A Plant-Based Diet is Best for a Healthy Heart

What diet helps support a lifetime of good health and provides protection against numerous diseases, including our country’s three biggest killers: heart disease, cancer, and strokes? Leading health experts agree that eating a diet high in plant foods is the best way to nourish ourselves and our families. A plant-based diet is rich in foods from plant sources such as whole grains, beans, lentils and other legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. It does not include animal products such as meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, and sometimes dairy. 

A Few of Your Favorite Things in 2018 and the Growth of the Plant-Based Trend

Happy New Year! Our Down to Earth team wishes you greater happiness and wonderful health in 2019.

Looking back at 2018 and what our customers’ favorite things were, we found that Down to Earth’s best sellers were CBD tea, CBD honey, CBD chocolates, CBD gummies, (and more…you get the idea), fermented foods, cultured coconut yogurt, mushroom coffee and drinks, and artisan ghee. It will be exciting to see what trends emerge this year. The best news is that the interest in plant-based, vegetarian, and vegan diets has seen enormous growth.

You’re Invited! Pearlridge Down to Earth Store Grand Opening

Over 40 years ago, Down to Earth opened its first store in Wailuku, Maui. The motivation behind the store was a simple desire of a group of friends to help improve the health of Hawaii’s residents by making available organic and natural products at affordable prices. Our Honolulu location opened shortly after that. In 2000, Down to Earth opened a modest store at Pearlridge West. While only a cozy 4,000 square foot location, it had everything customers needed.

Third Annual Vegfest Oahu Shows Hawaii Akamai In The Global Trend Towards Plant-Based Eating

Down to Earth will once again be the lead sponsor for VegFest Oahu 2018! 

The event brings together almost 50 booths offering education, food, and entertainment, and was attended by 4000 people last year including Mayor Kirk Caldwell. Activities include: plant-based cooking demos by expert chefs, speakers on health and environmental topics, a unique collection of food entrepreneurs selling island-made vegan products and dishes hand-crafted to appeal to the local palate, movement classes, lots of free food sampling, interactive exhibits with healthy games, and continuous live music.

New Avocado Shopping App – Grocery Delivery Made Easy

Get started with grocery deliveries today! Select items from any of Down to Earth’s departments including Fresh Produce, Chill and Frozen Foods, Grocery items, Wellness Supplements and Vitamins, Natural Living Face and Body Care, and much more. Now you can shop for your Down to Earth essentials whenever and wherever. You can select to have your groceries delivered as soon as possible – typically within 2 hours – or you can schedule a date and time for delivery.

Healthy Lifestyle Changes for Hectic Lives

Does this morning checklist sound familiar? Wake up and shower…check. Exercise….no time, maybe tomorrow. Grab breakfast…check. Rush out the door…check. For many of us eating breakfast and exercising every day is hurried at best, and too often, totally omitted.

How many of us eat breakfast while driving to work or school, giving less thought and care to feeding our bodies than to fueling up our cars? With school back in session, families may feel their time being especially limited.

Is Your Sunscreen Killing Coral?

by Carmela Wolf, Wellness Manager, Down to Earth Honolulu

Hawaii state lawmakers signed a bill in May that bans the sale of sunscreens containing two chemicals deemed damaging to coral reefs and other marine organisms. If Gov. David Ige signs the bill, it would make Hawaii the first state to enact legislation designed to protect marine ecosystems by banning such sunscreens.

New Study Confirms Veggie Diets Are More Sustainable than Non-Veggie Diets

With Earth Day coming on April 22nd, it is a good time to review major nutrition and environmental research that continues to sound the alarm.  A plant-based diet will be key to the sustainability of our planet.

This past February, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) published a study that evaluated diet-related environmental impacts.  Compared with diets that include meat, the study found vegetarian and/or vegan diets:

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