-by Leilehua Yuen
What we put into our bodies is so important, and not only physical! I love the wisdom of this young mom:
One morning while at Honolulu Airport waiting for my flight back to Hilo, a sweet young family was waiting at the gate next to mine. They had been to the food cart to get some juice for the baby's bottle. The vendor had been rude and unkind. The young dad escorted his family back to the gate and said that he would go back for the juice. I was so impressed by the mom's response. "Baby going be fine until we get home. Just put water in the bottle. I don't want my baby drinking juice from someone with no aloha." It was so wonderful to hear someone express the importance of the mana of the food, as well as the chemical nutrition!
So, as my kitchen nears completion, filled with as much aloha as I can pour into it, I am re-reading The Waiʻanae Book of Hawaiian Health, a handbook which summarizes the groundbreaking work of Dr. Terry Shintani in using Hawaiian thought and traditional diet to improve the health of Native Hawaiians.
What I love about Dr. Shintani's research is that he showed how the integration of spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects of life is important to overall health. Then, not content with just leaving it at that, he and his fellow researchers and authors developed an easy to understand handbook so that the research can be applied to daily life in a practical manner.
We are what we eat - whatever we put into our bodies is what we have to use to build them. So, do we want to build our bodies from junk, or from quality materials? Also, quantity is important.
Think of building a house - if you take a big truck and just dump a whole bunch of construction materials on your property, all you have is a big pile of stuff. Maybe you'll have way too much of one material, and not enough of another. And, it will be disorganized and not useful. Some of the piles of stuff will be in the way when you try to build.
So, when we build our bodies, we can think of bringing in quality materials in an organized manner, making sure we have all the proper materials to build the best structure we can.
One way I am doing this is by pre-portioning my food. I love soup, especially in these colder months! So, I am canning soups in portions that make a reasonable meal. I know me. If I have a big jar of ono soup, I will just keep eating until the jar is empty! So, I'm canning it into smaller jars. Four of these jars will fit into my pressure cooker.
So, that is one baby step I am taking on my huakaʻi to fitness!
(E kala mai for the shaky screen - using my iphone handheld.)
Blood Pressure - 150 / 99
Blood Glucose - 100
Weight - 190
Yesterday's Steps - 4236 / 1.6 miles
Not so good on the blood pressure, today. I didn't get much walking in. So, Friday, I will add more steps. Also, I found some wonderful inspirational women on youtube! Check it out!
I use the Pacer app to keep track and motivate me. It's really quite accurate, and has a number of different exercise routines and challenges to spice things up and keep you motivated.
AND, I use the NPR 1 app a lot! While I walk, I can listen to local, national, and global news, and my favorite podcasts.
I even use my phone for a phone, and call my Mama and other people I want to stay in touch with!