I can’t believe that it’s been a month since I last posted. It has been an incredible time of living, learning, reflecting, and eating, but I just wasn’t ready to share until today. Do you ever feel like you need to have everything all figured out before you can share something life changing with a friend? After a month, I realized that if I waited until I had it all figured out, I’d never blog again!
I started Gluten-Free Cat because of my passion for sharing that living gluten-free doesn’t have to mean living without. In fact, living gluten-free has opened my world of food so drastically that I’m no longer looking for the perfect bread replacement. I no longer turn cartwheels in the cereal aisle when yet another company offers a gluten-free bowl of flakes. Finding a gluten-free muffin is a nice occasional treat, but I can take it or leave it. And gluten-free cookies? They’re just cookies. I’m far more excited about the wide array of incredible foods available to us that are naturally gluten-free and incredibly healthy for our bodies.
I’ve found that the more natural and pure my food is, the happier my body is.
I spent all of last month eating nothing but raw food. I enjoyed rich salads drenched in homemade dressings. I pureed soups made entirely from raw produce. I made my own nut milks, nut meats, and nut cheeses. I’ve eaten a LOT of guacamole and didn’t think twice about the caloric intake. I’ve even made desserts for dinner without guilt or judgement, because my dessert had the nutritional integrity of a well-balance meal. I’ve eaten, eaten, and eaten, and I’ve probably lost about ten pounds. And while I’m very happy that my spring clothes are back to fitting comfortably, the most important part is that I feel fantastic.
Raw Mango Banana Pie with Almond Crust
Raw Apple Pie with Almond Crust
And not once did I ever wonder, “How can I make this gluten-free?” It was all naturally gluten-free.
I didn’t spend any time reading ingredient lists on packages to make sure things were gluten-free, because there were no packages. Well, there was one. The only package that I opened all month long was the package of nori that I needed for nut sushi and raw quiche salad. Package Ingredients: Nori. Simple.
Raw Quiche Salad
I was a little concerned that switching to a raw food diet would impact my energy level. I teach 4-6 fitness classes each week, and I have been training for a marathon since January. So I do need to choose my nutrients wisely. But so far I’ve been able to successfully teach kindergarten, teach fitness classes, and run up to 13 miles at a time fueled by raw foods. I’ll let you know if that changes. The next long run is 15, yikes!
This week I’ve been incorporating a little more cooked food into my diet, but I am craving mostly raw foods right now. And one thing I’m learning is that I need to listen to my body.
So what does this mean for the curious Gluten-Free Cat? I’ll keep learning and sharing, but you may find that I’m doing fewer product reviews and temporarily even fewer recipes. Right now I’m learning from the experts. I’m in love with raw food cookbooks like these:
- Ani’s Raw Food Asia: Easy East-West Fusion Recipes the Raw Food Way by Ani Phyo
- Ani’s Raw Food Essentials: Recipes and Techniques for Mastering the Art of Live Food by Ani Phyo
- Everyday Raw by Matthew Kenney
- Rawlicious: Delicious Raw Recipes for Radiant Health by Peter Daniel
- The Art of Raw Living Food: Heal Yourself and the Planet with Eco-delicious Cuisine by Doreen Virtue and Jenny Ross
I don’t have it all figured out. But I’d like to share everything that I’m learning with you. So I hope you’ll stick with me as the focus of this blog changes a bit. As always, everything will be gluten-free. And who knows, maybe you’ll try something new along with me!
- What has your experience been with raw foods?
- Do you have a favorite raw foods dish?
- How has changing your diet impacted your life?