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Motivational Movies to Get Your Butt in Gear

Need some motivation to hit the gym? Sit on the couch for 1-2 more hours with some almonds, fresh fruit, or other healthy snack to much on (NO buttery pop-corn!) and get inspiration from these movies!

Million Dollar Baby

In this Oscar winning movie, Hilary Swank not only learned to move and box like a real fighter, but drastically changed her physique by heavy weight lifting.

300

Watching these rock hard bodies fight for 3 hours is sure gonna make you want to hit the weights hard.

Rocky

Cliche, yes, but it will get you fired up either way. Any of the Rocky movies should do the trick.  I recommend putting the theme song on your ipod for an extra boost when you finally do make it to the gym!

GI Jane

Demi Moore been recruited as the first female SEAL trainee through a series of backroom political maneuvers, and must prove her military staying power against formidable odds–not the least of which is the abuse of a tyrannical master chief who puts her through hell to improve her chances of success.

Dirty Dancing

Wanted to include one for you ladies, even though I hope you get motivated to pump some iron as well!  But if dancing is your thing…this should do the trick.  Zumba anyone?

Supersize Me

Hopefully this one will kill 2 birds with one stone.  No more fast food!!!  And get your butt in gear!

Fight Club

Aggressive male machoism at its best. Rather than being monstrous, Brad’s ripped physique was lean and cut.  This is a tough physique to achieve… hard to be done without good genetics, personal trainers, and a 24/7 chef.

What other movies motivate you to hit the gym???

The 7 Most Bizarre Fast Food Industry Lawsuits

We’ve all heard the infamous story of the lady who sued McDonald’s after getting burned by a cup of hot coffee, or the woman who found the chicken head in her McNuggets.

What does not get as much coverage is now many suits get filed in the other direction, as the fast food corporations prove they can think up far stupider reasons to sue than their customers can.

#7.

McLibel

In 1990, two UK versions of hippies were handing out pamphlets on the streets the way hippies (and various cults) tend to. The pamphlets made wild accusations about how McDonald’s sells unhealthy food and creates pollution.

McDonald’s was not amused and filed a libel suit, which is good for them because a sequel to the pamphlet detailing how McDonald’s burgers are made from goat scrotum and how the Hamburglar made a series of gloryhole videos called “Robble Gobble” was already in the planning stages.

The Result:

The case went to trial and pretty much became the biggest, most embarrassing thing it possibly could have been for McDonald’s. The two hippies, an out-of-work mailman and a gardener, represented themselves and proceeded to screw McDonald’s six ways from Sunday for seven straight years.

They called 180 witnesses to back up the claims they had made in the pamphlet, and cost McDonald’s millions in legal bills. In the end, the defendants had managed to prove three-fifths of their claims, but were found guilty of libel on the rest. However, that managed to prove McDonald’s guilty on a number of counts and also made them look like epic a-holes.

An appeal by the defendants went on to screw McDonald’s further and make them look even more like a faceless corporation of death bent on killing children with Happy Meals, to the point where McDonald’s basically folded and said they would not seek to collect on the money owed.

#6.

Carl’s Anus

Burger chain Carl’s Jr. sued rival Jack in the Box over an ad campaign that implied Carl’s Jr. made their burgers out of the tender meat of the anus.

Carl’s Jr. boasts that their burgers are made of “Angus” beef and Jack in the Box staked their entire campaign on the fact that “Angus” sort of sounds like “anus.” Carl’s Jr. sued on the grounds that people may be too retarded to know that Angus beef does not come from a cow’s ass and they wanted to protect that loyal base of retarded customers from being led astray.

The Result:

In July 2007, a judge denied Carl’s Jr. an injunction to stop the ads from running. A suit is still pending but obviously it’s moot because if Carl’s Jr. wins, Jack in the Box can’t go back and erase the ads from the customers’ memory.

By the way, Carl’s Jr. provided survey evidence to show that 36 percent of people thought Angus meat came from cow ass, which begs the bigger question of why they sell Angus burgers at all if they acknowledge a third of people think that.

#5.

