Recently, I decided to try a raw food cleanse. It felt, intuitively like something my body needed. While it was intended to last 9-days, at day 5, I knew my body was done. I needed more protein and I was tired of feeling famished and lethargic.

However, some great stuff came out of the cleanse: I’m eating more veggies than ever before and I’m still not eating any animal protein above and beyond eggs. I’m not saying I’ll go vegetarian by any means, but it has felt good to give my body a break. Above that, I’m just not craving anything…except for toast (and Ener-g Foods Tapoica bread is the best gluten-free toast ever!)

I also fell in love with green smoothies. I’m having them everyday now, sometimes twice a day. Here are a couple of my recipes – most of which have been adapted from what I’ve seen online.

-2 cups water
-1/2 c pineapple, chopped
-2 c kale or other green leafy vegetable (spinach is great too)
-1 banana
-2 ice cubes (optional)

Blend on high until thoroughly mixed. The ice cube will make it super cold (if that’s your preference). Pour into a big tall glass and enjoy. Yum!

Here’s the recipe for green smoothie I’m having every morning:

-2 c unsweetened almond milk
-2 c kale or other green leafy vegetable
-1 banana
-4 strawberries, chopped
-1/4 c blueberries

Blend on high and enjoy.

It’s the best way to get more fruit and veggies into your diet (and it tastes amazing)!

Happy Eating!

P.S. I really do drink mine from a margarita glass. It’s so much more fun that way. 😉

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11 days into my big move across the Pacific and I’m deep in the heart of transition central. Everything I thought was me has been removed – no super cute studio apt. in super hip NW Portland, no more supportive group of incredible friends, no office to go too, no dance studio to frequent, or Blazer games to attend or clubs to dance at.

I’m in Kauai, Hawaii, on the southside of the island (which happens to have just as much going on as my childhood home of Tillamook, Ore.). If you know anything about either location, you’ll know there isn’t much left to distract you. Sure, there’s the gorgeous ocean and miles of beaches, but beautiful scenery won’t get you much farther than about 7 days.

So, here I am, one phase of my grandiose dream complete. And I find myself asking – what defines me anyway? What makes me ME? The beauty of this question, and thus, the answer to it, is that it can be ANYTHING I want it to be. The limitlessness overwhelms me. I get to recreate myself. I’ve chosen a new path, a new adventure. I sat back looked at my great life and said, “Hmm…let’s change it up…dramatically.” Which is so very Heather of me.

Now I’m screaming at cockroaches (which for the record are becoming less and less since the magnificent pest control girl came to end the drama), laying out by the pool and spending more time at the ocean than I have in years. I know practically no one here and so, I am left with the isolation that only a move and a change of this magnitude can bring. The only voice to answer, the only conversation to have must be with myself.

How will I allow this opportunity to take me to the next phase of my evolution as a human being? How can I become more of who I TRULY am?

Ironically, my angel card this morning was “Awakening to Your True Self” – a card, mind you, that I haven’t pulled since I made the painful decision to leave a near-perfect romantic relationship a couple of years ago. So, I’m observing. I’m paying attention to my reactions, my inclinations and my desires. I’m thinking about who I would really like to be in this next decade of my life. I’m reconsidering my priorities, my values and the way I spend my time.

This is my one, big beautiful life (because let’s face it – I believe in reincarnation, but if I can’t remember who I was before, it can’t really help me now, right?!), and just what will I do with it?

I’m recognizing it’s less about the DOING and more about the BEING.
And that’s the tough part. Who will I BE?

Damn, who knew that moving to one of the most beautiful islands in the UNIVERSE would cause such a deep, deep, deep searching of my own soul.

Oh, right.
I did.
That’s why I came here. 🙂

Much love and THANK YOU to the amazing people in my life who are CALLING/emailing/IMing and reaching out in general. You have NO IDEA how much it means to me.


P.S. Pic’s top to bottom: chicken outside my office, Sheraton Beach in Poipu, Me and Richie at the beach.

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Growing up, we noshed on tacos at least once a week. The tradition hasn’t changed, except that now I eat a far healthier version of tacos (mom: beef & dairy are bad! ;)). This is a great weekly meal that can easily be converted into a taco salad–just skip the tortillas.

