Facial Care Essential Accessory

One issue that ladies with long hair face when going through their facial care routine is what to do with the hair.  Obviously one needs to hold one’s hair back when cleansing, and having it back while applying makeup also makes that process much easier.  Yet if you have curly hair like mine (type 2C/3A) you may not be too eager to clip or tie your hair back, as it can mess with your curl definition.  There needs to be a less disruptive way to hold hair back, and fortunately there is with this wonderful hair accessory called a Tassi.

A Tassi is a sort of hair turban.  Its a hair holder that fits over the head with an opening at the top and an elastic band to keep the hair out of the face.  I find this is the least disruptive way to hold my hair back while cleansing or applying makeup.  Its a great little invention and an essential accessory to have.

Note, if you color treat your hair a lot, you might want to opt for a darker color Tassi.  This way if you use your Tassi after a color treatment you don’t have to worry about it staining.

More info that the microorganisms in us can control us

I wrote a while ago about how it can sometimes be disgusting when someone kisses you, slobbering whatever microorganisms are growing in their mouths – and usually there are a lot of them – all over and possibly inside you as well.  Candida is a well-known yeast that causes infections in humans.  It can persist in the body and be very difficult to get rid of.  It feeds off a bad diet, rich in refined carbohydrates and processed foods.  Its difficult to get rid of because its difficult to get off the refined foods for people who are on them.  Its a shock for the body and brain in different ways.  There are definite withdrawal symptoms and various stages of detoxification on the rocky road to cleaning out one’s system.

Therefore I don’t appreciate it when someone with bad hygiene plunges their tongue into my mouth unexpectedly when I’m just trying to be a sexy girl and seem inviting and receptive to them.  They take it way too far.  I wasn’t asking to be attacked biologically.  A nice kiss on the cheek or just lips with no tongue is so much sweeter and… sexier, inasmuch as not having microorganisms injected into my system is sexy.

In that previous post I speculated that there might actually be these covert wars going on between different groups of humans, based on the types of microorganisms living in their bodies.  This of course would relate to their diets.  Diet relates to choices – conscious choices one makes about how to live – so there’s an aspect of will to this and also an element of karma.

It could be that there are these secret immune wars going on in the world, and that there even exist collective dynamics for these things as people of certain types form dynamics to reinforce each others’ ways.  Maybe these are the real wars that are affecting the world, these secret wars which are operating at the level of microorganisms in our bodies.

Today there is published another article which states that the microorganisms in us can affect our minds.

Viva las vegans!

3,000 Year Old Temple of the Moon God

I’m still reading this book about the history of spices and the spice trade.  The book presents cumulative information from sources dating far back to ancient times relating to spices and their trade.  With almost every section on a different spice, it seems like it unlocks entire worlds.

The most recent world I am reading about is a land called either Sabea or Sheba, where the famous Queen of Sheba is said to come from.  It is mentioned in the bible that the Queen came to visit king Solomon, that she brought with her a gift of a balsam tree.

That would be Balsam of Mecca, Commiphora opobalsamum, which is also called Commiphora gileadensis or Balm of Gilead.  This very small tree is a sister plant of the myrrh tree, both of which are native to the southeastern part of the arabian peninsula, in what is now Yemen.

There are legends about this ancient place where the fragrant balsam trees grew, their scent wafting into the winds no doubt mystifying guests, sailors from far away lands, who encountered this world.

Over the past decade there has been work excavating a site of an ancient temple which is believed to have belonged to the Queen of Sheba, the Temple of the Moon God, Mahram Bilqis.

There have been numerous fragments found at this site with inscriptions in an ancient language.  It is important to remember that this temple is from a time which pre-dates Islam by something like 1,600 years.  People associate Islam with that region of the world and completely bypass another, ancient, grand history.

Some of the inscriptions that have been translated are magical, such as “…the universe of god’s house is produced from love…”

Interestingly it appears that this once highly valued Balsam of Mecca, which is an aromatic resin with a honey-like consistency, can no longer be found.  There are many substitutes based on trees from other parts of the world which are called Balm of Gilead but which are not.

Calorie Restriction Diet Calculator

This cool site has a calculator which can compute your Body Mass Index (BMI) and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) based on your height and weight.  Based on your amount of activity, it can then calculate the optimum amount of daily caloric intake for you.  Consuming below that amount of daily caloric intake means your diet is “calorie restricted”, i.e. less than the amount that you actually burn each day, thereby leading to gradual weight loss.  Another site recommends consuming 500 calories/day less than the optimal in order to lose weight.

I used to never think about calories, yet out of curiosity and the desire to be ever more conscientious healthwise I decided to start computing my caloric intake, just to see what it was.

It turns out that my daily caloric intake is actually quite close to the optimum level.  I do notice that my weight fluctuates very modestly +/- about 3-4 lb.  Even at the gym, after an intense workout and a lot of sweating, I will notice a drop sometimes close to 2 lb.  If I go to the jacuzzi and/or sauna and gulp a lot of water, I can actually see the weight come back up slightly.  Quite interesting.

My weight has been more or less static for the past 25 years.  I am noticing slight changes.  I’m not sure if they are attributable to changing gender or age.  More than likely some combination of the two.  The major change is that I seem to need less calories, and my appetite is somewhat less ravenous than it was for many years.

One thing I have noticed is that the taste of foods, the enjoyment of them, seems to have skyrocketed.  I don’t know why, but often the meals that I prepare are just absolutely mind-blowing – not just in terms of the flavor, which to me is still a kind of superficial thing, but in terms of the overall energy coming from the food.  I wonder if the gender change may have something to do with this as maybe food taste and craving is related to hormones?

Anyhow, I just started a new “calorie journal”, a daily log of my caloric intake, yesterday.  At the top of the journal I wrote down my weight, height, BMR, and BMI.  Then I listed the 10 most common foods I eat and what their calorie count is.

Right away I learned some interesting things.  I tend to love very large green salads and it turns out that the calorie count for mixed greens alone is very, very low.  And I love to put a lot of olive oil on my salads and that is where the calories come it: about 120 calories per tablespoon.  That’s still quite reasonable when you consider that you’re eating a huge salad and getting all that health benefit.

One cup of brown basmati rice is about 200 calories – a bit higher than I would have thought.  That is not a negligible amount and I like to eat sometimes a couple of cups, with olive oil mixed in, plus a few nuts sprinkled in, plus sometimes sesame seeds and of course other vegetables added.  But still, considering that this will be one of my main daily meals, the calorie count is still quite reasonable and the nutritional benefit is very high.

Because I really don’t eat that much processed food, it makes the calculation easier.  I pretty much try to stick with the same themes of whole foods so I kind of know the ballpark of what I’m working with in terms of calories and nutritional value.

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