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 πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚ 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,

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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!


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08 Jul / Yoga Is the Way

I’ve been a bit stressed. I mean, I didn’t feel THAT stressed, because nothing too major is happening (aside from a change in my writing niche, another move in two weeks and friend issues). My body, on the other hand, has been letting me know that something isn’t right. My neck muscles were tense, my low back was tight and my psoriasis came back in full effect. So, I knew it was time to do something different. Last week, instead of my hard-core Tae-Bo and weight training, I went walking and practiced yoga. I found a fabulous book to help with the muscle tension – Yoga Heals Your Back. It’s awesome! 10-minute sessions with a different focus are featured throughout, including strength sessions for your abs, butt, and thighs. My body is so much happier with me now! I feel taller and my body feels more at peace.

Add to that an amazing massage from Arti at AG Massage on NW 5th. If you’re looking for quality, therapeutic work – he’s the guy to go to. I’ve had NMT (neuromuscular therapy) in the past and was thrilled to find another NMT in Portland. Arti is professional and intuitive. Best of all, he’s patient with the stubborn knots in my back.

So, despite the additional stress, I’m doing everything I can to keep my body relaxed and happy.

Have any ideas on great ways to care for your body?
Do tell!

–Heather πŸ™‚

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Happy Sunday! I’ve got two great finds for you this week. A conscious living e-newsletter/website you’re sure to love and a movie that brought me great peace and comfort.

First up, White Apricot. Have you checked this out yet? If you haven’t – sign-up for their e-newsletter pronto. You’ll find fabulous conscious living lifestyle recommendations, everything from food (be sure to check out my upcoming piece on the GF lifestyle), travel, yoga, beauty (the good stuff – not the “making you feel bad about yourself” kind!) and a lilphilosophy. It’s a perfect weekly pick-me-up – that’s right, not a daily, filling up your inbox annoying email – a weekly conscious hook-up. Let me know what you think. They rock!

And then, a movie you HAVE to see. Peaceful Warrior. Read the book? I haven’t – but you bet its on my list now. Inspirational, peaceful (of course!) and just absolutely life-changing/thought-provoking. For those of us already on the conscious lifestyle path, it reminds you of what is truly important (the JOURNEY PEOPLE!) and why we’re really here.

Let me know your thoughts on both.
Can’t wait to hear from you!

Much love,

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Want to take the Law of Attraction to the next level? Create your own Mind Movie!

Find out about Mind Movies here.
And become a Mind Movie affiliate to earn passive income.

This is an awesome way to take your affirmations and vision boards to another level. Even better, import your own photos and choose your life theme song to go along with it. Get ALL the tools you need in one location with Mind Movie for only $27!

Watch in the morning and then again in the evening – that’s all it takes to increase your vibration. Watch your dreams come to life!

Also, once you create your Mind Movie, share it with us. Post a link in the comments section of the blog or email it directly to me at: heather@risingupforlove.org. I’ll be posting mine shortly…

It’s a toss up between Feist’s, “I Feel it All” or Frou Frou’s “Let Go.” What do you think? Let me know!

Much love,
Heather πŸ™‚

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