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Beating The Binge



By Jessica Sepel – @jshealth

For so many of my clients, it is the dirtiest word imaginable. Binge eating can be a truly scary experience, and for many, it becomes larger than life.

Food takes over. You eat more than you think you should. You eat until you feel sickly full. And you feel cannot control it. The food quite literally takes over your mind and body.

I believe binge eating has become an epidemic. Every second client in my clinic feels they binge.

It can happen due to stress, anger and even happiness. And in my opinion, it happens from having a complicated relationship with food – as well as not feeling good enough. You binge on food to fill those feelings of overwhelm.

And then…

The guilt, the anxiety and the self-loathing begin.

And it happens again out of guilt and anger at yourself.

A horribly vicious cycle.

So why do binges happen? In my opinion as a nutritionist:

Because of the two D words: DIET and DEPRIVATION.

I used to binge because I would diet and deprive myself. I feared food.

It took a lot of time and work, but now I can honestly say I have not binged for years! Once I truly healed my relationship with myself and, in turn, with food, I don’t get the same urges to binge. My current way of eating and my lifestyle actually protect me.

You see, I’ve found that as long-term dieters, people class food as “good” or “bad.” You don’t see food as a source of nourishment; instead you fear foods and obsess over it. And you deprive yourself – you deny yourself the foods you love or crave.

Eventually, it all becomes too much. The deprivation becomes too difficult. And this, of course, usually turns into overeating or binge eating.

If you are a fad dieter, you are used to eating low calorie and low fat artificial “foods.” These food-like products leave you feeling very unsatisfied nutritionally; and often artificial sweeteners in these foods brings on even more intense cravings! So what can you do to get out of this excruciating cycle?

1. Let go of diets and deprivation. You have to give yourself PERMISSION to eat your favorite foods, with joy. Incorporate healthy foods – you’ll quickly learn to enjoy them because they nourish and protect your body. Your body deserves this respect. Become a conscious eater – eat what you wish, but remember moderation.

2. Forgive yourself. Let go of what you ate yesterday or last weekend – today is another day and your body can handle an imperfect day! Trust your body will break the food down, and then get back onto your journey of healing

3. Tune into your appetite. And eat when you are hungry! Don’t let your mean girl shut down the hunger signals. Eat. I always have something in my bag just in case I get hungry when I am out. It’s a little trick that brings peace of mind. You need to feel you always have access to food in the beginning.

4. Remember that food is abundant. Clients often tell me they fear there is not enough food at meals. Perhaps as a child their mom didn’t cook enough at dinner time, or because they deprived themselves for so long they fear food is scarce. Remember you can always have more later or tomorrow – you can! Keep some for tomorrow instead of eating the whole thing now. Food is abundant. We live in a world where food is everywhere! The body can’t handle too much food at once. Have some now and have some later. See, dieters tell themselves they can’t have it later or tomorrow – because “starting tomorrow I am going to be good – I am not going to touch one unhealthy thing.” The pressure that comes with that statement eventually leads to a binge.

5. Remember you are good enough. For many, it helps to see a counselor to remind yourself of this or to figure out what you don’t believe you are. You need to make peace with yourself in order to have a peaceful relationship with food.

6. Food is food. Why do we give it so much power? Food shouldn’t be such a complex thing in our lives. Food is here to keep us alive and well – that’s it. It’s not there to comfort us or fill in emotional gaps. We give it too much emotional power.

7. Plan ahead. And snack in between meals – this really helped me. I always have access to healthy snacks whether I am at home or out. And I will plan ahead as best as I can the night before so I have a rough idea of where I’ll be able to access healthy meals if I am out. Or perhaps I need to pack my own healthy meals. If I am at work meetings, I’ll ensure I have raw nuts in my bag in case I don’t have a healthy café nearby.

8. Don’t eat the moment you get home. You are stressed and frantic. You need to take 10 minutes to shower, breathe, put your phone down, get into comfy clothes and then proceed to the kitchen – in a calm state. It’s a good idea to pre-plan what you will eat before you go to the kitchen. Think about what it is you truly feel like, put it onto a plate and eat it with total mindfulness.

9. Sit down when you eat. Never ever eat when standing, on the phone, in front of the TV, or in front of the fridge. This is my golden rule. You will over eat if you do because you are not being conscious of what you are putting into your body. Sit down with every meal. Always put your food on a plate.

10. Make each meal pleasurable. Get satisfaction out of your food! I get so excited about preparing my meals. I make them pretty and colourful. I sit down calmly and enjoy each mouthful. I usually make a positive blessing before I eat – “Thank you for this nutritional food. This food is going to nourish my body.” It creates a peaceful feeling when eating, and I feel satisfied after the meal. I don’t feel like eating more. I eat what I want and say no to food I don’t like. Sometimes you may feel like a bit of a food snob, but that’s okay. Eat the foods you actually love. This will come as you begin to heal your relationship with food.

