Women’s Underwear had two functions in the 18th century: “Hygienic and Structural”. So begins undressed, the Victoria & Albert Museum.
The showcase which is loosely chronological but also thematic, charts the evolution of the most personal of garments and our relationship to it. How it has helped us for centuries portray our best self to the outside world; how it has shifted which changing body ideas; how it helps us to conceal or subvert; and even how it has trickled into our everyday wardrobe.
Reflecting the changing body ideas of the times, the exhibition moves from elaborate padding and wiring, to simple bras and the Thirties that aimed to “separate and define” breasts for a “slim and feminine” shape, to the padded bras of the Fifties, made to create “alluring, feminine curves”
At times is difficult to tell which era a piece originates from. One waist-trainer style corset, made from a cellular cotton called “aertex” could be seen today on any Kardashian Instagram, but was actually made in 1888 and sold with the tagline “cloth with air”, which at Stella Mccartney lace bodice has a 19th century nostalgia.
The other less functional use of lingerie comes to the fore, as the allure of fabrics including silk, lace and PVC, receives some attention, grouped in themes including Temptation and Transformation. From 19th century bodices that were “shocking” by contemporary standards to rubberized black stockings, lingerie as a tool to titillate and arouse is also given plenty of attention, complete with a graphic hologram that looses layers as you watch.
Meanwhile underwear inspired by John Galliano, for Givenchy and Els Schiaparelli accompany Juicy Couture tracks and velvet. “dinner pyjamas” from the Thirties and blurring o lines between underwear and outwear is also explored. Hero pieces span the decades: Muslin drawers owned by Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, in the 19th century; a plaster fig leaf made to conceal the modesty of the V&A’s cast of Michelangelo’s David to avoid causing offense; a silk and lace dressing gown worn by Bond girl Berenice Marlohe is Skyfall and all demonstrate the powerful impact of lingerie upon our perceptions of beauty, sensuality and shape.
Picture credit: Victor and Albert Museum, London.
The numerical codes printed on those sticky little fruit and vegetable labels can reveal a lot of information to us consumers.
Four-Digit Codes: Conventionally Grown Produce
These codes typically begin with a 3 or 4 and indicate that your fruit was grown conventionally, which includes the presence of pesticides, the pesticide levels are so low they aren’t harmful. Knowing how to properly wash produce also helps remove any residue as well as bacteria and germs.
How to Tell What Produce Is Genetically Modified
If the label’s code has five digits and begins with an 8, then the fruit or vegetable has been genetically modified (also known as GMOs, or genetically modified organisms). Twenty-six countries currently have strict restrictions on GMO produce (Poland and Italy signed on to ban Monsanto GMO corn in 2013).
Note that if you’re looking up information on the PLU code, do not include the first number of a 5-digit code—the first number is just an identifier for GMO products. For example, 4011 would be a standard yellow banana, but an 84011 would be a genetically modified standard yellow banana.
How to Tell What Produce Is Organic
Five-digit codes beginning with a 9 mean that the fruit is grown in accordance with USDA organic standards. It’s more expensive, but there’s a reason why: the USDA National Organic Program has many requirements that growers have to meet to get their food labelled “organic.”
How to Take Stickers Off Faster
I remove the stickers on my fruit by scratching at them, but if you want to avoid getting anything stuck under your fingernails or ruining the fruit, use this Scotch tape trick to get those suckers off in one piece. This can come in handy if you don’t want to bruise sensitive fruits, like peaches, nectarines, or apricots.
10 Little Known Facts About Fruit Stickers
A major Wise One. A Shaman among the Mazatecs of Oaxaca Mexico.
I am the woman that I was born alone
I am the only woman I fell
I am a woman waiting
I am the woman who examines
I am a woman looking inward
I am the woman who looks under water
I am the sacred swimmer , because I can swim in the grandiose .
I’m the woman Moon
I am the woman who flies
I am the woman aerolito
I am the woman constellation huarache
I am the woman constellation cane
I ‘m the star woman, God ,because I come traveling to the places from its origin.
I am the woman breeze
I am the woman fresh dew
I am the woman of dawn
I am the woman twilight.
I am the woman who springs
I am the woman torn
I am the woman who weeps
I am the woman who chifla
I am the woman who sounds
I’m the drummer woman
I am the trumpeter woman
I’m the violinist woman
I am the woman that I am happy because the sacred clown.
I am the woman stone salt
I am the woman sky light day
I am the woman spinning
I am the woman sky
I am the woman of Good
I am the pure woman
I am the woman spirit
because I can go and I can go into the kingdom of death.
