Thursday, June 30, 2005

Diet Humor to the Rescue

Do you ever have so much to do at work (or in life for that matter) that you feel absolutely paralyzed? You don't know where to start, everything's high priority, everything needs to get done... and just the thought drains all energy from your very being. It's one of the most uncomfortable and overwhelming feelings known to me... and it describes my state of being at this exact moment.

I don't smoke, so I'm taking the liberty of having a diet soft drink break. Conveniently, this can be done indoors as well as out.

Perhaps some diet humor will help lift my spirits. Found this Stress Diet online:

RULES FOR THIS DIET
1. If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.
2. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are cancelled out by the diet soda.
3. When you eat with someone else, calories don't count if you don't eat more than they do.
4. Foods used for medicinal purposes NEVER count, such as hot chocolate, brandy, toast and cheesecake.
5. If you fatten up everyone else around you, then you look thinner.
6. Movie related foods do not have additional calories because they are part of the entire entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel, such as milk duds, buttered popcorn, junior mints, red hots and tootsie rolls
7. Cookie pieces contain no calories. The process of breaking causes calorie leakage.
8. Things licked off of knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of preparing something. Examples are peanut butter on a knife making a sandwich and ice cream on a spoon.
NOTE: Chocolate is a universal color and may be substituted for any other food color.


Hmmm... from the sounds of it, I may just need some chocolate to kick my tenacity into high gear. Wonder why they haven't figured out how to make zero-calorie candy bars yet??

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

G. Love and Special (Diet) Soda

Anyone seen the new Coke Zero commercial? Man you've gotta love G. Love... from the days of "Baby's Got Sauce" and "Cold Beverages" and beyond. The commercial is set in G.Love's hometown of brotherly love -- Philly, PA -- and shows the singer jamming along with some other Gen Y'ers (I guess that's what we're called?) on the roof of a building. According to this article in Beverage World, it's actually a play on a 1970s Coke commercial called "Hilltop." The updated version (nicely coined "Chilltop") is supposed to target 18-24 year olds. I guess they figure we weren't alive for the original commerical, so we won't mind a recycled version.

But actually, the idea works for me -- I think it's a great commercial. Nice jam/jingle, more hip tone. It's something that may actually appeal to people my age. And I'm always glad to see good musicians getting a spotlight even though they may not be at the pinnacle of pop stardom. We've already had the Britney's and the P.Diddy's of the world promoting products left and right. It's nice to give a deserving artist his due. I may or may not be biased since I did score a picture with and autograph from G.Love (Garrett Dutton is his real name) once when I saw him play in Atlanta. (You always remember the nice ones.)

So let's "teach the world to chill, take time to stop and smile..."

Friday, June 24, 2005

A Little Feedback

Whew! Crazy past few weeks have sadly stolen me away from my blogging adventure. (Though still not sure whether I am trekking steadfastly to the summit or slogging away in the jungle, becoming breakfast for a world of cyber-mosquitos.)

Regardless, I've been trying to keep a pulse on the feedback from the new Coke Zero. From what I can tell - very supportive. I even managed to convince my boyfriend to try it, and he liked it so much he finished the entire can! Amazing really, since he refuses to even go near my other diet soft drink selections. So the few I have spoken with all seem to like it a great deal (incredibly scientific research I've done here, isn't it?).

However, Zero is not without its opponents. As this article from the Boston Herald's Beth Teitell succinctly puts it, "Note to Coca-Cola Innovators: Can It." She notes:

"In case you've been too busy following Saddam's breakfast menu to pay attention to such domestic matters, there's now a Diet Coke sweetened with Splenda, and a Coca-Cola Zero. That's a diet cola sweetened with both aspartame and acesulfame potassium - and desperate to shed its "diet" stigma... And who knows what other versions will have metastasized by the time this paper hits newsstands today? Diet Coke with fiber?"

Teitell does note that the Coke spokesperson she spoke with about the topic said that the new products are in response to what consumers have said they would like to see on the shelves (more variety and options), and that these new products aren't a replacement of everyone's old favorites, but rather a complimentary addition to the diet market.

She goes on to point out that "A poll on the MSNBC.com Web site shows that most people actually believe there are too many Coke and Pepsi choices [on the market]. By midday yesterday the numbers were running 54 to 44 percent..."

So what does this all mean? Variety is the spice of life... but too much variety is chaos? I guess a large number of options can be overwhelming. I was shopping for new socks recently, and with all the crew cuts, ankle socks, colors, cool max, wool socks, synthetic blends -- YIKES. But sometimes having a lot of choices isn't a bad thing. Girls know this everytime we stare into a closet full of clothes and can find NOTHING to wear.

So I say here's to diet soft drink choices - Zero, Diet, One, Two and all the rest. At least it helps us keep our math straight.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Bring Back the Aspartame... Ace-K Addition Works Too

Coke has done it again - redemption is theirs.

This month marked the release of the new zero-calorie formulation - Coke Zero. The Web site's moniker boasts it's a taste "119 Years in the Making," and you know what... they're right.

I'd previously blogged about this product back in March, but thought the introduction would be focused on marketing tactics... that Coke Zero would be an additional avenue to target a new audience... potentially males turned off by the feminine connotation of "diet."

Forget marketing... this is all about taste. Coke Zero is fabulous. I am incredibly impressed with this product. Especially after the bad taste left in my mouth from my Diet Coke with Splenda experience. I was begging for my comfort taste of cola with aspartame. Coke has fought back with a vengeance and in my opinion completely redeemed themselves. This time, throwing Acesulfame-K into the mix, blending it with aspartame, has changed the taste in a positive direction.

Coke Zero tastes the closest to "regular Coke" I think is possible. I love the taste of Diet Coke... like it better than regular Coke actually. But man... this new drink is really good. I won't give up my Diet Coke, but I WILL add Coke Zero to my shopping list. Possibly even include it in my Friday cocktail. (Is it 5:00 yet??)

Try it out. Let me know what you think. It's 5:00 somewhere.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Pop vs.Soda

This is a fun site to poke around on for those who have a cultural draw to soft drinks...

The Great Pop vs. Soda Controversy

The site was created as part of an informal research project, trying to determine the regional vernacular associated with soft drinks throughout the U.S. The author's abstract sums the idea up as:

"Using the World Wide Web to gather and process data from across English-speaking North America, I intend to plot the regional variations in the use of the terms "Pop" and "Soda" to describe carbonated soft drinks. "

Once you start getting a little deeper into the site, like checking out the actual
Pop vs. Soda stats, things get a little silly. However, for those who enjoy soft drink related entertainment, allow yourself a few moments to indulge.