I had an interesting conversation with my 17 year old tonight. He's a wise old soul!
We were talking about cancer treatments as a result of a new show he's been watching where the main character had cancer. He was quite adamant that he'd NEVER want conventional treatment.
He's convinced it's not worth spending a million dollars to try things to keep him alive that would be pointless based on the track record he's seen watching an aunt, uncle, two cousins, two family friends, and two of his own young friends suffer long, expensive hospital stays and then die.
He's witnessed a lot of death in his young life, and he watches his mom day after day hard at work helping others to avoid similar fates.
It was a breath of fresh air having this conversation, and I am so proud of the young man he's become.
A few short years ago when he was in the throes of early rebellious teenage-dom, had you told me life with my strong-willed oldest son would be so harmonious, I'd have never believed you.
SO I was thinking, while it may seem unbelievable to see yourself living your goals and dreams, in just a few short years, it CAN happen to you. But you need to take action NOW. It's time to throw away the addiction to comfort foods and find true comfort.
Ask yourself this: are there any foods you'd be willing to give up your life for?
If the answer is no, it's time to get out from under the covers and understand the dramatic impact your food choices have on your energy, your appearance, your mood, and your overall health.
Sometimes resistance is just a matter of people holding the false impression that eating healthy must be boring or difficult. But if you'd been there for my Eating for Hormone Balance class on Sunday (the video is now available!), you would see just how success it was and what a great a time we all had!
Choosing to change your attitude is the first step in choosing to change your lifestyle, and when you expose yourself to positive reinforcement from people who are having fun and feeling great doing what you want to do, you help make your own desired changes stick.
Speaking of desired changes, one of my choices resulted in a bit of a wake-up call for me this week. I share about it in my feature article.
My newsletter has lots of resources for you this week, Jimmy, including a food class in December that has me stoked. How fun to give people the tools that can allow their waists to shrink instead of grow around the holidays!
I'm also participating in several event summits and have a few really noteworthy blog talk radio shows archived. If you haven't checked it out yet, I suggest the Laura Fenamore interview about Loving Yourself Thin!
Enjoy your weekend. Get plenty of rest, sun, fun, and good food.
Much love, health, and joy,
Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
p.s. You might be very excited to learn Jimmy that the leading natural health experts on cancer are gather this month for a free Healing Cancer World Summit. Find out what therapies these doctors and experts are using that they say can prevent and even treat cancers naturally.
Click here for free registration.
By Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
A few weeks ago I gave a talk all about insulin resistance. It's a health issue that impacts a lot of lives, and I felt the need to educate you about it and guide anyone who was interested through a program to heal it.
The program started on Monday with over 120 participants. One of the things I teach people how to do is test their own blood glucose throughout the day to learn once and for all how foods affect their bodies.
After giving them a really thorough understanding of insulin resistance and how it puts you at high risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke, they were determined to discover how their own bodies handle sugar.
It was a real eye opener.
Some used their discoveries as a motivator. They tested foods that they love but they know are not good for them, like bread, and when they saw how much it elevated their blood sugar they were shocked and swore off it forever.
For me it confirmed something I do that I sort of know is not good for me, but don't REALLY believe is that bad for me. It has to do with sleep.
In the B4 Be Gone program, I teach 5 areas that need to be addressed to restore your mojo, boost your energy, and lead a long and prosperous life. One of the protocols is to get sufficient sleep.
It's Best to Test
This week I discovered the silent damage that's been happening inside me. There were no external symptoms, no signs.
When I got my glucose meter home, I immediately tore open the package and tested myself. First reading was 68.
Hmmmm… a little low, but not to worry.
I had barely eaten anything all day because I was teaching Eating for Hormone Balance, and expending a lot of energy.
So I decided I better eat something. The already peeled and cored pineapple looked good for a start, so I ate it. Imagine my surprise when I tested my blood sugar immediately afterward and found it to be 136.
The insert said it should never go above 140 for non-diabetics. My research told me it should never go above 110, and some studies on non-diabetic populations found that the average high point is 120.
So there you have it.
I eat well… very well.
I never touch sugar or grains, I eat a moderate amount of fruit in my smoothies, and even then, I rarely eat fruit alone. I exercise, and I do a pretty darn good job managing stress.
So why am I having trouble with blood sugar? (By the way, my sugars kept climbing, all the way to 167. That's a number you'd expect in a diabetic.)
When You Slump Off on Slumber:
The only area I am falling short on is sleep. Can sleep really have such an adverse effect on me?
