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Gluten-Free Retreat: Things That…

Gluten-Free, Travel, Vegan

Gluten-Free Retreat: Things That…

6 Comments 01 August 2016

I’m thoroughly enjoying a break from real life, submersing myself in things that I love, learning from others, and sleeping 9 hours each night. I’m appreciating moments rather than moving on to the next one. I’m savoring the flavors rather than inhaling for sustenance. I’m digging into the now and remembering how densely delicious it is. And I haven’t once missed my book of lists with tabbed sections and sublists of lists.

I’m enjoying the essence of things.

Things that are spreadable.

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Things that are sticky.

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Things that are off balance.

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Things that are old.

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Things from long ago.

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Things that are better with toppings.

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Things I had forgotten about.

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Things that are savory.

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Things that are sweet.

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Things that are green.

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Things that make this heart happy.

Readers, dish!

  • Which picture do you want to know more about?
  • Where do you go just to “be”?
Gluten-Free Retreat: A Full Day

Gluten-Free, Travel, Vegan, Vegetarian

Gluten-Free Retreat: A Full Day

5 Comments 30 July 2016

Most summers I enjoy a long weekend with gluten-free blogger friends in the country. The days are filled with relaxing, walking, art journaling, chatting, yoga, writing, shopping, cooking, blogging, and eating. Lots of eating. Here’s a snippet of my day:

Walking with a sweet friend while being watched.

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Making sure this little guy made it safely across the road.

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Breakfasting. A throwback to pre-gluten-free days as this tasted exactly like my memories of Entenmann’s.

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Fortified with a green smoothie, of course.

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And a new product that I’m crazy about.

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Swapples! Covered in vegan cream cheese compliments of Valerie of City|Life|Eats. I think this flavor was my favorite.

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They were also incredible last night with That Chili with the Mushrooms by Shirley of Gluten Free Easily.

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Snacking at Kickshaws Downtown Market, a local whole foods market that caters to the gluten-free vegan crowd.

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Jackfruit and sauerkraut on vegan and gluten-free sourdough bread. (If you need your own vegan pulled-pork experience, try Johnna’s recipe. Even carnivores like it.)

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And a strawberry shortcake cupcake for dessert. Do snacks qualify as dessert-ending meal?

Just in case I need more to look forward to, these vegan, gluten-free cinnamon rolls are on the counter waiting for breakfast.

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Or a maybe a midnight snack.

And just for fun, these caught my eye today.

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Ew, right?

Full and content, I’m off to bed.

Readers, dish!

  • What do you do to let down?
  • How do you fill up when you’re feeling depleted?
Fong’s Pizza – Gluten-Free Crazy Pizza

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Fong’s Pizza – Gluten-Free Crazy Pizza

3 Comments 29 July 2016

I had a chance to visit Fong’s Pizza in DesMoines, Iowa last summer when visiting my mom. She picked me up from the airport and asked, “Are you hungry?”

Always.

Mom researched and found a pizza place that had great reviews. That’s all I needed to hear. Mom and I are adventurous when it comes to gluten-free food. But when we pulled up to the restaurant we had second thoughts.

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This in no way looked like a pizza place. It looked like a Chinese restaurant. I suppose we shouldn’t have been as surprised with a name like “Fong’s”. We laughed, decided we weren’t feeling it, and went to a Mexican restaurant.

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A few months ago while having dinner in New York with Johnna of In Johnna’s Kitchen, we were discussing gluten-free options in DesMoines, lamenting the closing of the all-vegan New World Cafe, and somehow Fong’s Pizza came up. I must have looked at Johnna like she had two Chinese dragon heads when she said that Fong’s was great and “so much fun”.

Were we talking about the same place?

But if you are going to trust anyone’s restaurant recommendations, trust Johnna’s. She travels all over the country (world) sharing her restaurant experiences in a series called “I Ate Here”.

So a few weeks ago, after sharing Johnna’s rave report, Mom and I mustered the courage to eat at Fong’s. Just one glance at the menu told me that this was going to be an adventurous meal.

Egg roll pizza?

Mac and cheese pizza?

Surrounded by waving kitties and tiki glasses, I had to remind myself that this was a pizza place. But what kind of decor should a “crazy pizza” pizza place have anyway?