All About The Numbers



I’m Just an Instagram Number

When I first started writing this, I was interrupted by my phone buzzing to tell me I had two new followers on Instagram. I used to be happy about it – like when I had 1000 followers- but now, each notification is just a reminder that I am going to need to find something interesting to post as well as make it to all of my castings.

Social Media Can Be Revolting

Back in the beginning, I didn’t use social media. My brother was way into it though. He has a Twitter account that he constantly tweets perfectly obnoxious things:

“Saw my sister on a magazine cover. Still think she is a dork.”

And he does it In less than 140 characters.

I’m just not into that type of stuff. I much rather have my time sitting back in a pair of yoga pants, watching some reality TV while giving myself a pedicure.

That is my idea of fun- not posting a picture of my half-painted toes so that some creepy guy can repost it on a foot fetish site.

But my agent wants followers and followers want crazy. You know, like Kim K crazy. Sure, make me a celebrity, but isn’t this borderline working for free?

Get To Know Your Everyday Model

A lot of times, my agent posts things for me. She’ll grab snapshots from backstage, OMG moments that are safe to share, and paparazzi style on-set pics. Still, everyone at the agency has been hounding me about finding my own things to share so that fans get to know me.

Let’s see…. I’m a human being. I eat, sleep and poop. Occasionally I paint my toenails.

That’s worked to get me the first couple thousand, but how do I reach the 500,000 my agent is pushing for.

Smile and Wave

The whole Instagram situation reminds me of when my mom had me do pageants. There I was, parading around like an overdressed clown smiling big and doing whatever I could to impress the judges. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I realized pageant life was not for me. Too much smiling and acting. I just wanted to strut.

So when my pageant coach told her infamous modeling vs. beauty queen joke, I knew it was time to take decisive action…

“What’s the difference between a model and a beauty queen? Personality.”

She sure had a lot to say about my personality when I left to sign with an agency.

I dodged the bullet of endless smiling and waving only to enter an industry where I’m judged by my ability to share personal pictures of my life.

Well – now you now – I suck at it, but I don’t think that has anything to do with my skills as a model.

Is The Editorial Dead?



By Margretta Sowah

When was the last time you purchased a glossy magazine? You know, the ones with a shiny finishing coat and eye catching, type-esqe features like: FROM POSH TO PUNK – how piercings became the hottest new accessory. GET RICH QUICK – how other women like you are cashing in and (I feel half embarrassed, half facetious writing this…), ORGASM MASTERCLASS – why women like you are signing up for sex school, (ELLE Australia, February & March 2015 editions).

Spending upwards of $8 Australian on a magazine doesn’t seem like a necessary purchase, especially when you can interact (shop, read, view, chat) on your phone, tablet or even a watch! – As a non-watch wearer I can’t seriously justify spending over a thousand dollars on Apple’s new iWatch, for basically time and energy, not to mention the chiropractic bill for abnormal neck strain. Does anyone remember when LG released fridges with internet access on the doors? Hm… I digress once more; who still uses old school pick-up lines like asking someone cute for the time, or a lighter? In this digital age it doesn’t matter if you’re anti-clock or just can’t seem to make it to twelve, if you follow my drift. The availability and accessibility of newly pressed content is across all platforms, bringing likeminded people to the online marketplace for various reasons.

Whether you subscribe digitally or with more traditional modes, content (information and experiences created) is still the primary reason for purchasing from a brand. Humans are naturally blessed (and cursed) with curiosity. We want to know how, why, what, (when) did she (wear) that? And (where) can I get it? In the print publication industry there are major makeovers in progress – a huge ‘wardrobe’ change, so to speak.

Articles, panels and forums are speaking up about internal and external rumblings that need urgent and ethical solutions. Fashion Week, the NYE of the Industry, has been infiltrated by “smart” technology, ushered in with the new front-row of social experts. These invitees are bloggers, public social figures and digital socialites. In the one-size-does-not-fit-all Mecca of Fashion, are people still interested in educated, opinionated and constructive editorials? Are they still relevant? Or just another trendy and convincing voice in a sea of information? #CopyRated?

Cover girl

Madonna’s iconic song Vogue has made the line, ‘what are you looking at?’ infamous. It is no secret that magazine sales have dropped over the recent years. The music industry is suffering also, people just aren’t consuming tracks the way they used to. According to Mia Freeman of Mumbrella.com.au, 51k copies of Vogue per month are sold and 54k copies of Harpers Bazaar are sold. Vogue online, however, has 1.1 million active users per month. This is a huge gap.

