Wednesday, 21 October 2015 20:43

10 Tasty Type 2 Diabetes Risk Reducers

By Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland

For those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, dietary changes can often play an important role in controlling blood sugar, reducing risk and improving overall health.

The prospect of completely changing eating habits can sound daunting. When we seek to decrease our chances of getting diabetes by changing our eating habits, we often fear the worst. We assume we'll be stuck with a boring, flavorless diet that revolves around the things we can't eat, rather than the things we can.

Not true! A blood sugar-friendly diet can actually be full of color and flavor, especially if you include these ten tasty risk-reducers:

P-01Black or Green Tea

Finding out you're at risk for Type 2 diabetes may mean saying goodbye to sugary sweet tea. But black and green tea can stay on your daily menu!

Clinical research confirms what many cultures have long known – that tea can have a significant positive impact on health. One Japanese study found a 33 percent reduction in the rate of Type 2 diabetes among adults who drank six or more cups of green tea daily. Don't care for green tea? Black tea also offers protection from diabetes. In 2012, a study of 50 countries' tea drinking habits found that regularly drinking black tea reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes across populations.


If tea isn't your cup of, well, tea, coffee also offers significant health benefits for those looking to decrease the risk or severity of Type 2 diabetes.

Some studies have shown that drinking four cups of coffee a day may decrease the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by as much as 50 percent. The components in coffee—caffeine, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid—protect the insulin-producing pancreative cells from damage.

For those concerned about ingesting that much caffeine, never fear: decaffeinated coffee actually contains more caffeic acid, the coffee component that provided the most protection for pancreatic cells, than caffeinated coffee. Just be wary of artificial coffee creamers, which often contain large amounts of saturated fat and added sugars.

P-03Dark Chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, then the darker, the better. (At least if your goal is to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.)

Cocoa contains natural antioxidants called flavonols, but not all cocoa flavonols are created the same. The flavonols found in dark chocolate, called cocoaoligomeric procyanidins (CPs), can reduce the risk of diabetes. CPs also curb weight gain, which further lowers the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

In one study of the effects of dark chocolate, the subjects continued to maintain their weight or even lose weight despite a high fat diet. Not only that, but their ability to tolerate glucose actually improved, leading to a lowered risk of Type 2 diabetes. For a satisfying treat that also provides some protection against diabetes, skip sugary white and milk chocolate and instead enjoy the rich, bittersweet flavor of a high-cocoa dark chocolate.


Those at risk for Type 2 diabetes know that sugar is usually a no-no, so they instead turn to artificial sweeteners. But many artificial sweeteners carry their own mild health risks and can leave behind a bitter aftertaste.

Instead, consider dates and date sugar! Dates provide a naturally sweet alternative to high GI table sugar. Loaded with important nutrients like potassium, iron, calcium, manganese and copper, dates are also an excellent source of dietary fiber. They contain anti-inflammatory tannins.

Dates' low glycemic index—42 for a 60 gram serving—makes them an ideal snack for those with Type 2 diabetes. A 2011 study found that all five varieties of dates shared this low GI, having little long-term impact on blood sugar.

Date sugar, a minimally processed sweetener made from dried dates, can be substituted for white or brown sugar in most recipes, though like all sugars, should be used in moderation. Date sugar retains the nutritional value of dates while providing maximum sweetness. More sweet, lower GI? What's not to love about dates!


An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, but apples and other fruits high in quercetin—a naturally-occurring plant flavonoid—can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

A study of Finnish men found a 20 percent reduction of Type 2 diabetes risk, along with a decrease in the rate of cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Quercetin may also help fight Alzheimer's disease and improve respiratory health. Quercetin is found in berries, leafy greens, raw onions and, of course, apples.

If you want all the health benefits of quercetin, make sure to also eat the peel, which contains the quercetin, along with much of the apple's fiber and other nutrients. Remember that fiber also plays an important role in controlling blood sugar, making apples a fantastic go-to snack.

