It has been two weeks since Bubu, our beloved dog, departed. I wrote Bubu’s last words and how he departed on my previous blog. https://sanaesuzuki.com/2021/06/02/animal-communication-bubus-last-words/ I have had many dogs and cats as my family this lifetime. It is harrowing when they depart and I grieve. As I wrote about Bubu’s aunt, Kula’s life on my blogs…
My first time going to Health Classics, La Casa De Maria was in 1995 when I went to help my first macrobiotic teacher Cecile Tovah Levin’s cooking class.
It was a year and a half since I started to study with her so I did not know much, but I had a mission to heal myself from ovarian cancer.
A year later, I started to cook there with Mark Hanna and John Saslow who became my wonderful macrobiotics friends. After I injured my legs in 2001 from near fatal car crush and I was not able to stand and walk I started to teach a class with Eric. I am happy that we have been a part of Health Classics family and going there every year.
This year our classes are Classes are Traveling Food Cooking Class and Introducing to Bach Flower Remedy Class. Our favorite traveling food is making Sushi and Rice Balls so we are going to show how to make them. I hope you join these classes.
Packing all the ingredients for the classes and our traveling food for the ride right now and
xcite to be there again!
Life surely is a balance between yin and yang-light and shadow. I have had higher highs and lower lows in my life. Many times tragedy struck when I least expected it.
These are a just a few.
I met Eric while I was going through a divorce from my first husband. Eric was working overseas so we kept in touch by phone or/and fax, since this was before we used the internet. I was happy that he moved to Santa Monica the following year as we started to enter a deeper level in our relationship. Then I got ovarian cancer in 1993.
In 2001, after I had started a career as a certified macrobiotic counselor, I had a near-fatal car accident in the Arizona dessert on my way from taking classes at the Kushi Institute. I was also ready to marry Eric after being together for 10 years, but when I awoke from my coma, I found out that he was about to break up with me.
In 2006, my first service/therapy dog, Kin had a litter, and I learned that my mother passed away suddenly after battling a long illness, from an asthma attack.
Eric and I were working hard to fulfill our dream of opening Seed restaurant, when one of our dogs, Dore, was killed in a hit and run accident. Ten days later her mother Kin died suddenly in 2008.
Now, my beloved dog Kula (she is Kin’s daughter and Dore’s sister), who had joyously just turned 13 last week, is stricken with spleen cancer.
We took her to her annual checkup and blood test and found out she has internal bleeding, so we had to take her to a special internal medicine animal hospital to get an ultrasound and x-ray. I was fervently praying that it was nothing serious, but she was diagnosed with spleen cancer, which had already spread to her lungs. I knew she lost some muscle around her hip area last month after injuring her leg and not walking as much, but it was not her leg injury that was causing her muscle loss. I also noticed one night that her tummy was bigger than usual, so I was concerned, but a few days later I did not notice it as much, so I thought she must have eaten too much. At her age she has a good appetite and enjoys meeting people at Farmers Market every Saturday, and still visits senior homes as a therapy dog.
I asked myself that what did I do wrong?
Why didn’t I take her for a checkup when I noticed her tummy was bigger?
Why didn’t I catch when her condition change?
The questions kept haunting me.
I talked to three vets (two holistic vets and one conventional). Dr. Lane (my main holistic vet) and Dr. Hadar (conventional vet) both said since five of her brothers died from cancer at a much younger age, and most golden retrievers get cancer because of a genetic propensity, Kula may have succumbed to that. Kula still has a good appetite, and she enjoys her life without reserve, so the chemical free and GMO plant-based homemade food has kept her from losing her appetite and retreating from a normal life. Dr. Hadar, who performed the ultrasound and x-ray, told me that Kula will live a few weeks to two months. I was too shocked to hear about it. As I am writing this I am not able to accept it and numb from the sudden prospect of losing Kula, but I know in my heart that Kula needs me to focus on her healing, not on my feelings of guilt or grief. She is eating, doing her best and not giving up on her life.
