I’m sooooo HUNGRY!!!

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  August 3rd, 2011 Volume 1, Issue 7

There’s always so much to share and I hardly know where to begin.

My youngest son Kevin left town on Saturday with his dad, my husband, Scott.  They’re in Cape Cod now, visiting Scott’s sister and husband at their home a half mile from the beach.  Lucky them!  They’ll be leaving there on Friday and heading to Cooperstown, NY where the baseball hall of fame is. 

Kevin is passionate about baseball.  To say he eat, lives, and breathes baseball would be an understatement.  His championship team is participating in a tournament with 99 other teams from all over the country.  The boys are SOOOO excited.  I miss them already, and I am very happy they get to live their passion.  I get to stay home and live my passion and have some quality time with my oldest son, Eric.  I’ll be heading out to California with Eric next week for a college tour and a friend’s wedding.

Eat, Live, and Breathe Your Passion

Living with passion is a theme you’ll see me coming back to over and over during the upcoming months.  All too often I work with people who are not living their passion and their health suffers.  Still others have the desire to live their passion but their poor health and lack of energy holds them back.  People are hungry for more out of life, but they tend to fill themselves with the wrong things. 

We had an awesome class on Sunday.  Despite technical difficulties with the broadcast, we managed to hold a class that got rave reviews from all the participants.  I loved the Caribbean Mung Beans and the Curried Cauliflower.  The real kicker was Karen’s surprise, a recipe I asked her to make up on the fly with whatever ingredients she found in my refrigerator.  I posted more, including a free recipe for Pineapple Chipolte Salad, on the blog…

Enjoy the feature article about making friends with hunger.  It was inspired by my participation in The Raw Divas 10-day juice cleanse.

If you aren’t joining the cleanse because you thoguht it would be too hard or too long or the timing wasn’t going to be right, I have good news for you.  I will be offering a 5-week transformational program in September that includes a cleanse in the middle.  You will be able to personalize this cleanse by choosing both the type and length of cleanse that will work best for you.  We’ll be sharing more about the program over the next few weeks.

Be sure to join me for this Thursday’s radio show, Quick Lunch Ideas to Keep Your Blood Sugar Steady, Your Belly Flat, and Your Brain Clear and Sharp, and learn some simple strategies for putting together a lunch that leaves you with a nutritious, uplifting buzz rather than a draining nap attack.  See below for details.

Have an awesome week!

Much love and appreciation,

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

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Making Friends with Hunger:
How to Nourish (Not Just Fill) Your Body

I am really hungry as I write this.  I’m participating in The Raw Divas juice cleanse for the next 10 days and I am on day 2 now.  While I love the feeling of lightness and the flatter belly that has resulted from just one day on all juice, I do need to get used to the hunger.

I’m participating in the program as both a juice cleanser and a juice mentor.  I contributed 9 recipes to the menu planner, shared lots of expert advice on how the cleanse should be put together, and I have been interviewed and available for questions and answers about juicing on two calls so far.

On Monday evening’s call, Tera Warner and I discussed how important it is to make friends with hunger. Being on a juice cleanse really brings hunger to the foreground and knowing how to handle hunger in this context provides excellent preparation for making good choices in the face of hunger during your everyday life.

What is Real Hunger?

Hunger is, after all, just a sensation a biological urge that needs to get satisfied in the proper time and place.  We don’t always get to satisfy our biological urge to eliminate or have sex just as soon as they make themselves known, do we?

Instead, we live with the sensation until the proper time and place is available to us.   It’s quite a laughing matter to imagine what the world would be like if we didn’t exercise restraint in the face of the urge to eliminate or procreate, isn’t it?

Learning to feel hunger and defer acting on it until the time and place are ideal, meaning that health promoting food is available, is a very valuable skill to learn. All too often I hear from people I’m coaching that they were doing great on their healthier diet until…

  • They were travelling and got hungry on the road and stopped for fast food (really the ultimate fast food on the road is buying produce at the supermarket!!)
  • They were visiting someone who served a meal and when they found that “just plain salad” was not filling enough, they indulged in the French fries and potato salad to “fill themselves up”.
  • They were out running errands and got hungry so they grabbed whatever they could find… usually some sort of health depleting snacks.

These are just a few of the excuses you may have when you find it hard to make choices that promote your health rather than deplete it. I’m sure you can think of many more!!!

Why is it Important to Address Hunger?