P-06Lingonberries, Blueberries, and Grapes

Apples aren't the only fruit with the power to reduce the risk of diabetes. Several varieties of berries have a positive impact on diabetes risk. A 2014 Swedish study suggested that lingonberries can help control weight and maintain blood sugar, even in the face of a high-fat diet. That's well worth another trip to IKEA!

Another study showed a decrease in Type 2 diabetes in those who ate regular servings of whole fruit, particularly blueberries and grapes, which are also high in quercetin. Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, these small fruits pack a huge nutritional punch, and they're easy to prepare. Toss them in a smoothie, mix with a whole grain breakfast cereal or snack on them whole; just be sure to include the quercetin-rich outer peel for maximum health benefit!


Cutting back on fat, sugar and processed carbohydrates doesn't have to mean eating bland, tasteless food. In fact, many spices actually offer additional health benefits for those at risk for diabetes — thus providing an opportunity to try new and exciting dishes from around the world.

Turmeric, a bright yellow spice used to boost the color and flavor of foods from curry to mustard, can also help prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes in at-risk individuals.

Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, aids in lowering blood sugar and decreasing insulin resistance. One nine-month study of curcumin in at-risk groups found a significant reduction in the onset of Type 2 diabetes in the group taking curcumin; while 16.2 percent of the at-risk placebo group developed Type 2 diabetes, no participant in the curcumin group developed it. This versatile spice deserves further study and a place in your spice cabinet.


Speaking of spices, cinnamon adds additional flavor to blood sugar management. Regularly including cinnamon in your diet helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level and reduces the risk of complications from diabetes and cardiovascular disease. One study found that one to six grams of cinnamon daily significantly reduces blood sugar, as well as reduces triglycerides, LDL cholesterol level, and total cholesterol level.

Cinnamon can be integrated into prepared dishes or taken as a supplement. Try sprinkling some on apple slices or mixed berries or adding a dash to a smoothie or other sweet treat for an extra boost of diabetes protection!
Twenty-nine million Americans have Type 2 diabetes, and 86 million more are pre-diabetic — at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. While no magic bullet can guarantee pre-diabetes won't develop into full-blown Type 2 diabetes, changes in diet and exercise can dramatically decrease that risk. Incorporating fun, delicious foods into your daily routine can not only improve your health, but also your outlook!

Many of the same foods that help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes—such as chocolate, whole fruits and black or green tea—have been shown to elevate mood and improve alertness. A happier, healthier you can start with just one
bite or sip, and it's never too late to start!


Editorial Resources
Brooks Kent, MS, RDN, LD, CDE, WellStar Diabetes Educator –


Wednesday, 21 October 2015 20:34

The Totally True Adventures of a Prissy Tomboy

By Amy Meadows

It was something that Tracey Pearson heard too often from young girls.

"I'm not athletic."

"I'm just not good at sports."

She even heard it from parents when they talked about their daughters.

"She's not the athletic type."

"We tried sports, but it just wasn't for her."

As someone who grew up playing fast-pitch softball and reveling in an energetic outdoor lifestyle, Pearson simply could not understand the negative and defeatist attitudes she kept encountering when she spoke to preteen and teen girls about athletics. And she knew that she had to find a way to change the minds of those impressionable
young women.

SD-1-Prissy-TomboyShe wanted them to know what it was like to be empowered by sporting pastimes. She wanted them to find their adventurous spirit and experience the confidence that comes with living a healthy and active lifestyle. She wanted them to learn how to disconnect from the need for social media validation and build their self-esteem from within. She wanted them to start exercising at a young age so it would become part of who they are—not an unpleasant chore later in life. So she took action and founded Prissy Tomboy Athletics in March of 2014.