I went looking for research to find out. Countless studies talked about the effect of having less than 6 hours of sleep. One study said that even one bad night of sleep can throw off your insulin/blood sugar balance. I've been sleeping under 4 hours for the past several weeks.
So now that I get it, I am making a vow to start getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night, beginning this weekend. Maybe I'll even do a sleep blog like I did a couple of years ago,
I am determined to really understand what's going on in my body and correct it. I've poked myself over 50 times over the past 4 days.
My B4 Be Gone family is poking away and learning a lot about how their seemingly healthy diet was off for them. One woman found she can't tolerate any fruit, even in smoothies, without a rapid rise of blood sugar. It's very empowering.
Registration for this program is closed, except for a couple of VIP slots. We'll be doing it again though, probably early next year, and I expect it will be a big sellout because people will have gained all their holiday weight.
What's the Lifestyle Lesson?
Whenever anyone asks, “Is this good for for me to eat? I hear fruit/fat/whatever is not good for us…” my reply will be get yourself an inexpensive blood glucose monitor. I got mine at a local pharmacy chain for only $10. I saw the same one on Amazon for even less!
What part of your lifestyle is holding you back? What do you really want?
Know yourself, be honest with yourself, and make a commitment to drop the habits that aren't serving you. Get excited about adopting new ones that will get you the comfortable, lean, and energetic “you” that you strive to be.
I'm working on my sleep habits. What about you?
Head over to the blog and post a reply link.
and Information Night
- 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.
Asthma, Autism, Atopic Disorders, Asperger's, and Allergies.
Learn How They Can Eat for Healthy A's:
Academic Excellence, Awesome Health, and Attentional Superiority
In this workshop, Karen Ranzi will guide you on the path to creating happy and healthy children, confident of their disease-free future. Rather than medicate your child's asthma, ear infections, chronic allergies and attention deficit disorder, Karen's holistic approach simply eliminates the causes of health, weight, and learning problems through a healthful, fresh food lifestyle.
She will share the value of understanding the biological and emotional needs of children. You will learn the importance of obtaining the best possible nourishment for your family. Karen shares delicious kid-tested recipes and reveals terrific tips for children of all ages in how to improve their diet. There is a wealth of information in this workshop for everyone, children and adults.
About Karen: Author, lecturer and raw food consultant, Karen Ranzi, has authored Creating Healthy Children: Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods. She has been interviewed on TV and radio on the topics of vegetarian and raw food parenting.
In addition to her work in nutrition, Karen holds a Masters degree in speech pathology from New York University, and is a speech therapist working with children of all ages for over 30 years, specializing with autistic children for the past 10 years. By means of her education, life-changing personal experiences, and sincere desire to share her message, Karen has been able to guide thousands toward developing excellent health.
Potluck Time: 6:30 p.m. (Central Daylight Time)
Workshop Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: 9508 Bell Mountain Drive, Austin, Texas 78730
Price: $10 Donation to Karen
To RSVP, Call Dr. Ritamarie at (512) 349-9677 or
Either way, you get a recipe guide e-book and fully indexed online video class you can watch over and over.
- December 10th, 2011 – Party and Potluck Nibbles that Nourish
Check back here soon for more details to be announced!
Celebrate and Rejuvenate!
Presented by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, Karen Osborne, and Pamela Weems
Whether you're entertaining for the holidays or looking for that perfect dish to take to a party or potluck, you'll find a recipe in this class that will raise eyebrows and delight taste buds!
Not only will these dishes meet all your expectations when it comes to elegance and taste, they also come with a fat-pant-busting guarantee that you won't pack on the extra holiday pounds when you stick to these dairy-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free whole food options.
Register for this class and learn how to make nourishing and nutritious holiday dishes that will make your next party platter a hit including:
- healthy hor d'oeuvres
- fresh finger foods
- appetite-friendly appetizers
- to-die-for desserts that boost longevity
Remember, all recipes are made with 100% gluten free, dairy free whole fresh foods – no sugar, no processed oils, no grains, and no cooking!
and all the recipes in a PDF e-Book!
If you register for Party and Potluck Nibbles that Nourish online webinar by October 31st, you can also enjoy access to the Eating for Hormone Balance webinar recording for the pre-release price of just $19.95!
- Eating for Hormone Balance
- One Dish Meals
- Kids in the Kitchen
- BBQ Picnic Meals
- Eating for Bone Health
You'll find a complete list of past classes available HERE.
Radically Change Your Nutrition
in Just 10 Minutes a Day!
