Saturday, October 29, 2011

What the Bleep is Yo Gabba Gabba supposed to mean?

So, I'm not going to lie--the first time someone told me about Yo Gabba Gabba I wondered what kind of a parent would let their child watch a show named something that doesn't even make sense.  Insanity, I tell you!  Anyway, because we don't have TV, I find myself every so often letting my curiosity get the best of me and ending up at the youtube website not really knowing how I got there.  Next thing I know the phrase "Yo Gabba Gabba" is typed into the search box. My kids have this weird hearing problem--if I ask them to get dressed, pick something up, get their shoes on, or make their bed they can never hear me; but, if I whisper , "who wants dessert?" or get any kind of children's video up on the computer they appear in the room within seconds.  Does anyone else have children with this hearing-problem-bordering-on-super-power?  Anyway, I swear this is related to nutrition--I'm just getting to that, OK?  So, me and my kids found this video:

Party in my tummy

Although I may not agree with the first three food choices of chicken (most likely factory farmed), cheese, and fluorescent purple juice (that is made out of who knows what?), I really like this video.  Now, any time that my kids don't want to eat something, I'll say, "but they want to go to the party in your tummy".  Jasper almost always falls for it (hehe, sucker).  Maybe I should have issue with the fact that Brobee is eating things that talk can talk to him, and... that alone will probably give my kids food issues later in life, but it's still cute.  So, lesson for the day is this:
1.  Even though the show title is nonsensical, yo gabba gabba has some cute messages.
2.  Teach your kids to eat things that talk back to them (j/k, j/k, but I had to put this one in there)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

To Sue or Not To Sue

OK, read this article:

If you don't feel like reading it, here is the article in summary: 
"A nonprofit nutrition and health watchdog group and a California mother are at the center of a complaint that alleges General Mills misled consumers about the nutritional and health qualities of its fruit snacks including Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot."

My thoughts on this:  although I do agree that it is wrong to advertise very unhealthy things as "healthy", I think that consumers should take responsibility as well.  I mean, for goodness sake, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO TURN A PACKAGE OVER AND CHECK THE INGREDIENTS?  10 seconds?  Maybe 20 if it is a super-long list of unhealthy ingredients?  It's completely ridiculous to me that someone would even consider suing for such a thing.  People nowadays are apparently idiots!  Even if something says, "made with real fruit" on the front, wouldn't you be a little suspicious of a product that is rolled up and can sit on the shelf for years without going bad?  Just saying.  So what do you think?  Are consumers idiots, should General Mills have to take of the "sport pictures of fruits" off their packaging, or a little of both?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It Has Been Way Too Long

OK, so I'll be the first to admit that I have been a total slacker about my blog.  I am going to make no promises regarding the frequency of future posts, but any positive and hopeful energy you'd like to send my way will be appreciated.  I wanted to post two things.  First, with our society at an all-time soda drinking high, I thought this little diagram might be useful.  I also want people to know that I do not think diet soda's are any better--ask me for more deets, and I'll send you the info I have on aspartame.  But, back to the picture:

Secondly, this video is completely un-health-related, but way too good to not share: