Dr. Hugh Flax from Flax Dental answers a reader’s question about dental implants. 

Dr. Hugh Flax

 

Q: What is the benefit of dental implants over a bridge or dentures? 

A: Loss of tooth (or teeth) can happen to anyone. Bridges and dentures can result in bone loss over time, which can alter the structure of your face and adversely affect your appearance. When your jawbone deteriorates, the aging effect is accelerated. Dental implants, however, offer a more permanent solution that preserves the structure of your bone. The sooner you replace  a tooth with an implant, the more you can prevent bone loss. 

Do you have questions for our doctors? If so, please email them to editorial@bestselfatlanta.com 

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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month 

Going to Great Lengths 

Tape in hair extensions jessica shops

Celebrities often change their hairstyles overnight, including the length of their hair using the magic of hair extensions. These days, extensions are fast, easy and affordable. Siggers Hairdressers offers the latest in professional, tape-in hair extensions that are made from 100 percent human hair. This revolutionary system uses a type of tape to bond the hair extension to your hair. the result is less damage to your hair and less time in the salon chair because they are easily applied without the use of tools, beads, clips or chemicals. Just like your own hair, these extensions can be washed, colored, curled and styled. They can last anywhere from three to six months, and prices start as low as $300 – that’s a steal compared to a few years ago. to learn more, stop by their salon at 2166 Northlake Pkwy., Tucker, GA, or visit www.siggers.com. 

Jessica Dauler 

For more info on Jessica, visit www.jessicashops.com 

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Rhonda Miglioli from Alacarte Catering is here to give her best advice on how to throw a great party this summer. 

Rhonda Miglioli

Q: How does the food at a party contribute to a great get-together? 

A: Food can make or break an event. You want to create a menu that enhances the party, tastes delicious, is beautifully presented and stays within budget. Having at least one “wow” item will ensure that guests will remember the food and the party. 

Q: What’s special about summer party food?

A: Summer foods are bursting with vibrant colors and fantastic flavors, which entice people to throw backyard parties and picnics. And you can grill almost anything tasty in the summer. 

Q: What are some fun summer party themes? 

A: Low country boils are always a big hit in the summer; the corn is very flavorful and a variety of shellfish is bountiful. Barbecues and dessert parties are also extremely fun and popular in the summer.

Q: What are some tips to keep a party’s food budget manageable?

A: Select foods that are in season and offer salads and vegetables. Two proteins are more than enough. If working with a caterer, tell them up front what your budget is so you can plan the menu accordingly.   

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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month 

Going to Great Lengths 

Tape in hair extensions jessica shops

Celebrities often change their hairstyles overnight, including the length of their hair using the magic of hair extensions. These days, extensions are fast, easy and affordable. Siggers Hairdressers offers the latest in professional, tape-in hair extensions that are made from 100 percent human hair. This revolutionary system uses a type of tape to bond the hair extension to your hair. the result is less damage to your hair and less time in the salon chair because they are easily applied without the use of tools, beads, clips or chemicals. Just like your own hair, these extensions can be washed, colored, curled and styled. They can last anywhere from three to six months, and prices start as low as $300 – that’s a steal compared to a few years ago. to learn more, stop by their salon at 2166 Northlake Pkwy., Tucker, GA, or visit www.siggers.com. 

Jessica Dauler 

For more info on Jessica, visit www.jessicashops.com 

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Dr. Maiysha Clairborne from Mind Body Spirit Wellness answers a reader’s question about the hCG diet. 

Dr. Maiysha Clairborne

Q: Is the hCG diet safe for weight loss, and does it really work? 

A: Doing this type of program on your own can prove harmful, but under doctor supervision, the hCG weight loss program can be safe and effective for weight loss. HCG increases leptin, a hormone which can decrease fat storage. The 500 to 800 calorie diet puts the body in a fat-burning state and is safe provided that it is not sustained for longer than 30 days, proper hydration and supplements are included, and a long-term nutrition plan follows. 

If you have questions for our doctors, please email them to editorial@bestselfatlanta.com. 

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Contributed by Dina Blair 

Working with a personal trainer not only improves appearance, self-confidence and energy, but it also fosters health benefits that include everything from stress reduction to lower blood pressure. Having a trainer can also keep you more accountable. The key to experiencing these benefits of working with a personal trainer is choosing the right one. When determining if a personal trainer is right for you, ask these questions. 

Personal Trainer

Does the personal trainer offer an initial appointment that include baseline measures and a conversation about your goals? 

What qualifications and experience does he or she have dealing with injuries, health concerns like high blood pressure, or your particular goals? 

Does the personal trainer’s availability work with your schedule? 

