Sunday, January 2, 2011

A New Space - Welcome!

Happy New Year! Welcome to my new space. I'm really excited about this new bloggie - the idea came to me a few days ago, and seems quite fitting as the new year begins. Here, I'll continue to share my healing journey which involves a step away from a raw vegan diet to eating foods from nature, both raw and cooked, including animal products.

You'll notice that Universal Eater is a step in a different direction from what you see on Sweetly Raw. I'll be taking a 180 from all things sweet as I share a detailed account of my January sugar free/cacao free "detox" plan. You'll see a more personal side of my ups and downs, and I'll be blogging daily for the whole month of January as an expression of the commitment to myself. As I stated on Sweetly Raw, I will be sharing my food plan, recipes, my emotional and physical reactions to going without my beloved cacao/sugar, how I am ensuring my success, other modalities I am using to heal, and what I've been through since my last post which detailed my health progress.

Another reason I've chosen to create this blog is as a result of all the emails and blog comments I've received with questions and stories regarding my health challenges, and my decision to make such  huge dietary changes. If you're not familiar with my story, you can read about it HERE, and an update HERE. I was shocked to see how many people are dealing with the exact same issues I was experiencing, and I was surprised to learn that many well known names in the raw food community have shifted toward a diet that includes some animal products - many of whom are not comfortable sharing openly due to expectations they feel must be upheld.

To me, the term "Universal" encompasses everything in this world and beyond - The spiritual and the physical. I like to think of a "Universal Eater" as one who is open to all foods that Mother Nature has to offer. For the first time in my life, I feel like I truly understand the meaning of "food as medicine". This medicine has turned my physical/mental/emotional self around faster than I could have imagined, and I am truly grateful.

If you have questions or suggestions for what you might like to see me post regarding my journey, leave a comment or send an email. A lot of people have told me that they'd particularly like to see what I'm eating on a regular basis, so I'll be sharing a lot of that.

Do you have any health related new years resolutions, or are you starting with a cleanse/detox of any kind? 


  1. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
    Universal indeed. We all can open up to this way of thinking, it's so freeing.
    I will be following your adventures and hope to be posting more on grass fed momma.

  2. Yay...Loving this fresh blog Heather : ) I always start the year of with a detox. But nothing extreme, just the basics of healthy, natural and organic eating. Vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, a few whole grains and organic eggs and a pinch of raw dairy towards the end. I look forward to many more posts! xxx

  3. This is awesome! Just like you!!! <3 YOU~!!!

  4. Fantastic Heather! I really look forward to hearing more about your journey, and your daily eats! :) Keep up the great and inspiring work, girlie!

  5. You are a bold and rebellious young lady, and I love you for it. So exciting to see where you go on your next journey...and I am walking right along side you!

    - Heidi
    (one of those high profile former raw food peoples who got really sick from an 100% raw food diet and now eats animal products)

  6. Great stuff Heathy! Hope you get a lot from your detox experience xxoo

  7. Heather - I commend you showing up in such an authentic way. I felt like the renegade when I tried to tell people that I actually became much sicker when I tried juicing. Five days of juicing and I ended up with fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and it's been months and I'm still not well yet. Previously, I'd been working to heal Interstitial Cystitis (all of these are auto immune diseases)and were exacerbated by juicing. My wonderful holistic doc (Dr. Monte Elgarten, in NY), warned me against juicing, and I didn't listen. I heard all of these fab stories and thought i could do it too..what did he know? SIGH. I learned the heard way.

    If you have health issues, it's possible someone might have a blocked bile duct (i do) and toxic liver problems...if so, juicing, fasting, feasting, enemas, and all of these detox methods can cause more harm than good, trying to push out too much too fast, when the body is not detoxing normally to begin with.

    I felt like people were angry when I'd post how much juicing hurt me, warning for folks to beware. I don't want anyone to go through what I am going through now..trying to undo the damage. I've posted openly about this in the journey section of my own blog. (

    i love raw food but i'm learning to listen to my body, and there are times, when my body wants WARM, COOKED, NOURISHING COMFORT food and animal protein. I know I will regain my health too!

    Thanks for sharing and I look forward to hearing more about your journey.

    I do a mix of raw and animal products but i avoid breads, pastas and most grains (I do sprout them on occasion), and the only dairy I do is goat, avoiding cow's milk products. I'm also taking amazing raw/fermented supplements that are also homeopathic (by Dr. Paul Yanick),prescribed by my doc and change from week to week, (so you don't do this on your own), and hoping that I can nourish my way back to good health.

    Sending love and light your way...What a wonderful way to embrace the new year!

    Barbara (aka- rawfully tempting).

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  9. I just started a new blog too (in a similar vein) and hope it will keep me accountable! I am calling it "My Year of Living Chocolate Free" just because I like the title, but have my doubts about how long I will actually last! All the best to you in your healing - I will look forward to your posts!

    *Sorry for the deletion - just wanted to fix typo

  10. I have to say I'm really happy that you started a new blog, I've switched over as well and I'm a bit tired of seeing raw desserts based on nuts...Just want whole foods...

    So brilliant this way I can still follow your journey but without the constant bombardment of raw food...

    I stayed with my blog because it doesn't have raw in the title and doesn't really put it self forward as raw, but I did make some changes for the new year...I added more inspiration and mix tapes on top of the recipes and skincare...

    Love, Jules

  11. Thank you, Heather, for your honesty and being open to this new endeavor. Your insight and experience brings me hope, as I work to define and bring balance into my own life.
    Much love, Jennifer