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Welcome to My Blog Sandy-Toe

Welcome to my blog Sandy-Toe. My name is Peter and today is your lucky day….because I have decided to join the blogosphere. My blog is going to be so upbeat and full of so much wonderful information that you will be visiting it every day just to see what new and wonder thing I have discovered for you.

Welcome, Let me start by telling you a …

Let me start by telling you a little about myself. I was born in Montreal Canada, I was a little French/Greek-Canadian. I was cute…or so my mother tells me. Growing up in Canada was wonderful, I learned to play hockey, was a goalie no less, and at the age of six I started school, I then learned to speak English, kind of. I continued to play hockey, I don’t think I was pro quality, but I loved it. I eventually went to work for the McDonalds Corp in Canada, I was so good at my job that I was transferred to Brussels. Not to mention that is where I was to open the first McDonalds in that part of Europe. You could say I was responsible for introducing American fast food to Europe. I have been hiding from the Europeans in Florida ever since.

Which brings me to the point of my blog, I am going to tell you how beautiful living in Florida is, I will show you white sand beaches, beautiful homes, stunning sunsets, and world class restaurants, and some just plain old Florida good old boy places.

So welcome along for the ride, I hope you enjoy it. And also, don’t forget to go to my sidebar and click on my Follow Me button. That way you can be kept up to date with all my blog posts.

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Dehydration

dehydration

Dehydration is a problem. Summer has come and everyone is out in the wonderful weather enjoying the sun. Few people stop to consider the consequences of all this fun in the sun. One of the side effects of a round of volleyball at the beach, or a day playing 18 holes of golf, or running a 5k in the heat is dehydration. When your body loses more water that you take in it causes you to dehydrate. 75% of your body weight is water. You are constantly losing water, through breathing, sweating, and urination just to mention a few bodily functions.

There are many ways that you can lose excess water. Diarrhea is the number one cause for all age group. Next would be vomiting, and then an illness like diabetes which causes frequent urination. Any of these conditions can cause your body to lose water faster than it can be replaced. In the case of vomiting, it can just be difficult to keep the fluids down.

The other way to lose a dangerous amount of fluid is through excess perspiration, like when you are exercising on a hot day. You may not even be aware that you are depleting your body of essential fluids until you start to suffer the side effects.

Symptoms

If your notice that you are experiencing a dry mouth, a headache. Also, dark or decreased urine you may be experiencing early dehydration. As the fluid volume of your body drops your heart will have to work harder to maintain blood pressure. It will start shunting blood away from your extremities and to your vital organs in an attempt to maintain life. As dehydration continues you may begin to experience confusion, lethargy. As a matter of fact you cab suffer from seizures and loss of consciousness. Untreated it will lead to death.

Treatment

If you are experiencing an illness with uncontrolled nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea seek medical attention. Also, If you are experiencing increased thirst and increased urination you may be suffering from diabetes and again you need to seek medical attention.

In Addition, If you are working outdoors or exercising in hot weather. Also, if you begin to experience the early warning signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, headache or fatigue stop what you are doing and find a cool place to rest. Drinking cool water will help. You can also consume popsicles and fruit juices. Sports drinks may also be helpful they contain electrolytes and carbohydrates that your body has been losing while you were perspiring.  Do not go back to what you were doing, give your body time to rest and recover.

The last thing that you want to do is to have a cold beer. If beer is your drink, it will taste really good and quite refreshing. But having that cold one is the worst thing that you can do. Alcohol is a diuretic, a diuretic is an agent which causes the body to activate its chemical cascade to rid its self of excess fluid. So instead of replacing the vital fluid which your body now needs you will actually be causing your body to rid its’ self of more fluid and increase the dehydration.

Enjoy your summer, and use caution in hot weather, remember small children and the elderly are more susceptible to dehydration and they may not display the warning signs until the condition becomes serious.

References

Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-20261155

MedicineNet.com

http://www.medicinenet.com/dehydration/article.htm

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

http://www.hazelden.org/web/public/ade70528.page

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Friday Night Dance Party

Friday Night Dance Party
Friday Night Dance Party

Sun Coast of Florida is where you find the best Friday Night Dance Party in the South of these United States. Organized and run by the greatest oldies station around, 107.9 WSRZ. In addition, the strength of this station was the vast popularity of one of its show. Also, this show has been able to attract a large ever increasing following.  It used to be called the Jones and Crane Show. As a matter of fact Jones and Crane were together for over twenty years but sadly Crane decided to retire.  Now it’s called Jones and Company.

Of course, Dave and Company will continue to have their ever so popular Friday Night Parties. The only problem is that they seem to be getting harder to find a spot large enough to handle the large crowds. Dave Jones effervescent personality and his charisma are definitely his strength.

