Prawpaganda is about…
sharing the low fat raw vegan message in a fun and creative way.
inspiring others to follow their heart and live their authentic life.
spreading awareness of the principles of natural hygiene
so that others may find balance in their life, naturally.



To be human is to experience loss.


The Social Dilemma film reminds us that “THE TECHNOLOGY THAT CONNECTS US, ALSO CONTROLS US.” This is a disturbing reference to Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Email, Texts, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Tumblr, Tik Tok, Snapchat, Reddit, Google, Netflix, Hulu, LinkedIn, and the countless other social media platforms that have become ubiquitous in 2020. Filters and likes are corrupting the self-esteem of our teenagers, we’re spending hours of our day procrastinating clicking away for the next dopamine hit or posting to cast our fame lottery ticket, advertisers are buying our attention so we buy their products, and internet circulated fake news and conspiracy theories are causing real-world violent uproars — this film exposes it all.

Through our computers and cell phones we now have access to information, entertainment, communication and shopping like never before; and yet stress, depression, anxiety, insecurity, loneliness, and suicide are at all time highs. Knowing that it is both powerful and harmful, what can we do about our devices when we’re all reliant, or addicted rather? How can we live harmoniously with technology, and use it as a tool, instead of being used by it?

Einstein’s said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” What would it look like if we applied that thinking here? The hard truth is — we have to address what’s going on holistically if we hope to see results. Results being a healthier self and society. Social media can be an addiction, and what are the issues that drive us to any addiction? Unmet needs. We’re humans living in unfavorable environments, no wonder we’re suffering and seeking distraction and dopamine. We need safety, community, self expression, to be seen, support, comfort, etc., many of which we are lacking. With Nonviolent communication, with Maslow, with Natural Hygiene, we see time and time again that we as simple humans, are need-seeking creatures. If we were smart we would craft cities and towns with this in mind. However, in recent history, much of our construction has been profit driven. What would it look like to build a community that holds health as its priority? What if we had access to that which nourishes us – mind, body and soul? Our impulse to seek the stimulation and comfort from our devices would dissolve.

○ ɬɦe ᴛʀᴜƚh ●    Dating online, dating in person. Getting to know a new friend, colleague or boss. Our life is an unfolding of relationships. Knowingly or unknowingly, what masks are we wearing and how do we posture ourselves in them? What do we hide and what do we choose to reveal? When is it safe to be our whole selves? These answers are not always clear and so in every interaction, we dance – each step testing the ground beneath to see if it might hold our full, relaxed weight. We want to let go because we want connection, and one cannot have intimacy without vulnerability.

Being productive at any time can be hard, let alone during lockdown where we have limited resources, social support and structure! We’re going to talk today about those limitations and their affect on our ability to accomplish tasks.

“Nonviolent Communication” (aka Compassionate Communication) sounds nice on paper, but how applicable is it really to life? The phrasing can sound clunky, so how can I possibly integrate it in a natural way? In this video we are going to run through a number of examples to give us some practice in looking at life through an NVC lens.

. ∿ яєɠɾҽƚ ⋯    Covid quarantine has many of us mourning the missed opportunity of these past several months. “I could have taken advantage of my time so much better, if only…” Even in life before the Corona virus – guilt and regret over “wasted time” was all too common. This negative perspective though, can pull us down. In this video we play with reframing our reflections.

ᴊυηɢʟᴇ ᴍomєnᴛʂ ✧ . ·    Exploring our wild and wonderful backyard. Fern covered grounds, vines from the sky and secret waterfall pools aligned.

ʏɨη & yαɴɠ ༄    It is the forces of masculine and feminine that constitute our inner and outer worlds. We honor this duality for their relationship brings us to great learning and important balance. There is value in the contrast ⌯ Our experience requires intellect but equally, intuition. Our government is better for the contribution of both the left and the right. We need our comfort zone to feel safe and function, but we also need disruption to make us feel alive and require us to engage… The interaction is infinite.

⊹ ƚrᴀռsfσrʍaᴛioɳ ⊹    With enough time or the right circumstances we grow beyond who we were.

ʍᴏᴜɴᴛaiɳ ᴍomᴇnᴛs ✧ . ·     A little trip upcountry with some lovely ladies ♡

In part three of this series we cover the final five communication tips.

This is part two of a three part series where we go over some tips to help you improve your communication.

All too often communication goes wrong. Oh so wrong. You express something seemingly benign and the other person gets offended. You ask for something to get done and it never happens. The examples are infinite. In this series we will be going over some techniques and mindsets, that will hopefully positively transform how you relate with others. The tips are in no particular order, to get all 15 of them be sure to watch all three videos.

Quarantine, here we are alone but together. A lot that is collapsing around us. Our idea of safety and trust. However, we are also coming together as a global community and seeing a movement of – humans for humans. We’re having to spend more time with our loved ones, we’re having to rely more than ever on social media. We’re being called to stop the do do do mentality that we have all been programed for. We are being called to reevaluate our priorities. This is reason to pause and self-study – to meditate, journal, make art – to heal ourselves and thus change the world. This is a call to gratitude for the structures we maybe once had cursed. We’re perhaps too living out our wish, to have nothing to do… and questioning it. What a peculiar thing that this is what we have to contend with. This generation in the western world, on the full timeline of history, hasn’t had much to contend with, especially on this large of scale. Our grandparents, bless them, endured versions of hell, war and famine. Maybe this experience makes the preciousness of this life a little more palpable? That isn’t a small thing, it’s a very special thing. It’s humbling and maturing to feel that. There’s significant focus right now to respect and protect our elders. Which, unfortunately is kind of new in our culture. Too often they go invisible when they really should be celebrated and cared for. Our eyes now are seeing what was before invisible or hidden. We’re gaining global awareness, learning where products are made because we can’t get them safely. Perhaps going forward, this can be a call to action to be more self-sufficient and support local businesses. Maybe it is a call to consume less and more consciously. Maybe it calls us to help others in a preventative way so no one feels without resources in the way we might right now. Ultimately we are a global community, and that does have innumerable benefits. We’re now seeing truly, for better or for worse, how interconnected we are. That is the biggest takeaway for me. We can see how our actions can affect others and the personal responsibility that comes with that.

From medicinal CBD oil to the medical medium’s celery juice to gluten-free paleo gut cleanses – there are too many trends to keep up with! In the vegan community, many have changed their tune including Rawvana, Alyse Raw Alignment, Megan Elizabeth, Evan Rock, Tim Shieff & Bonny Rebecca. In this climate of change it’s interesting to observe the broad themes of human behavior here. How do trends develop and does it serve me to follow them? One reason we can fall into trends is assumption by association. Secondly, we are made more vulnerable the more desperate we are. Lastly, we seek acceptance as a part of our natural drive.

Sometimes desperation can be positive, we need extreme condition to push us out of our ego and open us to new options that we would have otherwise been blind too. When it comes to following “gurus” we mustn’t forget personal responsibility. Yes, it’s expected that we access others. In fact it’s smart to learn from others’ mistakes, get support and be exposed to new viewpoints. It’s actually the most efficient way to proceed in life – being informed by others’ experiences. But that shouldn’t come at the expense of our own. I see how readily we are to outsource our decision making. In the overwhelm of modern world options and the distractions that foster disconnect from our intuition, this reality is no surprise because what we are ingesting is a recipe for this behavior. If we invite influencers into our lives, we have to remember that in doing so we’re making ourselves the influenced. Do we want to be the audience or the participants of our lives?

My next step hope for humanity is: More allowing space for others to have their own experience; Harvesting outside information but taking it all with a grain of salt; fostering individual intuition.

Sharing some of the most unique exotic Hawaiian fruits – Peanut Butter Fruit, Star Apple and Canistel.

Whether conversing with friends, family, spouses, teachers, bosses or employees, the methods which we’ve learned to communicate often fail us. There is much misspoken/misunderstood and all parties can deal with frustration and confusion as a result. As a remedy, NVC teaches how to identify with oneself, clearly express oneself, effectively hear others and collaborate towards a solution.

The vegan diet has been trending more than ever in the past few years. So many newcomers get excited about the health benefits, about supporting our animals and planet, and about preparing & eating different foods. However, recently several prominent vegan figures have decided to opt out – experimenting with eggs, fish, organ cheese, organ meats etc. and have adopted a more omnivorous diet. Needless to say, this movement has sparked quite an uproar of questions, comments and concerns. Many are angry while others demonstrate compassion. Rawvana, Bonny Rebecca, Tim Shieff, Alyse from Raw Alignment, Evan Rock and Megan Moon are just a few of those who’ve recently transitioned away from 100% veganism.

With this triggering topic, what I am most curious about is: how might it reveal more about each of us? In response to this news, how do we feel and what are we needing at this time? And in general, how can we act with empathy and acceptance in the face of something we may not agree with?

Our mindset is the lens through which we experience our reality. We might be unknowingly keeping ourselves unhappy or unfulfilled because of a foggy or dirty lens. ARE YOU UP FOR THE NO COMPLAINING CHALLENGE?

1. Observe your thoughts
2. Pause to find moments of authentic gratitude
3. Record over old tracks.

Being raw vegan on a budget is doable. Here are some tips to make it happen!

1. Reevaluate your Budget
2. Focus on Cheap Fruit
3. Buy in Bulk
4. Shop Local & in Season
5. Reduced Price fruit
6. Don’t waste $
7. Prepare Before Going Out
8. Shop Around for Best Deals
9. Talk to Other Vegans
10. Affordable Social Support
11. Factor Diet into Travel Plans
12. Forage
13. Work/Volunteer
14. Selective Purchasing
15. Consider Secondary Options
16. Minimize Eating Out
17. Grow your own
18. Shop Online
19. Supplement
20. Education


Stress is a part of life. Anxiety however, is something we can manage and prevent with the right tools and support. During travel stress is amplified, moving in such an unnatural way is a lot for our body and mind. I lived and loved the vagabond lifestyle for a number of years. It was a lot of fun to explore the world, make new friends and visit old ones, try out places to live etc. And, that amount of travel did have its repercussions. At some point I developed a lot of anxiety around flights and developed these strategies to help me cope:

1. Know yourself
2. Ask for support
3. Have self-compassion
4. Take one step at a time
5. Remember, it’s all an adventure
6. Focus on your intention
7. Lighten your load

This recipe was inspired by the summer mango season. Who knew, when you take advantage of the abundance of this beautiful sweet treat and pair it with some vegetables & savory herbs — the result is a dipping sauce, quite reminiscent of a pizza experience!

From kindergarten we are asked this question – What do you want to be? We may conjure a fantasy or two, but over time these become remolded by the pressures of our peers, parents, teachers, culture and obligations of life. Endless distraction takes us away from ourselves and we loose direction. How can we come back to ourselves and move forward with clarity and confidence? Here are ten tips!

1. Get lost in a book store. This is a really fun and accessible way to discover yourself. Get yourself alone in a book store and just, see where you end up. Which aisle pulls you in? What books call to you? This exercise can really reveal our deep passions and hidden curiosities or simply affirm our known likes.
2. Take space. We unknowingly get so caught in our routine and fixed perspective, we too get trapped in our distractions and so I cannot emphasize enough how important taking space is. Fast from addictions, friends, school, work, or home.
3. We often think about jealousy as being an ugly emotion, but I think, with the right lighting it can be quite beautiful. What do I want? Who do I want to be? Where do I want to go? What do I want to have? Again these are the unanswered questions that stress us out. So what if we could get a peek at the answers? This is where jealousy comes in. Pay attention if you ever sense that ting. Observe it, feel it and THANK it.
4. Observe yourself during pockets of free time. What do you do when time is left to you? You get off school or work, you’re looking forward to go home and then what? Note that this doesn’t have to be a direct translation.
5. Reflect back on what your answer was as a kid. When you were asked. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you say? It might not be 100% relevant today, but there may be a seeds of something.
6. Consider that maybe what you do for work doesn’t have to be your everything. I would time and time hear the advice, “Find a way to make money doing what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” This is a really lovely idea to aspire to, but for me it was creating too much pressure to find that perfect thing. What released the pressure and brought me a lot of peace was realizing that, what I love doing doesn’t HAVE to be what generates my income. I can still seek out a paying job that I really like and then do what I love (or what fulfills me in another way) in my spare time.
7. Another way to take the pressure off is to consider that your job hasn’t been invented yet. Our world is changing at such a rapid pace that the needs and abilities of one generation may be unrecognizable to the next.
8. We often hear about listening to our inner voice, and that is SO important. It is what I hope #2 helps you do. And for a moment I also want to give attention to the outside voice. Of course I’m not encouraging you listen to every outside voice and know that they are never meant to be sole guides, but they can help reveal to us where our advantages lie.
9. Talk to successful people. Pretty much everyone that I’ve ever talked to who I saw as being happy in their lives with some combination of – success in their career, financial stability, contentment in their work etc., they have said that, it’s not a straight line. The path is not direct and you often can’t see too far ahead of you, it’s following breadcrumbs.
10. Reflect on what success means to you. To me, what has also helped relieve the pressure — of figuring out exactly what my life/career path would look like — was shifting my attention… Asking “Who do I want to BE?” Rather than “What do I want to DO?” Remembering that in so many ways, Your being is your contribution. And from really being – your authentic self, your present self, your most evolved self you’ll come to find your “do” more naturally. So focus on just being a good person, growing your heart, your mind and feeding your soul.

Moments to days to months to a year to a moment. Join me as I explore the islands of Hawaii, dine on exotic fruit, play in the mountains and bathe in the sun 🙂

Have you ever wondered what freeze-dried garlic tasted like? Neither did I. Until I saw it on the shelf at the grocery store. Marketing terms like “healthy snack” got me curious and I bit (pun intended). Let’s try some together shall we! 😉

There’s somewhat of a limited selection within a raw vegan diet so it’s always fun when I get to try new things. And I’m an adventurous chick, so taste testing garlic is my kind of Tuesday afternoon activity.

Whether it’s a physical ailment like acne, bloating, fatigue, diabetes, or eczema, or a mental issue like anxiety, depression, negative thinking; consider that freedom is possible.

Humans, we do adapt, a key function for our survival. We can adjust to put up with a lot – but just because we are coping with our situation doesn’t mean we are necessarily thriving. We may be introducing low level stressors that we’re unaware of. We may be unknowingly polluting ourselves with food, thoughts, alcohol & drugs. Their affects not seen right away, or the direct connection not apparent.

The reality is that, feeling even the negative the effects of poor consumption habits may be comforting. But, once we transition to being our healthier selves, we adjust and set new standards. Our tastes change, our body transforms, our mind thinks differently – our old ways now unappealing.

This video is about shifting perspective so that we might inspire some curiosity around the questions – “Maybe there is more for me? Do I have untapped potential?”

Reasons Why you Might be Bloated While Eating Your High Raw, Vegan Diet

1. Insufficient Rest

a) Not waiting long enough in between meals. Frequent snacking doesn’t allow the digestive system space to do it’s job.
b ) Not getting adequate down time post meal.
c) Not sleeping well (deep rest is vital to digestion). This may for you, also tie into a habit of eating too late at night.
d) A stressed mental state while eating (and in all other parts of the day) will result in a tension that can impede digestive function.
e) Rushing to get down a meal will be physiologically stressful, impairing digestion and will also increasing your chance of gulping down air.

