Monthly Archives: February 2015

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There is nothing better than a good soup when it gets cold outside. Last winter, I had an amazing paleo tomato bisque at one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta and have craved it ever since (especially because they don’t make it very often). I’ve never made a tomato soup or bisque and wasn’t even sure how. I assumed that if I did, it would be just kind of mediocre since I’m not a big tomato person or even a big tomato soup fan. I was sooo wrong. I made this soup and it is AWESOME! Everyone in my family loved it. And the bonus? It’s so easy to make. Really!
It’s the perfect day for hot soup >>

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It’s tough to expect kids to have an active and healthy lifestyle when we’re serving them a rectangular piece of cheese pizza, some sugary canned fruit cocktail, a cookie, and a carton of milk for lunch five days a week. Yet that’s exactly what a lot of schools are still doing. (At least in the U.S. — check out these fascinating images of school lunches around the world if you have some spare time.) Georgia Organics is changing that with its Farm to School program, and yesterday, The James M. Cox Foundation announced that it would be providing a $250,000 grant to help bring healthy food to Georgia’s students.
How many students can this help? >>

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Last month, you met Kathleen, who is embarking on a one-year mission to overhaul her health. When last we checked in with her, she was 12 workouts in and earning gold stars left and right. Today, she updates us on her progress and challenges in healthy eating: “When starting an I’m-going-to-change-my-life kind of journey, you get all kinds of advice from people. And let me tell you… it’s not all good (e.g., “I only ate cabbage for a month and lost weight!”). There are two common themes that are helping to frame my mindset…

Defining failure and getting back on the wagon >>

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The right music can transform a tough workout or run into a straight-up party that’s over before you know it. WellATL is partnering with some of Atlanta’s best DJs to bring you playlists fit for every taste and activity. Our newest workout mix is brought to you by Preston Craig — the widely known DJ behind Atlanta parties such as Afterlife, Kiss Atlanta, and the iconic (and defunct) Decatur Social Club — who has returned to his hometown after stints in NYC and Austin. Known for playing a wide range of styles and genres, Preston’s 42 minutes of WellATL selections include local favorites (Black Lips), 60s throwbacks, L.A. punk, and indie rock. It’s safe to say that “Not A Night At The Roxbury” is also not a typical poppy, EDM-laden workout playlist. Lace up your running shoes and try to keep up.

Get moving! >>

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While everyone has been swooning over the BeltLine, Buckhead has been hard at work, quietly creating its own 5.2-mile multi-use trail, and now, the first segment of the $12 million project is finally available for the public. The open section of the trail runs along (as its name would suggest) GA-400 from Old Ivy Road to Lenox Road but the completed project will connect Loridans Drive all the way to the BeltLine’s Peachtree Creek spur trail. Eventually, there’s talk of using it to connect to everything from the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail and Chastain Park Trail to Sandy Springs and possibly even Alpharetta, with green spaces, dog parks, and art along the way. Imagine being able to bike all those places without contending with Atlanta traffic! Game changer.
Ready to run and bike some hills? >>

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Atlantans should never take for granted how fortunate we are to have some of the nation’s top medical facilities in our backyard. But for those who have to travel here to get treatment for a child, the combined cost of accommodation and high medical bills can be too much to bear. Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) alleviates that problem by providing affordable or free temporary housing for families with children who are being treated at metro hospitals.
Check out the new facility >>

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Even if the threat of snow doesn’t to pass, it’s gonna be a blustery week out there. Fortunately, this Workout of the Week requires no equipment and can be done from the coziness of your own warm abode in just 20 minutes (okay, 30 if you count your warm-up). Once the timer has gone off at the end of the 20 minutes, bask in the warmth of your accomplishments. Workouts are good like that. Record your progress in our workout tracking software, Logsitall (sign up here for free).

The Dirty Dozen

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In some Atlanta neighborhoods (probably more than you’d think), it can take more than three hours to get to fresh, healthy food. In these food deserts, kids get “dinner” from passing ice cream trucks and adults settle for fast food or convenience store snacks after a long day at work. Jeff and Katie Delp are a husband and wife team working to put a food oasis in the community where they’ve lived for 13 years. For this week’s Friday Five, we talked to Jeff about the soon-to-open Carver Neighborhood Market and how it will change food accessibility in South Atlanta.
Peek inside the market space and hear more about the plan >>

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Now that the nitty gritty physical appointments have all been made and I’m flossing like a champ, my next goal is carve out time to recharge my emotional health. Being a parent is exhausting on many levels, so if I don’t get a break, I… well, break. I get grumpy, impatient, and generally very unpleasant. I love being a mom, but I don’t love when I’m snapping at everyone and feeling all “Woe is me! I have to unload the dishwasher AGAIN.” The fix for that is attention to mental and emotional health. How should you spend your ‘me time’? >>