10 Foods for Heart Health

February is Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Hawaii, but don't despair! The good news is that most heart disease is preventable, and you don't have to make huge changes to lower your risk. A few simple tweaks to your diet can make a wonderful difference. Here are 10 heart-healthy foods that could save your life:

5 Ways to Avoid the Holiday Bloat

The holidays are just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. I love the holidays because I get to hang with my family and connect over good food. Over the past couple years I was so sick and tired of becoming bloated after a big holiday dinner that I’ve become more aware of my actions. Here are some tips you can follow to avoid that holiday bloat. And good news! You can still have a fun and indulgent holiday season without the discomfort.

How I went from eating cereal for dinner to making homemade pasta!

When I was thinking about becoming vegetarian, over 10 years ago, like many others, I turned to the internet. I went down a lot of internet “rabbit holes”, I mean A LOT. As I explored all things plant-based, I had to reel it back to reality. A lot of what I was reading online kept pointing to one undeniable truth. In order to eat vegetarian food that I’d like, I was going to have to try… cooking it myself.

2 Delightful Reasons to Attend VegFest Oahu

The second annual VegFest Oahu will be here sooner than you think! With only weeks away, this ultra-fun free community event celebrating plant-based, sustainable living will be quite the hot spot. You can expect amazing food (especially from yours truly!), incredible live entertainment, interesting booths and a diverse group of speakers and chefs covering all kinds of different topics and yummy dishes. Complete list of VegFest events.

Ways to Eat Raw Food This Summer

Summertime is here and it may be hotter than usual, even though it’s sometimes hard to tell when living in Hawaii! No one likes to use their oven or stove when it’s hot out, and one great way to beat the heat is by enjoying raw foods. The words “raw foods” make many people cringe… until they realize how delicious raw foods can be. Here are some refreshingly raw recipes to enjoy this summer or even year round!

These and other raw food recipes can be found at downtoearth.org.

Starting over in 2017 with… chocolate?

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

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.

Let Food Be thy Medicine and Medicine thy food

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.

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