Designed to promote athleticism and adventure for preteen and teen girls, Prissy Tomboy is a lifestyle brand and online community that provides girls with the inspiration, knowledge and resources they need to keep them healthy, active and empowered. For Pearson, the name of her company was a no-brainer. "My parents always called me a prissy tomboy as a kid," she muses, recalling how she personally found the balance between being feminine and athletic.

During her teen years, while her friends began dropping extracurricular sports either because they lost interest or felt they weren't good enough, Pearson stayed the course, successfully engaging in all kinds of athletic activities. By maintaining her athletic edge, she was able to develop invaluable skills and an innate drive that have helped her in countless ways throughout her life.

In her personal life, those skills helped her cope with obstacles like her parents' divorce and her mother's bout with a serious illness. In her professional life, she tapped into her internal sense of motivation to establish a successful career in the beauty industry and open her own salon with her husband, Erik. Whenever she needed comfort or guidance, she could turn to sports and her lifelong healthy lifestyle. And she wants today's girls to have that same experience.

"For girls, the athletic title gets stripped away if they don't succeed right away. And soon enough, they're going to believe that they're just not athletic. I wanted to change that culture of thinking," Pearson says. "Once that non-athletic label is gone and these girls come out of their shell, the world lights up for them."

The key, according to Pearson, is to help preteen and teen girls understand that they don't necessarily have to play competitive sports to be an athlete. With so many adventure sports out there, there truly is something for everyone. Pearson explains. "While talking to teen girls, I realized how competitive team sports have gotten today. If you haven't started playing a certain sport by the time you're 4, then you're not going to be able to start when you're 14. You really have to start at a young age. But you don't have to compete to be an athlete. The goal is to get out there and try different adventures."

SD-2-Prissy-TomboyTo that end, Prissy Tomboy's aim is to introduce girls to as many different sports as possible, from archery, golf and Jiu Jitsu to rock climbing, mountain biking, surfing, snowboarding and BMX. Initially, the company partnered with athletic institutions and organizations to offer an array of free clinics and events at various times throughout the year.

The clinics gave participants the chance to check out a sport that interested them without having to make a long-term commitment. "I would talk to parents who were so frustrated. They would say, 'She tried soccer and hated it. It was like pulling teeth to get her to finish the season. We spent thousands of dollars on a sport she doesn't even like,'" Pearson notes. "With Prissy Tomboy, they were able to try out sports. They could just get out there and have an adventure."

Pearson traveled throughout the southeast to speak at schools and in communities so she could explain first-hand the community resources available to preteen and teen girls. She launched an online community for Prissy Tomboy Ambassadors, which recognizes girls for their athletic dedication—often in male-dominated sports—and gives them a forum to share their success stories with and become role models for their peers. She also developed a line of Prissy Tomboy apparel and accessories. And over the last 18 months, the Prissy Tomboy concept has become a bona fide movement.

"We are giving girls what they need, and we are really excited about where we are heading," Pearson says.
The evolution of the brand has led to the development of the new Prissy Tomboy Adventure Club Pass, which begins in January of 2016. For just $150, participating girls will get six months' worth of athletic opportunities, scheduled every weekend with the help of community partners throughout metro Atlanta.

The sports offered will include rock climbing, rowing, jazz, hip hop, yoga, golf, paddle boarding, kayaking, roller derby, volleyball and a host of other options. The program also includes a film clinic so participants can learn to create their own sports documentary, as well as an entrepreneur clinic so girls can learn to become effective business leaders. The class options will change every six months and give members the chance to find the perfect athletic fit.

"We are always wondering how we can inspire girls. How we can empower girls," Pearson observes. "And I love when we get girls together into these kinds of classes. They may be sports they're unsure about. They may be scared at first. But we put them all in the same shirt. We take down the labels and the barriers. And we say, 'Let's go do this together.' And they go from being scared to smiling and being so happy. It's so empowering. Right away, they see that they can do it. I see the change happen in them so quickly. They realize that they shouldn't be afraid of things in life."


