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GUMMY BEARS

Posted by cemmerich in Uncategorized 29 Mar 2014

TESTIMONIES OF THE DAY

30 Day Accelerated Testimony: “Hi Maria, I just wanted to let you know I passed the 20 lb. mark today! Yippee!! Thx to the advanced keto 7 day plan for getting the weight loss going again. 14 to go!” – Lisa

Phone Client Testimony: “HI Maria, Things are going well. Down 6 pounds in about 2.5 weeks! Only 8 pounds to my first weight goal of 135. Even more excited, muscle definition is finally starting to come back!  

Video Testimony

This video is of an amazing family helping their son manage his type 1 diabetes with nutrition! Way to go David!  What a smart young man!

MARIA’S FAVORITE THINGS GIVEAWAY!

Today’s giveaway is This GALLON jug of coconut oil is worth $120!

All you have to do is 3 things:

1. “Like” Maria Mind Body Health on Facebook.

2. Share Maria Mind Body Health with your friends and family.

3. Leave a comment below on how the sugar free and grain free lifestyle has helped you or a loved one!

A winner will be picked May. 2nd and posted on Maria Mind Body Health Facebook page . Good Luck!

 

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WHY GELATIN

According to Nourishing Traditions and the Weston A. Price foundation, there are various health benefits to Gelatin, including:

1. Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track.

2. Good for joints and can decrease pain associated with arthritis.

3. Can help tighten loose skin. I get questions all the time on how to do this! CLICK Here for information on how to do it! 

4. Supports skin, hair and nail growth.

5. Great source of dietary collagen, therefore it helps reduce cellulite! (BEAUTY TIP: do not waste your money on topical creams that claim to reduce cellulite. Collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams are a waste of money. Consume it internally and use almond or coconut oil for lotion).

6. Speeds wound healing: Gelatin is mainly composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts as they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for a healthy immune function and weight regulation! Glycine, which makes up about 1/3 of the amino acids in gelatin powder is anti-inflammatory and evidence is finding that it can help speed wound healing.

7. Helps with sleep: Glycine in gelatin can also help improve quality of sleep.

8. Balances hormones: We are living in a “Sea of Estrogen” (yes, even men!), which can be caused by consuming alcohol, excess carbohydrates, hormones in food, phytoestrogens in soy, xenoestrogens found in plastics, heating food in plastic, even soap is estrogenic. This hormonal imbalance causes aging, inflammation, and infertility. Gelatin has anti-estrogenic effects which can help offset the effects of excess estrogen in the body.

9. Weight Loss: It boosts Human Growth Hormone production and boost metabolism. The largest surge of Human Growth Hormone is 30-70 minutes after bed (I write all about the Human Growth Hormone in my book: Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism).

To help with weight loss, do not eat 3 hours before bed to let the natural rise of Human Growth Hormone happen (or insulin will stop the natural rise) and consume at least 1 tablespoon of gelatin powder before bed. You can eat it plain, but I recommend mixing in to a cup of ‘sleepy time’ tea by dissolving at least 1 TBS in about 1/3 cup cold water and then adding 2/3 cup of the steeped tea.

So Gelatin is a super supplement!

NOTE:  I don’t use regular store brand gelatin.  I use Great Lakes Gelatin It is made from pastured cows in Argentina that have not been treated with antibiotics or hormones.  I bought a HUGE amount (gelatin doesn’t spoil!)

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GUMMY BEARS
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Steep the tea in boiling hot water until very strong.
  2. Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the coconut milk, natural sweeteners and extract of your desired flavor.
  4. Add citric acid if you would like a touch of "sour" taste.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Pour into gummy bear tray.
  7. Place in fridge until set.
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NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Gummy Bears = 112 calories, 0g fat, 0g protein, 24g carbs
"Healthified" Gummy Bears = 46 calories, 4.8g fat, 2.5g protein, 1.1g carbs

85% fat, 13% protein, 2% carbs

 My favorite flavor combination was Peach tea with Pineapple extract! SOOOO awesome! Click HERE to find gummy bear ingredients and molds.

HEALTH TIP: If you are looking for extra help in healing the gut lining, I suggest adding 1-3 tsp of l-glutamine powder to the gummy bears liquid before they are set. Click HERE to find it. 

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 Another Great Testimony

HAQ Supplement Testimony: Hello Maria, I want to thank you for helping me to recover from a deep depression and anxiety I nave had for over a year now. I was on MANY medications and I am now completely off everything! Cindy

 

  • Kate March 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm / Reply

    I go through coconut oil like crazy! I would love some!!!

  • Candace March 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm / Reply

    I have lost over 85 lbs on a low carb diet. I started running and have completely changed my lifestyle AFTER 40!

  • Jamie Rebecca March 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm / Reply

    I’m down 22 lbs so far since January. It has been a complete 180 in my life. I was having episodes of feeling my sugar crash and getting the shakes. I also was having horrible IBS problems. I felt embarassed that I looked 9 months pregnant from bloat constantly. All these problems vanished and my skin cleared up! No more adult acne at the age of 31!

  • Jill March 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm / Reply

    I was finally able to get pregnant!

  • melinda March 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm / Reply

    This lifestyle change has literally saved my life! My husband has lost 80lbs and myself 25lbs. We put coconut oil in our coffee every morning. I love the energy it gives me.

  • Stephani March 29, 2014 at 1:02 pm / Reply

    Because May 2nd is my birthday!!! I lost 70 pounds over 3 years ago living this lifestyle and it continues to make me healthier, stronger, and eliviates so many of my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis symptoms!

  • Allison March 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm / Reply

    I feel good! I haven’t lost any weight yet, but I’m noticeably more patient, content and generally at peace.

