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July 28th, 2011 Volume 1, Issue 6

“There’s no place like home” is a line from one of my all time favorite movies.  Can you guess which one, %$firstname$%?

I was away for almost 2 weeks and it’s great to be back home with my family

To say my trip was exhilarating, mind blowing and transformative is just scratching the surface.

I have returned with new insights about how to more effectively fulfill my mission and live my passion.

After 6 exhilarating and illuminating days with my new coach and master mind group I came away with an increased respect for the value of working with someone who has the expertise and knowledge to guide me to reach my goals.  I now have a renewed recognition of the value of what I have to offer to empower others to overcome the health challenges that get in the way of achieving life goals, living with passion and purpose, and experiencing energy and joy.

It's so much easier when you work with someone who can guide you, support you and hold you accountable.

I gained an interesting perspective as I pondered my goals and clarified how I desire to be seen.  I realized that many people see me as a raw promoter and a glute- free expert because raw foods and glute- free diets are among the important tools I use in working with my patients and students.  

What I realized is this:

I am passionate about working with people who are
ambitious about making a difference and don’t always have
the energy and vibrant health to get their message out
and live their mission.

As a result of my recent explorations, I am designing new offerings to better support you to live your life more fully and joyously.  

To this purpose, I am very excited about some of our upcoming events, like my blog talk radio show with Barbara Lovejoy, a life coach who helps people find and follow their unique, authentic path to true joy, well-being and full potential living.  

In our One Dish Meals Class this Sunday, you’ll learn a simple sprouting technique that can save you time and produce foods that will skyrocket your energy.  You’ll also learn some delicious recipes that you can get on the table in minutes, using fresh whole foods and NO equipment other than a knife and a cutting board.

I appreciate all the kind words of support I received last month after the death of my brother-in-law.  Your love and support have given me a renewed passion for changing the eating habits of the world… one bite at a time.

Much love and appreciation,

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo


Support Dr. Ritamarie
in the 2011 Veghealth Awards!

We do work hard to ensure we share an abundance of free and helpful information about how to be healthy in a world where so many are sick, and it's always nice when those efforts are noticed in the wider community!  I've just received word that I've been nominated in three categories for the first annual Veghealth Awards:

  • Best Nutrition Guru / Trainer
  • Best Educator
  • Best poster boy or girl to show that herbivores stay youthful longer

The first round of voting ends July 31st, and if you'd like to support me, click below to participate in the voting and help get me through to the second round:


(Be sure to scroll all the way down for complete details.)

To make it worth your while, everyone who votes gets a chance to win $247 towards any program with The Vegetarian Health Institute.  Vote here!

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Healthy Meals in a Hurry:
A 3-Step Guide for Busy People

“What can I eat that supports my health, tastes great, and is quick and easy to get on the table?”

I get asked this question all the time.  People wonder how I manage to eat so healthfully when I am so busy.  This is an actual comment, taken from a recent consultation form:

“One of my challenges is making food for myself – I would love to have someone else do it. I don't want to be taking time at lunchtime to do that – so I tend to nibble and then get hungry in the afternoon – then work too late, so I'm really hungry at dinner time – and need to eat right away.”

I have hundreds more just like it!

My friend and colleague, Chef Karen Osborne, is one of the busiest people I know, besides me of course.  As a home schooling Mom, choir member, volunteer at church, personal chef, instructor and Fresh ‘n Fun co-op manager she’s constantly juggling this activity and that. Yet she always manages to eat high green, delicious, nutrient-dense meals. 

How does she do it?

She’ll be sharing her secrets in our One Dish Meals class on Sunday, but I thought I would give you a few hints and tips today to help you put healthy meals on the table in less than the time it takes to order pizza.

Step 1: Stock Your Brain with Purpose

Consistently choosing healthy foods to consume, despite time pressures requires a mindset shift.  It starts by focusing on what’s most important to you–making the connection between what you value most and healthy meal choices. Then, you must simply act from that place of knowing what you value most.

It sounds simple, and it is.  Implementation takes dedication and truly connecting to your core values.  One thing Karen and I have in common is a framework of reference that we get what we most want in life when we feel strong and energetic.  We feel strong and energetic when we eat lots of green foods and avoid the energy zappers like gluten, dairy, sugar and processed foods.

If we’re rushed or out and the food choices don’t support our ultimate goal, we hold true to our values and don’t eat the foods that will tire or weaken us.

Step 2: Stock Your Kitchen with Essentials

The next step is more practical.  Make sure to keep your house stocked with lots of whole foods.  With a little forethought and careful shopping, you can have foods around that you can prepare in a hurry.

Here’s a list of recommended food items to always have around:

  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Sprouts
  • Lemons
  • A variety of dried herbs and spices
  • Seeds, like sunflower, pumpkin, chia or hemp
  • Raw nuts
  • Greens
  • Sea vegetables
  • Powdered sea veggies, like kelp.
  • A variety of vegetables like cucumber, celery, carrots and peppers

Step 3: Stock Your Meals with Creativity

I was in a hurry to get something to eat for dinner tonight, so here’s an example of throwing a healthy meal together in only 5 steps:

  1. I went down to the kitchen and found an avocado, a tomato and a jar of sauerkraut.
  2. I sliced the tomato in rounds and placed them on a plate.  
  3. I sliced the avocado and placed the slices on top of the tomato (sometimes instead of avocado, I spoon nut or seed cheese on top).
  4. I put a dollop of sauerkraut on each tomato slice.  
  5. I sprinkled the works with Italian seasoning and kelp powder

I had a delicious meal in less than 5 minutes!

