18 Dec / Best Lunch EVER

I’m the kind of person who finds a meal/dish I love and then I eat it incessantly until I can’t eat it anymore. Can you relate? If so, you will be hooked on my new found favorite lunch.

Ezekiel English Muffin, toasted
2T Tofutti cream cheese, slathered on both slices
Sliced turkey breast on top of each muffin
2T fresh salsa – LOVE Chachies Salsa – on top

It’s DELICIOUS.

Love it?
Have an even better lunch recipe? Post it here for all to enjoy!
-Heather ๐Ÿ™‚

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So, the end of 2007 is just about here. And I don’t know about you, but the end of the year usually gets me thinking about the upcoming year and all that I want to accomplish.

Last year, I took a rockin’ teleclass on setting up the future of my business (and life!). I can’t believe how fast it went and how much I achieved! Now, this year I’m spreading the word – telling everyone I know to take this teleclass. Join the best coach ever, Brooke Emery, as she hosts: The Law of Attraction – Am I Doing it Right? Move Beyond the Law.

You don’t want to miss this:
Jan. 10, 2008 7pmEST/4pmPT

Reserve your seat today by emailing: info@thefemmenetwork.com with the following info:

Name:
Email:
Phone #:
Femme member: yes/no

In 2008 I would like to attract these things into my life: (i.e. – a new job, $10,000 to pay off loans, 3 big clients, a life partner, etc.)

Tell them Heather sent you. ๐Ÿ™‚

And, if you do take the teleclass (which I hope you will!), be sure to let me know how it went. You will be shocked at how quickly you manifest what you desire with Brooke’s help.

Enjoy!
Heather ๐Ÿ™‚

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Occasionally, I get so excited about a book that I HAVE to share it with the rest of the blogosphere.

If you have not read Journey of Souls by Michael Newton, I HIGHLY encourage you to do so. It has totally rocked my world, opening me up to a deeper understanding as to why we’re all here, doing this thing called life. Even when it feels hard and gut-wrenching and too much. There is a reason. And the people in our lives are no accident. Our career as writers (or calling as it is for most!) is no accident either.

I could go on and on, but please – get this book! Then, be sure to let me know how much you loved it.

Also – if you live in the Portland area – join us this Thursday night, 7-9pm, Dec. 13th at the Harmony Center of Oregon for a monthly book discussion group about Journey of Souls. We can meet, chat and delve deeper into this amazing book.

If you can’t join the group, stop by the Harmony Center for Tuesday night meditation (7pm) or Sunday’s awesome and inspiring service (10:30am). Be sure to meet Preston – the director. Coolest guy ever – with energy that makes you happy to be alive!

Let me know if you get the book or visit the Harmony Center.
-Heather ๐Ÿ™‚

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I love to bake cookies. LOVE it. And then, I love to give them away because otherwise I’m liable to eat the whole batch. So, now that I’ve been writing and working from home (1 year today!), I don’t have anyone to give my cookies too.

Which is why I was so happy to discover Nana’s cookies. Now, I’m not going to lie to you – these cookies are honkin‘ huge. and loaded with calories. BUT, for an occasional splurge, they are so worth it. The chocolate cookie is like eating a huge devil’s food sponge cake. YUM.
I also love the wheat-free chocolate chip cookie. It’s dairy-free and has no refined sugars, but still a bit sweeter than Sun cakes. Oh, and beware – for half a cookie the calories are okay, although it’s virtually impossible to eat just half. You’re going to want to eat the whole cookie, and then you’ll need to go for a hike afterward. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
In any event, it tastes good, so enjoy.
Have a fave wheat-free, dairy-free, no refined sugar cookie? Let us know, so I have yet another excuse to eat cookies. For research, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚
-Heather
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A 2004 Gallup poll revealed that half of all Americans are pressed for time and stressed out. Ever feel like that? Me too! Somehow, despite my best intentions, I often find myself overscheduled, strapped for time and therefore, stressed about how I’ll get everything done.

Add to that cranky clients and the hassles of everyday life and well, things can start to feel pretty overwhelming.

