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Cookie Cut Outs

By December 1, 2013February 18th, 2023Desserts, Egg Free, Holiday Recipes, Vegetarian

Testimony of the Day

“My story begins with my three year old son and his journey through cancer. Our family had already discovered the “Maria Way” a few years ago but we had not fully put it into practice. A little over a year ago, tragedy hit when we discovered our little 3 year old boy had a five pound cancerous tumor attached to his kidney. After major surgery and a five day hospital stay, we knew we needed to change our nutrition. If there were ever a time for taking drastic measure it was then.

We consulted with Maria and cleaned out every ounce of sugar and grains from our house.

Our young family of four all adopted a new way of eating, a new way of life. Since I have such a loving committed wife who took care of most of the cooking, you could say I was more or less along for the ride. I was surprised to find that this journey had many unexpected benefits right from the start.

When we began eating the “Maria Way,” I weighed in at over 200 pounds. Just a few months later I had lost just over 40 pounds. I have had multiple knee surgeries and suffer from arthritis and joint pain, however since we kicked the grains and sugar I have little to no soreness ever. Stairs were and issue are no longer are. I sleep through night regularly now and my energy level is through the roof. You could say the kids also had this same benefit!

Though this way of eating (menu planning/prep work/etc) can be difficult at times it has brought our family together in love, and in the kitchen! Our son has been doing fantastic with perfect check ups. Our family has been learning about new foods and how to be betters cooks and could not have done it without Maria’s help. Thank you, Joe”

To get started on your path to health, click HERE.

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Cancer Facts

Why are the rates of cancer going up? In 1840 the average American consumed 2 tsp of sugar a day…in 2011, a typical American consumes over 63 tsp of sugar PER DAY! Cancer LOVES glucose! This is why we test cancer patients by having them drink a “glucose” mix and watch what cells consume the glucose the quickest (cancer is the fastest). So you think, “Sure, just cut out the glucose from our diet.” BUT most people don’t understand where all the glucose is coming from. It isn’t just the sugar. “Complex carbohydrates” are structurally just glucose molecules hooked together in long chains. The digestive track breaks it down into glucose. So a sugary and a starchy diet are pretty much the same thing. So in essence a bowl of oatmeal, skim milk and a banana is just a huge bowl of sugar. For about 5 years now, German doctors have been testing cancer patients in a clinical study of a surprising prescription…fat. Their patients are on a ketogenic diet, which eliminates almost all carbohydrates and sugar, and provides energy only from high-quality fats.

A well-formulated ketogenic diet has an intense and fast effect on cancer. All of your body’s cells, including cancer cells are fueled by glucose. Conversely, cancer cells have one huge mortal flaw; they do not have the metabolic adaptability to be fueled off of ketones, but your healthy cells can thrive on ketones. Therefore, since cancer cells need glucose to thrive, and carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body, then cutting out carbs literally starves the cancer cells.

You are thinking…”this sounds completely opposite of the ‘raw food’ juicing cancer diets, I have been reading about!” BUT this scientific evidence dates back more than 80 years. In 1924, Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg published his observations of a common feature he saw in fast-growing tumors: unlike healthy cells that can get energy by metabolizing sugar in the mitochondria, cancer cells appeared to fuel themselves only through glycolysis, a less-efficient means of creating energy through the fermentation of sugar in the cytoplasm. Warburg believed that this metabolic switch was the primary cause of cancer, a theory that he was unable to prove before his death.

If most aggressive cancers rely on the fermentation of sugar for growing and dividing, then take away the sugar and the cancer can stop spreading. Meanwhile, normal body and brain cells switch to generate energy from fatty molecules called ketones, the body’s main source of energy on a fat-rich diet.

One theory that mistakenly sticks with cancer patients is that diet can influence our pH balance. Tumor cells release lactic acid as a by-product, and this became known as the alkalinity-acidity theory. This created a number of books that wrongly encouraged alkaline diets for preventing and curing cancer. In reality, cancer cells are a bit more acidic just outside their boundaries than inside due to the expelling of lactic acid. Trying to control the pH in your body appears to not be helpful. Not only does the absence of acid in the gastric tract and bladder establish an environment that is favorable to tumor growth, the control of pH is automatically controlled in a neutral range of 7.2—7.4. Our diets have been proven to have little to no effect over the pH of the blood.

A ketogenic diet is helpful for cancer patients for many reasons. For one, it decreases the buildup of lactate, which helps control pH and respiratory function. A myth of low carb diets is that it puts you in a state of ketoacidosis. “This stems from the unfortunate fact that many doctors confuse nutritional ketosis (blood ketones at 1-3 millimolar) with keto-acidosis (blood ketones greater than 15 millimolar). In nutritional ketosis, blood pH at rest stays normal, plus sharp drops in pH due to CO2 and lactate buildup during exercise are restrained. By contrast, in keto-acidosis, blood pH is driven abnormally low by the 10-fold greater buildup of ketones. Suggesting these 2 states are similar is like equating a gentle rain with a flood because they both involve water.” (pg 35 of The Art and Science of Low Carb Living).cookie cut out

A ketogentic diet doesn’t damage our immune system and less free radical damage in our cells compared to a high carb diet. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules produced in the mitochondria that damage protein tissues and membranes of the cells. Free radicals happen as we exercise. But ketones are a ‘clean-burning fuel.’ When ketones are the fuel source, ROS (oxygen free radicals) is drastically reduced. Intense exercise on a high-carb diet overwhelms the antioxidant defenses and cell membranes which explains why extreme athletes have impaired immune systems and decreased gut (intestinal) health. A well-designed ketogenic diet, not only fights off these aging free radicals, it also reduces inflammation of the gut and immune systems are stronger than ever.

To read more on the healing benefits of a well-formulated keto-adapted diet, click HERE to find my new Keto-Adapted ebook.

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Cookie Cut Outs

Maria Emmerich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Natural Sweetener or powdered erythritol and 1/2 tsp stevia glycerite
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp extract orange/lemon/vanilla/almond
  • 1/2 tsp Redmond Real salt
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 2 cups Natural Sweetener or powdered erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
  • 2-4 TBS unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp extract orange/lemon/vanilla/almond/strawberry
  • Natural Food Coloring


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and the cream cheese for 1 minute.
  • Add the natural sweetener, baking powder, extract and salt and continue mixing until creamy.
  • Stir in the flour until well combined and chill.
  • Place the chilled dough out onto a greased piece of parchment and top with another piece of greased parchment Roll the dough out to 1 centimeter thick. Uncover the top parchment and use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out cookies.
  • Place cookies on a baking sheet about 1 inch apart and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • To make the frosting, combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl (start with 2 TBS almond milk and add more to get desired thickness).
  • Add desired extract and color.
  • Place the frosting into Ziploc bags and cut a small corner out.
  • Squirt onto cookies.


Traditional Cookies = 159 calories, 10g fat, 2.8g protein, 23.6g carbs, 0.6g fiber (23 effective carbs)
"Healthified" Cookies = 116 calories, 11g fat, 2.2g protein, 2.1g carbs, 1g fiber (85% fat, 8% protein, 7% carbs)

Another Cute Testimony

Hi Maria! I have had troubles with constipation since I was 6 or even smaller. I was in the ER constantly for pain and constipation all throughout my childhood and even adulthood. I would have to take ExLax often! I tried adding fiber and drinking water but nothing would work!!

The pain is so severe from being constipated that I thought that I was constipated and ended up going to the ER but only to find out I had kidney stones. From that appt on they told me to use MiraLax. I used MiraLax for about 12 years and when I read your post I knew that I wanted to try the supplements and try and get off MiraLax. I tried not taking MiraLax for 3 days here and there and then would become constipated so I would always have to go back on it.

I have been taking the supplements you suggested for 3 weeks now and I am having bowel movements regularly. Just wanted to say thank you for your help!

To get your body on the right path, click HERE to get suggestions on what supplements your body needs.

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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.".


  • Liz says:

    I use Swerve in my coffe and love it! I have bought every sugar sub made probably and Swerve is my favorite. I feel like I have more consistent energy by eliminating white sugar and switching to Swerve in the mornings. Would love to win this giveaway!!

    • Lisa says:

      I try really hard not to eat sugar and when I do I notice that I feel like total crap! No energy, lethargic and like my brain is in a fog! That crap should be outlawed, LoL

  • Anita says:

    Since removing sugar from my life I’ve noticed I don’t crave sweets and when I do bake with Swerve, less is more.

  • Cheryl says:

    I am confused the package for the discount for cyber monday you have at $225 on your site not $250 as you state here am I missing something?

  • zosia says:

    1. DONE: “Like” Maria Mind Body Health on Facebook and share Maria Mind Body Health on your Facebook wall.

  • zosia says:

    2. DONE: “Like” Swerve on Facebook.

  • zosia says:

    3. Leave a comment below on how your health has gotten better with the sugar free lifestyle!

    A few things…
    A) I make healthier choices overall
    B) Less headaches
    C) Less bloating
    D) I don’t feel as run-down as I did before (although…that is all attributable to taking L-Tyrosine for my thyroid…)
    E) I’ve become more creative in the kitchen!

  • Toni says:

    I have shared both Swerve and your page to everybody that will listen!! I also have started giving the Kids cookbook as baby gifts. Some are super excited…some laugh at my “crazy nutritional lifestyle”, but I only hope (even if they don’t admit it) that they will learn something. As I always say in the card…”I wish I knew then, what I know now”. The biggest difference I see going sugar free in our family is the level of concentration my son has with schoolwork. We went from daily tears and inability to sit still- to good focusing and no tears!! THANK YOU MARIA!! I thought maybe he was just maturing emotionally until he went crazy with some Halloween candy this year…we couldn’t believe the difference. I would love to win some Swerve to keep up this great lifestyle! Keep up the great work

  • Mishyb says:

    Looked, loved, and shared.

  • Kristin says:

    Since nixing sugar, I have WAY more energy, think clearer, and haven’t gotten sick in about a year! Thankful to be able to continue life on purpose with more effectiveness 🙂

  • Lynnette says:

    I am a happier person and I find myself trying harder to excel without sugar in my diet.

  • Sarah says:

    Shared and “Liked” Swerve. I really LOVE Swerve! It’s my favorite sweetener and never want to be without it!

  • lizzie says:

    read this . very interesting

  • Margaret says:

    Very interesting, I will try your way. Thanks.

