Sixty-five percent of adults in Georgia are clinically obese or overweight. News flash: that’s over half of us. That’s getting dangerously close to three quarters of us. Yikes. We [Americans] are as unhealthy as we have ever been. Obesity and chronic disease run rampant, especially here in the South, where—let’s face it—we kind of love to eat. We do our best to make smart food choices and exercise, which we can’t always be perfect at given our hectic schedules and lives on the go. So what do we do? Is there an easier way to prevent the diseases that so often come with our modern lifestyles? Food=Medicine >>
Need a little kick in the pants to take charge of your life and your health? Check out Steven Rankin’s story. While serving as a sheriff’s deputy in south Georgia in 2006, he made what he thought was a routine traffic stop late at night. While simply trying to tell a driver to turn his music down, Steven was shot point blank in the face, the bullet destroying the right side of his jaw and fracturing his C1 vertebrae. It remained lodged in his spine for four years and led to a whole slew of health problems that his doctors wouldn’t acknowledge could be attributed to, you know, a bullet being stuck in his neck.
Ladell Hill is onto something. Just look at that glow (and no, he is not a vampire, I’ve confirmed). He simply eats clean and he moves every single day. Ladell comes from a line of healers. Growing up in Lebanon, TN, he watched his grandfather–known as the local medicine man–drink from streams and snack on raw sweet potatoes. He shared with Ladell secrets about the body’s natural oils and the healing properties of plants. Desperate to learn more, Ladell sought to learn the science behind his grandfather’s wisdom and vowed to continue his legacy by becoming a personal trainer and wellness consultant. He decided to dedicate his life to promote healthy living, starting on the inside. And so Chuice was born.
The story of Chuice >>
Many of us, at some point or another, have gone on a diet: a regimen for how, what, and when to eat. But the term “diet” has a negative connotation because it’s associated with limitations and restrictions. When we approach eating and food choices based on a need to lose or eliminate extra pounds, rather than focusing on how to best nurture, support, and fuel our bodies, we are starting from a negative place of restriction and unpleasantness. Desperate to get out of this uncomfortable situation as quickly as possible, many of us choose to follow a pre-defined and easily understood “one size fits all” formula (diet) that may have worked for someone else, in hopes of finding the weight loss results we are looking for as quickly as possible. These diets will generally either impose boundaries on our choices based on calorie counts and portion sizes or exclusions of specific macronutrients (protein or carbohydrate) — or sometimes, both. Instead, try this… >>
Have you ever come across a food blog with photos so enticing you wanted to lick the screen? If so, you may have already visited The Naked Fig. (Salted Mexican chocolate chia pops? Come to Mama.) Atlanta’s own recipe developer and blogger Chelsea Hunter changed her health by eating whole, natural foods, and she’s showing you how to do the same. WellATL sat down to the table with Chelsea for this week’s Friday Five. What is teff? >>
Atlanta native Andrew Johnston is proof positive that we know how to grow ’em in the south. He has circled the globe as a professional cyclist and is now back home, coaching others at his own studio, Triumph Training. He has written a book (with a second one on the way), starred in a documentary about his journey (Living Is Winning), and twice been named one of the top 100 trainers by Men’s Health. Oh, did we mention he’s also a triathlete AND a leukemia survivor? Ride along as we find out how he does it all. Crazy race stories, real food, and eighties cereal >>