Thursday, 29 March 2018 15:24

2018 Partners in Health







John F. Arnold, MD, MBA
OutPatient Imaging (OPI)
John F. Arnold, MD, MBA, is a board-certified radiologist specializing in Nuclear Medicine. He earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Methodist Hospital. He completed a fellowship in Nuclear Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Arnold is also an MQSA certified Mammographer. Read article here.



Alpesh D. Patel, M.D.
OutPatient Imaging (OPI)
Alpesh D. Patel, MD, received his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine in 1992, followed by a residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. In 1998, he completed a fellowship in neuroradiology at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Patel practiced diagnostic radiology with basic interventional radiology in Radford, Virginia before joining Georgia West Imaging in 2001. Dr. Patel currently serves as a committee chairman at Tanner Medical Center. Read article here.


Ho N. Lin., M.D.
OutPatient Imaging (OPI)
Ho N. Lin, M.D. received his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia in 1996, followed by a residency in diagnostic radiology at the Medical College of Georgia, which he completed in 2000. He serves as president of OPI. Read article here.


Marly N. Dows-Martinez, MD
Resurgens Spine Center
Marly N. Dows-Martinez, MD, received her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed her residency in Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, and she completed her Pain Medicine fellowship at Georgia Regents University in Augusta. Dr. Dows-Martinez is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Read article here.



Eugene Hurwitz, MD
Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia
Dr. Eugene Hurwitz is a well-established board-certified allergist and the founder and medical director of the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia. Dr. Hurwitz has practiced in metro Atlanta for over two decades and is on the staff of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Wellstar, Piedmont and Tanner Hospital. Dr. Hurwitz sees both children and adults with a variety of allergy, asthma, sinus and immunologic problems. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Hurwitz was a nationally known researcher at the Centers for Disease Control where he conducted research in the area of viral diseases and asthma. Read article here.


Scott-D-Miller-MDMen's Health
Scott D. Miller, MD
WellStar North Fulton Hospital
Men's health advocate
Dr. Scott Miller is an innovative surgeon with one of the largest and most diverse experiences in laparoscopic and robotic urology in the Southeast. As one of Georgia's best surgeons, Dr. Scott Miller is guided by one consistent philosophy: focus solely on patients' special needs and perfect the techniques necessary to deliver the best possible care. He believes that when patients have a better understanding of the conditions they are facing and how to improve their overall health, they have a chance to improve their quality of life. Read article here.


David Martin, RN
David Martin, RN, is the president and CEO of VeinInnovations, which he founded in 2002. As Atlanta's first dedicated vein care practice, it offers every available minimally invasive technique to treat venous insufficiency and varicose and spider veins. With four locations and five physicians, VeinInnovations is a preferred provider for every major insurance company and is the place to "get your legs done" with little or no downtime. Read article here.
Sandy Springs ~ Midtown ~ Johns Creek Southside


Karen Foley
Windy Hill Athletic Club
As the general manager of Windy Hill Athletic Club, Karen Foley considers it her mission to help members achieve their fitness goals, no matter how big or small. A fitness enthusiast herself, Karen loves to bike, cross-train and play tennis. She encourages members to focus less on sticking to a tedious exercise routine and more on working out in a fun environment however they like to move. With world-class indoor and outdoor tennis courts, swimming pools that rival those of Five-Star hotels, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and social events for the whole family, Windy Hill offers members a place to practice a healthy lifestyle and the coaching team to help them do so. The club's promise is "to inspire you through movement, community, and personal attention," which Karen lives by every day. Read article here.


Grattan-Woodson-MD-and-April-Secen-LMAWOMEN'S HAIR LOSS
Grattan Woodson, MD, and April Secen, LMA
Grattan Woodson, MD, a native Atlantan, focuses his professional efforts on assisting women navigate the rigors of menopause. He has assembled a dedicated team of specialists to assist women regrow lost hair; restore and conserve sun-damaged skin; and reduce excess body fat while restoring lost muscle, joint cartilage, and bone mass. April Secen, LMA is his senior aesthetician responsible for hair and skin restoration and conservation. Secen utilizes advanced imaging technologies to diagnose and monitor diseases affecting hair and skin and uses efficacious topical therapies and microneedling to treat these disorders. Read article here.


Nirav R. Patel, MD
Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
Nirav R. Patel, MD, is a board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates. Dr. Patel sees patients in Alpharetta, Marietta, and Sandy Springs. He evaluates and treats all types of digestive and liver diseases and has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, chronic constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis. A University of Georgia graduate, Dr. Patel completed his medical degree at St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York. He is also fluent in Gujarati. Read article here.


