Testimony of the Day 

“I completed day 28 since switching to the Keto-Adapted lifestyle and was amazed. When I started I had a whopping 200 excess pounds to shed. Knowing the last time I was at my goal weight was 27 years ago I was terrified that this would not work for me but I have followed the program diligently and it has already paid off. I have shed 26 pounds in 28 days and am feeling better than I have in years. I am 62 years young, have multiple health issues and have been extremely sedentary for decades. This 26 pounds has come off without exercise!

I am so encouraged as I know that I will surely shed the rest of my excess weight. Having dropped 26 pounds with no exercise or supplements to support me just think what will happen as I add those in as part of my health care regime.

Thank you soooo much Maria for what you are doing. God Bless – KaraAnn”

Click HERE to start your journey to a keto-adapted diet!

Craig looks amazing!

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“This is a partial before after photo of me.  I couldn’t find any photos of me at my highest weight (185 in college).  On the left I was about 170 and today I am 145.” Craig

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 What’s your favorite “healthified” candy bar? I have many tasty treats in my cookbook The Art of Healthy Eating SWEETS, which is on SALE over 50% off today!!!! Click HERE to get the sale.

Thank you SO much for your love and support!

JUICING

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I often hear complaints that it costs too much to eat this way, but seriously check out the costs of these juicing diets where you don’t even get to chew your lunch!

Suja is $8.49 for a bottle!
The Juice Works $65 for 6!!!

Hormones run our metabolism

When I start talking to clients about our hormones and our weight, they usually get a surprised look on their face. What do hormones have to do with our weight? A hormone is a chemical messenger from a cell in the body. A hormone is produced by almost every organ system and is secreted directly into the bloodstream. Hormones signal certain cells to perform certain functions. Hormones are in charge of so many important pieces of our everyday life; our monthly mood swings, sex drive, blood sugar levels, muscle tone, fat burning ability, metabolism, immune system…the list is huge! Hormones play a role in everything from good sleep and good sex to headaches, stress, fatigue and weight gain.

The struggle to lose weight can be very difficult, and many feel that there has to be a reason that the weight is not coming off. It is true that hormonal imbalance affects some overweight individuals. Hormones do play a role in weight loss and gain, but the role is dependent on the individual, and his or her dietary and exercise choices.

Hormones can affect our mood and energy amount. We, however, affect hormones. Our way of life plays a huge role in the hormonal makeup inside us. For example, if a person is inactive, certain hormones decrease, such as testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone that works to increase metabolism, and therefore regulate weight and encourage weight loss. On the other hand, a more active person will have a greater number of chemical reactions in the blood, and help enhance the body’s hormonal balance. This happens so the body can cope with its own need to adapt to the stress during physical exertion. As a result, the body will create balanced hormones, which boosts metabolism, and lead to weight loss. By exercising regularly, getting adequate sleep, and eating the right foods, the body can create harmony with your hormones.

 

Ghrelin, sleep and liquid calories!

Scientists believe they have discovered why people get hungry at mealtimes, why dieters who lose weight often gain it back, and why stomach surgery helps obese people lose a great deal of weight. One main reason is the hormone called ghrelin, which makes us hungry, slows metabolism, and decreases the body’s ability to burn fat.

Ghrelin levels increase before meals and drop afterward depending upon what you consume. Volunteers given ghrelin injections felt extremely hungry, and, when turned loose at a buffet, ate 30 percent more than they did previously. Dieters who lose weight produce more ghrelin than they did before dieting, as if their bodies are fighting against starvation. By contrast, obese people who have gastric bypass surgery to lose weight end up with low levels of ghrelin, which helps explain why their appetites decrease noticeably after the surgery.

People who fail to sleep properly over-stimulate their ghrelin production which increases the desire for food. Lack of sleep also reduces the production of leptin which is the body’s appetite suppressant. So in short, if you don’t get enough sleep, the hormones in your body get all out of whack and you think that you’re hungry when really you don’t need that food.

Getting the right amount of sleep can be the first step to making sure that you’re getting the ghrelin and leptin balance that your body needs to naturally maintain a healthy weight. Getting 8 hours of quality sleep every night will help you naturally balance out your ghrelin and leptin levels …not making up for it on the weekends. I say “quality” because many people suffer from sleep apnea and don’t know it. If you have been told you snore, kick, talk, or stop breathing in the night, have your doctor check for sleep apnea. Sleep disorders will keep you from getting into REM sleep which is when our hormones are balanced. Allergies are a main cause of sleep apnea. You don’t have to be overweight to suffer from it.

This information has helped scientists harness information to assist people in losing weight. Scientists have created an anti-obesity vaccine which reduces the production of ghrelin which helps reduce cravings. Yes, these drugs are on the market, but instead of putting a huge dent in your wallet, you can start to balance ghrelin by following a few easy steps.

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Ghrelin creates our ravenous cravings for food. Our bodies increase this hormone before eating, whether it is when your clock strikes 12 noon at work or you walk by a bakery and the smell of doughnuts stimulates the production. 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. Follow the steps in Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism to keep your ghrelin levels in check, but I’ll give you a hint, I do not recommend liquid calories to balance your ghrelin levels!

