Pineapple House Interior Design‘s Katie Moorhouse is here to give you her best advice on how to change up your living space once the kids are out of the house.

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Q: How can parents expect their home décor to chance when the kids are out of the house? 

A: Homes stay cleaner once parents become empty nesters. It is easier to keep things in place once busy schedules, homework and muddy shoes are not factors!

Q: What are some updates empty nesters could consider for their living space?

A: Review your interests, and literally make space for them. Perhaps this means converting the old playroom or basement into a theater, home gym, mediation zone, sewing center, dance floor, wine cellar or craft room. Parents have grown just as their children have, which makes this an exciting opportunity to refine and redefine.

Q: If it is time to downsize, how can parents start the process?

A: Downsizing is a great way to start a new phase of life. Evaluate your possessions and consider your children. What would they want, use, need or enjoy of your furniture or personal effects? Do you have things that no longer have any sentimental or useful value to you? Many organizations welcome donations. Getting rid of clutter will make your home much more attractive and energizing. Plus, it will prepare you for a future relocation.

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Triathlons are no joke – all that running, biking and swimming are not for the faint of heart or the weak of body. download (2)On Sunday, September 28 in Atlanta, a new type of triathlon aims to challenge your mind as well. The Wanderlust 108, also known as a “mindful triathlon,” still includes a 5K run, but it swaps the cycling and swimming for a mediation session and a 90-minute yoga class. The 5K course winds through Piedmont Park before the mediation and yoga portions take place, led by Sage Rountree, an expert in yoga for athletes, and Atlanta yoga teachers Neda Honarvar and Octavia Raheem. Early bird tickets start at $48.

Details: www.atlanta.wanderlustfestival.com

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Dr. Sachin Lavania from North Fulton Pulmonary Specialists answers a reader’s question about having a chronic cough.

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Q: I don’t smoke, but I’ve had a cough for several weeks now. What could be the cause? 

A: In non-smokers, three main diseases are usually responsible for a chronic cough. The first is asthma, which can start in childhood or adulthood. Asthma can be associated with allergy, exercise, non-allergy, or just manifest as a cough with no other associated symptoms. The second cause is postnasal drainage, which irritates the lining of the upper and lower airways and results in sore throat and cough. The final possible cause is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or heartburn. GERD occurs when stomach contents travel upward into the esophagus and irritate the nerves of the esophagus that can trigger the cough reflex.

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By: Susan Nethero 

Most of us are looking for long-term benefits of exercise, but many women don’t recognize the harm that results from a bouncing, unsupported bust. Breasts need support.

Eighty percent of doctors recommend sports bras to reduce stress on the breast ligaments, but also to delay the long-term sagging of breasts. Breasts without proper support move up and down four to seven inches in a figure-eight pattern – ouch! Being properly fitted in the correct size and style will reduce that uncomfortable breast movement up to 74 percent.

Many sports bras “support” through compression – simply pressing the breasts against the chest wall. This results in each breast moving as a solid block, and it damages root tissue at the base of the breasts, causing premature loss of elasticity. Finding the right sports bra that lifts and truly supports during exercise is crucial, but what should you look for in a good sports bra? Seamless Running Sports Bra

Cup size. Instead of a compression style sports bra, look for a sports bra with cup sizes. At Intimacy, cup-sized sports bras come in size B to H cup, with different styles designed for level of workout intensity.

A firm band. Ninety percent of support comes from a firm band to hold the bra in place, so be aware of the firmness of the band around the body.

Seams. Seamed support in the cup distributes the pressure and weight of the breasts.

Adjustable straps. When you’re doing rigorous exercise, you’ll want to tighten the straps more than if you’re just going for a walk.

Moisture-wicking fabric. Fabric that is anti-microbial is a good idea, too. These features will help prevent chafing and rashes underneath the breasts.

When you get the right style and the right fit, you will feel more confident no matter what workout you choose. Start supporting yourself today!

 

 

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As we enter sweet potato season, it’s tempting to to add them all in a sweet potato casserole. Before you do that, try this healthy, simple soup from local catering company Epicurean Endeavors. With just the right blend of spices and natural sugars, this dish will help you save the sweet potato casserole till Thanksgiving.

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Ingredients:

1 tbsp. grape seed oil

1 small yellow onion, diced

3 tbsp. minced ginger

1 tbsp. curry powder

1 lb. sweet potato, peel and diced

1 small apple, peeled and diced

3 sprigs of fresh thyme

5 cups vegetable stock

1/2 cup coconut milk

2 tbsp. pure maple syrup

Salt and pepper to season

Method: 

Heat the grape seed oil in a pot over medium high heat.

Add the onions, ginger, curry powder, sweet potato and apple, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook contents for five minutes, stirring continuously.

Add the thyme and vegetable stock to the pot. bring contents to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.

