Being At Your Best for Summer

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June 30, 2010

Hi Ev'ryone!

It’s officially summer, my favorite time of year. It’s been sunny and hot here in Austin, and the perfect weather for my favorite activity of all…swimming and frolicking in the water.

The water is delicious and I’ve been soaking up my daily dose of Vitamin D and getting plenty of exercise. Ahhhhh!

I work with lots of people who think that just because they drink green smoothies and eat salads that they should be healthy and strong. And while I’m the last person to dispute that these are two essential ingredients for health, I recognize that there is so much more.

Fresh air and sunshine are important for Vitamin D and your circulation and respiration. I’ve been testing lots of people for Vitamin D over the past six months and it’s amazing how many are deficient. Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to depression, hormone imbalance, leaky gut, autoimmune disorders and even cancer!

You can get yours tested by asking your doctor to order it for you or visiting My course “Balance My Body Blueprint” offers a wealth of information on Vitamin D and all the lab tests you can order yourself to determine your nutritional imbalances.

Exercise is vital to good mood. Did you know that exercise beat Prozac as an anti-depressant in many studies? Really! It costs a lot less, too and has fewer side effects.

The other important component to vibrant health is your attitude. It’s hard to be healthy when you’re annoyed that you have to give up your favorite “bad” foods in favor of greens. It’s challenging to consistently make healthy choices that bring you closer to your goals what you’re not connected to your goals. My newly revised “Vibrant Health Mindset Success System” is a powerful process that provides you with the tools you need to easily and joyfully make choices consistent with health. It addresses emotional eating, binging, stress, and self sabotage so you can stay on path long term.

We have quite a few other new resources soon to be unveiled.

If you haven’t participated in my Green Cleanse Program yet, we have one starting
July 11. If you have, I welcome you back. There are several enhancements being formulated, including interactive journaling to help you stay on track.

Stay tuned next week for my big announcement of a series of fr-ee videos on hormone balance that I did with world renowned hormone expert and author, Dr Lindsey Berkson. Her latest book, “Safe Hormones Smart Women” is causing quite a stir and landing her on lots of radio interviews. She even auditioned for Oprah last weekend. And she and I have put together a program called “The Secrets to Being Se*xy and Vibrant at Any Age” to address solutions to the imbalances that create premature aging, fatigue and loss of libido. I interviewed her a few weeks ago on my radio show. You can hear the archive at

Well, enough of my blabbering. On to the exciting content I have for you today.

For those of you who attended or listened to Dr. Clement’s talk last month, you know he had a few things to say that were not consistent with what I teach. I’ve been meaning to address it in a blog post, but life got in the way. SO here is at least part one of my impressions and opinions about the areas where we differ in our approach. If you missed the talk you can still hear the recording. Go to

Love, health and Joy to You,

Dr. Ritamarie

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These are June events and the recordings are still available:

  • 6 Ultra Simple Fool Proof Strategies For Finally Achieving Your Health Goals
    • In this FR-ee teleclass with Dr. Ritamarie and registered dietitian and living foods educator Jane Hardin you’ll learn how to overcome self-sabotage and emotional eating habits, get in touch with what really matters on a deep, core level and live the vibrant, joyful and fulfilled life you deserve.
  • June 9, 2010 Blog Talk radio Show
    • Special guest, Dr. Lindsey Berkson, author of the groundbreaking new book, "Safe Hormones, Smart Women" unveils hot new information about the nutritional connection with hormones and keeping yourself safe from your own hormones and those you may be taking.
  • Raising Healthy Children  
    • With author Karen Ranzi. You'll learn powerful techniques for raising children with love and understanding, getting them to eat nutritious meals and nurturing their spirits.  We discuss birthday parties, travel and method to help kids create healthy habits.
  • June 23, 2010 Blog Talk radio Show
    • Chef Alicia Ojeda and Dr. Ritamarie discuss how to create nutritious and delicious comfort foods using a food dehydrator, so you can avoid the processed foods that are all around you. Alicia and Dr. Ritamarie have co-authored a book and a DVD home study program called “Dried and Gone to Heaven” which will be released very soon. This is the most comprehensive resource on food dehydration on the planet.
Summer 2010 Events
  • July 6, 2010 – Vibrant Health Mindset Success System Teleseminar Week 2
    • Finally get off the rollercoaster ride and easily and joyfully stick to your health plan
  • July 11, 2010 – Green Cleanse Program:
    • Join us for an easy to follow, super effective cleansing process, just in time for feeling great on vacation!
  • July 14, 2010 – Fr-ee teleseminar with Dr. Lindsey Berkson and Dr. Ritamarie
    • “The Secrets to Being Sexy and Vibrant at any Age". Sign up here!
  • July 24, 2010 – Living & Raw Foods Vegan Potluck & Information Exchange
    • Come early for swimming, hot-tubbing and socializing at 5:00 PM and dinner at 7:00 PM.  For Guidelines about what to bring go to Sign up at to get location and directions.

