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My 4th Favorite “F-Word” – and a Dairy/Casein-Free Parmesan Cheese Recipe!

By Ritamarie Loscalzo

Hello, Health-Seeker!

Greetings from my beach condo in Florida!

How lovely it would be to escape like this more often.

While I still have work to do, and this is not a “full time ” vacation, it sure does feel good to be able to slip away and get some beach time.

19 years ago today, I was blissfully gazing into the eyes of my now full-grown-man son! I remember it well. Seeing him again, after 7 weeks of not seeing him, brought back a flood of memories.

We waited a long time for his arrival, and the joy of seeing him again was almost as intense as the joy of seeing him for the first time.

Eric is in classes much of the day, but we did get to spend some time yesterday doing one of his favorite activities – eating!

He was delighted to get “real food”. I carried vegan tacos from one of his favorite Austin restaurants all the way to Florida with me...his request for his birthday present. Then we went to another of his favorites for dinner – Chipoltes. We are planning to go to an Ethiopian place for dinner for his birthday celebration. We might even bring along some of his friends!

In the meantime, I am working this morning so I can have some beach time before visiting him again.

Enjoy today’s blog post: The Fourth F-Word for Vibrant Health: Flexibility:

And I will have more info for you about a new webinar/video series on De-Mystifying Your “Day to Day” Hormones – the ones that are required for critical life functions, as well as your “fun” ones …and how you can get into a tither with your reproductive hormones when your Day to Day Hormones are out of balance.

Of course it’s not all as simple as it seems. The “fun” hormones also have critical life functions, but I am all about making things easy to understand so you can take action!!!

If you haven’t already snagged your copy of Raw Food: The Answers Book – How to Survive Long-Term be sure to go here to read all about it:


Raw Gourmet Nomi Shannon and I combined over 50 years of raw foods expertise into one handy information product to inspire and empower you to health and confidence around your food choices.

I’m off to the beach. I will take more pictures and post to the blog later in the week.

By the way, have you seen the new blog layout? Wow! Stacie (“Foxy”), the newest addition to my team, has been working up a storm to make it beautiful and functional. There’s even a new video and lots more improvements to come.

Much love, health, and joy to you,

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

The Fourth F-Word for Vibrant Health: Flexibility!

Near the end of February, I began writing a fun and informative series related to four of my favorite “F-words” that are keys to creating and maintaining long-term vibrant health.

  1. FUN: The Physiology of Fun
  2. FOOD: The Sweetest of them All Part 1 and The Sweetest of them All Part 2
  3. FITNESS: How to Make Fitness FUN
  4. The last “F-word” for Vibrant Health is: FLEXIBILITY

Before I get too much farther, I’d like to ask you a couple of questions:

When you think of taking care of your health, do you cringe at the idea of strict regimes that need to be followed?

Do you think about deprivation?

Lack of ability to go with the flow?

If you do, you’ll be pleased to know that flexibility is oh-so-important for health. And I don’t just mean being being able to bend down and touch your toes, either. While having a flexible musculoskeletal system is really important, and doing yoga is a great way to improve flexibility, the kind of flexibility I mean is flexibility in your heart, mind, and attitude….Read the rest of the article here

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This Week’s Vibrant Living Health Solutions Radio Show:
The Healing Power of Mini-Vacations
Thursday April 18, 2013
8am PT / 9am MT / 10am CT / 11am ET

Believe it or not, you can take a mini-vacation without ever leaving home! It sounds crazy but it’s true…and Dr. Ritamarie will prove it in this unique and inspiring show.

The value of taking a break and unplugging is immense, and includes- adrenal support, nutrient balance, positive effects on the brain, immune system, balancing hormones, and so much more.

Click here to enjoy the broadcast live, or listen to the replay:

VITAL Community Live Q&A Call:
TONIGHT! Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, at 7:30 pm CT

VITAL Community members can join Dr. Ritamarie LIVE on 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
, check the Schedule page and your call reminder emails for call access details!

To sign up for our VITAL Community, and enjoy EMPOWERING monthly teleseminars, online video food preparation classes, & live Q&A calls, go here:



VITAL Health Topics Call Replay:

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.

To sign up for our VITAL Community, and enjoy these great monthly Health Topics teleseminars & live Q&A calls, go here:


The Gut Rejuvenating Easy Energizing Natural Cleanse

Detox Your Winter Dust Bunnies with Dr. Ritamarie’s Spring GREEN Cleanse!

Dr. Ritamarie’sThe GREEN Cleanse 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!


Raw Food: The Answers –
How to Survive Long-Term

by Nomi Shannon & Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

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 with in in the long-term. So did my friend Nomi Shannon, author of The Raw Gourmet Book (and many others).

Together Nomi and I compiled answers to the most pressing questions people have about going and staying raw for the long haul, and we answered them in our new CD/Book combo.

We’ve compiled over half a century of our experience, training, hands-on know-how and wisdom and transformed this life-changing knowledge into TWO easy-to-understand accessible formats:

It’s available to you as either a physical Book & CD set that is mailed to you, or as a digital eBook (PDF) and MP3 (Audio) downloadable set.

Go here to discover more:



Creating a NEW Story about your Body Image and Your Weight:
Laura Fenamore’s Body Image Mastery Class
begins April 29, 2013

I was talking to my friend and colleague, Body Image Coach and Weight Release expert, Laura Fenamore, about the moving presentation she gave at the Spring Into Vitality Conference.

I really liked the exercises she did on “rewriting your story” and not being “attached to your story”. I know we all got to experience a small taste of her work as she goes much deeper with people emotionally and spiritually. Like me, Laura loves people and wants to help as many as she can.

As Laura said from the stage, in isolation we wilt and in community we thrive. Most of us could relate to her emotional story of struggle and were inspired by her transformation. If you’ve been telling a story that’s holding you back, or you’d like to love what you see in the mirror, my friend Laura Fenamore has a gift for you.

I interviewed Laura on my radio show last Thursday and we had a very heart to heart discussion that I know you will find inspiring if you eat emotionally to hide some inner pain, and feel out of control when it comes to food.

Here’s the link to the radio show:

Here’s where to register for Laura’s free gift:

Laura has a bonus gift available to folks who email her at: Laura@onepinky.com

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.

Click below to order when you add the $37 e-Book with Online Videos Bundle to the cart, your discount will be applied:


Want dairy-free, casein-free “Parmesan Cheese” for your raw pizza?

Yes, it’s possible, with this simple recipe from the above Dried and Gone to Heaven e-Book:

“Parmesan Cheese”


  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp whole unrefined sea salt


  1. Soak almonds overnight.
  2. Spread on dehydrator trays lined with mesh and Paraflexx™ sheets (use a scant 2 cups per tray).
  3. Pulse-grind almonds with nutritional yeast and salt.
  4. Store in a jar in the refrigerator.


  • This recipe works well with sesame, hemp or pumpkin seeds.
  • You can add chipotle, chili, cayenne or other seasonings for a spicy parmesan cheese.

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.

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