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Raw Vitality and Longevity

Handpicked inspiration for people looking to raise their vibe, increase energy, normalize weight, grow younger and more intuitive, and enhance beauty from the inside out: I hope you enjoy these short videos with some eternally youthful, energized and healthy raw foodies.

If these got you inspired, but you think it’s a lot of work, then you might enjoy The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide. Yes, you can be lazy and still get the benefits of a high raw diet. 🙂

Raw Food FAQ’s

People always ask me what I eat, how I cleanse and how my diet changes with the seasons. Not that my own body necessarily has anything to do with others’ individual processes, but I thought I’d share answers to some FAQ’s.

I came across your ebook today. I’ve been a vegan for 2 years and am considering going raw. I was hoping you could give me some benefits of raw vegan vs vegan. I know your time is precious but if you have any beneficial information I would appreciate it ever so much (The ebook she mentions is The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide.)

Thanks for contacting me. I do get into more of the benefits within the actual book. The biggest difference is that a vegan diet can remain a totally unhealthy diet of processed foods, in some cases far more processed than a traditional diet. Things like soy and all its derivatives are often GMO and can interfere with endocrine function and digestion, two of the biggest factors in health. A raw vegan diet can be very heavy on fat and sweets and needs some knowledge about supplementation and pitfalls (which I also cover in my ebook), but in general, raw diets offer far better nutrient absorption than cooked counterparts. For me personally, I need an average of 3-4 hours less sleep per night on a raw vs. a cooked diet. I also notice far clearer, more radiant skin, better mood and clearer thought patterns on higher raw.

I’ve heard you mention using raw dairy to heal tooth decay. Can you please share your protocol?

I actually include a chapter in The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide called “Raw Foodists and Rotten Teeth,” with contributing vegan information from Tera Warner. Despite all the amazing benefits of going raw, teeth can remain a weak link, especially for people eating lots of gourmet raw vegan food. Eating tons of greens and green powders, avoiding sticky, sugary dried fruits, and adding highly mineralized medicinal mushrooms and superfoods can definitely help. A dentist also confirmed tooth remineralization in me when I added VEGA protein powder (green flavor) and started brushing with Ascended Health oral care products. These oral products include Lemurian crystals, clay and green powder in a toothpaste you can actually swallow.

After hearing from multiple dentists that I “have perfect oral hygiene,” I made an agreement with myself in 2009 that if my tooth decay returned, I would reconsider diet. I’d been receiving intuitive hits since 2005 that I needed to add raw dairy and some fish, but as a committed vegan and animal communicator, I reallllllly didn’t want to go down that path. Plus, I had always reacted terribly to cooked dairy and cooked fish — breakouts, allergic reactions. I didn’t see how either could possibly enhance my health, but the nudges continued.

In January 2011, my teeth began to hurt big time. Although they look perfect on the outside, I have polymer fillings down to the roots of most of my molars. No wiggle room for ideology. If decay begins again, I feel it as excruciating pain right at the roots. I already had a nighttime mouthguard, which helps with grinding pain and any risk of cracking, but by January 2011, I could barely sleep. Tooth pain in pretty much every single molar kept me awake all night and distracted me all day. As loud as my teeth screamed, my intuition screamed louder, “Just eat the raw dairy!”

Stubborn I am, though. Discussing the situation with my then-housemate, now-boyfriend, David, I began to consider the compassionate roots of my veganism. Might that compassion also appropriately extend to me? I had already tried supplementing with Grow Bone and a variety of green powders, algaes, etc. I’d experienced momentary relief but felt like I was eating more processed, fake stuff than actual whole, raw foods. David is trained in hypnosis and I asked him to “hypnotize me so I can do for myself what I do for others in Medical Intuitive readings.” I wanted objective information, not filtered through my own prejudices or blocks. Sure enough, raw dairy came through, as did a raw, unfermented fish oil by Green Pastures. I synchronously stumbled upon a book by Ramiel Nagel called, “Cure Tooth Decay,” which recommended a program quite similar to my own trance-induced advice to myself.

Long story short, after a few more internal battles, I decided to try a modified protocol. I don’t use bone broth, and I still eat a predominantly raw vegan diet. I added raw dairy, mostly in cheese form, but also sometimes as raw kefir. I also supplement with the raw, fermented cod liver oil capsules from Green Pastures, which also include Active X butter from grass fed cows. I’ve found that my teeth and brain feel much better with this diet, as long as I avoid dried fruit and whole grains. I have a weakness for dried papaya and brown rice. Both are no-no’s on the Cure Tooth Decay diet, especially if I’m avoiding things like liver, fish brains and bone broth. Um, sorry! I would rather avoid some tasty sweets than go that far into animal consumption. It’s just a personal preference, although I know people for whom more of a paleo diet has worked well. I prefer to get most of my calories from greens, not-too-sweet fruits, seeds, raw dairy and some occasional steamed or lightly sauteed veggies. Every once in awhile, we bake root veggies.

