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Power Food Tip

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014


Almonds are one of the most nutritious of all nuts. Not only are they a tasty and crunchy snack but they also have numerous benefits for the body.
If you feel like snacking on nuts, you can’t go wrong with almonds.
Two ounces, or about 24 almonds, give you more than 50 percent of your daily requirement of magnesium, a mineral that’s important for the health of your heart.


Here are a few of the benefits of almonds:
• Almonds are good for building muscle & fighting food cravings
• Fight obesity, heart disease, muscle loss, cancer
• A good source of vitamin E, fiber, and monounsaturated fat, all hearthealthy nutrients.
• According to a recent study, eating almonds may also reduce the risk of colon cancer.
• Almonds are the most nutritionally dense nuts – which means you get the maximum amount of nutrients out of the calories you consume.


To enjoy the health benefits of almonds, it is best to eat them with their skins intact.
Quick recipe:
For a quick popcorn alternative, spray a handful of almonds with nonstick cooking spray and bake them at 400 degrees F for 5 to 10 minutes or toast them on low-medium in a skillet on the stovetop with a little butter for the same amount of time (stir frequently to keep from burning). Take them out of the oven and sprinkle them with either a brown sugar (or honey) and cinnamon mix or cayenne pepper and thyme.
Did you know?
Eating 2 ounces of almonds (about 24 of them) can suppress your appetite, especially if you wash them down with 8 ounces of water. Try doing this 30 minutes before your evening meal.
Ways to increase consumption of almonds
• Almonds and apple slices make a simple, yummy power snack.
• Enhance a healthy sauté of curried vegetables with sliced almonds.
• Add a few to your favorite salad

Mahalo to Rod Newbound for permission to print this tip.

The Right Question is the Answer

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014


When you know HOW to do a job you can keep it. When you know WHY the job should be done you can be the boss. This is why employees need a boss that knows WHY.


There’s a good chance that you learned HOW to brush your teeth before you really knew WHY you should. That’s WHY children need mom and dad.
Get in the habit of searching for the WHY behind anything you are asked to do or hear that you should do. Ask yourself;

-Why should I eat right?
-Why should I drink plenty of water?
-Why should I exercise?
-Why should I be on time?
-Why should I get organized?
-Why should I plan my day?
-Why should I tell the truth?
-Why should I think positive?
-Why should I stay focused?
-Why should I be nice to people?

There’s nothing on this list of questions that most people do not know HOW to do, but how many of them don’t get done and WHY not?

Maybe it’s just because they don’t WHY yet.
WHAT can YOU add to the list?

Hawaiian Water

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


Free Flowing
Water is in great supply in Hawaii and the cost is minimal. In spite of that, more and more people are buying their water in plastic bottles to be certain that it is free of harmful chemicals, for convenience, and because it tastes better.


The Real Cost
The bigger cost of plastic bottles is to the environment as they ultimately are likely to end up in a landfill, or worse in the ocean where they are harmful to life there. The fact is, for many reasons, that they are also harmful to those who drink from them.

Sorry About That
Costco most likely will not notice the drop in revenue as a result of me no longer buying these there. I will definitely not miss carrying them home and then deciding what to do with the empties.


Just For Businesses
Hawaiian Cool Water, like some others have provided various forms of coolers to businesses to prevent the mess of empty bottles and to lower their cost of buying water. Residential use however was not available, until now.


NOW On-Tap at Home
I feel pleased and honored to be the first to have this in my home, other than the owners of Hawaiian Cool Water. I now have pure, clean, cool or hot water on tap in my home. You can too. To get on the bandwagon and dump the plastic out of your home, order yours today. For more information:



The Installation Process is as EASY as 1, 2 3, and Gary does it all for you.

“Lemon Tree, Very Pretty…”

Thursday, June 12th, 2014


“But the Fruit of the Poor Lemon is Impossible to Eat”

NOT TRUE: Those were the words of a popular folk song recorded in the 60’s by Peter, Paul and Mary. But as you will discover below, they are far from true.

The following is a “revisit” condensed from an e-mail sent to me by a good friend in Florida that I affectionately call, “Runaway.” She earned that title by running away with all of the awards at our monthly Success Rallies.
Mahalo Runaway.

