I drink your mowed lawn grass clippings.

Ok, not really. Although I’ve tried some teas that taste like it.

On my year-long road to health, I learned to fall in love with the benefits of tea. I spent about two weeks detoxing from an average of five cups of disgusting “work-coffee” a day. Five cups. Seriously? Of ground-ridden, cheap, nasty coffee? Why?!

It was free.

It was free and kept me going. What a terrible reason to drink something. Now, I’m not going to get into the coffee vs tea debate, (Really, can’t we all just be friends?) however, when I decided to invest in some Jasmine Green Tea from Earthfare I found that I loved tea. There are so many different flavors and it can be delicious served hot and cold. I also found out there were too many benefits I just couldn’t pass up. (Special thanks to these guys for the info)

  • Tea keeps you hydrated
  • Packed full of antioxidants
  • Can greatly aid weight-loss
  • Improved bone mineral density and strength
  • Green tea’s antioxidants may help stop the growth of cancer!

Not to mention it can come in really adorable teacups.

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CAUTION: Do not Google “cute teacup”. It will result in millions of Teacup Yorkies, and death-by-happiness.

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.

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend…

I am becoming a consistent writer.

There. I put that positive statement out into the universe, so it must come to pass eventually… right? I haven’t  posted anything in quite a while due to the flooding of my apartment resulting in a dead laptop. (May he rest in peace.) I am typing this on my husbands laptop that I was able to snag some time with. Bloggers, please tell me I’m not the only one who gets to the computer and thinks, Man. I’m boring. I have nothing to write about except how my fish’s eye is cloudy , and though he’s on meds he keeps running into the tank wall ’cause he can’t see. And though I really feel bad for him….it is kind of a little funny…Then I contemplate what a terrible person I am, and search for a new subject, Well, this is mainly a health and fitness blog now, so I could talk about my new Orange Julius protein shake I concocted…Naaaa…. Today it’s all about the MUSIC.

That’s right folks, welcome to the newest segment of Incense and Sounds:

Sonance Moments

“Sonance” as in “a sound”. Pretty catchy eh? It is here that I shall dissect gorgeous (and not-so-gorgeous) sounds and give you my thoughts on such. We’ll talk about artists, lyrics, redeeming qualities, and why I think a song could perhaps be improved (or just why I flat out hate it haha).  So, without further adieu, I give you:

Simon & Garfunkel- Sound of Silence

Ahhh, this should be on the favorites list of every free-spirit out there. This beautiful classic was written in 1964 by Paul Simon in response to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The raw beauty of these two gentlemen never gets old. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are excellent storytellers, and in this tribute, they do not disappoint. Every time I hear this song I cannot help but get quiet and simply listen. I didn’t always grow up appreciating folk music, but as time went on, I couldn’t help but fall in love with modern Rock & Roll’s roots. The acoustic guitar gives such a raw, earthy quality to this song, mixed with Paul’s raspy, vulnerable voice and Arts incredible harmonizing, it’s no wonder this song helped propel them to international stardom.

I leave you, dear ones, with this quote by Simon after it was mentioned he had some difficulty writing the lyrics, “The main thing about playing the guitar, though, was that I was able to sit by myself and play and dream. And I was always happy doing that. I used to go off in the bathroom, because the bathroom had tiles, so it was a slight echo chamber. I’d turn on the faucet so that water would run — I like that sound, it’s very soothing to me — and I’d play. In the dark. ‘Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again’.”

When All Else Fails: The Mini Mind-Vacation

Hello Friends!

May I start off by saying, I’m human.

I haven’t posted in a while, as you may have noticed. These last two and a half/three weeks have been insane in the life of Rhed.

My husband has started an Improv class/troupe/university called Madcap Theatre. Have you ever seen the show Whose Line Is It Anyways?? That’s what my husband does. He’s an actor-writer-director extraordinaire. (Interested? http://www.madcaptheatre.wordpress.com) He has started this on top of being a full-time student getting his Masters, and starting up a Theater journal/blog called http://www.thegreenroomchronicles.wordpress.com and working so we can eat. Also, he’s performing in Macbeth soon.

Phew.

Now, I love that he’s a creative genius and all, but with that comes a slew of exciting roller-coaster rides. And a two-week long migraine of doom for me.

Along with his busy schedule constantly being in flux, I have received a new job, and have been working on the music side of this blog. Yay! Exciting! Whoohoo! (And about time I start the music posting, let me tell you.)

You may be wondering how this relates to a Healthy Temple…

All of this crazy new change is wonderful, but my body has definitely taken a toll. My workouts have been lacking, to be honest, and I can feel it in my body. Particularly my less-than-defined midsection. I’ve gained two very discouraging pounds due to stress and lack of routine. And some poor drink choices that go straight to my abs. I’d do the odd workout here or there, but it hasn’t been consistent. In fact, the other day I was working through a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) DVD at home and I found myself not challenged and peaceful like I normally feel, but challenged and… angry. I couldn’t understand it. There was nothing I was frustrated about, but here I was furious, and the more I worked my body, the angrier I became.

My dear husband gently stopped me, and popped in yoga DVD I had gone through a million times.  I went through my familiar asanas, and found myself smiling in Tree Pose. I realized I had been flooded with anger because that was my body’s way of saying This is not working today! Sometimes, like my husband did for me, others that love us can see what is best for us, better than we can. We’re all human, and our bodies are in constant flux. I had told myself that I needed to smash out a hard workout no matter what, but I really needed to stretch and center myself, and my hubs knew that. He handles change so much better than I do.

He also knows all too well what makes me happy and chill, so he took me to my favorite local small-business shop called Nila Beans. It’s full of wonderful things, like bright rich fabrics, hippie bags, pretty candles, wooden earrings, chill music (I’ve recently been on a Simon & Garfunkel kick on Pandora radio.) and…incense! So we got 10 sticks for dirt cheap (like $1.15 I think?!) and now my house smells like Egyptian Musk, Peace of Mind and China Rain.

What makes you happy? What makes you full of joy and smiling? (I know I ask these questions a lot, mainly because it’s a good reminder to myself!) Take a second and think about these things. Even though your day might be crazy busy, and you feel like you can’t escape it. Go to that happy place in your mind and REST. Try to focus on these things today. Relax. Even in the midst of the crazy, picture what brings you joy, and have a mini mind-vacation. Maybe try a different approach if you are struggling with your health or workout regimen like I have been. Because, Lord knows, we are all human, and we can all use some Peace of Mind. 😉

Peace, Love, and lots of Hugs,

Rhed