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Hot Ideas From the High Performance Academy
Or should I say a “hot” hello. As summer officially begins, hallmarked here in Austin, Texas by temperatures in the 100 degree Fahrenheit range (that translates to about 38 degrees in Celsius, as measured in other parts of the world) …more than the weather is heating up.
My passion is on fire, partly as a result of a firewalking experience I had in mid-June, partly due to a very empowering 4-day workshop I recently attended called High Performance Academy, and partly because of my excitement about two brand new super charged programs I have just developed to empower people, like you, to recharge their energy, share their gifts with the world, and step into a bright and powerful future.
Today's feature article is all about the magical firewalking experience, the insights I gained, and just how firewalking works. If you have some limiting beliefs that are holding you back, or if you have not fully stepped up to the plate in your business or personal life, please read the article and pick up a shot of inspiration and courage.
My 4-day seminar was filled with gems of wisdom and inspiration, and I'll share a few here. Many more will be integrated into my brand new 9-month Energy Recharge Coaching Program and my year-long nutrition practitioners certification program.
Having Versus Generating
One thing that struck me throughout the weekend was the distinction between having something and generating something.
For example, a power plant doesn't “have” energy; it generates it.
Same with your body. So often people I coach start out from the place of expecting to have more energy as a result of working together.
In actuality, with my help and guidance, they learn to generate more energy.
It may seem like a subtle distinction, but it's a really important one.
Have is passive. Generate is active!
When you expect to have more energy, it implies waiting for something to happen to you.
When you decide to generate more energy, it inspires you to take action to identify and remove the energy zappers in your life and do the activities that allow you to make more energy.
Subtle, but huge.
Generating Green Entrepreneurs!
Another thing that really impressed me about the seminar was the huge focus placed on nutrition and exercise as part of the high performance model.
Can you believe that, in front of an audience of 400 entrepreneurs, the seminar leader made a green smoothie and told everyone to start their day that way?
And he explained how to keep it up when travelling by carrying packets of amazing grass powder and other green and plant-based protein powders.
And he impressed on the audience that each meal should be 75% greens. Now how cool is that? Green nutrition is spreading! And it's an important part of your success plan.
There's so much more I can share, and I am planning to incorporate some of the success models into my Energy Recharge System to the benefit of both my coaching clients and my health practitioners.
Invitation: If you are a health practitioner click below for access to a free webinar and be notified about upcoming classes and certification programs in assessments and clinical nutrition.
I'll be telling you more in the coming weeks ahead!
Last Chance for Hot June Specials!
Since it's the last week of the month and almost the first week of July and Independence Day, you can access both the June and July specials (savings of over 25% off!) …but the June Picnic & BBQ special will last only until midnight eastern time on July 4th.
June: Picnic & BBQ Meals – Raw Food University class video
July: Thai Food Goes Raw – Raw Food University class video
Note: If you are a VITAL member you can get the Raw Food University One Dish Meals class even more deeply discounted – in addition to lots more benefits, including access to our live VITAL Healing Kitchen video class:
“Gourmet and Gluten-Free: The Chef's Guide to Scrumptious Success” on Saturday June 30th at 3:00 p.m. central …all for only $9.97 for 2 months of trial access.
I'm off to watch my son's baseball game. Have an awesome weekend!
Love, Health, and Joy,
How to Walk Through Fire: Limiting Beliefs and
the Power of the Mind to Hurt or Heal
By Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
Believing that something is too hard or that it's beyond your ability is an example of having a “limiting belief”.
Limiting beliefs are those strongly held convictions that hold you back, rather than propel you forward, on your journey to a successful and happy life.
They are usually handed to you by others in the delicate days of your youth, and you adopt them as your own.
Well, the good news is that when you let go of limiting beliefs, you can begin to see results almost immediately.
When you let go of fear and limiting beliefs, you can accomplish anything.
Don't Confuse “Impossible” with “Unachieved”
There's something wildly empowering about accomplishing something you used to think was impossible — like writing a book, running a marathon, or walking on fire.
When you're on the “before” side of new ideas, they seem like insurmountable tasks.
I know people who were not in the best of shape and decided they were going to run a marathon anyway. They did what it took to train, in spite of the effort being really difficult.
Running a marathon is a huge accomplishment, even if you're in good shape like I was before I began mine. While it's huge, it's not impossible even for people who start out overweight and unfit.
