What You Need to Know Before Embarking on a Road Trip

Road trips can be a ton of fun for the whole group, but they can also be full of stress and frustration if you aren’t adequately prepared. Going in with a strong plan can help you to make your road trip experience more fruitful and more fun for drivers and passengers alike. If you want to make your road trip the best it can be, there are a few things that you need to know before you hit the road. 

Plan Out Your Trip 

While it is okay to wing some elements of your trip, you want to have a pretty solid plan in mind before you get going. Your plan should include the places where you want to stop each night and some options for food and activities. You don’t have to plan every single element, and you don’t have to stick to the plans you make. But having a plan will give you something to turn to if you are bored, unsure what to do, or something goes wrong. 

Know the Laws of Each State 

If your trip is going to take you across state lines, you want to make sure that you know the laws of the states you enter. This will protect you from getting a ticket or being uninformed about important regulations in the states you pass through. You also want to make sure you are traveling safely, whether you are in a car or on a motorcycle. Even when motorcycle helmets aren’t required by law, they protect you from serious injury. When you know the laws, you can stay safer and have more fun since you won’t get sidetracked by an unfortunate ticket. 

What to Pack 

Depending on where you are road tripping, your packing needs may vary, but there are a few constants. First you want to make sure you have enough food to get you from place to place. It can make for a very miserable road trip if you don’t have snacks and have hours before you hit the next town. You also want to make sure to pack safety supplies and the right clothing for the climates you will be in. 

When you take the time to plan out your road trip, you can have a ton of fun and minimize your stress. That will make you a better and safer driver and help your trip to be an even better time. Make sure to bring a camera or your phone along so you can capture the beautiful views.

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Tiktoks for fun Date & Dried Cherry Bread Treats

Some Date & Dried Cherry Bread Treats

@frank_mentorsf Some fall baking with dried cherry & date bread (no nuts). Follow #foodtoktv for the recipe. #fall #halloween #bearinthekitchen #bearsoftiktok ♬ I Put A Spell On You – The Ghost Doctors

 

@foodtoktv Date – Cherry bread by @frank_mentorsf is a delicious fall treat!! #dates #datebread #foodtoktv #LevisMusicProject #PINKHolidayRemix #TheHarderTheyFall ♬ Surf music that feels summer – SKUNK

A overdo update

Had some great time fiddling around with some projects while spending time in Provincetown this fall. Been years since I had spent the October and November months waterside. Even managed to knock out a few TikTok recipes for our new collaborative project FoodTokTV.

One of my favs was a way to create a “faux focaccia” bread but using Bisquick as a stand-in for traditional dough. And some gift-making with Date & Dried Cherry mini loaves. Which ended up perfect snacking food as we got hit with a “nor-easter” which knocked out power for a day.

Then, of course, Halloween in Ptown is always a blast which prompted me to do up an adult version of “pigs in a blanket” which I served up on my new hand-painted plate set from Sam of https://artisticmermenprovincetown.com. I even managed to support Breast cancer awareness week with some pink caramel pretzels.

Best of all was my daily walks along the beach looking for treasures.

How to Get More Paleo-Friendly Snacks in Your Diet

Snacks are an important and healthy way to fuel your body in-between meals. But when you follow a paleo diet, things can get tricky when it comes to snacking. Avoiding grains, dairy, and other products that only became available after farming, means a lot of traditional snacks are off-limits. Here are some tips on how to get more paleo-friendly snacks in your diet.

Dehydrate Fruit

Fruit is nature’s candy, sweet, juicy, bursting with flavor, and rich in nutrients. Fruits are wonderful foods that should play a bigger role in your diet. Carrying around fruit as a snack can be challenging though, because it needs to be kept refrigerated if it’s not going to be consumed quickly. Dehydrated fruit, on the other hand, is shelf stable and easy to take on the go. You can purchase dried and dehydrated fruit at the grocery store, or make it yourself! Just place strips of fruit in a dehydrator and bake for 6-8 hours, until the fruit has dried. It is fun and easy, and tastes delicious.

