Cleaning Out Your Pantry – The Healthy Way

by Tracy Ternes

To help you move toward a healthier, more vegetarian diet this year, here is some information to make the process easier. Start from the source of your family’s food supply – the pantry and the fridge! It’s much easier to resist unwanted foods when you can open your pantry without seeing a box of cookies and a bag of greasy potato chips staring back at you, begging to be eaten. One of the most effective things you can do to cultivate better nutrition is to stock your kitchen with all the building blocks of a healthy diet.

Perfect Foods for Fall

by Tandis Bishop

As plumeria trees drop their leaves and the weather slightly cools, many of us are naturally attracted to foods that are hearty, warm, and roasted. This is our body’s natural craving during the cooler season. Even though we wear shorts and t-shirts in Hawaii during the middle of November, the hearty and nourishing vegetables of fall are more appealing than at other times of the year. This is because during the cooler season, our bodies are naturally drawn to foods that strengthen our immune systems when it is needed most.

Obesity in America

by Caitlin Rose

Obesity in America If health is wealth, America is going bankrupt. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults and one sixth of children in America are obese.1 In the past twenty years, obesity rates doubled for adults and tripled for children. If these trends continue, by the time today’s children reach adulthood, obesity will be the norm and healthy weight the exception. Native Hawaiians disproportionately affected by obesity

FAQs: Raising Vegetarian Teens

by Tandis Bishop

The teenage years can be difficult times for vegetarians or aspiring vegetarians. Peers, teachers and parents who are unknowledgeable about vegetarianism may question the teens’ dietary choices. The most common concerns are whether a growing teenager will get enough protein, calories, and other nutrients such as Calcium, Iron, and Vitamin D. In reality, a properly balanced vegetarian diet is ideal for optimal growth and development at any age. Vegetarian diets are loaded with essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed for proper growth.

Simple, Tasty & Nutritious

by Tracy Rohland

Most people would love to have the time to indulge in nutritious culinary fantasies, making delicious meals everyday for themselves or their families. Unfortunately, most would agree that labor-intensive meals are not practical for their hectic lives. But with quick and easy healthy meal solutions, there is no reason why a person can not have their veggies and eat them too. Below are some suggestions for simple and nutritious snacks and meals that will please the whole family.

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

by Tracy Rohland

A healthy diet is the best defense against high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excess body weight; the three main factors contributing to heart disease. In honor of February as Heart-Healthy month, Down To Earth brings you some tips to maintain your heart plus a few recipe ideas.

The following is based on the American Heart Association guide for healthy American Adults:

  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Choose 5 or more servings per day.

Fruits Not Fries

by Tracy Rohland

There is little shock in the fact that America has become a “fast food culture.” The abundance of fast food restaurants across the nation is leading many people to clogged arteries and added pounds. So, while fast food restaurants can not be blamed for the whole obese epidemic in the United States today, they certainly can take responsibility for being a big part of the problem.