Crustless Cheesecake


Crustless Cheesecake

Posted by cemmerich in cheesecake, depression, desserts, gluten free, high fat/moderate protein, neurotransmitters, nut free, PURE PROTEIN/FAT DAY, Uncategorized, vegetarian 26 Dec 2013


Testimony of the Day

“The very first time in my life I was asked if I liked myself and I couldn’t answer. This was the turning point in my life. I first tried traditional medicine: anti-depressants, anxiety medications, Thyroid medication for my “hypothyroid” etc. but with little to no avail I turned to nontraditional medicine. I was 20 years old. I was able to treat my illness through diet and nutrition but I realize not all cases are that simple. I strongly believe that had I seen a psychologist before my life style change they would have diagnosed me with bi-polar. I was a mess. Sad, angry, paranoid, blaming others, something was always “wrong” or “a muck” but I never could put a finger on it. I would break down and cry throughout the day and I would always “come up” with a reason why I felt the way I did.

I first started by making dietary changes, eating protein, less grains and sugar. It helped some but not enough. I then sought Maria’s help. At my appointment, I started to cry. I said I don’t know what’s wrong with me, maybe it’s just been a long day. I remember feeling a dark cloud over me. 

Once I started your diet, my cloud was lifted, my brain fog, my depression, my pain, my suffering. I was a “new person.” I was my old self again! I was 21 years old. After the life style changes of diet, and nutrition my fibomyalgia, freezing cold all the time and sadness went away. Things were finally “perfected” once I went 100% gluten free. Until I went 100% gluten free I kept developing new allergies. I was always bloated and constipated. I would still have occasional emotional unsteadiness.

With Maria’s guidance of supplements and staying 100% compliance to her diet, my gut has finally healed, my emotional health completely stabilized, my acne gone, excess pounds gone, brain fog gone, tired / fatigue gone. I am the healthy image I longed to be. It took time, persistence, patients, and self-discipline. It has been a journey that has paid off! I am now a wife and mother of three and to have the positive energy for all of them they need. I can truly be the sound and encouraging spiritual head of the home, focused on them and not on myself. I am now 29 years old.”

To get the results like this client, click here to get started.  You do NOT have to suffer through this alone!


Craig’s Before/After Photos

“This is a partial before after photo of me.  I couldn’t find any photos of me at my highest weight (185 in college).  On the left I was about 170 and today I am 145.” Craig


Fighting Depression

Before I started my job as a nutritionist, Craig (my husband) and I had some really tough curve balls thrown our way. I was a rock climbing guide and I loved my job but with the bad economy came bad news. Craig lost his job which was our main source of income. Shortly after that happened, I went to have my yearly physical and I was a puddle. I cried at the drop of a hat, worried that we were going to lose our house and our dream of adopting children. My doctor immediately thought she would be a helpful “problem-solver” by offering me an antidepressant. She did not check my vitamin D levels (which ended up being low after I had them checked with a new doctor), nor did she check my liver health, which was also probably horrible with my high carb diet at the time. Not to mention the fact that I was also training for a marathon which added stress to my adrenal system.

She also did not ask if I take fish oil or a probiotic. All of these should be a prerequisite for patients to test and incorporate before being offered these mind-altering addictive drugs with lots of side effects. We would save a whole heck of a lot of money on health insurance!

On top of that she did not ask what my diet was (p.s. this is the same doctor that didn’t ask about my diet when I had severe IBS, needless to say, after this visit, I changed doctors). In biology class we are taught that our blood is manufactured and begins in the bone marrow. In Chinese medicine, we are taught that our blood begins on the end of our fork. Yep, we really are what we eat.

One of the most common serious ailments I see in my office is depression and anxiety. Our brain and cells are over 60% fat. With the trends and tips that health magazines and commercials push on us, it is no wonder depression is sucking us all down! Before my passion for nutrition came along, I had a passion for donuts. I was an athlete and thought I could get away with eating what I wanted, as long as I worked out. NOT TRUE. Even though I ate enough calories, I was starving myself … specifically, I was starving my brain. Even though my stomach was filled with “substance” my brain kept telling me to eat; our bodies are smart, they make us crave certain nutrients we need. In my low-fat past, I always felt guilty about enjoying fatty foods. But the human body is hard-wired to crave cholesterol and fat because our body is made up of this crucial macronutrient, so don’t feel guilty! You crave cholesterol and fat because they’re critical to your health. When you eat real cholesterol and fat, you regulate insulin levels and trigger enzymes that convert food into energy.

