Testimony of the Day

“One year ago, I began my journey with Maria. I was a few weeks shy of 65. Despite the efforts of several specialists I still had uncontrolled severe chronic pain. The cause of the pain is inoperable. My cervical spine is ribbon thin in several places. Attempts at adjusting pain meds were unsuccessful. I was facing using 6-8 different medicines for the rest of my life. I was taking close to 20 PILLS PER DAY! Those pills barely took the edge off. I was never comfortable. No one had to remind me to take the medicine. Since starting eating Maria’s Way, I rarely use pain meds. If I have pain, it is usually because I have had a really active day! That’s quite a change from using a walker and a cane.

Pain management was my primary goal in changing my eating habits. Other benefits that have come are a 45 pound weight loss, more energy, improved balance, and food cravings have stopped. Even after a year, I still notice health improvements. I’m a Lifer – no plans to switch back to another way of eating.” – Pam

To get started like Pam did, click HERE.

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KETO CLARITY

One thing I love about life is that out of nowhere you can be floored by the generosity of others. Throughout this journey I have been able to befriend some amazing people. Even though I have only spent a short time with Jimmy in person, his generosity and kindness shines through whenever he emails me. I am very grateful to have met such giving people such as Jimmy Moore.

Jimmy has just finished his second “Clarity” book; the first of which was Cholesterol Clarity. Keto Clarity is a book for anyone who would like to enhance their health and knowledge on through the ketogenic lifestyle.

Inflammation is the stem of all disease. I hear from many people that they are on an “anti-inflammatory” diet, but are they really? Do they think that since they cut out “sugar” and replaced their sugar cravings with fruit, that it is “anti-inflammatory”? Sure, someone with a healthy metabolism and no inflammation may be able to handle more fruit than someone with chronic pain, but why even stimulate those sugary taste buds? An inflammatory diet is cutting out all sugar and  starch is just another form of sugar. But another piece to our amazing bodies is that too much protein turns into sugar too! Your body can not store protein, anything in excess turns into sugar just as if it were a carbohydrate.

You may be wondering, what’s left to eat? No starch, and limited protein? Well, you can eat fat, and lots of it. It is considered a ketogenic diet. You will start to hear more and more information about ketogenic diets and the powerful healing benefits they have. Jimmy’s book Keto Clarity does an amazing job explaining how the body works and why this diet is such a healing diet. He has an amazing panel of experts (including myself:) who help describe just how beneficial this lifestyle is.

If you would like to get yourself a copy, click HERE. It has been my favorite beach read so far!

49 Comments

  • Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  • Donna says:

    You are so stinkin’ cute! I love, love, love seeing those healthy babies of yours! Their pictures make me smile every time! Just made your jelly last night. I’m going to smear it on some “corn” bread for lunch! I’m so excited to have that recipe because I will admit that I cheated and had all fruit spread (blueberry) on my “corn” bread a couple of weeks ago. I’m growing ground cherries, which are a nightshade that grow like a tomatillo. Do you know anything about them? I’ve allowed myself very limited fruit if I get it at a local farm or grow it myself…like 4 blueberries, or 4 strawberries, which I grow. My plants produce about 4-10 strawberries a day, so it is perfect for portion control since I have to share them with my family of 7! I have berries maybe two times a week in this way. My ground cherries are starting to come in so I thought maybe you could give me some input about them…it’s hard to know since they are fairly unusual…but they are a nightshade, which are allowed…can you tell I’m confused about this one? BTW…I found my collar bones again!! 20 more pounds to go until I lose 100 pounds! I used to get depressed looking at my wedding pictures, now I believe I’m going to fit into that dress again…soon! Thanks!

  • Terri B says:

    I’ve pre-ordered Jimmy’s book and can’t wait to receive it. Between you and Jimmy I feel like I have my Keto bases covered. And it’s working!! Thank you so much.

  • Tanja says:

    Hi Maria,

    can you please explain me what Patrick Holford means in his book “new optimum nutrition for the mind”, when he writes
    “although we can make energy from protein, fat and carbohydrate, carbohydrate-rich foods are the best kind of fuel.
    This is because when fat and protein are used to make energy there is a buildup of toxic substances in the body.

