ProYoInstead of reaching for protein shakes, grab a bowl of ProYo. The revolutionary “ice cream” packs in 35 grams of protein per 14-ounce container. Each of its nine flavors are also low in fat and made with natural nongenetically modified ingredients. For an afternoon pick-me-up, try blending two scoops of the Blueberry Pomegranate with frozen berries and milk. Top off your berry bowl with nuts and flaxseed for a well-rounded snack. Find ProYo at an Earth Fare, Kroger, Publix, or Fresh Market near you.

Details: ProYos.com

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Drift - Heidi GeldhauserSustainable food isn’t only good for the environment, it often tastes better too. With both in mind, Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar has become the first restaurant in Georgia to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. The program’s app allows users to browse over 135 restaurants and grocery stores that only serve sustainable seafood. Businesses must send a list of every fish on the menu and include details about whether it was wild or farm-raised and how it was caught. Kudos to Drift for leading the way.

Details: 4475 Roswell Rd., Marietta; DriftOysterBar.com, SeafoodWatch.org

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Rhen's nest toy shopDeveloped by a Cabbagetown mom who wanted toys for her daughter that would stimulate growth and self-enrichment, Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop (original location in Glenwood Park) specializes in creative playthings. Stop by its second location in Ponce City Market for interactive art classes and in-store book readings. Little ones are also encouraged to play with the shop’s Brio train tracks and three-foot rocket ship dollhouse while there.

Details: Ponce City Market, Ste. N. 212;
RhensNestToyShop.com

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By Eugene Hurwitz, M.D.

Blooming flowers aren’t the only things that accompany the arrival of spring, so do the billions of tiny pollen particles that trigger seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever.

Hay fever can not only affect your quality of life, it can also lead to sinus infections, disrupt your sleep and affect your ability to be productive at school or work.

Dr. Eugene HurwitzYou may suffer from hay fever if you have the following symptoms:

  • Itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose (congestion)
  • Runny nose
  • Tearing eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes

If you suspect you suffer from hay fever, consult with an allergist or immunologist who can diagnose you. A specialist can also perform simple tests to determine your specific allergy triggers.

Hay FeverIf you do have hay fever, use these four strategies to reduce symptoms:

  • Keep track of pollen counts in your area by subscribing to the National Allergy Bureau’s email alerts.
  • Limit outdoor activities during days with high pollen counts.
  • Keep windows closed (at home or in the car) to keep pollen out.
  • If you suspect you suffer from hay fever, consult with an allergist or immunologist who can diagnose you. A specialist can also perform simple tests to determine your specific allergy triggers.
  • Take a shower after coming indoors. Otherwise, pollen in your hair may bother you all night.
  • For long-term allergy relief, consider allergy shots (immunotherapy) for relief from allergic rhinitis symptoms.

 

Did you know?

  • Depending on where you live, there are generally three pollen seasons. The start and end dates of these seasons, as well as the specific plants, vary based on the climate.
  • Trees generally pollinate in the spring. Birch, cedar, cottonwood and pine are big allergy triggers.
  • Grass releases its pollen in the summer. Timothy, Johnson, and Rye grasses are examples of allergens in this category.
  • Weeds cause hay fever in the fall. Ragweed is the biggest offender as it can grow in nearly every environment.

Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia • Eugene Hurwitz, M.D. • 770-459-0620 • caageorgia.com 

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Perfect Day PhotosMinimally invasive surgery pioneer, Scott D. Miller, MD, has joined WellStar Medical Group and been named medical director of robotic surgery at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. The doctor, who performs over 250 robotic and laparoscopic procedures a year, is also the president and founder of the nonprofit, ProstAware, a prostate cancer awareness organization.

Details: ScottDMillerMD.com

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Registered dietitian and nutritionist, Carolyn O’Neil, who is also a blogger and author of “The Slim Down South Cookbook,” shares how to get the flavor of a shrimp boil without the mess—or the calories!

Oxmoor HouseINGREDIENTS:

  • 24 wooden skewers
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • ½ teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup Old Bay seasoning
  • 24 baby red potatoes
  • ½ pound smoked sausage, cut into 24 slices
  • 24 peeled and deveined extra-large
  • raw shrimp (about 1¼ pounds)

DIRECTIONS:

Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper, chopped sweet onion, and garlic. Sauté 4 minutes. Stir in corn and Creole seasoning and sauté 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in parsley and vinegar.

Bring Old Bay seasoning and 5 quarts water to a boil, covered, in a large stockpot. Add potatoes and cook 10 minutes. Add sausage and shrimp. Cook 3 minutes until shrimp turn pink and potatoes are tender.

Thread 1 potato, 1 shrimp, and 1 sausage piece onto each skewer. Arrange on platter. Spoon corn mix over skewers.

Details: TheHappyHealthyKitchen.com

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Sarah Diller's PhotographsFrom makeup transformations to the ups and downs of being a mother, the 2018 April/May issue is a celebration of womanhood. On Feb. 21, we hosted our second “Amazing One-Hour Makeovers” event. This year, professional wardrobe and accessory stylists were on hand to add an extra layer of sparkle to the makeovers. And although each of the 13 lucky reader attendees walked into the Best Self Atlanta Studio already beautiful, after 60 minutes with the artists and stylists, they walked out even more radiant. It’s inspiring to see how a new look can truly reflect what’s on the inside.  Meet this year’s professionals and see how they worked their magic on p.27. 