Patricia Sánchez, M.D.
Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
Patricia Sánchez, M.D., is a board certified gastroenterologist with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates and sees patients at the Johns Creek location. She evaluates and treats all types of digestive health and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a disorder that involves chronic inflammation in the digestive tract and includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. A native of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Sánchez completed her medical degree at the INTEC School of Medicine in Santo Domingo, residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida, and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. Read article here.


Jill Golsen, DMD
Golsen Family Dentistry
A native of Florida, Dr. Golsen attended the University of Georgia, and received a Bachelor of Science as well as a DMD from the Medical College School of Dentistry in 1993. Dr. Golsen was a clinical instructor at Perimeter College School of Dental Hygiene and past president of the Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is also an international trainer for Kreativ air abrasion technology, where she trains dentists from all over the world on the technology. Dr. Golsen has been practicing for 24 years in Alpharetta. Dr. Golsen has two sons. One is a first-year Vet Med student at the University of Georgia and the other is a senior in high school. She is also a seven-year breast cancer survivor! Read article here.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:52

2018 Spring/Summer Good-For-You Getaways


Great Destinations in the Southeast to Rejuvenate, Relax and Have Fun!


By Jennifer Colosimo


Life's busy calendar keeps us occupied, so it's no surprise the vacation bug hits more than once a year. A little time away from everyday life does wonders for the soul. It refreshes you, relaxes you, and helps you refocus on what's important—your health, family and friends.
The Southeast offers plenty of ways to escape within a half-day's drive from Atlanta. Whether unwinding for the weekend or seeking a week of adventure, here's your road map for where to go and what to do when you get there.


P1Live The Lake Life

Perhaps most well visited by Atlantans is the massive Lake Lanier with lake life classics like high-end residences, rentable water sports and wide channels for larger-than-life boats.

Find a bevy of marinas and boat rentals with plenty of parking at Lake Allatoona. Its 12,000 acres of lake offers lots of water fun. For more entertainment, enjoy 14 parks for day trips and camping, family-friendly cabin rentals and restaurants to refuel for more fun in the sun.

Sharing borders with South Carolina, Lake Hartwell has plenty of swimming, fishing and recreation, rivaling perhaps Georgia's best-kept lake secret all the way at the other end of the map. Built in 1925, Lake Blackshear sparkles near the Florida line as a water sport lover's paradise and a freshwater fishing destination.

Just outside of Athens, Georgia and located in historic Greene County, visitors of Lake Oconee can choose to stay in adorable accommodations in town to explore the history still preserved, or book a suite at an upscale resort. The region offers cozy campgrounds, access to plenty of on-the-water activities, a renowned food and wine festival, outdoor concerts and more.

P2Whether jumping off the roof of a boathouse on private, pristine Lake Burton, water skiing between North Carolina and Georgia on blue-green Lake Chatuge, or taking a dip in Lake Rabun, these northern lakes offer postcard-worthy snapshots, and plenty of fun things to do.

Perhaps most picturesque is the crystal clear aquamarine waters of Lake Blue Ridge. This family-friendly area offers access to picnic and campsite accommodations, plus a home base for bike rides, easy shoreline hikes, fishing, kayaking, paddleboards and more. Spend a day hiking, antiquing, visiting wineries and popping into unique eateries.


Take (Us) to The River

The 93-mile Toccoa/Ocoee River runs from Tennessee into North Georgia and boasts roadside rafting headquarters every few miles for experienced (or more adventurous) rafters. The river also provides plenty of can't-miss stops like the swinging bridge along The Benton MacKaye Trail.

P3The rapids of the 25-mile-long Chattooga River begin near the tristate area where Georgia meets both North and South Carolina, and is considered to be one of the best whitewater runs in the world. Another worldly nod is the Niagara of the South, or as locals know it, Tallulah Falls.

North Carolina's Nantahala River offers rafters of all ages and experience levels 8 miles of sparkling water and varying rapids to tackle, as well as exhilarating Jeep tours, hiking, mountain biking and more.

On the mainstream Chattahoochee River, find canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and fly fishing.
In fact, there are several fly fishing schools that offer courses–quite literally–on the fly. Rent cabins on the river or pitch tents in one of the campgrounds along the banks to experience nature as intimately as your party wants.


Toes in the Sand

Head to Georgia and Alabama's southern beaches, Florida's panhandle and northeast coastline or the South Carolina coast.

Alabama's beaches offer small-town charm with entertainment. From Orange Beach and Gulf Shores to Perdido Key, soak up the arts scene, history, adventure parks and white sand beaches. Try stand-up paddleboarding or windsurfing. End your day at the famous Flora-Bama Lounge for beachside cocktails, live music and fun.

