All About Omegas: The 3-6-9 Golden Relationship, where Dr. Ritamarie will share how to balance these essential nutrients, how they interrelate, how your health can improve, and what vegan and non-vegan foods and supplements are best sources of each omega.
Ocean and John Robbins teamed with some of the top experts on GMO to give straight information about what we all need to know about the future of our food. This 3-day summit is happening October 25-27, 2013. Register HERE.
Find out all the details on what to bring and what to expect.
Raw Food Delivery
Get a yummy weekly delivery made by the amazing Chef Karen Osborne. This week’s order has to be in by October 24th. Wait until you see her mouth-watering menu!
Tip of the Week:
Being prepared reduces temptation!
Staying healthy while on the road does not have to be complicated
or stressful, but it does require some preparation.
Make sure you bring some of these items with you and you will always be ready to have something super healthy: green or protein powders, chia seeds, a jar (preferable mason) to mix your drinks in, and small packages of nuts and seeds to sprinkle on salads.
So while your family or travel companions reach for the coffee or doughnuts at the gas station or at the airport , you will be able to have a quick, satisfying snack and experience vibrant energy and total clarity. A total opposite of what you would feel like if you have given in to sugar and caffeine.
For other tips like these join the VITAL Community HERE and get instant access to upcoming and recorded VITAL Healing Kitchen Shows, ViTAL Health Topic calls and much more!
October 30, 2013
A Busy Week of Health Inspiration!
It’s been quite a month and it feels so good to be back home and in my own space.
After getting freed from my bionic arm brace last week, I’ve added a few firsts: first run in almost 6 weeks, first weight lifting session using my left arm in almost 10 weeks and first candy bar blood sugar spike in a long time (read about it in feature article).
There’s a lot going on here and it’s very exciting.
If you’re a health practitioner or strive to be a health or nutrition coach, I am having a live event just for you January 10-12, 2014 here in Austin, Texas. We’ll be sending out details as soon as we get the confirmation from the hotel. The name of the event is S.H.I.N.E. – Scientificand Holistic Investigation of Nutritional Endocrinology. It’s a mouthful, and will focus on strategies for solving your client’s (or your own) hormone imbalances using functional medicine and whole foods nutrition. I am very excited.
I’m also excited about the GMO summit that starts this Friday. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so right away here.The safety of our food is at risk and you owe it to yourself to get all the info you need to protect yourself.
Don’t miss my Google Hangout this afternoon, where I’ll answer questions, discuss ways to improve your energy and share with you a very special recipe. I can’t wait to connect with you! Here’s the link:
Read the feature article for a wake up call about why blood sugar balance is so important.
Last but not least, we’re doing it again. We are opening the VITAL Healing Kitchen Show on Saturday, October 26 for public viewing and it’s going to be a winner. I’ll be sharing how to balance your omega 3 fats with omega 6 fats to avoid the common and dangerous effects of imbalance.
Interpretation of Hemoglobin A1C A Marker for Blood Glucose Control
Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) measures the percentage of red blood cells (RBCs) that are saturated with glucose. Saturation of RBCs occurs when blood glucose is elevated. The higher the HbA1c, the higher the estimated average blood glucose. HbA1c is generally considered to be correlated with the average blood glucose over 2-3 months.
The higher the average blood glucose, the more damage that’s done to delicate blood vessel linings, retinal tissue and microvasculature of the extremities and retina. Damage to these are contributors to all the complications that diabetics face.
Out of control diabetes usually correlates with HbA1c of above 7, which correlates with an average blood glucose of 154 or more. I’ve had patients with levels of 10 or more, suggesting that their average blood glucose is 240 or higher. Doctors consider their diabetic patients to be well controlled when their HbA1c is is between 6 and 7. (126-154) Yet study after study demonstrates serious damage to vasculature, retina, pancreas and nerves when blood sugar exceeds 120. Some studies report damage when glucose rises above 100!
So what’s an ideal HbA1C? Most functional medicine practitioners aim for between 4.5 and 5 (average glucose between 82 and 97).
If you’re working with clients and you would like them to have the advantage of balanced blood sugar, get their HbA1C tested. They can order through Direct Labs.
I came up with this recipe while on the road – the result is a great travel food with easy to find ingredients that requires minimal kitchen tools to assemble. Enjoy!
Here’s how you can assemble a healthy and filling meal on the run:
Buy a red bell pepper at a grocery store or health food supermarket
Buy some pre-made guacamole and a jar of sauerkraut
Cut the bell pepper open (using a plastic knife from the store or rip it open with bare hands!!)
Spoon guacamole into each half
Spoon on some sauerkraut
Eat like a taco!
Extra options for toppings — salsa, nut “cheese”, chopped nuts or seeds.
For recipes like these and many more, join the VITAL Community HERE and get instant access to recent kitchen shows and recipe collections.
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.
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