Advice from a sunflower: Be bright, sunny, and positive. Spread seeds of happiness. Rise, shine, and hold your head high. I have loved growing many different flowers since I was a child. My grandmother grew chrysanthemums every year for the chrysanthemum exhibition award. I really admired how she grew them so beautifully. She…
We love simple and pure for making a little dessert for us.
The last weekend we taught a cooking class and one of recipe was “Dates and Almond Finger Sweets” as a traveling dessert. Everyone loved them so much there was nothing for us to taste!
It only has two ingredients with a small amount of water.
We chose three different coating this time.
Here is recipe for you!
Dates & Almonds Finger Sweet
Makes 12 pieces
To make the balls:
4 oz pitted dates
2 oz almond meal
1 tablespoon water
For the coating:
2 tablespoons grain coffee
2 tablespoons kinako powder
4 leaves of mint
- mix in food processor the dates and almond meal to a paste, add water if necessary to make it sticky to hold together.
- Divide the mixture into 12 pieces (about 0.5oz) and roll into balls between your hands.
- Coat the balls in a small bowl with your favorite coating.
- Keep refrigerated.
Which one is your favorite?
What do you think, let me know.
My first time going to Health Classics, La Casa De Maria was in 1995 when I went to help my first macrobiotic teacher Cecile Tovah Levin’s cooking class.
It was a year and a half since I started to study with her so I did not know much, but I had a mission to heal myself from ovarian cancer.
A year later, I started to cook there with Mark Hanna and John Saslow who became my wonderful macrobiotics friends. After I injured my legs in 2001 from near fatal car crush and I was not able to stand and walk I started to teach a class with Eric. I am happy that we have been a part of Health Classics family and going there every year.
This year our classes are Classes are Traveling Food Cooking Class and Introducing to Bach Flower Remedy Class. Our favorite traveling food is making Sushi and Rice Balls so we are going to show how to make them. I hope you join these classes.
Packing all the ingredients for the classes and our traveling food for the ride right now and
xcite to be there again!
Life surely is a balance between yin and yang-light and shadow. I have had higher highs and lower lows in my life. Many times tragedy struck when I least expected it.
These are a just a few.
I met Eric while I was going through a divorce from my first husband. Eric was working overseas so we kept in touch by phone or/and fax, since this was before we used the internet. I was happy that he moved to Santa Monica the following year as we started to enter a deeper level in our relationship. Then I got ovarian cancer in 1993.
In 2001, after I had started a career as a certified macrobiotic counselor, I had a near-fatal car accident in the Arizona dessert on my way from taking classes at the Kushi Institute. I was also ready to marry Eric after being together for 10 years, but when I awoke from my coma, I found out that he was about to break up with me.
In 2006, my first service/therapy dog, Kin had a litter, and I learned that my mother passed away suddenly after battling a long illness, from an asthma attack.
Eric and I were working hard to fulfill our dream of opening Seed restaurant, when one of our dogs, Dore, was killed in a hit and run accident. Ten days later her mother Kin died suddenly in 2008.
Now, my beloved dog Kula (she is Kin’s daughter and Dore’s sister), who had joyously just turned 13 last week, is stricken with spleen cancer.
We took her to her annual checkup and blood test and found out she has internal bleeding, so we had to take her to a special internal medicine animal hospital to get an ultrasound and x-ray. I was fervently praying that it was nothing serious, but she was diagnosed with spleen cancer, which had already spread to her lungs. I knew she lost some muscle around her hip area last month after injuring her leg and not walking as much, but it was not her leg injury that was causing her muscle loss. I also noticed one night that her tummy was bigger than usual, so I was concerned, but a few days later I did not notice it as much, so I thought she must have eaten too much. At her age she has a good appetite and enjoys meeting people at Farmers Market every Saturday, and still visits senior homes as a therapy dog.
I asked myself that what did I do wrong?
Why didn’t I take her for a checkup when I noticed her tummy was bigger?
Why didn’t I catch when her condition change?
The questions kept haunting me.
