Beyond Black & White http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:08:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 3 Detox Secrets to Get You Skin Sexy and Glowing for Summer! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/3-detox-secrets-get-skin-sexy-glowing-summer/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/3-detox-secrets-get-skin-sexy-glowing-summer/#comments Wed, 24 May 2017 18:57:05 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=42624 Are you ready to for all the skin you’re going to show this summer? Are you working to look like this?     Then you better get going, girl! Glowing skin is about addressing what your body needs from the inside out. Your skin is the largest organ in the body, and generally the condition […]

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Are you ready to for all the skin you’re going to show this summer? Are you working to look like this?

 

 

Then you better get going, girl! Glowing skin is about addressing what your body needs from the inside out. Your skin is the largest organ in the body, and generally the condition of the skin gives you (and everyone else) a general idea of your overall health. Clear, smooth skin is a major factor in health and attraction, and it not to be dismissed lightly.

Here’s the ways I’m using to keep the skin all over my body looking healthy, young and supple.

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If you’re interested in gardening, don’t sleep on milk thistle. The seeds are legendary for detoxifying the liver, and thus the whole body. While the leaves and flowers are edible, and contain the ingredients to facilitate the detox powerhouse, the essence of all that good stuff lies in the seeds.

The seeds can be eaten whole, or ground for teas, or toppings or ingredients for a smoothie.

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Garden Update: Companion Planting, 4 Foot Tall Tomatoes, and JUICING! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/garden-update-companion-planting-4-foot-tall-tomatoes/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/garden-update-companion-planting-4-foot-tall-tomatoes/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:39:09 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=40516 This year I decided to do something new in the garden. I planted corn earlier in the season in a large, circular, felt garden bag. Corn needs lots of nitrogen-rich soil and organic matter like compost. I planted TRUE corn, the kind that the original Americans used, because I wanted my children to see what […]

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This year I decided to do something new in the garden. I planted corn earlier in the season in a large, circular, felt garden bag. Corn needs lots of nitrogen-rich soil and organic matter like compost. I planted TRUE corn, the kind that the original Americans used, because I wanted my children to see what corn that hasn’t been scientifically altered is supposed to look like. It’s called Painted Hill, and it is USDA certified organic. The kernels are a gorgeous rainbow!

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They might be hard to find, but you can purchase them online here. It’s not too late for you to pick up some seeds or purchase some seedlings that can give you about a month’s head start in the growing process.

As you can see in the photo below, I’m growing vining beans next to the corn. Beans and corn make great planting companions, because the beans reintroduce nitrogen into the soil as the corn sucks it up. Corn makes a good support for the vines to crawl up on. Native Americans have grown the “three sisters” together for centuries–corn, beans, and squash. The squash covers the soil along the corn and repels rodents that don’t like walking through the spikey squash vines while the corn shades the squash from the intense summer heat. If you’re growing food in a small space like me, you definitely want to use companion gardening techniques. I recommend reading, Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening.
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Meanwhile, the tomatoes I planted in February are officially taller than me.

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I have a several different varieties but I’m the most excited about this Black Beauty!

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I’m hoping to get a lot of juicy tomatoes, because I’m planning on being a juicing, saucing, and canning machine! Not to mention that our apples are extra large this year…

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Which makes me so super excited that the folks at Hurom gave me a chance to review their slow juicers, and I like it so much I think I might kidnap it.

Here’s a video with my initial thoughts:

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Cheers!

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Calm Beauty: Why I Grow Chamomile http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/calm-beauty-grow-chamomile/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/calm-beauty-grow-chamomile/#comments Wed, 11 May 2016 06:12:17 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=40215 Ever heard of a flower that smells like apples? Look no further than the fabulous chamomile plant, the Matricaria Chamomilla. And while it has a pretty, daisy-like flower, I don’t grow anything in my garden that I can’t consume in some way. I grow it for the health and calming benefits, and more recently, as a beauty […]

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Ever heard of a flower that smells like apples? Look no further than the fabulous chamomile plant, the Matricaria Chamomilla. And while it has a pretty, daisy-like flower, I don’t grow anything in my garden that I can’t consume in some way. I grow it for the health and calming benefits, and more recently, as a beauty treatment for my hair and skin.

