Posts Tagged ‘brain healing’

Free Docuseries About Brain Health

My mom made me aware of this “Broken Brain” 8-part docuseries of free information for anyone who’s suffering from or knows anyone facing brain challenges like ADHD, Brain Fog, Autism, Depression, and/or Dementia. I would also include people with Lyme Disease, Candida or Traumatic Brain Injury as likely to benefit from this information. I’ve not had a chance to listen through the full first episode, but I’m posting this while you still have time to catch the talk. You can watch the series trailer and sign up here.

The series focuses not only on brain problems, but also on how to foster optimal brain health, energy and mental clarity. I have no connection with this series, but I know a lot of blog readers and clients have found me through Lyme Disease, Autism and TBI support groups. Just wanted to pass along some inspiration and empowerment.

Interview with Chef Mia Dalene (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of an Interview with raw food chef Mia Dalene. For Part 1, please click here.

Raw Food Chef Mia Dalene

Mia is not only a chef and instructor, but also a fellow brain injury survivor and all-around inspirational leader. I love supporting other people who have turned tragedy into triumph, so please check out her links and services below. This portion of the interview addresses two of my favorite topics in the world: the spiritual side of brain injuries and … you guessed it! Raw cacao. 🙂

How did your concept of Self change after your brain injury?

Before I found the nutritional difference with raw vegan cuisine.:

With the injury I switched from Type A to Type B personality in that instant, but I was not aware of what had happened and so was figuring it out as I went along. I found this a painful experience at the time. As well, I was no longer able to do tasks that before the injury were things I defined myself by and had taken my ability to complete them for granted. It was a very difficult time for me as I saw myself as someone that I and others could no longer count on.

It took some time but in the years that have followed, I have come to see my Self as more than the job title, the amount of pay I once commanded, and the number of times I was interrupted during the day to fix problems. (and in 2009 have been experiencing more of the essence of Self.)

I had liked being counted on in those days but I let it define me, along with being a single mother of two rambunctious boys. I defined myself and assigned my value to my abilities to behave in certain ways. With the injuries I could no longer allow my children to climb on me like a human jungle gym and rough house play with them, or allow them to jump into my arms as had been our normal greeting to that point. It wasn’t just a brain injury, my neck, back, and left shoulder were also injured. These injuries affected my children’s concept of what they meant to me as well.

In conversations I would forget their names. Miles, the youngest, caught me and commented, “How can you love me anymore if you forgot my name?” He was 6 at the time of the injury and it made no sense to him or to me, although I did know that I loved him – I was having difficulty conveying it in the terms we had been doing so to this point. It took a year for me to figure out holding him in my arms while I sat down was our new way of expressing affection beyond the words.

His older brother, Tony, was 9 and was able to assist me in caring for his younger brother. I now needed absolute quiet and sometimes the solitude of a dark room (or coat over my head) when I would get neurologically over stimulated. Something my very vocal Miles could not immediately understand. Tony could assist me to get Miles to be quiet during those times in the car when I needed immediate quiet so I could bring myself back down to calm.

During those early years, I often hated my new life and myself for not being able to do the things I once had. It took me some time to adjust and I find myself still in this daily adjustment process. It has helped to release expectations and be open to what is in each moment.

Two things happened that were pivotal points:

1) I read a book, Choosing Joy in the Midst of Chaos, by Dorothy Mae
My choice was to live a joy-filled life and so I decided that even though this tragic thing had occurred, it was still my life and no matter what… I wanted to live that Joy Filled life. So I did.

Not knowing what I could do, I wrote down a list of things I could focus on, keeping this list on a piece of paper in my pocket so I could refer to it often and remember. As I read through it, I would feeling the Love bliss consciousness that comes through me when I do these things. Looking back, I see that I included all my senses in my remembering moments.

I enjoy…
spending time in nature among the plants,
smelling scents of fragrant plants
seeing colorful flowers
feeling the different texture of plants under my feet and on my fingertips,
hearing the stillness
experiencing beauty all around me

2) I started doing some things that I had always wanted to do. One was to learn tap dancing. I soon found that the symptoms of TBI followed me everywhere. I was not able to remember the dance steps … but I did find joy in the movement and the clicking of the taps on the toes of my shoes.