Make Jerky

If you’re a fan of jerky, you’ll love making it at home. Jerky is dried and cured strips of meat. Jerky has been around for hundreds of years, and is a method used before refrigeration to preserve meat. And it is very easy to make jerky at home, you just have to dehydrate it.

Dehydrating meat removes 80% of the water. This will shrink the meat strips a bit, but also make it chewy and snappy in the jerky way you love. Removing the water is also a large part of what makes a jerky shelf-stable. There are tons of recipes available online to make your own jerky to check out.

Snack on Trail Mix

Lots of trail mixes are paleo, as long as you stick to the ones that are made with nuts, seeds, fruits, and nothing extra like chocolates or pretzels. Trail mix is a great way to get a burst of energy from a good mix of healthy fats and protein. And it’s so easy to make your own at home using exactly what you like.

Following a paleo diet doesn’t mean you have to give up snacking. With a little preparation, you can have delicious and crave-worthy snacks that are paleo-friendly. Give these tips a try and see what is your favorite paleo-friendly snack!

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How Can I Keep My Food Good for Longer?

Throwing away food feels just like throwing away money— having your groceries go bad so soon after buying them is frustrating to say the least! How can you prevent your good food from going bad for as long as possible? Here are a few tips that may extend your groceries’ lifespan significantly.

Follow Storage Instructions

Any food item comes with ideal circumstances for storage. While you may think you know where foods should go, take the time to learn exactly where each food item has the best chances of “survival”. For example, some fruits and vegetables will last longer unrefrigerated, like tomatoes, bananas, herbs, melons, and squash. Know what foods need to be kept out of moist areas (like mushrooms or grains), and what foods benefit from hydration (like carrots or celery). Pay attention to labels on packaged foods, and research the unpackaged foods to ensure you are storing them properly.

Process It

Consider processing your foods to give them a much longer lifespan! According to Vacuum Sealers Unlimited, using a method like dehydrating, vacuum sealing, or freeze drying will extend the shelf-life. These methods maintain many of the nutrients and much of the flavor of the produce you love, allowing you to use it for months to come without worrying about rot or expiration. If the food item is not able to be processed, then consider freezing it! Most foods can last almost half a year without acquiring freezer burn, which damages the taste and texture of those foods and exposes them to potentially harmful chemicals from your freezer. Plus, frozen foods retain 100% of the nutrients they contain at the moment of freezing.  

Buy the Right Foods

Be aware of the freshness of your groceries when you buy them. You can’t blame food for rotting when they were on the verge of doing so even in the store! Prevent waste by meal planning and only buying the produce necessary for those plans. Or, implement a process of cycling through your food to make sure that you’re using your oldest things first—this applies to packaged foods as well as produce. And Then We Saved recommends looking at expiration dates before you buy, and (as much as possible) buying products with a naturally long shelf life like pasta, potatoes, dried meats, canned foods or honey.

Each of these things will help you reduce or even eliminate the frustrating waste that you may have from old and rotten food. Try one or try all and enjoy your fresh food, all the time!

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Oh those Friday nights

It’s been a really busy few weeks and before I knew it it was Friday again and I had forgotten to post this!

So with my regular work being busy, and then having a great opportunity to jump on an Amazon live with one of my favorite TikTok food personalities, CookitErica for first Amazon Live (Erica goes live weekly by the way). You can get the details here for Erica’s Amazon space or follow her amazing Tiktoks as CookItErica

It was equally fun to get invited after for a zoom debrief call with Erica and some great new creator pals, Caz and Katie, and next thing you know it was 6 PM.

So what to come up with when you haven’t gone to the grocery store well last Friday night  I went with pasta

The full recipe is posted on the Pepper App, but essentially this was what I had in the refrigerator sauteed up until warm and tossed with pasta.

Last night I did a similar mash-up; but used all the grilled flank steak from the night before, along with the roasted veggies, and added some broccoli to make a loosely inspired Beef & Broccoli dish with a soy, ginger, and brown sugar sauce. 

 

@frank_mentorsf

When everyone is hungry, but no time to shop. Get creative with leftovers. Dice and saute them up, make a quick sauce and dinner! #leftover #notime

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Stay agile and think beyond the borders we create for ourselves.

