With Labor Day weekend on the way (and the holiday’s looming – have you seen the Halloween displays??!), entertaining and eating wheat-free and dairy-free takes some extra thought.

Below are a few ideas, although there is some sugar included – but nothing processed – I promise!

First up – Trader Joe’s always has great dark chocolate covered something and right now I’m digging their Dark Chocolate Almonds. Belgian chocolate and raw sugar – yum!

-Blue corn chips & salsa – you can never go wrong with this combo.
-Veggies & hummus – recommend Trader Joe’s hummus – best on the market
-Amy’s Rice Crust Cheese pizza (add toppings like chicken and red onion), sliced into tiny pieces

If you’re going to a BBQ or gathering, bring these yummy spicy mixed nuts – it’s from a recipe I snagged from a former roommate:
1 egg white
2T cold water
1/2 c walnuts
2/3 c pecan halves
1/2 c Splenda or raw sugar
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ginger
1/4 t nutmeg

Beat egg white and water until frothy. Stir nuts into mixture.
Mix sugar and spices in large plastic storage bag. Add nuts and shake to coat.
Spread nut mixture on large microwave-safe plate in a single layer. Microwave 2 minutes, turn, another 2 minutes and turn and then a final 2 minutes.

Put in fridge for 1 hour and voila! Perfect party snack!

Feel free to share any of your party fave’s in the comments section.
-Heather 🙂

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The Law of Attraction is a beautiful thing because no matter what you’re powerfully giving your attention to, it brings it right to you. Like the endless amount of checks I receive in the mail, or my love of red Cabrio’s which I see every time I’m out driving. Or a book deal, which is on its way to me, or national magazine publication, which is also happening right now. But, the same goes for the stuff I DON’T want.

And so, late Saturday night I found myself in the ER at St. Vincent’s Hospital (btw – lovely hospital and the staff is AMAZING! Shout out’s to Dr. Douglas and Mary, my nurse). I’m not sure if it’s all the attention I was paying to my sister’s getting that new HPV vaccine or the fact that one of my sis’s had pre-cancerous cells burned off or that my grandparents have cut me out of their lives due to differing religious beliefs (they’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, I am not). Perhaps it was the extreme anger I’ve been feeling towards a particular situation that is out of my control. Most likely, it’s a little bit of all of those things that sent me running to the ER in horrible pain.

Now, I’m going to live. I’m going to be more than fine, but this experience was a wake-up call. My life is good. I mean, the best it has ever been. My career is incredible, I have wonderful friends and I’m having the best romantic relationship of my life. Each day I am overcome with gratitude and yet, I find myself dealing with a health problem. And then the answer comes. The doctor’s orders? No high-impact exercising (I’m a lil’ obsessive when it comes to weight/exercise), more sleep and no stress. Aha! The universe, once again, is giving me exactly what I need.

And so, I will make more refinements. My body and soul is demanding it. Slow the pace down more, eat even better and give my body all of the tools it needs to heal itself.

Since I know, and as a dear friend pointed out, in a spiritual sense I am already completely healthy, it’s only a matter of aligning the two. Sometimes, I get so wrapped up in the physical, I forget to reach deep within. And then, my body responds – screaming at me, since I’ve disregarded it’s earlier endeavors to slow down.

It is truly amazing to see the perfection in every life circumstance and I am blessed to be on this Earth to do so. If you have words of wisdom for me or healing techniques that have worked for you – please leave a comment, I would love to hear all about it!

With love,
Heather

(Note: Pic is the day of the ER visit – don’t I look so very healthy?! – with my b-friend at a friend’s b-day party.)

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I made it! I was able to camp AND eat wheat/dairy-free and low sugar. Okay, sort of on the low sugar, because I did have one roasted marshmallow. But, hey, I was camping after all!

Here’s what you need to go wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar camping. It does take a bit of preparation, but it’s worth it.

Prepare:
-Spelt dark chocolate chip cookies
-Turkey pepperoni pizza (great cold or heated up on the grill – in foil as shown in the picture)
-Wheat-free graham crackers

Purchase:
-Turkey hot dogs/wheat-free buns
Genisoy Soy crisps – Zesty BBQ is my favorite
-Apples/carrots
-Non-dairy creamer containers/small Splenda packets
-Homemade vodka with infused berries (stay tuned for the recipe…)

Tada! That’s all you need for a weekend camping wheat/dairy-free and low sugar style.
Although it wasn’t the greatest experience ever (check out my Heather Strang blog for more), I did eat exceptionally well. And I still have pizza and cookies left over. Woohoo!