Here’s a unique way to use the whole lemon without wasting any of it.

Place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once frozen, use your grater, to shred the whole lemon; peel included, and sprinkle it on top of your foods.
Sprinkle it on vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice… Anything!
Your foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before. Most people only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore.
There’s a major advantage of consuming the whole lemon. lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself.
By simply freezing the whole lemon, then grating it on top of your food, you can consume all of those nutrients while getting even healthier.
Know that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body. Lemons (Citrus) are a miraculous product that kills cancer cells. They are 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. Their taste is pleasant and they do not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy.
The lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat their fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc… Lemons are credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect they produce on cysts and tumors.
Lemons are a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say they are very useful in all variants of cancer. They are considered also to be an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, are effective against internal parasites, and they regulate blood pressure when it is too high. They also act as an antidepressant, relieve combat stress and nervous disorders.

And, as a bonus, therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not harm healthy cells.
So, give those lemons a good wash, freeze them and grate them. Your whole body will love you for it!!!!!

An Apple a Day…

Friday, June 6th, 2014


A Better Way… 

The old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is more than folklore. One medium size, unpeeled apple provides over 3 grams of fiber, more than 10% of the daily fiber intake recommended by experts.

The apple’s two types of fiber lower cholesterol levels, and thus reduce your risk of heart attack, and stroke.

Adding just one large apple to your daily diet has been shown to decrease cholesterol 8-11%, and eating 2 large apples a day has lowered cholesterol levels by up to 16%!

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine confirms that eating high fiber foods, such as apples, helps prevent heart disease. Almost 10,000 American adults participated in this study and were followed for 19 years.

Lowering cholesterol levels isn’t the only benefit of eating apples. The pectin they contain removes toxins like the heavy metals lead and mercury, from your body.

Another antioxidant, vitamin C, also found in apples, will boost your body’s immune defenses, providing yet another way that apples protect against cancer.

For me, eating apples sounds better than going to the doctor. You?


Sunday, May 11th, 2014


She’s Out!
On April 11 I posted an article I titled “Street Stories” about a homeless woman sleeping on the sidewalk with a desire to die. If you missed it, or would like a refresher, CLICK HERE to see it.


Back to Work
I have been wondering where she went after being released from the hospital and if she was doing any better. My curiosity was somewhat satisfied when I spotted her recently digging feverishly through a trash can in front of the Starbucks store downtown.
I wasn’t positive that it was her, and I did not approach her. She did not look “approachable.” Instead I took this photo and showed it to Steven, who lives in the park where she slept, and he confirmed that is is her.
I told Steven how energetic she was and he said, “You saw an expert at work.” I see a growing and seemingly endless number of homeless and mentally troubled people “existing” in Downtown Honolulu. I’m told that the same condition exists in all major cites with little or nothing being done about it by Federal or State Agencies.

Hell’s Kitchen

Sunday, December 1st, 2013


“Where’s The Beef?”

That’s the question that Chef Gordon Ramsay was asking his chefs recently on his popular TV show. As a 50+ year vegetarian I found it quite interesting to see these professional chefs all stumped by Chef Ramsay’s use of soy product rather than dead flesh; Chicken, Beef and Sausage. Over the years I have witnessed an enormous change in the reactions I get when saying that I don’t eat meat. They have gone from, “Oh my God, what do you eat?” to “I wish that I could do that.” I cannot begin to tell you how many times I hear, “I tried that once.” When I hear someone say that, I reply, “Just do it; trying doesn’t cut it.”

I have found the benefits of a meat free diet to be many. Besides never getting sick, enjoying easier weight control, and having clog free arteries, I wake up every day with a boundless degee of energy that lasts well into the night.

And, adopting a vegetarian diet is the single most important thing you can do to reduce your personal impact on the environment. It is the fastest path to reducing global warming with no negative impacts. Raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. Most of these gases come from animal manure! Now that Stinks!

I added the ingredients in this as a comment, and then thought you might like to see what it looks like:



Homemade falafel fried & served on a toasted whole wheat bun with garlic aioli, red onion, tomato, cucumber and sunflower sprouts with feta cheese as an added option.

