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10 Worst Places To Wear Flip Flops

Neglecting personal safety, and lack of consideration for the safety of others, doesn’t stop people from wearing flip flops.  During the blazing heat of New York City summers, flip flops are seen everywhere.

The popular rubber sandals emerged during the 1960s, and were designed for beachwear.  

Whatever the reason, men and women put themselves at risk wearing flip flops for street wear.   Flip Flops are worn in the rain, causing feet to get soaked, and dirty.  They’re worn riding buses, subways, and bicycles.  New Yorkers run for taxi cabs wearing them.

I travel around New York on my way to clients.  So I get to see a lot of what goes on, including avoidable pedestrian, and bicycle accidents.

Here are five accidents I saw while walking to work.  All involved women wearing flip flops: one fell down subway steps, one careened out of a subway car when the flip flop got stuck between the doors and platform.  Another slipped on wet pavement and landed on her back.  And another fell off her bicycle.  

10 Worst Places To Wear Flip Flops

  1. Mowing the lawn
  2. Riding a bicycle
  3. Driving
  4. Subway and buses
  5. Skateboarding
  6. Areas where Poison Ivy grows
  7. In crowds
  8. Riding a scooter, or motorbike
  9. Cleaning the cellar, yard, or attic
  10. City streets
For more on flip flops, read my post, Flip Flop Smarts: Beach Only, and  Flip Flops: A Pain In The Sole
 
 
Irene Pastore, Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  For her complete bio, visit the About Page.  
 
 

National Garlic Day – April 19, 2021

GARLIC TOAST

Garlic is a pungent and powerful vegetable whose closest relatives are onions, leeks, and chives.    Garlic is anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial.   It is used to prevent and treat colds, and helps to lower blood pressure.

GARLIC VERSATILITY

GARLIC & BASIL PIZZA
  • Sautéed Garlic Over Fettucine
  • Toasted  Italian Bread with Olive Oil & Crushed Garlic
  •  Pickled Garlic on Crackers
  • Garlic Oil  Drizzled Over French Bread
  • Garlic Granules Over Red Peppers & Salad Greens
  • Garlic Paste added to Seafood Dishes
  • Sautéed Garlic and Onions in Soup 
  • Roasted Garlic Over Pizza
  • Garlic Oil over Tomato with Hard Cheese & Crusty Bread

For all things garlic visit www.NationalGarlicDay.com, and  www.GarlicFestival.com.


Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.


Not All Americans Get Sufficient Exercise


“22.9 Percent Of U.S. Adults 18-64 Meet The Guidelines For Both Aerobic And Muscle Strengthening Activities During LTPA* Activities During 2010-2015″ CDC 2018 Report

*Leisure Time Physical Activity

22.9 is an overall percentage. Other results varied by state. Read the most recent report here. June 28, 2018 National Health Statistics Report


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.  

Test Your GMOs Quiz

TEST YOUR GMOs QUIZ

(Answers appear at bottom of page).

True or False

The Most common foods containing GMOs are:

  1. Canned Soup
  2. Frozen Food
  3. Baby Formula
  4. Packaged Sweetened Juices
  5. Packaged Cereal
  6. Vegetable and Canola Oil
  7. Tofu
  8. Meat
  9. Milk
  10. Carbonated Soft Drinks

True or False

11. If you buy organically grown food, you can avoid GMOs.

12. High risk foods containing GMOs are corn, zucchini,  yellow summer squash, and foods containing soy.

13.  The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit GMOs.

14.  Hawaiian papaya contains GMOs.

15.  Food bearing these labels are guaranteed not to contain GMOs. USDA ORGANIC FOOD LABEL

 

 

16.  Most fresh produce is non-GMO, with the exception of corn, soybeans, zucchini, yellow summer squash, and Hawaiian papaya.

ANSWERS

Answers for all questions are TRUE.

To avoid all GMOs, buy organic.  This is not always feasible for many people, because of local selection, and cost.

Growing or sprouting your own food from organic seeds, is an alternative that isn’t as expensive.

MORE INFORMATION 

The Non GMO Shopping Guide, published by The Institute for Responsible Technology.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core.com

 

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Everyday Guide To Mushrooms

© Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporationWhite Button mushrooms are the most common variety of mushrooms sold in supermarkets.  While shopping the produce aisle, you may have noticed other varieties, but don’t know what they are, or how they’re used.  This post will help you identify other mushroom types, and inspire you to try something new.

Mushrooms are easy, and fast to prepare, and contain vitamins and minerals.  Surprise your friends or family  by serving a vegetarian hamburger made from a Portobello mushroom, or top a pizza with sautéed Shiitake mushrooms.

Mushroom stir fry corbis

Mushroom Vegetable Stir Fry

How To Use Mushrooms

Pizza Topping

Salads

Soups

Pasta Dishes

Vegetable Dishes

Stuffed with Parmesan Cheese

Vegetarian Mushroom Burger

Varieties of Mushrooms

© Copyright 2011 CorbisCorporationShiitake Mushrooms are tan to dark brown in color, have a meaty texture, and rich flavor.  The stems are curved, and the caps are shaped like an umbrella.  Either saute, or stir-fry. There are about 41 calories in 4-5 mushrooms, with zero fat.

Cremini Mushrooms, are also known as Baby Bellas.  They are the same size as White Button Mushrooms, but have a much firmer texture.  Cremini Mushrooms are light tan, to dark brown in color.  Four to five mushrooms contain about 23 calories, and zero fat. Saute, stir-fry, or broil.

Portabello Mushrooms have tan-colored tops, that measure up to 6″ in diameter. © Copyright 2011 CorbisCorporationTexture and flavor is like meat.  Grill, broil or roast.  One mushroom is about 22 calories,  with zero fat. Portabello mushrooms are used to make vegetarian hamburgers.

White Button Mushrooms are mild tasting.  Four to five mushrooms contain about 18 calories, and no fat.  When mushrooms are mentioned, this is the first one you’d think about,  because they are the ones most commonly found in everyday cooking.   Saute, or eat them raw.

Maitake Mushrooms have a rippling shape, and no cap.  The flavor is rich and woodsy. Four to five Maitake Mushrooms contain about 31 calories, and zero fat.  Saute.

Enoki Mushrooms have tiny button-shaped caps, with long, spindly stems.  The flavor is mild and crunchy.  Eat raw, or in miso soup. Four to five Enoki Mushrooms contain about 37 calories, and no fat.

Oyster Mushrooms are gray, pale yellow or blue, and have a delicate, velvet-like texture. Four to five Oyster Mushrooms contain about 25 calories, and no fat.  Saute.

Beech Mushrooms are very small, have a crunchy texture, and white or brown caps. They have a flavor that is mild and nutty. Stir-fry, roast, or saute.  Four ounces yields about 23 calories, and no fat.

Place your cursor over each photograph to identify the names of each mushroom group.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core.com