Have any other camping food suggestions?
Leave a comment and share them with us!

–Heather 🙂

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I am not a happy camper. No, I mean it, I completely dislike camping. The thought of being dirty, cold and “at one with nature” does absolutely nothing for me. But, alas my boyfriend enjoys camping and so, I went camping.

To be honest, I was miserable. I had a horrible time trying to be “positive” and generally wailed about the conditions of zero running water, insects (which, no doubt due to my low vibration, ate me alive) and sleeping on the ground. I lay wide awake all night counting the hours until sunrise and the time to go home.

But, there was a light (so to speak!) at the end of the tunnel. I realized that I spent 36 hours consumed in present moment awareness. I did not worry about work, school, relationships – none of it. Instead, I lived in that time, moment by moment, to meet my needs for survival . I also learned tremendous gratitude like I’ve never felt before. I am SO GRATEFUL for running water, hot showers, the toilet – even toilet paper!!! My current bed often aggravates my back, however, I have never been more grateful for it than when I was sleeping on a deflated air mattress in a smelly tent in the middle of the forest.

So yes, while I initially bemoaned my camping experience, it taught me much more than a weekend spent in the confines of my comfortable home, surrounded by amenities that make my life so much easier.

Today, I stand in absolute and complete gratitude for the blessings in my life – both large and small. My journal entry Saturday morning was filled with gratitude items that had never before made my list. For all of that, I must say, “Thank you universe!” and “Thank you boyfriend!” – I needed that lesson.

In love,
Heather

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You know I hate to report bad news, but thought this was important:

Ian’s Natural Foods recalls wheat-free, gluten-free popcorn turkey corn dogs (is this even good?!) due to undeclared milk product.

Apparently, there’s dairy in the corn dogs, but it’s not listed in the ingredients. Yikes! As someone who religiously checks the ingredients list, that’s a bummer deal. At least the company is doing the responsible thing and yanking it off the shelves.

Anyway – heads up for all of you.
Let me know if you’ve tried these corn dogs – they sound freaky weird…

-Heather 🙂

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I hate camping.
Well, maybe I don’t hate it, since I haven’t actually been since I was 12, but I know I didn’t like it much. I mean, what’s to like? No bathing, no electricity and sleeping on the ground. Yay, sounds like fun! 🙂

The only great thing is, I get a new opportunity to make my wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar diet work for me…which is a challenge, so I’m definitely game.

At the Cedar Hills New Seasons Market, I found a mix for Honey Grahamless Crackers, courtesy of Laurel’s Sweet Treats – made in Tigard, Ore. I plan to make them this week to take camping, where I’ll be eating s’mores! OK, so there will be marshmallows which is technically 150% sugar, but I’ll be using organic dark chocolate and wheat-free graham crackers (this is my rationale, please don’t spoil it), so I figure I’m not going to totally ruin my stomach.

The recipe does call for shortening (ick!), but I did find Spectrum Naturals Organic Vegetable Shortening with no trans fats at the Fred Meyer Nutrition section. It was almost $7, but if it works, then I’m a happy girl. I’ll keep you posted and let you know how it all turns out…

Got any other good graham cracker (WF) ideas for me or know of a good substitute for shortening (that doesn’t involve dairy or wheat)? If so, tell us about it!

–Heather 🙂

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I belong to a great online network called NW Women’s Business Network – a Yahoo! group. It features a fantastic collection of women from all over the Portland/Vancouver area who wholeheartedly support one another. One of the gals, Jacke Schroeder, is earning her certification in Matrix Energetics work. She extended an offer to the membership to take part in a complimentary session. I’m always up for trying new things and jumped at the chance. WOW!

Have you heard of Matrix Energetics? If not, definitely check it out.
It deals with our energy/vibration on a quantum physics level. It was amazing!

Jacke was able to affect me, without even touching me. It truly shows how interconnected we all really are. The work opened up some new insights surrounding my upbringing and helped me confront issues I had been ignoring. Which, as you can imagine, was incredibly helpful.

