Issue 193

5 Steps To Turn Self Sabotage Into Self Motivation: by Sue Lester of Growing Content.

Self sabotage kills your self esteem and passion for life. Self sabotage guarantees nothing changes. There are five steps to turning that self sabotage into self motivation, so you can live and look back on your life with satisfaction and pride.

1. Awareness
What you aren't aware of, you can't change, and self denial is a powerful weapon you use against yourself. Signs to look for include urges to clean, tidy, shop, check emails/Facebook, snack, watch TV/You Tube and cut your fingernails, all otherwise known as "procrastination". You have great ideas but don't start. Or you start but don't finish projects. You talk yourself, or allow others to talk you out of doing what feels right initially. You use the words "but", and "what if" often. When presented with the answer to your problems you say, "I'll think about it." Or "I have to talk to my husband", instead of taking action. You feel a twinge of jealousy when you hear someone who did take action is thriving.

2. Clarity
Self sabotage is a form of self protection where it feels safer to stay where we are than to venture into the unknown. So clear the fog and make the unknown, known. Get clear on who you are, what you want, and what you are prepared to change to get it. After all, if nothing changes, nothing changes. Your current life can NEVER be any different until you change - your thoughts, feelings, habits, and actions. NEVER. So get clear on whether you want to spend the rest of your life as you are now, or whether you are willing to experience the discomfort of stretching and growing as you do things differently.

3. Confidence
So you are aware of your self-sabotage patterns, you are clear on what you are prepared to do, and what you want, but now all the self-doubts and fears come up. Our confidence comes from our self esteem, our underlying sense of self worth, of being 'enough'. Observe your self-talk - how much of that is repeating old stories from the Past? Things people said to you as a child which you took onboard as a belief, and continued to repeat over the years until it became part of your identity? Look for the verbal flags, when you say "I always", "I never", "I couldn't do that", "it's OK for her but I".

Focus on your strengths, and all the reasons why you can, rather than your weaknesses and reasons why not. Learn from the Past, but know the Past now only exists in your mind. What do you choose to have in your Present and carry into your Future? Believe you are worthy of success, and that mistakes are simply a sign of growth, of trying new things and taking risks. Surround yourself with people who believe in you, plus mix with those who don't know you - which is like giving yourself a fresh start, a clean slate, and a chance to meet like-minded people.

4. Motivation
With self-confidence motivation becomes easier. You need to know what you want and how to get there, plus believe you deserve to get it. 'Away From Motivation' can be a good kick start, but drops off once the pain reduces. E.g. "I don't want to be fat." Once you no longer see yourself as 'fat' your motivation to exercise etc drops away. 'Towards Motivation' goals keep you going e.g. "I want a healthy body for the rest of my life". Focus on the benefits to yourself from getting these tasks completed. E.g. Turn "I don't want to be poor" into "Freedom of choice". Make your goals juicy, exciting and realistic with a stretch.

5. Reward
Acknowledge and reward your progress and your successes, as that encourages your unconscious mind to keep producing for you. It's a form of self love, of gratitude and it increases your self esteem and self worth enormously. Rewarding measures your progress for you, and allows you to correct your course. The activity becomes pleasurable and satisfying, which means you are more likely to want to sign up for more.

For assistance with any or all of these 5 steps to turning self sabotage into self motivation, contact Sue Lester, your Catalyst of Change, to explore your options for making change faster and more effortless. Ph 07 3103 2769 or

(c) Sue Lester


The Acid / Alkaline Balance of Diet: By Miriam Young, Medical Herbalist.


The Acid/Alkaline of a Woman's Cycle

As I sit here writing this, I am sipping on white tea, this is alkalising me. I am in the second half of my cycle, the luteal phase, post ovulation; the phase in which women are at there most acidic. The first half of the cycle, the follicular phase, from day one of the menses to ovulation is the alkaline phase, this also coincides with when a women's basal temperature is at its lowest. During ovulation our temperature rises and we then become more acidic.

Many women feel bad or naughty or even guilty when they reach for that chocolate or cup of black tea, however it is worth considering, especially if you are in the first half of your cycle that you may have gone too alkaline, and this is simply the way in which your body is communicating with you in order for you to listen, and bring it back into balance.

I am not suggesting you pig out on sugar during the first half of your cycle, but to observe yourself and watch your food tendencies and preferences during the month. This is another way of getting to know you.

