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     Each Jan. 1, I resolve to get control of my health by eating better and exercising more, but by February all those endeav- ors wane. However, there are things that have stuck with me for years. I still take walks during the work day, and hop on the exercise bike for addi- tional cardio, but regarding what I consume ... that’s a different story. Our office con- stantly has good food coming through the doors. My cowork- ers bring in goods from local pie shops and confectioneries to plate lunch joints and food trucks — and I’m just along for the tasty ride.
One day, as I stacked my plate full of fried rice, gar- lic chicken, croquettes and mashed potatoes, I thought to myself, “Gee, that’s a lot of brown.” Sure enough, the only greens in my meal were from the green onion garnish
on the garlic chicken.
I used to eat a lot of salads
an adult, I favor more savory foods than sweet. I was quite surprised to find that my first sip of V8 since I was in inter- mediate school was met with
by Nicole Monton
A Rock-‘salad’ Foundation In A Glass
— or, as my paternal grandpa likes to call it: grass. I’d bring one to work every day, but while the act of eating healthy feels great, it’s not sustainable for me on a daily basis. I much prefer plate lunches with extra mac salad and a couple squirts of Tabasco.
delight. I’ m sure
veggies is preferable, and I try to eat my fair share of greens, but five to 13 per day is realisti- cally not that attainable for me. This vegetable juice drink is potentially a great supplement.
Thank you, Maggie Elliot, for emailing me with a great tip about chewing my food (“Biting Off More Than I Can Chew,” July 14). It’s been a while, and I’m excited to fi- nally be able to share her sug- gestion.
Hearing of my plight, my husband picked me up a case of original V8 in an effort to help me try to get more vegetables into my diet.
I posted about my love for original V8 and vegetable juice on social media, and was regaled with comments regard- ing how gross it is. But, I must say, with the right additions, it’s rather tasty. Add some Ta- basco and lime juice, and top it with crispy bacon and dill pick- les on skewers, and you’ve got yourself a virgin bloody mary.
“I read a book by a Japanese woman who, as a child, learned this rhyme,” says the Pāhoa resident.
Growing up, my maternal grandma drank Ensure and V8 like there was no tomorrow. I used to enjoy a can of Ensure with her (after adding choco- late syrup) while watching On- sen e Iko! (aka Women of the Onsen) or Soko ga Shiritai, but V8 was something I had a hard time getting behind.
And it goes like this (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat):
eating raw
“Chew, chew, chew your food, Everything you eat.
Chew it, and chew it, and
chew it, and chew it
Your rice and fish and
Mix V8 with Tabasco and lime juice for the perfect drink that’s tasty and potentially good for one’s health, too. NICOLE MONTON PHOTO
   Fill in the blank cells using numbers 1 to 9. Each number can appear only once in each row, column, and 3x3 block. Use logic and process of elimination to solve the puzzle. The difficulty level ranges from Bronze (easiest) to Silver to Gold (hardest). Answers are on page 11
    Alice Inoue
It’s Always
About Balance
Just as we began moving about with fewer restric- tions, the delta variant showed up in Hawai‘i. As numbers reached triple digits, conversations re- volved around possibly having to reschedule trips and rethink significant celebrations — all coupled with reignited worries about catching COVID.
The impact on our lives has been unrelenting, and uncertainty has once again resurfaced. What is the best thing to do now? Make an effort to once again bring balance to your reality by focusing on what is certain. Appreciate what is. Claim gratitude for what you have.
There is no limit to how many things we can be thankful for or appreciate, even when things look dim. Balancing uncertainty with certainty is the key.
  Though, there must be something about taste buds and their propensity to change as one gets older, because as
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The Soul’s Journey: A Journey of Love. Written
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Taylor (pictured at left) and her coauthor Paula Lankau, the novel shares daily insights and inspirational messages with readers. Waikoloa native Taylor, a former Miss Hawai‘i USA (1989) and Mrs. Hawai‘i America (1991-92), has as her
platform the message to encourage women to inspire and shine brightly, something she is doing herself. Taylor has logged extensive service within her communities, helping everyone from children to the homeless population to kūpuna. She’s also written another book — Kids Don’t Come with a Handbook, Handbook! — for parents out there looking for tips on positive parenting. Find her works on Amazon.
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