  • Alona Lomakina says:

    Shared! Swerve changed the way I look at dessert. It’s still a treat, but with the freedom of not having to feel guilty about indulging in something I really love. I just made a berry mousse that my Granny makes – that taste brings back some of the best childhood memories, and I know my children will be able to enjoy it too without damaging their health, all thanks to Swerve and to you, Maria 🙂

  • Jamie H. says:

    I’ve lost over 50 pounds since having given up sugar and am healthier and in better shape at 40 after having had 2 kids then I have ever been in my life before, since I spent all of high school and college overweight and all my 20s yo-yo dieting. I’d never go back!

  • Marcia DesRosiers says:

    I have much less joint pain and overall feel better but the biggest thing I notice is an emotional one – less depression and anxiety when I am eating “clean”!

  • Jaylene says:

    I’ve lost 15 pounds since July and I have more energy throughout the day!

  • Jo says:

    Can’t wait for the Whole Foods to be built and opened where I live because the only way to get Swerve is to order it and wait.

    • Jo says:

      I also have noticed a big difference in the pains I don’t have living a sugar free life. No knee pain and my Fibromyalyia doesn’t flare as much.

  • Deanna says:

    My life is better in every sense of the word since quitting sugar! I lost 40 pounds, and feel great! Swerve is my favorite sweetener, I use it in everything. Great giveaway!

  • Cinde Morris says:

    I love Swerve! In just two weeks since I’ve replaced sugar with Swerve, my brain fog has totally cleared and my mood is high. My 8 yo has ADHD and I swear this replacement has been noticeable in his focusing.

  • Sheri Woody says:

    I love Swerve – both the regular and the confectioners! What a great product – there is no difference in taste or in measuring. I enjoy Swerve in my morning coffee and in my iced green tea. It also works great for all my holiday baking – and my family is none the wiser!!

  • Wenchypoo says:

    About these cookies: can they be left out at room temp, or do they need refrigeration to keep the frosting hard?

  • Mary R says:

    We stopped using sugar about a year ago and we don’t miss it at all. I love using swerve when I am baking.

  • Laura says:

    My cholesterol has improved and I dropped two pant sizes. I know this is healthier for my low blood sugar also.

  • We love Swerve! I used it for a Pumpkin Roll for Thanksgiving. Fabulous! Recipe from Fruit Of Her Hands blog.

  • Marsha K says:

    Sugar stinks.. Addictive and destructive. Feel so much better when not using sugar! 🙂

  • Karen says:

    My eating is more controlled when I eat the sugar free way and I just feel better about it. (and I LOVE Swerve!)

  • Amy says:

    I don’t crave sweets, use less healthified sweetener, feel better & have more energy!

  • Rene Hughes says:

    I love that I don’t have the sugar crashes anymore! I have consistent energy without the grains and sugar! 🙂

  • Brooke says:

    I’m less run down, I eat fewer “bad” sweets because I’m not depriving myself if yummy baked goods, and my skin is so much clearer!

  • Susan says:

    Mission accomplished! Thank you.

  • Thomas says:

    Going to a sugarless or a smart alternative sweetener, such as Swerve, has meant less gastric problems.

  • WoolyNC says:

    Definitely less cravings. I even watch the amount of healthified sweeteners because just having a sweet taste seems to call for more and I don’t need more.

  • KathyL says:

    I thought I would have to give up baking when I decided to try eliminating sugar from my diet. I was so happy to discover Swerve. I love knowing that having a sweet treat it still possible.

  • Allie says:

    I liked both pages and shared yours on my wall. I have lost most of my weight and maintained the weight I’m at by giving up sugar and grain. I will never go back to the SAD. 🙂

  • Kathy mURPHY says:

    I haven’t tried swerve yet, but this cookie recipe will definitely get me to try it! Cut out cookies are a tradition every christmas, and I really miss them.

  • Kymberlee says:

    I just recently resarted my sugar free lifestyle change, i and i am feeling great!!!! I don’t have as many headaches s i used to!!!! and i get out more!!! I can’t wait to see what else this does for me!!! Thank you!!!! Kymberlee

  • Susan A says:

    I cut out sugar starting on the day after Thanksgiving. I am amazed at how different I feel: no cravings, balanced mood, overall physical improvement. I now have four of your books. I spent most of Saturday and Sunday making snacks, desserts, and planning meals for the week! I just bought a bag of Swerve and will use it when we make the cut out cookies with your recipe.

  • 1956okie says:

    Joint aches and pains are all but gone. Cravings subsided. Better sleep. Brain fog lifted!

  • Vanessa says:

    I love baking with swerve!

  • Laura says:

    No more Metformin for me! That is what Swerve have done for me along with my new eating lifestyle “Maria’s Way”.

  • Karen I says:

    Since I switched to a sugar free lifestyle, I don’t crave sweets nearly as much. It gives me so much more energy too!

  • Jennifer says:

    I love the Swerve. I recently tried it for the first time because of your blog and recommendations. I normally use the xylitol, but Swerve is awesome. I have noticed since giving up sugar (or I should say most sugar, I am finding some still in normal things that I use) that I crave it less. When I started trying to give up sugar there were certain things I knew I would need to get this accomplished, #1 I would have to allow myself to fill up on whatever else there was to eat (proteins and fats), #2 I had to have a sweet substitute because I have a bad sweet tooth, #3 I have to allow myself not to be perfect and screw up and it is okay. I was nervous about it the first few days, I felt sick, but was determined. I think I might have been detoxing. And today, I can say that I don’t have a bad sweet tooth! I am very thankful for the recipes that you share because it keeps me motivated to stick with it. I hope to be able to afford more cookbooks and some day get a nutritional consultation, but for now slow and steady. Doing good. 🙂

  • Stephany says:

    Have liked your Facebook page and shared on my Facebook page. I have also liked Swerve on Facebook. I have been seeing changes in my hair and nails so far and my body overall feels so much better. Love your website! I would love to win!

  • merridy says:

    NO MORE ACID REFLUX!!!! I shared your info with people ALL the time in person! But I too followed your rules and liked swerve FB page and LIKED your page back in 2010! My favorite news is my children are finally beginning to think eating the MARIA way is normal!!! yippeee!

  • Jean says:

    I have been sugar free and grain free for a month now, and I feel wonderful!! I no longer have headaches, have lost weight and inches, and no longer need afternoon naps. My kids and husband have joined me. Their headaches are gone, and their mood swings have diminished. We use Swerve a lot, and would love to win!!
    Thank you, Maria!!

  • Aimee says:

    I have not had the opportunity to try Swerve yet. I would love to try it because I’ve heard so many great comments about it. The only downside of course is it so much more expensive than sugar. It would be great to win the Swerve package!

  • lindsay says:

    I have been sugar free for almost a year now. I used to use an insane amount of artificial sweetener. Now I can appreciate the true taste of foods. I also used to crave sweets such as peanut m&ms, but I don’t even think about them anymore. With your recipes, I don’t feel deprived at all. Thank you!

  • Jackie Adlington says:

    We love being wheat free! My husband describes it as being liberated!! He is making the sugar free pledge, and I will too! Thanks Maria for all your encouragement!! Somehow the word will get out. We are trying to help! Would love to try the swerve!!

  • Erica says:

    The first thing I noticed….I didn’t fall asleep on the couch as soon as I sat down!!! haha – increased energy – better moods – increased productivity. I truly believe sugar is an addiction, your healthified desserts have saved my life!

  • Lisa says:

    I have been eating whole natural foods for over two years now – I bake all the time with Swerve and love it! My thyroid thanks me!

  • Norma says:

    Swerve is the only “sugar substitute” that I enjoy. I just discovered that I have lost over 40lbs. I threw out my own scale years ago but used a friend yesterday and was pleasantly surprised, as was she. Simple changes making big differences!! I feel so much better. Life is sweet, without sugar!!!

  • Beth says:

    I am still a little confused by ketosis and ketoacidosis. Is there a chance of ketoacidosis if you are following a low carb diet, but somehow don’t have the right balance?

  • Kim says:

    Just received my swerve the day before Thanksgiving. Excited to try.

  • Relizabeth says:

    People tell me my mood is much more stable!

  • Heidi says:

    My body feels so much better sugar free, and Swerve is the best. Wish it was cheaper.

  • Denise says:

    Done. Love swerve!!

  • Kristen says:

    I can make sweet treats again! Natural ingredients= awesome flavors. Best of all, I no longer feel nauseous and faint when I get hungry, which is amazing. Thank you so much for spreading the word about Swerve!

  • Leda says:

    I have lost 60 pounds since beginning my sugar free campaign. I began by using S & L, Splenda, etc. but I felt that I was slowly poisoning my body using these chemicals. I switched to Maltitol but could not stand the gassy GI side effects. I then found Maria Mind Body Health and Swerve. I quickly ordered Swerve so that I could bake the delicious recipes. The taste is superb and no GI side effects! Swerve is a keeper! And so are Maria’s wonderful recipes!

  • juliendbq says:

    Guiltily, I succumbed to some sugar-laden desserts over Thanksgiving. I can attest … I feel so draggy and braindead! Sugar-free and grain-free is more than a philosophy … it’s GOT to be my way of living. These side effects are just not worth it!

  • Jacqueline Vreeland says:

    Since cutting out Sugar I have lost Weight and have more Energy!

  • Karen says:

    I love your recipes. Just ordered the accelerated meal plan and I am so excited to get going on it. I believe that this will be the answer to my health concerns that have bothered me for decades.

  • Onyx Panthyr says:

    I LOVE to bake and your blog has helped me make healthier recipes that are actually good for me! Thank you so much! 😀

  • Onyx Panthyr says:

    Have to add a question. 🙂

    Will this recipe work for making Spritz cookies with the cookie press?

  • Laura says:

    Going off sugar totally changed my world. I have more energy, more concentration, less weight, less stress, and more joy! I had no idea how much damage it was doing in my life. I felt ‘normal,’ I was not sick, slept ok, and felt fine. It wasn’t until I cut out sugar in all is forms that I really knew how bad off I was. I no longer feel ‘normal’ but instead I feel powerful and amazing!

  • Jessica says:

    Swerve and sugar-free treats have given me a new way to enjoy baked goods – it is even better because I can enjoy without that terrible guilt. Thank you!

  • Diane Peake says:

    It’s funny, now when I eat sugar I have issues with bloating, laryngitis and tiredness that I didn’t notice before.

  • Bobbi says:

    DONE! My husband already stated above what eliminating sugar has done for us 😉

  • LoneStar says:

    Hi Maria,

    I recently discovered your website and am reading through your books and recipe books.

