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Dannon’s ‘Activia’ Probiotic Yogurt — Effectiveness Appears To Plateau Then Peter Off.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. ‘Activia’ carbs.

Until this past weekend I had been eating at least one ‘Activia’ Probiotic yogurt — typically the larger container — every day (bar maybe 4 days in total) since Monday, April 27, 2015. So that was 231 days of eating ‘Activia’.

To begin with it worked, as claimed, like a charm and I was signing its praises. I had started eating ‘Activia’ because I was sure that I would have been able to claim that the ‘Activia’ Challenge did not work and as such I needed my money back. But I was happy with ‘Activia’ for months. The Challenge Worked! I will gladly admit that.

What is even more interesting is that I was not a newcomer to eating daily yogurt. I had been eating a yogurt a day, bar a very, very occasional lapse, since 1998. So by the time I started eating ‘Activia’ I had been on daily yogurt for 17 years. And even with that I could tell that ‘Activia’ made a difference.

But of late I have been getting skeptical about ‘Activia’ benefits as it applied to I. The biggest problem being that the ‘Activia’ that we can readily buy in New Hampshire — i.e., regular ‘Activia’ — is VERY HIGH in Carbs. 18g of Carbohydrates per small container, 15g of that sugar. This was starting to impact my low-carb diet. Plus I had noticed that the ‘Activia’ was not as effective as it had been to start with it.

So, with reluctance, I decided to ditch the ‘Activia’ and go back to my Cabot Low-Fat Greek Yogurt, that I had been eating, daily, for about a year before I started ‘Activa’. One whole tub of the Cabot has about the same carbs as a small container of ‘Activia’. Yes, of course, it doesn’t taste anywhere near as good BUT I can’t afford to be this fat. Have to lose more weight. So that is my story.500_greek-vanilla-2lb


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by Anura Guruge

21-Year Old ‘Lexie’, From Missouri, Embarks On The “30 Day Writing Challenge”.

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Click to access her blog and ‘Day 3’ post.


Somebody else that I encountered on the Web because she ‘commented’ on one of my posts — albeit not on this blog.

I have heard of the “30 Day Writing Challenge” and it looks like a very worthwhile endeavor (though I am way too far gone for it). I read bits of her Day 2 and Day 3. Very good stuff. I wish I could write like that at 21. Always a joy to too new authors at work.

Maybe I, at 62, still can’t write as ‘good’ as she does at 21. Maybe that is my problem. Past caring now. I have fun and that is all that matters given that I have, and will always be, at my very core an hedonist (though to be honest, since the kids, I have always put them first).

 Check it. Tomorrow is my “Self-Publishing” presentation at the Alton Library where, with Luck, I will help Brandy DiFauda publish her first book, as a Kindle eBook, LIVE.


I Will Have To Admit That Dannon’s ‘Activia’ Yogurt Works — And Could Even Help YOU Lose Weight!

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Activia-Coupons1I will readily admit that I was skeptical of Activia’s 2 week challenge.

I have eaten yogurt EVERY DAY, with nary an exception, since 1997. That is 18 years of eating yogurt daily — and I am not kidding about the daily. In a given year there might be, at most 5 – 6 days, when I do not eat yogurt — and that is probably because I am traveling and don’t have ready access to yogurt.

I have to thank, profusely, Dr. Joseph Misiewicz, of Meredith, New Hampshire — who is still practicing out of the same office — for introducing me to the yogurt habit.

Prior to his kindly advice that it would behoove me to eat some yogurt a day, I had NEVER even tasted yogurt — and I was 44 years old!

It all had to do with the ‘yogurt’, ‘curd‘ as it is called, in Ceylon/Sri Lanka. Though my adoptive father ate it with relish I could NOT stand it. And I associated yogurt with curd. So I had never, ever eaten yogurt prior to Dr. Misiewicz. He was a good doctor and I took what he said seriously. The problem was getting a taste for it. Luckily my then partner was very resourceful. She knew me quite well and realized that there was a way to get me into yogurt. She went and found the THICKEST custard yogurts that she could find, knowing (that in those days) I could not resist custards.

