Traveling Made Easier!

After being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I was pretty much bedridden for quite a long time. And prior to diagnosis, I actually had already pulled out of a lot of things as my body continued to become weak and non-functional.  Sometime after my treatment began, I was able to get around slowly.  And I mean sssloooowwwly…

When my body became a little stronger and I was able to travel, it was such a challenge as I couldn’t find the foods and drinks I can have at the stores.  It was difficult to find them as I became allergic or sensitive to so many ingredients.  For every product, I had to learn to read the back of the label and read EVERY SINGLE INGREDIENT.  I kid you not!  Try shopping for food and eating out while you are on vacation.  It is not easy!  I still have to do it today as I continue to heal.  But oh my!  Have things changed for the better!

It was a pleasant surprise to find more real, clean, whole foods available at stores that I can easily bring with me when I travel.  I used to only find them at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, but now Safeway, Raley’s, to name a few, are making healthier products available.  And new health food markets as well as sustainable cafes/restaurants are popping up as well.  Many more restaurants are also making dishes available for people with special diets.

Here’s an example of what I was able to carry with me as I traveled.  Conveniently packaged for on the go.  And of course, our island RAW granola has become a staple!

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Sidewalk Sale on July 18 at Vim ‘N Vigor!

Come check us out at Vim ‘N Vigor in the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.  They will be holding their Annual Sidewalk Sale on July 18, Friday.  Our booth will be available from 9 am to 12 pm.

Aloha!

Lirio’s Island RAW Grawnola featured in new magazine launch!

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Recomtech, Inc, a Japanese advertising agency and publisher of magazines for Japanese tourists and residents in Hawaii has launched its first publication of ‘My Only Hawaii’, a free magazine, in limited release available in few hotels in Waikiki and in Japan. The magazine contains shops, restaurants, tourist activity, and accommodation information. In their first issue, they spotlight new Hawaiian Culinary Arts and Lirio’s Organics was selected for one of their featured stories!

This issue will be available for wide release in July all over Hawaii. Although the first issue will be in Japanese, it will be available in English version as well in the future. Click the images below to see larger pictures.

We're featured in the "New Hawaiian Culinary Arts" section!
We’re featured in the “New Hawaiian Culinary Arts” section!
There we are on page 26! :-)
There we are on page 26! 🙂
My Only Hawaii spread
Here is the actual magazine spread.

New Breakfast Bar at Down To Earth in Kapolei

The idea of making a cereal out my island RAW granola came from my customers wanting to use the 3 oz bites as toppings or eat it like a bowl of cereal. I kept hearing over and over again how they wished I had a line of cereal so they don’t have to break up the bites to small pieces!

Thanks to my customers, KILAUEA (Mac Pineapple Coconut) AND WAIANAE (Apple Banana Raisins) were born and is now selling at Down To Earth in Kapolei!

In addition, Down To Earth started a new Breakfast Bar in the Deli Department and we are working on including my island RAW granola cereal in the near future.  And the 2 oz bars and 3 oz bites in the Grab N Go section.

More details to come!

 

Quick Salad Recipe

Since 2007, I have had to do a complete overhaul on my diet as part of my healing journey.  I basically had to adopt a new lifestyle of eating.  It hasn’t been easy.  As I’ve had to try all kinds!

From The Maker’s Diet to RAW foods to The Colon Diet to Macrobiotics to Nourishing Traditions to Paleo to Mercola Diet to Body Ecology to Blood-Type Diet, and a Partridge in a pear tree!   LOL  ;-D   Got to find some humor in all of this sometimes!

I will be blogging about this in another post.  As I’ve learned the pros and cons, and how all of them have some good in it.  It’s just a matter of finding what works for me. And what will work for you.  As we are all individuals and have different needs.

In the meantime, I want to share this quick salad recipe.  As I’ve had to learn to eat MORE plant based foods with a small amount of animal protein.  And this is a great recipe when you have little time but still need to eat a healthy, nutritious meal.  Anyone can prepare this easy recipe!  It serves one person but you can modify it.

