Gary Michaels is a valley fixture for morning radio…now the longest running morning show in the central valley. For more than 18 years, Gary has been waking up central valley families with great light rock, fun contests and interesting guests and interviews.
Gary Michaels has been a broadcast veteran for more than 30 years getting up at 3:30am each weekday in markets like Phoenix, Des Moines, New Orleans, Dayton, Minneapolis and now his home in Modesto. Gary is married to his lovely wife Teri. They have two children. Active in his church and community organizations over the years…he is very civic minded and wants a quality of life for his community.
Such longevity is rare in this business, but the audience and Gary’s show connect to bring a fun, upbeat and family-friendly listening experience to the listeners every weekday from 5:30-10am.
Consider this fact presented by Women's Healthmagazine: The average American eats 600 additional calories per day between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Translation: That's an extra six pounds. Yikes! But if you know which foods are the worst culprits for your waistline, you can battle back more effectively:
Worst Classic Holiday Drink: Eggnog
At 350 calories and 19 grams of fat, eggnog, even without the booze, is on the naughty list because it consists of milk, cream and eggs. If you want a festive seasonal drink, choose homemade hot chocolate instead. Just limit how much whipped cream you squirt on top.
Worst Holiday Appetizer: Crab Cakes
When crab is blended with mayonnaise and then rolled in bread crumbs and cooked in a vat of bubbling fat, you end up with an appetizer that weighs in at 400 calories and 19 grams of fat. Each. That's more calories than three dozen shrimp.
Worst Holiday Party Cocktail: Gin and Tonic
It may taste light, but a gin and tonic has 210 calories and 22 grams of sugar, thanks to the tonic water. Choose Champagne instead for one-fourth the amount of sugar.
Worst Holiday Party Snack: Spinach and Artichoke Dip
In addition to the spinach and artichokes, this dip has mayonnaise, sour cream and cream cheese, which add up to a whopping 285 calories and 17 grams of fat per serving. And that's without the crackers or chips! If you simply must have some, limit yourself to dip on one cracker.
Worst Holiday Entree: Prime Rib
This coveted holiday cut of beef comes from one of the fattiest parts of the cow, which means you're ingesting 750 calories and 45 grams of fat with just one serving. Beef tenderloin is a tasty alternative at a fraction of the calories and fat.
Worst Holiday Dessert: Pecan Pie a la Mode
There is no pie that has more calories, fat and sugar than pecan. Even though some of the 810 calories and 65 grams of fat come from the healthy nuts, most come from the corn syrup and sugar filling. A better alternative after a filling heavy meal is angel food cake. Made from egg whites, it's virtually fat-free.
According to The American Dietetic Association (ADA), if Santa drinks a glass of whole milk and eats two butter cookies at every American household he visits, he will consume a shocking 14,026,032,000 calories and 6,180,336,000 grams of fat in one night alone!
And carrots, celery, apples and pears are great treats for Santa as well as his reindeer. "With a little planning, it will be easy to expand Santa's food choices without expanding his waistline
This year, instead of wishing for a white Christmas, think green. An environmentally friendly holiday can be just as festive. Here are 15 ways to do just that.
1. Trade in those incandescent lights for LEDs, which use a fraction of the energy.
2. Look for recycled content in wrapping paper. This can be difficult to find and may actually require online ordering, but expressing demand will help drive its availability.
3. Recycle your own wrapping paper, boxes and plastic packaging.
4. Scale back the elaborate outdoor displays. You can be festive without being Times Square.
5. If you do use outdoor light displays, use a timer so the lights are on display only at times when there is an audience.
6. Give your cookies away on a real plate or recyclable plate. Likewise, if you're hosting a party, either bite the bullet and actually do all those dishes or use recyclable ones.
7. Take the time in your holiday party aftermath to sort through all the cans and bottles that can be recycled.
8. Make good use of your green bin and/or compost bin this holiday season. Uneaten food from holiday dinners and parties can go in there, as can scraps from meal preparation, soiled napkins and paper food packaging, coffee grounds and tea bags, paper plates and your great aunt's famous fruitcake.
9. Consider asking those with whom you exchange gifts to make a charitable donation in your name. There is no packaging involved. Consider food banks and shelters or organizations that purchase animals or supplies for families in developing countries. For a truly green Christmas, your contribution could go toward environmental conservation.
10. When gift giving, try an experience present, such as tickets to a show or a night at a hotel. It's something personal that isn't loaded up with all that packaging.
11. Buy sustainable. Many stores offer fair-trade products.
12. Real trees are great, but consider artificial. If buying a real tree, look for trees that are grown locally. Many are shipped from a great distance consuming fuel to bring them to local Christmas tree lots.
13. Take reusable bags with you when you go Christmas shopping. Don't let all that extra shopping generate extra plastic.
14. Save your money, save the environment and spare yourself from long hours of looking for the proper gift items at the mall. Start a trend: show you care with some thoughtful homemade gifts. Local, organic, nutritious food items fresh out of your kitchen can work very well.
15. When practicing your out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new New Year routine, don't just throw out old toys, clothes, shoes and household items. All these items can be donated to organizations that support people less fortunate.