I can’t remember the description of the special pizza of the day that the waiter rattled off, mostly because it sounded nonsensical. It just didn’t compute as something remotely close to the paradigm for a pizza. But I swear that it included the words topped with french fries and deep fried.

Crazy pizza!

Mom and I didn’t opt for the crazy; instead we split a very conservative and tasty Thai pizza (with chicken on her half) on gluten-free dough. Adventurous enough for us. Fong’s does have vegetarian options, but the majority of the menu has meat toppings or fillings. It is Iowa after all. They even have a barbecue-type pizza called the Iowan. I was eying the Vegan Supreme made with Daiya, but when I’m in Iowa, eating vegan is hard and less of a priority. Eating vegetarian and gluten-free is my main concern.

I highly recommend that you check out Fong’s Pizza if you’re in DesMoines. Also check out Johnna’s experience as she can give you even more details on the atmosphere and the delicious looking drinks. (We had the 5:00pm, G-rated version appropriate for minors and seniors.)

Readers, dish!

  • What’s the craziest pizza you’ve ever had?
  • Have you been to Fong’s Pizza? How was your experience?
Gluten-Free Vegan Eats and Blogger Re-Entry

GF Recipes, Gluten-Free, Healthy Living, New York City, Raw Foods, Vegan

Gluten-Free Vegan Eats and Blogger Re-Entry

7 Comments 11 June 2016

I can’t tell you how envigorating it is to be back in the blogging world. I drifted away from Gluten-Free Cat with the busyness of a new life in a new city after feeling blog burnout. To be back on my own terms is refreshing. My own terms may mean two posts one week and then not again for three. It may also mean being content with the one blurry snapshot of a dish that I took with my iPhone or a less than ideal “plating”. It most definitely means trying to capture as much natural light as possible on my windowsill and being content with the ugly metal window frame in every shot you’ll ever see.

But the best outcome has been reconnecting with blogging friends. I pretty much didn’t read a blog for about two years. I’m not entirely sure why a break in blogging meant a break in reading others’ blogs, but I think I suddenly saw myself as an outsider. Out of sight out of mind was easier. Reading blogs as a non-blogger was a bit on the depressing side too. I saw the incredible things these bloggers were doing and felt wistfully jealous. Even though my cooking time had been cut to nearly none, which is normal for New Yorkers, the rare times that I did cook would frustrate me. So when I read a blogger’s recipe, I knew I wouldn’t have time or space to make it. It was easier not to read about it.

Waking up Gluten-Free Cat (which sounds like a musical title) has reminded me of the talent, beauty, and deliciousness that’s only a few finger taps away. I definitely read blogs differently than I did before. I can enjoy the story behind the food without being hung up on circumstances outside of my control. And I’m finding that there’s more that I can do in my kitchen than I originally thought.

Like this Chocolate Chia Berry Crunch that I had for breakfast yesterday. The base is Gena’s Carob Chia Pudding using raw cacao instead of carob, sprinkled with buckwheaties, which I also learned to make years ago from Gena’s blog. By the way, did you know that her blog has a new name? (I’m sure it’s old news to many of you.) She changed it from Choosing Raw to The Full Helping. Whether you’re a vegan or not, your life can only be healthier and more full by reading her blog.

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And as an example of blogging on my own terms, here’s the ugliest parfait ever, which I made while brushing my teeth, between spin class and school.

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I didn’t actually have time to eat the ugly parfait in the classy stemless wine glass, although I did toy with the idea of wrapping it in saran wrap and bubble wrap so I could take my breakfast to school and eat it in style. But time was of the essence, so this nonbeauty was dumped into a thermos, tossed into my backpack, and thoroughly enjoyed at my desk while prepping lessons for the day. Despite the unromanticness of reality, it was delicious! The raw cacao made this pudding decadent, and the overripe strawberries tasted like the summer that is only 12 school days away, but who’s counting?

A simple, fun lunch I enjoyed recently was this Curried Chickpea and Avocado Salad by Davida of The Healthy Maven. Curry, avocado, and chickpeas are three staples in my life. Davida is the genius that put them all together in one cool salad.

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Don’t judge her creation by my snapshot. Look at these photos which are what made me realize I had to eat this now. Protein-rich chickpeas, curry, and avocado? Love in a pepper. I was really excited to see how Davida’s blog has blossomed in the two years that I was away. Do you love good food, fun stories, fitness, and gorgeous photography? Read The Healthy Maven.

