Beyond Black & White » Christelyn Karazin http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:30:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Wow! 61% Of Our Calories is Coming From Processed Foods! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/wow-61-of-our-calories-is-coming-from-processed-foods/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/wow-61-of-our-calories-is-coming-from-processed-foods/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:30:47 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37777 I swear, the more I learn about how the food industry is working against the best interest of humanity by providing for and creating additions for food only grown in a laboratory, the more I realize that lack of exercise is only about 40% of the problem with have obesity. A new study publish by […]

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I swear, the more I learn about how the food industry is working against the best interest of humanity by providing for and creating additions for food only grown in a laboratory, the more I realize that lack of exercise is only about 40% of the problem with have obesity. A new study publish by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that 61% of our daily calories is coming from highly processed foods–loaded with fat, sugar, salt and a host of other ingredients we can’t pronounce. Yes folks, put down your Twinkies. You’re stuffing your face with 1,000 calories of fake food that’s probably keeping you struggling with your weight, despite the evening walks you promised yourself you would do.

More than three-quarters of our calories came from highly processed (61%) and moderately processed (16%) foods and drinks in 2012. Best-selling products were refined breads, grain-based desserts like cookies, sugary sodas, juice, sports drinks and energy drinks. [SOURCE]

So why are processed foods so bad? They didn’t start out that way. Food processing originated in order to extend food life so we wouldn’t all starve. (Think canning and drying) But then it morphed into rows and rows of junk you can buy at the supermarket that’s cheap, often tasty, but horrible and terrible for you.

Since I gave up processes foods and started growing my own food, I am in the best shape of my life. There is no weight struggle. I eliminated wheat, rice, white sugar and pasta and never looked back. Sure, it’s take discipline to change your eating habits, but over time, your tastes begin to change. For example, if you have a raging sweet tooth, chance are you have a lot of yeast in your gut that needs that sugar to keep grow and keep you feeling crappy. Starve them, they’ll die off, and so will your cravings. Sugar cravings might not ever go away, but those fake cakes you buy at the grocery store will one day taste entirely too sweet, and you’ll be just as satisfied with foods sweetened with honey, maple syrup and stevia.

The BB&W ‘No Processed Food for a Week’ Challenge!

I challenge all of you to take just one week to try eating all your foods fresh and not in a box. That means getting most of your food items on the outside of the supermarket, versus inside to bowels of nastiness housed in the middle of the store. Skip the sugar and substitute it for Truvia Stevia, which can be found in the baking aisle. Do it for a week, and then tell me how you feel. Don’t worry about eating less, just eat fresh.

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Heard of Miliani Eyeshine Metallic Eye Color? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/heard-of-miliani-eyeshine-metallic-eye-color/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/heard-of-miliani-eyeshine-metallic-eye-color/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:34:41 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37773 I recently discovered Milani…well, that’s not exactly true. I’ve seen it at the drug stores, but mostly ignored it. I did make a note that it was one of the only store-brand makeups that openly marketed to women of color. But I have a bit of a prejudice about them, because in previous years the […]

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I recently discovered Milani…well, that’s not exactly true. I’ve seen it at the drug stores, but mostly ignored it. I did make a note that it was one of the only store-brand makeups that openly marketed to women of color. But I have a bit of a prejudice about them, because in previous years the cheaper brands were often loaded with junk ingredients and low pigment transfer. So when the folks at Milani reached out to me, I was a bit skeptical. But when I found out that all their products are certified by PETA and The Leaping bunny Program as cruelty-free I got happy. But…what about the color quality?

So I tried the Eye Shine palette, inspired by the cities of Venice, Italy. The look you see below is “Venice” composed of metallic and pearlized blues, white and gray.

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As you can see, it’s gorgeous. But application is kind of tricky. You have silicone applicator instead of a foam or sponge applicator. And unlike eyeshadow, my primer didn’t seem to have any impact on helping it distribute. The cream formula almost seems to work a little better with the oil present on your eyelids.

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Pros: Colors are gorgeous. Seriously beautiful. At $9.99 at CVS, it’s a bargain.

Cons: You have to reapply, and the pigments settle in the creases of your eyes, which requires reapplication. This isn’t a look that you wear to the office during an 8 hour work day, but perfect for a dinner date. Just keep it handy in your purse.

Here’s my video review with more details.

 

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QOTW: “My Boyfriend Has Never Witnessed Racism Towards Black People” http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/qotw-my-boyfriend-has-never-witnessed-racism-towards-black-people/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/qotw-my-boyfriend-has-never-witnessed-racism-towards-black-people/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:53:27 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37770 The Question: Hello: My name is “T.” I got your email from a your YouTube video: Should Black Women Marry Up. I am a black woman in an interracial relationship. Things seem to be getting pretty serious, but I still have my concerns. I am concerned, because to my knowledge he has never openly witnessed racism […]

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The Question:
Hello:
My name is “T.” I got your email from a your YouTube video: Should Black Women Marry Up. I am a black woman in an interracial relationship.
Things seem to be getting pretty serious, but I still have my concerns. I am concerned, because to my knowledge he has never openly witnessed racism towards a black person.
But whenever I talk to him about black culture he is very responsive and positive. Yet, the minute I talk to him about current race issues he shuts down. And this concerns me, because next month we are going to Savanah, Georgia, to celebrate my cousin’s wedding. Where we may experience a racial encounter.
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I am not sure how we, as a couple, will deal with a situation regarding race. So far the  only situations we have dealt with involved stares and remarks from other people. When I think about the future I do worry about our future children, and how he will handle/explain race to them.
How do I prepare him for this reality? How do we as a couple deal with potential external conflicts concerning race? I hope you can offer me some advice. Thank you, for your time.

