OshatoesÂ® hopes you’re enjoying this Thanksgiving Day. In light of family, friends, food and fun, we thought it appropriate to shed light on the biggest turkey day myth of them all!
Myth Â - Turkey makes you sleepy.
If you find yourself ready for a good nap after your Thanksgiving Day meal, you are not alone. No matter how cool the parade or which football teams are playing, many Americans find themselves nodding off after the turkey has been decimated. But why?
We often think it’s due to the amount of L-Tryptophan which is an essential amino acid. Follow us for a moment, L-Tryptophan is used by the body to produce niacin. Stay with us, niacin is a B vitamin that helps with digestion, nerves, skin and…serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that lifts mood, helps with pain and improves sleep because… Serotonin is what makes the hormone Melatonin!!! Ahhhhh there it is – Melatonin. That wonderful hormone that helps control sleep and wake cycles!
Great. Now we know what Tryptophan does but does it really make us sleepy? The answer is – not really. In truth, turkey doesn’t have anymore Tryptophan than other kinds of poultry. In fact, Tryptophan is also found in chicken, duck, red meat, fish, yogurt and milk among others.
To further our point, the following foods have more Tryptophan in them than turkey:
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
- Cheddar Cheese
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Oat Bran
The more likely reason for our Turkey Day Sleepiness is Carbs. That’s right. Many of our favorite holiday foods are loaded with carbohydrates which makes Tryptophan more available to the brain. It is these carb heavy meals that are responsible for our need to nap. Carbs and perhaps the fact that a majority of us rise at dawn to begin preparing our Thanksgiving Day Feast!
Bottom Line : Eat the Turkey. Take a Nap. You’ve earned it!
Happy Thanksgiving from OSHATOESÂ®.
Â Â Â Â Â Â The fourth Thursday each November is one where families and friends gather, football games are cheered for, parades are enjoyed and feasts abound across the nation. This Thursday is Thanksgiving. A day set aside to give thanks for all we have. A day to recognize our blessings. A day for us to put away disagreements and have grateful hearts.
To whom and what do we owe this day of Thanks? As any pre-schooler knows, we owe this day to the Pilgrims! What they did was extraordinary.
The Pilgrims set sail September 1620 in search of religious and civil freedom. It is hard to imagine over 100 passengers, their many belongings and most likely a few farm animals, taking such a risk. The perils of the unforgiving sea, close quarters and uncertain journey would be enough to turn even the heartiest person away. Yet they did set sail. They did cross the ocean. They did battle stormy seas to land at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. December 11, 1620 the Pilgrims disembarked and began a new life.
They survived the voyage but life was no bed of roses. Close to 50 Pilgrims died that first winter due to the extreme cold for which they were unprepared. Spring 1621 brought forth help in the form of an Native Indian named Squanto. Squanto taught the Pilgrims to plant and grow food to sustain them during the harsh winters. Unfortunately the Pilgrims faced drought and other hardships however, they held fast to their beliefs, praying for days. Rain did come and their crops were saved. The corn harvest was a success!
The resulting celebration became the now known Thanksgiving. (While the Jamestown settlers held a day of Thanks in 1607, the Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to hold a 3 day festival of feasting and prayer.)
Pilgrim Edward Winslow described the celebration :
“Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, and many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”
OSHATOESÂ® wishes you plenty this season. Plenty of family, friends, fun and food. Plenty of Thanks for those who went before us. Plenty.
It’s not only cold out there, it’s SNOW out there and that’s Snow Kidding! OSHATOESÂ® hopes you’re warm and toasty. With Snow covering much of the United States, chances are you’re not as warm as you’d like to be.
Snow can be great fun. Snow skiing, sledding, skating, snow ball fights, building snowmen. All worthwhile and fun endeavors for awhile. For parts of the U.S. the snow is so deep, it’s dangerous. The extreme weather is causing accidents, falling trees, and power outages. In some areas the snow has covered doors and windows, breaking some of them in the process. OSHATOESÂ® wants you to put safety forefront in your mind.
