Is Fruit Your Friend or Foe?

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July 13th, 2011 Volume 1, Issue 4

Hi Everyone,

My head is spinning with all the things I would like to share with you today:

Raw Food Health Expo

I'm leaving town on Wednesday and will be in California for almost 2 weeks.  I’ll be a student for 6 days of it and a teacher for 2.  I'm presenting both days at the Raw Health Expo in Sebastopol, CA – a wonderful town I love about an hour north of San Francisco and the home of two very dear friends who I'm thrilled to be able to visit.

Here's the link for more info:

If you live in the area, be sure to stop by and say hello.

I'm excited to be leaving and I will really miss my family!  I do love to travel and have developed strategies for packing and shopping on the road that keeps my energy high and my body fit.

10-Day Juice Cleanse

When I return, I’ll be co-leading and participating in a 10-day Juice cleanse sponsored by the Raw Divas.   I'd love for you to join me and a team of juicing and cleansing experts for a fully guided cleansing experience guaranteed to make your liver very happy.

Find out more here:

Juice cleansing is challenging to do on your own.  With a team of experts and hundreds of co-participants, the energy and motivation is high.  Juice cleansing saves lives.  It certainly has changed mine.

There’s lots of info for you to chew on about juicing… Here's a call I did with Tera Warner last week:   

Check out the radio show section for an upcoming call on juicing as well.

Resources to Keep You Rejuvenated

While I’m gone, customer service will continue as usual with Scott’s friendly and helpful support and I’ll monitor all messages from my private coaching clients.  My response might be a bit slower than usual, but I will get back to you promptly.

If you missed any of the webinars this week, we do have recordings:

  1. Nutrition Coach Resources – Assessment tools for nutrition coaches –
  2. Taming your Midline – My 30-Day Insulin Sensitivity Restoration system to flatten your belly, clear your mind, and keep your heart healthy.

Insulin resistance is a serious problem.  Fortunately, we have serious solutions.  And my Insulin Sensitivity Restoration System just got even more valuable.  I added a couple of coaching and Q&A  calls to be held in late July and early August.  When you sign up now, you get recordings of 2 calls, 2 live calls, all the slides, checklists and an assessment.  

For more information about insulin, check out my blog for an article and video: “Reduce Belly Fat by Reversing Insulin Resistance”.

Enjoy these resources and my feature article, “Fruit as Friend, Fruit as Foe: Simple Strategies for Enjoying the Bounty of Summer without Wrecking Your Blood Sugar”.

I look forward to reconnecting soon.

Much love and appreciation,

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

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Fruit as Friend, Fruit as Foe: Simple Strategies
to Find Out if You Should Fill or Forget
the Fruit Bowl

Have you noticed that A LOT of health writers place fruit on their “hit list” of foods to avoid?  Some even put it right up there as just a notch above high fructose corn syrup!

So what's wrong with fruit?  Actually, there is a book by that name, and, not surprisingly, I own it.  I bought it back in the dinosaur days when you actually had to physically own a book in order to read it!

It was at a time when I was exploring macrobiotics, and raw fruit was only supposed to be about 5% of calories on any given day.  If you are small and relatively inactive like most people and sustain yourself on a 1500 calorie a day regime, that amounts to less than one piece of fruit.

Fruit: To Fear or to Cheer?

In general, when online authors suggest you should limit or eliminate fruit they tell you that fruit:

  • triggers outbreaks of candida yeast (Donna Gates)
  • triggers blood sugar swings and cravings (South Beach Diet)
  • increases risk of diabetes (Joseph Mercola)
  • promotes an acid residue that can feed cancer (Robert O. Young)
  • promotes “composting” that can result in overgrowth of unfriendly microorganisms (Gabriel Cousins)

Personally, what I've observed is all over the map.

I've seen diabetics on my green cleanse program normalize their blood sugars within 3 days while drinking nothing but green smoothies that contain between 40 and 50% fruit by volume.  That adds up to a lot of fruit over the course of the day.

On the other hand, I've seen other diabetics spike their sugars by adding a few strawberries to a green drink.

I've read accounts of women who've healed from chronic yeast overgrowth while eating a diet consisting of primarily fresh fruit.  I've also personally coached patients who are so sugar sensitive they have yeast flare-ups after a few bites of apple. 