Writing a book may feel like an impossible dream, especially if you can barely get through writing a short blog post without distress. Yet with discipline and desire, it can be done, even if you don't consider yourself a good writer. If you have a message that's hankering to get out, you will find a way, once you let go of the belief “I can't”.
Facing My Firewalk
So what about fire walking?
For some reason, it intrigued me from the moment I heard about it. How is it possible? Do you need to be in a hypnotic trance? Are your feet coated with a heat resistant seal? Does it hurt?
The answers, in my recent experience, are “No,” “No,” and “Barely.”
I recently attended a firewalking event. I really didn't know what to expect to happen to get us prepared, and I will say that when the moment of truth arrived, my thought was — That was it? That's alllll we're going to do to get ready to walk over 1500 degree coals? Maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all.
I asked, “So what's going to keep my feet from frying?”
And I didn't like the answer at all.
The answer was simply — believe that you can do this.
“Will I get burned?”
Our leader asked, “Who is okay with getting burned?”
My mind replied with a resounding NOT ME. I envisioned getting burned as having my feet bandaged, unable to run for weeks, and I said, “No way.”
Then he explained that if we were not okay with the outcome, whatever it was, we were surely to get burned.
Then it hit me.
Why a 1600 °F Stroll May Help You Overcome Infections, Allergies, and Even Cancer
So before we get into the “how” and “what”, let's briefly discuss the “why”.
Why would you deliberately walk across a bed of hot coals, knowing full well that indeed you might get burned?
The point is to face fears, overcome limiting beliefs, and be able to walk into scary situations.
Life is full of fires and we frequently need to choose to walk through or miss out on the reward.
And walking over a bed of hot coals leaves you with the powerful sense of accomplishment. It leaves you feeling that you can do anything.
Firewalking has become recognized as a powerful tool for self-healing, and it's recommended by some medical doctors in cases of catastrophic illness.
According to Andrew Weil, M.D. and author:
“Firewalking demonstrates the reality of using non-ordinary states of consciousness to modify your body's response to ordinary harmful external stimulation.
If you don't have to get pain, redness, and blisters on exposure to a certain range and type of heat, then you don't have to get infections on exposure to germs, allergies on exposure to allergens, or cancer on exposure to carcinogens.
What an exciting and largely uncharted territory in which to discover powerful, new techniques to bolster natural resistance to disease!”
Once you've walked through fire, simple lifestyle changes like eating more greens, giving up gluten, or exercising seem easy by comparison. In fact, they offer larger extrinsic rewards than walking across fire, and such choices are certainly much less intimidating.
Asking for a raise, approaching a potential joint venture partner, and saying no to abusive relationships are nowhere near as scary as walking over fire, so once you've completed a fire walk, you feel empowered to do all those things you've been putting off for many years.
According to Loring Danforth, author of Firewalking and Religious Healing, “Walking on fire is a metaphor for performing miracles and accomplishing the impossible.”
So What is a Firewalk Really Like?
It all starts with building a fire.
A big fire with big flames and intense heat. The fire gets tended all day while participants engage in introspective study and activities geared towards improving your relationship with fear.
The fire is allowed to reduce to a pit of glowing burning embers that are raked to a rectangular pit suitable for walking across.
The temperature of the fire and glowing goals is between 1200 and 1699 degrees F.
Sitting even ten feet away can be uncomfortable.
One of the activities we did was to each add logs to the fire. It sure was hard getting that close and feeling the intensity of the heat triggered my doubts to creep in.
When my turn arrived, I stood about 10 feet away from the coals, still not sure I could do the walk.
I recalled the words of our leader about looking past the fire, not at it. I looked past the obstacle to the destination, and then I calmly and briskly put one foot in front of the other until I reached my goal.
The feeling that overcame me as I stepped back onto the cool earth is impossible to describe. It was a sense of freedom, power, and joy that was delicious.
I felt a few tiny hot spots on my left foot and that was it. My right foot felt perfectly fine.
We were told that sometimes we get those hot spots on reflexology points for areas of the body that need attention.
My spots were on areas of my foot related to eyes and ears.
Walking through fire is a sacred experience, one that requires focus and complete attention; therefore, we were not allowed to have anyone take our picture the first time through. After that, we were free to go through again and arrange for a photo.