So do I drink something like this? No, I don’t. But my boys love to enjoy a hot chocolate after a day of sledding.

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White Hot Chocolate
 
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Author:
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk OR heavy cream OR coconut milk
  • ¼ cup cocoa butter, chopped fine
  • ½-3/4 cup Swerve confectioners
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ⅛ tsp fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1 vanilla bean OR 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • Ground Cinnamon, Optional
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine ½ cup almond milk/cream/coconut milk, cocoa butter, natural sweetener, cinnamon stick and nutmeg.
  2. Stir over low heat until cocoa butter is melted; discard cinnamon stick.
  3. Add remaining almond milk/cream/coconut milk; stir until heated through.
  4. Remove from the heat; add extracts.
  5. Sprinkle each serving with ground cinnamon if desired.
Notes
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional White Chocolate = 370 calories, 19g fat, 5g protein, 45.8g carbs, 0g fiber
"Healthified" Chocolate (with unsweetened almond milk) = 143 calories, 15.9g fat, 0.8g protein, 0.8g carbs, 0g fiber

(98% fat, 1% protein, 1% carbs)
 

Another testimony

Hi Maria, Just a quick update note. So….I received the recommended supplements from Amazon almost over-night. Was able to start taking them immediately.

The reason I’m writing is to tell you how much better I feel after starting the supplements. Not so sure why, but it’s true. I must have been very deficient in something. I didn’t even realize I wasn’t feeling up to par until I noticed that I feel so much better.” Jody

48 Comments

  • Katy says:

    For the life of me I can’t figure out what is expensive about eating your way. Maybe if I indulged in treats with sweeteners every day. If I only had myself to feed it would be so cheap. Two meals a day, one that is mostly eggs and a second one with plentiful leftovers to freeze, and smaller portion sizes since I actually know what that is. By saving bacon grease, even my purchase of other fats has diminished.

  • Wenchypoo says:

    Some people simply CANNOT get their head around the fact that if you stop buying carb-laden foods, and replace them with fats, quality proteins, and keto-laden foods, you can come out ahead, or at least break even. “More nutritional bang for the food buck” wasn’t in their HS math class, so they have no concept of it.

    Also, they’re shopping wrong–they’re looking at the BIG bold numbers on the shelf label denoting price, when they ought to be looking in the corners for PRICE PER UNIT. But since schools no longer teach home economics, they didn’t learn this either.

    They’re destined to be repeat victims of sticker shock…then bad health. Both are preventable events, even if you have to whip out a calculator right there in the grocery store aisle.

  • Chris says:

    I was wondering about being keto adapted without a gall bladder. I had my gall bladder removed in an emergency surgery in 2010. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Nov 2012, and have been following a low carb/higher fat diet since then, but have gained ten pounds in the last year. I am extremely sugars sensitive, and although not insulin resistant per se, I find it hard for my body to handle the fat. Any advice?

    • cemmerich says:

      The common bile duct, which still remains after the gallbladder is removed, takes over a lot of the function of the gallbladder when it is taken out. That is why you can have your gallbladder removed and not totally fall apart by not being able to digest any fats. Coconut oil is very good for someone without a gallbladder because it doesn’t require bile acids for absorption. All MCT (medium chain tryglicerides) are like this. You can also use dandelion and ox bile to increase bile production. So eating this way is great for someone without a gallbladder.

      • Chris says:

        What are the best ways to get dandelion/ox bile?

        • Janae says:

          Chris,
          I also have had my gallbladder removed and take Biotics Research Beta PLUS tablets. It is a good idea to rotate them.
          Day one… 1breakfast, 1 noon
          Date rwo… 1 noon, 1 dinner
          Day three… 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
          Then repeat.,hope that helps.

          • Chris says:

            Thanks, Janae. I have had a total revolution in my diet since my diabetes dx. Who gets type 1 at 37??? I hope this may be the missing link for me. 🙂

    • Jean Lynd says:

      I had my gallbladder out in 97…and have been low carb/high fat for almost 5 years. When I went higher fat (70-80%), I began to have some pain (like burning) where my gallbladder used to be (the right hand side, behind the rib cage), so I did some research. I started taking Digestive Enzymes with each meal. It has made all the pain go away, completely. I know you didn’t say you had pain, but I wanted to post this just in case you ever do have it. I use Now Foods Digestive Enzymes. They are very affordable, especially for the quantity you have to take (each meal). Here’s a link, to help you see exactly which ones have worked so well for me, while also being affordable: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013OXKHC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
      (this is not an affiliate link…I get nothing from you clicking or buying…other than the satisfaction of helping someone else not have to search for answers as long as it took me!)

  • Holly says:

    Maria, I second Jody’s testimony. For me it took about 3 days but when I don’t take them, I can tell. My skin isn’t glowing and I feel run down. I had some sores/rash on my legs for almost a month that I couldn’t get rid of – I take the supplements, and in 2 days my legs have healed a lot.

    After I started eating this way, my parents switched too. They eat paleo normally but my mom has started to use your recipes for desserts. And my dad *LOVES* your clam chowder – it’s a staple in their house.