2. Improper Food Combining (Especially if you are still eating cooked food)… Sometimes a raw breakfast for example will interfere with a cooked dinner from the night before. There are simple food combining charts you can Google for and find out which foods play best with each other. One of the biggest offenders is the coupling of fat and sugar (ie. nuts and fruit). This is surely a recipe for gas. Different foods digest at their own rate (ie. Fruit breaks down quickly, while nuts take a long time. If the nuts block the fruit from getting fully digested, the fruit ferments, creating bloating and gas.

3. Micronutrient Deficiencies can manifest in all ways, including bloating as they are involved in the processes of digestion, absorption and assimilation. From muscles to hormones to the breakdown and distribution of our fuel, nutrients play a key role in the optimal functioning of our gut.

4. Eating too Quickly – You may be gulping down air with your bites and/or missing out on fully chewing your food. DIGESTION STARTS IN THE MOUTH. Take smaller bites, slow down – maybe try counting to at least ten with each mouthful. Have a dinner partner to help bring attention to your speed. You can also opt for blending or using the food processor to help break down your food. Some find that using a straw while drinking a smoothie helps avoid taking in any unnecessary air.

5. Toxins – Are you still partaking in other less than healthy choices? Do you drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or consume coffee for instance? These all have the capacity to negatively affect digestion.

6. Which Version of the raw and or vegan diet are you eating? – Fibre and water are the two of the MOST ESSENTIAL factors when it comes to digestion, so if you are eating the gourmet raw diet (high in oils, salt and refined foods like agave) you wont be doing well with either. If you are still including some cooked vegan food, take an honest look at what your diet entails – are you filling up on vegan cupcakes, fake cheeses, processed mock meats etc.? These can be full of refined sugars, salt, gluten, preservatives etc., all ingredients that get in the way of proper digestion. As best you can, move toward more whole, fresh food.

7. Irritants – Ingredients like garlic, spices, peppers, ginger, and onions can be aggravating for some. I know several individuals for whom this information has been life changing when it comes to digestion. Simply give it a go with and without and see if anything improves for you.

8. Eating Unripe Fruit – will surely do it. Get educated on what RIPE fruit is. You may have to wait longer than you think. On the flip-side, is your fruit overripe? Have you let that smoothie oxidize to a state of fermentation? Consider both.

9. Eating Hard to Digest Raw Foods – I often caution others about brassicas like kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage etc. Also, high pectin fruits like apples or even stone fruit can be triggering. Other offenders in this category are nuts and seeds (more-so nuts). I would keep them to a minimum and if you are going to eat them, try presoaking them in water.

10 . Dirty Colon – Years of a SAD diet often results in colons that are backed up. In an emergency, colonics work for some, but really a high water & fibre, low fat, plant-based diet will do the trick in the long run.

11. Being Dehydrated before you start eating – Make sure to drink enough between meals, especially if you are eating denser or dried foods. Ideally, water is consumed in isolation. Drinking it with food often welcomes air gulps and for some sensitive individuals, can interfere with the way their food is absorbed. I also find it can hamper ones ability to recognize true satiation. (A little, blended in a smoothie seems to generally be okay.) Dehydration at any stage is a major contributor to constipation.

12. Digestive Fire is Weak – Perhaps you spend a little too much time at your desk, sitting on the couch or hunched on your device. Try and exercise even a little before you eat. I know it doesn’t always sound realistic, but even if you work in an office you can walk up a flight of stairs or two. Stretching (at any time) will also aid the digestive process. Twists are especially helpful with massaging the colon!

13. You May Not be Bloated, rather just experiencing true fullness for the first time. Vegan, vegetarian and raw diets can be quite fibre and water-rich. Coming from a SAD diet (inherently low in fibre and water) will be a transition when it comes to sensing food volume in the stomach. The stomach will stretch to accommodate the substantial raw portion. However, most report that it dissipates within a few hours.

It’s easy to get down on oneself for not accomplishing what we set out to do. Followthrough is important, but there is also something to be said for having faith – that in each and every experience, there is value, even if the experience appears superficially as “failure”.

I’m often asked WHAT I eat, that I follow an 80/10/10, low fat, raw vegan diet. For a few reasons, most of the time I’m really just enjoying mono meals – they digest well, it’s a good opportunity to savor the unique experience of that particular fruit, AND it’s an extraordinarily easy dish to prep & clean up after (for all us lazy chefs)! I do like and encourage mono meal dieting, AND I also think it’s fun to play with other ingredients here and there. So here I’ve put a new twist on papaya boats with a sweet and savory option!

I have had times where I’ve felt quite depressed and hopeless. Where I’ve felt tired from life and from myself. I was fortunate enough, while in this space, to have a conversation with a particular friend. His advice was probably the best I could ever have received while being in that state. He first listened what was going on for me — That I felt down, that I lacked inspiration, motivation, and passion. I remember saying, “I don’t feel excited about anything and it’s been a long time since I have.” It was lovely how he just heard what I had to share and accepted that this was all true for me. He didn’t judge me or try and cheer me up or encourage me to change anything. He wasn’t interested in me forcing anything inauthentic. What he left me with at the end of our talk was a little assignment. He said, “Do me a favor Kat and, just notice. Before we talk again, just notice if there is any moment, no matter how small, that you DO feel excited. That’s it.” “That’s cute, and I’ll do it, but I promise you that I wont have anything to report. I mean, I’d like to, but I couldn’t possibly imagine what would be on that list. I’m in a sea of absolute depression, moments of joy/curiosity/excitement are nonexistent in my world. In fact it’s been so long since any of those have been present, that I’m feeling somewhat apathetic and pretty hopeless about the future.” To humor him I stuck to my word and told myself I’d flag any spark of happiness or interest or excitement that I felt in the coming weeks. Again, this exercise was not about changing anything, it was simply about awareness. In our next conversation I surprised myself by actually having something to share! I observed that I did in fact experienced moments of excitement/satisfaction/ease which had previously gone unnoticed and underappreicated. The moments were small but they were real.

I love this assignment because of how doable it is. It’s not about going in a different direction or being anyone but yourself or even searching to uncover anything new. It’s simply about awareness. And what comes of it is so interesting. What comes of it naturally, is a new perspective. Especially in depression we can convince ourselves that life is a certain way. The black cloud seems to shade out all the sunlight. But, in paying attention I happened upon some beams. And when I maintained my gaze, slowly slowly, the clouds began to clear.After our second conversation I kept it up. I started noticing more and my list continued to grow: What an exercise like this allows us to do is adapt our false stories. Because In awareness we find truth. I thought there was an absence of joy in my life, I told myself there was an absence of joy in my life, but this was simply not the case. There were tiny moments of it. There were seeds of excitement.

Know the power of your attention, because, for better or worse, your attention is like a watering can. What you water will grow. I do want to say that this process of moving toward more optimism was slow for me. This is not necessarily a quick fix, but this practice is extremely effective and is easy to incorporate. It really helped me gain some traction on life, feel more empowered and just generally brighter. It’s not about fake it till you make it, which isn’t a bad approach in some cases. This strategy however is about finding genuine seeds of joy and allowing our attention to act as water, our acknowledgement as sunshine. Again, it’s not about changing anything – forcing something inauthentic. It is simply about awareness. And what comes from that is a rewriting of old, false stories. So, my challenge to you this week is to try this out for yourself! There is no agenda to change anything, no fixing that needs to happen. Go about your daily life, and just notice.

How much weight have we gained, how many ailments have we acquired, and all by our own hand? Food addiction and binge eating disorders are real. Why? Because processed foods are not designed for a human being’s optimal health. There IS a way we can free ourselves from the trappings of breakfast, lunch and dinner though, and that is by removing the toxic and addictive substances from our plates. Replacing them and staying satisfied can certainly be tricky, but here we are going to go through a list of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds that do a very good job of substituting junkier foods. These are great to keep in mind if you’re wanting to go fully raw or if you just want to find healthier alternatives to your more processed snacks and incorporate a higher percentage of fresh food in your diet – it’s an easy way to shed excess pounds, lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of diabetes, and all that good stuff!

Ice-cream, candy, crackers, eggs, cheese, popcorn, cereal, donuts, granola, milk, chocolate, noodles, pie, seafood, caramel etc., if you like it there is probably a raw vegan alternative you can swap it out for!

It’s good to remind ourselves that our cravings aren’t anything to be ashamed of. In fact, we may be picking up on something our body actually needs. For instance, we may crave salty chips because our body is in search of minerals. Now, with some healthy options in mind we can sate these cravings on a physical and mental level without having the hangover of physical toxicity and mental guilt.

If you are right now finding yourself overeating on unhealthy foods, understand that this is natural. Their stimulating flavors draw us in and because of their lack of nutrients we continue to eat in search of that nutrient satisfaction, but it never comes. Processed food is so physiologically addicting, but if we can replace it with non-addictive fresh foods, the habit will naturally fall away!

WWOOF aka World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, is a really fantastic way to travel, meet new people and learn a little about farming in the process! Workaway, and HelpX are other programs that offer similar opportunities where guests volunteer their time in exchange for room and/or board. All are fantastic options for traveling the world while on a budget. Save money on the cost of sleeping accommodations and food while getting to socialize and learn, what’s not to like there?!

I have experience in a number of places including Canada, California, Hawaii. In addition I’ve researched farms in Thailand and Costa Rica and talked to many other WWOOFers about their time as a vagabond worker 😉

I encourage anyone to try it, no matter your age. If you are able-bodied and open minded, we can find something for you! Friends, food and fun, what’s not to like?

Firstly, a few things about how to navigate the website. Each area of the world has a different site and membership. You’ll buy a membership which typically lasts for one year. After making your profile (with good photos) you can start browsing farm profiles. You’re able to filter results with your preferences (ie. vegetarian/vegan, smoking/non-smoking etc.) and use key word searches. Most WWOOF sites will also have reviews from previous WWOOFers. You’ll havee access to the host’s contact info, sometimes this includes their address which you can google for their location. E-mail them with a little about yourself, your availability and any questions and you’re all set!

Before getting started a few things you should know: Not all farms are certified organic farms, some are just people with a backyard who need a hand. Also, not every exchange is for full room and board, some you have to pay additional or supplement your own food. Lastly, know that there are no consistent standards. All farms are maintained individually and things like safety and cleanliness are up to the discretion of the owner. Some farms will be paradise and others pigpens. Ask yourself, what are my intentions? Keep in mind what you’re priorities are and it will help you in finding the right fit. Are you interested in learning, making friends, and/or travelling?

In researching farm profiles be sure to find out your length of stay/commitment; exact work hours & type; what food is provided; how many WWOOFers on the property at a time; what are your sleeping accommodations; what is transportation like around the area? If their descriptions are a little light, you might want to contact them and ask: How much experience is required on your behalf; What is the kitchen type (ie. veg only); What do they grow & can you eat it; Their location relative to town?

As for general tips… Be sure to pack light, be a minimalist! Don’t forget to make all your arrangements (ie. how will you get from the airport to the farm?). If you feel uncomfortable about committing to such an unknown, try and get a farm on recommendation, read reviews from past WWOOFers, ask to Skype your host beforehand. Always keep in mind that, if you don’t know something (like which plant is a weed or where to put your tool), just ask! Take advantage of your hosts as a resource for learning the inside scoop on the area. Be ready to work – take it seriously. Often this is people’s homes, plus, you’ll get more out of it! Arrange in advance. I started preparing 6 months prior. Farms have to plan their sessions and so there might be a wait list. Know your options – if after giving it a chance, if it’s not going well for either or both parties, you can leave. I’d say be respectful as much as you can, try and have a conversation about it and provide some constructive feedback. You can also review them fairly on the site. Acknowledge any of your participation in this as well. Lastly, stay open! It’s going to be a lot of new, but give it a chance =)

More and more we are seeing drama in our vegan community. Unfortunately not all of it is fun and games either. From omnivores and vegans alike, we are seeing bullying on the rise – egos hungry to prey on anyone in their path and an audience that relishes the spectacle.

I’d love to see us put an end to this toxic behavior. I understand why the vegan (or raw vegan) police type folks are out there, but I question if the way they are outlining and enforcing their laws is best ultimately best for their cause.

Let’s remember that there is no hard definition for what a vegan is. There is vegetarian and then pescaterian, and vegan and beegan, plant-based, fully raw, fruitarian and raw till 4. There are those who choose not to eat meat for animals rights, those who choose it for health, those who choose it for the planet, and then those who choose it simply for taste. Everyone has different values and priorities. This means that their lifestyle choices, outside of diet, may be open to include things that yours might not. For instance, they might be raw vegan for their physical health and therefore feel okay about buying a leather jacket. We also have to understand that everyone has their own moral compass by which they will operate.

I acknowledge that our world is not perfect and we may have to compromise our ideals to work with the current state of affairs as best we can. This means that we may end up making choices that, upon first glance, might not fully reflect our ideals. There is so much that goes on in someone’s head that we ignore when judging them off of one choice. And as there is no hard definition for what a vegan should do or how they should act; it is so self righteous to call someone else out for “doing it wrong.”

In policing in such a harsh way we 1. Discredit all that the person in question HAS done 2. We create an unwelcoming environment 3. And we contradict ourselves. (Vegans talk about themselves as conscious folk who, with their diet choices are caring for the environment, the animals and their bodies. But where is this compassion for each other? It’s hypocritical to reserve peace, love and care for one life form and then not act in a loving way towards your fellow man.)

We can be effective officers by remembering that we never really know someone’s whole story. Suspend judgment and if you really care, put your agenda aside, and simply ask them about it. Like I talked about earlier, maybe they ARE vegan but it’s for health reasons and the clothing isn’t a relevant piece of the puzzle. Who knows, maybe in the future they they will change their clothing shopping choices, but right now, on week one, they are overwhelmed enough with just learning how to make a smoothie! We can also move from criticism to celebration. Find things they are doing that you genuinely admire or that you do want to support.

How to put your energy to better use? Go from warden to teacher. Look to educate, not reprimand. “Did you know these candy bars are actually made with xyz?” Instead of, “Oh my god I can’t believe you are eating that, how could you be so insensitive?!” Don’t scare them away unnecessarily when it’s possible they had no idea. Secondly, go from complainer to creator. “The world sucks, there are no good vegan options. No clothes or food or friends or single people to date!” Instead of just talking about what you don’t like, take action. Make your own vegan clothes, open a vegan food-truck, start a vegan meet up group.

If you are on the receiving end of this, don’t take it personally. If you are finding yourself judged and criticized, you’re likely dealing with someone blinded by their own passion, unconscious of how it’s distorting their perspective. If you are on the receiving end of bullying, you’re likely dealing with a person in pain, one that just happens to be using the medium of veganism to outlet their emotions. Have empathy for them, perhaps they are naive, in their own way, to more effective ways of processing their emotions and of communicating.

Lets keep labels as helpful tools and not turn them into weapons.

