30 days of gratitude guaranteed to change your body chemistry

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Personal Note from Dr. Ritamarie

  November 4th, 2011 Volume 1, Issue 17


  Thank you Health-Seeker!

Cornucopia of healthFor some reason I am filled with gratitude right now. Perhaps it's because Halloween has just passed us by and Thanksgiving will be in a few weeks that I feel more grateful than ever.

I've been practicing gratitude on a daily basis for many years now, and I teach it to all my clients as part of their healing. I think it's awesome that we have a whole holiday dedicated to giving thanks.

For some, Thanksgiving has become all about the food and not so much about the gratitude.

My feature article is about surviving the holidays without compromising your health.

It's a subject I feel passionate about.

I had the opportunity to speak twice lately about sugar and kids' health. I surprised myself. Once I got on a roll, I became incredibly passionate expressing my feelings about sugar. You can catch one of these talks in my Vibrant Health radio show archives.

Since I've lost loved ones recently to cancer, and I know how much is being done to reverse cancer with natural methods, as shown on the Healing Cancer World Summit, I feel passionate sharing about the little things that can be done on a daily basis and the small changes you can make to not only protect your health, but skyrocket it.

It gives me so much pleasure to stay aligned with my desire to feel great, be fit, and share my passion to the world.

Finding gratitude for frustrations:

We all have our “things” we're working on. No one is perfect. The best advice I can offer is to find those places in your life where your actions are out of alignment with your values and goals and take the steps to bring them together.

For me, it's the sleep issue, and I am taking steps daily to optimize that part of my life, all the while congratulating myself on the small steps I'm taking rather than criticizing myself for the areas that still need work.

Live with gratitude for all you are, all you have, and the steps you are taking to make your body and this world a better place to live.

I appreciate you for giving me the space to share, and for being part of my life.

I'm starting a gratitude journal on my blog!

the joyful energy of gratitudeEvery day for the next 30 days I will write about at least three things for which I feel appreciation. Care to join me?

Here's the first entry.

Go here, read it, and comment with what you're grateful for. If you do this daily for a month, you will see noticeable changes in your health. Don't believe me? Give it a try.

Appreciation is scientifically proven to change your body chemistry for the better.

Love, health, joy and much appreciation,

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo


Creating Vibrant Health Feature Article


Keep Your Belly from Becoming a Holiday Victim:
How to Make TODAY Your New January 1st

By Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

Stuffed for the holidaysI find it hard to believe it's already November. Halloween is behind us, Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and a lot of food temptations lie between now and the new year.

Starting with the Halloween candy and ending with the New Year's Eve champagne, with lots of turkey, cookies, and pumpkin pie in between, there's no end to the opportunity for expanding your waistline and depleting your energy.

This time of year is filled with joy and fraught with anxiety. It's the time of year where you just can't seem to escape the mounds of tempting foods at every turn. Just making a decision to forgo the waist-widening treats is not enough.

You need to make a commitment.

You need to be so in love with your desired outcome that nothing will be allowed to get in your way. Most resolutions to change unhealthy habits give way to regret when the same old upset stomach, headache, and drained feeling replace the enthusiasm and wonder of a new routine.

The Top 3 Reasons Most People Fail to Meet their Health Goals:

I believe there are three main reasons people struggle and then ultimately give up. Thankfully, there are solutions for each reason.

1. Failing to deeply connect with your desired outcome.

When you are 100% committed to the outcome, and you've written it in clear and flowery language, taking detours is not an option. Just as you stay committed to your vacation location once you've made reservations and invested in a travel plan, you need to stay committed to your health destination. If an interesting distraction comes along en route to your vacation place, you are unlikely to get distracted if you have made a time and date commitment. The same feeling should hold for your health goals.

2. Failing to plan your strategy for handling tempting situations. Connect to your desired outcome

If you walk into a room filled with tables of your favorite foods, unless you have a deep commitment to your health and a strategy that allows you to say no to the food temptations while still enjoying yourself socially, you're doomed to failure.

3. Failing to have quick and easy foods, exercise routines, and stress relief strategies.

Unless you can easily put together a satisfying meal quickly, exercise at every spare minute you have rather than requiring an hour workout, and can get yourself out of a stressful situation when you don't have an hour to meditate or do yoga, in 3 minutes or less, you are likely to give up because it's too hard.

