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July 13, 2012

Live Healthy, Look Healthy

In between covering amazingly fashionable events and interviewing brilliant celebrities, I was lucky to get on the calendar of Ms. N. Renee Webb – CEO of Aspire Online Media.  I met Ms. Webb almost 2 years ago after meeting on, of all places, Facebook. I was just launching my skincare company, and she was establishing the AOM brand. Today, Aspire Online Media has exceeded all expectations and has expanded in scope reaching 18-34 year olds everywhere.

It was the most recent issue of The Imprint that inspired us to reach out to Ms. Webb so that LH2 readers could get a peek into the mind of this genius young woman. In to Out living is our motto and The Imprint embodies this concept to a ‘T’.

How long have you been publishing The Imprint? And where did the inspiration for Aspire Online Media (AOM) come from? 
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My New Best Friend

May 11, 2012

I don’t know what it is about turning 30 something, but it seems like everything  is going south. My skin, my hair, my body, my memory – I mean really! And quite frankly, I’m a little upset about it. Or more truthfully – scared. For me, it’s a constant battle inside my head reminding myself that people can still accomplish some extraordinary things, even after 30  35 (ahem). Just last night I saw this video that touched me deeply and inspired me to do better. And not only to do better, but to be more consistent.

One of the issues that I’ve struggled with for the past couple of years is lower back pain. I’ve been to the doctor several times, the best chiropractor in the Atlanta, and the best massage therapist too. And I have found that they all work TOGETHER. Now my doctor (like most) is an expert at treating symptoms with muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories. These are fine because while you’re in pain you still have to be functional. Work doesn’t stop, husband and kids don’t stop, and we have to keep living.  Next, going to Dr. Jordan Lunday opened my eyes to the world of chiropractic care. True chiropractic care involves not only your bones, but also muscles. After all, our muscles are attached to our bones. How can you treat one without the other? Which leads me to Renel Jenkins, my fantastic friend and massage therapist.

In seeing these key people for the treatment of my lower back issues I’ve learned so much. Like the number of muscles that affect the condition of the back (hips, glutes, hamstrings and quads). The stretching of these muscles go along way in relieving back tension. And don’t get me started on core strength. You absolutely can not maintain solid back muscles without adequate core strength. Then consider this, how do you work? How is your workstation set up? Are you hunched over most of your day? In your car stuck in traffic for long stretches of time?

So who is my best friend? And what do they have to do with all of this? My friend is actually called a foam roller. Or as I like to say, the poor woman’s massage therapist. My chiropractor told me about this simple piece of equipment several years ago, and I finally got myself up and bought one. And let me tell you, it’s changed my life. Even with consistent medical/chiropractic care and massage therapy I still had this nagging remnant of pain. But when I bought my buddy here, it was the icing on the cake – NO MORE PAIN. I have included my foam roller into my exercise routine as it loosens knots in the legs, thighs, back and arms and adjusts your spine. All of that for about $15, and you may find one in Ross for even cheaper.

So, if you have lower back pain and want some relief, go ahead and buy one. I dare you. The roller comes with an illustrated exercise sheet or just simply go to YouTube  and search for foam roller exercises. The exercises are not hard either. But you can’t be lazy and must be able to take a little pain. Those knots do hurt when pressure is applied.

If you’ve experienced any of this tell us about. In the meantime…

~Live Healthy. Look Healthy.


A Taste of Heaven

May 2, 2012

You probably have figured out by now that I’m a sucker for a good snack. Every time I get a taste of something phenomenal I just have to share it – all good things are meant to share (to a certain degree).  So my newest obsession was introduced to me by one of my partners in crime,  The Young Jedi Knight himself. I can always tell when he has had a profound experience – his eyes light up, his speech  speeds up and there’s a pep in his step. When I see these 3 things, I sit up and pay attention.

One day after lunch YJK walks in and starts to describe what has to be the BEST doughnuts in Atlanta. Nope, not Krispy Kreme and certainly not Dunkin Donuts. These doughnuts are cakey, not doughy. They have substance, yet still light. I mean, have you ever tasted something so good that you closed your eyes so that you could focus on each morsel, not wanting to miss a bit of flavor? Yes, these doughnuts taste like Sunday afternoon at Grandma’s house.

The cute little doughnut shop I’m raving over is called Sarah Donuts, a family-owned business whose expertise is definitely baking delectable treats. There are several flavors to choose from, including the sainted red velvet doughnut – YUM!

