Saturday, March 19, 2011

Iodine Talk || Everyone's Doing It || Tasty Tea Recipe w/ Seaweed

Goji Berry & Seaweed Tea

Since even the mainstream media is covering iodine, I'll share with you what a trick that I'm using to boost my seaweed intake! As you may have heard, iodine found is found in sea salt, sea vegetables and seafood -- most notably in sea vegetables like seaweeds!

Fortunately for the Japanese, seaweed and seafood is a very important part of the Japan's diet! :-) I love seaweed and sea food and live on an island, so I eat more seafood and seaweed than the average American.

You can find seaweed in your local health food store or in the "Asian" isle at your local grocery store. As with all things look for minimally processed products: wild, raw, un-toasted. Look for seaweeds that look like dried plants!

Radioactivity protection aside (from certain types of radioactive particles -- iodine isotopes), iodine is a common deficiency in the American diet. Pregnant women especially need adequate iodine in their diets!  Seaweed is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals, as are goji berries!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Friday, December 10, 2010

Delicious Holiday Spice Oatmeal Cookies - Gluten & Sugar Free

Okay so there's no sugar in these cookies, but that doesn't mean they aren't deliciously sweet! Keep reading to find out the secret sweet ingredient that makes these Holiday cookies to-live-for!

Holiday Oatmeal Spice Cookies Gluten & Sugar Free

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Left-Over Oatmeal Flap Jacks

It's a glorious Saturday morning! My darling is out lending a hand at a friend's ranch and I slept-in until my precious little pug's tap-dancing outside my door woke me up.  Next door my brother is the only one left at home and I'm sure that he's still in bed :) I've fed the two dogs, three cats and one magnificent big horse. Now it's my turn!
Delicious Breakfast Oatmeal Flap Jacks

Friday, November 19, 2010

Talk Story Conundrum

I ran into my brother-in-love (my BF's brother) the other day at the farmers market. He's like so many folks out there, overweight and is starting to search for answers. My boyfriend has, since we've been together, dropped two pant sizes (from 36 and growing to a steady 32) and is in top-shape and the question is always, "What's the secret? What are you doing?". Most of the time he tries to share what he can with those who ask, but we realize (from experience and practicality) that there is so much information out there and what we do, as far as an eating lifestyle-- being completely different than the mainstream-- it's hard to put it in a nutshell. 

And so I found myself answering my brother-in-love's questions at the farmers market. I just ran over a couple basics like change your cooking oil to coconut oil, don't put sugar in everything, and try to avoid supermarket food! He doubted me when I suggested he use coconut oil and eat coconut (even though we live in Hawaii!) thanks to the bad press saturated fats have got. I smiled and told him, the proof is in the pudding. We both laughed. On my way home I couldn't help but think of more and more things I wanted to add to that conversation. It's occasions and conversations like this that inspired this blog, not only because my boyfriends family is immense (nine brothers and sisters alone and oodles of cousins!) all with the same issues as the mainstream population at large -- no pun intended.

It is my hopes that this blog can serve as a pathway out of suffering for many and as the shifting gears occurs to create more "nutshell" like content that can be distributed both on and off-line. If there are any specific questions you'd like to know about please ask away!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Shifting Gears - Broad Strokes

It's been a while since I posted anything new. Maybe it has something to do with the chaining of the seasons that has me a bit off. Or it could be the poor lighting at my evening meals that doesn't produce great photos. The truth is I just haven't been feeling inspired to write lately. Not out of lack of motivation or inspiration, but lack organization (of my thoughts).

I started this blog as a means to share the information and experiences found on my journey to superb health and wellness in hopes that it can help other seekers along their path.  The challenge lies in trying to convey several years worth of trials and success in a few blog posts! There was a brief moment when I considered writing a book (and maybe that will happen later) but I don't love writing and I have a preference towards details and digressions. It is this overwhelming desire to share with others what I have found that stops me in my tracks. Because my initial approach does not match my aspirations. The good news is, I have a plan! The new model for this blog, that I feel will be more successful at accomplishing my goal of getting fellow seekers up to speed, came to me just now as I was writing! Mahalo ke Akua!

In drawing, the method is to first capture the general form and space by using broad strokes. Later you refine them with more detail. This is a practical approach often applied to the art of writing, although I find it is often more difficult to curb one's voice to a methodical approach. Long story short, this blog will be undergoing some modifications that include more broad strokes which will cover the basics. The fine lines and details will be around, but shall play second fiddle to the basics.