I am the woman who sucks
I am the woman who cleans
I am the woman who heals
I am the woman hierbera
I am the wise woman in language
because I am the wise woman in medicine.
Menstruation is a sign of good health. Without menstruation there would be no human life. The female body does its monthly cyclical dance of fluctuating hormones, releasing an egg, building tissue, thickening the uterus and then menstruating. Menstruation takes place when the female body releases the uterine lining that was built up to possibly nourish a new life. Menstruation is a time of releasing and letting go in preparation to do the dance all over again.
Finding simple ways to acknowledge and celebrate the flow within your womb each month is a step toward honoring and loving your natural body cycles. When you love and care for your body, you experience your cycles from a more empowered context. Your monthly cycle becomes your ally, a guide to healing and balance.
In the grocery store, processed, packaged, and prepared foods occupy most of the shelf space and fresh, whole foods are in the minority. Ideally, your grocery cart—and day—will be exactly the opposite.
Keep in mind that the information on the front of the package is advertising. The manufacturer can’t say anything that’s untrue, of course. But they’re certainly going to put the best possible spin on things. They’re going to draw attention to the fact that the product is Organic! High in fiber! Gluten-free! You’re not going to see little star- bursts proclaiming Lots of preservatives! High in sodium! Fortified with synthetic vitamins to replace what got lost in processing! To get the whole story, you need to turn the package over and look for the ingredient list and Nutrition Facts label. The Ingredients Should Be Foods, Not Chemicals .
Start by scanning the ingredient list. Do you see ingredients you recognize as foods? Or does it read like the inventory of a chemistry lab?
•Natural flavors can mean anything! The food industry uses them to replace real food which tricks your taste buds.
•Artificial sweeteners make us crave more than we should, and can be found in foods you’d never expect like yogurt.
•Hidden MSG creates an irresistibility about food that makes us eat more than we should. Ever wonder why you can’t stop at one chip? Hidden MSG is why.
You may think that they key to losing weight or avoiding weight gain is cutting out carbohydrates.
But carbs, like fats, are a vital part of a healthy diet. They give you the fuel you need to get through your day, fight fatigue, and stay full. The key is to choose the right kinds of carbohydrates.
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Complex carbohydrates the “good carbs” have not been stripped of their fiber and nutrients.
Because they’re rich in fiber, they keep you full longer and help with weight control. Simple carbohydrates—the “bad carbs”—have been stripped of their fiber and many of their nutrients.
Example of good carbs :Sweet potato, brown rice, oatmeal, whole grain, pasta, bred. most fruit, green veggies, beans.
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Simple carbs lead to a dramatic spike in your blood sugar, followed by a rapid crash.
These carbs are much less efficient at filling you up and keeping you energized. Digest slowly, prolong energy, high fiber, full longer, natural sugar, low insulin levels, carbs used for energy, low glycemic, help with weight loss. Digest fast, short energy, low fiber, refined, process, hungry sooner, added sugar, calories, spike in blood sugar, high insulin levels, carbs convert into fat cells, high glycemic, weigh gain. White bread, white rice, potatoes, corn, soft drink, pasta, cereals, refined sugar.
If your body has the nutrients it needs to be in hormonal balance, it will be. You’ll experience glowing skin, stable moods, fertility, and consistent energy. Our bodies have an incredible ability to heal and be in balance, when given the nutrients they need to flourish. Clean protein, hormone-balancing healthy fats, antioxidant-rich vegetables, and healing herbs will help your body thrive. Choose one food from each category for an easy, hormone balancing, skin healing, meal. Soaked or sprouted nuts, beans, seeds, quinoa, lentils, organic pasture-raise, grass fed chicken, turkey, beef, wild caught fish, eggs.
Coconut oil (and all coconut products for that matter) It contains lauric acid, which is incredibly healing to the skin and extremely beneficial for hormonal production. It also kills bad bacteria and viruses in the body, provides a quick source of energy, is easy to digest, and speeds up metabolism. Avocados. They’re rich in healthy fat that helps our body absorb and use nutrients. They are also full of fiber, potassium, magnesium vitamin E, B-vitamins, and Folic acid – all essential for maintaining hormonal balance in the body. S SSPACE SPACE
Raw butter/ghee. They provide a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K2. These nutrients are key building blocks for hormonal production. Butter provides great amounts of short- and medium-chain fatty acids, which support immune function, boost metabolism and have anti-microbial properties; meaning, they fight against bad bacteria and viruses in the body.