So I reframed my definition of success. In the corporate world, my personal success mantra was “exceeding excellence”. Now, it transmuted to, “if I am enjoying what I am doing in this moment… that is success.” And so my new job became finding joy in each and every moment.

At this point, I was redeemed in my eyes and I became successful again. And my perception of myself shifted toward more positive aspects. My abilities were no longer found in the Doing but in the BE-ing. And I began to see the gift of being different; both amongst people and different from who I was before.

Would you consider your injury a spiritual experience? If so, in what ways?

Yes.

It provided the freedom from focus on doing and into the experience of BE-ing. It allowed (forced) me to slow down and experience the world in a different way- calm and ultimately peaceful.

I was able to see and experience a different definition of who I was. My value came from the simple fact of being alive instead of having to do something, become someone in order to have value; the job title, the amount I received in my paycheck. There is something magical and liberating about living in the flow.

I learned that I can still have a positive impact on society, even with an injured brain and its symptoms. Providing information and teaching skills that others can use to better their lives, health. I am a catalyst for joy- something I wanted to be since I was a child. And definitely making a positive impact in the lives of others.

Please list five things you do or know better now than you did before your injury.

1. Take time to focus on and experience a joy centered life
2. Connect with people around me in real and profound ways
3. BE as opposed to DO
4. Consciously create
5. Type about as fast as a person can talk

What kind of classes and services do you offer, and where do you offer them?

For a listing of our calendar of events:

Meetup.com/Seasonal-Raw-Vegan-Cuisine

SmartRawFood.com (under construction)

DavidHempseed.com (quality Transformational Superfood ingredients)

Where:
1) all around the Puget Sound region of Washington state. I have spoken and food demo’s in Oregon & California as well. I will travel.
2) Online. We are planning some classes online to reach a wider audience. I will have information on that as it unfolds. There will be Live stream online preparing Live food. Showcasing recipes and SmartRaw Food Prep techniques and will be archived for those not able to make it to the live event.

(SmartRaw Food is a way of preparing food that saves money, time and energy. I created these techniques as a response to the myths I was hearing from people that this type of food is expensive and takes too much time)

What: *Recipes *Classes *Products *Quality Ingredients *Lifestyle Coaching & Raw Business Consulting
Some classes we teach include;
dalene’s Certified Raw Food Chef Course

SmartRawFood Prep Course; Phase 1, 2 & 3

I developed SmartRaw food Prep techniques that are efficient with time, money and energy.

Cacao (Raw Chocolate) Party class
Entertaining with seasonal Raw Vegan Cuisine

Transformational Superfoods

Water Wisdom

Live Cuisine Series: Italian, Mexican, Thai, Asian.

I co-teach with my partner, David Hempseed. We have teaching styles and personalities that complement each other. Our students often report that we “make a great team!” While I am more creative and less analytical than before the injury, I find I perform best with assistance from David’s gentle guidance as he assists me with organizing and staying on task.

David and Mia

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Pacific Northwest?

Nature! -The beautiful outdoors.

Cacao or not cacao?

Raw Cacao has the three major minerals that most Americans are lacking; Iron, Magnesium and Chromium.

I definitely Cacao! And make no judgments for those who choose to abstain. While I love raw chocolate, I have noticed a decrease in the amount my body desires lately.

An important note: As with any ingredients, the purer the better. Not all Cacao is equal and so may affect the body differently. As with any ingredients, the better the quality, the better the recipe turns out. My body has a radar for pure vs. adulterated raw cacao. I can tell if it has been tampered with. Some raw cacao companies may cut their ingredients (or get it unknowingly from a supplier who does) – cuts it with Guarana (sp?) or Kola seed powder. All three powders look similar: Guarana, Kola, and Cacao. But each act differently on the body.

**Raw cacao affects the cardiovascular system (not the nervous system) so if you are feeling jittery or anxious after eating what you think is pure raw cacao… it might actually be cut with another substance that affects the nervous system. Also, when cacao is roasted, toasted or otherwise cooked, it will affect the body in adverse ways.

I LOVE raw cacao so much so that I developed several recipes. Many of them are featured in my upcoming ebook, dalene’s Easy Raw Chocolate Recipes. Two examples of what you can expect from the book are Seduction, a chocolate sauce (one bite and you know why this is its name!), and Raw Ecstasy, a chocolate bar.

