“Heart-breaking” Sneaky Foods – and a Ginger Sweet Potato Chips Recipe!

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Hello, Health-Seeker!

We're all still in follow-up mode after our sell-out Spring Into Vitality event last weekend.

I enjoyed it so much that I'm already laying awake planning the next one.

At the event, I discovered a new addiction – cashew yogurt!

I have made 3 batches so far – and one was videotaped! On Saturday I had a blast teaching the Beginner's Guide to Making Fermented Foods: Non-Dairy Yogurt, Cheese, and Kefir classfor our VITAL Community Healing Kitchen video class.

The recording of the class is going up today, along with a recipe guide. If you're not a member of our VITAL Community, you can still take advantage of our 2-month trial membership. We”ll be restructuring soon, so now's the time to get in:


In the class we also made block “cheese” from mac nuts and brazil nuts, along with kefir and sauerkraut.

I am enjoying the warm weather and am actually contemplating visiting my son in Florida for his last teenage birthday in 2 weeks,

This week Thursday marks my birthday and the anniversary of my mom's death. It's a bittersweet day. On this birthday I will be older than she was when she died.

Look for a special Birthday Coupon in your inbox on Thursday!

This week's Vibrant Living Health Solutions radio show will address keeping your heart healthy, as both my parents, grandparents, and several aunts and uncles died prematurely because they were not correctly informed as to how to feed and care for their precious hearts.

Love, Health, and Vibrant Energy,

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

Ten Diet and Lifestyle Strategies I Wish my Parents Had Followed to Protect Their Hearts

By Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

I lost my parents prematurely because they failed to protect their heart health. I vowed to overcome the genetic proclivity towards heart disease by adopting a heart healthy diet and lifestyle, and teaching it to as many people I can.

Here are a few key strategies I wish my family members had known about. Had they practiced these, I believe they would still be with us today.

1. Consume omega-3 fatty acids on a regular basis. Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). The two main ones found in fish oils are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic (DHA). Vegetarians get short chain omega 3 fats from foods like chia, hemp, flax, algae and walnuts.

As long as you have sufficient quantities of B vitamins, Magnesium, zinc and trace minerals, found in fresh, whole, organic foods, your body can convert your plant source omega 3 fats to cardio protective EPA and DHA. You can also consume algae or supplements of EPA and DHA derived from algaeRead the rest of the article here

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This Week's Vibrant Living Health Solutions Radio Show:
Protecting Your Heart

Thursday April 4, 2013
8am PT / 9am MT / 10am CT / 11am ET

Learn about the sneaky food element that most people have no idea is so detrimental to their hearts (that's the bad news, but not anymore after this show).

Dr. Ritamarie
reveals and explains what this every day food element is, and why it is so bad for your heart. She then will give some real-world tips for how to heal and protect your amazing heart.

Click here to listen to the radio show:

VITAL Health Topics Call:
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013, at 7:30 pm CT

Thyroid Health: Solving Your Energy Puzzle Through the Often-Overlooked Clues Even Your Doctor May Not Know

It's amazing that one small, butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck can have such a profound effect on your overall health and energy.

The healthy function of your thyroid is essential to your metabolism and energy, and if you're not producing energy the way you should, your whole body suffers the consequences.

There are ways to determine if your thyroid gland is working too hard or not hard enough that even your doctor may not know.

VITAL members
, watch your inbox for call access details in the call reminder emails. To sign up for our VITAL Community, and enjoy these great monthly teleseminars & live Q&A calls, go here:


The Gut Rejuvenating Easy Energizing Natural Cleanse

Detox Your Winter Dust Bunnies with Dr. Ritamarie's Spring GREEN Cleanse!

Dr. Ritamarie'sThe GREEN Cleanse 7-day Gut Revitalizing Easy Energizing Natural cleanse is built upon the healing benefits of eating and blending leafy greens! When you try just one week of eating foods that are rich in minerals and nutrition, you'll transform exhaustion into energy, eliminate excess belly fat, and feel younger and stronger than you did in your teens! Complete with over 200 recipes; day-by-day menu planners for your choice of a Light, Standard, or Deep Cleanse; detoxification guidelines; and a health-boosting array of e-books, audios, and more, you'll have everything you need to lighten your load and feel free and fresh!

Watch for details on the upcoming Self-Study version of the GREEN Cleanse!


WISH: Women's International Summit for Health
Begins on March 8th, 2013

Join Dr. Ritamarie and hundreds of thousands of women around the world for 40 days and 40 nights of enlightening interviews on the most pressing issues in women's health. All the calls are completely free and available for download immediately! Hook yourself up to the inspiration you've been waiting for!

You can sign up here now:


PS – The beautiful and inspiring theme song for WISH was written and sung by our very own Stacey Terry! She is so very talented and creative in so many ways, and we appreciate all that she does for us as our program manager. You can enjoy listening to the song here:



GO BIG Video Summit:

Don't miss Dr. Ritamarie's Interview with Sheila Galligan of Go Big Global on Wednesday, April 3rd, at 4:00 pm CT.

Listen to her speak from experience on “How a Healthy Body and a Healthy Mind Equals a Fast Track to Success.” The connection between health and success is often overlooked. Sheila Galligan recognizes the connection and came to Dr. Ritamarie for expert advice on how her clients could Go BIG using the energizing, vitality promoting principles that Dr. Ritamarie teaches. So for the first time ever, Dr. Ritamarie addresses how to get on the fast path to success by maintaining a healthy and vibrant mind, body and spirit.

To learn strategies from many different angles for how to GO BIG in your life, meet your goals and make your dreams come true, make sure to sign up for the Go Big Video Summit series.

1. To see Dr. Ritamarie's video presentation “How a Healthy Body and a Healthy Mind Equals a Fast Track to Success.”:

Click below to get the details about how to see Dr. Ritamarie's unique video presentation and to register for the Go Big Summit…it's FREE!


2. To get access to the Q&A call with Dr. Ritamarie:

Title: GO BIG LIVE QA – Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

Time: Wednesday, April 3rd at 4:00pm Central

Phone number: (206) 402-0100

PIN Code: 266995#

To attend the Q&A, visit:


April Monthly Special:

Dried and Gone to Heaven e-Book with Online Videos Bundle
Create nutritious mouth-watering Comfort Foods!

Regularly $37 – on sale this month for only $27

Enjoy using your food dehydrator create delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, fresh, whole food & plant-based delicacies.

Click below to order when you add the $37 e-Book with Online Videos Bundle to the cart, your discount will be applied:


Sweet Potato Chips are a fun side dish at trendy raw food restaurants. Here's a recipe for creating your own from the above Dried and Gone to Heaven e-Book:

Ginger Sweet Potato Chips


  • ½ pound thinly sliced sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (optional)
  • ½ tsp whole unrefined sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ginger powder
  • 2½ tsp wheat free tamari, coconut aminos or sea salt water
  • ¼ tsp ginger juice
  • 1 tsp orange juice
  • ½ cup date paste (optional)
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp gomasio (optional)


  1. Peel and thinly slice the sweet potatoes using a mandolin or the 2 mil slicing plate of a food processor.
  2. Combine all ingredients except the sweet potatoes. Mix well.
  3. Gently toss the sweet potatoes with the mixture to coat evenly. The potatoes will begin to soften as you lightly massage them.
  4. Place on mesh dehydrator sheets. Place on tray in single layers.
  5. Dry at 115° F for approximately 12?24 hours until completely dry. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

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.

Dr. Ritamarie resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and sons.

She can be reached at: https://drritamarie.com.

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