Monthly Archives: January 2015

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A team of Georgia Tech inventors are suing Adidas, Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Athos, and several other companies for patent infringement after the fashion brands created garments that monitor the wearer’s vital signs. The undeniably nifty but allegedly illegal products targeted by the lawsuits include the Victoria’s Secret Incredible Bra, which tracks the wearer’s heart rate; Athos training gear, which determines muscle effort, heart rate, and breathing rate; and Ralph Lauren’s Polo Tech Shirt, which were worn by athletes at the most recent U.S. Open.

The patents, the products, and the lawsuit >>

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Talk to any nutritionist and they’ll tell you to watch out for processed foods in your diet, but not everyone understands exactly what that means. Obviously, things like Froot Loops, Coke, and meat that’s breaded and molded into dinosaur shapes count as processed foods. But you’re reading a health and wellness publication right now, so let’s go ahead and assume that the majority of your current diet doesn’t consist of tubes of raw cookie dough and boxed mac ‘n cheese (please say we’re right about this) and get more specific. What about things like frozen vegetables, canned beans, or juice? Are they “processed”? Yep. Simply put, any food that has been altered from its natural state is processed food — but not all processed foods are created equal. More on assigning labels, shopping the perimeter (not THAT Perimeter), and pronounceable ingredients >>

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Who said the sun would never come back out? It’s a gorgeous day in Atlanta. If you have today off for MLK Day, grab a mat and head outside for this week’s Workout of the Week. It’s a tough one, but just think: Start now and in less than an hour, you’ll have a sweaty sense of accomplishment and that warm, happy feeling you can only get from soaking up some sunshine. Go get it! Oh, and when you’re finished, don’t forget to record your results in our workout tracking software, Logsitall (sign up here for free) so that you can track your progress.

To the workout!

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New WellATL columnist Kathleen Lorey will spend the next 12 months making serious changes to her health and life — and sharing the experience with you. In truth, her journey is probably going to last way more than one year because once you start down that path to better health, it’s hard to stop… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For now, let’s meet Kathleen and find out what spurred her to make this life-changing commitment to better eating and regular exercise. And remember, it’s a brave and vulnerable thing to write publicly about such a big lifestyle change. As with other stories that have been shared here, if Kathleen’s column inspires you, motivates you, helps you see that you aren’t alone in whatever struggles you face, or just makes you want to cheer her on, it has done its job and we hope you’ll let her know or share your own experiences in the comments.

Meet Kathleen. >>

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One magical night and then nine months of waiting have all led up to this. The bags are packed, the Pampers purchased, and everyone’s practiced that heee-heee-whooo breathing pattern. It’s time to have a baby. That’s a pretty overwhelming and, let’s face it, scary thought. If you’d like a little backup on your birth team, hiring a doula might be right for you. Lacy Henderson — doula, co-director of Lumina Birth, and mother of five — delivered answers for this week’s Friday Five. Future mommies, read on >>

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I typically only make things when I can’t purchase them in stores, so it’s a good thing for me (and for my husband) that they don’t sell reasonably priced paleo muffins or other paleo treats around Atlanta. Otherwise, I’m sure I’d spend a small a fortune weekly. Yes, you can find gluten-free granola, but there are not many that are also grain-free. I recently saw that Whole Foods carried a grain-free granola, but it was $10 for a mere 7.5 ounces! Wow. Not only am I not going to pay $10 for granola, but I can assure you, there really is no better granola than the recipe in my (shameless self promotion ahead) Super Paleo Snacks book — buttery, crispy, crunchy, sweet, and a touch salty. But, don’t just take my word for it. Give it a try. I hope you enjoy it.
Here’s the recipe >>

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You’ve got fitness goals, right? If not, make some. We’ll wait… Got ’em? Great! Now, how do you go about staying on track long enough to attain them? This week’s Trainer Talk column goes after the answer. We asked Cynthia Purcell — certified personal trainer at X3 Sports in West Midtown, certified yoga instructor, and National Physique Committee bikini competitor — for her advice.
Here’s what she had to say >>

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Today is January 14. Wait… what!? I sat down to write a fancy post about developing family goals for 2015, but a rather obnoxious voice in my head kept saying, “How on earth are you going to talk about family goals when you don’t even have your own head on straight?” I was trying hard to ignore that voice, but when it called me out on nearly making Camilla’s PB&J with salsa instead of jelly, I had to concede. What to do with your shattered and/or unmade resolutions… >>

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With more than 30,000 square feet of climbing surface, Stone Summit’s Atlanta location at 3701 Presidential Way was the nation’s largest indoor rock climbing gym when it opened in 2010, but the Stone Summit crew evidently don’t believe in resting on their laurels because their new climbing and fitness center in Kennesaw is more than 5,000-square-feet larger. The new location, housed in a heavily modified former Circuit City building near Town Center at Cobb, has a 15 meter speed climbing wall (the Atlanta location’s topped out at 10 meters), a seriously awesome bouldering room, and several walls that move to allow climbers to try various angles.
Take a look inside the ginormous facility >>