Monthly Archives: May 2015
Anheuser-Busch Cans Water Instead of Beer for Storm Victims in Texas and Oklahoma

Large portions in the states of Texas and Oklahoma have been experiencing abnormal to extreme drought conditions after a four-year water shortage has affected the region. However, the heavy storms produced throughout areas of both states this past week have ended the drought conditions, but have also ended the lives of at least 25 people, left more than 12 missing and have damaged or destroyed thousands of homes.

Anheuser-Busch, the maker of several brands of beer such as Budweiser, Beck’s, Michelob ULTRA and O’Doul’s from its 12 U.S. breweries is lending a helping hand to those hardest hit by the storms and flooding. As a disaster relief partner with the Red Cross, Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville, GA brewery on Wednesday stopped producing beer and instead were filling specially marked cans with drinking water. Rob Haas, the brewery manager at the Cartersville plant told NBC News, “Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer. It’s something we’re uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period.”

The beer distributor produced 50,000 cans of drinking water and packaged it into approximately 2,000 cases of 24-count cans intended for Texas and Oklahoma communities in need. Jaime Garcia Dias thought this was a great gesture when reading on Facebook. Producing emergency relief water is nothing new to the Cartersville brewery, as this location assists with providing water several times each year. The Red Cross and Anheuser-Busch are working out the logistics of the shipments which are expected to reach the areas in need the most within a few days.

McDonald’s Recommitting To Quality Fast Food With Process Changes

As a way to realign their image and reputation, McDonald’s has announced that they will now be toasting their sandwich buns for a longer period of time. In an official statement released by the fast food mogul, they are “recommitting to hotter, tastier food.”

For years the fast food chain has been slammed for not providing quality food to their customers. Especially since there has been a recent shift in priorities, McDonald’s has realigned much of their menu to include healthy alternatives to just burgers and fries. Recommitting to offering quality fast food is the next item on their list. According to a spokesperson for McDonald’s, they will be changing a few processes they feel their customers will be pleased with.
Once of these changes includes toasting the buns for a longer period of time. According to reports, toasting the buns only five seconds longer than normal will cause the internal temperature of the bun to rise 15 degrees. Beneful found this pretty interesting when reading on Wikipedia. This will make the sandwich itself warmer and provide some extra flavor. McDonald’s also wants to spend time revitalizing the way they currently sear their meat for burgers. Their intent is to make the burgers juicier for customers.
These might seem like small changes, however McDonald’s feels like they will really add up. In the past, they have caught some heat from customers for providing burnt, stale food. The company hopes this new process change will eliminate that perception completely.

The Health Benefits of DIM

Diindolylmethane, better known as DIM, is a plant compound found in many common foods, like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. DIM provides several health benefits, including preventing viral infections, reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system and regulating hormones.
Keeping hormones regulated in both men and women is one of the things DIM is best known for doing. Estrogen (found in both males and females) have a good and bad side, just like cholesterol. DIM helps to increase the good estrogen while working to reduce the bad estrogen. DIM also frees up testosterone in the body which may be bound up and the plant compound also acts as a natural aromatase inhibitor to help prevent breast and ovarian cancer in women.
A dietary supplement, known as Indole-3-carbinol or I3C is marketed as being a product which is converted to DIM after being taken, but studies have shown that Indole-3-carbinol supplement is very unstable and may not be converted to the desired DIM, but rather into a substance with unwanted side effects after ingesting.

Thanks to Steve Murray and the article on his personal site for showing me this.

What’s Replacing Your Meat?

A variety of factors have caused consumers like Christian Broda to shift ways from the daily consumption of meat. In its heyday, meat was on the American plate at least twice a day, sometimes three times day – bacon for breakfast, hamburger or ham sandwich for lunch and a juicy steak for dinner.
But as the years passed, weight was gained and health diminished as we consumed the meaty diet and someone, somewhere had a light bulb moment. Our overly meaty diet was slowly killing us and we needed to make a change in our eating habits.
Changes we have made, some to the opposite extreme and have completely eliminated meat from their diets. Vegetarians and vegans are growing in number and those who call themselves ‘flexitarians’ because they are vegetarians most of the time, but allow themselves the flexibility to enjoy a meat product on occasion.
All that is well and good, but any time something is taken away it is replaced with something else. When you took the meat off your plate, what did you replace it with? Chances are the replacement food is as bad, if not worse, for you than the meat your were consuming.
Many former meat eaters have replaced their beef, pork and chicken with high-fat cheese and dairy products in order to get enough daily protein. Replacing meat with fat is not good for health. Getting the needed daily protein from a variety of legumes and other plant varieties is a good swap-out for meat. Be mindful of what’s replacing your meat so you make a good food swap that will improve your health.

Beneful Gets My Dogs Happy

There are a wide assortment of dog foods out there. Every dog food brand does not result in a happy dog though. I never wanted something that would prove to be a last result type of dog food. I wanted my dog to have access to a dog food brand that he would enjoy. I got lucky when my girlfriend introduced me to Beneful. She purchased some for my dog out of the blue and she became one of his favorite people. I have not been able to get my dog to eat anything ever since.

