by Cynthia Cruz
Let's Talk Story - Down to Earth Blog
My New Year’s resolutions always start out strong and fire-y and then by mid-February, I sizzle out pretty spectacularly. I’ve got the usual stereotypical resolutions: eat better, exercise more, etc. I get all pumped and excited for the first few weeks and go at my resolutions with a vengeance. But eventually it becomes too overwhelming and I burn out. I scour the internet for tricks and hacks but get overloaded with information that is quite frankly too generic for me to practice. But this year, with the help of chocolate, I’m going to try something different.
Christmas is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. Christmas to me means spending quality time with family and friends, making crafts, and drinking hot cocoa. My absolute favorite thing about Christmas is seeing everyone’s decorations inside and outside of their homes.
You don’t have to go out and buy all those fancy Christmas decorations, you can be creative and make some of your own, which I find to be better anyway. There are plenty of crafts you can do with your keiki and lots you can do without them too.
With Thanksgiving approaching, everyone will soon be taking time to acknowledge what they’re grateful for. I am grateful for many things, but one thing that stands out to me the most is my puppy Mango. I recently rescued a puppy from the Humane Society. Going to the Humane Society or any rescue agency is probably one of the saddest things ever, but also rewarding in many different ways.
As you drive up the Wai'anae Coast, especially coming from Honolulu, you might notice a wonderful sense of vibrancy growing as you go further west. This invigorating feeling intensifies as you pull up to the seemingly quiet fields of Ma’o Organic Farms. As you look up into the incredibly dry Wai’anae Range in the background, you may be surprised that anything grows out here, let alone a commercial farm that sells a huge volume of produce. You can feel that something very special must be happening here to not only survive but to flourish. Ma’o is definitely doing something special.
We have a new Community Outreach Team Leader and we’re thrilled to tell you about her. What makes this announcement so exciting is that Sabra Rebo is a Registered Dietitian (RD). This is the first time in our 39-year history that we count an RD among our ranks.
Down to Earth is pleased to be a sponsor of Hawaii's first ever VegFest Oahu, coming this September 24, 2016 from 1pm - 6:30pm at Honolulu Hale. Here's a roundup of what's new with the festival and how you can get involved.
This past March, a group of Down to Earth Team Members (including myself) dedicated some time to volunteering at Green Rows Farm, a special place nestled under the Ko’olaus in beautiful Waimanalo, Oahu. The farm is managed and cared for by Sean Anderson and a group of young farmers all dedicated to regenerative practices, excited by Oahu’s local food movement, and enthusiastic about getting dirty, having fun, and growing delicious food. Every Wednesday Green Rows Farm invites the public to help out on their farm.
My family knew I was that boy from a very young age. Jumping from couch to couch. Digging in the dirt. Running around the yard with our dogs. I was that boy who just could not stay still! I loved the feeling of roaming free in the great outdoors. In fact, I still do!
My 2016 New Year’s Resolution is to run the Honolulu Marathon. That’s right…run. What was I thinking?! I’ve never run for sport in my life! It wasn’t long before I felt the early effects of running. I felt achy all over, but especially in my knees. What is an aspiring runner to do? In comes yoga.
Hipocrates said it first, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food”
When we start to look at food this way, everything changes. We begin to realize that food can be not only our medicine but also our poison. There are so many things in life that cannot control, but we do have 100% control over what we put into our bodies.