Let’s talk Snow Safety.
You already know the basics – Dress in layers, wear a hat, gloves, but today we’ll put a bit more thought into it.
Eye Protection – Sunlight shining on the snow is a beautiful sight. It can also be blinding. Always wear sunglasses to fight winter sun glare. However, you don’t have to stop at sunglasses. When outside in the wintry elements you are exposed to falling icicles, sleet, and freezing rain all of which could cause an eye injury. Whether playing or shoveling snow, you need to wear eye protection. OSHATOESÂ® is proud to offer a line of eye protection designed with your comfort and safety in mind.
Our products feature :
- Polycarbonate lens
- Treated with DuramassÂ® scratch-resistant coating
- Gel nose piece
- Rubber head grips
- Filters 99% of U.V. radiation
- Meets or exceeds ANSI Z87.1 safety standards
Hand Protection – If you live in an area that averages more than a few inches of snowfall a year, you’re probably familiar with shoveling snow. Snow shoveling is a laborious task. Bend with your knees, not your back, etc… Anytime you are out in the elements, you need to wear gloves, When working with shovels and such, you need to take it up a notch – work gloves are called for. Once again, OSHATOESÂ® to the rescue!
Our Original Work Grip Gloves feature :
- Two-way form-fitting stretch Spandex back
- Concealed interior seam prevents snagging
- Dual-layered Silicone palm with circular print pattern affords maximum grip on slippery surfaces
- Synthetic leather fingertip reinforcements provide strength and protection
- Streamlined elastic cuff with hook and loop closure
OSHATOESÂ® wants you to get out there and enjoy the snow but be safe about it. Protect yourself from the elements. A little safety and preparation goes a long way. Have fun.
Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOESÂ®.
Mandated paid vacation? Holiday time? How about required maternity leave? None of those are a given if you work in the United States. And they’re just a few of the problems facing the U.S. along with the fact that it has some of the most overworked, stressed out employees in the world. With the holidays quickly approaching, now may not be the best time to look for a new job. However, if you find yourself ready for a change, let’s take a peek at some of the best countries to work in.
Netherlands -Â This country wins hands down when it comes to fewest hours worked per week. Employees there work an average of 27.6 hours per week, enjoy 28 paidÂ vacation days annually, and 16 weeks of paid maternity leave at 100% salary. Think that sounds crazy? It definitely seems to be working well. The Netherlands has a high standard of living in addition to a healthy GDP.
Denmark – The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranked Denmark #1 for best work / life balance. Less than .04% of employees work 50+ hours a week. Employees here receive an average of 34 paid vacation days and 52 weeks of paid maternity leave! Yeah, you read that right. ONE YEAR of paid maternity leave! Sweeeet!!
Brazil – This is a country that knows “all work and no play” makes for very dull employees! Brazil offers a total of 41 vacation days. 30 of those are to be used for leisure while the other 11 are paid holidays.
Lithuania – With 28 mandated vacation days and 13 public holidays, Lithuania ties Brazil with most paid vacation days also coming in at 41. This country also offers 52 weeks of 100% paid maternity leave. Employees even have the option to extend those benefits over a two year period!
Sweden – This country also ranks high for parental leave. 480 days paid parental leave, 60 of those are for the fathers. Best part? Those days may be used over the course of their child’s first eight years of life. Sweden also makes the OECD top ten list for best work / life balance. In addition, workers there receive 36 paid vacation days annually.
OSHATOESÂ® knows Safety. No matter where you live or work…
Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOESÂ®.
For more information on OECD go to www.oecd.org.
Brrrrrrrrrrrr.Â Whether you call it an arctic front, arctic blast, intrusion, or polar vortex, it is some kind of COLD across most of the United States. And it’s only November. Yikes. This is seriously unseasonably cold weather folks! High temperatures have dropped 20-30 degrees in a 24 hour period with more frigid temps on the way. Hopefully the Brrrr won’t last very long but asÂ always OSHATOESÂ® is dedicated to keeping you in the know.