Seduction has been praised for its contribution to many who report “it helps [them] stay raw.”

My partner, David Hempseed, and I developed a chocolate bar we named, Raw Ecstasy. When we teach people how to make this, we caution, “When you tell people you were at a party and were eating ecstasy, make sure you put the Raw in front of it… we don’t want any misunderstandings here..” usually gets a laugh or two. And then they taste it. Eyes roll to the back of the head. A quiet hush falls over the group as they go inward and enjoy the experience. Raw Ecstasy, our raw chocolate bar.

Recipe for Seduction here

Seduction
Mia Dalene’s chocolate sauce

Ingredients

1 ¼ Cups Agave nectar (I prefer Ultimate brand, clear)
¼ – 3/4 Cup raw Cacao powder (depending on how dark you like it)
2 Tablespoons Coconut oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla (I use non alcohol flavoring)

Preparation

1) Place all ingredients into high speed blender (put agave nectar in first so the cacao doesn’t stick to the blades) and process until silky smooth. It should have a shean to the top of the mixture.

2) Adjust ingredients to taste. *after it settles it may harden slightly. If this happens, simply use a spoon, fork or chopstick and mix vigorously until it becomes viscous.

3) store in glass jar with sealed lid. This will keep out of refrigerator for over 2 months.

**This makes a great quick and tasty gift. Simply pour out into several small decorative jars, attach lid and affix your homemade label.

Tastes great drizzled over everything! For quick chocolate milk; add some to your nutmilk (or dairy) beverage. Even coffee can be transformed.

One woman told me she “takes a teaspoonful every morning, like medicine.”

Enjoy.

(Believe it or not, we still have more to this interview, so stay tuned for the third installment. In the meantime, please check out Mia’s wonderful offerings here and especially here.)

And if you need some extra support on your traumatic brain injury journey, please feel free to check out If I Only Had a Brain Injury. Many Blessings and Much Love to Mia and all of you!

Podcast: Laura Bruno on KZYX

Hi there! I’ve finally gotten this uploaded from its original CD. Please click here to listen to a radio interview of me on May 11, 2009 by Kristin Suratt of Women’s Voices. This is one of my favorite interviews to date due to the amount Kristin managed to squeeze into one hour! Topics covered:

1. Synchronicities that lead me to write If I Only Had a Brain Injury, including Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

2. What it felt like to go from Type A multi-tasker to single-focused (if that) brain injury survivor.

3. How I became a Medical Intuitive.

4. Agnosia and hypersensitivity after trauma.

5. The value of Chopin for brain waves.

6. Information on a raw food diet for healing, plus how and why I made the switch.

7. A sneak preview of my new novel, Schizandra and the Gates of Mu. Please note that the publishing information has changed since the recording of this podcast. The book is now available through International Renaissance Press and can be found in both bookstores and online. It will also soon be available through Shazzie.

8. Myth and healing.

9. Herbs for Lyme Disease, Migraines and Vision.

Kristin’s a fabulous interviewer with a knack for incorporating just the right musical interludes and questions. Many, many thanks both to Kristin and also to Dhrumil Purohit for helping me convert this into MP3. Enjoy!

If you’d like to link to this podcast, the link is: http://files.welikeitraw.com/audio/laura-bruno-kzyx.mp3

http://www.internationalrenaissancecoaching.com
http://www.lazyrawfoodist.com
http://www.ifionlyhadabraininjury.com

Upcoming Events and Classes with Laura Bruno

Laura Bruno is an Intuitive Life Coach, Medical Intuitive, Reiki Master Teacher and author of  the award-winning “If I Only Had a Brain Injury” and “The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide,” recommended by Steve Pavlina as the best raw food book for beginners. Residents and visitors to Northern California have several opportunities to meet Laura Bruno at talks, book signings and workshops this spring:

Free Talks

Monday, March 9, 2009, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Cafe Gratitude in Healdsburg, California.

“The Strangest and Most Common Things Seen by a Medical Intuitive.”

Laura’s talk is part of the ongoing Monday Night Live! Come early to order some terrific tasting raw vegan or vegan vittles. Cafe Gratitude consistently wins “best of ” awards, and it’s certainly one of Laura’s favorites. This evening’s talk will be tailored to the audience, so bring your curiosity and questions.

