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

The American Diet: A Vegetarian’s Take – Part One

We are a product of the environment in which we are raised.

Whether or not you agree with this viewpoint, (I’m still not sure where I stand on “Nature vs. Nurture”.) I think it applies to the typical American diet. We are a few generations in from the Depression Era, and are the products of those that learned to SAVE EVERYTHING. In the Depression Era, if you were eating a meal preserved in a can, you were thankful. You had a loaf of bread and coffee? You were a king. What did  the children of this time learn? To save every scrap, that “meat and potato’s” was the dream. Over the generations, we’ve been taught that our bellies can never be too full, and that hoarding our food isn’t necessarily bad. (Unless you wind up on the show Hoarders of course.)

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When I traveled back to Minnesota, I was reminded of how differently Schofie and I live from the generation before us. Now, I want you to know that I don’t write this with a self-righteous, judgmental spirit, because I’m certainly not perfect and have a lot of growth to do, but there were some distinct changes that I couldn’t help but notice: miscellaneous trinkets, photos, bins stuffed with toys for the grandkids; statements of lives filled with children.

Then came the food. Throughout the week there were caramel rolls, burgers, whole milk, casseroles, ice cream… the list goes on. To be fair, our family may have splurged on some things because Schofie and I were there. However, the change from my ritual of mostly raw eating throughout the day was brought to halt.

I realized just how deep-seeded my sense of self – my thought process – revolves around food. The thought of eating a cheesy casserole? And seeing mayonnaise on the counter? Above all, not knowing how the food was cooked was throwing me into a panic attack. I grew overwhelmed, claustrophobic, and was starting to sweat.

I have worked so hard to lose the accumulated 52 lbs. of fat off my body, that high-fat foods I once found so delicious are now taboo to me. It was so frustrating because I knew that these foods were being served out of love and caring for us, yet I was in conflict with myself. Do I eat this out of politeness, so long as they don’t have meat? Or do I politely say, “No, thank you.”? I know that on a rare, special occasion, eating Monkey Bread wont kill me, but my mind was telling me it would. I had to get out of the house.

We decided to go grocery shopping and get some soy milk, fresh spinach, apples, oranges, carrots – beautiful, vibrant, stereotypically Rhed foods, and eventually I calmed down. I was brought back to my comfort zone, and oh what a truly wonderful place that was! Yet I pondered why this had upset me so. After all, this was just food. I was making a huge deal in my mind out of something very small in the grand scheme of things. Yes, health and wellness are incredibly important and something I love to talk about and dwell on… but does that give me the right to be a snob about my lifestyle?

People do not generally switch their lifestyles overnight because of statistics, they look at examples. If I am humble about the way I present the fact that I believe in a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, and do not judge others because I believe them to be less healthy, they will be curious on their own.

And they were.

  • My father-in-law very sweetly went and bought me some frozen vegetarian dinners. (I’d never tried those before.) He doesn’t understand why I eat the way I do, but he was trying to be sensitive to it, and I greatly appreciated the effort.
  • For my mothers birthday she asked me to make her some vegetarian pizza, which turned out to be a huge hit, and my meat-eating father chuckled, “This is really good!”.
  • My brother-in-law tried a slice of Gourmet Vegetarian pizza from Papa Murphy’s and said, “If Vegetarian’s eat like this all the time, you might just convince me to stop eating meat…”
  • My sister-in-law sat me down with the family and said, “So, explain to me how you eat. Your lifestyle. You look great!”

Wow! How humbled and grateful I was! By relaxing in my approach to food for a week, and explaining what I was making for them was a treat, I was able to have the chance to explain the wonders of raw food and people were interested of their own accord. So, thank you family, for a lesson learned, and for being open to new ideas.

For I too was once in your position.

Stay Tuned for Part 2!

“VACATION:Ten Tips for Staying True to Health”

You’re Not a Trash Can. Lose It For Good!

Choices.

Life’s made up of them. And hey, variety is the spice of life, after all. But sometimes, they make my life difficult. If you know me personally, you know I’m indecisive. Lord of the Rings Extended Version, or the original? Don’t even get me started on which Harry Potter… Soy pasta,or Black Bean Taco? Should my salad have almonds, or edamame? Should I get original almond milk?? Or vanilla??? UGH!!!

