Going on vacation is a blast! Eating wheat/dairy/sugar-free can be a bit challenging. That’s why I prepare! We found a lovely cabin overlooking the ocean that featured a full kitchen. So, I baked Bob’s Red Mill GF brownies (Follow the advice on the recipe and add carob or chocolate chips otherwise they’re a bit cakey), homemade energy bars, brown rice pasta and cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread.

Turns out eating healthy on vaca was a breeze!

What do you eat while on vacation? Do tell! Leave a comment, send an email or post it on our social networking site: Eating Without.

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Here’s what I’m lovin’ this week…
Elizabeth Gilbert is smart, relatable and brilliant. A must-read for every woman.

You’ll groove to this sultry, sassy and smart lady.

A true classic – Rosie O’Donnell & Matt Dillion steal this romantic comedy (even if Timothy Hutton has to be in the film). 🙂

Love a holiday weekend! And this weekend we snuck off to my favorite beach in Oceanside, Ore. The weather was sunny & overcast (Ah, Oregon!) but absolutely amazing. We read, played cards and drank great wine (Barefoot Merlot – yum!). It was heavenly.

I tried something new and LOVED the charge I received from it – I read my affirmations out loud (check out Chellie Campbell’s powerful financial freedom affirmations) facing the ocean, completely absorbing its energy. Talk about raising your vibration. I’m now committed to spending one day a month at the ocean doing this. It’s soooo good for the soul.

I’m also encouraging you to find something in nature that inspires and awes you (for me its the ocean) and recite your affirmations and intentions. Love that Law of Attraction! The power you’ll feel is amazing. So, get to it!

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20 May / Just Do It

When it comes down to it, you just gotta do it. I’ve been the queen of “not enough time” – until now. I’m starting every day writing in my list of intentions, “I intend plenty of time to do everything I need to do.” And with a full-time writing business, in addition to moonlighting as a full-time PSU student, writing 2 books, monthly articles and business clients – I need to believe and feel that I have plenty of time.

But what I’ve realized is – taking action is the quickest way to alleviating that worry and guilt. So, this week I encourage you to – just do it. Stop thinking about it, talking about it & wondering about it. You’ll feel better, more empowered and get a lot more done when you step into action!

Oh, and something new I’ll be doing every week, is listing books/music/movies that I’m loving right now. Enjoy!

MUST-READ – Changing my relationship with money – yay!

Must-Listen – More insights than the book & movie. LOVE it!

Must-Watch – You’ll be enraged and vow to never give Bush or his oil cronies any more cash. (BTW-did you know that Condoleezza Rice and the rest of Bush’s team are ALL former oil executives? It’s no surprise they aren’t doing anything about oil prices.)

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Check out this website for all things allergy:
http://www.allergy-details.com

You’ll get info on yeast, wheat, dairy and even wool allergies! This site is a terrific resource to use if you suffer from allergies or suspect you might. Enjoy!

What I’m LOVING right now – perfect mid-day wheat-free snack:
Fred Meyer LITE Vanilla yogurt (while lactose intolerant, yogurt has zero impact on my body)
1/4 c Nature’s Plus Flax granola (the BEST!)

Perfect snack that has the protein/carb balance that you need. Also, toss in some freshly cut strawberries – they’re in season! Mmm…

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Lately, I’m receiving the oddest compliments. People are telling me how calm and relaxed I am. You should know, this is NOT usual for me. I spent the better part of my life in high-strung mode. But, something has shifted. And I believe a huge part of that shift has to do with Brooke Emery. (See picture.)

I met Brooke through a Ladies Who Launch listing (she’s featured in their new book – you MUST check it out!) – she was promoting one of her teleseminars. Something about her ad really spoke to me. So, I immediately signed up for the class. One of the best business decisions I’ve ever made. Since then I’ve partnered with Brooke on several projects, and work with her as my coach. She is AMAZING. Not only that, she’s incredibly successful. Which, in turn, makes you successful. She was recently featured in an article on Forbes.com!

Brooke completely lives the Law of Attraction. Her energy is infectious and before you know it, you’ll be loving your life. And loving it in a more calm, relaxed way. Not only that, you’re business will take on enhanced direction and meaning. I promise! You will adore her, as I do. I HIGHLY recommend contacting her today.

OK – so in summary – email Brooke Emery, certified strategic attraction coach (SO cool!) TODAY. Your life, business and attitude will make shifts you never thought possible.