Available at the Beet Box Vegetarian Cafe in Haleiwa

Life Savers

Friday, September 6th, 2013


Watchful Eyes
All three of our rescue cats play close attention to us, and two of them have returned the favor by becoming life savers themselves.


Several months ago Calli gave me a “love bite” on the arm. I was angry at her and saw that it was red and swelling, so I asked my dermatologist to have a look at it. When he did he told me that it was actually a pre-skin cancer which he promptly burned off.


During the night last night I kept feeling Midnight’s cold nose on my elbow. When I awoke I noticed a bump on that very spot. Remembering that I had one “cancer sniffing cat” I thought perhaps I may have a another and went to see Dr. Grekin again. Sure enough it was another pre-skin cancer that had been detected by one of our cats, which he then burned off.


The Nose Knows
Dr. Grekin then made me aware of this study done on dogs sniffing out cancer.
As detailed in the British medical journal The Lancet in 1989, a border collie-Doberman mix belonging to a British woman repeatedly sniffed a mole on its owner’s thigh and once even tried to bite it off. The constant attention prompted the woman to have the lesion examined and she learned it was a malignant melanoma.
“The dog may have saved her life by forcing her to seek medical advice while the mole was still at a thin stage,” wrote Hywell Williams and Andrew Pembroke, surgeons at the dermatology department at King’s College Hospital in London, in a letter to The Lancet.
In another case, a pet Labrador named Parker repeatedly pushed his nose against his 66-year-old owner’s leg, sniffing a lesion through the owner’s pants. When the man had the lesion examined, he learned it was a basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, and had it removed.

Neither dogs showed any interest in their owners’ lesions after they were treated.

Have You Heard of Blue Zones?

Saturday, August 10th, 2013


Live a Longer Happier Life
Employing a vast amount of data, teams of researchers and scientists have identified places around the world where people live longer and know how to be happier than others. The National Geographic Society sent Dan Buettner on assignment to these unique places. These are the lessons he learned.


Ikaria, Greece
Get your antioxidants! Ikarians eat a variation of the Mediterranean diet, which consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and a little fish. One key feature of the Ikarian diet are wild greens, many of which have ten times the level of antioxidants in green tea or red wine!
Drink tea! Regular herbal tea consumption is common of Ikarian centenarians. Many of the teas here act as mild diuretics, prescribed by doctors to lower blood pressure.
Take regular naps. People who nap at least five times a week for half an hour have 35% reduced chance of cardiovascular disease. Stress hormones also decrease when you’re napping.
Make walking part of your daily routine. The hilly land lends itself well to burning calories. The Ikarians exercise without thinking about it just by walking to church or work.


Nicoya, Costa Rica
Drink hard water. High amounts of calcium and magnesium, essential for bone and muscle strength, abound in Nicoya’s water. By drinking and cooking with this water, people here get their daily intake of calcium throughout their entire lives!
Focus on your family and friends. Having a good relationship with their family and maintaining a strong social network contributes greatly to centenarian’s sense of purpose and well-being.
Work hard. Nicoyan centenarians maintain a strong work ethic, which keeps them active and healthy while contributing to their sense of purpose.
Plan your meals. Nicoyans eat their biggest meal in the morning and their smallest meal at night.
Get some sun. Nicoyans enjoy healthy doses of daily sun, enriching their bodies with Vitamin D. Getting at least 15 minutes every day can decrease the risk for osteoporosis and heart disease.


Okinawa, Japan
Develop a strong sense of purpose, called ikigai, or that which makes life work living, by keeping family ties strong and maintaining close groups of friends. The Okinawans call these moais.
Stay active, and maintain a vegetable garden. Not only do gardens provide natural sources of healthy foods, but also an outlet for daily physical activity. Because of the temperate climate, Okinawans can garden all year round and get plenty of bone-health promoting Vitamin D!
Maintain an herb garden. People living in homes or apartments can grow and maintain herb gardens. Include ginger and turmeric to get the same health benefits as the Okinawans.
Eat a plant-based diet. Use vegetables from your garden, a farmer’s market or even a grocery store. Okinawan centenarians consume soy products, such as antioxidant rich tofu for additional health benefits.
Hari hachi bu. This old agage, translates as “eat until you’re 80% full.” The Okinawans say this before every meal to remind them to eat moderate amounts of food.
Smile! Okinawan centenarians embrace a positive outlook on life, in spite of or because of the hardships they endured throughout their lives.


