TESTIMONIES OF THE DAY:
PAIN TESTIMONY: Six months ago I was taking eight extra-strength pain pills to quiet severe nerve pain. No one ever had to remind me to take those eight pills. The drug barely took an edge off my pain. I had been using that high dose for years. I was getting concerned about the potential of negative side effects with prolonged use of the pain pills I was using. It was time to find a better answer. I found Maria and began following her advice. My hope was that I would notice some benefits in a couple months. I felt better right away. Now, six months later, my pain is manageable without pain medication. I’ve dropped weight and inches, my energy has increased and my body is healing. Concerns about damage I might cause while taking pain meds has been replaced with the joy of feeling my body heal. Maria’s Way of Life is now My Way of Life. Thank you, Maria and Craig, for all you do to help us help ourselves.” Pam
MENSTRUAL CYCLE TESTIMONY: “Hey Maria – I just wanted to share and thank you for an unexpected but very welcome benefit of the supplements you had recommended for me about four months ago. My menstrual cramps have completely disappeared!!! I am someone who would be popping Advil the first day or two of my cycle, and now I have no discomfort at all! In any case, I am so thrilled not to have to the annoyance of cramps every month. Thank you again for everything you do! – Megan
“As “the skinny girl” my entire life it was a medical condition and the medications necessary for me to take for the rest of my life that packed on more than 50 lbs. in a very short amount of time at the age of 37 that led me places I had never been before. Although the medication was making me feel better, it was a different story when I looked in the mirror. I had never tried to be thin, i just naturally was, and it’s not like I wanted to weight 102 lbs on my 5’4″ frame, I always had a dream weight of 120. Something my doctor laughed at when I asked him how to keep some of my baby weight after I delivered my first baby, after all, being pregnant was the first time I actually got over 100#, something that had been a goal of mine since I was about 16.
I know, poor thin girl … however, I was about to learn how body image affects so many aspects of a persons being, something I had never even considered. 20 days after starting my medication and I had already gained 27 lbs. I was so shocked every time I looked in the mirror, I still expected to find my former self and seeing my friends visible reactions although they tried to be encouraging. I kept having to purchase larger and larger clothes and eventually peaked at plus 54 pounds. I had tried to “eat better”, you know, yogurt, fruit, vegetables, but in all honesty I am a bona fide, all out sweet tooth, always have been. Nothing seemed to help. My doctor and I decided to switch my medication to see if the side effects would alter. Hard to say if it worked, I didn’t change anything else, although eating my way across Australia on vacation did non add any weight. I took that as a good sign. Then I ventured back into the work force and was more mobile and managed to lose a bit of weight, about 10 lbs. But I still felt terrible, emotionally, physically, had the 3:00 “I’m so tired I could sleep the rest of the day” thing going on.
I had a couple of friends who started working with a nutritionist who were altering their lifestyles, but it sounded like an impossible plan, no sugar!! No gluten?? How could I live without dessert and bread, my life line? I happened to overhear a session my friend was having with this nutritionist and honestly, it sounded do-able. You could substitute healthy versions of sweeteners, not give them up completely. Might work. There were ways to make/buy breads that I could eat, who knew? I decided to buy the book and check into it. What I learned changed my life.
I decided to go “all in”. I scheduled a consultation with Maria (said nutritionist) attended her Healthy Metabolism Class and attend her grocery store shopping excursion. I could do this, no, I will do this. My family was in shock. I don’t think they gave me a chance, no sweets, no way. But I was determined. I did not eat one thing that wasn’t on Maria’s approved/recommended list. It definitely didn’t happen over night, but little by little, week by week I was losing weight. My clothes were starting to hang, people were taking notice.
My goal … 120 pounds! Ironic right? My goal when thin and chubby was always 120! I honestly don’t know where I found the strength to do it, except by following Maria. Her constant encouragement and knowledge educated me in an area I didn’t even know I needed to learn, after all prior to medication I could eat whatever I wanted. I no longer had the 3:00 afternoon energy dip, and generally had a better outlook on life. I’m not saying it was completely easy, there were challenges … what to order if we went out to eat? I eventually did reach my goal and I owe it all to this book and it’s author, Maria Emmerich. Thank you Maria -Jennifer Norman
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Why Wild Caught
Over 60% of the fish eaten in the United States is farm-raised; so when you are at a restaurant do you really know if it is Wild Caught? And why should you care? Well…here are some scary facts!
