Natalie Elliott, Atlanta sex therapistNatalie Elliott, an Atlanta sex therapist, offers her advice on embracing and improving your sexual self.

When we talk about being our best selves, sometimes our sexuality is not considered in the self-improvement plan, but becoming your best sexual self is a goal worth striving for. Many have found that when they take the time to focus on improving their sexual selves, they gain confidence as well as self-esteem, which enhances other parts of their life as well. Here are five tips to help you become your best sexual self.

  1. Embrace sexuality. Sometimes due to upbringing (especially here in the South), some people feel embarrassed by sexual issues and sexuality. The first step to becoming your best sexual self is to acknowledge that you would like to be a better sexual individual and partner. This can simply be accomplished with a self-declaration to work on enhancing your sexual knowledge and skill.
  2. Educate yourself. Sex is a skill that is learned over time. There are many books, tapes and CDs that can help you develop this pleasurable skill set. Work on honing your skills.
  3. Explore old issues. Sometimes people don’t move forward on their sexual journey due to a negative past sexual experience. Don’t allow your past to dictate your future, especially in sexual matters. Sex can be fun. Sex can be healing. Sex can add value to all aspects of your life by decreasing stress and increasing happiness. If the past is keeping you from enjoying this part of life, explore it and do the work to fix it.
  4. Expect to have a great sex life. Expectation of greatness will change the way you approach sexual experiences, which in turn will change the way you experience sex. Try it. Great sex is waiting for you.
  5. Seek help if needed. There are some who have extenuating circumstances regarding sex such as painful sex, trust issues in a relationship or sexual dysfunction. Don’t suffer alone, and don’t go quietly into the darkness of a sexless life. Fight to be the best sexual person you can be! This may involve talking with your doctor or seeing a sex therapist. Talking to someone about your sexual functioning can be intimidating and even embarrassing, but the rewards can last a lifetime.

The sexual self is a viable part of the total human being. Many people underestimate the need to work on the sexual self as part of developing the whole person, but sex has a laundry list of benefits that impact the physical, emotional and even spiritual being. Start working on your sexual self today.


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On November 3, the 13th annual Afternoon in the Country will bring chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants alongside local farmers to provide delicious tastings of food, wines and microbrews. The event takes place in the gardens surrounding the Inn at Serenbe and will also include live music, a cake raffle, hayrides and a silent auction. A portion of ticket sales benefits Georgia Organics and Wholesome Wave. If you miss out this year, make sure you save the 2014 date: Sunday, November 9, 2014.

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Jason Morris, DPM, FACAS, from Primera Podiatry, Laser & Foot Spa answers a reader’s question about avoiding nail fungus.

Dr. Jason Morris from Primery PodiatryQ: How can I avoid embarrassing nail fungus?

A: With more people getting pedicures and being exposed to damp, sweaty environments where nail fungus (onychomycosis) proliferates, prevention is key. Nail fungus has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., and I warn my patients that they need to protect their feet with diligence. Using an FDA-registered dual active antifungal/antibacterial nail polish can be an affordable insurance policy against nail fungus.

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Dr. Ken Anderson from The Anderson Hair Sciences Center answers a reader’s question about natural-looking hair restoration.

Dr. Ken Anderson from The Anderson Hair Sciences CenterQ: I’m balding and I want my hair back. Is a natural look possible? What are my options?

A: The only way to permanently restore lost hair is through a surgical procedure called hair transplantation. The procedure is done in the office and involves minimal discomfort and downtime. Hair transplantation is a single-follicle-at-a-time procedure, and a new method called Follicular Unit Extraction now makes it possible to transplant the hair without using scalpels, stitches, or leaving a linear scar. Today, it is possible to restore hair in a completely natural manner, such that the hair appears as if it has always been there and not like a surgeon has replaced it surgically.

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BITE Beauty lip gloss from SephoraUsing the nourishing properties of fruits like strawberry, black currant, raspberry, coconut, mango and apricot, BITE Beauty’s Lush Fruit Lip Gloss is like a fruit smoothie for your lips. Rich in antioxidants, nutrients, fruit extracts and seed oils, these glosses are 99 percent natural, gluten-free and contain a dose of phytonutrients and essential fatty acids for an instant boost to the lips. $22

Details: Your local Sephora store

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Dr. Curt Misko from Cherokee Women’s Health gives his advice about how to get rid of guilt.

Dr. Curt Misko from Cherokee Women's HealthQ: What do we need to recognize about guilt?

