Friday, November 16, 2012

Hostess Closes Its Doors: Are people coming to their senses?

Just this morning, junk food powerhouse Hostess announced that they will be liquidating their company and selling off their portfolio of brands. The plummeting popularity of junk foods and a recent strike regarding a labor contract forced the company to face their bankruptcy and make some hard decisions. But don't fear, junk food enthusiasts, I'm sure if you go buy a ton of Twinkies they'll keep just fine on your shelf for a few decades.

I'm sure there are a good amount of people mourning for their Donettes, but I can't help but say that I am excited about this. Does this mean that America is shaping up and actually paying attention to the things they are consuming that might potentially be harmful? And I use the term "things" purposely–I don't exactly see Twinkies or Ho-Ho's as food, if you catch my drift. But what if the rise in people seeking health-related information online had anything to do with Hostess' bankruptcy? Now, they say Twinkies and the rest of the junk food gang won't necessarily meet their demise. Another owner could potentially pick them up. However, a plummet in sales must constitute a red flag for potential buyers, no? Now I'm no CEO, but it just doesn't seem smart to invest in junk food these days.

Much to my liking, health is on the rise and junk food consumerism is going down the drain. It's no wonder companies are coming out with all new lines of "healthy" food. New new media, and it's ability to allow people to share healthy recipes and surprising health statistics may just be to thank for this monumental change in the American lifestyle.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

YouTube Fitness

Let's face it--there's not a thing YouTube doesn't have. Just the other day, I spent literally 20 minutes watching some guy flush random foods down the toilet. Believe it or not, he gets paid for those videos! Absolutely ridiculous.

What's not ridiculous is the amount of health & fitness content on YouTube, and how beneficial it can be. For those who just want to exercise in the comfort of their own home, and don't want to pay ridiculous amounts for at-home programs like P90X or Flirty Fitness, YouTube can be a perfect tool. For example, I like to search for yoga classes, and the search typically returns a wide range of different types and lengths of classes or tutorials.

Here's a challenge for you: once a day for one week, go on YouTube and find yourself a different workout. Don't know what to search for? Be creative! Try yoga one day, Zumba the next, and maybe even throw some Tai Chi in there. I'd give you some examples, but I think it's more beneficial to search the endless limits yourselves. Happy hunting!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Negative Social Networking

If you spend a considerable amount of time browsing social media, you're often subjected to useless information about the lives of friends and family members. While people often update positive changes in their lives, it seems that for every positive post, there are two negative posts. Whether it's a way to seek pity or attention, or they're just plain pessimistic, reading negative posts can have a detrimental effect on your own mood. According to research, humans are more innately drawn to negative news, and are more likely to respond by changes in mood. 

Here's what you should take from this:  If you think you might be someone who is guilty of posting too much negativity via your social networks, try to cut down. If you find that your news feed is littered with complaints and unnecessary negative posts, either hide those people from your feed, or simply unfollow/unfriend them. Communicating via social networking and establishing/maintaining relationships is meant to be a positive experience, and a couple of negative posts can subtly throw off your psyche.