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The best beauty collection: NewMe


NewMe is all about you. NewMe is an online website designed to make it easy to find and select some of the best health, beauty, activewear and fitness products from New Zealand and around the globe.

 

 

AllyMaXX, founder of NewMe, is passionate about helping women just like her. Ally has done all the hard work and research to find and source these amazing products.

Key criteria for product selection was high quality, organic, vegan, cruelty-free and most importantly, good for you. Ally believes that when you love yourself, you bring more love to the ones around you. It’s a simple philosophy, but one that truly makes beautiful common sense.

Jump online and check out these beautiful products for yourself. Feeling fit, healthy and beautiful is amazing! Choose a better way in living today – a new you with NewMe.

Find them at www.newme.co.nz, on Facebook www.facebook.com/NewMebyAllyMaXX, and on Instagram www.instagram.com/newmebyallymaxx/.

 

 


 

Supporting your fitness journey: Bodyfix


Bodyfix was established in 2011 by a group of health and fitness professionals as a space for anyone and everyone to feel supported and empowered. Today, the boutique gym has more than 39 group classes per week, with something for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Members enjoy the unique range of strength, cardio, yoga and recovery classes, plus their top-of-the-line spin equipment – all housed in a brand new, world-class facility.

 

 

Voted the Best Gym in Christchurch by the people of Canterbury, it’s home to some of New Zealand’s leading personal trainers and group-fitness instructors, who each bring their own specialist skills and one-of-a-kind sparkle to Bodyfix. “Together we’ve created a vibrant, diverse and down-to-earth community where people lift each other up and know how to have a good laugh – all while working hard and getting their hearts pumping,” says owner Moana Williams.

“Our focus is on helping you feel confident in who you are, by giving you the tools and knowledge to take care of not just your body, but also your mind.”

Whether you simply want to be able to run around with the kids, or you’re competing in high-level sport, the Bodyfix team can tailor a programme to suit your goals. “We’re all here to support you on your journey, whatever that may look like. We believe it’s the people that make the place what it is, and at Bodyfix we are proud to be making a difference in people’s lives.”

 

 


 

Making skin checks accessible


New Zealand currently has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Some skin cancers can be fatal; early detection and treatment is crucial to achieving the best cure rate.

 

 

Leeann Marriott is only too aware of the importance of early detection and the vast difference it can make in outcomes; she lost her brother, Andrew, to melanoma when he was 48 years old.

Though the primary source of his melanoma was unfortunately never found, Leeann recalls as children on summer holidays in Nelson; the family would head to Rabbit Island, where they would baste themselves in baby oil or Coppertone and let the sun bake their bodies.

Decades later, in February 2015, Andrew returned home early from a holiday because his wife was concerned about him; his normal brain function seemed to be impaired. Just 26 weeks later, after exhaustive scans, a biopsy – which initially showed a small shadow on the lung – and brain surgery to remove three tumours, plus extensive and intensive radiation treatments post-surgery, Andrew succumbed to his disease and died peacefully with his wife and dog, Dexter, by his side.

His untimely death set Leeann on the mission she was determined to make, to try to prevent other families experiencing the unnecessary heartache that Andrew’s wife and family went through.

In 2017, Leeann co-founded volunteer-based, non-profit organisation SkinCanNZ to raise awareness around skin cancer and to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with it.

The inaugural 2017 Free Skin Check Day was launched under the unforgettable campaign slogan ‘Get Your Kit Off’.

The free skin check sees a group of local dermatologists and GPs with a special interest in skin cancer provide an initial skin examination, free of charge, for anybody who has concerns about certain lesions on their skin.

A letter with relevant findings from the skin examination is then sent to the patient’s GP. If any concerning lesions are identified they then need to make an appointment with their GP so that appropriate treatment can be arranged.

From the outset, Leeann wanted a skin check service that was more accessible to everyone. “For those unable to pay to get a mole or lesion checked out, you have to think how the outcomes of that can affect an entire family.”

Leeann’s crusade against skin cancer also saw the installation of free sunscreen dispensers last summer at children’s playgrounds in the Botanic Gardens, Margaret Mahy Family Playground, North Brighton Pier and Scarborough Park.

This year’s ‘Get Your Kit Off’ campaign encompasses Christchurch, Ashburton and Lower Hutt. And yes, as no doubt Andrew would attest about his determined sister, Leeann has her sights set on more locations the length and breadth of New Zealand.