A: Guilt is a “hard wired” as well as a learned protective mechanism to help us recognize an action that will eventually harm us.

Q: What is a positive affirmation someone can use to help deal with guilt?

A: Prayer is a fabulous way to help deal with guilt. Developing self-discipline and control is best. Seeking help with the appropriate counselor is key.

Q: Are feelings of guilt associated with health ailments?

A: Yes, most definitely. This depends on what action precipitates the guilty feeling. Common guilt-causing actions include overeating, not exercising, illegal drug use and alcohol abuse, and they all have associated health ailments

Q: What are the negative side effects of guilt?

A: Feeling guilty can precipitate a stress reaction, and a prolonged stress reaction can lead to clinical depression.

Q: Who can you talk to about guilt?

A: If your guilt is health-related, talk to your doctor to help you make a positive change in your life. It really can be a matter of life or death.

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Get the brows you want!This month’s Best Beauty focuses on the many options Atlanta offers for shaping your eyebrows other than at-home tweezing.


Sweeten your brow-shaping experience with sugar. Typically, the hair is removed by a room temperature mixture of sugar, lemon juice and water. For those with sensitive skin, this is a good option thanks to the natural ingredients.

Where to go: Lavender Beauty & Sugaring Bar, Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio, Defined Sugaring Studio


This traditionally Middle Eastern technique uses cotton thread to remove several hairs at a time, and is said to be less painful than tweezing.

Where to go: Miracle Beauty Salon

Brow Rehab

If you tried to shape your brows at home but got a little tweezer-happy, then seek professional help. They can guide your brows into a natural shape that complements your face, even if you’ve been over-plucking.

Where to go: Take an Image Journey at Authentic Beauty


For a line that stays put, permanent makeup is the way to go. This cosmetic procedure uses tattoo-like technology to apply permanent color to the brows by using pigment injections placed into the upper layers of the skin.

Where to go: Aya Medical Spa



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Taste of Atlanta 2013Back for its 12th year, Taste of Atlanta will be showcasing brand new events over the weekend of October 25. Its Friday night kickoff party will place JCT Kitchen, The Optimist, No. 246, King + Duke, One Eared Stag, Rosebud, Gunshow and Rathbun’s together for the “Taste Revival – Local Chefs, Smokin’ Jams.” There will also be kitchen workshops with Holly Firfer as well as a Family Food Zone featuring healthy treats for kids. Located in Midtown at Tech Square, the festival will run October 25 through October 27 and will also showcase fare from local restaurants, chef demonstrations, specialty food and beverage tents and more. General admission is $30 in advance and $40 at the event.


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Valerie Cobbin from Brighter Tomorrow Hypnotherapy is here to give you her best advice on dealing with guilt.

Valerie Cobbin, Brighter Tomorrow HypnotherapyQ: Are certain personalities more prone to feelings of guilt?

A: Anyone is susceptible to feelings of guilt. However, those who are analytical in their thinking are most susceptible to guilt because they tend to overanalyze events in their mind and replay them again and again.

Q: What do we need to recognize about guilt?

A: Guilt is a useless emotion. It serves no positive purpose because you cannot change the past. When you beat yourself up about the past, it affects the subconscious mind and leads to anxiety and depression.

Q: Are feelings of guilt associated with health ailments?

A: The subconscious mind directly affects the health of the body. Negative emotions such as guilt create negative energy in the subconcious mind, which can negatively program our bodies to develop diseases.

Q: What are the negative side effects of guilt?

A: Feeling guilty programs the subconscious mind to “act out” negatively, causing problems such as sadness, anxiety and depression.

Q: What is the best way to get rid of guilt?

A: Always remember that to err is human and that the Creator knows your deepest intentions. You can move past guilt by not allowing your mind to replay negative events and focusing on positive thoughts.

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Sami Khan, MD, from Resurgens Orthopaedics answers a reader’s question about shoulder injuries in young athletes.

Sami Khan, MD, from Resurgens Orthopaedics

Q: My son is a pitcher for his high school’s baseball team, and he also plays on a summer travel and a fall team. I am concerned about shoulder injuries he may develop from so much activity. What can we do to keep my son’s shoulder in good condition?

A: Shoulder injuries in young athletes are from overuse. Families and coaches must keep a total pitch count to monitor the number of throws per game. Pitchers should also do a home exercise program to strengthen the rotator cuff. Lastly, it is important to work with the coaching staff to ensure that your son has proper throwing mechanics, including throwing over the top instead of “side arming.”

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