Miss World says Goodbye to Swimsuit Portion of the Competition

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For many of you who look forward to watching the swimsuit segment of the Miss World competition this year, you may be disappointed to hear that this portion will now be replaced by contestants sporting traditional sarongs of Bali instead.  Hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia, the event organizer for this year’s competition, Hary Tanoesoedibjo, feels that women are becoming increasingly objectified and the event has put too much emphasis on physical beauty as opposed to the true inner qualities of women.  Viewers and judges are so blinded by the Victoria Secret bodies the contestants probably have starved for a week prior to the competition that they fail to value the intelligence, leadership, and success the women have achieved thus far.   Therefore, they want to change that this year by decreasing the sexual objectification of women and removing the swimsuit segment and throwing in a more cultural conservative formal wear of sarongs.   This change was also implemented to respect the religious views of the high Muslim population in Indonesia, as women here are more covered up.

So What Does Donald Trump Think?

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Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe competition, obviously disagrees with these changes.  He believes that with this change, the ratings will most likely to drop and honestly, he may be right.  As much as we don’t want to admit it, many women watch wanting to be them while men fantasize to be with them.

What Do I think?

It’s quite a load of B.S to be honest.  If you want to start another feminist revolution all together and “de-objectify” women, then let’s ban this whole competition all together.  Regardless whether they are in their bikinis or not, these women are still being critiqued for their physical appearance and by making them compete with one another; they are still subjected to sexist remarks by viewers.

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On the other hand, hey – at least this is a start right? I appreciate the effort and sincere concern by the event organizers in Indonesia to make some radical changes to the competition.  Let’s just hope that this is not just a one-off thing because it is hosted in conservative Indonesia this year and we can see a real change in the direction of these competitions.

 

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Pregnant Again? VLOG’ing the Big News!

Check out why I am hosting another baby shower (watch video below to see!!!)


VLOG INTO BLOG:

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According to this (click on the picture for a larger view), the foods in the circles that overlap one can be eaten together and circles that don’t touch should not.

So basically, eat your grains like quinoa, rice, beans with non-starchy leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli etc. and proteins like chicken and beef with only starchy vegetables like sweet potato or pumpkin and leafy greens.

For fruits, always eat them alone and remember, only certain fruits work well with one another!  Melons should ALWAYS be eaten alone… HA… that’s new.

SO WHY DOES THIS WORK?

Research says that different food groups must be eaten at different times because the body digests different foods at different rates, using different enzymes. Proponents of this diet claim that improperly combining foods delays digestion, causing these partially digested foods to ferment and rot in the stomach.  This term is called gut rotting and therefore, this could lead to all sorts of issues including gas, bloating, low energy and weight gain.

Okay so maybe it’s causing this to happen again:

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Well, I don’t want to be completely biased so I will give both sides to this story.  The following highlights some research on why the food combining diet doesn’t work and why it’s basically all a myth,

  • No real evidence to show that food combining diets improve digestion, enhance weight loss, or causes gut rotting
  • Our body has evolved and become flexible in handling the digestion of different types of foods
  • If you follow this diet, it’s not that your losing weight because of your food combination, but its because you actually end up eating less due to the restrictive diet and dishes that have become off limits because they break the rules
  • Clinical Study: Patients were put on one of two hypocaloric diets
  • 1st group: Balanced Diet
  • Fat and protein and carbs were eaten together
  • 2nd group: Food combining diet
  • Macronutrients were consumed mostly separate

Both groups lost the same amount of weight!!!

Hmm… Let’s see if we should experiment with this food combination thing and see if I can get rid of this stomach, shall we?

Here are Links for More Information:

A better look at the chart:

http://culinarykarma.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/food_combining_chart.jpg

Why Food Combination Theory is False:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/food-combining/#ixzz2fXJ1wgS8

First Pregnancy- Going on a Gluten Free Diet

https://www.facebook.com/notes/carmen-chu/am-i-pregnant/10151525287214052

Slab that Shea BUTT-er VLOG

Leaving the hot humid city of Hong Kong to the dry climate in Toronto, my skin went NUTS (ha-ha).  No… but really, I developed eczema around my face, on my neck and elbows, and it just wasn’t going away with the standard body lotions you buy at your local retail store.  I even tried buying cream with hydrocortisone in it which is a medical ingredient used to treat skin irritations like eczema.  Although it works, it does tend to reappear after you stop applying it.

Oh and be careful, many of the lotions similar to the ones below that claim to have “shea butter” only put like 1% of this ingredient in it, so don’t fall into their trap!

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Now, what do I do??

So I went online and researched different types of natural home remedies instead.  I tried coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, and … whatever you found in the kitchen essentially.  Out of those mentioned, I did prefer coconut oil but it was just too oily so it stains your bed sheets (and NO, I don’t mean that kind of stain ;).

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SOLD! (Yeah, I’m a sucker for these things)

pic5cShea Butter is Superfood for Your Skin

Extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree grown in Western Africa, Shea butter is used by the local women to protect their skin from the dry winds and sun as it contains essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E and D, provitamin A and allantoin.  With all this said, this butter is:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Deeply moisturizing
  • UV protecting
  • Skin strengthening

And used to battle skin conditions like:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Insect Bites
  • Minor Cuts

Okay so, curious old me, suffering from severe dark circles and puffiness, decides to just put this under my eye to see if it can help with my severe dark circles and puffiness.  Not knowing if it would help, I just decided to do it anyways and THEN relying on good ol’ Google to tell me that I did something right.  Seriously, Google is like the ideal boyfriend because I would say 99.9% of the things you search, he will find some sort of website to agree with you (crazy algorithms I tell ya haha).

So let’s experiment with this Shea Butter – here’s my very first small VLOG! Enjoy!