The 80% Alkaline, 20% Acid Diet

Very basically, alkaline foods consist of whole fruits and vegetables. Acid foods, other than junk food, coffee and alcohol; are acid starches and proteins. All is not cut and dry however, take for example nuts - almonds are alkalising and peanuts and acid-forming. Millet is the only alkalising grain, but make sure you purchase hulled milled, unhulled millet is like eating bird seed!

Disease cannot exist in an alkaline body

If you have cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatoid or oesteo-arthritis, or by and large any type of chronic illness, chances are you will be too acidic, and will probably have been leaning towards the acidic scale of things for some time. Start by juicing and reducing or giving-up red meat entirely, you will soon notice the difference… The pH refers to parts hydrogen. The pH scale is from 1 to 14, with 7 representing neutrality. The optimum pH range of human tissue and blood plasma is about 7.35 to 7.45, slightly favoring the alkaline side.

A Detox

Alkalising an individual's diet is powerful enough to be considered a detox within itself, particularly if his or her diet currently includes quantities of fast food, cigarettes, coffee, alcohol, wheat, refined sugar, red meat and orthodox medication. Before launching them straight into a powerful herbal and pure plant detoxification programme, I will first and foremost encourage him or her to take steps in order to alkalise their diet. Herbal medicines are in general perfect alkaline foods, rich in hundreds of essential nutrients, minerals and trace elements. These healing plants not only speed up the process of achieving this alkalinity within the blood, tissue and organs, but also simultaneously aid detoxification through the eliminatory channels, including the kidneys, liver and intestines.

Love is Alkaline

On the Acid/Alkaline Chart hanging on my wall it states that overwork, fear, jealousy and stress are acidic, in fact the most acidic! These emotions are up there will artificial sweeteners! On the alkaline end, it says prayer, peace, love and kindness are alkaline, along with lemons and wheatgrass juice! Another way that emotions are directly linked to our health. If you work long hours and/or night shifts, in a closed environment, this will immediately shift you towards an acidic condition and it may be worth taking white tea and lots of fruit to work with you.

Particularly powerful foods which alkalise the body quickly and effectively are: apple cider vinegar, dark cherry concentrate, beetroot, carrot and celery juice, lemon, alfalfa, parsley, sea vegetables, cucumber, watermelon, pawpaw, goat's milk yoghurt and wheat grass juice.

Miriam Young is a Medical Herbalist, she practices from her clinic Flourish Remedies in Tewantin and Fig Tree Pocket in Brisbane 0413 024 901. Explore

Winter Flu Prevention is Better Than A Cure: By The Medical Sanctuary.


It has been said that a cold is three days in the coming, three days here and three more going. So who has a spare nine days?

Your immune system is your own natural defence force that protects your body against invasion by harmful bacteria, viruses, toxins and other foreign organisms. You can train and stimulate your defence force to work at its best. The best way to enhance your immune system is to have overall good health. In a nutshell, this means eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, supplementing where appropriate and being able to unwind from physical and mental stress.

How the immune system works.

When a foreign substance enters your body white blood cells known as macrophages, surround it to determine what kind of invader it is. They then communicate with other white blood cells, known as T-lymphocytes and B- lymphocytes.

T-lymphocytes are produced in the thymus and are also known as killer or helper cells because they directly attack and destroy foreign cells and help to co-ordinate the immune response. B- lymphocytes are manufactured in bone marrow and produce anti-bodies, which are small protein molecules that attach themselves to the surface of the foreign cells to neutralize them or mark them for destruction by the T- lymphocyte cells.

Unlike red blood cells, which only travel through the blood stream, these specialized white blood cells can move on their own and pass through cell walls. This means they can travel rapidly to the site of infection and act against the invading organism, which is important, given that bacteria and viruses multiply at an alarming rate.

When the invading organism is a 'first time' encounter, typical symptoms of infection develop while the macrophages learn about it and develop a plan of action. These symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes or a rash.

The immune system has an amazing ability to remember past encounters with foreign invaders. So when macrophages recognize a foreign microbe as a previous encounter, it communicates this to the B- lymphocytes, which quickly provide the antibodies to destroy it. Once your body has produced antibodies to a certain microbe, for example, a specific flu virus strain; that virus cannot make you sick again because your immune system immediately recognizes it and retains the antibodies to destroy it. This is what is known as acquired immunity.