I talked to three vets (two holistic vets and one conventional). Dr. Lane (my main holistic vet) and Dr. Hadar (conventional vet) both said since five of her brothers died from cancer at a much younger age, and most golden retrievers get cancer because of a genetic propensity, Kula may have succumbed to that. Kula still has a good appetite, and she enjoys her life without reserve, so the chemical free and GMO plant-based homemade food has kept her from losing her appetite and retreating from a normal life. Dr. Hadar, who performed the ultrasound and x-ray, told me that Kula will live a few weeks to two months. I was too shocked to hear about it. As I am writing this I am not able to accept it and numb from the sudden prospect of losing Kula, but I know in my heart that Kula needs me to focus on her healing, not on my feelings of guilt or grief. She is eating, doing her best and not giving up on her life.
I have been studying animal communication, so I talked to her about her cancer. She said “I am not feeling pain, but sometimes I feel more tired, so I thought I was just getting old. I still enjoy my life and now I have more time to be with you so I am not worried. Please don’t worry, because then I will worry about you. I enjoy my short walks, going to Santa Monica Farmers Market and seeing Leyla the apple vendor and all of the children who come to pet me and feed me snacks of organic Fuji apples (she only likes Fuji apples). I also love visiting our neighbor Nancy and going to a senior home as a service/therapy dog.”
When I asked her if I can share her story, she said “ Mommy, do you need to ask me that? You wrote Healthy Happy Pooch book so that you can share with others what you thought was best for you against all odds and wanted others to benefit from what you experienced and learned. I trust you to do the same and help other dogs and dog’s family go through tough times the best way they can, through my story and photos.” She made me feel that I have been loved by her so much that I can’t even express with words. She also talked to my animal communicator teacher, Lydia Hiby and she is not ready to leave so soon and she really enjoys her life and appreciates everything she has been receiving from us and other five dogs and two kitty family are very understanding her condition and caring what she is going through.
I was so sad when I found out about her cancer and did not know what to say.
This is unbearably difficult for me, but being in denial is not going to help anything or anyone, so I am accepting my fear, sadness and mental suffering so that I can go on with my daily ritual of getting up in the morning, appreciating my life and Kula’s life and her courage, kindness and beautiful soul.
Please pray for her to fulfill her life and miraculous recover from this cancer one day at a time.
I am making special remedy drink and healing food for her. I also give her body scrub, shiatsu, Reiki, moxibustion and more.
I want to share what I am doing to help her through this healing journey whenever I can.
I appreciate so much for all of your support and prayer for Kula.
Love and healing for Kula,
Eating whole grains are good for us.
What are whole grains? How many whole grains do you know besides brown rice?
Brown rice and quinoa are most popular ones right now in the America.
Eating whole grains have many benefits – “getting fiber, a healthy plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals, and a variety of phytochemicals that will improve your health.”
It is simple way to cook whole grains, but they all have different energy effects and some are different way to cook.
Usually after rinse them with spring water three times or more, you soak most of them 4~6 hours or over night. Sometimes you roasted to make more fire energy for the person who has too cold energy deficiency to bring Ki/Chi energy up.
My recent cooking class I show how to cook five different kinds of whole grains. There are many benefits and different way to cook so it is important to learn how to cook properly each whole grains.
Red and Yellow Quinoa
1 cup red quinoa
1 cup yellow quinoa
3 cups spring water
2 pinch sea salt
bring up to boil and simmer for 15~20 minutes.
Move it on a trivet after turning off the heat, but keep the lid for another 5 ~ 10minutes.
Recently many people might heard “Quinoa” is good, but do they really know why?
Well, the first Quinoa is one of whole grains means complex carbohydrate. Complex and simple carbohydrate are very different.
Quinoa often referred to as the super grain and high in fiber and high-quality protein. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium. One half cup of quinoa has 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.
1 cup millet
4 cups spring water
one pinch sea salt
2 cups whole oats
6 cups spring water
Whole Barley and Brown Rice
2 cups brown rice
2/3 cup whole barley
2 pinches sea salt
2 cups hatomugi
4 cups spring water
2 pinches sea salt
Every year I have been making a list my goals for a while.
