Kick-start your weight loss in just seven days By Kate Save

Before you start thinking about using any variety of detox diets, juice cleanses, cabbage soup diets or grapefruit diets, think again.  These diets are all short-term solutions for a long-term problem, which means they will not result in the best long-term outcome for your weight or your overall health.  What you need to do to lose weight safely and effectively is to re-set your metabolism. 

A metabolism re-set can be done in as little as seven days by carefully selecting only the essential macro and micro-nutrients your body needs to assist it to clear the liver and bloodstream from the ‘unnecessary clutter’ that occurs after extended periods of poor dietary habits, excess alcohol or insufficient physical activity.  This can be done under the careful guidance of an accredited practicing dietitian ( 

Your body is a machine and every day it requires essential vitamins and minerals to function optimally. Think about an old car — how do you clean it out and get it working well again?


·      Let’s start by taking it for a run (or a walk, or just stand up and move around).

·      Secondly, you would change the oil (or in our case, ditch the oil completely).

·      Thirdly, replace the water (around 30-40ml of water per kilogram of body weight per day, which converts to around two to three litres per day).

·      And last, top up with some premium fuel (a highly plant-based diet with adequate lean protein and essential fatty acids). 


At Be Fit Food we specialise in rapid weight loss and have created the Be Rapid program as a metabolism re-set for those people who struggle to lose weight.  The Be Rapid program is a safe and effective way to lose around 2-4kg per week.  Our meals contain no added sugar, are low in sodium as well as low in carbs and contain adequate protein along with a minimum of four to 12 vegetables per serve to ensure customers stay well-nourished during weight loss.  We employ a team of dietitians and nutritionists who are available six days per week to provide free personalised dietary advice either in store at Be Fit Food Mornington (49b Mornington-Tyabb Rd), over the phone (1300 2 MEALS) or on email at [email protected]

Most importantly for people who are worried about feeling hungry during weight loss, look no further because Be Fit Food’s Be Rapid program induces a state of mild nutritional ketosis (fat-burning state), which suppresses the appetite at a brain level after the first two to four days and also forces the body to burn its own body fat as an energy source rather than worrying about burning off excess carbs and fats consumed in the typical western diet.  Be Fit Food also provides you with a list of “Allowed Extras’’ which you can eat additional to the three meals and one snack provided daily to ensure you feel satisfied all day long. 

Mention this advertisement in store or place an order online for $20 off your first order “MPMAY’2018” before June 30 at




Free expo on mental illness and the NDIS


One in five Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life, but finding out about the support services available to them can often prove difficult. That’s where the Frankston/Peninsula Mental Health Expo 2018 can help.

First held in 2015, this free annual community expo is an invaluable source of information about all aspects of mental health. The number of people attending has more than doubled in the past three years, and its value is reflected in their comments: “Wonderful support and opportunity to acquire help needed for all”; “It is often difficult to seek or accept help.  This is an excellent, warm & friendly forum to do so”; “I found there were a number of services out there that I did not know about”; “Inspiring, courageous, beautifully presented”.

The effects of mental illness such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse disorders can have an impact on all areas of a person’s life, from employment to relationships to everyday functioning. Including families and carers in the “recovery” process - in decisions and actions regarding planning, setting goals, treatment methods and so on - generally produces a better, longer term outcome for people with mental illness. The expo will give them appropriate information about support services that might be helpful to their needs and situation.

The expo will also answer all your questions regarding the NDIS - what it is, whether you’re eligible, and how you can apply.

The expo is on Friday, April 20, from 10am-2pm at Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Hastings. The free entry includes food and giveaways.


Balance and flow with Rising Moon


Tai chi is the most widely practised martial art in the world, its popularity stemming from its many benefits, some of which include improved muscle strength, balance, flexibility and co-ordination.  Studies have also shown that practising tai chi can lower blood pressure, while it promotes effective breathing and a diverse range of movement.  Apart from these physical benefits, tai chi can also improve cognitive function, sleep patterns and social interaction with others.

The soft, circular movements of tai chi strengthen all parts of the body.  The slow, deep breathing stimulates energy flow and promotes focus and stillness.  Everyday living becomes less problematic and a sense of balance and acceptance slowly develops to encompass all aspects of daily life.

