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San Francisco Bans Sugary Drinks

If you’re a person who is addicted to sugary soft drinks, I hope you don’t live in San Francisco. If you do, you may very well start a riot the next time you try to buy your favorite cola from a vending machine in the city limits. San Francisco’s mayor Gavin Newsom doesn’t feel you need to drink these toxic beverages. Instead, he wants you to choose a healthy alternative such as soy milk. The ban that was put in place in April is now starting to make its presence known throughout the city.

Thanks to @forrestkoba, I happened to read the article about the ban on drinks such as Coke and Pepsi in vending machines located on city property. Don’t worry… you can still purchase them in supermarkets and drink them in the secrecy of your own home. However, if you want to grab a cold can from a vending machine at City Hall, you’re out of luck. You could always “treat” yourself to some Soy milk, though!

All calorically sweetened beverages have been taken out of vending machines on city property. “That includes non-diet sodas, sports drinks and artificially sweetened water. Juice must be 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice with no added sweeteners. Diet sodas can be no more than 25 percent of the items offered, the directive says.” There will be a lot of pure juices, waters and non-dairy types of beverages available, though.

The directive also takes aim at snacks which have a high fat or calorie content. “There’s a direct link between what people eat and drink and the obesity and health care crises in this country,” Newsom spokesman Tony Winnicker said. “It’s entirely appropriate and not at all intrusive for city government to take steps to discourage the sale of sugary sodas on city property.”

What are your thoughts? Do you agree that it is “not intrusive” when a city (or other) government steps in and mandates what you can and cannot buy to eat or drink when visiting city-owned properties? Do you feel that they are going a bit too far in exercising their plans to make the city’s residents healthier?

How to Lose Weight Fast

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When doing a Google search for ‘weight loss tips,’ my post on the subject will come up as the first result. One caller the other night asked me to expand on that, and give him an idea of some types of foods I usually eat. When I’m maintaining my weight, I tend to stick to about 2,000 calories a day. Eating healthy is a lifestyle choice for me, one that I am proud of and enjoy.

A few months ago, I was back up to a BMI of 26. When I weighed myself the other day, I was 140.8 pounds which gives me a BMI of 23. That may sound high, but it’s not horrible. It gets away from me every so often. I do have a few ground rules that I follow which keep me (generally) healthy:

  • No hydrogenated oils. – This is man-made fat. No trans fats here, guys. That’s essentially plastic you’re eating.
  • No High-Fructose corn syrup. – If you want to know why, watch Sugar: The Bitter Truth.

As a male who is getting on in years, I have to be conscious of how much fiber is in my daily diet, too. Most breads on store shelves have high-fructose corn syrup in them, though. I’ve found a good brand recently called Dave’s Killer Bread. This guy is an ex-con who spent time in prison for theft and things of that nature. Part of their mission statement reads that they are committed to “bake the highest quality wholegrain and organic bread without compromise.” The bread is healthy, yes. It’s also extremely delicious.

I’m also eating a lot more fruit than I used to. Drinking fruit juice is not the same thing. There’s very little actual fruit in fruit juices, it seems. If you’re going to have fruit, eat the real deal – since your body needs the fiber to go along with the vitamins and minerals that Mother Nature packs into every bite.

I don’t eat “wacky” foodstuffs (as in, foodcrap invented by man). I love peanut butter and toast – nothing wrong with that! If I’m out and about, it’s more difficult to eat well (since I don’t know what’s going inside most served meals). As always, try to be conscious about how many calories you’re taking in – if that’s something you need to be concerned about.

Some people say that as long as you exercise, you don’t have to worry about what you eat. That’s simply not true. If you shovel crap into your mouth all day long, you’ll never be able to exercise enough to keep up. Yes, athletes sure eat a lot – but they also know what to eat, how to eat, and when to eat. More importantly, they burn off what they take in. Are you?

The biggest difficulty that most people have is cutting junk food out of their daily life. Junk food is just that: it’s full of junk. Fast food isn’t much better, on average. Sure, there are “healthy” choices at most fast food joints – but you can do much better for yourself at home. If you’re a soda drinker and you stop drinking it (changing nothing else in your diet), I’ll bet anything you’ll lose five pounds within a month… just from cutting down on the amount of sugar that you’re taking in. It’s even worse to replace that with diet soda – you’re body doesn’t know what to do with artificial sweeteners, yo.

Stop dealing with manufactured and processed foods; put real food in your body, and your body will thank you for it.

