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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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I’m surprised by the big glass of Haterade a host of therapists, coaches and authors are serving up on The Secret. When I first discovered The Secret, I was excited, thrilled and glowing. To me, it provided the missing piece of my evolving spiritual puzzle – I could attract what I wanted into my life IF I put my focus on attracting it.

As of today, I’ve watched The Secret half a dozen times and have shared it with as many people as I possibly can.

I’m shocked at the amount of negativity that these “progressive” individuals are throwing at The Secret. I unsubscribed from Debbie Ford’s newsletter as her rants following The Secret’s appearance on Oprah made me realize how threatened she felt by the movie’s methodology (which directly challenges her entire business premise, therefore threatening her livelihood). Today I received Byron Katie’s newsletter to uncover more of the same. Add to that segments on the Today show saying The Secret is “dangerous” (Gail Saltz – stop being so afraid of losing your cush gig for god’s sake!) and numerous rants by anyone who is threatened by the possibility that everything in our life we attracted by our thoughts/feelings/actions.

All I can say at this point is – what are you all so scared of?

Stop being afraid and enjoy life!
Use the Law of Attraction and The Secret to make your world a better place (thus affecting everyone around you).

We can all agree that if we had more love and less anger the world would be a better, happier place. The Secret just happens to be one of the vehicles we can use to get there. Not so scary after all, eh?

While you’re at it – check out The Secret book…I recently received the audio version (thanks boyfriend!)

Okay, I’ll now promptly step down from my soap box. 🙂

Much love to you ALL!
xoHeather

www.HeatherStrang.com

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22 Apr / Go Macro!


A macrobiotic diet sounds a little, well…scientific. I never bothered doing much research on this diet until I received a press release about Go Macro’s new line of gluten-free bars. The founder’s mother had breast cancer and used a macrobiotic diet to cure herself. Amazing! I SO believe that the food we eat is in direct relation to our health. Unhealthy? Check out the food you’re eating (that and the thoughts you’re thinking). That will provide all the answers you need!

While a macrobiotic diet does include whole wheat, the folks at Go Macro decided to add gluten-free to the mix. The bars are a bit carb heavy (35 grams of carbs in one bar) in fact, I wouldn’t eat them as anything more than a meal replacement (with a soy yogurt for breakfast) as opposed to a “snack”.

So far, I’ve tried peanut protein – a little misleading – there are only 13 grams of protein, but it’s very tasty. My favorite is cashew butter – 240 calories, 36 carbs, 4 grams protein. Pretty comparable to Cliff bars, the taste though is somehow – better. It’s lighter and more pure in taste. Is that even possible? Seems so. I’m tearing off pieces of the bars to eat as snacks in between meals. One whole bar is simply too much to eat at once, unless it’s for a meal.

Have you tried Go Macro products? If so, do tell!
–H

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Sometimes great ideas don’t turn out as you imagine.

That was truly the case for a recent food piece I did for LivePDX.com in honor of International No Diet Day. I had this FABULOUS idea that in honor of No Diet Day, I would abandon my wheat/dairy/sugar-free lifestyle and enjoy one day of eating whatever I wanted.

The editor LOVED the idea and decided to add a video component and 2 additional restaurants. My idea was now to be a documented event, with 6 restaurants in one day.

I don’t need to give you the play-by-play (although you will be able to watch it all on April 26) for you to know what happened. While I only ate a little bit at each restaurant (OK – a whole dessert at Papa Haydn’s and ate way to much at Bernie’s Bistro), by location 6 – I was sick. And it didn’t just end there. I’ve been recovering all weekend. I literally had a food hang-over. I didn’t eat until dinner time yesterday and even that was very bland foods. I had headaches, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, skin irritation, extreme crankiness – all of it from eating unrefined foods for one full day.

This “fun” writing assignment reminded me why I love to eat wheat/dairy/sugar-free. I feel SO MUCH better and I don’t have any of the stomach/mood/skin problems that I do when I eat refined foods.

So, I’m in a place of complete GRATITUDE now that my day of pigging out is over. Never again. I love my body and don’t believe dieting is healthy. But, I LOVE eating wheat/dairy/sugar-free. In that way, every day is “no diet day” for me!
xoH

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15 Apr / Go Gratitude!


Go Gratitude was a catalyst in my own personal transformation. Sign up for this amazing email program and for 42 days you will receive insights that open your mind and transform (great word!) your heart. I participated in this email program over a year ago and absolutely loved it. In fact, I’ve signed up for a couple of times. The 42 days goes by far too fast!

Gratitude is paramount in attracting the life you dream about.
The Law of Attraction and Gratitude work together hand in hand giving you everything you need and desire. To learn more about the Law of Attraction, visit Abraham-Hicks.com

Every morning, I wake up and write 10 things I am grateful for. It can be as simple as “sleep” or as fun as “orgasms”. It only matters that you align your energy with what you are grateful for.

Gratitude also turns a bad mood on its head in an instant.
When down in spirit, write 10 things you are grateful for. It’s tough to be bummed out when you realize how much is right in your life.

Check out this book on Gratitude:

Go gratitude!
-H

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I celebrated my first-ever Easter this year. Besides not having any idea what this holiday is about (in honor of Jesus resurrection and rabbit fertility – what?!) I thoroughly enjoyed the egg decoration process.

The boyfriend bought a kit and I got to decorate my pretty eggs with stickers, dye and stamps. It felt more like a grade school project than a holiday, but I have to tell you – connecting with your creative side – even if it’s simply decorating eggs, felt GOOD. Then, I had my own Easter egg hunt. He hid the eggs throughout the apartment and I had to find them.

I discovered two things:
1) Scavenger hunts ARE HARD (there’s an egg hidden in my spider plant!)
2) Being a kid (even at 29) is a lot of fun. Yay Easter!

How does this relate to writing? Well, it doesn’t really. Other than I’m a writer, writing about my first-ever Easter experience. How’s that for relevance?!

Oh and check out this fabulous book I just finished. It’s been a big help – I’m not raging in traffic or agonizing about nutty people. 🙂

–H

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09 Apr / WOW Brownies!

At a recent visit to Hair Unlimited in West Linn (where my sis Amanda cuts hair – she rocks!), I discovered WOW Chocolate Brownies at Market of Choice.

WOW, these are delicious. Brownies. Yum!
No refined sugars and no wheat.

Even better – they’re a NW company, located in Seattle. So, check them out.
It’s a great weekend treat.

–Heather

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