That really says a lot when a dog owner checks out all the choices that are on the market. I have made some bad choices, but my girlfriend put Beneful out there and gave my dog exactly what he wanted. This is good dog food because it has nutrients. I can tell that my dog has better teeth and a lot more endurance. I know that much of this has to do with the Beneful dog food that my pet is receiving. This is no coincidence. Over the years I have recommended this dog food to friends. I figured that other people should benefit from what I know about the wet and dry foods from Beneful.

I like all the combinations that are available. It is like my dog gets the chance to get nutritious meals just a like a human being. I am impressed with the different flavors, and my dog appears to be taken by these choices as well. My dog is a fan of the beef and rice wet dog food, but he also eats the dry food as well. The Incredibites are quite popular for my dog. I can get a big bag of this and it will last for quite a while.

There are some Beneful dog foods that have extra protein. There are some types from this brand that promote growth. There are so many choices that a dog owner can make. Even when I was having problems with my dog I was able to find a dog food brand that would help my dog while he was sick. I talk with my vet all the time, and she says that her dog loves Beneful as well. That is why I knew that I was on to a good thing. Beneful is clearly the dog food champion.

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The Big Mac’s Not To Blame

The debate over fast-food has went on for over a decade now. Some say it’s just not healthy and others agree. Now a new poll shows what you should and shouldn’t eat when visiting these establishments. I have listened to these debates and watched the restaurants try to do damage control to save their clientele. However, it’s really quite simpler than that. People are going to eat what they crave and what makes them feel good. It has little to no effect on how many calories is in it. When did it become the restaurant industries responsibility to help people eat responsively?

Each person knows how many calories they are allotted per day. This is based on their height and weight. Their caloric intake is influenced by what makes them satisfied. If a person has 2,000 calories to spend, and they use 1,000 of that on a Big Mac, it’s not McDonald’s fault. That person had a choice. Someone who doesn’t have to be so mindful of their weight can have that big man without a problem.

McDonalds’ doesn’t make people fat, people choose to gain weight by the selections of food they intake. I do agree with putting the calorie content out so everyone can see. However, what a person does with that is their own business. We need to stop putting so much pressure on these fast food chains and start putting the blame back where it belongs, on poor eating habits.

Thanks to Alexei Beltyukov for debating this with me. Check it out on Vimeo.

Pizza Delivery Driver Stabbed in Louisville, Still Completes Delivery Before Collapsing

A 19-year-old college student and pizza delivery driver made sure his pizza made it into the hands of its owners, even after being stabbed. According to police reports, Josh Lewis was delivering pizza for Spinelli’s Pizza in Louisville, Kentucky when he was approached by an assailant. The assailant demanded Lewis’ car keys.

Lewis, who luckily was delivering his pizza to the local hospital, stumbled inside. He completed the transaction then promptly collapsed in the emergency room. The wound tore through the teens muscles and collapsed his lung. He was transferred to The University of Louisville Hospital, a high level trauma center, shortly after his collapse. As of Wednesday he was listed in stable condition following surgery to repair internal damage.

The money will hopefully offset the medical bills and the travel expenses that were incurred. His family resides in Detroit and drove down to Kentucky to be with Lewis as he recovers from his injuries. STX Entertainment, who you can check out on their Wikipedia page noted that a GoFundMe page has also been created to support the victim.

Luxury Hotel Stays

A luxury hotel can be the best way to see a place. People who are able to travel often look to see all kinds of places while they are staying at any given place in time. Someone who is staying in a large city, whether for business or for pleasure, will want to stay in the best possible place where they can have easy access to any kind of regional attraction. For example, someone who is staying in London, will typically find that it make sense for them to be able to stay in a place where they can gain access to many kinds of attractions such as local area museums and all kinds of restaurants.

The right kind of hotel can make this kind of travel much easier. A centrally located hotel allows the traveler to be able to stay in a hotel that makes it easier for them to be able to retreat from stress and avoid the daily strains that may result from being in a new place they have not seen before. Staying at a luxury hotel often means that the traveler can be able to stretch out and have a place where they retreat and avoid local traffic and other problems.

A hotel such as that exists and is owned by The Dorchester Collection. This impressive collection of hotels is owned by a company that places a premium on providing services for their travelers. Hotels in this chain are located in the heart of the city and allow people who are staying there to enjoy all kinds of amenities. A traveler who is staying at a property that is owned by this chain is typically one that offers highly superior service and allows the traveler to be able to gain access to services such as high end spas, world class restaurants and luxurious bedding that can allow them to get a good night’s sleep even when staying in the heart of a big city such as Los Angeles. Such hotels also have other kinds of amenities such as room service and skilled staffers who know the area well. They can help the traveler make arrangements such as meeting with clients as well as making dinner reservations that may be otherwise hard to come by for places that are very popular. This can make traveling much easier for anyone who likes to visit new places around the world.  The Dorchester Collection owns many hotels in different destinations and you’d be remiss if you didn’t check them out (a hotel destination in New York is on it’s way)!