In terms of results, this diet feels more balanced, and I feel much more grounded. I did learn from my chiropractor that my back had received such massive damage from my 1998 car accident that the digestive nerves had been severely compromised for nearly 14 years. I don’t know to what degree that has impaired my mineral absorption of purely plant sourced calcium and other minerals, but I do know that vitamin D revolutionized my winters. With the raw, fermented fish oil capsules and some raw dairy, I not only remineralized my teeth, but also managed to completely avoid any kind of seasonal slump. I also know several friends and clients who have had “miraculous” results with their own adaptation of the Cure Tooth Decay diet.

What about cleansing?

I still like to do a general detox at least twice per year. In the past, I liked the Dr. Natura Colonix system, but it now contains Maltodextrin, which I don’t find, er, the most cleansing ingredient. It does get the junk out for a reasonable price and not too much inconvenience, though!

I’m currently doing a bit of a pre-Spring reboot, drinking chaga tea each day, dandelion and/or nettle tea for my liver and kidneys, as well as lots of Fizzeology (a local brand) fermented veggies. I’ve opted for more Omega-3 rich seeds like hemp and chia, rather than nuts, which feel very heavy to me right now. I drink a fresh green juice about 5 times per week, and I alternate green smoothies with a tasty chaga superfood drink. For whatever reason, sometimes my body just doesn’t do so well with green smoothies. I listen to that guidance and shift to steamed or lightly sauteed greens, more green juices and more salads.

David and I have also started rebounding for the past couple weeks to get our lymph moving around more fluidly. In addition, I’ve continued my sea salt detox baths once or twice per week, and I’m getting ready to use the Morrocco Method Zen Detox for Hair and Scalp. I’ve had the box for years, but now feels like a good time to get any remaining heavy metals and chemicals out of my scalp and brain. When it’s not so cold, I love a good skin brushing, but in the Wisconsin Winter, I much prefer bouncing and/or baths.

What kind of diet to you recommend as the best diet for everyone?

In my own experience, that of friends and colleagues as well as observations in ten years as a Medical Intuitive, I’ve found that no single diet works for everyone (or even an individual) all the time. Changes in climate, stress level, subtle ingredient shifts, life obligations, creative and health goals, perceived need for cleansing, and lifestyle shifts can and really “should” influence dietary decisions. I wrote The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide as a compilation of information, including ways to determine your own best dietary path at any given time.

My work as a Medical Intuitive has revealed so many other factors than diet as major influences on health and well-being. Certainly, diet can play a tremendous supportive or sabotaging role. Pay attention to what you eat and how you feel! I just recommend that people aim for balance in mental, emotional, physical and spiritual areas. Anytime we place an ideology above deep needs, we create imbalances, compensations and judgments within ourselves. Such things do eventually take a toll on overall health. Conversely, a positive attitude and positive affirmations to the subconscious can do more for you than most people believe possible. If you feel good about what and how you eat, you’ll find that your body usually agrees with you. Love yourself, to the best of your ability, and offer little tokens of love to your body, mind, emotions and spirit every day. You may find, like me and so many other people, that raw and living foods up your vibe and give you energy. Have fun with it! Life’s a journey, and the more you enjoy it, the better you’ll feel.

Raw Food Frenzy

My, my, my … it’s a good thing raw and living foods provide so much energy! Sure, they take extra prep time to replicate gourmet yumminess, but they do pay it forward. I’ve had such a busy week and the next weeks and months just keep looking busier. All good, exciting stuff, though!

As I sit here drinking a Reishi Mocha Chaga Hemp Banana Coconut Water smoothie, I’ve got sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds soaking for late afternoon pâté creations to top salads during tomorrow’s Reiki Master Teacher training lunch break. I’ve got sundried tomatoes soaking in water for blending with homegrown basil and oregano, plus Roma tomatoes to make a raw marinara sauce for our spiralized celeriac. Have you tried celeriac (celery root) noodles? I love them even better than zucchini noodles — slightly crunchy and less watery. We’ve got olives to chop for tapenade, more tomatoes and chives to chop for a cumin tomato tartar topping for, get this … raw, vegan, gluten-free Rosemary Garlic Bread, which is currently tantalizing us in the dehydrator. An afternoon trip to the co-op will bring us some cukes and greens for a side salad, and we’ll top off this Italian raw feast for friends with some Reishi-Chaga-Lucuma-Cacao gelato. Total experiment, but I have high hopes.

