Best Self Atlanta’s December issue is packed full of great food and nutrition tips – here are just a few from local experts:

Veg Out!
Eat a cup of veggies before 10 a.m. as a morning ritual. Think of it as taking a vitamin instead of part of your diet. Even if you don’t do it every day, try it for one day, what do you have to lose?
Scott Isaacs, MD, Medical Director Atlanta Endocrine Associates

Did you know?
Drink red wine for a healthy heart. Studies show adults who drink a moderate amount of red wine are less likely to develop heart disease than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers. Red wine can raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and prevent LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), decrease inflammation and prevent blood clots.
Kyla Cox Grape Crush Productions

Pick 1 not 3
Dining out can be tempting and treacherous between the bread, drinks and dessert. Do yourself and your dining company a favor pick one and be done. You will not feel deprived knowing you can have one of the “dining out disasters” and keep focused.
Valorie Ness BS, CES, CPT Catalyst Fitness Midtown, Inc

 

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Iconic actor, writer and producer Henry Winkler spoke at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta this week to raise awareness about upper limb spasticity (ULS). While he was here, he also took the time to chat with Best Self:

Best Self Atlanta: What do you feel is the biggest misconception about ULS?
Henry Winkler: The unfortunate fact is that too many people don’t know they have upper limb spasticity (ULS) – a debilitating condition that can occur after a stroke or other neurological injury or condition that can be very uncomfortable, producing disfiguring muscle contractions that can result in stiff, tight muscles in the elbow, wrist and fingers, or a clenched fist.

Many people also don’t know that there are treatment options available. That’s why I’ve joined forces with an incredibly passionate coalition of national patient advocacy organizations to launch the Open Arms Campaign and spread the word across the nation. I’ve been traveling the country the past two years speaking to support groups, at patient expos and at hospital and rehab center seminars, to educate the many people who still do not know about ULS.

I recently made a stop in Atlanta to share my personal experience with patients, caregivers and doctors at Shepherd Center. I know all too well the toll ULS can take on a person. Before she passed, my mother suffered from this debilitating condition for 10 long years following her stroke, and I remember all too well her struggle to perform some of the most basic tasks of daily life. Unfortunately, there was so much less known about ULS back then.

Today, not only do we have a better understanding of ULS, we know more about how to manage the condition, including botox which is FDA approved to treat ULS in adults. The good news is there are treatment options and resources available to help people manage the condition through the Open Arms Campaign website – www.OpenArmsCampaign.com.

BSA: What are some important questions people can ask their doctor about ULS?
HW: The unfortunate fact is that despite very visible symptoms, ULS often goes under-recognized and under-diagnosed because it may develop weeks, months or even years after the original injury – after discharge from the hospital or when patients are no longer seeing specialists familiar with the condition. If you think you or someone you know may be suffering with ULS, I encourage you to speak to a doctor, such as a neurologist or physiatrist, about the symptoms you’re experiencing because in many cases, treatment options are available to help manage the condition. Even if you have been struggling with the condition for many years, it is never too late to speak to your doctor. When you do, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

-        Have your medical history handy, especially information related to the injury or condition that may have led to your ULS

-        Know and share your personal health timeline with your doctor, as it will be important in evaluating and diagnosing ULS

-        Be prepared to describe your symptoms, when they started and their severity

-   Ask what treatment options are available and appropriate for you

BSA: How can people get involved to raise more awareness?
HW: As I crisscrossed America for the past two years exchanging stories with patients and caregivers, it has amazed me just how powerful and impactful it can be for those living with ULS. Whether you are someone who has ULS or care for someone who does, you likely have an inspiring story that can help inspire others. You can read more about my story and others and also submit your own at www.OpenArmsCampaign.com.

BSA: How has your personal experience with ULS changed your outlook?
HW: We all face challenges in life, and caring for someone who has survived a debilitating injury or a chronic condition can indeed be a challenging experience.
As a caregiver to my late mother who suffered from ULS for ten long years following her stroke, I know it can be difficult to watch someone you love struggle with simple daily activities.
It is nothing less than inspiring to me to have met so many compassionate caretakers and it has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to connect with them through my traveling across America with the Open Arms Campaign.

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Best Self’s December issue is packed full of great tips to help you be healthier and feel your best in today and in the New Year.  Here are just a few of our health and wellness tips from local experts Dr. Leslie Gray of Dermatology Center of Atlanta, FusionSleep and Piedmont Hospital.

Don’t sweat it!
If you sweat excessively, you may want to try miraDry. This non-invasive solution provides lasting results with little downtime. The procedure delivers precisely controlled energy to the region where the underarm sweat glands are and eliminates them. The sweat glands don’t grow back once eliminated, so the result is a reduction of sweat.
Dr. Leslie Gray Dermatology Center of Atlanta

Identify yourself!
Carry or wear a medical emergency identification tag, bracelet or card, which identifies special medical conditions such as diabetes, hemophilia or allergies.
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

The power of ZZZ
To maximize the restorative powers of sleep and to make falling asleep easier, good sleep hygiene practices help immensely. The following suggestions can help both people with sleep disorders and their families: exercise regularly, but not within 2 to 4 hours of bedtime; don’t have anything with caffeine or nicotine for at least six hours prior to bedtime; and don’t watch television for at least one hour before bedtime.
FusionSleep

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By Deena Spell

Hurricane Sandy might have disappeared off the radar, but the impacts are still being felt by the New Yorkers who lost everything in its wake.

With friends and family still reeling in the hurricane ravaged area, the New York-born owners of the 101 Concepts Restaurant Group (Food 101, Cibo e Beve, Meehan’s Public House) are going to do something about it!