With the heatwave we had in the City last week I was essentially existing on smoothies, handfuls of anything from a nuts.com bag, and salads. I purchased sweet potatoes before the temperature rose, and they sat and shriveled because there was no way I was turning on the oven to bake them. And did I mention that was the week the air conditioner decided to die? But an oasis opened up with this Cold Almond Butter Noodle Bowl by Kimmy of Rock My Vegan Socks.

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I found fresh gluten-free brown rice noodles, so I only had to boil water for 3 minutes. And the stir-frying that took just long enough to open up flavors and brown the tofu, kept the kitchen heat minimal. We enjoyed this Thai-inspired bowl for days right out of the refrigerator. Delicious!

Kimmy’s blog is a special one. I love how she shares her life with her readers along with her food adventures and creations. She invites you in, seats you at her kitchen table, and gives you a cup of tea to sip while she tells you a story. I have loved reconnecting with her. And if you want to see what a real parfait should look like, check out her latest post on Cherry Oat Parfaits.

Reader, dish!

  • What new recipes have you tried lately?
  • How often do you try new recipes?
  • Which blogs have you been enjoying lately?
  • Which of these delicious recipes are you hopping over to next?
Gluten-Free Sidewalk Joy

GF Friendly Restaurants, New York City, Vegetarian

Gluten-Free Sidewalk Joy

5 Comments 05 June 2016

I love hand-lettered menu boards and sidewalk art. In fact, some day I’m going to share a post of all of my favorites. Maybe it’s the teacher in me that misses actual blackboards. These brightly-lettered chalk boards are colorful, quirky, and if they mention anything about a gluten-free item, my heart does a backflip.

It was flipping for sure when I saw this sign.
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No, not the turkey burgers.

Check out the bottom.

If a local restaurant provides gluten-free bread, you’d better believe I’m going to try it.

The trouble with being a gluten-free vegetarian is that most restaurants that offer a gluten-free bread option only have meat patties or meat fillings for their sandwiches. So I’m extra excited when there are veggie options too.

At Island Burgers & Shakes on the Upper West Side, I was pleasantly surprised to find several vegetarian options and some pretty delicious sounding salads. But I had to order a sandwich to try out that gluten-free bread. It wasn’t vegan, but it was vegetarian and oh so scrumptious, and I didn’t have to pull an apple out of my purse while my friends at their burgers.

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Mozzarella, Pesto, Tomato, Onion Sandwich at Island Burger

Readers, dish!

What was your last fun food find?

The Glutening

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The Glutening

18 Comments 24 May 2016

It began the way most of my favorite New York evenings begin. A much anticipated evening with friends, a train ride with laughter, a new restaurant selected, and theater tickets. This evening was particularly exciting, because our train was taking us out of the city to see a play starring a friend of ours. When I made these plans, I had no idea that the evening would end with a pineapple-infused cloud of impending doom hovering over my head.

The Glutening

I’m not going to slam this restaurant. I’m not even going to mention its name. Despite the fact that I was horribly glutened, the waitstaff and manager did the best they could in the moment, and they did comp the entire dinner for four.

We selected this cute little pizza joint because they had gluten-free pasta, not pizza, but pasta, and it was walking distance to the theater. My friends ordered pizza, and I ordered the gluten-free pasta. I clearly ordered gluten-free pasta. When the pizzas arrived, I assumed my pasta would follow shortly. When my friends had almost finished their pizza, I inquired about my order. “Don’t worry,” the waiter reassured. “Gluten-free pasta takes a little longer to prepare.”

I felt confidentbecause clearly the waiter remembered that I had ordered gluten-free. Clearly the staff knew enough to prepare a new pot of water instead of tossing gluten-free pasta into boiling poisonous wheat water. I sipped my wine, and minutes later a plate of pasta was placed in front of me. I didn’t even question whether this dish was mine. I was the only one without food, I had just asked about my meal, and this plate was served to ME. Clearly, it was mine.

The first bite only served to verify that this pasta was gluten free, because it was a bit chewy like bad gluten-free pasta. It wasn’t going to be a great meal, but I wasn’t going to complain. At least they offered a gluten-free option. I was a little confused about the sauce as it didn’t seem like the marinara and veggies that I’d normally order, but I had hemmed and hawed over the three vegetarian options on the menu. Maybe I didn’t realize I’d ordered a dark sauce. It was marked gluten-free, so I didn’t worry.

