There are common misconceptions when it comes to health food: it either tastes like cardboard or the small portions leave you hungrier than when you started. This is simply not the case, and True Food Kitchen is doing its part to help dispel these misunderstandings. Their first Southeastern restaurant opened at Lenox Square Mall in June. True Food Kitchen’s menu is based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet for optimal health.true food kitchen

“We strive to promote a healthy lifestyle by combining seasonal, fresh ingredients with global flavors,” said Sam Fox, founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts, “enabling our guests to feel good while enjoying honest food that tastes really good.”

The menu, which draws inspiration from a number of different food cultures, features grass-fed beef, sustainably raised fish, organic dairy and vegetarian, vegan, organic and gluten-free options. TFK also takes advantage of seasonal fare by rotating their menu to offer diners the fresh tastes of the season. They only use the most nutritious ingredients, staying away from added butter, salts or fats for flavor.Dr andrew weil

The menu, designed in part by Dr. Andrew Weil, was created to prevent chronic inflammation in diners. He incorporates anti-inflammatory foods into each menu item and avoids pro-inflammation foods, like refined oils and carbohydrates.

“We use anti-inflammatory olive oil, serve omega-3 rich fish, use anti-inflammatory spices like ginger and turmeric, and serve plenty of protective vegetables of high quality,” said Weil, who finds the omega-3 rich fish and extra-virgin olive oil to be the most beneficial for our bodies.

On the menu, Atlantans can expect to find year-round favorites like the turkey lasagna, Pangang curry and the “inside out” quinoa burger. You can also find Dr. Weil’s personal favorites, the Tuscan kale salad, the steelhead salmon and the spaghetti squash casserole. When I visited, I enjoyed the red chili shrimp, the caramelized onion tart and the flourless chocolate cake, all wonderful and fresh.

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Red chili shrimp…delish!

True Food Kitchen not only offers its diners a wonderful dining experience, but they also have a full bar stocked with sustainable, organic or bio-dynamic wines and cocktails. They also have their own non-alcoholic “natural refreshments,” made from juice, herb and vegetable blends.

Every True Food Kitchen restaurant is also Green Restaurant Certified and uses compostable take-out packages and menus that are printed on paper from renewable resources. Each dining room also features chairs that are made out of recycled plastic soda bottles and reclaimed wood floors.

Details: 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 3058B, (404) 481-2980, www.truefoodkitchen.com 

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After you spend the Fourth of July celebrating America, consider expanding your horizons to another country with a red, white and blue flag: France! After English, French is the most commonly taught second language in the world, and it is spoken as an official language in many countries across the globe. French language skills are great ones to have in your back pocket, and Alliance Franςaise d’Atlanta is the perfect starting place. 

Alliance Francaise Atlanta

On July 7, the summer session of Alliance Franςaise d’Atlanta began, and you can join in! Most of their language classes cater to professional adults, so you’ll be with like-minded learners in small classes of five to 14 students. A 10-week beginner session costs between $390 and $435, depending on the class frequency you choose. If you aren’t ready for a 10-week commitment, test the waters at a $35 one-time workshop to explore interesting subjects like French humor and French media. 

As you get the hang of basic conversation skills, you can participate in the group’s extracurricular activities. Join your fellow francophiles to watch French films, enjoy dinner at local French restaurants, attend music performances and cheer on the soccer teams of French-speaking countries in this summer’s World Cup. In October of this year, the Alliance Franςaise d’Atlanta is even taking a group trip to Martinique, an island in the French Caribbean. 

Alliance Francaise AtlantaIn addition to their summer session beginning this month, the Alliance will also host a Bastille Day celebration for the July 14 holiday commemorating the beginning of the French Revolution.  On the evening of Saturday, July 19, overlook Atlanta’s skyline and enjoy a buffet, DJ and dancing avec vos nouveaux amis. (That’s “with your new friends,” for those of you who haven’t yet started classes.) After a few classes and events, you’ll be fluent in no time. Allons-y! 

Details: 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 875-1211, www.afatl.com 

 

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Dr. Hugh Flax from Flax Dental answers a reader’s question about dental implants. 

Dr. Hugh Flax

 

Q: What is the benefit of dental implants over a bridge or dentures? 