Once through, the old fears take over. If I do it again will I get burned this time? Yet I had told my kids I would have a photo taken, so they would know I really did it.
Unfortunately the second time through, the photo only captured one arm, so I did the walk a third time. This time several photos were shot (though, sadly, the image qualities were not ideal).
If I felt proud and unstoppable after walking through the first time, you can only imagine how I felt after the third time.
I was unstoppable, and – indeed – when my partner for a very moving pre-walk fear activity approached me and asked if we could walk through together as a celebration of our breakthroughs, I said yes and walked through a fourth time.
I wasn't as focused the fourth time, and I managed to get a small blister on one of my left toes, a symbol of my victory.
Look Past Your Limiting Beliefs and Walk Through Your Fears
It's been a little over a week, and I still feel the effects.
I am ready for some powerful and big changes. Accomplishing the seemingly impossible …walking across a bed of 1600 degree coals 4 times with only a small blister to show for it has convinced me in a powerful way that I can do anything I set my mind on accomplishing.
What have your limiting beliefs kept you from accomplishing?
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and Information Night
Saturday, June 30th, 2012
Once a month, you can join us LIVE in Austin, Texas for a local raw food potluck where you can:
- Meet like-minded people and make new friends.
- Learn new and exciting recipes.
- Gather valuable health and nutrition information.
- Feel supported on your health quest.
Click HERE to learn more about the event and find out all the details on what to bring and what to expect.
(last Saturday of every month unless noted otherwise):
- Saturday, June 30th, 6:30 p.m. central
- Saturday, July 28th, 6:30 p.m. central
- Saturday, August 25th, 6:30 p.m. central
- Saturday, September 29th, 6:30 p.m. central
What our attendees have to say about recent potlucks:
- “I had a great time meeting new people and gained new knowledge and wisdom regarding blood sugars and the importance of a clean, whole food diet. The food tasted amazing and the display of all the dishes looked wonderful. Thank you to Dr. Ritamarie, her husband and all of the people who contributed to make this connection possible. What a great experience.”
- “Incredible! The food was awesome. You won't leave hungry. Lots of very interesting people. Ritamarie was a wonderful host. She shared some extremely helpful information on health restoration. I wish now I had brought three more people to hear this information. She was so gracious, answering questions and sharing her knowledge with wit and compassion.”
— Yvetta Myers
Watch a Video of a Dr. Ritamarie Potluck in Action!
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Future Show Schedule:
- Thursday, July 5th (Replay of Travel Health Tips due to July 4th holiday)
Here are the latest shows we've added:
- 7 Pillars of Vibrant Health: How to Generate the Energy You Need to Get Off the Couch and on With Your Life with Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
- Over 40; Fit and Fabulous! with Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo and Natural Health Educator, Revvell Revati
- Dousing the Fire of Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo and Dr. Tom O'Bryan
with Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
Click HERE for the recording!
Do Any of These Sound Like You?
- “Sometimes I feel so confused and mentally off that I can't pay attention to even simple conversations. It feels like I'm in a perpetual fog.”
- “I'm too tired to nurture the romance in my relationship. Quite frankly, I'm concerned that my partner is going to reach his limits and leave.”
- “I'm settling for a job that's not challenging because I'm afraid I won't have the energy or focus to be successful in a higher level position. I'm not using my true talents and skills.”
- “I'm just so tired of having to say NO to invitations to have fun with my friends because I'm too tired to say YES.”
- “I'm eating less, weighing more, and barely have the energy to make it through the day.”
What I've discovered in my twenty plus years as a health care provider is that there are certain daily activities that zap your energy and there are others that skyrocket your energy. The trick is knowing which are which and making the energizing activities part of your daily life.
Join me this week and learn the 7 Pillars to Vibrant Health and How to Generate the Energy You Need to Get Off the Couch and on With Your Life!
Click HERE for the recording!
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If you're ready to implement your 7 Pillars of Vibrant Health Strategy, click below and let's talk about the program that's best for you.
Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN, 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 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 http://www.DrRitamarie.com.
June Summer Special!
Raw Food University: Picnic & BBQ Meals Class
Special (Over 25% off) Ends July 4th!
Perhaps your desire for a bathing-suit-ready, fit, and healthy body will square off with your longing to fit in and hang on to the summer foods that sabotage your success.
