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  1. Do you have any yoga routine suggestions for bicyclers? I recently started bicycling again and I am discovering new aches and tension as a result. Thank you in advance!
  2. Thank you, Candace!
  3. I have been using an oil cleansing method for my acne and it seems to be helping! Here is the link: Personally, I only use coconut oil but I typically have oily skin. She also has a honey face wash method that is effective as well!
  4. This is incredible! I was just getting ready to ask if any one had any all natural vegan skin care advice and this is perfect!
  5. Oh my! This list has caused me to add so many books to my "to-read" list on my Good Reads app (which was already up to 59 books!) I just started reading the Gamoe of Thrones books last month. I'm still on the first book - work has me crazy busy - and I am absolutely in love! I have only watched most of the first season of Game of Thrones. I'm definitely stoked to read how it ends! I am the worst about pointing out the differences between books and movies. A long time ago, it seems, the movie companies would actually try to make the movie like the book. Nowadays, I feel like the only thing that is kept are the characters names. Around the age of 13, I was introduced to the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. My best friend and I have watched it together at least 15 times, and many more on my own count. Three years ago I finally picked up the book and gave it a try. I was absolutely shocked by how many differences there were between the book and movie! Just for that fact, and of course the story, nothing could make me put it down except for exhaustion and hunger. Lol I have ready several crime thriller books - my favorite being written by James Patterson, the Womens Murder Club series. Just this year I got into reading more of the sci-fi type books - werewolves, vampires, etc. There are currently eight books in this series and I read them all in about two to three months (school had me busy or I would have read them much faster ;] ) It is the Mercy Thompson series written by Patricia Briggs. She has several other books as well but I am determined to start reading the books I have yet touched before buying any more!
  6. I would love to have some fresh lavender growing in the house! Is it hard to take care of? What is the preferred climate? I have very little space in my house and have been dying for a small herb garden. My back yard is off limits since my dogs tear up just about anything that is placed out there. The only thing I can do is have a small herb garden inside or in the front yard that gets nothing but sunlight.
  7. In September 2013, I decided to become a vegetarian. Cutting out meat was super easy and I also ended up losing 10 pounds in a few months. Unfortunately, with a busy schedule of full time work and full time schooling, I found it too easy to start eating unhealthy. I still kept my vegetarian diet but I ended up adding unhealthy food to my daily routine. In December 2014, I switched back to eating meat. Seven months have now passed and I can feel a complete difference in myself from first starting out as a vegetarian to not being one. I feel sluggish, I have little energy, and I also gained the 10 pounds back. I also found myself feeling guilty after eating meat. These past few weeks I have been tossing the idea of being a vegetarian again around. I finally decided to give it a shot and became a vegetarian again on July 3rd. Yay! After binging on documentaries about veganism on Netflix, I thought "What the hell. Why not?" And now I am trying to transition into veganism. So now that that's over with, I have a question for anyone who wants to answer. What is the best and easiest way to make the transition from vegetarianism to veganism? Not only am I wanting to do this for health reasons, I finally allowed myself to open my eyes up to how animals are treated on animal farms. Lets just say that I'm ready to donate all the dairy and egg products that are in my house!
  8. I thought I'd let you all know that my transition is working greatly! I'm actively avoiding meat, eggs, and dairy. The only time I may consume dairy is if it happens to be in something that is processed. Also, my processed food intake is way down! I've also lost 6 pounds. =) I also wanted to share one of my absolute favorite recipes I have found thus far! These pancakes are absolutely amazing. Vegan or not, I think everyone should try them!
  9. Thank you so much for sharing this! After I finally quit eating processed desserts - snickers, twix, etc - I found it so much easier to not eat as many sweets. Especially since I'm eating a lot more fruit! However, I have been wanting to try and make my own vegan icecream now. =) I finally got paid today and I think that I will definitely have to buy the stuff to make the raw brownies!