We struggle with being our bests selves and we struggle with maintaining healthy relationships. What is at the root of this struggle? A lot of it has to do with our thoughts and how we’ve been conditioned to see others. If you deal with feelings of jealousy, lack confidence, and/or sense a distance in your relationships, this video discusses one key that may have a profound influence in these areas.

If you want to be more connected in your relationships and also feel stronger in yourself I really suggest watching the opinions, judgements and assumptions that you are making of others. Enough of this walking around thinking everyone else has it better off than you. “Their life is so easy…” is such a common thought and it’s doing an absolute disservice to both parties. In talking like this it puts you in the victim role by feeding your excuses of why you can’t do certain things. It is completely disempowering. It also creates a huge divide between you and them – either through jealousy or thinking that they wouldn’t be able to relate to you. When you look at another through this kind of lens and with such an acute focus on a single, sparkling aspect of their life, you end up missing out on 99.99% of who they are – how they contribute to the world and what they might have to share with you (through friendship, or inspiration, or what have you).

So I propose doing the opposite. Maybe when you are out in the world walking around (observing people and thinking about them in your head); Or, on the internet browsing profiles (maybe gossiping with your friends) – Do think about these individuals, but refrain from pegging them solely as privileged. Take a deep breath and soften. Imagine for a moment that they have actually had some hardship in their life. Imagine too that there might be something they grapple with on a daily basis. Imagine that they, just as you do, struggle. If I could talk about growing one’s heart inside oneself and of growing one’s circle of support outside oneself, I would say that exercises like this are absolutely vital. As— the way many of us think about each other is currently limiting the growth of these areas. We create enemies and we create competition. In keeping ourselves separate we end up really just depriving ourself. So I’m encouraging a retraining of sorts. Next time you find yourself assessing someone else’s success with a jealous eye, imagine into their life a little deeper and let’s stop this walking around thinking everyone else has it better off than you.

Some seem to have the impression that a vegan diet, raw food, plant-based meals, or simply eating healthy requires having a large bank account. Here I talk about some of the reasons we have come to think this way – an irony considering that the original peasant diet is a meat-free one. Back in the day, meat was meant for the rich, it was the poor who were left to dine on grains and vegetables. Today we are seeing veganism grow in popularity. With the rise of social media there has been more coverage of this diet, but it’s a curated coverage. The images that seem to generate the most likes are those that have been well manicured – an abundance of perfect food, in an exotic setting, and taken with a professional camera. No wonder why people start to think of veganism as only being afforded by the wealthy. I also answer a FAQ about what I personally do for work outside of being a Youtuber. I combine both conventional, daytime active income with more unconventional, entrepreneurial passive income to keep things fresh and consistent for myself. I enjoy having a variety of projects to foster my creativity, relationships and general personal growth.

If you eat plant-based, do the raw vegan thing, or are simply interested in including more fruits and veggies in your diet I’ve got five tips that will save you time, money and stress. Firstly, be sure to take advantage of discounts. If you are eating a good amount of a particular fruit or vegetable, consider buying it in bulk. Most grocery stores and farmers markets do offer a “case discount” of 10-15%. Secondly, don’t be shy about asking for discounts on any “ugly” produce you find on the shelf. If it has a bruise, has started to rot or has been otherwise compromised, it may qualify. Most of the time these items unfortunately get thrown away – you can save it from becoming food waste and be saving yourself some money! Many people I talk with don’t know that it’s possible to return produce. If you change your mind or if you open it and find it to be compromised, you can take it back to the vendor and request a return or exchange. As for sales, take best advantage by inquiring with the staff about the end date for current sales as well as any upcoming ones. You can also look closely at the label of the produce item to find the sale dates. And on the topic of labels, don’t be fooled by clever marketing! The sales that claim “five for $10” for example, want you to think that you need to buy the five items to get the deal. However, I’ve noticed that this isn’t the case. Every time I’ve gone to check out with only one item, I find that my total rings up to only $2, to continue with the aforementioned example. Lastly, Don’t be shy about asking for samples. If you are looking to buy a lot of fruit you will want to make sure it’s tasty right? It can be a big investment of money and fridge space to buy a whole case of nectarines for instance. Farmers markets and grocery stores should be pretty good about letting you taste. It’s in their best interest as well to have happy returning customers that are looking to buy in bulk ?


In order to do this we need to firstly understand how satiety is reached. There are 5 main elements that lead us to feeling satisfied after a meal.

1. Stomach feel – When you eat food, its mass accumulates in your stomach sending a signal to your brain with the message, “stop eating, you are full.”

2. Micronutrients – You require a multitude of these to feel satisfied. They’re elements like vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients etc. (This is often why we can continue eating bags and bags of junk food in one sitting and never feel like stopping. Process items such as these are void of real nutrition so we never truly feel satisfied. These are what are referred to as empty calories.)

3. Calories – We do need calories though, and mainly from sugar. This is the easiest kind of fuel for us to make use of.

4. Taste Buds – There’s no doubt that when something tastes better it provides us with an element of satisfaction. This is no accident. We’ve been designed to derive pleasure from tasty food because it keeps us healthy. In nature when food is richer in nutrients (either because it’s been tree ripened, grown in hearty soil, and/or received adequate sunlight and water.) it makes the fruit, vegetable, nut or seed taste better. It’s sweeter, saltier, and denser with flavor. Trouble is that with our modern day processing our doctored food really hinders our ability to make healthy choices using this original programing. (Of course those bag of chips is going to taste more flavorful than that conventionally grown strawberry.)

5. Mental – The mental component certainly can’t be overlooked. For instance, we may feel more satisfied if we go out to dinner with friends rather than eating alone, because the experience around the food was that much more substantial. Or, for others, the opposite may be true. They may feel more satisfied eating at home in peace where it would be easier to practice more conscious eating. Another example of how our mind is involved in our satiation has to do with the good ol’ placebo effect. For example, we may have a doctor who tells us about the benefit of eating fish because it’s high in protein and that we need to be eating more protein; or, we may read an article that touts the value of this new exotic superfood. Upon eating that fish or that superfood, there would be an element of satisfaction with the thought that you are consuming something supposedly nourishing.

Now that we understand the contributing factors, if you are currently feeling unsatisfied on your raw food diet, here are some points that may help troubleshoot your issue. Consider altering the following:

1. FATS – Your fat intake. Most who are new to raw have the issue of over-consuming fat. I went through this myself, thanks to the gourmet raw food movement. In this situation we aren’t getting enough calories from sugar and are left feeling (among other things, like lethargic and gassy), unsatisfied after meals.

To pendulum in the opposite direction, some strive for their idea of a perfect fruitarian diet and end up fearing fat. They find themselves always hungry because they haven’t met their fat needs. I would say however that this is scenario is quite rare.

For the record, I’m in favor of a relatively low fat raw vegan approach. I also find that the easiest to digest fatty foods are durian, avocado and young coconut meat. Seeds and nuts come in second. Their digestibility can be improved upon by presoaking them.

2. CALORIES – If you’re under-eating calorically you are certainly going to feel unsatisfied. This is often the case with beginners on the raw diet because whole raw foods are calorically less dense than their cooked counterparts. If you suspect this may be the case for you, you’ll need to up your calories, either by eating more calorically dense fruits (for example, dates, mamey sapote, canistel, plantains, bananas, mangos, white sapote, dried fruit, or juice), instead of filling up on watery melons, oranges and pineapple for example. Or, you can simply eat MORE in volume of your favorite produce.

3. WATER & FIBER – This ties directly in to the “stomach feel” that we discussed earlier.

A raw vegan diet is great for our health because of the amount of fibre and water that occur naturally in whole raw foods.

Trouble can arise however when someone isn’t used to eating the high quantity of food that is necessary to sustain a raw diet. From their many years on a cooked food diet, they are used to feeling satiation after fewer bites. Their stomach hasn’t learned to stretch to fit their raw meals, and so they are getting mixed signals. “I ate two cups of melon, so my stomach feels full. I must be full because in the past when i would eat two cups of pasta it would fill me up… But I’m still hungry. Am I hungry?” This can be confusing.

Trouble can also arise if we are under-consuming water and/or fibre. Dried fruit and other dehydrated foods may not be satisfying to some because they are lacking in water. Juice may not be satisfying to some because it’s lacking in fibre. (I’m in this boat where I can have a whole liter of orange juice and still feel kind of empty.)

We’re all a little bit different so depending on your body and your preferences you can tweak accordingly.

4. MICRONUTRIENTS – Eating raw vegan means our diet will already be much richer in nutrition than a Standard American one, however some still find that they are not meeting their vitamin, mineral or phytonutrient needs. This issue may arise if your diet isn’t including the variety that you require. For instance, if you’re surviving solely on bananas and dates, never eating any greens you may acquire some deficiencies. It doesn’t have to be all in one meal, but strive to include the a full rainbow of colors in your diet. The satiation issue may also arise if a good portion of your produce hasn’t been farmed organically. Finding quality fruit and veggies, richer in nutrients will also just naturally taste better, providing satisfaction to your tongue. So consider opting for organic, growing your own and/or using supplementation. (Juice can be a natural form of supplementation if you are interested in a hit of easy to absorb nutrition!)

5. PROTEIN – There have been a few cases that I’ve known of where tweaking one’s macronutrient ratio to include more protein has been helpful. Still keeping protein plant-based and raw, but increasing it subtly, can be effective for certain individuals struggling to stay satisfied. High protein, low fat, sources include a number of vegetables, sprouted beans, some superfoods and raw vegan protein powder.

6. STARCH – I’ve been in the position where it’s dinner time, I’m hungry but I don’t really want fruit any more because I’ve had that all day. I’ll of course have my regular salad or green veggies but I’m desiring something more substantial without wanting it to be high in fat. On these occasions, my secret weapon is starch. I grab a few cobs of sweet corn or some green peas and there’s something about both of these that can really hit the spot.

7. SALTS – Make sure you get your fill of naturally salty foods. For myself to feel satisfied I find it so important to have a savory meal every day. I think for most people this is true and in going without, one can feel like something is missing and futilely try and quench this emptiness with fruit.

My fave sources of naturally salty whole foods include tomatoes, celery, spinach, swiss chard, beet greens, kale, coconut water (& soft meat) and green powders like Barley grass juice powder. Other examples of fruits that can be naturally salty include avocado, bananas, papaya, dried apricots and melons.

My secret weapon here are “power greens”. There’s usually a tub or bag of greens sold at the store, typically with some kind of “power” name. It’s a mix of greens that includes at least spinach, baby kale, baby beet greens, and baby swiss chard. This one, baby swiss chard, is so incredibly salty and delicious!

* I don’t promote the use of refined salt (ie. sea salt, rock salt, table salt etc.) because I find it to interfere with the body’s ability to assess appropriate food intake levels. Putting salt on food is like dousing it with crack, you just want more and more and more. You will eat past hunger or overeat on foods that are void of nutrition (prepared meats, pastries, condiments, candy, chips and any junk food really are all good examples of easy to overeat foods — they’re all typically saturated with sodium.)

8. DIGESTION – Most of us come to raw food still having to heal from the effects of our previous unhealthy, cooked diet.  For instance, you may be left with impaired digestion after years of hardened plaque, you may have crohn’s or IBS…
If digestion is challenged your body may not be adequately breaking down, absorbing or assimilating nutrients, which would surely leave one feeling unsatisfied. In cases like this, assisting with the digestion process by blending or juicing produce can be helpful. Long term, fibre and water are is still important though as they work to clean out the colon. Temporarily incorporating supplementation may also be worth considering.

9. TRUE HUNGER – Consider that you may not be letting yourself get hungry. Keep in mind that if you are never actually hungry, you can never be satisfied. Are you someone who is snacking throughout the day, eating and eating but never feeling sated? It might be enlightening to try some solid meal times. Give yourself several hours in between eating and then have a complete serving. You might feel fullness for the first time.

In another case, consider that you may not be actually experiencing true hunger. Have you made a habit of reaching for food in times of stress, pain or discomfort? If this is what’s really behind your bites, no version of a raw vegan diet, or any diet for that matter will be able to satisfy you.

Lastly, I want to talk about the value of mono meals. The more variety we are eating the more we are stimulating our taste buds. By continually introducing our tongue to new flavors, we can find ourselves on an endless nibble fest. This is what I like to refer to as the “buffet scenario.” You keep going back for more to try different foods because there are so many exciting tastes on offer. By contrast, mono meals help us get in touch with true satiation. Sit down to eat one fruit, and when you begin to get “bored”, so to speak, of that flavor, you’re likely done. Try for one mono meal of fruit a day and see how that feels.

10. FEEDING THE MIND – Food is more than just sustenance as most of us have been brought up with such a culture around it’s harvest, preparation and presentation. When first coming to a raw diet many do feel like they are missing out. Their family is prepping their traditional dishes in the kitchen; friends are going out to the local pizza joint; colleagues share celebratory donuts in the break room. They sit at home and eat their meal of 6 bananas, alone. I’m all for simplicity, but raw doesn’t have to be and it certainly doesn’t have to be boring! Raw food can be as simple or as complex as you would like. If you love cooking, you can still sate this creative desire by crafting special raw food dishes and having fun with their presentation. You can share your treats with friends and family. You can create a new culture around the management (#BANANGEMENT) and preparation of your raw food. You can reinvent past traditions by incorporating healthier ingredients. Make raw versions of your old favorites. You can access the raw vegan community online and arrange or attend potlucks. And, you can still go to restaurants with your mates, just learn how to order differently. Do whatever you need to to make the experience around food supportive of your meal’s satisfaction.

I also recommend watching my vids on this topic – Eating Socially on a Low Fat Raw Vegan Diet and Why Raw Vegans May Be Antisocial (At the Beginning)
*11. NEW RECIPES – As a bonus point, I want to share my recipe books. They’re an easy way to take care of this mind element if you want to learn how to jazz up 80/10/10 in the kitchen. These recipes teach you how to create the variety of textures and tastes that we need to keep things interesting, while also maintaining a low fat profile. In addition I show you how to incorporate herbs and spices which are really important for satisfying that savory tooth and combating cooked food cravings. Check those out here, I’ve got over a hundred recipes, most of which are overt fat free!


I want to leave you with a very important takeaway from my own 8 year experience as a raw foodist and after many years of working with clients. I see time and time again, the simple trend that:

When we are craving cooked food, we are often just desiring salt. And we now know a variety of veggies naturally rich in sodium.


When we are drawn to fatty foods (like handfuls of nuts for example), we are really just in need of calories from sugar. And we know that we can find that naturally from fruit.


It’s pretty simple, just takes time, like anything new, to develop different habits and to tweak certain components so that they better match our personal needs!

There are many reasons why individuals switch to a healthier vegan diet. Many want to loose weight, some want to save animals from needless suffering and others want to have a smaller carbon footprint. Regardless of the reason behind their decision, most notice that there are countless surprise benefits — they find veganism to be much more than they’d initially expected.

The main benefit that I’ve noticed is the improved clarity of mind and how that facilitates my consideration in being a member of both a local and global community.

When we are overwhelmed with toxins or undernourished, we are too taxed to even think about putting energy into our communication. We’re tired because our bodies are working overtime, we are stressed and congested and constipated and so we are easily triggered. We have little patience to spare.

