“Maria, I came to you at the end of May and started eating differently and really working on my health 28 May 2013.
I came to you for a lot of reasons. I’ve been low carb for several years but I was stalled with what I figure is at least 70lbs left to lose. I knew I am allergic to gluten so I didn’t even eat gluten. But my stomach would cramp after I ate and I was constantly feeling unwell. Then I started feeling like I had the flu and I was ran down all the time. Eventually I had body aches and my hair was falling out by the clump. When I finally had some energy my heart even started racing for no reason. I was also very depressed and having insane mood swings. I was also feeling overwhelmed by life. All of these things are out of character for me. It got so bad I used all my leave at work trying to figure out what was wrong with me. Still no answer from the doctors. At the time I worked out 4 days a week with kettlebells and I did some cardio once in a while but I couldn’t keep the weight off. I’d lose and regain the same 20 lbs every month (so I’d go from needing about 70 to lose to 90 to 70… it was awful). I’d be ok all day and then have intense cravings at night. I thought I was having issues with my thyroid because I have family history with that but that wasn’t it. So, I was sick. Very sick.
Somehow I stumbled on your page. I’m so thankful! I read the recipes a million times and I was obsessed with your webpage. Everything looked tasty, and it seemed easy. Also there was gluten free bread and the ingredients were simple. I hadn’t had bread in over 2 years! I think I made 1 recipe of yours and didn’t tell my fiancé or my son it was new. They both loved it and I didn’t feel sick afterwards. I decided right there that I was going to do a consultation with you.
It didn’t even take a week to start feeling better or start losing weight. My heart stopped racing and I suddenly had more energy than before. I slept better and deeper than I have in forever. My mood swings stopped and I started feeling normal again. I actually feel healthy! I can’t even remember the last time I felt like this. My forearms and the tops of my legs look liked I had ingrown hairs and now you can’t even see that. And suddenly I started having color in my cheeks – people think I wear a smidge of blush – but I rarely ever wear makeup. I’m getting married in 2 weeks. My bridesmaids and even some of the vendors for our wedding have noted how calm and relaxed I am. I went and tried on dresses for the wedding and bought one in a smaller size. I went last Saturday to have it adjusted. The dress fit so perfectly that I only had to have the shoulder taken up and a bustle put on. (I can’t wait to send you those pictures!)
In the beginning my fiancé was sneaking the food thinking it was “bad” for him and enjoyed every bite with a smidge of guilt. I always got a laugh out of that. I also started feeding my 11 y/o son your food and he has so many favorites he can’t pick. He used to have eczema and “chicken skin” on his face, arms, and back. He even started getting acne – and I felt bad because I had it awful as a teenager. His skin has cleared up really well and you can’t even tell he started having issues. He even looks like he’s dropped a bit of weight too (love handles and his belly mostly). The real hardest part of eating this way for us is keeping food in the house. I haven’t been able to freeze anything because it’s gone the second I turn around! I spoke so highly of you to my parents that my mom started making your sub bread for my dad – who is also allergic to gluten. He loves it. He also loves the clam chowder.
So now I’m down 40 lbs and it was probably the easiest 40lbs. I dropped the weight between the last week of May until September and now I’ve been losing inches fairly rapidly. I love kettlebells still and basically use them 4 days a week and do some cardio (20 minutes or less) once in a while. I’m stronger than I was before by a lot and I am thinking clearer than I was before also. I have to be honest though – there are some weeks I’m so busy I don’t get a chance to work out (but I make sure I sleep)! This is the lightest I’ve been since my son was 4. Everyone has been telling me how much better I look. My dad said when I saw him in October that this is the healthiest he’s seen me in years.
I’m not done yet. I have some more weight I want to lose; our honeymoon isn’t for another couple months so I’m very excited to see what I can do in that time.
