On a recent jaunt to QFC (of all places – they actually have a great little wheat-free section), I discovered Mary’s Gone Crackers, crackers. Okay, super cheesy name, but super yummy crackers. Right now, I’m dipping them in soy nut butter or topping them with Tofutti cream cheese and a dollop of salsa. YUM!

It’s the perfect mid-day snack between lunch and dinner. When you’re hungry, but not famished. Pair with carrot sticks/celery to up the nutritional quotient.

The original cracks are made with organic brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds and sesame seeds. Try them out – they’re delish!

-Heather πŸ™‚

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You know the silent voice that comes up immediately when you ask yourself, either silently or out loud, “What do I do about…?” It comes quick and fast before you’ve even had a chance to think about what you want the answer to be. The voice that beckons you to turn right rather than left, the one that knows that it’s Jenny calling before you even look at your phone or lets you know that Coldplay’s “Yellow” will be on the next song on 105.1 fm.

Meet your intuition.

I’m vaguely familiar with mine. I hear it most strongly when I’m sitting on the beach having a conversation with the ocean (i.e. myself). The answers come strong, quick and right on. They resonate and as much as I may want to argue otherwise, I know its right.

It’s my intuition that led me to pick up a book that’s been on my shelf for over a year after a reading with health intuitive, Karen Grace Kassy. Last July, Karen gave me amazing insight for what to do next as I found myself unemployed and confused about what path to take.

She also mentioned that she felt that a cyst was on one of my ovaries. For some reason, I ignored her warnings only to find out a few weeks ago that she was absolutely correct. I gain comfort in knowing that for some reason I must have needed this experience and have already learned so much. Mostly, that my body is incredibly AMAZING. It heals quickly and quietly, gently reminding me when needed to love it more consciously.

So, it’s no surprise that during my healing process I picked up Karen’s book, Health Intuition and have scheduled another appointment with her.

In the meantime, I’m following her well-laid out method for tapping into your own intuition. I am loving it. It is tough – checking in with myself so much – but so needed.

I would love to hear any ideas you have for tapping into your intuition, for health, success or simple fun like for finding great parking spots! And stay tuned for an update after my next session with her mid-month.

With love,

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As the healing cycle continues, I find myself drawn to chicken & wild rice soup with toast. Not very exciting, but it’s what I’m loving right now.

Ezekial Bread (try Low Sodium – just got it and you cannot tell a bit of difference)
1T Smart Balance Light butter

Dip in your fave soup!

Also, check out my article on the wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar lifestyle on White Apricot.
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-Heather πŸ™‚

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During my time of healing, I’m reminded of the power of gratitude. Yesterday, as I struggled to remember – ‘why exactly is THIS happening?’ I found an email from the folks at Go Gratitude in my inbox. As always, the universe provides what you need, when you need it. In the email, founder Stacey shared her recent challenges, a la’ family relationships and her need to maintain a connection to gratitude.

Turns out, I’m not alone and even the most enlightened of us struggles. I felt instant peace. And you will too, when you check out the YouTube piece on gratitude. It gave me chills and an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards my existence on this amazing planet. Please check it out and let me know what you think. I’m loving it!

In addition, be sure to visit Gratefulness.org – a non-profit dedicated to the power of gratitude. SO Cool. I’ve signed up for their newsletter and have bookmarked the site for future wanderings.

Every morning, I write 10 things I’m grateful for. It’s a practice I teach to girls in my empowerment classes and it’s so important. Anytime I’m not feeling grateful (symptoms of this: irritability, complaining, fear, anxiety, etc.), I work hard to shift to a place of gratitude. Now, it doesn’t always happen – like yesterday – but often it does.

So, today, I’m sharing my gratitude list with you:
-My amazing and perfectly healthy body.
-The weekend!
-My adorable cat, Beatrice.
-My sister Amanda.
-Jim – the best boyfriend EVER.
-Toast. (Ezekiel bread with Smart Balance Light butter – YUM.)
-E! and Sex & the City πŸ™‚ It’s a tie.
-Wearing jeans (I’ve spent the last 1.5 weeks in drawstring everything.)
-Mid-day naps.
-My book proposal.

What are YOU grateful for today?
Please share!

Much love,

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09 Sep / Cats For Healing

When I found out that I was going to have surgery (ovarian cyst removal – fun!) last week, I wanted to put all the elements for healing in place. I remember in the Secret, that James Arthur Ray mentioned the power of pets. I haven’t had a pet since I was 12 and I finally felt ready for the responsibility – as I’m a bit of a commitment-phobe.

So, the boyfriend and I made a jaunt to the Oregon Humane Society last Saturday to pick out the perfect cat to aid in my healing. I spotted Beatrice online and she was the first cat I requested to see. A short haired Tabby, Beatrice is affectionate and independent (kinda like me!).

Since bringing her home, she’s kept me company on the couch both day and night. When I’m up at 4am, she’s there with me. I don’t feel bad about sleeping most of the day, cuz she’s snoozin’ along side me. Incidentally, Beatrice has kept my mind off of just me and the pain of surgery. She’s a great diversion and her healing energy keeps my mind at ease.

In addition, I’ve been listening to Kelly Howell’s Guided Healing meditation since my ER visit and I firmly believe that it’s helping in my healing process. I also purchased Doreen Virtue‘s Healing with Fairies cards and they are AMAZING! The cards are bringing me comfort and connection with what is truly important in my life. A big shout out to Brooke Emery with the Attraction Boutique for the recommendation of this fabulous cards.

All in all, everything DOES happen for a reason – even the stuff that scares the crap out of you. I’ve never been more clear about my purpose, desires and direction in life. My ovarian cyst has taught me more than I could dare to bore you with here, but I will share this – it has reminded me (rather aggressively!) what’s truly important – taking care of ME, as well as the importance of gratitude in the present moment. How beautiful is that?!

Have any healing therapies you can’t live without?
Please share!

Much love,

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With Labor Day weekend on the way (and the holiday’s looming – have you seen the Halloween displays??!), entertaining and eating wheat-free and dairy-free takes some extra thought.

Below are a few ideas, although there is some sugar included – but nothing processed – I promise!

First up – Trader Joe’s always has great dark chocolate covered something and right now I’m digging their Dark Chocolate Almonds. Belgian chocolate and raw sugar – yum!

-Blue corn chips & salsa – you can never go wrong with this combo.
-Veggies & hummus – recommend Trader Joe’s hummus – best on the market
-Amy’s Rice Crust Cheese pizza (add toppings like chicken and red onion), sliced into tiny pieces

If you’re going to a BBQ or gathering, bring these yummy spicy mixed nuts – it’s from a recipe I snagged from a former roommate:
1 egg white
2T cold water
1/2 c walnuts
2/3 c pecan halves
1/2 c Splenda or raw sugar
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ginger
1/4 t nutmeg

Beat egg white and water until frothy. Stir nuts into mixture.
Mix sugar and spices in large plastic storage bag. Add nuts and shake to coat.
Spread nut mixture on large microwave-safe plate in a single layer. Microwave 2 minutes, turn, another 2 minutes and turn and then a final 2 minutes.

Put in fridge for 1 hour and voila! Perfect party snack!

Feel free to share any of your party fave’s in the comments section.
-Heather πŸ™‚

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