Mim Beim's energy seems endless. So does her list of credentials. She has been a fitness instructor, lecturer, published five books, appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, and runs her own naturopathy practice in inner Sydney (strandnatural.com). So how did the former accountant become a high-profile naturopath? "I just didn't get the corporate thing," she says. As a miniskirt-wearing, pink briefcase–carrying economics graduate, she was shown what she ought to aspire to: a top executive's office, similar to those a lot of her patients have today. "They showed me a corner office with glass and I thought, 'This is no incentive.'"
Beim quit the industry after "one short year," and, as she has always had an interest in diet since battling anorexia at age 17, enrolled in naturopathy and funded it by teaching aerobics. "I was obsessed with food - not eating it - but I knew absolutely everything about food," she says. "I think naturopaths have a much better understanding of diet than doctors do. We strengthen your body, your immune system, your nervous system. It's more a total medicine." The biggest ailment facing her "victims," as she lovingly refers to her patients, is stress. Beim counts swimming, bushwalking, kayaking and Bikram yoga among her personal favourite stress relievers. As are the married 44-year-old's three "babies," dogs Fred and Tessa and her beloved silver tabby, Bella: "I need them for my mental wellbeing."