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Wednesday, September 19, 2001 - The Malakoff News - PAGE 9A Travelology THE EARTHWORM SYNDROME By Doris Gardenhire My daddy used to get mad when the whole family traveled together-- with me, my sister, her four girls, my three boys, and my mother--because we'd have to stop so often. "Y'all are just like earth- worms!" he'd say. "You just want to eat, drink, and go to the bathroom!" Needless to say, that became a family joke. Seriously, when you travel, you need to do all three things to stay healthy so you can en- joy the trip. Most important!!! Drink plenty of water (preferably wa- ter from home the first couple of days--that's why you have the large thermos). Keep an in- sulated cup handy and sip from it all day as you are driving. (I could mention two ailments that can ruin your trip because of lack of water, but I don't want to be gross.) Eating is very important, too, especially fruits and vegetables. Nibble on the trail mix you have beside you to keep from get- ting too tired (lack of sugar). Buy fruit at roadside stands, and eat at salad bars when you stop for lunch or dinner. Drink juice, too, which you have in your cooler if you packed wisely. Practice finding healthful food. At that bakery you find, just sample the cheesecakem buy a bran muffin! The most healthful food you can eat is broccoli. Check it outit's on every list you see of foods that are good for any- thing. Always put it on your salad, and eat it cooked if you can. Bananas and avocados are the next most nutritious foods. They are rich in potassium, which keeps your energy level up. What works for me is to have coffee in my room (that's why you brought the hot pot), then eat breakfast about 10:00, pic- nic for lunch and eat dinner outa real meal. I just have to mention Shoney's for breakfast, since you can't find anything any better, although several other chains also offer a break- fast buffet. (Shoney's is located only in the South, so if you go in a different direction, you're on your own.) By eating breakfast, if you happen to miss lunch (sometimes it happens!), you don't get weak. Besides eating, you must walk! You have been sitting for several hours, S you must get everything circulating again. Stop frequently (every 1-1/2 hours), and walk, whether at a roadside park or a truck stop.,, If there is no place to stop, just pull off the road, walk around the car, pour water from the large thermos into your cup, then get back in the car. You'll be amazed how such a small amount of activity will make you feel better. When you stop in the evening, walk for at least 30 minutes, checking out the lobby for brochures as well as your surroundings. This is af- ter you have unloaded the car and done the "beginning" exer- cises. (later) One other thing I have learned helps avoid tiredness is to wear support pantyhose---nothing se- rious, just Sheer Energy will do. (for women only, of course; however, if Joe Namath can do it, so can you men!) This keeps your blood circulating, as will the exercises we'll talk about in a future column. Beheve me, if you eat smart, exercise, and drink plenty of water, the third part of the syn- drome will take care of itself. Destination: Take a quick trip to Dallas this weekend, alone or with friends, to the Greek Festi- val of Dallas at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Road. Eat the Greek food (either a meal or a la carte), watch the dancers, browse the agora (shops), tour the church. Park in the off-site lot and ride the shuttle (signs will be clear). It will be a wonderful day of experiencing another culture Henderson County, We're here for, you. Shn Myack40000nt Doct0000 Sol00- Xerox 702 Emt ConCcmm 9t in .am'lem -n IP .,, ,la " 4z which has had so much influ- ence on America (Greece is where democracy was born). If you've never eaten Greek food, I'll recommend the mild- est, although I love it all. Baklava is everybody's fa, vorite dessert; souvlaki is like a shish kebob; dolmathes are like cabbage rolls except in grape leaves; spanokopita is a spin- ach pie (you can't believe it until Greek meals, is available, as well as Greek coffee (be care- ful here! It's REAL coffee!) and beer. The Festival runs Friday, Sep- tember 21 through Sunday, Sep- tember 23. Lunch (11" 15 to 3:00) is $8 Friday and Saturday, $10 Sunday. Dinner (5:00 to 9:00) is $15. I recommend the lunch rather than a la carte, because you get a great sam- you taste it.) Wine, a staple of pling of delicious food. Or you can buy food coupons for indi- viduals items. To get there, from US 75 turn west on Northwest Highway/ Loop 12 (at North Park) to Hillcrest; go north (right) on Hillcrest until you come to it (at Alpha Road). Or you can go around 1-635 (North or West) to Hillcrest and turn north. Test your independence on this one; go by yourself, read the signs and brochures, browse to your heart's content, and see how pleasant it can be to travel by yourself. Yasoo! (to your health) I've run on too long, so next time we'll talk about avoiding ill- nesses and perhaps have a re- gional destination. Thanks for reading ! Illustrations Jack Dempsey, all rights reserved. Excerpted and con- densed from "Single Woman's Guide to Travel," Doris Gardenhire. Contact the author at dorisgard@aol.com with sug- gestions for destinations or other travel lips. The Sprint PCS Account Spending Limit Plan Now, No Deposit Required The Sprint PCS Account Spending Limit Plan is a great alternative to prepaid. It gives you the freedom to choose ANY Sprint PCS Service Plan including... 2.5tX10039" minutes per month mlnutes include RF_J. 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