Summer time is here, and perhaps this is an opportune time to stop and take a personal inventory of our diet and overall health.  As with any habits we’re trying to change, it’s best to gradually implement modifications over time.  Here are some ideas to get you started.  Choose an item or items from the list below to incorporate into your daily routine.  You can start out with modifying your habits for one day or for an entire month.

  1. Avoid sugar and desserts
  2. Eat real (unprocessed) foods all day
  3.  Focus on consuming organic fruits and veggies
  4.  Check out local farmers’ markets and food co-ops
  5.  Drink 8-10, 8 oz. glasses of pure water each day
  6.  Toss out any junk food in your household
  7.  Eat a veggie with every meal
  8.  Bring a healthy bag lunch to work
  9.  Try a new healthy food
  10.  Menu plan for the entire week and do food prep for the week
  11.  Eat some good fats (avocados, raw nuts and seeds and nut butters, coconut oil, etc.)
  12.  Plant a vegetable or herb garden
  13.  Find a healthier alternative to your favorite treat (see my favorite raw vegan chocolate brownie recipe below):

Raw Brownies

2 cups whole walnuts
2 ½ cups Medjool dates, pitted
1 cup raw cacao
1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
¼ tsp. sea salt


1. Place walnuts in food processor and blend on high until the nuts are finely ground.
2. Add the cacao and salt. Pulse to combine.
3. Add the dates one at a time through the feed tube of the food processor while it is running. What you should end up with is a mix that appears rather like cake crumbs, but that when pressed, will easily stick together (if the mixture does not hold together well, add more dates).
4. In a large bowl (or the pan you plan on putting the brownies in), combine the walnut-cacao mix with the chopped almonds. Press into a lined cake pan or mold. Place in freezer or fridge until ready to serve (it is also easier to cut these when they are very cold).  Store in an airtight container.