Cholesterol from food controls your body’s internal cholesterol production and protects your liver. Your liver is what governs not only how effectively your body burns fat, but it also governs your mood.

Some signs of a toxic liver are weight gain, depression, cellulite, abdominal bloating, indigestion, fatigue, mood swings, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and skin rashes. Many people struggle with weight gain and a sluggish metabolism most of their lives, and go through lots of yo-yo dieting unsuccessfully. “So why doesn’t anything work?” You may have been tackling the symptom when we should be addressing the cause; weight gain is often due to poor liver function. The liver performs more than 400 different jobs, and is the body’s most important metabolism-enhancing organ; it acts as a filter to clear the body of toxins, metabolize protein, control hormonal balance and enhance our immune system.

“Thank You Thank You! With your help, I am off the anti-depressant that I had been taking off and on for almost 20 years, wow I can’t believe it! I had been convinced that it was something I was going to have to take for the rest of my life. I feel great, I still get a little emotional the week before my period, but it is manageable. In addition to that, I am off the Armour thyroid. I will have my levels checked again in two months, but the last time it was checked I was holding in the normal range.

Also, when I started working with you I was on the verge of having my gallbladder out, which I am happy to say, I sill have my gallbladder with no significant issues. Anyway, thank you again, I know if I would not have found you, I would not feel so amazing!!!”

Your liver is a “worker bee” that can even regenerate its own damaged cells, but our liver is not invincible. When it is abused and lacks essential nutrients, or when it is overwhelmed by toxins and excess estrogens, it no longer performs as it should. Fat may build up in the liver and just under the skin, hormone imbalances can develop, and toxins increase and get into the blood stream. The liver metabolizes not only fats, but proteins and carbohydrates for fuel. It breaks down amino acids from proteins into various pieces to help build muscle; which directly impacts your calorie burn. It also transports amino acids through the blood stream for hormone balance; which is critical to avoid water ketoCover smallretention, bloating, cravings, as well other undesired weight issues. There are many different amino acids that have a variety of important jobs. For example l-tryptophan is an amino acid that comes from protein that helps build serotonin. Other amino acids also help move waste such as excess “bad” estrogen, detoxification and elimination through the kidney, as well as many other functions like building muscles.

The liver’s most important function, and the one that puts it at greatest risk for damages, is to detoxify the numerous toxins that attack our bodies daily. A healthy liver detoxifies many damaging substances and eliminates them without polluting the bloodstream. When we cleanse the liver and eat the right foods, liver metabolism will improve and we start burning fat.


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Thank you all for your love and support!


Craig’s birthday is on Christmas Day! Can you believe it!? Poor guy! I try to make the day special, but it is often over-shadowed by Christmas activities. His FAVORITE dessert is cheesecake, so in honor of his birthday, we are celebrating with my keto-cheesecake!

Keto Cheesecake
Prep time
Cook time
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 (8 oz) packages organic cream cheese or mascarpone cheese
  • ¾ cup Swerve confectioners (or stevia glycerite to taste)
  • ½ tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 3 eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut a vanilla bean open through the middle and scrape the beans out of the inside with a sharp knife.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, natural sweetener, vanilla bean and salt with an electric mixer until blended.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing on low after each, just until blended.
  5. Pour into a greased spring form pan. I use a water bath to create a more even baking process.
  6. To prevent water from seeping into the removable bottom of the springform pan, wrap aluminum foil completely around the bottom and halfway up the sides of the pan.
  7. Place the cheesecake into a jellyroll pan (or any baking pan with sides) and place the pans into the oven.
  8. Use a teakettle to fill the outer pan with hot water.
  9. Bake 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until center is almost set.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  11. Run knife around the rim of the pan to loosen cake and allow to cool before removing the spring-form pan ring.
  12. Refrigerate overnight.
Cheesecake Factory Vanilla Bean = 869 calories, 3 protein, 72g carbs, 1g fiber
“Healthified” Cheesecake = 213 calories, 15.8g fat, 14.1g protein, 3.4g carbs



Plan Plan Plan is the key to success

Recipes like this can be found in my cookbook…Yes, I even have a few cheesecake recipes in The Art of Healthy Eating Slow Cooker! One trick that works for our family is that Craig helps clean up after dinner, while I prepare dinner for the next night. I often fill my slow cookers with a main dish, side dish and dessert (yes, I have 3 beloved slow cookers). Then in the morning, all I have to do is take the slow cooker shell out of the fridge and turn them on. That takes so much stress and anxiety out of my day!