A constant overachiever, I decided last year that I would cease all double-booking. This has been amazing for me. Only one social activity a day – no more. Instead of having happy hour with my sister and visiting a friend’s poetry reading – I only choose one activity. But, lately, I’ve forgotten my rule. I’m having lunch and dinner with friends and then going to a book reading. I’m out at appointments all day doing interviews and then have a social gathering to attend.

The result?
A stressed out, low on sleep, irritable Heather.
Not a good thing, let me tell you.

And so that’s why this weekend, I did nothing – or at least only activities I love. Unsure of what “nothing” looks like – check it some of my suggestions:

-No makeup all weekend (poor boyfriend!).
-Comfortable sweatshirts and a ponytail.
-Do only what you LOVE. For me this meant, baking, cooking, organizing my filing cabinets and closet and putting up my Christmas decorations.
-Sleep. I slept 8 hours each night, in my favorite comfy sweatshirt. Take that!
-Watch perfectly fabulous movies. I watched 3 movies in a row. And only watched movies – I didn’t even knit – no multi-tasking allowed!I NEVER do this.
-Laugh.
-Put together a puzzle.
-Nap.
-Pet the cat.
-Eat wonderfully yummy food (wheat-free cookies and gluten-free spinach pizza baby!).
-Read books you adore.

All in all, my 2-day weekend felt like a 5-day vacation. For some reason, without multi-tasking, my days were longer, more fun and more fulfilling. I could get used to this doing nothing thing…

So – what do you do when you’re doing “nothing” (i.e. not working)?
Do tell!
xoHeather ๐Ÿ™‚

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Recently, I went to visit Java Nation in Beaverton, Ore. – the newest no-Starbucks alternative for those in favor of supporting small businesses (and besides, Starbucks has zero food offerings for us wheat-free, dairy-free, low sugar folks!) – for some peppermint tea, free wi-fi and goodies.

Fortunately, I discovered Heart Thrive energy bars by Sun Cakes filled with vegan ingredients (and no refined sugars!), not to mention delicious taste, high fiber and calcium.

These sun cakes are power packed! But, beware – while two come in a package, you only want to eat one at a time. They’re very filling, which makes them the perfect healthy snack, but eating two at once just might be too much. I tried the chocolate chip and while very wholesome the chocolate chips gave it a nice kick. Oh, and I just saw on their website that when you place your first online order you receive 6 free sun cakes. Nice!

This is now my fave new snack when on the go.
Do you have a favorite wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar snack? If so – do tell!

Happy Eating!
Heather ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

While I managed to survive the holidays quite well wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar style (thanks to my fabulous pumpkin pie & stuffing!), the rest of the weekend proved quite challenging.

We spent 2 days at the McMenamin’s Edgefield property in Troutdale, Ore. over the long weekend. While I can almost always find a way to eat wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar at restaurants, the McMenamin’s restaurants are a challenge. Particularly at the Edgefield locations (to say nothing of the haunted farmer that kept me up all night!)

Here’s how I survived:
-Salads, salads and more salads.
-They have a killer Thai salad roll on their appetizer menu. Thank god!
-Ate two appetizers for a dinner entree.
-Allowed myself one cheat – marionberry cobbler (just ate the fruit and dealt with the stomach trouble) – sans vanilla ice cream.
-Salmon Cesear – minus the cheese/croutons and with low fat Italian dressing.
-Breakfast was the easiest; egg scramble with potatoes and fruit. Always ask waitstaff if you can substitute toast for fruit. It’s healthy, easy and leaves you feeling fabulous.

Now, I don’t recommend McMenamin’s as a great dining locale for WF/DF/LS eating, but if you have to, follow these guidelines. Usually they have a soup I can eat, but unfortunately, it was cheddar cauliflower (ick!) and turkey pasta the two days I was there. Next time, I’ll bring more fruit and veggies to snack on in between.

Do you have a WF/DF/LS restaurant horror story? Please share how you dealt with the challenge in my comments section!