So to clear your mind – alleviate your mental fog; free yourself from an obsession with food; drop that confusion about how to eat & exercise.

What might be possible with a more open channel?

We’ve all felt some version of depression. And, it’s okay, it’s part of life to have ups and downs. It’s part of life to have passion and motivation that waxes and wanes. The trouble is when we settle in a place of apathy and negativity and then root ourselves there.

Self-care is all about building a foundation that can support us through these difficult times. If we aren’t practicing healthy habits and proceeding with a positive outlook, we set ourselves up for real suffering.How are you taking care of yourself?

Going to yoga; growing friendships; eating healthy; choosing not to intake toxins like cigarets, alcohol and processed food; painting, playing in the ocean, prayer, talk therapy with a focus on healing old wounds; listening to music; finding things that make you laugh; gardening; reflecting on gratitudes; dancing; journaling… these are all examples of ways we can nurture our being.

All the things you do to address the elements of wellness in your life, These are all the things that strengthen your foundation & decorate your home into it’s fullest beauty.

I say that your life is like your home in the sense that you are responsible for its blueprint and its maintenance. Granted it’s work, but in this you’re also gifted the opportunity to create — to play in the design of it and craft this house into the most fabulous piece of art!

Do you ever feel like life isn’t living living up to it’s potential? Have you felt the di-ease of playing out an inauthentic life? Would you like to step more fully into your power? I sure did!

We have all had times of feeling low, depressed, anxious and drained of energy. Sometimes this is our response to being out of alignment with our true selves. After feeling these emotions myself I knew I needed to check back in with Kat, really dive deep into self-work and reevaluate my priorities. Out of this, birthed a whole new chapter and I am feeling much less stuck and much more in the flow of life! Affirmations of synchronistic events and gifts from the universe now leave me in abundance. Life isn’t perfect, but I certainly feel a lot better… Like I can breathe again.

What made this shift possible for me? Firstly, examining my blindspots. I always thought I loved myself well enough, but upon further investigation, it turned out there were some holes that needed filling. I had some internal dialogue that needed questioning and some perspective that needed changing. What came of this was not only acceptance but the embrace of a once rejected part of myself. Secondly, I was reminded of the finite quality of this human life. We all know that age is real, death is real, but on a day-to-day basis this is easy to forget. We keep piling up our back burning with Todo’s and procrastinating on things we care about. I was reminded though, that if I truly want to get things done during my time here on earth that I better hop to it! Lastly, there was an exploration into my thoughts and behaviors. Assessing my authenticity was paramount in this recent transformation. I did my best to create an easy to digest, step by step guide to doing so for yourself, found at

Stagnancy, depression, sadness, fatigue and pain are all natural and have their place in life. Sometimes though they are a message that we are not living our most authentic life. These feelings can actually be our best guides for pointing us toward wellness!

Here, in this vid, are 3 tips to help you save money, save closet space and contribute to a more sustainable environment!

Whether you are interested in being a minimalist who only owns five items or someone who is a little bit more mainstream, what I am really in encouragement of is becoming more thoughtful and deliberate about purchases — becoming a more conscious consumer 🙂

There are many reasons why someone might make a purchase, one of the main ones is simply being caught up in the experience – not taking a pause to reflect on if this purchase is really necessary, and failing to recall the truth that, there will always be something to buy. Shopping is kind of an insatiable habit in this way.

In the past several years “fast fashion” has grown tremendously. This being, really poorly made, usually synthetic garments that are cheap in cost — to manufacture and to buy — but their shelf-life (in the store and in on’s closet) is short.

I, myself, love fashion. And there is nothing fundamentally wrong with shopping. It becomes an issue however when purchases are made unconsciously or in an addictive manor in attempt to fill an emotional/mental/spiritual void.

The first of these tricks is, the dressing room photo. Selfies help give us some time and perspective to make decisions on purchases. Secondly, I encourage the use of Pinterest. It allows one to enjoy fashion without spending a dime! It also helps one to establish their style so that by the time they are ready to buy, they have clarity on if something is inline with them or not. Lastly, there are a variety of options for getting garments and gadgets second hand including, thrift stores, Poshmark, Ebay, clothing swaps, borrowing with friends, and tailoring.

I would really like to encourage thought around, not only, where your items are coming from, but also where they end up – because much of it is ending up in land fills. And, we are being conditioned, through a multitude of daily advertisements to consider buying new things, when our old things aren’t even broken. Think about it, We have more than enough clothes in the world right now to survive on for many many many many years to come!

Ever since I was little I’ve always had a fascination with California. I finally made my way out there in 2011 and have found myself back there several times since. There is something in the people, the culture & the land that resonates so deeply with me. I hope with this video to share some of the love I feel for this state.

From biking to car camping to beach swimming to nature watching to concert going to fruit foraging to meditation, one can do it all in Cali! What’s not to love?

The footage for this Northern California travel vlog was captured from Santa Cruz, Berkeley, San Francisco and Monterey. The music is a live performance from a hang drum busker at the Berkeley farmer’s market.

Do you consider yourself healthy? Do you find other people commenting on your habits?

“Why so strict? Why not come out and party with us?” Peer pressure is a very real issue for those trying to make positive changes in their lives. There’s a pressure to eat junk food, to drink alcohol, to smoke, to stay up late etc. Why is it considered cool to be unhealthy?

These comments are the norm, one, because many who do struggle with these unhealthy vices secretly wish they didn’t. They have guilt that they do what they do, and seeing someone else succeed in being without only highlights what they have yet to achieve. If they can bring you down to their level, they don’t feel as poorly about themselves. Alternatively, they sincerely enjoy the short-term sensation brought on by their bad habit (food, drugs, alcohol etc.) and they want to share in this fun with someone they care about. They may also not fully understand how much you value your practice of being without.

I’m by no means saying that someone has to stay 100% raw to achieve a

success on their health journey, I just know that for myself that I feel best on raw.

It is this knowledge that motivates me in staying raw during a period (WINTER) that some find difficult. See the thing is that I know two things,

I already feel less than ideal in cold climates

Eating cooked food makes me feel poorly

So if I’m living in a cold climate, why would I pile bad on top of bad. Why would I make myself feel even worse (more lethargic, mentally foggy, dehydrated etc) and add to the suffering of the season?

So, though I don’t love being in chilly climates for an extended period of time, growing up in Canada, I have a lot of experience. I have been raw through winters there and want to share the strategies that helped me make the best of these times.

EXTERNAL HEAT > The first tip is very practical. Here’s the thing, we are tropical beings, there isn’t much room to dispute that. If we weren’t meant for cold climates we would have been born with more layers of fat and fur. So, if we are going to choose these chilly latitudes then we need to seek out heat to survive. Especially as a raw vegan, we are much more sensitive to negative temperatures – One, because our bodies aren’t working intensely to breakdown refined/complicated/cooked food dishes (a process that generates tremendous heat); and two, because often times raw vegans have less weight (aka insulation) on them. Also note that we are more prone to tempting cooked/processed foods if our bodies are being kept at a colder temperature. This is why restaurants are air-conditioned. (Researchers found that lowering the temperature of a dining room by 10 degrees it boosted food consumption nearly 20%. The hormones that control your appetite are slower to kick in when the temperature drops.) When we are hungry we become less discerning, so you can reduce your risk of making unhealthy choices, by warming up! This means: increased home heating, saunas, hot tubs, hot springs, warm showers, fire places, quality warm clothes, blankets, hot water bottles and heating pads.

WINTER ACTIVITIES > Find your play. Is it skiing; snowshoeing; snowboarding; tobogganing, skating, camping, fort building etc. Or maybe it’s something a little more mellow, like winter walks (I think a snowy nighttime winter walk is just exquisite. Simply magical!), wildlife watching, photography etc. Finding your way of authentically enjoying what the winter does grant access too, is key. These activities will also get you moving which will keep you warm. They’ll also get you out of the house. Making sure not to become stagnant indoors will keep your spirits up and keep you from seeking out “winter comfort foods.”

SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY > Stay motivated on your diet by connecting with other raw vegans. Ideally this is in person (, FB groups, IG, 30BaD all make finding raw friends easy these days); but if for some reason there isn’t anyone in your neighborhood, stay inspired by frequenting your favorite YT and IG raw vegans, and participate by commenting, posting and sharing your own videos.

WARM BEVERAGES > Something as a warm beverage can go a long way if you are cold! My go-to winter drinks are simple warm water, herbal tea and “hot” chocolate. I make this by warming up some water (I’m not trying to cook anything), and blending it with some dates. Add some carob, cacao and/or vanilla, and you have an absolutely delicious drink that will be sure to lift your spirits.

BODY HEAT > Snuggle up with your family and friends. Sharing body heat is a really effective and enjoyable way to warm up. Warm heart, warm body, perfect. Another option is to receive body-work from a professional. Finding touch through massage is a great way to warm up via another and it also helps your body to generate heat.

DIETARY ADJUSTMENTS > During winter months your body is being asked to endure a different set of circumstances and so you may find that you do need to make different choices within your raw diet. If you aren’t feeling 100% satisfied with your meals consider experimenting by subtly increasing your calories (by eating larger quantities or by choosing denser foods like, persimmons, plantains, mamey sapote, dates, canistel etc.)

subtly increasing the percentage of fat in your diet (from whole foods like avocados, durian, coconut. Nuts and seeds should be the final resort as they are more challenging to digest and are often easy to overeat on.)

MENTAL ATTITUDE > It’s become the norm to hate on winter; to complain about the cold, the slush and the darkness. I’m all for releasing emotion, but there is a point where it’s no longer constructive. There is a point where it’s no longer commiseration, just feeding into negativity. What can you do to shift to a more positive perspective? Maybe you appreciate the winter wardrobe; holiday gatherings; cozying up by the fire, or out on the porch, in the crisp air with a blanket and some tea; easonal flavors; topical movies or seasonal music.

SUNSHINE > Sunlight is limited this time of year, but it is still a vital part of the health equation.

You still need to expose yourself to light which I know is hard (school and work days used to mean leaving the house when it was dark and coming home when it was dark) so this might mean stepping outside for a few minutes on your lunch break.

Sunlamps (Vitamin D lamps)

Get your vitamin D levels checked, and/or supplement with a vegan vitamin D supplement. Sun-soaked mushrooms are also a great natural source of vid D

AVOID COLD FOODS > Cold foods like frozen fruit smoothies should be avoided as they really drop your body temperature. However, if they are a real favorite, just be prepared by layering up and avoid holding your glass (try a spoon, use a mug with a handle or wear some mitts!)

If you are making a meal using ingredients that have been stored in the fridge, try to remember to remove them a few hours before meal time.

You can warm your foods some by placing them in the dehydrator before eating. You can also warm your zucchini noodles, for example, by running them under warm water before plating them. Warm soups can be made by including warmed water in the recipe, and some blenders have a “soup” function that will warm them through blending. Another trick of the trade is to warm your plates before serving. These are all ways to deliver comfort and avoid catching a chill from dinner!

CHOOSE WARMING FOODS > Play around with adding things like arugula, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, mustard seed, cumin, cayenne, chili pepper etc. to your dishes. These kinds of flavors are considered warming. I’d recommend keeping these to only occasional usage as they can be somewhat harsh on the body if had in excess.

EXERCISE > For both your mental and physical health, this is important to keep up during the season. We certainly feel better emotionally when we exercise, and it’s also a great way to keep warm. Get the blood pumping through cardio (even something as simple as rebounding), stretching and weight lifting. People often think of fat as an insulator, but muscle also works.

VACATION – This one’s a no-brainer. If you are able, make a trip to a sunny destination. Defrost, get your vitamin D stores up and eat some local fruit.

HOME ENVIRONMENT > Though you don’t want to get stuck inside, there is some acceptance that it’s likely you’ll spend more time indoors during this season than the others. In knowing this, try and make your home environment as comfortable, inspiriting and aesthetically pleasing as possible. You want your home to be your oasis, not your prison. Surround yourself with photos of beautiful places and smiling faces; unique artwork; fun mobiles; lit candles; incense diffuser; mood firefly lighting, motivational quotes; live plants etc.

EMBRACE THE PACE > Slowing down is okay. I know this Western culture is not of this mind, but the go-go-go approach is simply not sustainable in my opinion. There is a reason nature has built in a time for dialing back. There is something really beautiful about this time when all the leaves fall, a kind of cleansing in preparation for a rebirth. Less sunlight, a signal to go inside (physically and mentally). Embrace your introversion, find your inner artist; buy a journal; meditate… Retreat.

REDUCE TEMPTATION > Reduce temptations of holiday meals. Wintertime seems to be the hardest time for people to stay on their diet. Piled under layers of clothing it’s easy to loose touch with our bodies. We may feel more depressed, we don’t get out and exercise as frequently and with Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day etc. there are too many opportunities to overindulge. The best way to combat non-vegan, cooked & processed food temptations is to be equipped with interesting & tasty, raw food options. This has been the aim of each one of my recipe books – to provide dishes just as appealing & satisfying as their cooked counterparts – meals that deliver the same satisfaction, but without the weight gain, sodium retention, toxins, addictions and guilt that come with processed food. My desire is for readers to discover how in eating more raw, whole foods, they can truly find food freedom. If that sounds good to you you can find my books here 🙂

Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, or just stress in general? I certainly have had my share of these uncomfortable emotions and have found some strategies to help me cope – One of which is effectively, a mini meditation. And, if the word “meditation” is too intimidating for you, you can also think about it as simply, giving yourself permission to rest. The great thing is, we have numerous opportunities throughout the day, we just have to learn how to take advantage of them!

This practice has helped grow my patience; calm my frantic energy; and build my gratitude.

Sales people in the health industry… Am I referring to David Wolfe? Gabriel Cousens? Harley Durianrider? Dr. Douglas Graham? Freelee The Banana Girl? Rawvana? Matt Monarch? Dan The Life Regenerator? Fully Raw Christina?…

Actually no. It’s quite common that we all get convinced by the salespeople in our daily lives. They are our friends and our family and those whom we follow on social media. And they are are acting as salespeople without knowing it. We are getting sold not on the products themselves or on the ideas being discussed, but on these individuals’ excitement around it.

When we we fail to do our research, we can:
1. Get convinced into buying new products.
2. Get convinced into not using products.
3. Wrongly attribute positive results with the products being used.

Getting convinced into buying a new product is like getting sold on the latest superfood. Getting convinced into not using products is like when you ask someone, “Do you use supplementation?” And their response is, “Naw, I feel great!” Or, “What running shoes do you use?” And they say “I don’t use any, I just go barefoot!”

In both of these cases this occurs because when we start something new there is a kind of excitement that comes with it, that takes over. It’s natural to want to share when we find something that excites us… But it’s also dangerous.

Often what happens is, someone will start a new product or regime, be on it for a few days/weeks and find themselves quite hyped up. Mostly, I notice, this is fueled by their idea of what their results might be, their hope of what might change. It’s in this phase that they go on blast, telling their friends, family and internet community.

As a consumer we have to start taking responsibility and ask questions, rather than just letting ourselves get swept up in their excitement. Helpful questions would include, “How long have you been using it, can I get some real objective results?”