To get over 300 slow cooker recipes, check out The Art of Healthy Eating: Slow Cooker, click HERE to order. 

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Happy Eating! Thank you all for your love and support!


This story brought tears to my eyes!

“My 8 yo son was diagnosed with Epilepsy in November. Through the guidance of our doctor, we immediately put him on a modified ketogenic diet to reduce the number of seizures he would get. As the holiday approached and the kids in his class were eating candy and decorating cookies, he would come home and cry in his room. Then I stumbled upon your website. With his doctors approval, I made this cookie for him, so that he could enjoy a decorating party with his brother and sister. As a new mother of a special needs child, it brings tears to my eyes that I found your site. With the help of people like you, I can start to give my child some of the things he felt like he was missing. To say you have improved my life is a huge understatement, you have brought the spirit of Christmas back into our house. So grateful, thank you.”

  • Wenchypoo December 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm / Reply

    So start a NEW holiday tradition with a Craig’s Christmas Cheesecake! Spell out Happy Birthday in red and green frosting, and have done with it. You don’t have to honor somebody else’s tired old rutty holiday menu–mix it up. We had smoked pork shoulder for Christmas dinner, and we’ll keep eating it until it’s gone.

    Turkey for Thanksgiving? Not around here! We enjoyed a nice slab of grass-fed, pastured London broil. Holiday menus are NOT written in stone, just like eating “breakfast foods” for breakfast isn’t written in stone. I once knew a vegan lady who had veggie pizza (from Domino’s) for Thanksgiving.

    Let the kids have their gifts and play. Let Craig decide the menu. You can decorate–that way everybody gets SOMETHING out of the holiday. Is anybody going to know the difference around there?

  • Tracy Lynn December 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm / Reply

    This made me cry…not due to my neurotransmitters…but because my doses of armour keep going up and I am not feeling any better. I have been taking certain neurotransmitters per your recommendations and just bought the maintenance plan. I will be on plan for one month and then do a consult with you. But the part that gets me is the skin rashes and sluggish metabolism. I am very think. So most people think I have a fast metabolism. Fast isn’t good….efficient is good…what we want. But I know due to my IBS-C that my metablism is whacked.

    I am so excited to be working with you Maria. I have studied nutrition and have been in the holistic health field for many years now and have never found someone with such cutting edge information to share. I cannot wait to share it with my clients and even better, I cannot wait to be the quoted testimonial on your website.


    • cemmerich December 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm / Reply

      Thank you! I hope we get get things straightened out for you! :)

      • Tracy Lynn December 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm / Reply

        I know we will……The first of the year I am doing the assessment with you.

  • fatima December 26, 2013 at 3:28 pm / Reply

    Hi, this is a wonderful recipe, thanks for posting.
    I was wondering if I can use honey as a sweetener, will the cheesecake set if I do?

    Merry Christmas from Jordan in the Middle East :)

    • cemmerich December 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm / Reply

      Thanks! I’m not sure. I don’t sue honey (too much sugar and fructose for me). Merry Christmas! :)

  • StoneFX December 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm / Reply

    I bought your 30-day accelerated package in November and while I am still reading through all the material, I’ve enjoyed making several of your recipes. I have a question about using a keto-adapted diet for someone who has Primary Biliary Cirrhosis – an autoimmune disease that causes damage to the bile ducts. The recommended diet for liver disease is based on high carbs, moderate fat and restricted protein, which doesn’t exactly fit with the keto-adapted diet. Any advice?


  • Debbie Meissner December 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm / Reply

    Happy Birthday Craig! My neice also has a Christmas birthday and this Christmas I was a mama’s doula as she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy early Christmas morning. So it is a good day to have a birthday, I think.

  • Maryanne Darner December 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm / Reply

    Happy holidays, Maria!

    Your cheesecake sounds delicious. What size springform pan do you use? Mine came in a set of 3, 8”, 9”, and 10”. My favorite recipe uses half the amount of cream cheese +1/2 cup each sour cream and sweet cream. I use 3/4 cup sugar substitute. It calls for a 9” pan.

    happy birthday to Craig!

