Get Commando Fit This Year

SHE’SAID’ has been lucky to snag an interview with Commando Steve Willis! I’m super excited to get access to this heavenly hot fitness guru and integral member of Aussie TV’s The Biggest Loser. Prominently dressed in army pants, singlet and dark sunglasses, there seems to be a lot going on for the man behind the muscle. So I wanted to give you a sneak peak before we have our little chat.

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The book – ‘Get Commando Fit’
The Commando launched ‘Get Commando Fit’ on January 27. Combining a 4 week workout plan with fully illustrated exercises and delicious recipes, the Commando motivates and inspires readers using essential building blocks required for a healthier, happier life.

Priced at RRP $29.99 and $16.99 for the e-book ‘Get Commando Fit’  is based on years of knowledge and experience in the health and fitness industry and aimed at regular people looking to achieve optimal health and well-being.

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The program – Get Commando Fit Mission 2
Commencing February 16th 2015 is the Get Commando Fit Mission 2. To provide a little housekeeping info, the cost is $18.90 per week on a 13-week payment plan or $199 upfront. When you consider the cost of gym memberships or weight-loss clinics, it’s excellent value for money. Registrations opened as of January 1, and anyone wanting to participate is encouraged to register ASAP at

To give you an idea of the program, it’s essentially a 13-week holistic life changing experience which addresses food and nutrition, movement and work outs plus shifts the clients psychology of these behaviours. Primarily focused on changing behaviours, bad habits and ridding clients of  self-doubt, program developers have set clients of all ages and abilities up for success. They provide everything needed to implement healthy lifestyle changes long term.

The developers include nutritionist Kelly Richardson, Chef Kim Wiggins, Sports Chiropractor Luke Khoury and Sports Scientist Selasi Berdie. With experience acquired in the Australian Army Special Forces, plus being a highly acclaimed CrossFit athlete and accredited personal trainer, the Commando’s unique experience and skill set compliment this highly diverse team.

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Based on their combined knowledge and increased understanding of their clients needs, the program now offers even more flexibility. Mission 2 introduces ‘Get Active’, an innovative program which reintroduces movement into everyday people’s lifestyles. It’s perfect for all ages and abilities, promoting movement and healthy eating.

Additionally there’s the existing three tiered levels available. These include: ‘Get Fit’, ‘Get Fit Intermediate’ and ‘Get Fit Advanced’. Layering various abilities enables clients to get ultimatum satisfaction out of the program. Therefore the program now caters for people wanting to begin a health and fitness regime right up to advanced athletes and military personal searching for ways to vary their routine.

The program itself includes an introductory week, which provides upfront fundamentals and education. This is followed by 12 weeks of workout plans, daily recipes, healthy meal plans and the Commando’s motivation videos. Clients also receive regular individual performance and progress monitoring, ‘squad’ training to encourage group development and participation, plus motivation from the Commando himself to maintain motivation to keep going and inspire people to live their lives to the fullest.

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This is certainly what Commando Steve Willis has done. From being a Commando in the Australian Army to TV personality, his upcoming interview with SHE’SAID’, will be one worth reading. In the meantime, if you’d like find out more about his book ‘Get Commando Fit’ or Get Commando Fit Mission 2 head to

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January 29, 2015

Interview with IT Cosmetics Founder Jamie Kern Lima

With Sephora opening its doors in Sydney’s bustling Pitt Street Mall in December 2014, SHESAID joined in on the excitement on press day for the internationally recognised cosmetic store. You may have heard about some of the exciting brands which will be on offer at Sephora Australia, with one of them being IT Cosmetics.

Founded by Jamie Kern Lima, the popular cosmetics brand is perfect for girls, mums, and even grandmothers! SHESAID had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Jamie herself, and get the latest information for the products you need by IT once Sephora finally opens its first Australian doors.

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Congratulations on being one of the makeup brands stocked in Sephora Australia this coming December. Could you tell us a little bit about how IT Cosmetics started?