Despite how you may feel at first, hunger is not an obstacle on your path to wellness.  If you want to reduce your midline, clarify and focus your thoughts, and keep your blood sugar humming along at the optimal level, you just need the right strategies for overcoming the barriers.  Your solutions depend on a number of factors including:

  1. learning to live with hunger and to appreciate it for what it is: your body’s desire to be fueled with nourishment (not filler).  
  2. preparing in advance for meals on the run and knowing how to make quick and healthy recipes.

Did you know that blood sugar irregularity is one of the top causes of excess belly fat?  Even slender people sometimes have excess fat around the middle!   Contrary to popular belief, eating LESS frequently is better for your waistline than eating every couple of hours. 

I’ll share some of the latest research on blood sugar, belly fat and brain fog in an f’ree webinar on August 18, 2011.  Details will be available and registration will open at the end of the week, so stay tuned.  On the webinar, I’ll share a few of my top strategies for making friends with hunger and keeping your blood sugar nice and steady so you can decrease your risk for developing diabetes and heart disease, the most serious side effects of blood sugar imbalances.

I just made myself another juice and my tummy feels satisfied and my brain feels recharged.  While it’s not so easy to do, juice cleansing is worth the effort.  I’ve already dropped 3 pounds and it’s only the second day.  The only thing that will deter me from completion is feeling like I’ve dropped too much weight or feeling that I am too weak to continue my daily tasks. Neither are likely to happen, as long as I continue to drink enough.

How to Become Friends with Hunger and Start Nourishing Your Body:

I can deal with the hunger.  It’s just another sensation.  While juicing, I KNOW my body is getting all the nutrition it needs, so I can learn to deter the desire to eat and chew until the cleanse is over in 8 days.

If you’re afraid of hunger, here’s a 3-step strategy you can do to help you make friends with hunger:

  1. Tomorrow morning, instead of immediately making yourself breakfast when you get out of bed, do something else.  Start by drinking a tall glass of water.  
  2. Add a few drops of essential oil to it so it seems luxurious.  My favorites are peppermint, lemon, ginger, cinnamon and basil.  I have fun with my water throughout the day by making it taste good.  
  3. Often the experience you perceive as hunger is actually thirst.  Drink first, wait a half hour and if still hungry, eat then.

You’ll notice the best results if, rather than being afraid of hunger, you shift your attitude and thank your hunger for its reminder to replenish your nutrient stores.

This exercise will help you to make friends with your hunger so it doesn’t control you. 

You’ll be surprised at how much happier you feel when hunger is your friend.

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Reinforce Your Recharge:

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.

Sneak Peak at Upcoming Classes and Events:

  • Eating for Hormone Balance – September 25th, 2011
  • Oil-Free Dressings and Dips that Delight – October 9th, 2011
  • Easy Raw Food Basics for Cooked Food Families – Nov 19th, 2011
  • Party and Potluck Nibbles that Nourish – December 10th, 2011


Check back here
soon for more details to be announced!

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Upcoming 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.  

August 4th, 2011 – Quick Lunch Ideas to Keep Your Blood Sugar Steady, Your Belly Flat, and Your Brain Clear and Sharp


What you eat DOES matter.


Are you one who uses the excuse that you don’t have time to prepare healthy meals for yourself? Well guess what…healthy food does not have to take hours to prepare. Dr. Ritamarie will give you some great ideas and tips for healthy lunches that take minutes to prepare.

At the end of this episode, you will fast be on your way to the lean, strong and energetic body that you desire and deserve!

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

Click HERE to attend! 

Radio Shows Archive:

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!

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.

 

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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…

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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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“Bean” Feeling Hungry!?

If you're looking for a living, whole foods meal that will satisfy your hunger, try this satisfying Mock Refried Bean raw food recipe from Deliciously Quick Lunch and Dinner Ideas.  The few seconds it takes beforehand to soak your seeds or tomatoes will pay off in fast finger-licking smiles.

Mock Refried Beans

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sunflower seeds, soaked 6 hours or overnight
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked to soften
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican seasoning or chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

  1. Pulse chop the cauliflower and sunflower seeds in the food processor.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse chop until smooth and creamy.
  3. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Combined with dehydrated bread or crackers, or spooned into a green leaf wrap, you'll find all sorts of delcious ways to enjoy this recipe! 

Discover more satisfying raw food and whole food recipes from this e-book including Cashew Almond Cheese, Carrot Pecan Burgers, Mock Chicken Salad, Creamy Cabbage Rolls, Veggie Crepes and more!  Click here to order!

All recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free!


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

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