How long has the personal trainer been training, and can he or she proved client testimonials? 

Do you feel like there is a good personality match? Can you ask questions without feeling intimidated? 

Choosing to work with a personal trainer is a very important lifestyle change. Be sure to choose someone you look forward to seeing a few times a week and one who can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. 

 

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Dianne Kaseta from The Event Shoppe is here to give you her best advice about how to throw a great summer shindig! 

Dianne KasetaQ: What’s special about a summer party?

A: As the weather warms up, summertime lends itself to wonderful open-air parties and unique guest experiences both indoors and out. 

Q: What are some fun summer party themes?

A: Fun summertime party themes include Backyard Beach party, Down on the Farm Barbecue, lobster and clambakes or Hawaiian luaus. 

Q: Tell us about the best bash you’ve attended recently. 

A: The best bash I have attended was a Great Gatsby themed event. The 1920s art deco theme was carried throughout from the invitation, to the decadent menu, incredible decor, lively music and tasty champagne. 

Q: What are some tips to keep a party’s budget manageable? 

A: The food and beverage selection is generally the most expensive, so think through specifics like service options and pricing structure (a la carte vs. per person pricing). Specifically, plan ahead and avoid last minute, rushed impulse buys. 

Q: What is the most important element of a party? 

A: Creating a unique and memorable atmosphere is most important. If your guests are having a great time and enjoying one another, then the focus on other elements becomes a little less important. 

 

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Guest blogger David Hass, managing director of the local Dignity Memorial network, sheds some light on how to go about planning a life celebration for you or a loved one. 

David Hass

For many families, the summer holidays are a time to come together, honor our fallen service members and remember loved ones who have passed. These holiday get-togethers also provide an opportunity to talk with living family members about how they would like to be remembered.

In a growing number of households, folks may be surprised at what they hear: Aunt Susan wants a memorial with a catered dinner, a live pianist and wines she has hand-selected, instead of a traditional black-crepe funeral.

She isn’t alone.

One in three Atlanta residents (37 percent) said they would choose to have a non-traditional memorial or life celebration instead of a traditional funeral service, according to the Dignity Memorial National Opinion Index (NOI), which tracks opinions on the topic in Atlanta and nationwide.

As people here break with tradition, the possibilities are virtually limitless. Memorials increasingly feature live music, full catering, a bar and personalized keepsakes – with guests walking to the car saying, “I didn’t know you could do that for a funeral.”

In fact, some individuals’ memorial wishes might completely surprise their family and friends. In Atlanta, 18 percent of survey respondents said they would choose to have their remains incorporated into an ocean reef, and 12 percent indicated they would opt to have their ashes put into a capsule and released into space. Out of eight options for a preferred final send-off, “standard burial” tied for last.

The goal, say many individuals and families, is to create a personalized event that truly captures the essence of their loved one. While many people create unique, celebratory services for loved ones who have just passed, others choose to plan their own services or discuss family members’ wishes in advance. Although it may seem daunting to start conversations around memorial planning, poll data shows that most people welcome them – and women are often at the heart of the discussion. In Atlanta, 76 percent of women said their living friends and family members have had conversations about their preferences for burial or cremation, compared to just 61 percent of men. Women here are ahead of the national rate of 70 percent.

Moreover, women want to know their loved ones’ preferences beyond burial or cremation. More women than men say that having conversations about preferences beyond burial or cremation – a loved one’s wishes for a memorial or life celebration vs. a traditional funeral, for example – are extremely beneficial.

You can start a conversation by considering a few questions:

·         What is meaningful to you? Are you passionate about travel? Sports? Dancing? Family? Elements of a lifelong passion can be woven throughout a service.

·         Are there favorite foods or styles of cuisine that you’d like to share with guests? Would you like to serve appetizers, a full dinner or desserts?

·         What type of music resonates? Will it be a live bluegrass band, a solo cellist or show-tunes piped in?

·         What flowers are your hallmark? Do you favor bunches of wildflowers or are you known for your prize-winning roses?

·         Would you like to give guests a personalized memento that they can keep? A cook might share a wooden spoon with a favorite recipe, or a monogrammed golf ball would be appropriate for someone who loved to play 18 holes.

Write down thoughts on these topics and discuss them with family members and close friends. Many people also opt to talk with a funeral director about their wishes, and even pay for their service in advance, both to ensure their memorial fits their vision and to relieve their family of some responsibilities at a difficult time.

The website www.dignityatlanta.com also offers more inspirational ideas for personalized tributes, as well as a free booklet on planning a life celebration.

