It's about time I let my readers in on a little secret. I have an addiction problem. Yes, I am addicted to ACTIVIA yogurt from Dannon.
I remember several years ago I could not and would not eat yogurt to save my life. I thought it was sour and gross and I was just not interested in eating it. However, I started having some stomach problems that began interfering with my daily life. Without getting into too much detail, here is what happened: I became "irregular" so to speak. This would result in random bouts of trapped gas. If you have ever had trapped gas you'll understand the feeling. My stomach would bloat to 2-3x's it's regular size. It's not like when you get bloated after eating to much, I couldn't "suck it in" and I couldn't even button my pants. I couldn't move and it was painful. Sometimes the pain would extend all the way into my chest. I seriously thought I was having a heart attack one night and I was in my early 20's! After going through a box of Gas-X a week for months I thought maybe I should try something else.
After watching numerous TV commercials for ACTIVIA I decided to give it a try. It turned out to be my miracle drug. It really did work within 2 weeks and I can't recall having any major stomach issues since I started eating it. It has a great flavor that has never tasted sour and the texture is smooth. I like the Strawberry and Blueberry flavors the best. I did try the "enhanced" fiber enriched flavor and they are not good. The fiber enriched ones have a grainy texture that my pallet does not enjoy but then again I am kind of funny about food textures anyway.
According to my calculations,I have been eating ACTIVIA yogurt everyday for breakfast for approximately 5 years. The only reason I know it's been five years is because I remember having my tummy troubles when Carl and I moved into a cute little rental house in Mooresville, North Carolina which was in November 2005.
With that being said, Carl has come up with many nicknames for my yogurt over the years. Let's just say that every morning I wake up, drink my coffee, eat my yogurt, and then "complete my morning routine". Even if we plan on going out to breakfast at a restaurant I still get up early and drink my coffee, eat my yogurt, and "complete my morning routine" before leaving the house. I actually get a little anxiety if I am unable to "complete my morning routine". Anyway...
One day while in the grocery store with Carl we approached the dairy section. It's important to note that Carl has a very short memory and he often calls everyday products by the wrong name OR chooses to make regular products sound inappropriate and dirty. For example, in Carl's sick mind Dill Pickle = Dildo Pickle, or Broccoli = Fart Fuel. So as we approached the diary section I passed the yogurt and headed to grab the milk. Carl then points to the ACTIVIA section of yogurt and calls out to me, "Do you need any ACT-TURD-IA?". I nearly lost it with laughter in the store because quite frankly it was funny. He then proceeded to sing the name imitating the commercials. The more I react, the more he says it...just like a child.
He has finally stopped calling it ACT-TURD-IA and he stopped singing it too. Unfortunately he has come up with a new name for it...TURD ACTIVATOR. I have to admit that it is also kinda funny considering that I do eat it immediately prior to "completing my morning routine". As long as he doesn't yell it out across the grocery store to me again, he can call it whatever he wants.
Oh, and one last thing...when I went to the ACTIVIA website to grab a picture for this blog post I found out that they are coming out with a new Dessert flavored line that includes Strawberry and Blueberry Cheesecake flavors. I know it sounds stupid, but I am really looking forward to trying them!
Have you ever tried Activia? What do you think about it?
This was an unsolicited product endorsement, I did not receive incentives, brides, free samples, or money from ACTIVIA. However, if the people from ACTIVIA are reading this and would like to offer me any of the above I'd be more than happy to oblige .