Is buying a Vogue with Rihanna on the cover any more valuable than RiRi’s personal Instagram (@BadGalRiRi) for her story, words and photos – unfiltered? Vogue Australia’s Instagram has 6.1m followers, where as Rihanna has 26m followers. Yes, they are different markets but both benefit from each other’s business. Who can say or prove which is the fairest of them all? It isn’t always a numbers game.

Membership to this club is not easily attained either (ask Kanye West – he knows all about that). This point is proven by the continual disregard for issues around fat-shaming/skinny shaming models and excluding a large portion of consumers – if the average, healthy woman can’t fit into [x] designer’s clothing because size 10 is considered ‘Plus Size’ then we have a problem; racism – it matters today, will tomorrow and the next, mis-representation in the form of social ignorance (cultural appropriation), elitism, too high/too low price points and the issue of sustainability.

We need to use any form of communication and attention to highlight these issues. The more avenues Fashion is able to use for social and economic change, the better it is for us as a culture. We are attracted to the glits and glamour of the stories fashion can weave.

Influencers & Experts

Credibility online is as easy to find as an Uber on a Friday night. All that is needed is a platform for engagement and promotion. Bloggers (Vlogging, personal blogs, and sharing platforms like Periscope) are making millions of fashionable dollars by relating to an audience. Does the beauty Vlogger Em Ford, with over 300k followers on Youtube, have more social relevance than an experienced Make-Up artist with key industry insights and extensive product knowledge?

Logically, we assume the more we have, the better [x] will be. The more M&Ms in a packet, the better. The more time you spend at a job, the better. The more followers someone has, the more social credibility is received, right? Instagram allows us to showcase pictures with stylised filters. Anyone these days can be as good as a professional photographer, at least on first glance. This shift has strategically spotlighted profiles with a high number of followings. Most of us would easily confuse some of these social pages for Experts – instead of Influencers.

An Expert can critically, objectively and passionately articulate a researched and purpose-driven perspective. An Influencer can and should use expert information (with accreditation) to guide and inspire their contemporaries, organically and with relevance. These two brands in their own right – the Expert and the Influencer – need to advocate for our industry by playing and catering to the unconscious consumer need to desire and acquire.                                                                                 

It is easy to believe the hype of print approaching its final publication but there are still paper lovers, willing to wait month by month while still engaging online platforms and content. In my opinion the best thing about a fashion magazine is the soft (lightly scented) 50+ pages of forecasted trends, beauty products reviews, naughty occasional tear-out Q&As and not to mention the layouts – print will always be a visual delight. The expectations may be different with each platform but the goal is still the same – to sell the dream.

I don’t believe as consumers we need to decide one platform over the other. Technology has created these multiple-choice variety machines, competing for our short attention spans. Society is constantly seeking to feel more connection… even if it’s through WiFi.

To steal a Sex and the City quote; “I like my money where I can see it. In my closet.” I say, less where more wear.





Model Maison – A Q&A With Zippy Seven For Oyster Mag



This is an edit from the beautiful website called Model-Maison. Model-Maison is a project of love and dedication that has seen the photographer, Cybele Malinowski shoot models in their bedrooms all over the suburbs of Sydney, LA, London, Ukraine and shanghai. Each week we will be featuring a new model from Model- Maison.

Photography – Cybele Malinowski @cybism
Model – Zippy Seven @ IMG
Make Up – Fern Madden
FASHION CREDITS //https://www.oystermag.com/zippora-seven-model-maisonLonely Hearts, Desert Designs, PAM

A Q&A with Zippy for Oyster Mag

Zippy Seven is a model and Oyster regular. Cybele Malinowski is thephotographer behind Model Maison — a rad ongoing fashion portrait series where models are photographed in their homes around the world. Read her interview with Zippy below!

Hey Zippy! How are you? What have you been up to since our shoot?
I’m good and happy thank you, I’ve just been working in Australia and NZ the last couple months catching up on the good life down under.

Where are you now? Still in Bondi? Looks like you’re having a killer time here. Lots of surf and sun and boating around on your Instagram.

I’m in the Northern Beaches now and leaving for NYC again in the morning. It’s great coming home here after a long day in a studio to splash around in the sunset.

How was it having me come and shoot you in your own house? (I know, I know, it was a temporary house, but still). Is it weird?  Did you have to tidy up before I came? It was pretty tidy.

Haha yes we keep a very tidy home, I grew up on a boat so I have had the ship-shape mentality drilled into me..I loved that home in Bondi and living there was such a heaven, thankyou for capturing it for the memories of this trip to Australia. It was a special one.

Where do you call home? We know you are from NZ, and live in NYC; do you call both home?

Waiheke Island is my spirt home. The place I can wander with my eyes closed and still see. NYC would be dangerous to walk around like that but I have a life there that I call home. Paris and Sydney are also homes for me where I grew, learnt, loved and always get that feeling of returning home when ever I step off the plane.