That shift in perspective is exactly what Pearson wants every preteen and teen girl to experience. "I want girls to know that adventure needs to be part of your life," Pearson says. "There is so much out there in the world. And so much comes from travel and being in nature and experiencing other cultures. You need perspective on how big the world is. You need to see the world from the top of a mountain. You need to go to the ocean. The things you remember in life won't be playing a video game for eight hours or being on social media all the time. That's not how you create wonderful memories. You have to go out there and have an adventure. Those are the things that will stay with you forever."

So much has happened—and changed—for Prissy Tomboy in such a short amount of time. And Pearson is ready to move full steam ahead into the future with her brainchild. Ultimately, the goal is to launch the Adventure Club nationwide, beginning with southeastern cities like Jacksonville, Savannah and Nashville. Pearson also hopes to take advantage of her love of California, where she spent summers growing up, and bring Prissy Tomboy to the west coast. She even hopes to expand the Adventure Club to include opportunities for adult women, with such options as skydiving and motorcycle riding. No matter where the road leads, the mission will remain the same.

"We want to maintain our focus on empowering girls. We never want to take away from that. We want to figure out how we can break teen girls out of their shells and make it awesome," Pearson concludes. "I want girls to have faith in how strong they are. And as a community as a whole, we need to have faith in them too. We need to teach our youth how to live a happy and full life. And when our girls have that confidence and that peace of mind, they will be able to live a truly healthy lifestyle."

Friday, 16 October 2015 20:35

Best of 2015 Contest Winners!













Here are this years "Best of 2015 Contest" Winners:

Best Animal Rescue   Angels Among Us Pet Rescue
Best Anti-Aging Medical Doctor   Dr. Rhett Bergeron
Best Anti-Aging Medical Practice   New Vitality Medical Institute
Best Art Gallery   Muse & CO. Fine Art
Best Barre Instructor   Katy Gibson
Best Barre Studio   Pink Barre
Best Bookstore   Little Shop of Stories
Best Boot Camp   Taddas Fitness
Best Botox and Filler Injections   A New You Skin & Body Clinic
Best Charity Running Event   National Parkinson Foundation - Moving Day Atlanta
Best Chiropractic Care   Dr. Caroline von Fluegge-Chen
Best Chiropractor   Austin Corrective of Cohen Chiropractic
Best Classes/Workshop   Charm Etiquette
Best Colon Cleansing   Clear Path Wellness
Best Comedy Club   Dad's Garage Theatre
Best Cooking Classes   The Cook's Warehouse
Best Cosmetic Dentistry   Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Best CrossFit Gym   Crossfit East Cobb
Best CrossFit Instructor   Chris Romano of CrossFit Perimeter
Best Custom Bra Fit   LiviRae Lingerie
Best Cycling Shop   Cycleworks
Best Dance Instructor   Jay Varnedoe
Best Dance Studio   Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta
Best Dentist   Atlanta Smiles and Wellness
Best Dermatology Practice   Dermatology Center of Atlanta
Best Dog Park   Brook Run Dog Park
Best Doggie Day Care   Puppy Haven
Best ENT Practice   Northwest ENT
Best Esthetician   Lidia Nistor-Reteneller
Best Eye Clinic   Milan Eye Center
Best Eye Doctor   Thomas Eye Group
Best Eyebrows   Alyson Hoag at Authentic Beauty
Best Eyelash Extensions   Sweet and Lashful
Best Facial   Pure Aesthetics & Skin Care
Best Farmers Market   Buford Highway Farmers Market
Best Farm-to-Home Delivery   Peach Dish
Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant   Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails
Best Fertility Specialist   GA Reproductive Specialists
Best Financial Counselor   Laura Schilling
Best Food Truck   The Blaxican
Best Gastroenterology   Brian Hudes of Advanced Gastroenterology Associates
Best Gluten-Free Bakery   American Gra-Frutti
Best Golf Store   Golfsmith
Best Groomer   Groom with a View, Inc.
Best Group Fitness Class   Rowbot Fitness
Best Group Fitness Instructor   Charles Anderson
Best Hair Colorist   Jasmine Howard
Best Hair Restoration   Dr. Ken Anderson
Best Hair Salon   Aura Hair & Makeup
Best Hair Salon for Blowouts   GlowDry
Best Hair Stylist   Steve Hightower
Best Health Food Store   Nuts 'n Berries
Best Healthy To-Go   Good Measure Meals
Best Holistic Healing Center   Vitality Project
Best Hypnotherapist   Becky Shanks
Best Indoor Cycling Studio   FlyWheel
Best Integrative Medicine   The Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine
Best Juice Bar   dTox Juice Bar
Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant   Bantam + Biddy
Best Kids Fitness   Cardio Kool Kids
Best Large Fitness Facility   YMCA of Northwest Atlanta
Best Laser Hair Removal   Bella by Alethea MedSpa
Best Life Coach   New Perspectives for Life
Best Local Coffee Shop   Octane Coffee Shop
Best Local Festival   Piedmont Park Arts Festival
Best Local Food Blog   We Like To Cook!
Best Local Museum   High Museum of Art
Best Local Skin Care Products   Sally B's Skin Yummies
Best Local Vet   The Village Vets
Best Local Vineyard   Chateau Elan
Best Makeup Artist   Paula Molinari
Best Manicure/Pedicure   Polished a Nail and Beauty Lounge
Best Martial Arts/Boxing Gym   Szondi Martial Arts and Wellness Institute
Best Massage Therapy   Jonathan Bautista of Catalyst Fitness
Best Matchmakers   One on One Matchmaking
Best Microdermabrasion   Amy Anderson at Prima Clinical Skin Care
Best Music Venue   The Tabernacle Atlanta
Best New Restaurant   Gusto! Restaurant
Best Nutritionist   Sandy Dalis, Crave Nutrition
Best OB/GYN   Dr. Assia Stepanian
Best Orthopedist   Dr. Krystal Chambers
Best Outdoor Gear   Mountain High Outfitters
Best Overall Spa   Sufii Day Spa
Best Park   Piedmont Park
Best Pediatrician   Dr. Philip Spandorfer
Best Permanent Cosmetics   Michael Lynch
Best Personal Stylist   Kam Throckmorton
Best Personal Trainer   Todd Hancock
Best Personal Training Facility   Stellar Bodies
Best Pet Boarding   Best Little Dog House in Georgia
Best Pet Store   Uptown Pups
Best Pet Walker/Sitter   Margie Adams
Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant   Lucky's Burger & Brew
Best Physical Therapy Center   Stability Physical Therapy
Best Pilates Instructor   Megan Hunter
Best Pilates Studio   Body Awareness Studio
Best Place for Family Fun   Lanier Islands
Best Place to go Dancing   Johnny's Hideaway
Best Plastic Surgeon for Breasts   Dr. Ruth Celestin
Best Plastic Surgeon for Face   Dr. Carmen Kavali
Best Plastic Surgeon for Lipo   Meadows Surgical Arts
Best Plastic Surgeon for Tummy   Dr. David Whiteman
Best Podiatry   Atlanta Foot and Ankle
Best Primary Care Doctor   Dr. Marion Owen
Best Rec Sport League   Atlanta Sport and Social Club
Best Restaurant for Lunch   Souper Jenny
Best Rock Climbing Wall   Atlanta Rocks!
Best Running/Walking Gear   Big Peach Running Co.
Best Small or Medium Fitness   Catalyst Fitness
Best Sugaring   Defined Sugaring Studio
Best Sunless Tan   Spray Studio Custom Sunless Tanning
Best Theater   Fox Theatre
Best Urgent Care   MedPost Urgent Care
Best Urology   Georgia Urology
Best Vegetarian Options   Cafe Sunflower
Best Vein Treatment   VEINatlanta
Best Volunteer Opportunity   Habitat for Humanity
Best Waxing   European Wax Center
Best Weight Loss Program   Citron Nutrition Clean21
Best Workout   FORME
Best Yoga Instructor   Becky Nickerson
Best Yoga Studio   Thunderbolt Power Yoga
Best Zumba   Kandice Shelton