Also – check out the following upcoming GF cooking classes:

Tuesday, November 27th, 6:00-6:30pm – GF Holiday Breakfast, Cost $15
Tuesday, December 4th, 6:00-6:30pm – GF Holiday Treats, Cost $15

Pay only $20 if you attend both classes! On Tuesday, December 4th, we will have a drawing for those who attended both classes. The winner of the drawing will get “The Gluten Connection” by Dr. Shari Lieberman and a bag of The Gluten-Free Pantry brownie mix!

For more info, contact Andrea at: 360) 828-8551.

Happy Eating,
Heather ๐Ÿ™‚

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Calling all writers!

A friend of mine and kick-ass 20-something author, Christine Hassler, is seeking submissions for her Chicken Soup for the 20-Something Soul book. It’s a great opportunity to share a story/lesson from your 20’s, get a pub credit and make a couple hundred bucks off of your life. Not bad, right? I definitely recommend you send in a story. Check out the guidelines below. Oh and be sure to let Christine know that Heather sent you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soulยฎ Story
1. Tell an exciting, sad or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know in 300-1200 words. Make sure that you introduce the character(s).

2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh or get goose bumps (the good kind!) Donโ€™t leave anything out โ€” how did you feel?

3. The story should start with action; it should include a problem, issue or situation. It should include dialogue and the character should express their feelings though the conflict or situation. It should end in a result, such as a lesson learned, a positive change or pay-off.

4. Above all, let it come from your HEART! Your story is important!

Story Specifications
1. It is preferred that all submissions are sent via our website at www.chickensoup.com. To prepare your inner author, go to www.chickensoup.com and read the story guidelines there.
2. Think of your awesome, incredible, tear-jerker, laugh out loud, tug at the heartstrings, message with passion, coincidental, life lesson, or just really juicy story.

3. Write your non-fiction story โ€“ approximate word limit is 300-1200 words (but Iโ€™ll edit it for you so donโ€™t worry about being exact!)
4. Go to
www.chickensoup.com, click on โ€œSubmit a Storyโ€ and be sure to select Twenty Something as the book title. Fill out the info and just paste your story in the appropriate box.
5. No anonymous or author unknown submissions please.

6. Submit only one copy of each submission.

7. We do acknowledge all submissions, but you will be notified if yours is selected.
8. DEADLINE January 15th!!!

Please contact Christine directly at christine@christinehassler.com with any questions.

Happy Submitting!
Heather ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy early Thanksgiving to all of you in the blogosphere!

While Thanksgiving is a fabulous time to stuff yourself silly, it’s also, more importantly a time to stop and appreciate all of the wonderful opportunities and people in our lives.

Have you made your Thanks-giving list yet?! If not, I encourage you to do so. It’s a great way to start any day and puts you in alignment with attracting more fabulous assignments and editors/clients.

Here’s my Thanks-list (in random order of appreciation):

-My cat, Beatrice – she keeps me entertained throughout the day.
Jennifer Powers – a great business partner who I can bounce any challenge off of.
-Heather – a fabulous soul friend who I am so grateful to know!
-Jessie – editor at DDI Magazine. An editor who really gets it and keeps me laughing.
-All of the awesome editors/assignments I’m currently working with/on. You rock!
-My agent who has diligently sent my proposal to dozens of publishers – who will soon be fighting over me, offering up the best book deal ever. ๐Ÿ™‚
-My writing. It has been there for me through it all and I am so grateful to have it as a gift.
-Anatomy of the Spirit/Health Intuition – Caroline Myss & Karen Grace Kassy inspire me to tap into that place within me where I just know.
-All of the yummy food I get to eat, even with food intolerances.
Feng Shui (10K Blessings is the Best!) and all of the abundance it brings.
Portland, Ore. – The best place on earth to live.
-Lynnette – coolest friend ever and a fabulous travel buddy!
-Jim – For always making me laugh.
-Amanda – The best sis’ a girl could ask for.

I could keep going, but I’m sure I would bore you all to tears. Anyway, you get the point.
Please be sure to share your thanks list.

With love and wishes for a truly abundant Thanksgiving!
Heather

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