Green Smoothies vs. Green Juice, Fruit Friend or Foe,
and Other Controversial Topics

Earlier in the month we had the privilege of hearing Dr. Brian Clement speak about cancer and serious illnesses and how we can make diet and lifestyle choices that keep us healthy. I very much enjoyed Dr. Clement’s talk and learned some new things myself. For example, I had no idea that Reverse Osmosis water was less effective than distilled for removing prescription drugs. That was an eye opener. You better believe I’ll be doing some research to see if I come to the same conclusion.

Several of Dr. Clements comments caused a flood of email into my box. In particular were his opinions about Green Smoothies and fruit.

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We’ll be back with another health success story next month. Do you have one to contribute…either your own or someone you’ve heard about or personally know? Submit your article and get published!  

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Magic from the Sea to Combat Adrenal and Thyroid Fatigue

Kelp is a great food for adrenal fatigue, thyroid balance and detoxification. Who'd of thought—back in the days when I was first learning to scuba dive in the thick kelp forests in northern California—that someday I'd be eating the slimy stuff?

Now that I know that kelp is one of the most nutritious foods around, I eat it on a regular basis. Only I don't eat it in it's slimy state. Usually it's ground up as a powder or dried into long crunchy chip-like pieces.

My favorite kelp of all is called bullwhip kelp. It grows in the moving cold waters of the Pacific Northwest. When sun dried and carefully packed, it is crispy and light, salty and delicious. Kids love it.

Another form of kelp is called Laminaria Digitata. Say that 10 times fast! The claim to fame of Laminaria Digitata is its effect on thyroid function. 10% of the iodine in Laminaria digitata Kelp is T3 and T4, the nickname for your thyroid hormones. I've seen people reverse abnormal thyroid lab tests in 6-8 weeks by taking laminaria digitata.

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Summer Fruit Pies

Pie Crust:

  • 2 cups almonds, soaked for 6 hours or overnight
  • 1 cup pecans soaked for 4 hours
  • ½ cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup dried coconut

Process all in food processor until it holds together.
Press crust mixture into glass pie dishes.  This made one 7 inch and 1 9 inch pie.

Peach Mango Pie:

  • 6 large peaches
  • 3 mangoes
  • 4 dates
  • 1 tablespoon psyllium powder (optional)


  1. Cut peaches into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl.
  2. Peel and pit mangoes and put flesh in blender with dates and psyllium.  Blend well until creamy.  Add a little water if needed.
  3. Add blended mango mixture to peaches and stir well.
  4. Pour mango mixture over peaches and stir well to combine.
  5. Place peach mango mixture in crust.  Sprinkle top with finely ground dried coconut. And decorate with sliced peaches.

Banana Coconut Cream Pie:

  • 4 bananas
  • ½ cup coconut butter (Artisana)
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Slice 3 bananas and place in a bowl.
  2. Put 1 banana, coconut butter, dates, water and vanilla in blender and blend until creamy smooth.  Add extra water if needed.
  3. Pour mixture over bananas and stir well.
  4. Place banana coconut filling in 7 inch pie crust.
  5. Sprinkle top with coconut and vanilla, and decorate as desired.

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 Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo has been sharing her passion for raw and living foods for almost than 25 years, lovingly catalyzing others to create joy, success and abundance in their lives by simplifying the concepts of a  healthy lifestyle, and incorporating fun.

As a Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture, a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board, a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, a licensed HeartMath® provider, and soon to be Certified Herbalist, Dr. Ritamarie touches many lives with her message of empowerment.

Are you ready to learn the truth about hormone imbalances, autoimmune disease and that stubborn belly fat? Read on to learn about Dr. Ritamarie's Balance My Body Blueprint. This amazing self-paced program gives you the tools you need to make more informed choices about your health. Read more here…

Have you ever wondered why some people continually fail to improve their health while others make what seems like a miraculous transformation? It's all in their heads. That's right…the difference between success and failure is mindset. Read more here…

We’ve all been touched by cancer in one way or another. In the last few years, I have personally lost my sister, 2 cousins, an aunt, and 3 close personal friends to cancer. Why is this dreaded disease on the rise? Read more here…

Periodic cleansing and resting your digestive track is essential for vibrant health and boundless energy.  While going away to a retreat center and fasting on green juices is probably the best way to do this, let's get real.  Who has the time?  And cleansing on your own is just not as effective as having a support group and a mentor with over two decades experience to back you up and cheer you on. Green Smoothies are a great way to cleanse because you're not hungry all the time.  Find out more about how you can feel more energetic, less bloated and stronger andleaner than ever.

You might have heard many health experts say that it's crucial to begin your day with a meal. What they might have failed to say, though, is how to make your first fuel of the day powerful enough to propel you forward with energy and gusto! Read more here…

We videotaped the Green For Life talk that Victoria, Sergei and Valya Boutenko did in Austin, Texas so you can watch and learn from the comfort of your own home. There are 3 hours of video, filled with valuable and inspiring information. Read more here…

If you love your carbs but hate what they do to your body, we have some really good news for you. By learning the ancient art of dehydration, which is, in essence,  “low temperature baking”, you’ll be able to eat guilt-free breads, loaded with veggie goodness, and have them taste similar to your old favorites.  Gluten free raw foods like pizza, enchiladas and tacos will become your favorite staple foods once you discover how easily you can make them at home.  Read More…

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