Describe where you grew up in NZ. It sounds like a different world from here.

I grew up on an island with two brothers as best friends, sailing and exploring the land that was our playground.

What do you take with you when you travel to make you feel like you are at home wherever you are?

I don’t need anything and I try to travel light. But collecting too much new clothing becomes a bit of an issue sometimes.

What is your favourite place in the world and why? How does it make you feel? 

At sea. I feel pride, adventure and peace.

Fantasy house. Describe it! Where is it? What does it look like? 

I’d love to live in a lighthouse where I’d see the storms crashing or whales laughing in the sun. The hill of my lighthouse would be surrounded in a magical forest of wildlife and I’d have the happiest pet cats hunting the fat mice who keep sneeking the cheese I make from Lucy the cow…

If you weren’t modelling, I would imagine you would still be galavanting around the world. How would you keep this ephemeral lifestyle?

Yes, I’d be in a circus, the horseback acrobat. Or I’d be travelling the Antarctic as a marine biologist. Or in a rock n roll band. Playing the bass, or maybe even in the front. Or a photographer sailing the seven seas, capturing the ships in full sail and the sunrise in each new bay. I love to be in front of a camera though and for now am very happy doing just that.

How do you normally start the day? And how do you wind down at night?

Put the coffee on, jump in the ocean till I smell it bubbling. In NYC, Terence makes me coffee every morning and I head to a shoot or the gym. Or a sneaky adventure.

Favourite places to hunt for your wardrobe? Feels like there is so much history there.

The flee markets in Paris and New Zealand are the treasure troves, Australia has so many amazing designers and get some good rock ‘n roll stuff in New York.

What music do you play when you’re relaxing with a glass of vino?

Bowie, Hendrix, Gainsbourg, Reed, Zeppelin — if Terence hasn’t picked up a guitar first.

What’s next for Zippy Seven?

Keeping busy every day, working and balancing the spinning plates!

5 Models Who Still Got It – A Timeless Beauty



By Simi A Mira

1. Gemma Ward

There’s nothing better than a sweet, young, freckled beauty. Gemma Ward’s got just that. Seriously, this girl is a doll; she could be just a face or hair model and completely make it work out! From her gorgeous face to girly style, Gemma makes for the perfect Australian model. This girl isn’t dropping the fashion industry anytime soon.

Younger than thirty and first modeling at age fourteen, Gemma has got it going on, and will for a long, long time. By age fifteen, Gemma Ward made her first Australian Fashion Week, and we know why just by looking at her superior modeling skills! Gorgeous girl.

2. Bridget Malcom

Known as being a Victoria’s Secret Angel modeling in bras and panties, Bridget Malcolm has not only one of the perfect body types, but also a beautiful face. Many may overlook her beauty for her body, but this model can safely be known as one of the most beautiful Australian models no doubt. Plus, you don’t see too many red-headed models around.

Interesting to know about Bridget is that she was rejected twice before walking down the Victoria’s Secret runway before being picked to model for them in October of this year. Never say never; Bridget kept on trying until she succeeded. With courage and beauty like hers, she’ll be around for a while!

3. Miranda kerr

This truly beautiful brunette not only makes a great Victoria’s Secret model, but is also picturesque to look at. Though she is in her thirties, this beauty could pass for much younger. Her sweet and innocent complexion draw in all eyes. Of course modeling for Victoria Secret, Miranda also has a lovely body.

It’s amazing to think that Miranda Kerr has been modeling since the young age of thirteen and is still keeping at it! And of course, another very important accomplishment of Miranda is the fact that she was the first Australian to model for Victoria’s Secret campaign, making this model more than ever a much loved one.

4. Elle McPherson

Elle Macpherson may be in her fifties, but by no means does that make her too old to model. She’s still got it! Elle definitely displays the confidence any good model has to have. The fact that she claims she feels more beautiful now than she did when she was in her twenties goes to show that modeling has no age limit; it’s your level of confidence that counts!

But seriously, Elle Macpherson is a gorgeous woman, you can’t deny it. Even ten years down the road, Elle will still be fit for modeling. She has the body, the face, the hair, and most importantly, the confidence desired in a model.

5. Robyn Lawley

Robyn Lawley is a “plus-sized” model in her mid-twenties known especially for her Vogue Italia cover photo back in June 2011. She was also given the privilege to be the second Australian plus-sized model to cover Elle France, the first Australian model to be pictured on Australian Cosmopolitan, and the first plus-sized model to be photoshot for Australian Vogue as well as for CQ Australia.

Having so many accomplishments and being such a successful, gorgeous model, it’s clear that Robyn Lawley will have a very long and happy modeling career!