Why is Bread so Addicting and the True Story about Gluten

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Enjoy the latest issue of Creating Vibrant Health Tips.  In this issue we discuss foods taht are good for you, and foods that are good for you to avoid. If you live in or near Austin, join us for our potluck Saturday, April 24.  Enjoy. 

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April 22, 2010

I'm excited to be writing our first spring newsletter, chock full of information about foods that are good for you and foods that are good for you to avoid.  Gluten and GMO foods are on the avoid list.  Chia and gluten free raw and living food breads and pastas are on the good for you list. 

I love spring and I am especially looking forward to time in the sun to replenish my vitamin D stores, which have been depleted during the long cold and dreary winter.  What about you?  Have you had your Vitamin D tested? I am about to do mine.  The 100 students in my Balance My Body Blueprint Program have learned all about it and most have discovered deficiencies that they are in the process of reversing. 

Vitamin D is not the subject of this newsletter, but is closely tied to it. Gluten, as you'll read about here, is associated with autoimmune disease. Vitamin D is needed to stabilize your immune system and prevent and manage autoimmune disease. 

Balance my Body Blueprint is available as a self study course. If you hop on now, you can catch the last few weeks live and go back and learn from the audios, videos, slide presentations and documents. Once it's complete, the price will go up. Instead of 12 hours of valuable life changing information, there's well over 30. We still have 3-4 bonus sessions yet to come.

If you're in Austin, please come to my home on May 7.  Karen Osborne and I will be teaching a South of the Border Lunch ‘n Learn and serving a full course, raw vegan Mexican meal.

Our raw potluck this month is at Karen's house…I'll be in Chicago at a Nutrition re-licensure seminar. Karen's arranged for a house concert after the meal, with loal artist karen mal, who's also a raw food enthusiast. She's an awesome singer/songwriter.

www.drritamarie.com/meetup is where to go for more information.

I look forward to connecting, either in person, on a teleseminar or on my BlogTalk radio show. See the next section for details.

With Love and Commitment to your Healthy Life,

Dr. Ritamarie

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  • April 24 – Austin Raw Foods Potluck  -Dr. Ritamarie will be out of town for this Potluck, so it will be hosted by Karen Osborne, Fresh'n Fun Co-op manager.  She's lined up local Austin musician Karen Mal, a raw foods enthusiast, to do a concert.  Suggested donation $15.  Space is limited.  To register go to:


  • April 28 – Creating a Vibrant Life Radio – The Importance of Vitamins and Supplements. We get tons of questions each month about what, when, how much etc. when it comes to vitamins and supplements. This show will answer many of those questions. 12:30pm CDT

  • May 7 – Lunch n Learn raw foods preparation class, taught by Karen Osborne and Dr. Ritamarie.  Learn to make a delicious and quick Mexican meal, Living Foods Style, including tortillas, salsa, “beans” and more.  It's over lunch, so you get to learn and eat a full course lunch. To register, go to


  • May 12 – Creating a Vibrant Life Radio – TBA 12:30pm CDT

  •  June 3 – Brian Clement  – The Cancer Connection (details to come)

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Why is Bread so Addicting and the True Story About Gluten

It’s becoming an increasingly well-known fact that there is a serious issue with many of our diets. There are more and more products popping up on the grocery shelves with a new label: Gluten-free

What does it mean for you?

Let’s start with a short history on what gluten is.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and kamut, and it’s questionable about oats. It’s in grains, but not all grains. There are non-gluten grains.

It’s a very gluey substance, which I guess is where the name “gluten” came from. When you eat things that contain gluten, it causes kind of a glue-like mass to form in your intestinal tract. That’s one of the many good reasons to stop eating it.

When we eat the gluten in these grains, it can cause health problems. Gluten can also cause problems in your skin and nervous system, as well as problems with depression and behavior.

Depression, migraines, ADHD, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, balance problems, epilepsy, inability to concentrate, autoimmune thyroid disease, and dermatitis, are amongst the many non-digestive disorders that have now been linked to gluten intolerance.

Gluten is a problem if you have sensitivity to it in that it causes an immune system reaction.

Immune system reactions to gluten are very widespread, and much more common than people think.

The immune system is our body’s protective force. It’s an army that protects us from invaders. It perceives gluten as an invader and mounts an incredible attack, so it can take the protein that’s in the gluten and demolish it as if it were a bacteria or microbe that’s going to harm you.
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Genetically Modified Food: Tips for Raw and Living Food Enthusiasts 

by R.Jane Hardin, MS, RD/LD

So, you are aware of the dangers of genetically-modified foods, or at least know to avoid them.  Perhaps you buy only organic produce and items voluntarily marked with “non-GMO” on the label.   You reject foods made from corn, soy, sugar beets, canola and cottonseed, and reluctantly also give up Hawaiian papaya, zucchini and crookneck  squash unless labeled organic or non-GMO. You don’t eat meat, fish, eggs or dairy for a host of reasons, one being the bio-accumulation of toxins in animals fed GMO's.  For goodness sake, you pretty much know every food and ingredient that passes your lips; what else must be done to protect your health?!

The answer, as always, is

1) take care of yourself and your health first, so you can then

2) advocate on behalf of all.

