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  August 17th, 2011 Volume 1, Issue 9

I must say, it's been quite a trip.

I've only been away for a week, yet it feels like it's been several. Quite a number of situations have put my stress transformation skills to the test.  Let's just say I've visited the beach quite a lot over the past 7 days, even though, unfortunately, I've never actually set foot in the ocean.

My stress management technique of choice is HeartMath(R) and part of the process is to go in your mind to a place where you feel blissful… For me, it's the beach. It's because of this process that I have managed to sail through the stressors of this past week.

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, I was heading to my father-in-law's funeral last Monday. He passed away a week ago Sunday after a steady decline following a fall back in May. Although he was 89 and lead a full life, it's hard to let go. He was one of the most gentle and kind people I have ever met. His warm smile and twinkling blue eyes touched many lives and he will be missed.

In the Jewish tradition in which he was raised, the funeral arrangements are short and sweet. He died on Sunday and was buried on Tuesday after a beautiful service celebrating his life.

My son Eric and I had originally been planning a college tour in California Tuesday afternoon, so we rescheduled for Wednesday and were all set to take an early flight Wednesday morning …until we got THE CALL from the Austin airport.  They had my wallet! Apparently, I dropped it at the gate in my haste to claim our stand-by seats when they called our names.

So we had the dilemma of how to get me on the flight the next morning without my ID.

Without boring you with all the details, suffice it to say my husband found a scanned copy of my license and passport on his computer, I found some local ID cards, and we managed to get through airport security. I breathed deeply and went to the beach a lot that morning!

With gratitude and calm, we boarded the flight to L.A. where we were to meet our next challenge… the rent-a-car agents were not at all willing to give me a car without a “real license” or credit card.

Again, a lot of deep breathing and a few phone calls later, we found a car rental service willing to rent to my 17-year old son! After calls to our insurance agent to verify Eric was insured and lots of paperwork, we got the car and headed to Whittier… with my 17-year old at the wheel, enjoying the wonders of L.A. traffic where it takes an hour and a half to go 25 miles! We were too late for the college tour and managed to once again reschedule to the next day.

Finally at our destination, Eric dropped me off to check-in while he parked, only to find that they wouldn't give the room to me with my copied license and my husband's credit card. Eric had to use his debit card and show his license to get us a room.

The next morning, my wallet arrived by Fed-Ex and we were relived to have everything back to normal …or so we thought. We had a great college tour and a fantastic dinner at a vegan restaurant called Real Food Daily in Santa Monica.  When we arrived at San Jose airport later that evening we expected to get our car and drive the 10 minutes to our friend's house where we were spending the night.

The travel gods had other plans for us, however. My stress management skills once again were put to the test when the car we'd reserved through Priceline, and prepaid for, incidentally, was no longer available because we were a day late, in spite of the fact that my husband had called to let them know we would be a day late due to his dad's funeral.

After an hour on the phone with a very uncooperative agent, the best we could do was rent another car. An angel of an agent gave us an even better daily rate than Priceline had.  By the time we finally made it to our destination, it was close to midnight.

Fortunately, it was all downstream from there. Yes, we will have to hassle with Priceline to get a refund, but it's a small thing in the scheme of life.

Friday evening, Eric and I picked up Scott and Kevin at the airport and we spent the entire weekend having fun together.

We visited cousins in San Francisco, attended a friend's wedding on the beach in Half Moon Bay and spent a gorgeous, sunny Sunday in San Francisco with a dear friend. (Sunny, warm days in San Francisco and Half Moon Bay are rare this time of year and we had both, so we were truly blessed – our reward for making it through a trying week.)

As trying as the week was, I am very pleased to report that my HeartMath practice paid off. I didn't get stressed out, I managed to have fun in spite of it all, and I am soooo grateful for the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.

Life gives us lots of opportunities. Getting stressed and upset doesn't change anything about the circumstances but does create a train wreck inside your body.

HeartMath has been my savior. The book Transforming Stress is a great place to start.

Pour yourself a cup of chamomile tea, rub on a dab of lavendar oil, and read my feature article to learn one of the ways stress impacts you physically.