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Amazing First Yield in the Summer Garden! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/amazing-first-yield-in-the-summer-garden/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/amazing-first-yield-in-the-summer-garden/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:31:23 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37758 We came back from a family vacation to the Poconos to find that our garden exploded. This was, by far, the biggest harvest I’ve gotten thus far. What you see are the following: Peaches Lemon Rhonde De Nice zucchini Yellow squash Cucumbers Tomatoes Eggplant Green beans Grapes Hot peppers Whew! And that’s not also counting […]

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We came back from a family vacation to the Poconos to find that our garden exploded. This was, by far, the biggest harvest I’ve gotten thus far.

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What you see are the following:

Peaches
Lemon
Rhonde De Nice zucchini
Yellow squash
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Eggplant
Green beans
Grapes
Hot peppers

Whew! And that’s not also counting the corn that will probably be ready next week, the kale, and all the herbs. We seriously won’t need to go to the farmer’s market until September! I’m canning pickles at the clip of two jars a week, and I have so much squash I may have to give it away unless I think up something else to do with them besides veggie spaghetti and zucchini bread!

‘Black Gold’

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This yield is even more prolific than last year, and I’m beginning to think I know why…the compost! Last year I was all about using Boogie Brew, a compost that cost me about $30 a bag. Now that I’m producing my own, complete with a teeming army of worms that speed decomposition and literally poop garden gold, I’m brewing my own, and I’m saving a bundle and ensuring that I’m going to have about a hundred or more pounds of produce before the season is over.

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Twice a year I enrich the soil by mixing compost with fresh potting soil, and once a week or so I brew a “tea,” made out of about two cups of compost seeped in a five gallon bucket of non-chlorinated water and aerate it with an aquarium pump I bought at Petco. The goal is to propagate the beneficial bacteria that give a direct and immediate benefit to the plant, and applied to the roots with a watering can with one part compost tea and two parts non-chlorinated water, or as a foliar spray. I do both. Compost tea not only fertilizes, it provides protection from disease and even makes your yield more nutritious and better tasting. It takes about 48 hours to get those bubbles at the top–the byproducts of waste produced by the good bacteria and it feeds on the black strap molasses it put into the water for it’s food.

 

 

 

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Challenge to the Hoteps: Celebrate This Woman! Make Videos About HER!! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/challenge-to-the-hoteps-celebrate-this-woman-make-videos-about-her/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/challenge-to-the-hoteps-celebrate-this-woman-make-videos-about-her/#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 01:25:27 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37749 This woman right here. That black community STAYS telling us we ain’t worth sh%t. We are less than. Everything is our fault. This right here is what makes black women AWESOME. And to HELL with whomever person, black, white or other, who refused to acknowledge it!!! Look at what black women continue to do, despite […]

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This woman right here. That black community STAYS telling us we ain’t worth sh%t. We are less than. Everything is our fault. This right here is what makes black women AWESOME. And to HELL with whomever person, black, white or other, who refused to acknowledge it!!! Look at what black women continue to do, despite getting kicked in the teeth!!!

Bree Newsome put on climbing gear and took it upon herself to make a change.

I want to see all the black men who spit on women like this, who take your mess, your constant criticism of our very person and humanity, to celebrate BREE Newsome. Oh, and look who offered to pay her bail. Not Farrakhan. Not Sharpton. Not Jackson.

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But all white people are evil…riiiiiiight?

How about Bree? Is she enough? Is she worthy? Or…

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Bree Newsome, left, and James Tyson. (South Carolina Department of Public Safety)

 

Oh wait. I think she wears fake hair. Let’s all mock her and call her a “hair hat.”

Oh!!! And her accomplice is a white guy. Let’s call her a bed wench.

 

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My Response to Critics of the Charleston Video Counseling IR Couples http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/my-response-to-critics-of-the-charleston-video-counseling-ir-couples/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/my-response-to-critics-of-the-charleston-video-counseling-ir-couples/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 14:28:39 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37745 A race hustler used commentary I made on how interracial couples can communicate their feelings about racially-fueled tragedies without minimizing them or dismissing them. Instead of listening to the content of the video, this person used it as an opportunity to call me vile names and proceed to compare me to “Aunt Jemima” because I […]

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A race hustler used commentary I made on how interracial couples can communicate their feelings about racially-fueled tragedies without minimizing them or dismissing them. Instead of listening to the content of the video, this person used it as an opportunity to call me vile names and proceed to compare me to “Aunt Jemima” because I wore an Afrocentric headband. He then send legions of hateful black men and women who called me a BED WENCH, BITCH, CUNT, and even suggested I be shot. Yeah. Real mature, huh? Here’s my response.

 

Click here for the original video, which I had to shut down comments on because the the barrage of abuse.

 

 

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