    Carbohydrates are the only “smokeless” fuel.

    He does not really explain what the toxic buildups are.

    Thanks,
    Tanja

    • cemmerich says:

      I have never heard or seen any science that would state that burning fat for fuel creates toxins.

    • cemmerich says:

      Also, ketogenic diet decreases the buildup of lactate, which helps control pH and respiratory function. A myth of low carb diets is that it puts you in a state of ketoacidosis. “This stems from the unfortunate fact that many doctors confuse nutritional ketosis (blood ketones at 1-3 millimolar) with keto-acidosis (blood ketones greater than 15 millimolar). In nutritional ketosis, blood pH at rest stays normal, plus sharp drops in pH due to CO2 and lactate buildup during exercise are restrained. By contrast, in keto-acidosis, blood pH is driven abnormally low by the 10-fold greater buildup of ketones. Suggesting these 2 states are similar is like equating a gentle rain with a flood because they both involve water.” (pg 35 of The Art and Science of Low Carb Living).

  • Jolena Foster says:

    Hi Maria do you have any idea when his book will be out on the Kindle? Just curious. I can’t wait to read it. Or, if they have it in the CD format that would be good as well. Since I am totally blind I can’t see to read the book in print.

    • cemmerich says:

      The Kindle ebook and Audible audiobook versions should be online by next weekend. Definitely by August 5th.

  • Roye says:

    How do you know when you’re eating too much protein? I went on the WB diet over a year ago, lost 15 lbs in 3 months, then stop losing. Then at Thankgiving and Chritmas went off the diet and of course gained all of the weight back. Since then I’ve been trying to get back on track but even when I’m really good and staying on the diet I’m not losing any weight at all! I’m so discouraged. Maybe I’m eating too much protein . I don’t get it!

    • cemmerich says:

      It could also be too many carbs. Shoot for about 50-75g of protein a day. My meal plans make it really easy to follow. 🙂
      http://mariamindbodyhealth.com/my-services/

      • Roye says:

        Thank you, I am considering it. It’s so hard to “count” carbs, proteins, fats. Like now for lunch I made my own salad, I have no idea how many carbs, protein or fats I just ate :(. I’m trying not to eat many carbs at all but have gotten into the habit of having a few (3 or 4) slices of apple with almond butter for a treat. Guess I need to cut that out too.

        Thank you for your reply.

        • Donna says:

          Hi Roye, yes, it is hard to count. I found that using a program like My Fitness Pal is essential to truly keep your numbers right. I like that one because it is free and can be used on my computer or as an app. I spend less than five minutes per meal logging in what I eat, and it tells me what ratio of carb/protein/fat I’ve eaten. It also shows you total grams of those things, and keeps records so I can look back over my week. I can even enter my recipes and it saves that info for me. It is worth the little bit of time it takes to use. I have lost 80 pounds following ketogenic diet and logging in everything I eat. I don’t think I could do this without logging what I eat.

          BTW…switch out the apple for Jicama instead…but you will probably find that once your ratios are consistently correct, you won’t need snacks like that. I wish you well on your journey!!

          • Roye says:

            Thanks so much Donna, I will check out My Fitness Pal, I have used other online calorie counters but gave up on them pretty quickly. I hate to whine 🙂 but I had some Romaine, some Spinach, a few tomatoes, a few baby red & yellow peppers, etc., etc., it’s hard to figure the “amount”, “serving” when it’s like that. And tonight I had a Broccoli, Chicken Cheddar Chowder soup, some diced chicken, onions, celery, carrots, chicken broth, heavy cream, cheddar cheese, all no grain, no sugar, but it’s hard to calculate you know? Anyway, sorry to be so negative :). I will start keeping track and I’m sure it will get easier. Thanks againfor the reply & info. And hey congrats on the weight loss, that’s really great!

