Here at Best Self, we believe that together we can make a difference. But when and where can your efforts make the most impact?ribbon

Look no further than our 30 Days of Pink blog series in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month of October, this blog will feature local breast cancer awareness, fundraising and education events and initiatives. From runs and races, to fashion shows and health screenings, we will be talking about them all so you can participate and raise awareness for women’s health.

Below are the links to our 30 Days of Pink posts so you can follow along and get involved in the fight against breast cancer. Have a happy 30 Days of Pink!

 

 

 

 

Day 1                     Day 11                    Day 21

Day 2                     Day 12                    Day 22

Day 3                     Day 13                    Day 23

Day 4                     Day 14                    Day 24

Day 5                     Day 15                    Day 25

Day 6                     Day 16                    Day 26

Day 7                     Day 17                    Day 27

Day 8                     Day 18                    Day 28

Day 9                     Day 19                    Day 29

Day 10                   Day 20                    Day 30

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To kick off our 30 Days of Pink blog series, we thought, “Why start with just one event, when we could start with a whole weekend?” So we chose to Paint the Mall Pink!

Celebrate women’s health and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Town Center at Cobb’s third annual Paint the Mall Pink weekend-long event. Paint the Mall Pink kicks off on Thursday and doesn’t end until Sunday afternoon.

The event starts with a bang on October 2 with the Pink Window Display Contest. Throughout the weekend, participating stores in the mall will go all out to decorate their store windows with pink displays. paint the mall pinkThen photos of the stores will be put on Town Center at Cobb’s Facebook page so shoppers can vote and pick their favorites. The contest will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Then on Thursday night, Spirit Girls Night Out begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Center Court of the mall, giving ladies the chance to put on their favorite little black dress and have a good time. The event includes free health screenings provided by WellStar, goody bags, door prizes, a fashion show and beauty demonstrations.

But the pink fun doesn’t stop there.  Glow the Mall Pink Midnight Madness 5K will be held on Saturday, October 4. Runners and walkers are invited to glow the night away at this late-night race. There will be a huge after-party to follow with dancing, food and music.

And last but not least, the mall will host a PINK OUT on Saturday, October 4. Shoppers are encouraged to wear pink and take advantage of the complimentary health screenings that  WellStar is offering in the Center Court of the mall from 2 to 6 p.m.

All of the Paint the Mall Pink events are free to the public, excluding the entry fees for Glow the Mall Pink Midnight Madness 5K. So spend your weekend shopping while raising money for breast cancer research at Town Center at Cobb!

Details: Town Center at Cobb, 400 Barrett Pkwy, www.towncenteratcobb.com

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Online exclusive recipe from gluten-free expert Jennifer Harris

Gluten-Free Turkey Sausage Strata

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Ingredients: 

  • 4 slices gluten-free bread, chopped small
  • 1 ½ c. eggs (add a drop or two of water)
  • 1 lb. sausage, cooked and drained
  • 1 c. cheese, shredded
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ c. Parmesan Cheese (optional)
  • 1 ½ c. milk (milk substitute)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 325°

Spray 13×9 pan baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer the bread until it covers the bottom of the dish. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, ½ cup of cheese, salt, and pepper. Blend until frothy. Pour egg mixture evenly over the bread. Next, add in the onions followed by the cooked sausage. Top with additional shredded and parmesan cheese. Bake for 55 to 70 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean. Let stand ten minutes before serving. Serves 12.

My family doesn’t care for this recipe when I add in vegetables, but chopped tomatoes, spinach, and broccoli work very well in this strata. I have an intolerance to casein, so I use coconut milk and vegan cheese in our strata and the results are outstanding.

When picking out gluten-free bread, I would use a plain bread (white or whole grain) and stay away from gluten-free rye because it tends to overpower the other ingredients. I know the four slices of bread to 1 ½ cup of eggs seems off, but trust me the bread holds up and makes a perfect base.

This recipe can be made the night before and baked the next morning. I like to serve it with a side of freshly chopped fruit, yogurt, and hash browns.

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Dr. Natalie Elliott from Atlanta Counseling Institute is here to give her best advice about how to spice things up once you are an empty nester!

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Q: How can parents expect their sex lives to change when the kids are out of the house? 

A: It is hard to crank an engine that had been sitting idle for too long. Don’t wait until the kids are gone to rekindle the romance. Start now. An empty house is not going to create a romantic life that doesn’t already exist.

Q: What tips can help parents connect better during this time?

