Fitness expert Madison James shares her healthy lifestyle on the go pick of the month.

Hey ladies! Who’s a fan of burning calories, while going about your everyday life? I know I’m a fan! My go to secret is…my weight vest.  I often get emails and inquires about my what I’m wearing on social media. I love to put on my weight vest to while training, walking the dogs, even running errands on the weekend. Adding the weight vest allows me to add resistance training to regular everyday task.  I stumble on the sleek weight vest while shopping in Walmart a few years back. Unlike other weight vest on the market, this one is very sleek and not bulking while still packing 12-15lbs. This is great for the moderate to advance fitness levels. The Tone Fitness Vest is just under 40 bucks and you can find it at Walmart.


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Amp your skin’s essence! Atlanta-based Bebe & Bella’s Facial Essence Stick is the perfect pick-me-up for the woman on the go.  Just pop it in your purse and apply to the area around your eyes, mouth and frown lines for an instant lift.  Packed full of skin-nourishing probiotics, it immediately absorbs into your skin (even over makeup!) without smudging or leaving a greasy residue.

The Facial Essence Stick also hydrates, exfoliates, and evens out skin tone – letting you keep the laughter without the lines!

Details: Essence Stick $65

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Get up bright and early this Thanksgiving with thousands of other runners at Turner Field for the Atlanta Track Club’s turkey trot. Whether you’re a first time runner or an experienced racer this race features something for you, including a 50m dash, a one-miler, a 5K and a half marathon. Bring the whole family and give thanks for your health and fitness this year before the big dinner. Make the holidays warmer for the less fortunate by bring along a few extra clothes for the Atlanta Mission clothes drive.

Details: 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta, GA,

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Just can’t cool off? Check out this new product, Brrr!, it’s the “cool”est launch in women’s ready-to-wear and accessories. Brrr! is an Atlanta-based, female-owned fashion-technology company with a new cool-touch fabric made with secret ingredients.

It’s moisture wicking, super soft, offers SPF protection and is permanently cooling. Perfect for anyone who is always hot, going through menopause, for travel, or just wants to stay cool. The Coolwrap looks like a scarf and can be worn numerous ways or choose other products that include tops, dresses, and pants with more items for children and home launching this later this year. Prices start at $78. Available exclusively at Neiman Marcus.

Details: 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, Ga. in Lenox Square Mall.

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Debra McIntyre ND, of Vitality Project, shares her best advice for integrative health and children.

Can Integrative Health techniques help children, too?

The situation regarding children’s health in the U.S. is grim. (Hang with me, there’s good news at the end.)

In 2005, the NIH (National Institute of Health) stated that this generation of children is predicted to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

A 2009 study by the Environmental Working Group found that the average baby in the U.S. has over 200 measurable toxins in their blood at birth — plastics, pesticides, flame retardants, heavy metals and others. No wonder our children struggle to be healthy without medications!

An integrative approach addresses these underlying causes of poor health. The good news? Because children build new cells so quickly as they grow, they typically respond beautifully to nutritional and detoxification programs!

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Tai Chi

By Alexandra McCray

I’ll be honest.

Used to be –  when I heard the words “Tai Chi” – I’d have visions of slow-moving people in a serene field. I didn’t exactly think “dynamic workout.” But this ancient Chinese tradition, originally created for self-defense, turned out to be more of a physical and mental workout than I ever expected!

During a recent Team Activity Day with the Best Self team I had the chance to experience this firsthand with a “Chen Taiji Quan“ Tai Chi class taught by professor Florin Szondi.

The first, and arguably most interesting, thing professor Szondi taught us was that the word Chi means energy. And that Tai Chi centers around releasing that energy to flow through you and to utilize it to its fullest potential. Just like those of us who scoff at the thought of yoga being a workout because of its slow pace, I soon realized the most strenuous part of Tai Chi isn’t the physically exertion. It’s the making of slow, controlled and thoughtful movements…all while allowing oneself to relax physically and mentally while floating from move to move.

In a world where we are constantly going, going, going, it’s refreshing to do a workout that doesn’t involve mindless repetitive motions. Instead, Tai Chi unites the mind, body and spirit into a workout that is refreshingly different.

Maybe those “serene people in the field” are onto something. Maybe the next time you’re looking for a mind-clearing workout you should consider something with a slower pace, instead of hitting the same old trails or weight room.

I know I sure will.

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a delicious drift

Atlanta chef Doug Turbush is adding a new restaurant to his East Cobb assortment, which already includes Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar.  The latest addition, Drift, will be a modern fish house and oyster bar, and will feature creative and sustainably fished seafood creations from American lakes, rivers, streams and oceans. The restaurant will host a rotating selection of oysters, raw bar specialties, meat prepared with a wood-burning grill and house-made desserts.

Details: The Avenue East Cobb, 4475 Upper Roswell Road in Marietta,

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Dr. Maziar Rezvani, of Avicenna Integrative Medicine/Avicenna Allergy and Asthma, shares his best advice about the growing popularity of integrative health.
How did Integrative Health gain popularity in the U.S.?

Philosophically the concept of integrative medicine is not new — any of the applications of care which are employed by integrative practitioners date back across millennia. These notions of “holistic” healing and wellness are experiencing a renewed interest as consumers are becoming increasingly frustrated with the limitations and dangers of the current care.

During the explosion of medical science and technology, less invasive treatments such as nutrition, botanicals, meditation and massage became somewhat neglected. Now, these natural techniques are being rediscovered with great enthusiasm. Integrative Medicine represents this convergence – optimizing individual patient care through a diverse approach to healing.

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Reason # 1  Using an electric toothbrush reduces gingivitis and removes more plaque effectively than a manual toothbrush. 48,800 bristle movements per minute deliver up to 100% better plaque removal along the gum line.

Reason # 2  Most people brush too hard when brushing with a manual tooth brush. This causes gum recession. An electric toothbrush will alert you when you are brushing too hard.

Reason # 3  The multifunctional bristle pattern is designed to clean deep between teeth, achieving superior “tooth-by-tooth cleaning”. These pulsating sweeping bristles have a dynamic angle to provide deep cleaning in hard to reach areas.

Details: Art of Cosmetic Dentistry, Terminus 200, 3333 Piedmont Rd Suite 130, Atlanta Ga 30305

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By Flannery Keck

The Atlanta Best Media team recently took a tai chi class with instructor  Florin Szondi, who has a long history of athleticism and study of the martial arts. Szondi was born in Romania and first explored traditional sports like swimming, which he did for six years as a child. He became so adept at handball that he became a member of the Romania Handball National Team. He also studied several martial arts, first Japanese Jiu Jitsu and then Goju Ryu Karate.

Eventually, he found his way to Chinese martial arts, a path he continues on to this day. He first studied Wushu-Kung Fu and then became certified as a Professor of Chinese Martial Arts by Beijing’s Wushu-Kung Fu National Research Institute. Along with a few other instructors, he brought this knowledge back home and founded the Romanian Martial Arts Federation. He won hundreds of medals from 1990 to 2000 in national and international sparring competitions, including a Grand Champion title in the USA in 2001.

In 2000, Szondi shifted focus to Chen Taiji Quan, the style of tai chi he teaches now. After five years of study, he was officially accepted as a disciple of Grand Master Zhu Tiancai. Again he brought that learning back to Romania and founded the Romanian Chen Taiji Quan Association in 2010.

Clearly, lifelong learning is a passion of his. He says, “After years and years of efforts of defining ourselves, we discover that true freedom is beyond any expectation, and learning is just a way of being.”

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