          • Janet t says:

            hi there donna, thank you for the suggestion. I was wondering.. when I go to my fitness pal there are so many choices for the same item that are all the same like raw zucchini for example but the information all varies… have you had this experience also? raw zucchini could have different carbs and such for what seems like that same serving suggestion. have you had any trouble with that or any helpful hints with that.
            congratulations on your loss. that is awesome. working on the same thing.

          • Donna says:

            Hi Janet,

            That can be interesting. I will usually select raw veggies…if I ate steamed broccoli smothered in coconut oil I will pick the appropriate amount of raw broccoli and add the coconut oil separate. I also make my own recipes on there if its something I eat all the time. I try to find the food that best fits and then don’t worry if the counts aren’t exact. If you are talking veggies and you know it’s a low carb veggie, even if the counts read high on my fitness pal, you still know you are ok…I know there is a way to add My Foods…I haven’t done that so I’m not sure how it works, but I’m guessing you can enter the nutritional value of the foods, which would solve that problem for you. It might take a little time to set it up, but then you would know it was accurate. I also live to enter a food or a meal before I eat it so I can check the ratios beforehand and adjust my meal accordingly. This is especially helpful when I’m at someone else’s place for a meal. I’ve got a lot more weight to lose…maybe 50 pounds more, but I feel great and look forward to a lifetime of better living now. May you reach your goal!

          • Janet t says:

            you are kind to help. thank you for your time. I will try again per your suggestion. I agree that we have to take the time to do some of these things and learn stuff. it’s either use the time to learn and grow healthy or continue with the time in eating junk.
            thank you again for your encouragement. thank you Donna. I have lost too but. I didn’t do the initial weigh in but my close fit smaller and I went down a 1/2 ring size and my knees and feet don’t hurt, just from getting rid of that bad sugar. no more sugar and wheat for me. I am working on it. thanks again.

          • Donna says:

            You’re welcome. What helped me was taking measurements. My weight comes off at about ten pounds per month, slower than I’d like, but I also lose about an inch from my waist/bust/hip measurements each month, so that is a better way to keep track of my progress. I also measure my arms, legs, and muffin top…can’t wait until my muffin top is just my waist measurement!! Sounds like you’re doing great! I just swapped out a wedding band we had switched to after about five years of marriage for my engagement ring which finally fits again! I haven’t worn it in over ten years!! Eating like this works!

  • Carolyn says:

    Maria, I have all your books. 🙂 Did I just imagine it or doesn’t one or more of your books have a nifty little formula for figuring how much protein is needed based on weight and BMI? I have been hunting for it for several hours. Can you tell me which book and chapter it is in? I will really appreciate it. Thanks!

    • cemmerich says:

      Yes, I talk about it in keto-adapted. Use 0.7 times your lean body mass (total weight minus body fat %). 🙂

  • Donna says:

    Hi Roye, Are you just starting out? It takes time for your relationship with food to change. Doing ketogenic is as much in your head as it is in your plate. If it is overwhelming, keep it simple, especially until you get into ketosis. Breakfast can be bacon or sausage and eggs, throw in a cup of bone broth with a scoop of coconut oil. And even though we can have these things, if your goal is weight loss, you’ve got to be reasonable with your portions. Two eggs and two slices of bacon should do it, or even just two eggs. Make Maria’s Keto Fudge and have it at any meal that you are running low on fat. You’ve got to keep your fats up! Lots of bone broth in place of coffee or tea. Lunch and dinner can be simple too. I stick to a meat and veggies…when I get overwhelmed I just stick to the basics…meat and veggies, add a fat…done! I don’t snack, but in the beginning I did. I would snack on coconut manna, nuts, Maria’s “corn” bread is great for when you just want something breaded. I just found a bar that I can eat. They are called Epic and they are a version of American Indian Pemmican. They are a bit pricey, $2.49 where I live, but when you compare it to spending money on unhealthy fast food when you’re out and have got to have something, they are worth it. They come in Bacon Bison Cranberry, Turkey Almond Cranberry, and Beef Habanero Cherry. They are all healthy grass fed meats and have a perfect fat to protein ratio. My husband has one for lunch every day.