Allow everything to cook until the vegetables are tender. This will take approximately 30 minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs and use an immersion blender or food processor to purée the soup until smooth. You can reserve some of the sweet potato and apple for garnish, if you choose.

Finish the soup by stirring in the coconut milk and maple syrup. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.

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Prostate cancer awareness is taking center stage next week in all 421 of Georgia’s high schools, under the Friday night lights no less.
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In a collaboration between the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition and the Georgia High School Association, the week of September 26 has been named “Blue Week” in an effort to bring prostate cancer awareness to the forefront in Georgia.

Bill Buckley, the director of the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, states that each high school will support the GPCC at their football games on Friday night. Each player will have a blue ribbon decal on their helmet and will wear a blue wristband.

But it won’t be just the players getting involved, the referees will be using blue penalty flags, there will be blue ribbons stenciled on the fields, all jumbo screens will display the blue ribbon throughout the games and their will be informative announcements made about prostate cancer.

Together through “Blue Week,” the GPCC and the GHSA hope to make the people of Georgia more aware of what exactly prostate cancer is and how it can affect you.

Both organizations plan on making this a yearly tradition. “This will be an annual event in the month of September for all high schools in the State of Georgia,” says Buckley.  ”GPCC feels this is a great way to bring awareness to prostate cancer to the men and women of our State.”

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Dr. Jonathan Kim from Emory Cardiovascular Specialists at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital answers a reader’s question about how running a marathon can affect your heart.

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Q: Is running a marathon dangerous for my heart? 

A: Currently, there is no definitive data that implicates marathon running as dangerous for your heart. In fact, for those healthy enough to train for and run a marathon, there are clearly both mental and physical benefits. If you are interested in running a marathon, first consult your doctor or sports cardiologist to ensure you are physically fit enough to embark on a training regimen, and then go out and enjoy your long runs.

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Janell Sycks from Pantry Takeover is here to give you her best advice about how to change the way you buy food once you are an empty nester.

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Q: What are some tips for cooking healthy meals for fewer people?

A: Cooking for less people mean buying less food. Keep that in mind while grocery shopping and buy accordingly or else you will end up wasting food and money.

Q: How can parents maximize their time in the kitchen?

A: Meal planning is crucial whether you are cooking for one person or 10 people. Save time by preparing part of your meals on the weekend: make small individual salads for each day of the week, marinate meats ahead of time and bake some healthy granola bars or muffins for a quick grab-and-go breakfast.

Q: How can parents break out of old meal routines?

A: Try new recipes that you once steered away from because “the children would not like it.” Explore new foods and seasonings. And don’t rush – there are no school or sporting events that you have to run off to after dinner.

Q: How can parents throw a fun, healthy, adults-only dinner party?

A: Invite every guest to bring a dish using a seasonal vegetable they have never cooked before, and pair it with a fresh juiced cocktail. This encourages everyone to try new recipes and foods.

 

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Dr. Alex Park from VeinInnovations answers a reader’s question about vein problems for men.

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Q: Do men have vein problems too?

A: Yes, men have vein problems and are notorious for waiting until they are in a great deal pf pain before seeking treatment. When the pain hurts their golf game or their ability to rest, men come for help. We urge our female patients to get their husbands in as soon as possible, as earlier treatment ensures a higher quality of life for many years, helping patients maintain a healthier program for exercise and sleep.

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Mastin Kipp, who heads The Daily Love online community, is in the business of inspiration. He has lifted himself out of addiction and crisis to a life doing what he loves and digging deep into spirituality. Now, he has written his amazing story in the book “Daily Love: Growing Into Grace.”mastin kipp

The writing process, Kipp admits, was somewhat less than graceful. “I love having written, but the writing process itself is excruciating.” He laughs and adds, “It’s like working out.” Not only did writing take him back to some challenging times in his life, but it resulted in him gaining significant weight during the process, which he is still working to lose. Even then, his publisher told him the first draft wasn’t publishable. “It was basically a 70,000-word blog,” he jokes. But after two more drafts, Kipp and his publisher had a manuscript that told his story effectively. “It was humbling, and I think I really grew as a writer in the process,” Kipp says.

This week, “Daily Love: Growing Into Grace” was released, telling the full story of his early struggles and his turn toward a happier, more spiritually fulfilling life. Kipp hopes the book helps others along that path as well, moving out of crisis and into happiness. He says, “I’ve seen so many folks give up, or give in to fear, but my hope is that after reading the book, you are inspired to actually take action and do the things you love. That’s ultimately what’s going to make you happiest.”

To order the book and learn more about Kipp, visit www.growingintograce.com. To see him in person, mark your calendars for September 16, when Kipp’s Growing Into Grace tour will bring him to Atlanta’s own Piedmont Park.

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