Antioxidant-rich vegetables: Look for anything dark green: Asparagus, broccoli, spinach, collard greens, cabbage, cucumbers, kale, cilantro, etc. Opt for brightly colored veggies: green, red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, red cabbage, red/white onions, tomatoes, and carrots. Don’t overlook starchy vegetables: Sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, yucca, beets, artichokes, butternut squash, and turnips. Healing spices & herbs: Cinnamon, tumeric, cayenne, cumin, garlic, ginger.
Egg yolks. They’re rich in countless vitamins and minerals including: A, D, E, B2, B6, B9, iron, calcium, phosphorous, potassium and choline which all contribute to a healthy reproductive system, hormonal balance, and healthy skin. The choline and iodine in egg yolks are also crucial for making healthy thyroid hormones.
Nuts and seeds. Soaked nuts and seeds, olives and olive oil, fermented cod liver oil, hemp seed oil, flax-seed oil, and raw cultured dairy products.
The brighter, deeper colored fruits and vegetables contain higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants—and different colors provide different benefits. Some great choices are:
Greens: Are packed with calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, vitamins A, C, E and K, and they help strengthen the blood and respiratory systems. Be adventurous with your greens and branch out beyond bright and dark green lettuce, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, Chinese cabbage are just a few of the options.
Sweet vegetables: Naturally sweet vegetables add healthy sweetness to your meals and reduce your cravings for other sweets. Some examples of sweet vegetables are corn, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes or yams, winter squash, and onions.
Fruit: A wide variety of fruit is also vital to a healthy diet. Fruit provides fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. Berries are cancer-fighting, apples provide fiber, oranges and mangos offer vitamin C, and so on. SPACE
Include a variety of whole grains in your healthy diet. Including whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, and barley. Experiment with different grains to find your favorites.
Make sure you’re really getting whole grains. Be aware that the words stone-ground, multi-grain, 100% wheat, or bran, don’t necessarily mean that a product is whole grain. Look for the new Whole Grain Stamp. If there is no stamp look for the words “whole grain” or “100% whole wheat,” and check the ingredients.
Try mixing grains as a first step to switching to whole grains. If whole grains, like brown rice and whole wheat pasta, don’t sound good at first, start by mixing what you normally use with the whole grains. You can gradually increase the whole grain to 100%.
Eating well is one of the best ways you can take care of your self and those who depend on you. What you eat makes a big difference in the way you look and feel. A healthy diet gives you energy to get through your busy day, supports your mood, helps you maintain your weight, and keeps you looking your best. What you eat can also be a huge support as you go through different stages in your life. Your food choices can help reduce PMS, combat stress, and ease the symptoms of menopause. Whatever your age, committing to a healthy diet will help you look and feel your best so that you stay on top of your commitments and enjoy life. Good nutrition starts with the basics: a well-rounded diet consisting of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and lean sources of protein. These kinds of foods provide women with plenty of energy, the means for lifelong weight control, and the key ingredients for looking and feeling great at any age.
- Focus on whole, plant-based foods. Fill most of your plate with fruits and leafy green vegetables. Also include a variety of whole grains, beans, and legumes to give you filling fiber and keep you going throughout the day. Try to find minimally-processed or locally-grown foods whenever possible and make these foods the mainstay of your diet.
- Bone up on calcium. Women are at a greater risk than men of developing osteoporosis, so it’s important to get plenty of calcium to support your bone health. While dairy products are high in calcium, their animal fat and protein can accelerate bone loss. So also consider plant-based sources of calcium like beans, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, and collard greens.
- Don’t eat too much protein. Protein is an essential part of any healthy diet, but eating too much animal-based protein—such as the levels recommended in many low-carb, high-protein diets—is particularly dangerous for women. Eating lots of protein causes calcium loss. Over time, this could lead to a decrease in bone density and osteoporosis.
- Make sure you get enough iron. Many women don’t get enough iron in their diet. On top of that, women lose a lot of this important mineral during menstruation. Boost your intake by eating iron-rich foods such as lean red meat, dark poultry, lentils, spinach, almonds, and iron-fortified cereals.
- Cut back on alcohol and caffeine. Women who have more than two alcoholic drinks a day are at higher risk of osteoporosis. Caffeine consumption interferes with hormone levels and also increases the loss of calcium.
4 cups water 1/3 cup miso ½ silk block firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes 3 green onions (scallions), chopped 1 tablespoon shredded nori or wakame seaweed 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil (optional) dash of soy sauce (optional) Preparation: Put water to a simmer and add seaweed. Let it cook on low heat at least 5-6 minutes. The longer the algae cook over low heat, less salty fish flavor will. Reduce heat to low, and add the remaining ingredients. Stir until the miso is dissolved. It is best not to boil the miso as it loses some of its healthy properties, and just change the taste of the soup. Serves 4.