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Magic Shell

By January 8, 2014January 26th, 2019Dairy Free, Desserts, Egg Free, Vegetarian

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“I purchased your 30 day accelerated meal plan package around November and have lost over 35 lbs. (I started cutting out carbs in August by reading your blog) My doctor had warned me about my weight gain so when I saw her in January for routine blood test she was ecstatic about my results, both in my blood numbers and my weight loss. Thank you so very much for all of your shared knowledge! Now, my naturally thin husband and kids are on board…BTW, hubby and 1 son have genetically high cholesterol, looking forward to their blood test results after 6 months on your program! My best friend and her family have purchased your assessment and books and are on their way to great health also! I praise God for you Maria! Thank you!” – Susan To get the results fast, click HERE for easy to follow keto-adapted meals.

Doesn’t she look great ?! Why not start your journey today? A year from now, you will thank yourself!

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I see many clients with a variety of problems. One issue on the rise is Crohn’s and Colitis. If Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are caught before serious damage has been done, both conditions can be treated simply by restricting carbohydrates. This chart clearly shows that when carbohydrates are limited, both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis respond very quickly. Carbohydrates, sugar and vegetable oils are extremely inflammatory and terrible for our intestinal health. Could the increase in carbohydrates and sugar be the cause of all these problems???

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In 1840 the average person consumed 2 tsp of sugar a day and in 2009 a typical person consumed over 63 tsp every day!!!

The main thing to avoid is Long Chained Triglycerides. Long-chain triglyceride impairs the healing time in active Crohn’s disease. These fatty acids are substrates for inflammatory eicosanoid production. Polyunsaturated oils: Red meat has long been wrongly blamed for IBS. A study published in December 2009 shows that linoleic acid harms the gut but news reports and health websites mislead by blaming ‘red meat’ — which contains the least linoleic acid. It’s the polyunsaturated fats and oils, derived from seeds such as sunflower, safflower, soy and corn, which are the major dietary sources of linoleic acid; they are the most harmful oils for those with intestinal problems because they increase inflammation.When it is absorbed in the intestinal lining, linoleic acid is transformed to arachidonic acid, which is a component of the cell membranes in the bowel. Arachidonic acid can then be converted into various inflammatory chemicals. High levels of these chemicals have been found in the intestinal tissue of people suffering from intestinal disorders.

Long chained triglycerides come from VEGETABLE OILS…this means anything that is pre-packaged; salad dressings, roasted nuts, “baked” chips, popcorn, crackers, cereal…you name it! We have been wrongly pushed to replace healthy saturated fats like coconut oil with harmful fats such as canola!

Coconut oil is a medium-chained fatty acid. MCFA are broken down almost immediately by enzymes in the saliva and gastric juices so that pancreatic fat-digesting enzymes are not even essential. Therefore, there is less strain on the pancreas and digestive system. This has important implications for patients who suffer from digestive and metabolic problems. Since it is easily absorbed in the digestive tract it also helps other essential healing nutrients become absorbed as well. Ulcerative colitis often begins with a virus or a bacterial infection and that the body’s immune system malfunctions and stays active after the infection has cleared. Coconut has antimicrobial properties that affects intestinal health by killing troublesome microorganisms that may cause chronic inflammation. Coconut oil resembles breast milk more than any other food…breast milk helps keep babies healthy!

People with the highest intake of omega 3 fatty acid also known as docosahexanoic acid reduced the complications of crohn’s and colitis by 77%. Omega 3 fatty acid is found in oily fish such as salmon and sardines.

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6 TBS butter or coconut oil
1/4 tsp stevia glycerite (or to desired sweetness)
1 tsp natural cherry extract
2 tsp Natural Red Food Coloring
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt

Melt coconut oil over low heat. Stir in coloring, sweetener, and salt until completely melted. Allow to cool to room temperature before drizzling over ice cream. Makes 6 servings.

Smucker’s Shell = 210 calories, 15g fat, 1g protein, 18 carbs, trace fiber
“Healthified” Shell = 102 calories, 11g fat, 0.1g protein, 0 carbs

This recipe also works great to decorate “healthified” cake pops!

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“One of the most common ingredients in the food we eat isn’t even a food. It’s food dye.” Yikes!