    If you are trying to get into ketosis, you’ve got to be strict…no grains, no starches (apples,corn, carrots, potatoes, most root veggies), no sugars at all. It may be a drastic change, but you can’t do this gradually if you want real change…you’ve got to jump in with both feet! Don’t think about what you can’t have, think about the life you can have! And add Carmelized onions to everything. They just make life better! You can do this! I was without hope when it came to my weight. Then I found Maria and now I know I will reach my goal! You can to. You’ve got to read, read, read to change your mind about food. Read all of Maria’s information many times. The more you educate yourself about the ketogenic lifestyle…the how, the why…the better prepared you will be to resist temptations and make the best choices for you! Now go eat some eggs!

    • Roye says:

      Thank you Donna, funny you say that, I just finished eating two hard boiled eggs for breakfast :). And I put a TBSP of butter, coconut oil and heavy cream in my coffee. And I love the idea of carmelized onions on everything LOL. I am new to this, as I mentioned I started doing the WB diet over a year ago and that is basically low carb, no grain or sugar and pretty high in fat, olive oil, coconut oil, butter. So I’m not sure how this is much different. I just need to be more committed and strict I guess. Thanks again so much for all of your help and good advice.

      • Donna says:

        WB…Wheat Belly Diet? Yes, it is different in that it doesn’t really restrict starches. I’ve seen recipes from that site and most of them I cannot use because they are not compatible with ketogenic diet. I lost 20 pounds when I cut wheat and sugar…but then i just maintained that loss, so I’m sure it was inflammation weight. It was only when I went full out with ketogenic that the real weight loss started.

        • cemmerich says:

          Exactly! 🙂

        • Roye says:

          Yes Wheat Belly and it does restrict starches. No bread, potatoes, pasta, very limited rice, oats, etc. And so I have been limiting my starches. Maybe as this thread started out saying, I’m eating too much protein or maybe not enough fat. What’s funny Donna is I went to My Fitness Plan and already had an account from two years ago :D. I just didn’t use. Will try again. Thanks again.

          • cemmerich says:

            My lifestyle is more anti-inflammatory than wheat belly. I keep sugars to absolute minimum (sugars and starches) to get your body into fat burning mode (ketosis). Too much protein can hold you back. Try to get about 50-80g of protein a day. 🙂

  • Hélène says:

    So 10 oz of protein a day—or about 3 eggs (3oz), 3oz meat at 2 meals, 1oz nuts or seeds snack and I’m done? 🙁
    WOW that’s so little protein even with lotsa fat…like if I were to eat some almond flour muffins too I’d be over the limit for the day. Or have a cup of kefir or yogurt or an extra meatball. SIGH
    I love eating lots of fat, extra virgin coconut oil, bacon grease, hamburger grease, sausage, extra virgin olive oil, egg yolks in the morning, fullfat dairy but dang, I still want some more protein. I eat lots of greens daily and other fibrous veggies too. IDK sometimes what to do 🙁

  • Anne says:

    Maria – Jimmy Moore just did a podcast interview with John Kiefer (among many others, I am sure) and they went into great detail about the health benefits of ketosis. Interesting podcast on body.io—except I wish they had acknowledged that YOU have written a book that addresses all of these health issues! They were saying Jimmy’s book is the first to address it for the general public and Kiefer said he wished he had written it. I wish they had known of your book. I tell everyone in their groups about Keto-Adapted!

  • Sharon says:

    I’m very interested in starting more of a ketogenic diet but from doing low carb, I’ve found that it threw off my electrolytes and unless I have plenty of salt and an electrolyte supplement every day, I’ve had heart palpitations. I did some research and have found that this happens to some others too. So it’s made me afraid to try a keto diet. I’m hoping to find a doctor in my area who is low carb and keto friendly (I found an endo but she didn’t seem concerned about the palpitations when I told her – just told me to stick with low-carbing). Do you cover the heart palps and balance of electrolytes/salt in any of your books or does the above book cover that?