Somewhere in there, it will be collard ribboning time, to make a simple side salad of olive oil, lemon juice and Celtic sea salt intended to accompany the soon-to-be-chopped root veggies we’ll throw in the oven towards the end of tomorrow’s RMT class. Non-linear me goofed and booked an evening session after all-day teaching, so I will much appreciate the speedy sustenance. Teaching Reiki always makes me hungry.

Other goodies on our plates or in our fridge?

Last weekend’s channeling host treated us to some of “Caroline’s Handmade” raw flax crackers and sundried tomato cashew dip — possibly the best dip we’ve ever tasted. Yes, it was that good, and no, it’s not technically in our fridge right now. We finished that the following morning. 🙂 We’ve got sprouted, dehydrated buckwheat groats, should the “cereal” craving hit. Our freezer holds some Violet’s Violent End blueberry pie from Shazzie and David Wolfe’s “Naked Chocolate” book. Always a favorite for guests and quick snacks! I gifted my copy to a formerly “cooked” chocoholic, but I’ve made that recipe so often, I have it committed to memory.

After last night’s channeling event, I scarfed an entire bag of Rhythm Superfoods “Zesty Nacho” Kale Chips, followed by our locally made Fizziology Kimchee served on avocados. A yummy return to Earth after all that ethereal stuff. 😉 We’ve also got homemade kefir awaiting frozen strawberries and vanilla stevia for OMG wowness! Perhaps a new favorite, among so much vibrant deliciousness. Of course, none of this would feel complete without fresh green juice, and thank heavens our co-op makes such economical and tasty blends. You can’t really buy produce, juice it and clean up for much less than a freshly prepared (by someone else!) Cucumber-Celery-Parsley or Inner Peace juice. Despite all evidence to the contrary, I remain forever and always, a Lazy Raw Foodist.

Just sharing some days in the life … Cheers and Love!

Raw Food DVD’s

Some of you may remember Chef Mia Dalene from my earlier two-part interviews (here and here). She’s a fellow brain injury survivor turned raw food chef and educator. Yesterday I learned that a landslide had wiped out her Seattle-area yard, leaving her home uninhabitable right before the holidays. Mia and her children and partner have been evacuated and are staying separately with some friends and relatives, since people don’t have room to house all four of them at once.

Mia is not asking for charity to deal with this natural disaster; however, she did let me know that 50 purchases of her raw food prep DVD would allow her and her family to move into a new home. If you or anyone you know would like some extra instruction on delicious raw food recipes from a professional chef, please see the specials Mia is running now. What a great way of supporting health while paying it forward at the same time!

Chicago Raw Food

Better late than never, right? I stumbled upon a fabulous raw food restaurant in the Loop area of Chicago, just two weeks before moving away to Madison, Wisconsin. RAW (Raising Awareness Worldwide) is located at 131 N. Clinton, in the French Market at Ogilvie Train Station. I wish I had known about it during all of those trips to get my BlackBerries replaced! Still it was worth the wait and now I can get prepared raw yumminess just a quick Metra train ride from my apartment.

Laura Bruno at RAW in Chicago's French Market

As you can see, RAW offers a wide selection of superfoods, supplements and tricky to find staples. Carole, one of the owners who was there that day, really knows her stuff! I overheard her giving the exact same advice I often give to clients, and it was some pretty obscure advice. Kudos!

And the food … OMG … The food. Was really. Fabulous. It’s takeout, but you are welcome to sit at one of the many tables in the nearby back of the market. RAW is in the Northeast Corner, very close to the tables. If you show up around “regular” meal times, you will find a table of samples awaiting your curious and soon-to-be-delighted tastebuds:

I think I tried everything on the entree and dessert menu, mostly because I could. It all tasted amazing. Carole also handed out some samples earlier in the day, to whet appetites for the main event. A normal person might have felt full, but not me. All those samples just alerted my ravenous belly that good food was on the way. I visited with a friend, and we took advantage of the takeout nature, opting to order many items, some for there and many to go. Here’s what we tried:

Raw Lasagna at RAW

This might possibly be the best raw lasagna either of us had ever eaten. I don’t know what they do to get the texture just right, but it almost seemed cooked, and I mean that as a compliment. The sauce and spinach just sparkled with flavors, though, far outmatching any cooked counterpart. I liked that it felt so filling yet easy to digest, probably due to the relatively simple panel of ingredients: spinach, zucchini, basil, tomato, garlic, rosemary, cashews, lemon, nutritional yeast, Himalayan Sea Salt (HSS) and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). You could taste the individual components, and yet they blended perfectly, too. Big ups for the raw lasagna!

