ShinglesThere’s a lot of buzz around the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, which has led to a nationwide shortage, but what exactly is shingles?

According to Leslie C. Gray, MD, if you’ve ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for developing shingles. The founder of Dermatology Center of Atlanta says when the varicella-zoster virus lies dormant in the nervous system, it can come back to life years later in the form of the herpes zoster virus, which causes shingles.

Shingles can be incredibly painful and can cause long-lasting complications. Candance Kimbrough-Green, MD, of Dermatology Consultants, notes to look for symptoms such as pain, burning, and tingling on one side of the body or face with or without a red rash with blisters.

Those most at risk for developing shingles are adults over 50 and those with weakened immune systems. Gray notes that children who have had chicken pox can develop the disease and those who have never had chicken pox before and haven’t been vaccinated can get chicken pox through direct contact with the open sores of the shingles rash.

The new Shingrix vaccine is given in two doses, two to six months apart and is advised for all healthy adults over 50. If you’ve already had shingles, you should still receive the vaccine to lower your chances of developing it again. Those who received the old Zostavax vaccine should also get the new vaccine. The great news? Gray explains that Shingrix is incredibly effective and can lower your chances of getting shingles by more than 90 percent.


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KarmaFarm, farm-to-table eatery in Buckhead, features food that gives back.

KarmaFarm, the farm-to-table eatery in Buckhead, features food that gives back.

For fresh food in a flash, turn to the new fast-casual restaurant, KarmaFarm. Founded by Atlanta couple McCall and Scott Wilder, the farm-to-table eatery serves local, organic and sustainable proteins, sides, and salads like Southern black-eyed pea caviar with jalapeño. Plus, for every meal purchased, an entrée is donated to children in need.

Details: 54 Pharr Rd., Atlanta;

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Whole Foods 365 Stores Now Open in Buckhead and Decatur

Whole Foods 365 Stores Now Open in Buckhead and Decatur

Grocery store giant, Whole Foods Market®, recently opened two affordable Whole Foods Market 365® stores in Buckhead and Decatur.

Visitors can expect Global Animal Partnership 5-Step Animal Welfare Rated meat, sustainably caught, responsibly farmed seafood, a large selection of produce and more.
Details: 3535 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta; 1555 Church St., Decatur;

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Hollandaise Asparagus by Recess at Krog Street Market

Roasted Asparagus and Cashew Hollandaise by Recess at Krog Street Market

Chef Victoria Shore helms the kitchen at health-focused Krog Street Market eatery, Recess. The culinarian grew up cooking with her family in Alpharetta. Here, she shares a recipe ideal for asparagus season. Roasted for more depth of flavor, this vegetable is paired with a guilt-free, cashew-based hollandaise sauce and crunchy toasted rye breadcrumbs.

For the asparagus:
• 1 bunch asparagus, medium to small size
• Olive oil, to coat
• Salt and pepper

For the hollandaise:
• 1⁄2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about
half a lemon)
• 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
• 1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric (for color)
• 1⁄2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
• 1⁄4 cup olive oil
• 1 teaspoon salt

For the breadcrumbs:
• 2 slices day-old rye bread (or other crusty dense loaf)
• 2 tablespoons olive oil, more as needed
• 1 garlic clove
• 1 lemon
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Trim any dry or woody ends from the asparagus,
toss with oil, salt and pepper and roast in oven for
12 to 15 minutes.
In a blender or food processor, combine all of the
hollandaise ingredients and blend until smooth and
creamy, adding up to 1⁄4 cup of water as needed.

Tear the bread into small pieces, about
pea-size. Zest the lemon (you can use the juice for
the hollandaise) and grate the garlic on the zester.
If you do not have a zester, peel the lemon with a
vegetable peeler and chop lemon peel and garlic
very fine.
Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottom skillet. Add the
breadcrumbs and toast, stirring frequently, over
medium heat until the bread is crispy and golden
brown. Remove from the heat and stir in the garlic
and lemon zest.
To serve, arrange the asparagus on a platter, drizzle
with hollandaise and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

Details: 99 Krog St. NE., V, Atlanta;

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Whether it’s a hectic work schedule or constant travel, getting proper rest can be difficult during certain stages of life but it’s not impossible. Jeff Rodgers, DMD, D-ABDSM, D-ASBA of Sleep Better Georgia, shares four tips for staying well-rested during stressful times.

Dr. Rodgers1. Prioritize sleep. When the days are busy and you’re working long hours, the solution to staying well-rested is simple: make sleep a priority. It may be tempting, or even feel necessary, to stay up late to answer a few more emails or get the kid’s lunches ready for the next day, but sticking to your normal sleep/wake schedule is especially important during busy seasons. If you don’t keep a regular sleep/wake schedule, you will disrupt your circadian rhythms and hormones, which can upset sleep patterns further and make you groggy throughout the day, inhibiting the skills you need during busy seasons, such as focus and the ability to make sound, rational decisions.