P4Along Florida's 30A, you'll find some of the most sought-after residences for blue-green water and white sand beaches. Spots like Destin and Sandestin, Panama City Beach and Grayton Beach, Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach, Seagrove and Seaside are packed with all kinds of family-friendly adventure. Spend your days parasailing, jet skiing and shell collecting on the beach or shopping, golfing and seafood sampling in town, and at night, pack the itinerary with
Putt-Putt, amusement park thrill rides and dinner by sunset along the water.

Go east for Florida's Forgotten Coast. From retro beaches like Carabelle and St. George Island to remote stays on Alligator Point, St. Theresa and more, there's an address to book a stay on what may seem like your own private beach.

P5Nearby Apalachicola—aka the land of friendly people—is world-famous for fresh oysters served any way you can dream up, plus the charm of local shops, galleries and rich maritime history make the ambience as good as the freshly shucked delicacies.

SBAcross the state, South Georgia meets Florida's northeast coastline to offer classic beach destinations with fun, quirky towns like St. Simons and Jekyll Island in Georgia or Fernandina and St. Augustine below the state line. St. Augustine is ripe with history and small town Fernandina serves to-die-for seafood. In St. Simons, rent bikes for hours of exploring before dinner by the pier.

On South Carolina's coastline, play a round of golf on the gorgeous Kiawah Island or take an easy walk across the beach on quiet, wildlife-rich Fripp Island. Opt for adventure and take a banana boat ride or go parasailing at Myrtle Beach. Or take a sunset dolphin river cruise around Hilton Head Island.


Escape to The Mountains

From countless waterfalls to day hikes on the Appalachian Trail, the mountains provide bucket-list-worthy stops to schedule any vacation around.

In this region, bed and breakfasts abound, as do quiet, secluded cabins, family campsites, a handful of luxury resorts and even a casino. You can choose super, small-town vibes in cities like Blairsville, Helen, which has Tray Mountain, and Hiawassee in Georgia, North Carolina's Hayesville, Franklin and more.

Larger map dots, like Blue Ridge boast a bevy of breweries, walkable shops and eateries, plus a drive-in theater and access to plenty of river activities or day hikes. Chattanooga is a classic destination with traditional stops like Lookout Mountain, the Choo Choo, the
Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City and more.

Or visit the tiny Tennessee town of Roan Mountain and walk through its beautiful hardwood forest. In Asheville, fill your itinerary with art museums, eclectic eats, chocolate shops and countless brewery tours before or after your day spent at nearby Biltmore Estate.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:09

My Best Self: Jennifer Webb



"Today I will put myself first. At the tippy-top of the list—the kids can get themselves up for school, I will leave the dishwasher unemptied, and the clothes unfolded," says Jennifer Webb, in an excerpt of her book, "Mom's Soul Café." When Webb penned the book in 2016, the realities of motherhood were often much more complicated than the images she saw in the social media postings of her friends. From a messy minivan to surviving summer break, the hilarious and chaotic experiences of the 47-year-old mom left her with the realization that to avoid mommy-burn out, she had to find inner peace.

P1In her book, Webb, who is also a meditation leader at the Atlanta Center for Wellness, shares how the practice of mindfulness has enabled her to be a better mother to her children and a more Zen individual.


By Rachel Miller


What motivated your journey into meditation and mindfulness?

I've always been a very spiritual person, but meditation started after I had my children, Nathan, 12, and Jessie, 10. Honestly, I wasn't taking motherhood very well. I knew I needed to approach things differently. By nature, I'm not a calm person. I'm actually very hyper and excited about life, which is great! I've never wanted to change who I am; I just wanted to become a more centered and mindful individual. I felt it would make me a more patient mother to my children.

What tips do you have for someone who wants to begin to practice mindfulness but doesn't know where to start?

I would recommend going to a guided meditation, if possible. Or listening to a recorded meditation. Find a recording that resonates with you. People say they can't sit for an hour and that is understandable. Do it for 10 minutes or even three minutes. People say they can't quit thinking, but no one said you are not supposed to think. In meditation, you think, but you come back to the breath. Mindfulness is not mystical. You don't feel totally different. You just become more aware of yourself.

In what ways can "Mom's Soul Café" inspire a stay-at-home mom or a working mom?

I've always felt like the working mom is trying to carve out time for her family. However, the stay-at-home mom is always trying to carve out time for herself. There is guilt on both ends, so you really cannot win. It truly is a personal journey because everyone needs spirituality and everyone needs a center. Everyone needs a place they can go for themselves. Sometimes, that can be a spa, but sometimes, it just has to be where you are, right in that moment.

You write about the importance of being present with your children. What is the biggest distraction you work to avoid and how?