GMO ingredients are in an estimated 70% of supermarket foods.  Myths, false assumptions and claims go largely unchallenged, and the general public is somewhat inured to the dangers of GMO simply because of its predominance.  Yet concerns are real and growing.  A majority of Americans now state they would not consume GMO foods if they were clearly labeled as such.  The public is clearly not being served.
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About the Author

R.Jane Hardin, MS, RD/LD is a traditionally-trained registered dietitian with a lifelong engagement in various holistic approaches to health and nutrition. Her eclectic food interests over the years have led her to studies with experts such as Dr. Ann Wigmore and Michio Kushi.

Jane’s renewed interest in raw living foods enabled her to reverse several deteriorating, personal health conditions, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. This inspired her to become a certified Raw Foods Educator. She now enjoys helping others along the pathway to nutritional wellness, regardless of starting point or destination, one bite at a time.

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Do you have a success story about how changing your diet increased the vibrancy in your life? If so we want to hear from you!  

 To share your story for inclusion in our newsletter? 

Just go to https://drritamarie.com/newslettercontributions/

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Chia Seeds: A Raw and Living Superfood for Overcoming Chronic Fatigue and Creating Vibrant Health, Stamina and Endurance

I recommend chia seeds quite often in my articles, talks and recipes. It dawned on me though, that I don’t always talk about the many benefits of chia, so I decided to make chia our super food of the month!

Commonly associated with Chia Pets™, chia seeds have amazing health benefits that are often kept quiet and hidden.  The use of chia as food has been dated as far back as 3500 B.C., especially in Mexico, where chia was ground for flour, used in medicines and even pressed for oils.

When chia seeds are mixed with water, they form a gelatinous substance. This same substance is believed to form in your stomach when you eat them. The coating this creates, makes it harder for carbohydrates to be digested which in turn slows down the process of transforming carbs into starch and ultimately sugar.

Chia also has a tremendous ability to hold water – up to 12 times its weight. This helps our bodies to hold on to the water and moisture inside, giving strength and support to precious electrolyte balances.
Given the fact our bodies are mostly water, staying hydrated is incredibly important.

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Do you have a great article about a particular food you'd like to share? Submit stories and articles to https://drritamarie.com/newslettercontributions/

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 Chia Crisps

by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo


1 cup chia seeds
5 cups water
1 teaspoon sea salt
1-2 cloves of garlic


Put chia seeds into a deep bowl and cover with water. Stir well to make sure there are no lumps. Cover and let sit at room temperature or in the refrigerator overnight. The seeds will become a gelatinous mixture.

Spoon onto teflex sheets, and use the back of the spoon to shape into rounds. Dehydrate at 105 degrees F until they are dry enough to remove from teflex sheet and place directly on mesh sheet (about 24 hours). Dehydrate further until completely dry.


Replace 2 cups of water with 2 cups of fresh vegetable juice.
For a cookie, replace 2 cups of water with 2 cups of apple juice or other fruit juice. Add a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.


Chia Pudding

by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo


3 T chia seed
1 T flax seed, ground after measuring
1 T hemp seeds
3T finely ground dried coconut (I like Ultimate Superfoods brand)
1 T cinnamon
1 t vanilla powder of extract or ground bean
2 apples, finely chopped
Tablespoons pomegranate powder (optional )


Soak the first 4 ingredients in 2 cups of water.
Once it’s thick, stir in the last 3 ingredients.
If desired, top with nut milk and any other condiments you desire, like raisins, goji berries or raw cacao nibs

Watch the video of me making Chia Pudding

Do you have a great recipe you'd like to share? Submit your recipe at: https://drritamarie.com/newslettercontributions/

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Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo has been sharing her passion for raw and living foods for almost than 25 years, lovingly catalyzing others to create joy, success and abundance in their lives by simplifying the concepts of a  healthy lifestyle, and incorporating fun.

As a Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture, a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board, a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, a licensed HeartMath® provider, and soon to be Certified Herbalist, Dr. Ritamarie touches many lives with her message of empowerment.

Are you ready to learn the truth about hormone imbalances, autoimmune disease and that stubborn belly fat? Read on to learn about Dr. Ritamarie's Balance My Body Blueprint. This amazing self-paced program gives you the tools you need to make more informed choices about your health. Read more here…

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 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…


We videotaped the Green For Life talk that Victoria, Sergei and Valya Boutenko did in Austin, Texas so you can watch and learn from the comfort of your own home. There are 3 hours of video, filled with valuable and inspiring information. Read more here…


Periodic cleansing and resting your digestive track is essential for vibrant health and boundless energy.  While going away to a retreat center and fasting on green juices is probably the best way to do this, let's get real.  Who has the time?  And cleansing on your own is just not as effective as having a support group and a mentor with over two decades experience to back you up and cheer you on. Green Smoothies are a great way to cleanse because you're not hungry all the time.  Find out more about how you can feel more energetic, less bloated and stronger andleaner than ever.

If you love your carbs but hate what they do to your body, we have some really good news for you. By learning the ancient art of dehydration, which is, in essence,  “low temperature baking”, you’ll be able to eat guilt-free breads, loaded with veggie goodness, and have them taste similar to your old favorites.  Gluten free raw foods like pizza, enchiladas and tacos will become your favorite staple foods once you discover how easily you can make them at home.  Read More…



The techniques taught in Indulge without the Bulge can be used every day of the year to make hea lthy choices and indulge in self care.  The recipe demos are delicious year round. for help with avoiding the on the cookies and pie, keeping up with your exercise, and keeping your stress low,  Read more here…


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Internationally recognized speaker, author and mentor, Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is the “Woman’s Fatigue Expert and Vibrant Health Mentor.”

Creating Vibrant Health is published by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to: [email protected].

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