So, can you lose weight fast? Yes, but for that to happen, you’d need to be under strict supervision by a medical professional. It’s quite possible to do with a proper combination of variables – but turning to miracle pills and magical diets isn’t likely do bring you anything but disappointment. Then again, the word “fast” is quite relative.

If you want to copy me, don’t. There is no “one size fits all.” You should also understand:

  • I try to get an ample amount of rest every night (which affects metabolism and recovery time).
  • I’m currently not trying to maintain weight; my regimen keeps me at about 1,500 calories per day, balanced between proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. I’ll be reaching my ideal weight soon, and then it’s back to maintaining it.
  • I do my best to drink water (especially to counteract how much water I lose with coffee, a diuretic).

Do your own research, set your own (attainable) goals, and then start making changes. Nobody else is going to get healthy for you – it doesn’t work that way.

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Mountain Dew Throwback

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This was the first Mountain Dew I’ve had in about a decade. It tasted pretty good, IMHO – although I’m not sure my head will ever recover from the experience.

I’m grateful that Pepsi is (at least for now) releasing soft drinks made with cane sugar vs. high-fructose corn syrup. They’re a nice treat every once in a while, but not every day. Diet sodas are just as dangerous for weight management, mind you – artificial sweeteners actually make you more hungry.

Well, suffice it to say, half the bottle of Mountain Dew Throwback was definitely enjoyed!

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Does Pepsi Natural Taste Good?

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I don’t drink much soda, to tell the truth. I won’t eat or drink anything that contains trans fats and/or artificial sweeteners. I’ve been this way for about ten years now, and that’s just the way it is. It’s not that I don’t like soda – I just don’t like all of the junk that they are loaded with. When I heard that Pepsi was coming out with a new product called Pepsi Natural… made with natural REAL sugar! I had to try it.

It doesn’t have High Fructose Corn Syrup, so it’s all good! I can give er the old college try! As soon as you uncap it, you definitely get the whole “cola” smell. You know what I’m talking about, right? Colas have a distinct smell. My first taste was – WOW! It’s really sweet tasting. Kudos to Pepsi, for coming up with something this yummy, that has no artificial sweeteners!

Did you know that those crappy artificial sweeteners can actually make you more hungry?! That is in addition to any health risks there may be (I’m not a member of the FDA, so I won’t even begin to go into any of that).

The nicest thing about this is that this is not only the first time I’ve had Pepsi in over a decade – but I’m doing so guilt-free. Yes, there is sugar. But it’s a natural sugar! It tastes great, too!

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What Cola do Most Geeks Drink?

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What type of cola do you drink? I gave up flavored soda years ago. It’s full of sugar and syrup and such. I don’t drink diet soda because I don’t ingest any type of artificial sweetener. I heard an advertisement recently for a natural type of cola, so I had to try it. Zevia is a natural cola, with no artificial sweeteners.

ZEVIA® Natural Cola stevia supplement is the crowd-pleaser among the ZEVIA® varieties. Its classic cola flavor is rarely found in “natural” soda brands because a traditional cola taste is difficult to perfect without artificial ingredients. It’s even more appetizing when you know that the ingredients in ZEVIA® Natural Cola stevia supplement are absolutely pure and natural. The Zevia team spent extensive time (and drank a lot of colas and “test” product) to make sure this ZEVIA® product would satisfy a cola drinker.

Stevia is an natural herb native to South and Central America. For centuries, native Americans of Paraguay and Brazil called it “sweet leaf” and used it to sweeten native foods. Stevia is used as a food additive in China, Japan, all of South America and elsewhere outside the United States. The extract from the stevia leaf has no calories, no effect on blood sugar levels, and is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar. Stevia is a primary ingredient in all three ZEVIA® carbonated stevia supplements. Also sports nutrition offers whey protein isolate supplements.

So I ordered a case of it. There’s a little bit of caffeine, and no fat or calories. It arrived yesterday, and I tried it out. It’s not bad! If you gave this to someone who had asked for a diet cola, they’d never know the difference.

Even though Wicket had to try to have the last word, and demand his Diet Dr. Pepper, I will stay with the Zevia. All of you should consider switching away from artificial sweeteners, and consider using something more natural. Artificial things are just not good for your body, or your health. If I feel like I need to drink something sweet, I now have something that works for my lifestyle, and tastes good.


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Why Should you Drink Water?

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Joshua(XP) is a regular member in our live chat room. He knows that most of us Geeks drink a lot of soda, and wanted to share with us the reasons why we should be drinking more water.

