Monthly Archives: May 2015

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Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable chronic disease of the central nervous system with no cure, causes symptoms ranging from visual, motor, and sensory problems to issues with speech, swallowing, vision, and balance. Musician David Osmond, nephew of Donny and Marie Osmond, was 26 when he was diagnosed with relapsing multiple sclerosis. And while he grew up watching his father (Alan Osmond of the iconic Osmond Family) battle the debilitating disease, he still had a lot to learn about managing the condition. Today, Osmond has been out of his wheelchair for eight years and travels around the country as a vocal advocate for the roughly 400,000 Americans with MS. He recently visited Atlanta as part of the Our Voice in Song Campaign (in partnership with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation) to perform his new single “I Can Do This” at the Atlanta MS Walk. We caught up with him, along with Dr. Ben Thrower, medical director of the Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center, to discuss how MS sufferers can do more than simply cope with the disease.

Hear David’s MS tips plus his new single… >>

Pure Barre Decatur
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Decatur’s newest fitness offering is a Pure Barre studio at 415 Church Street (in the former Seen Gallery space next to Yogurt Tap). The studio, which officially opened for business yesterday, offers as many as seven classes a day as well as a retail area featuring lines such as ALO, Beyond Yoga, Emi Jay, Knotty, Lily & Laura, BRK, and Splits 59. Pure Barre Decatur’s owners, former financial services consultant Ashley Goot and Austin native Katy Bayless Gibson, already own a successful Pure Barre business in Virginia-Highland.
What is Pure Barre anyway? >>

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When I first started workout out, I met an amazing person who had gone/is going through her own weight loss and muscle building journey. She said, “Weight loss isn’t a straight line,” and I agree. As someone who has gained and lost many times without long-term success, I know that her words are true. The real success is failing and getting back up to try again. At the time, four months ago, I was so committed to success, I could barely get out of my own way. Today, I humbly write to you because I have not only fallen off the wagon, I have taken a flying leap off of it and bumped my head on multiple blunt objects on the way down.
Ups and downs >>

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This week, let’s try a little bit of a twist on our usual workout of the week with a five-minute challenge. This one is as simple as it gets… but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Here’s how it works: Warm up for eight to 10 minutes, then set a timer for five minutes and start doing burpees. It is probably going to seem pretty grueling (put on some good music, it helps), especially if you haven’t been doing burpees regularly, but it’s a great way to improve your cardio endurance. Try this once a week or so and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you see gains. Keep track of how many you can complete then let us know how you did on Twitter or Facebook.

Here’s how it’s done… >>

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You’ve seen those graceful, lithe Cirque du Soleil performers, twirling and swirling stories above the ground, held up only by strips of fabric and sheer will — okay, maybe impressive core stability, strength, and cardio endurance have something to do with it too. We wondered exactly what it takes to go from aerial newbie to gravity-defying Cirque-esque silks artist, so we sent two unwitting brave amateurs (plus a camera crew!) to a beginner’s class at Inspire Aerial Arts to find out.

Here’s how they did… >>

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I made this Buffalo Chicken Slaw the other day and fell in love. It was a pretty random group of things I threw together, so before posting it, I wanted to test it again, just to be sure it turned out the same and I still loved it. Good news… I do! Plus, it was so simple to make (since I had cut my chicken ahead of time and used precut cabbage) that I was able to make it before even leaving the house this morning at 9 a.m. My husband and son loved it, but my daughter thought it was too spicy. The good news is that it’s easy to adjust for your family’s tastebuds — just adjust the amount of hot sauce you use. I hope you guys enjoy it!

The recipe… >>

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Cosmetics may be designed to make us look (even more) beautiful, but the labels are often pretty ugly, especially in the United States, which allows many ingredients that are banned in other countries. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, tests done by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) found lead in almost two-thirds of top selling lipsticks. Scary. CSC’s list of hazardous chemicals lurking in our makeup includes possible carcinogens, irritants, endocrine disruptors, toxins, dangerous heavy metals, and other concerning ingredients. So what’s a beauty junkie to do? Buy natural, of course! Fortunately, Atlanta has no shortage of great spots where you can buy organic, eco-friendly, and safe personal care products. Here are five of the best brick-and-mortar shops where you can get what you need to help you feel as good as you look, you gorgeous thing.
Toxins, be gone! >>

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Buckhead’s True Food Kitchen is known for its healthy fare — offering vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and organic dishes made with seasonal ingredients — so it comes as no surprise that they have put a healthy twist on everyone’s favorite Cinco de Mayo staple (besides margaritas): guacamole. Their guac alternative is a dip made with pink grapefruit, kale, and avocado and served with flax crackers rather than traditional tortilla chips. They shared their recipe so that you can make it at home tonight for your Cinco celebration…

Here’s how… >>