After a few months of eating the custard variety I was into yogurt. Soon stopped that. Deanna has had me on no fat/low fat Greek yogurt, with or without added sliced fruit — and the MANDATORY heaping of ground flaxseed (and that thanks to my excellent cardiologist Dr. Stephen Hanlon). I never saw a need for the ‘expensive’ Activia. As far as I saw I was eating my share of yogurt a day.


activiaThen came the Arizona trip. Given my desire to eat yogurt daily we stopped at a store to buy yogurt, cheese, fruit etc. They didn’t have variety in yogurts — mainly lots of Activa, all the packaging promoting the 2 week Activia challenge. So I told Deanna that I will do the challenge — and I was SURE that I would be able to ask for my money back because I could NOT see how Activa would make a difference. So the way I saw it I would have FREE yogurt for 2 weeks. We bought a ‘ton’ and kept the receipts.

I live Activa. I eat mainly the lime, coconut/vanilla and blackberry. The kids got a liking for it too. Within the week, once we got home, we were buying A TON — and I mean 4, 5, 6 packs of Activa.

Activa does seem to WORK. I am amazed. I would NOT dream of asking for my money back, because that would be dishonest. I don’t know why, but Activa does appear to work. Moreover, since I have been eating Activa, for a month or so now, I have lost even more weight! Not much. Maybe 2 pounds, BUT it all counts.

So, I am SOLD. If you open our fridge these days you will be confronted with a WALL of Activa. Yes, it is not ‘cheap’ BUT it is well worth the money.

So we are voting for Activia.


Alton Central STILL Looking For Parents To Coach ‘Destination Imagination’!

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I already said my piece about this two weeks ago.

We are now going into the 2nd week of November. Soon it will be Thanksgiving.

It is TOO LATE to realistically start a DI team. It is not fair on the kids!

DI is a lot of work. Hours expended matters and counts.

When you go to the first regional meet it is NOT FAIR on the kids if they are competing against kids who have had a month or more of lead time.

I watch the kids’ eyes as they look at their peers from other schools competing. You can read their emotions. When they see performances vastly superior to their own, PARTLY because they spent much, much, much more time, you can see the awe and disappointment in their eyes. They would have liked to have done something like that too — but they never had the time.

That is why I am OPPOSED to having teams that start late. DI is for the kids. Don’t burden them with disadvantages even before they start.

Then there is my other pet peeve. Why can’t this principal order some of her teachers to be the DI coaches? I am a great believer that each DI team should be coached by a school teacher assisted by a parent.

VERY BAD NEWS For Us In New Hampshire (N.H.) Re. Subsidies, i.e., Tax Credits, To Lower ObamaCare (ACA) Healthcare Insurance Premiums.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I stumbled upon this, serendipitously, yesterday because I am trying to stay on top of this because I now know that I am going to get screwed — the only question being how deeply and how bloody will it be.

It is looking more and more grim.

Looks like Obama well and truly screwed up. A loophole in the legislation to do with implementation of exchanges — Obama, blinkered as ever, never envisaged a scenario where states would NOT implement their own exchanges.

That is why we in NH are screwed. We are using the plagued, Federal, Canadian-implemented (which is the ROOT cause of all the problems), healthcare.gov.

Without these premium-reducing subsidies, a.k.a. as tax-credits though they can be used upfront to reduce premium costs, Obamacare Health Insurance will be unaffordable to most in N.H.

This is beyond a disaster.

All of the Democratic elected politicians in N.H.  better RUN for cover. Better still abandon your posts and leave the State. You will never get re-elected after this fiasco. I for one will be after you with my trusty pen (which is mightier than a pitchfork) to make sure that you will never screw us AGAIN.

PLEASE read these and TRY and understand the issue.



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New Hampshire (N.H.) Residents MAY NOT Be Eligible For ObamaCare (ACA) Subsidies, i.e., Tax Credits! WE ARE SCREWED.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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All because the State decided NOT to setup its own exchange and instead use the Federal ‘healthcare.gov’!

This is NOT a joke or a spoof. This is REAL. Law appears NOT to cover this scenario.

Click to access BREAKING NEWS 'MarketWatch' post.

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