A: Loss of tooth (or teeth) can happen to anyone. Bridges and dentures can result in bone loss over time, which can alter the structure of your face and adversely affect your appearance. When your jawbone deteriorates, the aging effect is accelerated. Dental implants, however, offer a more permanent solution that preserves the structure of your bone. The sooner you replace  a tooth with an implant, the more you can prevent bone loss. 

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

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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month 

Going to Great Lengths 

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Celebrities often change their hairstyles overnight, including the length of their hair using the magic of hair extensions. These days, extensions are fast, easy and affordable. Siggers Hairdressers offers the latest in professional, tape-in hair extensions that are made from 100 percent human hair. This revolutionary system uses a type of tape to bond the hair extension to your hair. the result is less damage to your hair and less time in the salon chair because they are easily applied without the use of tools, beads, clips or chemicals. Just like your own hair, these extensions can be washed, colored, curled and styled. They can last anywhere from three to six months, and prices start as low as $300 – that’s a steal compared to a few years ago. to learn more, stop by their salon at 2166 Northlake Pkwy., Tucker, GA, or visit www.siggers.com. 

Jessica Dauler 

For more info on Jessica, visit www.jessicashops.com 

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Rhonda Miglioli from Alacarte Catering is here to give her best advice on how to throw a great party this summer. 

Rhonda Miglioli

Q: How does the food at a party contribute to a great get-together? 

A: Food can make or break an event. You want to create a menu that enhances the party, tastes delicious, is beautifully presented and stays within budget. Having at least one “wow” item will ensure that guests will remember the food and the party. 

Q: What’s special about summer party food?

A: Summer foods are bursting with vibrant colors and fantastic flavors, which entice people to throw backyard parties and picnics. And you can grill almost anything tasty in the summer. 

Q: What are some fun summer party themes? 

A: Low country boils are always a big hit in the summer; the corn is very flavorful and a variety of shellfish is bountiful. Barbecues and dessert parties are also extremely fun and popular in the summer.

Q: What are some tips to keep a party’s food budget manageable?

A: Select foods that are in season and offer salads and vegetables. Two proteins are more than enough. If working with a caterer, tell them up front what your budget is so you can plan the menu accordingly.   

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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month 

Going to Great Lengths 

Tape in hair extensions jessica shops

Celebrities often change their hairstyles overnight, including the length of their hair using the magic of hair extensions. These days, extensions are fast, easy and affordable. Siggers Hairdressers offers the latest in professional, tape-in hair extensions that are made from 100 percent human hair. This revolutionary system uses a type of tape to bond the hair extension to your hair. the result is less damage to your hair and less time in the salon chair because they are easily applied without the use of tools, beads, clips or chemicals. Just like your own hair, these extensions can be washed, colored, curled and styled. They can last anywhere from three to six months, and prices start as low as $300 – that’s a steal compared to a few years ago. to learn more, stop by their salon at 2166 Northlake Pkwy., Tucker, GA, or visit www.siggers.com. 

Jessica Dauler 

For more info on Jessica, visit www.jessicashops.com 

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Dr. Maiysha Clairborne from Mind Body Spirit Wellness answers a reader’s question about the hCG diet. 

Dr. Maiysha Clairborne

Q: Is the hCG diet safe for weight loss, and does it really work? 

A: Doing this type of program on your own can prove harmful, but under doctor supervision, the hCG weight loss program can be safe and effective for weight loss. HCG increases leptin, a hormone which can decrease fat storage. The 500 to 800 calorie diet puts the body in a fat-burning state and is safe provided that it is not sustained for longer than 30 days, proper hydration and supplements are included, and a long-term nutrition plan follows. 

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

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Contributed by Dina Blair 

Working with a personal trainer not only improves appearance, self-confidence and energy, but it also fosters health benefits that include everything from stress reduction to lower blood pressure. Having a trainer can also keep you more accountable. The key to experiencing these benefits of working with a personal trainer is choosing the right one. When determining if a personal trainer is right for you, ask these questions. 

Personal Trainer

Does the personal trainer offer an initial appointment that include baseline measures and a conversation about your goals? 

What qualifications and experience does he or she have dealing with injuries, health concerns like high blood pressure, or your particular goals? 

Does the personal trainer’s availability work with your schedule? 

How long has the personal trainer been training, and can he or she proved client testimonials? 

Do you feel like there is a good personality match? Can you ask questions without feeling intimidated? 