  • Roye says:

    Yes I’m kind of concerned about that too. I’m trying to add a little bit of salt to my water, I’m drinking so much water. I’ve been on a low carb diet for over a year but just this last week, started a week ago Monday I’m taking this very seriously, I’ve felt pretty well but this morning I was a little foggy and felt a bit dizzy and weak, I lost 4 pounds in one week. I’m also on a diuretic for HBP. I bough your Keto-Adapted hoping to get some meal plans, what to eat for each meal. You give us wonderful recipes but not how much or what to eat for each meal. Unfortunately I can’t afford your services right now.

  • Alex says:

    Hi Maria, I am following Christine Cronou The fat revolution) here in Australia. I keep my carbs down to 20g, protein about 100g and fat almost 210g on a daily basis. I have found that I’m putting on weight. My blood ph is 6 and the test says that I’m in a state of Ketosis but no calculation is given. Can you please tell me where I’m going wrong?. I also take apple cider vinegar in the morning.

    • cemmerich says:

      It looks like you are getting too many calories. Depending on your lean body mass, 100g of protein might be too much as well. I keep calories to below 1800 when keto adapted and trying to lose weight. This is easy to do once keto-adapted as you stay full all day and lose your cravings. 🙂

  • Susan says:

    I just listened to your interview on Jimmy Moore’s podcast – nice job! I have often wondered why you have changed your focus from protein (Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism, which I have read) to fat. And you did make a comment during the interview that might have answered that. I am still not sure I understand why someone who is healthy and normal weight should focus on being Keto, vs just “clean” eating and being low on the carb spectrum. Would love to see a blog post on that.

    You mentioned on the interview with Jimmy that you sometimes suggest to people to avoid the family dinner. That probably works with younger ones like your children cuz you might be with them all day but with teenagers, that family dinner is essential! These kids leave home early and return at 5, 6, even 7 pm, starving and ready to talk. My 17 and 21 year old often THANK me for insisting that we dine together as a family with no cell phones! Many of their friends come home, grab their plates of processed foods and head to the computer to eat alone. And, they lack the basic skill to sit down, share a meal and meaningful conversation. It is so important to have that time, and show the kids that it is easy to put together a meal of REAL food – even on days when time is short. And that you focus on people and food, not computers and TVs while you are eating.

    But I also like your comment about doing activities together!! Both are essential life skills!

    • cemmerich says:

      Thanks! What I meant is that it doesn’t have to be dinner per se. For our family breakfast works better. 🙂

  • Heather P says:

    I will be trying Keto. After coming across this blog post, I researched Keto and pain and found an article on the National Institute for Health site called Ketogenic Diets and Pain. Talked to my doctor, and he finds the idea fascinating, kept the article from NIH so he could read it, and gave me the thumbs up to try the diet. I, too, have been on pain meds, and taking high doses of supplements meant to be good for bones and muscles. I get some relief but not much. Here’s to no more pain..fingers crossed! Thank you for being on the cutting edge in helping those of us ready to throw in the towel. 🙂

    • cemmerich says:

      I see this all the time with clients. Here is a recent one:

      Maria,

      I just wanted to take a moment to tell you what’s happened so far for me. I only “attempted” the 7-day Advanced Keto plan last week (starting the 30-day Accelerated plan today). I say “attempted” because I didn’t follow everything to the letter, partly because I didn’t have my supplements at the beginning of the week and partly because my weekends are so full and so busy that I didn’t get things made ahead of time (such as keto fudge, protein bread, etc). BUT, I told myself, “No excuses! Just do SOMETHING, and do it to the best of your ability.” So, I did. (Note: I can’t afford all the supplements you suggested, so I went through all the information you provided on each supplement and chose the top priority ones for me. I figured if I didn’t see improvement, I could always add some of the others next payday.)

      Anyway, one of my top priorities in attempting to follow a healthier way of eating FOR LIFE, is to get rid of this pain/inflammation in my hips that I’ve suffered with for about 5 years. At first it was diagnosed as arthritis, based solely on my description of symptoms. When medication offered no relief, we did X-rays and the doctor said there really wasn’t any sign of “progressed” arthritis (what she saw on the X-ray was “natural” for my age), so she changed her diagnosis to bursitis. Suggested treatment: steroid injections. I will NOT allow steroid injections EVER again! I had a SUPER bad reaction with an injection once before for tennis elbow — I refuse to EVER allow that stuff in my body again and suffer that additional pain — it literally had me rolling on the floor in agony! Alternatively, I could go for physical therapy 3 times a week at $80 per session. Well, since insurance doesn’t even begin to cover at the 70/30 rate until my deductible is met, that was not an option. So, I suffered.