I ate the entire plate of pasta minus a few spoonfuls shared with those who wanted a taste. As soon as I put my fork on my cleared plate, a waitress appeared announcing, “And here’s the gluten-free pasta!”

That’s when my memory gets a little fuzzy.

I remember the waitress confirming that I’d just eaten a full plate of gluten-filled wheat pasta.

I remember involuntarily saying a word that I never say.

I remember everyone asking me, “What’s going to happen to you?”

I had no earthly idea what was going to happen to me. I hadn’t ingested that much gluten since before going gluten free 12 years ago. Was I going to get violently ill? Did I need to take the hour-long train ride home right now instead of staying for the show? Did I need to remain close to a bathroom? Was this going to get ugly and embarrassing?

I remember the waiter asking, “What can I get for you?”

He wanted to bring me more pasta on the house! That wasn’t going to make anything better. And I wasn’t going to put another piece of food in my stomach since I had no idea if the food already in there was going to stay put.

I remember the waitress suddenly realizing the severity of the issue and saying, “I will go to CVS and get whatever you need!”

I remember the Husband flying like a superhero to the manager. Their words were lost in the buzzing restaurant noise as the waitstaff swirled around my already spinning head. I just needed them to leave me alone so I could think. And within 60 seconds of hearing the news that sent this perfect New York evening careening off the magical evening track and into unknown waters, my head cleared enough to have the wisest thought of the evening.

I remembered Shirley. I had a blessed vision of Shirley. If you’ve been gluten-free for more than 12 seconds, you most likely already know Shirley of Gluten Free Easily. Shirley is the mama of the gluten-free bloggers, the teacher of newbie gluten-free eaters, and an inspiration to the gluten-free community as she demonstrates to her readers, year after year, that eating gluten free is easy, healthy, and delicious if you focus on foods that are naturally gluten-free. And I’m lucky enough to have Shirley as a friend.

The Rescue

I sent an SOS email to Shirley. Then the Husband and I walked to CVS and found this.

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I’d never purchased the product before, but I was desperate to try anything that could help. The directions said to take the capsules before ingesting gluten. A little late for that, and confused as to why anyone with a gluten problem would willingly ingest gluten, but I figured it couldn’t hurt and I downed four capsules before even finishing the transaction with the cashier.

By the time we walked to the theater, my phone buzzed with a message from Shirley! With 8 minutes until the show started, my superhero Husband flew back to CVS to get Shirley’s recommended activated charcoal capsules and pineapple juice.

When was the last time that you purchased pineapple juice? At least at CVS, it still comes in a gigantic can that requires that special pointy-tipped can opener that you may remember from snack time in preschool. CVS didn’t have one of those. But the manager found a regular can opener for sale on a shelf and let the Husband borrow it to start the opening process. He ran with a semi-opened can of sticky juice to the theater parking lot.

This was the next step. Two minutes before show time, standing in the rain, we dripped the juice from the can into a water bottle so that I could smuggle it into the theater. Frustration and anxiety turned to hilarity as we realized that at this drip rate we’d be lucky to get to the show by intermission. Thankfully, my superhero made the hole a little larger with a key.

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We did make the show, during which my friend wowed us all with her talent, and I slugged water and straight pineapple juice until I got home.

The Recovery

I firmly believe that Shirley’s timely answer to my frantic email took days off my recovery time. The pineapple juice provided enzymes to break down the gluten, and the activated charcoal helped to absorb it.

For the next week, my body was shock. I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t feel sick to my stomach. I didn’t feel like I had a digestive system at all. When I’ve been glutened in the past from cross-contamination, my biggest symptoms have been irritability, tiredness, and a brain fog that lasted a day or maybe two. This time, I felt like I had mono. I woke up exhausted after sleeping for 8-10 hours each night. Moving from the bed to the couch felt like I had just climbed a flight of stairs. The weirdest symptom I had was the sensation that my entire body was buzzing. If I had a normal job, I would have taken multiple days off. But I taught school that week through a mental haze because there was something I had to take care of each day that was beyond the scope of a substitute teacher. So I fumbled for words, lost papers in front of my face, and did the best I could to shape the minds of our future. I really can’t remember much of that week, sorry students. Thankfully I have great support teachers that helped me keep the class running.