1lb. ground white turkey
McCormick’s Taco Seasoning Mix
non-dairy cheese (I’m a huge fan of Lisanatti’s Almond cheese, but make sure it meets your dietary needs)
corn tortillas
black beans (optional)
cilantro (optional)
lime (optional)

In a skillet, cook ground turkey until no longer pink. Add 3 T of taco seasoning mix and 1/4c of water and simmer for 5 minutes on low. Chop lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado for topping. Cook black beans on low until heated through. Turn one burner on low and place corn tortilla on it for one minute and then flip to other side (great way to bring an “authentic” taste to your tacos). Grate the desired amount of cheese. Top tortillas with turkey, beans, veggies and cheese. Add salsa and cilantro for garnish. Sprinkle a lime wedge over top for added Mexican flair.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

P.S. As with any recipe, please make sure the ingredients above meet your dietary requirements. While we may have similar allergies, all of our bodies metabolize foods differently, so always honor what is best for YOU.

P.P.S. Stay tuned next week as I document my 10-day raw food cleanse…

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Thought I would share a few more pictures from Kauai. It’s been 72 and rainy for the last few days…I just learned that this is typical for March. My hair is HUGE (thank you humidity!) but I can’t truly complain.

I get to watch the sunset every evening over the expansive Pacific Ocean and creatively I’m opening up. In short, my love affair with Hawaii continues.

I spent the day walking around Koloa town, writing poetry, reading A Wish Can Change Your Life and getting set up as part of a CSA (community supported agriculture). I’ll be receiving a box of organic and local veggies each week courtesy of South Shoreganics. I’m smiling at tourists and touching (and photographing) the exotic trees and plants that surround me.

Life is really lovely and I am in eternal gratitude for this gift of living in Hawaii.

Much love & blessings,

Photos: Proof that the humidity is wreaking havoc on my hair (taken in our new place!), The coolest shell I’ve ever seen – located at The Beach House lookout, Me Sunset at the Harbor, Two beautiful sunset photos.

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Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.

When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.

I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.
–Joseph Campbell

Campbell said it best – and I felt so called to this invitation that I have the “Follow Your Bliss” magnet on my fridge. I say it frequently, but follow the advice less than I would like. I followed my bliss when I left the extremist religion I was raised in (the Jehovah’s Witnesses) and began a new life. I followed my bliss when I quit my corporate job to freelance write full-time (something I was told I couldn’t do).

And now, today, I have followed my bliss by leaving my home in Oregon and moving to Kauai, Hawaii to live on the beach. This has been a lifelong dream.

Accomplishing it has given me more joy than I can even put into words here. Poetry is pouring out of me and I have spent many moments with tears in my eyes and love in my heart. Joseph Campbell is so right. The Universe has conspired with me as I set out on this journey, and the right people and circumstances have all been provided for me.

Life is such magic.

But you cannot fully grasp the magic of life until you do this very thing – until you follow your bliss. And when you do, you will not BELIEVE what will come together for you. The people that will drop off from your life (and rightly so), the amazing people that will step into your life (blissfully so) and the insights that seem to automatically download into your consciousness (even more surprisingly so).

Why is this?
When we are BEING our bliss (and for me that is living at the beach), we are SO in alignment with who we REALLY ARE, that there is no more struggle, no more strife, only total and complete joy.

I realized over the course of this journey (which is only really beginning) a few key things:

-In times of great transition, the people who are truly your friends step up, the ones who are not (this includes family too), also show themselves. This provides an amazing opportunity for clarity and more intimate bonds with those who are truly in alignment with you.

-Nothing else matters, but right now. Sitting on Poipu beach on Friday, I realized this. It doesn’t matter what I do in my life, what matters is that I’ve done this. That I had a stirring within me, a voice and a message that said “go” and I went. And the going provided me with so much more than I could have ever imagined.

-Happiness is a feeling. Joy is a state of being. I can feel “happy” about circumstances in my life, but when I am living in alignment with WHO I REALLY AM, I feel joy that no outside circumstances can impact.

These are just a few of my realizations and I’m eager to see what’s around the bend.

Thank you to all of you who have supported me in the attaining of this dream (InsideTrack, JenP, and all the rest). I am so excited to see the next bits of unfolding.

And most of all, I have to thank the Universe and Mr. Campbell for reminding me of who I REALLY AM and allowing me to be that.

