This weekend I was completely captivated by the book Dear Lover: A Woman’s Guide to Men, Sex, and Love’s Deepest Bliss by David Deida.

Deida has the amazing gift of lyrical writing, along with the ability to explain men and women in a way that honors both.

I found myself saying “Yes!” at almost every turn, as Deida describes exactly the kind of fulfilling partnership women crave, that also honors men. He calls for more openness, as well as the expression of the divine feminine (it’s about time!). He encourages women to embrace their femininity and to let man’s masculinity complement it. “When you feel deep into your heart, you feel love…” It’s a beautiful thing.

I can’t say enough about this book. If you’re seeking to understand what a spiritual and symbiotic relationship between a man and a woman might look like, this is the first book you want to read.

Side note: Deida’s writing style is so captivating, it will inspire you to be a better writer. I couldn’t help notice how much more pizazz my writing had this weekend with Deida’s words whispering in my ear.

That’s the beauty of reading – it inspires you to be an even better writer!

Writing Song of the Week: U Want Me 2 by Sarah McLachlan–I’ve got it on repeat. 🙂

Happy Writing!

BLOG UPDATE: Starting next week, I’ll be in Brazil. Stay tuned for updates, as I go on a spiritual journey to see John of God (oh, and watch Brazilian men play guitar while drinking Brazilian wine of course!).

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It’s literally been over 15 years since I’ve had fish and chips.

But, those days are over with the Hawthorne Fish House. It is a MUST for any Celiac or anyone eating wheat-free. The fish is delish and is breaded with rice flour. Pure genius!

The entire establishment boasts gluten-free offerings, including desserts (coconut rum torte anyone?) and fish tacos. You can’t go wrong with this place.

Oh, and be sure to substitute sweet potato fries (YUUUUMMMM!!!) with your order. You’ll love it.

Have a favorite wheat-free restaurant?
Give us all the scoop here!

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

BLOG UPDATE: I’ll be in Brazil over the next few weeks, so blog posts may be intermittent. I hope to find some great gluten-free dishes while away though and promise to share!

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01 Sep / I Love You

I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
Thank you.
I love you.

And that’s it. That’s what it takes to get to peace, or zero limits, as Joe Vitale and Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len describe in the book Zero Limits.

Not surprisingly, and quite synchronistically, this book came to me literally a week after I identified that my core objective in life is to 1) feel peace and 2) share it with others.

What I learned in Zero Limits is that peace is completely possible, and it requires one thing of each of us: we must take 100% responsibility for EVERYTHING that is in/and comes into our lives. No more blaming, pointing or seeking to explain or justify.

The only thing we need to do is clear and heal ourselves. And as we do, those around us will be cleared and healed. There is no more “out there”, there is only within.

It would be impossible to describe all of the life-changing information I received from this book, so you should definitely just order it right now and read it yourself. 🙂

Using a Hawaiian process called Ho’oponopono, Dr. Len healed a ward of criminally insane mental patients in Hawaii–without ever seeing one patient. He simply cleared (using the statements you see at the beginning of this blog) whatever was within him that fed into the illusion that the patients were a problem. Eventually, the ward completely closed down and no longer exists today–all but 2 were healed.

So far, I’ve been using the process for a couple of days, and the healing and synchronicities are tremendous. Most of all, there is an additional element of peace within me. And when people or situations come up, I take responsibility for them and use the Ho’oponopono process to clear them. In addition, I recommit to staying in the flow, allowing life to happen as it’s meant to and only taking action when inspired to do so.

I also discovered that on Oct. 11th & 12th there will be a Ho’oponopono class in Eugene, Ore. Curious about learning the process and how to clear out the old programs playing in your mind (that disturb your ability to achieve peace)? Then, check it out. I’ll report more as it unfolds for me…

Wishing you peace beyond all understanding (my new sign-off, thanks to Dr. Len),
Heather 🙂

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Try this ultra-simple pasta dish for chillier Fall days (it feels like October here in the Pacific NW – how is it in your part of the world?!).

Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Turkey Pasta

1 lb. ground turkey, organic
1 can red marinara pasta sauce (Try Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil – organic)
1 pkg. brown rice elbow pasta (Trader Joe’s has the best!)

Brown turkey in a skillet until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper. Pour pasta sauce in with turkey. Cook until comes to a boil, then reduce to simmer. In a separate pan, cook noodles according to directions (don’t cook more than 10 min.), drain. Spoon sauce and turkey mixture over noodles.

Voila! You’ve got a hearty meal in minutes.
Serves 4.

Do you have a favorite brand of wheat-free pasta or sauce? Leave your recommendations here.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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I made the above commitment a few months ago at a seminar facilitated by the amazing Jennifer Powers. I said I would push myself boldly out of my comfort zone in order to grow. At the time, it sounded like a fantastic idea.

Then, the work began.

As one writing contract wound down, an opportunity presented itself to grow my skills in another, powerful way–coaching. It would require going to an office, learning brand new skills and creating another way of being. It would require leaping far out of my comfort zone so that I could have more of an impact on people. So that every day, I could support individuals across the country in achieving their dreams. It has been an amazing and rich experience, as I’ve spent the summer success coaching non-traditional college students through an incredible company, InsideTrack.

And this was just the beginning.

Since committing to “feeling the fear and doing it anyway,” I followed my inner guidance to walk away from relationships that no longer serve my long-term growth, move into a home that would allow me to be (and “be” in my favorite part of Portland!), and allow new people into my life in new and surprisingly different ways.


In addition, my writing began to evolve. I started writing poetry again. I began pitching to editors on articles I was passionate about. My book project (passed in the final review by Lyon’s Press — you guys are missing out!) has taken on new life, as my coauthor and I refine it AND stay true to our vision.

