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Raw Foods Thursdays 5/8/14 and an announcement

14 Comments 07 May 2014

Raw Foods Thursdays 5/8/14 and an announcement

Friends, I’ve been meaning to write this post every week for the past 3 months. But every week, I put it off and host another Raw Foods Thursdays, because I become incredibly inspired by your submissions and faithful participation. So I set aside a few hours to write a highlight post, and the post I meant to write is pushed to the back of my mind.

Until the next Wednesday evening.

Raw Foods Thursdays is going to take a little break. I love this event, so this is a hard announcement to make. But my life has changed so drastically since moving to NYC that blogging has become less of a priority. I’m finding that instead of my normal 2-3 posts per week, my only posts lately have been Raw Foods Thursdays posts. Why? Because I’m busy with other aspects of my life, but I have an obligation to our wonderful participants and readers.

Realizing that I’m posting out of obligation finally made me write this today.

This isn’t goodbye.

This isn’t an announcement that Gluten-Free Cat is closing down.

I just won’t be writing as frequently for a season. And when I do write, I will write because I’m excited to share something with you and not because of a schedule.

I’m also finding that my diet is changing. While I will always love raw vegan foods, and my diet will mostly consist of plant-based meals, I find myself not sharing certain experiences with you because of the raw vegan label. You might be disappointed if I told you that I’ve been eating some non-vegan foods. (There, I said it!)

That I enjoyed this very delicious not-so-dairy-free risotto from my favorite gluten-free restaurant on Saturday.


That when I stumbled upon this sign in the West Village I just had to try the pancakes and didn’t ask if they were made with eggs.


I don’t believe I’ll ever be a meat eater again. There are just too many ethical reasons why that no longer works for me. But I’m no longer swearing off all animal products. Living without them mostly? Absolutely. But completely? No.

I know that most of you don’t care how I eat, but there are some of you who read this blog because you’re a vegan. Not wanting to disappoint you is one of the reasons my posts have been dwindling. But I really just want to be me. Without a label.


So, let’s share some raw foods before my hiatus begins! And I will definitely let you know when RFT starts up again!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

What do you have to share?

Your Comments

14 Comments so far

  1. Emma says:

    Thank you for your honesty Heather. It’s so important that blogging is fun for you and as much as I love your posts readers are going to enjoy reading more if you’re enjoying writing.
    You gotta do what you gotta do!
    Sharing my last recipe to RFT for a while then…

  2. Heather, I am happy for you for deciding what is most important to you. Blogging is no fun unless your heart is in it and you have to follow your heart. I am happy, though, I got to share my last RFT post today, though (it is a good one!)

  3. Hi Heather,
    I wish you all of the best in your life and in your blogging efforts. Life is a journey and change is a constant. Enjoy the journey.
    Today I shared “Crazy for Cranberries”! All the best, Deborah

  4. Thanks for being honest with your readers. I know it can be tough. Everyone’s body changes and has different needs as it moves through life. The greatest gift you can give yourself is to listen to your body and honor what it is telling you. Bodies have an innate wisdom and the world would be a healthier place if we all listened better. Good luck.

  5. Sad to see this go but of course you must do what is right for you :)

    I’m so glad I had something to share this week! I’m sharing my Lemon Poppyseed Truffles!

  6. Raia says:

    Sooo… I totally don’t know why my smoothie recipe linked up three times! Sorry about that! :p

  7. Sarah says:

    Much thanks for your wonderful blog. Best wishes on you on-going journey. I have been following you mostly for your GF info. Would you consider leaving the blog page open so we can access your history of posts? Be well.

  8. Sonja says:

    Hi Heather. So good of you to prioritize. So much of what we eat is vegan because there is nothing better than whole foods, but we aren’t strictly vegan by any means. Thank you for your transparency. May God bless your future endeavors!!

  9. I’m a little bummed that you won’t be posting as often and that Raw Food Thursdays is taking a break.
    But I’m not disappointed about your food choices. I’ll admit that I started reading the blog because it was vegan, but I just really love your blog and you are such a great person with a wonderful spirit.
    Thanks for the honesty.
    Hope to hear from you now & again!

  10. Heather, I’m WAY late on commenting on this post, mostly because I haven’t had any posts to share for your even lately. So today I had one, and came in search of RFT. All I can say is good for you for living your life and doing what feels right for you! Enjoy every minute and we’ll connect here when you’re ready to share again. :-)


  11. Love your honesty! Naturally you would be influenced by your new environment and change your diet around a bit.

    Your readers love you for who you are and the core readership will adapt to whatever you decide to do with your blog. I sure am already looking forward to hearing from you again :)

  12. Johnna says:

    While I do miss you and your posts, I absolutely get this. I also love your open approach to how your diet is changing. While I will always be gluten-free because I don’t have a choice, the rest of how I eat will always be in flux, based on what makes my body feel best today. Love how eloquently you have shared this!


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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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