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So many questions these days as to what to eat and what not to eat! What really is nutritious and what is not?!

These questions have been asked for as long as man has been alive and we are still learning new information every day. The main core as to what is healthy and what is not has always stayed the same. Greens have always been part of a healthy diet. This is lettuce, kale, collard greens, peas, or anything in the vegitable catigory that is green. Typically the darked, the better for you.

Fruit has typically been called “healthy for you” although in moderation as it has a higher sugar value to it. Actually, outside of greens, everything needs to be held in moderation as part of your diet. This goes for meats and protiens, fish, grains and all.

Most healthy people tend to eat a lot of greens and balance protein in with a small amount of carbs or grains. Very little sugar intake in healthy people. Some like to call sugar “the white drug”. I would have to agree as I was once addicted to sugar and it was hell trying to cut it out of my diet. I litterally went through withdrawls. I do not want to go through that again.

In my honest opinion, I would take the above mentioned and cater it to fit what you feel is right for you. Each of us has a different body type and no diet should be the exact same for anyone. Start with a good base of greens as well as lots of water and test out from there. I have been adjusting my own diet now for 10 years and still making changes that are improving how I feel. Never stop experimenting!

Why I stopped eating fast food in Portland Oregon

Studies show that over 100 million people in the United States suffer from obesity. In recent years, this number has increased significantly due to the poor diets and lack of exercise of the average American. When I graduated from high school I was slightly overweight. While I wasn’t obese by any means, I had a thick layer of fat around my mid section that was hard to get rid of. In retrospect the reason for my extra ten pounds was very obvious, but at the time I couldn’t figure out why I had trouble loosing weight. Back in those days I would eat fast food constantly because I was always in a hurry and too lazy to cook. On my way to and from school I would swing into my local fast-food restaurant and grab the healthiest thing on their menu.

At the time I was under the impression that a salad or a chicken sandwich from one of the big fast food chains was a healthy alternative. I had been convinced by Madison Avenue public relation firms that GMOs and other highly processed ingredients had no possible health side effects. In fact, I was so brainwashed at the time I didn’t even make the correlation between food and the way I looked or the energy I had. At the time I was dating a young lady who refused to eat fast food. She was the primary reason I began cooking more at home and cutting out my daily trips to the fast food restaurant. I can still remember times when I would drive into my favorite fast food pit stop and she would refuse to eat anything on the menu.

As a broke college student drive thru’s and dollar menus are the perfect option because they are quick and cheap. With a limited budget I could only spend a few dollars a day on food so dollar menus were a must. When I was living in downtown Portland I remember going to a major chain for breakfast almost every single day. I was very addicted to their breakfast sandwiches and cheeseburgers.

One day I decided I would turn it around and start eating healthy so I switched to buying salads instead of eating  burgers and fries. At the time I saw this as a healthy alternative and my it slowly became my new routine. One day I was reading an article about “healthy” options at fast food restaurants that basically explained that these options were not so healthy. The article explained that many of the salads and these fast food establishments were loaded with sugar and other unsavory ingredients. That is the moment I knew I had to stop my daily fast food habit and start living a healthier life.

I started grocery shopping at my local store and began cooking more meals at home. From there, I moved into packing my food for the entire day so I wouldn’t be impulsed into swinging through the closest drive thru. I made in a rule in my life that I would avoid fast food at all costs and to this day I have. I’m a big coffee drinker and I even made it a point to never get coffee at a fast food restaurant. No matter how cheap the food may be, I decided it wasn’t worth my health.  Today, I’m at a perfect weight and I haven’t driven through a drive thru in over 2 years.

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The Pacific Northwest Food Scene

pacif-northwest-seafood-2How the food scene looks in Pacific Northwest and Portland Oregon

Whether you are living in the area or just visiting, knowing what you can eat and where to eat it is always a good thing. In fact, when we plan to travel somewhere, besides making reservations for the plane ticket and hotel room, we will search for the best restaurants in the area. We want to make sure that we know where to eat when hunger hits. And since we all have our preferences, we research to find the best food and discover where not go.  At times, avoiding bad food is better than discovering good good. 

If you end up in the Pacific Northwest area and you love seafood, there is some good news for you. The region is famous for its amazing seafood due to its proximity to the Oregon Coast. It would be almost like visiting the Mediterranean, although the flavors do differ. Also, if you like eating healthy, you will find many restaurants use fresh and local ingredients.  In the Pacific Northwest many restaurant managers prefer to buy what they need from local farmers, to make sure that everything is fresh and has the intense flavor they need for outstanding dishes. The volcanic soils in the area, extremely rich and fertile, allow various crops to be successfully grown here, providing a wide array of fresh produce year round.

It can’t be said that there is a particular cuisine in the area, the recipes found here being influenced by many cuisines of the world. But, even though the cuisine is not properly defined, there are some ingredients that make the food here exceptional. What to eat here? As mentioned before, seafood and fish are abundant in Pacific Northwest, so you must try them if you are in the region. Anything from the Pacific salmon, herring, halibut, and dungeness crab, are available and cooked in a variety of ways. The dungeness crab is considered to be a delicacy and will not be found all year round, due to cabbing regulations. This type of crab is an endangered species, so dungeness crab fishing is limited and strictly controlled by conservationists who try to save the crab.  The ideal time to go crabbing in the Pacific Northwest is in the late summer and fall when the crabs have the most meat on them.  But, on the other hand, the salmon comes in sufficient quantities and is much preferred.  In fact, the Columbia River basin is known worldwide for their delicious Salmon.  Salmon can be cured before cooking, smoked, dried to make jerky, and even canned. You can easily find extremely fresh fish in the local markets, brought in by fishermen right after being caught.