Anxiety. Sometimes when I am with my kids for a long time, it seems like it's never enough. They want to play games over and over again. For me, it can be overwhelming and tiring. I think every mother can relate to the fact that there comes a point, when you're ready for "me" time. The reality is that children aren't always ready for that, so that's when I start to feel my anxiety. I've found that by surrendering to the moment, taking a deep breath and staying present when I may not want to be there, I'm able to be more mindful, which lowers my anxiety.

Who helps you be your "Best Self?"

Besides my children, this might sound strange, but it's authors. I love reading books on philosophy because I am living the lessons of these wise teachers. Two of my favorites are Thich Nhat Hanh's book, "You are Here" and "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz.


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Single Atlanta Matchmakers' queens of matchmaking, Lisa Lyngos and Leisha Murphy, play Cupid to coach and connect you with your perfect mate.


By Katherine Michalak


L ove is in the air at Single Atlanta Matchmakers. The successful concierge matchmaking firm is celebrating its 20th anniversary and it's easy to see why.

Lisa Lyngos and Leisha Murphy, the dynamic duo behind the brand, bring a level of expertise that sets them apart. The two double-handedly have changed the Atlanta dating landscape. Bringing their warm personalities, sense of humor, relatability, and wisdom to the table, Atlantans have come to know and trust these two whole-heartedly.

With a service that has stood the test of time—Lisa and Leisha have encountered every scenario—the identical twin sisters know the players and can guide anyone through the intimidating dating process. Now having reached this commemorative milestone with more work to do, they are looking toward the future.

Born in Michigan, the twins relocated to Texas as young girls and both graduated from Baylor University. "We grew up with both regional influences strongly felt and that plays a part in our success," Leisha notes. Adding, "We were raised with that traditional Midwestern work ethic and also felt the Texas attitude, which says, 'Kick a hole through the sky, anything is possible!'"

P1In 1998, when a job moved Leisha's husband to Atlanta, she became aware of the growing need for a local matchmaking service. "Atlanta's biggest boom period had begun with the 1996 Olympics," Leisha explains. "The city had suddenly exploded with people from all over and they didn't know how to meet each other." Soon, Lisa came onboard, heading to Atlanta, and the two of them immediately saw the advantage of building the business as a team.

Consummate professionals, Lisa and Leisha have become industry leaders in the past two decades, creating the largest matchmaking business in the Southeast with over 19,000 clients. "We have so much fun," Lisa laughs. "This is what we love, and we've put together a great staff who have been with us for more than 10 years. They all have three things—a big brain, a big heart, and a big sense of humor." Leisha continues, "We are both very intuitive and we've surrounded ourselves with people who also have a compassionate nature."

Q1"Everyone is looking for a happy committed relationship. We are the land of second chances for many of our clients. Thousands of couples are together today, who would have never met without us," Lisa says. "Our clients range in age from their mid-20s up to their 80s. They tell us their stories and together we are able to build a profile of the type of person they would like to meet. This is where our experience really counts. ... We know precisely how to successfully guide them through the process."

Single Atlanta Matchmakers commits to building a trusting relationship with each client, conducting phone interviews, followed by face-to-face consultations assessing their needs. After that, they start sending the clients out on dates, one match at a time, with full feedback from both parties after each meetup. "Our amazing track record of matching couples who end up in long-term relationships and/or marriage is not an accident," Leisha reveals. Over the last 20 years, we have created an environment that has changed people's experience with dating in our city for the better. That is our legacy."



P2Get Past the Swipe Hype

Fake profiles, scams, catfishing, staged social media, and scrolling through apps—modern dating may be high tech, but not necessarily high quality. The old-fashioned way might be the most effective. The Single Atlanta Matchmakers team focuses on clients who want true romantic companionship for the long haul, and who are ready to invest targeted energy into the process of finding a mate.

Matchmakers Lisa Lyngos and Leisha Murphy bring experience and confidence to the table for their clients. Their service far surpasses anything possible online. "The dating pools are filled with people that aren't serious, and online dating rapidly exposed itself and its dangers," says Leisha. "We offer something real, no worries about the caliber of people you'll meet." Lisa agrees, "We see that the internet presents the good, the bad, and the ugly. We're far above that. Why try to find a needle in a haystack? We have the needles here!", 750 Hammond Dr. NE., Bldg. 16, Ste. 200,
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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 15:00

Whey Protein Powder the Whole Family Can Enjoy

HiveFit's Raul Hiteshew talks ingredient transparency and how to make healthy choices for your family.