Not to mention, let us not forget the music which Dave ignites the dance floor with on Friday Night Dance Party. Music of the sixties, the seventies and the eighties. As a matter of fact, the floor is quickly packed as real rock and roll are played with funk and Blues by the greats of our time. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Queen just to mention a few. Then, lets us not forget the popular Disco songs that come on to the pleasure of everyone.

Friday Night Dance Party Going on A Cruise

If that’s not enough,  107.9 WSRZ have now a seven-day cruise in the Western Carribean. Last year we were lucky enough to be on the maiden voyage of Norwegian newest boat called Norwegian Escape.  With stops at Saint Thomas, U.S.Islands, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Nassau, Bahamas. A beautiful seven days at sea again this year.

If great music and a night from a comedian sponsored by the radio station you get the most amazing food. Every evening you have food made in heaven with service beyond approach. The only thing that makes this better is the presence of my beautiful wife Susan. Looking forward to the next cruise on November 4-11, 2017.

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Leg of Lamb and Pilaf (Plain)

Lamb
Leg of Lamb

Leg of Lamb made the Greek way is an outstanding dish that will make your mouth buds explode in ecstasy. This simple recipe will help you enjoy this delicious Greek dish.

Leg of lamb – 5 to 6 lbs.
6 to 8 cloves of garlic
1 cup water
salt and pepper
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 heaping T oregano

Wash lamb and trim off excess fat. Make incisions throughout the leg and plug with garlic. Salt and pepper generously. Place in roasting pan on rack. Pour a cup of water in the pan. Cover and cook 1 hour in preheated oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Uncover. Continue roasting uncovered.

In a separate cup, blend the lemon juice, oil, and oregano with a fork. Whip until well mixed. Pour over lamb and baste frequently until well done. To test doneness pierce with a fork. If juice run, continue roasting.If you are planning to make pilaf add a small amount of water to juices in pan.

Pilaf (Plain) To With Leg Of Lamb

1 cup uncooked rice

2 cups water or stock

1/3 cube of butter

salt and pepper to taste

Bring water with butter to boil. Add salt and pepper. Add rice; stir with a wooden spoon. Cover and simmer for twenty to twenty-five minutes. Keep covered.

Strain juices from the leg of lamb. Serve rice with sauce.

Variation: Maintaining a ratio of 1 cup rice to 2 cups of water or liquid, substitute the juices from the lamb for the water.

Cook rice in this mixture according to directions above.

This great Greek recipe like so many recipes that I have given to you come from an excellent Greek Recipe book “Greek Cooking for Everyone” by Theoni Pappas & Elvira Monroe. This book is filled with culinary treasures that will make you wish that had these great meals all your life.

 

Theoni Pappas & Elvira Monroe “Greek Cooking for Everyone” June 2017 <https://www.amazon.com/Greek-Cooking-Everyone-Theoni-Pappas/dp/0933174616/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1496829577&sr=8-1&keywords=Greek+Cooking+for+everyone>

 

 

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Leonidas and His Three Hundred

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King Leonidas

Leonidas (c. 530-480 B.C.) was a king of the city-state of Sparta from about 490 B.C. until his death at the Battle of Thermopylae against the Persian army in 480 B.C. Although Leonidas lost the battle he was immortalized with his death and that of his three hundred personal bodyguards at Thermopylae.

Like all male Spartan citizens, Leonidas had been trained mentally and physically since he was big enough to walk. In addition, Spartan children were taken away from their mothers at an early so to start their training to become Hoplites.

Hoplites were armed with a round shield, spear, and iron short sword. Equally important, in battle, they used a formation called a phalanx, in which rows of hoplites stood directly next to each other.  So that their shields overlapped with one another. During a frontal attack, this wall of shields provided significant protection to the warriors behind it. The Roman used a similar tactic. Except they used a rectangular shield to form a wall when the shields overlapped.

The problem with the phalanx is if the enemies attacked either from the side or behind they were unprotected and vulnerable. It was this fatal weakness of the formidable phalanx formation.  These proved to be Leonidas’  and his three hundred undoing against an invading Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

FAMILY

Leonidas was the third son of Anaxandridas II of Sparta. He was the half-brother of the late King Cleomenes I of Sparta. Leonidas was crowned King after the death of his half-brother. Cleomenes’ died of a suspected suicide. Leonidas was also married to Cleomenes’ only child, the wise Gorgo, Queen of Sparta.

Battle of Thermopylae,

 The battle of Thermopylae took place in northern Greece (480 BC) during the Persian Wars. Not to mention, this was basically a revenge reprisal by the Persians (now Iran) after they were defeated at Marathon ten years earlier. This time the Persian invasion was led by King Xerxes in 480 bce. Leonidas King of Sparta and his new alliance with Athens had decided what must be done to save Greece. Leonidas knew that the army of Xerxes was going to invade Greece from the north via the very narrow Thermopylae passage and by sea. Athens would be responsible for the taken care of the Persian fleet.

