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McDonalds Real Fruit Smoothies – Really??

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While I dislike government regulations as much as the next guy, there is one industry that really needs to be harnessed, regulated, gagged or just plain legislated to be honest in what they say.
The food industry has taken the role of providing nutritional intake to the people. Actually – that’s not true at all. The food industry has taken the role of providing their stockholders with regular and growing returns on their investments (ROI) – nutrition be damned!.
My thoughts on this will be shared in future posts but as we see the end of summer looming I thought to comment on the phenomena of the frozen fruit drink that many of our popular fast food establishments have added to their “Healthy Choice” menus this summer.
In a conversation I had with a young employee at a McD’s recently, I asked her what exactly was in the fruit smoothies? She was quick to tell me how they recently discussed this at an employee meeting and she was excited to share the literature while she told me it was all natural fruit. Once she had the literature it was easy to point out to her the ingredient list which had sugar as the 2nd third and fourth ingredient in each of the fruit flavors. She was surprised to see that, especially as it was written clearly on the sheet the company used to promote the healthiness of the product.
Ingredients are listed in the order of quantity – the ingredient which is the largest volume comes first, second largest by volume second and so on.
I looked up the ingredients on line and found that a McD’s 12 oz Wild Berry Real Fruit Smoothie has 48 grams of Carbohydrates and 44 grams of Sugar. A quick look at a government Daily Recommended Intake chart (and I welcome corrections to my analysis) shows that an adult male or female should have about 130 grams of Carbohydrates for a whole day and that while sugars do not have a recommendation they should constitute no more than 25% of our energy intake.
My biggest motivation for not ordering from a fast food restaurant is usually the employees and the patrons. Look around and decide how you will choose to feed yourself. We need to be eating to provide nutrition and to enjoy the fellowship with others when we “break bread together”. Enjoy the conversation more and let the food maintain its place as a sustainer of life and a healthy constitution.

 

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If I knew I was going to live this long

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If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.
Mickey Mantle,(attributed) US baseball player (1931 – 1995)
I’m not sure what other regrets a man like Mickey Mantle may have had at the end of his life, but this quote has deeper meaning than giving us a short chuckle. Wouldn’t it be great to go peacefully to your grave with no regrets and no remorse for what you meant to do or say and never got around to accomplishing. And since we have no idea when that time will come, the question needs to be restated: Wouldn’t it be great to never have a regret or be remorseful over something left unsaid or undone?
Another, lighter way of saying it is – “If I had only (fill in the blank) sooner.”
Not wanting to have any regrets, – this is not meant to be presented in a remorseful way, I am a firm believer that timing is everything and “when the student is ready the teacher will come”. Yet as a parent and coach I often find myself wanting to say “one day you are going to wish you had……..”
So what is yours? For me it would be; If I had only appreciated my wife more in our early years together. If I had only not ridden the horse that day. If I had only spent a little more time listening and less time talking. (still can do that). If I had only written more notes to my family (still can do that too). If I had only learned sooner about healthy foods. If I had only spent more time reading and less time watching television. In fact there is very little that I can’t start doing right now. Not too old, not too weak, not too stubborn. Truth is – the only thing standing in the way is me. No Regrets, No Remorse. Just doing it. Borrowing some cliche’s and looking back with a smile.
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“You are strong enough for another five minutes.”

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A sign at the gym read – “You are strong enough for another five minutes.”

How true I thought, but I saw it on my way out, already showered and dressed for the day.

Had I seen that inspiration a half hour earlier I would have given it another 5. Maybe another machine, maybe another rep, maybe another muscle group.

Only later in the day did I recognize that my strength was something I used all day long.

Am I strong enough to stick to my morning project five minutes more before I took a break?

Could I make one more prospecting call? Am I strong enough to get that yard work done instead of relaxing after work today. Am I strong enough to finish reading that book I started so long ago. Do I have what it takes to write that letter to my son that I’ve only been thinking about.

The truth is everyone of us is stronger than we think. We can reach higher, hold our breath longer, push ourselves a little further, challenge ourselves a little more and in the end – Enjoy ourselves and our life a little deeper.

Where would be a good place to push yourself a little further – where would a stretch feel right?

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Men need to join the battle against violence.

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Most men in their lives will not commit sexual violence,
but most acts of sexual violence are committed by men.”

There is a sad reality to that truth. Now add that a great percentage of mental illness is the result of abuse, either the abused or a witness of the abuse and we men should hang our head in shame.

If you found out it was your sister, wife or mother you’d probably get all macho and start talking about beatings or lawsuits, jail or the back alley. But just some other woman, the girl down the street, or the college student working in the file room, and we join the ranks of gossipers and guys that do nothing. We men should hang our head in shame.

The increase in violence & domestic abuse goes up during hard times. And we are in hard times. Chances are there are men you know, maybe even yourself, that are facing the strain of economics and job lose. The image we hold of ourselves is fragile and threatened. We don’t know where to turn for solutions or even someone who understands. If this is the case – I offer myself as a listening ear and a friend to turn to.

But this in no way lets anyone off the hook or excuses the use of violence to any degree what so ever. We will never see the end of violence against women unless men step up and do something. We need to hold our heads high and take a stand to support and defend.

Here’s a good article worth your time. Then add your comments here. Thank you.

How men are necessary in the movement to end sexualized violence   http://goo.gl/Vv54b

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