We all know that the economy is in dire times but that shouldn’t reflect a dire diet as well. While it’s ok to scrimp on certain things in life, health shouldn’t be one of them; your health is all you can control in these economic times! So, what is good food?
Good food is simple. For many of you, you may already have an idea of what’s good and what’s bad. For those just starting out, whether it’s to lose weight, or be healthier, you may not know already. First off, knowing where to shop is part of the key to the puzzle. One place that has the highest quality in Bend is Newport Market located at 1121 NW Newport Ave. Owned by Rudy Dory, Newport Avenue Market has been around since 1993. When he originally remodeled the store upon his ownership, it was not a gourmet grocery store. Organic wasn’t very popular back then, and farm raised meat’s weren’t what consumers demanded; that is until approximately 1994. Customers started leaving the neighborhood to do their shopping, and only local grocers can offer something the big guys can’t, they asked what the customers wanted. They responded with organics and more gourmet style items that they could choose from. So, since 1994 Newport has been offering just that! Rudy at Newport also supports his local community through charities, food drives, etc. A current charity that he is supporting is called Hunger Prevention Coalition of Central Oregon. Whenever you are checking out at the register, there are coupons on a sign that you can grab to help donate to hungry people. For $2.45 you can fill 1 empty plate, for $5.00 you can fill 3 empty plates (which equals approximately one family meal) and for $10.00 you can fill a food basket for one hungry family. So far, Newport Market has raised $317,853.00 since July of 2002. Last month $44, 575.00 was raised for helping the hungry through Rude Rudy’s Golf Tournament! Rude Rudy by the way is a nickname Rudy is known for!
Newport also supports other charities and non-profits and every month it changes. While the Hunger Prevention has been going on for 8 years, this month you can also help out with donations to Healing Reins. Healing Reins is a non profit therapeutic center in Tumalo that offers the help and healing that riding a horse can give. They offer assistance to children and adults that have suffered emotional and physical challenges. This is just another of many charities that Rudy at Newport Market helps support!
Now that you know where to shop, what do you buy when you get there? It’s simple. Start with the produce area and start grabbing the vegetables and fruits that you love. No matter what you might think, you really can’t go wrong with filling up on these. Yes, some are better for you than others, but that will be another article to come later. But this is what you should fill your cart up with first! Next, what kind of meats do you like? Some meat is better than others. Salmon and halibut for example are great choices and chicken is another one. Some types of chicken are also better than others such as boneless, skinless chicken breast, but let’s go with a simple start. As a recommendation, limit the amount of red meat that you buy. While an occasional steak is great, try not to eat red meat more than once per week; stick with chicken and seafood. Dairy should also be a part of your diet; yogurt, milk, cheese, etc. When picking dairy, stick with reduced or fat free versus the full fat versions of whatever you were buying before and this will help with the weight loss and your overall health.
If you like pasta, that’s ok and don’t worry. When looking at foods that have a label, be sure to look at the label before putting it in your cart! Let’s use spaghetti sauce as an example; choose a sauce that is low in calories from fat. If per serving the sauce is 100 calories, go for the one that is lowest in fat, such as the one that is only 15 calories from fat. Also, if you can afford organic, go with that as well. Organics are chemical free and preservative free which helps your bodies digest faster and easier. When choosing noodles or rice, go with brown. Whole wheat pasta is a great choice and brown rice is even better! Just be careful on the amount of carbohydrates you consume throughout the day.
This should help you get off to a good and healthy start. If you aren’t at Newport Market doing your shopping, stick with the outer isles and stay away from the inner isles. All the bad food is located in the center of any store. Also, try not to drink soda or eat chips since they will only add to the amount of calories you consume per day.
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