“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is a common expression about looking for the silver lining in seemingly awkward and undesirable circumstances.
Personally, I love lemons! I would be very happy to have some tossed my way. In fact, one of my very favorite clients sent me a big box of Meyer lemons from her tree as a holiday gift. It was actually my favorite gift of all, and I thought about her every time I drank my yummy lemon flavored water.
I like to say, “When life throws you a curve ball, hit a home run.” My youngest son Kevin’s passion for baseball must be rubbing off on me!
Face it, life isn’t going to just start tossing roses your way. There will always be things that throw you off course and give you the opportunity to reevaluate and get back on track.
How your body reacts to a challenge is determined to a large extent by your perception and the language you use to describe it.
Which is more empowering?
“I can’t do that because of my fibromyalgia.”
“I would love to join you, and I look forward to a day when my body is strong enough to handle it.”
That simple language shift results in a dramatic change in your quality of life.
Think About It!
Flooding your body with negative thoughts and emotions creates a cascade of changes that:
- damages your immune system
- degrades your ability to manage your blood sugar
- shifts your brain chemistry
- slows down your digestion
- and leaves you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and uncomfortable.
So much emphasis is placed on the “doing” aspect of regaining your energy and creating vibrant health. Putting in active habits is absolutely necessary. BUT, if you continue with the same thought patterns, and fail to learn how to manage the curve balls, the new healthy habits will soon give way to old familiar stand-by’s. Aligning your head and your heart is the key creating actions and thoughts that will see you through to your goals.
So when life throws you a curve ball; things don’t go the way you planned; you have sick kids, an ailing parent, or impossible work deadlines… STOP.
Let go of the stress.
(even if your pause is just for a moment.)
Breathe in a positive memory or look at a picture of a place you love to shift your attention away from fear and worry, and, in that moment, you’ll be poised to hit a transformational home run.
With much love and gratitude,
Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
How to Avoid the Frightening Health Costs of Candy
By Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
The ghosts and goblins will be walking the streets in a few days, carrying their special Halloween treat bags. What they carry in those bags is far more scary than they realize, for it has the potential to rob them of their most precious gift–their health.
Americans spend close to two billion dollars every year on Halloween candy!
That’s how much it would cost to send 20,000 students to a decent college for 4 years, or to feed 303,030 kids in Ghana, Africa for a year.
How many hurricane or earthquake victims can be assisted with $2 billion?
The Frightening and Hidden Costs of Halloween
The dentist bills, doctor bills, lost productivity and distress that ensues as a result of gorging on candy every October 31st add up to millions.
The cost of Halloween on our health and the health of our kids is staggering. Since 1980, obesity rates in children have tripled. Today, 13 million children are obese . The amount of sugar consumed at Halloween and throughout the year contributes not only to obesity but to serious debilitating diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Annual obesity-related medical costs are estimated to be $168 billion.
The ingredients in typical Halloween confections are scarier than the costumes. In addition to sugar and health-damaging oils, they are filled with artificial colors and preservatives. And, according to Pure Fun Candy, producers of an organic line of cane juice sweetened candy colored with vegetable and fruit extracts, the FDA doesn’t monitor artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives or even require that they be tested.
Research published in the Lancet, one of the most respected medical journals, concludes that food additives affect brain chemistry in children, resulting in hyperactivity and ADHD-like behavior.
Lancet 2007, Nov 3:370 (9598) 1560-7 “Food Additives & Hyperactive Behavior in 3 Year Old and 8/9 Year Old Children in the Community: a Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo Controlled Trial.” McCann D, Barrett A, Cooper A, Crumpler D, Dalen L, Grimshaw K, Kitchin E, Lok K, Porteous L, Prince E, Sonuga-Barke E, Warner JO, Stevenson J. School of Psychology, Dept. of Child Health, University of Southampton, UK. 300 Children Studied.
This research prompted Wal-Mart in the UK to ban these additives in children’s foods. Yet American kids continue to consume them in record amounts, especially at Halloween.