 

Free Skin Check Day: SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2019

Christchurch: Canterbury Charity Hospital
Lower Hutt: Boulcott Private Hospital
Ashburton: Ashburton Hospital – Outpatients Clinic

For more information, email leeann.marriott@harcourtsgold.co.nz or visit www.skincan.org.nz.

 


 

Performance Nutrition


Ever wondered how athletes eat to get the absolute most out of their performance? Perhaps you’ve wondered how to make sense of the daily servings of ‘information’ you get fed by social media?

 

 

 

Conrad Goodhew, dietitian for the Crusaders, is the man to call. With eight years of university under his academic belt, he knows a thing or two about nutrition. “People rush uni, that’s what I say,” he laughs.

Conrad has played sport himself since he was four and for a long time thought he was going to be a veterinarian – after all, his family has worked with both racehorses and equestrian horses for many years. He dappled in sport business and sport science at Massey University and represented New Zealand in the University Colts tour for rugby, but it wasn’t until his own attempt at the popular paleo diet that he discovered a real passion for nutrition. “I did it for four weeks not really completely understanding how to do it properly and thought there has to be a better way of doing it,” he says.

After speaking to Dr Kirsty Fairbairn, a specialist in high performance sport and university lecturer at Otago who was the Highlanders dietitian at the time, he enrolled at Otago University, specialising in dietetics. Today he works with the Crusaders, Canterbury Rugby and the Crusaders Rugby Academy – in fact he’s worked with 70-80 rugby players over the last 12 months.

“Everything food comes through me, so that’s menu planning, development, ensuring the guys have everything they need, particularly when they travel and it’s about setting a precedent,” Conrad says.

“The guys will be eating at home 80 percent of the time, so if we’re not feeding them good food here (in camp), then they’re not going to eat good food at home.”

With many of the young players fresh out of home, away from their parents and flatting, they’ve suddenly got to fend for themselves and work their way through the misinformation out there because it’s food and fuel “that’s going to make the difference between being a good rugby player and a great rugby player”.

That’s where Conrad comes in, working with both his sports teams and private clients to dispel the myths and lay some solid nutritional foundations.

“Everyone is starting to become interested in nutrition, which is great, but there is a lot of misinformation out there,” he says.

“I deal with a lot of the aftermath of 6/8/12 week challenges and people getting really poor nutrition advice online. Often it’s about peeling back the layers of social media.”

 

One example of that misinformation is sugar. Conrad says that while sugar is an issue in things like fizzy drinks and orange juices, reducing sugar intake is a message targeted at the people who are obese and have metabolic issues, such as type 2 diabetes. Now we’ve got people without a problem worrying about the sugar in fruit. “Yes, if you’re having 10 bananas a day it’s an issue, but not one a day! It’s just about balance.”

Unfortunately however, the positive stories of diet fads and 10-week challenges tend to drown out the negative stories and, desperate to find the “right thing”, we jump on the ones about the person who lost 30kg doing X, Y or Z, he says, and don’t hear the stories of the people who had no energy and couldn’t function. That’s precisely how Conrad himself felt during his recent attempt at keto as part of a conference debate.

As keto has started waning, plant-based diets have become the latest thing, even for athletes who think that dropping the meat and dairy is the way to go. “I don’t agree,” Conrad says.

“I think we need to look at the individual. Yes, we want to do what we can at the public health level, but the problem is, everyone is jumping onto the latest fads, rather than simply moulding what they’re doing to just be ‘a little bit better’.”

So when we’re continually bombarded with information about what we should be eating, how do we make sense of it all? “We don’t know exactly what diet we should be following, but what we do know is overall healthy eating with lots of fruit and vegetables is really, really important.”

Nutritionally, it seems gut health is at the heart of it all. “Overtraining or doing too much exercise or high-intensity, back- to-back training will affect the way your gut functions as well, along with stress and sleep.

“We need to ensure we are getting enough fibre and, if we do get sick and take antibiotics, we need to repopulate our gut microbes using probiotics.”

And, as for supplements? Most of them too are made redundant by a good, healthy diet.

Most importantly, Conrad says, we need to understand that every single one of us is unique and what works for others may not be the solution for us all.