The great thing about choices, is that I have them. The bad thing about choices, is that I am the one making them. When it comes to health, I’ve haven’t always been very wise with my choices. There was a time when I was making the choice to eat Little Caesars Italian Cheesy Bread every other night. Now, that was a poor health choice. A delicious one? Yes. But not a healthy one. Dang it, now I want cheesy bread. I digress.

The key to being successful in your weight-loss, is preparation. You’ve probably heard it before, but “failure to plan, is planning to fail”. Thankfully somebody smart said that and not me. I have learned to plan every meal in advance, and take joy in every victory, no matter how small. The other day my husband made me a gorgeous salad for lunch, while I was getting ready for work. Any you know what? It kind of hit me, just how far we’ve come over the last year. We’ve made some good, often challenging, choices over the last year and I couldn’t have done it without his support! Because on the days when I really want to eat like my temple’s a trash can, he makes me this:

Finding a support system to help you make healthy choices in your life is wonderful, and can be really helpful when you need to be held accountable. However, at the end of the day, this is your body, not anyone else’s. It is a temple, not a trash can, and deserves to be treated as such. My husband can make all the salad in the world for me, but I’m the one raising the fork to my mouth. Take responsibility for your body, because it’s beautiful, and you’re worth it. Now go out there, give a shout out to all the wonderful people in your life, make a good choice for your body, and have a great day!!

Peace and Love!

Rhed

Healthy Temple: Vegetarian Pizza!

Pizza and pasta are my favorite foods. Of all time. Ever.

However, they are not always conducive to weight-loss, nor are they generally ‘low cal’. So, when I was was 40+ pounds heavier, I thought, “How the heck am I going to be able to lose weight?! Pizza is too good!”

But determined I was, and after a bit of experimenting, this recipe is what I managed to come up with. It’s low cal, incredibly delicious, and super fast to put together! Also, my “meat eater” husband says this is his favorite meal I cook!

Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist, I am not a certified fitness instructor or anything of the sort. I’m a normal, everyday person, and this is just what helped me to feel I was indulging, and still being healthy at the same time.

Here are the ingredients I used. You can switch it up and use whatever vegetables you love most!

Don't these look delicious?

Don’t these look delicious?

1 cup Spinach

3 Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced

3/4 of a bell pepper, diced (I used Red, Green, and Yellow)

1/4 cup Red Onion

2 Tbls Basil Pesto (or enough to spread as a sauce)

1/2 cup cheese ( I used Colby-Jack)

1 Tortilla

1 serving = 1/2 – 1 full tortilla pizza

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Take out the Tortilla, this will be your crust.

I used Mission Wraps Sun-Dried Tomato Basil.

Get out a knife and open up the Basil Pesto.

This is freakin' ambrosia, I swear. I use this all the time!

This is freakin’ ambrosia, I swear. I use this stuff all the time!

Spread the 2 Tbls pesto onto the tortilla. Make sure you don’t use too much or it will soak the crust, and won’t be as tasty.

Dice up all your preferred veggies. I find it works best to put the spinach on the bottom, and layer the veggies on top. This might seem like a lot of veggies, but it will really make you feel full, for a small amount of calories.

Oops! Almost forgot the onions! I threw them on with the cheese.

Now put it onto a pizza pan, and put it in your oven for 5-7 minutes, depending on how crispy you prefer it.

And, voilà! A gourmet, delicious, healthy pizza to satisfy your craving!

(The shadow is me ready to chow down! lol)

(The shadow is me ready to chow down! lol)

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do, guys. Let me know what you think!

Peace and Love!

Rhed

Welcome Friends! Meet my Loves: Music and Fitness

I can’t get enough of music.

I am a singer, and I like to think that music flows through my veins. (Maybe that’s why they’re so blue?) It is at the heart of who I am.

Here I am, back in the day with long hair. Oh the memories...

Here I am back in the day, with long hair. Oh the memories…

I can’t get enough of fitness.

I began a weight-loss journey in August of 2012, have since lost over 40 lbs, and well, I’m hooked on what I like to call a

Healthy Temple.

Whoohoo! Work it, Honey!

Whoohoo! Work it, Honey!

Why am I here?

I would like to welcome you to take part in my journey. I want to share with you my voice, and will do my best to regularly post videos of my covers of songs I love, (this will probably start out  A cappella, so please bear with me.) and my own works. I will also share with you my tips for a Healthy Temple, and the newest recipes, exercises, etc. I’m into at the moment. Think of this as an invitation to my home, where we can create, where you are safe, and where you can Release your Free Spirit!

Peace and love, from me to you!

Rhed