Oh, the luck of the Irish is with you this week. St. Patrick’s Day and all that goes with that! Careful don’t get pinched. Here are the weekly tips. Just think we are half way through March and well on our way to Spring, Spring Break with the kiddos and summer time. Enjoy each and every day, it is a gift.
Go out of your way to be the first to welcome a newcomer into the neighborhood, the workplace, church, school, or club. It isn’t necessary to take a goodie, but such a gesture is always appreciated. Anticipate questions and offer help: where do you grocery shop, where are the nearby schools or churches, or post office, what about public transportation? Above all, be friendly. To find even one friendly, helpful person can make a huge difference. Be that person.
Here are a few ideas to keep you, your family and house running “green”:
Reduce the strain on your freezer by keeping it full – it runs more efficiently. Shop the weekend ads to buy efficiently and store the same.
Switch to free ecards and reduce paper waste.
Rip bread crumbs up for birds and reduce the amount of food you throw out.
Switch to a low flow showerhead to reduce water use.
Low flow toilets can also reduce water usage.
Properly inflated tires will reduce mileage and gas use.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and depending on how you “celebrate” here are some tips to avoid that “Green Hangover“. If you want to avoid the misery and still have a good time, here’s how:
1) Drink slowly. The slower you drink, the less alcohol reaches your brain—even though you may actually drink more over the long haul.
2) Drink on a full stomach. “This is probably the single best thing you can do, besides drinking less, to reduce the severity of a hangover,” Dr. Mitchell says.
3) Avoid the bubbly. That doesn’t mean just champagne. Anything with bubbles in it is a special hazard. The bubbles move the booze into your bloodstream much more quickly.
4) Drink the right drinks. What you drink can play a major role in what your head feels like the next morning, according to Kenneth Blum, PhD. The least perilous concoction is vodka. The most perilous are cognacs, brandies, whiskeys, and champagnes of all kinds.
5) Try prickly pear cactus. Researchers at Tulane University found that drinkers who took two capsules of an extract of prickly pear cactus 5 hours before imbibing had 50 percent fewer hangover symptoms than those who popped a placebo.
6) Be size smart. So scale down your drinks.
7) Have an Alka-Seltzer cocktail at bedtime. “There’s no hard scientific data on this, but water and Alka-Seltzer before going to bed can make your hangover much less of a problem,” says John Brick, PhD.
Two recipes this week: Irish Scones and St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes.