According to a new map from Virginia Commonwealth University, residents of Buckhead will outlive those who live near Bankhead by 13 years. The university — which has had similar findings in Chicago, Vegas, New York, D.C., Richmond, New Orleans, and Minneapolis (see all the maps online) — hopes that the startling figures will spark discussion about social factors that impact our health and what can be done to level the field.
When we were in San Francisco, I was lucky enough to get some of my Aunt Seiko’s cooking. Ever since I was a little girl, I have lived for her food. Anyway, this was the first of… let’s just say a couple of plates of food that I ate that day. I asked her to send me her recipes so I could paleo-fy them (minus the sugar). Tonight, we had this delicious Chinese chicken salad now we have a new staple.
Someone told me to take it one day at a time, so that is what I’ve been doing. My alarm goes off. I get out of bed. I workout. I carry on with my day. (Don’t tell high school Kathleen that she will go to bed at 9:30 at the height of her partying years.) I log my workouts in my tracker spreadsheet when I get to work. I’ve had it set to a large font, so not all months fit on the page at once. But today, I zoomed out so I could see the whole year, and for the first time, I thought “Good. I have plenty of time to hit my goals.”
Plucking produce from your own garden is the only way to get real food that’s fresher than you’ll find in Atlanta’s farmers markets. If that whole green thumb thing isn’t for you, grab this guide to Atlanta’s 18 greatest grocery store alternatives and hit the road.
Happy Monday, WellATL! It’s time for the free, trainer-designed workout of the week, but this time, we’ve got a little bonus for you… video! Let one of our trainers show you how each exercise is done then try them yourself. You’ve got 12 minutes. How many rounds can you get through? Don’t forget to record your results!
Spring is a great time of year to try something new, so drop into Boot Camp 4A Cause’s “Try Us Out Day,” get a free class at Vibe Ride, or head to the grand openings of Highland Yoga’s Glow Yoga or FitWit Kirkwood/Decatur. Out with the old, in with the new! If you’re feeling particularly hardcore, top the whole thing off with a Tough Mudder race.
I’m a personal trainer. I can deadlift over 400 pounds. My timed mile is 6:13. I’ve placed in fitness and weightlifting competitions. My fastest 5k is 21:41. I’ve run a half marathon. I can breathe fire and I drink liquid lava for breakfast. I have brief moments of awesomeness but for the sake of journalism let’s rewind my story to a frigid November morning about three years ago.
My two-step plan for greatness… >>
A few years ago I got a Vitamix. I was so excited to make smoothies, but at the same time, I was overwhelmed with options. Do I use spinach or kale? Bananas or apples? How about pineapple, celery, cucumber, or carrots? Flax, chia, or hemp seeds? Do I need coconut water or almond milk? Parsley? Lime juice? Cacao? Ugh! There are way too many options! After a few months, thanks to the paradox of choice, I stopped making smoothies all together. If it’s not quick and simple, I’m just not going to do it — sad but true. So, I had to ask myself, “What is my purpose with a smoothie?” It was pretty simple: lots of greens, little sugar, and delicious taste. Hmmmm, I can do that. Here’s what I came up with…
Moderation has never been one of my strong points. I either do it big or don’t do it at all. So naturally, when I decided to add probiotics to my diet through fermented foods, I went whole hog. Now I know why health experts advise to start slowly with fermented food (or any probiotic supplement); they are extremely powerful and, when used in excess, can create an imbalance in your body that causes more harm than good.
Pain, bloating, and agony… >>