Leonidas realized that the only way his small force with his three hundred personal bodyguards was to stop Xerxes army would be at Thermopylae. There the Persian King Xerxes had led a vast army overland from the Dardanelles. The army accompanied by a substantial fleet that was moving along the coast. His forces quickly seized northern Greece after he defeated King Leonidas and his forces at the narrow pass of Thermopylae.  Next to the sea nearby in the straits of Artemisium.

The End of the King and the Three Hundred

King Leonidas succeeded with his plan to hold back the Persians. Leonidas efforts gave Greece the opportunity to organize to fight Xerxes. King Leonidas armored Greek infantry held a line only a few dozen yards long between a steep hillside and the sea. This battlefield was very narrow and was personally picked by Leonidas. It prevented the Persians from bringing their superior numbers to bear. The Greeks were able to hold back two days the fierce Persian attacks. They succeeded to impose heavy casualties on the Persians while suffering relatively light losses themselves.

Unfortunately, King Leonidas and his 300-man who refused to leave their King and retreat. Mainly, because it was contrary to Spartan law and custom. This led to their demise and their infamy.

 

The Spartan motto was “come back carrying your shield or upon it”. They never left their men behind.

This thought is also followed by the United States Marines.

 

“Leonidas I” June 2017 <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonidas_I>

History.com Staff “LEONIDAS” June 2017 <http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/leonidas>

N.S. Gill “King Leonidas of Sparta and the Battle at Thermopylae” June 2017 <https://www.thoughtco.com/king-leonidas-of-sparta-battle-thermopylae-112481>

Donald Sommerville “Battle of Thermopylae GREEK HISTORY” [480 BC] June 2917 <https://www.britannica.com/event/Battle-of-Thermopylae-Greek-history-480-BC>

 

 

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Is Salt Really Good For You.

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Salt

Salt, also known as sodium chloride, is about 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. It adds flavor to food. Also used as a preservative, binder, and stabilizer. The human body needs a very small amount of sodium – the primary element we get from salt – to conduct nerve impulses, contract and relax muscles, and maintain the proper balance of water and minerals. But too much sodium in the diet can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

Sodium consumption high among those at risk of heart disease:

Excess sodium intake is a problem across gender, race, and health status. Some differences were seen:

  • Among adults, a larger proportion of men (98 percent) than women (80 percent) consume too much sodium.
  • About 90 percent of adult whites consume excess sodium compared with 85 percent of blacks.
  • Estimated sodium and calorie consumption peaks between the ages of 19 and 50.
  • Among people at greater risk of developing heart disease or stroke – such as people age 51 and older, African Americans and individuals with high blood pressure or pre-hypertension (blood pressure higher than normal but not in the “high” range) – more than three out of four exceed 2,300 mg per day.
  • Adults with hypertension consume slightly less sodium than other adults and may be trying to follow physicians’ advice to reduce sodium. However, 86 percent of adults with hypertension still consume too much.

At least that is what we were told.

Now we have a whole new outlook towards Sodium Chloride. What are we to do with salt. The government seems to change their position on everything sooner or later. Now, it seems to be Sodium Chloride turn. This phenomenon seems to happen fairly regularly when a new scientific research results come in. Now we understand that the facts of yesteryears were all wrong.  Sodium chloride is no longer a cause for alarm.

The research, published recently in two dense papers in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, reported in The New York Times.  Contradicts much of the conventional wisdom about how the body handles sodium chloride and suggests that high levels may play a role in weight loss.

During an experiment, they recorded that the cosmonauts ate a diet containing 12 grams of salt daily, followed by nine grams daily. In addition, the cosmonauts then ate a low-salt diet of six grams daily, each for a 28-day period. In like manner, in a longer mission, the cosmonauts ate an additional cycle of 12 grams of salt daily.

The Real Shocker for Salt

The real shocker came when Dr. Titze measured the amount of sodium excreted in the crew’s urine, the volume of their urine, and the amount of sodium in their blood.

When the crew ate more salt, they excreted more salt; the amount of sodium in their blood remained constant, and their urine volume increased.

Instead of drinking more, the crew was drinking less in the long run when getting more sodium chloride. So where was the excreted water coming from? More tests need to be made to answer all the questions.

So many new questions with so many new answers to come. This study by Dr. Titze made us look at Sodium Chloride in a new way. Are the findings decisive? Time will tell.

 

Gina Kolata “Why Everything We Know About Salt May Be Wrong” May 2017,<www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/health/salt-health-effects.html>

“New Research: Excess Sodium Intake Remains Common in the United States” May 2017<https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0106-sodium-intake.html>

 

 

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