Cold Weather Tips
- Clothing – Dress in layers during cold weather. Layering helps keep heat in. Always remember your gloves and hat. Double up on those socks if really cold. Wear warm shoes designed to keep moisture out.
- Car – Have your vehicle serviced and winterized before the cold is in full swing. Checking fluid levels, tire pressure, adding anti-freeze Â and checking wiper blades make for easier travels ahead.
- Pets and Plants – Bring them in! Most plants can’t survive extreme cold. If you can’t bring them inside, cover them with a blanket or plastic. Pets should be brought in. Imagine walking around in the frigid cold without shoes on. Doesn’t sound too appealing does it? While most pets wear a natural fur coat, it doesn’t offer much protection for their feet. Even if you can’t bring them into your house, consider setting them up in a garage or other area away from the elements.
- Thermostat Challenge – If at all possible set your thermostat at 68 degrees. For some people that may seem too chilly but it will keep your heating costs down. Your home is your castle and you deserve to be comfortable. Keep the heat at 68 and throw on a pair of socks or walk around barely dressed and crank the heat?Â Decide for yourself but we vote to keep as much money in our pockets as possible.
- Fire – Since the dawn of time, fire has been a good thing. It’s even better when you’re curled up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and some s’mores but before you light it up, check it out! Safety first. Make sure your chimney is checked yearly. Animals will sometimes build nests which can lead tor house fires. Always use a screen to keep embers or sparks from popping out and to keep logs from rolling. ALWAYS make sure all embers have burned out before leaving fireplace unattended.
- Give space heaters some space – Use the 3ft rule. Create a 3ft. buffer zone for any space heater. Keep them away from curtains, rugs, bedding, anything flammable. Only place them on hard, level surfaces and always turn them off when unattended.
- Protect Pipes – When the temps go below freezing you need to prepare. Leave faucets dripping, open cabinet doors, cover outdoor spigots and shut off outdoor water valves when possible.
- Wind -Â Cold is cold but the wind is colder. The wind can make a 35 degree temp feel like 14! Keep the wind chill in mind when dressing. Winter winds can be dangerous causing trees and limbs to fall. Check your property for dead trees, limbs and branches. Remove any that may be of concern. You really don’t want to deal with a hole in your roof when it is below freezing!
A little preparation goes a long way toward keeping you and your family safe. OSHATOESÂ® hopes you stay warm and toasty all season long!
Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOESÂ®.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States and is sometimes confused with Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor and remember military personnel who died while serving or as a result of injuries received while serving.Â Veterans Day is to honor and celebrateÂ those who have served in the past or who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. OSHATOESÂ® dedicates today’s post to those who have served, past and present.
Veterans Day Facts & Stats
- President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 to be Armistice Day.
- That date was the one year anniversary of the end of World War I.
- 1926 Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance of this day.
- 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changes Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
- 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill moving Veterans Day to the 4th Monday in October.
- 1971 Uniform Holidays Bill, law went into effect.
- 1975 Recognizing the historical significance of the November 11 date, President Gerald Ford reverted it back to the original date.
- There are over 23 million U.S. veterans.
- 9+ million are over age 65.
- More than 1.5 million are women.
- Close to 2 million are under age 35.
- Nearly 8 million veterans are in the labor force.
- 3.6 million veterans are disabled as a result of their service.
- Annual median salary of veterans $36,381.
- 5 states have more than 1 million veterans living there: California – 2.1 million, Florida – 1.7 million, Texas – 1.7 million, New York – 1 million, and Pennsylvania – 1 million.
OSHATOESÂ® knows safety. We also know the importance of our Armed Forces. So thank you veterans.Â Thank you to all who are currently serving. Thank you to all who have served in the past. Thank you to all who gave all.
Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOESÂ®.