They are hosting the “Southern Comfort Relief Dinner for Sandy Victims” fundraising event on Wednesday, Dec. 5th at Food 101. The dinner will benefit relief organizations in the specific areas where their friends and family live in New York. The event will also serve as a grand re-opening of Food 101, which has been closed for the several weeks due to major renovation.

The Southern Comfort Relief Dinner fundraiser will begin with a cocktail hour featuring original cocktails and appetizers, in which guests can purchase raffle tickets. The raffles drawing will be held during dessert. Proceeds will serve the needs of those devastated by Sandy. The five-course dinner fundraiser will feature a delicious dish from each of the company’s culinary master chefs. Tickets are $125.

For more information, call (404) 497-9700 or visit www.food101atlanta.com

 

 

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Get a sneak peek at Sherri’s Best List for December!

My Best List for Holiday Chillin’

Get a foot massage – After all the shopping, decorating and running around…hurt no more! Give your feet a wonderful treat, a one-hour foot massage for only $25.
Details: Royal Foot Spa, 5280 Buford Hwy., Atlanta, GA, (770) 220-0877

Morgan Falls Overlook Park – What a gem of a park! This newly renovated green space overlooks the Chattahoochee River with a trail that climbs high above the city with gorgeous views, places to picnic, exercise and a dog park so you can bring your four-legged friend with you.
Details: 200 Morgan Falls Road, Sandy Springs, GA, (770) 730-5600

Soothing Facial Masque – This is something you can do in the privacy of your home. The Mint & Lemon Facial Clay Mask from Freemans absorbs excess oil and leaves your skin feeling cleansed and smelling fresh! $3.99
Details: Ulta Beauty, 3495 Buckhead Loop, Atlanta, GA, (404) 266-3559

Meditation with Leslie Clayton-Body Awareness Studio – Let Leslie teach you how to “take yourself away” in just minutes. It has been proven that meditation can be very good medicine for the body and soul.
Details: 5549 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, (404) 252-7550

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By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

Awaken your sweet tooth just in time for the holiday season. Grab a cup and milk and head over to Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse (Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta GA) for a Kids’ Gingerbread Decorating Class on Dec. 1 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Everything to create an awesome gingerbread house will be provided by Davio’s own executive pastry chef Kathleen Miliotis. No matter how infinite your child’s imagination is or how creative they are, they are sure to lure Santa down the chimney with their special gingerbread creation.

Chef will guide children in making a unique creation to share with family during the holiday season! Reservations are required and space is limited. For reservations, contact Amy Howard at (404) 844-4810.

For more information, please call (404) 844-4810 or visit www.davios.com 

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While you’re out shopping for the perfect holiday gift, be sure to grab the highly-anticipated December issue of Best Self Atlanta Magazine! Read Best Self’s exclusive interview with Atlanta Falcons player Tony Gonzalez and his wife October.

It’s also the “Best Of” issue, and for good reason! This issue is packed full of 100 of the best tips from local experts in the areas of wellness, health, beauty, nutrition, life-improvement and more.

With the holiday chaos right around the aisle, you can even take time to assess your spiritual health or consider Tony Gonzalez’s “All-Pro Diet” to help you power through the holidays.

Whatever you find in between our pages, we’re excited to share our newest issue with you. Enjoy!

Find your copy of Best Self Atlanta‘s December issue at several locations around Atlanta – click here for all pick-up locations.

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From all the latest expert advice to an intimate interview with Atlanta Falcon’s football player Tony Gonzalez and his wife Tony Gonzalez, Best Self Atlanta Magazine’s December issue is packed full of fun, inspiration and joy – just like the upcoming holiday season!

Sometimes it’s helpful to get ideas from others when you are taking inventory of what areas you hope to improve in your life. To that end, Best Self Atlanta Magazine asked the experts from the Best Self community for some great health, fitness, beauty, money and life enrichment tips that you can take with you into 2013.

Some standout advice not only comes from local experts, but also from Best Self Atlanta’s cover story featuring Atlanta Falcons player Tony Gonzalez and his wife, October. Despite hectic schedules, this dynamic couple sets aside time to spend together and always puts family first. Afterall, isn’t that what this time of year is all about?

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One Smart Muffin

Since she was a teenager, founder of Frannie’s Gluten Free Muffins Frances Shaw has been dealing with fibromyalgia, a gluten intolerance. Due to her health, she had to leave the Savannah College of Art and Design, and was homebound for a year.

She used this time to create flavorful “allergy smart” muffins. These fluffy treats are free of gluten, dairy, nuts, soy and yeast, eliminating most food allergy concerns. Loaded with health benefits, they are made with organic fruits, vegetables and antibiotic-free eggs.

Details:
Your local Kroger supermarket, www.FranniesGlutenFree.com

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By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

Nonna’s Holiday Kitchen Cooking ClassGet into the swing of cooking spectacular Italian holiday meals with Chef Linda Harell of Cibo e Beve. With Chef Harrell’s Nonna’s Holiday Kitchen cooking class, picking up that spatula and cheese grater to top off your creation will be as easy as boiling water.

Come out to Cibo e Beve (4969 Roswell Road, Suite 245, Sandy Springs, GA) Nov. 17 from 1-4 p.m. and learn to make easy Italian holiday recipes.

Learn tricks to make any beginner cook or experienced chef make the perfect Italian inspired spread. Attendees of Nonna’s Holiday Kitchen will learn to make delectable cuisine including, a fig and Ricotta crostini appetizer, Italian herb turkey, chestnut and sage dressing and Italian Anisette cookies.

Tickets are $40 per person. Call Cibo e Beve to be a part of Nonna’s Holiday Kitchen. For more information, call (404) 250-8988 or visit www.ciboatlanta.com.

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