So the next time you’re in the mood for something fantastic, trot over to Jimmy Carter Blvd, right next to Five Guys to get a taste of heaven at Sarah Donuts. And although it’s hard to stop at one, please try to resist. We still have maintain those washboard abs.

~Live Healthy. Look Healthy.

What True Fellowship Feels Like

April 18, 2012
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Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man.
Christianity: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways you would find hurtful.
Islam: None of you have faith unless he wants for his brother what he wants for himself.

On this particular Sunday, January 29, 2012, Rabbi Peter S. Berg of The Temple in Atlanta, GA came to my church to deliver a soul-stirring sermon that motivated us and ignited our humanitarian gifts. That day I left church feeling full, full of joy and a deep sense of community. This is what worship should feel like. For worship should not only be an edifying experience but also one that empowers us to love unconditionally.

Everyone knows that Sundays are the most segregated day of the week. But why? The scriptures, proverbs, sayings listed above exude the Golden Rule across the board; everyone is worthy of respect. They do not indicate any segregational ideas.  Your church, synagogue, temple is a haven, a place of peace and of love that embraces and nurtures everyone.

My prayer is that Sundays become increasingly less segregated, more loving, and more inclusive.

~Live Healthy. Live Healthy.

Feeding Frenzy, or Not

April 17, 2012

Just when you think there could not be another diet gimmick to come on the market, you turn on the news and BAM – there’s another one. I turned on the TV, and there it was – a woman in the doctor’s office with a feeding tube. No, she was not sick. The feeding tube was completely voluntary. Yes, folks, people are actually opting to walk around with a feeding tube for the sole purpose of losing weight (to get into a wedding dress).

The basic idea is that you get ‘served’ a certain amount of protein and other nutrients at 500-800 calories a day for 10 days through a nasogastric tube. There are, of course, no carbohydrates in this diet – none. On average, one loses about 20 lbs. in the time-frame. Now don’t expect to get through something that extreme without any side effects. The list includes constipation, bad breath, and lightheadedness as well as dehydration and possible kidney stones. Not my idea of a good time.

Needless to say, I was completely flabbergasted at the thought of shoving a tube up my nose, down my esophagus, and into my stomach just to lose weight. But to some people, looking great must come at any cost. And what’s the cost you may ask? Around $1500.

Apparently, this trend began in Europe as the ketogenic enteral nutrition (KEN) diet. It’s also known as the Tube Diet. I have a few names for it but will refrain for risk of sounding judgmental. I will say this, however, the Tube Diet is not our idea of living healthy or looking healthy. We believe in the old-fashioned way – balanced, enjoyable meals and consistent exercise almost everyday of the week. A good dose of patience is also great to have.

~Live Healthy. Look Healthy.

Mushroom Mania

April 16, 2012
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, American mycologist (mushroom researcher), holding an Agarikon mushroom (Laricifomes officinalis ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the past several decades there have been awesome strides made in medical technology, from cancer vaccines to stem cells for skin grafting techniques. And recently, I saw a video on another fascinating advancement in medicine-mushrooms for the treatment of cancer.

Now please read the article and listen carefully. Paul Stamets is not saying that mushrooms are a cure for cancer and neither am I. But they are likely to be a great supplement to traditional medical treatments for cancer. Living well from the inside out is a great way to prevent certain illnesses AND to manage existing conditions. Complementary medicine is encouraged by some doctors, but it is imperative to communicate your efforts with your doctor. Do your research and be thorough.

In the meantime, enjoy some mushroom soup


~Live Healthy. Look Healthy.

April 13, 2012

Live Healthy, Look Healthy

I first encountered the cheerful and caring Dr. Jordan Lunday last year at a chiropractic office in North Atlanta. She so impressed me with the care that she sincerely expressed with each of her patients that I decided we had to keep up with each other after my treatment. Now she operates from her own office, Symmetry Bodywork, in the trendy Buckhead area of midtown Atlanta. When I stepped into her world, I was taken with the light and airy décor – so inviting. Ommm…

After catching up, we sat down to have quite an enlightening conversation about the practice of chiropractic care. There seems to be a broadening interest in this type treatment, and LH2 wants to make sure our readers get good information, prescribed straight from the doctor.

Dr. Lunday, will you give us a brief history of the origin of chiropractic care.
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