In fact, my session with Jacke, helped me let go of some “should’s” I had been carrying around and freed me from feeling that I had to handle negative people in one specific way (i.e. avoiding them!). Since my session with her a few weeks ago, I’ve faced these situations head on and feel more empowered and authentic.

How about that!?
Combined with the Busting Loose book, I am headed full throttle towards living the most authentic life ever. Now, it’s on to The Science of Getting Rich – a book my massage therapist says I can’t live without. Stay tuned…

Much love,
Heather 🙂

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Hi! So sorry for the delay, a series of personal changes kept me from my weekly blog. I missed it too! 🙂 Check out my writer’s blog to get the scoop on what transpired – it’s very Peaceful-Warrior-ish, if I don’t say so myself: http://heatherstrang.blogspot.com.

In the meantime, I’ve discovered some more yummy wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar foods. Remember Oreo’s? You know what, it’s been so long that I can’t even remember what they tasted like. But I know they were good…and so I was thrilled to discover Mi-Del Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Sandwich cookies.

Their no Oreo’s but they are the perfect chocolate cookie fix. Oh, and last night the boyfriend and I discovered the best way to eat them – crumbled over soy ice cream.

Get a scoop of your favorite soy ice cream (my personal fave is Soy Delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter) and crumble a cookie over it. DEL-I-CIOUS.

What’s your fave dairy-free ice cream? Would love to hear about it!
Send me an email at: heather@risingupforlove.org

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I’m back! Sorry for the delay folks. I had a series of personal challenges (all stemming from my recent engagement with Busting Loose From the Money Game, I suppose) and yet another move, that prompted me to take a hiatus from my lovely blogs.

The great part of challenges in life are, of course, the lessons.

And I got the biggest lesson most recently when I said “yes” to taking on another writing gig, when my insides were screaming “no!” You see, I had asked the universe for opportunities to work more with teen girls, and so when I stumbled upon a part-time opportunity to write for a teen organization, I thought the universe was rewarding me with what I had asked. The Law of Attraction in action. Soon, though, my body began screaming. Something didn’t feel right. But, I had wanted this opportunity, hadn’t I? I nudged the feelings aside and ignored my gut which was saying – “Hey, this is not right for you.”

The more I ignored the feelings that said “no” the louder they got and the more the universe attempted to show me my truth. Suddenly, things started going wrong and the signs started pouring in. I pushed the feelings down further, and they popped right back up. Finally, I could no longer ignore them.

The biggest aha! came when my good friend Brooke Emery said to me – “Well, what would you tell me if I came to you with this problem?” I knew then, that I would have to honor my true feelings and withdraw my interest in the organization. I would never encourage a friend or anyone, for that matter, to take action when they had the distinct feeling that it was not the correct course of action for them.

Not surprisingly, once I did tune into my gut, offers to teach girls workshops (yay!) rolled in. And I felt like 5,000 pounds had been lifted from my shoulders, the heavens had parted and life was grand again. My creativity returned and my soul lightened.

So – moral of the story (I’m sure you’re waiting for one). Forget about the power of “yes!” or even the power of “no!” for that matter, the real power lays in listening to YOURSELF. Stop seeking outside forces to convince or cajole you onto your path. Get silent, breathe and listen. And if you’re like me – stubborn – just wait – because your true self will do whatever is necessary to make sure you get the message. Your job is to simply listen.

Let me tell you – listening is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Have you experienced the same lesson?
Ever found yourself in a situation where you felt one thing, but your gut said another? Did you reverse course or stick to it? Tell me your story – I would LOVE to hear it!

See you next week…
Much love and abundance,
Heather

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I don’t know about you, but I miss pizza. I walk by the NY Pizza on NW 23rd here in Portland and the smell kills me. I LOVE pizza, so eating gluten/dairy-free is pretty brutal. In fact, the boyfriend loves pizza so much, he’ll sneak over to NY Pizza just to get his fix.

And then, we found Gluten-Free Pantry pizza mix. Add some Lisanatti Almond Pepperjack cheese, BBQ chicken, red onions and fresh pineapple for a YUMMY pizza treat.

One word of caution – follow the directions very carefully. I made the mistake of following the french bread mix and burned the pizza crust (on our first try). But, if you follow the pizza directions (and only cook for 10 minutes) you’ll have an amazing dinner (and lunch and dinner again – it makes a HUGE pizza). Enjoy!

-Heather

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