      I did go to a chiropractor for quite awhile (and that was $30/session @ 2-3 times per week), but never really got noticeable relief. She even recommended a massage therapist, and even though it felt good and all that, there was no long-term relief (and I couldn’t afford to continue going to her on a regular basis, either).

      I walk like an old lady. When I first get up from a chair or out of the car, I literally cannot move for a several seconds; I have to stand and let my body realign itself; then, I can take a few tentative steps forward, all hunched over because the pain is so intense. After I get going, though, I can walk pretty good. My stride is really, really short, but other than that, I can walk pretty good. (I feel like a Chevy motor on a cold morning!)

      Okay, so here’s the good part: after only one week of “attempted” Maria way, I am walking better already!!!!
      I can only imagine what it’s going to be like as I continue on this path.

      I want you to know I am excited about this new way of living/eating. If this lifestyle gets rid of this pain and I can sleep at night again, that will be so awesome! That alone will be sufficient motivation to continue this FOR LIFE! (I’m a yo-yo dieter, but I keep telling myself this is no diet! This is LIFE!)
      I’m not at the “good sleeping” stage just yet, but even that has improved. I usually wake up 3-4 times each night. Last night, I only recall waking once for a potty break. Awesome!

      I was reluctant to spend the money for your plan simply because money is so tight for us right now. I was laid off in 2010 from a VERY well-paying job. It has taken us quite awhile to adjust to the loss of that income. I really never had to be super-mindful of how we spent our money (although I wasn’t exactly a spendthrift, either), so it’s difficult for me to think about how I spend every penny. Many, many times I would go online and look at your packages and decide to order one, only to back out without doing so. I finally said, “Just do it!” And before I could talk myself out of it again, I hit Add to Cart and Checkout! Quickly! LOL

      I have to say it is money well spent.

  • […] other day I came across a post by a nutritionist I follow on occasion, Maria Emmerich. She had a client with chronic back pain that she put on a Ketogenic Diet. I had never heard of the Ketogenic (Keto) Diet. I did some […]

  • Tamsin says:

    Hi Maria, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I have had M.E. since I was 19 years old, 22 years now of constant pain, brain fuzz, exhaustion and inability to cope with the simplest of tasks. I have come across your brilliant book ‘Keto-adapted’ and I am now converted. After 6 weeks of doing brilliantly I fell off the wagon big time this weekend… Not sure why it happened but today is a new day and nothing will convince me to go back to my old way of eating. One thing that has completely disheartened me is my in laws making ignorant comments about my children needing carbs for energy ( they think nothing of giving my kids choco pops for breakfast despite the fact that they both have a terrible reaction to sugar) and then, with very knowing and telling faces, remind me how they need carbs. My kids struggle to sleep, they have terrible mood swings and are always tired. Please may you help me with some easy to digest information for them so that they can read, in a nutshell, the science behind insulin and the body being a sugar feeder. I would read anything but I know they will never read your book if I give it to them. They are very sweet people but they are misguided and fairly opinionated with it. I am gradually changing my kids diet but it is such a struggle as my 5 year old girl in particular, has such an aversion to so many things that she heaves if you insist she try something new. She just craves pasta, bread and sweet things. I am trying to bake more with xylitol and almond flour but I need to up her fats too. Sorry to ramble but any help would be appreciated. Thank you again for such sound science and the ability to make it doable for all us broken dolls out her. Tamsin UK

    • cemmerich says:

      Some easy things to tell them are that breast milk is one of the best foods for a baby (which I’m sure they would agree). Then tell them that breast milk is 60-70% fat (mostly saturated fat). Our bodies are made of (if you break it into calories) 74% fat, 26% protein (for an average weight person). We need fat to thrive. Sugar/carbs are optional.

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