Prevention is better than cure.

Certain supplements and nutrients can ensure that your immune system stays in top working condition. You should consult you doctor or naturopath before embarking on any course of treatment.

Viruses thrive in dehydrated conditions so drink plenty of fluids, especially green tea, herbal teas and water. Olive leaf extract helps as it contains oleuropein, an antioxidant with antimicrobial and antiviral activity. Olive leaf extract can be taken in liquid or supplement form, and is particularly beneficial for relieving coughs and sore throats as well as reducing fever, Echinacea is most effective when taken as soon as cold symptoms appear. Large doses of vitamin C (500mg - 1g per day) won't cure your cold however they will stimulate your immune system, and reduce the length of time you suffer and the severity of your symptoms.

For sore throats- gargle with olive oil leaf extract. Take zinc or manuka honey lozenges and let them dissolve slowly in the mouth. Cough elixirs containing manuka honey are great for soothing dry and irritated coughs as well as chesty coughs - they won't cause drowsiness and can also be given to children.

Garlic, onion and ginger can all reduce phlegm. Hot foods such as chilli peppers, onions and garlic contain 'mucolytics' which liquefy thick mucus! Garlic and horseradish are well recognized for their ability to reduce the symptoms of excess Phlegm. Reducing dairy product intake is also a must when excess phlegm is present.

The Medical Sanctuary 150 Ashmore Road, Benowa, Qld 4217

Phone: 07 5564 5013



Is Your Decolletage Giving Away Your Age?: by Clinic Aesthetic.

A youthful face can only get you so far - the décolletage is often a dead giveaway of one's 'real' age, and can be tricky to treat. One of the first areas to show signs of aging, the skin on the neck and chest is naturally much thinner and drier in texture, and is often exposed to more sunlight.

For the young, prevention is better than the cure, but if the damage has already been done, don't despair: there are plenty of ways to turn back the clock on your décolletage no matter your age or skin condition.


"In your twenties it's all about prevention," says Cheah. "It's essential to wear sun protection on your décolletage every single day, ideally with an SPF 30+."

Cheah says you don't need to buy a whole new product for protecting your neck and chest.

"Choose a facial moisturizer that's quite large in size, with a texture that spreads a long way, and when you apply it to your face in the morning, carry it all the way down your neck and your décolletage."

Good diet, drinking lots of water, maintaining a healthy weight.

Cheah recommends: Results RX Pure Protection, $110.00/120mls at Clinic Aesthetic


"I find more women in their thirties have had children, which for many means breastfeeding and weight fluctuation - both major causes of stretch marks and sagging." Cheah says that sun damage incurred in the 20s can start to manifest itself too, in the form of pink or red-tinged skin in the 30s.

For redness and firming, Cheah recommends two or three laser genesis treatments, which can help penetrate deep beyond the dermis to reduce redness and stimulate collagen to increase elasticity.

"In terms of products, Nectifirm by Revision Skincare is the secret weapon for the 30-something - it's a cream that stimulates collagen renewal, helps tighten and lift and hydrates.

"And as always, keep up the daily SPF 30+," stresses Cheah.

Cheah recommends: Revision Skincare Nectifirm, $200.20/48g at Clinic Aesthetic
Cheah recommends: Laser Genesis "Neck and Dec," $420 per treatment at Clinic Aesthetic

40s & 50s

"Forty an fifty-something women are often faced with skin discolouration and pigmentation as a result of sun damage, and the skin on their chest is often starting to lose elasticity," says Cheah.

"For this I'd recommend laser genesis again, but definitely a full course of six treatments this time, which usually incurs a discount.

"For brown spots and pigmentation, Limelight is the best course of action. It's a type of IPL that specifically targets issues like these.

Cheah recommends: Laser genesis 6 treatments $20% discount $2016
Cheah recommends: Limelight, $420/treatment

Mater Private Clinic 550 Stanley Street South Brisbane QLD

07 3010 3388





Liver Detox for Awesome Wellness: by Annie O’Moon-Browning of My Health Sanctuary!

What mostly stops us from having all of the above, is the lack of regular detoxification of the Liver, stress & the ingestion of a typical western diet.

