Thai Papaya Salad

Papaya packs quite a nutritional punch. This tropical fruit is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can help protect skin against free radical damage. Sporting high levels of vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene, this colorful fruit may help improve your eyesight, digestion and cholesterol levels. Although normally seen in fruit salads, try this fun and different way to incorporate papaya into your diet.

Ingredients & Tools
1 mortar and pestle and one spoon
¼ cup peeled, shredded carrots
¾ cup peeled unripe papaya shreds
¼ fresh lime
1 tbsp. roasted unsalted peanuts
4 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
2 garlic cloves

Dressing: Yields 6 oz

1 tbsp. raw sugar or 2 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. fish sauce
4 oz. fresh lime juice


Wash and peel the carrots and unripe papaya and set aside ready for use. For the dressing, combine all the sugar, fish sauce and lime juice together in a cup or small bowl – you may not need to use all the dressing. Next, place the garlic cloves in the mortar and crush them with the pestle, throw in the lime wedge and continue crushing until the lime looks nicely beat up, then remove the lime wedge. Add the peanuts and lightly crush them, then add the shredded carrots, papaya and tomatoes. Add 1 oz. of the dressing and lightly pound the salad in the mortar using the spoon to help turn the salad as you go. Do this for about 20 to 30 seconds, then plate and enjoy.

~Courtesy of Fuji Hana Thai Peppers,

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Atlanta’s food trucks are coming to Piedmont Park for the Atlanta Street Food Festival! The weekend of July 13th will see more than 25 food trucks in Piedmont Park, making it the Atlanta Street Food Festival the largest food truck festival in the southeast. Tickets are $10.50, and if you buy them in advance you get discounts on your food and drink purchases from the trucks. Get your tickets now so you can dig into amazing food from the Happy Belly Truck, Mix’d Up, Masala Fresh, King of Pops, Honeysuckle Gelato, and more.

Awesome food and drinks aren’t the only things this festival offers, though. There’s plenty of local bands for entertainment, and all the proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. So whatever your interest–food, music, or charitable giving–come on out to the Atlanta Street Food Festival next weekend! See you there!









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International makeup artist Michael Hanz is here to give you his best advice on how to look 10 years younger.

What is a common mistake you see people make that ages them?

First is not taking good care of their skin. Second is wearing too much makeup. The majority of women wear the same makeup they’ve been wearing since their early 20s, and heavy foundation can age you. I’d suggest getting a makeup update every year or so to stay current.

What is a simple way someone can look 10 years younger?

Antioxidant-rich skincare. Also, stay away from hard lines on the face, such as heavy eyeliner, strong blush application, overdrawn lipliners, or the wrong color of concealer. All of theses things will draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles. Muted color and softer application will make the face look smoother.

What is your favorite quote about staying young?

“It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” -Dolly Parton

What do you think is the secret for looking great at any age?
Age is just a number and your state of mind is key. If you are truly happy with who you are as a person, that youthful spirit will shine through.

What are three activities people can do to stay young?

(1) Live a healthy lifestyle (2)  Do something you love to do (3) Be present in your life, stop stressing and appreciate everything you have.

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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month

It seems we are constantly inundated with new information on ways to nourish our bodies. I recently discovered help where I need it most: my kitchen. Pantry TakeOver, the brainchild of local wellness educator Janell Sycks, provides personalized consultations to help you achieve your specific health goals.

The process starts with an in-depth review of your current diet. Then, she examines your pantry and replaces unhealthy foods with the items needed to achieve your goals. Janell will teach you which brands are generally best, where to buy them affordably, and how to prepare healthy meals. Start with these small changes, and get ready for big results.

For more information on Jessica Dauler, visit

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Whether you’re racing or walking, make sure to stop by the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo to make sure you are as prepared as possible for the race.

Over the course of July 2nd and 3rd, seminars in the Georgia World Congress Center will answer all your pressing questions about running. Does stretching help prevent injury? What about pre-race nutrition? How do I recover from a race? What is “dead butt syndrome”? Okay, maybe you’ve never wondered about that last one; regardless, you’ll find the answers at this year’s Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo.

You can even learn what to expect from the race from Olympian Jeff Galloway, who has not only won the Peachtree Road Race in the past but has run over 175 marathons in his lifetime. Even if you aren’t running in the race this year, come out to the expo and take advantage of all the free information. It might just be the motivation you need to start training and qualify for the 2014 Peachtree Road Race.

The Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, Exhibit Hall A2, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., Atlanta, GA.