In our One Dish Meals class we’ll be sharing how to whip up a one dish meal using whatever you have around.  Again, the key to quick and easy meals is having an open mind, having the ingredients on hand, and tuning in to your creativity.  Think outside the box.  Learn from people who have been there, done that.

The recipe section in today's newsletter also has a one dish meal idea.  It’s simple, includes nutritious greens from the sea, and tastes delicious.

Use your imagination. 

Join us on Sunday, in person at my home or on the web.  It’s guaranteed to be a winner!

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Reinforce Your Recharge:

July 30th, 2011 Dr. Ritamarie's Monthly Potluck

  • For guidelines about what to bring go to www.DrRitamarie.com/potluck. Sign up at www.DrRitamarie.com/meetup to get location and directions.

July 31st, 2011 One Dish Meals Live Raw Food Preparation Class

  • Learn to create delicious meals in a jiffy using the bounty of the season and just one dish!!
  • Early bird pricing in effect until July 29th!
  • For details and registration go here: One Dish Meals.

August 27th, 2011 Dr. Ritamarie's Monthly Potluck

  • For guidelines about what to bring go to www.DrRitamarie.com/potluck. Sign up at www.DrRitamarie.com/meetup to get location and directions.

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Upcoming Shows:

July 28th, 2011 – Release Your Stress, Renew Your Zest 

Face it. Stress happens. You can’t necessarily control the external circumstances. You can control your response to them.

For more than 35 years, Barbara Lovejoy has been helping people find and follow their unique, authentic path to true joy, well-being and full potential living. She works as a Certified Life Coach, Spiritual Counselor, and Qigong Teacher in person and also by telephone nationwide.

Join Dr. Ritamarie and Barbara and get some tips on how to de-stress and get back your zest!

11:30am PT, 12:30pm MT, 1:30pm CT, 2:30pm ET

Click HERE to attend! 

Radio Shows Archive:

Juicing as an Antidote to Fatigue

Tired of feeling tired? Toxic build-up in your body can create a myriad of problems, the least of all is fatigue. What would life be like if you had the energy to go full blast all day and not get tired? Imagine being able to work all day, have time to play with the kids, get the housework done and still have energy leftover. Imagine bouncing out of bed in the mornings and feeling fresh and vibrant as opposed to tired and sluggish. Sound too good to be true? Well it’s not! Juicing is a great way to clean house…get rid of that toxic build-up and get your energy back! Join Dr. Ritamarie for this energizing show!

How Juicing Affects Your Blood Sugar

There is a lot of power in drinking fresh pressed juice on a regular basis, but there is also a lot of confusion.

  • How will juices affect my blood sugar?
  • I’m diabetic, can I drink fresh juice?
  • Are there certain fruits and vegetables that affect my blood sugar more than others?

Join Dr. Ritamarie as she clears up the confusion between juicing and blood sugar.

Raw Fusion: Blending Raw Foods with Cooked with Dr. Linda Joy Rose

Would you like to incorporate more raw foods into your life but have family standing in your way? This episode will give you some great tips on how to blend raw foods with cooked and make peace with those in your family who don’t necessarily subscribe to your chosen eating philosophy.

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Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo 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 several online courses on a variety of health issues.

Includes 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…

Desserts 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…

They're all comfort foods that we turn to in times of emotional upheaval, boredom or loneliness. When you eat your favorite comfort foods, you feel great…for a little while. Until the discomfort sets in.  Read more here…

Your children are your most precious gift. You teach them by example and your every thought, word and action. What you feed your children, especially during the early years, will shape their health and vitality throughout their lives. Starting with the freshest, most vibrant and clean sources of nutrients to feed their growing bodies is vital to their health and development.  Read more here…

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…

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“Sea” How Your Life Can Change!

Do you know that people who eat sea greens regularly are less likely to experience osteoporosis, fatigue, and adrenal exhaustion? If you enjoy making One Dish Meals, here's a gourmet recipe from the sea that will help send your energy sailing! 

Arame Carrot Salad


  • 1 cup arame
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1 bunch basil, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 medium lime, juiced
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup water, from soaking arame
  • 1 large or 2 small cucumbers, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup carrot, shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Soak arame for at least 10 minutes in enough water to cover, until it softens.
  2. Combine garlic, ginger, basil and cilantro.
  3. Juice lemon and lime.
  4. Drain arame.
  5. Combine lemon and lime juice with chopped garlic, ginger, cilantro and basil, sesame oil and enough
    soak water from the arame to make a salad dressing consistency.
  6. Toss dressing over arame and shredded carrots. Serve as a side salad or over a bed of lettuce.

Arame is a good source of calcium, iodine, potassium, vitamin A and dietary fiber.  If you'd like to experience the ocean of health that sea greens have to offer, click HERE

Do you have a great raw food recipe you'd like to share? Submit your recipe at: https://drritamarie.com/newslettercontributions/

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You're welcome to share any of the articles in this newsletter. When you do, please use the article in its entirety and include this complete blurb with it:

“Would you like to learn more simple strategies to achieving vibrant energy, a strong lean body and an extraordinary life? Check out my web site, www.DrRitamarie.com, for free articles, free resources and to sign up for my free report “7 Simple Steps to Energizing Your Life..in as little as 30 Days”.

Internationally recognized speaker, author and mentor, Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is the “Woman’s Fatigue Expert and Vibrant Health Mentor.”

Recharge with Dr. Ritamarie is published by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo. If you have any questions or comments, please visit: https://drritamarie.com/helpdesk

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