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Beginning on March 11, Oprah’s Lifeclass and The Chopra Center will present a 21-day meditation challenge. Sign up online for free and get ready to begin a challenge that is sure to end in wellness of the mind, body and spirit.

When you sign up for Oprah’s Lifeclass and The Chopra Center 21-Day Meditation Challenge you’ll receive daily guided meditations by Deepak Chopra, an online journal to add your personal notes and responses, inspirational messages, images and more.

Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge—Perfect Health will start on Monday, March 11, and the best part is it’s free to participate, all you have to do is log onto the program.

Once the challenge begins, you will receive daily e-mails which will have a link to log into the program. For more information visit

Best Self’s staff will be starting this challenge with you – so make sure to like us on facebook and let us know how your journey with Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge is going!

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Sautéed American Red Snapper with Succotash This red snapper recipe, courtesy of Olmsted restaurant, is not only delicious, but fun to make. Olmsted’s Executive Chef, Bernie McDonough is also making healthy eating easy this year with his monthly chef series cooking classes. Individual classes are $75 and reservations required, (404) 443-8431


  • 4 pieces of 8 oz. red snapper filets
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sauté the snapper over medium heat in olive oil in a heavy skillet for 3-4 minutes. Flip fish and place in oven for an additional 4-8 minutes, depending on size of filet.

Succotash Ingredients:

  • 4 ears local corn (shucked and taken off of the cob)
  • ½ red onion (diced)
  • ½ red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 cup French green beans (blanched, cooled and chopped into 1” segments)
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 12 baby golden beets (roasted, peeled and quartered)
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • 2 tbsp. good quality sweet cream butter (olive oil can be substituted)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Method: In a large deep skillet, sautée the peppers and onions with ½ of the butter over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add corn and remaining butter and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring constantly. Toss in beets and beans and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, toss, and serve.

Serves: 4

—Recipe courtesy of Olmsted Restaurant

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King-Keith House bed and breakfastLooking for a cozy escape in the heart of Atlanta? Look no further than the historic King-Keith House bed and breakfast.
This colorful house offers a homey stay surrounded by elegant antiques and amenities for a cozy experience. There is even a separate cottage on the back of the property for more privacy. Rooms and suites start at $130.

889 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 688-7330,

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Diva Dash AtlantaGrab some of your best girlfriends and head out to Diva Dash on Feb 23! This women’s adventure run takes participants through a 5K full of obstacles sure to challenge your balance, endurance and speed.

You’ll be jumping, swinging and climbing your way to the finish line. The race starts at 9 a.m. and the after party will end at 2 p.m.

For more information visit

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Grab your recipe books and head over to the Atlanta History Center on Feb. 19 to join Bobby Deen at a discussion and book signing for his new cookbook, “From Mama’s Table to Mine.” He took some time out to speak with Best Self about the new book and his favorite recipe.

Why did you decide to remake your mother’s recipes into healthier foods?
I like to live a healthy lifestyle. I love to run, lift, and be really active.  Lightening up these recipes was a natural thing for me to do, because I can still enjoy all the southern food I love, but I’m staying healthy.

What is the most challenging aspect about hosting your own cooking show? The most fun? It’s not challenging! I’m fortunate enough to be doing what I love doing.  If I had to pick a challenge I would say I’m naturally a little bit shy.  The most fun? All of it. I love everyone I work with. The show is unscripted, and we just stand around and laugh all day.  I’m really lucky. 

What is your favorite dish to cook for friends and family?
Low-Country Boil.  I love it because it’s communal.  Everyone gathers around the table and eats together.  Visually, it’s a beautiful dish too.  And fresh seafood is available in Savannah all year around which helps. And it’s so simple to cook!

What is the best piece of advice that you received about cooking and who was it from?
When my mom was teaching me how to cook, she told me that the first time I make something, go with exactly what the recipe says.  After that, change it up! There are no rules when it comes to cooking.

About the event:
On Feb. 19 at 7p.m., Bobby will take part in a discussion moderated by food stylist and photographer Angie Mosier, with a book signing to follow. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by going to the Atlanta History Center website, 



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Looking to meet new people? Then come out to The Mix, a social gathering hosted by Now Elite Productions on Feb. 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy this opportunity to mingle with local business leaders, meet new clients or make new friends. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Taylor Brawner Hall, 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, GA, (404) 229-5528,

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By Iman Naim

Students can show their city pride by participating in the “My Atlanta”  Poetry Slam Contest. High school students within 75 miles of Phillips Arena can share the places, people, and experiences that make Atlanta special to them in a poem that is 200 or less words or a video recording that is 90 or less seconds.

The poems and videos with a “My Atlanta” theme will be judged by a panel including the Hawks’ guard Lou Williams and AJC reporter Devika Rao.

The submissions are due by Feb. 15 and top 15 finalists will be announced on Feb. 25. After a poetry workshop on March 9, the finalists will perform their piece on March 21.

The top three finalists will win prizes such as Hawks signed merchandise, Hawks tickets, and electronics.

For more information or to submit work, visit

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By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

Whether you’re single and solo, in a relationship, join John Wood, author of “Creating Room to Read: A Story for Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy,” at the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum (441 Freedom Pkwy., Atlanta, GA) for the Creating Room to Read book signing and reading. On Thursday, Feb. 14 from 7-9 p.m., Wood will discuss his extraordinary story of turning his world-renowned nonprofit organization Room to Create into a global success in spite of all odds.

There is no better gift of love than the continuous gift of knowledge. On Valentine’s Day you can interact with John Wood, a former Microsoft executive, at the Creating Room to Read book signing and reading and discuss how he succeeded in globally expanding his organization and raised money in a damaged economy. Room to Create builds libraries and schools across the globe and publishes books for children who have no books in their native language. This year, rejoice in what really matters — the love of learning, knowledge and giving.

For more information, contact (404) 865-7100, or visit and

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Put on your dancing shoes and head out to One Billion Rising Atlanta event on Feb 14. This flash mob will take to the streets in peaceful protest of  the rape and abuse of women.

Dance down Peachtree Street and into Piedmont Park. This campaign, launched early in 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women will be abused in her lifetime.

At 10 a.m. there will be a gathering at Georgia Capitol with speakers, music and more, and at noon the flash mob starts in Woodruff Park.

(404) 375-3493, email:,

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1. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eat fruits and veggies high in antioxidants including oranges, asparagus, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and papaya for the most benefit. In addition to functioning as antioxidants, fruits and vegetables also contain lots of fiber. Fiber binds to estrogen in the digestive tract so that levels in the blood are reduced.

2. Exercise regularly. Research shows that exercise will lower the levels of estrogen produced by the body, thereby reducing the risk of breast cancer.

3. Reduce fat. Some research indicates that a low-fat diet helps prevent breast cancer. Avoid saturated fat found in meat, butter or ghee, foods that contain full-cream milk (whole-milk dairy foods) and fatty acids in margarine.

4. Do not overcook meats. When meats are cooked or baked, they produce carcinogenic compounds. The longer they are cooked, the more the compound is formed. Do not char meats, as the compounds become more harmful.

5. Take antioxidant supplements. Use supplements such as vitamins C, E, and B-complex as well as minerals that have been proven effective in the natural prevention of breast cancer. Chia seeds are shown to add omega 3 and 6 and are a great source in controlling blood sugar levels. Also add herbs such as haldi (turmeric) to purify blood.

-Courtesy of Dr. Saira Gillani, ND, CTN, MBA, Natural Health Atlanta

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