Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. – Voltaire
Over the next 25 years or so there will be a significant change in the age demography of the United States. A major societal challenge will be to improve the quality of life and reduce disability and dependency in an increasingly aging population. Significant variations in age-adjusted incidence of major chronic diseases suggest strong environmental determinants, including the influence of diet.
It makes good sense for Rincon del Rio to grow our own food or at least some of it. Being self-sufficient and providing quality food is very rewarding. (Why Grow Your Own Food?)
Knowing the source of our food is becoming more important today with worldwide food safety and food security issues, as well as making good economic and environmental sense. Consuming our own fruit and vegetables and buying locally produced organic food can provide a fresh, nutritious diet for our residents, while supporting the local ecosystem.
Rincon del Rio places great emphasis on eating nutritionally-dense foods, high fiber diets, and drinking lots of water. Since many seniors aren’t eating as much as they should, the food they do eat must be as nutritious as possible.
We encourage whole, unprocessed foods that are high in nutrients. These offerings will help ensure our residents are getting all the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain proper health.
Locally grown and seasonally available food is more nutritious, tastes better and is environmentally friendly, since shipping food over long distances requires fuel for transportation. Gardening can be a joyful experience for many reasons. Working the soil has many mental health benefits on several levels. (Is Dirt the New Prozac?)
The rewards of planting, caring for, and enjoying the bounty of a garden are many. That’s why we invite our residents to join us in cultivating healthy food and creating a sustainable ecosystem. If gardening doesn’t appeal to you, you are welcome to be a grateful recipient of the Abundance of Rincon del Rio.
Each residence at ~ Rincon del Rio ~ is equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in the planting and harvesting of the raised-bed gardens to insure fresh produce to make that kitchen come alive!
We have observed that it is difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts when eating a homegrown tomato. Garrison Keillor went so far as to say, “Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn.”
There are times, however, when you will probably prefer to eat in our on-site restaurant. We prepare our dining experiences with our residents’ dietary needs foremost in our planning as we present flavorful choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Our dietitian knows it’s best to eat a mix of nutrient-dense foods every day. For our menu she selects nutrient-dense foods—foods that are high in nutrients and low in calories. You can rest assured the foods we present were chosen for their freshness and because they contain vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats. At the same time, we try to avoid “empty calories” — foods and drinks that are high in calories but provide few or no nutrients.
We provide plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, an abundance of grains, (especially whole grains) low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts, limited amounts of fats (saturated and trans fats are avoided) and we attempt to limit cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
Please be our guest to decide for yourself. Contact Us here to make an appointment.