Testimony of the Day

“Hi Maria! I’ve been putting off doing this for awhile but finally decided its time to share! After 10 years of struggling with my weight due to the effects of enduring chemo for breast cancer, I was frantic to find answers. I don’t know how I stumbled upon your blog, but it has worked wonders for me. 

You can see the left photo I was very pasty, puffy, and miserable! About the same time (one year ago) that I decided to follow your plan, my husband was having extreme digestive issues, he’d had ah Pylori, was unable to sleep at night due to bile and acid problems-no matter if he ate a banana or pizza! He was about to go on a special diet to try to remedy his problems as Prevacid and every other rx was doing no good at all. The problem was, everything his “new” diet proposed, was completely opposite from what I had been reading about and was preparing to try. I asked him to do one thing for me first. That was to try this “other way” (“Maria way”) for 2 weeks to see what would happen. I told him I’d be happy to prepare his meals separately if necessary but if he would please give this a try first.

He agreed and his heartburn and indigestion went away within 3 days!!! He has never turned back!!! He dropped 30lbs quickly-he wasn’t overweight but now he looks great! It took my body a bit longer to acclimate and begin the fat burning process but I did not give up. I kept hard at it, as well as exercising faithfully.

By week 8 I began to see some changes. My clothes began to get loose, and by month 3 I had lost 20lbs. The photo on the right is me 3 months into this change. I was thrilled. I will never ever go back to that old way of eating…and I love when you post the question about what some of the worst questions or comments we get from people-it never stops! But that will not deter me from my plan. My 16 year old daughter does not need to lose weight but she has embraced this way of eating and now I am working on my three younger children. (A little more difficult) I have breakfast and dinner down, just mastering lunches and snacks!!!” – Kari

If you want to get started on your “after” photo, click HERE. The 30 day meal plans will help you take the planning out of how to get the perfect keto ratios in your meals. Treats like this Angel Food Cake will also be included!

pizza dip

August is National Cataract Awareness Month.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food & Nutrition researchers find that women whose average carbohydrate intake is between 200 and 268 grams per day are 2.5 times more likely to get cortical cataracts than women consume around 108 carbohydrate/day (the recommended daily allowance according to the government-run Food Pyramid is about 250 carbs/day…stupid!) If women consumes a healthy low-carbohydrate diet of 20-60 grams/day, the risk decreased even more!

One reason that scientists link carbohydrate consumption to cataracts is the increased exposure to glucose (even “complex” carbohydrates are just glucose molecules linked together in long chains, the body breaks them apart causing a rise in blood sugar) this process damages our eyes’ lenses. June 2005 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (volume 81, pages 1411-1416).

pizza dip

So let’s skip the deep dish high-carb pizza and try this tasty treat to satisfy those cravings!

 

2 links Bolinski’s Organic Chicken Sausage
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
1 cup no-sugar marinara sauce
1 package pepperoni (I got from Italian specialty shop: Cosetta’s)

Preheat oven to 370 degrees F. Chop the sausage into very small pieces. In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, sausage, Parmesan cheese, and salt. In a 5 x 5 oven safe dish, spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the bottom. Top with marinara sauce (and pepperoni if desired). Bake for 40 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Makes 8 servings.

Serve with “Healthified” Crackers! Enjoy

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Dip = 260 calories, 14g fat, 7.5g protein, 12 carbs, trace fiber
“Healthified Dip” = 230 calories, 14g fat, 7.5g protein, 5 carbs, 0.8g fiber

4 Comments

  • Susan says:

    Maria, I am going to make this as soon as football season starts! I just made your pumpkin mini-muffins last night and did a little happy dance when I tasted them. Your recipes are the single greatest factor in my low-carb success, and I forward your nutritional advice to all my health-conscious friends. Blessings,
    Susan

  • Thank you Susan! Your kind words totally made my day!!!;)

  • Bronwyn says:

    Hi Maria, I’m looking for some recipes for the kid’s lunches and stumbled across this one in my gorgeous, new, big “Savoury, Sweets Kids” Recipe book. I can’t seem to find chicken sausages ( we only eat fish and more chicken now) without all the rubbish in them. I have found some nice organic ones here in the UK but the only thing they have in them that’s not good is Rice Flour. I know your views on rice and rice flour, but do you think the sausages will have a large quantity of the flour in, enough to effect us negatively? Especially if we only have it as a “treat” once a week?

    Thank you so much for your time Maria, I really want to do this right so I really appreciate your guidance. I’m really looking forward to your webinar later this month 😀

    Kindest regards

    PS. is Chicken mince OK?

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