By Carrie Whitney

Although you do your best to eat healthy foods and supplement your diet with vitamins or maybe protein powder, without a chemistry degree, it can be a challenge to know whether the ingredients in your shake or capsule are best for your body. In some cases, ingredients may not be beneficial, and in others, they can be downright harmful. Whether it's bloating from hidden lactose in whey powder or a pre-training product that leads to a crash, negative effects may have you eschewing supplements all together or thinking they are only meant for serious body builders.

hiveFit ProductBehind the Label
Considering the issues his clients faced when choosing supplement products, Atlanta-based health and fitness expert, Raul Hiteshew, along with fitness competitor wife, Ashlyn, decided to revolutionize the industry by offering a line of products that are truly healthy and appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Instead of hiding behind complex ingredients and unrecognizable terms, Raul's HiveFit supplement line displays 100 percent transparent labeling and a commitment to a lot of "nos"—no artificial flavors, no added sugars, no hormones or antibiotics, no genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and no fillers.

"When I designed the product, I designed it for everyone—moms, dads, and kids. Families really gravitated toward what we were doing here," Raul says. His goal was to create a high quality yet affordable product for the masses. "Sometimes people think they are healthy because of the way they look, but really, they might be super toxic." Raul's products offer people top-notch ingredients that make them feel good on the inside and look good on the outside.

Consider whey protein powder. Not only do many companies add artificial colors, sweeteners and fillers to their products, they may also claim to have isolate protein, but it may not be 100 percent isolate. By contrast, Raul's Whey Protein Vanilla and Chocolate powders contain 100 percent isolate, which minimizes lactose and maximizes absorption. The powder has no added sugars or binders. In fact, the Vanilla powder contains just three ingredients: 100 percent whey protein isolate, natural vanilla bean flavor, and stevia. Raul has even included the amounts of the ingredients on the labels, which means his formula could be copied, but he would rather see more ethical products on the market than hide anything. His 100 percent transparency labeling campaign is rare. "If you have a good product, you don't need extra flavors or fillers. Anyone could make the products I have; there are no proprietary blends." Raul's HiveFit line ranges from protein powders to Probiotic Digestive Supplements and everything in between.

Background Basics
Born in Venezuela, and known in fitness competition circles as Mr. Venezuela, Raul got his start in the industry more than a decade ago when he joined the team at a supplement company. After gaining experience working with naturopathic doctors, studying science and psychology and earning a variety of competition titles and fitness certifications, he struck out on his own to bring the "Raul Approach" to clients.

"It was just me trying to lose fat because I was tired of roller coasting and trying every diet that came out," he says. "From a competitor's background, you always look to see what is the most effective, what works." When he needed healthful products to provide to clients along with custom nutrition plans, Raul realized he would have to develop his own supplements if he wanted to confidently know they were made to the highest standards.

And now, thanks to Raul's passion and experience, the HiveFit supplement line currently offers nine high-quality nutrition, fitness, and wellness products.


FoundationHiveFit Foundation— Helping the Hungry

While dieting strictly to prepare for a competition, Raul Hiteshew complained to his wife, Ashlyn, that he was "starving." She quickly pointed out that he deprived himself of calories by choice, but there were children around the world who were actually starving. In that moment, the seed of HiveFit Foundation was planted.

HiveFit has committed 25 percent of all profits from HiveFit supplements to the HiveFit Foundation.

The Foundation serves to alleviate hunger in youth populations suffering from famine and malnutrition.

Raul developed special meal replacement formulas that can be easily digested by children with compromised digestive systems.

Together with international and local partners, the HiveFit Foundation provides highly nutritious liquid products to help children regain health in times of starvation.

Raul and the HiveFit Foundation plan to provide on-site distribution of meal replacement products among the populations they serve.


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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 20:55

6 Tips to Help You Survive the Holiday Season


by: Natalie Logan, RD, LD, Fresh 'N Fit Cuisine


Although it has the tendency to get a little crazy, the holiday season tends to be everyone's favorite time of year. It's always fun to see your relatives but with all of the office parties and family gatherings, it's very easy for your health and nutrition goals to get sabotaged. Here are a few tips that can help you get through the next few weeks.


  1. Is Your Belly Empty? Don't go to a function starving (or skip a meal before getting there) as you're more likely to overeat and eat more of the not-so-healthy stuff. Instead, eat a healthy snack like fresh fruit or vegetables paired with a protein or healthy fat beforehand (i.e. apple with nut butter or veggies with hummus)

  2. Limit or avoid the high calorie or sugary drinks (think eggnog, creamy coffee drinks, hot chocolate). Keep in mind that alcohol adds extra empty calories and also alters your thinking when it comes to choosing junk foods.

  3. At the family feast. Try to fill at least half your plate with the veggie dishes. Then grab a handful of lean protein while the rest of the plate can be your favorite sweet potato dish or mashed potatoes. All in moderation just don't forget the colorful veggies first!

  4. You be the Good Guy. Bring a healthy dish to your function - that way you know when in doubt, just eat what you brought.

  5. Where are you hanging out? If you're hanging out by the appetizers you're probably going to eat the appetizers...hungry or not. A lot of family and friends like to gather in the kitchen even when it's not time to eat. Chances are you'll mindless eat if the food is right there at arms length.

  6. Slow Down! Sit down with you friends and family and enjoy every bite of the homemade dishes and goodies. When you eat fast it will take longer for your body to register it is full and you may already be on your second plate.

At Fresh 'N Fit Cuisine, we want to make it easy for you to eat healthy this holiday season. As Atlanta's premier healthy meal and lifestyle service, we provide everything from meal prep to convenient pickup/delivery to free nutrition coaching and support. Happy Holidays!


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By: Teresa Woodruff, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS


As a parent, you are constantly giving...your time, your attention, and your energy to your children. It's perfectly normal to feel exhausted and drained from all the giving. During the holiday season, added stress may cause you to feel exhausted and overwhelmed. Having children home from school places more demands on you, and unstimulated children may act out or display inappropriate attention-seeking behavior. Here are a few tips for maintaining a calm home and keeping your sanity:


  • Remember to take time for yourself: Read a book, go on a walk, color, or journal. Remembering to care for yourself will allow you to be calm and in control of your own emotions, thus setting the tone for the rest of the family.
  • Provide opportunities for downtime while still maintaining structure: Incorporate structured activities into each day and write the day's events on the refrigerator.
  • Reward positive behavior: Children thrive on positive reinforcement and display positive behaviors more frequently when it is acknowledged with a sticker, hug, or simple "good job."
  • Give them attention: 20 minutes of undivided attention in the mornings can shape their behavior for the entire day. Put down your phone and play a game with them, read a book, or color.
  • Stimulate their minds: Print off coloring sheets of their favorite characters, create scavenger hunts around the house, or encourage them to create a story with a handful of objects that you give them.



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By Angella Ocheltree


We’ve all fallen short of a goal at one point in time. Maybe it was the resolution to lose those 10 pounds that have ticked the scale upward or the desire to learn a new hobby? Why can it be so difficult to ingrain new routines that will enrich our lives?

It’s because we are creatures of habit. Our minds naturally follow the path of least resistance. Once a pattern of thought, feeling, or action is “wired” into the mind, our subconscious mind protects that pattern. And this is why making lasting changes seems so hard. But it doesn’t have to be. These simple steps can help you further your personal growth in every aspect of life—once and for all.


SB11. Reassess

Instead of saying, “I want to be a better partner,” how about going to therapy? While everyone else is focusing on fitness and finances (which are both important), why don’t you also prioritize your mental health and well-being? When others set goals to do and achieve more, perhaps you need to slow down, explains Dr. Shatavia Thomas of Dr. Shay Speaks, LLC.


2. Set Goals That Are Right For You

“We often get drawn into a fad diet or a trendy takeaway instead of assessing a goal or strategy’s fit based on our personality and circumstances. The latest meal plan might not be good for your blood type or medical condition. Literature on setting goals reminds us that these objectives should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely (SMART),” says Thomas.


3. Figure Out What is Truly Motivating You

It sounds easy, but it’s crucial to ask yourself why you want to achieve this goal and how this change will affect your life.


4. Uncover Why You Failed to Make This Change in the Past

Take stock of how you approached this change previously. Analyze why past approaches didn’t work.

  • Was the goal achievable?
  • What actions did you take?
  • Were you consistent?
  • Did those closest to you encourage you?
  • Did your words support your success or sabotage it?


5. Forgive

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself, not condoning bad behavior.

  • Forgive yourself for past failures.
  • Forgive others for hurt, pain, guilt, shame, etc.


6. Create a Mental Image

The mind is a powerful tool. Decide where your life will be in one year and take time to create a detailed vision of what you would like your career, finances, relationships, health, happiness, charity involvement and so on to look like 365 days from now.


7. Make a Plan

Write down a measurable plan for achieving your goals and be sure to include clear instructions and a realistic timeline. Break it down into one year and then divide in half for six months. From there, divide in half again for three months.



  1. The best answer is: C. It’s best to create specific goals that you will actually keep.

  2. The best answer is: C. When you’re making a change, it’s important that the motivation comes from within.

  3. The best answer is: A. You will occasionally slip up. Forgive yourself and move past the setback.

  4. The best answer is: False. Allow yourself time to feel the craving.

  5. The best answer is: B. It is more effective to move toward something, rather than away from something.

  6. The best answer is: A. You have no way of measuring your success.

  7. The best answer is: False. There is never a perfect time to do anything.

  8. The best answer is: C. You’ve already created a success pathway in your brain.

  9. The best answer is: False. Changing your habits and patterns is difficult, so it’s natural that you would feel ambivalent.