Choosing to work with a personal trainer is a very important lifestyle change. Be sure to choose someone you look forward to seeing a few times a week and one who can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. 

 

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Dianne Kaseta from The Event Shoppe is here to give you her best advice about how to throw a great summer shindig! 

Dianne KasetaQ: What’s special about a summer party?

A: As the weather warms up, summertime lends itself to wonderful open-air parties and unique guest experiences both indoors and out. 

Q: What are some fun summer party themes?

A: Fun summertime party themes include Backyard Beach party, Down on the Farm Barbecue, lobster and clambakes or Hawaiian luaus. 

Q: Tell us about the best bash you’ve attended recently. 

A: The best bash I have attended was a Great Gatsby themed event. The 1920s art deco theme was carried throughout from the invitation, to the decadent menu, incredible decor, lively music and tasty champagne. 

Q: What are some tips to keep a party’s budget manageable? 

A: The food and beverage selection is generally the most expensive, so think through specifics like service options and pricing structure (a la carte vs. per person pricing). Specifically, plan ahead and avoid last minute, rushed impulse buys. 

Q: What is the most important element of a party? 

A: Creating a unique and memorable atmosphere is most important. If your guests are having a great time and enjoying one another, then the focus on other elements becomes a little less important. 

 

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Guest blogger David Hass, managing director of the local Dignity Memorial network, sheds some light on how to go about planning a life celebration for you or a loved one. 

David Hass

For many families, the summer holidays are a time to come together, honor our fallen service members and remember loved ones who have passed. These holiday get-togethers also provide an opportunity to talk with living family members about how they would like to be remembered.

In a growing number of households, folks may be surprised at what they hear: Aunt Susan wants a memorial with a catered dinner, a live pianist and wines she has hand-selected, instead of a traditional black-crepe funeral.

She isn’t alone.

One in three Atlanta residents (37 percent) said they would choose to have a non-traditional memorial or life celebration instead of a traditional funeral service, according to the Dignity Memorial National Opinion Index (NOI), which tracks opinions on the topic in Atlanta and nationwide.

As people here break with tradition, the possibilities are virtually limitless. Memorials increasingly feature live music, full catering, a bar and personalized keepsakes – with guests walking to the car saying, “I didn’t know you could do that for a funeral.”

In fact, some individuals’ memorial wishes might completely surprise their family and friends. In Atlanta, 18 percent of survey respondents said they would choose to have their remains incorporated into an ocean reef, and 12 percent indicated they would opt to have their ashes put into a capsule and released into space. Out of eight options for a preferred final send-off, “standard burial” tied for last.

The goal, say many individuals and families, is to create a personalized event that truly captures the essence of their loved one. While many people create unique, celebratory services for loved ones who have just passed, others choose to plan their own services or discuss family members’ wishes in advance. Although it may seem daunting to start conversations around memorial planning, poll data shows that most people welcome them – and women are often at the heart of the discussion. In Atlanta, 76 percent of women said their living friends and family members have had conversations about their preferences for burial or cremation, compared to just 61 percent of men. Women here are ahead of the national rate of 70 percent.

Moreover, women want to know their loved ones’ preferences beyond burial or cremation. More women than men say that having conversations about preferences beyond burial or cremation – a loved one’s wishes for a memorial or life celebration vs. a traditional funeral, for example – are extremely beneficial.

You can start a conversation by considering a few questions:

·         What is meaningful to you? Are you passionate about travel? Sports? Dancing? Family? Elements of a lifelong passion can be woven throughout a service.

·         Are there favorite foods or styles of cuisine that you’d like to share with guests? Would you like to serve appetizers, a full dinner or desserts?

·         What type of music resonates? Will it be a live bluegrass band, a solo cellist or show-tunes piped in?

·         What flowers are your hallmark? Do you favor bunches of wildflowers or are you known for your prize-winning roses?

·         Would you like to give guests a personalized memento that they can keep? A cook might share a wooden spoon with a favorite recipe, or a monogrammed golf ball would be appropriate for someone who loved to play 18 holes.

Write down thoughts on these topics and discuss them with family members and close friends. Many people also opt to talk with a funeral director about their wishes, and even pay for their service in advance, both to ensure their memorial fits their vision and to relieve their family of some responsibilities at a difficult time.

The website www.dignityatlanta.com also offers more inspirational ideas for personalized tributes, as well as a free booklet on planning a life celebration.

 

 

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