Posted on Jul 21, 2013

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I bumped into Levi yesterday who stated, “Dude I chicken jibed in July, it’s been pretty freaking good actually”! It sounds like the north shore offered up some sneaky wave sessions this month while we were away!

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At the moment though, we’re back to normal Maui summer time patterns. One foot slaps at Ho’okipa, SUP surfing on the south side and keiki surf sessions . It’s also garden time. Something I love spending more time on after a busy spring of teaching windsurfing and doing photos shoots. Today we pulled up sweet potatoes and fennel to add to our roast chicken dinner. The kale is going off and we ate a pineapple for breakfast that my son retrieved from the garden. A big deal, as after taking the top off any pineapple you’ve just finished eating, you simply plant it back in the ground, but it takes three years to grow.

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Eating well is certainly a big part of an active life… And kale is full of all the good stuff

Lemony Kale Caesar Salad

A bunch of Kale

2 medium garlic

2 anchovy fillets

One large yolk (I omit, and just add crumbed boiled eggs over the top of the salad)

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Freshly ground black pepper

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Growing your own food is just one more step towards an even healthier lifestyle.  Beside the fresh taste it’s great to know exactly what went into growing the food and just how organic it is. I feel it’s also about being more responsible for your family and community. Buying locally to reduce the carbon footprint which actively takes better care of the environment, and supporting your local growers just makes sense. Tending a garden is even more rewarding.

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These little actions make big waves in our world. Most things we buy are packaged. Growing your own food reduces packaging. It takes up a lot of energy and resources to make packaging and most of it ends up in the landfills. When you live on an island, space it more obviously precious. As consumers, we lead the direction in which way the health of our planet will go. I’m pretty sure most of us want to continue to at least  swim/ surf/ windsurf in clean waters and enjoy garbage free beaches.

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It would be a great shame if one day our seas are too toxic to enter. Our beaches too full of garbage to enjoy.  No amount of money can buy us out of a global trash can… 

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