Coq Roq

In 2005, band of questionable talent Slipknot sent a cease and desist order to Burger King, asking them to quit advertising their chicken fries via commercials featuring a band that was actually called Coq Roq. Slipknot felt Coq Roq was violating their rights by punking off their incredibly original image that no band had thought of before, not even back in the ’70s when KISS did it.

Rather than ignoring them, Burger King responded by filing suit against Slipknot, requesting that a judge declare that Coq Roq was not a rip off of Slipknot. In an actual, legal filing, Burger King reps, presumably with a straight face, detailed how the band Coq Roq is made up of six people in chicken masks named Fowl Mouth, Kabuki, The Talisman, Free Range, Sub-Sonic and Firebird. Also, so the court wouldn’t be totally unaware of the finer legal issues, they included lyrics of a Coq Roq song:

Raw desire is the fire I feed

Chicken Fries are what I need

See you standing like BK treat

Long and lean and just out of reach

It’s not known if at this point, having read the term “Coq Roq” about a hundred times, the judge decided to abandon law as a profession.

The Result:

After some meetings, Burger King quietly agreed to drop the campaign (it wasn’t exactly going over well with customers anyway, since they were using cock innuendo to sell chicken fingers). Meanwhile the whole thing couldn’t have done wonders for Slipknot’s image, since it’s kind of hard to look at them the same way once you realize they’re a group of wealthy men with a team of lawyers in their employ.

#4.

There Can Be Only One Glazed Donut

In 2004, Krispy Kreme, riding high on a curious wave of people treating their donuts as if they were made of gold, decided to sue donut maker Entenmann’s for copyright infringement. It seems Entenmann’s had the balls to call their donuts “original glazed” and sell them in white boxes with blue dots on them, which looks exactly like the green and white Krispy Kreme packaging, when viewed from a distance by a color blind and illiterate person who isn’t able to read “Entenmann’s” on the label.

The Result:

In early 2005, millions of Krispy Kreme customers looked up and said, “Wait a second! These are just donuts! What were we all worked up about?”  The company’s stock price collapsed and shareholders filed a lawsuit of their own.

Suddenly the vaguely similar Entenmann’s box was the least of their problems and they quietly dropped the suit.

#3.

McDonald’s and the Case of the Mean Italian Critic

In 2002, Italian food critic Edoardo Raspelli went on a foul-mouthed tirade against McDonald’s, going as far as to say that the ambiance at McDonald’s was “mechanical” and that the bread was “poor.” Vulgarities such as that could only come from a man who sits at the right hand of Satan, his ink well fed by the blood of innocents.

McDonald’s, probably after some intensive rounds of therapy and some veterinary-grade tranquilizers to calm themselves, did the only responsible thing they could in the face of this irresponsible attack: they filed a $25 million lawsuit for defamation.


Above: Artistic rendering of an Italian critic.

The Result:

The judge in the case suggested the two parties work it out on their own, apparently out of a baffling desire to not preside over a case where he and the jury are forced to try multiple delicious McDonald’s sandwiches to prove they didn’t taste “like cardboard” (as Raspelli also said).

Little progress has been reported in the suit since, but Raspelli wound up with a massive amount of free publicity since the suit became huge news in the Italian press. Of course during all of the coverage, his harsh criticisms were repeated over and over again for millions of readers and listeners.

Somewhere there are probably some McDonalds executives wishing they had just had the man quietly killed.

#2.

Kentucky Fried Horror Show

KFC only has so many words associated with their brand. Kentucky. Fried. Chicken. It’s not entirely practical to sue a state, a method of cooking and a bird every time they pop up in the media, but if two of those things appear together, possibly with a bucket near by, you better believe KFC is taking someone to court.

The makers of the Kentucky Fried Horror Show found that out when KFC sent them a letter calling their movie “alarming, ghastly, disturbing, revolting and vile” which is impressive since it hadn’t been filmed yet and KFC had no way to get a script.

However, they did see the promotional art, featuring a head in a red and white striped bucket. The Colonel wasn’t going to stand for that kind of chicanery. He stands for the mass slaughter of chickens, not people.