The largest tai chi school on the Peninsula, Rising Moon Tai Chi, runs a variety of classes in Mount Martha, Mornington, Moorooduc and Merricks, suitable for those just beginning their tai chi journey through to the more experienced tai chi practitioner.  Classes include Tai Chi for Arthritis, Beijing 24, Qigong and Shibashi, 32 Sword and Tai Chi for Cognitive Function. Each class focuses on the physical and cognitive benefits of this ancient form of exercise.  Classes are highly individual, and they are suited to all levels of ability and experience. 

It is never too late to start learning tai chi and one is never too old.  New students are always welcome. There is a strong sense of camaraderie within each class and all students enjoy learning in a productive and stress-free environment.



Mount Martha

M: 0418 566 216



Transforming Fat to Thin!

There has been lots of discussion around the role of gut bacteria (aka the microbiome) in weight management along with immunity and the development of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even certain cancers.  So how do you nourish your gut to grow good gut bugs?


Include pre-biotic foods daily – pre-biotic foods include those with loads of dietary fibre and specifically onion, garlic, leeks, asparagus, oats, barley, apples, cocoa, flax seeds and bananas.  Pre-biotic foods encourage the growth of a healthy gut microbiome. 

Avoid antibiotics unless essential (under the guidance of your GP) – in the past, antibiotics were used more freely in the treatment/management of many infections given their risk was presumed to be low but unfortunately now it is believed that antibiotic treatment in childhood and adolescence can result in permanent damage to the gut microbiome. 

Variety is key – choosing a diet with a wide variety of plant-based foods is the most important thing you can do to increase the diversity of the gut microbiome.  These good gut bacteria are essential for the production of vitamin K and also short-chain fatty acids which nourish our colon cells and can reduce the risk of certain cancers. 

At Be Fit Food, we will never compromise on the ingredients in our food and we believe it is essential to have as many plant-based foods in your diet as possible each day.  We include a minimum of four to 12 vegetables in every meal to ensure your gut bacteria is well nourished and flourishes to increase the chance of successful, long-term weight management. Use the code ‘microbiome20’ in-store or online for $20 off your next order (expires May 1). 


Kate Save is an accredited practising dietitian, exercise physiologist and co-director of Be Fit Food in Mornington. For more info go to or phone 1300 2 MEALS (1300 263 257)


Feminine, fun and fabulous

 Photographer: @vladsavinphotography; model: @paigeyroyal; hair and makeup: @josiehanuska

Photographer: @vladsavinphotography; model: @paigeyroyal; hair and makeup: @josiehanuska

Tess Dempster already had an impressive resume in fashion before starting her own fashion label, Tess Alexandra, at 25. This Peninsula resident studied Bachelor of Fashion and Graphic Design at the Australian Academy of Design and interned for many local and international designers and stylists in Melbourne while she was studying. She also worked as a design assistant for a prominent Australian fashion company for three years, during which she got to travel to LA and London and work closely alongside the creative director, and her garments have featured in multiple runway shows and events and were showcased at last month’s premium fashion trade event, the Melbourne Retail Festival.

Tess launched Tess Alexandra in 2017, her signature designs encapsulating sensibility and sophistication and specialising predominantly in event playsuits and jumpsuits. In that short time, Tess Alexandra has become known for combining elements of sophisticated playfulness, innovation and elegance using unique detailing, exquisite craftsmanship and textured fabrications, with a touch of surrealism that comes from Tess’s belief in the beauty of the female form. 

Remaining uniquely feminine, Tess Alexandra focuses on merging both classic and modern shapes with intricate detailing. Experimenting with fabric techniques has resulted in the creation of a harmonious juxtaposition, with Tess being heavily inspired by the beauty in building textures from fabric. 

Tess Alexandra offers a full range of women’s ready to wear and made to order pieces. Tess brings an understanding and appreciation to women’s wear with her passion and aspiration toward blending art and design that defines her personal sense of style.

So what can we expect next from this innovative and highly regarded young designer? “A completely new look inspired by my own representation of the latest overseas trends; some very exciting new shapes, introducing a mix of new colours and internationally sourced fabrications.”

We can’t wait!



E: [email protected]


FB: @tessalexandradesigns 


Natural perfumes versus synthetics


Natural perfumes are a whole different ballgame to synthetic fragrances - they are much more subtle. As one perfumist wrote:  “You are interacting with the soul of the plant.”

Natural perfumes take a bit of getting used to if you are used to mainstream perfumes, which are much stronger smelling and last all day. Kis My Body suggests applying Kis perfume every four hours, which is why they come in good quality and very portable glass bottles.

Some perfumes contain synthetic fixatives that are very bad for your health, and that’s another reason why the lasting power of natural perfumes will always be less than the mainstream perfumes. One Kis customer bought both the 50ml spray perfume as well as the rollerball perfume oil and uses the rollerball to top up during the day.

The lasting power of the natural perfumes also varies greatly among individuals, depending on your skin type and other factors, but it will nearly always be less than mainstream perfumes. 

So as a consumer you may need to adjust your expectations if you are going down the healthy route of natural perfumes. You may have to apply your perfume more frequently, which is a pleasure and a natural pick-me-up because Kis perfumes use organic essential oils.


T: 9787 8825


Spreading the love on Valentine’s Day

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There are a number of views that people have about Valentine’s Day.  Some believe it is a day to spoil their significant other, some pretend it does not exist and some are reminded of lost loves and the fact that they may not have anyone to share the day with. To that end, Just Better Care is urging people to think of Valentine’s Day as a day not only to appreciate your loved ones but also a day to reach out to others who may not have anyone on this day, with the aim of reducing social isolation.

Social isolation is a major issue for older people living on the Mornington Peninsula.  Many people don’t know that social isolation and loneliness can have a number of detrimental effects on an individual’s health, including depression and decreased mobility. Just Better Care Mornington has services that are able to support people in their own homes to access the community and get back to doing the things that they enjoy.

This Valentine’s Day, why not do something a little different and purchase a Just Better Care Gift Voucher and give the gift of time to a friend or family member.  Call today for more information on 5972 1860.



A: Level 1, Suite 2, 346 Main St Mornington

T: 5972 1860



The power of the peel


The team of expert therapists at Mt Eliza Beauty Therapy are continually sourcing treatments and products to stay up to date with evolving skin care, and are excited to introduce their new range of Mesoestetic Facial Peels.

A good peel can yield dramatic results and give your skincare a real boost. Mesoestetic Facial Peels are the powerhouse of all anti-ageing treatments and are an effective way to create a superficial change within the epidermis. 

Mt Eliza Beauty Therapy has a full range of Mesoestetic Facial Peels which can be tailored to   individual skin types to maximise results. With minimal down-time, the Mesopeel range goes a long way to achieving noticeable and immediate results by smoothing and brightening the skin. Available as a stand-alone peel or a Medi-spa facial upgrade, Mesoestetic Facial Peels achieve great results.

Call the team at Mt Eliza Beauty Therapy for an appointment today on 9775 4785.



A: 32A Mt Eliza Way, Mount Eliza

T: 9775 4785

Mornington welcomes a familiar face

Dr Janine Ritchie has returned to the Mornington Peninsula and is now practising at Peninsula Sports & Spinal Rehabilitation in Mornington and Frankston Family Chiropractic in Frankston.


Janine spent most of the previous decade working in Mornington and Mount Eliza before moving to South Australia for a few years, so many Peninsula residents will be familiar with the high level of skill and experience she brings to each practice.

Janine completed her science degree in the 1990s and worked as a microbiologist in the food industry and as a research assistant in the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research’s auto-immunity and transplantation department.  She then decided to turn her hand to healing and completed her Masters of Chiropractic.

Drawing on her wide-ranging experience, Janine focuses on gentle, low-force techniques to improve the function of the nervous system and help you achieve greater health.  She also uses low-level (cold) laser therapy to relieve pain and reduce inflammation caused by damaged tissue. 

Janine says she loves the diversity that comes from working in a family practice, so whatever your age or walk of life, make an appointment to see her at Peninsula Sports & Spinal Rehabilitation on 5973 4039 or Frankston Family Chiropractic on 9783 9980.



A: 4 Bruce St, Mornington

T: 5973 4039



A: 62 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston

T: 9783 9980



For purely beautiful skin

Offering a new standard in skin rejuvenation, Skinastute is at the forefront of aesthetic medical treatments and clinic only premium skincare.

Skinastute’s team of expert clinicians tailor treatments to your specific needs using the latest technologies to achieve long lasting, natural looking results.

