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Downtown Somerville’s Fresh Dining Scene

Downtown Somerville’s dining scene is heating up, and #HipNJ has the scoop on all the delicious new eateries you have to try!

First, let’s shine a spotlight on The Salad House. This fast and casual restaurant specializing in fresh customized and signature salads is set to open with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on February 2nd.

The Salad House of Somerville is the latest of the small New Jersey franchise to open under the ownership of David Delinko. The restaurant creates fast healthy salads and meals that are made-to-order or signature salads that put a twist on popular favorites such as the “Greek Out,” “Eat Cobb,” “Stay Classy Caesar” and more.

“We serve health-conscious, comfort food that is personalized to suit the individual taste, dietary and nutritional needs of each and every customer whether they dine in or choose from our wide selection of catering options for their home or office family,”  said Delinko. In addition to its namesake salads, the 20-seat restaurant serves soup, appetizers, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas.

“Downtown Somerville has certainly earned its reputation as a ‘foodie destination,’ with more than 45 popular restaurants and eateries to please every palate,” said Beth Anne MacDonald, executive director of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. “You can eat your way around the world here from Greek, Asian, Cuban, New American, French-inspired, Italian, Irish and more, but this year is particularly exciting because we’ve got several new concept restaurants and cafes that will add some new flavor to the downtown.”

Check out the list of all the new places you just have to try below!

Downtown Somerville’s New Restaurants and Cafes:

The Salad House, 58 West Main Street

Kuay Tiew Noodles and More, 42 West Main Street

Fresh Tiki Bar, 15C Division Street

Village Brewing Company, 34 West Main Street

Grumpy Bobas, 72 West Main Street

Your Worry-Free Workout after Breast Augmentation

For those of us who enjoy an active Jersey lifestyle, resting can make us restless. But after a major surgical cosmetic procedure like breast augmentation, taking it easy is mandatory, and failing to heed the doctor’s orders can have serious consequences. #HipNJ has all you need to know.

What Could Go Wrong?

  1. You might disrupt the healing process. Your body thinks of surgery as a traumatic injury. You’ll experience bruising, swelling, and pain – all of which are normal with any type of injury. While these side effects are often unpleasant, they are an important part of the healing process. Doing too much too soon may not only set back your recovery, it could also cause a major complication, such as internal bleeding, hematomas, or infection.

 

  1. You may strain your muscles. According to a post from by Daniel Bortnick on RealSelf.com, your body interprets breast augmentation similarly to a pulled pectoral muscle. And much like you wouldn’t run on a sprained ankle, he says, you shouldn’t attempt to exercise with an injured chest. This is especially true for those who have implants placed under the muscle, rather than over.

 

  1. You could seriously screw up the results. Overusing your pectoral muscles after surgery can create a situation that compromises your results. This is because overusing your arm or chest muscles after surgery can lead to tears in the capsule of the breast – the pocket holding the implant in place. This can result in capsular contracture – an often painful complication that causes the breasts to distort in shape and harden.

With that said, you shouldn’t be a couch potato either. Some activity is recommended during your recovery and can actually help you heal faster. Consider these tips:

  • Choose workouts that exercise your lower body. Most surgeons recommend exercises that work your lower body, such as your legs, rather than your upper body after breast augmentation. Activities such as light walking are usually a safe bet the first few weeks following your surgery.

 

  • Focus on baby steps. This is probably the hardest rule to follow. But the key is to adopt a graduated approach to recovery. Small gains, rather than big goals, should drive your workout routine.

 

  • Avoid heavy lifting. According to the website of Dr. Sean Bidic, a breast augmentation surgeon serving South Jersey, you shouldn’t lift anything over 15 lbs. or engage in any activity that raises your heart rate above 100 beats per minute for the first 3 weeks after surgery.

 

  • Listen to your body. Above all, listen to your body and don’t push yourself. The idea of “no pain, no gain” does not hold true when you are recovering from surgery. Take it slow, and always follow your surgeon’s advice.

Your Worry-Free Workout Plan

Start nonphysical work and light activity in 3 – 5 days.

This might include:

  • Gentle arm stretches
  • Normal daily activities such as showering
  • Very light range of motion exercises

Return to light physical activity in 1-2 weeks.

This might include:

  • Walking
  • Driving
  • Desk or office work

Resume most full lower body activities by 4 to 6 weeks.

This might include:

  • Running
  • Leg work (weights)
  • Elliptical machines (without arms)
  • Stationary bikes
  • Lower abdominal exercises

Begin introducing upper body exercises at 8 weeks.

This might include:

  • Swimming
  • Strength training (upper and lower body)
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Weights

Remember that these tips are just suggestions. The best way to protect yourself and your results after surgery is to develop a recovery plan with your plastic surgeon.

 

Eddie Franz on LifeCamp

Eddie Franz, director of LifeCamp, sat with Joanna Gagis on “A Life & Living Moment” to discuss the benefits of taking kids from Newark to farmland, where they learn life skills and brush up on their academics, art, and athletics.

When asked where they would be if they were not at LifeCamp, Franz states that most of the children say they would be indoors. The conditions of where they live prevent parents from allowing their kids to be active outside. LifeCamp not only enables these children to get outside, but also provides supplements to their schoolwork.

“Our program involves three different areas,” Franz states. These programs are academic, athletic, and artistic. “All of those things are interspersed to make sure the kids get a little bit of everything.”

To learn more about LifeCamp, check out their website.