This feeling the fear thing is not easy. It’s uncomfortable. It hurts. It makes me scream and cry and in general act like a 5-year-old. On the flip side, I am living – I am feeling. Every day, I’m discovering my truth in a fuller and deeper way.

I’m leading the life my life deserves to live:
-Connecting with like-minded individuals on a daily basis who inspire me.
-Supporting and coaching amazing people.
-Writing what I love.
-Engaging only in relationships that serve my highest good (and the highest good of the other).

The clincher to all of this? I never imagined it would be so fraught with intensity, emotion and grand ephipanies. It is richer, deeper and more heart-chakra expanding than I ever anticipated.

Isn’t life grand?!
Leave a comment here about how you’re feeling the fear and doing it anyway…

Happy Writing!
xoHeather 🙂

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Let’s be honest, chocolate is delicious. But, when you’re eating wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar, chocolate isn’t exactly the best idea (and god forbid you pick up milk chocolate–that’s a total nightmare!).

Attune Foods has created a delectable gluten-free, dairy-free and good-for-you chocolate bar. The bars are packed full of probiotics, which are necessary for proper digestive function. Typically, though probiotics come in pill or icky tasting supplement form. So now, you can bypass all of that drama, eat chocolate and get your probiotics. Genius!

I’m a HUGE fan of the chocolate crisp flavor – it tastes sinful, even though it’s completely legit.The dark chocolate isn’t too bad either, but the chocolate crisp tastes more like the real thing.

Currently, Attune has a printable coupon offer on its site and is giving away 100 bars a day, so be sure to take advantage.

And let’s hear it for chocolate that’s good for you–YAY Attune!

Happy Eating,
Heather 🙂

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One of the great things about Portland is the variety and depth of talented musicians living in our city. It’s an absolute mystery to me how someone as talent-less as Britney Spears or Fergie can make it big, while our city is filled with celebrity-status musicians that the world still doesn’t know about.

Real musicians can actually play instruments (shocking!), sing beautifully AND look hot! Who woulda thought?

Last night I had the pleasure of discovering Tony Smiley at the Buffalo Gap off of Macadem Ave. Picture Johnny Depp (a good combo of 21 Jump Street, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and Pirates of the Carribean), with a sexy hot voice and amazing musical skills. Not bad, right? You’ve got to check this guy out. He’s incredible!

So, get on Myspace, make him your friend and go visit his next show. You won’t be disappointed!

-Heather 🙂

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Sunday mornings are my favorite time for making a big breakfast. During the week, I nosh on granola and fruit or a Cliff bar, but on the weekend’s I try to make something special.

Try this French Toast recipe for a nice weekend treat. Pair with fresh fruit–strawberries or raspberries are a great choice during this time of year.

6 stale slices of wheat-free bread (I can eat sprouted grains, and choose Ezekiel bread)
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
1T ground cinnamon
1 t vanilla extract

Leave bread out overnight. Next morning beat eggs, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Soak each slice of bread in the mixture for 1-2 minutes and then turn over and soak for another minute. Place on skillet on medium heat for 1 minute, flip over and cook for one more minute or until golden brown.

Top with Smart Balance Light butter and maple syrup (I love Springtree brand!).

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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Recently, I interviewed Judith McGee for — besides being absolutely fabulous, she also encouraged and advocated mini-vacations. I decided to take her advice and booked a 3night/4day vacation in sunny (and hot!) Las Vegas.

For the first time ever, I didn’t take an ounce of work or homework with me. I took books, like Mastery of Love and The Celestine Prophecy instead. I wrote poetry. About crazy drunk people in swimming pools. But, whatever. The point was I was thinking and writing creatively and completely outside my norm. It felt soooo good!

I laid by the pool in 90 degree heat and looked at my life back in the Pacific NW in a whole new way. I felt gratitude. And when I returned 4 days later, I was ready to dive back in…

What’s your favorite mini-break vacation spot?
Leave your comments here…

Happy Writing!
Heather 🙂

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Traveling always provides the perfect opportunity to eat wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar. But, in a place like Las Vegas (where anything and everything you can ever imagine is available) maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult. Fortunately, I’m vain and didn’t want to be bloated in my bikini, making me extra motivated to eat right. 🙂

Here are some tips for eating wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar while vacationing in Vegas:

-Asian food is a perfect option for travel eating. I got to dine, not once, but twice at my favorite Asian restaurant, Chin-Chin Cafe inside New York New York. I noshed on eggplant with tofu — one of my absolute fave dishes and chicken lettuce cups. Yum!

-Salads, baby. Add some protein and your golden.

-For breakfast, an egg white veggie frittata with hashbrowns is a delish choice.

-When on Vegas time, there are typically only two meals a day (due to rising around 11am!), so a a Luna or Cliff bar with a piece of fruit will always suffice.

-For drinks, stay away from juices (packed with refined sugars) and keep it simple. For me that means, sipping on a glass of Chardonney or my new drink–coconut rum and club soda (see photo). It’s refreshing and simple. FYI – Rum does not contain wheat, but is made from molasses.

-Ask about the ingredients of food – you may be surprised. In the picture above, I was enjoying a pecan bar made with almond flour. Hooray!

-Mexican food can be another great option–always be sure to ask that corn tortillas are used. We got our fill at Diablo’s Cantina.

-Sugar-free chocolates are a great treat and were readily available at a casino cafe.

-Bring bars, nuts and dried fruit for easy airplane travel.

Eating wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar while traveling isn’t as tough as one would expect. Even in Vegas!

Have any tips for eating out while living it up in Vegas? Leave your comments here.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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