These days to stay successful requires the ability to stay agile and think beyond the borders we create for ourselves. Sometimes it means trying something new or even putting ourselves in different environments. For me, I started to say yes to more guest invitations on podcasts, even those outside my traditional genre. It not only exposes me to new ideas and audiences. I generally walk away inspired by the process of the conversation and with a germ of a nugget of a new idea to explore.

This is a recent guest spot on The HPP Podcast, the podcast for The Health Promotion and Practice Journal from Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
 
Title: Ep. 33 Exploring A Career in Health Promotion: What HPP Editorial Board Members are Up To with Frank Strona
 
Description: In this episode, The HPP Podcast host, Arden Castle is in conversation with Frank Strona, Editorial Board member for The Health Promotion Practice Journal. Frank talks about his 35+ years of experience in the sexual health field and his transition to the national response for COVID. He reminds us that it is never too late to go back to school and to challenge ourselves with new opportunities. He ends the episode by reflecting on HPP’s supplemental issues, the diversity of the HPP Editorial Board, and the excitement that this work bring
 
 

 

My month for guest podcasts!

First I guested with the great group from The Bear Element Podcast on Youtube
🐻 EP 56 | Delta “V” and Men’s Health! | Guest: Frank Strona! 


Then this week I was just a guest on The HPP Podcast, the podcast for The Health Promotion and Practice Journal from Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
 
Title: Ep. 33 Exploring A Career in Health Promotion: What HPP Editorial Board Members are Up To with Frank Strona
 
Description: In this episode, The HPP Podcast host, Arden Castle is in conversation with Frank Strona, Editorial Board member for The Health Promotion Practice Journal. Frank talks about his 35+ years of experience in the sexual health field and his transition to the national response for COVID. He reminds us that it is never too late to go back to school and to challenge ourselves with new opportunities. He ends the episode by reflecting on HPP’s supplemental issues, the diversity of the HPP Editorial Board, and the excitement that this work bring
 
 

How to Listen to Your Body as You Eat

Many people find that they overeat in certain situations, and are trying to move away from those bad habits. Whether you find yourself overeating on vacation, when you’re alone at home, or when you’re eating out, it is important to know how to take better care of your body. Here are a few ways to know how to listen to your body as you eat so you don’t do damage to your health by overeating.

 

Eat Until You’re Full

Overeating is something that happens really easily if you’re really hungry or rushed. If you are eating a big meal after being very hungry or in a limited amount of time, try not to listen to your body. As you are eating, try to pay attention to how you are feeling. If you start to feel satisfied and the impulse to eat more starts to diminish, you’re probably getting close to being full. Don’t rush ahead and stuff yourself with as much food as possible as fast as you can because that will result in feeling overfull. Slow down and pay attention to how your body feels. According to Alissa Rumsey, you’ll then feel comfortably full and satisfied at the end of your meal.

 

Avoid Foods That Don’t Agree with You

It is natural for different people to have certain foods that don’t agree with them, making them feel bloated or causing heartburn or stomach aches. For example, according to Granite Peaks Gastroenterology, some spicy and acidic foods can cause heartburn. Citric fruits and sour or bitter drinks might also have a similar effect. It is important to listen to your body when trying different foods so you can identify which foods may cause you any discomfort.

 

Designate Meals

If you’re really busy and often eating on the go, your body might not actually register that you’ve eaten a real meal. For example, if you’re eating a bagel as you drive to work for breakfast, or chowing down on chips for lunch while working on the computer, your body will likely not treat that consumption of food as a meal. According to Elise Museles, it is important to actually sit down with a plate and take the time to eat your food like a meal, even if you only have ten minutes to do so. This will allow your body to recognize the food as a designated meal and to be more satisfied and nourished once you’ve finished.

 

As you are learning to take better care of your body by listening to it as you eat, be patient with yourself. It will be a process to learn how to take care of yourself, and you’ll likely still have days where you feel bloated and overfull. If you keep putting forth effort and paying attention to how you feel when you eat, you’ll figure out an eating system of foods and meal times that will help you feel the best.


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