Much love,
Heather

www.HeatherStrang.com

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

It seems as though every holiday is also accompanied by mandatory gorging, preferably at a buffet of some type. So in honor of M-day, I joined the boyfriend for a family-filled brunch at the Orchard Hills Country Club. While a buffet brunch (for a holiday no less!) may seem like a no-win situation, here are some tips for eating out holiday-brunch style:

-Protein is the name of the game
Forget about saturated fat for one day and load up on yummy bacon, sausage and eggs.
-Eat all the shrimp and smoked salmon you can handle.
Add the cocktail sauce or salsa – it’s a great w/d-free addition
-Potatoes, baby!
Forget about the waffles and pancakes & bring on the potatoes. Even better, combine with your eggs.
-Wheat-Free Eggs Benedict
Remove the English muffin from the eggs benedict to enjoy wheat-free.
-Allow yourself one small treat
After eating all of the above, I decided that instead of a danish or scone I would splurge on a tiny slice of cheesecake. With a full tummy, I had no side effects (portion size is key – this was similar to a sushi dessert slice at Todai’s).

See, it wasn’t that bad.
Next, drink a lot of water and go for a walk.

Aren’t the holiday’s fun? 🙂

Cheers,
H

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So, I’m a writer.
I write. (This is how I recently introduced myself at a party – it went over well.)

But, sometimes I get lonely.
Actually, being the big talker that I am, I often get lonely. And when talking to the television or to my plants will no longer do, I look for outside resources.

LivePDX recently gave me that opportunity.

In honor of International No Diet Day (which is today, May 6th), I ate my way through Portland, at 6 different restaurants, to be exact. I spent the next two days in the fetal position (see previous blogs).

The great news is, my pain translated EXCELLENTLY onto video. Even better, my fabulous boyfriend directed and edited the piece. He’s a genius! It was so wonderful to work with him again (we met at work, several moons ago).

Check out all the magic here.

And, if you too, often suffer from bouts of writing loneliness – send me an email. I would love to chat! heather@risingupforlove.org

-H

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Portland has a Gluten-Free organization! I just discovered it this week. They held a gluten-free fair on Saturday (which I missed, because we were entertaining with the recipe below). But, definitely check them out.

I’ll also have a feature article out shortly on LivePDX with all of the gluten-free restaurants in Portland. Stay tuned!

Chicken & Veggie Frittata
Courtesy of James Thomson with Revisions (to make it dairy-free) by Heather Strang

9×14 baking dish

12 cage-free eggs
1/2 c soy milk
2 T salt
1 clove garlic
1 T canola oil
Dash of dried basil

-Blend in food processor

2 chicken breasts, diced
1/2 c chunky salsa

-Cook until done

4 small zucchini
1 red pepper
2 c spinach

-Saute until done

3 c rice & jalapeno jack almond cheese (recommend Lisanatti)

Pour egg mixture, chicken, veggies and 2 c cheese into baking dish.
Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes
Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese on top
Bake additional 10 minutes

Excellent dish for brunch! Pair it with a spelt scone and Kona coffee for optimal flavor.

Cheers!
Heather

www.HeatherStrang.com

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So, I’m trying out a new exercise regime. I’ve been doing the same cardio/strength gig for over 6 years. I change up the cardio and strength regimes every quarter, but I’m simply maintaining. I’m not looking to lose weight, but I really want to kick up my muscle definition a notch (think Halle Berry, not Madonna).

At the recommendation of my dad, I decided to give 5-Factor Fitness a try.

5 workouts a week, 25-minutes each.

And I am SO SORE.

Even better, the author recommends eating flourless bread. The nutrition section does a great job of detailing why wheat/traditional flour is bad for you and causes weight gain.

I love it when the mainstream catches up with the rest of us. You gotta check this book out. It’s awesome. I’m embarking on week 2 – wish me luck!

–Heather


www.HeatherStrang.com

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Most people outside of Oregon probably haven’t heard of Depoe Bay. If you blink, you’re bound to miss it while driving south on Hwy. 101. Fortunately, I grew up on the coast, so I know all about the po-dunk towns in between Astoria, Lincoln City and Newport.

We stayed at Inn at Arch Rock in Depoe Bay this weekend. It was lovely! The views from our Penthouse Suite were amazing. Although, truth be told, I spent more time in the jetted tub than I did anywhere else in the spawling 2-bedroom suite. Something about soaking in a hot tub and sipping white wine completely soothes my soul. From there, we spent Friday driving up Hwy. 101 to visit my favorite beach – Oceanside.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Merely to encourage you to take a break. Even if it’s simply for the one night or a weekend. I had time to sit and meditate in front of the ocean. I found answers to some of my recent anxieties and attracted ideas for future writing.

Be still.
It’s the best thing any of us can ever do.

Wishing you much love and success,
Heather

www.HeatherStrang.com

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