Then try out my Belly Fat Be Gone Smoothie recipe for a true taste of stress-free delight.

Remember to take a minute several times a day to breathe fully, connect to your heart, and deeply appreciate your blessings. By doing so, you'll feel calmer, clearer, lighter, and more fully present to enjoy your relationships and your life.

Much love and appreciation,

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

P.S. Exciting Update on the VegHealth 2011 Awards!!

I've just received notice that I'm currently in second place, right on the heels of David Wolfe, as the first potential winner of the “Best Nutrition Guru and Trainer!” 

If you have not yet voted, I hope you'll take a quick moment to cheer me on and send in your vote:

If you've already voted, a quick note on Twitter or Facebook to spread the word could also be the nudge I need to become this year's winner!  Just share this link and help spread the word!

Remember, anyone who votes receives a fr'ee 10-Day VegHealth program and gets entered to win the $247 prize pack. 

Voting closes on August 31st. 

P.P.S. If you’re a new subscriber, welcome!  Be sure to check out the blog for recipes, resources, and tips for recharging your energy so you can live with passion.

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Belly Fat Breakthrough:
How Your Muscles May Be Adding
to Your Midline

– by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

Have you noticed that excess belly fat appears to be almost epidemic these days, even amongst the very slender and the very young?

I'm so tired of all the websites and programs that promise the answer to getting rid of those stubborn inches once and for all, while you still eat your favorite foods. They always flaunt someone with 6-pack abs to prove their point. The average person has tried at least 3 of these programs, only to find themselves back where they started, plus a few more inches in many cases, just a few months later.

Why are most waist-targeted diets simply a waste?

Most belly fat targeted programs fail to help you to change the habits that lead to your expanding waistline. Small and occasional “favorite food” indulgences could possibly be just fine and not sabotage your progress, but the truth is those foods are so addicting that small and occasional portions soon become small and regular portions, then larger portions regularly, and in many cases soon become all-out binges.

When the “favorite foods” include bread, chips, crackers and muffins, it becomes very challenging for most people to keep the portions small. These foods not only are deficient in nutrients, they generally also cause a spike in insulin, a hormone that's responsible for keeping your blood sugar at its optimal level. Too much insulin creates all sorts of problems, which we explain in detail in our Taming Your Midline Program.

If you want a smaller waistline you need a bigger understanding of insulin

In summary, when you eat high carbohydrate comfort foods regularly, your insulin levels become dangerously high and your cells become resistant to insulin. This means you can't get enough sugar into your cells and you feel tired, unfocused, and hungry after meals.

To get control of your belly fat, you need to break the viscous cycle.

How your muscles may be adding to your midline

On top of the difficulty and stress people experience due to insulin resistance, worry and fear trigger increased cortisol, an adrenal hormone.

Here's the kicker that keeps the belly fat from burning…

Cortisol mobilizes muscles to raise blood sugar quickly to prepare you to run or fight. When you're sitting around worrying about something that may or may not occur, there is no way to burn all that extra blood sugar. So insulin comes to the rescue and stores it as fat.

And cortisol's favorite place to store the fat is around your belly.

So how do you keep your thigh muscles from turning to belly fat?

One way is to stop worrying.  As a society, we do it all the time. Huge real estate in the local paper is devoted to gloom and doom predictions and stories of catastrophie. The goal is to induce fear. Fear sells.

Listen in on the conversations that surround you. You'll repeatedly hear people say, “I'm so worried about… .”

When you worry over an event that has not happened and may not happen, the response in your body is identical to the reaction you'd have if the event was really happening. If the event does in fact transpire, you've paid twice! The wear and tear of worry on your body is huge, and constant worry over the years just may be a contributing factor to your expanding midline, especially if you've been exercising and eating well and don't seem to be making progress.

One of the strategies presented in my free e-course and e-book, 7 Simple Strategies to Jumpstart Your Energy Practically Overnight, is to take a news fast. Try it for a week.

You just may find yourself being flatter around the middle, and as an extra bonus you' ll be more focused and get a lot more done.

