Decreasing Inflammation with Diet

by Sabra Leomo, Registered Dietitian

Women are multi-taskers; if we are doing one thing we are doing six things. We are wonderful at getting things accomplished but we often put our own needs and health on the back-burner. Insufficient sleep, stress, obesity and busy lifestyles that lack self-care can all contribute to inflammation in our bodies.

Top 10 Plant-based Proteins to Add to Your Diet!

by Tandis Bishop, RDN, LD, CDE

Plant-proteins have received a lot of attention over the past few decades for their benefits to health and disease prevention. Unlike animal proteins, plant sources of protein are packed with disease-fighting nutrients, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and are naturally low in fat. And they contain zero cholesterol!

“But where do you get your protein?” is probably the most common question those living a plant-based lifestyle get. Here is a list of plant-proteins to help answer that question. Include these protein-rich foods into your daily routine for optimal health.

Plant-Based Recipes for Healthy Weight

by Manjari Fergusson

It’s a brand new year, and with that comes an opportunity for you to try and incorporate a more plant-based diet.

You don’t have to jump in all at once, and suddenly begin eating only plant-based foods. You may want to ease into it, and simply start increasing the amount of plant-based food in your diet, or have a certain day of the week be meatless. This can help you transition to a healthy new lifestyle without it being too difficult.

Kaiser Permanente Urges Physicians to Recommend Plant-Based Diets

by Caitlin Rose

The importance of a plant-based diet as a central component of preventative health is gaining increasing momentum in the field of medicine. Health care professionals across the country and around the world have begun to recognize the crucial role that a balanced plant-based diet plays in maintaining health and reversing disease. While many research scientists and practicing physicians have long understood this, major industry players such as Kaiser Permanente are now coming on board.

Local Summer Flavors

by Caitlin Rose

Summer is a great time to transition to healthier eating by taking advantage of in-season fruits and vegetables. In Hawaii, we’re blessed with an easy growing environment that produces luscious fruits and colorful vegetables in abundance. Take the time to seek out local produce this summer – besides being fresher and juicier than imported food, local in-season produce is more affordable because higher yields drive prices down. As a bonus, you’ll also be helping support local farmers and our economy as a whole!

Nutrition labels: What to know to eat right

by Tracy Ternes

Reading and understanding nutrition labels is a key part of becoming a health-savvy shopper. The nutrition facts panel, found on most packaged foods can tell you things like how much fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamin C a food contains, it can help you compare fat and calorie counts between products, and it can help you identify which foods are low in sodium, carbohydrates, or trans-fat. It’s also where you will find specific ingredients and any common allergens. Read on to see how a quick glance at the nutrition facts can help you to shop more wisely.

    The Okinawan Sweet Potato: A Purple Powerhouse of Nutrition

    by Tracy Ternes

    Did you know that Okinawan sweet potatoes were recently highlighted by Dr. Oz as being one of the top Superfoods of 2010?1 This vibrantly purple sweet potato, a locally grown staple of Hawaiian cuisine, is rich in flavor and packed with nutritional benefits. With Okinawan sweet potatoes in abundance this time of year, they make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving meal.

    Fabulous Foods for a Healthy Heart

    by Tracy Ternes

    Incorporate these foods into your diet to help reduce your risk of heart disease and promote cardiovascular health. Oatmeal: A steaming bowl of oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day. Oats are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, folate, niacin, calcium, and soluble fiber. For added heart health, top your oatmeal with ground flaxseed and blueberries. For a sweet treat that’s also good for your heart, bake some delicious oatmeal raisin cookies.