Happy Anniversary to ME!

Today I have been married to my best friend for TWO YEARS!

So to commemorate the happy day, here is a glimpse into Rhed and Schofie’s happiest day of their lives:

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And just because it makes me happy, here’s a photo I took of some incense we purchased at Earthbound Trading Comp. (happiest place in the world!) while we were celebrating this weekend.

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Peace and much Love!
Rhed
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Conviction.

yoga-meditation

I started doing some asanas this evening, and got a big smile on my face.

I felt free again.

I felt peaceful.

I felt open and ready to embrace life and love.

Then my husband (we’ll just call him Schofie from now on) smirked at me.

“I knew you needed this.” He grinned.

“What do you mean?”

“You have been…”, he cautiously searched for a delicate way to phrase it, “You have been a little irritable lately, and I noticed that you haven’t been doing your yoga as often…I just knew that you really needed to do it.”

“Why didn’t you tell me?”

“Because it’s not my job to tell you. It’s my job to love you… Also that would’ve been your sanity and my life on the line.”

I love Schofie. He knows me better than myself. He know’s when I need to be told, “Baby, I think you should work out…” and when to keep his mouth shut.  But now I know. I know just how much doing consistent yoga affects my life and my loved ones. I could feel that I’ve lost some flexibility in both my muscles, and my mind. So here I sit, showered and clean, and convicted. I have been focused more on the nutrition side of things, and less on the fitness, and Lord knows they go hand-in-hand.

Thanks to my best friend though, I’ve been reminded of finding a balance.

I have found my breath.

Live Raw.

I don’t know if you’re eating your fruits and veggies only when you’re forced to.

I don’t know if you only eat them when you’re trying to drop a few pounds.

Or maybe you’re like me and working towards 100% Raw…

Wherever you are in your journey, just take a moment to look at how exquisite health is:

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Sonance Moments (Or Music Monday, if you like.)

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for spa music.

Today’s Sonance Moment is dedicated to Liquid Mind’s “Journey to Peace”. I happened upon this gorgeous piece while listening to Zen Garden radio on Pandora.The Zen Garden station is a must for me when I do yoga.(Or go to bed. Or wake up. Or pretty much just do life.) This song is full of rich keyboard synthesizers, and reminds me of Enya. Liquid Mind is incredibly calming and makes me very nostalgic and peaceful, which is quite apropos, I think.. 😉

Alright my hippies, the following video only shows the front cover of Liquid Mind’s album, so let’s get stretching…

Take this one for a spin while in tree pose! 

What is your favorite relaxation tune? Is there a song you just can’t do yoga without? 

Peace! 

Rhed

Reclaiming ‘Hippie’: The Taboo of Positive Living

Secret Shade

It seems like the more I make positive changes to my life the more I get called a hippie. Granted this is usually by friends and it might be in jest but nonetheless it points to an interesting phenomenon. The term hippie, as used today, seems to be a derogatory word, and even when it is used jokingly I think it reflects something important – that is, mainstream society’s indifference or perhaps even contempt for values that are not about doing whatever is normally done, whether or not it is good for you the individual, or the planet.

Most recently I’ve started making nut and seed milk. Yes okay, I can hear the cries of ‘hippie!’ starting already. Why? I think it’s probably not that great for a cow’s welfare to be forcibly milked all the time, at least I know I wouldn’t like it; nut milk is healthier for…

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COMING SOON: The American Diet: A Vegetarian’s Take

Oh, Minnesota, how I’ve missed you!

As a few of you may know, I decided to surprise my mother on her 50th birthday with a flight back home to see her for the first time in a year. Boy did she lose it. 😉 It’s so frickin’ cold in the Great North, but it’s wonderful home, sweet home.

Growing up in a family of hunting, gun-loving carnivores, everyone seems very cautious and curious about my eating habits. There are a lot of “rub some bacon on it” jokes happening. I’ve also been eating a lot of food I don’t normally eat because I’m not the one cooking. Pretty much everything is canned and the typical American diet of startch and more starch. This change is definitely effecting my body, and it’s less than thrilled.

I’ve been asked a lot of questions about being a vegetarian,

“What DO you eat every day?”

“But… WHY?”

“Do you do it just for health reasons? Or is it the whole ‘animal rights’ thing?”

So I will be doing a segment, when I return from MN, on the mainstream American lifestyle and how to travel and still stay true to health and wellness choices. (Sorry, WordPress, this app just ain’t cuttin’ it. 😉 )

Peace!

Rhed

WE’RE STARTIN’ TO SMOLDER – RENOVATION STYLE!

Sometimes, you just need a little lift. 

Something that pushes you. Excites you. 

It’s like when I was a kid and my mom would re-paint her bedroom, and re-tile her bathroom, and  re-decorate every month… or when she’d hold out for the Estee Lauder deal where she buys foundation and gets the extra crap included. Sometimes, we all need to feel a little extra sparkle. So, welcome to the new Incense and Sounds. It’s sharper, hopefully a little more organized, and quite frankly, I love it.

What do you think? 

Like the layout? Hate it? Comment below. 

Got a new Vegan/Vegetarian recipe you want to share? Hit me up! Rhed’s got her renovatin’ pants on and things are gonna get interesting…We’re about to make some changes around here folks, so stay tuned!

PEACE, LOVE, and of course, Estee Lauder freebees.

Resolve: Stop Being So Critical of Ourselves

I find this absolutely breath-taking. Acknowledge today just how lovely your body truly is.

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This video was shared on Tulsa Diva’s today — I have to share it with you guys. As women we are sometimes our own worst critics. I love this.

