Weight loss can be a challenge in many people's lives—including that of Dr. Eric Spencer. After shedding 40 of his own unwanted pounds, he founded Monarch Medical Weight Loss with a team of fellow doctors and now serves as chief medical advisor of the nonsurgical clinic system. Many of the practitioners and staffers have triumphed at their own slimming efforts, serving as both inspiration and role models to their patients. The diet programs at Monarch Medical Weight Loss range from quick jump-start plans to full, lifelong memberships, all incorporating healthy, educated eating and sensible behavior modification. Pound-dropping success stories can be found on the website, as told by firefighters, grandmothers, couples, and retired dumbbells.
When brothers Omer and Dave Orian moved to America after spending some of their childhood in Belgium, they started to dream about opening a shop that served the Li?ge-style waffles. Today the curly-haired duo?dubbed ?Eugene?s Waffle Imperialists? by the Eugene Daily News?prepares their yeasted waffles across two Eugene locations, and at a spot in Portland.
To make Li?ge waffles, the brothers fold Belgium-imported pearl sugar into a brioche-like yeasted dough, caramelizing the batter in a cast-iron waffle maker before it?s crowned with sweet and savory toppings, like the goat cheese, avocado, and eggs of the shop?s Goat in Headlights waffle. The menu also includes sweet waffles, such as The Ol? Banana Split. For the adventurous eater, try an ?In-between? waffle like The Sweet Funk Machine, with pear, gorgonzola, cinnamon, and wildflower honey. Omelets, salads, and organic coffee round out the menu.
Sarah Savoie has long understood her destiny to be that of a healer. To fulfill that destiny, she became a licensed massage therapist. In that capacity, Savoie relieves clients' pain with custom bodywork, something auto mechanics do by placing icepacks on a Hyundai’s boo-boos. She can alleviate aches in shoulders and hamstrings with flowing Swedish strokes or dismantle knots embedded far into the musculature by employing her firmer deep-tissue techniques. Savoie can also indulge her clients with chair bodywork, energy healing, or a custom medical message to relieve chronic aches.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Generally, the undiscriminating palates of post-party college students are not to be trusted. But since 2009, hungry Ducks (and even Puddles himself) have been flocking to the late-night Uly's Taco cart in Eugene, enabling founder Keith Bisbee to open not just a second cart there, but also a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Gresham.
At the new restaurant, Uly's Taco Bar, Keith has the literal and creative space to expand the menu, going beyond a handful of taco and burrito offerings to introduce cilantro salads, sweet-potato burritos, and tortilla soup. But even at the new location, the most popular item is still the Trifecta, a trio of chicken, carnitas, and adobada tacos. Uly's also has the NFL ticket for fans equally devoted to football and food. Once the upstairs taqueria shuts down for the evening, groups can head downstairs to the basement bar, where on-tap beers and a pool table keep the ambiance buzzing into the wee hours.
Raw Love nurtures healthy eaters with a menu composed of raw, organic, and vegan cuisine. Made from non-genetically modified organism (non-GMO) ingredients and fresh produce from local, organic farms, impeccably fresh dishes flex their flavor muscles without being massaged over a flame. Graze on Mother Nature's with the raw pad thai—raw carrot and daikon noodles sprinkled with a tangy almond coconut sauce, sunflower and pea sprouts, and cashews ($6.50). Or nosh on the rawzagna, featuring thinly sliced and marinated zucchini supporting luscious layers of hempseed pesto, walnut and sun dried tomato pâté, rawcotta cashew cheese, brazil-nut parmesan cheese, fresh basil, and tomatoes ($8). Instead of digging up a red-ant colony’s cache of gleaned sugar, enjoy a sweet slice of raw tiramisu ($8) or one of the fresh-squeezed juice combos, such as the viva verde, a fusion of kale, celery, cucumber, apple, and lemon. The environmentally friendly gastronomes at Raw Love pride themselves on sustainability while using compostable to-go containers and transporting all goods via bicycle.