There's No Difference Between Today and January 1st.

Now is the time to commit to yourself, not January 1st. By then you could have packed on a serious number of pounds and created a lot of imbalances.

I know the foods around the holidays are especially tempting because of the emotional attachment you probably have to them. Proximity also plays a role; holiday foods surround us at every corner beginning in the weeks leading up to Halloween and gaining momentum until January 1st.

Here are a few of my tried and true strategies for waking up on New Year's Day feeling energetic, alert, and fit.

1. Ween yourself from Halloween candy.

It's too late for this year, but make a commitment for next year to forgo the bags and bags of Halloween candy you normally give the trick-or-treaters. They will collect way more candy than they need without your contribution. Instead, go to the dollar store or the party supply store and buy more long-lasting things to give the kids: pencils, superballs, whistles, and cool shaped erasers are just a few ideas.

Put them all in a big cauldron and let the kids choose. I find that the kids love it. Besides, you'll be able to save the leftovers for next year, rather than having to eat them. If you still have any candy left over from the trick or treat stash, ceremoniously toss it into the trash.

2. Keep your fingers out of the candy bowl.

Healthy Holiday TraditionsSugar depletes your immune system, destroys your teeth, damages the insides of your blood vessels and can lead to brain fog and fatigue. Sugar also contributes to cancer. Learn some yummy, health supporting substitutions for favorite holiday foods. Recipes can be easily found for healthy and delicious holiday treats like chocolate spiders, pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving stuffing, gingerbread cookies and Hanukkah latkes.

3. Exercise at least 4 times a week.

Yes, I know you get busy with preparing for holidays, shopping, and going to parties, but this is not the time to let your exercise go. Think about it this way. Every mile you walk burns about 100 calories. The more you exercise, the more you can indulge without guilt.

Besides, the best exercise for fat burning is burst exercise, which takes bout 60 seconds per session. Add about 8 of those a day (8 minutes!) and the fat will start to melt away. Click here to access my burst training Youtube video.

4. Express gratitude every day.

Don't wait until Thanksgiving to give thanks. Don't wait until Christmas or Hanukkah to express your love and appreciation for those you hold dear. Give freely of yourself and it will come back exponentially.

Keep your sight on how you want to feel on January 1st, and refer to your goals whenever the temptations are about to carry you down the slippery slope to post-holiday blues.

Make more productive New Year's resolutions, and start the year fit, trim, and joyful!


Events with Dr. Ritamarie


Dr. Ritamarie's Living Foods Potluck
and Information Night

Raw Food PotluckOnce a month, you can join us LIVE in Austin, Texas for a local raw food potluck where you can:

  • Meet like-minded people and make new friends.
  • Learn new and exciting recipes.
  • Gather valuable health and nutrition information.
  • Feel supported on your health quest.

Click HERE to learn more about the event and find out all the details on what to bring and what to expect.


Upcoming Raw Food University Classes:

Raw Food UniversityYou can attend our Raw Food University Classes live and in person and get to sample the delicious raw food recipes or learn to make these dishes from the comfort of your own home.

Either way, you get a recipe guide e-book and fully indexed online video class you can watch over and over.

Check back here soon for more details to be announced!



Party and Potluck Nibbles that Nourish
Celebrate and Rejuvenate!

Presented by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, Karen Osborne, and Pamela Weems

Whether you're entertaining for the holidays or looking for that perfect dish to take to a party or potluck, you'll find a recipe in this class that will raise eyebrows and delight taste buds!

Not only will these dishes meet all your expectations when it comes to elegance and taste, they also come with a fat-pant-busting guarantee that you won't pack on the extra holiday pounds when you stick to these dairy-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free whole food options.

Christmas Tree Raw Food Party DishRegister for this class and learn how to make nourishing and nutritious holiday dishes that will make your next party platter a hit including:

  • healthy hor d'oeuvres
  • fresh finger foods
  • appetite-friendly appetizers
  • to-die-for desserts that boost longevity

Remember, all recipes are made with 100% gluten free, dairy free whole fresh foods – no sugar, no processed oils, no grains, and no cooking!

Includes 2 1/2 hours of recipe demonstrations
and all the recipes in a PDF e-Book!

