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 December:

Wild by Cheryl Strayed“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed

I got this book last Christmas from my dear friend and business associate, Patti. For that friend or family member with a bohemian spirit or love of the outdoors, this is a great holiday gift. I really enjoyed this well-written story of personal survival. It made me laugh and cry…loved it!

Columbia Packed Out Omni-Heat Shoes

These shoes are great around-the-house/take-the-dog-out slipper shoes. They are totally comfy but durable enough to wear outdoors, featuring all-terrain rubber sole combined with cozy insulation for warmth. $55

Details: High Country Outfitters, Buckhead, www.highcountryoutfitters.com

KIND barsKIND bars

With over 22 different bars made from all-natural whole nuts, fruits and whole grains, it’s hard to pick a favorite. These delicious snack bars are gluten free, sugar free, non-GMO, and there are even peanut-free options available.

Details: Whole Foods, www.kindsnacks.com

Nicobella Organics

This company makes vegan, organic dark chocolate truffles from Fair Trade cacao. It’s about as guilt-free and delicious as chocolate can get! They also donate five percent of their sales to non-profits like Noah’s Ark, Mercy for Animals and The Humane Society. $5.95

Details: Savi Market, www.nicobellaorganics.com

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Royal Black Quinoa from Alter Eco FoodsQuinoa, a small grain, is a great substitute for traditional pastas because it’s a complete protein. If you want to try adding this ingredient to your next meal, organic Royal Black Quinoa is a tasty mix. This type of quinoa has fluffier, larger-than-normal seeds, so in centuries past it was reserved for the royals’ plates. These days, it’s responsibly sourced from Bolivia so that you too can eat like a king! $9.99 for a 14 oz. pouch.

Details: www.alterecofoods.com, www.wholefoodsmarket.com

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Winter cooking class at Souper JennyIf you’ve ever wanted to tap into the secrets of a great bowl of soup, then Souper Jenny‘s winter cooking class is the place to go. “The secrets to great soup are lots of love and seasonal ingredients,” explains Chef Jessica, who teaches the classes. She has been cooking at Souper Jenny since 2010 and knows a thing or two about making amazing soup. “Sourcing fresh, local or organic ingredients will have you setting yourself up for success.”

Winter cooking class at Souper JennyShe also believes that when using seasonal vegetables, you are starting with a product that is at the height of its flavor. “It really means less work for you. There’s not much you have to do to a beautiful winter squash right now. A little salt and pepper, onions, maybe some garlic, stock, squash and puree.” Chef Jessica says she likes to teach healthy cooking styles and tap into recipes that are user-friendly. “Incorporating fresh herbs, spices, citrus juices, and of course seasonal ingredients, helps keep calories and fat down while making a delicious end result,” she explains.

On December 10, learn all about the ins and outs of creating a hearty winter stew. First timers can expect to have a good time while also getting some helpful insider tips. “The class is demonstration style, and there is a tasting at the end,” she says. “I try to do five recipes in two hours! It’s a lot but makes for a great class.” The class is $40 per person and are held at Souper Jenny in Buckhead at 7 p.m. Reservations are required.

Details: 56 E. Andrews Drive NW, Atlanta, GA, (404) 237-7687

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Dr. Anita Cone-Sullivan from Resurgens Spine Center answers a reader’s question about recovering from spinal surgery.

Dr. Anita Cone-Sullivan from Resurgens Spine CenterQ: I am having spinal surgery and I’m worried about the recovery time. Are there any short cuts to getting back on my feet?

A: Generally speaking, spinal surgeries vary in recovery time. The keys to a speedy recovery are following your physician’s orders during the post-op period and participating in a rehabilitation program tailored to your specific needs. If you try to take short cuts to getting back on your feet sooner than advised, you may find it to be detrimental in the short and long term, and it could potentially negate the positive effects from the surgery.

