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Groceries & A Doctor’s Visit All In One?

Photo from the San Diego Union-Tribune For the last week I’ve had a sore throat and for the last couple of days it has blown into quite a painful experience. After deciding I’ve tried to ride it out long enough, I sought the best way to seek some medical attention. I didn’t feel like making an appointment with a doctor’s office that would take days before the doctor would have time to see me, and I didn’t feel it urgent enough to visit a hospital or urgent care center, so I thought I should check online to see what could be a step down from Urgent care that I could get in to see rather quickly.

In my search online I came across the Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) care group and a section of their website indicating they had a couple of retail based clinics operating inside a couple of local San Diego county Albertsons stores, called PPH Expresscare. They operate as a small clinic inside the grocery store as a way to bring more a-la-carte care to the community for both the insured and the uninsured at reasonable prices and more convenient hours than a traditional doctor’s office. As the clinic is part of the PPH group, if the care required for any services needs to be more involved than can be provided in the clinic, the patients can be referred to urgent care or hospital services elsewhere in the group.

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Zevia – My New Favorite Brand Of Sodas

Zevia Natural Diet Soda LogoIn my time in Jorge Cruise’s Belly Fat Cure program, one of the best new product recommendations I’ve received is to replace soda with Zevia Brand Sodas. Zevia’s tag line is “Natural Diet Soda” and by natural, it means the ingredients are all derived from natural sources. Zevia is naturally sweetened with Stevia (a natural sweetener made from the leaves of plants from the sunflower family originating from Central and South America) and Erythritol (a sugar alcohol made from fruits and vegetables). Even the caffeine in Zevia Cola (the only flavor to contain any caffeine) is derived from coffee.

Sure you may have seen “Natural” sodas before, but most of those are loaded with even more sugar than Coca-Cola. And you’ve probably seen “Diet” sodas which are usually loaded with artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Nutrasweet), sucralose (Splenda), and saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low). Zevia is different because its an all natural soda that is zero calories, zero sugar, zero net carbs, zero rating on glycemic index and it’s even certified as Kosher. Anther healthy benefits of Zevia is that the soda will not cause tooth decay. The natural sweeteners don’t ferment when they come into contact with bacteria in the mouth and Zevia doesn’t use phosphoric acid found in other sodas which has been known to eat away at tooth enamel and deplete the body of calcium.

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The Quest For Xylitol

Searching for XylitolI recently received a recipe for a sugarless brownie that sounded rather interesting, so I decided I should try and make one. If the brownies turn out as delicious as they were described, then this might make for a great way to curb a sweet tooth for cake.

I was able to get all the ingredients for the brownie and it’s sugar free frosting at my local Vons, well all except the called for Xylitol, which is a natural sugar substitute. It’s something that can be baked with and doesn’t have the neuro-toxins found in Sweet-n-low, Nutrasweet, or Splenda. Well my search also took me to Henry’s Marketplace, but no luck there. I then tried Stater Brothers but no luck there either.

So off to Albertsons, where I thought there was a good chance they might have it as I had purchased a box of Truvia sweetener there and I remember they had a choice of things available, but unfortunately no, there was no Xylitol to be found there. Maybe Trader Joe’s would have it. No such luck at all. At this point I was getting frustrated that it was no where to be found. Reluctantly, I gave Ralph’s a try, as it’s the only major grocery chain in the area I hadn’t yet checked. And no luck there either.

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