  • Aimee December 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm / Reply

    My birthday is Christmas day and I love cheesecake as well! We always ‘move’ my birthday celebrations to a few days after Christmas though. To our family, it really helps to not try and have too much going on on one day. The recipe we will be using for my birthday cheesecake in 2 days has half the cream cheese, sour cream (but we use creme fraiche) and somewhere around 1/2 cup sugar. We’ve learned to leave off the sugar topping because it’s just gross. If I can get everyones ok, I may have to give your recipe a try in the next couple of weeks and see how I like it!

  • Paulette December 27, 2013 at 1:38 am / Reply

    I have never used vanilla beans before. You put the whole beans in? some recipes I’ve seen call for steeping the bean in a liquid and then discarding, or grinding it up in a strong blender or food processor. Please help. I would love cheesecake after my two week no dairy plan. keep my finger’s crossed. I haven’t minded no wheat but no dairy not so much of a fun idea so far.

  • Philis December 27, 2013 at 3:44 am / Reply

    Maria, I have purchased your keto book & am in the process of reading it.

    Really would like to know if you have run into this before:

    I have tried a couple/three occasions to get into ketosis, but I do not stay with it very long because even when i get into ketosis I seem to gain weight from that much fat. And each time I think maybe this is not the way for me to eat. I already eat low carb.

    Have you had other clients with that experience? Usually, one just hears of those that lose weight right away. Maybe those that also gain just move on to some other way to eat and we just are not aware of their experience?? I do not have weight to lose but do not want to gain either.

    It all gets confusing when one hasn’t found the perfect sweet spot.

    Do you think all people should be in ketosis? What do you think of Jonathan Bailors approach? In other words, should we be eating the same or one has to keep searching for what works for them?

    Is it better for some people to be low carb without full ketosis? I so want to believe ketosis would be best for me and most all people, but this weight gain is scary.

    (Probably eat around 1200 calories a day worth so that you know not going hog wild.)

    • cemmerich December 27, 2013 at 3:07 pm / Reply

      I am not real familiar with Jonathan Bailors work, but it does look lower fat. I believe higher fat is good for everyone, but everyone does have different carb and protein tolerances. For instance, some with certain thyroid issues (like t4 to t3 conversion issues) need higher carbs and protein, but the level that works for each person is different. :)

  • Connie December 27, 2013 at 4:28 am / Reply

    Hi Maria, I so love the work I did with you, the results, your books, recipes, all of it. That said, I just had to take issue with something you wrote in this article about antidepressants. I’ve been a psychiatric nurse for 32 years so it is an area I know something about. Antidepressants are not addictive and you seem to imply that they are. I am fine with people doing all they can to avoid taking them but a reason to not take them can’t be that they are addictive. Thanks!

    • Penny December 27, 2013 at 9:56 pm / Reply

      I also am a nurse and from personal experience, I can definitely say that my body was addicted to an antidepressant. Due to financial reasons, I had to stop my medicine cold turkey. Wow, super big mistake. When my husband found me crying and hysterical 3 days after stopping the medicine, we had to quickly start me on another medication. So, in my book a medication is addictive if it requires you to slowly decrease the dose in order to discontinue it’s use.

      • laura December 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm / Reply

        I agree! I am on an anti depressant too, and am definitely “hooked” on it. A missed dose sends me into an awful downward spiral.

  • Susie December 28, 2013 at 12:43 am / Reply

    Just finished Keto-Adapted book. I have been trying to be grain free low carb no sugar person since July. I have lost about 20 lbs and feel great. I think I have a yeast issue though, sebheorric dermatitis all over my body. My question is do I follow the guidelines in the Keto book for yeast issues? and cut out dairy too :(. Or do I continue trying your recipes in the 3 cook books I have and take the supplements for candida overgrowth you recommend? I have had an issue with acne for 30 years and get yeast infections really easily, hot tubs, antibiotics etc. I think I have had too much yeast in my system since I was a young adult – I am over 50 now. Any advice on what eating plan I should follow is much appreciated!!

    • cemmerich December 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm / Reply

      I would follow the Keto-Adapted recommendations for yeast issues and take the candida supplements. :)

      • Susie December 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm / Reply

        Thanks for the response!