    I must know – will your newest book, “Keto-Adapted Your Guide to Accelerated Weight Loss and Healthy Healing,” be available as a hard or paperback book?

  • Lizet says:

    Swerve rocks! I use it all the time. No more sugar for me or my family.

  • Midge says:

    I’ve lost 35 lbs since May. Not yet at my goal weight, but, I will get there. Thanks

  • Chrsity says:

    I just got your new ebook. WOW did everything click. Why things aren’t working to why I feel how I do. Thank you I can’t wait to see my results

  • sandy says:

    swerve has helped me lose 38 lbs eating healthy

  • Tami says:

    I like you and swerve on FB. I’m always sharing your blog. To be honest I haven’t tried swerve yet, but I’d love to. Just haven’t had the money to order. When sugar is eliminated from my diet I’m not bloated, my cravings go away and I feel soooo much better.

  • Darcy says:

    I have finally been able to lose the weight I’ve gained with each pregnancy!

  • Steph says:

    I have lost 70 lbs in the past year and a half on a low carb grain and sugar free way of eating thanks to you and Dr. Davis. I slip up now and then and boy can I always tell. I never feel as good as when I’m following things to the T. I just got your slow cooker book and am hoping it will help me with the more intense preparations that eating this way requires. It’s not giving up the grains and sugar and carbs that is hard, it’s not having as many “convenience” foods to fall back on when time is short. I’m determined though, and am getting out my slow cooker and dusting it off! Would love to win the Swerve basket and will start with these adorable cookies!

  • Steph says:

    Liked Maria’s facebook page and shared it (multiple times!)

  • Steph says:

    Liked the Swerve page

  • Justin says:

    So glad we found this way of eating. We don’t miss the sugar since my wife enjoys experimenting with Maria’s healthified desserts!

  • Jenny says:

    My husband & I are down 20 lbs & 2 sizes since eating the healthified Maria way! We are healthy now & off cholesterol pills & heartburn medication! We feel great & have no desire to go back to eating unhealthy carbs! I use swerve for practically everything! We love it! I’ve shared your page & have “liked” swerve on Facebook! I’ve purchased 2 of your cookbooks so far and LOVE them & am waiting for a hard cover of keto adapted to buy! We tell everybody we can to become healthifed & give advice to anyone that’ll listen! I would love to win this swerve giveaway to continue helping my family eat healthy!

  • Maria says:

    Since cutting sugar my blood sugar has improved tremendously and I feel great!

  • Andrea M says:

    With a sugar free lifestyle my life has gotten so much better because I feel better!

  • Stephanie Cox says:

    Love this page and I love Swerve!!!
    I just purchased the plan and am on day one of diving into my new healthy lifestyle. Before today though, I had used Maria’s blog and books to incorporate some changes, Her recipe for cereal is a hit in my house as is the Turkey Tetrazzini. The biggest change I noticed in the small changes is that may severe cravings diminished. I can’t wait to see how I feel after the end of this week. I have a long way to go to better health and weight loss but I know I can do this!

  • Melissa says:

    I am a carb/sugar addict! I just bought your accelerated meal plan and videos and books. My triglycerides are high and my family is riddled with diabetes. I feel so much better off sugar. I don’t have that compulsion to eat, eat, eat. Thank you so much!

  • Dalena says:

    Can I use Xylosweet Xylitol in this recipe? I have tried swerve and it has an after taste I just do not like. Xylitol has been the only natural sweetener that I can handle.

  • Vicki E. says:

    How has my life gotten better sugar free? No more mood swings, lost that last 10 pounds! and don’t crave sweets. I use to get into a cycle where I would eat a little sugar and then be out of control, eating it all day long. Thanks Maria! I used up all my Swerve during Thanksgiving, would love to replenish my supply.

  • Sharlene says:

    I have liked your Facebook page and also shared it, I have also liked the Swerve page. Thank you for helping so many people, your web site is just wonderful. You have helped with the pain in my body. Thanks!

  • Marilyn Curttright says:

    The results are astonishing, no food cravings, lower weight, smaller clothes. I already LIKE you & SWERVE on Facebook, also shared. 🙂

  • Beckie says:

    I have stopped experiencing mid-morning and mid-afternoon crashes since switching to a sugar free lifestyle.

  • April says:

    I have lost a lot of weight and I no longer get the “sugar rush” headaches I used to whenever I consumed a large amount of fruit or sugary foods. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Renee Quiett says:

    Your book as amazingly eye opening. I can’t get enough of it. I have lost 11 lbs since Nov. 3 and my confidence level is so much higher!

  • Melanie says:

    I liked you on Fb and Swerve on Fb. I have been sugar free for 2 months. I have noticed a huge difference in the way I sleep. I am also in less pain.

  • Kate says:

    I’ve been grain/wheat/sugar free for almost 2 years. Swerve is my favorite sweetener, hands down. Love your recipes, and my health hasn’t been better. Following this WOE has turned my biomarkers around for the better!

  • amcken3 says:

    I am FULL of tumors so I would really love to win this giveaway. Thanks so much for your wisdom and encouragement, I have hope I can beat this battle <3

  • Sarah says:

    I have been “off sugar” for over 8 years now and it’s changed my life. My moods have stabilized, my weight is generally stable, and my energy level is better. At first, I subscribed to the Atkins lifestyle whole-heartedly. It truly changed my life! Since then, I have evolved closer to Paleo/Primal but either way, sugar is a no-no. When people ask me what I’ve done or what “diet” I’m on, I tell them “I just aim to eat real foods and stay away from sugar and processed stuff.” It’s the quick version of the truth!

    Thank you for posting some of the best recipes I’ve seen in my many years of scouring the internet for new healthy but delicious dishes and desserts. I’m saving up for your actual cookbooks! They look like the best investments I can make right now in the cookbook category!

  • Pam says:

    I have lost weight and my triglycerides are down. I like Maria and Swerve on FB

  • Jennifer G says:

    Since going sugar-free and grain-free in 2011, I have more energy, I stay WELL, lost weight, and feel great!!! I now thrive instead of merely “survive” through my daily life.

  • Heather says:

    Still easing into the grain free/sugar free lifestyle, but it’s feeling great so far!

  • Page says:

    I feel amazing when I stay away from sugar!

  • Angela M says:

    have been sugar free for a long time. I have noticed that if I slip up and unknowingly have something with sugar in it the migraine headaches come back full force

  • Connie Lesley says:

    My life is so much better eating Maria’s way. I am a candidate for total knee replacement but decided I was not going to go that route. My knee pain is probably 80% better, already and I plan to just keep on with this plan for the very long term. YAY!

  • Judy W says:

    Swerve has been a godsend to the sweetener alternative! Tastes great & I have no cravings for “real” sugar!

  • Tina Pendergraph says:

    I always feel so much better physically and mentally when I avoid sugar!

  • Scotti Musick says:

    Since getting rid of sugar in June and adding exercise to my life I’ve lost 60 pounds and feel so much better. I would love to win this prize! I’ve never tried swerve but I’m sure its amazing. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Melanie says:

    I can have those “sweet treats” without the guilt or the added pounds!

  • Vickie E says:

    My husband and I have lost so much weight and gained energy by cutting out processed sugar. But it would be nice to be able to have a permissible sweet now and then. We’ve never tried Swerve before, so looking forward to doing so!

  • Jen. Mottl says:

    I gave up sugar in September and have lost over 20 lbs. I have no more sugar/carb cravings and have more energy than ever. I have never tried Swerve but have heard lots of wonderful things!

  • Debby Robic says:

    So much healthier and happier since I ditched sugar and other “junk” carbs! Swerve lets me stay on track with no aftertaste and no bad side effects! Thanks, Maria, for introducing us to this wonderful sweetener!

  • Olya says:

    I don’t crave sugar now that I am off sugar:)
    Maria, I have a question about intermittent fasting as you recommend it on 30-day plan that I purchased. I have Hashimoto’s and have been working with a practitioner to get my adrenal fatigue under control. He says I should not do intermittent fasting. What are your thoughts? Can I do intermittent fasting in the future? How does it change the meal plan for me?
    Thank you.

    • Olya says:

      Oops, I did not check the button to be notified to receive follow-up comments and now I am constantly checking back to see if I have an answer:). Maria, please reply to this post. Thank you.

  • Kathy says:

    I am a type 2 diabetic. When I don’t eat sugar, I do not have mood swings, digestive issues or get tired as easily. It makes such a difference in my life.

  • Valerie says:

    I have a lot less migraines following a sugar free lifestyle and I’m not hungry all the time. Oh yes, less guilt!!

  • Brie Tonk says:

    Cutting sugar out of my diet has made me feel better and crave sweets less. I used to be a sugar junkie and now I simply enjoy something sweet every now and again. Oh…and I have dropped 70 pounds. 🙂

  • Kathie says:

    Since going sugar free I am energetic, even-tempered, have better skin, and the pounds are melting away. Tried Swerve for the first time this Thanksgiving using YOUR pumpkin pie recipe–OMG!!! Soooo good! Everyone loved it, even those who eat sugar! I long ago liked you on FB, just liked Swerve sweetener on FB, and shared your FB page. Oh, maybe, just maybe, I will win your generous giveaway!!

  • Hope says:

    I thought it would be much more difficult than it actually has been. And the way I feel rested after a night’s sleep — or the ease of falling asleep, or not feeling fatigued during the day. Or maybe it’s my ability to focus longer or the lack of INTENSE SUGAR CRAVINGS — or maybe the fact that my blood pressure is WAY down or the moods swings that seem to have gone away. So many things that have changed and I’m so thankful for bloggers like you that share so much with us! Thank you!

  • Barbara says:

    I haven’t tried it as of yet, but plan to really soon. My weight is raising everyday more and more and I have to eat a healthier way. I want to also drop weight and am a sugar junkie.

  • Juli says:

    I want to experience less headaches and improve my thyroid function. Hoping to make small changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle!

  • Amelia says:

    Since going sugar and grain free, I’ve lost weight, gotten rid of my psoriasis, headaches, mood swings, and PMS. It’s been a life changer!

  • Penny says:

    My DH and I were able to eat a delicious Thanksgiving meal with the family without straying from our new way of eating. We even had yummy pumpkin pie, thank you Maria for the recipe.
    This is the first Thanksgiving in years that I didn’t feel the need for a long nap after eating.

