Your Brain on Gluten, Warm and Immune Boosting Vegetable Soup Recipe and, Travel and Speaking Plans

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  • Personal Note: 
    Teaching. Learning and Traveling
  • Featured Article:
    Your Brain on Gluten: It's not a Pretty Picture 
  • Practitioner Corner:
    3 Tips for Correcting Fatigue and Exhaustion
  • Recipe Corner: Warm and Immune Boosting Vegetable Soup
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September 30, 2013
Teaching, Learning and Traveling
Hi Health-Seeker,

My arm is getting stronger and more mobile every day.  Thanks for all the well wishes!

We have lots to share with you this week. I am participating in several telesummits over the next couple of weeks. The topics are actually a little unusual for me.  Check them out in the Dr. Ritamarie recommends column.

If you haven’t already registered for our brand new webinar5 Cutting Edge Strategies to Balance Your Blood Sugar and Say Bye-Bye to Belly Fat, Brain Fog, and Burnout!“, please join over 1100 who have already received 3 of the 5 bonus videos. Video 3 was just released today.

My feature article is on one of my favorite topics – gluten.  Giving up gluten changed my life – and the lives of many people I’ve coached to let it go. Read the article and learn why.

Finally, I am excited to begin a big month of travel.  I’ll be in seminars in  San Francisco, San Diego and Tampa Florida (where I will get to see my son)  then heading to North Carolina for a friend’s daughter's Bat Mitzvah.

I will only be home for 3 days from September 26 through October 15. I love travel — it will be interesting to see how I do with just one functioning arm!

Talk very soon!

Big Hugs and lots of Appreciation,

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo


Your Brain on Gluten: It's not a Pretty Picture!

I first got seriously interested in the devastating effects of gluten on brain and behavior almost a decade ago after listening to a recording of a talk by Dr. Thomas O’Bryan at a meeting of the International and American Association of Certified Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN).neurological effects of gluten

Before that, I was aware of the dangers of wheat and had taken myself and many patients off it with great results. Later, I developed a resource pack to help those wanting to free themselves:

Gluten-Free Survival Kit

Originally, many wheat-free enthusiasts still ate gluten in the form of kamut and spelt, including me. I would sprout kamut and make a delicious raw, dehydrated bread or pizza crust from it.

I didn’t notice negative effects unless I ate too much, but I did notice that once I started eating it, I craved more beyond satisfaction of my hunger.

After listening to Dr O’Bryan’s talk and doing extensive research of my own on the neurodevelopmental effects of gluten, I personally gave it up. I didn’t make a decision to give it up from my mind, though. It was a gut reaction and a loss of all desire for it. I had no cravings or remorse. I just stopped because once I understood the impact it had on me, I wanted no more of it.

There were several changes I did notice after giving up gluten entirely.



3 Tips for Correcting Fatigue and Exhaustion

You are going to encounter people suffering from adrenal fatigue ever day in your practice  They won’t necessarily come to you saying I have adrenal fatigue, although many sophisticated health seekers may.

The issues they will present with are fatigue, mid afternoon energy slump, brain fog, memory loss, hair loss and thinning, loss of libido and difficulty falling asleep. They won’t necessarily present with all of these, but usually several.

Your job as a holistic practitioner is to ask the right questions and make a correct assessment. Once you do, it’s a matter of coaching them about the diet, herbal, supplemental and lifestyle approaches that will rebuild their adrenals and restore their energy.

There are lots of herbs and nutrients that will help rebuild weakened adrenals.  The cornerstone is appropriate diet and lifestyle management.  Many practitioners simply prescribe adrenal herbal formulas without looking at the underlying cause of the adrenal burnout.

My top 3 strategies for restoring adrenal function include:

1. Identifying and correcting the underlying stress, whether its physical, emotional or related to tier diet . This needs to include an effective system of stress transforming, such as Hearth Math (

2. Identifying and correcting blood sugar imbalance is an important step in restoring adrenal health.  I suggest you have your clients purchase an inexpensive blood sugar meter and test their sugars.  Cortisol, the stress hormone, raises blood sugar by breaking down muscles and lean body mass.  My B4 Be Gone program is the perfect solution for blood sugar imbalance, and my Insulin Resistance Practitioner Program teaches you as a health professional how to coach your clients to balanced sugar levels.

3. Removing dietary stressors, especially gluten, sugar and processed fats.  These disrupt digestion, cause inflammation and impair the absorption of key nutrients.

These are just a few of the strategies I share in my Correcting Adrenal Fatigue and Exhaustion (CAFE) program.  We just graduated our first 450 students from that program and it’s almost ready to be offered as a self-study.

Learn these strategies well.  Experience them for yourself so you can be a highly effective teacher.

 Warm and Immune Boosting Vegetable Soup


A filling and delicious soup combining raw and lightly cooked vegetables, rich in warming and immune enhancing herbs and omega 3 rich seeds. Just what we need with the changing of the seasons and cooler temperatures around the corner.


  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1/2 cup green beans
  • 1/3 head of green cabbage
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 cup arame sea vegetable
  • 1 teaspoon powdered kelp
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, ground
  • 1 tablespoon flax oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt



  1. Process cut cabbage into thin strips, chop onion finely, and break broccoli into small florets. Cut celery into 1 inch pieces and mince in food processor.
  2. Put celery into a large bowl with arugula.
  3. Sprinkle salt over arugula and celery and massage until wilted.
  4. Put water in pot and steam broccoli, onion, green beans and cabbage until just tender. Add steamed vegetables to bowl with aragula and celery.
  5. Pour steam water over vegetables.
  6. Add arame, kelp, garlic, Italian seasoning, sesame and hemp seed and flax oil and stir well.
  7. Add extra salt or seasonings if desired. Stir and enjoy!
  8. Add a pinch of cayenne (optional).

This recipe is from Dr. Ritamarie's upcoming program B4 Be Gone starting on October 3, 2013.


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

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