Although being a mother in no way equates to fulfilling your female potential, for many, it is a role they cherish. In honor of Mother’s Day, we gathered insight and advice from Atlanta moms on how they handle the tougher aspects of parenting. Wading through child-rearing tips from well-meaning friends and family to brushing off mom shaming are just a few of the topics we tackle in “The Messiness of Motherhood” (p.53).

We also chatted with another mom, Jennifer Webb, about her book “Mom’s Soul Café.” The author and meditation leader takes a hilarious and raw look at having what some call the toughest job in the world. In her “My Best Self” Q&A, Webb shares how mindfulness saved her sanity and how it can help you too.

Finally, we’re taking a fresh approach to our yearly breast cancer coverage. We’re breaking out of the October (and pink) mold with Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta. On p.39, learn more about why the organization has renamed its popular Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Race for the Cure and where it’s focusing its efforts in the fight against breast cancer.

I hope this issue encourages you to lift up the women around you and take time for yourself.

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Richie ArpinoSpringtime in Atlanta is a sight to behold. Nature explodes in color, animals frolic, and spring cleaning is in full swing. This is the time when our city comes alive and is quite simply beautiful. It’s the perfect season to refresh, renew and shine.

Welcome to our 2018 Beauty Issue, which celebrates beauty from the inside and out. From the ultimate magic of a mother’s love to the kind of outer beauty that can help us feel better about how we look, we have hundreds of tips and resources to help you transform your look and get a fresh perspective.

And back by popular demand for its 8th season, voting is in full swing for our  2018 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest. This contest measures true beauty by celebrating Atlantans who look good, make healthy living a priority, and do good things to help others live a better life. The annual celebration is made possible by the support of our Advisory Board panel of experts and partners. They join us to provide you with information and tips to help you navigate health and beauty options to look and feel your best after 40.

Did you know your hair quality and style can add years to your look? Did you know that there is a fitness facility that has a large, active and supportive community of over-40 Atlantans? Did you know that just because you are getting older, it doesn’t mean you have to lose your confidence in your feminine self? Our Advisory Board is here to help.

Meet all of this year’s experts (below) on p.45 of the April/May 2018 issue and get advice that can help you thrive and be your best self.

2018 Advisory Board
Dr. Ken Anderson
of Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics
Karen Foley of Windy Hill Athletic Club
Ming Matthews of Bob Steele Salon
Dr. Stanley Okoro of Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Louis Prevosti of VEINatlanta
Dr. Monte Slater of Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging
Tom Sullivan of 11Alive
Shops Around Lenox

And a special thank you to our Over 40 & Fabulous! reveal party host
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

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By Laura Janelle Downey

I love high tea! Getting dressed up with my gal pals is always fun but it’s even better when we can get together dressed to the nines over dessert. So when I found out that Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is offering a Chocolate Afternoon Tea inside The Café & Bar, I had to check it out. I’ve been to several teas in my life but none that ever paired tea with a full lineup of sweets.

Tea and Chocolate at Mandarin Oriental AtlantaChoose from six teas like the Shanghai Rose (black tea leaves infused with notes of lychee and red rose petals) or Imperial Green (Chinese green tea with a subtle hint of grass). I always prefer doing tea with a glass of bubbly so in addition to my cup of Shanghai Rose, I indulged in the hotel’s house Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne.

When the three-tier serving tray was placed on the table, I ogled all of the goodies on display. From chocolate truffles and a Grand Marnier cream puff to tasty cakes (think chocolate sponge or sour cream pound confections), there’s something for everyone. I also loved dipping my strawberries into the warm pot of chocolate fondue. Being able to savor each decadent bite was the best part.

 Now through Sunday, April 8, you can stop by the hotel from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to experience this super sweet selection. Don’t miss out on this unique spin on the everyday traditional tea. But should your schedule not permit, it’s OK. The hotel’s full-year afternoon tea calendar is out now and one of the tea offerings on the lineup should fit your fancy. From its highly anticipated Royal Wedding Afternoon tea, which starts in May to its Southern Summer Afternoon Tea (June 14-24), this is the perfect time to book your reservation. Who doesn’t love a scone with clotted cream or pimento cheese sandwiches?

If you’re looking for Mother’s Day ideas or contemplating starting your own Ladies Who Lunch social, put Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta’s afternoon tea on your list. Everything from the staff’s top-notch service to the savory teas and bites are sure to wow and win over your closest comrades.

$48 per person, $58 per person with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne.

Details: 404.995.7500, 3376 Peachtree Rd. NE. MandarinOriental.com/Atlanta/Buckhead/Luxury-Hotel

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Senior FitnessFor over a decade, Ava Jordan has led an aerobics and kickboxing class for seniors 65 to 95 years old at the C.T. Martin Natatorium & Recreation Center. Each class is centered around a mission to “duck” depression, “jab” heart disease, “kick” diabetes, and “stomp out” stress. Through these physically and mentally stimulating classes, participants enhance their mobility and, in turn, independence.

Details: 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW., Atlanta; AFJ723@Yahoo.com

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