    • Tracy Lynn December 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm / Reply

      Hi Susie…I hope you don’t mind me chiming in. I would like to connect with you because I have recently had some skin issues as well. I had struggled with acne for a while and al though that has actually settled down, I have over this past year had some of what would appear to be either eczema or some other kind of chronic thing going on with my skin on my face. I do an ok job of covering it up, but at the end of the day I know it’s there. I recently have gone completely on Maria’s plan…the Maintenance plan because I do not want to lose weight….

      I have hypothyroidism in a bad way. So my doctor wants to constantly increase my medication to increase my T3 levels….which keeps lowering my TSH almost too much. So I decided to follow a cruciferous free vegetable diet for a solid 30 days and within days already noticed a settling down of my skin. I think a lot of our health is directly related to our thyroids especially if it comes to digestion and skin which are so intricately related. Sometimes we can be eating a lot of healthy foods and although they are health in nature, as individuals they can be devastating to us. Like S P I N A C H which has extremely high levels of histamine in it. Took that out and ALL sugars and within days noticed a difference…’s just a thought. Maria had mentioned to me last week to even cut back on my fiber consumption. I’m thinking that even though we think we need a lot of fiber, it can irritate the gut and ultimately irritate the skin. She suggested that I just increase my fats so that I am more satiated and if I get hungry, snack on things like her Keto Fudge…which is mostly fat….and which I am making today.

      Anyway I am curious how your skin will progress. Would you mind keeping in touch with me?? This would be great information also to share with my clients who struggle with skin issues.

      By the way, I am waiting for my candida products as well and per Maria’s suggestion I am only doing the NOW Candida Clear/Support and I am taking high doses of probiotics…the Udo’s brand I am taking the bifidus and the super 8 acidophilis to target higher and lower gut. I am also taking 1300 mg of Evening Primrose Oil 3 times per day.

      Hope to hear back from you. Best wishes on your journey

      • Susie December 30, 2013 at 12:05 am / Reply

        Thank you for the advice. I will give it all a try. I was put on some prednizone to settle the rash and I will start the candida clear and other products soon. I will let you know how it goes.

        • Tracy Lynn December 30, 2013 at 1:04 am / Reply

          please do….best of luck

  • Adri December 28, 2013 at 2:06 am / Reply

    Hi Maria, what’s your thoughts on Yacon syrup: 0 Carbs, 0 Sugar?

    • cemmerich December 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm / Reply

      It is an ok option in moderation. :)

  • paulette December 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm / Reply

    I have a question about the vanilla bean…you just put them in whole? I’ve seen other recipes where you “steep” them and then remove, or you grind them as mix in a Vita Mix??? thanks

    • Darlene December 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm / Reply

      Step 2 says to open it & scrape the beans out…

  • Sula December 28, 2013 at 10:59 pm / Reply

    I was on an anti depressant for a few years. It took at least 6 months to get that %$#@ out of my system! It was a difficult thing to get off. I recommend anybody who is thinking about quitting to do some research. Make sure you have some support ( family, friends ). And be mentally ready to quit. Also, try and get you’re doctor on board to help you through too. If that isn’t an indication of an addiction …. then what is? It’s a big fat lie, kinda like whole grains and sugar are good for you.
    One more thing, I just want you to know that it IS worth it to get off that stuff. It takes time but you WILL feel a whole lot better.

  • Tracy January 1, 2014 at 3:51 am / Reply

    Perfect for my over feed day….can’t decide between this and the pumpkin swirl cheesecake. Too much to choose for ….lol

  • Jayne January 1, 2014 at 7:11 am / Reply

    Will taking Candida Clear if I don’t have Candida cause any problems?

    • Tracy Lynn January 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm / Reply

      I am taking Candida Clear right now along with my program and am noticing some detox. I think we could all benefit from taking these herbs even if we don’t have random candida issues….which in these days I think we all do. But I definitely am noticing a bit of a cleansing reaction

      • Tracy Lynn January 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm / Reply

        oh and I’m taking it 3 times a day….not just 2. And starting today I will be combining it with oil pulling

  • SalutSMJ January 1, 2014 at 9:48 am / Reply

    As a student of a “traditional, classic” medical school no one teaches you the nutrition in any kind of depth except the elementary school basics. It was only when I explored the subject by myself that I discovered the importance and benefits of a specific diet. This post in particular is crucial in guiding me not to be a drug prescribing machine one day. Love your blog!

