Testimonies of the Day
“The keto lifestyle and triathlon training go hand-in-hand! Forcing my body to utilize fat during the long swims, bike rides and runs makes fueling a breeze! No more gels or sports drinks every 30 minutes…and not only does my body remain strong, my mind and energy do as well.
My kids are loving all of the new recipes I have been making, especially the Keto Fudge! And I had to laugh when my husband was skeptical of your Twice-Baked Cauliflower recipe…and then I had to yell at him to save some for the kids because he was going to eat all of it!!! He requests them all the time now!” Kristen
HAQ Supplement Testimony: “Some of the benefits from working out everyday and eating the Maria way.. my bad back and joint issues are pretty much gone. I was so afraid of how bad my back would be on the cruise sleeping in the beds there. I did not have one problem!!! Amazing!Also, just raked leaves for 2 hours at my house this weekend. That would usually lead me to the chiropractor and medication and hot/cold packs for a week….not this time. Only required me to do some extra stretching of my low back!! WOW! Looking forward to a healthier future!!” – Mary Jo
30 Day Accelerated Testimony: “I am excited to move forward with the plan- just dabbling with the Maria way- my husband has lost 25 lbs (in first 5 weeks!)- I have lost 6 ( go figure) but we both feel so much better being grain free-and sugar free- my pre-diabetes is now in the normal range J My tonsils are decreasing in size by quite a bit- so excited to do some fine tuning- just hoping I can get my weight loss moving – a bit faster hopefully! Hubby loves the recipes and never complains about what I serve for dinner, or any meal for that matter. I have switched my pantry over- need to order a few more supplements- thanks for making everything so easy to follow! You are truly a God send ( literally) thank you for all you do! God Bless!” – Diana
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Cinnamon health benefits!
1: Antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic: Cinnamon has been found to be effective in fighting vaginal yeast infections, oral yeast infections, stomach ulcers and head lice.
2: Excellent source of manganese, iron and calcium. The combination can help to remove bile, which prevents damage to colon cells and helps prevent colon cancer.
3: Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation is the stem of all diseases.
“We’ve long known that atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease. In the absence of inflammation or injury to the endothelial cell, the cholesterol would never go through the arterial wall and it would never stay there. – Dr. Dwight Lundell”
4: Helps control blood sugar levels, and can significantly lower LDL “bad” cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides (fatty acids in the blood). A now almost famous study, was conducted by researchers from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2003 that showed that 60 people in Pakistan who had Type 2 diabetes, who ate 1 gram of cinnamon each day over a period of 40 days, experienced a significant decrease in their blood sugar levels, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides.
We are all, in an evolutionary sense, predisposed to becoming diabetic. So I want to step you through how fat is stored, but more importantly this is how we become at risk for diabetes and heart disease:
1) After you eat excess carbohydrates, blood glucose stays higher longer because the glucose can’t make it into the cells of the muscles. This toxic level of glucose is like tar in the bloodstream clogging arteries, binding with proteins to form damaging AGEs (Advanced Glycated End-products) and causing inflammation. This high level of glucose causes triglycerides to go up, increasing your risk for heart disease.
2) Starch and sugar gets stored as fat (remember starch is just glucose molecules hooked together in a long chain; the digestive track breaks it down into glucose… so a sugary and a starch diet are the same thing!). Since the muscle cells aren’t getting glycogen (because they basically have a crust over the cells and are considered “resistant”), and since insulin stops the production of the fat-burning enzyme lipase, now you can’t even burn STORED fat! So workout all you want, if you continue to eat oatmeal before your workouts, you will never be a fat-burner, you will remain a sugar-burner and you continue to get fatter until eventually those fat cells become resistant too.
3) If that isn’t bad enough, I have more bad news…Insulin levels continue to stay high longer because the pancreas mistakenly believes “if a little is not working, more is better.” NOT GOOD. Insulin is very toxic at high levels, causing cellular damage, cancers, plaque build-up in the arteries (which is why diabetics have so much heart disease) as well as many other inflammation issues such as nerve damage and pain in the extremities. Starch and sugar destroys nerve tissue, causing tingling and retinopathy, which causes you to lose your eyesight.
4) Sorry, but I have more bad news…Our cells become so damaged after a life of cereal and skim milk for breakfast that not only does insulin resistance block glucose from entering muscle cells; the crust we have formed over our cells also blocks amino acids from entering. Amino acids are the building blocks for our muscles that are found in protein. So now you can’t even maintain your muscles. And if that isn’t bad enough, our muscles become cannibals because your body think there’s not enough stored sugar in the cells, so they send signals to start to consume valuable muscles to make more glucose (sugar)! You get fatter and you lose muscle.
5) Instead of feeling energetic after you eat, you are tired, and you crave more carbohydrates and since you have less muscle, exercise is getting too darn difficult, and the sad cycle continues.
6) But there is even more bad news… thyroid disorders also happen too. When your liver becomes insulin resistant, it can’t convert thyroid hormone T4 into the T3, so you get those unexplained “thyroid problems”, which continue to lower your energy and metabolism.
1) Lower your carbohydrates. Not only for you, but your kids too! So they don’t end up so insulin sensitive like we are!
2) Exercise! Even walking after meals. Moving has a major impact on improving insulin sensitivity since muscles burn your stored glycogen as fuel during and after your workout.
3) Add in Cinnamon!
Cinnabon Coffee Cake
4 cups blanched almond flour (OR 1 cup coconut flour)
1 TBS aluminum free baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
2/3 cup butter or coconut oil
1 1/3 cups Swerve confectioners
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs (6 eggs if using coconut flour)
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup Swerve confectioners
6 tbsp butter
1/3 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp ground cinnamon
Cream Cheese Layer:
8 oz cream cheese or coconut cream (if dairy allergy)
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 tsp Stevia glycerite (or to taste)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch pan. Stir together the almond flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter, natural sweetener, and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating for at least 1 minute after each egg. Beat in the almond flour mixture alternately with the milk. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Remove cake from pan while it is still warm, and poke holes around the top of the cake with a fork.
To Make Cinnamon Syrup: In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup erythritol, 1 teaspoon stevia, butter, water, 1 teaspoon vanilla and cinnamon. Heat and stir until butter melts. Pour onto warm cake or place in a serving dish and serve along with each slice of cake.
Cream Cheese filling: beat cream cheese with 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk and stevia (to taste). You can make this ahead of time and store in the fridge (it will get thicker overnight). Dollop a tablespoon or two on top of cake. Makes 14 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Cinnamon Cake = 396 calories, 21.9g fat, 3.6 g protein, 42 g carbs, 0.6 g fiber
“Healthified” Almond Flour Cake = 292 calories, 28g fat, 6.1 g protein, 4.3 carbs, 1.9 g fiber
“Healthified” Coconut Flour Cake = 244 calories, 22g fat, 4.9g protein, 5.5g carbs, 3g fiber