Unfortunately these “salespeople” end up phasing out this new product or practice (because they aren’t getting the results they are looking for; they forget about it; or they are distracted by something else) and they fail to make a followup video about it — Certainly not one that would have the same umph or impact as their first video. And as an audience we forget to followup because we are caught up in the next new thing.

I don’t like to share a lot of things because I understand these stages of experimentation and that excitement is a big part of the first stage. I don’t want anyone who follows me to get naively swept up in that.

So… Go to the people with experience – years and years of experience!

Back to point three: We’re getting convinced that products do things that they don’t actually do. This happens because we aren’t asking, “What else changed when you changed the product?” For instance, “Did you make any other lifestyle modifications at that time?” We can also examine the product itself and what the directions involve. For example, a headache medication might instruct you to “take this pill with one glass of water.” Most people are not accounting for the impact that hydration has on wellbeing. Looking at another example like the shampoos that claim to generate more hair growth, their instructions direct you to “massage into hair twice daily.” Might it be the follicle stimulation via massage that is deserving of the credit, no the shampoo?

Be wary. Always be skeptical and ask questions.

By some definitions I am a minimalist. And all that really means to me is though I still make purchases, I like to be very deliberate about my shopping choices. My friends and family know, that around holiday season never to buy me anything. Why do I make this request?

  • Firstly I want them to know they don’t have to feel obligated to display their love for me in the form of gifts. Especially if it’s for a holiday they don’t particularly believe in. I also care about them and don’t want them to waste their $.
  • Secondly, there is a lot about the retail industry that I don’t agree with. On a human level, the factory worker conditions & wages. On an animal level, I don’t want to contribute to their suffering if they were used for labor; for testing; for their bones/skin/fur. Lastly, for the planet – there is so much waste created by the shopping industry — so many harmful synthetic chemicals and materials — so much pollution in production and transportation of garments & gadgets.
  • Finally, it’s selfish – In my experience “gifts” just become a burden. When was the last time you got the most perfect gift? Something that was your style, that fit you, that was useful, that was inline with your morals, that was good quality etc? It’s rare. Often things just don’t fit right or they brake or they simply aren’t useful — They end up in the trash, in the back of a closet or being regifted.

This struggle makes sense to me as I find it hard enough to come by the perfect thing for myself, how could i expect someone else to do it?

Do you have someone who is hard to buy for, maybe for these same reasons? Well here are 15 things you can get for them that will leave them smiling 🙂

  1. Handwritten Card > Maybe it sounds cheesy, but a heartfelt and thoughtfully written note about how much you value them will be their best gift this season. Maybe you can recount a favorite memory; talk about how they inspire you; let them know what your relationship means to you. (Maybe you can draw a picture and make the card too…) And it’s free! If they are far you can also send them a video – film yourself and/or their other friends sharing appreciations or stories and edit together a video for them.
  2. Personal Coach > One of the best gifts that I was ever given was from my sister. At the time I was just getting into swimming and finding myself at a plateau. She got for me a session with a swimming teacher. He watched me swim and gave me a number of cues to tweak my form. Invaluable to get feedback from someone who has become a master in a field you are interested in. Teachers exist in all areas, you can set up a session for your friend with a professional running coach, public speaking coach, nutritionist, personal trainer etc. Help them progress with something they are working on.
  3. An experience > It’s sometimes hard to spend the money on oneself for entertainment because it’s a luxury, so it’s a nice treat to get from someone else. Depending on their interest, you can get them tickets for an art exhibit; a music performance; a comedy show; a sports game; a festival; the amusement park; a dance performance etc. Secondarily, you can gift them with the experience of time together (fly in from out of town or take the day off work to spend with them.)
  4. Useful Reusable Items > Get them reusable versions of things they use anyway. Togo ware, cute grocery shopping bag, glass straw, travel coffee mug. Or, get them a quality version of something they use often. For example one Vitamix will gift them a lifetime of use, better for the planet than having them go through 5 cheaply made blenders.
  5. Body Work > This one also feels like a luxury, so it’s really nice to be spoiled by someone else. Massage, reflexology, acupuncture etc.
  6. Food > This can be something homemade; if they’re a health nut, maybe it’s a superfood; if their into fruit like myself, maybe it’s an exotic variety. It can be personal, like dehydrated slices of the apples from the tree in your backyard. If they are into food prep, a unique idea is to collect all of your mutual friend’s/family’s favorite recipes and compile it into a cookbook.
  7. Donation > Is there a cause or charity they really care about? Make a donation in their name.
  8. Your Special Skills > Maybe you have a certain expertise you could share by doing something for them. Haircutting, babysitting, massage, computer skills, carpentry etc.
  9. Get crafty > If you are comfortable with your creative side you can make them something you know they would use. Make them a quilt; put together a picture frame out of recycled materials; make a candle holder out of materials found in nature; write them a song on your guitar etc.
  10. Subscription > For an online magazine; satellite radio; Netflix.
  11. Plants > This would be for the appropriate person. Be thoughtful and don’t give someone a project. However, if they have a green thumb they might like to receive edible plants, beneficial flowers, unique seeds, or a potted home plant.
  12. Education > Sign them up for a class or course they are interested in (1 month of yoga; beginner hiphop workshop; cooking class; guitar lessons; a photography course)
  13. Electronic Entertainment > A special e-book*** or comedy special they might enjoy. Or an iTunes gift card for their music an app needs.
  14. Gift Certificate > I’m all about the gift card. And If it’s for a food, it will never go to waste — a card for Whole Foods or a voucher for the local farmers market. Depending on the person, you might know that they’d really find an REI/MEC card really useful – a place they can find quality products. Maybe they do want something new, but they want to participate in the traditional consumer industry, you can get them a gift card for a cool thrift store.
  15. Carbon Offset > This was one of the coolest gifts I ever received! I was going off to University and my friend got me a “Dorm Terrapass.” (Dorm living takes energy for lights and heat etc. and it is this energy that comes from sources that emit CO2, which is a major cause of climate change. So, estimated on a national average for the carbon dioxide emissions from a college dorm room, this Terrapass was designed to offset those emissions. The company does so by uses the money to fund renewable energy projects and methane capture projects. Now, mine was for dorm life but these come to address all kinds of carbon contributors like travel and weddings. Find out more at

As a bonus. Think about how you might wrap your gift. Minimize waste by using sheets of newspaper from the comic section; recycled paper; a reusable bag or clothe (which is the norm in Japan).

I hope you’re able to minimize your spending, your waste and your stress this holiday season while delivering a memorable gift. For me, I really like to encourage gifting only when inspired, rather than to force it for an externally imposed “special occasion”. I do see though that holiday season is a nice excuse to celebrate and to gather together. Let’s remember that and have it be the real focus, not presents!


🙂 Aloha! Hola! Bonjour! Kon’nichiwa! Ciao! Hey. Sup? So I’ve travelled quite a bit and have also lived in many MANY communities. Backpacking, courchsurfing, dormlife, shared housing situations, international host family exchanges, hostel living, farm-life has given me a lot of experience in this area. What I’m offering for is kind of a beginner’s guide, a “How to for Dummies”, a How to be a Guest 101. I’ve moved to share this because as I travel around I am still surprised to meet others who haven’t learned these basics. Granted, there are going to be personal and cultural differences for what is considered considerate, but these have all proven positive in my varied situations.

– Perhaps bring gift/ gesture. (Something from your home country, fruit from the market, flowers, soap, candles…) Or, take them out to a movie or for dinner
– What’s typically more appreciated though is to offer to help out – doing dishes, walking the dog, watching their kid, sweeping etc. (Of course, any cleaning with the preface that you’re doing it, not to imply you think their house is messy – but because your experience is that most people enjoy help with house upkeep. Also that doing something to support the community would meet your need for contribution. And/or you can simply ask, how can I be of service? Also, you can offer a unique skill you have (maybe you are a web designer, handyman, chef etc.)
– Share your company. You’ll have to feel this one out of course, but sometimes what’s nice for the host is just to have your company, to share stories, share a meal etc.

– Keep your stuff tidy, in one spot, out of common space, out of site out of mind. The same goes for fridge space.
– Make your bed.
– Not sprawling out is also helpful for you as it’s easier to not forget things in the bathroom; plugged in to the outlet across the room; on their porch; in their kitchen etc.

– This is different from just having your things be tidy and organized.
– In cleaning up after yourself the trick is to exit and reenter the room that you’ve cleaned. Fresh eyes do wonders.
– Common oversights include water left on bathroom floor, hair in drain or sink, crumbs on counter floor, and DISHES. Don’t forget to wipe dow horizontal and vertical surfaces!

– Don’t assume water, electricity, wifi, cable etc. are just free and endlessly flowing.
– If staying longer term, contribute for things like toilet paper and food.
– If you’re like to borrow something, you need permission. Be sure to return it as you found it or better. For instance, if you borrow their car, fill up their gas tank; if you eat their last piece of bread, buy them a new loaf; if you empty the water filter, refill it.

– Use headphones.
– Walk in the balls if your feet and be conscious of your gate. Are you stampeding around?

– Be conscious of your scents – bug spray, hair spray, perfume and natural body odor can be intrusive.
– Don’t spray these inside and try to be conscious of how you smell (naturally or otherwise)
– Cooking smells may also be bothersome to some palates. Durian, fish, curry, garlic etc. are quite fragrant. So, warn others, ask permission, check in during, share your food or apologize if it’s too late.

– Being overly thankful or asking permission for the littlest things may become an annoyance to your host.

– For couch surfing and the like, be specific on arrival and departure times and dates.
– For community living it’s helpful to establish ground rules. Come together and established a rule about how long guests can stay for example.
– Don’t forget to thank your host(s).

– Specifically if you are staying at someone’s house, don’t just laze around all day. They don’t want a mooch. Of course they want you to be comfortable, but don’t spend ALL your time on their couch. Be mindful of their schedule and adapt to their rhythms.

So you’ve found veganism and seen what an incredibly positive impact on you and you’d like to share this with your loved ones. Here are my Top Ten Tips for

Turning your Partner, Family Member or Friend Raw Vegan:
1. Lead by Example – Model the behavior you’d like to see.
2. Offer Support by Making Food – Zone in on their non-vegan favorites and find vegan substitutes. Take away as many steps between them and the vegan choice as possible.
3. Stock the Fridge – Buy raw vegan food to have around the house. Offer suggestions, but don’t nag. Again, make it as easy as possible for them to choose vegan.
4. Let them Try your Food – And you don’t need to explain what all the ingredients are if it might sound unappealing to an inexperienced palette.
5. Find Role Models – Introduce them to cool vegans, people who are compatible to you both. Outside influence is helpful because family members are often the hardest people to hear advice from.
6. Watch your Language – Don’t say “icecream” “cheese” etc, opt for something more creative like “whipped bananas” or “savory dip.” Non-vegans are often offended if the original word is used.
7. Gently Educate – Empower them with knowledge, by inviting them to join you in watching a documentary. Or be play an audio book out loud; share an inspiring vegan instagram IG account with them.
8. Love them Unconditionally – If you really want health for them, that is the healthiest environment to be in, one where they are accepted, not criticized. Love them where they are at, acknowledge their efforts and accept that they may never change.
9. Be Patient – Empathize with them, recall that you too were likely in a similar place. 10. Make it Fun – Keep it positive and light because if it feels like a chore it’s not appealing. Play outdoors together with your new energy, go to the market together, make some meals together etc.

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt like my best self, my schedule has been a mess and I’ve been living out of a backpack & in temporary spaces for far too long… Whether it’s an excuse based on practicalities like lack of time or privacy; or something more intangible like lack of energy, YouTube keeps getting put on the back burner.

This vid is a part of my process in getting through that procrastination. This vid is a part of me accepting where I’m at and finding it to be an invaluable step for making changes & moving forward.

There are some thoughts that do not serve us and for these practicing letting go is helpful. There are others however that reemerge as an expression of a goal we’d really like to see through. This may look like wanting to accomplish a basic task or starting a whole new project, both of which can be challenging. Overwhelm is common when facing both the quantity of tasks or an expected quality of execution. Left feeling paralyzed nothing gets done and nagging thoughts persist.

This strategy is about GETTING UNSTUCK. It is about learning HOW TO STOP PUTTING THINGS OFF & HOW TO GET STUFF DONE.

Planning and organizing is one way to be effective with one’s time, but falling too far towards that end of the spectrum, can become a trap.

Here that thought and DO IT NOW, knowing that it doesn’t have to be perfect. You can write that email you’ve been putting off with the understanding that, if you don’t like it, it can just be a first draft. Likewise, you can reshoot that video, you can revise that essay etc.

Yes, lists are great, but you don’t want them so long that you have to be managing your lists. In these cases it’s helpful to have an alternative strategy. This approach not being about settling for mediocre material, but about accepting that there is likely to be a learning curve.

Remember that there is ALWAYS something you can do in the moment when the thought emerges. For example:
* I wish I was more fit = Do a push-up!
* I’d like to be more knowledgeable = Download an audiobook!
* I wish I had better posture = Sit up!
* I’d like to eat healthier = Find a recipe online for tonight’s dinner!
* I need to have less stress in my life = Give yourself a 60 second neck massage!
* I wish I was expressing myself more creatively = Take a pen and doodle!

If you can’t execute your goal, at least take some step in committing to fulfilling it in the future. For instance, if you are wanting to workout more and you aren’t in a good space to do it, call your friend to meet you for yoga tomorrow. Get creative and DON’T LET YOUR CHALLENGES BE YOUR EXCUSES. DO IT NOW.

♦ Video documents travels from around the Western Hemisphere:
• CANADA – Toronto, Montreal
• MAINLAND USA – Georgia, California (Santa Cruz, Berkeley, Monterey)
• CARIBBEAN – Barbados
• HAWAII – Big Island & Maui

♥ Rainbow gazing, fruit foraging & ocean swimming is truly backpacking wanderlust at it’s finest. Here are some highlights from my trips in 2015 & 2016. Fireworks from a Toronto balcony; fresh figs from a backyard in Georgia; California’s redwoods; Caribbean sunsets; Hawaii’s flora, fauna & friends…

Tiny house living has gotten more and more popular recently as many are realizing the burden of their “stuff” and the multiple freedoms that come with owning a small home.

As guests in this cargo container house in Hawaii, I vlogged to document and share this footage in hope of inspiring other tiny house lovers.

Of course, all the details like costs, plans, zoning codes etc. are going to differ in each area. But, whether you want to go full-on jungle living with an off-the-grid set up, or create a modern oasis in a big European city – anywhere in the world, container homes can be customized to meet your needs! They’re pretty simple to construct around, relatively affordable, and the best part is that you are repurposing a piece of trash!

Natural materials have many uses, but when it comes to upkeep, a shipping container home might be the best option. Living in the tropics means facing mold, weather, pest & bug pressure, etc; all influences that can quickly wear on natural materials.

This container measures 20x8x8 feet with an attached kitchen area that measures 11x10x8 feet. The entire space includes a bedroom, office/desk space, kitchen/eating area, outdoor shower & outdoor toilet. (There is running water inside, but no bathroom inside the container.) We also have access to a community shower, bathroom, and washer/dryer. Water is catchment. Electricity is not solar.

