Testimony of the Day
“5 days into Keto and I’ve lost five pounds! Even staying grain/refined sugar free, I indulged in some paleo baked goods over the holidays and then stayed mostly paleo for the first few weeks of the year just to experiment with how it made me feel. Well, cystic acne returned, joint pain in ankles and wrists and a four pound weight gain immediately let me know that your way is the right way for me! No worries for spring, I’m already back in my skinny jeans. Thank you!!” – Julie“
To get the results like Ashley, click HERE for easy to follow keto-adapted meals.
I had the pleasure of talking to the ladies on the Health Nuts Podcast. You can listen to it right here. 😉
Maria’s Favorite Things Giveaway!
Today I am giving away a HUGE box of ChocoPerfection bars! ChocoPerfection bars uses the sweeteners oligofructose, which is derived from ground-up chicory root, and erythritol, which comes from fermented natural foods. These ingredients don’t effect insulin levels (zero on the glycemic index) or have a laxative effect like malitol. Most “low carb” chocolates use malitol which does increase blood sugar and often causes intestinal discomfort. So, here’s to chocolate on a “diet!” Click HERE to find all “healthified” chocolates. The retail price of this 60-bar box is $59.95!
All you have to do is 3 things:
2. “Like” ChocoPerfection on Facebook.
3. Leave a comment below on what is your favorite “healthified” Valentine’s Day treat is.
A winner will be picked March 1st and posted on Maria Mind Body Health fanpage. Good Luck!
JUICING and LEPTIN
Did you know that 100% orange juice contains as much sugar as a Coke. An 8 ounce glass = 6 tsp! Yes, it is ‘natural’ sugar, but drinking only the juice from an orange, you lose the fiber to slow the blood sugar from increasing too much. You also lose a lot of vitamin C when you juice an orange, which is why orange juice is ‘fortified’ with vitamin C, while if you EAT a real orange you get natural occurring vitamin c. To get the 6 tsp of sugar from a small glass of juice, you need to eat about 3 oranges.
Sally Fallon NOURISHING TRADITIONS: “There is as much sugar in a small glass of orange juice as there is in a candy bar – and most of it fructose, which is more harmful than the sucrose of sugar. Consumption of apple juice has been linked to failure to thrive in infants. Excessive consumption of fruit juice upsets the acid-alkaline balance of the body. Even consumption of veggie juice can cause this imbalance. Even over consumption of fruit can cause severe mineral deficiencies.”
Did you ever wonder why it is easier to gain weight as compared to keeping it off? The key to this is in the fat cells where a powerful hormone is produced called leptin. Leptin signals the brain to regulate the metabolism in order to store or to burn fat. 85% of people who lost weight, end up regaining weight because the “metabolic thermostat” of the body, leptin, is reset upward automatically. When people lose weight, leptin production decreases, which causes people to regain the lost weight. This hormone is derived from fat cells so when you lose fat, leptin levels drop. When you gain fat, leptin levels rise. Once leptin is secreted by your fat cells, it travels to the hypothalamus; which controls eating behavior.
Read more in Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism which is now on sale! Click HERE to find. There are charts included in the book on which foods to consume and food to steer clear of.
One thing to steer clear of is liquid calories such as juices. I’m not one to drink my calories. I prefer to chew my calories. Liquid calories do not register the proper hormones to tell you to stop eating.
One tip I always do, is I keep my caffeine free tea bags in my purse so I can enjoy a tasty “hot chocolate” at a restaurant. Click HERE to find the teas I LOVE!
Served with Strawberry “Champagne” which is 4oz of sparkling water, add 4 strawberry tea bags and let it sit in the fridge for 2 days. Sweeten with Swerve to your desired sweetness.
- 1 cup Swerve confectioners
- 6 TBS organic butter
- ½ cup organic heavy whipping cream
- 24 whole pecans
- 2 ChocoPerfection bars, chopped fine (or homemade "healthified" chocolate bar)
- Before you begin, make sure you have everything ready to go - the cream and the butter next to the pan, ready to put in. If you don't work fast, the sweetener will burn. Heat butter on high heat in a heavy-bottomed 2-quart or 3-quart saucepan. As soon as it comes to a boil, watch for specks of brown (this is brown butter....SO GOOD on veggies!). Immediately add the Swerve and the cream to the pan. Whisk until caramel sauce is smooth. Let cool in the pan for a couple minutes, then pour into a glass mason jar and let sit to cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Once it is cooled a bit (it will thicken), place a TBS onto a cluster of pecans.
- Place in fridge to set. Caramel will thicken even more.
- Meanwhile, chop the ChocoPerfection bars. Heat in a double boiler until chocolate is melted. Drizzle chocolate over cooled caramel covered pecans. Enjoy!
Traditional Turtles = 139 calories, 8.1g fat, 0.8g protein, 16g carbs
"Healthified" Turtles = 98 calories, 8.1g fat, 0.8g protein, 3.7g carbs
(79% fat, 5% protein, 16% carbs)
Another Testimony of the Day
Dear Craig & Maria, I have been on your 30 day accelerated plan for 1 week and I am thrilled with the results!!!! I have lost between 6-7 pounds in 1 week! This NEVER has happened before, and Craig is right, I am not hungry or having cravings as long as I stick to the plan.
I didn’t believe it at first, but I can honestly say now that this ‘way of eating’ does work. I have avoided all dairy and don’t really miss it at this point. I feel better and am experiencing higher energy levels. I noticed that when I ate a little more than the plan suggests or when I didn’t exercise or get all my water in, I gained. I just have to make sure to follow the plan as close as I can now and hope for more shedding of pounds.
I made your chili recipe last night and both my husband & I absolutely loved it! ( He said he didn’t even miss all the beans because it was so flavorful and tasty! ) Thank you both for your great advice and meal plans! Danielle
To get started like Danielle click HERE. I’d be honored to help you too!
What a great treat for an after-school snack! Click HERE to find my cookie cut outs!