Food and Feng Shui

Workshop News: Live a healthy life through Food and Feng Shui!

A “wholistic” evening encompassing all aspects

of health in regard to food and environment



Alice Inoue and I would really love to see you have more of what you want in you life and to live healthier in every way. Whether it’s food or feng shui, there are easy ways to shift your routine so that you can be more of the YOU that you want to be. This is a one-time event where we describe the benefits of embracing a new approach to your daily life through food and environmental awareness. We have so much to share with you, including tea and other special goodies. If you’re really wanting to move forward with your health (whether that’s financial, emotional, or physical) what we share can be applied to any area of your life.


WHEN:

Monday, March 26, 6 – 9 pm (Prince Kuhio Day)

WHERE:

Ala Moana Center, Macy’s Special Events room

FEE:

$60 per person before March 23.

Did you fall off the wagon over the holidays?

If you did, here are some tips to help you get back on track:

1. Be gentle and compassionate with yourself. Every day we begin anew!
2. Recommit to yourself, your life, and healthy living.
3. Clear out the junk food.  If you see it staring at you, it’s very likely you’ll eat it!
4. Stock your kitchen with healthy foods (for the same reason – if you see it, you’ll likely eat it!)
5. Figure out strategies that will help you. Do you need a cooking class, a new cookbook, a plan to pack your lunch the night before you go to work? Figure out what triggers you and develop a strategy to trouble shoot that.
6. Get support, such as setting goals with a friend where you can cook and/or exercise together. Even if you don’t do it together, it’s great to have an accountability buddy to keep you motivated.

You’re worth it!

If you need additional help, I’m happy to coach you and help provide solutions.

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, iron, and other minerals
  • Satiety

Eating grains prevents:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Other chronic illnesses

Grains do not require a lot of energy to grow, and they additionally store easily.  For example, they have been found in tombs thousands of years later and still sprout.  They have been looked down upon because they have been used to feed animals instead of people.

The energy that grains provide is the opposite of the rush followed by depression from highly refined nutrient deficient grains and sugars.

Brown rice nourishes all organs and functions, especially the brain, spine, lungs, intestines, kidneys, bladder, and reproductive organs.  It provides energy, a tranquil mind, and sound judgment.  It has traditionally been eaten to provide feelings of unity with others.

Barley nourishes the liver and gall bladder

Millet provides strong and harmonious energy and contributes to practical, creative thinking, inventiveness, and sympathy with others. It nourishes the spleen, pancreas, and stomach and is especially recommended for diabetes, hypoglycemia, lymphoma, and other disorders associated with these organs.

Whole wheat gives strength, courage, and vision, especially when in its whole form. (Flour contributes to individualized and analytical thinking.)

Oats are hearty and warming, but may need to be limited for people with lung and intestinal issues.

Corn is good for the heart and small intestine

Buckwheat is the strongest of the cereal grasses.  It provides strong, warming energy and is excellent for hard physical labor or housework.  (May be too warming for Hawaii unless eaten in cold weather times, or as cold soba noodles.)

Sources:

Kushi, Michio and Alex Jack. (2003) The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health: A Complete Guide to Preventing and Relieving More Than 200 Chronic Conditions and Disorders Naturally.  Ballantine Books, NY

Pitchford, Paul. (2002) Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA.

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 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 thin
1 T brown rice syrup, optional
2 tsp organic balsamic vinegar (best quality you can afford)
8 to 10 basil leaves, chopped

In a large bowl, place sliced strawberries, brown rice syrup, and balsamic vinegar. Let the strawberries marinate for about 30 minutes in their own juices until they begin to wilt but not get too mushy. Place in bowls and serve. Just before serving, chop the basil and scatter over the top of the strawberries.

Variations:

  • Enjoy with Soya Whip (see previous post) by spooning on top or tossing the berries through.
  • Serve over your favorite all natural vanilla cake, or even over soy ice cream.
  • Substitute mint for basil.