Here’s a partial list of it’s benefits:

  • Aids in digestion and stomach aches
  • Aids in menstrual cramps
  • Fights inflammation
  • Regulate glucose levels and fights diabetes
  • Calms anxiety
  • Wonderful skin hydrator and soothes acne and tightens pores
  • Effective scalp and hair hydrator and prevents breakage

And…and…and!!! Chamomile is easy to grow in a pot. I’m growing German chamomile that I purchased from Botanical Interests. It is such an unfussy plant that even prefers a bit more poorer soil that the other vegetable divas I’ve got in my garden. It takes a couple months for the plant to start blooming, but boy, when it does, you’ll be harvesting everyday through the summer.

As a skin tonic

Pour one cup of  boiling water on two or three fresh or dried flowers into a mason jar. and a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin and a couple sage leaves (optional) and let it sit for an hour to cool. Put into a spray bottle and use it as a toner after you wash your face.

As an anti-breakage hair tonic

I boiled four cups of distilled water and a tablespoon of chamomile flowers, three sprigs of rosemary, sage, lavender, and thyme and let it sit covered (don’t let the steam escape because it takes all the benefits away!) until cooled. I add one teaspoon vegetable glycerin, a teaspoon of jojoba oil, a teaspoon of coconut oil, and two tablespoons of of aloe vera juice and let all the ingredients merge. I transfer into a spray bottle and keep the rest in the refrigerator so it keeps. The concoction makes my hair incredibly shiny, thick, and hydrated.

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My anti breakage hair tonic

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Fool Yourself For Hours–Greens and Protein to Keep You Full for Hours Featuring Zahler Reach http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/fool-yourself-for-hours-greens-and-protein-to-keep-you-full-for-hours-featuring-zahler-reach/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/fool-yourself-for-hours-greens-and-protein-to-keep-you-full-for-hours-featuring-zahler-reach/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:49:29 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=38675 *This is a sponsored post. Please keep in mind that’s sponsors like Zahlers that keep the lights on, so please support us!*   The holidays are approaching, and chances are like me, you’re doomed to gain at least five extra pounds that you will then join a gym, buy some exercise gadget during the wee […]

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The holidays are approaching, and chances are like me, you’re doomed to gain at least five extra pounds that you will then join a gym, buy some exercise gadget during the wee hours of the morning, or join some expensive and unsustainable diet program chock-full of processed goo.

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There might be hope for us yet, though. While meal replacement-type protein shakes are all the rage at the health food stores, they aren’t always created equal. It’s important to look at the the ingredients, and with most foods, the less ingredients you struggle to pronounce, the better. And that’s where protein powders get tricky. I’m not a big fan of an all-in-one type formula that throws every vitamin, mineral, and probiotic at you that promises to give you 1000% of the daily value. To me, protein powders should be pretty basic, but allow me to build on them with my own fresh, seasonal ingredients that I select from my garden.

Relying solely upon powdered and processed foods for your nutrition is only acceptable if you starving on a desert island, and even that place is bound to have a coconut or passion fruit. In short, mix the powder with the fresh, and have a complete meal with foods that can be immediately recognizable and digestible by the body. That’s why I’m really liking Zahler Whey Protein Powder. Take a look at the ingredients, and note how you can pronounce all of them.

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I also like that this product is sweetened with stevia so you can keep your daily sugar intake in check.

I find that the best flavor base of nutrient-packed protein smoothies is vanilla. You can add greens, fruits, oils, and other supplements and pretty much know the ratios with have a tasty outcome.

This time of year as we move into fall, my garden is all about green leafy vegetables–lettuces, kale, collards, spinach, shard. The mildest greens are the easiest to hide in your smoothie, which kale and collars give a more peppery task that I don’t really find palatable. I’ll stick to sautéing the collards and only using young kale leaves in my protein mixtures.

If you’re using Zahler Whey Protein, my top recommendations are the vanilla and strawberry because you can easily incorporate fruits like bananas and frozen berries. I love the taste, but if you prefer a little sweeter, and a packet or two of stevia. I prefer Truvia. It doesn’t have that strange aftertaste that some other stevia sweeteners do.