The Result:

Indie filmmakers are known to put movies together on a budget of change found under couch cushions, filmed after they get back from their own jobs at KFC. What they are not known for is fighting major corporations in court.

Thus, the Kentucky Fried Horror Show became the Kentucky Horror Show and the red and white stripes were removed from the promotional artwork, thus making this movie about people in the south dismembered and possibly eaten by the Devil safe for families once again.

#1.

The Right to Bear Boobs

Hooters, in a move that had to make more than one legal expert crack some hilarious jokes about “handling evidence” filed suit in 2003 against Kerfs WingHouse Bar & Grill. Hooters sued for $4 million in lost profit because the Winghouse stole some valued trade secrets, such as having waitresses in shorts and tight t-shirts, something Hooters went back in time to invent in the Middle Ages or whenever it was that a bar owner first noticed dudes will pay for more food, beer or bags or horse shit if a woman in a tight shirt is selling it.

The Winghouse, which has 10 locations, was apparently confusing poor, boob-hungry patrons who were just wandering the streets aimlessly in the hopes of finding chicken wings and a glimpse of cotton-clad nipple under an A/C duct. Hooters just couldn’t stand for it. Winghouse filed a counterclaim accusing Hooters of trying to use the legal system to crush the competition.


Above: The right to Bear-Boobs.

The Result:

The judge in the case gave the jury a directed order to basically find in favor of the Winghouse, which they did. The argument from the Winghouse was that they can’t be stealing a trademark from Hooters because the clothes are functional and functional clothes can’t be protected that way.

Hooters tried to appeal the decision and lost once again, proving the legal system will not stand for anyone trying to hold an illegal monopoly on reducing their wait staff to boobies that can serve drinks.

PG Version, Original from Cracked.com

Dannon Yogurt Drops Misleading Nutrition Claims From Packaging, Must Get FDA Approval

Dannon Co is forced to remove nutrition claims from their packaging.  Dannon claimed that the beneficial bacteria in its Activia yogurt helps relieve irregularity and that its DanActive drink boosts immunity however the FTC has ruled that there is not enough evidence to back these claims.

A settlement has been reached which will force Dannon to have their claims approved by the FDA before sending them out to the public in any form.  They have also agreed to pay $21 million over the bogus health claims they have made.

Consumers have the right to accurate information pertaining to their health.  These health claims made not just by Dannon but by many food producers, are completely exaggerated and misleading.  They are used to drive sales NOT to improve the health of their consumers.

This case represents the largest attorney general consumer protection multi-state settlement ever reached with a food producer.  

One down, many more to go!

In the meantime…WATCH THOSE FOOD LABELS!

What 300 Calorie Meals Look Like

Visual gallery of a series of meals in the 300-400 Calorie range. The visual representation gives an idea of portion size.

Breakfast – 290 Calories
1 whole wheat English muffin
2 pats low fat butter
1 hard boiled egg
1/2 cup of fruit
8 oz fruit juice
8 oz water

Cereal – 300 Calories
1 cup of cereal
8 oz 2% milk
1 banana
1 coffee or tea

Baked potato – 305 Calories
1 medium baked potato
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons salsa
1 cup sliced melon
12 oz water

Oatmeal – 325 Calories
1 cup oatmeal with raisins
1 cup of fruit
1 cup coffee or tea
1 banana

Soup – 350 Calories
1 bowl of soup
1 small tossed salad
2 tablespoons reduced fat oil and vinegar dressing
12 oz water
4 saltine crackers

Chicken – 345 Calories
6 oz of chicken
1 cup of green beans
2 pats of low-fat butter
1 small tossed salad
2 tablespoons reduced fat oil and vinegar dressing
12 oz water

Chicken Salad – 350 Calories
1 large tossed salad
2 tablespoons reduced fat oil and vinegar dressing
6 oz sliced chicken
1 cup of low fat wheat thin crackers
12 oz water

Scrambled eggs – 360 Calories
2 scrambled eggs
2 strips of turkey bacon
1 piece whole wheat toast
1 pat of low fat butter
1 coffee or tea
8 oz water