  • Water is the best thing you can drink, because water actually replenishes your body… unlike soda. Water actually relieves any hunger cravings you might have. I found that when I drink water, I actually do not feel as hungry as I would have if I had drunk soda. Soda, on the other hand, does not fill your thirst well enough so you have to keep drinking it to feel relieved.
  • Before you go to sleep, always drink a glass of water or two in order to make you fall asleep faster and wake up in a more refreshed mood. On the other hand, drinking soda contains caffeine which makes you stay awake. Drink water before you go to bed, it’s better for you and you’ll have a better night’s sleep.
  • Now that we know Spring is upon us and Summer is creeping around the corner, the outside temperatures are increasing and it’s going to get much hotter outside. I know it may be obvious to say, but many people fail to bring a bottle of water with them if they are going outside to have fun. You must understand that not bringing water (and bringing soft drinks instead) is very dangerous and potentially life threatening. Your body perspires and constantly loses water. Remember, also carry a bottle of water with you at all time… it’s a must.
  • You may have known of people that say Gatorade is a lot healthier than water. While in some ways they may be correct, they do not realize how much sugar Gatorade contains. Gatorade is made to make your body become energy-charged, and help you with physical work outs and sports training. Gatorade is not made to be consumed all the time and could actually make you gain weight over time. Drinking water does not contain sugar.
  • Since this is March and the Flu season is all around everywhere making us sick… it’s good to know that water can play a major part in your recovery from the Flu. For example, when you wake up in the morning with a dry, scratchy throat… drink hot water. This relieves any mucus that is stuck in your throat and or chest so that sore throat pain goes away much faster. Another tip for the Flu is to not drink cold water at all. Cold water irritates the throat and chest more than it can actually help. Ice, for example, is not the key to getting over your Flu, because it makes you feel colder and sicker at the same time. Just drink hot water, or eat lots of Ramen noodles.

POST UPDATE After this was posted, I received some very cool information from Dave that I wanted to pass along, as well.

Water is not only important for keeping your body hydrated, but it is also the primary compound of life. In your body, a reaction is constantly taking place in which a compound know as Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is hydrolyzed by water to yield Inorganic phosphate and Adenosine diphosphate (ADP). What does this all mean? Well, the bonds that hold the phosphates together contain chemical energy which, when broken by an H2O molecule, is released. Thus, the energy released can then be stored and used by your body. Isn’t it cool!? Simply put, water is also an essential to the production of energy in your body. People often don’t realize that without water the food we eat can not be transformed into usable energy. So please, drink water!


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The Taste of Perspiration and Sweet Victory

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Last year, I made a video of myself taste testing the Pea flavored drink from Jones’ Soda. This year, I picked up their new holiday pack to try with the camera rolling.

Jones Soda has brought out their Seahawks Collector Pack. If you think you’re tough enough to play in the NFL, then you’d better step up and have a little taste of what NFL players experience throughout their entire careers. Jones Soda created this Limited Edition Seahawks Collector Pack as a tribute to the Seattle Seahawks and a little taste of what it’s like to be in the NFL. If you can get through it all, only then can you taste SWEET VICTORY. Here are the five flavors, and my interpretation of what they are like:

  • Dirt It smells like band aids. It’s very mild, with a slightly bitter taste. The after taste isn’t so hot.
  • Sports Cream The smell is minty, and it’s extremely fizzy. The taste is sweeter than last years’ Antacid flavor, but very similar.
  • Natural Field TurfIt smells icky. The taste is bitter, VERY bitter.
  • Perspiration oh God. UGH! It smells like three day old underwear! Holy hell this is awful! I cannot begin to explain to you just how bad the smell is. I don’t want to play this game anymore. Maybe Ponzi will come smell it. No, she refuses. Smart woman. Reminds me why I married her. Sniff it again… GOD. This is REALLY bad. Ok ok ok. Drinking it… IMMEDIATELY guzzle mass quantities of Club Soda as soon as I taste this soda. This is horrid. It’s very tart, and just really gross.
  • Sweet Victory This HAS to be good. It smells like cotton candy! Ahhhhh it tastes like cotton candy. Actually… it tastes BETTER than cotton candy! This stuff is excellent!

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The Jones Soda Taste Test


If I drink anything, it’s usually either soda water or coffee (but seldom simultaneously). I decided to exceed my palate’s comfort level and venture into the world of Jones Soda this evening. Mind you, I didn’t flip for their typical cola flavors – that wouldn’t be very interesting, would it?

Turkey and Gravy, Sweet Potato, Dinner Roll, Pea, and Antacid – all sodas in the Jones Soda Holiday 2006 pack. I’m still not sure what drove me to bring such an array of carbonated dissidents home with me, but the results were… well, you’ll just have to watch the video.

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