A FREE event featuring The Green Smoothie Girl, Robyn Openshaw
and the Green Smoothies of Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
I'll be serving up samples of delicious green smoothies and Robyn will be presenting information and research on how living foods can help with…
- Boosted energy
- Better digestion
- Weight loss
- Less cravings for junk food
- Beautiful skin and hair
- Happier moods
- More mojo
Raffle tickets are available for purchase online here or the night of the class for a chance at a brand-new BlendTec blender along with many other Robyn-favorites.
Please come and invite your friends to this inspiring presentation. We want as many people as possible to hear this message of good health.
Wow! One easy way to do that is to invite all your local friends through a Facebook invite. Just click on “Select Guests to Invite” under the photo and mark all of your local friends.
We can't wait to see you there!
6:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time
Trinity United Methodist Church
Click HERE for your FREE registration ticket!
Only 61 remaining tickets left!
Featuring Dr. Ritamarie
You can get access to a number of events and natural health summits that I'll be participating in this fall. Here are some of the feature events you can explore:
The Just BEE Women's Wellness Series will run from Sunday, October 9th – Wednesday, November 10th, 2011 — bringing you 26 speakers who will address a range of topics devoted to your mind, body, and spiritual wellness.
That's five weeks devoted just to women! For women, by women! Let this be the year you take control of your own health and well-being! Join us LIVE – and for FREE – as 26 dynamic speakers take you on a journey of health and wellness across the life span.
Join me and learn:
- Simple strategies to jump start your energy, practically overnight.
- Enjoyable diet habits that flatten your belly, focus your mind, and fight fatigue!
- Powerful activities that stop your hormones from keeping you flabby, foggy and fatigued.
You can say good-bye to being overweight, tired, and feeling overwhelmed. Starting October 11th at 12pm PST you get a rare opportunity to learn the fastest, easiest and most reliable way too “Double Your Energy and Balance Your Life!”
Register now and watch the free presentation: “The Quickest and Safest Way to Release 10-20 lbs FAST!”
Mending your Metabolism for High Octane Health
Low energy keeps your dreams at arm's length. You may see them in the distance, but you're too drained to take the steps required to bag them. Refueling your energy tank is easier than you think …when you follow the guidelines.
Join me for the series and get ready to learn:
- A mind-blowing mind game to calm your spirit, lighten your heart and refuel your energy tank.
- 3 magnificent meals that detox your body, energize your cells, and delight your palate.
- Magical movements that rev up your engine, burn away fat, and recharge your energy.
The 10-Day Green Smoothie Healthy Halloween Challenge
Let's face it, Halloween is scary. Candy corn waiting on every office desk; pumpkin shaped chocolates and gumdrops; bite sized festively wrapped candies shared at school snack-time!
It feels like there's no where to hide! Halloween sweets and treats are abundant this time of year making it even harder for you and your family to practice wellness, stay healthy, and eat more fruits and veggies!
Tera Warner has put together a 10-Day Green Smoothie Challenge that promises a toast of cold, slimy, green, frothy goodness! While you wriggle your nose pretending to be disgusted, your kids will be guzzling greens!
Sign up now to get the recipes, tips, and tricks to make this a healthy holiday AND catch my chilling call with Tera:
The Bitter Truth About Sweet Foods:
What White Sugar Does to Your Immune System and How to Heal It When the Damage Has Been Done
The 10-Day Healthy Halloween challenge takes place from October 24th – November 2nd and will make THIS Halloween fresh and a little less frightening for you and your kids' health!
Future Show Schedule:
- Thursday, Oct. 20th – Uncovering the Emotions Behind Cancer and How You Can Heal: Part 1
- Thursday, Oct. 27th – Uncovering the Emotions Behind Cancer and How You Can Heal: Part 2
Timea Havas is a therapist who specializes in helping people heal and prevent cancer by addressing and working through specific emotional patterns relevant to cancer. Each cancer (or illness) has its own specific emotional components and when these are addressed this significantly contributes to the person's healing and can often be the difference between life or death.
This was one of the main ways Timea was able to heal her own cancer 22 years ago when the doctors told her that they couldn't do anything for her because their treatment would most likely kill her.
Since that time she has coached many people with cancer and all through referrals (no advertising), she has counseled 108 clients and today 106 are cancer-free.
Timea has had success with many different types of cancers (pancreatic, lung, breast, etc.) and at all stages – many people with stage 4 cancer and some with only months to live.
In part one, we will uncover:
- How and why emotions are related to disease with a special emphasis on cancer
- The specific beliefs, thoughts and emotions that are linked to certain cancers and other illnesses
Join Dr. Ritamarie and Timea for this life-saving call:
8:00 am PT, 9:00 am MT, 10:00 am CT, 11:00 am ET
Click here to attend the show!