  • Michelle says:

    I have lost 25 pounds in 3 months now. I have 7 ruptured spinal disks and this is helping my pain!

  • Aisha says:

    I feel much better off of sugar. Would LOVE to try Swerve.

  • Debbie D. says:

    My life has gotten better because my health has. I have more energy. I look and feel better. My skin is healthier. My digestion is better.

  • Wanda says:

    I love this website and i love swerve.:)

  • Tommy says:

    I have been largely sugar-free for some weeks now, save for the occasional bit of dark chocolate. Not only have I lost a few hard to shed pounds, but I feel better. Also, I am cooking more, which I and my family love.

  • Maggie says:

    ordered a sample of Swerve. can’t wait to try it! Stopped using artificial sweetners a few weeks back but need to get off honey and agave.

  • Julene says:

    The comment about adding more magnesium to your diet has changed my life! I have more energy now and it has affected by tendency toward depression!

  • Linda says:

    I made a major purchase of Swerve and Confectioner’s Swerve recently. I’m thankful that I no longer crave sweets or other carbs. Is it okay for a cancer patient to have Swerve?

  • Linda says:

    Is it okay for a cancer patient to have Swerve?

  • Chris says:

    My blood sugar is more balanced and I eat more whole foods.

  • Joy says:

    I have reactive hypoglycemia and now that I have given up sugar, wheat and other high GI foods, I am off my Metformin! I feel so much better…Thank you, Maria!

  • mary d. says:

    I can’t live without Swerve. I’m down 35 lbs and feel great.

  • Jennifer says:

    I like Swerve the best of all the sweeteners you use! It tastes the most like real sugar without any of the negative side effects. I have recommended it to anyone who asks me for advice 🙂 I enjoy the benefits of not worrying if I will fit into my clothes comfortably or not!

  • Amy Y says:

    Since going grain and sugar free I have lost weight and gained energy. I used to be a major choco-holic and sugar addict and since using erythritol, xylitol, and stevia glycerite I find that I crave sweets less. My mood is also improved, which is a nice bonus for my loved ones. I have yet to try Swerve but very much want to soon. I am so thankful that I found Maria’s site and discovered a new way to live and eat; one in which I do not feel deprived of anything! This is a complete life changer. I would absolutely love to win the Swerve basket, it looks amazing and just think of all the wonderful things that could be made ….

  • Twila says:

    Since going gluten/sugar free in March my headaches are gone, and my Lyme disease symptoms are improving.

  • Linda M says:

    do you know of a good substitute for cream cheese? I don’t eat dairy (slares up my autoimmune issues). Could I uses coconut cream or coconut yogurt (I make my own)?

  • Julieanne says:

    I “like” Maria Mind Body and Health” on Facebook!

  • Julieanne says:

    I “like” Swerve on Facebook!

  • Julieanne says:

    Going without sugar has definitely made changes in my body. I’ve lost over 20 lbs., have no more heartburn, have no more “chicken skin” on my upper forearms, and don’t need to take any meds for my pre-diabetes anymore. 🙂 My husband has done the same – no sugar – and no longer snores! He’s lost over 30 lbs. now. Wow!

  • Aubree says:

    Cutting out sugar helped with my 56 pound weight loss. 🙂

  • Jaclyn says:

    Since removing sugar from my diet I:
    sleep better
    have amazing immunity
    crave less sweets
    no mid-day tired ‘blah’ feeling
    my brain works better

  • Emily Drew says:

    The sugar free lifestyle has helped me to get rid of cravings, and to focus more on a healthy lifestyle. Although I am still learning how to use sugar substitutes I love to follow your blog to see these new an innovative ideas on how to use Swerve.

  • I have more confidence in myself, knowing that I’ve taken the steps to improve my overall health. I’ve even started my own Low Carb Cooking blog, and feel good about that part too. If someone tries my recipes and it affects them in a positive way, then that’s a great feeling knowing that you can potentially improve someone else’s health!

  • Robin says:

    Years ago I was Type-2 Diabetic on 3 meds. I never want to go back to that, and by eating sugar-free, using products like Swerve and Stevia, I rest my pancreas and lessen the chance of becoming insulin resistant. Thanks to your website, I now have even more wonderful recipes to treat myself and husband with, as well as my friends. At Thanksgiving, my friends were impressed with my sugar-free “healthified pumpkin pie”. Even though my crust didn’t come out like yours, it was still delicious, and I think the pie got better after a couple days…didn’t last much longer! Thanks for your recipes featuring Swerve!

  • Barbra Barnes says:

    I’ve been following your site for 3 weeks. I’ve lost 16 pounds, can feel my hormones getting back on track and have started running. I feel amazing! I’d love to be able to give Swerve a try since I’m leaving my baking behind! It would be nice to make a goody I feel good to give my 6 year old!

  • Amy says:

    No sugar cravings & improved thyroid function! woohoo! 🙂

  • Lisa Mc says:

    I have been thinking about doing this for a long time but never knew how to go about it, now I know where to begin (: Thank You Maria

  • Beulah says:

    Since removing sugar from my life I have lost 50 pounds and I feel so much better no more knee or joint pain it’s wonderful!

  • Stephanie Anderson says:

    I started cutting out sugars and carbs last January and have lost 60 lbs, I feel wonderful and have so much energy now. Life is awesome!!

  • Vera says:

    I already ‘Like’ both your page and the Swerve page. They are both terrific! As for what I’ve gained from losing sugar … 60 pounds, all bloodwork within normal ranges, blood pressure down to normal rates, no more acid reflux, no raging hunger every two hours, no sugar cravings. I’m sure there’s more that I’m not remembering, too!

  • Molly says:

    Thank you so much for the chance! I am just getting started in learning about this lifestyle…

  • Anne says:

    Love Swerve products. I have both the powdered and regular versions. Making Christmas cutout cookies is one dessert I have not tried to recreate in a low carb version. Yours looks beautiful and tasty, a lot better than I could have imagined. I am going to experiment with making some of my traditional Christmas candies this year with Swerve too. So far no one I have served my treats to, can tell the difference.

  • Terri says:

    I cannot believe how little cravings I have now that I am sugar free! My energy level is going way up, no afternoon yawns and I really feel like my mental clarity is much clearer!!

  • Sarah G says:

    I can make it through the day without NEEDING a nap. I can finally pass over sweets at a party. I have well regulated blood sugar and I weigh about the same as I did in college even after many children.

  • Laura O says:

    I’m just getting started.

  • Cacy says:

    Less sugar cravings! Love Swerve and all your recipes!!

  • stacey says:

    I have been cutting sugar and carbs on and off for the past couple of months. My kids love it and so does my husband! I love your recipes and am so glad I found your site!! Thanks for all the energy you put into making it easy for us!! 🙂

  • Theresa S says:

    Sugar and grain free has been my saving grace. It cured my obsessive complusions for food and sweets. You turned me to Swerve some time back, and I haven’t been happier with my home baked treats. You are an inspiration, and Swerve is an essential. Thanks so much!

  • Debbie davis says:

    Sadly with the holiday I did have sugar. I am back on track again. I feel much better without it. I am pre diabetic, so I really must get on the stick. Blood work Friday. Not looking forward to that. I have been eating better. Just hope my numbers go down.

  • tara pittman says:

    I have clearer skin on my face. Less breakouts too

  • Janet S says:

    I haven’t had suger for almost 2 months now ! With exercise and healthier eating I have lost 12 lbs and counting!!

  • Yvonne says:


    Giving up sugar and eating cleaner has helped with joint issues. I love Swerve and would love to win some!

  • PVL says:

    Decreases inflammation, less headaches, less bloating, more energy.

  • Monique says:

    When I started cutting sugar, I realized how sweet things ACTUALLY are already. I don’t require things be uber sweet to satisfy me anymore.

  • Jalynn Patterson says:

    I feel alot less sluggish and heavy with less sugar in my diet.

  • Jalynn Patterson says:

    Following you on FB

  • Jalynn Patterson says:

    Following Swerve on FB

  • Dalena says:

    Can I use Xylosweet Xylitol in this recipe? I have tried swerve and it has an after taste I just do not like. Xylitol has been the only natural sweetener that I can handle.

  • Rae says:

    My anxiety and SAD has pretty much disappeared. For years, that was a big problem for me. When I am foolish enough to throw care to the wind and not eat properly, ex: Thanksgiving, a day or two after I am so sore all over and I feel the SAD kicking in. The thing is that I enjoy the healthified way so much better…it’s a matter of convenience and often cost that throws me off. I am so happy that this lifestyle change has been so positive . Before I’d avoid social situations at all costs. It was a constant feeling of hopelessness and darkness that I hid with a smile. I’d cry in corners. I feel like I am free and finally in control of my emotions. For anyone who’s felt that, they know what I mean. I realize that I have a long way to go with other areas of my life, ie weight, but I can’t say enough about how much I’ve learned from you, and how much you’re work is appreciated. I hope that I can get my family to get on board with me, a little at a time. For now, my daughter says I’m a groupie. Thank you. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  • I have been eating the Maria way for almost 3 years. I have lost 35 lbs. and am in the best shape of my life. My allergies and asthma are almost gone and I never take over the counter medication or prescriptions ( I use do terra essential oils). I could not have done it without Marias amazing recipes to get me through. I have a real sweet tooth that I can now satisfy with delicious home baked goods ( maria style)! Best of all my boys are already educated on the dangers of what sugar and grains do to your body and also eat Maria style and they are 22, 19 and 18 – that’s amazing!

  • jcochlin says:

    Has anyone experienced headaches from using Swerve? I have tried using it in my coffee and end up with a headache each day. It has to be the Swerve…

  • Lora says:

    All done! I love when I am eating this way I feel out of the brain fog!

  • Brandi Traina says:

    I’m so thankful I have learned so much from Maria. I am down 45 pounds, several minor health annoyances are gone, and I am most thankful that’s children are now more healthy than they have ever been because of the changes we have added to our lives.

  • Cynthia says:

    Do you have a cookie recipe with coconut flour instead of almond? Boyfriend has a highly nut allergic granddaughter. THIS recipe is going to save my bacon this Christmas! Thanks!