A: Select a new activity or hobby to participate in, such as hiking, dancing, or taking an art class together. When you have focused on the kids for too long, sometimes you forget how to talk to each other in a way that connects you. Adding an activity will help the bonding and the conversation, which will deepen your connection.

Q: What issues in the bedroom might surprise parents during this time?

A: Couples are often surprised by the fact that their bodies are different. Many couples develop a sexual dance over the years: I do this, you do that, and presto — fireworks. Often in later years, the “this and that” no longer produce fireworks, and couples feel lost. At this stage of the game, couples really have to slow down and relearn what touches excite each other now. Forget sex at 20. Sex at 60 is better.

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Give your daughter the gift of “girl power” at Prissy Tomboy Athletics’ Adventure Challenge Camp Day. On October 25, girly-girls and tomboys ages 12 to 15 will get the chance to have an exciting adventure, while building confidence and friendships. The camp day was created in an effort to empower teen girls through physical fitness and knowledge. prissy tomboy
The camp day will start off with a challenge course that is designed to help girls improve their team-building skills and sportsmanship. The participating girls will get the opportunity to challenge themselves mentally and physically, while at the same time have a ton of fun.
From there, the girls will be separated into specifically targeted junior and senior panel sessions, 12 to 14 year olds in the junior session and 15 to 17 year olds in the senior session. These panel sessions will cover topics like nutrition, exercise, college recruitment tips and maintaining a healthy outlet and will be led by professional female leaders with diverse backgrounds.
The day will also include a calming yoga session led by Roswell Yoga Life and a Prissy pamper session that will include a one-on-one beauty session with makeup artists from Soda Salon.
This Adventure Challenge Camp Day is the first of its kind in Atlanta, but Prissy Tomboy Athletics has plans to host several more over the coming year.

Early bird tickets are one sale now through October 11 and can be purchased here.

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By: Stephanie Walsh, MD

When your child eats right, her body grows stronger, her brain becomes more alert and she is generally happier. Healthy eating habits provide lifelong rewards, in terms of both improved health and happiness. Getting kids to think beyond mac ‘n’ cheese, however, can be a real challenge. healthy kid

The good news is that you have the ability to change your family’s habits. Kids are imitators; when they see us eating right, they follow suit. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy occasional treats – just do so in moderation.

Next, minimize power struggles by understanding the “Ps and Cs.” It’s a parent’s job to plan, prepare and provide nutritious foods. It’s a kids job to choose whether, what and how much to eat.

Help kids eat well at every age! 

Infants/Toddlers: Recognize Hunger: 

Children instinctively know when they’re hungry, so follow their lead. Help kids stay tuned in to their hunger cues by:

  • Breastfeeding. You can’t overfeed an exclusively breastfed baby, so feel free to nurse when and as long as the baby wants.
  • Trusting you toddler’s appetite. If your toddler is growing, she’s eating enough.
  • Seeing the big picture. Your child’s diet balances out over several days.

Elementary School: Plan Ahead, Get Kids Cooking 

Busy schedules call for advanced meal planning, but it doesn’t have to be a total chore.

  • Involve kids in planning/making meals. They’re more likely to eat foods they prepare.
  • Stock easy, quick meal options like frozen veggies, whole-grain pasta and low-fat cheese.
  • Use snacks as mini-meals, not filler. Keep healthy, grab-and-go foods accessible.

Middle School and Beyond: Reinforce Healthy Habits

Parental influence still matters!

  • Eat together and at home whenever possible, and keep modeling good habits.
  • Don’t restrict foods; likely it will backfire.
  • Praise your child’s healthy behaviors and choices, not their weight

One of the best means of changing your family’s habits is you. for more tools and support, visit www.strong4life.com.

 

 

 

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Dr. Brian Maloney from The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery answers a reader’s question about how to get thicker eyelashes.

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Q: As I get older, I’ve noticed that my eyelashes are thinning. I don’t want to bother with lash extensions, but I have heard of Latisse. What is it, and what does it do?

A: Latisse is a prescription treatment used to grow longer, thicker and darker eyelashes. It is an FDA-approved solution that is applied nightly to the upper lash line. What my patients like best is that the improvement is made to their own lashes. The solution works gradually, and while you may see longer lashes after just four weeks, results continue to improve up to 16 weeks. Once the desired look is achieved, I have patients apply the solution two to three times a week for maintenance.

Do you have questions for our doctors? If so, please email them to editorial@bestselfatlanta.com. 

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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.

Do you have questions for our doctors? If so, please email them to editorial@bestselfatlanta.com 

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