Welcome to Slim Easy Diet

     Welcome to Slim Easy Diet

Being Slim and looking terrific! This is what we all aspire to be. Well I have some good news for you, it can happen and without too much pain. The first thing you have to remove from your brain is the word Diet. Why you ask? Well if you are like myself you have been yo yo dieting your entire adult life and just the very word makes you feel hungry. We were all informed the only way we are going to lose Weight and look trim taut and terrific is to cut out everything we like and live on lettuce leaves. It doesn’t work does it? We are here to help achieve your ideal body image by changing your lifestyle and once you have a taste of it you… Continue reading

Tuscany Sauce – Symply Too Good To Be True

Tuscany Sauce


© Annette Sym 2001


cooking spray

1 teaspoon crushed garlic (in jar)

1 onion diced

1 cup capsicum diced

1 cup celery diced

1 cup zucchini diced Continue reading

Hydration in winter – what counts as water? – ANNETTE SYM

Before I decided to become a healthy person I never drank water. Now I can’t imagine a day without it.  As the weather cools down it can be a little harder to drink eight glasses a day. You do need to stay hydrated all year round, so don’t slacken off in winter.

Apart from the obvious signs of having a dry mouth there are a number of other signs that it’s time to hydrate. If you find yourself yawning mid-afternoon grab a glass of water. Next time you have a headache, before reaching for the aspirin try drinking a big glass of water. Dry skin can also be a sign you’re not getting enough H2O.

If you need more reasons to drink water, I have the best reason – staying hydrated can help you lose weight! Here’s how:

7 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR VEGGIE INTAKE – column by Annette Sym

If you saw my dinner plate you would be shocked at how much food goes on it. I am a huge fan of vegetables and when you take a closer look you will see that over half the plate is filled with vegetables. Including a wide variety of vegetables each day means your health will be the winner.

The health benefits are many. Vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and minerals and are a great source of dietary fibre. Bowel cancer is the second biggest killer of Australians; embracing both fruit and vegetables may lower the risk of contracting this disease.

I class vegetables as a free food as there are so little calories and fat making them a slimmer’s best friend. The ones that need to be portion controlled are potatoes, sweet potato and corn as they are high… Continue reading



Being active on Christmas day is easy if you have the right Christmas presents to get you motivated. Whether it be a brand new bike, balls, gym equipment or pool toys everyone can enjoy some form of activities in the afternoon to work off all that Christmas fare. Here are some suggestions:

If bikes are under your tree then taking the kids out for a bike ride will be at the top of the list for activities. Teaching your child to ride a bike is not only a great bonding exercise but it is a great way for them to have fun and get fit at the same time. Who says that bikes are just for the kids, so put your order in for a bike if you… Continue reading

ANNETTE SYM COLUMN – Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air. Yes, we can now start thinking about salads, exercise and swimming. During winter most tend to hibernate, for example jumping out of bed at 6am when it is dark and cold can stop even the most health conscious person and walking late afternoon means darkness at 5.30pm. Longer daylight hours and warmer weather lifts the spirit and so now is the perfect time to get your health and exercise routines back into full swing. Let’s get ready for summer, here are some tips:

1. Try on your favourite summer outfit from last year and see how it fits now. If it is a bit snug or the buttons don’t do up then take this as a sign that you need to shed a few kilos before summer kicks in. Another good idea is to put… Continue reading

Savoury Pikelets – Symply Too Good To Be True

Savoury Pikelets

MAKES: 40 party size


© Annette Sym


3 egg whites

½ cup carrots grated

? cup zucchini grated

2 tablespoons shallots finely sliced

½ teaspoon white vinegar Continue reading

7 DIET MYTHS – Annette Sym

With all the quick fix diets, pills and potions we are still battling the obesity issues in Australia. We are now fatter than ever before in history. Here are a few diet myths and the truth as I see it. 1. Eat grapefruit and it will melt the fat away – no food can do this

2. You have to starve to lose weight – this is the worst thing you can do to lose weight, in fact if you eat too little your body will not lose weight. Having a balanced diet with the right amount of fats and calories is the answer. Never go lower than 1200 calories in your day for women and 1500 for men.

3. When exercising no pain means no gain – this is so false, going too hard too quickly can cause injury… Continue reading



The holidays are over and school has begun again. Normal routines have finally returned and even though most parents are relieved to have their children back to school, we are now faced with the hard task of what to pack in their lunchboxes.  It can be difficult trying to think of healthy, convenient and delicious food for their lunches each day, plus what do you give them when they come home starving from school?

The shopping aisles are filled with little packets of this and that to put into the lunch boxes however many are filled with sugar, salt and fat. Finding time to home bake can be difficult, but not impossible. Allocate a bake day say once a month and make muffins, pikelets, cakes and my low fat corn chips. Your… Continue reading