Death by Eyeshadow (repost)

Anti-aging cream for “tweens”?   And “polyethylene glycol touching a highly absorbable mucous membrane”?  Oh, no, but yes please read on…  I was just saying earlier today that for me, PAIN IS NOT BEAUTY!! But sometimes (and especially for unknowing young girls), we can’t even feel the chemicals hurting us, and that’s worse!

Please find original entry by Jamila Owens-Todd, N.D. here.

In Love, Light, and the Beauty of Nature,

A.K.S.

Death By Eyeshadow, Jamila Owens-Todd, N.D.

To what cost do we owe to being beautiful? How did we get to the point of sacrificing viable, healthy cells for blush and eyeliner? Today on All Things Considered (NPR), Peggy Orenstein was discussing her new book, “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” and the trials of the new princess. She discussed a new cosmetic line targeted to the “tween” groups in which there is an anti-aging product. Seriously? Is this not overly unreasonable? The conversation was geared towards the marketing to this “tween” group in order to start the insecurity, I mean, makeup sales at an even earlier age. This, is beyond overt marketing. This has now approached the field of psychological and emotional development and its emerging deficit in our youth. We have now breached the lines of respect that is owed to women, yes, even young-women-to-be. This campaign of encouraging a physical change (via makeup) can be quite detrimental to overall body image as these girls age into adolescence. The fact that makeup is growing more available to this age group says that the desire to look different can easily fester into the need to look different. [I will not get into my feminist rant on our patriarchal society and its implications on all things female, but just know that it serves as the backdrop for this blog entry].

The cosmetics industry and its laughable regulations has profited off of insecurity and low self-esteem, and to much avail I might add. Understand, I am not presenting this to be the makeup killjoy with my lone tube of unscented, unflavored lip balm. Beyond the repulsive marketing, it is simply staggering to me to see the major cosmetic companies adding in harmful chemicals to a product that will be applied directly to your lips or inner eyelid. The chemist in me freaks out at the thought of polyethylene glycol touching a highly absorbable mucous membrane. The fashion-inspired woman in me, understands the fierceness of a smoky eye…to a degree. My observations are easy to come by as I have never been as keen on applying makeup. I watched my sisters go through extensive routines of makeup application, only to have to continue to touch-up their faces throughout the day. Why bother, I would ask. If you see me in lip gloss, I must be in attendance to the Presidential inauguration or some similar event of purported importance. I am not against the tribal practice of applying paint to the face, that millions of my fellow species will aim to do every morning (men included, not to leave you out DIVA!). Wouldn’t it be nice, if we used those same tribal clays and dyes of pomegranate or blueberries? Oh, but we can. There are companies, hundreds of them, who have chosen to be play the part of the radical enterprises and offer an alternative of natural, chemical-free cosmetics.

Now, once we have made the environmental responsibility of selecting a better face paint, can we now consider the social responsibility of not imposing this ritual on our young girls?

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Just in time for 2012, and easy to digest!

In the spirit of going with the flow, and in hopes that somebody, somewhere will take a bowel, I present to you a smooth exit strategy for your food, and a lighter, happier you!  

*The chart below is only a guide, and should be used in conjunction with Dr. Douglas N. Graham’s book  (which I highly recommend) for deeper understanding.  This chart illustrates Dr. Graham’s recommendations  on how to combine foods for optimal athletic performance, digestion, and health.  This chart is also suitable for anyone new to or already embracing a whole food, raw food, vegan, and/or mono-food diet, or anyone simply desiring to live a healthier lifestyle the way in which our bodies were designed.  Please combine the below information with a regular fitness schedule to get the best results, and always consider your individual needs first!  I am not affiliated with Dr. Graham, and I am not advocating a political or partisan relationship to any health guru and/or diet; I simply endorse being healthy!  To learn more, do your research, ask questions, share your understandings, and seek advice from a combination of knowledgable, holistic healthcare practicioners, dieticians, friends, and family who are also taking care of their bodies.   Remember that organic is, well, the most natural way  to live, and local/seasonal foods are a winner!  Any feedback or upgrades are welcome and will be taken into consideration.  Credit  for the information below goes to Dr. Graham; I take credit for the fancy artwork;-)

In Love, Light, and a Prosperous New Year,

A.K.S.

Meal Planning: Vegan Edition

Found this little guide from Evelyn Parham and wanted to share!  Even if you are not vegan, you may find some value in this entry for you or a loved one!  Enjoy!