Suzannah Mason is the clinic’s director and nurse with more than 25 years’ practice in aesthetic treatments. By using a holistic total face approach this ensures the client has a remarkable and balanced result.

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Skinastute offers a comprehensive treatment menu including medical grade peels, IPL and RF skin tightening, Regen PRP, dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, bio-stimulatory collagen treatments and ThermiVa – a revolutionary non-surgical treatment to tighten internal and external vaginal tissue and correct vaginal dryness and urinary stress incontinence.

Skinastute is set in an ideal seaside location on Point Nepean Rd in Rosebud. To view the extensive range of treatments available, visit the clinic’s website or call to speak with one of the friendly staff.


A: Suite 1, 1001 Point Nepean Road Rosebud

T: 5982 0610


Barefoot helps schoolkids take the next step

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Starting primary school or transitioning from grade six to secondary school can be tough. Making the change can be even more challenging for kids who need help with managing behaviour, reading social cues or practical school skills like handwriting and organisation. This is where Barefoot OT in Rosebud can help.

Barefoot OT works closely with you to guide your child by focusing on three key areas: the child, their teacher and you. It recognises that each child is unique, and it works together with families and schools to achieve long-lasting and confidence-building outcomes.

Barefoot OT’s Get Ready For Prep and Get Ready For Secondary School packages include four group sessions where children learn to manage their skills, behaviour or anxiety more independently. Parent forums offer support and deliver strategies on how to prepare your child and provide practical help like getting organised in the mornings. A Barefoot Occupational Therapist goes to the school to meet your child’s teacher and see the school environment, which encourages resilience and a happier time in the classroom.

Call Barefoot OT today to get your child ready for their next giant step. There are rooms in Rosebud and Frankston and there’s also a rural program in Boneo that includes horse therapy. There’s a pediatric physiotherapist and speech pathologists on site in Rosebud too.



A: 13/1283 Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud

T: 5981 1120


Facebook: Barefoot OT


Protein – The Key to Feeling Satisfied By Kate Save

Protein is one of the three macronutrients, alongside carbohydrates and fat, that is a necessary component of a healthy diet. The protein that we consume and those that are naturally made in our bodies are molecules that are made up of ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’ amino acids. These are often referred to as ‘building blocks’ as they function to construct our muscles and bodily tissues.

Protein has the potential to play a key role in several aspects of body weight and appetite regulation. It is well established that consuming protein-rich foods as part of a well-balanced diet promotes feelings of satiety and fullness, to help us feel more satisfied. This decreases our desire to over-eat, while facilitating weight loss through reduced energy consumption.

Not only is it important to incorporate a protein source at each meal to promote prolonged appetite regulation, it is also necessary to ingest foods that are naturally high in protein alongside a form of carbohydrate. This will slow the release of glucose into the blood stream and assist to stabilise our blood sugar levels. Consistent sugar levels endorse a balance in energy levels; increase fat breakdown and the likelihood of hunger spikes. These factors are not only vital for short-term weight loss, but also long-term weight management.

You may be thinking, where can I find protein? Our most readily digested sources can be found in all animal by-products. This includes lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy-containing foods. Protein can in fact be found in some plant-based sources such as nuts, soybeans, lentils and legumes; however, the amino acid profile of these foods is different to those found in animal products, and therefore are not as easily absorbed. 

Our height, weight, muscle mass and activity level determine how much protein we should be consuming every day. As a general rule, the recommended dietary intake (RDI) is:

* 0.75g/kg for adult women

* 0.84g/kg for adult men

* Around 1g/kg for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and for men and women over 70 years.

At Be Fit Food, a team of experienced chefs and highly trained dietitians have worked together to ensure every meal and snack includes the appropriate proportion of protein a nutritionally adequate and balanced diet consists of. Each meal and snack is scientifically formulated to include enough of each nutrient to keep us satisfied, nourished and healthy. So forget the artificial shakes, bars and supplements and choose a whole-food diet which improves your health and well-being while you are losing weight.

Come in-store to meet one of our dietitians or call 1300 2 MEALS or email us at [email protected] or visit our website


Step up for diabetes research

Want to do you bit for diabetes research and get in a little exercise at the same time?  Then you need to take part in the 2017 Annual PPN/BE Fit Food 5km/10km Funwalk in Mount Martha.


For the past six years the funwalk has set off from the Mount Martha Village back carpark in the playground area with either a 5km option to Craigie Rd and back, or a 10km option to Fishies Beach, Lilo Café and return.  Last year’s funwalk raised more than $20,000, and all proceeds from this year’s walk will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

It’s on Sunday, November 12, at 8.45am, with registrations from 7.45am. There will be a barbecue, raffles and lots of prizes as well as face-painting and balloons for the kids.  Donations of $5 a child, $10 an adult and $20 a family are to be paid on the day but you can pre-register at to seek your own sponsorship for the event.

If you’d rather not walk but would still like to help, volunteers are needed from 6-11.30am to help with raffle tickets, registrations, packing showbags and leading the walk – just email [email protected] for details.  And if you’d like to be a corporate sponsor, allowing you to put items in the showbags and have a presence on the day with your own stall or marquee, email [email protected]


Renovation is turning heads

Michelle-Jane Hair has recently renovated its Dromana premises, creating a whole new look for the salon.  And Michelle-Jane Hair’s dedicated team of professional stylists can create a whole new look for you, too.

Michelle, Maddie, Jamie and Tayla have been joined by Bec, who has recently returned to hairdressing after having a family, so you know your hair is in the best possible hands. With Goldwell colour and style products and Eleven products, all of which are for retail sale, they’re able to ensure there’s one that’s perfect for your hair type.


Christmas is fast approaching and Michelle-Jane Hair has gift packs arriving this month, so not only can Michelle-Jane Hair create a spectacular new summer look for you, you’ll be able to get your Christmas shopping off to a real head start.

A: Shop 2/143 Point Nepean Rd, Dromana
T: 5981 4331
FB: @MichelleJaneHair.Dromana
INSTA: @michellejanehair

How to achieve the perfect colour


When you colour your hair, visiting a reputable precision colourist is not the only thing that helps you get the best result.  The power of perfection is in your hands.  Follow Zúmay’s Top Three Tips before you book to guarantee you get the look you desire:


1. Do your homework: Keep photos of both the looks you do and don’t love.  It makes a huge difference when you and your colourist share the same vision.  Even if you’re an expert in all colouring lingo, photos will ensure you are explaining your look exactly the way your colourist would.


2. Go in for a free consultation: Your desired colour could take as little as an hour or even multiple appointments. A consultation will help avoid disappointment and guarantee your booking(s) allow enough time to give you exactly the look you’re dreaming of.


3. Be realistic about your commitment: Be true to your nature.  If your colourist knows how often you will realistically come in for touch-ups, they can determine the technique and colour that you will best be able to maintain. 


Once your hair is exactly the way you want, there are a few tips you should follow after your appointment as well.  For more information about how to keep your colour perfect, visit

There is a reason Zumay has been a leading hair salon on the Peninsula for over 26 years -

passion and commitment to making every single client look and feel fantastic.

Pop into Zúmay Salon for your free consultation and new client colour package today.



A: 8 Blake St, Mornington

T: 5977 0711

E:  [email protected]

F:  @zumaysalon

INSTA:  @zumay


Fall in love with your skin again

Mojo Makeovers is a boutique clinic that provides a personalised hands-on service totally dedicated to ensuring your skin gets the care and attention it deserves.


Owner Yasmin Chandler will assess your skin and design a package that is tailored specifically for you to return your skin to its very best.  “Skin is a journey; I love working with my clients to achieve the best results possible,” Yasmin says.  “At Mojo Makeovers, you are not a number. I take my job seriously and I like to connect with each of my clients on an individual basis to meet their needs.”

Yasmin is committed to making your time with her not only rewarding for your skin but also for your mind, body and spirit. “It is your time to stop, be in the present moment and fill your own cup.”

And if you’re getting married, Yasmin will make sure your skin is flawless for your wedding day and can apply the perfect make-up look to enhance your natural beauty.  So relax and let Yasmin take all your skin concerns away for your big day.

Mojo Makeovers provides a tranquil, peaceful, discrete environment for you to completely let go, be one with yourself and escape from the outside world. “My passion is to make your time at Mojo Makeovers a moment of focusing just on you.”



A: Mount Martha

T: 0418 144 427