And I had Shirley’s wise counsel ringing in my ears to take care of myself. I came home by 4:00pm each day and napped with Maggie until bedtime.

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I continued taking enzymes, activated charcoal, probiotics, epsom salt baths, and I flooded my body with juices and water. Just when I was wondering if I’d ever feel like myself again, some energy and clearer thinking returned. It took six days for any improvement. I still don’t think I’m back to normal. Shirley warned me that it could take weeks, not to be discouraging, but to remind me to be patient and take time to take care of me. So I’m listening to my body, getting lots of rest, and eating well.

I want to thank my two superheroes. My number one hero is always the Husband. I’ll never forget him running to my rescue with a dripping can of pineapple juice. My number two hero is Shirley. After my brain fog lifted I remembered that Shirley wrote a post in 2011 called How to Recover After Being Glutened that you must read so you’re prepared for that inevitable moment when you will say, “What do you mean this isn’t gluten free?”

The Teacher’s “Lunch”

GF Friendly Restaurants, Healthy Living, New York City, Vegan

The Teacher’s “Lunch”

7 Comments 04 May 2016

I’m pretty freakin’ fortunate to have time during the school day to dash down the street for vegan gluten-free food when I don’t pack a lunch. When “dashing out” results in a meal like this, I feel pretty lucky.

Backing up… Every other school where I’ve taught has given teachers a whopping 30 minutes for lunch. And every teacher in America knows that dropping off kids at the cafeteria takes a few of those precious minutes right off the front end, especially if there are some special someones who need a little extra “support”. After walking down to the teacher’s lounge, waiting your turn at the microwave, returning an email to a parent on your phone, and trying to remember if your lesson plans are ready for the afternoon, you might be able to sit, shovel, and have a few minutes of adult conversation. After scarfing down a few bites, you zip up your half-eaten lunch mid-conversation, and you speed-walk down the hall to promptly pick up your students in order to stay on the good side of the lunch aides. Turning the corner to the buzzing cafeteria, you silently curse, or school appropriately curse aloud “oh, banana grams!” when you realize that you’ll be hopping ’til 3:30 because you didn’t factor in 90 seconds to use the restroom. Forget a mirror to check for lettuce in your teeth. No worries, your kids will find it for you. Conclusion, teachers have an average of 10.5 minutes to eat lunch.

Speeding forward… My current school gives teachers 50 blissful minutes. Just shy of an hour to heat up a lunch, eat a gigantic salad while actually chewing, make a personal call, have a conversation with a colleague, look over afternoon lesson plans, and even use the restroom. To top it all off, we are actually allowed to walk out the front door like other free Americans to spend our lunch time however and wherever we want. We can go out for lunch! And there are days, like today, when I take full advantage of that option.

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Today I walked a few blocks to Juice Generation. Instead of grabbing a salad from their selection of raw food goodies, I opted for vegan sushi. The spicy mango roll with black rice, green mango, sweet potato, watermelon radish, and cayenne pepper was exactly what I needed to spruce up my lunch rut.

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Washed down with “The Professional” and I was ready for an afternoon of fourth grade acrobatics.

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(What is it about me that was attracted to a juice called “The Professional”? Clearly the marketing genius who came up with this name was targeting those of us who aren’t satisfied with a green juice of apple and kale. The professionals go all the way! The more greens the better!)

Thankfully I remembered I needed an afternoon snack while paying for my lunch, and I was so glad that I had looked in Juice Generation’s gluten-free vegan goodie case when I headed back to my quiet classroom after saying goodbye to my charges. This almond butter muffin was not only delicious, it supported my “highly effective” lesson planning this afternoon.

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Feeling thankful, well-fed, and highly effective, I’m calling it a day. Teachers, how long do you get for lunch? Are you allowed to leave the building?

Raw Foods Thursdays 5/8/14 and an announcement

GF Recipes, New York City, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays 5/8/14 and an announcement

14 Comments 07 May 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?


Life After Juicing

GF Recipes, Healthy Living, Raw Foods, Vegan

Life After Juicing

12 Comments 10 February 2014

Several of you have asked me how I transitioned from a month of juicing back to solid foods. I wish I could tell you that there is a magic formula that works perfectly for every person. And that if you follow those directions precisely, all will be well. All I can give you is my plan, what actually happened, and a few tips.