Click HERE to Register and enjoy early bird pricing until December 9th!


If you register for Party and Potluck Nibbles that Nourish online webinar by November 30th, you can also enjoy access to my Healthy Holidays Online Video recording valued at $17!




 Recorded Raw Food University Classes

You never have to worry about missing a class! All of our delicious, health-boosting Raw Food University classes are recorded. You can access videos and recipes in PDF format for any of our past classes including:
Raw Food University Recorded Video Classes

You'll find a complete list of past classes available HERE.


Radio Shows with Dr. Ritamarie

Upcoming Vibrant Health Solutions Radio Shows:

Dr. Ritamarie's Vibrant Health Solutions Radio Show: combining experience, education, and practical advice to make healthful eating fun again! Click here to learn more.

Future Show Schedule:

  • Thursday, November 10thDr. Linda Berry: Find Your Way Back to Health
  • Thursday, November 17thFeast Your Way to Health
  • Thursday, November 24th(No show)


Find Your Way Back to Health – Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Dr. Linda BerryAt some point in time, most of us get lost on our paths to good health.
We overeat, indulge in choices not good for us, and stop exercising. These choices tend to take a huge toll on our bodies creating a myriad of dis-ease and pains.

But there is no reason you have to continue living this way. Joining Dr. Ritamarie is Dr. Linda Berry.

Dr Linda empowers you to transform stress into a mighty fuel to power your life and dreams. She knows how because at 24 years old she was paralyzed from an automobile accident. Before that, Dr Linda was a dancer, choreographer, and purple belt in Karate. She rose up from her wheelchair to become a chiropractor, nutritionist, and trauma healing specialist.

Dr Linda is an internationally known author. Her book Internal Cleansing has been in print for 24 years. She's been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox news.

Join this dynamic duo as they cover rejuvenation, smiling your way into distress, and being happy with your weight.

Visit Dr. Linda on the web:

8:00 am PT, 9:00 am MT, 10:00 am CT, 11:00 am ET

Click here to attend the show!

Feast Your Way to Health – Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Gratitude for Thanksgiving AlternativesThanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you're a vegan, vegetarian, raw food enthusiast, food allergy sufferer or just someone who wants to eat more healthfully and manage your weight, this is a challenging time of year.

What typically happens after you eat the rich, full course Thanksgiving meal that is the norm in most American families? Do you feel full of life, ready to go for a walk and appreciate the wonders of nature or do you want to collapse in a heap on the couch, bursting at the seams and feeling a bit sluggish?

Food temptations abound, as does pressure from often well meaning friends and family members who want to be sure you're enjoying the bounty.

I know you want to keep your commitment to your healthy diet and lifestyle, yet you want to fit in, and enjoy the celebration with everyone else.

Thanksgiving FeastMaybe you've tried adapting traditional recipes, but haven't been impressed with the results. Or perhaps you've experimented with recipes from magazines or newspaper articles, but your friends and family members weren't particularly impressed. Or maybe you're new to eating fresh whole foods, and you don't have a clue about how to begin.

Dr. Ritamarie is here to help you stay on course this Thanksgiving and onward through the holiday season. This show will be chock full of tips for meals, and ideas on how to handle those family issues around not eating the typical Thanksgiving meals.

Check out Dr. Ritamarie's Thanksgiving Feast Recipe Book: https://drritamarie.com/Thanksgiving/


Vibrant Health Solutions Radio Shows Archive:

You'll find a wealth of free natural health resources when you visit our radio shows archive!  Look for the most recent shows in the sidebar of the Vibrant Health Solutions Radio Show homepage.

Here are the latest shows we've added:


I Don't Want a Pumpkin Belly: A Kid-Friendly Call about Candy

the negative effects of candyWhenever Halloween rolls around, so do the candy bars and sweet sugar-loaded treats. If it's tough for adults to always make the best lifestyle choices, imagine what it's like for kids!

And while it's tough to resist sugar, it's just as tough being a kid and facing serious conditions like obesity, diabetes, and attention disorders. Being teased for obesity is no laughing matter when you're a kid.

This call with kid-friendly language will help your kids to understand what happens when they feast on processed foods and what THEY can do to feel better and STILL have fun!