INGREDIENTS

– 5 leaves of chopped organic romaine lettuce
– 1 to 2 medium sized chopped vine ripened tomatoes
– 1/2 of a local cucumber (chopped to your liking)
– 1 whole sliced avocado

– 1 cup of Organic Quinoa & Kale Blend by Good Grains (I got mine at Costco)

Dressing:

– EVOO

– BRAGGS Organic ACV

– Himalayan Sea Salt

– Black Pepper

DIRECTIONS

– Follow directions on the bag of the Organic Quinoa & Kale Blend.  You can also prep this ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

– Place the veggies in a good size personal bowl.  According to the order listed.  Topped with sliced avocado.

– Add the cup of Q & K Blend (optional:  place in a small ramekin or small bowl to create a smooth shape)

– Mix the dressing in a bowl.  Drizzle over the salad.

And VOILA!

You’ve got yourself a hearty & nutritious lunch.  And packed with Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s fatty acids.  We need a good balance of these two healthy fatty acids to avoid disease and simply keep us functioning!

Bon Appetit!  😉

 

 

SUJA known about you a long time ago!

Simplifying the array of store-bought juice in the market today has truly become a challenge!  As the market has exploded with so many varieties that now it’s harder to figure out which one to choose.

After juicing/blending EVERYDAY for almost 5 years now, I’ve learned from mistakes I’ve made in the past and learned how to do it the right way.  So to recently have found SUJA I was totally sold!  As the way they keep the integrity of the juice.

And honestly, there are days I cannot juice/blend so it’s nice to have some already made.  So am thankful I’ve found SUJA juice as in my busy days, I can just grab and go!

The things one needs to ask when a company claims to sell 100% juice are:

– Organic

– RAW

– Cold-pressed

– HPP (High Pressure Processing)

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And I like the fact that this new company supports organic and sustainability.   A famous blogger, Food Babe, said it best.  Spreading awareness about how our food is produced and which companies we should support will change the marketplace!

If you are interested in more detailed information on how to pick the best store-bought juice, read up on this link prepared by Food Babe.

http://foodbabe.com/2013/11/10/juice-labels/

And here’s the link to SUJA.

http://www.sujajuice.com/

Island RAW Granola Now in KOKUA MARKET!

Island RAW Granola Now in Kokua Market!

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Good News! I am happy to announce my line of Organic island RAW granola 2 oz bars, 3 oz bites and 13 oz cereals are now in KOKUA MARKET!  The only Natural Foods Cooperative in Hawaii.

They will continue to carry my line of island RAW granola as people demand it.   So please visit KOKUA MARKET.  Thank you for your continued support!

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13 oz bags of WAIANAE (Apple Banana Raisins) & KILAUEA (Mac Pineapple Coconut) cereal
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2 oz bars & 3 oz bites of KILAUEA (Mac Pineapple Coconut) & KO’OLAU (Cran Apple Almonds)

Lirio’s Organics is committed to providing Hawaii and beyond clean wholesome treats.  Thank you for giving me this opportunity!

Aloha!

Secretive Attempt SB 110 (SB 3058) Defeated in Hawaii!!

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Soon after two recent county bills were passed in Kauai and the Big Island, state legislatures tried to circumvent it by introducing a bill that would’ve wiped out regulating Genetically Engineered (GE) crops and pesticides.   A policy dictated by the state, not the people of Hawaii.

But the efforts of MANY  in Hawaii put a stop to it!  More and more of us are getting educated and are more aware of how there is a need to put a stop to this madness.  Below is the link by Center for Food Safety for the full story.

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/2888/another-victory-for-the-people-of-hawaii

So many countries already reject GMOs.  See link below.  And from all my reading, research and my own personal healing journey, I am more convinced today that GMOs have NO place in our bodies!  

http://naturalrevolution.org/list-of-countries-that-ban-gmo-crops-and-require-ge-food-labels/

 Support clean eating and local organic farmers.

http://www.hawaiiorganic.org/about-contact/who-we-are

How RAW/Live Foods Are Saving My Life!

