Food & Nutrition
Going Back to The Farm

Going Back to The Farm

By India Powell Cultivating an appreciation for farming doesn't necessarily mean you have to love getting dirty. That's something Mary Blackmon learned early in life on her family's land. However, growing up on the family farm in Arkansas gave her a deep and lasting passion for the place and the… Read more...
Y’all, Set the Table!

Y’all, Set the Table!

For over a decade, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF) founders Elizabeth Feichter and Dominique Love have built a partnership that supports charitable giving, nourishes community, celebrates Southern cuisine and, now, even plants a vineyard ... right smack in the middle of Midtown Atlanta. The two met years ago, when… Read more...
Exploring local sustainable food options

At the Farmers Market

By Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland With water shortages threatening food production in several states and a growing awareness of the potential health risks of some genetically modified food, eating local food has never been more important. Locally produced organic or sustainably farmed food lowers fossil fuel consumption and minimizes pollution… Read more...
The Sugar Shakedown

The Sugar Shakedown

By Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland When you think of sugar in your diet, your mind probably jumps right to that slice of birthday cake you had last week or the candy that gets passed around your office. And you're right; those are definitely sources of sugar. But sugar is sneaky,… Read more...
King of Pops’ Steven Carse makes sweets sustainable

King of Pops’ Steven Carse makes sweets sustainable

Refreshing. Flavorful. An Atlanta summer staple. These might be the descriptions that come to mind when someone mentions "King of Pops," but when Best Self Atlanta sat down with Steven Carse, the company's creator, we discovered there's even more to the product than that. In addition to being tasty treats,… Read more...
Atlanta’s Top Chef Richard Blais Talks about his new show Cook Your Ass Off

Atlanta’s Top Chef Richard Blais Talks about his new show Cook Your Ass Off

    When you've opened several restaurants, braved the reality TV circuit (and survived), written a book and are raising a family, you're bound to know a thing or two about balancing your time. And if you're Chef Richard Blais, you take everything in stride. "I'm still trying to figure… Read more...
Making a Difference in the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Making a Difference in the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Childhood obesity rates have been climbing for the past 30 years, and by 2010, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Because of this rise in obesity rates, many experts are predicting that this may be… Read more...
Get Involved With Atlanta Community Gardens

Get Involved With Atlanta Community Gardens

It's amazing to see that one green space in the middle of the city can do so much good for the people that tend to it. The benefits of a community garden are endless. Whether they are used to grow flowers, plants or produce, this type of garden is a… Read more...

Making Healthy Food Choices for Your Future

Which would you rather spend your money on—food or doctors’ bills? According to the U.S Bureau of Labor and Statistics, combined spending on health care and food totaled 29.4% of the national income in 1960 -- 24.3% spent on food and 5.1% spent on health care. In 2010, the combined… Read more...
Food Expert Alton Brown Talks About Weight Loss and his Four-List Method

Food Expert Alton Brown Talks About Weight Loss and his Four-List Method

He may have wrapped up his 13-year run on Food Network’s Good Eats last fall with the 2011 James Beard Award as the cherry on top, but Alton Brown is the busiest he’s been in years. Between shooting Food Network Star, the Next Iron Chef and other Food Network shows—not… Read more...
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