  • Astrid says:

    As an early 20-something, finding out you have cancer is not surprisingly, incredibly surreal. Throughout the process of my treatment, the option of a ketogenic diet was brought up and I was instantly on board. Not only has this diet helped me physically (I’m currently in remission), but mentally in the ability to really hone into a new ‘craft’ and develop a hobby of healthy eating/cooking. This blog is an absolute godsend. While there are a handful of Keto/Atkins blogs out there, to see such a diverse range of food is so uplifting (No more bacon/eggs-only breakfasts). People frequently mention how hard it must be to maintain this diet, but I can only respond with saying how I essentially have no restrictions. I can create anything I want with just a tad more effort.

    So, thank you. Truly.

  • Monika says:

    I’ve lost those clingy 4 pounds that I couldn’t get rid off no matter what. They simply vanished as soon as I cut out all grains and carbs.

  • Claudette Melanson says:

    I love the sugar free lifestyle. No ups and downs with energy! My husband has lost 48lbs and I’ve lost 27. Plus my RA pain is hardly EVER around anymore. (We also eat grain free).

  • christine says:

    Since cutting out sugar , i feel less bloated and i crave less sweet stuff

  • Cindy says:

    I have lost over 90 pounds and have been able to stop all Diabetes meds. So glad to have found your site!


  • Lynda says:

    No more GERD. And my (crummy) teeth are better. I can get a twice a year cleaning at the dentist- and that is all. For me, that’s a huge improvement.

  • Annie BR says:

    Liked your FB a looong time ago, Swerve as well 🙂
    Sugar-free and grain-free has helped tremendously with headaches and productivity. I used to study and work long hours and for several years of my graduate program I devoured (processed, yuck!) honey in my tea, accompanied by Twix. Another option was 1-2 Red Bulls a night. Not to mention pasta for cheap dinner options. I always did great in school, but benefited from that extra nudge from sugar, RB, or even guarana powder. None of that now! I get a buzz (and can focus!) from simple sencha green tea 🙂 and like I said, no more headaches!
    One of my favorite recipes to make with Swerve are your chocolate chip cookies , cinnamon coffee cake, granola, and lemon poppy seed muffins!

  • amy says:

    I hardly know where to start.. It was almost exactly 2 years ago after having my 4th child and being on the couch for the entire pregnancy, because I simple could not stand without extreme shortness of breath and fatigue and my heart would pound out of my chest. I had had depression problems throughout the pregnancy and much more so after the birth and that’s when I decided it wasn’t fair to my kids for me to not be able to take care of them.. I went to see a ‘natural’ doctor as I had went through test after test and $ wasted for years looking for answers from regular doctors. Thyroid, adrenal, blood sugar problems were a few of the things we discovered I had to work on. He said my heart was very weak.. that of a 70 yr old! (I was 27) He told me to take the Atkins approach to balance my blood sugar.. and that anything that comes in a package, don’t eat. That was his advice to me as far as diet went.. I started doing my homework. Everything I came across kept leading me back to your blog, and that I am thankful for! Thank you for all the info you provide. It has been a blessing. I still have my struggles but have come a long way.. would love to win me some swerve! 😉

  • Caroline says:

    I love to bake and really stopped because I gave up sugar. Now I can bake again! I am slowly converting my family and they don’t even know it! They will be healthier and I will feel good about baking again! I have also introduced it to my mother who is diabetic. Swerve is a lifesaver!

  • Marge E says:

    Swerve is my goto sweetener replacement. More I use it the more I like it.
    Had an ahaa moment last week. …..have taken Ambien for most of last 14 years since breast cancer treatment and the fibro that showed up with cancer dx. Finally got off of Ambien and taking various replacements. The last couple of months I have been sleeping very well with NO assistance. Ketogenic diet and magnesium are why. Yeah

  • Penny says:

    I was reading about the different sweeteners you approve of in your cookbooks. I was thrilled to see that xylitol is good for oral/teeth health. My DH has been struggling with gum disease this past year. The only thing the dentist recommended was an expensive deep cleaning and antibiotics. This didn’t appeal to DH at all.
    Well, today we went hunting for xylitol gum and mints to tackle the problem this way.
    in our search, we found Ice Chips candy made with xylitol. It’s very tasty with no funky aftertaste or anything.
    Have you tried this candy? They have a peppermint flavor too. We were wondering if you thought it was safe to consume.

  • Kristin Smith says:

    Since cutting out sugar, I don’t crave sweets or grains. Most sweet things taste too sweet to me now.

  • Lydia says:

    I have lost 10 pounds in 3 weeks. I am glad I found your blog.

  • Ely says:

    I just tried out the cookie recipe and my cookies fell apart! Then i added an egg into the dough and that made them hold together. I just wonder why it did not work with the exact recipe… Can i make the cookie icing with eggwhites , powdered swerve and some lemonjuice? Thanks for the great recipe books , i also learned so much from the ” secret to a healthy metabolism and the latest ” keto adapted”. Those two books answered a lot of questions that i had with dieting. I was following a paleo diet for the last 9 months without great results. Now that i started eating keto style ( still paleo but with some organic dairy )my pants fit again ( without excess workouts) and my akne almost cleared up. I am feeling relaxed and energized. Finally i can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you so much!

  • Laurel says:

    No more binge eating, no more acne, and no more lethargy if I don’t have time to eat. Honestly, it’s worth it for all the time I save no snacking or prepping tiny meals all day!

  • Jessica says:

    Since detoxing from sugar and making a complete change, I have felt incredible! So much more energy! No brain fog! No wanting to snack all the time! Love this new way! Thanks so much Maria!

  • Lezlie says:

    I started cutting out sugar and watching carbs following the THM plan. I have since lost 25 pounds and feel great. I have so much more energy, less body aches, and I am keeping up with my three kids! It is amazing the difference sugar free can be:)

  • Lynn Addis says:

    No more sugar crashes!!

  • Melissa says:

    Less sugar cravings and feel better!

  • Jessica Landrum says:

    Since removing sugar and starches from my diet I have lost 10 pounds at least in the last two months. I am not hungry very often throughout the day and do not find myself sitting and thinking about food all day. My son thrives on a lower carb diet because he has autism which is accompanied by hyperactivity and seizure-like tics. When I remove the sugar and starches from his diet his speech improves and his behaviors are more normal with no mood swings. Thank you.

  • Sky says:

    I don’t use Swerve, but would love to try it. I currently use Stevia. I have PCOS (Polycystic ovarian disease) which raises insulin resistance. I am getting my sugars in check by cutting out sugar.

  • Deb says:

    No more bloating and gas. No more sugar cravings. No more knee pain. And I am no longer ‘Obese’ 🙂 I’m putting good healthy food in my body now and it’s paying me back!

  • Brenda says:

    I feel better and have more energy when I don’t use sugar.

  • Laura says:

    I like swerve in my coffee!!

  • Lacey says:

    I’ve only been sugar free for less than a week and I’ve already lost almost 5lbs! This own would really help keep my motivated to stay living the sugar free life!

  • Mona says:

    “Liked” your page

  • Mona says:

    “Liked” swerve

  • Mona says:

    Shared, too

  • Mona says:

    While swerve is still pretty new to me, I love that I can have desert again!

  • Brandi says:

    I just bought Keto adapted! I can’t put it down!!! I have been following Maria for about 8 months. In that 8 months I’ve learned so much about how to take care of our bodies. My hubby has lost over 30 lbs I have lost a bunch and we both feel so much better. I am stuck on my daughter who has struggled with her weight her whole life. She was a 10 lb baby LOL … I am looking forward to seeing if we get Keto adapted what changes will occur for all of us!

  • Willie says:

    Since going sugar free my H1c has gone from 6.9 to 6.1. I feel so much better and feel more healthy.

  • Kalli says:

    Excited to enter this contest!!! Fell in love with Swerve after hunting for a sweetener I wasn’t afraid of. Love carrying on a sugar free lifestyle and my skin has reaped the benefits!!! Thank you for this giveaway!

  • Tammy says:

    My PCOS symptoms are much more under control when I eat low carb/ sugar free.

  • Jesi says:

    I’ve lost weight and don’t have the horrible sugar cravings I used to have. I feel better about myself and can take better care of my family!

  • karen says:

    I’d like to enter giveaway, I like Swerve’s taste much better than JLS. As for my health, still working hard on that one after the health assessment.

  • Shawna says:

    liked on facebook

    since starting eating the maria way i’ve had less cravings and headaches!

  • Maria says:

    I’ve been eating the Maria Way for the last 3 weeks. Not only do I have more energy (no more 3pm lull for me), but I also have lost 10 pounds. Thank you! Maria

  • jana says:

    Done and shared!! I’ve lost some weight, but most importantly I have so much energy now!!!!

  • Jessica says:

    Just by cutting out sugar I do not get headaches anymore and I have a LOT more energy. Its been great!

  • Jayne Hazlip says:

    My life has gotten better since using Swerve. How, you ask? I am a Type II diabetic. I had been using Splenda for a few years. But I found I had to use more and more and more to get the same level of sweetness. That scared me. So, I read your blog and others which recommended Swerve. I have been using Swerve for a few months now. I really like it. AND, it really likes me! I have gotten my sweet cravings under control with Swerve. AND have gotten my blood sugars down to a normal rate! Yea! I feel so much better physically and mentally using it. I even use it in dishes I make for my family. They don’t even notice its not sugar! What a great product. Thank you for the giveaway! I hope I win!

  • Marion says:

    I have used Splenda for many years and recently decided it’s time to switch. Winning the Swerve give-away will help me get started. Thank you!

  • Felicia Aron says:

    I was diagnosed with diabetes back a few yrs ago. So I had to give up sugar. I started using artificial sugar subs. I ended up with terrible migraines and IBS as a reaction to these substitutes. Then I came down with cancer which I am recently a survivor from. I am clear today thank God! So I have gone to all natural foods and organic. So Swerve is an excellent option for me! Thank you- Felicia

  • Karen Tass says:

    I stopped sugar cold turkey Easter of 2012. I have NEVER felt better. I am s l o w l e y allowing myself Swerve treats now. Guess what – NO cravings!! Thank you!!

  • beth says:

    I’m making 11 (not a typo, E L E V E N) batches of pumpkin muffins for my two teens and college student and wonderful husband..they (hopefully) should last a month. They eat one every morning with eggs. This recipe calls for 5 and a 1/2 cups of swerve, so I could use a restock 🙂

  • I did all of that!

    Things have gotten better with the sugar free lifestyle because I’m slowly craving less and less sugary junk foods. A few days ago I ate half a brownie–and it was just too sweet for me! I also don’t have as much energy crashes!