  • Stacy March 29, 2014 at 1:22 pm / Reply

    These look so cute! I think I need to try them for my grandbabies! My daughter now calls me the Maria missionary, trying to convert everyone along the way :-)

  • Denise March 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm / Reply

    My family and I have been following you for a while and we have lost weight, sleep much better, and I have more energy now than ever. I love making my kids food from your kids-cookbook, I no longer feel bad about what my kids are eating. Thank you so much Maria!

  • Melissa March 29, 2014 at 1:44 pm / Reply

    I’ve been slowly implementing what I’ve learned from Maria by cutting out sugars and grains and can already see a difference in my body. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us Maria!

  • Dianne March 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm / Reply

    I’m confused. You did a nutritional analysis for me & told me to drink the gelatin on an empty stomach in the morning, for joint pain & hormonal balance. Now this article states to drink it at night. Which is better? Thank you!

  • Ruth March 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm / Reply

    I’ve been eating sugar free and grain free since March 17 and I have lost 12 lbs already. I feel great, I am sleeping better and I don’t have the joint pain I had before.

  • Kathy March 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm / Reply

    It has helped both my son and myself get rid of GERD and get healthier.

  • Melissa Hodges March 29, 2014 at 2:10 pm / Reply

    I personally lost 83lbs! I feel great!

  • beth March 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm / Reply

    I started this lifestyle change for my 12 year old son. My whole family is eating this way, between the five of us we have lost 110 lbs in 6 months. My son has lost 50 now! He looks great, has more energy, less naps, no longer in danger of being diabetic. It’s amazing!

  • Carsen March 29, 2014 at 3:04 pm / Reply

    It’s been a lifesaver for me and my hyperthyroid symptoms, and I feel so much better in a high fat lifestlye.

  • Sally March 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm / Reply

    Still working at

  • Angie March 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm / Reply

    Started last Wednesday:) So excited to get my family on this path!

  • Kelly Gentz March 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm / Reply

    Sugar free and grain free has helped clear up my skin and kept me from being bloated.

  • Cathy Griffice March 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm / Reply

    Weight loss mainly but better health also…

  • Karen March 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm / Reply

    Have learned the many rewards of eating well.

  • kim March 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm / Reply

    Feeling happy, healthy & balanced all because of high fat & low carb ;)

  • Lori Hampton March 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm / Reply

    I ran across your webpage on a facebook post… I have Hypothyroid after removal of 1/2 of my thyroid gland for a cancer scare.. I hope to heal and help my body recover from a long term period of incorrect diagnosis from a myriad of “Medical Professionals” that only want to give medication to cover up what is really going on… Liking your posts and it helps me navigate the path I am taking! Thanks Coconut oil is a new staple in our pantry.

  • Sandy Munn March 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm / Reply

    I feel so much better when I stay away from sugar! I’ve lost about 14 pounds since the beginning of the year. (I’m 59!) I had some issues with adrenal fatigue so I have been taking it slow on weight loss and have been getting along fine!

  • Jackie March 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm / Reply

    I feel so much better eating LCHF!

  • Sheridan March 29, 2014 at 3:13 pm / Reply

    I feel so much better physically and emotionally when I eat your way. Fewer aches and pains, no headaches, more energy, fewer mood swings!

  • Darla March 29, 2014 at 3:13 pm / Reply

    It helps my blood sugar levels and helps me feel better in general. Would love to win this coconut oil, I use it in everything and even on my skin (I have seen a reduction in fine lines :)

  • Angela March 29, 2014 at 3:14 pm / Reply

    Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes!

  • Toni March 29, 2014 at 3:14 pm / Reply

    Coconut oil has been a part of my eating style for several months now. It has helped bring down my blood sugars and gain weight.

  • Jo March 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm / Reply

    I have been putting a tablespoon of coconut oil in a cup of warm bone broth each morning and my IBS and leaky gut syndrome are now just an unpleasant memory !!

  • Amanda March 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm / Reply

    I’ve lost 11 lbs since starting this lifestyle and I’m finally sleeping better! I love Maria’s recipes because for the most part I can depend on them to turn out great, the first time through. :)

  • Deb Brandt March 29, 2014 at 3:18 pm / Reply

    Wow – I go through a lot of coconut oil – wonder how long this would last! I have been GF for over a year and still working on the added sugar part – so tough but I have definitely decreased my sugar. Would love to win this!

  • Wendy McCullough March 29, 2014 at 3:19 pm / Reply

    Going sugar free, grain free has helped me to lose and keep off 60 and fight systemic candida overgrowth. I used to have chronic fatigue and chronic pain but not any more!

  • lorraine r. March 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm / Reply

    My 9 year old daughter is gluten free, and I eat low carb, so your recipes are the best of both worlds. The Dr rated my chances of getting diabetes at 60% before I started this journey, and now thanks to your recipes I am at 25%, and Ill never go back. I am planning on transitioning the rest of my kids to a keto lifestyle this summer, cant wait!

  • Jamie March 29, 2014 at 3:23 pm / Reply

    Gluten free has helped my inflammation!!

  • Stephanie March 29, 2014 at 3:23 pm / Reply

    Our whole family has been eating the Keto way for over a month and we all feel awesome! Our sleep has improved, we have more energy, and no more middle of the day tiredness.

  • amanda March 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm / Reply

    I feel amazing, no aches and pains, moods are normal!

  • Joli March 29, 2014 at 3:26 pm / Reply

    I just started eating this way. I have a hard time not cheating on the weekends. These gummies look yummy.

  • Leah March 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm / Reply

    Love your zucchini muffins! Tried them this weekend.

  • Paula March 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm / Reply

    Grain free means no more aches and pains, especially in my ankles. I try to be sugar-free but sometimes an not as good. However, overall, the whole family is healthier since the amount of sugar consumed odds less than 1/4 of what we used to consume.

  • Marisa March 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm / Reply

    I have much more energy and have lost 25 pounds since the end of July!

  • becca March 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm / Reply

    Sugar-Free/Grain-Free has been a new journey for me, but along with using many of the supplements you recommend in your books. This past month my PMS has was the mildest in YEARS.

  • Marisa March 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm / Reply

    I have more energy and just feel better overall after eating, no bloating!!

  • Rene March 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm / Reply

    So many reasons to go gfsf but effortless weight loss is a huge reason! Tried many things and this is what works best for me!

  • Talitha March 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm / Reply

    Eating keto is the IDEAL way to eat, forever, IMHO. I feel so much better eating this way. I have more energy, think clearer, and am leaner. I’m taking preventative measures, as well, by eating this way. These good fats are nourishing my brain, and hopefully, I can help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s.

  • Davida Hedley March 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm / Reply

    I’ve been consistent the past 2 weeks & have lost 8 lbs :) bye bye sweet tooth!

  • Connie Albert Smith March 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm / Reply

    Coconut oil has changed the way I eat! Would love to win!!!

  • Jessica R. March 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm / Reply

    My family has been sugar free/grain free for 5 weeks (following Maria’s accelerated plan). I have lost 15 pounds and my husband 25 pounds. His anxiety has greatly improved and my headaches are nearly gone. We both feel great!

  • Patti March 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm / Reply

    Love Maria and her wonderful blog and recipes!! Need more coconut oil!!

  • Victoria March 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm / Reply

    I love making gummies, but I haven’t perfected the perfect texture (like haribo). Would adding extra gelatin work?

  • Linda March 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm / Reply

    I have been grain free and sugar free for over a month now and feel much better. Love the coconut oil and would be totally psyched to win this. Am getting my niece to change to this life style as she is obese with many health problems and her oldest son is on the same path.

  • Rachel March 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm / Reply

    Going grain free has helped my digestive issues tremendously! If I consume them, I am bloated… Among other things. Grain free is the best way to go!

  • Robyn March 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm / Reply

    Back to a normal weight. :)

  • Tabitha March 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm / Reply

    Love your blog!

  • Terry March 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm / Reply

    I have been eating a sugar fee and grain free diet since January. Adding good fat to my diet was a bit of struggle but now I have it and continue to grow in knowledge about how to eat healthified. My son has done very well on the Paleo diet because he gets a cheat day once a week. With all the wonderful recipes I do have a need for a cheat day. As I explained to my son, everyday is like a cheat day because I am truly enjoying cooking and baking in my kitchen. My mood is better. My skin is softer. I don’t have cravings. I’ve lost a dress size. And I love the science of it. For those people who don’t believe, just check out the results. My daughter started following along with a fellow teacher who wants to get her diabetes under control. Thank you for all the marvelous information that is changing the lives of so many.

  • KJ March 29, 2014 at 4:06 pm / Reply

    I’m diabetic and have had terrible stomach issues for years. I have now lost 20 lbs and I am free of stomach pain and a few medications.

  • Leah March 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm / Reply

    Definitely notice the weight staying low on low carb! Also limiting sugar and grains helps my daughter with her cyclic vomiting syndrome that was caused by a fungus. Sugar feeds fungus!

  • Aleta March 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm / Reply

    Feel so much better when I eat grain and sugar free!! Going to start working on transitioning my kids next. I need to find my inner will power to go to battle with them (and get rid of all in the junk in our house).

  • Kathy Clark March 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm / Reply

    Following the grain free low carb lifestyle has helped me loose weight and boost my energy level. I feel healthier. Thank you so much.

  • Barbara Linder March 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm / Reply

    Your low carb/keto lifestyle has been the answer to a prayer for me—no other way of eating keeps my cravings under control. I am truly addicted to sugar, and any of those carbs that turn to sugar in my bloodstream is like a toxin to me. I am feeling better, sleeping better, have more energy, and all the recipes for the treats keep me from feeling like I am depriving myself. Go Maria!!!!!

  • RebeccaC March 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm / Reply

    In addition to weight loss, I’d say one of the major improvements to my life has been the mindfulness of what we put in our bodies. Being aware of nutrition, how things are grown, what exactly goes into foods that we might otherwise think are healthy, has had such an impact on the quality of foods I feed myself and my family.

  • Jennifer Gray March 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm / Reply

    Well I’ve lost 22 pounds in just about two months and I can now stay awake all day…I’d call that a win.

  • Abi March 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm / Reply

    Trying out oil pulling and its really making my teeth whiter. Will try to experiment more.

  • Heidi Claar March 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm / Reply

    My son is able to enjoy more treats with coconut oil like other kids but more healthy.

  • Sheri Woody March 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm / Reply

    Thanks for the daily guidance toward a better and healthier way of life. Grain-free is the way to be!

  • Pan March 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm / Reply

    Eating low-carb whole foods is the only thing that keeps me from constantly eating every processed carb in sight! It’s also keeping me from developing type 2 diabetes, which runs in my family.

  • Stacey March 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm / Reply

    I never knew how much coconut oil I could use :-) this would be an awesome win!!

  • Annette March 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm / Reply

    I am finally healing after my celiac diagnosis in July. When a gluten-free diet failed to get rid of my symptoms, I went grain-free and sugar-free. I feel 100% better when I leave them out of my diet. And my last upper scope showed my villi had healed! :)

  • CindyR March 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm / Reply

    Simply, I feel great!

  • Pam March 29, 2014 at 5:51 pm / Reply

    Living a low carb lifestyle has improved my health and given me more energy!

  • Amy March 29, 2014 at 6:07 pm / Reply

    I am just learning all the benefits of this lifestyle. I have been dealing with a rare muscle disease and trying to change our habits. This would be such a blessing! I just ran out and $ is very tight. I love coconut oil!

  • Rebecca March 29, 2014 at 6:07 pm / Reply

    I feel 100% better and have more energy!

  • Christy Martin March 29, 2014 at 6:18 pm / Reply

    Feel so much better with no sugar and no grains.

  • Natasha March 29, 2014 at 6:42 pm / Reply

    Going grain and sugar free cured my panic attacks and interstitial cystitis. I would be a very sick person if I had not changed my diet.

  • Laura March 29, 2014 at 6:49 pm / Reply

    No more metformin, lisinopril and toviaz! One year this last February!
    Booyah!

  • Anne-Marie March 29, 2014 at 6:59 pm / Reply

    Our family never gets sick anymore! We never, ever have to go to the doctor! :)

  • Jackie Adlington March 29, 2014 at 7:11 pm / Reply

    It’s awesome to be wheat and sugar free.

  • Mary March 29, 2014 at 7:31 pm / Reply

    These gummy bears look great!

  • Michelle March 29, 2014 at 7:33 pm / Reply

    This recipe it great my kids love gummies an it even better when it’s actually healthy for you! I would really love to win some free coconut oil that stuff is pretty expensive here in Canada and I use it all the time.

  • Janice March 29, 2014 at 7:45 pm / Reply

    Sugar free and grain free living has helped my daughter to become a healthy, strong child and kept her off of steroids !

  • Erica March 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm / Reply

    My whole family’s health has improved greatly, and I look forward to helping other families be able to do so too.

  • Laura Martens March 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm / Reply

    Sugar free and grain free living has helped my acne, eczema and waistline!

  • Argia March 29, 2014 at 8:14 pm / Reply

    Thank you so much Maria, for all of the hard work and love you put into brining all of us healthified recipes that are SO delicious and nutritious. :-) You’re the best!

  • Argia March 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm / Reply

    Oops! Sorry, meant to say “bringing” in my post above…

  • Teresa Biederman March 29, 2014 at 8:38 pm / Reply

    I have lost weight, gained energy and live without digestion problems and pain! My husband’s also lost weight :)

  • ruth March 29, 2014 at 8:38 pm / Reply

    i love this recipe

  • gloria March 29, 2014 at 8:46 pm / Reply

    I love the all the chocolate sugar free recipes. Cheesecake is s favorite of mine too.

  • apryl March 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm / Reply

    we aren’t totally grain free – we’re wheat free and sugar free. it’s totally changed our lives for the better :)

  • Toni March 29, 2014 at 9:02 pm / Reply

    My 11 year old no longer complains of stomach aches and his concentration has improved greatly!

  • Holly T. March 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm / Reply

    Grain free and Sugar free helped me lose weight and helped my esophagus not be in pain anymore. :)
    Holly

  • Sarah Sue March 29, 2014 at 9:26 pm / Reply

    No grain fog. Less joint pain.

  • kirstenvt March 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm / Reply

    I am helping my 9 year old daughter to make healthier choices. She understands what sugar does to us and now she is choosing less sugar!

  • claire March 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm / Reply

    going wheat/sugar free has been the best thing to do.
    Love coconut oil! and gummy bears!

  • lisa s. March 30, 2014 at 12:03 am / Reply

    Sugar/grain free is new to us. My 11 year old daughter has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that causes her chronic pain. We are trying grain free to help inflammation. We use coconut oil in so many recipes and even self care. This would be such an amazing item to win ♡

  • Kathy minar March 30, 2014 at 12:36 am / Reply

    WE are just exploring the whole wheat sugar free thing. So i’ll have to get back to you on how it effects our lives.

  • Deb March 30, 2014 at 1:17 am / Reply

    I feel SO much better without grains and sugar! It is hard to stay strong sometimes though!

  • D Stevens March 30, 2014 at 1:27 am / Reply

    I have so much more energy, no more all day cat naps….

  • Katy March 30, 2014 at 2:42 am / Reply

    Finally shed the weight I have been trying to lose for the last 4 years. Intermittent fasting along with high fat and minimal carbs has helped me be able to fast during Lent. I have always tried….

  • nancy March 30, 2014 at 2:57 am / Reply

    yum

  • Julie March 30, 2014 at 3:30 am / Reply

    These look awesome!

  • Deana March 30, 2014 at 3:54 am / Reply

    Coconut oil helps me a lot in this way of eating. I have gone through 2 gallons of it, and numerous 54 oz tubs.

  • Rachel March 30, 2014 at 4:41 am / Reply

    me…the longer i do it, the better i feel!

  • Della March 30, 2014 at 4:52 am / Reply

    I have cured my “metabolic syndrome”

  • Kris in Alaska March 30, 2014 at 6:31 am / Reply

    It’s helping to calm my 5 year old grandson! Just wish i could get his skinny grandpa to change what he eats too!

  • Janet March 30, 2014 at 10:31 am / Reply

    So far I have lost 10 pounds since February 12 when I had surgery. But I don’t know if I can afford to continue doing the diet because my STD benefits are running out but I’m not well enough to return to work. I was trying the diet to help heal and strengthen my body.

  • Melinda Cowell March 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm / Reply

    Ooh excited to try these thanks !

  • Vicki Kron March 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm / Reply

    This diet or way of eating is the only way I have been able to control my Type 2 Diabetes. So one million thanks to you.

  • Cynthia March 30, 2014 at 12:35 pm / Reply

    Using Maria’s sugar free recipes and supplement suggestions, my asthma and allergies are gone! Getting the inflammation out of my has reduced my headaches and so much more. thanks Maria

  • emily March 30, 2014 at 12:36 pm / Reply

    I’m new to this area of coconut oil, but since I started my intestines and belly appreciate it. I’m looking to start making my own conditioner, serum, and oil pulling. This will help!!

  • Angela T March 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm / Reply

    I feel so much better when I eat this way. I just recently sabotaged all of my hard work and am Just getting back on track. I love the quality of tropical traditions. :)

  • Norma Tumberg March 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm / Reply

    I have been sugar and grain free for about a month now. I haven’t noticed any changes (I didn’t do a lot of sugar or grain prior) no weight loss. :-( But I do like your recipes and have tried a lot of them. Love them. I’ll keep plugging away though, maybe something will give one day.

    which reminds me… what am I doing wrong? I have made your amazing bread 3 times and every time it sinks and is wet!! I use all the ingredients you suggest in the recipe, psyllium is a fine powder, I weigh everything and it still sinks. I added 2 T of coconut flour this last time hoping that would absorb some of the moisture but it still caved in. It’s delicious bread, I still eat it but I want to make it and have it not cave in. Thanks for your help.

    • Donna March 30, 2014 at 6:43 pm / Reply

      I had the same problem with that recipe. I read in another recipe to let it stay in the oven for 30 minutes after turning the oven off, and that made it sink less…maybe Maria has a trick…can’t wait to hear, but the minimal sinking mine had after 30 minutes in the oven wasn’t a problem. Mine is moist too. I usually toast it or put the slices in the oven after I have just baked something and the oven is still warm. Hope this helps a little.

      • Norma Tumberg March 30, 2014 at 7:48 pm / Reply

        thank you Donna. I’ll give that a try next time. Yes it does make delicious toast. :-)

  • Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy March 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm / Reply

    The sugar free lifestyle has helped me by reducing ny cravings for west things. I used to be weak in the knees for Boston cream donuts! Now I don’t feel the need to eat them anymore. I alread learned to control my hunger and appetite all thanks to you Maria!

  • L.E. Bruce March 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm / Reply

    My husband just recently “discovered” coconut oil. (I have been using it for a year.) Now he thinks its great.

  • Susan March 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm / Reply

    I use coconut oil daily. I am amazed that it can be used for so many different things. I use it for cooking, oil pulling and lotion for dry hands.

  • Lee B March 30, 2014 at 1:55 pm / Reply

    I am a month in and getting keto-adapted. I have 9 month old twins, and previously I would have to take a nap every afternoon when they did. I felt terrible for my 4.5 yo son who was left to play by himself when mommy napped. While I don’t feel like I have the crazy keto energy (YET!), your comment topic just made me realize I haven’t napped in the afternoon for at least a week. Gaining those two hours a day back by ditching sugar and grains is life-changing!

  • Christina March 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm / Reply

    I would love to win this because I do strive and research to cook cleanly and simply. But I can’t lie and say we are sugar or grain freed. What I can say is I am working to change the way we think about food, so that we are eating to feel better and manage our health rather than eating in a way that wrecks our health as we were taught.

  • Aubrey March 30, 2014 at 2:18 pm / Reply

    I love the feeling of eating so clean! I feel like I can think clearly and function better! Love it!

  • Deb Smith March 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm / Reply

    I have Hoshimotos and 4 years ago my condition flared up and I started gaining weight no matter how much or little I ate. I tried all types of diets and diet pills and I would initially lose a few pounds then all of a sudden I would gain the lost weight back plus more weight. I was so discouraged! My daughter started trying to figure out what might be happening to me and determined that I might not be carb and gluten tolerant. She found Maria, mind body health for me on Facebook and a few other sites that talked about a sugar free and gluten free life style change. I made the decision to see what it could do for me and I have lost 27 pounds so far since January. I knew I still had lots to learn about my body and what has happened to it so I bought Maria’s book Keto-Adapted. Maria, your book is helping me understand, thank you so much.

    • cemmerich March 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm / Reply

      That is so awesome! Thanks! :)

  • Martha March 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm / Reply

    I eat a lot of coconut oil and try to stay away from sugar. I’m thankful to learn more…

  • Nicole March 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm / Reply

    I had Leaky Gut and a whole host of autoimmune issues, even after going gluten free in the early 2000s. Once I went grain free with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet in 2007 my symptoms slowly vanished. I have never looked back. I started a ketogenic diet about a year ago and I sleep better and have SO much more energy. Although it’s sometimes difficult to maintain, I feel the results are worth it.

  • Rachel C. March 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm / Reply

    I have been meaning to order gelatin from Great Lakes. Will have to do that now! Thank, Maria for all your great info and recipes!

  • Linda F. March 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm / Reply

    I am eating low carb and have been for about a year now. I sometimes have trouble giving up chocolate, however, but the weight is coming off slowly and I do feel good. Of course, my family eats what I cook, so it has been good for all of us. As a senior citizen (harumpf) with three twenty-somethings still at home, it is advantageous to all. I enjoy cooking and do enjoy the foods I prepare. I so enjoy your blog!

  • Linda March 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm / Reply

    I feel so much better…

  • Paula S March 30, 2014 at 3:05 pm / Reply

    My husband and I have been eating the Maria way for 3 months now. He has lost 20 pounds and I have lost 10. We are close to our goal weights! My husband and I both agree that if we have carbs, especially gluten, we feel yucky, gassy and have mood swings!

  • Katie Petermeier March 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm / Reply

    Living the Maria way has really helped with pain and inflammation of my arthritis! Love cooking with coconut oil! I’m hoping to prove to my siblings that this is the way to live :)

  • mariam March 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm / Reply

    Second (and final!) time around on LCHF and this time I’ve rediscovered my love for baking! Can use that coconut oil!!

  • Cheryl March 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm / Reply

    This way of eating has helped me control my diabetes and lose weight – plus I feel great!

  • Mackenzie March 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm / Reply

    I love using coconut oil, I recently started using it more frequently, and I can tell the extra healthy fat helps keep me fuller longer.

  • Debbie March 30, 2014 at 4:07 pm / Reply

    I love this way of eating, doing it to lose weight, but found out I feel so much better and more energy, don’t miss flour or sugar. And I love your recipes, I make the protein bread every week. thanks

  • Kim March 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm / Reply

    Aside from losing 25 lbs and keeping it off, this lifestyle has helped my energy and gotten rid of gut pains that mimics gallstones. (Tested and gallbladder working fine – no gallstones; no gluten intolerances; no cancer; – undiagnosed) I ditched grains (95% of the time) and sugar, upped the fats – never felt better! Thank you for your very informative site and books!

  • Brandy March 30, 2014 at 5:09 pm / Reply

    My skin has cleared up and looks great!

  • Christina March 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm / Reply

    I have never thought about gelatin as a supplement and am eager to try it. Can it be added to green smoothies?

  • Jae March 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm / Reply

    Going sugar free has really helped me with my belly fat, in three months I’m down one size in clothes and can’t wait to go down more!

  • Allie March 30, 2014 at 5:35 pm / Reply

    Switching from a traditional low carb diet to a keto diet helped me break through my plateau and helped clear my eczema flare ups I usually get during the winter! While my weight loss is going relatively slow, I am finally near my goal! Thank you for all you do!

  • Amy March 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm / Reply

    For the gummies, do they need to stay in the fridge or can they be left safely out. Does it make a difference depending on ingredients?
    Thanks!

  • Stephanie KL March 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm / Reply

    I no longer experience that bloated feeling, nuisance gas. My thinking is more clear, memory is better and I definitely have more energy. A clearer, more supple skin is also a bonus.

  • gina March 30, 2014 at 6:53 pm / Reply

    It has helped me better stabilize my moods.

  • Donna March 30, 2014 at 6:53 pm / Reply

    I went no wheat no sugar a year ago for inflammation issues in my joints. I lost 20 pounds in a month, but maintained that weight for a year. I decided to follow the rest of Maria’s way in February and have lost another fifteen pounds. After several weeks of sluggishness, my energy is higher than it has been in years, no more painful joints, no cravings, much less adult acne, my “muffin top ” is shrinking too! My husband now wants the whole family (kids too) to switch to a keto diet next month. Without the recipes, it would be so hard. I got three of the cookbooks and need to get the kid one now. Thanks, Maria!

  • Danielle @ I Eat Therefore I Run March 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm / Reply

    I’ve been eating this way for about 3 weeks now and I’ve already lost almost 7 pounds. I chose to change the way I eat to a ketogenic diet because despite running, my previous diet of fruit and veg, some protein and complex carbs wasn’t helping me shift weight. I was actually the heaviest I’ve ever been! Then I read Keto-Adapted, and I now know why I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. I no longer crave sugar and feel guilty about the food choices I’m making. It’s like my body knows that a ketogenic diet is the way to go :)

    • cemmerich March 31, 2014 at 1:04 pm / Reply

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Anonymous March 30, 2014 at 8:06 pm / Reply

    Are those deviled eggs I see in the picture? If so, do you have a ‘Maria’ recipe for them? I love deviled eggs!

  • Julie March 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm / Reply

    By removing wheat and sugar from my diet for the past 2 months I no longer have knee pain and I have renewed energy! Thank you Maria for your web page!

  • Cathy March 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm / Reply

    I have my eggs and lemon, but can’t find your cake pops recipe. Can you help me please? My iPad keeps crashing when I try to search Facebook for it. Thanks so much.

  • Renee March 30, 2014 at 9:12 pm / Reply

    Going grain and sugar free is the best thing I have done for my health ever!

  • Gina March 30, 2014 at 9:43 pm / Reply

    I love the maria way and all the wonderful recipes she gives us. She is so full of wonderful information.Love! Love! Love!

  • Stephanie March 30, 2014 at 9:52 pm / Reply

    I have energy! I don’t wake up sluggish and groggy, struggling for hours to finally wake up. I’m energized!

  • Sarah Hietpas March 30, 2014 at 10:04 pm / Reply

    I use coconut oil….inside and out!

  • Mary Ann March 30, 2014 at 10:24 pm / Reply

    I use a lot of coconut. I also use it as a moisturizer for my face.

  • zosia March 30, 2014 at 11:12 pm / Reply

    How has the sugar free and grain free lifestyle helped you or someone you love?
    – mood is more stable
    – less headaches
    – controlled IBS (but still deal with this….quite a bit actually)
    – more satiated!

  • Blanca March 30, 2014 at 11:35 pm / Reply

    Love your books and recipes!

  • Teresa March 30, 2014 at 11:40 pm / Reply

    The grain free, sugar free lifestyle has been a wonderful change in my life. My daughter and I are both down about 20 lbs and feel so much better. I am enjoying sharing my new wisdom with others. Coconut oil is awesome and I go through it like crazy!

  • Lisa March 30, 2014 at 11:49 pm / Reply

    We use coconut for so many different things! I also use it on my face at night and my skin is great. Thank you for the gummy bears recipe!

  • Andrea S. March 31, 2014 at 12:08 am / Reply

    I can’t even express how much it’s changed my life! And not it’s me but my whole family. My dad, who is a Type 2 diabetic, is going gluten free!!!

  • Kelly March 31, 2014 at 12:11 am / Reply

    Would be so blessed to have this. Thank you for the giveaway!!

  • Tracey March 31, 2014 at 12:28 am / Reply

    Still working at it and feeling good. It has hhelped my college aged daughter with her energy level! Continuing to learn and try new ideas!

  • Teresa March 31, 2014 at 1:15 am / Reply

    I was borderline diabetic with borderline cholesterol, now all my levels are healthy and stable.

  • Emily March 31, 2014 at 1:19 am / Reply

    Weight loss, feeling great–more energy, lowering my blood sugars and who knows what else! Trying to keep going and get even stricter–keto!

  • Shurli Manndel March 31, 2014 at 1:36 am / Reply

    Due to hypoglycemia, I haven’t eaten sugar for several years and feel MUCH better. Since
    researching all the problems with grains, I am also going grainfree. I would love to win the
    coconut oil!

  • Terri March 31, 2014 at 1:40 am / Reply

    Still trying to get grain free and sugar free. would love the coconut oil for everything :)

  • Janice March 31, 2014 at 1:55 am / Reply

    Working on it

  • Marla March 31, 2014 at 2:23 am / Reply

    we keep my husbands blood sugar under control with no medication!

  • Jane March 31, 2014 at 2:24 am / Reply

    My gut issues are feeling so much better! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Margaux March 31, 2014 at 3:42 am / Reply

    Fantastic skin, reduced inflammation, and yummy treats, to name a few.

  • Wanda March 31, 2014 at 10:45 am / Reply

    Ive been doing grain free sugar free for about 10 years, on and off, mostly on. My dad has parkinson’s and theyve been doing it for about 6 months now and we can tell quite a difference in my dad when hes eating the way he supposed to be. It helps his balance, mood and strength. Your books and website have helped us so much, thank you!

    • cemmerich March 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm / Reply

      That is awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Andrea M March 31, 2014 at 3:57 pm / Reply

    My husband and I live so much better and healthier when we choose to leave the sugar. When we find it slipping into our diet again, we like it initially, but it doesn’t take long for him and I to quickly agree that sugar needs to go. And we are thankful to let it go!

  • Sharlene March 31, 2014 at 4:22 pm / Reply

    Coconut oil is the only oil I use now. It’s the best for my system.

  • Carol March 31, 2014 at 4:43 pm / Reply

    Going sugar free and grain free was necessary for my kids and myself to treat Lyme disease.

  • Veronica April 1, 2014 at 2:36 am / Reply

    I have changes my life! Down 25 pounds in just over 2 months. For the first time I am not hungry, I have loads of energy, and I am simply happy. Thanks for all your help Maria!

  • Maren April 1, 2014 at 2:41 am / Reply

    Not eating sugar has helped me with cravings SO much. I didn’t really need to lose much weight, but frequent nightly binges were keeping me stressed out and the less sugar I eat, the less I binge. Thank you for your world of knowledge!

  • koshie April 1, 2014 at 3:19 am / Reply

    I can’t help but be interested in ITEM #3 : “Gelatin helps to tighten loose skin. Here’s one trick.”
    But there is nothing to explain the trick. No link. Nothing! I really would like to know!

  • Kathy O April 2, 2014 at 10:29 am / Reply

    Thank you for the posting. I have been trying to add gelatin to my diet with broths but struggling to make them on a regular basis. And impossible when traveling. This sounds like a perfect solution. And homemade gummy bears how easy. Thank you also for the link for the quality Gelatin.

    The coconut oil is outstanding. I use huge quantities for everything from morning “tea” to cooking, hair and skin conditioner.

  • Kathy O April 2, 2014 at 10:33 am / Reply

    ITEM #3 : “Gelatin helps to tighten loose skin. Here’s one trick.” – the new link goes to an alternate supplement not gelatin.

  • Cissy April 2, 2014 at 9:02 pm / Reply

    Can’t remember if I commented or not :). My digestive issues are getting better everyday.

  • mary brazelton April 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm / Reply

    i have new favorites in this different way of cooking!

  • Sue in CA April 2, 2014 at 9:11 pm / Reply

    I love TT coconut oils! Thanks Maria for the generous gift to the winner. Going sugar/grain free has helped me lose weight and my blood tests come back great too.

  • Theresa April 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm / Reply

    I can’t believe how much better I feel and how much I’ve lost.

  • Kristy April 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm / Reply

    One of my bestest friends ever has been trying to go grain free and in so doing, her digestive issues are getting better. :) <3

  • Laurie April 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm / Reply

    More energy, healthier skin and nails and stronger workouts/better runs!

  • Jackie Davis April 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm / Reply

    The sugar free and grain free lifestyle has helped me and my husband not ONLY lose 90+ pounds EACH and keep it off, but we have normal BP, great blood work (even our doctor asked last summer, “What are you doing?” when he saw great total cholesterol, triglyceride, and HDL/LDL numbers.)!! That was just eating changes alone! We are busy parents of four under the age of 9, so we’re hoping the season to get and stay fit follows. Would love to win! – Jackie Davis, the Healthy Witness (wife/mom of four)

  • Jackie Davis April 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm / Reply

    PS: The video says “Removed by user” fyi

  • Maegan April 2, 2014 at 9:19 pm / Reply

    We would love to win a GALLON of coconut oil! Our entire family of 7 lives a “healthified” lifestyle. My children no longer have crazy sugar crashes, my husband is losing weight, and we all just feel much healthier overall! An occasional cold here and there, but nothing more serious than that in over a year :)

  • ML Moren April 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm / Reply

    I have been gluten/sugar/dairy free for years but you made a big difference for us b/c of your amazing recipes. Finally we have some variety in our diets again. Thank You for all you do!!!

  • Wendy April 2, 2014 at 9:51 pm / Reply

    My husband’s triglycerides dropped in half in 3 months by eliminating sugar!

  • Diane April 2, 2014 at 9:56 pm / Reply

    I have lost some weight and generally feel better!

  • Kelly April 2, 2014 at 10:06 pm / Reply

    Just beginning this lifestyle but it has helped me immensely with carb cravings!!!! Would love to win coconut oil.

  • Tina April 2, 2014 at 10:17 pm / Reply

    Love coconut oil! Use it every day! Low carb eating is the only way I can lose any weight at all. Maria’s way of eating increases energy and and makes you feel better all around. Love all her recipes!

  • kathy shepp April 2, 2014 at 10:22 pm / Reply

    I have less joint and muscle pain and can’t wait to see my results as I continue.

  • Teresa April 2, 2014 at 11:33 pm / Reply

    My husband is SOLD on coconut oil after trying it for a couple of weeks. A lot of joint pain is gone. I personally drink a couple cups of BPC daily so this would come in handy

  • Laura Armenta April 2, 2014 at 11:35 pm / Reply

    The biggest benefit so far is far LESS PAIN. My joints ache less, less stomach problems, and much fewer headaches. And it’s only been a little over a month.

  • Alicia April 3, 2014 at 1:45 am / Reply

    love and would recommend High fat low carb to anybody and everybody! my aunt is having amazing results with her asthma and arthritis, and dropped 30+ lbs too. my weight has not changed but my body composition has, hopefully I will drop a few pounds when my life settles down; I will remain HFLC!

  • Samantha April 3, 2014 at 3:16 am / Reply

    My bloating and abdominal pains stopped, my face cleared up and I have more energy. As for my kids they tried it for 1 month and just now their teachers showed me their results (during that time) wow is all I can say….I have to make the switch again for them even though I’ve been sticking to Paleo for breakfasts and dinners. We haven’t gotten sick all winter and this is a first ever with 4 kids at home.

  • Sarah Sue April 3, 2014 at 10:23 am / Reply

    A gallon of coconut would help my budget for the next couple months. I go through coconut so quickly that I’m always ordering!!! I will definitely try making gummy bears when my granddaughters come to visit next week!

    Sarah Sue

  • Vicki April 3, 2014 at 11:17 am / Reply

    Can get out of bed without joint pain. Awesome feeling!

  • Dyanne Spease April 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm / Reply

    Going sugar and grain free has helped me to get my thyroid under control. My skin is very clear, I was prone to psoriasis outbreaks, and I have lost 31 pounds.

  • Kevin April 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm / Reply

    Hey, I had a question about the gummy bear recipe. Can you substitute lemon juice for the citric acid?

    • cemmerich April 4, 2014 at 9:02 pm / Reply

      That should work but you might have to adjust the liquid. ;)

  • paulette April 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm / Reply

    hifat lowcarb and mod protein has gotten rid of GERD and about 12 pounds (and I only wanted to lose 5). I try to get everyone I meet to check out your website.

    • cemmerich April 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm / Reply

      Awesome! Thanks! :)

  • Tanya April 6, 2014 at 9:53 pm / Reply

    Does this really only make 12 gummy bears? I bought the mold that you suggested, but between the 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of coconut milk I ended up filling a ton of molds??? Also, how long do you have to let them set in the fridge? 1 hour? overnight? I can’t wait to try them. Thanks.

    • cemmerich April 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm / Reply

      Sorry, that was a typo. I fixed it. I would keep in fridge overnight.

  • Christina April 7, 2014 at 8:29 am / Reply

    I got back into shape last year after cutting things out of my diet. I feel so much better and love staying active to keep the weight off.

    • cemmerich April 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm / Reply

      Thanks!

  • Valerie April 8, 2014 at 8:59 pm / Reply

    Could a clear liquid be used in place of the coconut milk? In crease the tea? I want t make these for my daughter before a medical procedure and she is only allowed to eat clear foods like jello, no dairy other milks.

    thanks

    • cemmerich April 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm / Reply

      Hmm, that could work. Maybe a little less as water wouldn’t be as thick as coconut milk.

  • Jessica April 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm / Reply

    Hi Maria! We are excited to try this but my husband (the big kid I am making these for) doesn’t like coconut…can I leave the coconut milk out or does it do something really important?

    • cemmerich April 15, 2014 at 2:19 pm / Reply

      You could try. They might be a bit more like jello. :)

  • Denise April 17, 2014 at 10:58 pm / Reply

    I can get out of bed everyday!!

  • C Bibler April 18, 2014 at 12:01 am / Reply

    Sugar/grain free has really helped hone my focus. I feel more attentive and less stressed about my college classes.

  • Jamie H. April 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm / Reply

    I am more fit and have more energy now than I ever did in my 20s or 30s. I wouldn’t be able at all to keep up with my current lifestyle if I hadn’t become grain and sugar free.

  • Sierra April 22, 2014 at 10:58 pm / Reply

    Had a much easier pregnancy…now trying to figure out how to get the whole family into this lifestyle.

  • M. April 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm / Reply

    These are super yummy! Took them to a get together and everybody liked them, even kids! ;)
    How many are in a serving?

    • cemmerich April 30, 2014 at 2:11 pm / Reply

      Thanks! It always says on the top part of the recipe card under my name. :) (24)

  • Destiny August 4, 2014 at 9:24 pm / Reply

    This seems contradicting….To help with weight loss, do not eat 3 hours before bed to let the natural rise of Human Growth Hormone happen (or insulin will stop the natural rise) and consume at least 1 tablespoon of gelatin powder before bed.

    Which is best? 3 or 1 hour before bed?

    • Destiny August 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm / Reply

      Whoops Nevermind I read it wrong. So sorry!

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