Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Non-tech rant about my frozen lunches

I'm a geek so that means that I spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer. It is well known that sitting for as long as I do isn't the most healthful. However, I do workout most days and I watch what I eat and track my calories. I have enjoyed eating a certain frozen meal that has pretty low calories for some time now. I won't mention the exact product, but it is a frozen meal that uses a steaming action and could make you feel like you are eating in a cafe (if you picture a cafe to have desks instead of tables and for each table to have 3 monitors).

I have been enjoying these for awhile when they changed their packaging for some new marketing gimmick and to associate themselves with a TV show. I didn't think much about it because what do I really care about the marketing of it, I just want to eat. However, about the fourth time I'm eating this meal, I discover that they added 40 calories (about 14% increase) to it with the change. I know 40 calories isn't much, but I need all the help I can get. Plus, I obviously couldn't even tell that anything had changed flavor-wise. I contacted the company and mentioned I wasn't happy about a company labeling themselves as healthy and then adding on 40 calories to a meal with no notice. They wrote me back stating that they thought they made it better and gave me some coupons. With or without the coupons, I wasn't going to quit eating their meals since I do like them and find them to be a good compromise as I watch what I eat, it was just disappointing to me and my geek body.