Much love & blessings,

P.S. Top photo – sunset at Poipu Beach, Richie & I on my first night living in Kauai.

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Well, I did it.

I made the trek across the Pacific Ocean to move my life from Portland, Ore. to Kauai, Hawaii.

It has been a true adventure – filled with many synchronicities and unfortunately, not much time for cooking. Sure, I made a turkey sandwich on Ezekiel bread for the plane ride, along with trail mix (Trader Joe’s cashews, almonds and unsweetened cranberries) and consumed far too many Luna and Cliff bars – just to get through the last few days.

But, along the way I did make one lovely discovery: Sunspire SunDrops. Now, warning – there are dairy elements, and it is not guaranteed gluten-free – but I had absolutely no problems eating them. They were a great treat, especially as my significant other noshed on peanut M&M’s (which by the way are loaded with bad refined sugars!).

If you’re looking to celebrate and treat yourself – SunDrops (peanut style) are the way to go. Enjoy!

Happy Eating,

P.S. I hope to get some more cooking in soon! 🙂

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I’m addicted to this recipe right now. It has all the elements–veggies, no wheat/dairy/sugar, plenty of protein and it’s absolutely delicious. Below is the recipe for one serving (although the dressing will feed one, all week long).

Salad Dressing:
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c rice vinegar – recommend Marukan brand
1 T garlic salt
Juice from one lemon

Place in sealed container, shake to mix. Keep at room temperature.

Avocado, chopped
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Organic field greens
Artichoke hearts (Trader Joe’s brand!) with one sliced bell pepper (loving the yellow right now)
-Stir-fry artichoke hearts with a sliced bell pepper in olive oil with garlic salt for seasoning.
-Grill chicken breasts with desired seasoning. Cool and shred for salad.

Combine salad ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and top with salad dressing.
Pair with the soup of your choice or eat alone. It’s enough for a meal! To spice it up, you can add sesame or flax seeds.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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Valentine’s Day may appear to be just another overly commercialized and silly American holiday, BUT, I encourage you to push aside your apathy and instead take time to ponder what love is to YOU.

We throw the word around so frequently, it can be tough to really know what it is. And not just in words – what does love feel like to you? Where do you feel love in your body?

For me, my heart chakra swells and tears form when I think about those I love. I have the overwhelming urge to hug them and connect with them, in any way possible. I find it most easy to express my love through writing, but I also know how important it is to make eye contact with a loved one and tell them in the most simple, yet beautiful way possible that I do, in fact, love them.

Love, to me, is the unconditional reaction to care for, be present with and honor a person in your life. It means that no matter what the outside circumstances are in life, you love them. In addition, to me love is about ACTION. Actions show priority and when I love, I work hard to make sure I’m showing my feelings. Without that extra step, the kind words, a hug, or a thoughtful gift–how will the people in my life know that I love them?

I’m working on a project around this topic – so I await your responses. What is love to YOU?
Submit your answers/ideas here! Or, email me at: heather@risingupforlove.org.

And in the meantime, reflect and write down the names of the people in your life that you truly love. Then, make a point to show them in a special way that is all your own.

Oh, and be sure to check out Byron Katie’s most excellent article on love. Self-love is a HUGE area that I coach often on, as it also happens to be one of the biggest pieces missing from the love puzzle. More on that in the very near future…

Much love to YOU,
Heather 🙂

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I love this recipe and hope you will too! It’s perfect for lunch during the week. I typically make this on a Sunday and eat it for lunch all week long. Yum!

-1 can black beans
-1 can refried beans (I love chili lime flavor)
-1 can enchilada sauce (red or green – your choice!)
-1 red pepper, chopped
-1 avocado, chopped
-1 package of Lisanatti almond pepperjack cheese, grated
-Salsa, as needed
-1 package small corn tortillas (I love Trader Joe’s brand, of course)
-9×13 glass baking dish

Preheat oven to 350. Soften tortillas by placing them on stove burner set to low for a few seconds each side. Heat up black and refried beans in one pan, add 1/8 cup cheese. Heat enchilada sauce on low. Scoop bean mixture, 1T enchilada sauce, red pepper, avocado, a sprinking of cheese and 1T salsa into corn tortilla. Roll up and place in baking dish. Repeat until dish is full. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the top of rolled tortillas. Sprinkle cheese over top until lightly covered. Bake 30 minutes.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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