Wednesday, 14 October 2015 20:34

Atlanta Smiles and Wellness

Atlanta Smiles and Wellness is a family-oriented practice with expertise in cosmetic dentistry and wellness. Dr. Dina Giesler is a Master Dentist of the Academy of General Dentistry, a very high distinction achieved by less than one percent of dentists. Dr. Marianna Kovitch is an active Board member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Co-president of Diversity in Dentistry group and a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantology. They share the same philosophy in conservative treatment along with passion of health, nutrition and wellness.

Monday, 28 September 2015 20:47

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Monday, 28 September 2015 19:38

Kaiser Permanente

Monday, 28 September 2015 15:26

A Coordinated Approach to Cancer Care

At Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, we know that every person, every cancer diagnosis, and every road to recovery is unique. That's why our Breast Care Center offers a personalized approach to treatment that provides our members with a convenient, coordinated and compassionate care experience.

When lumps are diagnosed and treated in their earliest stages, breast cancer treatment has a much higher likelihood of success. That's why we encourage our members to follow a breast health routine that includes regular mammogram screenings, which can help detect breast cancer up to two years before it can be found by self-examination.

If a Kaiser Permanente member has an abnormal mammogram result, our Breast Care Center is notified instantly through our electronic health record, which connects our members to their entire care team. A biopsy is often scheduled by the following day.

Photo-01After receiving a cancer diagnosis, our members sit down at a table with a breast surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and breast care coordinator to create a comprehensive care plan. This multi-disciplinary team approach to care—with patients playing an active role in the decision-making—results in a more coordinated, timely and satisfying care experience.

Along with our streamlined and coordinated approach to breast health care, we also offer the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program that our members can enroll in after completing treatment. A dedicated Breast Care Center specialist monitors the health of participants, who receive physical evaluations, psychological screenings, a comprehensive review of treatment received, as well as a five-year plan for follow-up care.

To learn more about Kaiser Permanente's unique approach to cancer care, visit


Pierson Gladney, MD

Kaiser Permanente Sandy Springs Medical Office

Dr. Pierson Gladney is triple board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. She is graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed her residency and a fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine.




Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente |


Monday, 28 September 2015 15:18

Your Most Beautiful You

For over six years, Atlanta residents have been turning to Bella by Alethea MedSpa to regain their confidence and radiance through the latest Anti-Aging treatments.

Whether you're looking to tighten, pamper or tone up, president Alethea Tinkle and her highly trained staff of Medical Professionals and Laser-Certified Aestheticians have always prided themselves on helping clients discover their most beautiful selves through state-of-the-art science.

That's why owner Alethea Tinkle is excited to announce the launch of its very own premier skincare line, Be Bella Skincare. The line features an eye cream, antioxidant cleanser, vitamin C towelettes and more. The system can easily be incorporated into your current beauty routine or used exclusively.

Bella-American-Laser-Centers"From the potent ingredients to the pretty packaging, I am extremely proud of Be Bella Skincare. I guarantee it will provide the dramatic results my clients expect from me," says Tinkle.

In addition to Bella's new skincare system, clients can now receive injectables by appointment, along with treatments like Medical Microdermabrasion Facials, Non-Surgical Facelifts and more. For those on the go, Bella by Alethea MedSpa is the ultimate one-stop shop for Anti-Aging treatments and products.

Sponsored by: Bella by Alethea | 4603 Wieuca Road | Atlanta 30342 | Phone: (678) 908-3491 |