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Hi Health Seeker,
Things have been smoking around here the past few days… actually quite literally.
I sent out an e-mail message over the weekend while we were in the middle of a power outage. I managed to hit the send key just minutes before my laptop battery died. Turns out the reason for the outage was high winds that had knocked down power lines. Unfortunately, in some areas, the lines sparked and caused an outbreak of fire in a nearby neighborhood. Since central Texas hasn't had rain in months, it was ripe for a fire.
Three days later, the fires are still burning. Twenty-five homes have been destroyed, many others have been damaged, and countless lives have been turned upside down. My kids had the day off as their schools became Red Cross shelters for the families who were evacuated.
It seems only natural that at times like this we became fraught with feelings of worry, anxiety, and depression as we empathize with the victims. Yet this is exactly the opposite of what's best for us and for the victims. Read my feature article as I explore the effects of worry and fear on your health and the large scale positive effects of projecting positive energy and prayer in times of disaster.
It's been a very busy and emotional week for me. In the midst of the power outage and fires, I've been making videos and preparing for a groundbreaking webinar called Mend Your Metabolism and Maximize Your Vitality.
The 5 videos in the Bye-Bye Belly Fat, Brain Fog, and Burnout series leading up to the webinar are packed with inspiration and practical advice. Over 2000 people have signed up to watch them, and the feedback we've been getting is phenomenal.
The webinar is on Wednesday evening, September 7th, and on it I'm going to share a 5 step plan you can get started on right away to clear your foggy brain, flatten your bloated belly, and skyrocket your energy. A big part of that process is managing the effects of stress, fear, and worry on your metabolism.
The Energy Recharge Green Cleanse that starts next Monday is another great way to kick it all off, too. You can join us by clicking below:
Also included in this week's newsletter is a new recipe I created in the midst of the power outage because it required no electricity to make. It's called Mango-Mole Tacos. It's very quick and easy to make and tastes great.
Be sure to check out our radio show schedule. We have some really good shows planned, including this Thursday's where I'll give you some ideas for how to recharge for those times when you're so tired that even your cells and organs need naps.
I was inspired by last week's de-clutter show and I reorganized my workspace and threw a lot of things away on Saturday. It made me so much more productive.
I wish you a pleasant week, and I look forward to connecting with you on the webinar on Wednesday.
And remember, rather than going into a place of feeling powerless and fearful in the face of natural disaster, go to a place of quiet meditation and project positive energy on the situation. It really does make a difference.
With love, gratitude, and positive energy,
Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
Are you ready for this?
I am TIED FOR FIRST PLACE with David Wolfe in the category of best nutrition guru/trainer, so they've extended the voting until September 15th!
I know that if we all expect a positive outcome and pull together, we can make the difference! It only takes a moment to register, and you'll receive a free 10-day e-course from the Vegetarian Institute of Health!
Now more than ever, I hope the next time you see this picture, it will be proudly displayed on our website as the 2011 Veg Health Award winner!
A Sure-fire Prescription for a FAT Midsection
Countless people come to me for advice, wondering why they are still overweight and ill, in spite of eating a healthy diet.
How Stress May Supersize You
While I can usually find things to tweak in clients' diets, and I can recommend herbs or natural nutrition supplements to restore balance, we're fighting an uphill battle if we ignore the role of stress, negative emotions, and worry; your health, energy level, AND weight are all affected.
On a past radio show, Your Muscles May be Making You Fat, I explored in detail the mechanism by which stress and worry contribute to belly bulge, and I encourage you to listen for details.
In summary, fear, worry, stressful thoughts and situations, and negative emotions trigger the release of cortisol and adrenaline from your adrenal glands. This hormone release triggers a series of fight or flight mechanisms that cause your liver and muscles to release sugar into your blood. Normally, this release would ready you for your “chase” or “escape”.
But what also happens, and this is the troubling part when it happens frequently, is that your insulin is also triggered to rise, so the sugar in the blood can be absorbed by your cells and fuel them to flight or fight. Keep in mind, that extra sugar in your blood would normally get used. Unfortunately, when your stresses are mental, you can't burn all the released sugar. Insulin, in following through with its job of maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, causes the sugar to be put back into storage… as white adipose tissues, whose main receptors are – you guessed it – right around your belly.
I discuss more details concerning insulin, its role, and insulin resistance in Video 1, of the 5-part Bye-Bye Belly Fat, Brain Fog, and Burnout video series.