  10. I do have to say, I'm going to miss sushi. However, we don't have any good sushi restaurants in town - that makes it harder to get access to sushi. I haven't decided if I will completely stay away from sushi or not since I don't get it very often. Seriously, it's like twice a year? Maybe even three times a year? Okay, I should correct myself and say nagiri instead of sushi. I actually can't stand the taste of the seaweed wraps! There are vegan options of chocolate out there! I haven't tried any, myself, but I also live in a fairly small town that doesn't offer awesome things like vegan chocolate or even vegan ice cream!
  11. Awesome! I can't wait to check it out. I'm so pumped about becoming vegan. It's even more exciting that it's a continuous learning experience!
  12. I finally put my pinterest account to good use and came across a yummy recipe for One Pot Mexican Quinoa. It was absolutely amazing! So far this transition to vegetarianism is going a lot easier than the first time. Headaches and energy loss were my problem then. I thik as long as I can find vegan recipes to use, create vegan snacks, and learn not to take the easy way out and go for a bag of chips I will settle into this new lifestyle fairly easily. I'm really excited about using my Deliciously Ella app! I've also found some interesting "nice cream" recipes that I'm eager to try out.
  13. Can you handle oats? Today was the first time I have ever had and used quinoa. It's an oat that is high in protein and iron. It's easily adaptable to the flavors you're cooking with and it doesnt have a funky taste! I only had the original kind of quinoa - I know there are a couple of other kinds but I've never used them. Nuts also have quite a bit of protein in them as well as iron.
  14. I had actually talked to my Fiance about being vegan and he said that it's impossible to be 100% vegan unless you can get away from all the ptrotroleum based products. Unfortunately, it is also found in clothing. Needless to say, I'm okay with not being 100% vegan. It'll be a little difficult to get rid of all the processed foods in my diet but that sort have intake has slowed down a lot. I took a look at and I loved it! I found that she also has an app and its only $5.04! Totally worth it!
  15. Thank you, Larry! My employer won't let me check out that website so I will have to do it when I get home. =]
  16. Hello everyone! I have been practicing yoga on and off for a little over a year. In December 2014 I finally started picking it back up frequently. It's difficult to follow a good routine, and practice everyday, being a full time student and working long hours at a hospital. I have been noticing so many changes since I first started practicing, and I am in love with yoga! I have watchedd so many different yoga videos and, finally, really being able to enjoy it more since I started watching and practicing with Candace. Okay, so to the topic. Now that I have been progressing, I'm beginning to notice that it is getting harder to: become more flexible, I feel like I'm not going any where; and to stay in poses, to increase flexibility, strength, and/or lengthening, because of overwhelming anxiety. I've been able to push it away for the most part; however, now I'm feeling that it's getting more and more difficult the more I practice yoga. I don't have any friends to currently practice with, nor do I have a yoga class I can attend. Any advice/suggestions/helpful hints, are highly appreciated. And of course, if any one else is struggling, feel free to join in on the conversation!
  17. That's definitely a great idea. Thanks for the input!
  18. Two weeks ago I sprained my ankle during karate practice and after no relief since then, I found out from my doctor that I also bruised my bone! The pain has decreased immensely but there is still some slight swelling and bruising. What kind of yoga poses would you suggest for someone coming back to the mat after an ankle injury?
  19. I am really excited about this! Thank you so much!
  20. I apologize for replying so late - life sure does like getting in the way! I highly appreciate everyones two cents on this subject. Yes, the anxiety was due to flexibility but also psychologically. I have since been to the doctor and he has prescribed me a daily medication to help with it. Anyhow, things have certainly gotten better for me, anxiety wise. Unfortunately, my yoga space is no longer my own. It has been difficulty keeping up with my yoga practice this past month but I am determined to get back to it! I will be starting on one of Candaces' many lovely series. I will also be doing what I can to keep up with the forum! It's so full of information! =) Again, thank you everyone for responding!
  21. Hello! My name is Christina and I'm posting from Oklahoma, America!