On my run yesterday, I sneaked into the woods and made it to a beautiful stream and waterfall. I didn't have time to do the entire trail, since it was already evening, but I did go far enough to be mesmerized by the water falling into the pool below.
Granted, it's a tiny waterfall and the stream is not very much more than a trickle, but it's nature at her best, nonetheless. I stayed there for a few minutes before turning around to go back home, and I was filled with joy and gratitude. To have such a beautiful place within a 20-minute run from home, and to be fit enough to go there and back whenever I choose, filled me with immeasurable joy. I found myself thinking, “I love my life!”
Like you, not all the moments in my life are so glowing and beautiful. I experience the frustrations of living with a teenage boy, deadlines that need to be met, and lots of responsibility.
I feel so fortunate to be at a place in my life where I can truly count my blessings, like the waterfall, and to be able to accept the less than fun parts of my life as learning and growing experiences. Last week was particularly awesome. It was my birthday, and I was blessed with many, many greetings, showered with gifts of love, and treated to delicious food.
I also enjoyed a shopping spree with someone who knows HOW to shop and pick the right colors and textures to suit my body and style. I received a 2-hour massage, flowers, a delicious meal that I didn't have to prepare, and 4 mini birthday treats that looked just like the “Hostess Ding Dongs!” I enjoyed as a child – only these were made with all organic, whole, fresh, low-glycemic, raw ingredients. Wow!
The grand finale of my birthday celebration is a trip to Florida to visit my son for HIS birthday. I rented a small condo with a full kitchen, right across the street from a beautiful beach, and 5 blocks away from a raw foods restaurant. I will bring my laptop and work between visits with my son, all the while taking beach breaks! I am excited beyond belief.
Creating a life you love is well within your reach.
Stay tuned for an announcement soon about a series of webinars on getting your hormones and glands in balance and balancing your nutrients. It's going to be amazing.
Welcome to all the new VITAL Members who joined last week. I look forward to getting to know you on the calls. It's not too late to join, and get access to our entire library of previous webinars and food prep classes. Soon it will be limited to just 2 months, but our backlog is your gain!
Last week's webinar was on Thyroid Health, and our Healing Kitchen video this month is on making thyroid supporting, delicious, and mineral-rich sea veggies.
And be sure to check out a new product Nomi Shannon and I created together:
I so look forward to connecting soon. Love, Health, and Vibrant Energy,
Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
Practical Solutions For The Top Challenges to Staying ON a Raw Foods Diet Long-Term
By Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
Have you committed to a healthy, high raw, vibrant lifestyle, only to find certain roadblocks along the way that derail your best intentions? If so, you are definitely not alone.
95% of people who go raw FAIL within the first year or two. Why?
Over the past 27 years since committing to a raw food healthy lifestyle myself, and helping others to do the same, I began to notice repeating patterns of why most people fail in the long-term. Read the rest of the article here
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This Week's Vibrant Living Health Solutions Radio Show: Creating a New Story about your Body Image and Your Weight
Thursday April 11, 2013 Time: 8am PT / 9am MT / 10am CT / 11am ET
What stories do you tell yourself that keep you from reaching your true potential for health, joy and love??
Do you love or even like the person you see in the mirror every day?
At our Spring into Vitality event a couple of weeks ago, my dear friend and colleague Laura Fenamore led the audience through a powerful and transforming activity around the stories we tell ourselves and others that keep us stuck.
Join me as I interview body image expert Laura Fenamore on this week's radio show: http://www.drritamarie.com/go/RadioBodyImage
VITAL Community Live Q&A Call: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, at 7:30 pm CT
VITAL Community members can join Dr. Ritamarie LIVEon our monthly Q&A – Question & Answer – call and receive expert answers to their health questions. You can also post questions on the VITAL “Ask the Doctor” forum and receive answers if you cannot attend the call live. VITAL members, watch your inbox for call access details in your call reminder emails!
To sign up for our VITAL Community, and enjoy EMPOWERING monthly teleseminars, online video food preparation classes, & live Q&A calls, go here:
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 Community Members, this replay is posted on your Vibrant Living Members website.
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The Gut Rejuvenating Easy Energizing Natural Cleanse
Detox Your Winter Dust Bunnies with Dr. Ritamarie's Spring GREEN Cleanse!
Dr. Ritamarie's 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 Began on March 8th, 2013
There is still time to enoy the last 2 weeks of empowering speaker presentations 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:
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.
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Tired of the expensive, low-nutrition breakfast cereals available at your grocery store? Here's a recipe for creating your own Granola Cereal from the above Dried and Gone to Heaven e-Book: Crunchy Live Granola
2 cups nuts soaked 6 hours or overnight.
Suggestion: ½ almonds mixed with pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts
½ cup pitted dates, or any other dried fruit (for low-glycemic version, substitute 1 cup finely diced zucchini and 1 dropper Sweet Leaf stevia or 1/4 teaspoon green powdered stevia)
½ cup soaked raisins (Omit for low-glycemic version)
½ cup dried coconut
Process nuts and optional dates in food processor until coarsely chopped.
Stir in raisins (or zucchini for low-glycemic version) and coconut.
Adjust to desired sweetness with stevia, Lakanto, Zer, Lo Han, or xylitol
Press together with hands and put on mesh tray of dehydrator.
Dehydrate for 24-48 hours until crunchy.
Store in airtight container.
Any of the following flavorings may be added to taste.
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
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.
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