Ever wonder which cooking oil is best? The answer is, it depends. Here’s a short list of some everyday oils and how and when you should use them.
Olive oil: Its flavor depends on its point of origin. A Spanish and California olive oils are fruity, Italian olive oils are herbal and Greek olive oils tend to be green in color and very strong. Olive oil has a low smoke point and is best used for cold dishes, pestos and salads.
Canola oil: Canola oil has a neutral flavor and a high smoke point. It’s a good all-purpose cooking oil and is fine to use when cooking on high.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is mild in flavor, has a lower smoke point and is good as a substitute for butter and other oils in baking.
Sunflower oil: Sunflower is a neutral tasting oil and has a high smoke point. It’s a good all-purpose cooking oil and is fine to use when cooking on high.
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Here are a few homemade beauty remedies.
Avocado face mask: Mash whole avocado and mix with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons orange juice until it forms a paste. Apply to clean face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. This mask helps cleanse and moisturize your skin.
Oatmeal face mask: Add 2 tablespoons of ground oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of honey. Apply to clean face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and moisturize. The mask cleanses and replenishes skin.
Sugar scrub: 2 tablespoons of sugar mixed with 2 tablespoons of water exfoliates the skin. Mix, scrub and rinse, then follow with your favorite moisturizer.
Competitive running emerged from religious festivals around the world. The earliest recorded competition was Ireland’s Tailtean Games held in 1829BC. Originally known as the funeral games, this event honored the deceased and the goddess Taitu.
One of the most popular competitive running competitions is the Olympic Games which commenced in ancient Greece in 776BC. The games were dedicated to the Greek gods on Mount Olympus. The original games were for men only and consisted of just a single event – the foot race. However, women participated in the Heraea Games, a competition some say actually predates the Olympic games.
Over the next centuries, competitive running events ebbed and flowed in popularity but, by the 1800s, track and field interscholastic competitions were common events at England’s secondary schools and colleges. Some races were carried out on marked tracks and eventually developed into the standard races run today.
In 1896, Athens hosted the first modern Olympic games. Since then, the tradition has continued and running competitions, such as Jacksonville’s own GATE River Run, are now held throughout the United States and in countries around the globe.
Both seasoned runners and those new to the sport need careful preparation to meet the challenges of such a race. The podiatrists at North Florida Foot and Ankle Center of Jacksonville offer the following tips to get feet in competitive condition for race day:
Say no to new – Race day is not the time to break in brand new running gear. Stick with the shoes you use for everyday training – ditto for socks and clothing. Just be sure shoes haven’t logged so many miles that they’ve lost their cushion.
Banish blisters – Ensure shoes fit correctly and apply second skin or blister tape to areas of the foot prone to blisters. Add moisture wicking socks and foot powder to keep feet dry.
Go professional – It’s a good idea to have your foot health evaluated by a podiatrist. If not properly treated, common foot aliments like athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails and calluses can wreak havoc on race day.
For more information on foot care for runners, go to nffac.com or call 904-236-5023 to schedule a professional foot evaluation.