This vlog documents a trip that took me around Venice Italy, Gallipoli Italy, Fiskardo Greece, Kata Kolon Greece, Corfu Greece, Dubrovnik Croatia, Split Croatia and Opatija Croatia.

While in Costa Rica, I travelled all around – San Jose, Dominical, Tinamaste, Manuel Antonio, Nosara, Tamarindo etc. Fresh fruit from farmer’s markets, spectacular sunsets, body surfing at beaches and witnessing wildlife of all forms kept me thoroughly entertained.
Budget backpacking can be challenging at times, but it certainly has it’s rewards. Beautiful views and life long friends to name a couple!

Here are some vlog clips from my time there, October, November and December 2014.

Raw Vegabond Adventures is about sharing the principles of natural hygiene in different settings. I’m passionate about highlighting the fundamental elements of health because they have been so key in my own journey to wellness. Addressing these basic human needs before seeking medical intervention can mean both physical healing and mental empowerment. RVA is about learning how to be a human and take care of this body mind and spirit.

Join me as I explore Europe – hopping around from London in the United Kingdom; to Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp in Belgium; to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and finally to Denmark for the Fresh Food Festival!

I always like to keep Natural Hygiene’s Fundament Elements of Health in mind. Addressing these human needs is key in creating a balanced life… Consider Clean, fresh air; Pure water; Foods for which we are biologically designed; Sufficient sleep; Rest and relaxation; Vigorous activity; Emotional poise and stability; Sunshine and natural light; Comfortable temperature; Peace, harmony, serenity, and tranquility; Human touch; Thought, cogitation, and meditation; Friendships and companionship; Gregariousness (social relationships, community); Love and appreciation; Play and recreation; Pleasant environment; Amusement and entertainment; Sense of humor, mirth, and merriment; Security of life and its means; Inspiration, motivation, purpose, and commitment; Creative, useful work (pursuit of interests); Self-control and self-mastery; Individual sovereignty; Expression of reproductive instincts; Satisfaction of the aesthetic senses; Self-confidence; Positive self-image and sense of self-worth; Internal and external cleanliness; Smiles; Music and all other arts; and Biophilia (love of nature).

Europe is a fantastic place to travel around. Whether on foot, by train or plane; whether on a small or large budget; there is plenty to do, see, eat and always great people to meet – locals and fellow tourists alike!

My favorite (and free) thing to do in a new place is to simple walk around. Europe’s architecture, shop windows, farmer’s markets and street fashion can keep me entertained all day!

What’s your best advice for those transitioning to a raw vegan diet?

1. Clean House.
You will eat what is in the house so donate those cookies and those chips in your pantry and that tub of ice cream in your freezer. When we are hungry we become less discerning and will grab whatever is around so it is important to build an environment that will support the diet you want.

Don’t leave your fridge empty though, welcome in an abundance of your favorite produce. Pick foods you are excited about and make sure to get enough to meet your caloric needs.

Remember that you don’t have to say, “I’m never going to have chips again,” but simply work on shifting your focus to be primarily on fresh fruits and vegetables. Crowd out junk food by filling your life with fresh food.

Once you start to satisfy candy cravings with sweet fruit and salty cravings with mineral rich vegetables you’ll find eating healthy to be a joy, not a compromise.

2. Self Talk.
Be reasonable. Know yourself and your tendencies. Are you someone who likes to jump into the pool or wade in? Some people can go from burgers to bananas overnight, but for most it takes time.

Be patient and compassionate with how you react to the changes ahead. Be mindful of the self talk that arises when you face dietary related challenges. When you “slip up,” do you beat yourself up about it or are you able to call on understanding?

Shift into a space where you can be more empathetic of yourself. This might sound like, “I made the best choice I could at the time; To dwell on it now is not going to change the past, only make me feel worse; I have made recent steps in other areas that are moving me toward health; This, although it was a slip up, is still a higher low than my slip ups were in the past when I was binging on chicken wings, not vegan stir fry.”

None of these being in an effort to condone any one behavior, but to recognize that we are human beings and that sometimes our reality simply doesn’t match our plans.

3. Friends.
If you are surrounded by people who would likely not understand your new choice, don’t mention it. This might sound weird, but this is something I’ve tried and seen work for myself, after learning what a charged topic food is.

I’ve gone many years without volunteering information about my diet. Usually it is only the people I live with who know what I eat. I generally don’t discuss my diet, and typically only end up talking about it if other raw vegan friends open the topic.

So I recommend this because, it is enough for yourself to take on these new habits, let alone the hassle of trying to explain it to everyone.
Transitioning can be a very vulnerable time where although you are excited, you might not have the confidence that comes with experience on the diet.

So, it can be overwhelming to have your friends and family picking apart your choices. Scoffing at your diet, acting defensive about their own, probing you for scientific evidence and medical studies etc.

Be quiet, be patient and allow the results to speak for themselves.

In the meantime, you want to be gaining a supportive raw vegan community.  Try finding potlucks or fruitlucks on; check out 30BananasaDay for other fruit fans in your area; mingle at farmers markets or your local Raw Food Cafe; or sign up for any of the world wide fruit festivals.

You’ll see that opening up to a raw vegan diet is opening up to a whole can of health worms. Most people will start off interested in the food, but then become interested in health beyond diet – exercise, mental state, spirituality, creative expression etc.

So remember that friends don’t even necessarily have to be people who are raw vegan to be supportive of you. They can be supportive of healthier changes in other aspects of your life. Like being your fitness buddy; being someone to share the joy of a particular art with; being someone to brainstorm work ideas with; or being someone you feel safe enough to talk honestly, and share your emotions with.

4. Education.
Learn about common pitfalls to avoid. (I have two videos that go over the Top 15 Mistakes Beginners Make on a Raw Food Diet.) That will be linked here.

Remember to learn from others who have gone before you, but don’t take any one person’s word as gospel. Your body and your power should never be given up to a doctor or a “guru” or any other another person.

Be your own researcher. Experiment and be as objective as possible about your results, as this will cement a trust and understanding of your own experience.

5. Fruit Exploration.

It is so important to learn about what makes each fruit good, ripe and tasty. I often encounter individuals who’ve naively been eating unripe or bland fruit. And after teaching them simple tips, they are able to eat the same variety of fruit, but in a whole new way!

Examples of these tips would be things like…
– Bananas are at peek sweetness when they are freckled and peel easily, not when they are hard and yellow
– For this variety of blueberries, the big ones are the sweetest
– These nectarines and tomatoes are extra sweet and flavorful when their skin is wrinkled and has “sugar spots”
– Dragon fruit is sweetest when the flesh is more translucent than it is white
– These kind of persimmons are best when almost as soft as a water balloon.
– Many apple varieties will be more flavorful when they have a warm underglow to their skin, more of a yellow colouring, rather than a green one

Learn how to use all your senses when picking fruit. Most fruit will be somewhat soft to the touch, smell fragrant, look deep in colour, taste sweeter and may even have a particular sound in response to tapping it when ripe. Research online, ask your fruity friends or inquire with your produce vendor to learn this stuff.

Keep trying new fruits, because you really don’t know what you are missing. Every bite of your food should blow your mind. I introduced a friend to some quality tomatoes for the first time (ones that tasted like marinara sauce and ketchup), and it changed her world. No longer could she settle for the bland conventional varieties. Most people just don’t know how good fruit can be!

6. Simple Kitchen Tools.
Food texture is such a significant part of our eating experience. It really adds that extra excitement to our meals. Utilizing texture is a must for those transitioning from stimulant heavy cooked food dishes to a simpler raw vegan diet.

There are a two tools that I recommend because they are inexpensive, easy to use and can go a long way. A blender will give you access to smoothies, icecreams, soups, dressings, sauces and dips. And a julienne peeler or spiralizer will bring new texture to your salads and allow you to turn vegetables like cucumbers and zucchinis into noodles! Most raw foodies will use both of these tools on a daily basis. Equipment like food processors, juicers, dehydrators and fancy bowls are fun, but secondary.

7. Go-To Alternatives to Cooked Favorites.
Have alternatives to your favorite cooked foods. For example if you loved candy, know that instead you can reach for dates. If you loved creamy dishes, know that you can use avocado now. If you loved sorbet and icecream, find some smoothie recipes or simply blend frozen bananas.

The ebooks I’ve made that have over a hundred recipes that work to do just this!


1. What’s your Jam?
There is an undeniable connection between sound and how we feel. This is because it affects our brain chemistry, heart rate, mental capabilities and therefore emotional state. On a spiritual level, we see the use of gongs, bells, chimes and song as common ways that cleansing takes place in places of worship. This is because there is an understanding of the vibration that is present in all things, seen and unseen. On a scientific level, our brain waves are moved to resonate with the beat of music. It influences how we process and respond to incoming information. For example, listening to music engages both the left and right brain, meaning our ability for creative problem solving is enhanced. Pleasurable music can also can affect our hormones by triggering the release of serotonin and dopamine (commonly referred to as “feel good chemicals”) We can use this to our favour, tuning into the right music to motivate, soothe, or inspire us. Preference is of course subjective, so what is your jam? What makes your feel alive? Is it techno, classical, acoustic, opera, hip hop? What ever it is, play it loud and proud.

2. Get Wet
This can be as simple as an at home shower or a dip in the local pool. Being in water is the only experience we can have where our whole body is immersed in touch in a non threatening way. It’s a comforting feeling (as we all started out in a fluid filled womb) while being stimulating (on a mental, physical and spiritual level). You can’t help but feel refreshed, recalibrated, renewed. There are endless ways to feel the affect (swimming in the ocean, a shower and scrub in your bathroom, standing in the rain, jumping in a pool, a shower where you alternate hot and cold temperatures, sitting in a hot tub/spring). All with individual benefits (for example, a hot/cold shower helps to move the lymphatic system and release physical toxins; swimming in salty ocean water has immune boosting and detoxifying effects), but they are all cleansing.

3. Healing Help
Whichever healing modality speaks to you, book an appointment with a therapist today. There are so many to choose from- rieki, which works on an energetic level, talk therapy where you sit down to express yourself verbally, crystal healing – for your chakras, aroma therapy with the use of essential oils and or burning herbs like sage. These all work/aim to release thoughts and/or feelings, and recalibrate your emotional/mental state.

4. Get Physical
I don’t think I need to sell you on this. I’m sure we have all experienced the benefits of moving our body. That is because on a scientific level, the brains responses to the stimulus of exercise by creating new neurons and releasing endorphins. It is doing this in an effort to deal with the stress on your body -it manifests as increased learning abilities, brain growth as well as a boost in mood. Ultimately these processes help handle stress better in the long term as well. And it doesn’t need to be “exercise” in the traditional sense of dragging yourself to the gym. Pick something that you can approach in a positive and playful way. A no pressure activity. Dancing in your room, running around the block, trampoline time, stretching, a light bike ride, a brisk walk. Just get moving.

5. Working from the Outside In
Try on a smile. It will  lift your mood. Do something that makes you feel cared for and confident. This is a very individualized thing. For some this might mean going to the salon and getting a hair cut or blow dry (*tip: going to beauty training schools for cheaper rates); getting a manicure; putting on some make-up or your favourite scent. For others it might be as simple as changing out of your PJs and brushing your teeth. Often overlooked, our immediate environment can also have an influence on our mood. By competing for our attention clutter overloads your senses. The result? Increased stress and anxiety and decreased ability to focus and be productive. So, take one step to tidying your space. This might be as simple as folding your laundry, reorganizing your book case or clearing your computer desktop. Or you may find inspiration to plan a redecoration project on a larger scale.

6. Get Outside
There are countless benefits to getting outdoors. There is an opportunity for grounding or earthling. By making skin to earth contact we are able to absorb the free electrons present in the earth. These neutralize our body’s free radicals and help balance the our energy, positively affecting our nervous system, muscles, joints, heart, mood etc. Most of us are normally insulated by buildings and shoes and would greatly benefit from putting our toes in the grass. Fresh air. Feeling the wind on your skin is so rejuvenating. It can be inspire us to breathe deeper. A calming and restorative practice. Our vitamin and hormonal response to sunlight means improvement for our immune, neurological, cardiovascular and mental health. We need sunlight for our body’s health and so our brain rewards us by making us feel good. It also generally regulates our natural rhythms so there is no doubt to its ability to refresh our mental state. Getting out of the dark, sterile indoors and into the brightness of the day can reset our mood. On an intuitive level, we all have a knowing that nature enriches our life. So I encourage you to get out there – Whether it is walking in the park to be with the trees or down the street to feel the wind. Even if you live in the city it is helpful to get out of your house. A change of scenery brings us to a new state of alertness that can feel like a natural pick-me-up. I like to say, get out of your house, get out of your head!

7. Cross Something off Your ToDo List
Productivity feels good. It boosts our confidence and feeds more productivity. Pick something easy as if to not overwhelm yourself. For example, return that email to your friend, walk your dog or do a load of laundry.

8. The Message of Massage
When we are physically tight, we are mentally holding tension. And vice versa. The relationship works both ways. We can use this to our advantage knowing that if you shift one the other will follow. There is healing in giving your muscles attention, stimulating our nerve endings and allowing ourselves to drop the walls around us. Walls built on social conditioning or fear based thoughts where touching another human being has become virtually illegal. I understand where this comes from, but we can’t deny that there is a certain level of intimacy that we need as human beings. I don’t believe this level is being met at least here in our modern Western culture. So massages or other forms of touch therapy, like chiropractic, physiotherapy, reflexology are perfect opportunities to receive physical contact within your comfort. (*Tip: go to massage training schools for cheaper rates)

9. Animals are your Friends
Being in the presence of animals can be very therapeutic. Whether it is the companionship, the caring exchange of physical touch, or their playful approach to life, we experience a chemical release of oxytocin and a feeling of relaxation and joy. Often we are overwhelmed by the expectations and judgements from society and from ourselves, it can be refreshing to be with a being who holds none of these. Their care-free nature is also inspiring as they remind us to get out of our debilitating thought patterns. I don’t think I have to sell this one. I mean, you can’t deny a smile in the presence of a puppy!

10. Laugh & Let Go
Laughing can be just as much of a release as crying. But I chose laughter because it often leaves you more energized rather than drained. Watch a funny movie, call one of those friends that you can be silly with, listen to a comedy podcast, flick on YouTube’s latest hits, attend a play, go to an arcade and be a kid again, have a board game night with friends, look at an old photo album, check your favourite meme blog etc. Stand in front of the mirror or PhotoBooth and make funny faces with yourself. Loosen up. Relax. Let go and stop taking yourself too seriously!

11. In Good Company
Every individual holds their own frequency. They carry with them thought patterns and emotions that can be contagious. Look at who you are surrounding yourself with. Do they walk around with a cloud over them? Are they often complaining about their own life, or being critical of yours? Find people who you respect and who inspire you. People who are supportive, and that you feel comfortable with. Find people who make you smile.

