Health Tips for an active lifestyle

Aloha! Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
Start your 2018 with a healthy new regimen of foods that are most beneficial to the human body while also being the least harmful to animals and mother earth. These are a few of my favorite things….
Best Vegetarian Protein sources: 
Chia, Hempseed, Spirulina, Quinoa, Hummus, Ezekiel Bread, Rice and Beans, Buckwheat
 
Increasing the amount of cruciferous vegetables in your diet, which include broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, rids the body of excess estrogen, thus increasing testosterone, helping the body to more easily build muscle and keep a healthy sex life in both men and women. 
Here is list of the cruciferous vegetables:
  • Arugula.
  • Bok Choy.
  • Broccoli.
  • Brussel Sprouts.
  • Cabbage.
  • Cauliflower.
  • Collard Greens.
  • Kale
‘Bad Nuts’
Almonds, Peanuts and Walnuts are testosterone inhabitants. Not good for men and women on a regular basis. Especially those who have a lifestyle that includes regular workouts.
 
‘Good Nuts’ 
Macadamia Nuts, Brazil Nuts and Pumpkin Seeds assist in testosterone production and have the most health benefits for the human body. Macadamia Nuts are the ONLY completely alkaline nuts therefore they are the most balanced and easiest to absorb for the human body.

Maca Root 

How:
pills as a supplement or powder form in a smoothie, in cereal (hot/cold), etc.
Why:
Maca root has traditionally been used to enhance fertility and sex drive, energy and stamina. Maca root powder is high in protein and carbs and rich in a number of nutrients, including vitamin C, copper and iron. It also contains many bioactive plant compounds.
 
Tart Cherry juice
How:
in a smoothie or just as a beverage in a glass. some athletes drink 12 ounces of the juice twice daily during the week leading up to a strenuous workout or athletic event.
Why: 
a significant reduction in C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the blood. less pain after a workout. reducing chronic inflammation.
Tumeric (‘Olena in Hawaiian)
Turmeric is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and useful in cases of consumption, tuberculosis, bronchitis, colds and asthma, purifying the blood, alleviates inflammation in the blood. `olena is used as a purifier, containing much mana, spiritual power. Pieces of the crushed root mixed with sea water are sprinkled to remove negative influences from places, persons and things. 
One of the biggest health benefits of turmeric is in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
 
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Copa Vida Cafe : Downtown San Diego, CA USA

Located at San Diego: 905 J St., San Deigo, CA 92101
(619) 501-7529

I went to check out this place for the first time with a friend from Hawaii who’s been living in SD for a while now. It’s right in the heart of downtown. Street parking was pretty easy but there are parking structures on the side streets. It’s cafe style, clean and modern aesthetic, and the best vegetarian breakfast burrito I’ve ever had! The almond butter toast was delicious too!

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For more info check out their website:

http://www.copa-vida.com

Crepes No Ka Oi : Kailua, Oahu HI USA

Located at 143 Hekili St, Kailua, HI 96734

This is one of my regular spots for breakfast or lunch with Gma! Kailua is my hometown so it’s nice to be able to support local business where you were born and grown 😉 They have buckwheat options for a healthier crepes. And they now have liquor license as well so of course I always gotta have my mimosa!

My savory favorite is the Tiki Torch (without the meat) and my sweet favorite is the Banane au Nutella (or Peanut Butter) 

checkout their website for more details : http://www.crepesnokaoi.com

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Northside Shack : San Diego, CA USA

I love smoothies and acais bowls! If you’re in San Diego, this place is a must! Located at 1255 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106

It’s a tiny spot near the peninsula but so worth it! I got the works in the smallest size LOL! Half and Half (half pitaya and half acai) with all the toppings one can dream of and a dollop of almond butter to top it all off and get an extra boost of protein! Yummmmmm!

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Cassie’s Jamaican Irie Jerk (Kaimuki)

I love Jamaican food! I miss it so much. It’ been 7 years since I was in Jamaica and the food is what I miss most 🙂

Thank God for Cassie! He makes his own version of delicious Jamaican food that is so deliciously original and yet still the nostalgia of true Jamaican classics is still present in every bite!

Appropriately on this MKL day, My husband and I decided to dine at Cassie’s for lunch. We both had the Ital Stew with Sorrel (hibiscus juice) and shared a Jerk Shrimp appetizer.

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Home cooked…

I recently made a fish salad with some fresh line-caught Marlin from Whole Foods. I did an Organic Harissa paste and seared it to medium-well and laid it over a bed of fresh Organic greens with my favorite Organic orange tomatoes. Dressing was just Balsamic Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Yum!

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Hale Ohuna Christmas Dinner 2015

I went to Hale Ohuna in Kaimuki on Oahu the other night with a few of my girls for our annual Christmas gift exchange dinner. Menu had changed a bit from last time I was there. The Okinawan Potato Skin Dynamite is no longer on the menu 😦 I was pretty devs about that. But the drinks and food menu is still pretty amazing!

I tried a purple sweet potato cocktail. It was tasty, but I could barely taste the liquor. More like an app then a drink lol 😉

Liz had the Lamb Burger…She said it was “good”. It came with some what seemed to be house made taro chips which were extra thin crispy and divine!

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Mel had the Akula fish special. She said it was super “ono”. It came with a chimichurri sauce (pesto-like cilantro based sauce) and she loooved it!

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Rach had a Shinsato pork bone based Ramen and she said it was “divine”! She’s not a big fan of noodles all the time. She feels its a bit of a space filler, but she said these noodles had such a fresh texture and were worth filling up on. Leanne is known for her noodle dishes and I see why!

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I had the Gnudi special (like a more dense wheat based gnocchi) and the Cold Noodle Special. Both were so delicious! The noodles came in this epic sauce that I could have eaten as a soup.

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Overall, Leanne hardly misses….I would try any restaurant that Leanne is a part of. Such unique cuisine with (my favorite) asian style twists!

 

Chai’s Honolulu

I finally went to Chai’s famous restaurant last night with the Manaola crew for a surprise birthday dinner for Calvin (my drummer). Service was exceptional, ambience was elegant, spacing is a little tight, but the food and champagne were delicious (mostly)!

There was only one dish that I would NOT recommend…so anytime I see ‘truffle’ on a menu I order whatever that dish is. So they have a mushroom and truffle risotto cake on their apps menu…. it was way to salty and deep fried and I could not taste any truffle and there was barely any mushroom 😦

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The rest of the food was delicious! They had set menu 5 course meal for $50 and it was excellent. I chose the Miso Chilean Seabass for my main! So good! They also have a happy hour 9pm to closing. Overall I definitely recommend this restaurant. Especially if you’re a fan of Roy’s, which I am. 🙂

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Cafe Gratitude on Larchmont

Looove this Vegan restaurant! It’s a must for me every time I’m in LA. Parking is close to impossible… but the menu and vibe is always winning. My sis recently tried delivery and said it was NOT the same quality FYI; dine in!

I almost always get the same thing, Warm-Hearted (a polenta and kale dish) and the Irresistible (Coconut cream pie)

Today we shared an app as well, the Abundant (cauliflower samosas) Sooo yummy! With chutney, a mint sauce and a spicy sauce in a shallow bed of curry garbanzo beans. And I love the tasty crust. Reminds me of Trini Roti!

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