When you get stressed over situations that are beyond your control – like fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, traffic, other people's attitudes – you are creating the perfect environment not only for “turning your muscles into fat” but for injuring your insides and setting yourself up for diseases. The three most serious and very common sequelae [secondary conditions] to chronic stress are the BIG 3: Heart disease, Cancer and Diabetes.
If achieving a slim trim body and keeping yourself safe from “the Big 3” aren't enough motivation to get a handle on stress, there's more.
A Change of Heart Can Mean a Change in Dress Size
Your thoughts and emotions impact others around you, both those in close proximity and those far away.
Let me explain.
Research at the Institute of HeartMath has confirmed that your thoughts and emotions affect your heart rate variability (HRV). When you're calm, HRV, when graphed, looks like a nice even sine wave and when you're frustrated or angry, worried or anxious, it's erratic and spikey. Notice the difference in the graphs to the right.
The smooth wave pattern is associated with ideal blood pressure, clear thinking, proper metabolic function and overall well being. The other pattern hallmarks disease, dysfunction, resistant weight loss and a host of other serious metabolic disruptions.
This article on the HeartMath website gives all the details, and it also takes you step-by-step through a couple of their techniques for restoring balance:
According to HeartMath:
On tonight's Mend Your Metabolism & Maximize Your Vitality webinar, I will take you step-by-step through one of the HeartMath processes for Transforming Stress so you can feel for yourself the effects of being in a state they refer to as “coherence”.
It's an amazing feeling and you too can learn it. In my 30-day B4 Be Gone program, I guide my patients and students through daily practice of this technique, and send them daily reminders and a recording of me guiding them through the process.
Join us on the webinar to get yourself started.
Get Slim, Stress-free, and Save the World
So now for the really amazing, almost unbelievable finding.
YOU have more power than you think over the state of the world, the energy in the room, and the stressful feelings of others.
Hear me out on this one…
When two people with different HRV patterns come into each other's energy fields, the HRV's tend to synchronize, and the strongest field prevails. This has been measured by the institute of HeartMath researchers on medical equipment!
By practicing the HeartMath technique called Quick Coherence several times a day, with as little a time investment as 5 minutes a day, you'll become proficient at changing your emotional state and the HRV's of others with whom you come into contact.
How cool is that?
And when you practice their more advanced technique, called Heart Lock-in, you actually practice deliberately projecting your energy out into the room. To master Heart Lock-in takes a bit more time, 15 minutes about 3-4 times a week!
When natural disasters like fire and flood strike, the natural tendency is to feel victimized. That puts you into the “triple P emotional state” that has been shown to be the most damaging of all… powerlessness, pessimism, and pervasive worry.
It's times like these that we need to band together energetically and send positive thoughts, prayers, and uplifting energy to those whose lives are affected. Imagine the effect of thousands of people all over the world projecting their positive energy field! According to the above aforementioned article from the Institute of HeartMath (which I highly recommend you read in its entirety), “positive thinking” without accompanying positive feelings usually only provides temporary relief from emotional distress. Whereas the activation of positive emotions is more likely to transform the stress at its source.
According to Joe Vitale, author of The Attractor Factor, “there are over 25 scientific studies that prove when a group of people meditate together, they can change their surroundings — just by getting settled inside.”
Dr. Vitale lives not too far from where I live, just outside of Austin, and he sent out a plea for help with getting the fires under control through the power of positive emotion.
I've printed his entire letter on my blog, where Joe tells of his experience with this process when Hurricane Rita threatened Austin a few years back.
Whether you believe Dr. Vitale's account of changing the course of natural events or not, there's no disputing the positive effect of appreciation and love on your own chemistry and that of those around you. Lots of studies at www.heartmath.org support this.
So, what do you have to lose?
Even if you think it's goofy, it can't hurt and it will change your own emotions and your internal well-being.
So take a deep breath… find that place of peace inside yourself where you know all is well. Access that area of inner calm…and then just feel the fires going out; imagine the hurricanes heading out to sea; envision the earth's core relaxing; and perceive that all the people affected are safe, sound, and protected.
Stop, breathe, focus, pray, or in some positive way send out an energy that will help dissolve the fear.
It's your way of making a difference in the face of disaster, even if you can't send lots of money or travel to the scene to help.