    • cemmerich says:

      Awesome! Thanks!

    • Jv says:

      Hi Holly. I take a range of supps recommended by Maria. Curious as to what got rid of your rash? I too have one that’s also on my legs. On my chest and arms sometimes too. Comes and goes a bit.

      • Holly says:

        I’m not sure if it was the leaky gut (why it appeared), or the problems with my thyroid (which kinda of explains why it wasn’t healing in the first place) or both. I also had problems with my good fats (not absorbing, I think?) so my arms were all chicken skin and it looked like I had ingrown hairs – but I didn’t. I was deficient in a lot of vitamins and minerals too (magnesium and D for sure) when I saw Maria. I sorta know what each supplement does, but it seems to me that if I cut one out I don’t do as well – so I just take them all. I’m sorry I can’t pinpoint them better.

        • Jv says:

          Hi Holly. Thanks so much for your reply. I’ll have to look further. I was thinking along lines of some sort of allergy. But your comments about deficiencies makes a lot of sense. Thanks a million. Have a great day.

  • Laura says:

    Wanted to get the sweets book you are offering for half price today. Im also interested in the Keto adapted but live in Canada. Please could you tell me how much shipping would be for these books? thanks. I live in Ontario

  • Laura says:

    Is the Secrets to a healthy Metabolism on sale too?

  • Kelley says:

    Maria, are you saying you don’t drink the white hot chocolate? If so, why? You don’t want to drink your calories? Just curious 🙂

    • cemmerich says:

      No, only if it were a special occasion or something. I don’t like to drink my calories. 🙂

      • Kelley says:

        That’s what I thought you meant. Thank you! I’m learning sooooo much from you about nutrition and the BEST WAY OF EATING. I’ve struggled MY WHOLE LIFE with weight and not ever feeling good so THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  • Julieanne says:

    Hi, Maria, your dessert book looks so good! Is this just on sale today, or for a few days? Thanks. 🙂

  • DonnaZ says:

    Maria, you may have explained this previously, if so could you please put a link to the info? I am wondering how/what happens to a body when we eat your way during the week and then eat some foods off if it on weekends (as we are with other company). I know there is a difference, but if I would know what is actually happening when I “cheat” it would give me extra fortitude:) Is there a range to stay in? Like, if I follow the “ME way” (as I call it) and have a low carb tortilla (but it has some wheat in it of which I am not allergic) does it totally wreck everything? Or does it mostly add those carbs? Thanks so much for your help.

    • cemmerich says:

      As Dr. Davis says, you can’t cut 90% of the wheat and get 90% of the benefit, you get none. You can to eliminate it 100% to get the health benefits. 🙂

  • Karen says:

    Hi, Maria! So glad I found your website. I am trying to reduce inflammation and avoid steroids for autoimmune problems. I bought the Keto-Adapted book and just ordered the Sweets books on sale. I am wondering which book is next to learn the specifics of which foods are Ok and which are not, and how to get the right ratios of fat/protein/carbs every day. Thanks!

  • Carol W says:

    I love your blog, I wish I had all of your books. What book would you recommend for focusing mostly on resolving hormonal issues and supplementation? I want to buy that book first.

  • McCourt says:

    Absolutely love your blog! My 8 year is old loves this hot chocolate too – thank you for posting!! She got your kids cookbook for her bday and loves picking out what she wants to make. So thankful to you for making a kids cookbook.

    A question for you – do you post your daily diet anywhere and how much exercise you do? You look fantastic!! How long did it take you to look so incredible (you have the figure that I want)? And I don’t think I’ve seen two (three with Papa Craig) happier boys in my life!

    • cemmerich says:

      Thanks! That is great!

      Thank you so much! I haven’t done a post. I eat 80% fat, 15% protein and 5% or less carbs and do bodypump class 3 days a week, yoga 2 and run about 5 miles a day. 🙂

      • Jeanne says:

        Is this a ratio you recommend for a 54 yr old female with about 50-60 lbs to lose? Or something to work up to?

        Thanks!

  • Michelle Lewis says:

    Question I have regarding coconut oil and flour. I don’t like the taste of coconut. Is the flavor big in these products. I have not bought them because it is not a cheap experiment. When mixed in recipes is it not noticeable? Thanks for your time.

  • mccourt says:

    Thx Maria! With that much activity how many calories do eat per day? You are so inspiring!!! Thx for all your recipes and info you share.

    • cemmerich says:

      I don’t really keep track. I do IF most days (eat two large meals in a window form 9-10AM until 3-4PM). Thanks! 🙂

  • Michelle Lewis says:

    Thanks for the information. I am going to get some of the oil and try it. I love your site and a lot of things make sense…I just don’t know if I could go all the way and as you said there is no in between. I’ll keep on looking and trying…see if I can get there.

  • Michelle Lewis says:

    I got some coconut oil today at the health food store to give it a try…Awesome, thanks so much for the info, another step in. The expeller pressed-no coconut taste.

  • Amanda Reed says:

    I can’t wait until I get my tax refund so I can stock up on supplements. I know I need them badly! I don’t even know what it feels like to be “well” having fibromyalgia.

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