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Beyond the Douche: Natural Ways to Keep It Fresh…Down There http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/beyond-the-douche-natural-ways-to-keep-it-fresh-down-there/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/beyond-the-douche-natural-ways-to-keep-it-fresh-down-there/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 18:10:50 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=37545   Do you know what causes your “secret garden” to sometimes have a smell more like rotting compost than flowers? Unless you have an infection or STI, the odor you smell is the byproduct of bacterial growth, and the waste. Gross I know. It’s especially a problem during the hot, humid summer months when your […]

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Do you know what causes your “secret garden” to sometimes have a smell more like rotting compost than flowers? Unless you have an infection or STI, the odor you smell is the byproduct of bacterial growth, and the waste. Gross I know. It’s especially a problem during the hot, humid summer months when your girly parts provide the most optimal environment for those little boogers. Body odors can also be a result of eating “garbage foods”–highly processed, full of sugar and lacking of nutrients. Here’s a few natural ways to keep smelling fresh and clean:

Eat Your Greens.

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Did you know too much red meat and donuts can make you stink? “As far as other foods that cause body odor, manufactured foods — those lacking fiber and made with refined white flour, added sugars, hydrogenated oils and other processed ingredients — are the big culprits. When you eliminate these from your diet and shift to a 100% healthful diet made of whole grains, massive quantities of leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, soy products, supergreens, lots of sprouts, raw nuts and seeds, healthy oils and other similar healthful ingredients, your body odor will all but disappear in a matter of weeks.”

Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/004417_body_odor_nutrition.html#ixzz3caQXemXB

Supplements

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I take AZO Yeast Plus daily…not because I have a yeast infection, but because the ingredients like sulphur help to control odors. The product can also be taken during a yeast infection to relieve symptoms. Check out the nutritional facts.

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You can find AZO at your local drug store in the feminine products section.

Prebiotic Vaginal Suppositories

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I have a love/hate relationship with this product (VH Essentials), because while it is effective, it leaks like the devil. These suppositories contain prebiotics and lactic acid that regulate the pH of the vaginal system to discourage yeast overgrowth. I recommend using them after sex and at the end of your menstrual cycle. Make sure you wear a panty liner.

Healthy HooHoo

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Great daily shower wash. 100% natural and best of all, effective. The details:

Paraben-free, Fragrance-free, Glycerin-free and pH Balanced
Gently removes odor causing bacteria
pH balanced to match a woman’s sensitive vulvovagainal area
Gentle, yet effective ingredients gently cleanse, moisturize & soothe the delicate vulvovaginal area
This ever-so-mild cleanser is pH balanced to complement your personal ecosystem. And our thoughtful blend of extracts will leave you feeling clean and healthy

At about $13, it’s pricey, so I recommend using it only for the…ugh…private part. The wipes

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are also great to carry in your purse for a quick swipe after a visit to the public bathroom.

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Healthy and Filling Pre-Holiday Smoothie http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/healthy-filling-pre-holiday-smoothie/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/healthy-filling-pre-holiday-smoothie/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:58:26 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=34884 It’s Thanksgiving eve and the mass execution of turkeys is done, and the carcass safely nestled in your refrigerator. But before you gorge yourself, grab a can of pumpkin puree–the one you’ve stocked up on so you can make dessert–a create a healthy and filling smoothie. Healthy Pre-Holiday Pumpkin Green Smoothie from Christelyn Karazin on […]

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It’s Thanksgiving eve and the mass execution of turkeys is done, and the carcass safely nestled in your refrigerator. But before you gorge yourself, grab a can of pumpkin puree–the one you’ve stocked up on so you can make dessert–a create a healthy and filling smoothie.

Healthy Pre-Holiday Pumpkin Green Smoothie from Christelyn Karazin on Vimeo.

 

Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie
serves 2

Ingredients:

3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon Barlean’s Flax Seed Oil
2 large handfuls greens of your choice–beet greens, shard, spinach, lettuce, (light on the kale; collards not recommended)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sweetener, such as stevia, honey or maple syrup to taste
1 cup almond milk
2 handfuls of ice

*For a protein boost, you can substitute the vanilla extract for a scoop of vanilla-flavored protein powder

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until liquified. Adjust sweetness and spice to taste, if necessary, then serve immediately!

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