap all inclusive surgery. This means that if you require surgery and have eligible private health cover, you can have your private specialist, private anaesthetist in a private hospital, and only pay a known $500 gap. There are no hidden extras. This gives people peace of mind.
The best health care should be available to everyone irrespective of their income. People are used to GPs bulk billing but not specialists. Our mission is to show Australia that quality specialist health care can be delivered, and is available right now. If patients don’t have private health care we offer self funded affordable models.
We have a large playroom, with a door and it’s soundproof. It’s a child friendly environment for parents.
Collective Care is currently in three locations in Bella Vista, Wollongong, and Edgecliff. You can visit the company’s new website at www.collective.care