 

 

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The scoop on what’s new around Atlanta 

Become a Citizen Farmer 

Farmer D

If you drive past Farmer D’s store on Briarcliff Road, you’ll see raised beds full of thriving veggies out front. Walk into any Whole Food in Atlanta and you’ll see Farmer D’s organic compost for sale. Now you can find Farmer D’s products in the bookstore too! With the release of “Citizen Farmers: The Biodynamic Way to Grow Healthy Food, Build Thriving Communities, and Give Back to the Earth,” Daron “Farmer D” Joffe brings his expertise out of the store and into your hands. Learn what plants butterflies and bees prefer, find tips for starting a community garden and discover how green your thumb really is. 

Details: www.farmerd.com 

Get the Life You Want! 

Oprah The Life You Want Weekend

Ever since Oprah Winfrey’s iconic talk show went off the air, we’ve missed her insight in our living rooms each afternoon. Thankfully, she keeps the inspiration coming on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and now she’s bringing her life lessons right to Atlanta! On September 5 and 6, “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” visits Philips Arena as the first stop on Oprah’s nationwide tour. The weekend features a personal talk from Oprah on Friday night, followed by a Saturday full of encouragement, connection and learning from her hand-picked speakers. These leaders include “Iyanla: Fix My Life” star Iyanla Vanzant, “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert and renowned physician Dr. Deepak Chopra, among others. Book your tickets now for what promises to be a weekend of growth, self-improvement and fun, Tickets start at $99. 

Details: www.oprahweekend.com 

The Doctor is In

AskMD

The doctor will see you now – right on your phone. AskMD, a free app for iPhone, can help you collect and store your health information in one convenient place. You first answer a questionnaire about your symptoms, medications and health history. AskMD can then track your symptoms, provide a personalized assessment of the cause and even recommend doctors qualified to treat you. This app comes from Sharecare, an Atlanta-based online health platform co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz. 

Details: www.sharecare.com/askmd 

Get Active! 

KP Corporate Run Walk

The annual Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk steps off from Turner Field on September 11 this year. Leading up to the event, you have the opportunity to gather your co-workers and participate in the Get Active, Atlanta! eight-week training program, which begins on July 14. Olympian Jeff Galloway has prepared training schedules for both runners and walkers, and each registered participant can join in on Saturday morning, Wednesday evening or Thursday evening training sessions at Phidippides. Register today as an individual or with a corporate team.  

Details: www.kpcorporaterunwalk.com

Convenient Crafts

Georgia Crafted

Despite every intention to shop local, sometimes it’s easier just to swing by Target. Not anymore! The monthly subscription service Georgia Crafted lets you sign up for a monthly delivery of four to five products made by Georgia artisans. Local bath products, music, stationary, art and even food arrive right to your front door. Try one month for just $29.99. 

Details: www.georgiacrafted.com 

 

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Best Self Atlanta’s editor Flannery Keck talks about the newly opened Chow Bing in Buckhead, which offers a healthier Chinese food option to Atlantans.

I used to really love Chinese food. Nearly every week during college, my friends and I walked to a little hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant around the corner from our dorms to pick up a cheap, easy, tasty dinner. Chow bing Fast forward a few years—I rarely eat Chinese food anymore because I have no idea what goes into it. Where does the meat come from? Was it humanely raised? And what was all the discussion about MSG a few years ago? I decided it would be safer to steer clear altogether.

But now my taste buds and my health-conscious mind are ready to enjoy Chinese food again at the new location of Chow Bing. Located right in the Disco Kroger shopping center, Chow Bing is not only convenient, but it assuages all my prior concerns about the cuisine. Gary Lin, the owner, began this restaurant with the intent to offer dishes that are true to the heart of Chinese cuisine: “Fresh protein, vegetables and healthy rices,” he states. “This is what Chow Bing delivers in a fast, affordable setting. We are excited to showcase ‘responsible Chinese food.’”

Farmer Chow's Salad at Chow Bing

Farmer Chow’s Salad

I first tried the “Build a Bing Platter” option for dinner a few weeks ago. I started with a base of lo mein noodles, which always used to be my favorite. For my protein, I added tofu. Gary told me they have a dedicated tofu fryer, so vegetarians, your tofu is safe from being cooked with meat! I also added mushrooms, peanuts and pickled carrots to the mix. All together, it sounds like a weird combination, but I loved it! My husband and I also tried the bubble tea—I had mine with soy milk, but you can also make them “boozy” by adding liquor.

Since that first night, I won’t tell you how many times I’ve been back for lunch or dinner. And one of the best parts? I can still bank on Chinese food being a cheap, easy meal—just one that I don’t have to sacrifice health in order to enjoy.

Check out Chow Bing online at www.chowbing.com, and tweet us @BestSelfAtlanta or me @FlanneryKeck to tell us what you ordered!

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