12. Express Yo’self!
The energy that is in us needs opportunity to flow or else it does become stagnant and that’s when we feel in a rut. Pick an outlet where you can release this energy in a creative way. Make a vision board with magazine cutouts, write some off the cuff poetry, dance in your kitchen, make some jewelry, have five minutes to strum on your guitar, reinvent some old clothes with your sewing skills, sketch a still life, make a silly video, belt out your favorite song.

13. Do Something for Someone Else
More often than not we can get caught in our own melodrama, caught on a wheel, going over thoughts about our life. Make an effort to help someone else and it will get you out of your head. It adjusts your perspective and can remind you of the things worth appreciating in your own life. Plus it just feels good to make someone smile. It can be something small, make dinner for your roommate, babysit your friend’s kid for a couple hours, send a heartfelt email to your mom, help set up wifi at your grandparents house, pickup your dad’s drycleaning, pick some flowers for your sweetheart.

14. Rest & Recharge
If you are in a rut of routine or exhaustion from overworking, gift yourself some rest. This can come in many forms: Deep sleep (turn off your electronics, earplugs, sound soother, eye mask, grounding sheet) or take a bath, light candles, have alone time, meditate, go to a yin yoga class, read a real book, or take personal day off work.

15. Working from the Inside Out
The more toxic you are physically, the more toxic you will feel emotionally, which can manifest in harmful thought patterns, depression, low energy etc.

The next meal you prepare, make it a healthy one, full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Stop the intake of processed foods and nourish yourself with the water-rich food that is easy on digestion and will work to detoxify your body. When you take care of yourself you feel the benefits in a physical, spiritual and emotional way.



No one decision is going to make or brake your life. And yet we paralyze ourselves with this thought. My best advice to individuals who have trouble making choices is to recognize that you aren’t defined by ONE decision. Practice becoming more fluid with your choices. Pick a direction, try it out, if it’s not working, pick another direction. Remember your freedom and that you are not bound to any one thing. Yes, I’m all for taking time to tune into your heart and act consciously. Just don’t get caught in the paralysis of fear. What happens when you are busy second guessing yourself, is you don’t realize life around you. (While you’ve been putting off committing to one thing, a decision has been made by default anyway, because NO decision is a decision in itself!) So in the meantime, as you are second guessing and worrying, you’ve been unable to be present in life because you are trapped in the mind. Kind of like the idea behind that quote “life happens when you are busy making plans.” That is why being “stagnant” in a place of indecision is so uncomfortable, because life keeps moving regardless of if you feel “ready” or not. it is always moving. And instead of participating, instead of doing, instead of being in this life, we are so focussed often on fear based thoughts (what if, what if). So much energy is put into fretting and regretting. We cripple ourselves in the decision making process often because we are scarred of ending up in a situation that is uncomfortable. (“ENDING” up. It is not the end though. Nothing is the be all and end all). If the results of a choice are displeasing watch the mind as it can jump at the opportunity for negative self-talk – blaming and regretting… Just clawing at confidence. The irony of this whole situation being that this mind trap is the ultimate discomfort. All of these thoughts are destructive though because they put so much pressure on ourselves.

Try this instead. Make a choice, let it go (have no regrets), move on. Have comfort in knowing there is no “wrong” decision. Even if you end up in an uncomfortable situation, learning to be in the discomfort without habitually reacting is part of the training of this life and I guarantee it will continue to arise. The best we can do is build our muscles of patience, understanding, self-empathy and confidence. We can gather what the scenario taught us about what we don’t want- giving us clarity about future choices.

Of course life can be challenging and appear big and daunting. Some practical advice that I employ in this scenario is something I learned from a fellow who was brought in to help train our group of camp counsellors, his name was Michael Brandwein. So when you get into a spot where life appears overwhelming and the anxiety begins to rise, it really helps to take a breath and ask a simple question. Ask yourself “What are my options?” From there, note all the plausible directions you could head in. It’s a simple exercise and just completing that first step can feel like progress… which in turn feeds your confidence, and THAT adds to the momentum that will help you follow through with your choice.

Remember that we can never trace anything back to just ONE decision anyway. So don’t cast a shadow over yourself, making mountains of the future. You’ll see most significant shifts only by looking back. Often they’ve been built gradually from unplanned events and in ways unexpected. Even though we know life is unexpected we still put so much pressure on ourselves with planning. We try to make the best choice based on how we think we will feel at a time many months or years from now. What career we might want to be in, what relationship we might want to have, where we might want to live… And then we get there and if we aren’t fulfilled then these destructive thoughts appear, “Oh why did I choose that? I SHOULD”VE done this. IF ONLY blaw blaw blaw…” We can be so hard on ourselves. When if you think about it, really we can’t even anticipate the simplest of decisions. For example, what if someone asked you to choose what lunch you’d be in the mood for on the first of next month? You’d probably say that’s crazy, how can I know that now? So you’d have to make an educated guess based on your current priorities and preferences. Let’s say you picked a sandwich. But then when we got to next month you really wanted a bowl of spaghetti. You’d say “Hah. I thought I would’ve wanted a sandwich. Looks like I want something so different now. Makes sense though, things change.” No self-criticism or judgment. But yet we do it with much “bigger” life choices. I’m going to study to be a nurse… A few years later. Wow turns out this is not what I want to do with my life. Oh my gosh I’m such an idiot for making the wrong decision. And now I feel obligated to stay on this path. And the regret and the guilt and the fear starts to build.

Remember your self-empathy. How could you have possibly anticipated how you feel now? It wasn’t possible. You made the best choice you could at the time. There is so much dramatization of the past and future. And the irony is that we are TRYING so hard to make the “right” decision as to avoid discomfort but we are really trapped in discomfort because the fret beforehand and/or the regret after which is worse than any outcome. We never want the repercussions of course. The thing is that some of the worst repercussions will be what thoughts you feed. The best news is that these are within your control.

There are always going to be decisions to be made. They come, they come and they keep on coming as long as you are living. So when you arrive at a result of a choice you made, if your mind or feelings have changed on the situation, just make a new decision to change it again. Release the stress that no longer serves you. Find joy in remembering that the best things in life, we often don’t plan anyway – meeting that person who will grow to become your best friend, having inspiration to create art, being surprised by a new gift from mother nature, like an epic sunset, having an intellectual insight, falling in love…

Travelling holds value for many reasons – It allows for new perspectives to develop; a change of climate; with fresh eyes it is easy to see beauty all around; entertainment and education with interacting with people from all backgrounds; learning about yourself in challenging situations; getting out of your comfort zone; and a great opportunity to practice minimal living.

Live simply and reevaluate your current expenses right now (ie. cable bill, smart phone bill, clothing, eating out/drinks, movie theatre trips, entertainment, car etc.)

Before leaving for a trip try and make some cash by selling anything that taking up more space than its worth in your closet. Try seasonal work (ie. tree planting, waitressing, boat work, fruit picking etc). Rent out your place while you are gone. Also, as to avoid getting ripped off, make sure to research tourist scams in your planned destination. Don’t forget your student card as sometime discounts are available for museums, transportation, food, hostels etc. Set up a study abroad trip or link up with a host family if you want an intimate cultural experience.

Be flexible with your flight dates and what you are willing to endure (i.e. long layovers). Check out regional airlines that may not be features on search engines. Avoid travelling during any high seasons like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Spring break as well as weekend flights. Also avoid checked baggage fees by packing light and carrying on. Supposedly 2 months in advance is the prime time to get the lowest fair for a flight. Make sure to delete your cookies or search for flights in an incognito window as airline companies will track your history, raising prices on the flights you search and utilize discount/ coupon codes. Opt for a later flight if it has been overbooked in order to receive airline vouchers. Don’t forget about collecting points via credit card and flying miles.

Utilize the web my friend! Check out
WWOOF (each country has a different website)
Help X and Workaway
Housesit with Trusted housesitters, Housecarers, Mind my House,30 Bananas a Day (, Couchsurfing, and Hostelworld

If you are looking to make income and have internet skills Elance is one option. Of course being an online entrepreneur (with YouTube, blogging, coaching, affiliate products, your own e-products etc.) is an option as well. Use your backpacker skills for cash. English teaching jobs are available all around the globe and depending on your citizenship and destination there are other opportunities for foreigners to make money.

It might be available for you to stay with family/ friends that live abroad. If you are wanting to rent a place, try and supplement it with work trading for the landlord. Travel to festivals and link up with people from around the globe. Lastly, sleep in your car or BYOT, bring your own tent!

Always be talking to locals about how they do regional travel because they won’t be using expensive tourist transport. Travel on land vs. air when possible, utilize public transit, especially overnight trains and busses. Share rides and hitch hike if the area is accommodating.

It is so helpful to travel to destinations that have a low cost of living (ie. Southeast Asia, India, South America etc.). Go where you can grow/forage your own food, learn a little bit of the language, always be bargaining for a deal and find free ways of entertaining yourself. Free communication via public WiFi is a great way to save a cell phone bill, but if you do need a phone, make sure to get a local SIM card as to avoid roaming fees. Travel with a buddy and share the expenses of rent and transportation.

Bon voyage!

In this RVA vid I left the principals of Natural Hygiene up to you. Which of the Fundamentals of Health do you see?

Travelling as a raw foodist doesn’t have to be limiting at all. I use it as an opportunity to explore new places, try exotic fruits, and meet up with the global 80/10/10 community.
Carry health wherever you go and seek new ways to meet your most human needs and travelling becomes an adventure.

Eating fruit is meant to be a pleasurable experience. If you aren’t enjoying it, it may be due to…
1. Expectations – Not knowing how to categorize the eating experience of a new fruit can leave people with thoughts of dislike. Also, having expectations based on a fruit name (like “ice cream banana” or “breadfruit”), may cause some disappointment.
2. Acquired taste – It may take a few tries to learn to appreciate new flavours.
3. Simply gone bad – A moldy or rotten taste of any fruit would be a poor representation of it. And if it is a new fruit and you aren’t aware of what it is supposed to taste like, it can be easy to assume that all future encounters will be the same.
4. Too Small a Portion – Not consuming enough calories in a mono meal of fruit will leave one dissatisfied and possibly associating eating fruit with this feeling.
5 Still Eating Cooked Food – One can’t recognize the subtle flavours that are present in unadulterated fruit because of the numbing and stimulating affects of salt, flavourings, chemicals that often come with cooked meals. 
Additionally, fruit doesn’t digest well in company of cooked food, but fruit often gets the bad rap.
6. Not Eating Enough Vegetables and/or Nuts and Seeds – If deficiencies arise after following a fruit only diet, no meal will ever feel satisfying.
7. Poor Combining – Conventional meals do not combine fruit well. It is often paired alongside processed foods or other fruit that digests at a different rate. This will most likely lead to gas.
8. Variety – Flavours and textures can range a lot even within one kind of fruit. For example, compare a granny smith apple with a fuji. One is quite tart while the other is very sweet. Imagine if someone tried a granny smith apple, didn’t like it and then wrote off apples all together. They’d be missing out on the hundreds of other varieties!

Rosalind introduces some critical, but often undervalued human needs.

These days there is so much expected of us and it seems our plates are always full. Operating under these circumstances can be quite overwhelming, anxiety-inducing and depressing.
Focussing on individual steps rather than overloading the mind with thoughts about future to-dos can provide much-needed rest and a unique presence to the task at hand. Accepting that we can’t consume the whole meal in one bite reminds us how important each mouthful is.

You’re not special. Sorry, but that sweet tooth you have isn’t unique to you.
Doug makes a clever connection here that reveals that the reason we are drawn to modern day “foods” is because they appeal to our true cravings for fruit.

Apologies for the raw video :/
A quick check in from moi; enjoy scenes from the Fresh Food Festival in Denmark; and new recipe book announcement!

With a professorship in Health Science and Nutrition, various fitness training qualifications, a certificate in counselling and over 20 years perusing natural hygiene, Rosalind brings us some key points on the subject.

Fundamental Elements of Health:
1. Clean, fresh air
2. Pure water
3. Foods for which we are biologically designed
4. Sufficient sleep
5. Rest and relaxation
6. Vigorous activity
7. Emotional poise and stability
8. Sunshine and natural light
9. Comfortable temperature
10 Peace, harmony, serenity, and tranquility
11. Human touch
12. Thought, cogitation, and meditation
13. Friendships and companionship
14. Gregariousness (social relationships, community)
15. Love and appreciation
16. Play and recreation
17. Pleasant environment
18. Amusement and entertainment
19. Sense of humor, mirth, and merriment
20. Security of life and its means
21. Inspiration, motivation, purpose, and commitment
22. Creative, useful work (pursuit of interests)
23. Self-control and self-mastery
24. Individual sovereignty
25. Expression of reproductive instincts
26. Satisfaction of the aesthetic senses
27. Self-confidence
28. Positive self-image and sense of self-worth
29. Internal and external cleanliness
30. Smiles
31 . Music and all other arts
32. Biophilia (love of nature)

Explorations to the city of Bangkok, the coast of Phuket and the island of Koh Pha-Ngan.

Thailand is such a fun place to travel to, especially for an 811 raw vegan on a budget. Food and accommodation is affordable and there is a lot of natural beauty to discover.

I spent a few days in Bangkok when I first arrived in Thailand. It was necessary to adjust to the time change and climate. Hostels are plentiful and it is easy enough to find your way around as an English speaker. It’s a tropical climate, but still a city, so if you’re sensitive to the noise, pollution and hectic energy, it may also only warrant a few days of your trip. Then I made my way to Phuket. Waters are warm and surrounding islands are easily accessible. Unfortunately it has been overrun with tourists and the scene only held my interest for a few days. Koh Pha-Ngan was next, where I rented a cute, cheap hut for a couple of weeks. It was post full moon party and the island was quiet. We rented a scooter, which was perfect for touring around. We stayed on the West coast, where there are plenty of hostels/huts, checked out the North for some snorkelling and visited the East coast beaches (only accessible by boat). The biggest market is in the south, by the port, so the scooter came in handy for carry our fruits.

Following this we headed back to the mainland and north for Chiang Mai and Pai. Check out those vids as well!

Moving to a raw vegan lifestyle often requires a significant shift in thinking. People can find themselves looking at the many aspects of their life and reevaluating their friends, environment, career, etc!

Another instalment of RVA! Thank you Southeast Asia for your beauty. Thank you my fellow vegabonds for coming out to play 😉

Changing thoughts and allowing your attention to shift onto more positive aspects of life can mean freeing up energy that would have otherwise been spent in the mind.

Let Go of Worrying
– Whether you are thinking about the past or the future, worrying is a waste of time and energy. It doesn’t add anything to your experience except for stress. Life will unfold as it does and your worrying will only serve to distract you from the now. Being caught up in your mind means you’re unable to be truly here, present with life.

Forget Jealousy
– The idea that someone else’s success may be taking away from your own potential is an absurd thought. Let’s look to each other for inspiration and celebrate the light in our fellow man.

Don’t Take Anything Personally
– Introduced to this idea by Don Miguel Ruiz, this practice means remembering that everyone is on their own journey. People have much more going on in their life than their interactions with you. In a difficult encounter let’s offer empathy and support, steering clear of thinking it is because of you.

Exploring the North of Thailand and relishing the many natural hygiene principles I was able to fulfill.

My Favorite Products

What are your priorities while travelling?