  • Tracee Wargo says:

    Shared and liked… now step 3: My health has improved substantially since becoming sugar free 1 year ago. I have lost 40 pounds, am off all medication, I have more energy, my mind is clearer and I DON’T MISS the controlling cravings or the temporary sugar highs and terribly plummeting lows. I recently tried swerve for the first time and love it! No crummy aftertaste :o) Hooray! We don’t have a place that sells Swerve locally – I’m asking retailers to carry it.

  • Denise says:

    Everyday that I get out of bed without pain AND can exercise is a miracle in my book! I am so thankful for your blog and books. I have been eating the Maria way for about four months and just purchased and read your Keto book. I have lost over 15 pounds and am amazed that I no longer crave m&ms!!! I am struggling however with being hungry ALOT. I used to be an eat six times a day person and your said not to snack. I try to eat more when I eat, adding more fat…finally got to 80% but still want to eat in a couple hours. Should I ignore the hunger pains and keep on keeping on? Will this feeling pass? Have any idea what I am doing wrong?

  • Debi says:

    I started using Swerve after seeing you use it in many of your recipes….love it. My husband is “picky” about the aftertaste that other sweetener substitutes have, but with Swerve, I can’t keep him away from too many muffins, etc..I have noticed less joint pains and less depression and anxiety when eating sugar and grain free.

  • Nancy says:

    I am just starting onto the path of natural sweeteners. I bought into the misconception that sugar is natural and therefore good.
    I developed metabolic syndrome with high BP, diabetes, enlarged liver, and obesity. Add to that adrenal gland growths, migraines, and now cancer! I have a large young family that need me and my kids will also have my lovely genetic pool! So, I am on a path if correcting what I can, and most of it starts with “sugar”! I want a lifetime change and I am convinced that eating healthier can make that happen. I am also convinced that Swerve will be a huge boost to my efforts. I hope to win this giveaway to give me the “Swerve shove” in the right direction!

  • Andi says:

    Lost weight, energy improved, not hungry all the time.

  • Karla T says:

    My complexion cleared up!

  • laurie makinen says:

    I’ve lost weight and kept it off, and my cycles and PCOS are regulated!

  • Kristel B says:

    Husband is down to one diabetic drug and good blood sugars. Very important to us since he had high blood sugars while taking multiple diabetic drugs and had to have a toe amputated New Years this year. Don’t want that to happen again!

  • Valerie says:

    I have been able to stop all my meds! Only last year I thought I was going to die and now I’m back to being healthy again.

  • Danielle says:

    I’ve never been a big sweet eater, but I realized I was consuming more than I thought when I actually paid attention to it! Since I’ve cut it out, I don’t get as many cravings as I used to and I can maintain my weight much easier. Not to mention my stomach doesn’t hurt so much like it does when I eat sugar and can’t stop:)

  • Kim says:

    Both of my parents have developed diabetes later in life – I want to completely cut out sugar to make sure I don’t -and to show my son a better way!! Have never tried swerve!! Need this stuff!!!

  • Sarah says:

    Digestive issues are gone!!

  • Barb says:

    When my hubbys doctor told him to cut the sugar we tried every sweetener on the market! Swerve is the ONLY one he likes. I cut sugar out years ago to lose weight and found I just feel better in general without it.

  • Christy says:

    Weight loss & a decrease in pain are just a couple of the many health benefits I have seen by going sugar free…

  • Leona says:

    I am a Type 2 diabetic so I can not tolerate sugar. Swerve is wonderful.

  • Linda F. says:

    I have not tried Swerve, nor have I seen it in the grocery stores. I have been using Stevia. I look forward to trying Swerve.

  • Dyanne Spease says:

    I have gone Paleo and in one week shy of 5 months have lost 27 lbs.

  • Cindi Hoag says:

    I feel so much better since I have been following you and taking your dietary advice. I only use Swerve or occasionally stevia as a sweetener, and have cut out all grains. This was of eating might seem restrictive to some people, but I feel I know now what I should and should not eat. For the first time in my life I am not a slave to food, and I can eat properly without guilt. Thank you so much.

  • Chris Reda says:

    I love being a low-carber. I’ve lost 20 pounds, 2 dress sizes, feel great. My blood sugar is much more in control, I don’t have cravings as much as when I was eating sugar and wheat. This is my way of life now! I’m so glad to be part of the LOW CARB community and I really enjoy all the recipes shared. SO fun to bake and cook low carb!

  • Jeni Grimes says:

    I have switched and just love using Swerve….

  • Wendy Jones says:

    I have “liked” you forever and always appreciate your advice and recipes! I did share your site today. I have also “liked” Swerve for some time and enjoy cooking/baking with it. The low sugar lifestyle has been sooo beneficial to me. 5 years ago, I weighed almost 400 lbs and was a diabetic with hypertension. I did have to have a surgical intervention but since have been following this lifestyle to lose weight and improve my health. 220+ lbs lost later, I am medication and symptom-free. I have inspired people around me to follow this lifestyle as well and they have also had success. Your website has been a great help in maintaining the life. Thank you Maria!

  • Nicole says:

    Being on a sugar free low carb lifestyle has helped me a lot. I am no longer pre-diabetic, I lost 75 lbs and I feel so much better than I used to!

  • Theresa says:

    I love Swerve and only use it for all my baking. This lifestyle gives me much more energy, without the afternoon slump time. My joints also feel better and I sleep much better. Thanks Maria,

  • sandy burge says:

    Blood sugars under control!

  • Rachel P. says:

    My husband and I can now actively enjoy playing outside with our son.

  • Adrienne Lutz says:

    I love how I feel now that I’ve cut out sugar and other junk from my diet! Liked both pages on FB as well!

  • Tina Jones says:

    I worry sometimes people will get tired of my story, but it’s near the same as the first one. I had digestive problems, was on meds for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and docs were warning me that I was pre-diabetic. I also had an elimination problem. I lost 108 lbs over two years between 10 and 8 years ago, and all of the above went away, except the elimination problem. By 2010, I was finally diagnosed with anal squamous cell carcinoma (the same thing Farrah Faucett died from), and mine was stage 4. They didn’t expect me to live, and surgery didn’t look promising. I had to put off surgery for 4 months due to a lapse in insurance, and read everything I could in the meantime about what fuels cancer cells. I came up with the same information: Those fast growing cells are too weak to survive on anything but glucose, and that proteins and fats provide nutrition giving the body the slowest, smallest amounts of glucose. Had I been eating sugar and grains those years, I’d have already died, I’m sure, and at that time, I made an extra effort to go very low carb. That stage 4, medium growing cancer, simply did not grow in those 4 months! The surgery was successful, I’m cancer free, and I will never go back to a high glucose diet again. My life depends on it. I’m happier and healthier than I’ve been in many years.

  • Audrey says:

    For me, I have noticed my moods changing- for the positive! I feel better and it makes my moods better! 🙂

  • Talley says:

    Without sugar and the help of my pink drink I have lost a total of 34# in three months, my skin looks amazing and I no longer have that bloated feeling.

  • Jennifer says:

    As a diabetic…. it’s super important to me to keep my sugar and carb consumption to a minimum! Finding Swerve about a tear ago has been wonderful! Food tastes great using Swerve as my sugar replacement.

  • Dee says:

    I am just starting out on this lifestyle change. Recently diagnosed with Hashimotos, high blood sugar, and blood pressure has led me to take a deep look at my nutrition. Diabetes and blood pressure problems are on both sides of my family. I have really shunned the chemical substances for sugar replacement. Your plan seems to be just what I need! Thanks for all of the recipes, I will be starting on them soon, after I redo my kitchen stock!

  • Trina says:

    After having four kids, I originally started sugar free-ing as a way to lose the weight…low carb diet. But, I realize that sugar is just evil, and I avoid it 100%. I use sugar substitutes, but I love the Swerve because is it is not “evil” like the man made chemical substitutes…so I don’t have to choose the lesser of two evils anymore.

  • Pattie says:

    I have lost a ton of weight since going sugar free. Love my new life!

  • Melody De Costa says:

    My life has gotten better in so many ways! I can hike now…I don’t get out of breath going up stairs. I learned I love to cook! I feel better over all. Being sugar free is amazing.

  • kim says:

    I am off my medications and have never felt better.

  • Carrie B. says:

    I was diagnosed with diabetes 14 months ago, and Swerve is one ingredient that has allowed me to eat something sweet without elevating my blood glucose levels. It is a great ingredient. I have also bought one of the Low Carbing Among Friends cookbooks, and it is the cookbook I now use more than any other.

  • Kelly says:

    My health hasn’t gotten better as I haven’t tried this, yet :). I mainly want this for my dad. He is diabetic and is coming to live with me in 2 weeks. I would like to try this alternative when making things for him and when he can cheat a little bit with foods. I myself, am always looking for ways to better my health (LIFE)! Please allow me this chance to try what may be the best thing for me and my family.

  • Lisa says:

    After the doctor told me my blood pressure was 145/95 and that I needed medication to bring it down I decided to take my health into my own hands and went on a whole foods, sugar free diet and a walking program. After only one week my blood pressure was 115/75. The doctor was amazed and so was I!

  • Nancy Bilton says:

    Incredible stories! Shared and Liked so I can have a chance of winning the swerve!!

  • Patti Cassalia says:

    Maria – your recipes and books are so helpful. Getting off sugar is the best thing I have done. Thank you!

  • Dawn says:

    Getting sugar out of my eat plan has made me fell so much better. My Hair skin and heath has improve greatly. I have discoid lupus and getting sugar and carbs out of my eating plan I no longer have any flare ups. Even if I am outside in the sun.

  • Joyce Caruthers says:

    I am on a low carb diet and am so glad that I have gotten to make a lot of Maria’s recipes so I can have some of the sweets!! All have been very good with what I have made!!

  • DeEtte says:

    It is about breaking the cycle. I am native American so that is like two strikes against me for type 2 diabetes. I have watched the disease slowly destroy my Mother’s body and I have decided to derail the diabetes train for myself. If I get it it won’t be because I consumed sugar and carbs. I am in north Texas and I have searched high and low for swerve and cannot find it. Please bring it to Frisco Texas.

  • By giving up sugar (and gluten) I have lost weight, gained energy, and improved my skin tremendously! My entire family benefits by eating less sugar, and my 6 year old son avoids the manic highs and tantrum-ridden lows that a lot of our friend’s children who eat lots of sugar go through.

  • Annette says:

    I’ve lost 30 lbs since I stopped eating sugar, and I feel great!