I walked around feeling hopeless for several years before being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  As I visited one doctor and specialist after another, I was helped to a certain extent.  But knew something else was causing my body to deteriorate!  My symptoms continued to grow and everyday I felt like it was just a matter of time I would end up in the hospital or on my deathbed.  Which I actually did end up in the Emergency Room in August of 2007!

Fast forward to today, as I look back at everything that has happened to my body and all I’ve learned, I could’ve been treated earlier if I would’ve learned my oral health was connected to my debilitating condition.  I was basically being poisoned.  In fact, I am seriously wondering if it is the root cause!  But that is neither here nor there…I have actually learned to accept my condition and move forward.  I’m learning to see the positive side of Fibromyalgia and focusing on helping my body to heal!  God has blessed me by directing me to doctors, specialists and resources who are familiar with my health issues.

I started a detox program back in the Fall of 2008 by eating 100% RAW/Live foods for almost 3 months.  It was VERY challenging to all of a sudden switch to a different way of eating.  But it was my life!  And I knew I needed help IMMEDIATELY!  This was sometime after Dr. Yee, D.O. of Kaiser recommended me to give it a try as she’s heard successful stories from her other patients.  And she also encouraged me to eat “clean.”  Eating clean simply means organic and non-GMO whole foods.  Not knowing everything about raw foods at the time, I went ahead and picked up books on it to do some research and read like crazy!

It was amazing how while I was on it for almost 3 months, I didn’t feel the Fibro symptoms. It was as if I didn’t have it!  I was still weak but my body felt the surge of energy and life that I didn’t have for a very long time!  Midway through the third month, I slowly weaned myself off of raw foods and went back to eating the conventional way or the SAD way (Standard American Diet), thinking I was doing better and just needed to focus on other aspects of my treatment plan.  By end of December, Fibromyalgia came back with a vengeance!  And this time, more symptoms.  VERY confusing!

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I eventually went back to eating raw in 2009 and learned so much about it.  Today, I continue to eat raw foods (about 35% – 50%) but have learned to soak, rinse and sprout nuts and seeds.  To help improve my digestion.  And ferment and culture vegetables.   And incorporate it into my clean diet (w/a small percentage of animal protein and fruits).  All the doctors in my healing team have encouraged me to continue eating clean, organic, non-GMO and whole foods.  I’ve also read a variety of books and follow experts such as Dr. Mercola, Sally Fallon of Nourishing Traditions, Donna Gates, Natalia Rose, Weston A. Price, etc.  As you can see, I’ve tried all kinds of approach to healing as I was desperate.  It was difficult to make sense of what was happening to my body!  What I have learned is the importance of considering each individual’s unique biochemistry rather than making a one-size-fits-all diet for everyone.  But all these experts do encourage and are in agreement to eat CLEAN whole foods!

And later in the treatment, it did become clear that toxicity was one of my issues which I will be blogging more on later in detail.  As I found out a couple of my health issues, or possibly the root cause, were Heavy Metal Toxicity (HMT) and failed root canals.  And I realized I needed to keep detoxing for awhile.  I learned raw foods was one BIG way I can keep my body clean. Basically, it is saving my life and has become my “new” norm!  It wasn’t a choice or an interest anymore.  It is SURVIVAL!

DISCLAIMER:  Information found on this site is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. It should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or courses of treatment. Individual articles and information on other websites are based upon the opinions of the respective authors, who retain copyright as marked.

Resources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/13/david-wolfe-interview.aspx

http://www.westonaprice.org/blogs/cmasterjohn/2010/09/11/the-biochemical-magic-of-raw-milk-and-other-raw-foods-glutathione/

http://bodyecology.com/aboutbed.php

http://www.westonaprice.org/thumbs-up-reviews/nourishing-traditions