When you want to get healthy, don’t see someone who does a cookie-cutter “solution” but rather someone who sits down, takes into consideration all the other factors – exercise, family, work, stress – and then looks at where to go from there. “Too often people jump on a bandwagon that someone else has done and wonder why it’s not working for them.”

 


 

Concussion Recovery Successes: Gill Redden Cranio


Gill Redden constantly sees the consequence of concussions or bad head knocks that were never identified at the time of the initial accident. That’s because an impact anywhere always sets up a chain of events, which the body tries to accommodate for as long as it can.

 

 

Gill uses full body Cranio techniques, which are internationally accepted, combined with nearly two decades as a professional CranioSacral practitioner. She is able to help loosen up head bones, the membranes surrounding the brain which then form the spinal canal, tailbones, organs and nerves. By treating the whole body, it assists the nervous system to stay healthy or to repair in a non-invasive manner. This can potentially help with a reduction in pain or problems even 24 years after an accident or concussion (see a video on the website of Janice who had migraines for 24 years after a bad car accident).

Gill treats people with a wide range of symptoms including migraines, headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, nausea, double-vision, fatigue, poor sleeping, vomiting, neck pain, nerve problems, poor concentration, aggression, depression and anxiety. Her comprehensive website lists positive testimonials, ranging from rugby players who suffered head knocks to others suffering ongoing issues, who have all found relief after attending the Bealey Avenue clinic.

“Any head knock can mean that head bones, membranes, organs, blood vessels or nerves may no longer be moving well, potentially leading to anxiety, depression, brain fog, poor decision-making, dizziness or other problems – sometimes immediately, but other times years later,” explains Gill.

For more information, phone 03 365 7801 or visit www.concussion.nz.

 

 


 

Relief from headaches & migraines: Muscle People


Most people will experience a headache at some point in their life. Not all headaches are the same as they can range in severity, frequency and cause. Headache disorders may significantly impact a person’s ability to function and reduce their overall quality of life. Correctly differentiating between headaches and types of migraine headache can lead to faster, more effective treatment.

 

 

So what is the difference between a headache and a migraine? Headaches are unpleasant pains in the head that can cause pressure and aching. The pain can range from mild to severe and they usually occur on both sides of the head. The most common type of headache is a tension headache that can be caused by triggers such as stress, muscle strain and anxiety.

Migraine headaches are intense and severe and often have other symptoms in addition to head pain. These additional symptoms include nausea and vomiting, seeing spots or flashing lights, sensitivity to light and/or sound and temporary vision loss. Migraine headaches typically affect only one side of the head, but can be on both sides and some people may experience pain so severe they need to seek emergency care.

No matter how long they last, migraines can be exhausting and debilitating. People should consider speaking with a healthcare professional if they experience frequent headaches or migraines that interfere with the way they live their lives.

The team at Muscle People Physiotherapy in Christchurch are experts at treating both migraines and headaches. Laurie Moore, Director and Senior Physiotherapist at Muscle People, says advanced techniques based on the latest research can significantly alleviate or remove pain altogether and techniques to use at home can be taught so that patients can find relief between treatments. The approach at Muscle People does not involve manipulating or cracking the neck. Instead the appropriate spinal segments are gently stressed in a smooth, sustained manner.

With decades of experience between them, Laurie and Senior Physiotherapists Clare, Naomi and Jaclyn are extremely knowledgeable in assessing and managing the upper cervical (neck) spine for headache and migraine conditions. They have all trained in Australia in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’, a method of examining the small movements of the top of the cervical spine. An internationally recognised approach for diagnostic accuracy and for reducing pain for headache and migraine conditions, it can reduce the amount of medication taken, or remove the need for it altogether.

For more information on Muscle People’s Migraine and Headache clinics, as well as the general physiotherapy services, visit www.musclepeople.co.nz or phone 03 360 3606. The team would be happy to talk to you any time.

 

 


 

Your life starts with you: Transform You Coaching


Life coaching is a personal journey of transformation – a way of helping people to help themselves and become more confident and resilient.

 

 

“Focusing on what is most important in our lives, reducing chaos and the overwhelming, is the starting point for finding balance and achieving happiness,” says life coach Karen Parker.

“I usually start with assessing work/life balance and a person’s current situation. From there, we look at their preferred outcomes for creating a positive and inspiring future. I teach various strategies and processes for getting a person to where they want to be. Particularly important is an understanding of how our thinking affects our life results. Once a client gets this, they are away!”