Are you wondering what some authentic dishes of the area are?  Stinkheads, which is a recipe coming from a native tribe of Alaska, is a dish made from fermented fish head or guts. The ingredients mixed together well and placed in a small barrel or bucket, and buried in the ground for about a week. It is consumed as it is, being considered one of the most awkward delicacies. Not many people that come from outside the tribe have what it takes to eat something like this. So, now we know that fish is plentiful, but so is game meat. Elk and deer are abundant in the Pacific Northwest and are served in various dishes. From a health standpoint, wild game is preferred over farm raised animals. 

If your looking to find some familiar dishes to enjoy in the region, then you will have a variety of choices.  In Portland Oregon, you will find numerous restaurants, each serving its own cuisine. For instance, if you like Thai food, you need to visit a Thai restaurant in Portland and Beaverton called Thai Bloom that serves authentic Thai dishes. At this restaurant, you will be able to eat khao m050316tb-009an gai, which is boiled chicken with rice and a spicy sauce. If you like eating healthy, preferring organic produces, then Urban Farmer is the place for you. Everything here is pure and delicious. The restaurant’s owners even have their own brand of distilled whiskey, also made locally. You will definitely enjoy the modern steakhouse atmosphere and the fine bites on your plate. Would you like some French dishes? Then just visit Le Pigeon, a chic bistro where you can enjoy beef-cheek bourguignon and foie gras caramel profiteroles. The eatery has an intimate space that makes you feel like home, as well as a quiet and welcoming space where you can eat in peace. You can also find them on their website www.thaibloom.com.

The Northwest is famous for great restaurants and food carts.  The region has everything from authentic local recipes, to Thai food, French food, Chinese food, and even Italian food. Portland has plenty of restaurants and street food carts to choose from, so you will definitely find something delicious to eat. The food scene in the Pacific Northwest can be surprising, being a place where ordinary American food is served, together with dishes made using fresh locally grown produces. The idea is to know where to find each, in case you want to find one or avoid the other. If you live in a large city, you may find it very convenient to get fresh food from the local market, which is not imported but farmed traditionally in the area. For city dwellers, there are many grocery stores and  large chain of supermarkets where you can purchase food from all over the world. 

The Pacific Northwest region will not only offer beautiful cities and great landscapes, but also surprisingly fresh dishes and recipes from cultures around the world.  Many of these people have traveled and settled here driven by the desire to find a better life. The best part is that you will find all of them in one single place, being able to change the location of your dinner according to your moods and preferences.  At the end of the day, experience the amazing cultural diversity of the region while still enjoying the local favorites, wild game, dungeness Crab, and Salmon. 

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How To Plan Your Wedding Food, Limo, And More

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Wedding Planning Tips from Professionals in 2016

Every professional who works in the industry has their own tips for planning your wedding, and you need to make sure you have gone through every part of the wedding to get just what you need. You will save yourself a lot of money by making sure that you covered everything, and then you can be sure that you actually made a good choice instead of the impulse choice that costs too much money.

The Photographer

Your wedding photographer is really the most important part of the day because you cannot remember a day in which you will be dead tired if you do not have any pictures. It makes more sense for you to look for photographers who are willing to work with your schedule and needs, and then you can ask them how they would adjust to what you want to do. The photographer that is not willing to work with you or wants to impose their creative needs on you will waste your money. The accommodating photographer will take better pictures, and they will make sure that every picture costs. Pay a deposit, but do not pay too much. Ask the photographer how they will bind your album, how they will created framed portraits, and make sure that you will have a schedule for all your pictures so that there is no confusion.


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The food that you get can come from the venue or the caterer, but you have to keep it under consideration even as you look for a venue. There is nothing that you can do if you do not have good food, and you are stuck if the caterer cannot get to your location. A caterer that cannot work in your location will be very hard pressed to help you, and a menu you do not like will cause problems. It means that you have to try the food beforehand, and you have to have a contract that tells the food you will get. You need to decide between a buffet and a sit down dinner, and you need to decide if the bar will be open or not.

The Flowers

The flowers could easily the most expensive thing that you do for your wedding, but you need to make sure that you work with a florist who is willing to help you find something that is the right price. Do not let people import flowers just because. Ask the florist how they can save money, and ask them how they plan to set up the venue. That means that they can give you ideas, and you can take that with you to make sure that you get a venue that actually works for you.

The Venue

The venue should be priced well, but it also has to b a place that looks like it would host your celebration. You do not pick places just because you think you should, and you should not pick something that is not in your style. The venue should be able to seat all the people that you have, and you need to decide if the venue is going to make your food or not. You might get a discount, but you have to ask. The venue might even come with a planner for the day who will make your life easier. You can save money if you get the planner at the venue to help you instead of hiring your own planner.

The Planner

You can get a wedding planner who will help you make sure that everything is done the right way, and they can do things like hire everyone and rent all the things you need. They make your life easier, and they can save you a lot of trouble because you have not planned a wedding before. You might not want to spend the money on a planner, but the planner will save you a lot of headaches.

Transportation

The last step is the transportation. We looked up a limo service in Portland Oregon that will not only take you to your honeymoon, but also provide wine tours. Make sure that you pick someone who can help you when you want a certain kind of car, and make sure you have the driver until you are off to your honeymoon. Every single step of the wedding should be planned to make sure you save money and get the right services. We discovered them by searching “Bridge City Yelp” and were more than pleased with the result. 

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