  • Katy says:

    My health has gotten better with the sugar free lifestyle, as I’ve lost 25 lbs. so far. I have attempted a low-carb, sugar-free diet in the past, with little success-mainly because there were so few sugar free recipes that were even close to edible! With Swerve and Stevia, I haven’t found a high carb recipe that can’t be converted! I am able to stick with my diet without feeling like I’m missing anything.

  • Jennifer A.W. says:

    After dealing with numerous health “issues” over the years, I first started experimenting with my diet after reading Wheat Belly, which led me to a whole list of other wonderful people who share this kind of lifestyle, one of them being Maria. I love to cook and especially baking, which I’ve been known for all these years. Whenever going to a party, I always get asked to bring a desert lol. In the last year,I’ve experimented with lots of sugar-free recipes, but mostly using erythritol because I can buy that locally. After having lots of tests done in the last year, the last one being celiac (and HAVING to eat wheat for several months for the test along with the recent holidays), my eating habits have slipped, and I’m trying to get back on the bandwagon. This Swerve giveaway would be amazing. Thanks Maria for all the tips and recipes that you share, and for this awesome giveaway!

  • Js says:

    Best I have found for substitute sugar.

  • Jennifer says:

    Ridding my diet of sugar is the ONLY way that I feel normal and have any energy!!!

  • Deby says:

    I am a diabetic who controls it without meds but with my food. I love swerve and wish I had been able to use it years ago. I do not feel like I am lacking when I can have something sweet.

  • lisa carswell says:

    I have lost 40 lbs eliminating sugar & refined carbs/packaged foods from my new ‘lifestyle’ I feel like a million bucks and have a new teeny bikini! I am the same size of when I graduated highschool. 🙂

  • Brianna says:

    I’ve had type 1 diabetes for most of my life (diagnosed at age 2) and have grown up being told I can have the same things everyone else does, I just need to take insulin to cover it. While this has been partially true, I’ve also found that I can’t get my blood sugars down to the range I’d like. I finally made the switch over to low carb and sugar free about four months ago and have seen a HUGE difference. I have more energy, my A1c is on its way down, and I’m generally not missing out. My husband and in laws have also adopted the low carb, sugar free lifestyle, and we’re all so much healthier for it! I’d love to add the Swerve products to our collection!

  • Mary says:

    I have been sugar free for almost a month now. I’ve lost a little bit of weight but thee BEST thing from this is my joint pain is gone! G O N E!! =) I use Swerve and will never go back!!

  • Tiffany S. says:

    WOW!! Been eating low carb low sugar for about three months now and wow! Not only have I lost 30+ pounds but I have energy again, my stomach issues I suffered with often are gone. I have a easier “time” every month with less pain and fewer acne breakouts. And my husband has lost about 25 pounds and lowered his blood pressure!!!!! It has been great!!!

  • sue says:

    i try to use this sugar- it is pretty good. when i stop using reg sugar i have more energy. i just baked a dessert last night using this sugar. next year i would like to do more in a better way for my family. sue

  • Kristin says:

    I’ve lost 85lbs!!

  • P.J. Stietz says:

    I eliminated sugar and grain three years ago after I let my type 2 diabetes get out of control. The awful cravings for carbs, especially sugar, are gone. It’s like I’ve been freed from some horrible addiction. Just had my A1C tested and it’s at 5.7 without drugs. I don’t bake too often, but used Swerve for the first time at Thanksgiving and really like it.

  • Susan Nishimura says:

    Having Swerve has been critical to Christmas baking – guilt free!

  • Louise DePino says:

    Sweet baking with out the guilt!!!!

  • There are so many best-parts about adopting a sugar free lifestyle, for one: clearer skin; two: weight loss; three: more self-control with eating habits-i.e. not being addicted to sugar any longer. All these things have helped me feel more energized, less *akhem* depressed!, and overall more healthy. thank you swerve for such a good product and thank you Maria for the generous giveaway. I liked both on fb, shared, and commented- hope I win! 🙂

  • Linda M says:

    shared! And no more sugar crashes in the afternoon!

  • Alice says:

    I’ve lost 95 pounds on “no sugar, no starch”, and have 60 to go to my goal. It’s simple, but not easy!
    It’s also not fast (about 5 lbs a month), but then again, it took me 30 years to gain it all, so 2 years to lose it is probably a bargain. Swerve and pinterest recipes help a lot.

  • Niki says:

    I liked and shared your site, liked the Swerve site, but have never used Swerve so would love to win the giveaway.

  • Fernanda says:

    I am currently trying to recover from anorexia and eating low carb has opened up so many more food options I never even knew were healthy! Hooray for coconut oil! Thanks maria!

  • Valerie G says:

    As of August 2013 I quit eating sugar, fast food and drinking sodas (daily for 20 years). I’ve gone totally sugar-free and low carb and have lost over 38 pounds in 4 months! I no longer have headaches, I sleep better, my mood is much better, I’m happier and I feel great … not to mention the digestive improvements!! I just wish I knew about things like Swerve, coconut oil and almond flour years ago.

  • Jana M says:

    I’ve lost 12kg since starting to exercise and eating low carb and high protein. Loving it

  • Sharon Robinson says:

    I find I have more energy and don’t have the tummy troubles like I had before go low carb/sugar-free. I didn’t really start eating this way to lose weight, but it was a bonus to start seeing some changes in my body. I started eating this way because I was always having tummy aches and cramping, and when I switch how I eat that went away along with the join pain I was having. I would love to start baking again, but in a healthy way because I love desserts and my husband really misses all the yummy treats I use to make him.

  • Alondra Hayes says:

    Liked both on facebook!

    I feel so much happier. Energy, mental clarity, and weight loss is awesome.

  • emily says:

    These cookies look very good, I am hopeful to try them soon.

  • Tasha J. says:

    Been using swerve since early October 2013 has helped me shed 30 plus pounds so far.

  • shannon says:

    I love being refined sugar free! My diabetic husband has lowered his sugar by a bunch and I’ve lost over 50 pounds. Even our 4 year old is mostly sugar free. Yay! Your blog has helped us tremendously in our journey to health. Thank you…and pick me for that awesome Swerve giveaway! 😉

  • denise says:

    Made these cookies and loved them, they help me get threw the tough moments when I think I need a snack. thanks

  • Tana says:

    I have lost over 25 pounds…my feet don’t hurt anymore and I am eating wonderful delicious low glycemic food!

  • Carolyn says:

    I have been sugar free for all most 10 years now. I went gluten free in January of this year. I no longer have to take medication for my arthritis and as long as I stay away from sugar, I have lots more energy. It’s difficult as I work with all men who bring in sugary treats all the time. I try to have something to munch on that is healthy. When I bring in snacks that are sugar free for them, I do get teased for bring healthy food, but it is all gone by the end of the day. I will try some of your cookies on them this week. Also on my items to make is your pizza crust, a must have. Thanks for all the time you put on your recipes. Regards, Carolyn

  • Holly says:

    I have found that I have less chronic anxiety since I switched to stevia/erythritol (Swerve). I use a combination of the two in baking and I love the Sweetleaf brand of flavored liquid stevias (Vanilla Creme is my favorite) in my coffee and smoothies. I also feel confident about my children’s diet since sugar isn’t one of their main food groups as I’ve seen in some of their friends diets. I think my children can learn and focus better in school, not to mention seldomly getting sick due to their alternative sweetened lifestyle. I am so excited to discover your blog yesterday when I was searching for low carb fiber cracker recipes on google. I can’t wait to share your blog with my Ketogenic friends. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!!!

  • Aubrey says:

    I love being sugar free and getting creative with healthy sweeteners! It is a great feeling when you can make something delish and healthy!

  • Jill says:

    Not only have my husband and I lost weight eliminating sugar from our diets, but my inflammatory issues such as intestinal distress are gone as well.

  • Shelby says:

    I’m cooking healthier foods, my motivation has increased, my acne has decreased and my sleep has increased – its amazing to be off sleep meds!

  • Kaye Stain says:

    Sugar Free is so much easier with recipes like this!!! The Sugar free lifestyle has helped me to stop being a slave to sugar. In the past, every thought in my day was about filling the never-ending bottomless pit that sugar creates! Feels good to give my attention to other things!! I would love to win the Swerve basket as my family uses it on a daily basis.

  • Shirley says:

    Still struggling to be completely sugar free, but since I had Gastric Sleeve surgery in June I have eaten less
    sugar than I have in years and feel light years better for it. My fingers are not swollen and puffy and neither is my face. My skin is clearer not to mention my mind. I had come to believe some time ago that sugar was indeed akin to cocaine on the addiction scale. I am looking for a sweetener that works in place of sugar but have not found it yet. Sucrolose really isn’t all that great and those based on stevia just don’t work for me. I would love to win the Swerve basket as I have read some really good reviews of the product and am hoping that it might be the one I’ve been looking for.

  • Belenda says:

    I am so glad you introduced Swerve to us! I started using it as soon as I got info from you on where to buy on your site. However I did go to all my local health food grocery stores and pleaded with them to carry it. I’m happy to say that it’s on every shelf here in the columbus Ohio area now.

  • belenda says:

    ACTUAL COOKIE RECIPE QUESTION: I am in the middle of baking these right now. I didn’t have any trouble getting them to cut out and get on the cookie sheet since I actually pulled out a ruler to see how thick 1cm is! However, at 15 minutes baking, they are still soft to touch. Is that right or do I keep baking them til not soft to the touch?

    • belenda says:

      I actually increased the temp to 325 and baked the next batch for 15 minutes. Still a little soft, but, I noticed the first 2 batches harden up as they cooled. These seem like they should be the best batch of all of them though. Cooling to ice them now. Grandbabies loved the first ones though. So, that’s a good sign!

    • cemmerich says:

      They will be a bit soft but harden when cooled. 🙂

  • Kathy H says:

    Love to win the Swerve package and start baking some of Maria’s excellent recipes!

  • Stephanie says:

    I’ve been sugar free for a year and a half now, and I’ve never felt better! More energy, sleep better, not as hungry, no cravings… and more! YAY me! 🙂

  • I quit eating grains, especially wheat & corn, & sugar. I have lost 60 lbs & no longer have fibromyalgia, acid reflux, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, & high cholesterol. The arthritis in my knees is much better.

  • Lori says:

    Since cutting sugar out of my diet, I have lost weight, have tons more energy, & feel so much better!