In Love, Light, and Universal Wellness,

A.K.S. 

Daily Vegan Meal Planning – A Must!

  • Spring Salad with Sprouts

The Problem

A few months ago, I was struggling with eating a balanced vegan diet.  The vegan diet is a good diet if you eat a variety of foods and make sure you eat a balanced diet.

As a result of my not eating a balanced diet and eating enough food, I noticed my hair was thinning and falling out each time I cleansed my hair.  As a trained cosmetologist, I knew something was not right.

You know something is wrong when your spouse tells you that you need to gain weight.  Not only that, I was looking pale and sickly.  One day, after showering I looked in the mirror and I saw it staring back at me.

The Solution

The best thing to do is to learn as much as you can about nutrition as well as invest in some good books and information written by those who trained in the area of nutrition and medical doctors who specialize in helping others eat plant-based diets.

I have learned that you cannot and you must not follow some guru’s recommendations about diet.  Don’t follow what some ordinary Joe Blow recommends, because he/she has had success on a particular diet.  Do your own research, learn as much as you can, and do what works best for you.

Results

A lot has changed for me in the eating department. I no longer look pale and sickly and my hair is not falling out.  My husband has even told me that I look better and that he can see noticeable changes.  I have even picked up a few pounds.  I was not eating a balanced diet which resulted in my being deficient in a few areas.

These days, I make sure I eat a well-balanced diet while also taking a few supplements.  I must say, I feel better and I look better too.

Listen to Your Body

If you eat a vegan diet, you must make sure you get everything you need and that you eat a variety of foods.  If you do not do this, your body will tell on you.

Today you will learn about the types of foods you should eat every day to have a balanced vegan diet.

vegan food pyramid

Vegan Food Guide (Daily Planning for Healthy Eating)

Carbohydrates (Fiber, Vitamins & Minerals)

6-11 Servings of Grains a day (choose mainly whole grains)
1 slice of bread
1 ounce of ready to eat cereal
1/2 cup cooked grains, cereal, or pasta
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 ounce other grain products

Carbohydrates

3 or more Servings of Vegetables a day (eat a wide variety)
1/2 cup vegetables
1 cup salad
3/4 cup vegetable juice

Carbohydrates

2 or more Servings of Fruit (eat a variety and those rich in Vitamin C)
1 medium apple, banana, orange, pear
1/2 cup fruit
3/4 cup fruit juice
1/4 cup dried fruit

Protein

2-3 Servings of Beans and Bean Alternates (beans, tofu, nuts, seeds)
Eat a wide range of these foods
1 cup cooked legumes (beans, lentils, dried peas)
1/2 cup firm tofu and tempeh
1 serving veggie “meats” (1 burger or wiener, 2-3 lunch slices)
3 tablespoons nut or seed butter
2 cups soymilk

*Eating vegetables or fruits high in vitamin C with the bean and bean alternates increase iron absorption.

Calcium

6-8 Servings of Fortified Soymilk and Alternates (calcium sources)
Many of these foods double as servings from the Beans and Bean Alternates group and the Vegetable group.
1/2 cup fortified soymilk
1/4 cup calcium-set tofu
1/2 cup calcium-fortified orange juice
1/4 cup almonds
3 tablespoons almond butter
1 cup cooked, or 2 cups raw, high calcium greens, (kale, collards, Chinese greens, broccoli, okra).
1 cup high-calcium beans (i.e, soy, white, navy, Great Northern, black turtle beans)
1/4 cup dry hijiki seaweed
1 tablespoon black strap molasses
5 figs

Omega Fatty Acids (1-2 servings)

1 teaspoon flax oil
4 teaspoons canola oil
3 tablespoons walnuts

Vitamin B-12

Fortified foods or supplements supplying 2.4 mcg (adults); 2.6-2.8 mcg/day (pregnancyand lactation); 0.9-18 mcg/day (children)

Vitamin D

Sunshine or fortified food or supplements supplying 5 mcg/day vitamin D2 (10 mcg/day 51-70 years; 15 mcg 70+ years).

*If you don’t get enough sunshine, then you should get a vitamin D2 from foods or supplements.

Final Words

Stop wondering if you are eating enough food and getting the nutrients that you need.  Take time to plan your daily meals.  You will be glad you did.

*When in doubt, consult a registered dietician to help you.

Listen to your body!

Information Source: Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet

Vegan Pyramid Photo: Shane Becker

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