Aim to strengthen your every day by learning how to debunk
the myths that may hinder your way.
Myth: Food can be left out in the sun for the duration of a picnic or barbeque. :
Fact: All perishable foods, including proteins, sandwiches, dips, dairy-based desserts, and salads, such as pasta salad or potato salad should be kept cool at all times. Food bacteria tends to grow more rapidly in foods with higher protein content, moisture, and when placed in a warmer environment. As a rule of thumb, discard all perishable foods after two hours. If you hate dumping food not consumed, try keeping your food in the cooler until mealtime and then put it back on ice once everyone has helped themselves. Finally, remember to have two coolers – one for ready-to-eat foods and other for raw meats, poultry, or fish.
Myth: If you put two coats of the same sunscreen on, you’re twice as protected.
FACT: Putting on two layers of SPF 15 is not the same as using SPF 30. The SPF of each layer does not add together, though two layers are more beneficial than one because it ensures even coverage as most people usually use less sunscreen than recommended. The average person should use at least one ounce of sunscreen to cover their body. Try filling a shot glass with sunscreen and using it all to get a good idea of how much sunscreen you should be using. Reapply frequently, especially if you are in the water!
Myth: Fresh produce is expensive.
FACT: When produce is in season, it is cheaper. Since summer is the peak time for a lot of crops, it is the cheapest time to buy fresh produce. Keep an eye out for cantaloupe, peaches, tomatoes, watermelon, and corn both at the grocery store and the farmers markets. You can even pick your own blueberries, strawberries and raspberries throughout the summer, which is a great deal and a lot of fun. Check out www.localharvest.org for local farms, community supported agriculture, and other events in your area.
Myth: Someone will be sober enough to drive home.
FACT: Unless you are over 21, having any alcohol in your system is considered drunk driving. If you are going to a party, make sure there is a friend who has committed to drive you home and will not be drinking AT ALL. If you are thinking about having a beer by the pool, make sure you’re not going anywhere any time soon, or better yet, ask someone sober to drive you wherever you may have to be later that day.
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