Chef Art Smith's new cookbook Art Smith's Healthy ComfortWhen Oprah’s former chef and local restaurant owner Art Smith was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, he decided to work with his doctor to change his diet. “I realized that small but important changes in my lifestyle could help me better manage my Type 2 diabetes,” he says. In his new book, “Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort,” he shares his weight loss secrets and healthy recipes that helped him keep off the weight. $19

Details: www.chefartsmith.net

 

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Jason E. Morris, DPM, from Primera Podiatry, Laser & Foot Spa gives his advice on keeping your nails looking their best this holiday season.

Dr. Jason Morris from Primera Podiatry, Laser & Foot SpaQ: What is one way to help nails look their best for the upcoming holiday season?

A: Keep your nails moisturized. This is essential for healthy looking nails. Waterless pedicures with a hot paraffin pre-treatment are also a safe way to help your nails look their best for this holiday season. If you have damaged nails, ask your doctor about biotin supplements. Changing your diet or taking daily multivitamins isn’t likely to dramatically improve your nails, but the nutritional supplement biotin might help strengthen unhealthy nails.

Q: What products should you avoid that can hurt nail health?

A: Do not use nail polish remover more than once a week. If you do use nail polish remover, choose the acetone-free variety. Acetone can dry out the nails.

Q: What is one nail care product you shouldn’t be without?

A: A nail polish (like Fiore Rx) that is antifungal, antibacterial, and prevents infections. Be sure to carry at least the clear base coat with you to your next pedicure.

Q: What is one way to glam up your nails for the holiays?

A: Pamper yourself with a “foot facial.” Get your nails bleached and treated with a softening urea cream and then lay on a polish in your favorite shade.

Q: What nail colors are hot this holiday season?

A: Dark neutrals, metallics and black.

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Dr. Grace Chiang from WellStar Medical Group, Allergy and Asthma answers a reader’s question about food allergies.

Dr. Grace Chiang, WellStar Medical Group, Allergy and AsthmaQ: How do I know if I have a food allergy?

A: Symptoms tend to appear within several minutes of eating the food in question and may include hives, swelling, vomiting, coughing or difficulty breathing. Symptoms will occur each time the food is eaten. An allergist can order specific allergy testing to help make an accurate diagnosis and guide families through prevention and management.

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David Martin, RN, CRNFA with VeinInnovations explains why you should start the year off with a clean bill of health, and what to look for when thinking about your health.

Right now is the best time to check off health concerns and get them handled before starting a new year and a new deductible. In fact, taking care of yourself can be a wonderful holiday gift for your loved ones. You are giving them a gift of peace of mind, and the gift of modeling the same care you hope they will take of themselves.

Think about your health from the ground up:

  • Feet–If your feet hurt, you can’t or won’t exercise as much, and you may be throwing your whole body out of alignment. If you suffer from chronic knee, back and neck pain, see a specialist who will be able to help get to the source of the problem.
  • Legs–If you find your legs feeling more fatigued than usual at the end of a day of standing or sitting a lot, it would probably serve you well to have an ultrasound scan of your legs. An ultrasound scan for venous reflux may reveal the source of your discomfort if it is related to your circulation.

Are there aches and pains that cause concern? Is there a suspicious mole? Do you squint to see or strain to hear? Does snoring keep a loved one awake? Do restless legs wake you both up? Do you have heavy, tired legs or varicose and spider veins? Your health challenges may be impacting your ability to communicate, exercise, relax and enjoy precious time with loved ones.

When you share your improved health report with your loved ones, chances are they may follow suit. At the end of the day, if you have your health and your family is healthy, you really do have everything.

Vein Innovations CEO David Martin discusses starting the year with a clean bill of health

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Dr. Mike Majmundar from Northside Facial Cosmetic Surgery answers a reader’s question about rhinoplasty in teenagers.

Dr. Mike Majmundar from Northside Facial Cosmetic SurgeryQ: My teenage daughter has always been very self-conscious about her nose. Is she too young for a nose job?

A: We begin performing nose surgery (rhinoplasty) on female patients at the age of 14. It is the age that most young women are considered to be emotionally mature enough to be involved in the decision-making and to understand the risks. It is also the age that full mid-facial development is complete.

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Cool-Cat Pro headbandThe multi-functional Cool-Cat Pro can be a headband to keep your hair out of your face, a scarf to keep your neck warm while you run outside, or even a scrunchie. The invention of Atlantan Matt Womack, this colorful garment provides warmth against cooler temperatures, sweat absorption and more. It’s also wind-resistant and is made from 100 percent polyester microfiber. $19.99

Details: www.coolcatpro.com

 

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Baked Chicken PenneIngredients

  • 3-4 skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 box of penne pasta (you can substitute for gluten free or whole wheat)
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cub shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 T melted butter
  • 1 T blackened seasoning
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 T oil
  • 1 T spaghetti seasoning* (you can use Italian seasoning as a substitute)

*(Make your own spaghetti seasoning by combining 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup dried minced onions, 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes, 4 t salt, 4 t sugar, 2 t garlic powder, 2 t oregano, 2 t basil and 1/4 t of dried thyme.)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to broil. In a bowl, mix melted butter, mozzarella and bread crumbs. Mix well and set aside.  In a separate bowl, season chicken with blackening seasoning to taste and mix well.
  2. Pour oil into a sauté pan over medium heat. Place chicken in pan and cook until it is well done. While chicken is cooking, cook and drain pasta according to package directions. Add cooked chicken in with pasta.
  3. Sauté the onions over medium heat, and then add marinara sauce. Add the spaghetti seasoning and stir the sauce until it is bubbling hot.
  4. Pour the marinara sauce over the pasta and chicken and stir well. Pour the pasta mixture evenly into a casserole dish and sprinkle the cheese bread crumb mix on top.  Place dish in oven until the cheese topping begins to brown, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Watch Chef Cristina Villafañe create this dish step-by-step on her YouTube cooking show Food and Whatever, or visit www.foodandwhatever.com

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Dr. Atul Sharma from Georgia Retina answers a reader’s question about treating eye conditions with supplements.

Dr. Atul Sharma from Georgia RetinaQ: I’ve heard that certain supplements can help prevent some debilitating eye conditions. Is that true?

A: The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) examined the effects of supplements such as zinc and antioxidants on patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and other eye disorders. This study tested these antioxidants to determine if they prevent the progression of these conditions, and results showed that although the supplements do not stop AMD from developing, they reduce the risk of vision loss by 19 percent. Talk with your doctor to see if this vitamin cocktail is right for you.

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Hang gliding at Lookout Mountain Hang GlidingAt Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, there’s no experience required to soar thousands of feet above the beautiful Georgia mountainside. Well, no experience required from you, that is. The trained pilots know exactly what they’re doing, and they’ll fly tandem with you so you can glide through the air stress-free. Just strap into your harness, and an ultralight airplane will tow your hang glider gently along behind. Another option is to start out with the introductory experience, a day-long introduction to hang gliding’s required skills. You start out in controlled, low flights, only five to 10 feet off the ground. By the end of the day, you and your instructor can fly side by side up to 3,000 feet in the air. $149

Details: Lookout Mountain Flight Park, 7201 Scenic Hwy, Rising Fawn, GA, www.hanglide.com

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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental AtlantaEscape this wintery weather at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, where you can thaw out in a steam room, sauna or lap pool. Don’t miss out on one of their varied massage offerings like the Aroma Stone Massage, which uses heated stones and will warm you right up!

Details: 3376 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 995-7500, www.mandarinoriental.com/atlanta

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