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Get Up and Off Your You-Know-What! 10 Tips to Help You Find Your Motivation

Today I did NOT want to work out. At all.

Where I live it was raining, and cold, and I just wanted to cuddle with a blanket, eat some Endangered Species chocolate and watch Mad Men.

We all have those days though, don’t we? Those days when we can come up with every excuse not to eat healthy/exercise/ clean our temple. (Or clean the house for that matter.) I have been rather discouraged about my fitness goals this last week, and lacking motivation in general. Here are some tips that helped me to get up off my you-know-what, when everything else was telling me not to. Maybe we can motivate each other?

1.MUSIC

Turn it up! Blast that stereo with some beats. I know that when I pop in some good tunes,within seconds my foot’s tappin’ the beat, and the rest of me is wanting to move along. I always run harder, and push farther when there’s a great song playing.

2. PHOTOS

There are tons of motivational pictures of fit people out there. Every time I look at a really fit body it reminds me of the beauty of health and wellness.  

3. FRIEND

Grab a friend and get moving. Whenever I exercise with my husband (or anyone really) I get competitive and want to keep up with, or surpass him. I find myself smashin’ out that extra rep when I probably otherwise wouldn’t have.

4. GOAL

Don’t have a fitness goal? Get one! (Yeah,that’s right. I said that in my Woody from Toy Story voice.)

Focus on that goal, because the only one who can keep you from it is yourself.

5. STRESS

So many times I come home from work and I’ve had a stressful day and don’t feel like working out. Instead of sitting on the couch with potato chips, do some High Intensity Interval Training and punch your imaginary foes in the face. Or chill out with some yoga that will calm your mind.

6. FUN

Find something you enjoy. My husband and I have taken up hiking as our hobby and “connecting time”. We don’t even notice that we are burning calories when we’re chatting and just loving being in nature alone together.

7. ENCOURAGE

Encourage yourself. Give yourself a pep-talk. Deep down, you know that you can do this. You know that you have the inner strength to push through the pain. Tell yourself that, over and over if you have to. (I know I do.)

8. REWARD

Use fitness as a reward. I didn’t start to really love fitness until I saw it as a reward for my body, instead of a punishment. Now all day long I try to remind myself that when I get home I get the reward of a good endorphin rush after a sweat session.

9. NETWORK

Get online and check out fitness sites like this or this. They’re free, and full of people who want to encourage you to get fit and healthy.

10. LOVE

If you love others, and if you love yourself, you’ll want to be the best you that you can be. Think of your significant other, your kids, your family and friends, and be selfless. Give them, and yourself, the gift of a healthy you.

Annnd just because I love you, here’s one more tip…

11. ZOMBIE

Yeah, you heard me. They’re coming. Run.

Going…Raw Vegan? Day Five. My Conclusion.

DAY FIVE.

It’s here.

Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast:

Half of one Honey Dew

Mid-morning snack:

Apple

Lunch:

Half of one Honey Dew

Kiwi

Supper:

Two Apples

This work-week has been quite the journey. I’ve leaned a lot about myself, and those around me. It amazes me just how tied to certain foods cultures are. Food is a necessity for life, and yet it is intimately connected in communion with others. This week, through trying a raw vegan lifestyle, I have had a shift in perspective about what I consume, and it seems others’ perspective of me has changed as well. People this week have told me that this lifestyle is ‘not practical’, ‘safe’, or ‘healthy’. Some have considered it downright stupid. Others have been very encouraging and open-minded, even though they are living a totally different lifestyle, and may not fully understand.

Food is the ultimate ‘tie that binds’. It brings all living things together, in the instinct to sate our hunger.

The beautiful thing, is that everyday you have the ability to make a choice of what you consume. When I became a vegetarian at the age of sixteen, it was because I realized that God had given me all the resources to get the nutrients I need, without harming an animal. I knew that being a vegetarian was the best choice for me. I also knew that passing judgement on others because they ate meat, was not acceptable. What people choose to consume is just that, their choice.

So I give you, Dear One, my thoughts on the benefits and difficulties of this lifestyle. You decide what to do with this information.

Cons:

1. A Raw Vegan lifestyle is expensive. Mainly because fruit is expensive, and since my husband wasn’t doing this with me, we spent far more on our groceries this week than we normally do.

2. Detox is hard. I’m not going to lie, there were moments when I was so tempted to cave because I was tired of ‘sweet’ things.

3. Some people thought I was doing something wrong. They told me just why I should include meat and dairy in my diet. Which is fine, I don’t mind people’s opinions, but sometimes judgement gets old.

Pros:

1. Living a Raw Vegan lifestyle detoxified my body.

2. I have incredible amounts of energy.

3. I have very little, if any, dishes to clean.

4. I can eat as much as I want. (Which truly was my draw to this!)

5. There are many resources for strong communities of Raw Vegans who want to help each other succeed. This helped me immensely to stay focused, and driven.

6. I lost 4lbs in five days, and  I probably would have lost more, if I had eaten more.

7. I got to try new varieties of fruits and veggies I hadn’t thought of in a long time.

8. *TMI alert* Digestion this week has been fabulous. Can I just say, my number 2’s have been lovely.

9. I learned what kinds of fruits and veggies taste amazing together, and got to try new recipes.

10. People have told me that they have been encouraged, through seeing my healthy habits, to eat healthier themselves.

There you go, Friends. My pro’s. My cons. I hope you enjoyed this last week! If you’ve any questions, comment below.

Peace and Love!

Rhed