I realized that I am a big achiever and have expected too much from myself sometimes when I turned 60 years old last year.
I felt that it was time for me to transform to connect inner happiness more than ever. No matter how much you made money or you are success in business it does not matter to me if I am not connected to myself and be with my love ones so I made this year priority goal to be “enjoy my life with my family and spending more time with them”. My family who I live with has been my husband, Eric, six dogs and two cats.
It was my husband, Eric and Kula (eldest dog)’s birthday last weekend. Eric got his new Naish paddle surf board.
Kula is now 13 so it is very special to us since her mother passed age of 12 and her most of sibling left much younger age so we wanted to give her special gifts.
She got her new bed, and her food bowl holder made by Eric and took her to her and our favorite place…the beach.
Besides spending time with my family I also wanted to try a paddle board myself. Since Eric has started it a few years ago I really wanted to try, but because of my both legs were broken from car crash in 2001 and doctor told me I may never walk. It took a long time…for me to be able to live life functionally. One year bed ridden, four years a wheel chair life with many years of physical therapy, energy work and eating healing macrobiotic food. I started to walk with a cane and continued my goal of making myself strong and did my best whatever I can to bring my motivation up.
Yoga, meditation, Bach Flower Remedy, Massage, Reiki, aromatherapy, 12 step program and more. I am so happy that I did not give up.
I thought giving my health and happiness is the best gifts to give to Eric. I truly appreciate Eric and my furry family here with me.
Another goal is visiting my sister, brother and niece who are all in Japan every year if I can so I visited them last year and my niece came here this year.
Making achievement to focus a little things like spending time with family is happiest thing that I have experience so I am going to continue my best!
Natto is fermented soybeans that has been recognized as one of Japan’s most unique traditional health foods. Highly nutritious and rich in protein. One of best good bacteria foods for your stomach and intestine and many benefits so hear the list of benefits:
It moves blood circulation, which is great for those who have cold hands and feet due to poor blood circulation. Natto is also spleen supportive and digestive supportive. Natto’s unique culture also boosts the immune system.
1. Benefit of Natto
1) It moves blood circulation, which is great for those who have cold hands and feet due to poor blood circulation.
2) Natto is also spleen supportive and digestive supportive.
3) Natto’s unique culture also boosts the immune system.
4) Scientific research has revealed such a rich palette of health benefits, that many Westerners have adapted their palate to include this unusual food that is naturally rich in vitamin K2.
5) Protection from Alzheimers by removing plaque from the brain.
6) Prevention and reversal of arterial sclerosis and hypertension.
7) Anti-inflammatory properties promote joint health and reduce arthritic pain (also osteoporosis risk by K2)
8) Dissolves blood clots, offering protection from strokes (many people take aspirin for cardiovascular protection, but natto does this without the side effects of aspirin.)
9) Reduces bone loss, particularly in post-menopausal and older women.
10) Promotes healthy skin.
It has a powerful smell like cheese, strong flavor, and slimy texture so it is not easy to eat unless you get to use to eat it so preparation is important. Many people try Natto because it is healthy, but because of the strong smell and slimy texture they never enjoy to eat.
If you want to learn how to prepare to eat Natto deliciously and also learn how to make homemade Natto, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org so I can let you know when I offer next Natto making and preparation class.
Here is one of my Natto preparation recipes “Natto Canapé” for Natto eating beginners so you can enjoy.
Natto Canapé (fomented soy beans)
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
1 sun dried tomato (0.5 oz)
two leaves basil (5 leaves)
3 oz Natto (organic none GMO homemade is better)
tamari -soy sauce with no wheat or shoyu-soy sauce (option)
olive oil (option)
1. Soak sun dried tomato to be soft, drain the water and sliced very thin.
2. Chop basil leaves.
3. Mix sliced sun dried tomato and chopped basil into Natto in a bowl.
4. Add tamari or shoyu and/or olive oil.
5. #4 mix to place on a rice crackers.
6. Add sprout on the top as garnish/decoration.