Health – General

The Real Pulpy Deal

I just drank a bottle of Minute Maid Pulpy. They say it’s got ‘no preservatives added’. Aw, c’mon…It’s bottled juice. Is that even possible? So I thought maybe… I’ll give it a try. It tasted almost like freshly squeezed orange juice with real bits of fruit swirling around the bottle. Not too sweet, and even a tinge of tangy that characterizes citrus fruits.

I didn’t believe it the first time I heard it’s got no preservatives added.  So I read the ingredients (even the fine print) and everything checked out! It really has NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED!  That means it doesn’t have ingredients that may turn out to be allergens, or worse…carcinogens!  Whew! Now that’s healthy goodness that tastes so good, I… feel no guilt downing a big bottle of Minute Maid all by myself 🙂 No need to worry about harmful traces being left in your body either.

So okay, it’s got no preservatives added. That’s really good, right?  Not just because it doesn’t have those icky, harmful ingredients, but it also means… that you get all the nutrients from the fruit. Because it’s pulpy, you also get the fiber from orange that aids digestion, and is a friend for anyone who desperately needs to lose weight like myself!

So far anyone who still has a hard time believing that Minute Maid has got no preservatives added – meaning it’s THAT natural, it’s almost like it’s plucked straight from the tree, it’s just as Mother Nature wanted your orange juice to be, it’s got nothing but the good stuff yes, none of those potentially toxic stuff that can harm your brain, kidneys, heart; cause tumors aargh- the list of preservatives’ bad effects just go on!!! Anyway, just to prove a point on just how good Minute Maid Pulpy is ’cause it’s got NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED, I’m gonna show you just how much I love my Minute Maid Pulpy Orange – I took photos of my MM vendo experience from work! Haha 🙂 Yes! First, I was excited about the new kind of vendo we have at work and wanted to give it a try, butI was more thrilled seeing that it houses my favorite juice drink!

Before this yummy drink pictured above arrived at my station, it was in this neat vendo that also carried other Coca-Cola products (including my favorite beverage, Coke!):

Though I was tempted to grab a 500-mL bottle of Coke, or opt for the 5-peso cheaper can below this rack, I stuck to my guns and hit C7 on the panel. I promised myself I’d make the little adjustments necessary to get to a healthier me, and opting for this drink isn’t a sacrifice at all!

Here’s my drink on board the drink elevator:

And finally, the small door opens with my small bottle of cold pulpy goodness ready to be picked up.

Now, there’s no reason not to replace my daily soda intake with the healthy goodness of natural juice.

Feels good to know about the real pulpy deal, right? C’mon show me a smile on the comment box, and you might win yourself a Really Pulpy Deal! (That’s a chance to win a Minute Maid gift pack simply by commenting. Sweet! C’mon you just might be picked as the lucky ‘commentor’!)


Kotex Luxe

I don’t mean to gross anyone out, but I guarantee that this post has been sanitized, and completely hygienic. If you’d rather not read about sanitary napkins though, feel free to move on to my next post. Oprah’s Favorite Things might just be a more interesting post for you 🙂

Yesterday at Between the Covers, I mentioned a trip to the grocery and the mall on Sunday morning. What I didn’t share there was this other luxe item I bought.

The bag doesn’t look like packaging for a sanitary napkin does it? But it is.  Kotex was my brand of choice years ago, specifically their Kotex White. It’s comparable to Modess I guess, only better. But they stopped production, or I just don’t see it in groceries anymore. I do remember asking my brother one time to get two pack of that brand for me, from Glo-ri Supermarket at Tandang Sora. He picked me up from work (then at Luzon Avenue) after I’d bled through my pants. Yuck. (Anyone grossed out yet?)

So anyway…. I’d seen the Luxe line awhile bag, but this is new packaging, and I must admit that it looks really nice.

The back view shows the pad designs in a bigger scale. My first reaction upon learning that the pads had designs: what would you need designer pads for? The answer – you don’t need them. These pads are not what you’d call necessities. They belong in the category of things that are “nice to have.” Not to mention, these cost more than your average pad.

But the individual wrap is violet! Nice 🙂

And the pads are really Ultrathin, much like the Modess Ultrathins designed for heavy flow. These aren’t extra long though, just regular sized.

I’d expected the print to be more colorful, but they’re quite light really. Not sure if they’re like diapers that will look different when ‘wet.’

I used this product today and it’s quite comfortably and you almost forget you had one on. I’m at the tail end of my period so I wouldn’t know how it would stand my regular to heavy flow days, but it looks promising really. Still, I think I’d stick with Modess for my regular pads, specially with the Sulit pack that allows for some savings. But like I said, it wouldn’t hurt to use these from time to time, specially when you need to tote them in a bag when you go out.

Thank you Migraine!

