Friday, March 23, 2012

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.


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


Ala Moana Center, Macy's Special Events room


$60 per person before March 23.

Friday, December 30, 2011

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 days of the new year. Each dish and ingredient in osechi has meaning, such as good health, fertility, good harvest, happiness, and long life.

Cleaning up everything from the previous year and starting the new year with a clean slate complete with nourishing healthy food is very culturally important!

Here are some of the ingredients and their significance.


The only description I could find about mochi was along the lines of "wishes for many healthy family generations
". This chewy, puffy form of pounded rice is so delicious and nourishing wrapped with nori and drizzled with shoyu. Mochi is also an ingredient in ozouni soup and is placed at the front door with special New Year's decorations.

Black Soybeans (Kuromame)

These sweet and hearty beans signify good health, vitality, wealth, abundance, and prosperity. These are typically made these days with sugar and shoyu, though the macrobiotic way is to replace these with natural handmade mirin, brown rice syrup, and unpasteurized, fermented shoyu.

Soba Noodles

Long life

Kombu (seaweed)

Usually made into kombu maki (as seen on the left), this represents joy.


A slow simmered vegetable dish signifying "harmonious family relationships".

Renkon/Lotus Root

This is an auspicious food, because you can see through the holes of the root "into the future."


Sweet rolled omelette mixed with fish paste which symbolizes wishes for many auspicious days filled with gold, wealth, fertility, and children. I learned how to make it with tofu and millet (also, minus the fish paste).

Gobo/Burdock Root

Usually made into a dish called "kinpira gobo". This symbolizes "wishing for luck to split and multiply."

There are other foods that I haven't mentioned here.

Have a safe, happy, healthy, and abundant new year everyone!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Meet The Chefs

The Cover Story, Meet The Chefs, in The Honolulu Weekly

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Benefits of Whole Plant-based Foods

Whole foods such as grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and land and sea vegetables contain:

Vitamin E
(and more)

The vast range of benefits include:

Healthy nervous system and metabolism function, lactation, fertility, red blood cell formation, health of organs, aid in fat synthesis, prevents birth defects, lowers cholesterol, inhibits tumor formation, aids digestion.....

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.)


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.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

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.


  • 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.

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 wine
5. Summer fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and canteloupe.
6. Long walks and running in nature.
7. Going to the beach.
8. Family time.
9. Pot boiled brown rice instead of pressure cooked, for a change.
10. Connecting with macrobiotic enthusiasts on Kauai.
11. Surinam Cherry and Clove flavored Ono Pops popcicles.
12. Someone recently gifted me two containers of soy whipped cream (see photo above) which is so NOT MACRO yet so delicious all the same. This was so that I could make the most amazing vanilla custard. How do we get this on Oahu?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

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 world.

Potassium iodide pills have been sold out at many of the American distributors. Potassium iodide helps protect a person from the harmful effects of radioactive iodine by blocking it's uptake into the thyroid. One possible serious effect of exposure to large doses of radioactive iodine is thyroid cancer.

There are some natural foods that will help if you have radiation exposure. Here is a list with some explanations.

  1. Leafy greens: stimulate the colon and help the liver discharge radiation from the body.
  2. Fermented foods: have the same effect as leafy greens. These include miso, natural cucumber pickles, and fermented sauerkraut. The best quality pickles are homemade or found in the refrigerated section of the store. They do not have vinegar as an ingredient.
  3. Avoid or limit sugars. These will ferment in the gut and interfere with elimination
  4. Avoid excessive amounts of whole wheat flour products. The excess fiber will interfere with gut bacteria, hampering elimination.
  5. Avoid hard and dry grains such as granola, and dried cereal. This kind of fiber creates bad bacteria hampering the gut.
  6. Eat moderate amounts of grains and cooked vegetables, small amounts of beans regularly and fish along with some cooked fruit, healthy fats and natural seasonings. If you eat other forms of animal foods, be moderate. Excessive amounts will interfere with digestion
  7. Limit raw foods. Raw fiber is harder to digest and will hamper elimination.
  8. Good quality saturated fats block the toxicity of radioactive ions such as avocado and coconut oil. Increase these in times of a nuclear disaster.
  9. Fatty fish: fat soluble vitamins in fatty fish like wild salmon or sardines aid elimination. Eat more often in a disaster.
  10. Kelp tablets from clean waters or kombu powder made from kombu from clean waters. The natural iodine can replace the potassium iodine pills. Take a pill every 1-2 hours if exposed to radiation. North American Herb and Spice Company has good quality kelp under the name, PureKelp. If using kombu powder take a half teaspoon 3 times a day.
  11. Miso has a substance that will remove radiation from the body. Prepare soups and season with a strong taste of miso if there is nuclear disaster. Drink 3 cups per day.
  12. Umeboshi Plums: Take 1-2 daily. This will stimulate the liver and colon to eliminate radiation.
  13. Supplements for Radiation disasters: organic selenium, 200 micrograms every hour for one week then 600 micrograms daily. Vitamin E: 400 IU every hour for 1-2 days, then 2400 IU daily. Buy Vitamin E as mixed tocopherols and/or tocotrienols.
  14. North American Herb and Spice Company has a product that combines herbs, supplements and potassium iodine. It is called NukeProtect.
  15. Chlorella: 2 - 500 mg. capsules 3 times per day or follow directions on the bottle


Note from Leslie: The programs and services as well as all information in these web pages are educational in nature, not medical advice, and not intended to take the place of personalized medical counseling, diagnosis and treatment.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Macrobiotics on Maui and Kauai

One of my goals this year has been to reach out and work with people on the neighbor islands.

This is coming to fruition with:
  • an article in Maui Time
  • another cooking class set up for early summer on Kauai

Happy spring!