Monthly Archives: July 2012

Juli’s Healty Living Corner Letter: Staying on track

Health and life itself is a long road, my job as a healer is to guide the right way. We sometimes fall off the path and a little guidance may bring us back on track. The road is bumpy but at least at the end we will not suffer.

When I was about 12 years old, I wanted to become an Herbalist. My Dad asked me why. I thought the right answer was to heal patients, just like Dad. He told me that I was wrong. It was for me. If I am not well how can I take care of others. At the end of the day it is all about me. I cannot help heal others if I am not well myself. This is why I practice what I teach. I take my herbs and exercise and laugh. I also eat the best that I can.

A little of any food is good, but too much is poison. Know your weakness. What goes in must come out! If I choose to eat cake and cookies, I enjoy it and drink some Pueerh Tea. Since Pueerh tea helps digestion and lowers cholesterol, it will clean it out. Be smart as you eat that ‘s all I ask of my patients.

The best thing about my practice is to have my patients come in with no pain or suffering, inspired to live life. Life has so much to offer, so much to see and do. Don’t let that bumpy road slow you down. The experience behind all the Chinese Herbs used for thousands of years has inspired me. Don’t under estimate the power of healing, it starts with you, then the power of Herbs.


Recipe: Delicious Flavor-Packed Low-Fat Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Potatoes

Here is a recipe you should be very excited about. Low-fat but very flavorful mashed potatoes! This recipe is very simple, but it requires a little bit of patience to make it right. I will explain why later, but first here are the ingredients:

• 1 1/2 to 2lbs. Organic Russet Potatoes.
• 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
• 1/8 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
• 1 Tablespoon Butter

How to make:
1. Wash and scrub the potatoes well.
2. Leave the skin on or peel some skin off depending on the texture you are looking for. It is best to leave the skin on because they provide a lot of flavor and nutrients from the skin.
3. Cut them into 1/2 inch pieces.
4. Put potatoes in a sauce pan and add just enough water to cover them.
5. Add salt and bring to boil.
6. Turn the heat down and let it simmer with a lid on for about 15 minutes, or until the water is reduced to 20% (80% of water evaporated).
7. Turn it off and let it sit for a few minutes. IMPORTANT: Do not discard the water left in the pan. This is where all the sweetness and flavor is concentrated. Plus it will add moisture to the potatoes and make it creamy.
8. Add in butter and garlic powder, then mash with potato masher. That’s it.
You may choose not add butter at all. As long as you cook the potatoes as instructed above, the mashed potato should have plenty of flavor without adding butter or milk. If you place your favorite meat or fish directly on top of mashed potatoes, it will add extra flavor too. Parsley can be added as an option too.

This recipe serves 3-4 people. I strongly suggest you get organic potatoes. Why? They taste better and you don’t have to worry about the insecticides and fungicides. (I found an article that explains how many are used to grow potatoes. It’s really scary. I will include the link to the article in online version of this newsletter and the blog post. You will never want to eat non-organic potatoes again after reading the article).

-Kaz Isogai

Herbs Cannot Work Alone

Dear Readers,

I remember the first time I saw Juli at Hen Sen Herbs. I had expected to be prescribed some herbs and be healed. Instead, what I came home with was a new way to eat, and the fact that I needed to figure out how to add regular exercise to my crazy busy schedule. You see, Juli explained that the herbs could not alone.
Thankfully, I had a lot of motivation in wanting to be well. This drove me to find new ways of eating and working out despite my initial reaction that it would be too hard. What I did was realize that I am the only one who can do the work to help my body heal. I had been trained from an early age that you can take a pill or vitamins to make you feel better. But, those methods had failed me.

I searched for ways that would help me reach my goal of good health. Exercise didn’t have to be done in the gym. Pushing my kids at the playground or running around playing tag helped get me moving. And so, I kept making changes where I could, and started to see them pay off.

When you first come to consult with Juli at Hen Sen Herbs, you might expect to be prescribed some herbs and be healed. Instead, what you will go home with is a new way to eat to allow the herbs to heal you on the Bland Diet. Juli might even have some suggestions on how to exercise to speed your healing. We know it’s difficult with a busy schedule, but the herbs cannot do it alone.  You deserve the extra effort to feel healthy.

We are taught in the Western Culture to just take a pill for any problem. Sadly, this often means depending on a pill or more pills to solve your health problems forever.  The purpose of the herbs is to help you heal, not to have to take them every day for the rest of your life. If the body is getting herbs, but you’re also pouring harmful things into it, they simply cannot be as powerful as possible. They need a clear path.

So, how do you tackle the challenge of making changes? The first step is to find your motivation. Find a goal that you can want, be it losing weight before your High School reunion, being able to climb a mountain or simply keep up with your young kids.

Once you find your motivation, start changing your diet. Starting with one meal at a time can make it easier, and some people find it better to change everything at once.  You can start adding rice to your meals instead of pasta and bread. Next add vegetables to your plate, the more the better. As your plate becomes full of “Bland Diet” foods, the other stuff won’t have room. You might feel some short-term discomfort from all the changes like craving certain foods, but just remember your goal and motivation. You are worth the effort.

Moving your body is another important part of healing your body. Breathing and circulation are key for good health, so try some gentle exercises that do this such as Tai Chi, Yoga or Stretching and Walking. Find something that works for your body, that you can enjoy.

If you are struggling, just remember it takes time. For any big changes expect some transition time to not be much fun. You can call them growing pains! But, remember the most important thing: you know your body better than anyone. If you feel any discomfort or have any questions, be sure to follow up with your Herbalist.

Holli Margell, Editor