Karen is not a counsellor, but a guide who empowers clients to find their own answers for coping with their life’s challenges. “Investing time in understanding yourself and taking responsibility for your circumstances through sharing with an empathetic professional is the most valuable gift you can give yourself. That is the way towards achieving a better life and a better future.”

Karen will have an information stand at the Women’s Lifestyle Expo at Horncastle Arena on Saturday 5 October and Sunday 6 October. Talk to her there, ask questions about what she does and get to know her. After all, for life coaching to have a positive outcome, there needs to be a trusting relationship between coach and client.

You can also contact Karen on 021 040 5862 or email karen@transformyou.co.nz.

 

 


 

Get ready for summer!: Q&A with DediKate’s Kate Ivey


The temperatures are creeping up and the sunny days of summer are just around the corner – we can’t wait! However, getting fit and healthy takes time and dedication.

 

 

Online fitness trainer Kate Ivey has made working out fast and efficient, and she’s created a community in the process. We caught up with Kate about teaming up DediKate with New World to get women ready for summer.

 

You’ve created an amazing community through DediKate. Can you tell us a bit about your journey?
After the birth of my third child I found myself out of shape with low self-esteem. I realised it was time to look after myself for the long term. No more quick fixes, no more dieting, no more excessive exercise, no more; 100 percent all in or all out. Life was crazy busy, so I needed to be effective and efficient with my workouts, and it finally clicked that for long term success, I needed to nourish my body well too.

Fast forward 12 months and I was feeling great – so I decided I needed to share all that I had learned from my own experiences (combined with my university study and work experience) to help others. The only way to effectively do this from where I was living was online. So, I spent five months creating a series of e-books and setting up Kate Ivey Fitness.

Fast forward another 12 months and women, just like me, were getting great results on my programmes. So I launched DediKate, an online health and fitness platform. It started very basic, with only Power Sessions, Sculpt It Sessions and recipes, but two years on now has these in live formats as well as Boot Camp Blast, Resist-Ded, Audio Speed Sessions, running plans, meal plans and more, as well as an app (and of course I still have many more plans for it!).

The most amazing thing for me on this journey is getting to know the women on DediKate (even if it is through a screen) and being a part of the DediKate community. Everyone is so supportive and so encouraging. When I explained to one of my members that I hadn’t actually won an award at the Business Awards, just got runner up, she said ‘You are a winner in our eyes’. The support I get from members and the support they give each other means that even though we are mostly working out alone, we are not alone at all!


Can you start with telling us a bit about your nationwide ‘Get Ready for Summer’ campaign with New World?
New World has a number of ‘Get Summer Ready’ specials instore and healthy eating recipe cards. Each store nationwide has a pack up for grabs that includes 12 weeks on DediKate, Kate Ivey Fitness apparel, a $100 Lorna Jane voucher and Pams products. Spend $50 instore to go in the draw (but must be a Clubcard member). We are also running the ‘Get Summer Ready Challenge’ – do DediKate for free for four weeks. Also get 20 percent off full-priced Lorna Jane.


Why was it so important for you to get behind this?
Supermarkets have such an influence on what we buy, so I think it is super important for them to be promoting health. This is also a really great opportunity for me to help more women and for them to learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle long term.


Who is the ‘Get Ready for Summer’ campaign ideal for?
It’s ideal for women aged 18-55.


What are some of your favourite ways to get ready for summer?
Leading a healthy lifestyle long term means you don’t have to ‘get ready for summer’ as you are ready all year round. I encourage women to take this approach with their health. Although we are encouraging them to ‘Get Summer-Ready’ through this, I will be teaching them to make changes they can maintain so that they look and feeling amazing for summer and beyond. My tips are to take each day at a time, schedule in your workouts, choose healthy foods you enjoy, eat regularly and drink lots of water! See challenges as part of the process and never give up!


How do you stay motivated?
Scheduling and not thinking too much is key. Long term you can’t rely on motivation, because sometimes you don’t feel motivated. So schedule it in and don’t give yourself the choice. At the end of the day though, looking and feeling great is what keeps me going.


What do you love about what you get to do?
I love helping people, creating something that helps people and that they grow to absolutely love too is so rewarding. I love the sense of satisfaction from seeing others achieve through my programme. I also love the variety – I do so many different things from leading the workouts to organising new and exciting challenges. It is lots of fun!

