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Since embarking on my healthy new lifestyle more than three years ago, I realized that restaurant dining can be a real danger zone. Many restaurant meals contain 1,500-2,000 calories, the amount many people should be consuming in an entire day! I found a resource that makes restaurant dining 'safe' again. 'Healthy Dining in San Diego' lists 75 area restaurants that offer healthy menu choices, everything from fast food to fine dining. I have dined at a number of these restaurants and have been very pleased with the taste and nutrition content of their offerings. If you enjoy eating out but still want to make sure that you're eating healthy, you can't be without this great book. Books are available at Whole Foods, Jimbo's, Henry's, Jamba Juice, or click here to order online.

SpecialtyProduce is a large warehouse that supplies produce to the finer restaurants in San Diego, and has recently opened it's doors to the public. They carry the very finest fruits and vegetables, from the every-day to the exotic. I took my kids in to help me pick out some produce, and they were enchanted. I never saw them so enthusiastic about eating healthy! We left with purple potatoes, yellow tomatoes and huckleberries, along with our old standbys: bananas, broccoli, lettuce, etc. This would be a GREAT place to bring kids on a field trip or scout outing. E-mail Bob@SpecialtyProduce if you'd like to set that up.

Specialty Produce boasts an in-depth website with more information about produce than you can imagine. If you want to do research on an item, they make it very easy. They've also teamed up with the restaurants in San Diego to make it easy for you to find your favorite produce items while dining out. Just log on to their website and type in the name of the produce you're interested in. They will tell you which restaurants purchased it in the past few days! Do yourself a favor and check out SpecialtyProduce.com. You'll never look at fruits and veggies the same way again!


Have you ever thought 'I would give a million bucks not to have to do this today'? I found a way for you to avoid doing those mundane tasks...and it won't cost you a million, either! Robin Boland runs "We'll Do It" Errand Services. She specializes in taking on your 'to-do' list so you have more time to spend with your family, friends and hobbies. From doing your grocery shopping to picking up prescriptions or helping you plan a party...Robin says if it's not illegal or immoral, she'll do it! Robin services all of San Diego and prides herself on being efficient and reliable. Give yourself the gift of time and have Robin run your errands. She also offers gift certificates, the perfect gift for the busy person on your list who has everything but enough time! For more information, click here to visit her website.

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