  • Marah January 1, 2014 at 10:30 pm / Reply

    Yep, crying here too! I went through a similar heartache with my daughter when she was very young and had allergies to many foods that other kids enjoyed. I totally understand the joy in finding something sweet tasting that works for you child. It warms my heart to know that your boy has such a good mama – someone to watch out for him, keep him as healthy as possible while still feeling like he can enjoy some sweet things like other kids. Keep up the good work. <3

  • Katy January 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm / Reply

    Do you freeze this? I would to have leftovers.

    • cemmerich January 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm / Reply

      Yes, it freezes well. :)

  • Katy January 25, 2014 at 1:06 am / Reply

    Thank you. I made them in large mouth half pint mason jars thinking I could just freeze them for myself. When my husband saw me take them out of the oven he rushed one outside (it’s below zero here) for his dessert as did my daughter’s friend. They both thought the cheesecake was great. I have to wait until Sunday for mine. I hope I can be strong ;)

  • Yaz January 25, 2014 at 8:13 am / Reply

    Hi, thank you for posting such a great recipe. I have been on keto diet for about 3 weeks and i didnt have any sugar or sweetener. Amazingly, i have no cravings whatsoever, none for sugar none for grains. I am wondering if i try your recipies that has sweetener in them, will that trigger my sugar cravings? I am completeley fine without sweetener (as you said fruits are my deserts now) but my daughters birthday is approacing and i thought i will make your birthday cake. I read somewhere that sugar feeds the yeast in our body and we need to more of it once we start.

    • cemmerich January 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm / Reply

      Thanks! It doesn’t trigger anything for me. Everyone is different so you can give it a try. This shouldn’t trigger yeast as it isn’t sugar. :)

  • Kelley January 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm / Reply

    Hey Maria! LOVE your blog and have gotten almost all your cookbooks :) We love cheesecake but I was wondering if you could use regular swerve for this recipe or if it had to be the powdered. Thanks so much for all you do!

    • cemmerich January 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm / Reply

      That will work. Or you can grind it into a powder. :)

  • Lorraine February 11, 2014 at 10:36 pm / Reply

    Hi Maria!! I started to eat different since I turned 30 not only for my weight but for health issues as well!! I have to say that Im so happy that I found your blog!! Now my husband and I can enjoy a nice dessert for the weekends :)

    • cemmerich February 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm / Reply


  • Carol February 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm / Reply

    HELP! I’m torn between which of Maria’s cheesecake’s to make today for Valentine’s day. Do most prefer this Keto cheesecake ( which looks a bit dry), or Maria’s Boston Cream Cheesecake or her Vanilla Bean cheesecake (which is basically her keto cheesecake with a crust)?

  • Karin March 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm / Reply

    Hi Maria!
    A few months ago I was pregnant and craving baked goods, but didn’t think there would be anything I could make on a gluten-, milk- and sugar free recipes. Luckily I stumbled across your blog: one of the best things that has happened to me – or at least to my sweet-tooth – in years :-D Thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes!

    A bit of background on me: I am a celiac, and have chronic Lyme disease, with my main persisting symptom being extreme fatigue. I have been hoping that the keto diet might help me regain my health, so that I will have more energy for my new daughter! So, now that I’m no longer pregnant or breastfeeding, it would be safe for me to try going completely keto, but I have a couple of questions first:

    1) Most of your blog seems to focus on weight loss. I tend to have the opposite problem: I eat and eat and eat, but have a hard time keeping on weight. Would the keto diet still be suitable for me?
    2) Since becoming ill, I have developed some food intolerances, which I didn’t used to have. For example, I seem to get eczema from milk products and fish, and have a hard time digesting cauliflower. Have you ever seen this kind of intolerance disappear again after someone started on the keto diet? It will be very hard for me to limit my diet even further – and especially to give up rice and corn…but if I could eventually add cow’s (or even goat’s or sheep’s milk) back into my diet, that would be huge!

    Sadly I don’t have much money to spare, so can’t afford one of your consults at the moment. Which of your books would you recommend to get properly started on the keto diet?

    Thank you so much for all your efforts! I have already told several friends about your site, and we all appreciate it :-)

    • cemmerich March 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm / Reply

      Thanks! Well, for both of those issues, my 30 day maintenance meal plans would be perfect. They do have dairy. So the other option would be the 30 day accelerated meal plans and just add to the portion sizes (they are dairy free). If you can’t swing that, just try to get 70-80% of calories from fat, 15% from protein, 5% or less from carbs. If keeping weight on becomes an issue, add snack like keto fudge (especially right before bed). :)

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