Safe Strategies for Happy and Healthy Kids at Halloween
Here are some suggestions, taken in part from Healthy Halloween Treats:
- Pull your spending power away from the $2 billion spent on candy. Hand out trinkets like pencils and pads, party favor toys, boxes of raisins, or quarters. If you feel you MUST give candy, try some of the Pure Fun Candy organic products. There’s a 3 page list of healthy alternatives in the book Healthy Halloween Treats.
- Make your own Healthy Halloween Treats, using fresh,whole, raw organic ingredients and natural sweeteners like date paste and dried fruit powders.
- Swap the candy your kids collect for trinkets, money, or toys. The book Healthy Halloween Treats has pages of suggestions for new Halloween rituals that the kids find fun.
- Teach your kids to Trick or Treat for Unicef, or another charity of your choice. It will teach them the magic of giving.
Shifting attention away from the candy, and into the true meaning of the holiday is a great way to get your kids involved. In my Healthy Halloween Treats book, I share some of the activities and stories my kids and I have shared.
They are now 13 and 17, and so they won’t be trick or treating this year. The gift I gave them by not participating in the candy madness and teaching them the value of good nutrition has resulted in two very strong, bright and healthy teenagers who’ll be spared the ravages of health destruction caused by sugar and processed food addiction.
As I observe the physiques of other kids their age, the belly fat and brain fog that results from over reliance on processed sugary foods is apparent.
Enjoy a Healthy Halloween, and keep your kids safe from the scariest part of Halloween – the candy!
Love, Health and Happy Halloween
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.
Special Event Potluck with Karen Ranzi
LIVE Internet Broadcast:
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.
NEW OPTION: If you can’t attend the event in Austin, we will record a video for internet broadcasting. You can REGISTER HERE and enjoy a recording of the workshop.
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
Click HERE to register for the LIVE and recorded workshop video!
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!
You’ll find a complete list of past classes available HERE.
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:
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.
Future Show Schedule:
- Thursday, Nov. 3rd – I Don’t Want a Pumpkin Belly: A Kid-Friendly Call about Candy
Whenever Halloween rolls around, so do the candy bars and sweet sugar-loaded treats. If it’s tough for adults to always make the best lifestyle choices, imagine what it’s like for kids!
And while it’s tough to resist sugar, it’s just as tough being a kid and facing serious conditions like obesity, diabetes, and attention disorders. Being teased for obesity is no laughing matter when you’re a kid.
Ritamarie will be hosting a special call with kid-friendly language that will help your kids to understand what happens when they feast on processed foods and what THEY can do to feel better and STILL have fun!
Join Dr. Ritamarie for this sweet and friendly call!
8:00 am PT, 9:00 am MT, 10:00 am CT, 11:00 am ET
Click here to attend the show!
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.
If you have a life threatening illness or any health challenge you must know that your condition is NOT a punishment, but rather an opportunity to discover who you truly are. Through a unique process of self-discovery called Energetic Emotional Shifting™, you can learn how to take control over your own healing to become a much happier and healthier person; one who is also cancer-free!!
In Part 2 of this series, Timea Havas will share with you:
- How to become more aware of your emotions; understand where they originate from and their meaning with special emphasis on the manifestation of disease and cancer
- How you can become a greater vibration of love to create health and happiness for yourself and those around you
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
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
Health-Seeker, 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:
The event is already underway and you can begin hearing the interviews with 9 of the top natural cancer doctors and researchers who are sharing about the work 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)!
Registration is still open, so be sure to register NOW and catch as many of the calls as you can.
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!
This is a “perilous” green smoothie recipe from one of our staff members, Stacey, but you can find a whole collection of fresh and frightening ideas in my Healthy Halloween Treats book:
- 1/2 mango
- 1 banana, fresh or frozen and cut into chunks
- 1 pear
- 2 tablespoons chia seed
- 1 head of kale (or to taste), with or without stems
- any small red or purple berries you can find (I like to use saskatoons)
- water, or young coconut water, as needed for blending
- Blend all ingredients except berries until smooth. The chia will help make things extra slimy!
- Toss in your red berries (assuming they’re small) for a surprising delightful bite.
- 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.”
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