Raw Vegan Sushi

The Raw Sushi also surprised and excited. My favorite part? The nori rolls actually contain Blue Manna. For those of you familiar with Crystal Manna, the blue green algae from Klamath Lake, Oregon, Blue Manna is like a super potent healing extract from this superfood. To find it incorprated in an entree further made my day on a day in which so many things did just that. The spiced pumpkin seeds added a nice crunch as a topping. If I hadn’t had some bizarre craving for tomatoes all day, I might have ordered the sushi, too. Instead, I just nibbled on a couple pieces of this very generous portion.

We sampled a spirulina mint dessert, as well as some sort of apple pie, a chocolate something, and a lemon square. All delicious, but I have to say I loved their savory foods so much I almost didn’t want to change flavors by segueing into the sweet stuff. Knowing my predilection for spirulina and cacao, this speaks volumes about how much I enjoyed lunch!

We ordered a bunch of things to go and then divided them up, so that we could mix and match at home, thereby trying more items. I have not tolerated gluten for many years. I ate a bit in some friends’ tabouli back in February, but it totally made my skin break out, and I got a headache afterwards. For some reason, the sandwiches at RAW looked so tasty that I decided to throw caution to the wind. I at sprouted wheat and sprouted rye dehydrated “bread” from RAW with zero negative side effects. Another making of my day!

Falafel Patties Sandwich

(Raw Vegan) Salmon Patties Sandwich

The Salmon Patties tasted so good they got me hooked on Wakame seaweed again. I dug some out of my little Macrobiotic stash and experimented with it for a few meals this week. Both the sandwiches we ordered to go came with enough onion crunchies for that sandwich, plus extra for my next day’s homemade collard-burdock wraps using their raw, sprouted hummus:

Raw Sprouted Garbonzo Bean Hummus

The best parts of the Garden Burger, in my opinion were the condiments, expecially the ketchup! By this I don’t mean to imply that the burger tasted bad; the condiments just tasted extra good:

Garden Burgers at RAW Chicago

In addition to the amazingly fresh, flavorful, filling food, I love the vibe of this place. They sell handcrafted “Prosperity Trade” goods, going a step above “Fair Trade.” Instead of providing third world workers with just enough of a wage to live upon, which is still more than many places do, RAW selects goods from people who have been paid more than just the bare minimum. This feeling of abundance spreads through the whole experience at RAW. Again, their name stands for Raising Awareness Worldwide.

With all their free samples, they are certainly doing their part to raise awareness in Chicago, too! The French Market features lots of fresh produce booths as well as more standard American and fatty European fare. RAW holds it own there. In line, several people remarked to me that they had gotten hooked on the feel-good lunches after skeptically trying the samples. They could not believe healthy could taste so good. A lot of love goes into that food, too. You can taste it and feel it, even while standing in line. The staff greets everyone with respect, taking time to answer questions, yet also keeping things moving over a busy lunch hour. It’s rare to find such caring service that remains present to the needs of the next customer behind the current chatty one.

I also discovered that the Universe had answered my plea for a nearby prepared raw vegan Thanksgiving option, as I will need to spend most of that day packing. (Due to the Chicago classes on the 20th and 21st, I can’t really start until Monday of Thanksgiving week, and I move that Saturday.) RAW offers a three course Thanksgiving Day Dinner ‘ala’ RAW, which contains:

Butternut Squash Soup
“Turkey” (faux turkey with mashed ‘potatos,” gravy, cranberry sauce and stuffing
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
Pumpkin Pie
Rosemary Crackers
and Not ‘Eggnog’

Orders must be placed by Monday, November 22 and picked up on Tuesday the 23rd or Wednesday the 24th: 312-831-2720 or http://www.chicagorawfood.com.

I’ve already place my order, and I’m happy to say, “I’ll be back!”

Happy Gratitude Day

10/10/10 World Raw Food Day Talk in Madison

I’ve been asked to speak at the World Raw Food Day potluck celebration on 10/10/10 in Madison, WI. The topic of discussion might surprise you 😉 : “Love, Om, Cacao.”

Come join us if you’re in the area. I would love to meet you. There are only 30 spots available, though, so please find out more information and/or RSVP here.

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!