I have been studying animal communication, so I talked to her about her cancer. She said “I am not feeling pain, but sometimes I feel more tired, so I thought I was just getting old. I still enjoy my life and now I have more time to be with you so I am not worried. Please don’t worry, because then I will worry about you. I enjoy my short walks, going to Santa Monica Farmers Market and seeing Leyla the apple vendor and all of the children who come to pet me and feed me snacks of organic Fuji apples (she only likes Fuji apples). I also love visiting our neighbor Nancy and going to a senior home as a service/therapy dog.”
When I asked her if I can share her story, she said “ Mommy, do you need to ask me that? You wrote Healthy Happy Pooch book so that you can share with others what you thought was best for you against all odds and wanted others to benefit from what you experienced and learned. I trust you to do the same and help other dogs and dog’s family go through tough times the best way they can, through my story and photos.” She made me feel that I have been loved by her so much that I can’t even express with words. She also talked to my animal communicator teacher, Lydia Hiby and she is not ready to leave so soon and she really enjoys her life and appreciates everything she has been receiving from us and other five dogs and two kitty family are very understanding her condition and caring what she is going through.
I was so sad when I found out about her cancer and did not know what to say.
This is unbearably difficult for me, but being in denial is not going to help anything or anyone, so I am accepting my fear, sadness and mental suffering so that I can go on with my daily ritual of getting up in the morning, appreciating my life and Kula’s life and her courage, kindness and beautiful soul.
Please pray for her to fulfill her life and miraculous recover from this cancer one day at a time.
I am making special remedy drink and healing food for her. I also give her body scrub, shiatsu, Reiki, moxibustion and more.
I want to share what I am doing to help her through this healing journey whenever I can.
I appreciate so much for all of your support and prayer for Kula.
Love and healing for Kula,
Eating whole grains are good for us.
What are whole grains? How many whole grains do you know besides brown rice?
Brown rice and quinoa are most popular ones right now in the America.
Eating whole grains have many benefits – “getting fiber, a healthy plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals, and a variety of phytochemicals that will improve your health.”
It is simple way to cook whole grains, but they all have different energy effects and some are different way to cook.
Usually after rinse them with spring water three times or more, you soak most of them 4~6 hours or over night. Sometimes you roasted to make more fire energy for the person who has too cold energy deficiency to bring Ki/Chi energy up.
My recent cooking class I show how to cook five different kinds of whole grains. There are many benefits and different way to cook so it is important to learn how to cook properly each whole grains.
Red and Yellow Quinoa
1 cup red quinoa
1 cup yellow quinoa
3 cups spring water
2 pinch sea salt
bring up to boil and simmer for 15~20 minutes.
Move it on a trivet after turning off the heat, but keep the lid for another 5 ~ 10minutes.
Recently many people might heard “Quinoa” is good, but do they really know why?
Well, the first Quinoa is one of whole grains means complex carbohydrate. Complex and simple carbohydrate are very different.
Quinoa often referred to as the super grain and high in fiber and high-quality protein. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium. One half cup of quinoa has 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.
1 cup millet
4 cups spring water
one pinch sea salt
2 cups whole oats
6 cups spring water
Whole Barley and Brown Rice
2 cups brown rice
2/3 cup whole barley
2 pinches sea salt
2 cups hatomugi
4 cups spring water
2 pinches sea salt
Every year I have been making a list my goals for a while.
I realized that I am a big achiever and have expected too much from myself sometimes when I turned 60 years old last year.
I felt that it was time for me to transform to connect inner happiness more than ever. No matter how much you made money or you are success in business it does not matter to me if I am not connected to myself and be with my love ones so I made this year priority goal to be “enjoy my life with my family and spending more time with them”. My family who I live with has been my husband, Eric, six dogs and two cats.
It was my husband, Eric and Kula (eldest dog)’s birthday last weekend. Eric got his new Naish paddle surf board.
