How to make an amazing salad WITHOUT a recipe

I rarely use recipes when I make my dinner salads these days.  I find it MUCH easier to simply take whatever ingredients I have on hand and combine them using the 5 flavours as a guide.

I made this video to show you how I do it…

The most important thing is to know what types of foods can fit into the 5 flavour categories:

Sweet (e.g. carrot, dried fruit, beets, fruits)

Salty (e.g. celery, tomato tamari, miso, salt, seaweed)

Bitter (e.g. many leafy greens like arugula/rocket, mustard greens, beet greens)

Pungent/Spicy (e.g. mushroom, nutritional yeast, spices etc)

Sour (e.g. citrus, vinegar)

Once you have an idea of what fits, you can then choose produce and condiments which make up the five flavours.

Add a fat – like nuts/seeds, nut/seed butters, coconut or avocado – and voila,  you have a killer salad that you created all by yourself!

It’s really liberating to not have to follow a recipe all the time, and it’s really not hard.  Start experimenting and your confidence will build.

What are your best tips for creating salads and dressings from scratch?  Please share them below…

How to recover from a raw vegan relapse like a BOSS!

There are some times in life when you just want to do the old doona dive.  Right now for me is one of those times.

My little saboteur is telling me to  hide, eat and lie right now.

That’s what she tells me whenever I have a relapse.

But I’ve learned not to listen.  And in fact to do the exact OPPOSITE.

If you have ever struggled with emotional or compulsive eating or food addiction, I made this latest video for you.

If nothing else, I hope you learn…

Compassion for yourself.

In it I share about how I’m recovering from a recent relapse, and getting back on track in lightening speed.

In this video I share about:

  • What triggered the relapse after FOUR of the most amazing, peaceful and free bright line raw vegan months.
  • The 5 things I’m doing that are proven to help you get back on track FAST after a relapse.
  • Why I’m going on a healing retreat (at home) this week and putting my recovery FIRST, even when I feel like I can’t afford the time.


If you struggle too, I really hope you enjoy the video and find some value in it.  If it helps ONE person then the embarrassment will have been worth it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, so PLEASE leave a comment below…

If you suspect you may have issues with food addiction then you might like to do the Bright Line Eating Susceptibility quiz to discover whether you are susceptible to the addictive properties of refined foods.  You can find it HERE.

Want to completely transform your health and vitality or find your ideal body weight? Come and check out my Fresh Start 90-Day program.

What I eat in a day after 6 Years on a Low-fat raw vegan diet.

I know this is a long time coming, since I’ve been getting requests for a while now, but here it is finally – My very first ‘What I eat in a day’ video vlog!

In this video I include some information about how I combine my low-fat raw vegan diet with the structure that has helped me so much to heal my addictive/compulsive eating in Bright Line Eating.

I also talk about the best way to store cucumbers, if you like buying them in bulk like I do 🙂

And I walk you through how I plan my food using Cronometer and show you how I’m meeting ALL my nutrients needs by eating an abundance of raw fruits and veggies.

I’d love to hear what you think of my first What I eat in a day video! 🙂 🙂  so please comment below.


If you’d like more info on how I combine my raw vegan diet with Bright line eating then check out this blog post I wrote about it.

If you’re interested in doing Dr Susan Peirce Thompson’s Susceptibility quiz to discover whether you are susceptible to the addictive influences of refined foods then go HERE.

May all beings be happy and FREE (particularly of food and weight obsession)!!

Q&A Vlog – Conventional vs. Organic produce on raw?

“How can you afford to eat all that produce?”

“Doesn’t it get expensive??”

I get these questions A LOT.
Do you HAVE to eat ALL organic to get amazing results?  The short answer is NO.
Here’s part three of Zelda’s question from last week…

It seems that in our area, organic foods cost more.  To have produce as the main staple in all our meals, it would require a lot more money to buy it.  So often, it isn’t even easy to locate organic foods. 