Friday, April 3, 2009, Petaluma Raw Food Potluck, Azure Apartments Clubhouse, Petaluma, CA. 7:00-9:00 ((Food before the talk; please bring a raw vegan dish large enough to serve 10 people; for more details, click here.)

“Awakening to Synchronicity, Signs and Intuition”

This will probably be Laura’s last talk at the Petaluma Raw Food Potluck. In her October 2008 talk at this packed venue, many people asked for exercises and techniques to increase their own awareness. Tonight’s talk will build upon those questions and include much more information about the increased synchronicities and clarity so many people experience on a raw diet and/or spiritual path.  

Upcoming Reiki Certification Classes

Tuesday, March 3 OR Saturday, March 21, 2009, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Accelerated Reiki 1 and 2 Certification Class.

Please click here for details.

Inspirational Quotes for Healing

Researchers have begun to discover what mystics and spiritual guides already knew: our thoughts can greatly influence our healing. Whether you’re trying to heal your brain, your body or your finances, filling your mind with inspirational words can help.  Here are five of my favorite quotes:

1 ) “The time has always been ‘not yet,’ but that does not mean that the time is never. It is not — is it? — inconceivable that a day might arrive when the time is now.”  (Daniel Pinchbeck, 2012)

2 ) “Even youths shall faint and be weary; even young men shall fall exhausted, but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings like eagles. They shall run and not grow weary. They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:30-31)

3 ) “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” (James Baldwin)

4 ) “You yourself as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” (Buddha)

5 ) ” Go Forward With Courage

When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;

when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.

So long as mists envelop you, be still;

be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists

–as it surely will.

Then act with courage.”  (Ponca Chief White Eagle — 1800’s to 1914)

 

I wish you peace and blessings on your journey.

www.internationalrenaissancecoaching.com

www.ifionlyhadabraininjury.com

 

“If I Only Had a Brain Injury” Wins Award

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Back in 2008, I entered the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest  International Self-Published Book Award Contest.  According to Writer’s Digest,  “competition was particularly fierce this year.”  My first book, “If I Only Had a Brain Injury,” won Honorable Mention in the Inspirational Category.

Wow, thanks! I’ve had contests on the brain with the ABNA 2009 Contest, but I had honestly forgotten I entered the Writer’s Digest one. They gave me a nice certificate, a $50 voucher for any of their books, and will announce the winners online and in their April 2009 magazine issue.

I’m touched and honored and so pleased that a book on brain injuries, Lyme Disease, migraines, post-concussive syndrome, Fibromyalgia and other “medical mysteries” has received such recognition. It’s high time more people became aware of these conditions.  Many thanks and lots of healing to everyone!

You can purchase “If I Only Had a Brain Injury” online or directly through me if you’d like an autographed copy.  If you’d like to see a video related to the brain and consciousness, please click here. I’m also speaking at the Healdsburg Cafe Gratitude on Monday, March 9.

www.internationalrenaissancecoaching.com

Evie’s Kitchen, A Book Review

Evie's Kitchen by Shazzie

Evie's Kitchen by Shazzie

Evie’s Kitchen, by Shazzie

Reviewed by Laura Bruno

 

The first thing you will notice about this book is that it is stunningly lush and beautiful.  From the cover photo of Evie looking so faeriesque, to the family photos to all the gorgeous recipes:  Evie’s Kitchen offers a feast for the eyes!

You might also notice early on that this is a book of love.  Shazzie, the UK’s most famous raw foodist, wrote this book with a mother’s love for her daughter.  She researched the content for four years with the passion that only a mother would feel about this topic.  Painstakingly recording her daughter’s food intake, staying on top of the lastest finds in the world of raw and vegan foods, researching supplements, and finding answers when people told her she had no reason to search for answers:  Shazzie goes beyond a typical nutritionist giving stats. 