Thank you! IT stands for innovative technology, and we are a full-colour cosmetic line but we do things kind of differently. A lot of brands are makeup artistry, trend, or colour story, but we are more solutions-based. We won’t launch a product unless we believe that it is really innovative and different. In fact we have an advisory board of plastic surgeons and dermatologists so every product that we launch is super skin-loving, and solutions based.

The Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer, $38 is probably our most famous product – an under-eye concealer but you can also use it anywhere. It will give full coverage but it will never crease and never crack. Our YSBB (Your Skin But Better) CC Cream with SPF 50+ is also very different – it’s starts its life as a moisturiser, has SPF 50 in it (physical sunscreen so no chemical), and is also full coverage! We have full coverage pigments in a moisturiser which is really different because most makeup is sprinkled with a touch of skincare. We don’t launch a large number of shades, just a unique selection of products at a time.

What are some of your all-time favourite products from the collection and why?

What has been really cool is that some women in Australia have been posting about the Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer and spreading the word a little bit, but they can never get a hold of it! And now we’re finally here and exclusive to Australia.

I think Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer is life changing because it gives coverage, but women that usually need the coverage hate using concealers because you can see them.

They always crease!

Yes, exactly! So this product gives the best coverage but looks like real skin. Our YSBB (Your Skin But Better) CC Cream with SPF 50+, $58 is also amazing – we never launched a BB cream but there’s actually not that much coverage with a BB cream.

What is the difference between a BB cream and a CC cream?

Tinted moisturisers have been around forever and they’re basically moisturisers with a tiny bit of tint added into the formula. BB creams are kind of similar but they do sometimes have a few more skin-loving ingredients instead.

In Asia they started Blemish Balms to treat primarily blemish-prone skin, and they’re great but a lot of women need more coverage and more steps. So we wanted to create a product that would be your one and only step – CC stands for colour correcting and not all CC Creams are full coverage either. We tried to create the first full-coverage CC Cream which starts off as a moisturiser, and then has been infused with full-coverage and also a high SPF of 50.

Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+
Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+, $58

It really is the one-step product for women who basically have 30 seconds to get ready – you put one pump, smooth it on your skin and you have full coverage, SPF, and skincare in one complete step.

We’ve seen a lot of It Cosmetics products being reviewed by beauty guru’s all over YouTube. Do you think the impact of social media is a good or bad thing for a makeup brand?

It’s great! I truly think that so many women and girls have so much going on in their life, and they do forget that they’re important and beautiful. One thing that’s cool about YouTube is that it makes beauty an experience and it’s definitely fun to watch. I don’t wear goth makeup but I would totally have fun watching someone do it! It just makes it an experience, which is also what’s really cool with Sephora. You can walk into the store and experience everything at once, which is different from any other retailer.

But also I think that social media has also been key to getting the best attention to really special products. When we were a smaller brand we couldn’t actually afford to advertise or anything else, so it was women on social media who recorded these testimonials saying that they really loved the product. Rather than just searching it online, when you see someone else demonstrate, you can really understand how the product applies, what it looks like, and how to use it.

There is something really therapeutic about watching someone else do their makeup..

Definitely, it’s very random!

Could you share just some of your tips for a flawless foundation application?

Use IT Cosmetics! We have a full colour-line, but we are actually most well known for complexion and for products that even if you need a lot of coverage, it will look like your skin.

My biggest tip is don’t use anything that doesn’t look like your real skin. There are a lot of products out there that say they’re full or even medium coverage, but they look like makeup! Even if you need coverage, all of our products will look like your own beautiful skin – not like makeup. The main ingredient in most powders is talc, and as soon as you put them on, you instantly see powder, creases, and cracks. Especially if you have acne, the powder grabs on and draws so much attention to the area, rather than concealing it. A lot of mineral makeup is actually loaded with bismuth which makes women break-out, and you would never think that considering it’s natural and organic-based.