So what's the truth?  Is fruit a friend or foe?

Over two decades of guiding people through life changing diet and lifestyle changes has taught me one thing for certain… and that is that there is no single set of eating rules that work for all of the people all of the time.  

We are each biochemically and energetically unique.   We are shaped by our genes, early exposures, the way we were nurtured, how safe we felt in our early years, our diets, movement and sleep patterns, and even our thoughts.  Your response to the world is slightly different from mine. This is true of how we behave in response to outside stimuli as well as how we respond to food. It is said that one man's food is another man's poison.

I've found over the years that, for many people, one of the best ways to determine which foods are helpful and which are hurtful is to test.  And one of the best ways to test is to remove all the potentially problematic foods and add them back in one at a time.

This is called elimination/provocation.

For many people, the best way to do the elimination phase is by fasting on either water or vegetable juice for a prescribed length of time and then reintroduce foods such as fruits.  

Solutions for Finding Out if You Are Fruit Sensitive

If you’ve been wondering if you’re sensitive to fruit sugar, here are some questions to ask yourself to determine if fruit is a friend, foe, or in between:

  • Do find yourself feeling spacey or light headed after eating fruit by itself?
  • Do you crave sugar after eating fruit?
  • Does eating lots of fruit cause intestinal upset?
  • Do you break out in a rash when you eat lots of fruit?

Carefully observe how you respond to eating fruit and experiment with using low-sugar fruits versus high-sugar fruits.  Also try combining fruit with greens and eliminating fruit for a few weeks.

If this is a course of action you’re willing to try, here’s what I suggest:

  1. Follow 10 days of eating no fruit at all, except for lemons.  The ideal way to do this is by fasting or juicing.
  2. After your 10 days of elimination, eat a meal containing 3-5 pieces of fresh ripe fruit all by itself.  Monitor how you feel over the next few hours.  
  3. Next, eat a meal containing the same amount of fruit but this time eat it on a bed of greens or blended with greens into a smoothies.

Try this with a few different types of fruit, in particular with berries.  Add cinnamon to your fruit and see if that changes things.  You may have blood sugar imbalances that can be corrected by a 30-day insulin receptor reset.

Over the years, I've developed my own special relationship with fruit.  I rarely eat a lot of it by itself.  Personally, I feel best when I eat fruit along with greens.

The first step is to start on the elimination path.  If you need support, take part in a group juice cleanse with other people. You can join me with Tera Warner of The Raw Divas for a 10-Day Juice Cleanse starting on August 1st.  You'll also find extra educational support here in our upcoming radio show on “How Juicing Affects Your Blood Sugar”. 

Fruit does not have to be your foe forever.  If you know you have fruit issues and you want to heal your sensitivies, address problems with abdominal fat, and improve your overall energy, you'll find your best strategies for health and support using the Insulin Sensitivity Restoration System which you'll find here

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Reinforce Your Recharge:

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

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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!!
  • For details and registration go here: One Dish Meals.

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

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Upcoming Shows:

July 14th, 2011 – 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.

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

Click HERE to attend!

Radio Shows Archive:

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.

3 Life-Saving Reasons to Stay Out of the Hospital

What hospitals don’t know about getting and keeping you well could cost you your life. Hospitals are known for pumping patients full of pharmaceuticals and feeding them unhealthy foods. In this first of a two-part series, Dr. Ritamarie will open your eyes to why hospitals are NOT the place to go to get well, and how you can protect yourself if ever you land there.

Reversing Dyslexia with Dr. Phyllis Books

It is estimated that one in 10 children is dyslexic and more males are affected than females. But a dyslexic diagnosis is not barrier to success.  Dr. Phyllis Books is a pioneer in working with the body and its role in the learning processes. As a chiropractor, she strives to rehabilitate individuals who suffer with this condition.


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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.

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    When you vote, your name will be entered in a drawing, plus you get an e-book containing all 50 recipes after the contest ends.  All the recipes are made with 5 or less main ingredients and take 5 minutes or less to prepare.  Karen's recipe for Spicy Curried Sweet Potato With Spinach is super easy to make and very tasty!

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    Voting ends July 15.

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