I skipped work today, thanks to migraine. After getting up earlier, I took a bath and the cold water did not have the healing effect I thought it would have on my headache. So I decided to skip work. I’ll be in tomorrow though instead of taking my RD already. There’s an HMO orientation I need to attend with my agents, and I have to finish my monitors too before I can call it a week. That works for me because we’ll have power interruption at 19th street tomorrow, owing to maintenance work on Meralco’s posts. I wouldn’t have to sweat in the heat or get bored without Internet or cable access.

So after sending SMS to people about skipping work, I lay down and fell asleep. Four hours later, I got up, still with remnants of the migraine but thankfully not a full-blown one anymore. I realized a few things:

  • Lack of sleep caught up with me, and it took a looooong time before it did. I haven’t had a lot of sleep in the past three weeks but this is the first migraine attach I’ve had. Thank God for that!
  • I am so glad that I didn’t get a pimple breakout because of the lack of sleep. Yay for not needing pronexin!
  • A good pillow WILL prevent migraine headaches. I need to find one soon.

Ma left the coffee maker on with a cup of brew left. So I had me some coffee and toasted muffins for a late breakfast, sat in front of my PC and found that there’s no Internet connection! I unplugged/replugged connections and all that and still nothing. Bypassed the router, nada. Called Sky, no luck. I resigned to my fate and sat in front of the telly to watch Showtime instead. An hour later, I heard the familiar buzz of my Mozy Unlimited Backup alert and realized my connection’s been restored. Yebah!

Sooo…. I’m in the mood to be thankful this morning:

  • Thank you for another day of waking up (I woke up twice!)
  • Thank you for the job I have now, and the one waiting for me next week 🙂
  • Thank you for the orders that I have to fill for truffles and cake.
  • Thank you for keeping my family and friends in wonderful health.
  • Thank you for this migraine to remind me to sleep well. And thank you for taking it away soon!
  • Thank you that we had enough to afford my Eheads boxed set 🙂

What are you thankful for this morning? There is always reason to say “thanks”!

7 days to cure an infection?

I’m just about to run out of Antibiotics, which means when I take the last one tomorrow morning, I’d have completed the 7-day cycle. So has the infection been cured?

Not sure. I’m still coughing. It isn’t as bad as it was in the beginning, but it’s still there. I asked the doctor last week about the cough medicine that the Humana doctor prescribed for me. He was quick to explain that sometimes, they just don’t work. What was important, according to him, is to treat the infection. So stick with the antibiotics, and you should be good. I did, but I’m not sure of the results…

Maybe whatever’s hit me (and the boyfriend, and so many others at work) still lingers in the air. Makes me think about the benefits of having a dehumidifier.  I wonder how much one costs? I think that would be a good investment for companies like ours where people are prone to catch whatever the other person has.

If not that, maybe they could flush out the vents or something? We don’t have windows that could be opened to let air in/out, see. So it’s like we’re breathing recycled air for the most part of our days. Oh well.

I’m just thankful I did not get conjunctivitis! Two of the TMs in my shift got them, Liza to my right, and Phillip behind me. One a week after the other. :S

Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

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That’s what I have. My muscles ache, my throat’s sore, and my nose feels like it has a lot of snot itching to drip. 🙁

It all started on Sunday, I was feeling feverish but I couldn’t skip out from work because no one will be there to cover for me. So I just had to visit the clinic every once in a while to check on my temperature and to get all sorts of medicine. I made it through the end of my shift.

I even made it to Pasay where Alfred’s mom prepared bulalo for lunch. It was the feast day of their Parish so there were people out celebrating everywhere. The soup did me a lot of good. I felt better, and almost forgot everything I had complained about.

Back home though, it was the same deal again. Still, I had to go to work. I went to the clinic early in my shift to hopefully catch the doctor. Unfortunately, he had already left. Early. Earlier than the 6am he was supposed to close shop. The nurse checked my temperature and took a peek at my throat. All’s just swell, she says. Duh, I’d just had a cold bath at 4 in the morning! Of course I’d have normal body temp. hehe.

I endured for three more hours before going back to the clinic. The “lead” nurse was on duty. She gave me three different kinds of medicine – one for coughs, another for colds, and yet another for the body pain. If I wasn’t better in two hours, she says, come back. So two hours later, I was back. She sent me home. Finally.

I went straight to Humana, a medical clinic, to consult with a doctor. A CBC was ordered and results ruled out Dengue. My WBC was high, and so were the Segmenters. The nice doctor says the former pointed to an infection, while the latter suggests that it’s bacterial in nature. So here I am with a prescription for antibiotics, two kinds of cough/cold medicine (one for dry cough, another for when my cough has phlegm). So I’ve been laying low and hadn’t been online that much.

Drink up, rest, sleep, and get better. That’s what I’m doing. And trying not to spread this around.

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