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Happy Holidays! And Holiday Gathering

Posted by cemmerich in ChocoPerfection Bars, Christmas, coconut flour, cookbook, dairy free, desserts, gluten free, Uncategorized 24 Nov 2013
Testimony of the Day

“I NEVER take photos of myself but I had to take a couple just so I could send them to you. I only wish I had taken before photos as well! Sorry for the poor quality.

So, I have been eating your way for about a year now, but really kicked it up a notch about two months ago when I purchased a package with you. My goal was to lose about ten to twelve pounds. I had become so frustrated as I watched the scale only change slightly over these past two months. I think I have only lost about 4 pounds total. But guess what I learned? The scale lies! I finally took some measurements and I have lost two full inches off of my waist! After having four kids I never thought I could have a 24 1/2 inch waist! Not only have I lost fat around my belly, but some of the stretched out skin (from multiple pregnancies) seems to have disappeared! I honestly don’t care what the scale says anymore. Sure, I would love to lose a few more pounds, but I am no longer a slave to my scale. I have learned my mind and body more accurately represent the level of my health, not the scale. Thank you for giving me this freedom!”

Click HERE to get your 30 day meal plans and start your transformation!

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I would love to mail all of you a Holiday Card, but since that would be quite the task, I want to send you a this blog post as a thank you for all your love and support.

If you would like to know where we got these super cute Holiday cards, click HERE. Jamie Schultz is one amazingly talented photographer and artist! Not to mention a very generous and sweet woman!

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In my former life, my favorite time around the Holidays was to have a cookie exchange. I love entertaining but when I cut sugar, wheat and wine out of my life I wasn’t sure how to do a host a ‘cookie exchange’ at first, but now it is easy and just as enjoyable. And I have to mention that I get comments from my guests that they enjoyed the festivities even more than a wine-filled party because they felt great the next morning.

If you are in the area and would like to join me for a Holiday tasting and book signing, I would love to meet you and your loved ones too!

Where: My house in River Falls, WI (email craigmaria@gmail.com for directions)

When: Friday December 13th from 5-7pm

Why: Because I want you all to try the desserts you are apprehensive about trying because I know the ingredients aren’t cheap and this way you can sample some of the desserts to decide on which ones you would like to make. And I love food parties!

PLEASE RSVP to craigmaria@gmail.com so I know how many samples to make. Last time I did this, it was packed!

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Are you wondering how you are going to say no to all of those desserts at your next Holiday gathering? Why not show your friends and family that you can still eat awesome food on a ketogenic diet? Here are some of my top choices:

1. Tiramisu: The Art of Healthy Eating Sweets

2. Creme Brulee: Nutritious and Delicious

3. Pumpkin Cheesecake and Plain Cheesecake: Nutritious and Delicious

4. Pecan Pie

5. Pumpkin Donuts

6. Pumpkin Pie: Nutritious and Delicious

7. Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Glaze

8. Creme De Mint Cheesecake

9. Zucchini Crisp: The Art of Healthy Eating Sweets

10. LOTS of Cookie ideas: Nutritious and Delicious

If you click HERE you can find my cookbooks which are filled with tasty recipes to keep you on the path to health! Thank you all for your love and support!

A VERY GENEROUS WOMAN!

One thing I love about life is that out of nowhere you can be floored by the generosity of others.  This week a woman (Cami) contacted me that she had so much success with my program, that she wanted to “Pay It Forward” for someone who couldn’t afford a consult with me but really needed it. I put a post on facebook for people to post why they deserve to win this awesome prize. I told Cami to pick the winner because I just couldn’t…they were too hard to choose from. She was so inspired by these testimonies of why they deserve to win, she decided to “Pay It Forward” for not just one, but 6 people! As well as paid for all of my books for one person. Now if that doesn’t get you in the Holiday spirit, I don’t know what does:) lol

Here is Cami’s Testimonial:

“I want to share with you in more detail what you have done for me. I have not shared my story with anyone because I have been so embarrassed! I want you to know what you have done for me though:

I have struggled with my weight since I was 13. I was always only about 20 pounds over weight and most people told me I was “curvy” or “voluptuous” which I never took as a compliment. I struggled unsuccessfully to lose weight for about 20 years. Finally, two years ago some of my friends had success with the hcg diet so I gave it a shot. For the first time in my life I was able to get those 20 pounds off and it was awesome! Well, it was awesome for a very short time. It was so hard to keep the weight off and I was so determined to never be fat again that I took drastic measures to keep the weight off. I am so ashamed of the way I treated my body! I would starve myself, I would binge, and sometimes I even purged. The weight came back on no matter what I did. Of course this led to a slew of other health issues, the main one being depression. I hit rock bottom and I thought there was no way out. My doctor put me on antidepressants which seemed to make things worse. My cravings were out of control and my anxiety and depression were literally debilitating. My husband and my kids were suffering greatly and I felt no desire to even live anymore! I prayed that I could find a way to feel happy again or that I could just die.

In the midst of all of this I had found your books online and had read them all. I believed what you were saying but I couldn’t get myself motivated enough to try anything. I was so low, so depressed and with out any hope. By the end of this summer my husband became so worried he didn’t even want to leave me alone. Now, I know this sounds SO kooky, but one night I had a dream that you came to my house and taught me what I needed to do to get better.

I knew that was an answer to prayer so the next morning I got up and purchased a plan with you. You were so quick to get me the information I needed to start my healing process. You gave me the tools I needed to start the path back to health. Within days I was feeling like my old self again. Within a month I was feeling BETTER than my old self. Over the last couple of months I stumbled a few times but you were always there to answer my questions and get me back on track. I never thought I would have the control to eat the way I do. I never want to touch grains or sugar again, I never have cravings anymore, and I am the happiest I have ever been in my life. You have been the greatest blessing in my life! Your name is spoken in reverence at my house because my whole family knows what you have done for me. You have been just as much of a blessing to them. We all eat grain and sugar free, take the proper supplements, and feel great! I have never cared about meeting any famous celebrity, but my dream is to someday meet you and thank you in person for the gift you have given me!” – Cami

If you would like to take part in a “Pay It Forward” like Cami, please contact me HERE. I’ll let you choose the winner!
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If you are wondering what to give your friend who has everything, why not send a “guilt-free” gift basket?
My suggestions are (if you click on the words you can find the items):
6. A cute tea cup to replace that glass of wine at night  (I always suggest to replace a bad habit with a healthy habit!)
Thank you all for your love and support!
  • Penny November 25, 2013 at 2:59 am / Reply

    I love the pictures of your family. You all look so happy.
    My husband and I are new to low carb eating. We are just shy of one month now. We have lost 30+ pounds between the two of us. My insulin dose is down by half already. My blood sugars have gone from a range of 175-375 down to 80-120.
    Your recipes have been very helpful in keeping DH on board.
    I’ll be using your recipes go make stuffing, pumpkin pie and pecan pie to take to our family gathering. My sister has many food allergies and she will be able to eat pumpkin pie for the first time in years. Thank you so much.

    • cemmerich November 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm / Reply

      Awesome! Way to go! :)

  • Michelle November 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm / Reply

    I love reading the success stories. I know I need to begin this way of eating/cooking to start feeling better and lose weight. I’m a Chef and that’s good and bad….good in that understanding the foods and changing and altering my cooking methods should be easy….bad in that all my go to recipes and my knowledge of cooking/baking/etc. and Favorites are not the healthier choice. I would love to pay this basket forward to my daughter who is trying to follow the Paleo, Vegetarian, GF eating lifestyle. She is in the learning process and loves your BLOG! I have your cookbooks on my Christmas Wish List! Thank you Maria! P.S. Love your family pictures!

  • Denise November 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm / Reply

    Hello Maria,

    I just ordered two more of your books and now have a total of four. Thank you for all the great recipes and information.

    I have a question for you. I just received my first order of Chocoperfection Bars and they are absolutely the best. Do they qualify as a fat bomb?

    Thanks

    • cemmerich November 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm / Reply

      They are an ok snack, but I wouldn’t consider them fat bombs (my fat bombs have more fat and less carbs). :)

      • Denise November 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm / Reply

        Thank you, Maria.

  • Laura November 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm / Reply

    Oh how I wish Wisconsin wasn’t so far away! Would love to be a part of this event! If you are ever down South and find yourself in need of a place to host a workshop etc….you can just knock on my door! It could happen!!! I am very near Atlanta!! Have a blessed Thanksgiving…so thankful for all you do for all of us!

  • Sarah November 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm / Reply

    Any chance your new book will be out by the party? I ordered the ebook today (just because I can’t wait), but I would like to have the actual book to hold on to for this one.

    • cemmerich November 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm / Reply

      Yes, we hope to. It will be close. :)

  • Shauna Skinner November 26, 2013 at 3:46 am / Reply

    Maria! You have completely changed me! I have been looking at Keto recipes online and I had to stop with frustration!! What are some of these people doing?! Trying to pass off their recipes as KETO. It’s frustrating because I have several people just starting up the keto-adapted lifestyle and they don’t quite understand it all and these “false idols” are confusing them! It just made me appreciate you even more! I have four of your books and I just your facebook and blog every day. You have my heart! I appreciate you and all you do for you clients. Thank you for your education, for your great references you provide and for arming me with information to be able to share and arm myself against these so-called ketos. Also, I am sending as many people as I can your way.:)

    • Shauna Skinner November 26, 2013 at 3:47 am / Reply

      Check* your facebook and blog (SORRY!)

    • cemmerich November 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm / Reply

      I know! Thank you! :)

  • heather December 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm / Reply

    Maria, do you have any recommendations for “healthified” bread or dessert without dairy and eggs?

    • cemmerich December 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm / Reply

      Hmm, I do have some options. Have you tried the flax (or even better chia seed) egg replacer? That works well in baked goods that don’t require a lot of eggs. :)

  • Misty December 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm / Reply

    I will be there. Could you. PM me your address!!

  • Sara January 21, 2014 at 4:33 am / Reply

    Hi Maria! I haven’t tried out ChocoPerfection bars yet, but I have found a brand in a local health food store called Coco Polo – it’s 70% dark chocolate, sugar-free and sweetened with stevia and erythritol. Have you heard of it? And if you have, any thoughts on it? Or how it stacks up compared to ChocoPerfection?

    Thanks!!

    • cemmerich January 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm / Reply

      They are a good option too. :)

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