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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NYC Sugary Drink Ban is A Joke!

Lets Talk About It - From NYC w/Dana J.

I can stress enough how much I feel this ban on tall sugary drinks is ridiculous. Yet Bloomberg feels that we should celebrate National Donut Day? I think he should look at the calories, fat content, and sugar in a donut compared to a sugary drink. I am guessing that he must have been bored because it does not make a bit of sense to me how this ban is going to suddenly change anything. I agree that obesity is major problem, but it goes much further than a soda. You have to start somewhere, but this ban is not the place.

I am curious, does this mean there is going to be a ban on refills and how many drinks you can purchase? If it doesn't, than it is pointless. People have free will to make their own choices. You can't make a law telling a person what they can drink and eat. Let us not forget the other foods and drinks that cause obesity as well such as alcohol, chips, cookies, cakes, and a plethora of other crap that you would have to ban as well. Now I ask, saaaaaaaaay whaaaaaaaaa? This is beyond words...asinine.

How about the lunches in schools and all the crap they serve to kids? What about lowering the prices of healthy choices in restaurants and stores? If you go into a health food store or a regular grocery anything organic, natural, vegetarian, or vegan is usually more expensive. You spend twice as much and end up with less food. Maybe not make junk food so easily accessible by making it cheap. It is a fact that the less healthy choices are more affordable in today's economy. People can't afford to spend $300 shopping these days. These are the things that we should be looking at. There are so many more pressing issues than banning a friggin drink. The entire state of New York is laughing. Not one person I have spoken to agrees with this ban or see it even making a dent in the obesity epidemic.

Listen, if the mayor needs something to do, I can surely make a list for him. People are on the streets, losing their jobs, can't pay their bills, can't find a job, and he is worried about soda...REALLY? For sure, that is totally balanced. Let's tackle world peace, minimum wage, or cost of living. Anything but this, because it is a giant waste of time and money. It is essentially a joke! Am I gonna get a ticket for driving around or walking with a soda over 16 oz? I am relieved in knowing that I can walk around with a dozen donuts though. Whew! What a weight that is off my shoulders!

We also have to consider that the role of the parents here. It is their job to teach their kids and control what they are eating and drinking not the mayors. This is also where computers, television, and video games come into play. When I was a kid, I was out playing and running around constantly. I rarely sat around doing the things that kids do today. Kids seem to be much more sedentary with all the new technology these days. Pretty soon they are going to make it where you never have to leave the house to do anything. I am a huge fan of technology, but I don't make it my life. Kids need to get out of the house and get fresh air. This is also up to the parents.

I commend the attempt to do something about the issue, because it is serious; however, let's be productive shall we? Just saying!

Hey can someone grab me a 32 oz. soda? :)

Thanks for listening...come back again soon!

D :)

Live Like A Dog!

Lets Talk About It - From NYC w/Dana J.
My Bella wants to be a model :)

I bet the title of this blog sounds a bit odd, but I guarantee you will agree when you get to the end. I am an lover of all animals. I have had several over the years, and they all have the same purpose in life. They all want to have a good home, food, clothes on their back (for some haha), and love. I am going to be honest if I could open a ginormous facility to save all animals, I would. I would have a place of sanctuary for them with the best care where they all lived in harmony happily ever after. Hey dogs can do yoga too! :)

That being said, think about the life of a dog for a moment. They make us laugh, they comfort us, they fill up our hearts, they play with us, they are fun, they cuddle, they smile (in a weird dog way), they listen (It's true...I am not crazy. How many of you talk to your dogs? Yeah thought so!), they keep us company, they are our best friends, they are part of the family, they get excited to see you each time like it's been years, and they give us unconditional love. When you think about it they are not much different than we are, and their needs are much the same as well. They need health care, they need dental care, and they need proper hygiene, they have pet insurance just as we have medical insurance, they get into things, they do things they are not supposed to do, they make a mess, and they get reprimanded or yelled at for getting into trouble.

Unfortunately dogs do not always have the lifespan we want them too much like the people in our lives. Dogs don't talk, but they bark at us when they want something or they cry when they are sick, hurt, or in pain, and they get sad or depressed just as we do. They let us know something is wrong, when we might be in danger, they protect us, they guard us, they aid people who have disabilities, they aid each other, and they save lives.

The sad part is that they are also killed, mistreated, and abused. How anybody can do any of these things is beyond me. I can't even bring myself to watch those commercials of abused animals or ones that are caged and in need of homes. They survive some incredible feats, and they still find the capacity to give their love to someone else. Forgiveness for them is an automatic act. It might sound silly, but essentially that is what they are doing.

So, why live like a dog? Well, let's see what they teach and inspire based on all of the above:
  • Unconditional love
  • No fear
  • Compassion
  • Strength
  • Loyalty
  • Understanding
  • Affection
  • Courage
  • Friendship
  • Generosity
  • Forgiveness
  • Survival
  • Kindness
  • Healing
  • Family
These are some of the most important lessons we learn in life. Dog's don't think twice about any of it. The next time you need a life lesson turn to your furry friend.

So again I say, LIVE LIKE A DOG! :)

D :)