1. Weight & size – The lighter, the smaller, the better.
2. Multipurposes – Can it be used to preform different functions?
3. Durablility – Is this a quality item?
4. Water Compatible – Depending on the item, water proof, water resistant, and quick dry are desireable.

Stuff Sacs – Light, fold up small, durable, water proof, and serve multiple purposes. They can be used for anything, from sleeping bag storage to a laptop bag. (Great to avoid sand, bugs, water and dirt in your electronics!)

Minimal Shoes – Light, durable, you can wear them for virtually any activity, and they dry fast. I love my vibram five fingers KSO, and my New Balance Minimus trail runners.

Buffs – Light, small, durable, quick dry and definitely multi purpose. They can be used for top, tourniquets, eye masks, bandana, scarf, etc!

Water Bottle/Sac – Obviously water compatible, light, and rolls up small. I Don’t enjoy having a huge water bottle take up so much space in my bag when it is empty!

BYO Utensils & Bag – Light, good with water, and durable. These ToGo Wear come with a knife, fork, spoon, and chopsticks. Reusable straws and bags are useful as well.

* As a bonus I carry around a vegetable peeler because I LOVE making zucchini and cucumber noodles!

The lovely CK stops by Maui for a fabulous fruitluck.

Here on the Big Island of Hawaii us fruit lovers are enjoying a wide array of tasty fruits….

Papaya – Tastes vary greatly within the varieties of this fruit. We have been eating a lot of solo and exotica papayas. Solos tend to be smaller (~1lb) with a light sherbet orange hue. Their flavour is distinct, but not overwhelmingly sweet. The exotica variety has dark orange flesh, and often bares larger fruits. It’s taste is quite sweet and hearty.

Rolinia – Part of the custard apple family, this fruit certainly has the texture of custard, and even a doughyness approaching the rind. A delicious hint of lemon is present, like a lemon meringue pie.

Cherimoya – Also in the custard apple family, the flesh of this fruit is white, soft and sweet. It has a similar taste to sherbert.

White Sapote – A creamy, melt-in-your-mouth experience. This fruit tastes like a decadent vanilla pudding.

Fuyu Persimmon – This variety can be eaten hard (crunchy like an apple), or soft (like jello). Persimmons are quite dense in sweetness and are great for satisfying any hunger. The flavour pairs nicely with other fall fruits/ spices, and it is often included in mock low fat raw vegan pumpkin pie recipes.

Mamey Sapote – Without any additional ingredients this fruit could be mistaken for pumpkin pie filling. It’s warming flavour paired with it’s dense, caky texture make it truly satisfying. Blend with cinnamon, cloves and a little ginger for an autumn pudding.

Rambutan – Similar in taste and texture to lychees, longans and grapes, but also very unique. The wild, hairy, hard peel can be pinched off to reveal a sweet, juicy, translucent flesh. These are one of my favourite fruits!

Bon Appetite!

Maui offers a great setting for one to pursue living out the fundamental elements of health, outlined in the principles of natural hygiene. Hiking, swimming, running, surfing, yoga… There are endless activities to meet fitness and recreational needs. Nature is omnipresent. The sun, the trees, the ocean, and the wildlife, all playing together in delight. Abundance of fruit on the trees, waiting for you. Anticipating of your caress… Whether it is blissfully foraging fruit, laughing with peers, or enjoying a live music performance, Maui is full of opportunity to experience these simple, yet profound pleasures.

Too many chefs in the kitchen? Naw, just a fun collaborative dinner that includes 80/10/10 Mexican recipes!

Raw talk on the Big Island of Hawaii with Evan Rock.

I wish you could taste these delicious fruits! I did my best to share about my new and wonderful taste experiences. Eating low fat raw vegan is anything but boring, here is a sampling of fall/winter fruit in Maui, Hawaii.

1. Abiu
– The outside is quite smooth, but strong like leather or plastic, and contains a sticky latex
– The inside is jelly-like, translucent flesh
– The taste is really sugary with an almost vanilla, caramel flavour
– I’ve read about calories ranging from 62-140 per 100g of edible flesh

2. Surinam Cherry
– Comes from a large shrub
– Has many ribs, is thin skinned, and contains 1-3 seeds
– Taste is quite tart, however the darker, softer ones (the ones that are easier to pick off the plant) are sweeter
– Check underneath because bugs like to hang out in their little hole
– I’ve read calories are 43–51 per 100g edible portion, or 57 calories per 1 cup (173 g)
3. Velvet Apple (aka Mabola)
– Outside is really like velvet in texture
– Potent scent and taste – very florally
– Inside texture is kind of like a cheese and inside there is no big pit/ or seed
– Calories are between 70 and 80 calories each or 500 cal/ 100g
4. Longan (aka Dragon Eye)
– Has a thin, firm shell, like a bark
– Translucent white flesh inside
– Related to lychees and are similar, but they’re sweeter and not as juicy
– Black seed inside, which you don’t eat
– Eat when hard (soft ones often mean they’ve fermented)
– Calories are 60 per 100g
5.Sweet Sop (aka Sugar Apple or Custard Apple)
– Reptilian-like, dragon skin, with many knobs
– Eat when soft and able to tear open
– Inside has a delicious creamy, white flesh, which has a texture is like a key lime pie filling or a custard
– The taste is like it’s relatives (i would say a combination of a cherimoya and a soursop), but if you haven’t tried those I would say it is like a sweet sorbet from nature
– Calories are 94 per 100g
6. Peanut Butter Fruit
– Has a thin skin and should be eaten when quite soft, almost like you would a hychiya persimmon
– Inside the texture is a little pasty…a little gooey. It is like a mix between a ripe persimmon and an egg fruit
– The taste is not overwhelming, but it is nutty, and enjoyable
– There are 1-2 seeds inside which are quite large relative to the size of the fruit.

After almost 5 years as a raw vegan I’ve developed some methods that allow me to continue to socialize with my “non-811” friends. Here I discuss…

* What to say when someone offers you cooked food
* Restaurants – What to order, how to do it, and where to eat
* Alternative meet-up options

Don’t forget that…
* Eating socially is as big a deal as you make it
* You don’t have to compromise your diet for your social events
* Getting together shouldn’t just be about the food you are sharing

Living an alternative lifestyle, or simply eating a different diet than your peers will draw attention. When people don’t understand why you eat the way you do, they may feel threatened. Their mix of defensiveness but curiosity often makes for an odd comment to you about what you are eating.

How to deal with these encounters is so important to your relationship with them, and their future relationship with this diet.

If you really want to share the 80/10/10 low fat raw vegan message, the answer is not to be pushy, judgemental, or snarky, but be the shining example and reply to people’s questions in a peaceful way. Here I talk about my best advice on “winning them over.”

Raw Vegan Adventures are about exploration of nature, having fun, and spreading the low fat raw vegan message. Taking cues from natural hygiene I want to encourage the creation of a balanced life, following your heart and being your authentic self.

Since becoming a low fat raw vegan (80/10/10), my experience of travelling has definitely changed… It has gotten better! I’ve been able to connect with new raw vegan friends all over the globe, and found endless variety of new fruits to taste. I’ve been able to actively explore without being bogged down with the mental or physical weight of a standard American diet. Clarity of mind begins to emerge the closer one is to eating a natural diet (one free of refined foods and animal products.) This freedom is something worth spreading and really so easy to achieve!

Only some of the many principles of natural hygiene are listed here.
The key to living on a low fat raw vegan diet is loving it! The only way to assure this is by making sure you are satiated by what you are eating. Otherwise this diet is NOT SUSTAINABLE. Really enjoy your fruit by not letting the following get in the way:

1. Eating Unripe Fruit
Read about, ask your farmer/vendor, or just Google the fruit you are interested in. Find out when it is ripe. Use all your senses – Does that peach smell like a peach? Is that avocado soft to the touch? Does that apple have a deep hue (not green)? Do those blueberries taste sweet? Are those mangos calling your name?

The more ripe a fruit is the more nutrient dense and flavourful it is. Eating unripe fruit is bad for digestion, your dental health and is just plain unsatisfying!

2. Lack of Variety
– The variety of fruits out there is practically endless! Don’t limit yourself to just apples, bananas and oranges. Explore the exotic varieties of rambutan, sapodilla, durian, jackfruit… The tropical varieties of passion fruit, papaya, guavas, longans… You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a fig picked fresh from the tree, popped open a mangosteen, ripped open a white nectarine, spooned out a creamy cherimoya… Oh my, my mouth is watering 😉

3. Poor Quality
– Not eating organic may mean that your fruit has been grown in nutrient depleted soil. Not only does that fruit lack in taste, it can be void of nutrients itself and therefore not satiating.
– When you eat locally and in season fruit may actually taste better. If it doesn’t have to come from as far (being shipped in on boats, planes, trucks etc.) it can be picked later and ripen longer on the tree/vine. The longer a fruit ripens on the tree/vine the more nutrient dense and more flavourful it is.

4. Mental Blocks
– Let yourself ENJOY the abundance of this diet. Reset your palette with mono meals and learn to appreciate the unique textures and taste of each fruit. Don’t let the popular fad diets and anti-sugar mentality get in the way of you fuelling your body with what it is designed to live on. Don’t feel guilty for having a sweet tooth, and dig into those mangos, those figs, those grapes etc!
In becoming 80/10/10 (low fat raw vegan) I’ve not only noticed significant improvements in my health, but I’ve also developed a new relationship with fruits and vegetables. Many of my meals are mono meals. Eating one fruit at a time, when hungry until full, has given me a new appreciation for the flavours and textures of each fruit and variety. I have discovered, and am still discovering new produce to try. Here I talk about some local Hawaiian fruits…

– Pineapple
– Mango
– Guava
– Starfruit
– Apple Bananas (aka Latundan banana)
– Papaya
– Cactus Pear (aka Panini)
– Cashew Apple
– Canistel (aka Egg Fruit)
– Lililikoi (aka Passion Fruit)
– Jamaican Lilikoi
After coming to a low fat raw vegan diet and travelling to the tropics I have discovered so many new types of fruit! Here we harvest mountain apples and I talk a little bit about the fruit’s nutrition and tree. (They are also known as malay apples, water apples, rose apples, or syzygium malaccense.)

These rose apples thrive in Maui, Hawaii in the humid weather. Their high water content and crunchy texture make a great snack on a hot day.

This is one of the many exotic fruits that keep me interested in the 80/10/10 way of eating. Having mono meals I am able to really appreciate each and every fruit with all my senses. I feel fully satisfied with each simple meal, and strive for variety over the course of the year.

A diet rich in carbohydrates and low in fat is beneficial on countless levels. The main aspects people reference are regarding their improved fitness level, weight (fat) loss, and mental clarity
Fully embracing the 80/10/10 lifestyle has meant diving into a world of adventure,sunny skies, sandy beaches, fun, friends, fitness and fresh fruit. I draw a lot of inspiration from The Fundamental Elements of Health outlined by Natural Hygiene and am so happy to share my Raw Vegabond Adventures with you!
8. Expecting Change to Happen Right Away – Be patient! You didn’t acquire your current undesirable symptoms overnight, change isn’t going to happen over night either. Have long term goals, forget about losing ten pounds by Friday. Results may come a few months or years down the line.

9. Overspending $ – Buy in bulk, shop at farmer’s markets, eat locally, grown. You don’t need superfoods, fancy retreats, or expensive kitchen equipment.

10. Not Drinking Enough Water – Make sure you are peeing clear ~10x per day. 2-3 litres +++ is recommended. Feeling light-headed, tired, hungry, poor athletic preformance etc are just some of the symptoms of dehydration.

11. Neglected Dental Care – A teeth care regiment you are comfortable with is recommended. This may include flossing, brushing, a water pic, natural mouth wash etc. Also, minimize dried fruits, unripe fruit, and stay hydrated!

12. Blaming Diet for Perceived Muscle Loss – Sorry, you weren’t as buff as you thought!

13. Eating Unripe Fruit – This is bad for teeth health and digestion. Unripe fruit is less sweet and less nutritious than ripe fruit. Get educated about how to pick ripe fruit and satisfy that sweet tooth!

14. Not Taking A Holistic Approach to Health – Don’t get caught up just focusing on one aspect of health. Check out the principals of Natural Hygiene.

15. High Fat Diet (High Gourmet, Nuts/ Seeds) – Poor digestion, clouded, mental state, fatigue, hunger etc these are all symptoms of adopting a gourmet raw food diet. Focus on keeping your fat and salt intake down, and start to focus on mono meals.
1. Misinterpreting the Cause of Blood Test Results – Don’t forget how long you spent living your previous lifestyle. Your genetics and the choices you made in your past show up today. Don’t automatically assume it is the new raw vegan diet.

2. Undereating – THIS IS SO COMMON! Are you experiencing lack of motivation, low “energy”, feeling spacey, headaches? You might be undereating. Track your calories with something like and make sure you are getting enough for your activity level. (I have eaten up to 3500 cals on some days.)

3. Unnecessary Concern Over Bathroom Trips – You are now eating high water content foods! Compared to cooked (dehydrated) meals prior, people often experience shock with how many times they are taking bathroom breaks. Remember that you should be peeing clear at ~10x a day.

4. Being Judgemental of Other Diets – Who does this benefit? No one.

5.Changing Themselves to “Fit In” – There is no one definition of a raw vegan. Be yourself, continue to do what makes your heart happy.

6.Not Identifying Detox as Such – You may go through a time of unpleasant at the beginning of your transition. Don’t let this deter you.

7.Falling Back Into Unhealthy Eating Because of Cravings – Often people start to introduce cooked food and it is a slippery slope. With yummy low fat raw vegan alternatives there is no need for this.
It is so important to learn how many calories are in fruit and vegetables. Going from a cooked food diet to a low fat raw vegan one can be deceiving. Raw fruits and vegetables take up more volume in the stomach (due to their fibre and water content) then their cooked and refined counterparts. Many people think they are full after eating more quantity then they are used to, but have not filled their calorie requirements. This is because the stomach has not gotten accustom to the larger size it stretches to (temporarily) on an 80/10/10 diet. Here is one example of how a seemingly large quantity of food can actually be low calorie.
To avoid feeling unsatisfied after meals, make sure you are getting enough calories!
(This video was filmed in Chiang Mai Thailand.)
A fun video response to Freelee “The Banana Girl’s” video.
Ever wonder what life is like for a 811 raw vegan? Well here’s a peek at me travelling around northern California- camping, site seeing, playing…

Weather on a road trip, during air travel, or camping, there is no excuse not to continue being low fat raw vegan. In fact I find it easier as it simplifies your packing list and provides the best fuel so that you can fully participate in your adventures!

During this trip, in the fall season I enjoyed local organic abundance of fuji apples, persimmons, dates, grapes, raisins, tomatoes, celery, oranges, and figs!

I explored Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Francisco etc. I found myself in the national redwood forest, at an indoor rock climbing gym, picking fruit at local farms, soaking in Harbin Hot Springs, ocean side enjoying the view at Natural Bridges, and of course scouting out the best treats at farmers markets along the way!
Megan Elizabeth and Kat Green talk about my first book, Low Fat Raw Vegan Recipes!