  10.  The best answer is: B. You must learn from failure and harness it into success.



10 to 8 correct: You are primed to make some big changes!
7 to 4 correct: You’re ready to change, but things are still holding you back.
3 to 0 correct: You may want to change, but right now you’re going about it in a way that guarantees frustration and failure.

Angella Ocheltree, Right Path Hypnosis,
M.J. Ryan,
Dr. Shatavia Thomas, Dr. Shay Speaks, LLC,

By India Powell


Between children, exes, careers and the various other intricacies of life for many after 40, dating might seem to be a much more complicated undertaking than it is for the 20-something set. While in many ways it is, in other ways it can be vastly simpler.

“At this stage in life, we would rather be alone for the right reasons than be together for the wrong,” says radio personality Bert Weiss, 50, of The Bert Show on Q100. “I enjoy being alone now and enjoy it more than I did when I was younger. And it’s much easier when you get older to identify when you have a connection with someone and when you don’t.”

Elke Koscher, in her 40s, agrees that the assuredness about what she wants at this phase of her life brings the benefit of a certain clarity to the dating process.

“I am not completing anybody, and I don’t need anybody to complete me,” she says. “I am complete in myself. I work on myself to be the best person I can be. I’m attracted to a man who is a whole person, who has his life together, and who I can have a conversation with on many levels.”

Phillip Horge, 58, adds that knowing exactly what is most important to him in a relationship helps him avoid wasting time dating those who are not a match. “I can figure out quickly if we are going any further. I am looking for someone with things in common with me; someone like-minded. I’m looking for more substance than I might have in the past,” he says.

SB1Finding out early on if the other person is dating with the same intentions and goals as her own is key to Natasha Harp, 45. “I’m looking for someone who wants to be in a committed long-term relationship, and I’m very honest with what I’m looking for, although I don’t try to force it. I am looking for someone who wants to share their time and, eventually, their life.”

While the online dating option can seem appealing and convenient, it can quickly lose its luster if those on the other end of the messages have a different end result in mind or are representing themselves in a not-so-accurate manner. Horge says he encountered some off-putting misrepresentation when he tried using Tinder, and he prefers a more straightforward and honest personal approach. “Texting and online stuff doesn’t really appeal to me. I meet people mostly through friends now,” he says. He adds that dining at the bar in a restaurant also opens up opportunities to connect with and get to know people he might not otherwise meet.

Harp says online dating was not a fit for her, and she says she has been enjoying reconnecting with people she knew from college. Exploring the familiarity of the connections while learning about who they have become over the years has been rewarding, she says. 

Weiss says he doesn’t feel the discomfort with dating—online or otherwise—that many seem to. “I’ve always enjoyed going out and getting to know someone,” he says. “Online dating is becoming the new restaurant, the new bar … but there is a generational difference and just ‘hooking up’ doesn’t really fit anymore in your 40s. As you get older, you realize it’s time for connection and not just something physical.”

For many, Weiss points out, juggling the responsibilities of being a parent can add challenges to dating. Flexibility on everyone’s part helps tremendously, he says. “It can be hard to balance between work, trying to stay connected with friends, dating, and being a parent. Most times I just feel mediocre at all of it. You can feel so stretched.”

His advice to anyone taking on the dating scene after 40 is to stay open and avoid setting concrete expectations. “Don’t make judgments on how you’re going to feel about relationships for a while and live by your own truth. Everybody is so different and is coming from different backgrounds, and what’s going to work for me isn’t going to work for the next person,” he says.

Meredith Davis, head of communications for The League dating app, says the average number of messages that users over 40 send before going on a  date is around 24 versus 14 sent by millennials. “They tend to want to get to know each other a bit longer before taking it off the app,” she says.

SB2According to Davis, those who widen the range of ages they will date and distance they will travel to meet up, tend to have greater success finding matches. She also recommends using more than one dating app to broaden your scope and expand your circles. “People get into routines: you go to work, you have your curated communities, and the apps add a new community to your life,” she says.

As a general rule, Davis says, people over 40 take a more “traditional” approach to dating and are looking for a partner with a similar culture and upbringing.

She adds that the fact that many people who are in the second half of their lives have already been married and have kids, which can free them up to now look for a partnership that fulfills them personally. “The person you are looking for in your 40s is probably not the person you were looking for in your 20s. You can most likely forget about the things you thought about when you were starting a family and be a little more greedy about doing what excites you and what you love,” she says.

Jennifer Miotke, president of One on One Matchmaking, however, points out that some people over 40 are in fact looking to start a family. “The ones that already have a family look for different things,” she says. “I think financial stability and being a reliable person is more important to people over 40. The 20s and 30s are oftentimes more focused on looks and if the person is fun.”