 


 

Understanding IBS: The Gut Foundation


It’s the gut condition that is extremely common and yet talked about behind cupped hands – if it is talked about at all. Metropol caught up with The Gut Foundation Trustee, Professor Richard Gearry to find out more about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

 

 

One of the most misunderstood and poorly acknowledged abdominal problems are the functional gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS can come with a range of symptoms including abdominal pain, with changes of bowel habit that can be constipation, diarrhoea, or alternating from one to the other. Other symptoms can include abdominal bloating. Often pain improves after passing a bowel motion.

IBS is common, affecting about one fifth of New Zealanders and can range from mild to severe symptoms. The symptoms are often variable from day to day. The cause of IBS is not well understood. People with IBS are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression and sometimes more than one family member can be affected.

General practitioners are experts at diagnosing IBS based on symptoms and some laboratory tests. Symptoms such as bleeding from the bowel, abdominal symptoms that wake one from sleep or significant changes from normal must be discussed with a GP as they may not be typical for IBS. Occasionally patients with atypical symptoms or a significant family history of other diseases may need to be considered for colonoscopy or other tests.

The treatment of IBS focuses on managing one of the more complex interactions in the human body. This is the gut-brain axis whereby abdominal symptoms can be exacerbated by what is happening in the brain. This is made even more complex by the gut bacterial environment (also known as the microbiome). There are more bacterial cells in our bodies than human cells and it has become clear that the way in which these bacteria interact with our gut, in combination with our brain through the gut-brain axis, can have an effect on our health.

At present a mainstay for the treatment of IBS is the management of stress and anxiety. Some people with IBS notice that stress can lead to greater symptoms and for these people, relaxation techniques, psychological therapies and hypnotherapy may all help IBS symptoms. Antidepressants may also help, not through their effects on depression but by changing the neurotransmitters in the gut. Diet changes may also lead to improvements in abdominal symptoms. The potential benefits of some diet changes have become more scientifically valid over the last decade. However, the advice of a registered dietitian should be sought when embarking on exclusion diets to ensure that the diet remains balanced.

The future of IBS treatment may include controlling the gut microbiome through a range of methods. For now, medical science is not yet able to define a healthy or unhealthy microbiome, but it is likely that future therapies will target the microbiome to improve life for those with IBS. The Gut Foundation is a supporter of research into all gut disorders including IBS.

 

 


 

Alternative to surgical breast reduction: Encore Cosmetic Clinic


While a larger bust can be aesthetically pleasing to some and even a source of envy to others, it might not be such a delight to its owner. The weight of the breasts can cause back, neck and shoulder pain, deep grooves from bra straps in the shoulders and restrict movement.

Furthermore, the emotional toll can be immense – unwanted attention that begins in teenage years can be excruciating with women feeling defined by their large breasts, while obtaining comfortable and attractive bra support and finding great clothes that fit and flatter becomes a lifelong pursuit.

 

 

Traditional breast reduction surgery is expensive and only a very small proportion of applicants each year get to have the procedure within the public system. Traditional breast reduction surgery also needs to be carried out by plastic or general surgeons.

However, the fantastic news is that breast reduction procedures using tumescent liposuction have been developed and practised by dermatological surgeons such as Grant Bellaney, skin and fat specialist and founder of the Encorė Cosmetic Clinic.

“Most breasts, particularly in women over the age of 40, consist of 40 to 60 percent fat, so the removal of some of that fat through a procedure called tumescent liposuction can give a significant reduction in breast size,” Grant says.

Producing extremely good results, the procedure is suitable for all ages, particularly those over the age of 40. It was first used in the 1980s and has an outstanding safety record. The list of advantages over traditional breast reduction surgery include use of tumescent rather than general anaesthetic, key hole surgery resulting in fast healing and little or no scarring, and it is a day procedure with a faster recovery time.

“There are also fewer side effects. With traditional surgery about 10 to 25 percent of patients can experience a loss of sensitivity in the nipples or an inability to breastfeed afterwards. With tumescent liposuction, the risk reduces to less than one percent,” Grant says.

Dr Bellaney is the only specialist in the South Island performing this technique and has successfully performed this procedure on hundreds of women over the last 10 years. For more information, phone the day surgery clinic, situated at 248 Papanui Road Merivale, on 03 356 0214, or visit the website www.encorehealth.co.nz.

 

Dr Grant Bellaney