Use complexion products that look like your real skin, skin-loving, and that are the right shade for your skin! I truly think that if a product is superior, then it won’t work for you, I don’t think you need to follow a routine to achieve flawless makeup – it should just look good. That is also the main reason which sets apart our YSBB (Your Skin But Better) CC Cream with SPF 50+ from most products on the market.

October 13, 2014

The Skinny on Quitting Sugar

Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar was one of the year’s Australian publishing sensations, spawning a mini-industry telling people how to kick the white stuff. The former Cosmopolitan magazine editor and erstwhile sugar “addict” says she once consumed the equivalent of 25 teaspoons a day, much “hidden” in foods and drinks.

A health and life crisis made her re-evaluate her lifestyle and ultimately recognise a link between her OTT intake of the sweet siren and years of mood disorders, fluctuating weight, sleep problems and thyroid disease.

By radically moderating her sugar consumption “I lost weight and my skin changed, it cleared,” she says, “but I also started to heal. I found wellness and the kind of energy and sparkle I had as a kid.” Her personal experience resulted in the book, interactive website and cult following.

As with any apparent diet “miracle”, I Quit Sugar has already generated a counter-movement with nutritionist Cassie Platt soon to publish her own book, I Didn’t Quit Sugar.

It’s created a stir in the sugar bowl with Wilson blogging in her book’s defence that “I don’t suggest quitting all sugars. I certainly don’t advocate quitting glucose. I’m very clear: fructose is the issue, mostly in the form of sucrose.  I agree, quitting all sugar, and carbs, could create health issues, such as hair loss.

“Yes, yes, yes, the title of my book is I Quit Sugar. But when we say “sugar”, most of us are referring to sucrose or table sugar (the stuff they put in doughnuts), right? And within about three words of opening the book I highlight I’m referring to fructose specifically.”

Okay, so that’s two women’s experiences. But what are we talking about, really? How much sugar do those of us not committed to a radical lifestyle change (but who’d still like to lose weight, feel and look brighter etc) need to give up? What are “good” and “bad” sugars”? After all, fruit has sugar and fruit is good for you, or so we’ve been told for generations.

Is sugar really the devil – or “Satan’s crystals” as some colourful detractors have dubbed it? There was a time when it was just blamed for rotting your teeth and making you overweight.

Now, over the past decade, sugar has been deemed a culprit behind everything from obesity to feeding cancer cells to ageing the body (particularly the skin) at an accelerated rate (glycation), heart disease, dementia, macular (eye) degeneration, chronic kidney disease and failure, and high blood pressure.

There’s always impressive-sounding studies and statistics to support such claims. If you’re not a scientific expert, though, it’s hard to digest what’s best for you.

The biggest problem with sugar is that, these days, it’s everywhere, whether you know it or not, and it comes in far more processed forms than nature intended. It’s to be found in such sources as Macca’s French fries, breading on most packaged and restaurant foods, hamburgers sold in restaurants to reduce meat shrinkage during cooking, canned salmon (before canning, it is often glazed with a sugar solution), cured/sliced meats such as ham, turkey and chicken, bacon and canned meats, stock cubes (which usually contain MSG as well), many peanut butter brands, dry cereals and carb-dense foods, particularly highly processed ones such as commercial bread and rice.

A telling comparison:

  • In 1822 Americans consumed 45gm of sugar every five days, or the amount of sugar in a can of Coca Cola.
  • In 2012 Americans consumed 756gm of sugar every five days, or 58kg of sugar a year. That’s the size of some adults!

When you eat sugar – and, especially, too much of it – your body can deal with it one of two ways:

  • Burn it for energy. Great if your body is firing on all cylinders and you have a fast metabolism.
  • Convert it to fat and store it in your fat cells. With today’s stressed lifestyles and diets, there’s more scope for fat storage. Excess sugar is used to provide the energy our body needs rather than drawing on our fat stores.

When your pancreas detects a rush of sugar, it releases the hormone insulin to deal with the blood sugar spike. Insulin helps to regulate the level of sugar in the blood; the more sugar in the bloodstream, the more insulin is released. Insulin helps store glucose in the liver and muscles as glycogen and in fat cells.