Sardinia, Italy
Eat a plant-based, bean rich diet accented with pecorino (sheep cheese) and goat’s milk, using meat only as an accent, rather than the main dish.
Put family first. People who have strong family ties have lower rates of depression and stress.
Respect and celebrate elders. Grandparents can help raise healthier, better adjusted children by providing love, wisdom and motivation.
Take a walk. Sardinian shepherd walk 5 miles a day. Regular exercise can boost mood and benefits muscle and bone metabolism.
Drink a glass of red wine. Cannanau, a Sardinian red wine, has three times the level of antioxidants and flavonoids compared to other wines. This makes it particularly beneficial for heart health.
Laugh with friends. The word, ‘sardonic,’ or wry sense of humor, originates in Sardinia. Gathering daily to laugh with friends is key to shedding daily stresses.


Loma Linda, California
Keep a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy BMI results helps keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels low. Certain fruits and vegetable also lower the risk of lung, ovarian and prostate cancers.
Eat nuts! Adventist research shows an eating nuts increases life expectancy by 2 years and lowers the risk of heart disease.
Get regular exercise. You don’t have to run marathons to be healthy. Adventists walk daily, a habit research links to lowered heart disease and cancer risks.
Nurture tight social networks. Like Okinawan moais, Adventists get together as groups to spend time together and for potluck socials.
Volunteer! Volunteering reduces stress and contributes to a sense of purpose, connecting Adventists to a social network of people with similar interests.

Eat a light dinner. Make breakfast your biggest meal of the day followed by lunch and topped off with a smaller dinner. This has been shown to promote a lower BMI and better sleep.

-Mahalo Jim Sharp

Please contribute to this by commenting on the traits you see these places have in common.

Major Drivers

Monday, May 27th, 2013


Sex and Food
For all living organisms, these are the number one and two motivators. Reason? It’s simple, both are necessary for continuation of the species. Unfortunately for too many people, these two instincts that are hard-wired into their DNA become so dominant that they are rarely motivated by anything else. Without some other motivation, people can become lazy, sick, unhealthy, and even die at a very young age. You determine how you use the 24 hours that you were given each and every day to enjoy the exciting, healthy, happy and enriched life that is all yours for the asking.


Gotta Have It!
Without some form of motivation, absolutely nothing happens.
For humans, several motivators follow suit and get assigned different priorities by each person. Like sex and food, any of these can also be done to the extreme, and create problems. My father (RIP) preached to me; “Be moderate in all things.” At the same time he was telling me this, he was smoking heavily, had an open bottle of Early Times whiskey on him at all times, and ate meat three times a day. In spite of doing all of that, he got up and went to work every day, seven days a week, provided a home for his family and never shirked on any of his responsibilities. I loved him and admired him greatly. When I would call attention to his unhealthy behavior, he would say. “Do as I say, not as I do.” Perhaps you have heard that one. He died a very old, totally used up man at 62 years old. I miss him dearly.

Some of the other things that motivate people are; in alphabetical order:
Achievement, Ambition, Appearance, Addictions, Commitment, Comfort, Competition, Charity, Curiosity, Desire, Education, Ego, Exercise, Family, Faith, Fear, Fitness, Friends, Fun, Gambling, Games, Goals, Greed, Growth, Habits, Happiness, Health, Hobbies, Imagination, Inclusion, Interests, Leisure, Love, Lust, Marriage, Meditating, Money, Patriotism, Play, Pride, Recognition, Relationships, Religion, Responsibility, Sleep, Success, Time, Travel, and Wealth.

I have no doubt missed a few motivators that could be on this list. If there’s something that gets you going, that I failed to mention here, please share it in the comment section below, and I will add it to the list.