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Looking for a one-stop shop to meet all your beauty needs? Check out newly opened Atlanta spa, salon, and fitness boutique Cheeky Lifestyle. Owners Hani Levy and Carlee Kernes are a trainer and an esthetician, respectively, who provide an array of feel-good salon services such as eyelash extensions and hair cuts, as well as spa services like facials, massage therapy, and more. Get your blood pumping at their boot camp or try one-on-one fitness training. For you especially cheeky workout women, Cheeky offers fun fitness classes like pole dancing! Stop in and have all your beauty and fitness needs met right here at Cheeky Lifestyle.

Details: 281 W. Wieuca Road, Atlanta, GA,

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Each month, Best Self Publisher Sherri Adair shares her favorite places, people and events from around Atlanta. Here are her picks for the month of July:

Dora Rae Boutique
This great clothing store is tucked away off of Roswell Road, but it’s worth searching out. With the perfect blend of trendy, unique finds and classic, timeless options, Dora Rae will have you out the door in no time, wearing your new favorite outfit. Great jewelry and accessories too! I love everything in this store.
Details: 5299 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, (404) 943-1221,

Fiore Rx
The Fiore RX product line includes an antifungal toenail polish and antifungal fingernail polish for men that combines both beauty and protection against nail fungus. Developed by podiatrists, Fiore RX’s FDA registered formula includes active ingredients like Undecylenic Acid and Propolis. This is a great product!

Ergo One-Touch Salad Spinner

This battery-operated salad spinner only takes one touch to operate, making it easy to throw together a healthy salad. It holds four quarts so there’s no excuse not to eat plenty of greens. This was one of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts. $29.99

If you need a fresh way to enhance your business’s presence at events, Promo-Photo is the way to go. They set up a photo booth at our Over 40 & Fabulous! event and it was a blast! Plus they can customize the photos for your special event.

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Buying from these businesses also means you are giving back to the community

BLASTBenefit Classes
While breaking a sweat at BLAST900 Buckhead during the month of June, you’ll also be supporting a non-profit! BLAST900 is partnering with a different charity each month. These classes are $20, with 50% of the proceeds going to further benefit the charity. – Check back for the next class in July.

For Babies, With Love
Cradle & Thread, an Atlanta-based baby apparel line launched by husband and wife team Jarrett  and Christina Helms,  is making sure that clean, comfy clothing is available to all children in need. Under its Giving Sewn In program, a box of clothes, or a ThreadBox, will be donated to an impoverished mother for every $100 dollars of merchandise sold. Each purchase compounds so every dollar counts and contributes to a ThreadBox.

Cobbie Cares
When Betty Hulse’s husband, Billy was treated and cared for at the Shepherd Center hospital for a spinal cord injury in 2009, Betty decided to show her gratitude in a unique way.  She made and bottled her mother-in-law’s special barbecue sauce, called Cobbie’s Sauce, and gave the bottles to the hospital staff. Today she continues to make the all-natural barbecue sauce using the 60-year-old family recipe and share the proceeds with the Shepherd Center. Cobbie’s Sauce is available at Whole Foods Markets for $8.95.

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Rhinoplasty: Q&A with Mike Majmundar, MD

Q. Can I have a celebrity nose?
A: Remember that your nose needs to look good in the context of your face. In order to have a similar outcome as someone else’s nose, the facial features and skin type have to be similar, which isn’t usually the case.

Q: What type of changes can I undergo?
A: It comes down to age, type of nose, skin type, ethnic background, previous history of nasal surgery and medical history. It’s best to find a board-certified plastic surgeon who can give you all of your options.

Q: What is the cost?
A: The cost varies based on the surgeon’s experience, credentials, and the amount of work needed. Don’t bargain shop for this procedure—it costs more to have a revision than it does to have it done right the first time.

Q: How do I find a good surgeon?
A: Make certain that your board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializes in rhinoplasties. Choose a surgeon who is personable, approachable and will listen if you should have concerns later.

—Courtesy of Mike Majmundar, MD, Northside Facial Cosmetic Surgery,


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On Thursday, June 27th, High Country Outfitters is hosting a Ladies Night Luau, complete with grass skirts, island themed drinks and a summer fashion show. There’s no better way to have some summertime fun than by celebrating with your girls, Hawaii-style!

This fun Atlanta event will also include door prizes and giveaways from some of High Country Outfitters’ favorite brands, like PATAGONIA, Prana, Olukai, PISTIL and more. Hawaiian hors d’oeuvres and other delicious food will be provided through Fresh Harvest from regional organic farmers.

And did we mention that it’s a free event, too, and open to all ages of girls? So grab your friends, your sisters, and your moms, and head over to High Country Outfitters for what promises to be an awesome night. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Details: 3906-B Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA, (404) 814-0999

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