If too much insulin is released, blood sugar drops below normal levels causing hypoglycemia – essentially a sugar “crash”. Our bodies respond by craving sugar and this is where the “addiction” cycle can come into play. We consume more sugar and the process starts again. The more severe the blood sugar spike, the more insulin required. This means it becomes easier to skip using sugar as energy and go straight to extra insulin and fat storage.

We’re not genetically designed to consume the amount of sugar we’re currently eating. For that reason, our brains get the “happy feeling” (eg. spike of feel-good chemicals such as serotonin) from sugar that we could otherwise get from exercise.

So is eating less sugar the answer? Actually, it’s only part of the battle.

You’ve probably heard of the Glycaemic Index. It’s the calculation of how quickly a particular type of food increases your blood sugar level, on a scale from 1-100 (100 being pure glucose).

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller, from the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular Bioscience and Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, also author of the best-selling Low GI Diet franchise, talked to She ‘Said’:

How bad really is sugar for you?

No worse than any other source of carbohydrate (starch, glucose etc).

What are the side effects (apart from weight gain) of eating too much sugar?

Some studies suggest that it increases the level of triglycerides (fats) in your blood and liver, but this type of study usually involves a supra-normal dose. When more realistic doses are used, there’s no difference.

What are the side effects of having no sugar at all?

Studies suggest that people who avoid sugar end up eating more saturated fat. It’s called the sugar-fat seesaw and it’s well documented in all population groups.

When people become overly zealous about deleting all sugar (indeed, any type of food) from their diet, can it can cause feelings of deprivation that eventually make you obsess over and crave the “forbidden fruit”?

Absolutely agree. And the liking for sweetness is programmed into human brains. Many primates are “frugivores” – they get the majority of their calories from fruits.

What are the benefits of reducing sugar in your diet?

If you get currently more than 25 per cent of your calories from refined sugars (the average is actually 10-12 per cent), then cutting down may improve the nutritional value of your diet. But it’s no guarantee. A completely sugar-free diet if often high in refined oils, refined starches and alcohol, which are also empty calories.

How much sugar should an average person consume each day and from what sources?

Most authorities say 10 per cent of your calories can safely come from refined sugars – that’s 200 calories in a 2000 calorie diet, and that’s 50g of sugar, or 10 teaspoons.  My recommendation would be to use this sugar to increase the palatability of bland but wholesome foods such as muesli, porridge, yoghurt or jam/honey on wholegrain bread.

Is there such as thing as “good” and “bad” sugars?

No. Nature provides a mix of sugars, including sucrose, glucose and fructose. Some ignorant people think glucose is better than fructose but that’s wishful thinking. If anything, glucose alone would increase your risk of diabetes.

What is your advice about finding balance in your diet overall, and keeping your sugar intake at acceptable levels?

Eat a higher-protein, lower GI, Mediterranean diet because this will help to control appetite. Go to bed early, get a good night’s sleep and get 30 minutes of exercise a day.  THEN allow your appetite to guide food intake. Eat for both pleasure and wellbeing.

If someone is keen to give such a low-sugar diet a go, how would you recommend they go about it?

They should seek advice only from people with university qualifications, preferably with APD after their name (Accredited Practising Dietitian).

Is sugar the enemy, or do you indulge your sweet teeth? How do you feel about sugar? Tell us in the comments!

Jenni Gilbert is a longtime journalist with a passion for sourcing and sharing information about how to look and feel better, inside and out. Jenni’s resume includes Editor-in-Chief of New Idea, launch editor of Good Medicine magazine, London correspondent for Fairfax’s The Sun newspaper – she even covered the wedding of Charles and Diana! – Deputy Editor of Who, senior writer for Woman’s Day, News & Features Editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly and much more. Family, friends, her cat, travelling, Pilates, yoga, holistic health and anti-ageing treatments are what makes Jenni’s life go round.

September 9, 2013