2. When traveling, bring something you’re used to sleeping with, and create the optimal bedroom environment. If you’re traveling a lot during a particularly busy season, you’ll likely be sleeping in a bed you’re unfamiliar with. Studies show that half of our brains may remain alert when sleeping in a new location, negatively impacting sleep. You can help yourself get better rest by bringing things that you’re used to sleeping with back home with you, whether it’s a pillow, blanket, a pair of fuzzy socks, or even a stuffed animal! And, as much, as you have control over, create a bedroom environment that encourages good sleep. The room needs to be dark and cool—even the light from an alarm clock can hurt sleep quality. Bring an eye mask with you to block light, and use a white noise machine to drown out sounds. The Apple White Noise app is a great, portable option.

3. Stay consistent with your normal bedtimes when traveling to a different time zone. Try to fall asleep and wake up at whatever your normal bedtime is back home, meaning that if the new time zone you’re in is an hour ahead, stay up an hour later. This becomes more difficult when traveling to a different country, but try to stick to your regular sleep schedule as much as possible.
4. Exercise and eat right. During busy seasons and irregular schedules, it can be easy to skimp out on healthy meals to pick up fast food, or skip exercise. But eating a balanced diet and getting exercise will give you the energy you need to get through the day. Exercise during the day also tires you out a bit when bedtime rolls around. Releasing energy during the day = better sleep at night. Even a walk around the block to clear your mind can help you fall asleep faster. And during busy seasons, you certainly need all the sleep you can get!

Details: 1719 Mt. Vernon Rd., Ste. A, Dunwoody;

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Dr. Licenberg

Dr. Lincenberg

by Sheldon Lincenberg, MD

We all know an attractive belly when we see one. It has the appearance of youth. The features suggest the fitness and trimness of a body that has not suffered the agonies of age, weight gain, pregnancy or surgery. When those do occur, a tummy tuck can make the belly attractive again by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin which results in a tighter abdominal wall and a smaller waistline. In the case of weight gain, Tummy Tuck is not an alternative to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. Instead, the Tummy Tuck takes away the excess skin that remains once the patient has lost the extra pounds they gained, just as in pregnancy.

When is the right time for a Tummy Tuck?
The best time for a Tummy Tuck is after a woman has finished having a family and/or is at a stable weight. Since the goal of a Tummy Tuck is to create smooth contours and young skin, it is best for the patient to be at a stable weight and within 15 pounds of their ideal weight. If more than 15 pounds are lost after surgery, there may be some loose skin again.

What is a Designer Tummy Tuck?
As a plastic surgeon, I specialize in designing the right operation for each tummy. A traditional tummy tuck modifies all the layers of tissue – the skin, the fat and the muscle. But with techniques such as liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction and endoscopy, I can take a truly customized approach to abdominal contouring. Some women (such as women in good physical condition who have had children) don’t need a full Tummy Tuck. Smaller procedures can be done to optimize the appearance for these patients.

This Tummy Tuck patient of Dr. Lincenberg’s is a mother of 3 boys.

This Tummy Tuck patient of Dr. Lincenberg’s is a mother of three boys.

Can a Tummy Tuck be combined with other procedures?
Yes. A tummy tuck is often combined with breast procedures like breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or breast lift and augmentation. Liposuction is also commonly performed at the same time. Some patients will opt to have liposuction performed and use that fat to augment other areas of the body or face.

Sheldon Lincenberg, MD, is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who trained at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. He has 27 years of experience helping patients achieve their facial and body plastic surgery goals using techniques that are proven to give the safest and longest-lasting results attainable. 

Details: Georgia Plastic Surgery, One Glenlake Pkwy., Ste. 950., Sandy Springs; 770.730.8222.

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Glute Q&AQ: How can I build my glutes while also reducing cellulite?

A: You must attack your glutes every three to six days with weight training. Perform exercises that are going to isolate and break down the muscle so that it will rebuild firmer.
—Pamela Molinari, owner of Atlanta Fitness Diva Details: 855 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE., Ste. 200, Sandy Springs;

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Ashley Lorenzo leads a class.

Ashley Lorenzo leads a class.

By Halen Adair

Name of fitness facility


Name and length of class

Foundational Flow All Levels- 75 minutes

Name of instructor

Ashley Lorenzo

What do attendees need to know before class starts?

Plan to arrive to class five minutes early to set up your mat. Be sure to wear comfy stretchy clothes (leggings are great!). The room gets warm so I would be sure to have a water bottle on hand. No shoes are needed for this class, just wear a smile instead! :)

How would you describe this workout? How does it compare to similar classes you’ve taken?