Fish – 365 Calories
6 oz broiled white fish
1 cup of mashed potatoes
1 pat of butter
1/2 cup of peas
8 oz diet iced tea

Chicken and Rice – 395 Calories
6 oz cooked chicken
2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce
1 cup of mixed vegetables
1/2 cup of brown rice
1 small tossed salad
2 tablespoons reduced fat oil and vinegar dressing
12 oz water

Consumption
It’s hard to believe that the average American consumes around 3,800 Calories per day. That’s more than all the food shown on this page. Highly processed foods are very easy to overeat.

By Jim F

Photos courtesy of Dr. Stephen Butler and Leslie Stefanowicz, NP at MyPhotoDiet.com.

Making Fitness Fun for Kids

A child’s weight can be a touchy subject.  Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get your kid moving without hurting their ego or making it seem like a chore.  Overweight children are more prone to heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, and nowadays, social discrimination.  It is vital to take action today.  Aim for at least 1 hour of physical activity every day. 

Buy them a new toy.  We know how much kids love presents, get them one that they will love and will also give them some exercise.  Try a new bike, skateboard, or rollerblades.

Invite neighborhood kids over for an outdoor game.  With a big group the possibilities are endless!  Try Tag (for younger kids), kickball, hide and seek, double-dutch jump rope, etc.

Walk the dog.  If your kid is begged you for a dog, make them work for it!  Two walks a day could do wonders for your child. 

I encourage all kids to break away from the TV and videogames, however, the Wii Fit is a good option for those really really stubborn ones.  Just don’t tell them they are working out!

Jump!  If you have some faith in your child’s athletic ability and coordination, a trampoline is an amazing workout.  I personally had one growing up and jumped on it AT LEAST once a day.  If this makes you nervous though, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Trampolines can be dangerous if you are not careful!

Sports.  Find what they like and get them involved.  There are so many options out there; at least one has to fit!

 

Even if your child puts up a fight, it is so important for you to stay persistent as you are helping them in the long run.  It is estimated that nearly 1 out of 3 children and teens (about 12 million) are considered obese.  The chance of developing health problems as an adult only increases as your child’s weight increases.

Most importantly, you must set a good example for your child.  You cannot expect them to exercise and eat a plate full of veggies if they see you planted on the couch with McDonalds.  If they see you making healthy choices in the kitchen and in life, they are likely to follow in your footsteps.

 For more tips, see Fighting Childhood Obesity.

DarkFin Gloves

While these gloves might look like something out of a superhero movie, they are actually a great tool you can use to help develop upper body strength.  It should come as no surprise that treading water is a great cardio, as well as muscle-building exercise.  While your body is in suspension, you are using dozens of muscles across your upper and lower body to stay afloat.  The only problem is, your cardiovascular endurance lets you down well before your muscular endurance does.  Unless you are a Navy SEAL, your ability to tread water probably doesn’t last more than 5 minutes. 

What if you were able to tread water continuously for 30, 45, even 60 minutes straight?  The muscles in use would receive low-impact stimulation the entire time, thereby working them just like any other form of weight lifting or exercise.  What this would result in is a highly effective workout, that takes no more than 30-45 minutes, AND hits almost all of your upper and lower body muscles simultaneously.  The DarkFin Glove makes it possible to do just that.

By adding large webbing between the backside of each finger, these gloves increase surface area by 70%.  This results in your ability to tread water without over-extending your cardiovascular system.  What you get is a serious muscular workout that you can continue on with for much longer than you would have been able to otherwise.  Don’t worry about sinking to the bottom like a lead pipe after a few minutes anymore.  Focus on your muscles and be in touch with which ones you are using.  You can try varying methods of treading water, i.e. arms in circles, butterfly kicks, arms up and down, etc.  By spending a few minutes using different methods to keep yourself afloat, you will be sure to work your muscles in the best way possible. 

These gloves are a very reasonable $25 and are designed of light weight rubber that are built to last.  Check them out at their website.  If you decide to give these a try, let us know how they work out for you!

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