1. MERCURY AND TOXINS: Farmed Salmon have 7 times the levels of PCB’s as wild salmon: Wild salmon for the most part feed on krill, giving them their rich red color. Krill are mostly toxin-free (which is why I recommend Krill oil for an Omega 3 supplement). On the flip side, farm raised are fed pellets containing high concentrations of fish, which increases toxins and mercury in the salmon.
2. SEA LICE: Farmed Salmon has 30 times the number of sea lice. Blood-sucking sea lice often attach themselves to adult salmon, but the little parasites aren’t a big deal on larger fish. Also, sea lice can’t live in fresh water, so they die off when the salmon go upstream to spawn. By the time the young salmon make it to the ocean, they are large enough to handle the occasional sea lice. But, when salmon farms are located near salmon migration routes, the large numbers of adult fish swimming close together mean that sea lice start to cause problems and infestations start to happen. The young salmon can’t handle large numbers of lice so they never make it to adulthood. You would think this would put an end to the farmed salmon, but nope, they found a way around this problem… give them antibiotics!
3. ANTIBIOTICS: Farmed Salmon are given antibiotics at higher levels than any other livestock have less omega 3’s due to lack of wild diet are crowed into small areas inhibiting movement, and causing disease. To combat lice and other diseases, the man-raised fish are given antibiotics. The amount of antibiotics given are in higher concentrations than any other ‘livestock’. Those antibiotics are passed on to the consumer, making us more antibiotic resistant.
4. FOOD DYE: Remember, I mentioned that the most common food we eat isn’t even a food… it is food dye? Well, this is also the case with salmon. The color of a farmed fish is gray due to its diet and confinement. To make it look pink/red, the fish are fed chemical dyes. One of the artificial colorants added to fish feed, cantaxanthin, has been linked to retinal damage when taken orally and yet the FDA has approved it!
5. GMO FOODS: Farmed Salmon are fed chemicals to give them color are fed pellets of chicken feces, corn meal, soy, genetically modified canola oil and other fish which have dangerous toxins. These toxic fish pellets also contain unsanitary and genetically modified foods.
Father’s Day Gift Idea
One of Craig’s favorite gifts was the smoker I purchased for him! We have experimented with smoking, poultry, meat, sausages, fish, cheese, eggplant but can also include smoked eggs, other vegetables and nuts. The smoked eggplant was SUPER good!
Click HERE to find the smoker I love on sale for $75 off!
- 1 cup Celtic sea salt
- ½ cup Swerve confectioners (optional sweet flavor profile)
- 1 TBS crushed black peppercorns
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 large salmon fillets, pin bones removed
- Combine the salt, natural sweetener, peppercorns, ginger and garlic in a medium sized bowl.
- Place the salmon on parchment paper and spread the spice mixture evenly all over the fish.
- Fold parchment tightly around the fish. Secure with tape.
- Place wrapped salmon in a lasagna dish with edges in case some liquid leaks.
- Place the pan with the fish in the fridge and place a heavy book or a brick on them. Refrigerate for about 12 hours.
- Flip the fish over and refrigerate another 12 hours.
- Unwrap fish and rinse with cold water.
- Pat salmon dry and let sit in a dry place (not the refrigerator) until the surface of the fish is dry and matte-like, about an hour depending on how humid your house is. (Tip: use a fan to speed the process).
- Place the fish into the smoker over smoldering hardwood chips with the temperature inside the smoker between 150=160 degrees F.
- Smoke until the thickest part of the fish registers 150 degrees.
- Serve hot or cold.
- Refrigerate any extra and consume or freeze within 5 days.
Traditional Smoked Salmon = 134 calories, 5.5g fat, 17g protein, 6g carbs
"Healthified" Smoked Salmon = 118 calories, 5.5g fat, 17g protein, 0g carbs
42% fat, 58% protein, 0% carbs