Today is Festivus, a time to perform feats of strength (perhaps a strength-training DVD?), admire the Festivus pole and to air our grievances. So here are mine:
- Why is White Wave reformulating its Silk Light soymilk with icky, icky stevia? It says it's to reduce the calories from 120 to 90 per cup but to me, stevia just makes everything taste weird and yucky (scientific term). If you want a truly tasty calorie-free sweetener, try erythritol. It's a non-stomach-distressing sugar alcohol extracted from fruit and some of it is even organic! It's a little pricey but well worth the cost when you taste it and see that there is no aftertaste and tastes just like sugar.
- Why do restaurants cram calories into stuff that sound relatively harmless? I just got the Eat This Not That Restaurant Survival Guide and was dismayed to see that the TGI Friday BBQ chicken wrap has 1,760 calories. WTF??? That's not just high, that's obscene!
- Why can't restaurants charge by the calorie? I came up with this brainstorm the other day when my son wanted to try the 395-calorie meal for $3.95 at KFC. You get two pieces of grilled chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy. Aside from the salt assault and the fact that the green beans mostly likely came out of a can, the meal was pretty good. So why don't restaurants charge by the calorie? Healthier food would be cheaper and the 2,000-calorie fat bombs would be $20.
- Why can't I write more often on my blog? (OK, that's just directed at me.) I have a couple other editing and writing gigs, but I need to focus a little more time on my first-person baby. Problem is, the more time I spend in front of the computer, the less time I spend being active. Vicious cycle!
- Why can't I spend more time working out? (See above for answer.) I need to make working out a non-negotiable thing, like sleeping and brushing my teeth.
So, as you can see, I don't have that many grievances. Now, onto the feats of strength!
Happy Festivus, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah and everything else!