Kula is now 13 so it is very special to us since her mother passed age of 12 and her most of sibling left much younger age so we wanted to give her special gifts.
She got her new bed, and her food bowl holder made by Eric and took her to her and our favorite place…the beach.
Besides spending time with my family I also wanted to try a paddle board myself. Since Eric has started it a few years ago I really wanted to try, but because of my both legs were broken from car crash in 2001 and doctor told me I may never walk. It took a long time…for me to be able to live life functionally. One year bed ridden, four years a wheel chair life with many years of physical therapy, energy work and eating healing macrobiotic food. I started to walk with a cane and continued my goal of making myself strong and did my best whatever I can to bring my motivation up.
Yoga, meditation, Bach Flower Remedy, Massage, Reiki, aromatherapy, 12 step program and more. I am so happy that I did not give up.
I thought giving my health and happiness is the best gifts to give to Eric. I truly appreciate Eric and my furry family here with me.
Another goal is visiting my sister, brother and niece who are all in Japan every year if I can so I visited them last year and my niece came here this year.
Making achievement to focus a little things like spending time with family is happiest thing that I have experience so I am going to continue my best!
Natto is fermented soybeans that has been recognized as one of Japan’s most unique traditional health foods. Highly nutritious and rich in protein. One of best good bacteria foods for your stomach and intestine and many benefits so hear the list of benefits:
It moves blood circulation, which is great for those who have cold hands and feet due to poor blood circulation. Natto is also spleen supportive and digestive supportive. Natto’s unique culture also boosts the immune system.
1. Benefit of Natto
1) It moves blood circulation, which is great for those who have cold hands and feet due to poor blood circulation.
2) Natto is also spleen supportive and digestive supportive.
3) Natto’s unique culture also boosts the immune system.
4) Scientific research has revealed such a rich palette of health benefits, that many Westerners have adapted their palate to include this unusual food that is naturally rich in vitamin K2.
5) Protection from Alzheimers by removing plaque from the brain.
6) Prevention and reversal of arterial sclerosis and hypertension.
7) Anti-inflammatory properties promote joint health and reduce arthritic pain (also osteoporosis risk by K2)
8) Dissolves blood clots, offering protection from strokes (many people take aspirin for cardiovascular protection, but natto does this without the side effects of aspirin.)
9) Reduces bone loss, particularly in post-menopausal and older women.
10) Promotes healthy skin.
It has a powerful smell like cheese, strong flavor, and slimy texture so it is not easy to eat unless you get to use to eat it so preparation is important. Many people try Natto because it is healthy, but because of the strong smell and slimy texture they never enjoy to eat.
If you want to learn how to prepare to eat Natto deliciously and also learn how to make homemade Natto, please contact me email@example.com so I can let you know when I offer next Natto making and preparation class.
Here is one of my Natto preparation recipes “Natto Canapé” for Natto eating beginners so you can enjoy.
Natto Canapé (fomented soy beans)
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
1 sun dried tomato (0.5 oz)
two leaves basil (5 leaves)
3 oz Natto (organic none GMO homemade is better)
tamari -soy sauce with no wheat or shoyu-soy sauce (option)
olive oil (option)
1. Soak sun dried tomato to be soft, drain the water and sliced very thin.
2. Chop basil leaves.
3. Mix sliced sun dried tomato and chopped basil into Natto in a bowl.
4. Add tamari or shoyu and/or olive oil.
5. #4 mix to place on a rice crackers.
6. Add sprout on the top as garnish/decoration.
Surprisingly, many people are not aware of how much our mental and emotional state affects our physical health, and also how sensitive we are to the environment, which can cause many of our health issues, including allergies.
Allergies are an uncomfortable predicament that comes with a variety of bothersome symptoms that pop up or worsens for many people during the early Spring and can last for months. After our bodies have been exposed too much to pollen, animal hair, dust or chemicals etc., we become sensitized, and cannot tolerate that substance anymore. Dietary factors can cause reactions to allergens also. It is a disorder of the immune system that causes symptoms such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and a runny nose. In some cases, these reactions can be very strong and cause severe, even life-threatening, conditions. Allergies are one of the most common afflictions that have people seeking alternative medicine and holistic care these days.