The cost of getting that consultation was completely worth it in my book. I even went and bought all of your books in ebook and print so I wouldn’t ever be without the recipes. I feel amazing and I can’t put a price on that. Yeah, you’re pretty much an angel in my book.
All the love in the world to you and your family,
P.S. This is a picture of me the weekend we got engaged – October 2012. I’m basically wearing a very tight 16 or in some clothes an 18. All the work I put in from September – May and I still looked the same. It was very disheartening. The bottom picture is of me last night. I am now wearing a loose 12 or in some clothing lines a comfortable 10. The hardest part now is keeping an outfit I like because in a month I end up smaller than before.” – Holly
This is Maria’s husband Craig doing another guest post. Like a lot of guys out there I grew up loving pizza. Coming from Medford Wisconsin, the birthplace of Tombstone Pizza, we of course grew up eating lots of frozen pizzas. During high school I worked at Dirt Fighters with some friends. We cleaned the local bank and factories after school. Every night after school we would have several Tombstone pizzas that the 5 or 6 of us would split before we started work. Every single day after school. I know this is a familiar tale to so many as this was all we knew.So now that I understand about all the transfat, preservatives, petrolatum based ingredients BHA and BHT, and other “food like” substances (we remember what the mechanically separated meat looks like from my chicken nugget post!), I know I should avoid frozen pizzas.
Sure, I was 16 with a great metabolism and very active in sports so I was 145 pounds and very lean. But that isn’t the whole story. Just because our kids aren’t overweight doesn’t mean that they are healthy. Here is some great information and studies showing how you can be “Skinny fat”. When my metabolism and activity level slowed down in college, I gained 40 pounds and ballooned up to 185. I am sure I was on my way to pre-diabetes, digestive issues, etc. Thankfully I married this wonderful woman with a passion for health. Since finally following 100% of what she teaches (about 3 years ago), without changing my activity level, I slowly lost the weight and am now back to my college weight of 150. 🙂
So here is my “healthified” version. This crust tastes so much better than any frozen crust or pizza delivery ever did and with no inflammatory grains or sugar!
FAST FAMILY TIP: I made 3 of these one night and froze them for fast and easy family dinners! I just bake the crust as directed, remove and add toppings and wrap in tin foil to freeze. Then you just pull it out of the freezer and finish baking as instructed below!
“Healthified” Pizza Crust
- 1¼ cup blanched almond flour (or ½ cup coconut flour)
- ¼ cup Jay Robb protein powder (unflavored, optional)
- 4 TBS Psyllium husk powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 TBS grated parmesan
- 1 TBS Italian spices
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs (4 eggs for coconut flour)
- 1 cup boiling water
- butter or coconut oil (for brushing)
- (Toppings of your choice)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients and mix until blended. Add eggs and mix until well combined. Add boiling water and mix until dough thickens and start to stick to beaters. Place ball on greased baking sheet. Spray a piece of parchment with oil and place on to of the dough to help spread without sticking. Use a rolling pin or your hands to spread the dough into a 16 inch round. Dough will raise 2-3 times its size so make the thickness one third of what you want the final pizza to be (I like a ¼ inch thick crust so I start with about ⅛ inch or less thickness).
- Place in oven and Bake for 25 minutes. Remove crust from oven and brush with butter of coconut oil and return to oven. Broil for 3-8 minutes or until crust is crisp (Be careful, watch closely during this step to make sure it doesn’t burn, just crisps up). I start the broil with it flipped over to crisp the bottom and then flip over and broil the top. Add topping and broil for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and starts to brown. Makes 6 servings.
Traditional Pizza Crust = 262 calories, 7.6g fat, 6g protein, 43g carbs, 1.7g fiber (41.3g effective carbs)
“Healthified” Pizza crust = 197 calories, 13.7g fat, 9.4g protein, 9.4g carbs, 5.5g fiber (3.9g effective carbs)
For more great recipes like these amazing pizzas, check out our Savory cookbook HERE. Thank you so much for your love and support!