The liver, the great 'ET' organ of the human body can regenerate itself. It is also the major organ that cleanses our blood, 24/7, keeping us healthy energetic & happy!

But how many of us take the time to actually look after this amazing friend! We eat junk food, drink too much, stay up late, take stimulants, are exposed to a toxic world, & generally never listen to our bodies!!

So its little wonder that our liver begins to complain, sending us messages like belly bloating, PMT, headaches, weight gain, impotence, insomnia, irritabilty etc...

Liver detoxing at least once a year with the Liver Gall Bladder Detox program, is vital for anyone over the age of 35years. (However, the youngest person I have treated with this therapy was actually 19 years & passed 50 gall stones!)

If your symptoms are mild, increasing your intake of RAW foods, Juice feasting & Green Smoothies will help your liver to renew its cells.

However if you experience continual digestive disturbances, fat intolerance, a fatty liver, diarrhoea/constipation swings, elevated cholesterol, serious PMT, uncontrollable mood swings, allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, hormonal problems, period irregularity, back and shoulder pain or really low energy you will definitely benefit from a full Liver & Gall bladder de-toxification program.

Almost every person with a chronic illness has an excessive number of gallstones in their liver and gallbladder. However unless there is specific liver disease this all-important organ is rarely considered the culprit.

By removing these stones through a series of liver cleanses, then a healthy life style and diet, the liver and gall bladder are able to restore their natural efficiency and energy and vitality flood back!

3369 9965 / 0402 404 657

32 Lorward Avenue Bardon


The Tree of Life Starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn:10 Double Passes to Giveaway!

Two-time Academy Award® winner Jodie Foster directs and co-stars with two-time Academy Award® winner Mel Gibson in The Beaver – an emotional story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can’t seem to get himself back on track…until a beaver hand puppet enters his life. Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Cherry Jones Written by Kyle Killen Directed by Jodie Foster Produced by Steve Golin, Keith Redmon, Ann Ruark Only at the Movies August 04

Thanks to Icon Movies we have 10 Double passes to giveway -


email: with THE TREE OF LIFE in the subject line and your postal address.

Please note: that we if you don't here from us all the tickets have been snapped up!

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Short and Sweet:Eggplant Salad!

Eggplant Salad

Serves 4

2 large eggplants 20ml (1tbs) olive oil, plus extra to brush sea salt 3 large or 4 small vine-ripened tomatoes, roughly chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 teaspoons ground paprika ½ teaspoon ground cumin 1 small red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped 20ml (1tbs) lemon juice 20ml (1tbs) red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley 3 tablespoons chopped coriander natural yoghurt and pita bread crisps, to serve

1. Preheat oven to 200ºC. Peel strips off the eggplant skin with a vegetable peeler. Slice the eggplant into 1cm-tick slices. Brush both sides with a little olive oil, then place in a baking dish and sprinkle with sea salt. Cook for 30 minutes.

2. Remove from oven (if eggplant is a little dry, sprinkle with water), cool for 5 minutes, then cut into 1cm cubes and set aside

. 3. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add tomatoes, garlic, spices, chill, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and add juice, vinegar and black pepper. Add to the reserved eggplant, stir through herbs. Serve warm or at room temperature with yoghurt and pita bread crisps. .

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Laughter is the best medicine!

Two elderly people living at Runaway Bay Retirement Village, he was a widower and she a widow, had known each other for a number of years. One evening there was a community dinner in the Clubhouse. The two were at the same table, across from one another. As the meal went on, he took a few admiring glances at her and finally gathered the courage to ask her, 'Will you marry me?' After about six seconds of 'careful consideration,' she answered 'Yes.. Yes, I will!' The meal ended and, with a few more pleasant exchanges, they went to their respective places. Next morning, he was troubled. 'Did she say 'yes' or did she say 'no'?' He couldn't remember. Try as he might, he just could not recall. Not even a faint memory. With trepidation, he went to the telephone and called her. First, he explained that he didn't remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the lovely evening past. As he gained a little more courage, he inquired, 'When I asked if you would marry me, did you say ' Yes' or did you say 'No'?' He was delighted to hear her say, 'Why, I said, 'Yes, yes I will' and I meant it with all my heart.' Then she continued, 'And I am so glad that you called, because I couldn't remember who had asked me.'

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"The real measure of our wealth is how much we'd be worth if we lost all our money." Benjamin Jowett


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