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Great Grains

Grains are the most abundant crop on the Earth and the foundation of human development, according to Oriental philosophy. They are thought to provide: Strong peaceful energy Strong intellect Spirituality Deep sleep Sense of calm Quick reflexes Long memory Clear thinking Flexibility, strength, and endurance B vitamins Complex carbs and fiber High quality protein Calcium, […]

Lucky Foods For The New Year * Osechi Ryori

When I lived in Japan, one of the tastiest menus that I learned was how to prepare the traditional New Year’s food. First introduced during the Heinan Period, osechi-ryori is basically a bento (boxed lunch) prepared in advance, stored in a cool place, and reheated when it is to be eaten during the first three […]

Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C: assists in formation of connective tissue (keeps skin firm) helps heal wounds and broken bones aids in red blood cell formation protects against capillary wall ruptures, bruising, and scurvy Natural sources include: cauliflower, broccoli, mustard greens, kale, parsley, and other leafy green vegetables, strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe, and other fresh, seasonal, fruits

Benefits of Vitamin E

On your plate: almonds, leafy greens of a wide variety (like kale, watercress, choi sum, collards, mustards, spinach, etc.) Benefits: Helps protect and repair skin Reduces redness and irritation

Benefits of Vitamin A

Vitamin A: promotes the health of eyes and skin. increases immunity to infections and reduces free radicals. protects against tumors, especially lung. improves skin texture and reduces age spots. Natural sources include: carrots, winter squash (kabocha, butternut, etc), rutabaga, other yellow-orange vegetables, broccoli, kale, and other dark green leafy vegetables, and nori.

Berried Treasure

I always make a point to purchase Kula strawberries when I’m in the grocery store to support the production of local produce. Here’s a great way to prepare them for dessert: Balsamic Macerated Strawberries 2 pounds strawberries, sliced thin1 T brown rice syrup, optional2 tsp organic balsamic vinegar (best quality you can afford)8 to 10 […]

Things I Love

Just wanted to share some of the things that I’ve been recently enjoying: 1. Homemade granola with organic oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, coconut, and maple syrup.2. Raw kale salad with dino kale, carrots, cucumbers, red pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, organic tamari, and local tomatoes.3. Alter Eco Dark Chocolate with Quinoa 4. Red wine5. […]

Macrobiotic Philosophy & Radiation Exposure

This information is from John Kozinski at the Kushi Institute:Concerned About Nuclear Radiation Fallout? Kushi Institute senior teacher and macrobiotic counselor John Kozinski shares timely information on this important issue. Ideas to Protect Yourself from Harmful Radiation As the crisis in Japan unfolds, there is uncertainty about possible radiation that may affect Japan and the […]