Uncovering the Emotions Behind Cancer and How You Can Heal – Part 1
Uncovering the Emotions Behind Cancer and How You Can Heal – Part 2

Timea HavasTimea Havas is a therapist who specializes in helping people heal and prevent cancer by addressing and working through specific emotional patterns relevant to cancer. Each cancer (or illness) has its own specific emotional components and when these are addressed this significantly contributes to the person's healing and can often be the difference between life or death.

If you have a life threatening illness or any health challenge you must know that your condition is NOT a punishment, but rather an opportunity to discover who you truly are.

Through a unique process of self-discovery called Energetic Emotional Shifting™, you can learn how to take control over your own healing to become a much happier and healthier person; one who is also cancer-free!!


It's Flu Season – Are You Going to Participate?

flu seasonFall is here and with is comes the changing of leaves, crisp cool mornings, and back to school.

But fall also brings with it the cold and flu season. Halloween is especially difficult as many people load up their bodies on immune-weakening sugary treats.

This year, boost your immune system so you can ward off attack.

Join Dr. Ritamarie and learn what you can do to stay healthy this flu season… and what you can do if you do end up sick!

About Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo


Dr. Ritamarie LoscalzoDr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN, has been an integrative health care practitioner for over two decades, empowering her patients and students to overcome health challenges and lead a joyful and healthy life.

She's a Doctor of Chiropractic with Certifications in Acupuncture, Clinical Nutrition, HeartMath® and Herbal Medicine as well as a certified raw and living foods instructor, chef and coach. She's the author and co-author of several gluten-free vegan and raw foods recipe books including: Power Breakfast Ideas, Deliciously Quick Lunch and Dinner, Healthy Halloween Treats, Dessert: Making it Rich Without Oil and Dried and Gone to Heaven.

She's also the creator of many successful online courses designed to restore people to the health, energy, and vitality they need to live full and vibrant lives.


Energy Enhancing Resources



Thanksgiving Feast IdeasIf you're vegan, vegetarian, a raw food enthusiast, a food allergy sufferer or someone who's concerned about health and fitness, this can be the answer to your Prayers!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you're a vegan, vegetarian, raw food enthusiast, food allergy sufferer or just someone who wants to eat more healthfully and manage your weight, this is a challenging time of year.

Food temptations abound, as does pressure from often well meaning friends and family members who want to be sure you're enjoying the bounty. Find out more here…


Healthy Holiday Traditions
One thing that all holidays and celebrations have in common is their focus on food. Holidays are a time of celebration and cheer. They're special events when you set aside time to get together with friends and family to simply appreciate each other. I love the festivities, the decorations, the parties and the connection with the special people in my life. Find out more here…


Eat Your Way Out of PainIncludes a downloaded recording of a 2 hour teleclass, anti- inflammatory recipe guide, shopping list and checklists, flowcharts of your body's inflammatory pathways and bonus resources, including Lunch and Dinner and Breakfast e-books and Transforming Stress Kit. Read more here…


Makin it RichDesserts make your tongue feel gleeful and your heart sing. But have you ever thought about how your favorite desserts ultimately affect your body? With their gluten, dairy, unhealthy trans fats and refined sugar, these desserts are likely to contribute to premature aging, inflammation, irritable bowel, mucous buildup and problems with focusing. Read more here…



Recipes that Recharge

Cran You Dig It?

By Ritamarie Loscalzo

This zesty Spicy Cranberry Relish dish is an aromatic and taste bud adventure that won't leave you with that crawl-under-the-kitchen-table-and-nap feeling.

Thanksgiving FeastIt's just one of the delicious recipes you'll find in my Thanksgiving Feast recipe collection. In addition to my various cranberry relish recipes, my collection has all the ideas you need to create a healthy alternative Thanksgiving dinner with recipes like:

  • Apricot Pecan Yams
  • Herbed Mashed “Potatoes” with Mushroom Gravy
  • Savory Stuffing
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • and many more!

Spicy Cranberry Relish


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen and thawed) cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons fresh ginger root (about a 1/2 – 1 inch piece)
  • 1 tablespoon raw agave nectar or 2 large dates


  1. Put all ingredients into food processor and process until almost smooth.
  2. Adjust for desired sweetness with additional dried fruit or agave nectar.
ORDER NOW in time for Thanksgiving!

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