This is just one of the strategies I will be sharing in my hot new free video series called Belly Fat, Brain Fog and Burnout Breakthroughs.

Subscribe now to Jumpstart Your Energy and then watch your inbox for the Belly Fat Breakthrough signup link!

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Reinforce Your Recharge Events:

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

  • For guidelines about what to bring go to Sign up at to get location and directions.

Sneak Peak at Upcoming Raw Food University Classes and Events:

  • Eating for Hormone Balance – September 25th, 2011
  • Oil-Free Dressings and Dips that Delight – October 9th, 2011
  • Eating for Health and Longevity – 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.  

The Hidden Dangers in School Lunches

In some parts of the country school has already started. In others, it’s just around the corner.  As kids get older, it’s not “cool” to bring your lunch from home, but just what are your kids eating in school that could be hurting their health and affecting their ability to focus and do well in class?

Join Dr. Ritamarie and learn the hidden dangers in school lunches.

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

Click HERE to attend! 

Radio Shows Archive:

Brigitte Mars: Time Tested Treatments for Common Ailments

DIY solutions you can use for quick relief of common ailments through natural alternatives–without a trip to the pharmacy. For example, use a paste of crushed up aspirin and water to calm the inflammation of sunburn.

Did you know valerian root is a mild version of the prescription drug valium? So making a cup of valerian tea the perfect remedy for stress, PMS, and other nervous conditions.

Joining Dr. Ritamarie is author Brigitte Mars. Brigitte is an herbalist and nutritional consultant with over forty years experience.

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!

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!

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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…

Best From the Blog:

We welcome your comments and feedback on this week's articles.  Click on the articles and be sure to share your thoughts at the bottom of each post. 

Are You Living to Your Full Potential?

If a feeling of failure is creeping in, you need to refuel your energy and heal your body. You CAN live to your full potential, just like Lindsey Berkson!  Read the article…


The Top Three Foods To Avoid at All Costs

Avoiding the most damaging foods can make a big difference in your success with lifestyle change, healing, and disease prevention. Find out which 3 foods are the most damaging to your health.  View the video…

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Belly Fat Buster!

If your waistline is causing you woes, then you'll be excited to hear I have a new program starting soon designed to help you.  There may be a great deal more to your problems than just the food you're putting in your mouth or the amount of exercise you're doing. 

Be sure you're subscribed to one of our energy recharging programs like 7 Simple Strategies to Jumpstart Your Energy Practically Overnight to make sure you receive notice of our brand new upcoming video series: Belly Fat, Brain Fog, and Burnout Breakthroughs! Details are coming soon!

Here's a recipe that will get you started:

Belly Fat Be Gone Smoothie


  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter or dried coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 – 3 cups baby arrugula
  • 1 cup sprouts
  • 1 teaspoon chlorella
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed
  • 1 lime or lemon, juice of
  • 1 cup water


Blend well. Add extra water or ice to desired consistency.

Optional extras: 1 teaspoon glutamine powder and 1 teaspoon magnesium powder
For extra sweetness add more blueberries or a pinch of Stevia

Great News for Raw Food Recipe Lovers (and Procrastinators)!!

Nomi Shannon's overloaded inbox is going to come in handy for many of you!  If you missed your chance to get a copy of her exciting new book, What Do Raw Fooders Eat?, you'll be thrilled to hear that Nomi has caved! 

She has relented and opened up sign-ups for ONE MORE WEEK.  You can get her book AND all the bonuses from her special guests for a limited time by clicking HERE!

If you missed it, I was among the 48 raw fooders who kept a meticulous food journal for one week, and now you can get a sneak peak into my daily habits along with others like Victoria Boutenko, Dr. Doug Graham, Cherie Soria, Matt Monarch, Dr. Jameth Sheridan, and Nomi Shannon. 

There are all sorts of juicy and surprising stories from the participants, not to mention the countless recipe ideas!  The final day to purchase the book and all its bonuses is Tuesday, August 23rd, so don't miss out!

Click here for all the details and features of What Do Raw Fooders Eat?


Do you have a great raw food recipe you'd like to share? Submit your recipe at:

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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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