Check out the book Unconditional Bliss by Howard Cushnir. He says you can find happiness in the face of hardship.
And in the words of Joe Vitale, “… be happy, right now. Smile. Send that loving energy out, in the direction of Texas.
Intend for all to be well, for, in reality, all is well.”
Maximize Your Energy
Ritamarie will be answering as many questions as time allows pertaining to belly fat, brain fog, burnout, and blood sugar imbalances. Once you register and access the video pages, you'll be able to post your own question for the live teleseminar.
The call is scheduled for tonight (Wednesday, September 7th, 2011): 7:30 pm Central (5:30 pm Pacific, 6:30 pm Mountain, 8:30 pm Eastern)
Access the webinar for free when you register for the series.
The Transition week begins on September 4th and the 7-Day program begins on September 11th. Click HERE to sign up!
Either way, you get a recipe guide e-book and fully indexed online video class you can watch over and over.
- September 25th, 2011 – Eating for Hormone Balance
- October 9th, 2011 – Oil-Free Dressings and Dips that Delight
- November 19th, 2011 – Eating for Health and Longevity
- December 10th, 2011 – Party and Potluck Nibbles that Nourish
Check back here soon for more details to be announced!
Do you wake up after a long night's sleep only to still feel exhausted?
You may very well be experiencing burnout.
Did you know that your organs and glands can suffer from fatigue? Your skin and immune system can too.
Often “exhaustion” is at a cellular level. When your skin is tired, you get outbreaks and slow wound healing. When your digestion becomes sluggish, you may experience constipation or indigestion. A fatigued immune system can't adequately protect you from microbes and starts to attack itself. And a worn out liver is unlikely to be efficient at eliminating toxins.
Join Dr. Ritamarie and learn what influences may be making you tired at a cellular level.
NEW TIMES: 8:00 am PT, 9:00 am MT, 10:00 am CT, 11:00 am ET
Click here to attend the show!
Are you drowning in clutter? Does your clutter make you feel as though you can't breathe?
Tolerating clutter means that you just aren't living life to the full. Clutter can also have adverse effects on your health, including a reduced sense of well-being.
If you're ready to clear your home's stagnant, negative energy and welcome in fresh, prosperous energy, then join Dr. Ritamarie when she interviews law of attraction coach Joanne Newell, of Rich Radiant Real coaching.
Joanne will reveal the link between clutter and prosperity (health, wealth, and happiness), and gift you with two valuable tips for starting a highly effective yet ‘low-overwhelm' declutter of your environment.
If you want a smaller waistline you need a bigger understanding of insulin. When you eat high carbohydrate comfort foods regularly, your insulin levels become dangerously high and your cells become resistant to insulin. This means you can't get enough sugar into your cells and you feel tired, unfocused, and hungry after meals.
To get control of your belly fat, you need to break the viscous cycle.
On top of the difficulty and stress people experience due to insulin resistance, worry and fear trigger increased cortisol, an adrenal hormone. Join Dr. Ritamarie and learn the kicker that keeps the belly fat from burning…and how your muscles could be contributing to your belly fat.
In some parts of the country school has already started. In others, it's just around the corner. As kids get older, it's not “cool” to bring your lunch from home, but just what are your kids eating in school that could be hurting their health and affecting their ability to focus and do well in class?
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.
Joe Vitale is asking for your help in fighting the fires in Austin, in a way that may surprise you. No matter where you are, you can make a difference… one that will benefit you as well.
- 1 mango
- 1 avocado
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of kelp powder
- Dash of cayenne
- 1/4 teaspoon chile powder
- 3 – 4 large green leaves as taco shells (I used romaine lettuce, but you could use your choice – collard greens, kale, cabbage, chard…)
- Handful of sprouts
- Any other chopped or grated vegetables desired as topping
- Cut mango in half lengthwise, as close to the seed as possible. Scoop out flesh and put in a bowl. Repeat for the other half then peel and cut the remaining flesh off the seed.
- Cut avocado in half, remove seed and scoop flesh into bowl with mango.
- At this point, I smashed the mango and avocado together with my hands. You can use a fork or potato masher.
- Add all remaining ingredients except green leaves.
- Assemble your tacos: Place lettuce on plate and scoop mango-mole equally over the leaves.
- Top with sprouts and anything else you desire.
Internationally recognized speaker, author and mentor, Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is the “Woman's Fatigue Expert and Vibrant Health Mentor.”