Halo Top Ice Cream - BSA 0916

How many times have you wanted something sweet, like ice cream, but felt that wasn’t a possibility while trying to eat healthy? Well meet my new favorite treat—Halo Top Ice Cream. All the goodness from your favorite childhood (or adult) treat, without the guilt. Sweetened primarily with stevia, Halo tastes just like regular ice cream but in a low-calorie, high-protein, low-sugar version. A pint ranges from 240-280 calories and can be found in your local grocery store. Feel free to try all the flavors and find your personal favorite.

Details: halotop.com

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Dr. Dana NeacsuIntegrative medicine emphasizes personal empowerment to choose a healthy lifestyle that can help prevent cancer from occurring, support the body through the treatment or prevent recurrence. Many factors may not be in our control but certain lifestyle choices are.

1. During cancer treatment, food should not only support the body but also minimize the adverse reactions and even possibly potentiate the treatment effects. Eat a plant-based diet rich in cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage), avoid trans fats and increase the amount of omega-3 fatty acids (fish, flaxseed, walnuts). Avoid sugar and processed foods. Buy organic as much as possible. One great website to check for information is Environmental Working Group for their extensive database including food, safe cosmetics or cleaning products to name a few. Drink 2-3 cups green tea a day and don’t forget your water. Incorporate mushrooms in your diet, particularly the medicinal varieties such as maitake, reishi, shiitake ; some may be  as supplements.

2. Use dietary supplements cautiously and always check with your health care practitioner, some of the most common supplements used are aloe vera, vitamin D products, melatonin for sleep, milk thistle for liver protection.

3. Consider testing for intracellular nutrient deficiencies and replenish accordingly to make sure your body has enough resources to detox and heal.

4. Exercise! Combine aerobic activity, such as walking, with strength training and also consider more meditative movement like yoga or tai chi. Many studies actually show improved strength, immunity, well-being and survival rates.

5. Try alternative treatments for the various chemo adverse reactions: acupuncture is great for fatigue, nausea, postmenopausal symptoms, pain or lymphedema. Massage therapy is great for anxiety, insomnia or pain; look for a massage therapist who is trained to work with cancer patients. Any form of stress reduction therapies also help: meditation, art therapy, music, mindfulness-based stress reduction.

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When it comes to the versatility of pasta, the possibilities are endless with options available for even limited diets. Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards Executive Chef Savannah Haseler puts a healthy spin on pub food, including this vegan recipe for pasta dough. The restaurant uses this as the base for its Vegan Tagliatelle Pasta dish adding marinated heirloom tomatoes, vegan cheese, arugula and smoked lemon oil for a tasty plate of buon cibo.

Twain's Brewpub - BSA 0916


4 cups semolina flour

1 1/2 cups white whole wheat OR
whole wheat pastry flour

1 Tbsp salt

1 1/2 cups water at room

2 Tbsp minced parsley

1 Tbsp minced tarragon

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp minced oregano


Blend flours in food processor. Add minced herbs. With food processor running, add water slowly until dough is malleable and slightly sticky. Rest dough for at least 10 minutes before rolling.

Details: twains.net

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Little Barn Apothecary - BSA 0916

Known for its sleek, modern style and organically based ingredient list, popular local skincare brand Little Barn Apothecary has found a new home in Westside Provisions District. The brand’s flagship shop, Little Barn Apothecary & Co., will carry signature products and a rotating selection of specialty seasonal items.

Details: 1198 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Ste. OL1, Atlanta, Georgia, 30318; littlebarnapothecary.com

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Cupping - BSA 0916

At the Rio Olympics, several U.S. athletes sported the distinctive round mark of an alternative pain management treatment called “cupping.” Cups placed on the body are then heated or pumped with air to create a vacuum that pulls the skin into the cup. “The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deeper relaxation to move throughout the entire body,” says Beth O’Connor esthetician and massage therapist at CentreSpringMD + Spa Brookhaven. If you’re ready to brave the bruises, this treatment might be for you.

Details: 1401 Dresden Dr., Atlanta, GA 30319; centrespringmd.com/spa

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Amber Barry - BSA 0916

Let National Yoga Awareness Month inspire you to roll out the mat. Westside Yoga owner Amber Barry shares the health benefits behind one of her favorite poses, the Crescent. “This variation on Warrior I is excellent for strengthening the legs and opening the shoulders.  A focused gaze (drishti) can help reduce stress and quiet the mind. Keep the eyes steady, and breathe through the nose as you hold the pose for 10-20 full breaths.” Learn more about the benefits of yoga and add a new routine to your practice with a visit to her studio.

Details: 1891 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA 30318;

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Sarah Esther & Cassandra Young Photography - Berts Big Adventure - BSA 0916

Dreams really do come true when Bert’s Big Adventure waves a wand. The Atlanta-based nonprofit provides chronically/terminally ill children and their families magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day trips to Walt Disney World®—and the application/nomination process is now open for 2017 families. If your family or a family you know are facing financial struggles on top of caring for an ill child between the ages of 5-12, fill out an online application today for the chance to experience the trip of a lifetime. Applications close October 13.

Details: bertsbigadventure.org 

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Cabaret - Kellie Rehn - BSA 0916

From stunning magic tricks to love stories as classic as they are heart-wrenching, the 2016-2017 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta season offers a little something for every live-theater lover. Preparing the season takes extensive planning explains Russ Belin, vice president of Broadway in Atlanta. “We’ll start 18-24 months [in advance] looking at titles that are pre-Broadway. We really do think about what Atlanta wants,” says Belin. “I think Atlantans have come a long way on educating themselves on what’s hot on Broadway, and letting us know what they want and then supporting it when it comes here.”  The final selections are determined by the balance of tour schedule, Fox Theatre availability and seasonal timing. Each show only makes an appearance in Atlanta for a brief period, so check out the schedule and reserve your tickets soon!

Details: atlanta.broadway.com

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One of the first fitness apps of its kind, ACTIVEx allows users to create their own activity groups, called “packs.” Members in the pack can organize training events, post articles and share tips. The app also includes a variety of Tabata-style workout plans with expert guidance for users. And for every in-app purchase the ACTIVE Network donates a percentage of profits to KIDS in the GAME, a nonprofit that encourages underprivileged children to lead more active lifestyles.

Details: activexapp.com

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Alexandra Lampert - BSA 0916They’ve brought nutritious, sustainable food to area neighborhoods, now the Community Farmers Markets (CFM) are bringing creative recipes into your kitchen. Farmers, vendors, market supporters and chefs like Jarrett Stieber of Eat Me Speak Me and Miles Macquarrie of Kimball House, along with growers including Riverview Farms, Mayflower Farms and Rag & Frass Farm have all contributed recipes to Summer: A Community Farmers Markets Cookbook, the second release from CFM’s new community cookbook series. Once you’ve cooked your way through Summer, sit tight for Fall and Winter.

Details: $12; Cover Books, 1031 Marietta St., Atlanta, GA 30318; A Cappella Books, 208 Haralson Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

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