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Sleep Number Dual Temp layerInstead of cranking up the thermostat and wasting money on your power or gas bill, try the new DualTemp bedding layer from Sleep Number. Just like customizing the firmness of your mattress, DualTemp allows you to customize the temperature of your bedding without disturbing your partner. It’s a breathable material so it’s more comfortable than piling on extra blankets, and you can set it for automatic shut-off for safety purposes. Go ahead – get cozy!

Details: 3435 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, GA (404) 467-2454, www.sleepnumber.com

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Global Winter Wonderland AtlantaRunning from November 21 to January 5, Global Winter Wonderland makes its debut in Atlanta. This exciting event lets guests travel the world by seeing larger-than-life lantern designs of famous world landmarks like the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge. In addition to these eco-friendly lantern displays (many of which are powered by solar panels), the festival includes carnival rides, games, arts, crafts and international cuisine. Come out to celebrate the holiday traditions of the world’s many and varied cultures. Tickets are $16.99 for children and $24.99 for adults. Season passes available.

Details: Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA, www.globalwonderland.com

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Ashley Wolfe from Taylor Brooks Hair Salon gives advice on how to keep your hair looking its best this holiday season.

Ashley Wolfe from Taylor Brooks SalonQ: What is one way to keep hair looking its best for the upcoming holiday season?

A: Try to replenish your dehydrated for a Redken Chemistry Treatment. This deep conditioning treatment will rejuvenate your hair and prepare it for the holidays.

Q: What is a ‘hair don’t'?

A: Don’t forget to use the correct heat protecting products when using hot tools (curling irons, flat irons, etc.) to create your glamorous holiday style.

Q: If you want to make a big change for the holidays, what would you recommend?

A: Try enhancing your color with a Redken Shades EQ gloss. Rich, warm tones will add a luxurious shine to your hair and a beautiful glow to your skin to prepare you for the hustle and bustle of the upcoming season.

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

A: Pureology’s Colour Fanatic Leave-in Beautifier. This amazing new product will prime, protect, and perfect your hair for a shiny new year.

Q: Favorite style for the season?

A: An elegant and soft style. Soft, loose waves can keep the hair simple yet classy. Add a fashionable headband or hair clip to spice up your holiday style.

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Henna K. Pearl, MD, FAAD, from The Georgia Dermatology Center, answers a reader’s question about rosacea.

Dr. Henna K. Pearl from Georgia Dermatology CenterQ: I think I might have rosacea on my face. How do I know if this is rosacea or acne?

A: Rosacea can have a varied presentation depending on your skin type. However, with rosacea there are some common symptoms such as increased facial redness, red bumps or increased tiny red vessels. Other symptoms may include skin sensitivity and irritation, thickening of skin, and irritated eyes. There can be instances where a patient may have both acne and rosacea, but typically acne bumps include whiteheads and blackheads.

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



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Atlanta BeltlineThe Atlanta BeltLine Partnership announces the launch of free, fun fitness activities at the parks and trails around the Atlanta BeltLine. The City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, Park Pride and other health-focused organizations have teamed up to get Atlantans of all ages, races and fitness levels into healthy, active habits.

There are a variety of activities offered, a few of which are happening tomorrow morning!

Introduction to FitWit at Gordon White Park
What: 60 minute workout for all fitness levels combining equipment and natural landscapes.
When: Saturday, November 16 at 11 a.m.
Where: Gordon White Park – 1200 White St., Atlanta, GA
Cost: FREE

Aerobics at Boulevard Crossing Park
What: Energizing 60 minute workout for all ages.
When: Saturdays in November at 9 a.m.
Where: Boulevard Crossing Park (Lower Field Pavilion) – 500 Englewood Ave., Atlanta, GA
Cost: FREE

Aerobics at Historic Fourth Ward Park
What: Energizing 60 minute workout for all ages.
When: Tuesdays in November at 6 p.m.
Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park, by the lake – 680 Dallas St., Atlanta, GA
Cost: FREE

For more information, go to www.beltline.org/events

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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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