I went to New Orleans and brought back a national championship…just for you.

But, no, seriously, New Orleans was a blast, and we had a great time (game included). What you see up there is a shot from after the game just a few rows down from where our seats where. (God bless the majesty and splendor of face value student tickets in the fifth row.)

Here’s a little pre and post game for you:

This was our very first stop on Bourbon Street at about 10 or so in the morning. This particular dive, the Tropical Isle, is famous for the Hand Grenade, a margarita-like drink that is sweet and deceptively full of booze. At this point, we had each had at least two, and we were very much full of “cheer.” (Not so) funny story — after we left this bar (literally minutes after we left), the fella there to my left (your right) lost his ticket and had to spend the better part of the day trying to get it back and/or find another one for less than the cost of your average mortgage payment. Good times. (The end of that particular story? He had to buy another ticket — and his wife got a new car so she wouldn’t be mad at the money he spent. Good for both of them.)

Post game, natch. First cigar of the new year. Second should come in October. (You can still DIAF, Tennessee.)

Ok, how about some news for the week? We start off with this story in the LA Times about a new and healthier kid’s meal from Chick-fil-a:

Going to Chick-fil-A might be easier for health-conscious parents. The fast food chain just introduced its new kids’ meal, which includes — wait for it — grilled chicken nuggets.

That’s right, they’re not fried. According to a company news release, a four-piece serving of the nuggets comes in at 80 calories and 1 gram of fat, and the six-piece has 110 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.

They’re serving that chicken with a fruit cup, but diners have the option of substituting applesauce, which has 60 calories and no fat. Add some 1% milk to that, and you have a meal (with six nuggets and applesauce) of 260 calories, 4 grams of fat (2 grams of saturated fat), 25 grams of sugar, 32 grams of protein and 26 grams of carbohydrates.

Children’s beverage options will be limited to 1% milk, 100% apple juice, lemonade and water.

An eight-piece serving of the regular fried nuggets has 260 calories and 12 grams of fat (2.5 grams of saturated fat).


As meals go, the Chick-fil-a nuggets are not bad — however, they are still fried which brings along the extra fat and oil (and deliciousness) that is probably a good idea to avoid. So kudos to those guys for serving up some grilled nuggets. (Now, if they would only open on Sundays…)

Our next story comes from CNN.com (the unofficial sponsor of DTWR) on how mindful eating is a helpful process. While the full story is interesting, I’m just going to share their final tips here:

Think twice before ordering. People can fall into a rut of eating the same dishes at the same restaurant, or they may say yes without thinking if a waitress suggests an appetizer, Albers says. Mindful eating involves “breaking those autopilot habits that we have around eating,” she says.

Make each calorie count. Think about what you really love to eat, and save your calorie budget to spend on those foods, Timmerman advises. “Does that cheese on the burger really make it for you? If not, that’s about a hundred calories,” she says.

On the side, please. Gravy, salad dressing, butter — if you can ask for something on the side, do it. “Then you have control of how much…you really need or want on there,” Timmerman says.

Think before you eat. Before you dig in, take a moment to ask yourself how hungry you are on a scale of 1 to 10, and how that hunger matches up with what you’ve got in front of you. Remember, you don’t have to clear your plate.

Pay attention. “When you’re eating, really be aware of… the sight and the texture and the taste of food,” Timmerman says. “We go out to eat because it’s enjoyable, it’s pleasurable, it tastes good — all of that. If you’re really paying attention, maybe you don’t have to eat the whole basket of fries; you can eat just a handful.”

Slow down. It can take our bodies up to 20 minutes to register the fact that we’re full — and during that time we’re often continuing to stuff ourselves. Proponents of mindful eating recommend taking your time, chewing your food carefully, and treating a meal as a leisurely stroll rather than a race.

Drop the fork. While you’re eating, put your fork down for a moment and assess how you’re feeling. “We get into such a habit of picking up the fork and putting food in our mouths, without even checking in with ourselves to see, ‘Am I still hungry, or am I full?'” Albers says.

Two and three are personal favorites of mine. On making each calorie count, personally, I don’t have to have really rich/great cheese and dressings — just so long as something is there. So, I generally opt for 1% or fat free cheese when I can, and I almost always go for low-cal dressings. And always get dressing on the side when you go out to eat. Seems like every damn place out there likes to drown their salads in an ocean of dressing.

Finally, we go to Yahoo! News for the story of Tropicana being sued for what amounts to false advertising:

A California woman is suing the maker of Tropicana claiming it is squeezing consumers by touting the best-selling U.S. orange juice as “100% pure and natural” when it is not.

In her federal lawsuit, plaintiff Angelena Lewis said Tropicana Products Inc, knowing consumers “want and demand natural products,” deceives them in its advertising and packaging for its Pure Premium juice, including cartons featuring an orange with a straw stuck into it.

Lewis said the unit of PepsiCo Inc actually puts the juice through extensive processing, adding aromas and flavors that change its “essential nature” and give it a longer shelf life.

This deception lets Tropicana charge more than rivals and helps fuel more than $5 billion of annual sales worldwide, according to Lewis, who lives in Vacaville, about 55 miles northeast of San Francisco.

“While Tropicana claims that ‘making Tropicana orange juice is truly an art’ it is far more a science,” said the complaint filed on Friday in Sacramento, California. “The resulting product does not taste like fresh squeezed orange juice.”

While I generally don’t drink OJ (unless it has a certain adult additive, if you know what I mean), this is something to think about. Is there anyone who gets hung up on the “naturalness” of their juice? (Outside of the plaintiff, of course.) If you’re not squeezing the oranges yourself, I think there should be some assumption that the product you’re drinking has been through some amount of processing. But that’s just me, I suppose…

Alrighty, folks, that’s enough for me today. Enjoy the weekend, and I’ll talk to y’all next week.

Roll Tide.

The Thrill is OUT.

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  1. 2 Tonya
    January 14, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I think that most critically thinking adults/consumers do assume that all packaged products have been through some sort of processing. What’s so disgusting about the orange juice is the amount of processing. I thought that maybe they did some sort of pasteurization-like process to keep it from going bad quickly. All that “From Concentrate” stuff doesn’t mean that they just boiled some water out and got this thick OJ syrup that they later add water to. I assumed that it was kinda like those frozen juice concentrates in the freezer – add water, get juice. Not the case. They actually strip the liquid down to nothingness and store it in large vats. They then re-add color, fragrance, and “natural flavors.” The end product isn’t juice in its natural form at all.

    If they were taking the juice and adding a preservative and a few chemicals, that would be acceptable. The end product is still fundamentally juice as you would get from an orange. But the product that you find in the supermarket isn’t like that at all. It is quite deceptive. After reading about OJ processing, I’ve stopped drinking it entirely. I wouldn’t have thought to sue, though I don’t disagree with the suit at all.

  2. 3 Elizabeth
    January 16, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Roll Tide Roll! :-)

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My name is Will. This is my story.

After a life of overindulgence and great fun, I tipped the scales at somewhere on the wrong side of 350 pounds in February 2010.

In less than a year, I lost 16 inches on my waist, 5 inches on my neck, three shirt sizes and 175 pounds.

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