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GMO Awareness – Your Right to Know

by Tandis Bishop, RD

One of the most dangerous and least understood experiments with human health the world has ever known is currently underway without your consent—in your household and households across the nation, indeed throughout our entire planet. It is the wholesale contamination of the world's food supply with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Government and the GMO industry say these new crops are environmentally safe and that there's no nutritional difference between GMOs and conventional crops. According to them we don't need to know, so no labeling is required.

Some of the Most Nutritious Veggies Are Local

by Tandis Bishop, RDN

September is Local Food Month! Most of us know that locally grown vegetables are good for our health. But which vegetables are most nutritious? Ranking highest on a list are local favorites, with watercress as number one, and Chinese cabbage (won bok) coming in second, followed by chard, beet greens and spinach in the top five. These were the results of a recent study that defines and ranked “powerhouse” foods based on their nutrient density.1 To see the full list click here.

Back to School with Healthy Sleep Habits

by Tandis Bishop, RDN

During the summer children often stay up later and sleep in longer. But as we prepare our children for the new school year, it is important to get back to a routine sleep schedule.  Research has shown that inadequate sleep, poor sleep quality and sleepiness are common problems in children and adolescents, and are related to learning, memory and academic performance.1

The Problems of Sleep Deprived Kids

Healthy Grilling and Summer BBQ

by Tandis Bishop

Grilling and BBQs are synonymous with summer.  Enjoy this quick and easy guide to fun summer picnics with your health in mind:

AS THE GUEST - Here are some tips to help you make healthy choices when attending summer parties.

Fill up on the healthiest food first. Begin by eating the fresh salads and other vegetable and fruit dishes. Raw fruits and vegetables will have enzymes which aid digestion and the fiber will help curb your hunger so you end up eating less of the richer, high calorie foods.

Raw Foods 101 – Workshop on June 9th!

by Tandis Bishop

The benefits of raw food have gained increased attention from people across the nation over the few past decades. The reason is simple.  As more people learn about the benefits of raw foods, they discover that raw foods retain vital enzymes that aid digestion and provide nutrients that may help fight chronic disease. While providing lots of nutrition, many raw foods are naturally low in calories, fat, and sodium, and are high in fiber.

Raw Foods Workshop!

Shop Organic Food on a Budget

by Tandis Bishop

If you're shopping on a budget, you can save money by knowing which foods you should buy organic. They're the ones that otherwise would be conventionally grown and have the highest levels of toxic chemicals and pesticides. Therefore, they are the highest priority to buy organic in order to avoid these agricultural chemicals. And you can save a little more money by buying conventionally grown items that are typically produced with fewer "baddies."  The key is knowing the difference. 

Espresso Bar Raffle!

The Raffle has ended. Congratulations to our gift basket winner! Thanks to everyone who participated! Next time you're in our Kailua store, don't forget to try one of the awesome drinks from our new organic espresso bar. (Located at the deli counter where you order your sandwiches and smoothies.)

Make a Difference this Earth Day!

by Mama T

Although Earth Day is officially April 22nd, Down to Earth will be celebrating it on Sunday April 27th with a special full day of fun and music, where proceeds from tickets sold will go towards supporting an awesome new sustainability charter school in Kaimuki, the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS).  It's a great opportunity to do something wonderful for our planet and those who care about it!  For details click here.

Buying Local Builds Community

by Tandis Bishop

So many people talk about buying local as if it's something new.  We've been buying local ever since we started in Wailuku on Maui over 35 years ago.  It's not something special or new that we're doing.  It's something we've always done.  It's what we're about.  Through buying local, supporting local farmers and vendors, we're giving back to the local economy.  And, we're giving back to our local community through cooking classes and nutritional seminars, support of local nonprofit organizations, and participating in local community events.  It's all one big local circle.  We're glad to be

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