For this reason alone, I would say that every vegan and certainly every raw vegan should own this book.  Even if you never intend to raise children as raw vegans, you will find information in here that applies to adults as well.  As a Medical Intuitive with a fairly large raw food following, I encounter many, many clients who already follow either a raw or long-term vegan diet.  This way of eating offers amazing benefits:  just look at the glowing skin, boundless energy and vitality in Raw Spirit Festival photos or YouTube videos.  In my own life, I have found raw and vegan foods a wonderful support for mental clarity and energy, allowing me to function at higher levels than I did pre-“permanent”-brain-injury.  So, yes, I am a fan. But …

and this is a big BUT, in my work, among friends, and even in my own life, I have witnessed enough to know that this diet also requires quite a bit of knowledge.  Depending on one’s reserves of fat, B12, Vitamin D and minerals, someone might thrive on a raw vegan diet for years without much effort.  Terrific!  The problem I notice so often in intuitive sessions or just socially comes when someone has depleted reserves faster than they’ve taken them in.  Green juices will keep you mineralized, but they won’t give you B12, Vitamin D or significant levels of DHA.  If you don’t drink enough green juices, they may not even provide enough alkalizing minerals to keep your bones and teeth strong in the midst of so much sugary fruit.  It’s not just the sugar on your teeth; high blood sugar will leach minerals from your teeth and bones if you consistently fail to balance your intake.  For someone with lots of reserves, not such a problem; for someone with few reserves to spare, huge problems can happen f-a-s-t. 

Enter Evie’s Kitchen.  Shazzie includes charts with the proper amounts needed for each of these nutrients at different ages.  She lists signs of deficiency and signs of excess, along with good sources for each essential building block of a healthy raw, vegan child.  Her mama bear dedication comes through in assertive reasons to supplement.  While she writes the book for children, much of her research applies to adults as well.  I see WAY too many people who desperately need B12 and Vitamin D.  While I cannot legally “diagnose” as a Medical Intuitive, I can recommend people ask their doctors for tests.  Whenever I have strongly suspected a deficiency, it has always shown itself in blood work.  By the time most people contact a Medical Intuitive, their symptoms have usually gotten quite severe.  Trust me, you don’t want to mess around with Vitamin D or B12 deficiency!

Evie’s Kitchen arms you with the tools you need to avoid all deficiencies on a raw diet.  More than that, Shazzie offers recipes!  Unlike typical gourmet raw recipes that offer improvement over a SAD or SUKD diet without necessarily balancing all the nutrients, these recipes include superfoods, Omega-3’s, phytoplankton and loads of mineral rich greens–all taste approved for kids.

With her usual creativity and kooky sense of humor, Shazzie includes recipes for things like “Shoelaces,”  “Russell Brand’s Hair fell on my Plate,” and “Monster Slime.”  If you have picky eaters, you can get them to try things for sheer fun and novelty.  Oftentimes, they can even help you prepare the food. 

Seeing photos of a cute little girl eating, smiling and loving raw food will go far in helping children relate to a healthy diet that might initially seem weird.  I don’t have my own children, but I am a proud aunt to four of the pickiest junk food eaters out there.  I know that half the battle comes from clever marketing.  Spaghettio’s just look more fun than zucchini or cauliflower.  Well, watch out kids, because Evie’s mum knows how to make healthy foods appealing!

For those of you who got into raw foods by reading Shazzie’s famous journals, Evie’s Kitchen fills you in on “the missing years.”  When Shazzie decided to switch to “mupdates” (a.k.a. monthly updates), many people in the raw food world felt like they had lost touch with a trusted friend.  I hear from clients all the time that “Shazzie got me into raw food.  I just love her journal.”  Well, if you wondered what really went on in those early years from pregnancy to child birth to single mom, Evie’s Kitchen provides more than hints.  You’ll get the full story from gleam (literally) to pregnancy cravings to natural childbirth plans and all the way through Evie’s fourth year.  If you don’t want those details, you can easily skip that section and just read the recipes and science, but for those who like a personal touch, Shazzie gets very personal in Evie’s Kitchen.  🙂

I have already recommended this book to everyone I know raising vegan kids–raw or otherwise.  It’s also a fabulous gift for anyone who loves cheese and can’t eat dairy.  She includes so many different recipes for cheese that she even makes a joke about it, but they’re good, and dense, and chock full of things you no doubt need.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone contemplating more than a quick foray into raw and/or vegan foods.  Many thanks to Shazzie for having the courage, love and dedication to create this beautiful book, which you can find at www.shazzie.com.

www.internationalrenaissancecoaching.com

www.lazyrawfoodist.com