Food dyes are synthetic chemicals that are harming our children as well as adults! It has been proven to cause hyperactivity, restlessness, and attention problems. The Center for Science in the Public Interest called on the FDA to ban 8 of the most common artificial dyes, but instead, they put a warning… “Warning: The artificial coloring in this food causes hyperactivity and behavioral problems”

Americans consume five times as much food dye as they did 30 years ago, according to the Food and Drug Administration. But the trend in other countries may be turning. British arms of General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft, Mars, and McDonald’s, for example, use few or no dyes.

So what makes our food yellow? In the United States, it’s two synthetic food dyes: Red 40 and Yellow 6. In England, it’s pumpkin and carrot extract. At a U.S. McDonald’s, the strawberry sundae gets its color from Red 40. In England, the red comes from (surprise!) real strawberries.

But we must be smart shoppers, even things that claim “100% Real” potato au gratin today that gets its golden hue from 100 percent real “Yellow 5 Lake” and “Yellow 6 Lake.” Also, cheese should be WHITE! 🙂 To read more on our brain health, check out Secrets to Controlling Your Cravings Weight and Mood.

I always use India Tree Natural Decorating Colors. Click HERE to find. They are made from highly concentrated vegetable colorants and contain no synthetic dyes. Happy Eating!

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(Above chart is from: Lutz W. Dismantling a Myth. Selecta-Verlag Dr. Ildar Idris GmbH & Co, KG Planegg Vor München, 1986: 125-180.)


Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Dana Seilhan says:

    You can add annatto to cheese and make it yellow without those stupid coal-tar dyes. Food coloring is great for Easter eggs and yarn, terrible in the body.

    Oh, and even without the annatto, if you’re using grass-fed dairy and it’s early spring, you may get yellow cheese anyway. But it’ll be a light, subtle yellow, not traffic-warning-sign yellow.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this post, Maria. Speaking of the bowels, do you have any advice on constipation? I have had some since switching to the low-carb, no refined sugars diet. I have read your book and I’m slowy adding the supplements, but maybe I need to add them faster! Thanks for any advice!

  • Thanks!

    As for constipation, I recommend these items: http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=48

    200mg of magnesium citrate at each meal
    1 cap of bifido bacteria 15 minutes before each meal
    1000mg of vitamin c at each meal.

    That should help!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks — really helpful!

  • Taryl says:

    The evidence is so clear that excess glucose in the blood, inflammation throughout the gut, and overall declining health due to the anti nutrients in grains and rancid vegetable oils are real and dangerous things. That graph just confirms what the body of research is pointing to, more and more, as correlative factors between diet and general health, or as an exacerbating factor in a number of medical conditions.

    And on a recipe note – I love your blog so much I’ve decided to purchase one of your recipe books, but I can’t figure out which one has the best collection of recipes to begin with. Though I plan on expanding to all of your cookbooks when money allows, if you had to recommend one for me to start out with that was heavy on the recipes and lighter on the chatter (I need a cookbook, primarily), which one would you suggest I buy?

    Thanks Maria!

  • Thanks Taryl!

    You would love this book: http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20/detail/1451555946

    I really appreciate your support!!!

  • Taryl says:

    Excellent, thanks so much for helping me choose!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi — would you recommend counting calories – if so, what range would you suggest? I have your book on Metabolism, but don’t recall if you touched on this! Thanks.

  • Nope, I don’t count calories.

    Watch this: This is a short helpful video on Why people get Fat:

  • Anonymous says:

    Ok — thank you!

  • Jennifer says:

    I don’t count calories or carbs. 😉 Maria, such great info as per usual. Have a great weekend.

  • Anonymous says:

    My father has ulcertis colitis and his doctor just gives him a bunch of medication to take and sees him every year for a colonoscopy. Is there any homeopathic medicine you would recommend for it?

    BTW, I previously purchased two of your books and just now purchased the other two. I also purchase items from your Amazon store. Just a little way to saying thank you for the valuable information that you give out on your blog. Keep up the good work!

  • Oh boy! Yes, I have a lot of suggestions for colitis. But before I recommend certain supplements, I need to do a health assessment and find out any issues that may be causing a problem…food allergy or deficiency. I do this for my clients and would love to help you through this journey. Please email me with the contact above if you are interested in getting started!

  • Stacy says:

    The cake pops are so cute. And I had no idea there were safer dyes. Thank you for your blog, I am learning so much.

  • Judy says:

    Do you have a chocolate version of the magic shell?

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