My question about this, is to wonder if non-organic produce could be as transformative to better health as organic? 

How much money is required, per week, on average, to maintain such a raw food diet?  (Currently, we eat squashes, rice, beans, other grains, and such . . . all which require cooking and which help fill hunger.  These types of plants would not be considered for consumption on a raw-food diet, correct?)  Is there information somewhere, about a weekly grocery list?  How to get around the expense?
Thank you for giving your time to answer!


– Zelda, USA

Here are my thoughts on this great topic in this week’s Vlog Q&A –

Don’t have time to watch the video?
Here’s a synopsis.  In this video I talk about:
  • Whether you can still get results on raw if all you ever eat is conventional produce
  • My best tips on keep your costs LOW.  How to shop for raw vegan foods on a budget.
  • My recent produce haul (with video footage) and how much I spent on it.
  • How much I roughly spend weekly on fruits and veggies 🙂

How do you keep your costs down when shopping for produce?  Does your produce manager have a nickname for you yet?? 😉

If you’d like to find out more about my Fresh Start 90-Day program you can check it out HERE. 

Q&A Vlog – Should we really eat raw through the winter?

Are humans really designed to eat raw fruits and veggies through ALL the seasons?  Even when it’s snowing outside?
This is part two of Zelda’s question from last week…
Here’s Zelda’s question…
Hi Anthea!
Another question I have concerns the diet itself, as being the most natural for human beings.  Ideally and ethically, I think this is true.  However, I live in a very cold climate in winter. 
In order to eat food, in general, things get shipped here.  We can grow things in the summer months, but if we expect to eat those foods during winter, they need to be canned or frozen, which requires cooking.  Are most raw food successes being done in warmer climates?  When you are freezing, warm or cooked foods help to warm you up, don’t they?  Observations of where I live, I have questioned this.
– Zelda, USA
Here are my thoughts in this week’s Vlog Q&A –

Don’t have time to watch the video?
Here’s a synopsis.  In this video I talk about:
  • What comparative anatomy can teach us about what is the optimal diet for humans – Basically, we are Frugivores.
  • My best tips on sustaining a raw vegan diet through winter – prepping, calorie intake, climate control.
  • Examples of raw vegan success in cold climates – There are many!

How do you keep warm through winter on a raw vegan or high raw vegan diet?  Do you have specific obstacles?  Please share your experience below…

Q&A Vlog – Should we combine fruits with vegetables?

Is it important to eat fruits separately from vegetables?

This great question came into my email inbox from subscriber Zelda last week, so I thought I’d do a quick video blog answering it.

Here’s Zelda’s question…

Hi Anthea!

Over the years, going back and forth from making healthy attempts, to giving up, on one diet or another, I have heard different things, many which conflict with each other.  For example, eating raw foods, I noticed that fruits and vegetables are often mixed together in recipes.  I had heard that fruits and vegetables shouldn’t really be mixed because they require different enzymes to digest them.  It would certainly be easier not to worry about separating fruits from vegetables!  Food combining.  Have you any info on this?

– Zelda, USA

I surely do, Zelda…

Don’t have time to watch the video?

In a nutshell, It is important to separate some foods from others so as to improve digestibility and reduce gut dysbiosis (reflux, bloating, gas, IBS symptoms of alternating loose bowels and constipation) but on a raw vegan diet it’s a whole lot easier because we are making a conscious choice not to eat certain foods like meat, dairy and grains which make food combining more difficult.

In this video I talk about:

  • The different enzymes that our body produces for digesting different foods – Protease, Amylase and Lipase.
  • How on a raw vegan diet it’s much easier to get food combining right.
  • How Fruits actually combine beautifully with all non-starchy vegetables, particularly greens.
  • How Starchy vegetables are best eaten away from fruit, and combine best with vegetables and fats.

What’s been your experience with food combining on a raw vegan or high raw vegan diet?  Please share below…