  • Donna says:

    Since I have cut sugar and gluten out of my diet, I feel so much better. No more bloating, and I have dropped 20lbs. Swerve has helped a lot if, I have a sweet tooth…but I really find I don’t crave sweets as often any longer.

  • Lisa says:

    My memory is better and I have so much more creative energy without sugar!

  • Mandy says:

    No more jitters!

  • Kristin says:

    How hasn’t my life improved after cutting sugar?! Clearer thinking, more energy, cleaner skin, less cravings….the list is too long…

  • Sharon says:

    Keeping weight off is (almost) effortless .. and totally enjoyable 🙂

  • Johanna says:

    Lose the sugar, lose the cravings, lose the addiction!! Win!

  • Leah says:

    Love Swerve! How about a peppermint bark recipe with swerve?

  • Candice says:

    Would love to win some more swerve- especially for all the holiday baking I have yet to start! THANKS

  • Susan Yearber says:

    Since cutting out sugar my blood sugars have started dropping down into normal range!!!!

  • lisa carswell says:

    lost 40 lbs & feel great

  • Robin says:

    I love Swerve because it allows me to enjoy foods I would otherwise have to skip.

  • Brigitte says:

    Like Maria Mind Body Health “Check”
    Share Maria Mind Body Health on my Wall “Check”
    Like Swerve Sweetener “Check”
    Leave a Comment “Check”

    I feel much better without normal suggar, no headache, way Slimer and not as Nervous as I was.
    It is Changing my Live. 😀

  • Kathy Murphy says:

    I have lost 50 lbs since going low carb and sugar free

  • Courtney says:

    I eliminated sugar from my diet when trying to become pregnant. I list 87 lbs and finally became pregnant! I now have a beautiful 4 month old boy. I still am not eating sugar (or wheat and dairy) and it is helping me lose baby weight, as well as ensure that my son is not getting tummy aches like he was when I was eating dairy and wheat.

  • Valerie R. says:

    Lost weight and cravings gone! Just discovered Swerve and I’m loving it.

  • Carla Arend says:

    My life is much better without sugar. I’ve lost around 50 pounds since I started eating low-carb last January. I am amazed! =D

  • Lorrene says:

    Just recently tried Swerve for the first time, I can say that I do like that there is no aftertaste when I use it in my food and drinks.

  • Lori says:

    I don’t have the “sugar crashes” anymore!

  • Patrica says:

    You know I love to cook and eating what I cook, but I never know the value of health in my family. we’re from the south and we love our fried foods, but things change and life was more important. I wanted a better life for me and I’ve done low carb diets before and failed at it because I just didn’t know what to eat. Then I found this site on pinterest and I felt a great lift of worrying on what to eat. Thank maria for making my life easier.

  • Linnea E says:

    The cravings are so much less!

  • Tracy says:

    I have had my tryglicerudes drop 70 points, my husband has quit having acid reflux problems and because of his 40 lb drop in weight, his snoring has almost completley subsided!

  • caron says:

    this has been a healthy alternative for me and has aided in my weight loss journey, I adore swerve sweetener!

  • Jessica says:

    Going sugar and grain-free has improved my life and health tremendously. I’ve lost 90 pounds in a year. I’ll never go back to grains or sugar. Thank you for your blog.

  • Kristin says:

    When I used to eat sugar and wheat I have very strong sweet cravings and every two hours I was starving. I would see black spots, feel shaky, feeling like I was going to pass out or be sick. I NRVER feel like that anymore. Food no longer controls me!

  • Anna Caldwell says:

    I love that I don’t feel deprived after eliminating sugar. Swerve has been a wonderful addition to my pantry. Due to the cost I limit mankind desserts that require a larger quantity. I’ve loved using it in savory dishes as well, at teaspoon here, a teaspoon there. I’m about to complete Maria’s 30 day accelerated program and I’ve lost 13 lbs and that was over the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Chris says:

    Lost 20 lbs and eliminated sweet cravings

  • Doris Bailey says:

    would love to try swerve can’t find it in stores anywhere.

  • Cheryl Hulme says:

    Blood glucose control is much better!

  • Cynthia says:

    I’m not diabetic anymore, and been migraine free since March, and list 40lb since then! Thanks Maria!

  • Kacy W says:

    I can’t even begin to tell you how my life has changed since giving up sugar and grains. Found out I’m allergic to all kindsof things and cut them along with sugar. What an amazing change! I’d love to try swerve! Use erythritol and stevia a lot already and am always reading amazing reviews on swerve!!

  • Valerie says:

    Liked and shared all. I no longer get ” hangery” lol

  • Pam says:

    I have tried many sweeteners and Swerve is now a favorite. I appreciate not having to be deprived of sweets and can still keep my blood sugar in check.

  • Kydi says:

    Hooray for contests! Things like this blog and healthy ingredients like Swerve are helping me, like so many others on here, reclaim my life I’m slowly loosing weight, and can’t wait till I’m one of the people posting that “I lost 50lbs). What the manufactured food industry is doing to us all is a crime! It’s just a relief that blogs like these exist to provide a guiding light in the dark!

  • Alison says:

    I have never tried swerve but would love to. I started a grain free/starch free diet a year ago this month after being diagnosed with ankliosing spondylitis. I haven’t had to take any medication because of the diet change and hope to reduce my sugar even more in 2014.

  • Jayne says:

    If I have just been sharing on Facebook, am I still in the running? I’m mostly only able to access the internet on my phone now so I don’t get on to the blog much and Christmas time would be the perfect time to win some of these things, I have to cut back at lot due to the expense of getting things to Australia :/ I’ve been sharing my butt off with your page and I’m also voting for you everyday for the blog competition. I truly hope you win, your blog is incredible and has helped me so much. I’m not just losing weight, I’m feeling better. I’m happier, I sleep better, I’m not getting migraines much anymore or just feeling sick in general. Your blog has been a lifesaver.

  • Regina says:

    I have so much more energy since cutting sugar out of my diet & I never get those awful lows.

  • LGKidd says:

    I thought with the ingredients this would make a great Almond Crescent Cookie replacement. I was right. Thanks Maria for bringing my childhood memories back to life. I didn’t roll or cut the dough, just dropped and squished down on the pan, scattered some sliced almonds on top and then when they were out of the over I dusted them with the Swerve. Thank you so much for all of the recipes and inspiration!!!

  • Paulette says:

    I have dropped 12 pounds since dropping wheat and sugar out of my life. Gluten is next and I hope my order of Blanched almond flour and swerve arrives before Dec 24th. If not I’ll be improvising with Trader Joe plain almond flour and a mixture of Splenda and Stevia in the raw and will make something else where the lack of blanched almond won’t be as noticeble. Any suggestions?
    I was surprised today to see Truvia Baking sweeter at Gordon Food Service–it has erthyritol sugar and then Stevia. I have been using Stevia since it could only be purchased as a cosmetic (was not approved for human consumption yet.

  • Ruth says:

    I love pecan pie but have not yet found a really good crust – so I just bake the filling in a spring form pan!

  • My 8 yo son was diagnosed with Epilepsy in November. Through the guidance of our doctor, we immediately put him on a modified ketogenic diet to reduce the number of seizures he would get. As the holiday approached and the kids in his class were eating candy and decorating cookies, he would come home and cry in his room. Then I stumbled upon your website. With his doctors approval, I made this cookie for him, so that he could enjoy a decorating party with his brother and sister. As a new mother of a special needs child, it brings tears to my eyes that I found your site. With the help of people like you, I can start to give my child some of the things he felt like he was missing. To say you have improved my life is a huge understatement, you have brought the spirit of Christmas back into our house. So grateful, thank you.

  • Meg Guess says:

    LOVE Maria, Swerve, and all the hard work to bring us healthier options and still enjoy life! My family sleeps better, has better health, no cavities, and we have no cravings after going sugar free! Thank you!!

  • Maile says:

    I am on the path to improving my families eating lifestyle.. It is 2:23 am christmas morning and I can’t stop reading your blog and looking on amazon at your books! My 3 year old has a GF lifestyle and its so hard to keep her happy at the kitchen table and everywhere else we go. As of course I’ve needed to learn how to pack lunches. Gluten intolerance runs in my family and reading up on how I should have eaten during the pregnancy and after makes me feel so bad. I am trying my hardest to keep her healthy and I think an added change will do us all some good. I just wish I my husband to be as passionate about keeping our kids as healthy as possible. I guess that is all I would like for christmas..

  • Judith says:

    I made these for the first time today. I used almond extract and made them into raspberry linzer cookies. I cut them into star shapes with half having a hole in the star. I brushed them with egg whites and sprinkled on a little almond flour mixed with ZSweet. When cooled, I spread a thin layer of SF raspberry jam on the bottom of one cookie then topped with a second cookie ( the ones with a hole that I had already dusted with powdered Swerve). My husband loved them.

  • Cherry says:

    Hi Maria!

    I made these cookies the other day and they were ahuge hit with my 7 yr old daughter. I have a casien allergy and avoid it as much as possible with my children too. So we made this recipe with goat cream cheese. While I enjoy the goat cream cheese with savory foods I didn’t care for it in this recipe. I’m wondering what would be the best substitute for the cream cheese besidesthe goat option. Inoticed you subbed coconut cream for cream cheese in your boston cream cupcakes. Could I do that in this recipe… Sub coconut cream for the cream cheese? Or would you recommend something else?
    Thank you so much for all your great recipes.

    • cemmerich says:

      Yes, I would try coconut cream. You might have to adjust the moisture a little (as coconut cream might have more liquid than cream cheese). 🙂

  • Heidi says:

    I am a type 1 diabetic and as sugar is no-go, swerve makes it possible to enjoy sweets in a healthy way. Thank you for making life a bit sweeter.

  • meg says:

    What have I gained since going low carb/sugar….I haven’t seen the scale move yet, however my BIG thing was anxiety and not feeling “plugged in” if that make sense. I’ve been doing this for about a month now and my anxiety is gone and I feel more alert and have way more energy! It’s a huge plus for me;)

  • Donna says:

    Does the icing on these get hard? I’m looking for something to replace the sugar & egg white decorator frosting that gets hard. I’m hoping the Swerve can be used with egg whites. What do you think?

    Thanks for all you do…

  • Susan says:

    Well, I tried to make these cookies. I chilled the dough and thank goodness only brought about 1/3 of it out and on the parchment to roll out… It warms up FAST, the first cookie cut out nicely, after that it was too soft and would just fall apart. So I returned the dough to the fridge and began just to take out enough to roll out for one cookie

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