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Good for your Health, Good for Hawaii

by Tandis Bishop, RD

Many kamaaina residents know that the health of our aina (land) and its entire ecosystem is intertwined with our physical and mental well-being. With this knowledge, we know how essential it is to care for our precious planet. Earth Day, April 22nd, is a great time of year to promote sustainability efforts on our islands and the earth. It is an opportunity to reflect on how our own health and quality of life is greatly impacted by the health of our environment.

Your Guide to Sustainable Eating

by Tandis Bishop, RD

For thousands of years, farmers used human and animal power to grow food that was mostly consumed locally. By the 20th century, mechanized "industrial" farming greatly improved crop yields while cheap fossil fuels made it possible to ship produce to consumers far from where it was grown. However, the improved food productivity and availability came at a heavy price. The more we learn about our current food production system, the greater the concern for what it means to our health, the environment and our future generations.  

What are the concerns?

Great Desserts for a Great Christmas and Holiday

by Tandis Bishop, RD

For this year's holiday season we want to lighten up a bit and have fun. We’re going to take a break from our usual health message by bringing you delicious dessert recipes to share and enjoy with family and friends. If you're like most of us, you’re always looking for great desert recipes. So we’re going to make it real easy for you. Of course, these recipes will be naturally nutritious, made from wholesome ingredients. We hope you enjoy them as we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Healthy Thanksgiving Made Easy

by Tandis Bishop, RD

We all love the traditional dishes served at Thanksgiving, but they can be distressing if you’re trying to manage your weight or eat healthier. The key is to aim for fewer calories and create healthier Thanksgiving recipes by making small, simple changes while keeping the flavors and textures you love.

Here are some ways to make your holiday recipes into healthy, easy, and tasty Thanksgiving favorites!

Vegetables and Side Dishes

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.

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