Bach Flowers are an array of 38 self-healing Flower Essence Remedies developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the U.K. in the 1930’s. Flower Essences are very safe energetic remedies that bring harmony to our mental and emotions and encourage positive thinking, allowing us to be more joyful, calm, patient, focused, balanced, accepting, and more.
Use a single Bach Flower remedy or a blend, as directed, to encourage mind-body healing and wellness for optimal health. Bach Flowers are a wonderful, natural complement to any health plan or healing journey and can be used alongside any other remedy, including pharmaceuticals.
Here are the Bach Flowers that are recommended for allergies:
Beech: commonly used for intolerance. In this case, the allergy sufferer is experiencing intolerance to something in the environment that has invaded their space or body, like pollen, grass, and other organic matter. You might not believe it, but our attitude can affect us physically. Beech helps us tune into acceptance and tolerance. When the mind and soul are in an accepting mood, it is much easier for the body to follow suit. Definitely one worth trying when itchy eyes or sneezing is out of control!
Crab Apple: generally used when there is something to get rid of, like negative thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Also useful when there is literally something in the body that we need to get rid of, like allergens. These allergens may enter the body through our interaction with the environment; just opening a window can set off allergic reactions for some people. The annoying allergens can also gain access through the food we eat. Sometimes chronic infections play a role in allergies. They can poison the body and make it overly sensitive. Crab Apple helps with release on all levels. A common recommendation for allergy sufferers is to detoxify the body, basically help out the body’s natural process of release. Crab Apple is one of the best remedies for physical release and my favorite for an energetic cleanse and the most important detoxifying essence.
Walnut: for over-sensitivity to change. The transition from winter to spring is a big change and some of us really feel it. The shift in seasons can affect our sleep, mood, appetite, and energy levels. Walnut can also be used for over-sensitivity in general. The more sensitive you are to an allergen, the harsher your reaction will be. Walnut helps the mind and body adapt and encourages an attitude that is open to change, helping us deal with all types of transitions.
Any other Bach Flower: depending on your emotions, mental state, personality and the attitude you have toward your suffering, you may find a variety of the other Bach Flowers helpful during allergy season. Here is a quick description of a few:
– Holly for anger. Are you mad at the world or your body for doing this to you? Are you jealous of everyone who is not suffering? Do your symptoms make you uptight and grouchy and everyone else knows it? Use Holly to tune into pure love and relaxed feelings. Holly also helps in cases of strong immune reactions. This can be used, for example, in severe fits of sneezing, clear cases of irritation, or allergic shock.
– Mimulus for fears we can name. Do you fear allergic reactions? Are you afraid to go outside or play in nature? Are you afraid to go to a certain place because your reaction will make you look silly or feel uncomfortable? Mimulus gives us courage to face our fears and be ourselves. You are not your disease.
– Olive to awaken the body’s healing potential. Are you exhausted by the battle against your allergy symptoms? Olive is a great remedy when lacking physical energy, especially after a long struggle. Olive brings the spark back to your soul.
– RESCUE REMEDY a popular combination of Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose, and Star of Bethlehem. An excellent go-to remedy for any occasion.
I believe that much of our chronic problems are stress related; and most stress can be tied into an emotion, such as fear, anxiety, or hopelessness. Over time you can see how these emotions could lead to physical distress. You might say then that these remedies are designed to get at the root of the problem.
You can use a remedy by itself or combine some of them. Look for Bach Flowers at your local natural health store or order them online. You can take 2 drops of each remedy at least 4 times a day. If you want to know how to make your own personal combination of remedies, I am available for counseling as a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner. Choosing the right remedy and how to take the right quantity are key to successful Bach Flower remedy. FOR More information, please email me sanaehealing@gmail.