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THINK TANK

Saturday, July 02, 2011

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Road-tripping this summer? Increase your MPG's with these surprising tips.

Q. I've heard you shouldn't refuel when the refueling truck is in the station. True?
A. Yes. The truck's hose stirs up the sediment at the bottom of the station's underground storage tank, which can clog your car's gas tank. So unless you're on empty, run some errands and go back later.

Q. Do I waste more gas driving with the windows down or the air conditioner on?
A. It depends: If you're traveling below 40 mph, go ahead and open your windows. But if you cruise above 40 mph, turn on the AC; the drag caused by wind entering your car will cause your engine to burn more fuel.

Q. Is there a time of day that's optimal to fill up?
A. Yes! Refuel in the morning before the gas pump has a chance to heat up and expand; gas is sold by volume, so the cooler it it, the more your tank holds.

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55WALKER 7/2/2011 4:59PM

    Thanks!

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A Great Escape

Friday, July 01, 2011

There is no better time than now, during these relaxed days of summer, to slip away. To have a special place where you have room to breathe, think and explore parts of yourself that surface in solitude, away from the noise of everyday life. A luxurious trip, an afternoon in the park - where you go is less important than creating moments for self-discovery. Be your own compass, and wherever your journey takes you, you'll never feel lost.

  
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DDOORN 7/2/2011 9:37PM

    Always well worth the effort!

Don

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KARIDIAN1 7/1/2011 7:05AM

    Great idea!

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Thought for the day

Thursday, June 30, 2011

“The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.”
—DEAN ACHESON, U.S. secretary of state

  
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BAD & GOOD #10

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

BAD Stone Cold
Cold Stone Creamery's Oh Fudge? shake (chocolate ice cream, milk and fudge syrup) starts at 1,250 calories for the "Like It" (16 oz.) size. That's more than a large (32 oz.) McDonald's Triple Thick Chocolate Shake. The "Love It" (20 oz.) has 1,660 calories and the "Gotta Have It" (24 oz.) reaches 1,920 calories (an entire day's worth) and 69 grams of saturated fat (3-1/2 days worth). It's two 16 oz. T-bone steaks plus a buttered baked potato, all blended into a handy 24 oz. cup.

GOOD Leafy Greens
Don't miss out on powerhouse greens like kale, collards, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, and Swiss chard. These standout leafy greens are jam-packed with vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, lutein, and fiber. Serve with a splash of lemon juice or red wine vinegar.

This and the previous 9 blogs have been brought to you courtesy of Nutrition Action Newsletter.

I don't know about you, but these were sure an eye-opener for me!

  
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DDOORN 6/29/2011 8:52AM

    LOVE Nutrition Action! Have been to cheap to subscribe to it lately, but always impressed by their content!

Don

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BAD & GOOD #9

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

BAD Extreme Ice Cream
An average half-cup serving of Haagen-Dazs ice cream squeezes half-a-day's saturated fat and a third of a day's cholesterol into your artery walls and makes a 300-calorie-down-payment on your next set of fat cells-if you can stop at a petite half-cup!

GOOD Butternut Squash
Steam a sliced squash or buy peeled, diced butternut squash at the supermarket that's ready to go into the oven, a stir-fry, or a soup. It's an easy way to get payloads of vitamins A and C and fiber.

  
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55WALKER 6/28/2011 2:30PM

    My favorite "ice cream" is frozen banana. Whirl it up in a blender or just slice it and eat it. Great sprinkled with unsweetened cocoa powder.

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