Testimony of the Day

“I am a health and wellness professional and  am exposed to various diets and nutrition plans. Through my own research, personal trials or client experience, I have a strong understanding of how one can gain control of their weight and establish a healthy relationship with food. Of course, not one nutritional profile works for everyone and I highly advise individuals to do their own research and application to find what fits for their lifestyle and goals.

As a pro figure competitor, I have run the gamut when it comes to using nutrition in order to strip away body fat while preserving muscle mass. For many years, I followed the advice of most competition prep coaches—six to seven meals a day with a typical a mix of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats adding up to near 1800 calories. The first few times following this stringent clean eating plan, with an occasional ‘cheat’ meal, worked wonders as my body responded in the expected way. However, as I tried to maintain this lifestyle it became less and less effective. I always felt hungry and unsatisfied, I experienced cravings—mostly for sweets, and emotionally I wasn’t feeling my best.  Worst of all, I wasn’t seeing the results I desired while preparing for another competition.  I hit a plateau in my process that I couldn’t seem to get around resulting in a disappointing finish on show day.

After struggling for a few more months trying to continue this way of eating, I began to pay more attention to what Maria Emmerich was posting on social media and then borrowed a few of her books from a friend. I was skeptical at first, thinking her method was very extreme, but realized I had nothing to lose at attempting ketosis. I transitioned away from my complex carbs (sweet potatoes, oatmeal, brown rice and quinoa) slowly, eliminating one serving at a time and introducing more fats (butter, coconut oil, etc.). Once the grains were completely eliminated, I began to notice a change. This change was not only physical but emotional. I felt more satisfaction with my meals, a reduction in cravings and overall balance with my mood.

My body responded in a way that was better than ever before. I never felt deprived throughout my most recent competition prep and did not follow a typical deplete the week before the show. My strength only continued to improve throughout the process, whereas in the past it always decreased during this process. After all other competitions, the following days or weeks are difficult finding a balance with ‘treats’ and ‘normal’ eating. This last time around, I felt a strong sense of control and minimal urge to stray from the Maria way. I was happy and knew that I had found something I could maintain, not only for show prep, but for life.

I still continue to model my nutrition after Maria’s recommendations and have maintained my figure with more stability and less fluctuation. I don’t often feel as though I am missing out on anything and know that including plenty of healthy fats in my diet, rather than a focus on complex carbs, has helped this change occur. I am able to maintain high energy and strength to fuel my day and my workouts using ketosis.

To me, after reading and researching Maria’s ketosis method, it makes complete sense and will not be turning back!” Sienna

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Human Growth Hormone

If you have read any of Suzanne Somers’ books, you already have read about the amazing properties of human growth hormone. She is a huge advocate increasing this hormone and injects it into her body every night. I also believe that we need to increase this awesome hormone, but unlike Susan, I have tips and tricks on how to boost it through diet and exercise; which come with no scary side effects. Human growth hormone, also known as hGH, is an amazing hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. This hormone stimulates cell production and is responsible for increasing height, building muscle mass, keeping bones healthy, controlling sugar and insulin levels, absorption of calcium, reducing fat as well as helping numerous other functions that are fundamental for growth.

The human growth hormone is produced at full-speed when we are young but the pituitary gland slows down the production as the body ages; usually around age 30 it really starts to decline. The level of hGH peaks during puberty when there is a growth spurt. The levels continue to decline throughout our adult life. This decrease in the levels of HGH is what causes elasticity in our skin, wrinkles, increase issues with diabetes, depression, loss of energy, and loss of muscle mass. Increasing the levels of human growth hormone can make you look young and feel healthy.

grilled cheese

Foods play a huge role in the secretion of HGH, as well as WHEN you eat and types of exercise, sleep and hydration. To read more on this awesome hormone, check out my chapter on Hormones in Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism, which you can now also get in audio form! Thank you for your support!

grilled cheese

 

EGGPLANT STYLE (Yes, Tracey, I know I am getting to be like “Bubba” on Forest Gump…Eggplant sandwich, eggplant pizza, eggplant breadsticks…)

 

1 large eggplant (wider rather than long)

1/2 cup of ground almonds (or almond flour)

1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese

Small handful of fresh basil (about 1/3 cup)

1 clove of garlic

1 egg

4 large slices of sharp cheddar cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste

Coconut oil OR Ghee for frying

 

Place almonds and parmesan in a medium mixing bowl. Peel and slice your eggplant. I got about 4 slices which would make 2 “sandwiches”. Wisk your egg in a small bowl. Finely chop your basil and garlic. Warm up your skillet and melt butter for frying. Dip your eggplant in the egg mixture. Then drag your eggplant through the almond and Parmesan mixture. Make sure it is well coated. It will be a bit sticky. Do this for all your eggplant slices and fry in oil. Once browned flip to the other side. This will take 3-5 minutes per side on low to medium heat. When your eggplant are nice and crispy top *half * your eggplant with cheese slices and garlic basil mixture. To make a “sandwich”, place the remaining eggplant on the garlic basil cheese. Cover your skillet with a lid and let the cheese melt. Add salt and pepper to taste! Makes 4 servings.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Grilled Cheese = 400 calories, 26 carbs, 1 fiber (25 effective carbs)
“Eggplant” Grilled Cheese = 240 calories, 9.7 carbs, 5.4 g fiber (4.3 effective carbs)

 

TOMATO STYLE

1 Large tomato

1/2 cup of ground almonds (or almond flour)

1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese

Small handful of fresh basil (about 1/3 cup)

1 clove of garlic 1 egg Cheese Slices (I loved it with GOAT cheese!)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Coconut oil OR Ghee for frying

 

Grind your almonds until they have a flour-like consistency. Place into a medium mixing bowl. Add your Parmesan cheese and mix well. Core and thinly slice your tomato. I got about 4 slices which would make 2 “sandwiches”. Wisk your egg in a small bowl. Finely chop your basil and garlic. Warm up your skillet and melt butter for frying. Dip your tomato in the egg mixture. Then drag your tomato through the almond and Parmesan mixture. Make sure it is well coated. It will be a bit sticky. Do this for all your tomato slices. Fry your tomato slices in butter. Once browned flip to the other side. This will take 3-5 minutes per side on low to medium heat. When your tomatoes are nice and crispy top *half * your tomatoes with cheese slices and garlic basil mixture. To make a “sandwich”, place the remaining tomatoes on the garlic basil cheese. Cover your skillet with a lid and let the cheese melt. Add salt and pepper to taste! This recipe will make two delicious grilled sandwiches! Recipe note: Fresh basil tastes very different from dried. You may substitute a good quality pesto if you do not have fresh basil. Once browned flip to the other side. This will take 3-5 minutes per side on low to medium heat. When your tomatoes are nice and crispy top *half * your tomatoes with cheese slices and garlic basil mixture. To make a “sandwich”, place the remaining tomatoes on the garlic basil cheese. Cover your skillet with a lid and let the cheese melt. Add salt and pepper to taste!

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Grilled Cheese = 400 calories, 26 carbs, 1 fiber
“Tomato” Grilled Cheese = 233 calories, 5.3 carbs, 2 g fiber (3.2 effective carbs)

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