When those competing desires start pulling and tugging, you just may cave unless you have a plan — and some super yummy recipes that allow you to have the best of both worlds!
Burgers, hotdogs and potato salad are sure fire ways to expand your mid-line, unless you use our Raw Food University belly trimming, energizing recipes.
Learn How to Make Healthy Versions of ALL the Summer Foods You LOVE:
- Hot Dogs
- Burger and hot dog buns
- No Potato “Potato” Salad
- Mineral Rich Cole Slaw
- Onion Rings
- Strawberry Shortcake
For the month of June, you can enjoy a summer special pricing when you order NOW!
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Go Thai in July!
Raw Food University: Thai Food Goes Raw!
Special (Over 25% off) Ends July 31st
The fragrant aroma of the herbs is hard to resist. Yet if you're following a high raw, gluten-free diet, it's likely that you rarely eat in Thai restaurants any more. Like most Asian restaurants they use a variety of sauces that frequently contain gluten and are thus a nightmare to those of us on a gluten-free diet.
If you like Thai food you'll love the Raw Food University Thai class. You'll learn to make a complete Thai meal!
Take Your Taste Buds on a Tropical Meal Vacation that Includes:
- Thai Coconut Soup
- Thai Wraps
- Green Mango Salad
- Pad Thai
- Coconut Mango Mint Ice Cream
For the month of July, you can enjoy
paradise pricing when you order NOW!
Click HERE for Paradise Pricing and Mango-ificent Thai Meals!
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Gourmet and Gluten-Free:
The Chef's Guide to Scrumptious Success
Saturday, June 30th
Dressings that Turn “Plain and Simple”
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Deliciously Quick Lunch & Dinner Ideas
If you're sick and tired of feeling sick and tired because you don't have time to prepare healthy meals for you and your family, we have GREAT news for you. By using the simple, yet delicious whole and raw food recipes in this e-book, you'll soon be on your way to the lean, strong and energetic body that you desire and deserve! Upgrade your health. Learn how to make your own fast food, and give up the drive through line once and for all! Find out more here…
Dried and Gone to Heaven
If you long to indulge in familiar comfort foods like bread, pizza, crackers, and chips, but you can't stand the nightmare of the emotional and physical upheaval processed foods create, your dreams are about to come true! Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo and Chef Alicia Ojeda have joined to offer you mouth-watering comfort foods that will nourish your body and satisfy your soul. Read more here…
Eat Your Way Out of Pain Home Study Program
Inflammation causes pain and dysfunction. Pain and dysfunction can result in fatigue, depression, sleep disorders, loss of appetite, inability to focus, and just plain not feeling good. Inflammation costs you… and the price is very high.
The “Eat Your Way Out of Pain” home study program includes a downloaded recording of a 2 hour teleclass; an anti-inflammatory recipe guide, shopping list, and checklists; flowcharts of your body's inflammatory pathways; and bonus resources including breakfast, lunch, and dinner e-books and a Transforming Stress Kit. Read more here…
Dessert: Making it Rich Without Oil
Desserts make your tongue feel gleeful and your heart sing, but let's face it — conventional desserts and processed ingredients are damaging to your body. But thanks to the nutritional expertise of Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo and the raw food creativity of Chef Karen Osborne, you can now enjoy sugar-free, gluten-free, and oil-free desserts that are decadent and delicious! These easy to make recipes are chocolate-craving kid and skeptical husband approved! Read more here…
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Cool Off With This Tropical Treat!
By Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
Summer savings are on the menu with “Thai in July!” Here's a sample of what you can enjoy with our Thai Goes Raw class!
Click HERE for Paradise Pricing and Mango-ificent Thai Meals!
Mango Coconut Mint Ice Cream
Recipe By: Karen Osborne & Linda Marie Graziano, MBA and Chef
Serving Size: 4
Yield: 2 cups
- 1/2 cup coconut water,
from Young Thai coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut meat,
from Young Thai coconut
- 2 medjool dates, pitted
- 10 ounces frozen mango
- 1 tablespoon peppermint leaves, fresh
- Blend coconut water, dates and coconut meat in a blender until smooth.
- Add mint and frozen mango, and blend just until smooth.
Internationally recognized speaker, author, and mentor, Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is the “Woman's Fatigue Expert and Vibrant Health Mentor.”