This class was the perfect class to end my #30DaysOfFitness experience. I am relatively new to yoga and this class was the perfect way for me to do old poses and try new ones while breaking a sweat! I also was able to stretch out my body, really focus on my breathing, reflect, and live in the moment.

What muscle groups did this class work the most? Was it a great workout for your abs, butt, arms, etc.?

IMG_3314This class is a full body strength builder. You will be in different poses throughout the class that challenge different parts of your body. My core, glutes, and legs were challenged and there were times I wanted to stop so I would definitely say I could feel the burn! This class also really challenged my flexibility and helped me breathe into my stretches and really get the most out of each stretch we did.

Did the instructor do anything to make the class extra special?

Ashley is an amazing instructor. There wasn’t any point in time where I felt bored or like I wasn’t getting a workout. I really enjoyed her class and loved how she would always come by and make sure I was doing each pose and stretch correctly and efficiently. She really cares about her students and the practice as a whole and it shows in her teaching.

What was the most enjoyable part of the workout?

The Yogaworks Family talk with Sherri Adair about their studios.

The Yogaworks Family talk with Sherri Adair about their studios.

I loved so many things about this class but truly the best part was watching and learning from Ashley’s practice. The way she teaches is so calming and motivating. I really felt like I could do that class every day with her and feel like a million bucks. The class is so good for you mentally and physically and that’s because of the way Ashley guides her students through their poses.

Watch our Facebook Live with Ashley Lorenzo above!

Any other feedback you’d like to give about this workout?

If you love yoga or are a beginner and want to give it a shot, I highly recommend trying out Yogaworks. They offer a variety of classes that are all tailored to different levels and different styles. If you are ever in the Brookhaven area, you gotta go see Ashley and manager, Dustin. They will help you make progress in your practice and make you feel like part of the Yogaworks family!

Details: 1376 Dresden Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319;


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By Halen Adair

(L to R) Dona Halliday, Karen Wells, Sherri Adair, Halen Adair

(L to R) Dona Halliday, Karen Wells, Sherri Adair, Halen Adair

Name of fitness facility

Karen Wellsness

Name and length of class

Rejuvenate Yourself – 45 minutes

Name of instructor

Karen Wells

What do attendees need to know before class starts?

For this class, you will need a yoga mat, comfortable pants, and no shoes are necessary. Karen will provide you with the other things you will need for this class.

How would you describe this workout? How does it compare to similar classes you’ve taken?

This class focuses on the rejuvenation of the body specifically one’s fascia. Your fascia is fluid in our bodies that support the bones, muscles, nerves, and organs. During class, we used tennis balls to treat our fascia in our hands, legs, feet, shoulders, and more! It was crazy to see how one area you treat on your body will impact another with just the use of a tennis ball. This class isn’t like anything I’ve done before. I would say it resembles yoga mostly, but with an emphasis on stretching and stimulating your joints.

Stretching it out!

Stretching it out!

What muscle groups did this class work the most? Was it a great workout for your abs, butt, arms, etc.?

This class targeted our fascia/connective tissue that in turn benefits the muscles. The movements we learned in class were allowing our nervous system to take over and control the movements rather than putting that strain on our bodies like we typically do during many workouts.

Did the instructor do anything to make the class extra special?

Karen is extremely passionate about this rejuvenation methodology. She strongly believes learning to take care of our bodies and having the discipline to do so, is a workout itself. Karen taught us a whole different way of viewing the body and showed us by just doing this once how much our bodies reap the benefits. The changes you begin to feel just after a few moments with Karen are actually incredible. She may just be a miracle worker!

What was the most enjoyable part of the workout?

I really enjoyed watching and feeling my body change and relieve so much pressure in so little time. Instantly, my arms were longer, by back was less stiff, my mind was cleared. I was amazed to see what little time it took to really care for my body’s fascia and am really eager to do these workouts at home, and frequently, thanks to Karen.

Karen Wells leads a back bending session.

Karen Wells leads a back bending session.

Any other feedback you’d like to give about this workout?

You must go see Karen if you are having any discomfort or looking for new ways to listen to your body. She will gladly give you the tools you need in order to feel your body and help it change. You will feel lighter, longer, and leaner after just one session with Karen. Go see here at Jeanne’s Body Tech on Miami Circle every Monday in February at 4:30pm to see her work her magic!


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Schwinn® Classic Cruiser™The Schwinn® Classic Cruiser is adding retro style to at-home exercise. Reminiscent of a ride from the ’50s, the bike is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. Its state-of-the-art electromagnetic flywheel delivers a smooth and silent spin while an accompanying app for your phone or tablet tracks your time, calories, distance and more as you make your way through a midcentury town delivering newspapers. The chic cycle equipment can be found at Play It Again Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and more.

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