I intended to ease back to solid food with smoothies, more juices, and pureed soups to slowly wake up my digestive system. Looking back, my fourth week was pretty rough. I was very ready to be finished with the New Year’s Juicing Challenge and needed more nutrients. I started pureeing bananas into my morning green juice and avocado into my evening juice. On the last few days, I used the same ingredients that I would have juiced for my Spicy Avocado Soup and made a raw soup, blending everything in my Vitamix instead of putting it through the juicer. I think these days served as my transitional days. They required my stomach to work a little harder at digesting in preparation for solid foods.

On the evening of Day 30 we went to a party hosted by two of my favorite NYC foodie friends. I came armed with a bottle of green juice and intended just to nibble a few soft foods. But when I saw that they had made the entire feast gluten free with a vegan option for every single dish, I knew that this would be my transitional meal. Thankfully every single dish was soft and easy to digest — roasted root vegetables, rice and veggies, marinated tofu and mushrooms, and guacamole. The flavors were so intensely delicious that I could barely participate in conversation.

I was a little afraid that I had overdone it and awaited a stomach ache, but it never came. I believe that pure, soft, vegan food was a great transition.

For the week after Day 30 I started each day with a smoothie like this one.

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Love Smoothie recipe coming soon!

And then I turned to my blogger friends for lunch and dinner ideas. For 30 straight days, I posted about juice while salivating over the warm recipes that my friends were posting. As food bloggers, we love reading each other’s posts, but most of our time in the kitchen is spent creating our own recipes. So it’s rare that we have the time to try each other’s creations.

My transition week was filled with delicious meals thanks to some of you!

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This Tomato and Red Lentil Soup with Dill by Janet of The Taste Space was perfect to take to work throughout the week. Warm and filling with the perfect amount of spice and fresh dill, it kept me singing joyfully about the wonders of cooked food again.

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These Green Power Burgers by Emma of Coconut and Berries are fabulous! Made with buckwheat and edamame, they were a delicious dinner one evening and made great leftovers over salads. I loved these burgers topped with Carrie’s Pesto Hemp Dressing from Carrie on Vegan.

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Are you a cauliflower fan? I am most definitely not, but I devoured this entire bowl of Tempeh and Cauliflower Pasanda by Emma of Coconut and Berries. This dish is to die for. It’s a meal to make for company.

Gabby of The Veggie Nook finished off my week of delicious meals with this Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad. Rainbow quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and kale topped with a tantilizing dressing.

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Speaking of dressings, Suzanne of Hello Veggie wowed us with her Vegan Grain Bowl with Dragon Sauce this week too. That sauce was so incredible that it was gone almost instantly! Fighting over the last spoonful of Dragon Sauce could get ugly, so next time I’m doubling the recipe!

Every afternoon I came home and made a green juice blended with a plain or vanilla protein powder as my afternoon snack.

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Kiss Me Kale recipe coming soon!

I also turned the dehydrator on for the first time in a month and made this Zucchini Hemp Banana Bread.

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I also made the BEST bread I have made to date.

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It’s thick, it’s pliable, and it’s coming soon to a blog near you!

Here are my tips for transitioning from a juice cleanse back to solid food:

1. Start with smoothies and blended soups.

2. Introduce cooked, pure vegan foods.

3. Then add in raw salads and vegetables when you feel like your digestive system is ready to break them down.

4. If you eat dairy or meat, wait several days to a week before reintroducing them.

5. Keep juicing! Stay in the habit of juicing once a day, because it’s insanely good for you.

Post juicing challenge reflections:

1. I’m so glad that I did the Juicing Challenge, but I think 30 days was about 5 days too long for me. I was able to make it work, but it’s good to know my limits.

2. Juice cleansing provided me with some great results:

  • Clear complexion
  • Release from caffeine addiction
  • More connection with the hand to mouth reflex
  • Strengthened intuitive eating cues
  • Increased energy and brighter outlook
  • Resolve to keep my diet pure
  • Sharpened taste buds
  • All of my clothes fit again

3. They say nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, but I’d like to revise that. Nothing tastes as good as healthy tastes AND feels!

Thanks so much for your support during my challenge! I’d love to hear how you’re doing!

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Readers, dish!

  • How did your juicing go?
  • How have you transitioned back to solid food after a juice cleanse?
  • What is the longest juice cleanse you’ve ever done?
  • How do you break food addictions or cravings?

A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

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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