Fall is here and with is comes the changing of leaves, crisp cool mornings, and back to school.
But fall also brings with it the cold and flu season. Halloween is especially difficult as many people load up their bodies on immune-weakening sugary treats.
This year, boost your immune system so you can ward off attack.
Join Dr. Ritamarie and learn what you can do to stay healthy this flu season… and what you can do if you do end up sick!
Have you ever walked into a room and then forgot why you were there?
Or for you computer folks…how about opening a new browser window only to sit and stare at it trying to remember what website you were about to go to?
How often do you call your kids by the wrong name?
It's not old age. It's not senility. Well maybe it could be…but most likely you are suffering from brain fog.
Brain fog is real…and thousands of people suffer from it on a daily basis. Your mind feels cloudy… muddled. It's hard to stay focused on any one thing for a long period of time. You just feel like you aren't thinking straight and maybe even have a hard time making decisions.
What causes brain fog? Here's a hint… it's what's in your kitchen! Sugar, caffeine, gluten, dairy… all of these contribute to poor memory, dull senses and cloudy thinking. Join Dr. Ritamarie and learn how you can lift the clouds and get your memory sharpened!
Check out Dr. Ritamarie's FREE new video series, Bye-Bye Belly Fat, Brain Fog and Burnout
Self-Love: It's Time We Practiced It
Guest, Laura Fenamore, was 100 pounds overweight. She drank too much. She was bulimic. She smoked. She tried different diets without success. She believed that she would live her life addicted to food and unhappy until she died.
Then one day the unconditional love of a guardian angel brought her to a realization: All those dysfunctional behaviors sprang from a feeling that she was unloved. Most importantly, she realized she didn't love herself. Laura flipped an internal switch.
She began down the path to love of self. Her heart opened. She let go of the self-destructive forces that made her hate what she saw in the mirror. She changed her behaviors and attained a healthy weight. She has maintained that healthy weight — and a healthy body image — for 24 years.
It's time to learn how to love, accept and respect your body!
- Have you tried everything but still feel inadequate, miserable and overweight?
- Do you continually invest in diet books, corporate programs, fasting pills, counseling, your own will power…and nothing works?
- Do you know you need something different but aren't exactly sure what that is?
- Are you seeking an answer and ready to take action?
Join Dr. Ritamarie and Laura Fenamore as they share tips and ways you can begin to love yourself and transform into the picture of health and beauty.
Be sure and check out Laura's upcoming 12-week program, Body Image Mastery.
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.
Hosted by Kevin Gianni
Jimmy, if you've been affected by cancer, you have to see this…
It's a video that shares the personal story of cancer that I think you might want to check out.
Recently, health author Kevin Gianni decided to do something to bring cancer experts, the ones you DON'T get to hear about, to the forefront. His own family has been affected by cancer twice – his father died and mother went through chemotherapy and surgery for breast cancer.
You can see his story here in this video I'd like you to see…
Starting October 25th, 2011, he's asked 9 of the top natural cancer doctors and researchers to share what they're doing in their clinics throughout the world.
This special, free online event is called the “Healing Cancer World Summit” and you can register here (it's free)…
The event registration is open until October 25th, but be sure to register NOW and you'll get three special bonus gifts that you can access right away while you're waiting for the kickoff.
If you're vegan, vegetarian, a raw food enthusiast, a food allergy sufferer or someone who's concerned about health and fitness, this can be the answer to your Prayers!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you're a vegan, vegetarian, raw food enthusiast, food allergy sufferer or just someone who wants to eat more healthfully and manage your weight, this is a challenging time of year.
Food temptations abound, as does pressure from often well meaning friends and family members who want to be sure you're enjoying the bounty. Find out more here…
With Halloween just around the corner, you may be looking for recipes that won't raise the hair on the back of your neck when you read the ingredients! You can find a whole collection of fresh and frightening ideas in my Healthy Halloween Treats book:
Green Slime Smoothie
- 2 oranges, juice of
- 2 bananas, fresh or frozen and cut into chunks
- 2 cups frozen strawberries or blueberries
- 4-6 handfuls baby spinach
- Blend juice and fruits. Continue to add spinach until the smoothie turns the desired color of green.
- Serve in Halloween-themed mugs or hollowed-out mini-pumpkins.
Internationally recognized speaker, author and mentor, Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is the “Woman's Fatigue Expert and Vibrant Health Mentor.”