“If a man has not had kids and is in his 40s, he typically wants to date a woman 37 and under so he can hopefully have children ... on his timeline. If you are a woman in her 40s with kids, just make sure the man you are dating does not want more kids if you are done,” Miotke adds.

Beth Shapiro Friedman, who with Jenna Leopold Shulman runs juLuv matchmaking service, says being financially independent later in life is important when dating. “Usually, if the person has children, they are looking for someone who has kids in the same age range and someone who is not looking for financial dependence,” she says. “At this stage of life especially, no one wants to take on more financial responsibility.”

While Friedman says many of those who have been through painful divorces are looking for someone who is nothing like their ex, those who have never been married can often be even less flexible and forgiving. “Typically, these individuals have a mental checklist (sometimes an actual checklist!) of certain criteria and they are not willing to make any exceptions,” she says. “For example, any potential date must be a certain height, have a fit physique, an admirable profession, and similar religious beliefs.”

“Those who have been married before are usually willing to overlook certain things and are more flexible when it comes to finding a partner. They have already experienced the ‘perfect’ mate changing, whether it be their physical appearance or attitude/beliefs, so they understand that there are no guarantees or certainties when it comes to the future—if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!”

Friedman says she and Shulman have helped people who have unique challenges, such as alopecia or Asperger’s syndrome, enter the dating arena. “We just try to encourage people to be open and candid about themselves and the issues they are dealing with. Nothing is worse than trying to hide these things from potential dates. My counseling background comes in handy because I really try to understand and help our clients with self-acceptance and being honest about who they are.”

Lisa Lyngos, along with Leisha Murphy, owners of Single Atlanta Matchmakers, says she uses her intuition and understanding of the whole individual when she is matchmaking, helping people understand that the dating process is an exercise in authenticity within oneself. Through full acceptance of self—even the parts we tend to hide—“you find a loving place to be a better soul,” she says, which is a beautiful thing in any relationship.

To anyone feeling like over 40 is “too old” to enjoy dating, Miotke says the truth is quite the opposite. “It’s not old, it’s fabulous! I love this age. I’m 41 and am in better shape than I was in my 20s, feel more confident sexually (40s is a woman’s sexual peak) and have settled into my career,” she says. “It’s a great age, so if you think it is old, or a totally different era, I beg to differ!”

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:26

My Best Self: Shaun Robinson


You might recognize Shaun Robinson as a co-host of the entertainment news show “Access Hollywood” or have heard about her many accolades from her career in television news, including an Emmy and a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. But that work is just at the tip of her personal iceberg. What really drives Robinson is her passionate commitment to helping young women who struggle with self-esteem issues. Her S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls supports grassroots charities that focus on the empowerment of girls, including health initiatives in communities of color.


By Stacy Moser

What first inspired you to achieve such a high level of activism in your career?

My parents always taught me, from a young age, that if God gives you a platform, use it to help others. That became my foundation for wanting to give back. Also, I attended Spelman College. The experience of an all-girls school taught me about the importance of sisterhood. When women band together and support each other, we make extraordinary things happen.

Did the experience of living in Atlanta during college motivate you to speak out about health issues in communities of color?

As students, we would regularly walk to the local fast-food restaurants because those were the places that were close. That’s often the case in communities of color—not having an abundance of healthy choices. We created the HEALTH division of my foundation to teach girls about healthy lifestyle habits and the importance of taking care of your body starting at a young age. We recently gave a grant to an amazing organization—Healthy Girls Save the World. They go into underserved school districts and help educate girls on leading healthy lives. We want to find and support more organizations like this.

Tell us more about being on the advisory board of Girl Up, the United Nations’ campaign working to empower adolescent girls around the globe.

Being a part of Girl Up has been extraordinary. These “rock star” girls travel around the world to advocate for girls who don’t have a voice—whether it’s speaking out against child marriage, lack of access to education, genital mutilation and other issues girls in other countries have to deal with. They have direct contact with girls overseas. It works because they are relating to someone their own age.

On Feb. 20, you’ll be at Spelman College to speak about human trafficking. In the past, you’ve said that trafficking is happening under our very noses in our own homes.

Every young lady living in Atlanta is at risk for having her life touched by human trafficking—either directly, through someone she knows, or in her immediate community. That is a fact. Traffickers are getting bolder and smarter about how they approach young women, using tactics that are very hard to detect. Did you know there are girls who live with their parents, go to school, come home, do their homework, and then engage in sex trafficking? I speak at these events to educate girls about those dangers and tell them how they can help someone who they think may be in this lifestyle. We can all help by being a part of the discussion and work to find solutions.

Who helps you be your best self?

My mom is the one who encourages me to do my best. She has always been my cheerleader. She has such great compassion for others and has taught me to reach back and help the less fortunate. God blessed me with an amazing mom!

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